In this interpretation of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concert No. 2 in C Minor, Alexis Weissenberg is the pianist and the late Herbert von Karajan is the conductor.
Rachmaninoff composed this very-famous work after a crushing disappointment with his first symphony. Critics were merciless with their comments, causing Sergei to become so burdened by anxiety that he thought he might never compose again. (Today, that same symphony is greatly enjoyed by audiences.)
After working with a doctor who helped him, with hypnotherapy, Rachmaninoff recovered. He dedicated this masterpiece - sometimes affectionately called "The Rach 2" - to Dr. Nikolai Dahl (his physician).
Strains of the popular song, "All By Myself," are clearly recognizable in this movement. Eric Carmen, its composer, has acknowledged that he was greatly influenced by Rachmaninoff's concerto.
Video clip online, courtesy YouTube.