I was going to come back to England this week but with all this talk of bear markets I thought I would do a Russian detour instead.
Again finding a decent recording on You Tube proved to be a little problematic. In the end though I found a recording of this piece (the prelude in C# minor) played by the man himself. A little on the crackly side but with so many interpretations available it's great to hear what the composer originally intended.
The dinner plates of course refer to Rachmaninoff's hand span which was an incredible thirteen (white) piano keys or about 12 inches.
Next time you wondering past a keyboard count up what your span is by comparison. I'm a ten at a stretch and even that hurts after a few minutes.