Prelude in G-minor, Op. 23, No. 5 (Rachmaninoff), 4.09

Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, No. 5 (orch. Feb – April 2007) is a dynamic, engaging and most popular Prelude of the set of ten by Sergei Rachmaninoff written in 1901, two years before writing the other nine preludes that make up the published Opus.  With a taut A-B-A form, a chordal martial theme (“Alla marcia”) make up the A sections and a sweeping left hand melancholic lyricism flows from the B section.  This orchestration captures the energy and brilliance that make Rachmaninoff’s music immediately arresting and deeply moving.