The isle of the dead: symphonic poem after the painting by Arnold Böcklin, op. 29
A haunting work inspired by the painting of the same name, this composition is one of its most mystical and chilling interpretations. Evoking the dread and stillness of a ghostly crossing to a shrouded island, the immensely popular symphonic poem is steeped in late-Romantic imagery. Among Rachmaninoff's most frequently recorded works, "The Island of the Dead" has been in the repertoire since its premiere in 1909.
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