Sergei Vasileiwich Rachmaninov (1873-1943) Russian pianist and composer, is a typical representative of the romantic school. He is considered one of the greatest virtuoso pianists of the twentieth century. (Some of his performances can still be heard, as he recorded numerous works on piano-rolls.) His music is characterized by its rich color and pianistic virtuosity, which at later stages though, tends to inhibit the development of his music. Nonetheless, his piano style is considered to be masterful, and his music is greatly appreciated by a large public.
Alexander Nicolajevitch Scriabin (1872-1915) Russian pianist and composer, is mainly known for the music he wrote in the style of Chopin (with a Russian flavor to it). Later in his life, he tries to break out from the chains of classical harmony, and the music naturally develops in the direction of atonality. The peak of this development, at the end of his life, may have been influenced by his mental illness. The late music of Scriabin though not often played, has a legendary reputation among specialists, and is even noted as a genuine insider-tip.
|S. Rachmaninov||Prelude G min.||2 min.||330 kB|
|A. Scriabin||Prelude op. 11 nr. 4||3 min.||340 kB|
|Prelude op. 11 nr. 5||4 min.||320 kB|
|Etude op. 8 nr. 12||5 min.||450 kB|
|Vers la flamme op. 72||5 min.||420 kB|