Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 is undoubtedly the most popular composition today by Sergei Rakhmaninov. Together with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 the piece represents the rich repertoire of the concertos for piano and orchestra of the late Romantic period.
Rakhmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 consists of three movements, comprising full of beautiful melodies. Among them the most memorable one is perhaps the melodic theme that appears near the end of the composition. The way it is presented – the full statement of the tune is waited to be introduced until nearly the end of the composition – is strikingly similar to the manner Tchaikovsky adopted for the very moving melody that comes along in the final movement of the above-mentioned concerto.