Thanks for listening and your comments. Ah yes, the tempo. It's marked andante moderato. After some experimentation, I decided on a tempo around MM = 94, which falls within the lower range of both markings and best comports with my "program". But it's definitely not Ashkenazy's or Richter's tempos! I found that when I tried their tempos, way too many inaccuracies crept into my playing all because of the frenzied tempo. So I backed away from that. In my old "historical"
recording, I did choose a faster tempo, but there was too much "slam bang" trying to grab notes in time. So, where I'm definitely far from being a Richter, I'm content with my choice.
The thing that most startled me was that I expected relearning this piece to be a cakewalk. It was not!!! I put as much or more sweat into this as with the first time I played the piece. Goes to confirm yet again that "Rachmaninoff never wrote anything easy". I was so glued to this piece that I didn't post anything new for a couple of months or so.
Those pesky 3 against 5 polyrhythms are tricky to play, I must admit. The only coinciding notes are the first note for each, then the rest are scattered in between one another. Of course, Rachmaninoff had to pepper this piece with frequent double notes too. I think this composition is truly more of an etude than a prelude.
I'm glad you enjoyed this piece. It's my favorite of Op. 32 as well. That's the only thing that kept me going in the relearning process.