The most beautiful concerto and most romantic of Rach`s is obviously his second, I cant understand the logic behind suggesting his third is in some way better or more pleasing to the ear and rewarding, because it quite simply is not.
Rach 2 has been voted the best piece of classical music for years ever. My favourite movement is the first, it has the immense opening chords and then flourishes with beautiful episodes, a sublime fantastic masterpiece. The second and third movements are just the same, wonderful music. The difference between this and his third is the fact that after the first powerful movement of the third the rest of the Rach 3 is simply not as good as the rest of th second, which is consistently beautiful throughout the whole concerto.