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Rachmaninov: Prelude in D, Op. 23 No. 4

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  1. schmonz

    schmonz Amitai Schleier Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    This is a gorgeous piece, and a 3/4-assed take. (It's a little better than half-assed. :) ) The main problem is I haven't looked at the score in years, so I'm guessing a lot of notes and I'm quite sure some of them are wrong. The next main problem is I'm not quite directing the multiple voices as I'd like. On the whole it sounds very disconnected and fragmentary to me.

    Posting here despite this take not being site-worthy, because parts of the inherent gorgeousness manage to shine through here and there; maybe someone can enjoy it a little for the time being.

    Rachmaninov: Prelude in D, Op. 23 No. 4
     
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    rachmaninoff New Member Piano Society Artist

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    ah,

    the first op.23 I've seen on this site, Will hear it later when I'm home
     
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    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    I can imagine you wanted to make more of this, and I have heard more sonorous and sweeping versions. But you should not be so hard on yourself, this is very well done and no reason why it should not be fit for the site ! I did not check with the score, but did not hear any errors or mistakes of any importance. Totally amazing that we don't have any of the Op.23 yet...

    So, I will put this up if you want. Great job, especially from memory.
     
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    I am not too familiar with Rachmaninov's preludes because where I buy my used CDs from, they are few and far in between (I've only seen one CD of rachmaninov over the past three years and too bad I did not buy it). I too did not hear any obvious errors. Can't say more than that.




    Why, are you finishing a complete opus Mr. Techneut? :wink: (which would not be too much of a surprise because of your abilities to crank out loads of recordings ) :!:
     
  5. schmonz

    schmonz Amitai Schleier Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Heh, it does sound that way, doesn't it? I only meant that I don't feel it's particularly well prepared, and it wouldn't take a whole lot of preparation to do it much closer to "right".

    I'm glad you find it musically worthwhile -- it sounds fairly okay to me too -- but I'd prefer not to have this one posted. I may be able to get my mitts on a Steinway in a few days, in which case I'll likely manage a much better version of this and also the Medtner Alla Reminiscenza.

    BTW, I found a complete book of Op. 38 in the music library, with a decent cover, but somehow getting a color scan on campus is non-trivial. Working on it...
     
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    schmonz Amitai Schleier Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Tee hee! Now that the semester's underway, I had a lesson today, and asked my teacher where I could make decent recordings. This Steinway was his first answer, and he's going to try to pull some strings to get me semi-regular access to its apparently semi-holy room. More news as it unfolds...
     
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    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    If you have a decent-quality digital camera just take a shot of it. Won't be as good as a scan but probably passable after sharpening up a bit.

    Good news about the Steinway ! Of course now, we expect Great Things from you :wink:
     
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    robert Active Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    This is a really great recording from you and I enjoyed listening to it a lot. So nothing to niggle about really.
     
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    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Haha. I could contribute some some of the 'easier' items without too much work, but there's some immensely demanding ones in here which are rather beyond my current capabilities. Besides, I have already far too many ongoing cycles that seem to be stuck in a rut.
     
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    I enjoyed this a lot. I'm embarrassed to say that I am not very knowledgeable regarding Rachmoninov's pieces, and have never played anything of his. But this is so beautiful. Thanks for letting us hear it.
     
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    love this recording :shock:
     
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    Same for me! Very sensitive played!
     
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    schmonz Amitai Schleier Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thanks everyone for the kind comments. This music has the virtue of wanting to be loved (and deserving it), but it's also rather elegantly constructed and in the above recording I haven't done justice to that aspect. So I can only say that it should sound better still, and we can all look forward to that!

    A shot of the Medtner cover is attached. If shrunk to the same size as the other images, the words weren't quite readable, so I shrunk it by slightly less. Hope this is OK.

    I managed to get at that Steinway yesterday (unexpected) and worked out good Edirol settings for the room and instrument before the batteries gave out. Next time I'll be better prepared. :)
     
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    A have put this recording up the site as it is really good enough as it is. But if you want to provide a re-recording later on, that is ok.
     
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    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thanks for that, I have put it on the page after shrinking it to default size and sharpening it up.
    Shame that you seem to have flahes right in front of it. You should always try and take such shots slightly sidewards to avoid glare. It doesn't always succeed though, with a shiny cover like this, and you don't want a very skewed image either. So this may be as good as we can get with a camera.
     
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    very very nice ! 8)
     
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    Admin, can you provide sheets of this piece ? Thanks
     
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    I regurarly update with sheets but do that as a bunch at the same time. Be patient ;).
     
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    schmonz Amitai Schleier Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Fine, fine. :) Shouldn't my pianist page automatically grow a link to the Rach Preludes page? It hasn't...
     
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    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Er, not automagically.... I need to take care of that. Getting sloppy....
     

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