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Interesting interview with Sergei Rachmaninoff #1669540 05/01/11 02:02 PM
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Re: Interesting interview with Sergei Rachmaninoff [Re: Palindrome] #1669641 05/01/11 05:46 PM
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A very interesting view from one of the all-time greats. I wonder what his opinion would have been about recording in the age of digital technology.

A very well spoken man too, God bless Sergei.


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Re: Interesting interview with Sergei Rachmaninoff [Re: Palindrome] #1669647 05/01/11 06:06 PM
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I think he'd love it! What a fine man - and an excellent piece of journalism.


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Re: Interesting interview with Sergei Rachmaninoff [Re: Palindrome] #1669797 05/01/11 11:27 PM
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Thanks for posting this. What an eloquent essay.

If I remember rightly Herman Hesse expressed a similar attitude toward broadcast music, in the novel Steppenwolf. But I believe his protagonist also took a dim view of the gramophone.

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Thanks for posting this. What an eloquent essay.

If I remember rightly Herman Hesse expressed a similar attitude toward broadcast music, in the novel Steppenwolf. But I believe his protagonist also took a dim view of the gramophone.
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Re: Interesting interview with Sergei Rachmaninoff [Re: Palindrome] #1670353 05/02/11 11:12 PM
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Re: Interesting interview with Sergei Rachmaninoff [Re: Palindrome] #1676780 05/13/11 05:54 AM
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Thank you so much for the link! It contains a rare photo of Rachmaninoff and very interesting article. It's a pity we don't have video record of him playing the piano. :-(

Re: Interesting interview with Sergei Rachmaninoff [Re: Palindrome] #1676804 05/13/11 06:53 AM
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Interesting -

Thanks for sharing.


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Re: Interesting interview with Sergei Rachmaninoff [Re: lilylady] #1677773 05/14/11 08:07 PM
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can anybody here have or could PDF post the Rachmaninoff VOCALISE piano solo arrangement transcrip by ZOLTAN?
I personally like the arpeggios at the end. If someone has the
music sheet, I will greatly appreciate it or exchange with another or mine.

Thanks
Joe

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can anybody here have or could PDF post the Rachmaninoff VOCALISE piano solo arrangement transcrip by ZOLTAN?
I personally like the arpeggios at the end. If someone has the
music sheet, I will greatly appreciate it or exchange with another or mine.

Thanks
Joe

Re: Interesting interview with Sergei Rachmaninoff [Re: Jose Laiz] #1677968 05/15/11 02:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Jose Laiz
can anybody here have or could PDF post the Rachmaninoff VOCALISE piano solo arrangement transcrip by ZOLTAN?
I personally like the arpeggios at the end. If someone has the
music sheet, I will greatly appreciate it or exchange with another or mine.



I am guessing you mean this one one by Zoltan Kocsis. It was published by Editio Musica Budapest in 1981, I think, and so would still be under copyright.


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Originally Posted by wr
Originally Posted by Jose Laiz
can anybody here have or could PDF post the Rachmaninoff VOCALISE piano solo arrangement transcrip by ZOLTAN?
I personally like the arpeggios at the end. If someone has the
music sheet, I will greatly appreciate it or exchange with another or mine.

I am guessing you mean this one one by Zoltan Kocsis. It was published by Editio Musica Budapest in 1981, I think, and so would still be under copyright.

Yes, it will be under copyright for a long time to come. Jose, if you really like this piece I hope you buy it. Just to warn you, those arpeggios are very difficult. There is some rapid jumping from one hand position to another in both hands, and much of the time melody flows back and forth between the hands. Four brains would be useful: 1) melody; 2) arpeggios; 3) harmony; 4) pedal. smile

The whole piece is quite difficult. It takes great care handling the dynamics of all the voices in the accompaniment, and to half pedal in places to leave some bass harmonies lingering a bit longer than they are written, otherwise some harmonies can sound incomplete or even wrong. Played beautifully, I think it would make a lovely encore piece.

P.S. argerichfan, I see on the back of the book that Kocsis also transcribed the prelude to Wagner's Die Meistersinger!


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Re: Interesting interview with Sergei Rachmaninoff [Re: Julian_] #1678128 05/15/11 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by SlatterFan
... There is some rapid jumping from one hand position to another in both hands, and much of the time melody flows back and forth between the hands.
Four brains would be useful: 1) melody; 2) arpeggios; 3) harmony; 4) pedal. smile


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Re: Interesting interview with Sergei Rachmaninoff [Re: Palindrome] #1678997 05/16/11 08:00 PM
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It is only the perfecting of electrical recording during the last three years... that has given us piano reproduction... that could hardly be bettered.

Calling 1930's recording methods "perfect" is quite a strong statement. Was Sergei that easily satisfied with the audio quality of his recordings? Or is this just an indication that was he impressed with the rate of technological improvement?

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Through the medium of the gramophone we can now offer the public performances closely similar to those we give on the concert platform... If once, twice or three times I do not play as well as I can, it is possible to record and re-record, to destroy and remake until, at last, I am content with the result.

I don't understand Sergei's logic here. He seems to state that the concert platform is the touchstone of musical performance. However, he also states that he is never satisfied with his initial performance and must re-play before being happy with himself. So, wouldn't the concert platform suffer from the same flaw as radio broadcasts? Both would contain mistakes that can't be fixed.

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Yet today, when we have first-class recording, business is worse than it has ever been. For this, I can only think that the universal craze for radio is to blame.

Let us also consider the rather depressed macro-economic conditions in the early 1930's. And I'm glad you don't have to see the "craze" for television in our modern times!

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But to listen-in in great cities like London or New York when one could actually be present in a concert hall – to me that would seem sacrilege. Radio is a very great invention, but not, I think, for art.

Hasn't the cost of the concert hall always been a concern? I can listen to the radio for free. I can even buy several CDs for the cost of one concert ticket.

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Think what it would have meant to us to-day could we possess records made by Liszt, the greatest pianist who has ever lived. Yet we can only dimly imagine what his playing must have been.

I think a lot of us would like to have this hypothetical recording. Interesting that Sergei firmly states Liszt is the greatest pianist of all time, while at the same time stating that he only has a dim idea of his playing...

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To make records with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra is as thrilling an experience as any artist could desire. Unquestionably, they are the finest orchestral combination in the world.

I'm not so sure the Europeans would take kindly to this statement. Outdone by the Yankees?

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It is very rarely that an artist, whether as soloist or composer, is gratified by hearing his work accompanied and interpreted with so much sympathetic co-operation, such perfection of detail and balance between piano and orchestra.

Think how satisfying it must be to hear 110 people playing your work!

Re: Interesting interview with Sergei Rachmaninoff [Re: remline] #1679906 05/18/11 06:50 AM
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Originally Posted by remline

I think a lot of us would like to have this hypothetical recording. Interesting that Sergei firmly states Liszt is the greatest pianist of all time, while at the same time stating that he only has a dim idea of his playing...


I guess his relative (cousin), producer and one of the best pianists Alexander Siloti told him much about Liszt, as long as he was his student:

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He knew not only Liszt, he was a friend of Tchaikovsky too. He could compare lots of manners of piano playing...



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