One of the greatest composers to live is Sergei Rachmaninov. This Russian-born phenom should be examined by any serious piano player who considers himself to be a musical athlete. I have been in love the Rachmaninov library since I was 14 and continue to discover new musical concepts within his music.
One of the Rach's personal friends and another great piano player was Vladimir Horowitz. Horowitz's expression on the instrument is equally matchless as he has a mastered technique to deliver the rhapsody with emotion only found in a true master. Take a moment and listen to Horowitz's performance of the Rach 3 Piano Concerto in D Minor.