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an astoundingly sensitive rendition by Japanese pianist Aya Nagatomi




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That was very beautiful Chobeetinov, thank-you. It was much softer and a slower than the usual interpretations, but it was very seductive and magical. Nice to hear a different take on it.

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Very romantic, sensuous, almost washing over the rhythm (well I know what I mean). Excellent video and playing, thank you for your contribution to my wonderfully musical day.

My uninformed choice at 3:48 would be to increase tempo more gradually, the sudden fast tempo disrupted my enjoyment a little. I wonder what score says, and whether she meant to increase quite so much here...?

Hmmm there is an Aussie video somewhere that I remember as a slow version too. I'll see if I can find it. Do you know Aya in person chobeet? And do you play La Campanella?


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Here it is. Different version and the sound and acoustics are not quite as nice (vid is basic too), but it is another "slow" version. What do you think? It's interesting to compare the Busoni version to the original.

Since I'll never play this piece, this is the only way I get to enjoy it smile


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Very romantic, sensuous, almost washing over the rhythm (well I know what I mean). Excellent video and playing, thank you for your contribution to my wonderfully musical day.

My uninformed choice at 3:48 would be to increase tempo more gradually, the sudden fast tempo disrupted my enjoyment a little. I wonder what score says, and whether she meant to increase quite so much here...?

Hmmm there is an Aussie video somewhere that I remember as a slow version too. I'll see if I can find it. Do you know Aya in person chobeet? And do you play La Campanella?


No, I don't know Aya Nagatomi in person but I wish sometime I could see her in concert. She is absolutely extraordinary (very sensitive). No, I do not play La Campanella yet. My teacher has told me over an over again he would like me to learn the Busoni transcription of it especially for Liszt's 200th birthday and I have messed around a bit with the score but at the moment I don't really have time...

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Aha, looks like my edit was a good choice then laugh (see Busoni version I added to previous post). The player says in the comments that the Busoni is not more difficult than the original.


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OOOOH!! Yes, you should learn the Busoni version. Don't be TOO worried about squeezing it in for the 200th year anniversary for Liszt - Damon, please wait until you read my whole sentence before responding wink - because ANY year is a good year to play Liszt's music! I just don't play Liszt because he's better off without me butchering his music...

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Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
OOOOH!! Yes, you should learn the Busoni version. Don't be TOO worried about squeezing it in for the 200th year anniversary for Liszt - Damon, please wait until you read my whole sentence before responding wink - because ANY year is a good year to play Liszt's music! I just don't play Liszt because he's better off without me butchering his music...



Hahah. You know, not all Liszt is as absurdly hard as La Campanella. (another Liszt etude that makes Chopin seem easy)

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Originally Posted by Damon
Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
OOOOH!! Yes, you should learn the Busoni version. Don't be TOO worried about squeezing it in for the 200th year anniversary for Liszt - Damon, please wait until you read my whole sentence before responding wink - because ANY year is a good year to play Liszt's music! I just don't play Liszt because he's better off without me butchering his music...



Hahah. You know, not all Liszt is as absurdly hard as La Campanella. (another Liszt etude that makes Chopin seem easy)

Once you break it down, La Campanella isn't absurdly hard. What's absurdly hard- Feux Follets...


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Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
OOOOH!! Yes, you should learn the Busoni version. Don't be TOO worried about squeezing it in for the 200th year anniversary for Liszt - Damon, please wait until you read my whole sentence before responding wink - because ANY year is a good year to play Liszt's music! I just don't play Liszt because he's better off without me butchering his music...



Hahah. You know, not all Liszt is as absurdly hard as La Campanella. (another Liszt etude that makes Chopin seem easy)

Once you break it down, La Campanella isn't absurdly hard. What's absurdly hard- Feux Follets...


Well I'm happy for you. They're both on my "not in this lifetime" list. frown

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Originally Posted by thaiguy20fromla
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Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
OOOOH!! Yes, you should learn the Busoni version. Don't be TOO worried about squeezing it in for the 200th year anniversary for Liszt - Damon, please wait until you read my whole sentence before responding wink - because ANY year is a good year to play Liszt's music! I just don't play Liszt because he's better off without me butchering his music...



Hahah. You know, not all Liszt is as absurdly hard as La Campanella. (another Liszt etude that makes Chopin seem easy)

Once you break it down, La Campanella isn't absurdly hard. What's absurdly hard- Feux Follets...


And Mazeppa and Paganini Etude no. 6 "Variations on a Theme" are even harder!

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Originally Posted by thaiguy20fromla
Originally Posted by Damon
Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
OOOOH!! Yes, you should learn the Busoni version. Don't be TOO worried about squeezing it in for the 200th year anniversary for Liszt - Damon, please wait until you read my whole sentence before responding wink - because ANY year is a good year to play Liszt's music! I just don't play Liszt because he's better off without me butchering his music...



Hahah. You know, not all Liszt is as absurdly hard as La Campanella. (another Liszt etude that makes Chopin seem easy)

Once you break it down, La Campanella isn't absurdly hard. What's absurdly hard- Feux Follets...


And Mazeppa and Paganini Etude no. 6 "Variations on a Theme" are even harder!


I thought, comparatively speaking, Etude 6 to be a lot easier than all the other mentioned pieces. In other words, I have performed it quite a long time ago with good results while I don't think I'll ever be able to play the others

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Originally Posted by Damon
Originally Posted by chobeethaninov
Originally Posted by thaiguy20fromla
Originally Posted by Damon
Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
OOOOH!! Yes, you should learn the Busoni version. Don't be TOO worried about squeezing it in for the 200th year anniversary for Liszt - Damon, please wait until you read my whole sentence before responding wink - because ANY year is a good year to play Liszt's music! I just don't play Liszt because he's better off without me butchering his music...



Hahah. You know, not all Liszt is as absurdly hard as La Campanella. (another Liszt etude that makes Chopin seem easy)

Once you break it down, La Campanella isn't absurdly hard. What's absurdly hard- Feux Follets...


And Mazeppa and Paganini Etude no. 6 "Variations on a Theme" are even harder!


I thought, comparatively speaking, Etude 6 to be a lot easier than all the other mentioned pieces. In other words, I have performed it quite a long time ago with good results while I don't think I'll ever be able to play the others


Oh I guess I'm wrong then...I've never played Etude 6 but I always thought it looked pretty fierce

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Stunning. My favorite version of a piece I often find irritating and garish


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Originally Posted by chobeethaninov

Oh I guess I'm wrong then...I've never played Etude 6 but I always thought it looked pretty fierce


Not necessarily. It could be that my biggest weakness is not your biggest weakness. smile

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Originally Posted by chobeethaninov
Originally Posted by Damon
Originally Posted by chobeethaninov
Originally Posted by thaiguy20fromla
Originally Posted by Damon
Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
OOOOH!! Yes, you should learn the Busoni version. Don't be TOO worried about squeezing it in for the 200th year anniversary for Liszt - Damon, please wait until you read my whole sentence before responding wink - because ANY year is a good year to play Liszt's music! I just don't play Liszt because he's better off without me butchering his music...



Hahah. You know, not all Liszt is as absurdly hard as La Campanella. (another Liszt etude that makes Chopin seem easy)

Once you break it down, La Campanella isn't absurdly hard. What's absurdly hard- Feux Follets...


And Mazeppa and Paganini Etude no. 6 "Variations on a Theme" are even harder!


I thought, comparatively speaking, Etude 6 to be a lot easier than all the other mentioned pieces. In other words, I have performed it quite a long time ago with good results while I don't think I'll ever be able to play the others


Oh I guess I'm wrong then...I've never played Etude 6 but I always thought it looked pretty fierce

The Variations aren't staggering, but they're impressive. Feux Follet's requirements of both touch and precision are incredibly difficult, and Mazeppa is simply a beast of a technical mix-bag...

La Campanella actually isn't so bad once you actually have it learned. Although for me, I memorized the piece in 4 days and spent the next 6 months working on it laugh. Seriously, try reading through it slowly a few times.


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