on Apr 1st, 2009Sergei Rachmaninov Etude – tableaux Op. 39 No. 1 in C minor
This agitated, passionate étude exploits some of the piano’s resources almost unrelentingly, demanding a tireless right hand, an often daringly syncopated left hand and considerable dexterity to illuminate inner voices. Technically, the music is in an almost continual climax. It bares a resemblance to Chopin’s Prelude in E flat minor.