April 2 – Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Performed by
Jennifer Parker-Harley, flute
Winifred Goodwin, piano
Recorded by John Epps

Sergei Rachmaninoff was born on this day in 1873. Known both as a pianist and composer, his works exemplify Russian late Romanticism. The Vocalise, originally written for voice without words and piano, has been transcribed for countless instrumental combinations. The simple and poignant melody is supported by Rachmaninoff’s characteristic lush harmonic language that makes his style so attractive and recognizable.

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