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Rachmaninoff Duo Suite No. 1 Mvt. 2 “A Night for Love”

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Rachmaninoff Duo Suite No. 1 Mvt. 2 “A Night for Love”

Rachmaninoff Duo Suite No. 1, Op. 5 “Fantaisie-Tableax,” Mvt. II “A Night for Love” – this stunning piece captures why my mom and I love Rachmaninoff so much. The entire piece is written almost like one incredibly long, passionate phrase – a flirtatious entrance, with delicate trills (1:10) and rolling arpeggios (1:55) that intensify into…

Ravel – La Valse

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Ravel – La Valse

La Valse, by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) is amongst the French composer’s crown achievements and is widely performed as a solo piano, duo piano, and orchestral piece. The waltz itself is revealed slowly and mysteriously and is finally revealed in full majesty a few minutes into the work (2:28) . As the piece was originally conceived…

Rachmaninoff Duo Suite No. 2, Op. 17, Waltz

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Rachmaninoff Duo Suite No. 2, Op. 17, Waltz

Rachmaninoff Duo Suite No. 2, Op. 17, Mvt. II “Waltz” – Rachmaninoff’s writing for two pianos is simply exquisite – the parts connect so seamlessly that you can hardly distinguish one piano from the other. This piece always holds a special place in our hearts because it taught us how to listen to each other…

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