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#2040624 - 02/28/13 09:25 AM Beethoven: Sonata op. 110  
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Not the best audio quality. I hope you enjoy it nonetheless.

http://youtu.be/F8fA1VL9jDM

#2041018 - 02/28/13 09:30 PM Re: Beethoven: Sonata op. 110 [Re: GP95]  
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GP95, if audio quality was a problem, I certainly didn't notice it. From an emotional standpoint, you certainly demonstrated what all the shouting is about regarding late Beethoven. Just an incomparably rich and deep range of feeling, culminating in the yelp of joy in the finishing pages. I never have dared to tackle the late Beethoven Sonata, but you certainly give me cause to pursue that possible option. Thanks for sharing this!

#2041506 - 03/01/13 06:13 PM Re: Beethoven: Sonata op. 110 [Re: GP95]  
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Beautifully played smile

#2041565 - 03/01/13 08:06 PM Re: Beethoven: Sonata op. 110 [Re: GP95]  
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Wonderful. Beautifully structured and sensitively played.


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#2041580 - 03/01/13 08:36 PM Re: Beethoven: Sonata op. 110 [Re: GP95]  
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Thank you very much, Tim Adrianson, Orange Soda King, and DameMyra, I'm really glad you liked it. The late Beethoven sonatas are fantastic, indeed, and it is quite a 'journey' to play them!

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#2043015 - 03/04/13 09:21 PM Re: Beethoven: Sonata op. 110 [Re: GP95]  
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Your playing is so beautiful that it made me cry. Especially in the first and second movements. Loved the way you orchestrated so many voices. At times I felt like you were using more than one piano. I listened to the end. Loved the serenity and profound sadnes. Thank you.


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#2043041 - 03/04/13 10:16 PM Re: Beethoven: Sonata op. 110 [Re: GP95]  
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This was really, really good, GP95! I wanted to just briefly listen into the 1st movement before sleep, and, well, you kept me listening until the end of the sonata!! smile

Your playing is very personal, heartfelt, and lively.

Congratulations, and thanks for sharing!


#2043269 - 03/05/13 10:26 AM Re: Beethoven: Sonata op. 110 [Re: GP95]  
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FarmGirl, pianovirus, THANKS a lot! And thanks for listening to all of it. Your feedback means a lot :-) Have a great day!

#2043299 - 03/05/13 11:32 AM Re: Beethoven: Sonata op. 110 [Re: GP95]  
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I concur with all of the previous comments. First class, all the way! Beautiful detail, control, pacing, imagination, and all of it deeply felt and obviously understood! Very intelligent and insightful playing. I, too, was compelled to listen from start to finish with interest and pleasure! Thank you so much for sharing this!

--Andy


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#2043354 - 03/05/13 01:26 PM Re: Beethoven: Sonata op. 110 [Re: GP95]  
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Bravossimo !!!

Wonderful. You have played this sonata beautifully. I really am out of words.
This is really so good. Phenomenal.

And your other recording of the Chopin Nocturne and Haydn as well. I just remembered Schumann's famous quote:

"Hats off gentlemen !"

Thank you very much for sharing.

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#2044039 - 03/06/13 06:10 PM Re: Beethoven: Sonata op. 110 [Re: GP95]  
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Thanks a lot, Andy and Hakki! :-)

(And Hakki, I really like your compositions on YouTube!)


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#2044510 - 03/07/13 01:40 PM Re: Beethoven: Sonata op. 110 [Re: GP95]  
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GP95:

I hope, your teacher(s) and family are aware of your exceptional talent.

And I hope, they are taking the necessary steps to ensure that your career as a pianist is being managed professionally.

In the right hands, a talent like you can become a world renowned pianist.

#2044512 - 03/07/13 01:48 PM Re: Beethoven: Sonata op. 110 [Re: GP95]  
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I do aspire to become a pianist, so feedback like that makes me extremely happy!!! smile

And yes, this Summer, when I turn 18, I will hopefully enter one of the Berlin conservatories (I'm from Denmark). I'm also at a very, very good private school now.

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#2052257 - 03/22/13 03:11 AM Re: Beethoven: Sonata op. 110 [Re: GP95]  
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Well, I think by now you know you played it well. haha laugh I will add to that list, and say that I thought you did an outstanding job. If not for Hakki's post in the Pianist Corner, I may never have listened to this.. not because you're new to the forums, but because I'm not a fan of this particular sonata. However, you pulled it off very well and I made it all the way through (which is rare for me.. usually I skip around in this piece). So, bravo!

There were two minor things I would have liked to hear. As the tempo slows, particularly in the adagio, it feels like you sometimes lose track of the beat. Rubato, fine.. and it did work. I just tend to prefer a touch more control over the tempo.

Second thing: in the fugue, the highlights weren't all consistent. When the notes are in the middle, they aren't brought out as much as they are when the melody is on top. Like I said, I'm not a huge fan of this sonata, so perhaps you should play it exactly as you did.. but I might bring those notes out just a hair more so they highlight the phrase a little stronger. I'd have to tinker with it myself to see if I even like my own advice--but that's just my musical instinct when hearing it and reading it off the page. Play around with it.. see if you like it. smile

I also listened to your Chopin 48-1, a piece I play and love--in stark contrast to the Beethoven, which I already said I do not care for. Sorry, Beethoven. You played the Chopin very well, too. We play it a little differently, which is fine. I like to hear a little more smoothness, where your fingers encourage subtle pauses that accentuate certain phrases. Just different, not better or worse. I bring up the Chopin because of the Beethoven, actually. At the poco piu lento, you use a lot of rubato, and the same beat-stretching occurs. Not necessarily "wrong" (in either the Chopin or the late Beethoven), but just something to be aware of.. as long as it's a conscious decision, I didn't really find you to be too far outside the beat.

Anyway, very nice playing. I look forward to hearing more! smile


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#2052261 - 03/22/13 03:34 AM Re: Beethoven: Sonata op. 110 [Re: GP95]  
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Hello Derulux,

Thank you so much for your reply.

I have to say that I totally agree with everything you said. This thing with me losing track of beat was something that struck me after I heard the recording a few times. Especially in the 3rd movement it got a little out of hand sometimes, and it is something I am working on now in my new repertoire.

About the fugue, yes, it could certainly be better! You are right that I sometimes have a hard time making the theme sing when it is in the Alto... I am aware of this problem, and currently I'm playing so much polyfonic music as possible to improve.

My recording of Chopin I consider 'outdated' by now. ;-) There are many, many things I'm dissatisfied with in this piece, and you hit the nail on the head with the 'beat-stopping' issue... Especially in the last two pages.

Thanks a lot for taking your time to reply, it is much appreciated.

#2052262 - 03/22/13 03:43 AM Re: Beethoven: Sonata op. 110 [Re: GP95]  
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Originally Posted by GP95
Hello Derulux,

Thank you so much for your reply.

I have to say that I totally agree with everything you said. This thing with me losing track of beat was something that struck me after I heard the recording a few times. Especially in the 3rd movement it got a little out of hand sometimes, and it is something I am working on now in my new repertoire.

About the fugue, yes, it could certainly be better! You are right that I sometimes have a hard time making the theme sing when it is in the Alto... I am aware of this problem, and currently I'm playing so much polyfonic music as possible to improve.

My recording of Chopin I consider 'outdated' by now. ;-) There are many, many things I'm dissatisfied with in this piece, and you hit the nail on the head with the 'beat-stopping' issue... Especially in the last two pages.

Thanks a lot for taking your time to reply, it is much appreciated.

No problem. Like I said, you did an outstanding job, so I'm glad you didn't take offense to anything I said. smile

For the fugue/alto-- if you're playing the notes with your thumb, try sticking it "down" (vertically) a little more. It can help accent the notes. You can do this to some extent with the index finger as well, but it really works well on the thumb because of the way the knuckle joins. (Note: I don't know if that 'trick' will work in this piece because I don't play it, so you'll have to fool around with it and see if it works for you.)

Not sure if you're interested, but this helped me: I used to sit at literally any flat surface (typically in the middle of class--haha) and tap my hand on the table, alternating pressure on certain fingers to get used to the feeling. Then, when I went back to the keys, I found it much easier to do in the middle of a piece. If you try it, don't push so hard that you hurt yourself, and don't "hold" your fingers down, but just tap lightly, accenting each finger in turn.

Anyway, I can't wait to hear more.. so please keep posting! smile


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