Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff was the last, great representative of the Russian Romantic tradition as a composer, but was also a widely and highly celebrated pianist of his time. His piano concertos, the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and his preludes famously test pianists' skills. His Symphony No. 2, the tone poem Isle of the Dead, and his Cello Sonata are also astounding. The passionate rich melodies and lush harmonies of his music have been called the perfect accompaniment for love scenes, but in a greater sense they explore a range of emotions with intense and compelling expression.
This romantic gem aptly entitled "Romance" is arranged by Johnny for acoustic guitar from an 1918 Masterpieces Piano anthology book. Johnny's years of intimate live performances invigorates Rachmaninoff's ethos of true love in quest of marital union.