Standard Examiner – Russian-born pianist brings his love, knowledge of Rachmaninoff to Utah

by Mark Saal

Classical pianist Boris Giltburg says Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 has a reputation for being “the most difficult piano concerto of all.”

And he should know.

Giltburg is considered one of the leading interpreters of Rachmaninoff’s music, and those abilities will be on full display this week in a series of concerts in Northern Utah. The Utah Symphony will present the program “Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3” on Thursday, Nov. 7, at Weber State University in Ogden, and on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9, at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City. The Ogden concert is part of Onstage Ogden’s Utah Symphony Masterworks Series.

The Moscow-born Israeli pianist will be the featured soloist with the symphony, which will also feature conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto and mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chávez. Along with the Rachmaninoff piece, the program will also include Revueltas’ “Sensemaya,” and Falla’s “The Three Cornered Hat.”

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