As an encore of an all-Rachmaninoff recital organised by the Rachmaninoff Network in 2015 Dmitry Mayboroda (age 21!) plays the virtuoso last part of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Moment Musicaux No.4 in E minor
New Rachmaninoff editions by Boosey & Hawkes and Henle
New Rachmaninoff editions by Boosey & Hawkes and Henle are among the first publishing activities since Rachmaninoff's music has come out of copyright.
In his book Rachmaninoff: Life, Works, Recordings, Max Harrison states that the virtuoso English pianist Cyril Smith once said that Rachmaninoff "could with his left hand stretch C–E-flat–G–C–G and the right could manage C (second finger)–E–G–C–E (thumb under)." Try it yourself. This is an amazing stretch!
Reconstructing Rachmaninoff's case
Around January 1900 Sergei Rachmaninoff went into hypnotherapy with Nikolai Vladimirovich Dahl. He had not composed large scores ever since the fiasco of his First Symphony and the therapy was mainly directed at overcoming this problem. Treatments occurred daily over a period that cannot have lasted longer than three months or so. The patient was cured. In gratitude Rachmaninoff dedicated his Second Piano Concerto to Dahl.