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Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op 42
composer
June 1931; based on the La Folia theme

Recordings
'Medtner & Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas' (CDA67936)
Medtner & Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas
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'Rachmaninov: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44041/8)
Rachmaninov: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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'Rachmaninov: Variations' (CDA66009)
Rachmaninov: Variations
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Details
Track 7 on CDA67936 [17'48] September 2014 Release
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No 01. Theme in D minor: Andante
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No 02. Variation 1 in D minor: Poco piω mosso
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No 03. Variation 2 in D minor: L'istesso tempo
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No 04. Variation 3 in D minor: Tempo di minuetto
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No 05. Variation 4 in D minor: Andante
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No 06. Variation 5 in D minor: Allegro, ma non tanto
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No 07. Variation 6 in D minor: L'istesso tempo
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No 08. Variation 7 in D minor: Vivace
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No 09. Variation 8 in D minor: Adagio misterioso
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No 10. Variation 9 in D minor: Un poco piω mosso
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No 11. Variation 10 in D minor: Allegro scherzando
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No 12. Variation 11 in D minor: Allegro vivace
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No 13. Variation 12 in D minor: L'istesso tempo
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No 14. Variation 13 in D minor: Agitato
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No 15. Interlude: Intermezzo
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No 16. Variation 14 in D flat major: Andante, con prima
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No 17. Variation 15 in D flat major: L'istesso tempo
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No 18. Variation 16 in D minor: Allegro vivace
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No 19. Variation 17 in D minor: Meno mosso
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No 20. Variation 18 in D minor: Allegro con brio
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No 21. Variation 19 in D minor: Piω mosso – Agitato
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No 22. Variation 20 in D minor: Piω mosso
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No 23. Coda in D minor: Andante
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Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op 42
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The Variations on a theme of Corelli were completed in June 1931, during one of Rachmaninov’s European summer breaks. For this, the only work for solo piano he composed after leaving Russia in 1917, he chose the old dance melody known as ‘La Folia’—not actually composed by Corelli, but used by him in his Violin Sonata No 12. Apart from most likely prompting the Sonata revision, the 'Corelli Variations' seem to have been a catalyst for his next new work, the Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra. Not only is the Rhapsody also in the form of variations, but there are several clear premonitions of its ideas in the Corelli set.

Not entirely convinced of the success of the 'Corelli Variations', Rachmaninov generally omitted some of the twenty variations in performance. In three instances (Nos 11, 12 and 19) he even allowed that option in the score. He explained himself drily in a letter to Medtner of 21 December 1931: ‘I was guided by the coughing of the audience. Whenever the coughing increased, I would skip the next variation. Whenever there was no coughing, I would play them in proper order.’ In fact the design works perfectly well without such surgery, the variations grouping themselves into a quasi-four-movement sonata, in which the ‘slow movement’ begins in the major mode after a cadenza-like ‘Intermezzo’.

from notes by David Fanning © 2014

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Details for CDS44041/8 disc 7 track 25
No 2 Variation 1 in D minor: Poco piω mosso
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-93-04725
Duration
0'39
Recording date
1 November 1978
Recording venue
Conway Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
John Boyden
Recording engineer
Caroline Dorey
Hyperion usage
  1. Rachmaninov: The Complete Solo Piano Music (CDS44041/8)
    Disc 7 Track 25
    Release date: March 1993
    Deletion date: February 2014
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