The Absurd Times Valentina Lisitsa



You have to hear this.


Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto #3, called “Rach 3”, is at the pinnacle of classical music concertos. Any pianist who can master it, if any ever really masters it, has achieved one of the greatest feats possible. Daniel Barenboim never tried to record it as best I know, nor Vladimir Ashkenazy, and many others. Many have tried it and failed, falling short either in places or all over in time and tempo.

The first able to play it well was the composer himself, Serge, and the recordings are available on CD. He is to this concerto as Arthur Schnabel is to the Beethoven Sonatas. Serge was well-known and acclaimed as a concert pianist even before this concerto and it made him the only living master of it.

One day, Vladimir Horowitz played it while Serge was in the audience. Many analogies occur to…

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