S. Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto no. 2, III. Allegro Scherzando (Excerpt)
As you heard at the recital this weekend, we performed an excerpt of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no. 2 on two pianos. However, a concerto is written for soloist and orchestra. As you can imagine, the sound of a full orchestra is very different from a piano. Listen to the same excerpt from Saturday played by the incredible world class pianist, Evgeny Kissin. Notice the differences as all the instruments of the orchestra come together to create a magical sound world.
- Which version do you prefer (2 piano vs orchestra/piano) and why?
- There is a beautiful melody played multiple times in this excerpt. The first time (32:58-33:53), it is played by the piano with the orchestra accompanying. The second time (36:20-37:24), the theme is played by the orchestra with piano accompanying. Which one did you like more and why?
- What do you imagine when listening to this melody? Is it different with the piano playing it vs the orchestra?