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Rare Rachmaninoff recording discovered

Sep 1, 2018

Program from one of the Russian pianist's Rochester, NY appearances

Russian pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff was stingy with his talent.  The only recordings we have of him playing were produced in studios, under strict controls.  That's why a recently-discovered performance of the artist interpreting his Symphonic Dances is so exciting to classical music afficianados.

Marston Records will issue this private concert, captured at a conductor's home.  Scholars speculate that Rachmaninoff was unaware he was being recorded on two double-sided 10-inch acetate discs. They were discovered in the Eugene Ormandy Collection of Test Pressings and Private Recordings, now held at the University of Pennsylvania.

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