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Menahem Pressler: Rachmaninov - 6 Duets op 11 - 1. Barcarolle

RACHMANINOV, Sergey

6 Duets for piano four hands op. 11

1. Barcarolle, in G minor

 

Menahem Pressler, guest professor

Juan Barahona, student

Martín García García, student

 

At the beginning of the masterclass, Professor Pressler congratulates the two pianists for their performance. He talks about Rachmaninov’s four-hand writing: in this piece, it seems that the piano II does not develop its virtuosism as usual. By contrast, the composer works on two-piano pieces in different ways, both parts (piano I and piano II) are more balanced.
The tempo 'meno mosso' indicates a softer character, an entertainment purpose.
They work on the progressions of dynamics to the pianissimo so that they become more gradual.