My favorite playlists(2): Rachmaninoff

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This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Favorite Playlist

Nothing irritates me more than people telling me that I like Rachmaninoff because I am a pianist, when I actually prefer his chamber music, his concertos and symphonies to his solo piano music! Besides, he was a great harmonist, and even his piano music is orchestral. In this aspect he can’t be compared to Chopin, for example, an amazing pianist and composer for piano (besides the cello sonata and some exceptions) who didn’t show so much talent for orchestration – with all my respect. ;)
Anyway, I’m going to act like a typical pianist and start with one of the quite unknown Rachmaninoff’s pieces for piano, the Elegy, played by the composer himself: More

Music and tourism: my passions!

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After suffering some hours on the last movement of Beethoven 5th sonata for cello and piano, one of the hardest fugue I have ever played, the kind of piece that you have to pray every kind of Gods before any performance…

Pianists headache!

…and after a few hours of nice rehearsal with Rodrigo Garcia Simon, the cellist, we could finally enjoy giving a concert at the conservatory of Pozoblanco, a little city at 50 km from Cordoba. It was full of children and cello students, as Rodrigo was an invited teacher giving masterclasses during that week in the conservatory. Beethoven was hard for me, but Tschaikovsky Rococo Variations weren’t especially easy for him! Especially in a 30° hall during the afternoon. More