My favorite playlists (4): Tchaikowsky

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This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Favorite Playlist

 

Another of my favorite composers is Tschaikowsky, although I’m very tired of his Piano Concerto – indeed a great piece, but played way too often. I will start my playlist with a nice solo piano piece that I would love to learn whenever I find some time for that, it’s called Dumka. More

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

Con los pies en la Luna

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So, let’s continue. After the Mozart competition in January, I went back to Spain where I had planned to get my driving license as fast as possible.

Finally it took a bit longer than I thought, but it was necessary :  I work at the Maestranza in the evenings, we live far from Sevilla and there are no buses in those late hours. In march, I had to accompany the choirs rehearsals for Carmina Burana, the 9th symphony of Beethoven and one interesting and unknown piece of De Falla called Atlantida. Later, in may, it was a new experience because I was playing the piano part in the small orchestra of 10 people of one contemporary opera for children called « Con Los pies en la Luna » (literally « with the feet in the moon ») written by Antoni Parera Fons which is a kind of opera-documentary about the first travel of the human kind to the moon. More