Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3

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Serge Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3

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Alexander Gavrylyuk and the Concertgebouworkest under Vladimir Jurowski perform Rachmaninoff’s grand Piano Concerto No. 3. You can watch the performance with or without Gavrylyuk’s commentary.

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3

“I wrote it for elephants,” Sergei Rachmaninoff told Vladimir Horowitz, according to Horowitz, after hearing the younger pianist storm through his Third Piano Concerto, to his utter amazement (“He swallowed it whole!”). Of course, Rachmaninoff was speaking Russian, and in Russian the word for elephant (slon) conveys not ungainly heaviness but weightiness, which is a sort of grandeur. Therefore, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 is for heavyweights or better, for champs.

Alexander Gavrylyuk, pianist

Alexander Gavrylyuk first appeared with the Concertgebouworkest in 2010 in acclaimed performances of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto under the direction of Mikhail Pletnev. In 1999, Gavrylyuk won first prize at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition for Young Pianists and, as the youngest participant, first prize at the Hamamatsu Competition a year later. The Ukrainian pianist has since triumphed in all the great concert halls. You can watch Gavrylyuk’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with or without commentary by the pianist himself.

watch with commentary by Alexander Gavrylyuk 

Watch the interview The Heart of Rachmaninoff 

Watch the mini docu Rach 3: Myths and Legends

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