Sergei Rachmaninoff, one of the greatest pianists of all time and one of the most outstanding melodists amongst composers, was born at Oneg, near Novgorod, on 20 March 1873 (1 April New Style), into a musical family: his grandfather had been a pupil of John Field and his father, too, played the piano. Rachmaninoff’s early career established a pattern he was to follow throughout his life: an uneasy struggle between performing and composing, with economic pressures usually ensuring that precedence needed to be given to the demands of the platform. He was an international figure as early as 1899, when he conducted a concert of his orchestral works in London, also playing some of his piano music. In 1920, Rachmaninoff signed a contract with Victor - and remained on the label until his passing in 1943. Spring of 2017 will see the release of Rachmaninoff's first digitally remastered single for Victor Talking Machine Co. in the new century - a never released set of two songs that the great musician recorded for Victor in 1929 - but remained locked in The Vault until today.
RELEASED: SPRING 2017
LABEL: Victor Camden Classics
1. Flight Of The Bumblebee (Solo)
2. Violin Sonata #4