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Thought I'd post some recordings from my recent senior recital. As in all stressful performances some things went much better than expected and others didn't go as well, however I hope you enjoy these and the other tracks I'll post soon.
Movement 1 unfortunately didn't get recorded, my friend in the sound booth had a technical difficulty so we'll start with the scherzo.
II Scherzo: https://app.box.com/s/mqj2sv0lwsfblwpocfrh
III Funeral March: https://app.box.com/s/c1txrega0tjg9ebz2afw
IV: Allegro: https://app.box.com/s/v09nlnsarwaxsrxkmta8

Enjoy! And give me feedback!



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Obviously, a lot of care an attention when into your preparation for your recital! I really enjoyed listening to these movements. Very thoughtfully done, and your playing held me to it, even when I should have been leaving for work. ("Sorry I'm late... I had to finish listening to some really nice Beethoven before I left the house.")

Congratulations on your recital!

--Andy


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Hi bplary

I'm also working on this sonata at the moment - I especially love the 1st movement. Which one is you favourite? I enjoyed your performance hugely, a couple of thoughts that crossed my mind whilst listening were:

Scherzo/trio - so impressed by the cleanliness at this speed! Personally I take it a bit slower, in part for technical reasons, but also as I feel the trio breathes a bit more a fraction slower. The thirds in the middle of the scherzo are right pain though, aren't they...!

Funeral march - what's your feeling on the extensive staccato marks everywhere? I find that staying true to all of them can make it sound very abrupt in places. But it's tricky to judge how far to deviate. One minor comment here - in the drumroll/fanfare section, there's an accent mark on the second note of the fanfares, if I remember correctly. Yours are accented a little the other way for some of them, and to me it means that you lose the pulse a bit in that section.

Rondo - so simple on paper, so devilishly tricky to execute cleanly. I like your tempo very much here. What are your feelings on pedalling - minimal throughout or something different?

Congratulations on a successful recital and good luck at grad school!

Ta,

Pam

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Thanks for the comments from both of you! This was a great sonata to learn and I think it was appreciated by the faculty during my grad school auditions. It's reserved elegance and peaceful ending make it stand out among other more virtuosic sonatas Beethoven was writing at the time.
The scherzo is a blast to play and getting the cleanliness on the runs at this speed took endless hours of practice, those thirds are a nightmare!
I wish the rondo had gone better as I feel it was my most prepared movement out of the four. However, it's a scary performance piece. I tend to shy away from pedal in this movement and it makes everything very transparent, and being nervous often can lead to rushing of the constant 16th notes.
Enjoy your continued study of this great work!




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