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On demand: Concert Club V - Rach 3 with Anna Fedorova

Join us on 11th October at 19:30 UK time for our next Concert Club event!

Welcome to the fifth At Home Concert Club, a regular event in which like-minded music fans can get together online and enjoy the fantastic performances in our on demand archive. Scroll down to see the video, programme and related articles.

In the fifth event, Alison Karlin selects Anna Fedorova's performance of Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto with the North West German Philharmonic. We caught up with Fedorova recently for a Q & A on her musical background and her thoughts about the work. The soloist will also be on Twitter to answer your questions immediately after we've watched the video, so submit yours now using the hashtag #concertclub5!

19:30 - Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no. 3. Press play on the first video.

20:20 - 30 minute live Q & A with Anna Fedorova on Twitter.

Rachmaninov - Third Piano Concerto

By some considered the most challenging piano concerto in the repertoire, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto no. 3 didn’t enjoy immediate success, having been shunned by the pianist to whom it was dedicated, Josef Hofmann, who never performed it (perhaps frightened by the technical difficulties it posed).

Any performer of the work has to navigate both the lush Romanticism of the piece as well as tackling the fiendish fast passages of chords in both hands. It was championed by Vladimir Horowitz and in 1942, after attending a performance of the work, Rachmaninov said, “This is the way I always dreamed my concerto should be played, but I never expected to hear it that way on Earth."

In 1997, thanks to the film, Shine, about the troubled Australian pianist David Helfgott, the piece grew greatly in popularity and obtained its nickname Rach 3.

You can listen to the Horowitz performance on YouTube, and certainly his muscularity in playing comes across very strongly - as does the bounciness of his staccato playing which is quite extraordinary.

For a brief introduction to the piece I’m handing over to pianist Nikolai Lugansky who provided this short talk for the Philharmonia Orchestra. If you don’t know Rach 3, try to give it a listen before the club.

- Alison Karlin

Bachtrack internalRecorded at Concertgebouw: Main Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Anna FedorovaPiano
North West German Philharmonic
Gerard OskampConductor
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