Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Horowitz: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3

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Vladimir Horowwitz, 75, plays the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30, in Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, in 1978 with Zubin Mehta as conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sergei Rachmaninov completed the concerto on September 23, 1909, and he himself performed it with the New York Symphony Society conducted by Walter Damrosch at the New Theatre in Manhattan's Central Park West (now the site of a 1931 Art Deco apartment building) district in New York City on November 28, 1909.

The piece, affectionately called Rach 3, is both technically and musically demanding. And although the piece is rather long (almost 45 minutes) for a blog format, if you have the time, you will not be disappointed. It undoubtedly rates among Horowitz's finest performances, perhaps equal to the critically acclaimed performance that Horowitz made in 1941 with the same orchestra (NYPO) under the baton of Sir John Barbirolli.

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