02.04.2020

A rare musical recording of Sergei Rachmaninoff is posted on the site

Player pianos preserved the performance of many prominent pianists of the turn of the 19th – 20th centuries, while the recording on phonograph was rater imperfect. After moving to the USA, Sergei Rachmaninoff was actively recording his performances on paper music rolls “Duo-Art” and “Ampico”. During the period from 1919 to the 1930s, many performances of Rachmaninoff were recorded. Subsequently, they were re-recorded from the rolls to the records.

We prepared a rare recording of Sergei Rachmaninoff, playing the piano, recorded from Duo-Art paper music roll on the Reproducing grand piano "Steinway Duo-Art", USA (1926).

Unlike recordings on phonograph and gramophone records, paper music rolls allow us to enjoy virtuoso performance, to the maximum reproducing as closely as possible a pianist’s playing to the authentic one, without any overtones and noises.

Prelude Cis-moll (C Sharp Minor Op. 3 No. 2) written by Rachmaninoff became one of the composer's most famous early piano compositions. It brought recognition to the author abroad (for the first time the foreign audience was acquainted with the cis-moll Prelude thanks to A. Siloti, while he was touring with his concert performances in England and Germany at the end of 1893). The prelude is remarkable for its monumental sound, the piano sounds similar with the entire orchestra or a large powerful oegan. Within the limits of a brief piano playing, the composer gives the listener a dramatic picture, the main content of which is a man and his fate ...

Biography of Sergei Rachmaninov in the sectionAuthors.