Rachmaninov - Concerto No. 3 in D minor for piano and orchestra, Op. 30 Earl Wild, solo piano Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Jascha Horenstein, conductor Of the four piano concertos of Rachmaninov, the third is his finest. Although it is the longest, it is also the best organized. This concerto is one if the finest examples of a work that combines lyricism with the most demanding musicianship and piano virtuosity. MacDowell - Concerto No. 2 for piano and orchestra, Op. 23 MacDowell's second piano concerto, his most popular large work, is one of the most important piano concertos by an American composer. It does not particularly "American" because it is derivative of the works of European composers, especially Grieg, Liszt and Saint-Saens. In March of 1889, MacDowell played his second concerto at its first public performance in New York. It gained immediate success. A month later, MacDowell played the concerto, this time in Boston, where there were raves from the audience and critics alike.
1. Rachmaninov - Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
2. MacDowell - Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 23