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  1. Rachmaninoff was an incredibly gifted pianist, one of the best who ever lived, and thus he was the first to perform the concerto himself, in New York in 1909. One of the early performances was conducted by Gustav Mahler. Rachmaninoff left Russia in 1917 on the eve of the Soviet revolution and immigrated to the US.

  2. Sergei Rachmaninoff 's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30, was composed in the summer of 1909. The piece was premiered on November 28 of that year in New York City with the composer as soloist, accompanied by the New York Symphony Society under Walter Damrosch.

  3. The Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 is generally thought to have been composed in 1800, although the year of its composition has been questioned by some contemporary musicologists. It was first performed on 5 April 1803, with the composer as soloist.

    • Contents
    • Brief History of The Third Concerto
    • First Performances
    • Earliest Recordings
    • Champions of The Third
    • About The Score: Cuts and Cadenzas
    • My Favourite Recordings
    • Important Information
    • Reference
    • List of Musicians

    The Third (as it will be known for the rest of this article) was completed as a major composition which Rachmaninoff would "show off" in New York in 1909 during his first concert tour of USA. He wrote the work in the peace of his family's country estate, Ivanovka, and it was completed on 23 September 1909 (Julian Calendar). (NB. All subsequent date...

    The Third was premiered on 28 November 1909 with Rachmaninoff himself at the keyboard, joined by Symphony Society of New York at the New Theatre, New York, under Walter Damrosch. On 16 January 1910, he repeated the Third at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic under Gustav Mahler. It was reported that both great musicians had great respect ...

    The first ever recording of the Third was done by none other than Vladimir Horowitz, who recorded it in 1930 with Albert Coates. Incidentally, Horowitz also recorded the Third 3 more times in his lifetime, including one with Serge Koussevitsky in 1950, the well-known recording with Fritz Reiner the following year, and the live recording with Eugene...

    Like Horowitz, Vladimir Ashkenazy has made four recordings of the Third. A couple of others recorded it three times, including the now seldom heard-about Alexis Weissenberg. More about one of Weissenberg's recordings later. Of course there must have been many others who have PERFORMED (but not RECORDED) the Third countless number of times, but I ha...

    As quite well known by now, Rachmaninoff, in his lifetime, allowed cuts to be made to his large scale works during performances, such as the 2nd Symphony. Not surprisingly, four cuts were sanctioned by Rachmaninoff in the Third Concerto and two additional cuts also exist: 2 in each movement. For example, all the four sanctioned by Rachmaninoff were...

    In my teens, Ashkenazy/Ormandy stayed on top of my list for quite some time (one of the first few CDs I purchased after switching from cassettes to CDs) before I started feeling that the Third needed to sound less "mild", less "level-headed", and more "heart-stopping" than what I was hearing. This all started after I listened to Horowitz (1951) and...

    The Rachmaninoff Society is an international organisation founded in 1990 to encourage and bring into contact all those who appreciate the life and music of the Russian composer, pianist and conductor Rachmaninoff. Please refer to The Rachmaninoff Society Homepage for more information about the Society. Those who are interested to join the Society,...

    Discography of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30; Version 6.3; Colebank, Scott; July 1990.
    Concise Dictionary of Music; Wm Collins Sons & Co Ltd (publisher); 1986
    The New Penguin Dictionary of Music; Jacobs, Arthur; Penguin Books (publisher); 1983
    Sleeve notes of various CDs containing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30.
    Josef HOFMANN (1876-1957)
    Walter DAMROSCH (1862-1950)
    Gustav MAHLER(1860-1911)
    Vladimir HOROWITZ (1904-1989)
  4. A compilation from five of our finest live piano concertos. Performed by Anna Fedorova and Jean-Yves Thibaudet among others. Almost one hour of beautiful cla...

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