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    Chopin "Raindrop" Prelude

    Chopin got his inspiration for his poetic D flat prelude op. 28/15 while on a holiday in Majorca in the winter of 1838/9. The piece is remarkable for the continuous use of repeated notes throughout. In fact there are only 3 bars where ther are no repeated notes.
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    Re: Chopin "Raindrop" Prelude

    Eugene, I love this piece and your presentation of it here. It's remarkable how lovely something relatively simple can be in the right hands. (yours and Chopin's)
    I like the dark middle section with the left hand busy and all the varying dynamic levels before the quiet return to the simple melody at the end. You have done a great job on this piece.
    I downloaded this one to listen to again and again, Thanks.
    Regards, John

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    Re: Chopin "Raindrop" Prelude

    Very nice, Eugene.
    I used to work on this before my corpal tunnel stopped my piano playing.
    Romantics could really put the emotional spin on a piece. I always had a more loose fit with tempo....
    I think I am always confused about this song and one by Schubert(?) where the raindrops portend a worry that a Love who hasn't arrived and a worry about her safety. Is anyone familiar with that tale?
    Gary

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    Ahh.....melancholia at its best. Chopin is just sublime on this cool, cloudy, windy day. Great rendering!(or did you play this live?)


    alan

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    Nice performance Eugene.

    Played this one years ago myself, but in the right atmosphere
    it can be so much more beautiful than just a Chopin Etude.

    Good sounding piano work. Very well done.

    Jack
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    Eugene

    This is wonderful. Great playing. At least I assume that this is you playing.

    Chopin really knew the piano well.

    Ron

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    Re: Chopin "Raindrop" Prelude

    Thanks to all for your comments on the "raindrop" , which are much appreciated. This is an actual complete straight through performance recorded in Cubase Studio 4, with Garritan Steinway in classic mode. I did a few complete takes of the piece and this is the best of the batch.It has always been one of my favourite pieces to play, and the Steinway tone brings it to life for me.

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    Beautifully done, Eugene, beautifully done. This piece is one
    of my favorites of Chopin, in large part because of the
    inegenuity and coherency of the writing; but moreso due
    to its very subtle but powerfully evocative emotive genius --
    which you've captured so well!

    My best,



    David
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    Re: Chopin "Raindrop" Prelude

    Thanks David, it is a fascinating piece, also one of my favourites - I am glad you enjoyed listening. It is a rewarding piece for a pianist to play, and I was pleased to try it out with the Authorized Steinway.
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    Eugene

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    Without too many words, EXCELLENT!!!

    Raymond

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