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Piano Concerto 3

S. Rachmaninoff Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 30 in D Minor: Allegro ma non tanto16:46Album Only
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  • Audio CD (April 6, 1993)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003FFK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachmaninoff's Two Great Interpreters in Collaboration August 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This RCA Red Seal release of Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto was recorded on the 50th anniversary of Russian Pianist Vladimir Horowitz' American debut. Though not preferred by most critics to his 1951 recording with Reiner and the RCA Symphony Orchestra, this is by far Horowitz' most polished, emotional and powerful performance - full of cantabile and warmth, yet never lacking in the pyrotechnics for which Volodya was so famous. His treatment of the concerto is actually closer to his 1930 recording with Albert Coates and the London Symphony Orchestra. A number of critics have pointed out that some portions of this recording were cut in the studio following the actual concert because Horowitz made a few mistakes. That's all good and well, but this review is of the final, edited recording, not specifically the concert itself.
How fortunate we are, as well, to have Rachmaninoff's compatriot Eugene Ormandy (to whom the Russian composer dedicated his final work, "Symphonic Dances") as conductor for this eventful recording - this is the only available recording of Rachmaninoff's two greatest champions in collaboration. This, in fact, is my favourite classical recording - period. It documents Horowitz' first appearance with an orchestra since 1953 and one can sense the anticipation from the opening chords of hearing what Horowitz would come up with. This piece has been long known as Horowitz' warhorse, but for the first time, Horowitz does not pounce upon this great work immediately with his explosive pianism.
Instead of attacking the opening movement (Allegro ma non tanto) with the linear thrust of sound for which he was famous, here Horowitz delivers a subtle, reflective rendering.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate Performance December 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is the best performance of Rachmaninoff's 3rd I have yet heard. It was recorded live in 1978 at Carnegie Hall with some inserted corrective replays following the concert. Horowitz is moody, elegant, and very passionate in his playing. But what makes this a hit for me is the great conducting by Ormandy with New York Philharmonic. I think Ormandy is underrated. He keeps the rhythmic structure of the entire piece, swells romantically with lush sound, and in the scherzo parts he really whips the orchestra to play with pinpointed exclamations. This is the only CD I cannot work by; I close the lights, get a pillow for my head, lie prone with the speakers aimed at my ears, and go for one of the greatest rides of passion and beauty I know.
The sound is good though it seems a little dry and monoistic. The booklet has some nice stories about Rachmaninoff and Horowitz.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Response to John Grabowski January 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
John --
You're right about this performance, but you are missing the point. Horowitz was a pianist for the history books, and I disagree with you that his earlier performances (e.g., the '51 performance with Reiner) is/are exceed by anyone. I know the Argerich and Ashkenazy performances well and they are not even close. As for Rachmaninoff himself, he said that Horowitz played the piece better than he did. I'm not so sure; the composer's own performance is pretty phenomenal.
Horowitz/Ormandy is a historic document that absolutely needs to be in print and in one's collection, regardless of whether this is Horowitz at his best or not. That's the point.
And I freely concede this isn't Horowitz at anywhere near his best. As he got into his 70s, his playing declined noticeably and rapidly. The last great gasp -- the Moscow recital -- has some wonderful moments, but there's no way an octagenarian Horowitz could match his younger self, given that Horowitz was basically a super-virtuoso. Rubinstein, in some ways, was a better pianist in his 70s than in his 50s. This is not true of Horowitz.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Ecstasy February 15, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This is absolutely the best recording of Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto I have ever heard. The dynamic contrasts, along with the amazing amount of energy Horowitz gives to the piece, makes for an extremely intense musical experience. This recording provides a bold contrast to modern interpretations of the piece. Horowitz tends to use more staccatto, and he brings out the true romanticism in the piece, especially in the second movement. The cadenza he chooses in the first movement, though to some less impressive, is far better musically since it exposes more thoroughly the themes of the movement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful - don't buy it! July 12, 2013
Format:Audio CD
The recording available here all by its lonesome is also available paired with a recording of Rachmaninoff's 2nd sonata, so I figure you might as well get that one: Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3. However, this cover is definitely lovelier isn't it? I've heard it called "Horowitz Blue," as if that's the title. Maybe only that one guy does that, I have no idea, but I like it enough to share it.

By the way, I don't know enough to offer my own opinions, but judging solely by popularity, it seems like the only real competition for this recording are:

- Argerich: Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 / Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
- Janis: Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

I have enjoyed all three but I have never tried to choose one as my favorite. Maybe someday I won't have anything better to do!

Happy listening!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite piece of music
I love all types of music. Being part of the 60's generation there were many to be fond of.
I can always enjoy Rachmaninov especially played by the great Vladimir... Read more
Published 2 months ago by toyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Horowitz at his peak
I have several recordings of Rachmaninov's third piano Concerto. Horowitz, Ormandy, and New York Philharmonic give an incredible performance. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carleton T. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Horowitz live recording.
I had long owned this CD, but misplaced it several months ago and couldn't find it, and missed it so much that I re-bought it, and I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ron Hardcastle
5.0 out of 5 stars Unequaled, but the Vinyl is better than the CD
This is an underrated recording, and for obvious reasons. Horowitz in this 1978 live recording, does not play all the notes. Read more
Published 10 months ago by MoiraFromNewYork
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concert.
I own the lp and wanted to see how much better the cd is. Recording is excellent, but the overall level is low, which probably results in only 12 bit resolution, but well worth... Read more
Published 14 months ago by dianetavegia
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Precision, Slightly Less Passion
Rach 3 is one of those concertos that invite maximum passion in performance, as anyone who has ever heard Horowitz's playing of it, or Ashkenazy's, etc. can verify. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Robert F. Simms
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very nice
The CD came in perfect condition.
It's one of the best Rach3 there is, love it and listen to it everyday.
Published 20 months ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Grammy Award winner

Concerto No. 3

Vladimir Horowitz
Eugene Ormandy
New York Philharmoic

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Published on January 24, 2012 by J. Bynum
5.0 out of 5 stars Played by a master of the piano
Horowitz, the protoge of Rachmaninoff, plays this very difficult piece beautifully. This is a live performance, and there is none other like it. Read more
Published on June 8, 2010 by Daniel Raimon
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