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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (2 CD set)

By Sergei Rachmaninoff

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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (2 CD set) composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943). For solo piano and orchestra. Classical Period, 20th Century and Play Along. SMP Level 7 (Late Intermediate). Sheet music and accompaniment CD. Performance notes. 95 pages. Published by Music Minus One (MO.MMOCD3084).

ISBN 1596150785. With performance notes. Classical Period, 20th Century and Play Along. 9x12 inches.

Composed in 1934, this series of variations on one of Paganini's themes was an instant hit. The 18th variation is a universally known melody to this day, being heard on film and television soundtracks, in recordings, and in concert halls everywhere. A man Conductor: Nayden Todorov. Soloist: Alexander Raytchev, piano. Ensemble: Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra.Includes an expansive, newly engraved 96-page music book with solo part and orchestral reduction, printed on high-quality ivory paper; and two compact discs containing the complete performance of the concerto in digital stereo; a digital stereo version of the music.

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4 to 5-note chords in both hands and scales in octaves in both hands.

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  • May 24, 2011 Pretty good

    I'm quite happy with this set (unlike the MMO Rach2 and Tchaikovsky 1). The orchestra is playing well and the soloist is doing a fine job considering the constraints of this edition. I would also tweak the tempo on some parts to suit my style. My only problem is...

    I got the old stock of this set. Had I ordered directly from MMO, I may have gotten the newer stock, which I like better.

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  • 4

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  • February 08, 2009 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

    My son was pleased with this as a gift. He did think the music was divided in illogical phrases for practicing, but loaded the CD on his computer and rearranged it to his satisfaction.

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  • 5

    Kauai, Hawaii
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  • October 18, 2008 Clearly an exceptional opportunity

    This piece from the first time I heard it decades ago,(a recording by Van Cliburn), captured my imagination. I played a version of the Andante cantabile written with 2 sharps! I am thrilled to be experiencing it fully now in the original key and on so many new levels...

    . The structure of the melody and the weaving together of the parts is revelatory. Thank you very much for making this available.

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  • September 24, 2008 Too many page turns

    This is one of my favorites of piano literature. I have another edition of this piece from which I've been practicing. I find the page turns in this edition to be a little bit too frequent and in awkward places. I definitely enjoy being able to play along with...

    the recording.

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    31 of 68 people found this review helpful.
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  • June 12, 2008 Play with the pros!

    Although I will probably never play this work with a live orchestra, it is such a joy to be able to do just that in my own living room. The slower tempo version is so helpful while learning. There are indications of each track of the CD on the score...

    , which makes it easy to repeat a section. It would be a useful tool for teaching only for very advanced students.

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