46th Istanbul Music Festival kicks off with the opening concert of the Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Sascha Goetzel and a star soloist: Yekwon Sunwoo, the first South Korean winner of the XV. International Van Cliburn Piano Competition 2017.
Yekwon Sunwoo, who won the gold medal with Rachmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto, known to be one of the most challenging concertos of the piano repertoire, plays in Turkey for the very first time.
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 30
The Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 composed in 1909 by Sergei Rachmaninoff has the reputation of being one of the most technically challenging piano concertos in the standard classical repertoire.
The concerto was first performed on November 28, 1909 by Rachmaninoff himself with the now-defunct New York Symphony Society with Walter Damrosch conducting, at the New Theater. It received a second performance a couple of weeks later under Gustav Mahler which was, according to the composer, a more remarkable performance. Rachmaninoff called the Third the favorite of his own piano concertos. Nevertheless, it was not until the 1930s and largely thanks to the advocacy of Vladimir Horowitz that the Third concerto became popular.
Many pianists are intimadated by this highly compelling concerto. Even Josef Hofmann, the eminent virtuoso to whom Rachmaninoff dedicated it, declined to perform it.
Piano Concerto No. 3 D minor, op. 30
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
1812 Overture, Op. 49