Symphony No.1 in D minor Op.14
Sergei Rachmaninov


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Down 8. It's only ever been lower than this once before, back in 1996. 2nd of Rachmaninov's 5 entries.

The immediacy of the romance in Rachmaninov's music is probably the greatest reason for its widespread and continued appeal. The work was composed not in Russia but in Dresden, where Rachmaninov and his family lived for the best part of four years from 1906. Dating from 1908, writing his Symphony No. 2 was a daunting affair for the composer. The work is evidently not a simple or easy listen, not least because, at an hour in length, it requires considerable concentration.