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Author Topic: Rach Prelude in C# minor op.3 no.2 and Scriabin Etude op.2 no.1  (Read 2951 times)
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« on: August 09, 2005, 01:12:33 AM »

Comments please.

Also for the Scriabin my friend redid it a bit and so it sounds less home recorded ish.

* Rachmaninov_Prelude_in_C_minor_Op_3_No_2.mp3 (3851.07 KB - downloaded 194 times.)
* Scriabin_Etude_in_C_minor_Op_2_No_1redone.mp3 (3729.8 KB - downloaded 142 times.)
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piano sheet music of Etude

piano sheet music of Prelude
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2005, 02:04:01 AM »

Technically sound.  Very accurate and precise, impressive.

I could do with a bit more speed in the beginning.  Don't want listeners to fall asleep.  You must find the balance between drama and monotony.  Something to pay more attention to, I think, are the common Rachmaninov elements of Bells and Wind.  While the piece is solid note-wise, I think now it is time to work on your interpretation of it.  Rather than playing it cold, try to get into the composer's head.  The way I think of the first octaves are as cannon fire.  It could be the end of a war, or a 3-gun salute at a funeral.  Then the church bells begin, lamenting the dead (war/funeral = death).  Really bring out the lower octaves; they are where the melody lies.  When faced with the  longer groups of eight-note chords (I think you'll know what I'm referring to, I don't have a score in front of me right now), a little more speed is desirable.  Remember they are of equal value to the 3 eight-notes that follow each melody octave in the beginning. 

Now, the middle passage.  I believe it is marked Agitato.  Rubato is acceptable, but always the tempo must be building until the climax, which then leads back to the original melody.  Don't be afraid to really put your weight into the four-finger chords in the final section.  The dynamic is suggested at ff or fff.  Play it that way, don't hold back.  Also, I have studied Rachmaninov's own recording, and he goes for more speed than the first section, althoughhe wrote it as "Tempo I."  Finally, remember the bells, especially as the song winds down.  Take your time with the final chords and really let it sing.

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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2005, 03:04:57 AM »

Your Rachmaninov is very nice Smiley
You sense the power in the piece and express it well
Though this piece is so often played, I sensed no triteness in listening to your performance

I think your Scriabin could use more movement though, so it doesn't get boring.
I love this etude and want to study it as well (considering it as an audition piece) ~
overall, well done and much liked Wink
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2005, 06:01:27 PM »

i agree with what u have been told so far.

the prelude was pretty good, the etude was a little too slow. 

great job and good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2005, 07:31:53 AM »

hmm i only downloaded the scribin... i played these two pieces for my exam 2!!!  i think you could play your scriabim a little faster so that it would hava a bti more life (u play it in 4 mins.. horotiz does it in 2.5 ... i did it in 2 mins 38 secondS) ..also your not sounding all the notes in the ppp section

i've attached my rendition on this great piece... keep in mind that i have some funny notes too... i was in a rush to record and only got 1 go at it...

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