Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Rachmaninoff in California

The soundtrack of this video (standard; high-quality) is the opening sequence of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3. Affectionately called "Rach 3" by pianists, it is famously difficult to play, which is why some pianists in piano competitions purposely choose it as their show piece to impress the judges:

Now watch a longer version of the same piano concerto performed by "Piano God" Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz in a 1978 concert:

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