I've had the opportunity to review a new release of the Rach 3 concerto, performed by Vitaly Samoshko. I found his '99 recording of the concerto already one of the best ever (although the recording was technically not perfect)- he won the Queen Elisabeth Concours with this performance. This new recording is the one i've been waiting for since a long time!! Technically, the recording is perfect and audiophiles among us will be happy with this. Although a SACD release would have been top! My thought: Vitally's playing is relaxed, virtuose and detailed following the correct rhythm.(Sorry my technical piano knowledge is yet rather small ) There is no rush (cfr Argerich etc?), the orchestra joins the pianist in his playing: the piano is the central and crucial star, but has respect for the orchestra. The release comes with a DVD of the performance which is a great bonus! It's also nice to hear the pianist's thoughts about the piece in an extra interview. Expected to be in the cdshops around the end of may.
I'm practising this specific concerto to perform it with orchestra next year. So far I've done 1st movement with "hard" cadenza, and i read 2nd and 3rd movements. For the 3rd I'd say I can play a bit less than half of it in tempo.
I thought it would be nice to hear Your opinions on that piece, maybe someone has to tell me something what could help me with practising or inspire me.
And don't suggest "The Shine", becaue I already watched it shortly after i learned 1st movement
Ok now, I now that there in no "versus" as far as comparing these majestic composers. I was wondering however about the age-old question. I would like to ask the learned, perhaps preferably those who have played the concertos the following questions. Is Rachmaninov's 3rd piano more difficult pianistically than Tchaikovsky's first? Which has a more difficult keyboard work?
I'm 18 years old and have been playing the piano for 9 years now. I'm grade 8 standard and would like to play something challenging and enjoyable. I heard the Rach 3 concerto in the movie Shine 3 years ago. I didn't pay too much attention to it at first but recently I heard a performance of the Rach 3 ossia cadenza and thought it was revolutionary...
For the past 2 years I've been very narrow in selecting composer's works to learn - J.S. Bach was regarded as the greatest composer who lived. However, since listening to Rach, his concerto No. 3 takes me beyond the muddled presence and allows me to touch something timeless and eternal. I've never played any Romantic pieces before. I've always focused on Baroque music and rarely stepped into the classical realm. Although there's something daring me to learn this piece... but... Should I attempt it? I heard only a select few professional pianists have played this successfully with true interpretation and emotion but I believe I can too.
OMG... sorry for the freakout but i am so excited about this, valentina lisitsa (my favorite pianist currently) is coming to denver to play the rach 3!!...in ten months... XD been in love with the song since i saw/heard parts of it in the movie Shine.
GAHH. just had to post it, i'm so excited to hear how she'll play it! SO EXCITE! XD
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