Whenever I play this prelude by Rachmaninoff, it evokes beautiful images of sharks gently gliding in the depths of my mind.
The delicate melody is accompanied by quintuplets played almost throughout the entire piece by the left hand. To bring out a recurring, haunting and wave-like sound, I like to play the ‘B – D’ and ‘B – E’ motives of each quintuplet by the left hand with a gentle emphasis.
Here are two of my favourite interpretations of this piece by Vladimir Ashkenazy and Valentina Lisitsa. I like Ashkenazy’s interpretation because the wave-like effect of his left hand is so delicate and yet can be distinctively felt.
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