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.