How Rachmaninov played The Star-Spangled Bannermain
The New York Philharmonic, which has a Rachmaninov season coming up, has reminded us of the existence of a recording of the great composer playing the US national anthem.
It’s an unusual performance, completely without bombast and with more than a trace of melancholic yearning.
The Russian culture minister should listen to it before he tries to repatriate the composer’s remains.
Compare and contrast with the Horowitz interpretation.