The Listening Service

Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto: or What's Right and What's Wrong - with a Great Tune?

Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto: or What's Right and What's Wrong - with a Great Tune?

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Summary

The Listening Service returns after the summer break. Tom Service examines one of the most famous concertos in the piano repertoire. What is the secret of its appeal? Why does it have such emotional impact? Why did the critics hate it, yet why is it such a classical favourite in the world of popular culture - from Mickey Mouse to Marilyn Monroe to Muse? And what did Rachmaninov have to go through to compose it? With pianist Lucy Parham.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Tom Service
Guest Lucy Parham
Producer Elizabeth Funning
Music