Sergey Rachmaninov

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

    Description by Sol Louis Siegel

    Rachmaninov composed the Piano Concerto No. 1, his Opus 1, at the age of 18, while he was still a student at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1917, more than two decades and two piano concerti later, he revised the score thoroughly, shaping the work into the form in which it is known today. This revised, "authoritative" version of the work is a tightly organized distillation of youthful passion and ardor, with the added influence of the turmoil that would soon force the composer to leave his native Russia for good.

    The Concerto opens with a portentious declaration from the horns and a cascade of piano chords that recall the pealing of the composer's beloved Russian bells. The main theme is lyric and melancholy, the second sprightly by contrast. The first movement's huge solo cadenza, propelled by powerful chords -- highly suggestive, again, of bells -- and fiery expression, is the real heart of the work. The Andante second movement provides respite before the Allegro vivace finale, which is marked by a wild main subject in shifting rhythms and a fleet, virtuosic second theme. Rapid-fire chordal passagework from the keyboard brings this most melodramatic of Rachmaninov's concerti to a thrilling conclusion.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Vivace - Moderato (1st version)
    2. Vivace - Moderato
    3. Andante cantabile (1st version)
    4. Andante
    5. Allegro vivace (1st version)
    6. Allegro vivace

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Raven Records OAR 155
    2017 IBA [Idil Biret Archives] 8501065
    2016 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 13037
    2015 Somm SOMMCD 253
    2015 Claudio CB 60262
    2015 Mariinsky MAR 0587
    2015 Philharmonia Records PHR 0104
    2015 Alto / Musical Concepts MCSCD 6005
    2014 RCA Red Seal 88843003502
    2014 Melodiya MELCD 1002128
    2014 Deutsche Grammophon 4793631
    2014 Warner Classics 2564627827
    2014 Decca 4786348
    2014 Decca
    2014 Decca 4786765
    2014 Decca B002033502
    2013 RCA Red Seal 88725484402
    2013 Decca
    2013 Broken Audio BRAU 0950
    2013 BIS BIS 2012
    2013 Decca
    2013 Decca
    2013 Decca B001811702
    2013 Decca 4785093
    2012 Decca / Mercury Living Presence 001653302
    2012 Warner Classics
    2012 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099931938525
    2012 BIS BISCD 975
    2012 Decca
    2012 Decca 4783611
    2012 Praga DSD 350056
    2011 Decca
    2011 Entertainment Group 1213
    2011 Avie AV2191
    2011 EMI Classics 918726
    2011 Warner Classics
    2011 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099908519
    2011 Nimbus NI 1720
    2011 Dutton Digital / Dutton Laboratories CDVS 1918
    2011 Challenge Classics CC72383
    2010 Sonoma 126
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    2010 Decca
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    2010 Hyperion 14
    2009 Document 231058
    2009 Membran 232676
    2008 Rca Red Seal 279722
    2007 Living Era Classics 2014
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    2007 Urania 4235
    2007 Zephyr 12807
    2007 EMI Classics
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    2007 Decca 4758548
    2006 Edel Records 2832
    2006 Madacy / Start TC 252373
    2006 Arte Nova 797600
    2006 Brilliant 7794
    2006 Mirare 19
    2006 Virgin 363291
    2006 Erato
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    2006 Warner Music 2564 63675-2
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    2001 Classica d'Oro 3002
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    2001 Naxos 8 505177
    2001 CBC Records 5052
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    2000 Decca 467419
    2000 EMI Music Distribution 5551882
    2000 Naxos 550809
    2000 EMI Classics
    2000 Naxos 8501005
    2000 Orfeo 497001
    1999 Philips 456850
    1999 Philips 454987
    1999 Deutsche Grammophon 429715
    1999 Naxos 110602
    1999 Chandos 7114
    1998 Point Classics 2672132
    1998 Deutsche Grammophon 453 136-2GTA2
    1998 Nimbus 1761
    1997 Brioso Recordings 111
    1997 BMG 68762
    1997 Arte Nova 43315
    1997 Nimbus 5511
    1997 Melodiya 40068
    1997 London
    1997 London 455234
    1997 Berlin Classics 0093072
    1996 Laserlight 24415
    1996 EMI Music Distribution 68619
    1996 Melodiya 29460
    1995 London 448219
    1995 London 444839
    1995 Laserlight 14271
    1994 Mercury 434333
    1994 RCA 61658
    1994 Chandos 6605
    1993 Chandos CHAN9192
    1993 Decca / Philips
    1993 Philips 438326
    1992 Vox 5008
    1992 RCA 61265
    1991 Chesky Records 41
    1991 Sony Music Distribution 46541
    1991 Chandos 8882/3
    1990 Decca / London 425004
    1989 London 425576
    1988 Virgin 59506
    1988 Decca
    1988 London 421590
    Brioso Recordings 116
    ABC Classics 432209
    History 205238
    Madacy 52374
    Magic Talent 48074
    RCA 6659
    Philips 412881
    Monopoly 2030
    Manchester 107
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 7024
    Russian Revelation 10064
    Melodiya 29467
    Bayer Records 100193
    The Piano Library 258
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    Monitor 72004
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    Olympia (Classical/Jazz) 190
    Arte 0008