Monday, 9 August 2010

Sergei Rachmaninoff - 'Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14' (1912)

   Whenever I'd like a feeling of equanimity, this sort of piece normally helps. It is particularly notable for containing no words other than "ah"

   This performance was conducted by Leopold Stokowski and sung by Anna Moffo


WinstonC said...

I adore Rach B. Vocalise is always special. His Symphony No.1 is perhaps the least played of all his major works, which is a shame; this sequence from the Larghetto is one of my favourite;

Barima said...

W, I finally added your music column to my blogroll last month, and I hope that you will update it more when time allows

I rather like the Larghetto sequence you favour. There's something of his diffidence, I'd say, due to the reserved manner it which its played - a sort of contemplative beauty that feels eminently emotional