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 Post subject: Rachmaninov - Prelude op.32 no.11 in B major
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 7:55 pm 
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Another tiny submission. Please comment!

I find this Rachmaninov Prelude quite outstanding because it's so unusually modest (and thus technically easy) compared to the other ones. Like a dwarf between all those giants, but a quite handsome one. :wink:

To be serious, I consider it some kind of bridge or middle movement between nos. 10 and 12, in sense of emotion as well as harmonics: leading from B minor over B major to the parallel G-sharp minor.

Rachmaninov - Op.32 no.11, Prelude in B major

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That was really nice. I've never played this so I can't comment on anything specific, but I liked it all. Good job.

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Not sure if Rach wanted the preludes to be played in serial (in a recital) but in that case, you might be right that the prelude connects the B minor and the G-sharp minor. At least today, most pianist play one or two of the preludes in a recital but very seldom the entire opus or all 24 preludes (in respectively key, following the tradition of Bach, Chopin etc.). It is quite a bit easier than his other preludes and Chopin choice for the B major was also an easy prelude (but for the wide 5 finger chord in the end). Perhaps hard to decide what to do out of B major ;).

You are doing a good job in your recording and the only thing that comes to my mind is that it is a bit slower than I am used to hear it. It is up on the site.

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First, thank you as always. :)

robert wrote:
It is quite a bit easier than his other preludes and Chopin choice for the B major was also an easy prelude (but for the wide 5 finger chord in the end). Perhaps hard to decide what to do out of B major ;).

Err, aren't you referring to the A major prelude? Chopin's B major is marked "Vivace" and looks quite difficult... :?

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You are doing a good job in your recording and the only thing that comes to my mind is that it is a bit slower than I am used to hear it. It is up on the site.

Yes, I'm slower than Ashkenazy, but I guess that's just the way I felt most relaxed.

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Chaotica wrote:
First, thank you as always. :)

robert wrote:
It is quite a bit easier than his other preludes and Chopin choice for the B major was also an easy prelude (but for the wide 5 finger chord in the end). Perhaps hard to decide what to do out of B major ;).

Err, aren't you referring to the A major prelude? Chopin's B major is marked "Vivace" and looks quite difficult... :?

My God! I must be terrible confused. Of course you are right. :oops:
But the Chopin prelude no.11 is not very difficult either ;).

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This prelude always reminds be irresistably of Schubert, notably the middle section of his Moment Musical nr.4 to which this sounds remarkably similar. I guess R. knew these works, as he used the title for a cycle of his own. Although R. once admitted not being aware that Schubert had written any Sonatas :roll:

You play this beautifully. Nothing to nag about, but if I could offer a suggestion, do make a bit more of the dynamics, and make more of the phrasing. Take a little more time (you are a touch hurried in places) and imagine taking a breath between phrases like a singer would do. You leave absolutely no air between phrases and that makes it sound a little impatient.

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You play this beautifully. Nothing to nag about, but if I could offer a suggestion, do make a bit more of the dynamics, and make more of the phrasing. Take a little more time (you are a touch hurried in places) and imagine taking a breath between phrases like a singer would do. You leave absolutely no air between phrases and that makes it sound a little impatient.

Thank you for your input, I'll take it into consideration!

And yes, I really have to do something about the dynamics. It seems to me that you can hear the "forte sound files" with a different sound colour than the "pp ones", but they don't appear much higher in volume. I must do some experiments with Audacity.

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