This is my latest version of my next recital. Rachmaninov or Medtner had to go, and I'm afraid it was Nicolas who got the axe; Well that is a shame. Not fair he always gets to play second fiddle to Rachmaninov ! You could well have substituted some of the Rach preludes for Medtner Skazki. Ah well maybe next time then ? I guess audiences will want to hear Rachnaminov more than they want to hear Medtner (if they know at all who that was ...)
Exactly, the name "Rachmaninov" will bring people in, as will "Rubinstein" (even though they don't really know his music, because of Artur the name is a draw). And quite frankly I was having trouble "getting" the Medtner pieces, not technically (although they are very difficult) but musically, his meaning and intent is not always obvious, it's the sort of thing that takes time and the heat is almost on and I have to get the Scriabin 5th down (it's getting there). And as I said before, too many composers ruins my focus on any one of them. Also I have wanted to play those Rach Preludes for a long time, never played any of them except the c#m years ago. I guess I could still split shorten the Rach group and play a couple short Medtner pieces, the Idylle and the f minor Skazka from Op.26 are a go, but then I need a happy Medtner and there isn't a lot that isn't blazingly difficult and I don't want to get overextended; wwe'll see how it goes over the next month or so...
What about the order, should it be Ruby/Scrib/Rach/Shosty or Ruby/Rach/Scrib/Shosty?