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Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto 2 Op. 18 in C Minor

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Sergey Rachmaninoff - Concertos :
Piano Concerto 2, Op. 18
Piano Concerto 2 Op. 18  in C Minor by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music
Key: C Minor Year: 1901
Level: 8+ Period: Late Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (11588 kB)

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xx Rach2
October 13, 2002, 06:25:50 PM by Neno

I'm currently working on the second concerto by rachmaninoff and i have a little problem in the third movement!
After the arpeggios where the piano starts to play without the orchestra i can't find good fingerings for the left hand!I use (532)-1-2-(51) but i can't get it at the correct tempo!
Some help would be appreciated!
  Neno    ,(excuse me for my english!).

xx Rachmaninov Second Concerto Ripped off of Tchaikovsky First
April 25, 2006, 11:07:07 AM by michael_langlois

Has anyone heard this?  My piano teacher, a composer, suggested this idea to me while I was learning the Tchaikovsky.  He says that Rachmaninov even acknowledged that he stole his ideas for the Second Concerto from Tchaikovsky's first.  Is this true, or is it still within the realm of music being built off of other music over time?

xx Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto, 1st Mvt
March 08, 2007, 11:33:07 PM by gregh87

I played this with the Knoxville Youth Symphony last May, my senior year in high school.  I made some obvious mistakes, and the orchestra and I weren't always together, but I'm just happy I made it through it.

xx Rachmaninoff - Piano concerto no 2, op 18
May 29, 2007, 04:47:54 PM by fnork

Here comes the first movement, recorded it today with my teacher on 2nd piano.

xx Rach 2
June 04, 2007, 09:07:07 AM by christiaan

What is the correct version of the Rach 2`s openinig chords? To 'arpeggio' it like Ashkenazy or to play it 'blocked' like Richter/ Van Cliburn? Wat do you guys prefer?

I hate it when people arpeggio it to fit the size of their small hands! If you have small hands, don`t try Rachmaninov`s second concerto!

What do you think?

xx The best interpretation of Tchaikovsky`s First Concerto and Rachmaninov`s Second
June 07, 2007, 09:29:15 AM by christiaan

Thcaikovsky: Richter, Argerich, Olga Kern, Pletnev...?

Rachmaninov: Richter, Kissin, Hough, Ashkenazy...?

xx Rachmaninoff 2nd concerto (recent live performance)
July 19, 2007, 10:00:55 PM by fnork

...with 2nd piano.


xx Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto in c minor No.2
October 10, 2007, 05:18:53 PM by amelialw

For those of you who have learnt Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto in c minor No.2, How hard is it actually compared to the rest of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concertos? Do you think that it's more do'able for someone with small hands? How much harder is it then Beethoven's Concertos, Schumann's Concertos?

Any opinions or advice welcome. Thanks!

xx Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor
December 19, 2007, 06:08:22 PM by pianorin

hey what do you guys think of this concerto??
This concerto is my all-time-favourite!!  Cheesy
But it looks very difficult.  Undecided

What about the people with small hands? Are thay able to play this concerto? Huh

xx Rachmaninoff #2 (How difficult?)
March 20, 2008, 07:45:53 AM by gingerale

Hello everybody!

I know that a lot of people think that Rachmaninoff #2 is an overrated piece because so many people have played and recorded it. But the thing is... I never played it! Smiley

So, I would like to know your feedback about what you think is the best way to study this piece in a way to get it ready in 3 months. (any methods for difficult technique slots, ways to subdivide the piece in order to study by bites, or anything you could suggest in a way to help me, etc).

I already played the Paganini Rhapsody, and a lot of etudes and preludes so, I am familiar with this style. But still, 2#concerto brings new challenges.

Any ideas or suggestions will be welcomed and very appreciated! Smiley


xx How difficult is the first mouv. of Rach 2?
April 25, 2008, 09:17:19 PM by franz_

How difficult is this mouvement? Technically... ?
In half a year my school will do auditions to play 10min. with orchestra, and I would like to give this a try. What do you guys think?

xx Rachmaninoff Concertos
July 15, 2008, 09:02:25 PM by chozartmaninoff

Does anyone know of a UK company that sell orchestral backing Tracks, Mainly of the Rachmaninoff Piano concert 1 in F# Minor Number 2 in C minor and no.3 in D minor



xx Rachmaninoff fingering
July 24, 2008, 06:58:45 PM by byarbrough

I need some advice on the poco piu mosso bridge section towards the beginning of the first movement of Rachmaninoff's 2nd concerto. I'm having a huge amount of trouble with the left hand in this part, specifically with the second and third measures. If it helps, the notes here are "F, E flat, A, C, A, D, E flat, A, B flat, C, D, A, F sharp, C, F sharp, B flat, C." My professor and I talked about fingering this at the end of the semester before summer break, and she recommended 1235212 4321235321. The third measure seems to be getting better so that's probably just a practice issue, but no matter how much I do slow practice on the second measure as soon as I begin to speed it up it falls apart. This is such an awkward spot in the piece for me and I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions. Thanks for your help

xx Rach2: Getting started
October 19, 2008, 01:29:54 PM by racky2

Rach2, getting beyond the eight chords for whom the bells toll, how do you play the rippling con passione section?    My copy doesn't show fingering.   Do you just play the notes slowly until your fingers sort it out or is there a time-honoured approach to studying the whole work which all challengers need to be privy to?

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