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    What's your favourite Racahmaninoff piece? Say down below

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    It is very hard to answer this question. I would have to say Symphony #1, but that could change.

    EDIT: Well if it is to be a keyboard piece then I am in trouble because I don't have a favorite yet. I'll hazard a guess that my future favorite will be the 1926 original version of the 4th piano concerto. We'll see, it was just ordered this morning so I won't even hear it until next year.
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    I'm more familiar with Rachmaninov's orchestral work than anything else by him, so probably a toss-up between The Bells and The Isle of the Dead.
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    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    I would probably pick the symphonic poem The Isle of the dead.
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    Quite possibly 'The Bells' but only at the moment. I'm partial to all his work. Oh hang on this is in keyboards, in that case the 3rd piano concerto.
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    The second piano concerto. I agree with Marilyn here (without the smoking).


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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeh375 View Post
    Quite possibly 'The Bells' but only at the moment. I'm partial to all his work. Oh hang on this is in keyboards, in that case the 3rd piano concerto.
    Good spot - I never noticed the sub-category. Probably either or both sets of the Études-Tableaux, then.
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    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeh375 View Post
    Oh hang on this is in keyboards, in that case the 3rd piano concerto.
    I never remember to look at what subforum a thread is in. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini it is then.
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    Besides the no concertos No. 2 & 3 I do like the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, for piano solo: Moments Musicaux, Op. 16 and
    Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (106)/ Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13 (98)
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    He he, I can like just about every post in this thread, but I did not like the movie clip. The piano player moves too much. Rachmaninoff sat very rigid with very little movement, even of the arms, so I have read. As for Marylin, what would his wife think of that!
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    I have 2 favorites - piano concerto no. 3 and the piano preludes (complete). The Variations on a theme by Corelli is a close 3rd.

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    If OP is still interested, I will add Études-Tableaux, Op. 33 (44)/ Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39 (75)
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    Amazing how underrated (or, to avoid using that cliche..."less talked about") is the All-Night Vigil (Vespers). It has to be one of the greatest post-Renaissance works for a capella chorus, and IMO one of the choral masterworks of the 20th century. When it comes to his piano works, though, I'll take the Six Moments Musicaux, Op. 16. I do need to do some deeper listening of his solo piano stuff, though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro Con Brio View Post
    Amazing how underrated (or, to avoid using that cliche..."less talked about") is the All-Night Vigil (Vespers). It has to be one of the greatest post-Renaissance works for a capella chorus, and IMO one of the choral masterworks of the 20th century. When it comes to his piano works, though, I'll take the Six Moments Musicaux, Op. 16. I do need to do some deeper listening of his solo piano stuff, though!
    By whom, if I may be so bold asking?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    By whom, if I may be so bold asking?
    Well, in my opinion it is not given the recognition it deserves among the "giants" of the choral repertoire. It is #52 on TC's Top 100 Choral Works, which is not bad at all, but I think it's fair to say it's not talked about as often as it should be for a work of such magnitude and invention. I feel the same way about Liszt's Christus. But of course, all this is a matter of personal taste

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