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30. Rachmaninov: 2nd Piano Concerto


[…] I like Wagner and Beethoven, Klee and Stravinsky, 
Rachmaninoff and rabbits.
This is all pretty common, I realize.
So is breathing.

Excerpt from Screams From The Balcony by Charles Bukowski 


Eric Carmen was a slick 70’s pop idol, who sold over a million copies of his power ballad All By Myself. Rachmaninov was a 20th century composer who sold an equally impressive amount of copies of his much loved 2nd Piano Concerto.

Eric thought Rachmaninov was born somewhere in the dark ages, and that his compositions were part of the public domain. Hence why All By Myself is more or less the 2nd movement of Rach’s 2nd Piano Concerto. With words.

It was Rachmaninov’s lawyer who called Eric to explain that the disseased Rachmaninov was young enough to be his grandfather. Plus something along the lines of: “SHOW ME THE MONEY COCKSUCKER!!”

They agreed Eric would cough up 12% of the revenues for Rach’s heirs. All By Himself. When Mariah Carey and Celine Dion re-recorded the song those same heirs were laughing all the way to the bank.

The Beastie Boys would save Rachmanov’s questionable rockstar status in the end, by using a rendition of his Prelude in C# Minor for the verses of Intergallactic

Recommended recording:
Sviatoslav Richter, Stanislaw Wislocki & Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra

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