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Guilty Pleasures: Marin Alsop's Top-40 Rachmaninoff

It's a week for admitting musical guilty pleasures. Today, conductor Marin Alsop makes a confession. Have a piece you're embarrassed to love? Let us know in the comments section.


I feel guilty about so many things in life, but loving "trashy" music isn't one of them! I adore Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2, especially the slow movement.

The fact that pop crooner Eric Carmen turned the tune into cash for himself in the form of the top-40 hit "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again" just bolsters the adage about imitation (or was it plagiarism) and flattery!

Compare the opening theme in the Rachmaninoff (above) to the refrain of Carmen's song (at 42 seconds into the video below).


What are your musical guilty pleasures?

Marin Alsop is the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the artistic director of California's Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.