Rachmaninov reloaded through hypnosis

Rachmaninov's concerto moves from utter desolation to exploding vitality. © Charles Thibo
Rachmaninov’s concerto moves from utter desolation to exploding vitality. © Charles Thibo

No offense meant, but I can’t stand it when you people treat my favorite Russian composers on Twitter like a space rocket where only the first stage carries a payload and the second stage can be discarded after lift-off. “Tchaik6” or “Rach2” – I will have none of that. Today it will be Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18 full stop. I had the immense pleasure to hear it performed yesterday at the Philharmonie de Luxembourg under the Czech conductor Juraj Valcuha and the Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev for the solo part. A delightful evening! Continue reading!