Mark Gurovsky, piano

Catalog #S022595CD [DDD]

Piano Sonata No. 2 (Original Version)
Variations on a Theme of Corelli
Op. 23 No. 2
Op. 23 No. 4
Op. 23 No. 7
Op. 23 No. 8
Op. 23 No. 10
Op. 32 No. 6
Op. 32 No. 9

Program Notes

"I am a Russian composer, and the land of my birth has inevitably influenced my temperament and outlook. My music is the product of my temperament, and so it is Russian music. I never consciously attempt to write Russian music, or any other kind of music, for that matter. I have been strongly influenced by Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, but I have never consciously imitated anybody. I try to make my music speak simply and directly that which is in my heart at the time I am composing. If there is love there, or bitterness, or sadness, or religion, these moods become part of my music, and it becomes either beautiful or bitter or sad or religious. For composing music is as much a part of my living as breathing and eating. I compose music because I must give expression to my feelings, just as I talk because I must give utterance to my thoughts."

Sergei Rachmaninov


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