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Rachmaninov - Prelude in D minor, Op. Posthumous

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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Rachmaninoff

    I agree. I also like this piece. It is definitely the most modern (20th C.) piece I've heard by Rachmaninoff. You played it beautifully.
     
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    I didn't know this Prelude (despite having bought the Belwin-Mills score sometime ago :oops: ) and I agree with John, it sounds very modern for Rachmaninov. On the other hand it was one of the last piano works he composed (around 1917). Some harmonies and colors remind me of the late Liszt. Excellent choice, Monica, and well played.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thanks guys. I'm glad you liked it. It may be short, but it's a good way to let out some anger.

    Julius - I see what you mean. There are those three accented LH notes just like here.

    Alfonso - Funny - I've had that same book for years and never saw this piece, either. I probably still would not have if my teacher didn't point it out to me. I liked your February piece too.
     
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    Nothing serious I hope.

    Thanks.
     
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    I have no score of this piece and couldn´t find any on the internet unfortunately. But I have to say, that this recording sounds very nice to me. You play so deeply and expressively! It´s a great pleasure to listen to it. This a very emotional and deep piece, with changes of reflective and dramatic moments. So, I can understand, that you can let out some trouble with it. But I hope, it´s not something serious.
     
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    Hi Monica,

    This prelude has been sitting in my music cabinet for about 20 years now. I read through it once right after I bought it and meant to get back to it someday but never did. :oops: So this is a very interesting and unfamiliar piece to present, one that will be new to most listeners, I'm sure. You do a really fine job with it, and I enjoyed listening to your rendition. I think I've only heard it played a couple of times before. In the last half of the piece, it seems to me to foreshadow Rachmaninoff's much later "Symphonic Dances", particularly in its original duo-piano version.

    Good work!

    David
     
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    Thanks, Andreas and David. :)
     
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    A very interesting piece, Monica. At the risk of repeating myself, I should mention how I love your non-pedal phrasing (especially at the end). Attitude playing, cool.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    That's ok, you can repeat things like this to me often. I don't mind at all. :lol:

    Thanks, Pantelis. :)
     

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