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#583172 - 12/14/07 04:32 PM Rachmaninoff music recommendation  
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Hello all,

I've been mostly practicing Chopin for the past several years, but decided to experience Rachmaninoff more. The fact is that I don't know much about his solo piano pieces. I've learned prelude in g (23-5) and Elegie, but that's it. Could any of you recommend me some good (and famous) solo pieces to practice? My level is between intermediate and advanced.

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#583173 - 12/14/07 04:36 PM Re: Rachmaninoff music recommendation  
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why famous?


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#583174 - 12/14/07 04:38 PM Re: Rachmaninoff music recommendation  
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Any of the other Preludes would be a good start smile

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#583175 - 12/14/07 04:49 PM Re: Rachmaninoff music recommendation  
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Among Rachmaninoff's Preludes, I am very, very, very partial to Prelude Op. 23, No. 4 in D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y7aKNjUeVY&feature=related

I have the Richter recording, which I could listen to endlessly (Track 7 on Disc 1):
http://tinyurl.com/25r7v5


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#583176 - 12/14/07 06:31 PM Re: Rachmaninoff music recommendation  
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I'm waiting for his sonatas to get here.

#583177 - 12/14/07 06:41 PM Re: Rachmaninoff music recommendation  
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I prefer the op 32 preludes in general but op23 #4 is right up there.

#583178 - 12/14/07 06:42 PM Re: Rachmaninoff music recommendation  
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any of his preludes from op.23 or op.32 are good ones to work on.


Mastering:Chopin Etudes op.10 nos.8&12 and op.25 no.1, Chopin Scherzo no.4 in E major op.54, Mozart Sonata in B flat major K.333& Khachaturian Toccata
#583179 - 12/14/07 07:15 PM Re: Rachmaninoff music recommendation  
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Originally posted by Amelialw:
any of his preludes from op.23 or op.32 are good ones to work on.
Since quite a few require professional level technique, I don't think this is reasonable advice.

#583180 - 12/14/07 07:31 PM Re: Rachmaninoff music recommendation  
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pianoloverus:
I don't think this is reasonable advice.

From personal experience, the following are eminently doable for someone who has made a reasonable job of 23/5:

Op23 Nos 1/3/4/6/10
Op32 Nos 2/5/7/9/10/11/12

Some people find different things difficult, so I am sure not everyone would agree with this selection. But I would definitely recommend leaving Op23 Nos 2/7/8/9, etc, for a later date than those listed above smile

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#583181 - 12/14/07 07:47 PM Re: Rachmaninoff music recommendation  
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The Polichinelle is an excellent piece for people looking to break into Rachmaninoff's world. It used to be very popular - I don't know why it's not played more often now.

Among the preludes, the ones people typically begin with are the more popular - Op. 23#4 as several have already suggested, and Op. 23#5 (g minor) and Op. 32 #5 (G Major), #10 (b minor) and #12 (g# minor.)

Of the Etudes, the g minor (Op. 33#7) and Eb Major (Op. 33#6) are probably the best to start with.


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#583182 - 12/14/07 07:56 PM Re: Rachmaninoff music recommendation  
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Let me add Vocalise, Barcarolle, Nocturn, Polka, Melody and the entire set of Moments Musicaux, Op.16.

#583183 - 12/14/07 08:19 PM Re: Rachmaninoff music recommendation  
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Thank you all for the excellent advices! I might have misled some by saying "famous". I just thought I might start with some well-known pieces to begin with. :p

Someone also recommended me the prelude Op.3 No.2. I'll listen your recommendations from youtube and decide. Thanks again! :-)

#583184 - 12/14/07 09:50 PM Re: Rachmaninoff music recommendation  
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im so glad someone brought up the D major prelude, it's one of my favorites of rachmaninoff's.


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