Question by : What makes a good interpretation of Rachmaninoff’s prelude in G minor?
I’ve been playing this prelude for years, and I still don’t feel like I am able to get to the heart of what the piece is about.
Also, I have trouble making all of the inner voices audible in the B section.
Can any pianists help me?
Also, how much sustain pedal should be used?
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Answer by fierydog
Please listen to the way Prokofiev plays it and model your own interpretation from it. It will put you miles ahead of all the other pianists who just shoot for cacophony. If you listen to Rakhmaninov himself play it, he plays it with even more staccato than Prokofiev! As little pedal as possible in the beginning and end sections, and quite liberally in the middle section to bring out the voices properly. Don’t feel like you have to play it exactly like Prokofiev does but please listen to how he and Rakhmaninov play it.
http://goo.gl/G6BNiS – Prokofiev
http://goo.gl/MVVqX – Rakhmaninov
Please listen to the way Rakhmaninov plays the middle section especially and also the ending. You should be able to get to the heart of what the piece is about.
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