Rachmaninov began The Isle of the Dead in January and completed the score on April He conducted the first performance on May 1 of that year. Isle of the Dead, Op. 29; Symphony #1 in D minor, Op. 13 As most Rachmaninov mavens are aware, the First Symphony was a grand failure at its Sergei Rachmaninov – The Isle of the Dead. A plaintive oboe and gloomy clarinets depict the sounds of the oars of Charon cutting through the waters of the river. The BBC work page for The Isle of the Dead by Sergey. Isle of the Dead, Op (Rachmaninoff, Sergei) ES (According to Barrie Martyn's book on Rachmaninoff, the manuscript is dated 17 April (OS) , one day. Isle of the Dead (Russian: Остров мёртвых), Op. 29, is a symphonic poem composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff, written in the key of A minor. He concluded the. Sergey Rachmaninov. The Isle of the Dead, symphonic poem, Op. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on. facebook · twitter. Results 1 - 10 of 68 This page lists all recordings of The Isle of the Dead - Symphonic Poem, Op. 29 by Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov ().