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Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto 3 Op. 30 in D Minor

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Sergey Rachmaninoff - Concertos :
Piano Concerto 3, Op. 30
Piano Concerto 3 Op. 30  in D Minor by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music
Key: D Minor Year: 1909
Level: 8+ Period: Late Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (16479 kB)

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xx OMG Valentina Lisitsa Playing Rach 3 In My City!!!!~
May 20, 2011, 01:11:39 AM by mediumwell

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

xx Best recording of Rach 2 and Rach 3
May 07, 2011, 09:30:03 AM by cazico


I never get bored of listening to these two giants - in my opinion the two best piano concertos the world has ever seen.

However, there are many recordings of these two concertos. Which one of them do you prefer?

My favourite is by far the recording from 1965 by Earl Wild. Except the cadenza in Rach 3, 1st mvt. - I don't like that one in Wild's.

What do you think?

xx I'm going to learn Rach 3! Am I crazy?
February 15, 2011, 08:55:51 PM by animae


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.

Should I?

PS: I have very large hands if that's useful. Smiley

xx How hard is the rach 3 cadeza tocata?
November 19, 2010, 03:22:38 AM by vesivian

How hard is the rach 3 cadeza tocata?

xx Where in the world is the cadenza tocatta of rach 3?
November 18, 2010, 11:44:38 AM by vesivian

What page is the cadenza tocatta of the rach 3?
http://www.mediafire.com/?eemjy5njj4b <--- theres were i got my sheets.

xx Piano concertos: Rachmaninov Vs. Tchaikovsky
March 24, 2010, 09:47:31 AM by bluesyboy1

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?

lamp Rachmaninoff 3rd piano concerto in d-minor op.30
August 29, 2009, 08:47:00 AM by gorucan

Hello there.

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 Smiley

Best greetings to all,

xx Best editions of Rachmaninoff piano concerto no.3
July 13, 2009, 10:43:39 PM by weissenberg2

what are the best editions of Rachmaninoff piano concerto no.3?

thanks in advance,

xx New Rach 3 recording!
May 11, 2009, 08:56:26 AM by clicquot


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  Grin)  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.

L.A.T.04-2009 DVD/CD

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