Sergei Rachmaninov – The Isle of the Dead
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18. Sergei Rachmaninov – The Isle of the Dead
A plaintive oboe and gloomy clarinets depict the sounds of the oars of Charon cutting through the waters of the river Styx in the solemn opening phrases of Rachmaninov’s symphonic poem. The music transports our immortal souls to the edge of the underworld in this spooky piece.