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RACHMANINOFF PLAYS CHOPIN



Rachmaninoff plays Chopin, as I wrote on the previous page, elegantly and in a refined manner. His technique is such that he is able to play the most difficult passages with a delicacy almost unheard of among his peers, the obvious exception being Jozef Hofmann. And like Hofmann, he is capable of extreme virtuosity while maintaining the ultimate degree of clarity. Every note is heard in its place, every trill is like a string of pearls, and yet there is a natural fluidity which makes the technical mastery of the piano subservient to the line of the phrase and form of the work as a whole.

It has been said by those who heard them both, that Rachmaninoff's style of playing the piano was most akin to that of Anton Rubinstein whom he had heard as a student in Russia. It is perhaps no great coincidence that the man with whom he shares the pinnacle of pianistic greatness, Jozef Hofmann, was a pupil of Anton Rubinstein.



Nocturnes


2 in E
major, Op 9~2



5 in F major, Op 15~2




Scherzo in C minor, Op 39

recorded in 1924




Ballade 3 in A major, Op 47




Mazurkas


in C minor
, Op 63~3



in A minor, Op 68~2
recorded in 1935




Waltzes


1 in E major, Op 18 (rec. 21.01.1921)
04:35 ➢ 6 in D major, Op 64~1 "Minute" (rec. 05.04.1923)
06:35 ➢ 7 in C minor, Op 64~2 (rec. 05.04.1927)
10:15 ➢ 8 in A major, Op 64~3 (rec. 05.04.1927)
13:00 ➢ 10 in B minor, Op 69~2 (rec. 24.10.1923)
16:06 ➢ 14 in E minor, Op posth (rec. 18.02.1930)



4 in F major, Op 34~3



5 in A major, Op 42 "Two-Four"




Piano Sonata 2 in B minor, Op 35 "Funeral March"


i Grave. Doppio movimento



ii Scherzo



iii Marche funebre
iv Presto




Chopin-Liszt  "The Maiden's Wish"

early piano roll and a 1942 recording (at 3:10)




Chopin-Liszt  "Narzeczony" (The Bridegroom)










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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