7 glorious performances of Rachmaninov's music that are too good to miss

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By Ellie Palmer

01 April 2020

Let's celebrate this glorious composer with our favourite performances of his compositions

Martha Argerich & Nelson Freire – Suite No 2 Op 17

A stormy duet performance from these two pianists in Tokyo back in 2003.

Argerich appeared on the cover of issue 86 of Pianist.

 

Emil Gilels – Vocalise Op 34 No 14 (transcr. Richardson)

Enjoy the Soviet pianist's very moving performance here at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. He certainly does the piece more than enough justice.

 

Yuja Wang – Prelude in G minor Op 23 No 5

The great Yuja Wang gives a dazzling performance at the Philharmonie in Berlin, 2018. The performance features on her live album, The Berlin Recital.

Wang appeared on the cover of issue 105 of Pianist.

 

Vladimir Horowitz – Piano Concerto No 3

We just love this from Horowitz. Marvel in this historic performance, filmed at Avery Fisher Hall, New York, in 1978.

 

Khatia Buniatishvili – Piano Concerto No 2

A truly smouldering performance from the French-Georgian pianist!

 

Buniatishvili appeared on the cover of issue 67 of Pianist.

 

Daniil Trifonov – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini op 43 Var. 18

Trifonov gave a heart-melting performance of this Rachmaninov classic, alongside the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Trifonov appeared on the cover of issue 79 of Pianist.

 

Valentina Lisitsa – Etude Tableau Op 39 No 6

Recorded in Hannover in 2009, Lisitsa gives a gripping performance of this piece, often nicknamed "Little Red Riding Hood."