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Some snow-covered recommendations from the Russian section of Katherine's collection.
No essential collection of Russian music would be complete without something from Sergei Rachmaninov. It is mostly his piano music that we listen to these days. ‘He was a jaw-droppingly brilliant pianist and that comes through in his own compositions which certainly showed off his own playing to the full,’ says Katherine. In the Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, he took a famous tune by the great violin virtuoso and turned it into something altogether dazzling and – particularly in the 18th variation – heart-rendingly beautiful.
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