Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music. Early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and other Russian composers gave way to a thoroughly personal idiom that included a pronounced lyricism, expressive breadth, structural ingenuity, and a tonal palette of rich, distinctive orchestral colors. The piano is featured prominently in Rachmaninoff's compositional output. He made a point of using his own skills as a performer to explore fully the expressive possibilities of the instrument. Even in his earliest works he revealed a sure grasp of idiomatic piano writing and a striking gift for melody.
|Piano Concerto no. 2 in Cm, Op. 18||Concerto||Piano and orchestra|
|Piano Concerto no. 3, Op.30||Concerto||Piano and orchestra|
|Piano Concerto No.1, Op.1||Concerto||Piano and orchestra|
|Piano Concerto No.4, Op.40||Concerto||Piano and orchestra|
|Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43||Rhapsody||Piano and orchestra|