Music Monday: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor

The Mister and I went on a music date this weekend. Let’s ignore the fact that we left the house with one naked child running around and returned to see her still awake at almost midnight. Let’s focus on this:

Those were our seats to listen to Romancing Rachmaninoff played by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra – or more importantly those were our seats to watch that man play Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. When buying the tickets Mister was trying to figure out where would be the best place to sit to see the pianists fingers as he played. Mister was so excited he could barely sleep the night before (he’s a pianist himself – and you thought he was just another pretty face).

I can’t imagine we could have sat anywhere better. Do you see how close we were? We could see his fingers flying and the sweat gathering on his brow. The pianist, this web Arnaldo Cohen, information pills was fantastic. Our local orchestra is okay and seem to dedicate most of their time to playing The Pops (because that is all that people will pay to see these days) so it was very exciting to have something offered that we really wanted to see – and since the house was quite full that night we obviously weren’t the only ones.

Take a listen here to the first part of the Moderato (and here for part two). Even if you aren’t a classical music fan chances are good that you know Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. It is one of those really fantastic pieces that you just want to lay down and loose yourself in.

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