Written for and premiered by pianist James Giles and commissioned by the American Pianists' Association, Liebermann's Piano Sonata No. 3 moved at least one reviewer to overflowing praise: "There is no question, however, that Lowell Liebermann's Sonata No. 3, Op. 82 is of a very different magnitude to the other new works played in this recital. Its scale is breathtaking, its drama evocative and its las ting place in the repertoire imperishable. Liebermann's largest solo piano work to date, and his first piano sonata for 20 years, it has all the typical elements of lyrical brilliance and formidable virtuosity which were hallmarks of his two, incandescent piano concertos."