I don't know anything about Dimitri Kharitonov or Leif Ove Andsnes beyond this recording, but whoever they are, I love them! I'd never actually heard any Rachmaninoff songs before I bought this CD, so I won't swear it's the best out there. Nevertheless, I was so inspired by what I heard that I immediately started working on adding Rachmaninoff songs to my own vocal repertoire. Kharitonov's voice is very sweet and pleasant in the more tender songs, and he's wonderfully theatrical and fun in the more aggresive works. The pianist is fantastic, too, and the accompaniment is very passionate. Rachmaninoff songs are beautiful, captivating, moving, and hugely underappreciated. If you've never heard them, this recording is a great way to be introduced.