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Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op. 18 | Part I


Sergey Rachmaninov’s celebrated 2nd piano concerto – a tale of fiery, heart-pulping music, staggering pianism, youthful self-absorption and…hypnotism? It’s 1900 in Moscow. Find out how a man with a face like a gangster and fingers of tungsten composed one of the world’s most adored piano pieces, along with the secret help of his therapist. In this first of three segments we take a look at why Rachmaninov’s music affects us so deeply, and reach an obvious conclusion: never listen to critics…they can mess with your mojo.

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