Recorded on 04/22/2008, uploaded on 01/24/2009
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life was troubled from an early age: his father drank heavily, and his parents
separated when he was a child. It was also during this time that his sister
died. The composer was plagued with depression throughout his life, and
actually suffered a mental breakdown after the failure of his First Symphony in
1897. The Six Pieces for Piano Duet, op. 11 were written in 1894, just after
his studies at the Moscow Conservatory. The Romance, in C minor, is a beautiful
example of Rachmaninoff's melancholy and lyricism. The Scherzo is in D Major,
and is one of the most exciting movements of the set. It is very playful and
virtuosic, clearly evincing a youthful Rachmaninoff in a rare playful mood. Westhuizen Duo
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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