Difficult but Beautiful4/2/2009 12:42pm
I highly recommend this piece for advanced pianists. The big chords are one of the greatest challenges. Youll have to really stretch for some of them - Rachmaninov was known for his huge hands. However, when you master the song, youll love to play it. (Playing across the piano with those huge chords is very fun. They go so fast that its almost a full aerobic work-out!) In the middle there is a two page stretch that completely deviates from the theme but sounds incredible. The only thing I dislike about the song is the all too quiet ending on the last half of the nineth page. I dont think it does justice to the rest of the song. But its still highly worth buying for the other thundering 8 1/2 pages. I recommend buying the song on iTunes first to hear what youre getting. You wont be disappointed.