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.
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
in C♯ minor, Op 63~3
in A minor, Op 68~2
recorded in 1935
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
iii Marche funebre
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
which is also available as an audiobook.
And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:
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