About Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943) was the last, great representative of the Russian Romantic tradition as a composer, but was also a widely and highly celebrated pianist of his time. His piano concertos Nos. 2, 3, and 4; the Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini; and the preludes famously test pianists' skills. His Symphony No. 2, the tone poem Isle of the Dead, and his Cello Sonata are also notable. The passionate melodies and rich harmonies of his music have been called the perfect accompaniment for love scenes, but in a greater sense it explores a range of emotions with intense and compelling expression.