Out of the blue a few days ago, E asked me if I liked Rachmaninov. I told him something along the lines of Russian Romanticism was best left to Tchaikovsky, who could actually compose for an instrument other than the piano*, and then I had a horrible thought.
Please, if there is a god up there, don't let my Christmas present be a steamy night of late Russian Romanticism.
*disclaimer: Yes, I know Rachy did compose for more than just the piano. But to be fair, none of that stuff went anywhere either.