Sunday, March 2, 2008

Rachmaninoff Prelude in C-Sharp Minor
dedicated to Dane Laverty

Sergei Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-Sharp Minor (Op 3, No 2) is one of his most popular and most famous works. It is often called "The Prelude" or "The Bells of Moscow." It is a fun piece and I love playing it. I have only performed this live on two (maybe three) occasions.

I am dedicating this recording to my dear friend, Dane Laverty. He and I served together as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- commonly known as "The Mormons" (mormons are NOT affiliated with Warren Jeffs or any modern-day polygamast group). During that time, I spent two years in Kobe Japan serving the Japanese people and discussing with them my beliefs in God and the gospel of Jesus Christ. My religion is a major part of my musicianship and my faith is the root of my passion for good music. Hopefully that doesn't offend any of my devoted listeners, but hey, I'm just being honest with you :)

Dane Laverty has grown to be one of my greatest friends and examples. I constantly look up to him as a master teacher in life. I dedicate this particular recording to him because he is a fellow pianist and he performed this piece for me during the time we were serving together in Japan. It may not be quite as refined as his performance, but I hope that my listeners will enjoy it all the same.

It was recorded at my home on my studio upright. If you have enjoyed my recordings, then please consider helping me in my quest to purchase a Steinway Model B piano. I appreciate all of the generous donations I have received and hope that someday I can repay that generosity by recording my music on one of the world's finest instruments.

You may listen to my recording of Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-Sharp Minor by visiting my Lisztonian website or by using the following music player: