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What do you think of this all Russian program?
#2442949 07/20/15 10:05 AM
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Rachmaninoff: preludes in c#, b, g#, D flat
Scriabin: etudes in c#, E, d#, f, F#, c#
Prokofiev: sonata no. 7

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Mussorgsky: Pictures

Encore: Mussorgsky/me: Night on Bald Mountain

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If you want to do an all-Russian progam, this looks like a good selection. But I'd recommend reversing the order of the b and c# preludes - it makes more sense in key progression, plus strating with the b minor can calm "early performance" nerves.

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boring

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Originally Posted by seriousamateur
Rachmaninoff: preludes in c#, b, g#, D flat
Scriabin: etudes in c#, E, d#, f, F#, c#
Prokofiev: sonata no. 7

Intermission

Mussorgsky: Pictures

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Doritos,

Do you have any suggestions to make it less boring?

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Just personal taste, but after Pictures I think a less brilliant first encore would be better and maybe play your transcription as a second encore. I heard an all Russian program where the pianist played Nocturne: La Separacion by Glinka as the encore and I thought it was perfect.

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Originally Posted by Hank Drake
But I'd recommend reversing the order of the b and c# preludes - it makes more sense in key progression, plus strating with the b minor can calm "early performance" nerves.


I think I disagree with a lot of this... smile . I'd certainly find c# easier to begin with than b, which is really quite overwhelming.

I like starting with the c#, but then maybe continuing with b is too much doom and gloom. How about: c#, g#, b, Db? Still not ideal, but, I think, a better order!

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What do you think about replacing b with B?

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Keep the C# at the beginning of the Rachmaninoff set, and keep the D flat at the end. It's essential to keep those two preludes separate.

I think having the B minor in there doesn't really work. Too much gloom and weight. If you want a piece which has a similar difficulty, try using the D major instead as a lyrical episode. Then the G# minor prelude will fit better. Keep the G# minor right before the D flat major.

For the Scriabin set, I don't think you should do another "life cycle" set, but instead use it as an intermediate between the serious Rachmaninoff and the Prokofiev. I would take out the C# minor prelude (op. 2 no.1) and the D# minor. If you want to have an arresting transition between the Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, op. 8 no. 2 (F sharp minor) might be a good bet to open the set.

The second half looks good, though the encore is a bit of an awkward return to the gloominess of the opening Rachmaninoff prelude. I personally prefer ending my concerts on a positive note, but it's really up to you. However, a long encore after that program might be a bit too much for the audience.

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Originally Posted by seriousamateur
Doritos,

Do you have any suggestions to make it less boring?


less russians and more germans ;-)


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Prok.7 and Muss.pictures together in 1 program?


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Hi, dolce sfogato! Yes, that was exactly my reaction as well -- I don't mind all-Russian, but I think that there's too much "heavy" stuff in this proposed recital. One or the other is fine, but not both.

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Please tell me you are calling it, "From Russia with Love?"

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Time duration of 2nd half shorter than 1st half?

If this is the case, perhaps add Balakirev, Medtner, Tchaikovsky, etc. In the 2nd to balance?


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