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ergei Rachmaninov

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Piano Concerto No. 3, in D minor, op. 30. Although Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 is the more well-known and popular of his four piano concertos, the technically demanding Piano Concerto No.3, nevertheless, is the most romantic virtuoso concerto of them all. It has been suggested that the central theme of the first movement is based on a melody from Russian Orthodox liturgical music. Because Rachmaninov was connected to the Synodal Choral Institute and wrote many liturgical cycles and vespers, it could well be true. This opening theme is of great importance since much of the concerto is derived from it. Rachmaninov composed Piano Concerto No.3 at Ivanovka during the summer of 1909 and first performed it in New York on November 28 the same year. Later in his life he ceased playing the work, preferring instead younger pianists such as Vladimir Horowitz and Walter Gieseking to perform this most demanding and exquisitely beautiful concerto.Eisenach”.

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (1843-1893)

Tchaikovsky’s Concert Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra op. 56 was first published in 1884.  He dedicated the two-piano arrangement to Anna Esipova who actually never performed it. The Concert Fantasy had its first public performance by Taneyev, to great acclaim, on February 22, 1885.  In 1893 the full score was dedicated to Sophie Menter, student of Liszt and Tausig, who performed it to great success. Less magnificently imperial than the First Piano Concerto, the two-movement Concert Fantasy still maintains the technical virtuosity and sweeping melodies like the First. The first movement, the quasi rondo, introduces almost immediately a huge solo cadenza that demands great virtuosity. The second movement, contrastes, reflects a lyrical minor key as well as the dynamic rhythms of a Russian dance in the major key. In both movements, embellishments appear on the melody as it unravels.


Romantic Melodies


     Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
            Piano Concerto No. 3, in D minor, op. 30.
             1.  Allegro ma non tanto                        15:32
             2.  Intermezzo: Adagio                          10:36
             3.  Finale: Alla breve                             14:47 


    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) 
          Concert Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra op. 56
           (Edition: Vladimir Horowitz) 
  4. Quasi Rondo                                                15:14
            5. Contrastes (Solo cello: D.Yablonsky)            14:27        


Total Time 70:56

Valery Kuleshov, Piano
The Russian State Orchestra, Dmitry Yablonsky, Conductor

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