Often regarded as the last colossus of Russian romanticism, Sergei Rachmaninov enjoyed an unparalleled career as a composer, conductor, virtuoso pianist, and recording artist. A student of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, his output contains some of the seminal works of the early twentieth century, including Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (1934), and the Symphonic Dances (1940).
Zdes’ khorosho is the seventh in a collection of Twelve Romances (Op. 21) for voice and piano, composed by Rachmaninov between 1900 – 1902. Set to words by the Russian poet Glafira Galina (alias Glafira Eynreling), it tells the story of an ethereal paradise in the distance – perhaps an earthly idyll – but equally a metaphor for a reminiscence less tangible: an emotion, a yearning, a sentiment, or a loss.