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6 Songs, Op 38

1916; piano transcription probably made in 1924

Among the last and finest of Rachmaninov’s songs, dedicated to the Ukrainian (American naturalised) soprano Nina Koshetz (1891-1965)—a colourful lady who’d had an affair with Rachmaninov in her early twenties, upheld an extravagant lifestyle, ran a restaurant in Hollywood, leading to bankruptcy, and appeared in a sprinkling of minor films. In Chicago in 1921 she created the role of the witch Fata Morgana in Prokofiev’s Love of Three Oranges. Daisies sets a poem by Igor Severyanin (Igor Lotaryov, 1887-1941), an admirer of Oscar Wilde who captured ‘popular imagination and reached stardom with his slick pomaded hair parted in the middle; his melancholy, darkly circled eyes; his impeccable tails; and an ever-present lily in his hands’ (Anna Lawton, Herbert Eagle, Words in Revolution:Russian Futurist Manifestoes 1912-1928). Kreisler (1875-1962), ‘the best violinist’ of the age, and Rachmaninov were friends and collaborators, transcribing each other’s music, and famously recording Beethoven, Grieg and Schubert sonatas for RCA in 1928.

from notes by Ateş Orga © 2009


Rachmaninov: Songs
Studio Master: CDA68309Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Piers Lane goes to town
Studio Master: CDA67967Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Rachmaninov: Preludes & Melodies
Studio Master: SIGCD264Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Rachmaninov: The Complete Solo Piano Music
CDS44041/8Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only
Rachmaninov: The Transcriptions
Rachmaninov: Violin Sonata & other works
Studio Master: SIGCD164Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


No 1: Noch'yu v sadu u menya 'In my garden at night'
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Track 1 on CDA68309 [1'44]
No 2: K ney 'To her'  Travï odetï perlami 'Pearls adorn the grass'
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Track 2 on CDA68309 [2'38]
No 3: Margaritki 'Daisies'
Track 8 on CDA67967 [2'32]
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Track 3 on CDA68309 [2'12]
Track 9 on CDH55458 [2'19]
Track 9 on CDS44041/8 CD8 [2'19] Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only

Track 7 on SIGCD164 [3'25] Download only
Track 19 on SIGCD264 [2'30] Download only
No 4: Krïsolov 'Pied piper'  Ya na dudochke igrayu 'I play a reed-pipe'
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Track 4 on CDA68309 [2'58]
No 5: Son 'A dream'  V mire net nichego 'There is nothing'
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Track 5 on CDA68309 [3'24]
No 6: A-u!  Tvoy nezhnïy smekh 'Your tender laughter'
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Track 6 on CDA68309 [2'25]

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