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  • No. 1 in F sharp minor

    7 5.26%
  • No. 2 in C minor

    54 40.60%
  • No. 3 in D minor

    58 43.61%
  • No. 4 in G minor

    9 6.77%
  • Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, in A minor

    5 3.76%
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    Default Favourite Rachmaninov Piano Concerto

    So, which is it to be?

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    To me, the third, no doubt. A fantastic work. I love it.

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    Dude, you were quick!

    I voted for No. 3 as well. I love all of 'em, but No. 3 tops it for me.

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    Oh WHY did you have to have this poll!!??? I adore them ALL.
    But the 4th especially.

    These are the best piano concertos of the 20th century in my opinion.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by handlebar View Post
    Oh WHY did you have to have this poll!!??? I adore them ALL.
    Cos that's how I roll!

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    Not an easy decision, but it has to be number 2.

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    #2 all the way! the opening is one of my all time favorite musical moments. the main theme in the last movement is so gooooood.

    btw, i once played all of these pieces (in the orchestra of course!), 2 nights, one pianist! it was a marathon.

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    I had to go with No. 2. When I was a kid one of the first LP records I got was of the No. 2. I couldn't tell you the performers, but I remember secretly loving the melody that became the pop song - what was it "Full moon and Open Arms" or something? I loved the lush string section playing that melody and actually wished the guy banging away on the piano in what sounded to me like unrelated arrhythmic repeated chord stutters would be quiet for the duration.

    Obviously I had some moment of turn around between then and now and this may have endeared the piece to me moreso than the others.

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    I voted for the 2nd only by default, because I love them all, but I love the 2nd a whole lot.

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    The 3rd is absolutely my favorite Rach concerto, one of my favorite piano concerti of any composer actually. It's just so dynamic, lush, intense. The opening is quite haunting; it just gets better from there.
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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    The Rhapsody is such a fine work as well. With the big money tune!

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    Looks like his 2nd is winning as I suspected it would.

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    I suspect that one of the reasons I prefer 2 is that my rendition of 3 I have isn't very good, and the rendition I have of 2 is. Do people have a favorite version of Piano Cto #3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cburkins View Post
    Do people have a favorite version of Piano Cto #3?
    Argerich/Chailly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cburkins View Post
    I suspect that one of the reasons I prefer 2 is that my rendition of 3 I have isn't very good, and the rendition I have of 2 is. Do people have a favorite version of Piano Cto #3?
    Horowitz for me (any version) - there is no other when it comes to Rachmaninoff's third piano concerto.

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