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Loc: Spain, Europe
Hi everyone! Well, here I post the great set of pieces composed by Rachmaninov called "Morceaux de Fantaisie" and performed by me. There are five pieces:
1. Elegie: A very beautiful and elegant piece that serves to open the group.
2. Prelude: Without question this is the most famous of the set, the very well-known "Prélude" Op. 3 #2 is a piece with three parts. In the first part there is a serie of long and slow chords and in the third part this chords are repeated but with much more forte, even in a aggressive way. There is a central part that serves to unit these other two parts.
3. Melodie: A delicated piece where we can listen to the execution of a melodie (left hand) with its accompaniment (right hand)
4. Polichinelle: The most difficult (technically) of the five pieces. There are some tecnhique complications like some arpeggios and big leaps. A piece of a very russian and rythmic character (and one of my favourites :P )
5. Serenade: A piece with a more nasal (or at least that's the sensation that it causes to me, haha!) but that doesn't affect at all its delicacy. Another example of melodie accompanied by arpeggios.
Well, without further ado I post the video. I hope you like it!! ;D
Fran, from what I can tell, your recording ended at 6:13, in the first portion of the Prelude. I generally liked the Elegy, although the piano is enough out-of-tune that its frankly a hindrance to listening. You may want to revisit your posting.
Wow, you did the whole set! I'm enjoying this quite a bit.
Thanks so much for posting, I think I'll take another look at the op.3 and see if I'll learn more now. So far I've only done the prelude, though it'd be cool to present it in a set like you have done here.
_________________________ Working on: Beethoven - Piano Sonata op. 109 Brahms - 6 Klavierstucke op. 119 Rachmaninoff - Piano Sonata no.1
FranKiisko, I was able to get through the whole thing this time around -- don't know what happened before.
Briefly put, I find the performances thoroughly competent, but I think they're somewhat lacking in "poetry"; and, for me, that's a very important element in Rachmaninov's output. To be specific:
1 The Elegy for me needs to be more openly and wrenchingly sad. I respect the idea of elegance: huge sorrow held resolutely in check -- but for me, the "weeping" is overt, particularly at the very end.
2 I pretty much liked your approach to the ubiquitous Prelude, especially the final page. I was not totally convinced with the "B" section leading back into the final statement; I think that needs more a sense of urgency, yearning, and inexorability.
3 The Melodie is a new one for me -- like a number of his pieces, this is very clearly a song with accompaniment, and in your performance, I had the general sense of the "accompanist" sometimes being too prominent relative to the "singer". I'd certainly make every effort to shape the melody as much as possible, just as if a singer were performing it, and lightening the accompaniment. I believe you WERE, in fact, aiming for just that -- for my taste, it just needs to be taken a step or two farther.
4 Polichinelle was technically quite secure (NOT an easy proposition!), but I hear more humor in the "A" portion and more unabashed lyricism in the "B" section -- a wider contrast in character than I heard in your performance.
5 The Serenade is another new one for me -- briefly put, I believe I'd aim for a "dryer" quality in the accompaniment. My suspicion is that Rachmaninov was trying to evoke a Spanish guitar here, and I'd be inclined to lean in on producing that effect.
Nice job, though -- and thanks for sharing ALL of these, for a change!