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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.