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#126566 - 12/13/07 01:21 PM Now THIS is how Rachmaninoff should be played!!!!
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Take the time to listen to a terrific rendition of three Rach pieces the way they were meant to be played. Spectacular!!

Terrific Rach performances
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#126567 - 12/13/07 01:37 PM Re: Now THIS is how Rachmaninoff should be played!!!!
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Agreed, very good performances. I hope to hear him playing Rach 3 in March of next year (Cincinnati Symphony). I imagine he'll be appearing in other cities playing it as well.
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#126568 - 12/13/07 05:02 PM Re: Now THIS is how Rachmaninoff should be played!!!!
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I have championed Lugansky's Chopin Etudes recording many times on this forum. And his CD of the Rachmaninoff Op23 Preludes and Op 16 Moments Musicaux is equally stupendous. Thanks for posting the link, Dan.

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#126569 - 12/13/07 05:07 PM Re: Now THIS is how Rachmaninoff should be played!!!!
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The only thing I don't like about his playing is that he throws his arms in the air on big final chords, but I guess after such magnificent performances he's allowed to do whatever he wants.

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#126570 - 12/13/07 05:17 PM Re: Now THIS is how Rachmaninoff should be played!!!!
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Damz:
he throws his arms in the air on big final chords[/b]

I'd forgive him the odd bit of showmanship, in general he doesn't sway around and make that many odd faces compared to many other pianists.... if I could play anything like that, I'd throw the piano in the air at the end \:\)

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#126571 - 12/13/07 05:38 PM Re: Now THIS is how Rachmaninoff should be played!!!!
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“The wonderful noble tone, its ideal playability, together with the incomparable touch of the Bechstein grand, always evoke my enthusiasm.” Sergri Rachmaninov

This was a paid commercial announcement. ;\)
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#126572 - 12/13/07 05:40 PM Re: Now THIS is how Rachmaninoff should be played!!!!
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Glad you enjoyed the link everyone. Talent like that is something to marvel at.....very inspiring.
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#126573 - 12/13/07 11:34 PM Re: Now THIS is how Rachmaninoff should be played!!!!
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His performance of Opus 23, No. 5 remind me, exactly, of Von Monteton. I thought Von Monteton's recordings of Rachmaninoff youtube links were the best until this. This sounds like Von Monteton without the slight muffledness of an old recording.

http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/3/3162.html

Love Rach.

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#126574 - 12/14/07 01:20 AM Re: Now THIS is how Rachmaninoff should be played!!!!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Steve Cohen:

“The wonderful noble tone, its ideal playability, together with the incomparable touch of the Bechstein grand, always evoke my enthusiasm.” Sergri Rachmaninov

This was a paid commercial announcement. ;\)
Watch the video carefully, and you'd see that the piano used was a Steinway. \:D

Back to the performance... great technique!
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#126575 - 12/14/07 03:35 AM Re: Now THIS is how Rachmaninoff should be played!!!!
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A Hamburg Steinway no less! Thanks for posting this CC2...great stuff!

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#126576 - 12/14/07 08:41 AM Re: Now THIS is how Rachmaninoff should be played!!!!
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CC2... Tremendous performance, you said it - very inspiring!
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#126577 - 12/14/07 01:56 PM Re: Now THIS is how Rachmaninoff should be played!!!!
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Great link. Thanks for sharing that. The interesting thing about the Op 23 No. 5 (Prelude in G) is that no one I have heard yet plays the middle section (the flowing left hand with the lilting/moaning chords with the right hand) the same as Rachmaninoff himself did for the Ampico recordings. Rachmaninoff blazes through that middle section and the left hand goes so fast it almost seems as though he is "off" on the timing with the chords played by the right hand but he doesn't care, as if it adds to the anguish of the piece. I'm personally trying to re-learn this piece after a 24 year hiatus from piano and am now wondering if my memory is flawed that I ever played it well. I think I was just naive and didn't know how it was supposed to be played. I can play it at about half speed.

Having said all that, I prefer both Lugansky's as well as Gilel's interpretations better than Rachmaninoff's personal performance of prelude in G. I think the middle section is a beautiful interlude to the deep dark main theme and I love to hear it emphasized a little. It sounds very yearning, yet beautiful.

Again, thanks a lot for sharing. Great performance. It also led me to the link to Gilels interpretation, which I also like (just a little more even paced, especially the ppp section of the main theme after going through it once. It is closer to Rach's own interpretation yet better in that middle section (IMO).

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#126578 - 12/14/07 05:35 PM Re: Now THIS is how Rachmaninoff should be played!!!!
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Excellent technique. On the preludes I thought the tempo just a tad fast but MM4 is meant to rip. Also very excellent taste in pianos. \:\)

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#126579 - 12/14/07 07:22 PM Re: Now THIS is how Rachmaninoff should be played!!!!
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Hello Dan,
Great link - thanks for posting it! What incredible technique. His economy of movement is absolutely tremendous!
Best regards,
Roger
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#126580 - 12/14/07 07:39 PM Re: Now THIS is how Rachmaninoff should be played!!!!
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So glad you guys enjoyed it. Great playing is so fascinating to watch. It almost seems superhuman.
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#126581 - 12/14/07 10:09 PM Re: Now THIS is how Rachmaninoff should be played!!!!
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indeed

awesome performance
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