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02 December 2006 @ 09:50 pm
Went through my library putting together a top-100 list (actually turned out to be 99 -- I wasn't really going for a number when I started, but 100 seemed like it'd be in the neighborhood), and promoted six tracks to five stars in the process:

Offenbach - Orpheus In The Underworld - 1. Overture
Rachmaninoff - Prelude In C-Sharp Minor
Rachmaninoff - Prelude In G Minor
Tchaikovsky - Marche Slave
Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 - 1. Allegro Non Troppo E Molto Maestoso
Wagner - Der Fliegende Hollander - 1. Overture

I briefly rated Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini - 18th Variation" up to five stars, then was so overwhelmed by the freakin' cheesiness of it that I immediately demoted it back down to four. And thought about demoting it all the way to three, where maybe it could hang out with Ravel's Bolero or something.

Freakin' romantic pablum.
In the mood: calmcalm
Now playing: Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 - Allegro Non Troppo E Mo
Laurel Amberdineamberdine on December 3rd, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
I have both Rachmaninoff Preludes, but that's all from your upgrades.

Can I nominate Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.1 - 3. Rondo: Allegro?
Douglas Triggs: grayjaydoubt72 on December 3rd, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
Nominate? I don't know about that, but you can certainly wonder at my lack of taste when I tell you I only gave that track three stars when I imported it (which was very recently, less than a month ago -- I haven't re-listened to it yet, and often stuff gets bumped up or down a star on the second listen).
kip_wkip_w on December 4th, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
Rachmaninoff didn't write the variation to be taken by itself and played behind commercials or movie moments. The Rhapsody is best heard in its entirety, building to the dramatic climax and understated ending. Preferably in the recording with the composer at the keyboard.
Douglas Triggs: lodestardoubt72 on December 4th, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
Well, I do also have the entire piece (as a single track), and, well... I honestly don't really like it that much. It seems vaguely disjointed and (at times) derivative to me.

I guess I'm really just not the world's biggest fan of Rachmaninoff.