What is your Favorite Rachmaninoff Concerto?

Rachmaninoff's Birthday is coming up next year (150 years!) and lots of performers are programming his music to celebrate.


Just this month I have personally played Rach 3 and Rach 1 with orchestras to celebrate!


I was wondering what is YOUR favorite concerto! If you need to listen again check these recordings below!


(All of these performances are RACHMANINOFF playing his own concerto!)


1st piano concerto


2nd piano concerto


3rd piano concerto


4th piano concerto


Paganini Rhapsody

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  • I think my favorite Concerto is his 1st piano concerto! Absolutely love the 1st movement cadenza, and the incredibly special 2nd movement. Hearing this live when I was a kid made me what to become a pianist!

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  • My favorite Rachmaninoff Concerto to perform is the one in E major by either Josef Marx or Moritz Moszkowski -- the latter, by the way, being dedicated to Josef Hofmann, as is Rachmaninoff's 3rd Concerto. Hofmann never played either, and apparently didn't particularly like them, alas.


    In a more serious response, I'd say all 5 Rachmaninoff Concertos are my favorite to play -- don't forget the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, which is also a set of Variations as well as a Concerto without pauses between its three sections. And closely related, both the Cello Sonata with its Concerto-worthy piano part; or the two-piano version of the Symphonic Dances. All towering masterpieces.

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    • I don't think I know this Rachmaninoff Concerto in E major? So it was written by Marx or Moszkowski? 

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  • The third concerto is my favorite, and the second one is pretty close. Amazing music all of them! 

  • My favorite concertos are concerto 1 and Rachmaninoff/Warenberg piano concerto nr 5

  • All great but I love Rach 2!

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    Rach 2! Then Rach 3, Rach 1 and Paganini in joint second place, followed by Rach 4. 

  • Rach 3...D minor

  • 3 and then the Rhapsody. Followed by 4, 2, 1

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