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#2160467 - 10/01/13 01:03 PM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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I'm tempted to do Festin d'Esope. I think in the past couple years I've gotten my nerves sorted out enough to consider playing something like this. I'm performing Mozart K. 488 on November 23rd though, so it's a question mark.

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#2160577 - 10/01/13 07:26 PM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: jeffreyjones]  
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Originally Posted by wr
OSK, is there is going to be a place to put in a little program note or comment about the piece(s) we submit?


Hmm... that is something I will think about how to best do over the next few days. For now, let's say that when you send me the recording, type a little something to go along with it, and I'll have figured out the best way to present that along with their respective recordings.

Originally Posted by jeffreyjones
I'm tempted to do Festin d'Esope. I think in the past couple years I've gotten my nerves sorted out enough to consider playing something like this. I'm performing Mozart K. 488 on November 23rd though, so it's a question mark.


You should try it! A couple of the variations are really nasty, but I've seen some of your previous videos and think you could do it. Good luck with the Mozart, too. Your performance date is a day before my birthday! (My 21st, I may add.)

#2160932 - 10/02/13 05:50 PM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
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I'm tempted to do Festin d'Esope. I think in the past couple years I've gotten my nerves sorted out enough to consider playing something like this. I'm performing Mozart K. 488 on November 23rd though, so it's a question mark.


You should try it! A couple of the variations are really nasty, but I've seen some of your previous videos and think you could do it. Good luck with the Mozart, too. Your performance date is a day before my birthday! (My 21st, I may add.)


So I pulled out my old, beaten Lewenthal edition of "The Piano Music of Alkan," which opens with Festin d'Esope, and listened to him play it again. Unbelievable tempo, great characterization, some surprising misreadings considering what a labor of love his Alkan edition was, but no matter. Then I turned to the inner cover and discovered where Marc-Andre Hamelin had signed it for me at Oberlin. I'm sure he would have wanted me to play this.

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Hey guys!! How's everything for this shaping up? smile

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#2176239 - 11/03/13 03:12 AM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
Hey guys!! How's everything for this shaping up? smile


In the next day or two, I'll do some test recording to see how things sound.

Besides the minuet listed for me, I'll probably also do Désir, and the Andantinetto, which is the second of the op. 70 Chants (that's the piece with two simultaneous time signatures(!) - 2/4 in the upper staff and 3/4 in the lower). I'll have a better idea after doing the test runs.


#2176436 - 11/03/13 02:05 PM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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I've a few recorded; a lot left to go laugh wr, it's definitely good to see you be affirmative; given where you were last year frown How about you, OSK?
Xxx


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#2176443 - 11/03/13 02:13 PM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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When is the deadline? The end of this month, right? I can probably record a little something. Any suggestions for good Alkan miniatures that aren't insanely fast finger-twisters?


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#2176875 - 11/04/13 11:49 AM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: Polyphonist]  
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Originally Posted by Polyphonist
When is the deadline? The end of this month, right? I can probably record a little something. Any suggestions for good Alkan miniatures that aren't insanely fast finger-twisters?


The 25th prelude from Op. 31 is really good, as well as the 49th Esquisse from Op. 63. If you want something a notch or two above that, how about the first Chant from Op. 38 first suite?

FSO, it's coming along well so far. smile

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#2176962 - 11/04/13 02:26 PM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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Nicholas has already recorded a few good takes of the Barcarolle, we are going to have a couple more recording sessions and then we'll pick the best one. The WAV file is about 80MB. OSK, would you like me to convert it to MP3? I can send you the link to the audio file at my Google Drive when it is ready.

#2177188 - 11/04/13 10:40 PM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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Alkanaut, you can send me either the WAV file or the MP3 file. I can work with either format.

#2181675 - 11/13/13 04:01 PM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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OSK, I have two questions (that are relevant laugh ); firstly you say you can work with either format but what would you prefer? I can upload Youtube videos or send you WAV files (or convert them to MP3...I'm sure the internet will tell me how)...um...whatever you want, whatever's easiest for *you*...so...? Secondly; I know you've been lenient thus-far, but what about duplicates? I mean, I have quite a few interpretations of one piece; what's your opinion on...well, being so inconsistent? Should I just pick one or do them all?
Xxx


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#2182274 - 11/14/13 01:09 PM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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You can send me WAV or mp3 files. Whichever is easiest for you.

And you should pick your favorite take of the piece. smile

#2185034 - 11/19/13 11:13 AM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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Hi OSK -

You've got a PM... cool

#2188398 - 11/26/13 02:05 AM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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Tomorrow is my lone shot at recording anything before the 30th. It should at least be a rough reading of the concerto. Unfortunately I've hardly touched the Grand Sonata movement, but will read it anyway and have the Allelujah as a backup/edition. How's everyone else doing?


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#2189296 - 11/27/13 05:34 PM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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I look forward to listening to this one! smile
(my plate is too full to record anything for this project at this point.)


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#2189745 - 11/28/13 06:31 PM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: hreichgott]  
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Originally Posted by hreichgott
I look forward to listening to this one! smile
(my plate is too full to record anything for this project at this point.)


And I look forward to putting it together!! On top of helping to host an international choir festival/competition tomorrow-Sunday, this will go live hopefully midnight of November 30th, Eastern Time Zone (New York's time zone).

Thanks everybody who has submitted so far! Anybody else with submissions, please keep them coming! smile

#2190140 - 11/29/13 04:30 PM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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Is it too late to submit something?

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Is it too late to submit something?


Nope!! In fact, I'll continue accepting submissions even if they're a day or two late.

On to some bad news... The audio file of my recordings corrupted :'( I'm working on it, but I'll probably be the latest of them all. I'd just re-record tomorrow, but I have obligations all weekend...

#2190432 - 11/30/13 08:20 AM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: D. S. F.]  
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Originally Posted by D. S. F.
Tomorrow is my lone shot at recording anything before the 30th. It should at least be a rough reading of the concerto. Unfortunately I've hardly touched the Grand Sonata movement, but will read it anyway and have the Allelujah as a backup/edition. How's everyone else doing?


Just listened to the first movement of the concerto (the only thing from the e-cital I've heard so far), and now that I've gathered my jaw up from the floor, I have to say, even if it is rough, as you say, it is remarkable in many ways. I hope you continue working on it and record it again when it's a bit more settled. But still - I am very familiar with the score, and know there's some amazing stuff you are doing with it already, not just technically, but with the musicality and spirit of the piece. Wow!!

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Enjoying this so far. I especially liked "Odi profanum" from the Esquisses, both the piece and the thoughtful performance, thanks FSO.
I do not seem to be able to download video -- I just get a popup asking me to subscribe to box.com?


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#2190596 - 11/30/13 03:53 PM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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Hmm.. Idk if Box streams video. The video is also on YouTube, so I will link it.

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OSK, thanks for putting this all together! I was able to listen almost until the end, but the streaming has just stopped and the message says that the user who is hosting the files is out of bandwidth! Does anyone else have this problem?

#2190635 - 11/30/13 06:28 PM Re: Alkan E-cital? [Re: wr]  
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Originally Posted by wr
Originally Posted by D. S. F.
Tomorrow is my lone shot at recording anything before the 30th. It should at least be a rough reading of the concerto. Unfortunately I've hardly touched the Grand Sonata movement, but will read it anyway and have the Allelujah as a backup/edition. How's everyone else doing?


Just listened to the first movement of the concerto (the only thing from the e-cital I've heard so far), and now that I've gathered my jaw up from the floor, I have to say, even if it is rough, as you say, it is remarkable in many ways. I hope you continue working on it and record it again when it's a bit more settled. But still - I am very familiar with the score, and know there's some amazing stuff you are doing with it already, not just technically, but with the musicality and spirit of the piece. Wow!!


Thanks a lot. I've scheduled a live performance for February, so I'll be doing a lot more work on it in the coming months. One thing regarding the 2nd movement...I was really not wanting to share the recording from Tuesday and tried to do a retake yesterday, but missed the final bell. That movement should be updated on the page soon, so I want nobody to listen to the current version! Here is a link to the update which, again should be on the actual page soon:

https://app.box.com/s/v3tpacov9sl4tr36k4mx


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