Sergei Rachmaninoff composed four officially numbered piano concertos, but his virtuoso Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini might be described as Fifth Piano Concerto in disguise. The Russian master pianist Denis Matsuev will perform the Paganini Rhapsody together with Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra during the Easter Festival’s finale concert – and with a little luck and some music history know-how, you have a chance to win: we’re giving away three pairs of free tickets in this edition of the music quiz.
As a pianist, Sergei Rachmaninoff was highly respected by his fellow pianists. Arthur Rubinstein, for example, wrote in his memoirs: “Hearing him play his concertos could make you believe that …
a. …you would have to die instantly.
b. …no pianist on earth could match his genius.
c. …nothing more magnificent had ever been composed.
d. …no musician since Chopin commanded such magic at the keyboard.
e. …music could turn life upside down.
Please send the letter that corresponds to what you think is the correct answer to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responses must be received by no later than Monday 19 March 2018, 12.00 noon Swiss time. The winners will then be notified immediately afterward. All decisions are final.