Music Favorites III - Georgy Catoire's Prelude (from Cinq Morceaux)
Catoire is a highly neglected composer, but his works are steadily gaining their due recognition - in no small part due to the CD of his piano works released by super-virtuoso Marc-André Hamelin. Russian and French, both influences are heard in his music, although in his best works, he takes French fluidity to new heights. The second Prelude from his collection "Cinq Morceaux" is one of the best things he ever wrote.
Catoire's music exhibits plenty of rhythmic complexity - in this piece, much of the gossamery texture is due to its consistent 3-against-2 polyrhythm. (The right hand plays in a 12/16 time signature while the left hand plays in 4/8.) It's been on my to-learn list for quite a while, but its considerable technical difficultly (mainly in the aforementioned rhythmic complexity) make it daunting to begin.