- Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
- Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), in A minor for piano & orchestra, Op. 43
Familiarity breeds contempt, as the saying goes. Certainly, there are those who will dismiss Rachmaninoff's perennially popular Third Piano Concerto as nothing more than a shallow showpiece, but the amazing variety of interpretive approaches one hears is proof enough of the work's artistic merit and craftsmanship. If the high-powered pyrotechnics of Horowitz and Argerich seem vulgar to you, try Volodos (who plays the piece as if it were by Mendelssohn) or this aristocratic version by the Van Cliburn Competition winner Jon Nakamatsu. There is plenty of dramatic flair here -- listen to the dazzling first-movement cadenza -- but Nakamatsu seems more intent on elucidating the music's elaborate textures than on bringing down the house. The Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini is equally impressive. Nakamatsu and conductor Christopher Seaman (a superb, underrated maestro) hold the 24 variations together tightly, patiently building climaxes and reveling in the brilliant interplay between piano and orchestra. Rachmaninoff himself would surely have appreciated the balance of fantasy and rigor in Nakamatsu's playing.
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I so much enjoyed this recording. I am a classical pianist at a University and I've always been a fan of Nakamatsu's playing/a must have for all Rachmaninoff fans!