Cyril Smith

Cyril Smith : Rachmaninoff 'Paganini Rhapsody' (18th Variation) - Cyril Smith, piano; Sargent conducts

Cyril Smith was a brilliant English virtuoso pianist whose concert career was cut short in the 1950s by a stroke that paralysed his left arm. He made many recordings, including a superb performance of Rachmaninoff's 'Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini' with the Philharmonia under Sir Malcolm Sargent in 1948. We hear the famous 18th Variation from the 'Guild' reissue on GHCD 2420.