Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 2
One of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, and on of its most popular composes too, Rachmaninov wrote his sweeping melodies in a blaze of creativity which astonished audiences then as now.
1-3. Piano Concerto No.2
The Second Piano Concerto was dedicated in heartfelt appreciation to Dahl and saw instantaneous success. Each of the three movements contains at least one melody which in the case of the finale is worked up into a climax of overwhelming intensity.
4. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Rachmaninov's piano concerto-esque work was the 1934 equivalent of sampling a pop song. The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is also one of the romantic period's greatest pieces.
5. Warsaw Concerto
If you’re looking for a piece of music that divides opinion, look no further than this work. Beloved by many for its Rachmaninov-esque melodies and nostalgic sound-world, it’s also remembered for its repeated occurrence in Spike Milligan’s autobiography as ‘the bloody awful Warsaw Concerto’.