Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano concerto No. 2 in c Op. 18
Composed at the turn of the 20th century, Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto is often described as the greatest piano concerto of all time. There’s much evidence of this- the piece is virtuosic and lyrical all at the same time, and the dialogue between the soloist and orchestra is simply stunning. In fact, Rachmaninoff completed the work as he was coming out of a deep depression and three-year stint of writer’s block. The Second Piano Concerto marks his full recovery, and every musical gesture seems to be carefully placed to create this beautiful masterpiece. Hear it tonight at 7: our Evening Masterwork on Classical WSMR.