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    I would say Piano Concerto #2. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini might be second.

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    I really do hope OP can read this all somehow. Not been seen since asking.
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    I'd have two: the Paganini Rhapsody and the Symphonic Dances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    It is very hard to answer this question. I would have to say Symphony #1, but that could change.

    EDIT: Well if it is to be a keyboard piece then I am in trouble because I don't have a favorite yet. I'll hazard a guess that my future favorite will be the 1926 original version of the 4th piano concerto. We'll see, it was just ordered this morning so I won't even hear it until next year.
    Sticking with symphony #1. As for keyboard works, of the 4 concertos and the Paganini it is a difficult choice, but I tend to have a special affinity for concertos #1 and #4.
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    As many have said, it's hard to pick just one, but I love his Piano Sonata No.2, especially the original version.

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    As this is the Keyboard refuge, I'll stick to SVR's solo piano works.

    Aaaaaand it's difficult. Probably Corelli Variations, which is a masterpiece that deserves more love than it gets. A very close second would be the 2-piano version of Symphonic Dances.

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    Yeah, come to think of it I'd have to go with the Corelli Variations as well, in the solo piano realm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    I really do hope OP can read this all somehow. Not been seen since asking.
    Maybe he/she saw the film clip with Marilyn Monroe and has been lost in a daydream.

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    Solo piano: the 1st sonata in D minor, with a fabulous (and unaccountably neglected) tune in the first movement and Rachmaninov in his best "Elysian Fields" mood in the second. It continually amazes me that the sonata no.2 is programmed so much more often.

    Piano and orchestra: the slow movement of the 3rd concerto (as a whole work, the 2nd concerto will always reign supreme for me).

    Left field nomination: the cello sonata, with that impossibly difficult piano part, a wonderful work for both instruments.

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    It seems like Rachmaninoff’s reputation rests upon a handful of famous works more than few other composers. Besides the 2nd and 3rd concerti and Paganini rhapsody, my favorite works of his tend to be the ones that don’t get much exposure: the Trios Elegaique, the Cello Sonata, the All-Night Vigil (maybe my favorite choral work of the 20th century), the 6 Moments Musicaux, the piano sonatas, the songs. I even prefer his lovely 3rd symphony to the also lovely but somewhat overwrought 2nd.
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