Archives: 2010 June

Archive for June, 2010

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.

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

Tidal waves of piano passion and multiple tunes to cry for. Plus Rachmaninov quotes Rachmaninov, and how to fake an orchestra in your living room.

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

Tarzan and glissandos, glittering fingers, and perhaps the most glorious melody Rachmaninov ever composed. What goes on in the head of a genius? Buy, buy, buy this music! It will make your life better!!

Pachelbel’s Canon in D | Part I

Why would you want a canon at your wedding? Planning to dispose of certain guests?? No but seriously, Pachelbel’s Canon isn’t a thunderous ancient weapon, it’s a piece of music, it’s gorgeous, and it was written by a 17th century German composer, one Johann Pachelbel. He was busy and successful, and if he’d been around to claim his Canon copyright today, he’d be very rich. My guest, organist Joy Leilani, explains why happy couples love this music, and I figure out that the life of a working musician really hasn’t changed since Pachelbel’s day – it’s still all about the networking.

Pachelbel’s Canon in D | Part II

So just what is a musical canon then? Your moment to ace the trivia quiz. Joy and I team up to play circle games with Pachelbel’s melody and enjoy the sheer beauty of his ingenious designs. I get carried away by amazing music and history, and decide to relive my own wedding. Gulp!