Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Music is such a release for me. When I am having stress…I pull out some music and play it LOUD.

Today I needed some music to be the soundtrack of my day and I asked my boys what they wanted to listen to since they were hanging out in the same room. One shouted, “Rachmaninoff”!

Rachmaninoff? Perfect to play loud and chase the stress away.

My favorite piece by Rachmaninoff is Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. It has everything in it. Fast, slow, loud, soft, romance, galloping horses, flying birds, scary, running water, wind, gentle breezes…..you name it. This piece is like a complete storybook if you listen to the entire thing. Sergei takes you on a rollercoaster ride with his music…up high, down low, and then back up again.

Aren’t we glad we have YouTube.com?

My favorite of the three videos is the third one…I get tears in my eyes every time I listen to the beginning of this one. Truly awesome sound…and emotions. If you only have time to listen to one of the sections, pick the third one. Big Finish!!!

Here are three videos that include the *entire* piece. The sound quality on these are fantastic. Listen loud or put on headphones.

Guaranteed to chance the stress away!

Rachmaninoff: Video 1

Rachmaninoff: Video 2

Rachmaninoff: Video 3

My favorite inexpensive Rachmaninoff CD.

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