Monday, March 17, 2008

Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G-Sharp Minor (Op. 32 No. 12)

Here is another recording by Rachmaninoff. I put this one together rather quickly and it shows... I will likely re-record this one in the future after I've taken the time to adjust my interpretation of it, but this is a decent start.

This prelude is one of 13 preludes in Opus 32. Rachmaninoff wrote this during the period of his life that many consider to be the high-point of his composational genius. The entire Opus was written over a period of 19 days.... Imagine that! It is one thing to be able to write such wonderful music, and quite another to produce such a volume of it so quickly.

I had the pleasure of seeing this piece performed recently at the Dmitri Ratser concert I attended. His interpretation and performance was stunning. I enjoyed every moment of it. I encourage my listeners to all make an effort to obtain a copy of his recording.

I recorded this at my home on my studio upright. Please consider making a donation towards my Steinway piano; and please share my website with others and help spread a love for good piano music!

You can hear my recording of Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G-Sharp Minor (Op. 32 No. 12) by visting my Lisztonian website, by visiting my iTunes page, or by using the following embedded player.