Limelight magazine of Australia is currently featuring on its website an article “The 10 Greatest Pianists of All Time” by Melissa Lesnie. The article is the result of an opinion poll taken of a number of artists including Alfred Brendel, Stephen Hough, András Schiff, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piotr Anderszewski, Imogen Cooper, Denis Matsuev, Jonathan Biss, David Fray, Paul Lewis, Till Fellner, Pascal Rogé, Freddy Kempf, Gerard Willems, Konstantin Scherbakov, and Lars Vogt. While any such list is both fun and cheerfully meaningless, I thought it would be interesting to mention that Sergei Rachmaninoff made the cut in a rather prominent position.
“Rachmaninoff’s Last Performance” , a post in this blog from August 2010, describes the circumstances of the pianist/composer’s last public performance in Knoxville, Tennessee, on February 17, 1943, a month prior to his death. (Since that article appeared, I have added additional information and photographs.) Sculptor Victor Bokarov created a statue (“Rachmaninoff, The Last Concert”) that occupies the Sergei Rachmaninoff Walk in Knoxville’s World’s Fair Park. For visitors looking for the statue, the walk and statue are near the southwest corner of the park, just south of the large South Lawn.
Articles in this blog related to Rachmaninoff’s last performance: