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Pianist Alexander Ullman’s Rach 3 with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta skilfully brings out the concerto’s emotional depth




In Scott Hick’s 1996 film Shine, the late Sir John Gieldgud’s character posits that “no one’s ever been mad enough to attempt the Rach 3”, to which Noah Taylor, as the pianist David Helfgott, replies: “Am I mad enough professor? Am I?”The film popularised anew Sergei Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto while highlighting the work’s profound technical challenges and overwhelming emotional drive.The 30-year-old British pianist Alexander Ullman is among the latest to be “mad enough” to take it on…



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