Sergei Rachmaninoff, Chapter 2: Tchaikovsky And Rachmaninoff | Colorado Public Radio

Sergey Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov was born 150 years ago. We invite you to spend a day listening to pianist Yuja Wang perform his music on Classical Archives

The pianist and composer Sergey Rachmaninov was born on April 1, 1873, in Novgorod Gubernya in Russia. He and his family left Russia after the Revolution and settled in New York in 1918. To bring his story full circle, he died in Beverly Hills in 1943.

Then we come to Yuja Wang, that young tigress of the piano who performs Rachmaninov as well as any other pianist today, if not better. She was born in Beijing China on February 10, 1987, and graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 2008.

The Rachmaninov/Wang pairing seems destined to become one of the most formidable musical partnerships to date, even though they were born 114 years apart. From her student days, Ms. Wang gravitated toward his music, and although she is still a young woman, her performances are already legendary. If you have seen her perform Rachmaninov, as I have, you will remember the experience for the rest of your days. Her intensity and personal allure – not to mention that volcanic, apparently limitless technique –make her an ideal performer of this ultra-Romantic music.

Delve into the Rachmaninov/Wang Magic Here on Classical Archives

If you are a member of Classical Archives, you can enjoy an extensive selection of performances of Ms. Wang playing Rachmaninov, all on releases from Deutsche Grammophon. (And if you are not yet a member of Classical Archives, why not start a trial membership now?)

Spend the day listening. Here’s a selection of what you will find on Classical Archives.

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Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini and Piano Concerto No. 2

Yuja Wang, piano, with Claudio Abbado conducting the Mahler Chamber Orchestra






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Etudes-Tableaux and Morceaux de Fantasie

for solo piano







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Piano Concerto No. 3

Yuja Wang, piano, with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela