The Boosey Masterworks Library is a truly fantastic collection of popular works from the orchestral repertoire, presented in clearly notated and meticulously documented scores.
This volume presents the full orchestral score of Rachmainov’s first two piano concertos, which remain ever popular in the concert pianist’s repertoire – the second piano concerto even more so. The first two piano concertos frame a prolonged period of self-examination and doubt in Rachmaninov’s life – his earlier works were not received with great acclaim. However, his resurgence as a composer on the international concert platform was brought about by his composition of the Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor Op.18, which, since its first performance, remains one of the most important and popular works in the repertoire. This full orchestral score is a wonderful resource for study and perusal purposes and is clearly presented, making it easy to read and follow.
Note that the revised version (written in 1917) of the first piano concerto is that which is presented in this score.