Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in d-minor
Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto is famous for many reasons, one of which being the level of difficulty it presents to pianists. The notes on the page are so dense that the sheet music almost looks like a work of modern art, and some noted pianists have even declined performing the piece altogether. The work has tested the mettle of performers and thrilled audiences for nearly a century now. The Third Concerto came after a well-known difficult period of personal and professional disappointments in the composer’s life. Rachmaninoff sought counsel from hypnotherapist Dr. Nikolai Dahl, who said to the troubled composer: "You will write again, and the work will be excellent." The result of this hypnotherapy? A decade of impressive musical achievement beginning with his Second Piano Concerto and culminating in the Third Piano Concerto.