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 Post subject: Rachmaninov - Prelude op.23 no.1 in F-sharp minor
PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2007 12:46 pm 
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OK, here's my usual Friday submission: another Rachmaninov prelude, op.23 no.1 in F-sharp minor. Please listen and comment (or don't listen, but comment! 8) ).

Rachmaninov - Op.23 no.1, Prelude in F-sharp minor, Largo

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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2007 9:36 pm 
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Another nice Prelude. Good job. Sounded fine, except there's a little clipping on the ff parts.

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A very good recording and catch the mood and keep the musical line very well. This is a prelude with a lot of musical ingredients and one must pay attention and never play any parts just through. You do a very good job and the recording is up on the site.

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Yes, a good job here. This prelude is more difficult than it sounds, and you keep the lines very well.
Good sonority considering you play on a digital. I think Rachmaninov needs a still fuller sound though, but that may just not be possible here.

In bar 21, you play G sharp in the LH which should be G natural, and in bar 28 the last-but-one LH note should be G sharp, not F sharp-sharp. A pity about the arpeggio in the ff climax, and the clipping in that bar. However the arpeggio two bars later is beautifully done. I wonder how exactly you play these final LH chords - few hands are large enough to do them without rolling. Do you leave out the bottom note ?

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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2007 1:30 pm 
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Does anyone know why there's this clipping? I have my piano connected to the sound card and I'm recording the piano sound with "Creative Media Source Player". Where could be the problem? It's wholly electronical.

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n bar 21, you play G sharp in the LH which should be G natural

Thanks, a misreading. I've do better next time (it's already on my re-recording list).

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and in bar 28 the last-but-one LH note should be G sharp, not F sharp-sharp.

I guess you mean bar 27. That happened per accident.

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I wonder how exactly you play these final LH chords - few hands are large enough to do them without rolling. Do you leave out the bottom note ?

Nope, no "cheating". :wink: It's probably the widest chord my hand can reach. I remember I couldn't do it when I began this piece, so I needed a bit of training to do it. But it's still rather painful and far from comfortable.

If my hands weren't large enough, I'd rather leave out notes. Rolling would kill ending, imho.

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Yes, well played, man ! Do you play that climax arpeggio by one hand ? The audio signal seems to be overexcited, try to record it on a lower volume, then amplify the whole wave to the volume you demand. :wink:


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Yes, well played, man ! Do you play that climax arpeggio by one hand ?

Yes. It didn't go well in this take and I also considered doing it with two hands, but I think it's even more difficult this way. The melody notes are more important and I wanted to reserve the right hand for them.

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The audio signal seems to be overexcited, try to record it on a lower volume, then amplify the whole wave to the volume you demand. :wink:

This is what I thought, too. Unfortunately, the volume level of the audio-out of the digital is fixed and unchangeable, I believe.

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 Post subject: Re: Rachmaninov - Prelude op.23 no.1 in F-sharp minor
PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 9:28 am 
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OK, here's my usual Friday submission: another Rachmaninov prelude, op.23 no.1 in F-sharp minor. Please listen and comment (or don't listen, but comment! 8) ).




IMHO very good. The letter and the spirit of the page are respected, and this is not poor thing.
By a technical point of view I appreciate the chords (2-3 keys alternated to 1) in LH, very
"vertical", and here is necessary.
The thing I liked less (but maybe a situation caused by recording) is the dynamic often
"compressed" (not big difference between pp and mf in the first 16 bars, for example).
And (but this is only an observation, the piece "works" good also in your way) : is this dry sound
a your choice? There is less pedal than usual in these pages, or not?

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Good job. This piece is definitely more difficult than it sounds. Congratulations on playing those large chords at the end without rolling. I can never do that. My only little suggestion would be more dynamic contrasts accomplished by playing the pianissimo parts more softly. Well done!


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Unfortunately, the volume level of the audio-out of the digital is fixed and unchangeable, I believe.

A suggestion: If your digital has an output for earphones, then the volume of that output should be adjustable with the volume control of the digital.


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Unfortunately, the volume level of the audio-out of the digital is fixed and unchangeable, I believe.

A suggestion: If your digital has an output for earphones, then the volume of that output should be adjustable with the volume control of the digital.

Thank you, I'm going to try this. :)

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