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Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tableau: Allegro Op. 39 No. 6 in A Minor

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Sergey Rachmaninoff - Etudes-Tableaux :
Etude-Tableau: Allegro, Op. 39 No. 6
Etude-Tableau: Allegro Op. 39 No. 6  in A Minor by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music
Key: A Minor Year: -
Level: 8+ Period: Late Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (1299 kB)

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xx Rachmaninoff Op 39 #6 - Which recording?!
January 30, 2009, 03:48:55 AM by nanabush

I've heard Rachmaninoff's, Lisitsa's, Richter's, Ashkenazy's, and some crazy 12 year old girl on youtube who butchers this etude.  Each have such drastic stylistic differences.  The notes are down and I'm generally getting my own style for the piece, but each time I heard a different recording, it makes me second guess the way I'm playing it.

I'm mostly talking about:

The introduction (chromatics in early measures).  Some play them at a crawl, and some blast through them.

The 'B' section, right after the recall of the chromatic, it goes into the low pounding chords.  Again, some play super slow, some play 'slightly slower' as written on the score.

Some people throw in extra dynamics and TONS of pedal on the fourth page, and some keep it staccato.

My personal favorite is Ashkenazy, mostly because his middle section sounds the most demonic.  Anyone know of any other recordings that are good for this piece?  I want lots of ideas when I polish this, and I want to know of other interpretations.

xx Rachmaninoff Etude Op.39 No.6
May 04, 2008, 03:48:27 AM by bjahdc

I am having difficulty with the jumps in the left hand (the octaves section) in the Presto section of this piece. 

Can anyone provide suggestions to play these chords accruately and with speed?

It is unbelievable how Lisitsa plays this piece on youtube.  Simply amazing.


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