Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Anna Fedorova - Live Classical Music HD

  • Pianist Anna Fedorova and AVROTROS Klassiek are a golden duo: recordings of her previous concerts are one of the most popular ones on our channel. And now she's back! In Het Concertgebouw she performs Rachmaninoff's 'Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini'. Enjoy!
    Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
    Anna Fedorova [piano]
    Philharmonie Südwestfalen
    Gerard Oskamp [conductor]
    Recorded: Sunday the 11th of March 2018, during The Sunday Morning Concert in Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
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Comments • 80

  • FluffyFractalshard
    FluffyFractalshard 3 days ago

    19:25 !!!

  • humberto barrueco
    humberto barrueco 3 days ago

    Thank you for this wonderful concert , this magician touch to this woman is indiscreptibile , I love your magnificent talent .

  • Trang L
    Trang L 4 days ago

    i know everyone loves the 18th variations but i absolutely love the variations that follow. so much spunk & energy in them

  • David Chambers
    David Chambers 4 days ago

    A moving performance! Nicely done to all!

  • Alfonso Gil González

    Esto, ¿es de este mundo?

  • golfer59
    golfer59 7 days ago

    Is there a better melody in all of music than the 18th variation?

  • abhishek singh
    abhishek singh 9 days ago

    See moon for some time. Glaze , absorb

  • Luke Schneider
    Luke Schneider 10 days ago

    Variation 18 kicks most ass! 😜

  • Marius Cira
    Marius Cira 11 days ago

    iti scriu in Romana ,,, te iubesc, cred ca multi au frica s ainterpreteze

  • Marius Cira
    Marius Cira 11 days ago

    Ich fühlte die göttliche Interpretation

  • Marius Cira
    Marius Cira 11 days ago

    dragostea de interpretare?

  • Marius Cira
    Marius Cira 11 days ago

    aber die Liebe zur Interpretation?

  • Marius Cira
    Marius Cira 11 days ago

    i am shot with love

  • Marius Cira
    Marius Cira 11 days ago

    I have a fantastic evening


  • Marius Cira
    Marius Cira 11 days ago

    exactly violin ... Paganini

  • Marius Cira
    Marius Cira 11 days ago


  • Marius Cira
    Marius Cira 11 days ago

    y love you!

  • Trainway & Sons
    Trainway & Sons 12 days ago +1

    15:57 When u dreamt your whole life to be a great violonist, and virtuoso solist, but you end up violist :/

    Hey, it's a joke, I love violist, and I also play viola. Viola is great.

    (no, viola sucks, just go ask Celibidahe)

  • Patryc
    Patryc 17 days ago

    Federova is the best

  • Anand Samuel
    Anand Samuel 26 days ago

    Anna is a perfectionist! Period!

  • Clovis Lofton
    Clovis Lofton 29 days ago

    Great performance, thanks for posting.

  • odannyboy
    odannyboy 29 days ago

    I like this rhapsody among all works of Rachmaninov

  • Michael Davis
    Michael Davis Month ago +2

    I would imagine that those with time constraints came here to hear the rapturous Variation No. 18 - first and foremost - so, without further a-due: 16:15
    You're very welcome. Mike D.

  • Seb 713
    Seb 713 Month ago

    Very nice and all, but does that lady have a pink flute?!!! I love it!!

  • James McWilliams
    James McWilliams Month ago


  • Robert Pierre
    Robert Pierre Month ago

    magnifique pianiste orchestre compositeur tout excellent

  • Steamisterist Steam
    Steamisterist Steam Month ago +4

    Can’t wait for “Rachmaninov on a theme of Liszt on a theme of Paganini”.

  • Glenna Harris
    Glenna Harris Month ago

    The entire piece is magnificent especially when played by Anna Fedorova, but the three and half minutes in mid piece is what has made this composition one of the most famous in the world's category of music. I have to admit that little slice is phenomenal, but with Anna at the piano the entire Rachmaninoff piano concerto shines. Rachmaninoff is up there with Beethoven and Tchaikovsky as my top composers of all time.

  • Elizabeth Schaeffer
    Elizabeth Schaeffer Month ago +1

    A classic. Fedorova and her interpretation of Rachmaninoff's music will never grow old.

  • 09pigboy_gaming
    09pigboy_gaming 2 months ago


  • Jet Conway
    Jet Conway 2 months ago +3

    6:03 omg the shining theme stole this

    • Tanya Gerasimik
      Tanya Gerasimik Month ago

      @Zesty Poptart it seems to me this part was copied totally

    • Zesty Poptart
      Zesty Poptart Month ago

      Not to sound super nerdy but that’s what’s called a dies iras. It’s actually a common theme used in cinema especially in horror or suspense as it creates that tension and “spooky vibe” fun fact:it was also used in star wars after Luke finds his family and home burned/destroyed

  • Finn Fuchs
    Finn Fuchs 2 months ago +1

    You're probably searching for 16:02

  • Graciela Bacino
    Graciela Bacino 2 months ago

    Memorable !!

  • Beltenebros
    Beltenebros 2 months ago

    I've been trapped in time forced to repeat the same day for ever. I've died many times but after listening to this piece I will set my mind to learning to play the piano. I am immortal so I am sure I will accomplish my goal.

  • Jyhster K
    Jyhster K 2 months ago

    Amazing performance... just a bit annoying to watch as the video is a split second ahead of the audio

  • thebluerobin
    thebluerobin 2 months ago +3

    Children need to be played classical music in the crib, and through early childhood so as to learn and appreciate this wonderful music at an early age.

    • Elizabeth Schaeffer
      Elizabeth Schaeffer Month ago

      Agreed. To grow up without this music would be tragic. What a blessing it is to those who have found it.

  • 허쉬핑크
    허쉬핑크 2 months ago

    1:54 that part turns me on

  • Emily Andros
    Emily Andros 2 months ago


  • Steve Greedo
    Steve Greedo 2 months ago

    Somebody buy this broad a hair brush!

  • Sopiko Von Venuskopf
    Sopiko Von Venuskopf 2 months ago

    Sehr interessante Improvisation😍🌹

  • fantast1961
    fantast1961 2 months ago +1

    Classic is the better Rockmusic
    Rachmaninoff -one of my favorite.
    Excellent interpretation.

  • RB Colbert
    RB Colbert 2 months ago

    Sexy lady on the piano.😉

  • David Mackie
    David Mackie 2 months ago

    Ms F is so precise!

  • David Mackie
    David Mackie 2 months ago

    Absolute genius . . . Composer and musicians. Anna understands Rakhmaninov

  • watutman
    watutman 2 months ago

    One of my favorite parts is 21:40 wow

  • watutman
    watutman 2 months ago


  • The Realist
    The Realist 2 months ago

    Go check out Romeo and Juliet theme on piano by Harry, Whose an old man plays so good ull be shocked, what she played here he has played the same but the original version of it! Talking about 16:43

  • Michel Du Paul
    Michel Du Paul 2 months ago

    Merveilleux !

  • Madays Andino
    Madays Andino 3 months ago

    Maravilloso ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • 截ち切る
    截ち切る 3 months ago +3

    It's too bad we don't see younger people in the audience

  • lshsmusiclover
    lshsmusiclover 3 months ago

    Her hands are absolutely flying over the keys! It looks like the piano runs are fast-forwarded, but that real time! Amazing performance.

  • #maxim #Max
    #maxim #Max 3 months ago +1

    16:25 somewhere in time

  • Mary Lou Mackelprang
    Mary Lou Mackelprang 3 months ago +3

    Unless you have had music lessons you can’t appreciate all the years of practice and time sacrificed to be able become such an accomplished pianist. It may look easy to some people but I for one understand that she is an amazing woman who has earned her fame .

    • Elizabeth Schaeffer
      Elizabeth Schaeffer Month ago

      Agreed. Part of Fedorova's magic is that she has the power to make the very complexity of this piece of music seem so simple and exactly as it should be.
      I am in awe of the amount of work it took to make is seem so easy and so exactly right.

  • L Guaire
    L Guaire 3 months ago

    Someone please enlighten me.. What is the difference, if any, between Piano Concerto No. 2 and this, the Rhapsody on Paganini. Is it the exact same piece? google is NOT HELPING (Listed separately on wiki and most sites...). I'm familiar with #2 and this sounds the same.

    • Nate Skoronski
      Nate Skoronski Month ago

      Piano concerto no 2 is in three big movements, while this is in many connected variations. Also, the concerto starts with the piano and then the rest of the orchestra joins in; it's the other way around in this. The pieces do feel similar, being virtuoso works for piano and orchestra from the same composer that start fast, go slower and end fast again.

  • L Guaire
    L Guaire 3 months ago +2

    Rachmaninoff -- my fav composer ever (and I've heard it all). And Anna? The Sirens of Syracuse have Nothing on her.

  • Edward Konowicz
    Edward Konowicz 3 months ago +1

    I love that you, Anna, helped to keep Rachmaninoff's vision of sustaining beautiful music alive. Thanks!

  • daniela luz
    daniela luz 3 months ago

    Man, she's killing at 19:27

  • Hong Cong Phan
    Hong Cong Phan 3 months ago


  • OnHoldAt50
    OnHoldAt50 3 months ago +1

    Bravo seems an understatement. Brilliant technical work Ms. Fedorova.

  • Andrew Petersen
    Andrew Petersen 3 months ago

    Gets so close. But Earl
    Wild an Horenstein will always be my fav.

  • Heron De La Torre
    Heron De La Torre 4 months ago +1

    The part of this song that begins from16:26 to 19:22 always reminds me of Russia during the reign of the last Tsar/Emperor Nicholas II and his wife and their one son and four daughters. God bless their memory.

  • Michael Talmadge
    Michael Talmadge 4 months ago

    I doubt anyone can express the same emotion of the original artist,I have found various interpretations interesting.

  • Виталий Погорелов

    Браво!!!! Я не знал что Аня такая есть!!! Умница!!!

  • Kirsten I. Russell
    Kirsten I. Russell 4 months ago +1

    The whole rhapsody is dramatic and exciting. I was listening to it when I first read Ayn Rand's ATLAS SHRUGGED in my adolescence, and it still reminds me of flying a plane in darkness, following a stranger's plane to an unknown destination.

  • Kevin Hicks
    Kevin Hicks 4 months ago +1

    To be able to express the emotions, musicality and technical brilliance of this piece of music must be an incredible sensation as a pianist. What an incredible gift to have. Stunning performance.

  • Lucas Hagemans
    Lucas Hagemans 4 months ago +4

    0:04 - intro
    0:12 - var 1
    0:30 - theme
    0:49 - var 2
    1:08 - var 3
    1:33 - var 4
    2:04 - var 5
    2:33 - var 6
    3:45 - var 7
    4:54 - var 8
    5:28 - var 9
    6:01 - var 10
    6:54 - var 11
    8:14 - var 12
    9:45 - var 13
    10:20 - var 14
    11:05 - var 15
    12:14 - var 16
    14:03 - var 17
    16:25 - var 18
    19:22 - var 19
    19:55 - var 20
    20:31 - var 21
    20:57 - var 22
    22:42 - var 23
    23:35 - var 24

  • Peter Landry
    Peter Landry 4 months ago +1

    Just a minute while I come back to earth after hearing that masterful performance. Mesmerizing.

  • zoë forbes
    zoë forbes 4 months ago +97

    0:04 - intro
    0:12 - var 1
    0:30 - theme
    0:49 - var 2
    1:08 - var 3
    1:33 - var 4
    2:04 - var 5
    2:33 - var 6
    3:45 - var 7
    4:54 - var 8
    5:28 - var 9
    6:01 - var 10
    6:54 - var 11
    8:14 - var 12
    9:45 - var 13
    10:20 - var 14
    11:05 - var 15
    12:14 - var 16
    14:03 - var 17
    16:25 - var 18
    19:22 - var 19
    19:55 - var 20
    20:31 - var 21
    20:57 - var 22
    22:42 - var 23
    23:35 - var 24

    • zoë forbes
      zoë forbes Month ago

      @B L ??????

    • B L
      B L Month ago

      zoë forbes why did it take so long then when you obviously know how to read it 😆

    • zoë forbes
      zoë forbes Month ago +1

      @Finn Fuchs hahaha nah it took me like half an hour max cos i had the score with me

    • Finn Fuchs
      Finn Fuchs Month ago +1

      This must have took hours

    • LottaArt
      LottaArt 3 months ago +4

      24 variations for 24 caprices!

  • TheLongDark
    TheLongDark 4 months ago +18

    Roses are red
    Only when alive
    The bit you're here for
    Is at 16:25

    • Mauricio Wayar
      Mauricio Wayar Month ago

      Oh yes, that part is just from another world. ♥️
      I remember playing this in the orchestra when I was a teenager and in love with someone 😁. You can imagine...!

    • Firiel
      Firiel 2 months ago +1


  • Carey Moore
    Carey Moore 4 months ago +1


  • Herb Rosenstein
    Herb Rosenstein 4 months ago

    Brilliant pianist!!

  • Gabriel Costa
    Gabriel Costa 4 months ago +2

    I can play this...

    until 0:45

  • Warren Burt
    Warren Burt 4 months ago


  • Luca Klös
    Luca Klös 4 months ago +1

    8:57 unbelievable beauty

  • Claude Debussy
    Claude Debussy 4 months ago

    6:02 , Liszt reference

    • Dialgos75
      Dialgos75 4 months ago

      @Claude Debussy Oh really? I didn't know that one I might have to check that out :D

    • Claude Debussy
      Claude Debussy 4 months ago

      @Dialgos75 yes indeed. It's also included in Luke's theme in Star Wars

    • Dialgos75
      Dialgos75 4 months ago

      LIszt only wrote a paraphrase on the theme. The "Dies Irae" gets referenced pretty often. (I assume you meant that part)

  • Guy Marrett
    Guy Marrett 4 months ago

    What a bloody miracle.... A wonderful performance.... Thank the lord we still have people who can do this!!!

  • David Downbond
    David Downbond 5 months ago


  • Glenna Harris
    Glenna Harris 5 months ago

    When I see a selection played by Anna Fedorova I always select it. She is now my favorite pianist.

  • Erwin Jamito
    Erwin Jamito 5 months ago +1

    that necklace reminds me of rose in titanic :)

  • Jim Stark
    Jim Stark 5 months ago +2

    6:23 The piano plays a passage (with glockenspiel support underneath) previously heard 7 years earlier in Gliere's 'The Red Poppy." 6:37 The brass follows with an echo of the same phrase - just as the brass voiced it in The Red Poppy.