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it's been a while, I hope everyone is well. Early this year, in February, I got a chance to play, for the first time since high school days, together with an (amateur) orchestra near my hometown. They even let me propose which concerto to play.
There was only one concert and in the excitement before that I forgot my Zoom H4 at home. But luckily someone else recorded the whole concert. I have only received this recording last week; it gave me a nice little souvenir of an unforgettable Sunday morning. During the concert it started snowing outside and through the big windows I could see the snowflakes dancing. It made me think of the lively winter scenes in Dutch painting, especially in the 3rd movement, which is why I introduce that movement with one of my favorite paintings by Hendrick Avercamp in the Youtube video.
All people involved were amateur musicians, and by professional standards this will likely be a bit painful to listen to... Still, hopefully, a tiny reflection of our collective joy of celebrating this wonderful music of Mozart can be conveyed in the recording (of course, criticism is also invited and welcome).
Actually I have to disagree about the orchestra. As amateur orchestras go, that one was quite good. The strings were mostly in tune. A few clackers from the brass, but all in all not bad.
On the other hand you're playing was really very good. There are some tricky 3 aganst 2 that goes back and forth from common time to triple time that I thought you handled especially well. I'm not very familiar with this concerto but, about Mozart:
He's too easy for children to play and too difficult for adults. Maybe a slightly lighter touch on the portamento figures in the left hand would have been nice. When it comes to Mozart I also like the least amount of pedaling possible. Maybe in a few small spots you used pedal as a crutch when it would have sounded cleaner without it. Maybe you played staccato when it wasn't marked to do so, but the playing overall was very good. Excellent level!
Sorry for the late reply, for some reason I did not get an email notification of your postings. Thanks to both of you for listening and for the comments and suggestions.
One remark about the orchestra: I was very happy to have found one which was willing to play with me, so no matter how it sounds to other listeners, I am very grateful for this opportunity. And it was lots of fun!
Thanks so much for posting! I donâ€™t think the orchestra was too bad either!
I really loved your playing, and I thought you articulated everything really really well and had good balance between hands. I think itâ€™s easy in Mozart for the left hand to impeded the in the right hand line, but that wasnâ€™t the case at all! It was a really friendly light-hearted and playful performance and I think it perfectly captured the essence of Mozart.
Excellent piano playing, very "Mozart" piano concert, I hadn't heard this one before. I loved the whole recording. Having been in (very) amateur orchestras when I was in college as second cello, I have to say this one was pretty good. The directing was also very good, as the conversation between the piano and orchestra was fully in-sync in the critical sections.
I enjoyed it very much. You played with great energy and vivacity especially in the first movement. You just sounded so delighted to be doing it and you and the orchestra sounded like you were having a genuine conversation. The cadenza threatened to go off the rails in places but I didn't even care. You used quite a bit of heft in your left hand, some people wouldn't do that for this piece, but maybe you were balancing the orchestra which sounded rather treble-heavy. Congratulations on a thoroughly delightful and engaging performance.
Heather W. Reichgott, piano
Working on: Beethoven - Diabelli Variations Op. 120 Beethoven/Liszt - Symphony no. 7 Tommy (whole show)