Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor
Rachmaninov's first concerto for piano climbs 31 in this year's chart
Rachmaninov wrote his Piano Concerto No.1 when he was still a teenager. The work begins with unabashed showmanship, as a vehicle for Rachmaninov's own accomplished skill at the piano. This is a relatively playful work, sowing the seeds of a passionate musical intensity that was to burst forth over the years to come. It may be a slightly immature work but it's still an astonishingly accomplished one at that.
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