Rachmaninoff: Life, Works, Recordings

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Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) is now widely regarded as one of the greatest 20th-century composers and pianists. In this illuminating and accessible biography, Max Harrison covers the span of Rachmaninoff's life, taking in his career as composer, pianist and conductor, offering full analyses of his scores and a uniquely detailed treatment of his 1919-1942 recordings. A fascinating account of the man, his life and work, this book sheds much new light on its subject and the ways that Rachmaninoff was viewed during his own time and beyond.

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Max Harrison is a musicologist who reviewed for The Times and The Gramophone from 1967-90, has written widely on jazz, and contributed to the 1980 edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and other reference works.

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'This new study of Rachmaninoff by Max Harrison betokens a lifetime's study of this great composer and pianist, and is extended beyond the customary life and works framework to embrace Rachmaninoff's extensive recorded legacy, which, as time goes by, should become an essential part of any discussions of the life and works of those composers who have made recordings of their own music. The result is a welcome addition to the growing appreciation of Rachmaninoff's genius. Max Harrison wears his scholarship lightly, producing an eminently readable text which unveils the story of Rachmaninoff clearly and interestingly. His comments on the music and especially on Rachmaninoff's extensive recordings are particularly insightful, and add much to our understanding of them...very well-researched book...This excellently-produced book is mich to be commended, and is most reasonably priced.' (Musical Opinion)

'Not only sculpts a crystal clear figure of Rachmaninoff the man, but also refines the transcript of his working life...we should, therefore, be indebted to Harrison for directing us to what is now a full colour portrait of an artist drawn through the visions of his creative self.' (David Sonin Ham and High)

'A useful addition to the literature on someone who has finally become one of the most respected, if retrospective, 20th-Century composers.' (Fergus Johnston The Irish Times)

'Harrison's work is admirable... his research is exhaustive and wide-ranging... Harrison is a man with a mission to make us take Rachmaninoff's music more seriously... a book to be treasured by all... it is impossible to read it without reflecting that its subject has been comprehensively misunderstood; Harrison's work takes a major step to putting that situation right and doing justice to the composer and his music.' (Max Harrison International Piano Magazine)

'...an honest, enormously detailed and very interesting book on a fascinating subject.' (Bahman Barekat Rachmaninoff Society Newsletter)

'It is so satisfying to have another important book about this great composer - it is comprehensive and well researched. Max Harrison writes with passion and intelligence - highly recommended'. Vladimir Ashkenazy, President of the Rachmaninoff Society



'Max Harrison slices through a century's worth of wrongheaded critical bluster and rediscovers the music of a major composer. Essential reading' - Terry Teachout



transcends the already considerable available scholarship on Rachmaninoff with this perspicuous work which allows the reader not only to understand how the political and practical realities of the musician's circumstances helped direct the course of his life and livelihood, but how his creative existence evolved. By avoiding overly technical discussions when analyzing Rachmaninoff's compositions, the author is able to communicate his ideas to a broad musical audience

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'his knowledge both of the repertoire and of other painters are impressive...he covers everything, and enthusiastically defends the originality of Rachmaniov's later works...Three stars...for diligence.'~ David Nice, BBC Music Magazine (David Nice)

"[A] compelling narrative...'A composer's music...should be the sum total of a composer's experience.' Rachmaninov once claimed. After reading this biography you should be left in no doubt as to that statement's veracity." (Julian Haylock, Classic FM Magazine)

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