Sergei Rachmaninov

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The Miserly Knight/Mavra review – Russian opera double-bill sees Scottish Opera shine
The vocal performances are excellent but it’s Scottish Opera’s orchestra which is the real star of this staging of two contrasting operas based on works by Pushkin

Rowena Smith

21, Mar, 2022 @12:05 PM

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Dissonance: Rachmaninov Songs review – fierce expressionism dripping with drama
Soprano Asmik Grigorian and pianist Lukas Geniušas bring a full-throated intensity to these 19 searing Rachmaninov romances

Erica Jeal

10, Mar, 2022 @3:30 PM

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Ruth Slenczynska: the pupil of Rachmaninov still releasing music at 97
Pianist who has played for five US presidents says great composer taught her to incorporate colour in music

Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent

30, Jan, 2022 @3:05 PM

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Leeds piano competition finals review – Alim Beisembayev a worthy winner
The 23-year-old Kazakh’s personality shone through in his dashing and extrovert Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rachmaninov

Andrew Clements

19, Sep, 2021 @11:29 AM

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From Vivaldi to Vaughan Williams: more musical voices who have changed our world
Over the past few months, our Know the Score series introduced 20 great composers. But what of the many we couldn’t write about? Martin Kettle suggests some other names whose music is well worth exploring

Martin Kettle

25, Nov, 2020 @1:36 PM

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Rachmaninov: Preludes, Études-Tableaux, Moments musicaux review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
Babayan’s affinity with Rachmaninov is evident, though his personality shows most in the more substantial pieces

Andrew Clements

30, Jul, 2020 @2:00 PM

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Trifonov: Destination Rachmaninov. Departure review – peerless playing | Andrew Clements' classical album of the week
Daniil Trifonov’s extraordinary eloquence removes every trace of over-familiarity – this is one of the releases of the year

Andrew Clements

25, Oct, 2018 @2:00 PM

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1 Live in Concert CD review – short but absorbing
Philharmonia Orchestra/Ashkenazy (Signum Classics)

Fiona Maddocks

01, Oct, 2017 @7:30 AM

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 & Paganini Rhapsody CD review – poised and shining

Erica Jeal

07, Sep, 2017 @2:45 PM

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George Harliono, 16-year-old piano virtuoso, to perform with Valery Gergiev
Teenager invited to Russia to play Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with conductor and Mariinsky Orchestra

Dalya Alberge

05, Aug, 2017 @2:45 PM

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When piano grades just aren’t your forte | Letters
Letters: Some supportive advice from readers for the Guardian’s Hugh Muir, who wrote recently about failing his grade two piano exam


29, May, 2017 @4:09 PM

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3; Mozart: Piano Concerto K488 CD review – technical issues mar superb playing
Grigory Sokolov’s Rachmaninov playing is immense, but is spoiled by an out of tune piano that gets worse over the course of the disc

Andrew Clements

22, Mar, 2017 @3:12 PM

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