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Rachmaninov, Sergei (1873-1943)  

Sergei Rachmaninov

born: 1 April 1873
died: 28 March 1943
country: Russia

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‘Melody is music’, wrote Rachmaninov, ‘the basis of music as a whole, since a perfect melody implies and calls into being its own harmonic design’. The Russian composer, pianist and conductor’s passion for melody was central to his work, clearly heard in his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, a brilliant and diverse set of variations on a tune by the great 19th-century violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini.

Although the young Sergei’s father squandered much of the family inheritance, initially he invested wisely in his son’s musical education. In 1882 the boy received a scholarship to study at the St Petersburg Conservatory, but further disasters at home hindered his progress and he moved to study at the Moscow Conservatory. Here he proved an outstanding piano pupil and began to study composition. Rachmaninov’s early works reveal his debt to the music of Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky, although he rapidly forged a personal, richly lyrical musical language, clearly expressed in his Prelude in C sharp minor for piano (1892). His First Symphony (1897) was savaged by the critics, which caused the composer’s confidence to evaporate. In desperation he sought help from Dr Nikolai Dahl, whose hypnotherapy sessions restored Rachmaninov’s self-belief and gave him the will to complete his Second Piano Concerto, widely known through its later use as the soundtrack for the classic film Brief Encounter. Thereafter, his creative imagination ran free to produce a string of unashamedly romantic works divorced from newer musical trends. He left Russia shortly before the October Revolution in 1917, touring as a pianist and conductor and buying properties in Europe and the United States.

from notes by Andrew Stewart © 2009

Albums
'Rachmaninov & Franck: Cello Sonatas' (CDA67376)
Rachmaninov & Franck: Cello Sonatas
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'Rachmaninov & Medtner: Piano Sonatas' (CDA67936)
Rachmaninov & Medtner: Piano Sonatas
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'Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes' (CDA67700)
Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes
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'Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes' (CDA30015)
Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes
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'Rachmaninov: Demidenko plays Rachmaninov' (CDH55239)
Rachmaninov: Demidenko plays Rachmaninov
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'Rachmaninov: Études-tableaux' (CDH55403)
Rachmaninov: Études-tableaux
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'Rachmaninov: Moments musicaux & Morceaux de salon' (CDA66184)
Rachmaninov: Moments musicaux & Morceaux de salon
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'Rachmaninov: Music for two pianos' (CDH55209)
Rachmaninov: Music for two pianos
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'Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas' (CDA66047)
Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas
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'Rachmaninov: Piano Trios' (CDH55431)
Rachmaninov: Piano Trios
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'Rachmaninov: Preludes Op 23' (CDA66081)
Rachmaninov: Preludes Op 23
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'Rachmaninov: Preludes Op 32' (CDA66082)
Rachmaninov: Preludes Op 32
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'Rachmaninov: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44041/8)
Rachmaninov: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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'Rachmaninov: The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom' (CDH55318)
Rachmaninov: The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom
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'Rachmaninov: The Early Piano Works' (CDA66198)
Rachmaninov: The Early Piano Works
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'Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos' (CDA67501/2)
Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos
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'Rachmaninov: The Transcriptions' (CDH55458)
Rachmaninov: The Transcriptions
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'Rachmaninov: Variations' (CDA66009)
Rachmaninov: Variations
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'Rachmaninov: Vespers' (CDA30016)
Rachmaninov: Vespers
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'Rachmaninov: Vespers' (CDA66460)
Rachmaninov: Vespers
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'Arensky: Piano Trios' (CDA68015)
Arensky: Piano Trios
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'English Poets, Russian Romances' (CDA67274)
English Poets, Russian Romances
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'Franck & Rachmaninov: Cello Sonatas' (CDA67376)
Franck & Rachmaninov: Cello Sonatas
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'Ikon, Vol. 2' (CDA67756)
Ikon, Vol. 2
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'Kaleidoscope' (CDA67275)
Kaleidoscope
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'Medtner & Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas' (CDA67936)
Medtner & Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas
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'Medtner: Music for two pianos' (CDH55337)
Medtner: Music for two pianos
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'Piers Lane goes to town' (CDA67967)
Piers Lane goes to town
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'Pushkin Romances' (CDA67773)
Pushkin Romances
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'Rare Piano Encores' (CDH55109)
Rare Piano Encores
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'Russian Images, Vol. 1' (CDA67105)
Russian Images, Vol. 1
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'Russian Images, Vol. 2' (CDA67205)
Russian Images, Vol. 2
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'Smörgasbord' (CDA67184)
Smörgasbord
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'Stephen Hough's New Piano Album' (CDA67043)
Stephen Hough's New Piano Album
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'The Composer-Pianists' (CDA67050)
The Composer-Pianists
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'The Virtuoso Mandolin' (A66007)
The Virtuoso Mandolin
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On other labels
'Rachmaninov & Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos' (APR5519)
Rachmaninov & Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos
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'Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos' (APR6005)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos
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'Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances; Stravinsky: Symphony in three movements' (LSO0688)
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances; Stravinsky: Symphony in three movements
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'Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2' (LSO0677)
Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2
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'Allegri: Miserere' (SIGCD085)
Allegri: Miserere
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'Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings' (APR7502)
Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings
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'Rachmaninov: Preludes & Melodies' (SIGCD264)
Rachmaninov: Preludes & Melodies
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'Russian Treasures' (SIGCD900)
Russian Treasures
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'Sergio Fiorentino – The Early Recordings, Vol. 5 – Rachmaninov' (APR5585)
Sergio Fiorentino – The Early Recordings, Vol. 5 – Rachmaninov
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'Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 2 – 9 March 1947' (APR5622)
Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 2 – 9 March 1947
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'Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 3 – 11 November 1947' (APR5623)
Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 3 – 11 November 1947
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'Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 5 – Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 & appendices' (APR5625)
Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 5 – Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 & appendices
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'Stravinsky: Symphony in three movements; Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances' (LSO0688)
Stravinsky: Symphony in three movements; Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances
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'Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos' (APR5519)
Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos
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'The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 4 – Diémer, Eibenschütz, Hofmann & Backhaus' (APR5534)
The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 4 – Diémer, Eibenschütz, Hofmann & Backhaus
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'Vladimir Horowitz – The complete solo European recordings' (APR6004)
Vladimir Horowitz – The complete solo European recordings
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'Yakov Flier – Chopin, Kabalevsky & Rachmaninov' (APR5665)
Yakov Flier – Chopin, Kabalevsky & Rachmaninov
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'York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings' (APR6007)
York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
All-Night Vigil 'Vespers', Op 37 (Rachmaninov)
Arion, Op 34 No 5 (Rachmaninov)
Barcarolle  No 3 in G minor of Morceaux de salon, Op 10 (Rachmaninov)
Blagosloven gradyy 'Blessed is he'  Movement 17 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Gospoda 'First Antiphon: Bless the Lord, O my soul'  Movement 2 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Blazhen muzh  Movement 3 of All-Night Vigil 'Vespers', Op 37 (Rachmaninov)
Bogoroditse Devo 'Rejoice, O Virgin'  Movement 6 of All-Night Vigil 'Vespers', Op 37 (Rachmaninov)
Budi imya Gospodne 'Blessed be the name of the Lord'  Movement 19 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 19 (Rachmaninov)
Da ispolnyatsya usta nasha 'Hymn of Praise: Let our mouths be filled'  Movement 18 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Danse orientale  No 2 of Two Pieces for cello and piano, Op 2 (Rachmaninov)
Danses tziganes 'Danse hongroise'  No 2 of Two Pieces for violin and piano, Op 6 (Rachmaninov)
Die schöne Müllerin, D795 (Schubert/Rachmaninov)
Dostoyno est 'Hymn to the Mother of God: It is truly meet to bless you'  Movement 13 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Edin svyat 'One is holy'  Movement 15 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Ein Sommernachtstraum, Op 21 (Mendelssohn/Rachmaninov)
Élégie  No 1 in E flat minor of Morceaux de fantaisie, Op 3 (Rachmaninov)
Études-tableaux, Op 33 (Rachmaninov)
Études-tableaux, Op 39 (Rachmaninov)
Four Pieces (Rachmaninov)
Fragments (Rachmaninov)
Fughetta in F (Rachmaninov)
Gavotte  No 4 in D major of Four Pieces (Rachmaninov)
Gospodi, spasi blagochestivya 'Trisagion: Lord, we pray that you may be merciful'  Movement 6 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Hopak  Transcription from Sorochinskaya yarmarka 'Sorotchinsky fair' (Musorgsky/Rachmaninov)
Humoresque  No 5 in G major of Morceaux de salon, Op 10 (Rachmaninov)
Kheruvimskaya pesn 'Cherubic Hymn'  Movement 8 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Khvalite Gospoda s nebes 'Communion Hymn: Praise the Lord from the heavens'  Movement 16 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Kolïbel'naya pesnya 'Lullaby'  No 1 of Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 16 (Tchaikovsky/Rachmaninov)
L'arlésienne suite No 1 (Bizet/Rachmaninov)
Liebesfreud (Kreisler/Rachmaninov)
Liebesleid (Kreisler/Rachmaninov)
Liebesleid (Kreisler/Rachmaninov/Lidström)
Margaritki 'Daisies'  No 3 of Six Romances, Op 38 (Rachmaninov)
Mazurka  No 7 in D flat major of Morceaux de salon, Op 10 (Rachmaninov)
Mélodie  No 3 in E major of Morceaux de fantaisie, Op 3 (Rachmaninov)
Mélodie  No 3 in E major of Morceaux de fantaisie, Op 3 revised (Rachmaninov)
Mélodie  No 3 in E major of Four Pieces (Rachmaninov)
Mélodie  No 4 in E minor of Morceaux de salon, Op 10 (Rachmaninov)
Milost mira 'The Eucharistic Prayer – Sanctus – Benedictus'  Movement 11 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Minuet  Transcription from L'arlésienne suite No 1 (Bizet/Rachmaninov)
Moments musicaux, Op 16 (Rachmaninov)
Moments musicaux, Op 16 revised (Rachmaninov)
Morceau de fantaisie in G minor (Rachmaninov)
Morceaux de fantaisie, Op 3 (Rachmaninov)
Morceaux de fantaisie, Op 3 revised (Rachmaninov)
Morceaux de salon, Op 10 (Rachmaninov)
Muza 'The muse', Op 34 No 1 (Rachmaninov)
Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne 'Do not sing to me, fair maiden', Op 4 No 4 (Rachmaninov)
Nocturne  No 1 in A minor of Morceaux de salon, Op 10 (Rachmaninov)
Nyne otpushchaeshi  Movement 5 of All-Night Vigil 'Vespers', Op 37 (Rachmaninov)
Ona kak polden' khorosha 'She is as beautiful as noon', Op 14 No 9 (Rachmaninov)
Oriental Dance, Op 2 No 2 (Rachmaninov)
Oriental sketch (Rachmaninov)
Ostrovok 'The islet', Op 14 No 2 (Rachmaninov)
Otche nash 'The Lord's Prayer: Our Father in heaven'  Movement 14 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Otpust 'Dismissal'  Movement 20 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Partita No 3 in E major, BWV1006 (Bach/Rachmaninov)
Piano Concerto No 1 in F sharp minor, Op 1 (Rachmaninov)
Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 18 (Rachmaninov)
Piano Concerto No 3 in D minor, Op 30 (Rachmaninov)
Piano Concerto No 4 in G minor, Op 40 (Rachmaninov)
Piano Sonata No 1 in D minor, Op 28 (Rachmaninov)
Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor 'original version', Op 36 (Rachmaninov)
Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 36 (Rachmaninov)
Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 36 (Rachmaninov/Osborne)
Pièce in D minor (Rachmaninov)
Polichinelle  No 4 in F sharp minor of Morceaux de fantaisie, Op 3 (Rachmaninov)
Polka de W R (Behr/Rachmaninov)
Pora! 'It is time', Op 14 No 12 (Rachmaninov)
Prelude  No 2 in E flat minor of Four Pieces (Rachmaninov)
Prélude  No 1 of Two Pieces for cello and piano, Op 2 (Rachmaninov)
Prelude in D minor, Op posth. (Rachmaninov)
Prelude in F major (Rachmaninov)
Prelude, Op 2 No 1 (Rachmaninov)
Prelude: Lento  No 2 in C sharp minor of Morceaux de fantaisie, Op 3 (Rachmaninov)
Preludes, Op 23 (Rachmaninov)
Preludes, Op 32 (Rachmaninov)
Priidite poklonimsya  Movement 1 of All-Night Vigil 'Vespers', Op 37 (Rachmaninov)
Priidite, poklonimsya 'The Little Entrance: Come, let us worship'  Movement 5 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Prositelnaya Ekteniya 'Litany of Supplication'  Movement 9 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op 43 (Rachmaninov)
Romance  No 1 in F sharp minor of Four Pieces (Rachmaninov)
Romance  No 6 in F minor of Morceaux de salon, Op 10 (Rachmaninov)
Romance  No 1 of Two Pieces for violin and piano, Op 6 (Rachmaninov)
Romance in E flat, Op 8 No 2 (Rachmaninov/Siloti)
Russian Rhapsody, Op posth. (Rachmaninov)
Scherzo  Transcription from Ein Sommernachtstraum, Op 21 (Mendelssohn/Rachmaninov)
Sérénade  No 5 in B flat minor of Morceaux de fantaisie, Op 3 (Rachmaninov)
Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 16 (Tchaikovsky/Rachmaninov)
Simvol very: Veruyu 'The Creed: I believe in one God'  Movement 10 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Siren' 'Lilacs'  No 5 of Songs, Op 21 (Rachmaninov)
Six Romances, Op 38 (Rachmaninov)
Skazka o Tsare Saltane 'The Tale of Tsar Saltan' (Rimsky-Korsakov/Rachmaninov)
Slava Otsu – Edinorodnyy Syne 'Second Antiphon: Glory be to God the Father'  Movement 3 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Song without words (Rachmaninov)
Songs, Op 21 (Rachmaninov)
Songs, Op 34 (Rachmaninov/Bax)
Songs, Op 34 (Rachmaninov/Conus)
Songs, Op 34 (Rachmaninov/Kocsis)
Sorochinskaya yarmarka 'Sorotchinsky fair' (Musorgsky/Rachmaninov)
Sugubaya Ekteniya 'Augmented Litany'  Movement 7 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Suite No 1 'Fantaisie-tableaux', Op 5 (Rachmaninov)
Suite No 2, Op 17 (Rachmaninov)
Symphonic Dances, Op 45 (Rachmaninov)
Symphony No 2 in E minor, Op 27 (Rachmaninov)
Tebe poem 'We praise you'  Movement 12 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
The flight of the bumblebee  Transcription from Skazka o Tsare Saltane 'The Tale of Tsar Saltan' (Rimsky-Korsakov/Rachmaninov)
Three Nocturnes (Rachmaninov)
Trio élégiaque No 1 in G minor (Rachmaninov)
Trio élégiaque No 2 in D minor, Op 9 (Rachmaninov)
Two Pieces for cello and piano, Op 2 (Rachmaninov)
Two Pieces for violin and piano, Op 6 (Rachmaninov)
V mladenchestve moyom ona menya lyubila 'When I was a child she loved me'  First line to Muza 'The muse', Op 34 No 1 (Rachmaninov)
Valse  No 2 in A major of Morceaux de salon, Op 10 (Rachmaninov)
Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op 22 (Rachmaninov)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op 42 (Rachmaninov)
Velikaya Ekteniya 'The Great Litany'  Movement 1 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Vo tsarstvii tvoem 'Third Antiphon: In your kingdom'  Movement 4 of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 31 (Rachmaninov)
Vocalise  No 14 of Songs, Op 34 (Rachmaninov/Conus)
Vzbrannoy voevode  Movement 15 of All-Night Vigil 'Vespers', Op 37 (Rachmaninov)
Wohin?  No 2 of Die schöne Müllerin, D795 (Schubert/Rachmaninov)
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