One never ceases to be amazed at the diversity of Rachmaninov's piano music, its freshness and originality. It is most rewarding, therefore, to have the opportunity of hearing many of his works which are far less well known. Whereas the Piano Sonatas, the Preludes Op.23 and the Etudes-tableaux Op.33 and Op.39, together with the Corelli and Chopin Variations, are frequently performed, it is most interesting to hear some of the rarer piano transcriptions and arrangements, to say nothing of many other attractive pieces included in this 8-disc colection. Howard Shelley, the soloist, plays with authority and conviction, paying great attention in highlighting the many subordinate contrapuntal themes that are an essential part of Rachmaninov's oeuvre. Special mention, too, should be made of the excellent and informative notes by Robert Matthew-Walker. This Hyperion release is good value for money and will provide many hours of satisfaction.