Piano Forum



The World of Piano Competitions issue 1 2023
The World of Piano Competitions is a magazine initiated by PIANIST Magazine (Netherlands and Germany) and its Editor-in-Chief Eric Schoones. Here we get a rich insight into the world of international piano competitions through the eyes of its producers and participants. Read more >>

Topic: Your favourite Rachmaninov prelude?  (Read 3567 times)

Offline eddie92099

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1816
Your favourite Rachmaninov prelude?
on: August 11, 2003, 10:41:25 AM
Hi all,
Just wondering what is your favourite Rachmaninov prelude - I know which Rachmaninov's favourite was (also happens to be mine), I wonder how many people agree!
Ed

Offline BuyBuy

  • PS Silver Member
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 178
Re: Your favourite Rachmaninov prelude?
Reply #1 on: August 11, 2003, 04:21:52 PM
I'm not so sure...

I'd hesitate between op.23 n5 and op.32 n12.

Offline e60m5

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 369
Re: Your favourite Rachmaninov prelude?
Reply #2 on: August 11, 2003, 06:14:32 PM
I'm partial to Rachmaninov's Prelude Op.23 no.6 in E flat major.

Offline ravel

  • PS Silver Member
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 225
Re: Your favourite Rachmaninov prelude?
Reply #3 on: August 11, 2003, 06:49:01 PM
i am really bad in opus no.s and no.s and all, but as far as i can remember,   i love opus 32 no.10  ( has any one heard horowitz play taht one, it is like double the speed of wht other pianists play)  , i dont know which onw is that prelude but there  is  a story going behind it thta people used to request it every time he used to give a recital and he was really fed up of it haha, well i think its some prelude in c sharp or c , and then ther is opus 23 no.4, no. 7   and lots others but i dont rememebr th no.s unfortunately
sahir

Offline eddie92099

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1816
Re: Your favourite Rachmaninov prelude?
Reply #4 on: August 11, 2003, 07:09:51 PM
The one he was fed up with was op.3 no.2 in C sharp minor. I don't know all the opus numbers, we should talk in keys,
Ed

Offline allchopin

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1171
Re: Your favourite Rachmaninov prelude?
Reply #5 on: August 11, 2003, 07:38:05 PM
ahh, the "bells of moscow"- im kinda sick of it but its interesting.  I like the 12 op. 32 in (i think) G# minor. i have the horowitz in moscow version.
A modern house without a flush toilet... uncanny.

Offline rachfan

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 3026
Re: Your favourite Rachmaninov prelude?
Reply #6 on: August 14, 2003, 06:08:55 AM
I've played about half of the Preludes in Op. 23 and 32, and am hard pressed to choose one "favorite" as there is greatness in most of them.  Three that I particularly enjoyed doing were in Op. 32:  Nos. 1 in C,  No. 5 in G and No. 9 in A.
Interpreting music means exploring the promise of the potential of possibilities.

Offline liszmaninopin

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1101
Re: Your favourite Rachmaninov prelude?
Reply #7 on: August 17, 2003, 07:12:17 PM
I am especially partial towards his op. 23 #'s 4,6,7, and his op. 32 #12.

Offline Leporello

  • PS Silver Member
  • Newbie
  • ***
  • Posts: 8
Re: Your favourite Rachmaninov prelude?
Reply #8 on: August 18, 2003, 02:57:42 AM
Opus 32 Number 10 by far.  Opus 23 Number 3 coming in at a distant second.

Offline zhovey

  • PS Silver Member
  • Newbie
  • ***
  • Posts: 6
Re: Your favourite Rachmaninov prelude?
Reply #9 on: August 18, 2003, 03:33:26 AM
Op 23 #5  Classical Russian sound. The middle is very beautiful, but very difficult to get sounding clean and sweet at full speed.

Offline dj

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 296
Re: Your favourite Rachmaninov prelude?
Reply #10 on: August 21, 2003, 05:24:28 AM
ditto to zhovey
rach on!

Offline amee

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 506
Re: Your favourite Rachmaninov prelude?
Reply #11 on: August 21, 2003, 01:29:15 PM
Definitely the one in G# minor, Op 32 no 12.  I'm learning that right now ;D
"Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties." - Frederic Chopin

Offline Celeste

  • PS Silver Member
  • Jr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 38
Re: Your favourite Rachmaninov prelude?
Reply #12 on: August 22, 2003, 09:24:24 PM
Yes, Rachmanninoff ended up hating the prelude in C#minor, opus 3 no. 2, but that was only because everyone else loved it and he had to play it so much. It's undoubtedly the most famous Rach. prelude, but it's not my favorite because of that. I think it's very beautiful, after all, it's supposed to sound like church bells. Plus, whenever I'm supposed to show off to my parents friends or relatives or whatever, it is a GREAT crowd-pleaser ;D ;D

Offline eddie92099

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1816
Re: Your favourite Rachmaninov prelude?
Reply #13 on: September 03, 2003, 05:43:44 PM
Rachmaninov's favourite (and also mine) was the prelude in B minor, op.32 no.10,
Ed

Offline Bosendorfer_214

  • PS Silver Member
  • Jr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 76
Re: Your favourite Rachmaninov prelude?
Reply #14 on: September 04, 2003, 06:33:17 AM
My favorites are the B minor which was symbollic for Rachmaninov's return... And the B-flat major Op.23 no.2
Pianists are like firecrackers, they blow up sooner or later.

Offline eddie92099

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1816
Re: Your favourite Rachmaninov prelude?
Reply #15 on: September 04, 2003, 07:03:14 PM
Bosendorfer_214, I wonder, I have you seen the DVD "Art of Piano"?
Ed
For more information about this topic, click search below!
 

Logo light pianostreet.com - the website for classical pianists, piano teachers, students and piano music enthusiasts.

Subscribe for unlimited access

Sign up

Follow us

Piano Street Digicert