:rocky: writes :ho: a letter after his perf of Tchaik 1 in 1928

“Dear friend!
Last night, in the artist’s room, I could not tell you what I wanted: others were in the way. And I wanted to say this … In my life, I have not heard such fluency, endurance and strength as you have. In contrast to many pianists “trotters”, you still have musicality, feeling and great tone. And I wanted to tell you, to warn, and to ask you, and to hope that your phenomenal technique would not become your goal. For example, yesterday, an octave passage in the 3rd part before the Coda, of course broke the record for speed and strength, but … it was not musical. Or the beginning of Scherzo in the second part, where the music could not be caught. Those who know this movement well could only guess … And a few other little things. Each flaw is small, but it would be nice if you could get rid of them. I hope that you will not get offended for my old grumbling.
In conclusion, I want to heartily congratulate you on the tremendous success. I hope to see you on January 31st.
S. Rachmaninoff January 13, 1928.”


This advice insanely well measured and delivered.

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Da firzt draft of diz lettah zimply read:

Ztop rapin ma cunc plz

Yoz truly

:rocky: :sunglasses:



What would Rocky think of

Da GAV perf/confuckt

Or even da DONGAH? :sunglasses:

The ho dun change a thing in his Tchaik perf either sounds like. The tru SDC way.

Cool cool, advice from Rach gonnna go ahead and ignore that.

Ironically da Ho in those days was way less percussive den Rach’s own playing. Da 20’s n 30’s playing wuz monochrome, elegant n delightful

N after studying da Rach 3 during da 1937-1939 retirement period, da Ho cum back with a CRAZY STREAMLINED world record Rach 3 wiz many percussive elements now present

N Rach cum on stage at one of da perfs in 1942 n tell da Ho dat he never expected to hear sum ting like dat gensui

I c

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This was after da Tchaik 1! Not Rach 3

January 12, 1928: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York [American Debut]

Händel: Teseo Overture
Händel: Il Pasto Fido, Musette
Händel: Rodrigo Bourrée
Delius: Intermezzo, The Walk to the Paradise Garden
    - Sir Thomas Beecham/New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, Op.23
    - Vladimir Horowitz/Sir Thomas Beecham/New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Mozart: Symphony No.34 in C major, K.338
Berlioz: Les Troyens, Chasse Royale et Orage
Wagner: Prelude from Die Meistersinger
    - Sir Thomas Beecham/New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Den da Ho did da pimp 1, n finally da Rach 3

February 11, 1928: New York
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat major

  • Walter Damrosch/New York Symphony Orchestra

February 12, 1928: Mecca Temple Auditorium, New York
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30

  • Walter Damrosch/New York Symphony Orchestra

Den da Brahms 2

December 6, 1928: Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York

Berezowsky: Hebrew Suite
    - Willem Mengelberg/New York Philharmonic Orchestra 
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat major, Op.83
    - Vladimir Horowitz/Willem Mengelberg/New York Philharmonic Orchestra
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Haha thought it was tchaik because the awesome schizo octave vomits n mov 2 that defines the Ho perf quality


Thanks for correcting! I think you’re right.

So that 31 januari 1928 they met in the NY Steinway basement and da Ho played Rach III for :rocky:?

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Tru, n Rach was super impressed with da Rach 3 perf

Dat Steinway basement no longer exist, alas.

Dey moved n downgraded

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