Sergei Rachmaninoff [1873-1943]
Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 3 in d-Moll op. 30
Vladimir Horowitz, Klavier
Zubin Metha, Leitung
Sunday, September 26, 1977
Rachmaninoff’s fatherly insights and advice regarding his own music were to prove invaluable to Horowitz. For Rachmaninoff, Horowitz was a champion of both his solo works and his Third Concerto, about which Rachmaninoff remarked publicly after the performance that “This is the way I always dreamed my concerto should be played, but I never expected to hear it that way on Earth.”
In 1985, in the movie The Last Romantic, Horowitz said: “Rachmaninoff is a pianist. I played with him [Arturo Toscanini, who is also mentioned in the conversation], Rachmaninoff and we… [plays the beginning of 3rd piano concerto]. He was a wonderful pianist and a nice friend. He was my best friend! First of all he was composer, pianist and conductor. Three things at once and first class, all three, I think so.