Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Sergei Rachmaninov was a Russian composer, virtuoso pianist and conductor. Rachmaninoff and his family left Russia in 1917 during the Russian Revolution and came to the United States. Rachmaninoff had a busy career as a virtuoso pianist and conductor and composed music in his spare time when he wasn’t busy performing piano concertos with orchestras, doing piano recitals, or conducting.
Rachmaninov composed 24 preludes for the piano. One of his most well known and most beautiful preludes is his Prelude Op. 32, No. 5 in G Major. This prelude with its gently flowing left hand part and beautiful soaring melody is a favourite of many pianists. The great pianist Vladimir Horowitz (a friend of Sergei Rachmaninov) was famous for his interpretations of Rachmaninov’s piano music and often performed it in recitals.
Here is a live performance of Rachmaninov’s Prelude Op. 32, No. 5 in G Major played by Vladimir Horowitz from his famous 1986 recital in Moscow, Russia. I hope that you enjoy this beautiful music.