Piano Concerto No. 2
Posted 27 February 2006 - 01:24 PM
An interesting question - can anyone suggest a favorite version? I've listened to probably 8 different recordings. My default favorite was the first CD I owned of it -the Ashkenazy/Concertgebow performance. I like it because it takes a leisurely pace, and is played with emotion. The acoustics of Rachmaninoff's own performances are a bit too much of a strain for my casual listening, but are fascinating.
Posted 27 February 2006 - 04:46 PM
One of my most favorite moments in all of music is the sublime triumph at the end of part II in this Concerto -- intending to learn how to play it was a major reason for why I started up playing piano again, from long ago. One day soon, I'll recapture my old knowledge again, and I will be able to play it.
-Aelius Aristides, 2nd c. AD
Posted 27 February 2006 - 05:28 PM
No piece of music had ever affected me so deeply and so joyously. I love its strong opening movement, its truly thoughtful, self-examining second movement, and its deciding, strong, freely confident and triumphant last movement.
Needless to say, I sought out everything else composed by Rachmaninoff (whom I regarded as my personal treasure) and have been richly rewarded.
Posted 28 February 2006 - 05:22 AM
Someone I was once very close to provided the best description of this piece of music. He said that the Rach 2 brought to mind the grand story of a man captaining a ship, fighting great battles, braving terrible storms, defying the gods, in order to reach the unknown, whilst keeping an eye out for a woman worthy of him.
Till today, anytime this begins to play, that's who I see...that man.
Posted 03 June 2006 - 06:28 PM
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