A simple transition, via B flat, opens the second movement, Lento assai, which is actually in A flat major (another falling second) as the beautiful violin theme at once establishes. After much elaboration, the music then falls to D flat major, before briefly retracing its steps. The finale, Allegro e vivace, firmly returns to C minor, and here the influence of Rachmaninov is most apparent, particularly the finale of his second Piano Concerto, which is almost directly quoted at several points. The work ends in a fiery mood.
from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 2002