Piano Sonata No. 2 (Rachmaninoff)
Piano Sonata No. 2, Op
Opus number
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. 36, is a piano sonata
Piano sonata
A piano sonata is a sonata written for a solo piano. Piano sonatas are usually written in three or four movements, although some piano sonatas have been written with a single movement , two movements , five or even more movements...

 in B-flat minor composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music...

 in 1913. Rachmaninoff revised it in 1931, with the note, "The new version, revised and reduced by author." It has three movements:
  1. Allegro agitato
  2. Non allegro
  3. Allegro molto

A performance of the original version lasts approximately 25 minutes.
A performance of the revised version lasts approximately 19 minutes.

In 1940, with the composer's consent, Vladimir Horowitz
Vladimir Horowitz
Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz    was a Russian-American classical virtuoso pianist and minor composer. His technique and use of tone color and the excitement of his playing were legendary. He is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.-Life and early...

 created a syncretic of the original and revised versions. Several pianists, including Ruth Laredo
Ruth Laredo
Ruth Laredo was an American classical pianist.She became known in the 1970s in particular for her premiere recordings of the 10 sonatas of Scriabin and the complete solo piano works of Rachmaninoff, for her Ravel recordings and in the last 16½ years before her death for her series in the...

 and Hélène Grimaud
Hélène Grimaud
Hélène Grimaud is a French pianist.-Biography:Grimaud was born in Aix-en-Provence, France. Although her autobiography Variations Sauvages suggests a...

, have used Horowitz's edition when performing the piece. A performance of the syncretic version lasts approximately 22 minutes.

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  • Recording by Cecile Licad
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     from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
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     in MP3
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  • History of the different versions of the piece
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