Rachmaninoff's piano preludes are some of his most popular pieces, as they tend to be short, showy and impressive. This prelude, in G# minor, is one of the lesser known preludes in the collection, but it is a 4-paged masterpiece. The melody starts off in the left hand and soon gets tossed around between both hands, finding new ways to present itself. This piece, in my opinion, shows fury in an icy manner, especially when the higher registers are used. I often referred to Evgeny Kissin's rendition of this prelude when learning it, drawing ideas from his agile interpretation.
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