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#2614492 - 02/14/17 09:07 PM Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room
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Welcome to the General Discussion Room for the AB Forum “Beginners and Beyond” Recital #45!!!

Please use this room for any discussion of the pieces in Recital #45 that is taking place in the Main Recital Thread.

Discussions and replies can be posted at-will. Feel free to comment on any or all individual pieces. Some members offer comments on each submission individually; others offer general congratulations. Either approach is appropriate. Feel free to offer more specific, technical feedback if the participant had indicated that technical feedback was welcome.

For those who wish to comment on all pieces, a copy and paste template for offering feedback can be found here:

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Please use this thread only to discuss recital performances. If you have any comments or suggestions about ways to make the recital process better, please start a separate thread.

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#2614550 - 02/14/17 10:10 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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So far so good!

1 PawelS - Very nice start to the recital. Your video was well done.

2. earlofmar - I know nothing about this piece so I can't really provide any technical feedback. I do think it sounded almost effortless. That's really fantastic that you have had a good experience with your current teacher.

3. MarieJ - Wow, so far this recital has a relaxed theme!!! Nice work. I'll be curious to see what advice you get on the trills from others. I don't know much but it almost sounds like you are tensing up a bit on the trills compared with the rest of the piece.

4. CarlosCC - This really is fantastic. It's like there's a message you are sending through this. Good work with voicing. I feel like the soft parts could be even softer. loved the ending.
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#2614554 - 02/14/17 10:25 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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5. SwissMS - this was a nice change of pace. nice rhythm! i liked the sound of the piano but that one C above middle C stuck out for being a little out of tune.
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#2614561 - 02/14/17 11:09 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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FIRST HALF:

1. Moonlight Sonata - very expressive and moving
2. Consolation No. 1- slipped me into reverie
3. Leo - all sort of pictures popped up in my head like scenes from a movie
4. Divenire - same effect on me as Leo (no. 3) but more drama
5. Willy Wagglestick- got my inner rhythm going along with the music
6. Gluckes Genug- very organic sound
7. When Rivers Flowed - Reminded me of one of favourite pop songs, Evanescence’s Good Enough
8. Music for Tunnels - Made me tried to imagine being in the tunnels during my Europe trip last year
9. Ships of Troy - so sorrowful it hurts!
10. I Remember Clifford - Brought me to the piano lounge
11. Rondo All Turca - very energetic!
12. Intermezzo - restless
13. Lost elevator - happy and light-hearted
14. Invention No. 13 - the music played itself
15. Intermezzo - simply beautiful!
16. Venetian Gondola Song - same effect on me as Divenire (no. 4)
17. Shangri-la - same effect on me as Clifford (no. 10)
18. Merry Farmer - brought me right back to Suzuki violin book 1!
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20. Short Prelude - good effort
21. Lost - a peculiar piece. In the second piece which ended abruptly, didn’t Ravel wrote it? Pavane?
22. Kreisleriana - very expressive playing, especially the second section of the piece.
23. Intermezzo - I enjoyed the “stretch” and “release” of the tension throughout the piece.
24. Daydreaming - felt like I’ve come to an emotional resolution
25. Nocturne - no words!
26. Sakura - never heard this arrangement before. Interesting.
27. Nocturne - Very brave attempt! Though, try not to rush when there are more notes and things get difficult. Take your time :-)
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#2614569 - 02/14/17 11:38 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I hope I have more time to comment on this recital!

My first subjective take is on #37 lyricmudra Einaudi Monday

Having played this twice today I have this piece going through my head right now!
This is a very nice performance. Really exquisite. I love the subtle touches like the dynamics in the long section with all the triplets. This and many other subtle touches.

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#2614615 - 02/15/17 03:33 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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SECOND HALF:

28. Summerful: professionally and musically executed
29. Intermezzo: sensitive playing
30. Comptine D'un Autre Été - Brought me back to the first year I met my partner, when I first watched this movie
31. Sonata K380 - full of characters
32: Fading Light - moody yet colourful sound
33. Jacob's Theme - like listening to a professionally played and recorded music
34. Night in May - the music gave me mixed feelings
35. Time for bed - sensitive playing
36. Waltz in A minor - imagine listening to this played live, sitting next to the fire with a glass of wine on a cold winter's night
37. Monday - full of emotion and drama, not the kind of Mondays I imagined.
38. Our Town - nicely played but I don't what to make of this music. It feels foreign for some reasons.
39. A Curious Story - needs a bit more curiosity but enjoyed the piece
40. Minuet in G - Again! Brought me back to Suzuki Violin Book 1. I always warm up with this piece when I haven't played my violin for months.
41. La Lutine - characterful playing
42. Stormy Weather - If there's a stormy weather, this cheers me up right away.
43. Inspiration - I didn't get inspired, but I did felt some emotional resolutions.
44. Nocturne - melody nicely sung
45. Sonata in Dm - the rhythm sounds tricky
46. Sonata in Am - I wish you have a Steinway concert grand. You truly deserve having one!
47. Sonatina in C - sweet little piece
48. Little Prelude - It's surely is little. Too short Mr. Bach!
49. Solitude - like being haunted by the past
50. Waltz in Am - It sounded like you enjoyed playing this piece
51. Prelude in Cm - You made it to the recital! Good effort.



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#2614674 - 02/15/17 08:41 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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1 Pawel - VERY nicely played. Lots of good feeling.

2. earlofmar - It's been such a long time since I've listened to this piece. I forgot how lovely it sounds… but maybe that's just your playing smile

3. MarieJ - Now that you suggest it as a lullaby I can really get that feeling from it. Very sweet, very moody. Very nice playing.

4. CarlosCC - I always look forward to hearing your latest. You have a great "grasp" of Einaudi. My only "criticism" is that… man, I would love to hear you playing this on a big friggin concert grand! smile

05. SwissMs- Ha… what a change from the last two moody works. I can really tell you had fun playing this. And you are right, the piano sound is perfect! Well done!
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#2614687 - 02/15/17 09:25 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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If anyone is interested, I created a playlist file that can be used with VLC.

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#2614694 - 02/15/17 10:00 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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What a great recital this is. Some of my favourite pieces, lots of excellent entries, and enjoyment and love of music sounding through all the performances.

But let's start at the beginning - or rather the end. I was the next to last entry - until blackjack stole that magic number 50 from me when he entered a newer recording wink - and that gave me idea to work backwards through the recital. No, work is not the correct word, it is a great pleasure.

51. Patbreaker - Prelude in c minor
I am happy that you decided to make a late entry - a really nice performance.

50. blackjack1777 - Waltz A Minor Op. Posthumous
Two versions of this Waltz which is on my short list of pieces that I absolutely have to learn one day, what a treat! You play the melody including dynamics and ornamentation really well. I think if you take a day to practice the left hand separately and get it more flowing (think oom-pa-paaah where the last chord is not played staccato but fills up the space to the next measure) you will surprise yourself how amazing you can make it sound.

49. Montuno - Solitude
Keep practicing and one day you might even manage to play Jingle Bells.

48. lvojnovic - BWV 939 Little prelude in C major
A very clean performance, really impressive.

47. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina in C (Op. 36, No. 1, II - Andante)
It is very nice to hear some of the entries by people that have started around the same time I did, like Ivojnovic and you. Since we both frequent the Alfred thread I have been following your progress and as this excellent recording shows you are moving - or I should rather say leaping - forward very nicely.

46. PikaPianist - Sonata in A minor (Wq49/1), 3rd mvmt
I have no idea how this Sonata 'should' sound since I didn't know it, but your energetic interpretation fits it quite well. Very enjoyable to listen to.

45. briangmoore - Scarlatti Sonata in D minor K32
That's a beautiful Sonata, one of the great things about this recital is that besides fresh performances of pieces you know you also get to hear stuff you didn't know. Thanks for playing this, I added this to my list of things I would like to learn one day. Well done on the performance. If I may give you one suggestion: the phrasing in this Sonata with its deliberate tempo is really important. Try to identify the climax in each of the phrases (put arrows or something in your score) and try to make it stand out. That will push the emotional impact of your performance to the next level. Have fun experimenting!

44. UnderConstruction - Nocturne Op9 No2
This is not only my favourite Chopin, this is easily in the top 3 of my favourite songs/pieces in any genre. My dream is to one day play this Nocturne well. And I have to say, if I manage to do only half as well as you did, I would be extremely happy.
You really nailed the dynamics and the rubato, everything sounds just like that's the correct way to play it. Often in Chopin there's these notes that almost sound as they are stuck in the keys and need to be pulled out. With your exquisite control you get this exactly right. Really impressive!
One tip - and I'm only nitpicking here since everything is so very good: toward the end, at 3:50 in the recording, you start that part playing pretty loud. As a result you have nowhere to go during the next phrase (at 3:57) and it sound a bit flat. I think if you back down at 3:50 more you can extend the crescendo through both phrases and get a really powerful build up to the next section.

43. Piano Primo 1 - "Inspiration" -Love Theme
To be honest I found this piece a bit boring. But that is not because of your performance which was very good.

42. Mike White Yamaha G3 & p-80 - Stormy Weather
Your piece makes me want to sit in a dark bar with a glass of good Scotch whisky, close my eyes and listen to the piano. Hmm, I should do that again soon. wink
Nice job!

41. Zoot64 - La Lutine
Well it's clear you did overcome the challenge. Congratulations!
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#2614704 - 02/15/17 10:29 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Wow that's really bad. In my rush to get in I spelled my own screen name wrong. eek

Thanks for the comments and for listening. And for the last recital too because I'm not sure if I finished posting there.

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#2614737 - 02/15/17 11:57 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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23. Forrest Halford - Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 117, #2
This is absolutely wonderful, Forrest, and it's great to have you back in the recitals.

You've paid very close attention to the text and imbued it with creative and thoughtful decisions without compromising it and it's a very fussy text to boot. Hats off and enjoy the wedding!


27. Greener/Jeff - Db Nocturne
Wow, that's some improvement, Jeff. You've got a great left hand going through this piece and no shortage of dexterity. For those times when you do come back to this I'd lessen the requirement for speed and get the RH soft and articulate first and add the LH in dribs and drabs with all the tempo stretching you need so as not to interfere with the smooth RH. This piece can tolerate a good deal of elasticity in this regard.

Powerful amount of effort you've put into this, great job!


02. earlofmar - Consolation No 1
This is lovely playing, earlofmar, you've got the control you need for the piece but there are still things that might give you food for thought while you invest this exam piece with more time.

It's a consolation, not a drama, and it's marked dolce. The first phrase climaxes on the big 6+9 chord on the downbeat of M4, the only note on a downbeat in this phrase*. I think of the last three notes of M4 as the upbeat to the second phrase rather than the end of the first despite the phrase markings. This aligns with his handling of the reprise as well so the first phrase ends on the third beat of M4. Try to bleed the pedal off these last three notes instead lifting suddenly.

*A question, for you. Why do you think he started M1 with a crotchet rest, instead of using the measure as an anacrusis, and avoided a downbeat before M4?

Play just the upper RH notes of this first phrase with the dolce in mind then add the notes of the chords as if they were a secret only you, the performer, know and give this tender melody just a glint of colour. You might add the chords one note at a time from the bass upwards. Likewise in M5 & 6 pretend the chords are a secret colouring of the plaintive Bs that only the select few can hear.

The top Es in M9, 11, 13 and 15 are a touchstone for your phrasing skills. They are a parallel of the Bs in M5&6 but which one is the loudest? It would be tempting to make the third one the strongest and build a crescendo up to it but for that little falling grace. I think this is the climax of the middle section (and of the piece) but the first E is the dynamic high and this graced E is the emotional climax with the second and fourth Es each being an echo of the preceding one. Give the climax more time instead more volume. You've left a silence there but I'm not sure how deliberate that was. If it's deliberate make that self evident.

The final run of quavers in the bass - I'd keep them a secret, too.

The work ahead is not hard. You have all the skills in place. It is slow, careful and thoughtful though and I would tackle it in three sections, m1-8, m8-16 and m16-25, taking only a few minutes and one section each day and doing the whole piece over three days.

Good luck with the exam.

Note: this was a Grade 6 piece, ABRSM, in my time, which would be more demanding. For Grade 5 you may be a lot closer to the requirements than my comments might lead you to believe.


40. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Minuet in G 116 BWV
I love this minuet and frequently play Anh. 114 - 116 as a set. You are fluent in the main body of the piece and considering the recent absence and 'flu the hesitations are quite understandable.

The passages that seem to break the flow are the transitions where the inherent rhythm changes. This haunts all of us at times. It also suggest that we need to practise these passages all the more and that's where I'd direct your attention. Slow practise with a solid count should sort these out.

I don't know what source you used and how much editing might have been added but I'd discuss the RH articulation with your teacher in M7, M13-15 and M25-27. The left hand articulation might be more evident after that but you'll need to write it into the score or practise it carefully hands together and apart until it's more established. It will really lift this piece for you.

I hope you're back to full strength, Cheryl.


31. Sam S - Sonata K380
This is one of my favourite Scarlatti sonatas! You've done a splendid job with all the articulation requirements, Sam. If you continue to work on this I'd spend the time trying to tame the sound a bit further. I know you're already fighting logistical problems in this regard but you've pulled off the echo effects well enough in many places that you still have room here.

There's only a subtle difference in the dynamics of the baroque period compared to today so containment is the key, I think. The martial staccato passages would be the first item on my list in this regard.

Huge plaudits for the memorising! It may have meant venturing into more modulatory keys than Scarlatti might have chosen wink but this will resolve itself when you get more used to being paperless. The time and effort you've put in are clear and the entire piece is enjoyable to listen to.


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#2614741 - 02/15/17 12:11 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Riddler - really enjoyed I Remember Clifford. Awesome Job!

peterws - Great Job on your original composition - The Lost Elevator

Peyton - Amazing video goes so well with your composition. Dark... somber. Very well done.

SwissMS - Doris... loved it. Foot tapping, happy song. You go girl!

Many of the classical pieces were amazing, but my knowledge of classical music is so poor, I can't make any comment except Good job, Everyone! We have a boatload of talent here on PW.
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#2614742 - 02/15/17 12:11 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Tubbie0075]
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39. A Curious Story - needs a bit more curiosity but enjoyed the piece


I didn't understand exactly what you meant, but this morning I sat at the piano with your comment in mind and I just played the piece with all the energy and clarity that I could, and it went really well! So thank you smile
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#2614777 - 02/15/17 02:39 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: sinophilia]
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1 PawelS

Super start to the recital. Loved the slower speed, it brings out the depressive nature of his music. It's hard to replicate that if you're not that way inclined! Why not include the second part for a nice contrast in mood!

2 earlofmar

Very pleasantly and empathically played, if I might be so bold! Nice piano you have there . . . .

3 Marie J

Good bell sound combined with a light touch creates a pleasant feeling which tinkies . . .Einaudi can be what you want it to be. Nice work!

4 CarlosCC

Love the sound; those Yammies fit into this genre seamlessly and ring out so well with clarity and dynamics. Powerful and passionate!

5 Swiss MS

Bit different for you, lass! Handled great, but fluidity will come with a bit more time. The more you enjoy this stuff, the better it gets! And you sound like you enjoyed it, as i did.

6 Wouter 79

Possibly one of his shortest songs, I love this and all the op15 pieces which were schumnann's own favourites. Great job. I just heard the powerful version!
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#2614786 - 02/15/17 03:16 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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40. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Minuet in G 116 BWV
You are correct, it is a charming piece. And your playing brings out the charm very well. Nice.

39. sinophilia - A Curious Story - Op. 15 no. 2
That is an enjoyable performance.

38. carlos88 - Our Town, III. The Resting-place on the Hill
I don't like this piece. It has nothing to do with your playing which was fine. I guess it is just not my cup of tea.

37. lyricmudra - Monday
Wow! My favourite Einaudi! Thank you so much for doing this. I love your performance very much.

36. Moonsh1ne - Waltz in A Minor, Op. Posthumous
You make these jumps with the left hand look so easy. As for the sound, very nice and smooth.

35. jazztpt - Time For Bed
That is very lovely. I closed my eyes as I was listening and this really carried me away. You have every reason to be very proud of your ongoing creation.

34. that'sRich - Night in May
That's a pretty good effort, despite your troubles with the dynamics.

33. Kris Shendo - Jacob's Theme
You did well on the jazzy interpretation. And great job on working this out from memory!

32. SandTiger - Fading Light
A very nice composition. Congrats!

31. Sam S - Sonata K380
One take? Wow, well done. You make it sound quite effortless.
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#2614789 - 02/15/17 03:25 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: zrtf90]
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Originally Posted By zrtf90

Wow, that's some improvement, Jeff. You've got a great left hand going through this piece and no shortage of dexterity. For those times when you do come back to this I'd lessen the requirement for speed and get the RH soft and articulate first and add the LH in dribs and drabs with all the tempo stretching you need so as not to interfere with the smooth RH. This piece can tolerate a good deal of elasticity in this regard...

Outstanding. Thank you kindly, Richard.

You know, I do practice a good deal this way now and due to your influence as well. When it comes time to record though, I seem to want to throw all that out the window to bring everything within a narrow tempo range and end up rushing where I don't need to. I've already tried specifically as you're suggesting. It's going to come along fine and I am so pleased about that. It was not such a ridiculous stretch piece after all, as it seemed to be in the beginning. I enjoy playing it. Just not all the time and why I'll need to give it some rest, but not too much. Really appreciate the insight.

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I'll just comment on a few videos for now. That is where I started last night, but then the phone rang and I had to go out and salt 50 properties starting at midnight. I've had like 3 hours sleep in the last 30+ hours. I find it hard to sleep well in the day, so I got 3 hours this morning and will just function in a bit of a daze for now. Surprisingly, I often play better when in this state. crazy

PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1
Very nicely done. Good care in bringing out the melody and keeping accompaniment quiet. There are people here that can explain a few things that will help far better then I. Not sure if you are aware of it, so will just mention one thing I noticed. If I am not mistaken around the 49 second mark in video you are missing a beat and 3 note thingy. I thought possibly just a mistake but when you did it again at around 1:07 or so I thought I would mention. Good job and do keep coming back to this piece. It never ends.

SwissMS/Doris - Willy Wagglestick's Walkabout

Great, fun piece. Not your usual style I think and comes off well. The acoustic hammer sound is very crisp and clear in this recording. That is the sound I am going for when recording. Beautiful looking piano and fine playing Doris. Hope you're enjoying Spain, sounds fabulous. But then so did Switzerland. smile

AZ_Astro - When Rivers Flowed on Mars
This is nice. I was not familiar with it and very enjoyable short listening. Nicely played.

Peyton - Music For Tunnels
Fabulous quality production, Peyton. Nice portrayal of your composition, playing and artistic style.

Monica K. - Ships of Troy
Interesting piece. The pick up at the one minute mark is lovely. So is the harmony throughout. You play it clean with good tone and clear distinction in melody. Effective and great sound.

JustinDAggie - Rondo Alla Turca

You're doing well. I come here for coaching with this stuff, so won't offer much. One thing I know to be careful with, as it was drilled into me early, is rushing. Yet, it still happens. Just be aware of it is all. It can easily occur naturally in performance, unless really careful and watching for it. Good job on a tricky piece.

Forrest Halford - Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 117, #2
Really enjoyed your video Forrest. Nicely shot. Lovely piano and quality performance all around. Beautifully done.

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night night

Edit:
Not sure what happened. I was sure I'd written something for peterws. Now it's not there. Guess I didn't copy quite right. Oh oh ...

Peter. Really good writing. Composition is one thing but writing out like this is outstanding. Very smooth playing too and nice sound.


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#2614791 - 02/15/17 03:54 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Greener]
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7 AZAstro

Lovely dark sound, fluid and so very evocative!

8 Peyton

Now, this is something else. An exercise on what you can do with a few chords? No. Much much more than that. Lively steady left hand, resonating right make this sound like it's come from a workstation. Evocative, love the discords and the deep variation you put in. I am blown away . . . . . .!

9 Monica K

That is a wonderful sound you get from the piano; excellent atmosphere along with the lighter bits. Enjoyed the contemplative side to this. well done.

10 Riddler

Nice, Ed. Works really well for you, wi those chords and stuff. Very polished to my ears! Money earning stuff . . .

11 Justin DAggie

Not easy is it? You handled the hard bit after the 1 minute mark very well! Overall, a lively rendition of a populae piece! Very useful for testing a new piano with . . .

12 J Soo

Quality sound, wonderful playing! Your left hand must be jiggered by now; Nice! And i get to follow it . . . ha ha




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#2614830 - 02/15/17 05:37 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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29. MaryBee - Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1
This one seems vaguely familiar wink

You've chosen a more passionate and emotive interpretation to me but remained faithful to the text. You've no doubt wrestled with some of these passages to discover how carefully Brahms adds harmony. He was a perfectionist who discarded more than he published. This is very narrow writing relying on his unique style without the scales and arpeggios of his peers.

You foretold the impending tragedy of the Piu adagio very well in the four bars preceding it but perhaps with more menace than I found. Did you intend to keep it cloudy with the pedal at the start of the second half (e.g. M30) to add to the menace? This is more in keeping with the ballad but I would have preferred to see more variance in the dynamic markings before I chose that direction.

This is a really enjoyable performance. You've made great progress with your teacher.


45. briangmoore - Scarlatti Sonata in D minor K32
This is a gorgeous sonata and well within the technical ability of an adult starter. What is difficult is getting the basics in place as a matter of course.

One of the first ways of practising this piece is to get the count solid by dropping the second and third notes of the first bar. Just get one note per beat while counting the bar, one-two-three.

Bar 1, then, is D-E-D. Next add the semiquaver F, counting one-and-two-(and)-three-(and). Finally, add the demisemiquaver E and count double-1, double-2, double-3.

The left hand could be quieter if you can manage that. Just trying is enough. Don't worry excessively about it but do keep it in mind - it will happen in time. The ornaments are fine as long as they aren't interfering with the rhythm.

You have everything else in place. Well done.



28. Ganddalf - "Sommerfugl" (Butterfly, Op.43 no.1)
A delightful rendition, Ganddalf, despite your misgivings. You've captured the erratic, flighty nature of the butterfly very well.

It's difficult to identify the piece as one of Grieg's until that characteristic harmony comes in at the una corda passages and similar. Very enjoyable.

It would benefit us to hear more of Grieg from a Norwegian who can more naturally capture the idiomatic accent in his music.


39. sinophilia - A Curious Story - Op. 15 no. 2
You've got a nice contrast between the jaunty sections and the softer legato parts but do keep an eye on the rhythm. Are you still counting or tapping when you practise?

I'm guessing the score you're using is bereft of the graces at the start of the main theme. If you get around to putting them in they go before the beat so they should be easier to add though they will make the opening figure a little harder.

You have consistently played the wrong notes at the end of the first phrase so I'm guessing you're playing from a spurious score (or a faulty memory). You might want to check what's available from IMSLP. The First Edition from Breitkopf und Haertel is sound.

This is no small feat for a pianist of five years - it's an ABRSM Grade 5 piece, if memory serves, and you do it justice after self-teaching for that many years. Way to go!


08. Peyton - Music For Tunnels
This was an experience, Peyton! You have a real gift for atmosphere. The use of multimedia adds so much to the whole thing. I really enjoyed it and I'm giving you a standing ovation.
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#2614841 - 02/15/17 06:33 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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My first batch of impressions:

01. PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1
Enjoyed your playing, and I like how well you brought out the melody (an often underdone aspect when this piece is played by amateurs). And I like the lighting in your video!
One technical suggestion: Beethoven specified that this piece to be played pp, and were you to play it to that specification, it would create a wholly different dimension and mood to this piece.

02. earlofmar - Consolation No 1
Nicely and evenly played. I enjoyed it!

03. MarieJ - Leo
What a lovely piece! And I loved your delicate touch. Great job!

04. CarlosCC - Divenire
Wow! Beautiful piece--and nearly perfectly executed. And so cleanly recorded and produced! I'm impressed.

05. SwissMS/Doris - Willy Wagglestick's Walkabout
Good job on your first boogie woogie piece. It was fun, and I enjoyed listening.

06. wouter79 - Gluckes genug, Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 5
This piece was so short, I had to listen to it twice to form an impression! It is indeed a happy piece. And I think you did a good job with it, but I can hear a few spots where it sounds like you might have been struggling a bit with keeping things up to tempo. You mentioned that your teacher still feels you have a long way to...and I presume the word "go" got cut off at the end of your sentence. So what exactly would your teacher like you to continue working on with it?

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#2614880 - 02/15/17 08:39 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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01. PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1: You play this with the deliberate tempo this beautiful piece demands... so calming and serene. (I love your piano room, by the way; the fireplace and artwork over the piano really added to the atmosphere of the piece.)

02. earlofmar - Consolation No 1: I don’t know enough about classical music, or Liszt, to offer any useful fine-tuning suggestions, but I *will* say that your playing sounded effortless to me. smile

03. MarieJ - Leo: I love your interpretation of “Leo” as depicting a reluctant toddler being induced to take a nap. laugh I’ve always wished I could play this piece (largely because of the oh-so-catchy melody at the 1:07 mark), but all those trills are way beyond me. You didn’t seem to have any problem with them, however! Beautifully played.

04. CarlosCC - Divenire: I’m always thrilled to hear one your Einaudi interpretations. I really like your new introduction (much better than the sheet music arrangement, in my opinion). I think your “Night” variation is still my favorite, but this one is pretty, too.

05. SwissMS/Doris - Willy Wagglestick's Walkabout: This had me tapping my toes, and it looked like you were having a heck of a lot of fun playing it, especially the tremolo part.

06. wouter79 - Gluckes genug, Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 5: Although short, it’s clear this piece is not at all simple; I heard a lot of complex chords and rhythms. Very well done!

07. AZ_Astro - When Rivers Flowed on Mars: I had never heard of this composer before, but her music is right up my alley... the bass pattern is very much like something Einaudi or Nevue would use. You do a great job of communicating the poignancy of this piece.

08. Peyton - Music For Tunnels: Love this composition, AND your video, which captured well the dark and brooding tone of this piece.
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#2614886 - 02/15/17 08:50 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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7. AZ_Astro-When I originally saw the title of the piece you were to play at the recital I was instantly intrigued. In fact, I tried to find the music but couldn't. But now…a ha! Not only can I listen to this beautiful piece but see the music as well on your youtube vid. Wonderfully played!

9. Monica- Another beautifully played piece by Monica. I don't know how you find all these wonderful works but they all sound like they were made for you. smile
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#2614914 - 02/15/17 11:07 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I should have added in my commentary on When Rivers Flowed on Mars that I first heard the piece in PianoWorld Recital #34 !!! It was played by 8_Octaves who did a great job with it.

My thanks to Peyton, Monica K, PeterWS, and Greener for their comments. I think perhaps the best compliment that we can pay in these recitals is to learn and then perform one of the pieces that we heard here first!
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#2614938 - 02/16/17 02:15 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: zrtf90]
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39. sinophilia - A Curious Story - Op. 15 no. 2
You've got a nice contrast between the jaunty sections and the softer legato parts but do keep an eye on the rhythm. Are you still counting or tapping when you practise?

I'm guessing the score you're using is bereft of the graces at the start of the main theme. If you get around to putting them in they go before the beat so they should be easier to add though they will make the opening figure a little harder.

You have consistently played the wrong notes at the end of the first phrase so I'm guessing you're playing from a spurious score (or a faulty memory). You might want to check what's available from IMSLP. The First Edition from Breitkopf und Haertel is sound.

This is no small feat for a pianist of five years - it's an ABRSM Grade 5 piece, if memory serves, and you do it justice after self-teaching for that many years. Way to go!


Thank you Richard smile

I have the grace notes on my score and I play them, it's only that they are not clean enough on this recording. Sometimes I can play them better laugh

The last notes in the first phrase... do you mean LH E#+A and F#+A in measure 2? That's what I have in my score (Litolff from IMSLP). I'll check others.

As for the rhythm, I took great care with it and I honestly think I have it right. I tended to slow down in the legato parts because my LH couldn't keep up, but I think it's okay now. Overall it sounds really close to the recording I have by Martha Argerich - not the execution, of course, but the phrasing and rhythm are basically the same.
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#2614949 - 02/16/17 03:47 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Just a couple of comments here and there.

earlofmar, a piece by Liszt, what an accomplishment shocked Also, your piano sounds great. I stopped recording mine with my Zoom because I couldn't manage to find the right settings, will have to try again.

SwissMS, so infectious, I just love boogie-woogie! Wish I could play those tricky rhythms.

wouter79, it is indeed a difficult piece but you play it very well. I think your phrasing and overall feeling are perfect.

h8dk97, so you play a Bach Invention after 1 year and a half?!? Congratulations, that was very good!

dynamobt, lovely piece by Schumann, beautifully played, thank you.

Moonsh1ne, impressive as usual. Great dynamics and ornamentation.

PikaPianist, breath-taking shocked Definitely a lot of character there! Thank you for sharing.
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#2614955 - 02/16/17 04:30 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: bSharp[C]yclist]
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yclist]If anyone is interested, I created a playlist file that can be used with VLC.

https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aq5RA8FZygcygcp3p-lVPIxyU0dSIw

Thanks bSharp! I use VLC as my default palyer wink
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#2614963 - 02/16/17 04:57 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Yet another fantastic Recital. Thumbs up and thank you to participants and organisers alike - a wonderful achievement only made possible by *heaps* of dedication and hard work from everyone. thumb


01. PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1 One of my favourite pieces. That was quite an achievement after only 22 months - congratulations!

02. earlofmar - Consolation No 1 ‘Apparent simplicity’ is really tricky because the effort required is totally masked (as I know to my cost). To get to a ‘semi-effortless’ performance is such a milestone - well done!

03. MarieJ - Leo More work - then more progress?

04. CarlosCC - Divenire What a treat - one of Einaudi’s most well-known pieces, arranged to highlight all of the loveliest bits, and played superbly. Inspirational - thank you!

05. SwissMS/Doris - Willy Wagglestick's Walkabout A great recording of a fun piece - love that boogie-woogie on your nice-sounding temporary piano.

06. wouter79 - Gluckes genug, Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 5 It didn’t sound as if you found it ‘too difficult’ - congratulations! My only criticism? It was over too soon.

07. AZ_Astro - When Rivers Flowed on Mars Mysterious, atmospheric and *very* interesting - I loved it. Another new composer to investigate.

08. Peyton - Music For Tunnels Wow, Peyton! Great video, great performance. The music was evocative of Einaudi’s ‘Fly’, but darker and more ominous. Terrific!

09. Monica K. - Ships of Troy A captivating piece, beautifully played as always. I don’t know where you find these gems, but I’m so glad that you do; they are adding up to a long list of would-love-to-play-one-day pieces if ever I want a change from you-know-who. smile

10. Riddler (Ed) - I Rembember Clifford Perfect piano bar selection - I could listen all evening. Accomplished and confident performance - well done!

11. JustinDAggie - Rondo Alla Turca That was amazing. Bravissimo!
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#2614966 - 02/16/17 05:06 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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The last notes in the first phrase... do you mean LH E#+A and F#+A in measure 2?
I'm talking about their parallels in M4, the two RH chords; G C# E and A D. The result is a falling from E to D. Your playing has a rising finish.

At the end of the second phrase, M6-8, can you maintain your count while listening? If you're slowing down you do need to maintain the accents so that the listener knows where he is. And the same again for the first and third phrases of the second half. If you can maintain your count while listening there's no problem but it sounds, especially in the second half, that you're following Martha's rhythm but not counting it or not maintaining the accents. The first quaver of M17 (the first full bar after the repeat) should be the strongest, the third and fifth with a weaker accent and the second, fourth and sixth quavers all unaccented.

I can maintain the count easily while Martha's playing but with your recording I struggle to count in M17 and the first four notes of M20 at the end of the phrase.

The grace notes can be practised without the thumb, just roll gently from the pinky to the third until it's steady and even before adding the thumb back in. Timing the thumb with the middle finger will be tricky but don't let it get sloppy. Allow yourself time to play the figure by shortening the very first chord and starting early. It will take time to get back up to speed but will take much longer to correct after playing sloppily for too long.
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#2614971 - 02/16/17 05:28 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: zrtf90]
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Okay, I got it now, thank you. I managed to miss the E in the A major chord every time, wow. I know it's there though, indeed. I guess I was a bit over enthusiastic about this recording, it's positively sloppy.

And yes, I definitely struggle to keep going smoothly in the softer legato parts, especially in the second section where I used to slow down exceedingly. I thought I had it fixed but I will look further into it.
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#2614981 - 02/16/17 06:19 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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It's not sloppy, Diana. It's played well, especially for your time at the instrument, but it isn't perfect yet. If you don't attack it early it will become sloppy and harder to fix but it's still in a state where its newness is preventing the consistency a more experienced pianist would have acquired. Real progress on the piano takes years, as we know. These issues are some of the reasons why.

I'm pointing them out because you're likely to keep this piece in your repertoire and that means investing into it more care and effort than if it were a passing fancy, and not to detract from your performance, which conveys the character of the piece and which I enjoyed very much. smile
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#2614984 - 02/16/17 06:51 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: zrtf90]
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I'm probably taking advantage of you Richard, but I just made a quick video where I try to fix the issues you pointed out, could you have a look at it? I will write you in private! Thanks
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#2615005 - 02/16/17 07:38 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: sinophilia]
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Originally Posted By sinophilia
Okay, I got it now, thank you. I managed to miss the E in the A major chord every time, wow. I know it's there though,


Only ONE note? Do we HAVE to be so honest about such things?? Hahah eek
Hope the required answer isn't "Yes" . . .Too much information . . .
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#2615008 - 02/16/17 07:46 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Don't worry, Peter. The issue is now resolved and Diana's got it fixed. smile
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#2615015 - 02/16/17 08:42 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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01. PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1
This is an ambitious choice for less than two years playing and you've made a commendable effort but there are some areas where you've been overstretched. I don't want to criticise the playing because it's very solid for your experience but I'd like to offer advice for future work on it.

The tempo is controversial at the moment but after Andras Schiff's lectures a faster tempo is being recognised. Are you familiar with the Marcia Funebre from his previous Opus?



The melody in both pieces is about the same tempo and in the same rhythm. At the time Beethoven was composing this sonata he was writing his Heiligenstadt Testament, realising his ensuing deafness and considering suicide. He was not a happy bunny. This first movement was intended as his funeral music. The sonata is dedicated to Countess Julie Guicciardi, whose family is well aware of Beethoven's thoughts here.

If you play just the melody (or play the accompaniment in block chords) the adagio tempo will be more evident. The accompaniment itself is not the adagio.

The movement is in cut time, two beats to the bar, so each measure is two groups of six triplets not four groups of three and quicker than common time. The accent is strongest on the first triplet, weaker on the seventh, barely there on the 4th and 10th and absent on all the others.

The bass should be a murmur throughout the piece.

You're missing the accents so that the second triplet of each group sounds stronger than the first and introduces a syncopation that shouldn't be there. We don't want the funeral cortege skipping lightly.

The instruction at the head of the piece is to play delicatissimamente throughout and without dampers. It is not clear to me whether he means without dampers at all or punctuated with changes of harmony similar to the implication of the con pedale instruction. A modern instrument will baffle most attempts to keep the dampers raised but the delicateness must be adhered to. Throughout.

You bring in the second phrase nicley in M10 but watch the dynamics and don't snatch the bass octaves in M12. The bass drops the octaves in the middle of the phrase but they are within the compass of his instrument so take it as a precaution against too much drama.

The climax of the piece, the loudest part, is between the crescendo and decrescendo in M26-27. M26 is on the dominant so should take the climax but the highest note in the melody is the E in M27, the return to tonic, before the decrescendo so it's not a loud peak. There is no dynamic marking here so it shouldn't rise above mezzo piano. The E in M49 is clearly marked Piano so it shouldn't be as high as here. You have the E as the climax but you went to an immediate piano on the decrescendo. Decrescendo means begin to quieten not to be quiet. The real Piano is the start of M28.

Note the RH rest at the start of M29 and keep the accent on the second beat (the third group of triplets) in M28-31.

M32 begins the dominant pedal section, holding the dominant G# in the bass in anticipation of the reprise in M42. The triplet background is interrupted by the alternate rising notes here to break the accent. I would avoid any dynamic shading here at all and let the absence of accent or dynamics do its job. You might point more delicately at the falling motive in M37-40.

Watch the phrase marks in M57. M60 is marked Pianissimo. Consider this coda as a dying man's last breaths rather than a dramatic finish. The bass should remain a murmur but still retain presence above the accompaniment.

The title, Moonlight, was applied by the critic, Rellstab, and imparts on the piece a dreamy, romantic character. This is totally incorrect as a comparison with the tragedy of the third movement, whose opening is a rapid echo of the first, will show.
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I've written a lot and you might be disgruntled by it but it's intended as constructive. The piece demands a big tone in order to contain so much music and meaning within a very narrow dynamic band. It is not the ability to play the notes that makes this piece about Grade 5, roughly five years of experience, but the tonal range and control demanded of the player that isn't exercised in the movement and that takes years to develop. It's a really tough ask. What you've done is very good for your time at the piano and I hope you find these comments helpful in the future.
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#2615042 - 02/16/17 10:31 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Yet another wonderful recital - my first batch of comments:

01. PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1 Such a beautiful piece - and very well played. Beethoven never guessed how much controversy there would be about the "correct" way to play this or how many experts would try to guess what he really intended when he wrote it. Too much thinking for me. I enjoyed your version!

02. earlofmar - Consolation No 1 The recording quality sounds great - wish I could get those results. Loved it!

05. SwissMS/Doris - Willy Wagglestick's Walkabout Very energetic and full of rhythm. I think you captured the boogie-woogie!

06. wouter79 - Gluckes genug, Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 5 Schumann is best at these short character pieces. Well done!

07. AZ_Astro - When Rivers Flowed on Mars Wonderful dynamics and subtle tempo changes. Loved it!

08. Peyton - Music For Tunnels Just keeps getting better and better Peyton. Loved the video and the music!

11. JustinDAggie - Rondo Alla Turca Full of energy and bravado. Wonderful!

12. J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26) Very impressive. The fact that I can hear the melody among that flurry of notes is awesome.

13. peterws - Lost elevator Much more engaging and enjoyable than any elevator music I ever heard!

14. h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13 That's great for just about a year of lessons. Excellent progress - keep it up!

15. Richard (zrtf90) - Intermezzo, Op. 117/1 Sensitively done!

16. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 30, No. 6) I play this one too. Love your crescendos and your trills. Excellent!

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#2615091 - 02/16/17 01:01 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: zrtf90]
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45. briangmoore - Scarlatti Sonata in D minor K32
This is a gorgeous sonata and well within the technical ability of an adult starter. What is difficult is getting the basics in place as a matter of course.

One of the first ways of practising this piece is to get the count solid by dropping the second and third notes of the first bar. Just get one note per beat while counting the bar, one-two-three.

Bar 1, then, is D-E-D. Next add the semiquaver F, counting one-and-two-(and)-three-(and). Finally, add the demisemiquaver E and count double-1, double-2, double-3.

The left hand could be quieter if you can manage that. Just trying is enough. Don't worry excessively about it but do keep it in mind - it will happen in time. The ornaments are fine as long as they aren't interfering with the rhythm.

You have everything else in place. Well done.


Thanks so much for the suggestions and listening.

I'm horrible at counting (I basically can't do it, except on pieces with very simple rhythms) and it shows. Up till now I have (sometimes) been able to compensate by listening extensively to recordings of the piece I'm playing and picking up the rhythm that way. But in this case, the score seemed so simple, I did not do that. Again, your detailed suggestion of how to start out helps a lot.

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#2615097 - 02/16/17 01:17 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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01. PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1
I am impressed. Less than 2 years’ experience and well-played, with emotion and good dynamics.

02. earlofmar - Consolation No 1
I see why you are so happy with the new teacher – nice, confident playing.

03. MarieJ - Leo
Another Einaudi interpretation from you – I really enjoyed listening and relaxing.

04. CarlosCC - Divenire
And another Einaudi beautiful piece – delightfully interpreted, loved it.

05. SwissMS/Doris - Willy Wagglestick's Walkabout
Nice playing, you well transmitted the energy of the music.
A really entertaining piece; it also reminds me the music from the “Cannery Row” movie.
I’m saying this only because you are going to use it for an exam - not sure about the tempo of the piece, I see some faster versions on youtube.

06. wouter79 - Gluckes genug, Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 5
Charming piece, played with confidence and melody.

07. AZ_Astro - When Rivers Flowed on Mars
I’d like how you kept the right hand voice prominent, given the pedaling this piece seems to have. And thank you for this beautiful piece and a Canadian composer I didn’t know.

08. Peyton - Music For Tunnels
Very expressive – interestingly, I read your additional info only half through the piece, the way I was imagining myself the tunnel was from the back seat of a taxi, with the lights of a tunnel quickly passing through the window.

09. Monica K. - Ships of Troy
Loved this beautiful piece and your interpretation – a mix of melancholy and a bit of hope.

10. Riddler (Ed) - I Rembember Clifford
I am not familiar with jazz pieces in general or this one in particular. I can appreciate what is looks like an effortless interpretation, hiding years of dedicated work.


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#2615103 - 02/16/17 01:27 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Originally Posted By peterws
Possibly one of his shortest songs, I love this and all the op15 pieces which were schumnann's own favourites. Great job. I just heard the powerful version!


Thanks Peter. Of course, you are now also expert on this piece so I'd love to hear some detail remarks if you have any smile

Originally Posted By SMA55
This piece was so short, I had to listen to it twice to form an impression! It is indeed a happy piece. And I think you did a good job with it, but I can hear a few spots where it sounds like you might have been struggling a bit with keeping things up to tempo. You mentioned that your teacher still feels you have a long way to...and I presume the word "go" got cut off at the end of your sentence. So what exactly would your teacher like you to continue working on with it?

Thanks!
There is one place that requires a big and careful stretch of the LH chord but I thought I had it nailed. Which places are you referring to?
My teacher always hammers on more evenness, better phrasing, clearer melody, knowing where you are going, not overholding chords, voicing of chords etc etc.

Originally Posted By Monica K.
Although short, it’s clear this piece is not at all simple; I heard a lot of complex chords and rhythms. Very well done!

Glad that they are still heard, thanks Monica!

Originally Posted By sinophilia
it is indeed a difficult piece but you play it very well. I think your phrasing and overall feeling are perfect.

Nice to hear, thank you smile

Originally Posted By MarieJ
It didn’t sound as if you found it ‘too difficult’ - congratulations! My only criticism? It was over too soon.

Thanks, yes nice things are always over too quick smile

Originally Posted By Sam S
Schumann is best at these short character pieces. Well done!

Sam, thanks, yes this is a great set of pieces
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#2615134 - 02/16/17 02:46 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: wouter79]
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Originally Posted By wouter79

Originally Posted By SMA55
This piece was so short, I had to listen to it twice to form an impression! It is indeed a happy piece. And I think you did a good job with it, but I can hear a few spots where it sounds like you might have been struggling a bit with keeping things up to tempo. You mentioned that your teacher still feels you have a long way to...and I presume the word "go" got cut off at the end of your sentence. So what exactly would your teacher like you to continue working on with it?

Thanks!
There is one place that requires a big and careful stretch of the LH chord but I thought I had it nailed. Which places are you referring to?
My teacher always hammers on more evenness, better phrasing, clearer melody, knowing where you are going, not overholding chords, voicing of chords etc etc.


Well, you're not alone; I hear the same things about my playing from my teacher all the time. smile I suppose that what I was saying about your struggling a bit to keep things up to tempo might be better described as some unevenness in your right hand. To be specific, I hear it at the 5-6, 8-9, 17, 25, and 32 sec marks in your recording. See if you can hear what I mean.

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#2615140 - 02/16/17 03:02 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: SMA55]
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Another wonderful recital! Here are my first comments:

01. PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1 Very good work for less than two years at the piano! I like the expression and tension that you give the piece. Very nice balance between the melody and accompaniment.

02. earlofmar - Consolation No 1 Very powerfully, and emotionally played. It sounds like you are well on your way for your exam.

03. MarieJ - Leo Beautifully played Einaudi. I love the dreamy feel you creat in the piece bu your phrasing.

04. CarlosCC - Divenire More beautiful Einaudi! I love how you build the piece to its emotional climax. Lovely dynamic control, and wonderful playing.

06. wouter79 - Gluckes genug, Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 5 Brief, but beautiful! There is a lot going on in that one minute of music and you handled it well. I think you did a very nice job balancing the voices to good effect. Well played!

07. AZ_Astro - When Rivers Flowed on Mars I love this piece. It is one that I have kept in my repertoire for a long time. I like the gentle touch that you give it. You brought out its subdued and mysterious air well!

08. Peyton - Music For Tunnels Ooh, very dark and mysterious! I love both the music and the video – visiting ghosts from the past. Very cool crossed hand section! Very creative work!

09. Monica K. - Ships of Troy This is a gorgeous piece. I am not familiar with the composer, but I will seek more musi by him. Beautifully played.

10. Riddler (Ed) - I Rembember Clifford Very nice job of arranging, and beautifully played. I like your floating arpeggios, and singing melody. Great listening!

11. JustinDAggie - Rondo Alla Turca Very impressive job on this fun favorite! Very nice articulation and control. Well done!

12. J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26) Very impressive job projecting the melody over the busy arpeggiated accompaniment in the same hand. Wonderfully played

13. peterws - Lost elevator Another nice composition from you! I like the energy and feeling of determination the piece has. Beautifully played.

14. h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13 This is an excellent job for such a short while at the piano. This is not an easy invention. I thought that you did a really good job balancing the voices.

15. Richard (zrtf90) - Intermezzo, Op. 117/1 This is very gentle Brahams, played beautifully. It is a very dark piece, and I do hear the glimmer hope at the end, or perhaps melancholy of what could have been. I really like the way you hold the piece back, letting the emotion sink in.

16. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 30, No. 6) I love this piece! I submitted a few recitals back. You do a lovely job with it. I like the tempo you chose and the quiet presentation.
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#2615211 - 02/16/17 05:48 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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First batch:

01. PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1 Quite nice, I found speed to be overall quite steady, although I noticed a few odd notes (maybe missed pauses?) here and there.

02. earlofmar - Consolation No 1 I do not know this piece. I found it to be competently played, maybe a bit stiff at times.

03. MarieJ - Leo Loved it, it would be perfect if you played the right hand a tiny bit more soft.

04. CarlosCC - Divenire Very nice, I especially liked the dynamics and changes of mood throughout the piece. Overall flawless!

05. SwissMS/Doris - Willy Wagglestick's Walkabout I have to admit that I am not a fan of the genre. Still, it was convincingly played, I just had the feeling the some parts were played at a different speed from the rest.

06. wouter79 - Gluckes genug, Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 5 Very nice rendition from what sounds like a rather difficult piece.

07. AZ_Astro - When Rivers Flowed on Mars Didn't know this piece, very enjoyable!

08. Peyton - Music For Tunnels Those moments where you hit the lower notes really gave me shivers. This could be the soundtrack of a new Dario Argento movie wink

09. Monica K. - Ships of Troy Very nice piece, with some odd but interesting timing choices.

10. Riddler (Ed) - I Rembember Clifford Loved it!

11. JustinDAggie - Rondo Alla Turca Very nice, but some parts felt a bit too fast. It must be really difficult to go through this piece without mistakes...

12. J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26) I enjoyed this very much, played definitely well!

13. peterws - Lost elevator Very nice composition!

14. h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13 Wow, you have more or less been taking lessons for the same amount of time as myself, so I am really impressed by how you went through this without any obvious mistake.

15. Richard (zrtf90) - Intermezzo, Op. 117/1 Very very very nice, I could listen to this over and over.

16. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 30, No. 6) Amazing and flawless!

17. xyzzyFL (Susan) - Shangri-La well, despite what you say in the "experience" section, this is played competently and beautifully!

18. Chris Beecham - Merry Farmer Tbh, I found this rendition a bit stiff.

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces I liked the pieces, especially the first one. I believe they are well suited to your original intention.

20. ajames - Bach short prelude in Cmin BWV 934 you should play this piece on a clavichord wink

21. Piano2138 - Lost The Milne piece did not impress me, while I enjoyed your WIP on Ravel!

22. dynamobt/Marilyn - Kreisleriana - Sehr Langsam (#4) Lovely, great dynamic.

23. Forrest Halford - Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 117, #2 I am unable to find flaws in your performance, and it made me want to listen to more Brahms...

24. Newbert - Daydreaming This is very pleasant, as you suggest.

25. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor enjoyed this piece very much!!

26. kalospiano - Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) I am not convinced by the chords in this arrangement...

27. Greener/Jeff - Db Nocturne Sounds really difficult...

28. Ganddalf - "Sommerfugl" (Butterfly, Op.43 no.1) Very nice, couldn't notice any shortcomings wink

29. MaryBee - Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1 Very pleasant and lulling wink

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#2615214 - 02/16/17 05:50 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: wouter79]
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Wouter79

Tempo of OP15 5 is 168 quavers per minute, which really rocks. Now, I don't know why his stuff seems so fast, considering the title of this one, but maybe kids are excitable even when contented . . .but I guess a light touch is advisable under the circumstances.
Nothing what you did sounded wrong to me. I played it faster, but wasn't over happy at that speed.
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#2615226 - 02/16/17 06:15 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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My first batch of comments to a wonderful collection of pieces:

01. PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1
Beautifully mysterious atmosphere. I think playing it slower suits the content. Beautifully expressive, and a great start to the Recital.

02. earlofmar - Consolation No 1
Thoughtful, deliberate, an attractive piece. I wasn’t really aware of the pedal noise. Well done.

03. MarieJ - Leo
Unusual beginning with trilling notes – then an interesting minor sequence leading to the more characteristic Einaudi flow. I like the expressive pause between different sections and repetition of sequences. This was well played.

04. CarlosCC - Divenire
I never thought I’d be saying this but I think I’m getting to like this composer. This piece has the characteristic flowing of what I now term classic Einaudi, with a final build-up then abrupt break-off that is entirely fitting and coherent. It sounds to me like it could be the background music to a passionate silent film. Confidently and evenly played.

05. SwissMS/Doris - Willy Wagglestick's Walkabout
This is great – lilting, uplifting, and lots of fun. I can tell you enjoyed playing it, Doris. Well done.

06. wouter79 - Gluckes genug, Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 5
There’s a lot going on here. I particularly like the way we’re thrown straight into the melody, and the separate LH and RH melodies shine through beautifully. Well played.

07. AZ_Astro - When Rivers Flowed on Mars
Beautifully, evenly played in both LH and RH melodies. Mysterious, secretive and over too quickly!

08. Peyton - Music For Tunnels
I don’t know how you do it! Simple, repetitive, most inventive. I liked the discordant notes in the section 2 minutes into the video coinciding with entering the tunnel, then the echo effects 3 minutes along with the sludge, mud and water visuals. The keyboard fading in and out was perfectly done.

09. Monica K. - Ships of Troy
A slow, deliberate lead into a flowing tempo – and then Michael Hanna reminded me a little of Einaudi. The decisive change of mood half-way through and then a move back to the earlier theme clearly denotes this piece is telling a story, as you describe in your notes on the four themes. Evocatively played.

10. Riddler (Ed) - I Rembember Clifford
I love your style, and your arrangement. Very well played, Ed - it sounds effortless although I know it wasn’t!

11. JustinDAggie - Rondo Alla Turca
Competent playing – you keep the tempo going through all the different intricate sections. I felt almost exhausted by the end! Bravo.

12. J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26)
… and passionate intensity is what you’ve achieved! Simple accompaniment or not, the LH’s juxtaposition with the RH brings out brilliantly the various pieces of melody. Gorgeously played.

13. peterws - Lost elevator
I haven’t heard your previous elevator music, so don’t know the significance of “Lost Elevator” (?) This is lovely, Peter! I love the alternate statements between lower and upper registers, they have real energy and work so well, and the t(h)rills and ornaments are a delight. Well done!

14. h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13
Intricate and well controlled – I can hardly believe you’ve only been playing 17 months! Congratulations.

15. Richard (zrtf90) - Intermezzo, Op. 117/1
Beautiful, well played, and interesting to read your notes about the inspiration behind this piece.

16. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 30, No. 6)
Gorgeous piece, so beautifully played, wonderfully expressive.

17. xyzzyFL (Susan) - Shangri-La
Wistful melody which you play very well, Susan. Thank you for sharing this piece.

18. Chris Beecham - Merry Farmer
A nostalgic trip back to my childhood! Thank you! Competently played.

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces
These were charming! Before I saw your notes, I made my own: Prelude: a pleasing repeating melody; 1) an uncomplicated tune suitable for a small child’s ear; 2) one for jumping about – a child could dance to this, or play Jack-in-the-Box; 3) one for slow movement, maybe gliding around the room; 4) simple melody, again suitable for a small child; 5) this one tells a story – like a nursery rhyme. I would have thought these are just right for a one- year old. What a generous uncle!

20. ajames - Bach short prelude in Cmin BWV 934
I think you need to be very disciplined and controlled to play Bach, as the pace is often relentless and hard to keep going. I’m sure I would keep forgetting where I was in the piece – so can fully understand about the brain damage! You did very well here.

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#2615237 - 02/16/17 06:37 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: kris shendo]
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14 h8dk97

Lovely work for the time. these are involved and you've done so well; everything's going for you. Nice!

15 Richard

Brahm's'll do nicely tonight instead of Schu. Wonderfully expressive and peaceful; good to listen to this thoughtfully played on your piano. Look forward to hearing SChu though . . .its one of the few that I've maintained!


16 JoBert

Very popular and with good reason. Many have played this so well on these recitals. It bobs along in charming fadhionm. you play lovely stuff, man!

17 xyzzy

You are playing such wonderful expressive jazz, it has come with the passing of time. often the only good thing that does . . .ha ha .This is your time, and it sounds excellent. The 660 is a good 'un.

18 Chris beecham

Schumman has a lot of support here, it seems. Great work with hoth hands kept busy.The future looks good.

Gotta go. Wonderful. better each year . . .
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#2615244 - 02/16/17 06:55 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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A few more...

07. AZ_Astro - When Rivers Flowed on Mars
Very nice! A beautiful mood piece, played quite skillfully.

08. Peyton - Music For Tunnels Interesting! Clearly composed in the minimalist tradition. And the video was a little bit dark and creepy to me at times. Good work!

09. Monica K. - Ships of Troy
I enjoyed this piece--and especially your playing! And your piano sounds lovely, too! Also your lunch sounds like it was yummy (from your description). ☺️

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#2615286 - 02/16/17 09:47 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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10. Riddler (Ed) - I Remember Clifford: I think it’s a great idea to revisit a piece you’ve submitted more. This version is so polished, and you play with such confidence. I really liked how that run at the beginning just flew off your fingers. smile

11. JustinDAggie - Rondo Alla Turca: I’m not a big classical fan, but you’re right: Who *doesn’t* like this piece? I’m in awe at how you keep your articulation so even and distinct despite what has to be a blistering tempo.

12. J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26): I’m trying to imagine what the sheet music looks like for this, and I’m guessing very intimidating! You do a great job of voicing the melody above all those arpeggios. Congratulations on a piece well played!

13. peterws - Lost elevator: I’ve really enjoyed all your “elevator” compositions; the melodies have a lilting jauntiness--or a jaunty lilt laugh --that appeals to me. I look forward to hearing where your muse takes you next...

14. h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13: I say it every recital: I’m in awe of people who can play Bach, and I like how you play this one–it has more of a melodic than many of the other inventions.

15. Richard (zrtf90) - Intermezzo, Op. 117/1: I enjoyed reading about the background of this piece in your comments. Your playing captures well the sadness and despair felt by the woman, along with the lullaby elements of soothing.

16. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 30, No. 6): As I noted earlier, I’m not very familiar with classical music, but if I ever tackle the canon, this would be one of pieces I’d be most interested in learning. I love the dynamics of your playing; you capture especially well the quiet, almost mysterious sections. And your trill at 1:34 gave me goosebumps.

17. xyzzyFL (Susan) - Shangri-La: Congratulations on your AB Forum recital debut!! This piece would fit right at home played in some hotel lobby or cocktail lounge... your playing sounded so confident and relaxes. I really enjoyed this. smile

18. Chris Beecham - Merry Farmer: Okay, so now you’ve got that melody stuck in my head. laugh Very good job of keeping the rhythm steady–and those waltz patterns in the left hand are a lot harder to play smoothly than they appear.

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces: Well, I think you win the Best of Show award just for the story of how you came to compose these pieces... what a thoughtful, wonderful gift for your sister and nephew. I enjoyed all these pieces; the only thing I can think of as to why you may not have gotten a response yet is that maybe they’re a bit too hard for your brother in law? These seem maybe a little more challenging than Grade 1 in my opinion.

20. ajames - Bach short prelude in Cmin BWV 934: You also win the Bach Red Badge of Courage award... You do a great job of keeping the tempo even despite juggling the multiple voices.
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#2615331 - 02/17/17 02:02 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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12. J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26) Mr C would have been proud. That was brilliant.

13. peterws - Lost elevator Loved it, ‘Ad lib’ and all. thumb Encore!

14. h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13 Very delicately played Bach. Nice work, particularly since you’ve been playing for such a short time.

15. Richard (zrtf90) - Intermezzo, Op. 117/1 I’m not familiar with this piece. It was so beautifully played - thank you!

16. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 30, No. 6) Wow - we’re really being spoiled - one fabulous piece after another. Perfection! (Can I borrow just a few of your stunning trills, please?) laugh
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#2615394 - 02/17/17 09:13 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I'm not really qualified to give feedback, but I've listened to all of them now and I'll just give a big thumbs up to everyone. There were no mistakes! Thanks for making my first year at Piano World enjoyable, looks like I registered a year ago today.
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#2615407 - 02/17/17 10:05 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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And a few more...While I did jump ahead a few to hear #16 (Venetian Gondola Song, one of my favorites), I haven't forgotten to listen to numbers 13-15. They'll be next!

10. Riddler (Ed) - I Rembember Clifford
Wow! I'm very impressed, with both your arrangement and your performance! Mmm, mmm, mmmm.

11. JustinDAggie - Rondo Alla Turca
You mentioned that you aren’t entirely satisfied with your execution of this piece. But I don't know why, because I think you did a darned good job. I myself have been reluctant to undertake this piece, as—like you—I am all too aware of how it will expose my technical weaknesses (as all Mozart seems to do). Well done!

12. J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26)
You said that you were aiming for “passionate intensity” in this piece, by playing it up to tempo. Mission accomplished! I’m impressed with your skill, as I know this is not an easy piece. I enjoyed your playing. Congratulations!

16. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 30, No. 6) One of Mendelssohn's charming gems. You played it very well--expressively and evocatively. I enjoyed it a whole lot!

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#2615416 - 02/17/17 10:38 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: SMA55]
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19 Tubbie 0075

No tech feedback. But your songs were exemplary for their intended purpose.

20 ajames

Good Bach with not a little bite. I liked this, it chugged along in mandatory fashion (relentless, like a train) and was a great listen. well done!

21 Piano2138

A most pleasant piece! Rather sad feel to it; I liked the Pavanne part that followed. Very good work and will help you greatly for future. Like, a springboard.

22 dynamobt

TYhis is reslly nice. Now Schu does such nice stuff; splendid job and great recording!

23 Forrest halford

I've neither studued nor played Brahms. Good isn't it? This is enjoyable and well handled. Sounds really good.

24 Newbert

Good work man. Nice ringing sound here with plenty of authority in your playing.

25 SMA55

LOvely pro sound here Thought it was a gondola song at first . . .Loads of expression here, super job!

26 Kalos piano

Nicely played and delivered. You have a good touch for this sort of music. Well done!

27 Greener

Always good to hear each other's set ups. This flowed well and sounds hard . . . .lots of atmosphere from this . All good!

28 Ganddalf

Most intricate work here. Always good to listen to you and that nice shiny piano . . . it is shiny, isn't it? I have to talk drivel at times. My technical brain cells aren't legendary . . .

29 marybee

More brahms! This is lovely and melodic, and played with such expression. Just lovely . . .

30 CRP

This was fine. Could hear your pedal clunking in fine style . . ! Don't ever worry about mistakes. You'll soon learn how to disguise 'em . . . .steady as she goes!

Gotta go meself now . . . have fun guys!





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#2615431 - 02/17/17 12:01 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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01. PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1
Loved it! Wonderful playing of one of the greatest compositions ever! Wish I could play it. Nice setting, too.

05. SwissMS/Doris - Willy Wagglestick's Walkabout
Doris, what a surprise to hear you playing boogie woogie! Got me tapping my foot. Good job.

07. AZ_Astro - When Rivers Flowed on Mars
What a delightful piece. It has a feeling of mystery. You played it very well.

08. Peyton - Music For Tunnels
Peyton, another composition that calls up an experience of something strange, mysterious. You should write for movies! Well done.

09. Monica K. - Ships of Troy
Monica, quite an enjoyable piece; in fact, that melody in the middle section has become an ear worm for me already - running constantly in my mind. Nicely done.

11. JustinDAggie - Rondo Alla Turca
Justin, what a challenging piece, very demanding in terms of technique, hand independence, etc. That was some terrific playing, very enjoyable and impressive.
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#2615433 - 02/17/17 12:04 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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My next batch:

18. Chris Beecham - Merry Farmer One of those catchy tunes that is a real earworm. I'm going to be hearing this in my head all day now! Great job!

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces These are delightful! I would be thrilled if you wrote them for my kid. The first one should be cootchy-cootchy-coo!

20. ajames - Bach short prelude in Cmin BWV 934 Deceptively difficult, isn't it? You did a great job with it!

21. Piano2138 - Lost This is great for just 10 months experience. Keep it up!

22. dynamobt/Marilyn - Kreisleriana - Sehr Langsam (#4) I can identify with being obsessed with a piece. I have several that I would give a lot if I could play - and not the usual suspects either. This sounds wonderful - very expressive. I would say you are well on your way to satisfying your obsession.

23. Forrest Halford - Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 117, #2 Nice sensitive touch. Wonderful control throughout - loved it!

25. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor Very impressive playing - I would be very happy with this!

27. Greener/Jeff - Db Nocturne You've made wonderful progress on this - I think its a good exercise to revisit old pieces that were abandoned because they were too difficult at the time. Very sensitive playing...

28. Ganddalf - "Sommerfugl" (Butterfly, Op.43 no.1) You make this sound effortless!

29. MaryBee - Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1 You achieve some wonderful results with dynamics and phrasing - loved it!

36. Moonsh1ne - Waltz in A Minor, Op. Posthumous Very smooth - you have the waltz rhythm propelling it forward - great job!

38. carlos88 - Our Town, III. The Resting-place on the Hill Did not know these were arranged for piano - I'll have to look them up. Very expansive!

39. sinophilia - A Curious Story - Op. 15 no. 2 Very nicely done - loved it!

40. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Minuet in G 116 BWV Love this piece whenever I hear it. Wonderfully done, even though you were sick. Hope you are feeling better!

41. Zoot64 - La Lutine Love the articulation - very bright and crisp!

44. UnderConstruction - Nocturne Op9 No2 Better a slow tempo that you can handle well than one that is to fast that leads to a train wreck - been there, done that! Well done!

45. briangmoore - Scarlatti Sonata in D minor K32 Nice ornaments! I think you captured the baroque feel of it very well.

46. PikaPianist - Sonata in A minor (Wq49/1), 3rd mvmt That is fast - but you ripped it off very convincingly - outstanding!

47. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina in C (Op. 36, No. 1, II - Andante) This is wonderful for only playing a little over a year - great job!

48. lvojnovic - BWV 939 Little prelude in C major I love this one! Nicely done!

50. blackjack1777 - Waltz A Minor Op. Posthumous You did the waltz rhythm very well with the short 2&3. Excellent job!

51. Patbreaker - Prelude in c minor Love the dark feeling of this, and yet it moves forward so insistently - as if we were rushing to disaster. Well done!

That's all the classical - hopefully I can get to the rest soon.

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#2615443 - 02/17/17 12:34 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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second batch

31. Sam S - Sonata K380 Very nice rendition, I think this will sound great at your recital with some additional work!

33. Kris Shendo - Jacob's Theme nice and well played, I definitely enjoyed it!

34. that'sRich - Night in May didn't know this piece, one can definitely hear the impressionist influences. I liked your rendition, although sometimes there were "unexpected pauses" and portions that seemed more staccato than they should be.

35. jazztpt - Time For Bed I enjoyed listening to your piece

36. Moonsh1ne - Waltz in A Minor, Op. Posthumous flawless and very nice light touch

37. lyricmudra - Monday beautiful and emotional!

38. carlos88 - Our Town, III. The Resting-place on the Hill I liked to steadiness of the sound, very "calm-inspiring"

39. sinophilia - A Curious Story - Op. 15 no. 2 I am not familiar with the piece, but timing seemed a bit odd

40. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Minuet in G 116 BWV there may be a few mistakes here and there, but I liked your effort very much!

41. Zoot64 - La Lutine very clean, no noticeable flaws, extremely pleasant!

42. Mike White Yamaha G3 & p-80 - Stormy Weather very nice, sounds very natural and effortless

43. Piano Primo 1 - "Inspiration" -Love Theme very nice!

44. UnderConstruction - Nocturne Op9 No2 I am not a Chopin fan, but the the piece was still very pleasing.

45. briangmoore - Scarlatti Sonata in D minor K32 I feel like the extra ornaments are breaking up the piece a bit

46. PikaPianist - Sonata in A minor (Wq49/1), 3rd mvmt wow, amazing. you do not mention your experience, but this was an impressive piece!

47. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina in C (Op. 36, No. 1, II - Andante) seemed flawless to me, and very enjoyable!

48. lvojnovic - BWV 939 Little prelude in C major very nice and clean!

49. Montuno - Solitude piece is unknown to me, does not sound all that difficult, but it is played with a very very nice and expressive touch!

50. blackjack1777 - Waltz A Minor Op. Posthumous I liked the RH very much, while the LH sounded a bit "uncertain", especially the final beat of each measure...

51. Patbreaker - Prelude in c minor hard to evaluate without knowing your experience level, but it was not bad overall.

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#2615460 - 02/17/17 01:14 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Wow such great comments! I am learning Moonlight Sonata myself and will have to reread ZRTF90's a few times this week! It's a little above my level but after about a month I pretty much have it down and I'm just working out some tricky spots such as bar 57 and also the various subtleties.

I just learned of this recital earlier this week and did not have time to prepare or submit anything but might the next time around.

Great job pianists!

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#2615477 - 02/17/17 02:13 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Wow, wonderful job, and so inspiring. Impressed with the newbies ..beautiful playing.
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#2615481 - 02/17/17 02:33 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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10. Riddler- Wow Ed, you just keep getting better. That opening run is like glass; smooth and crystal clear.

11. Justin- Yea! fast fun and lively. I really enjoyed listening.

12. JSoo- As a Schumann fan I'm not sure how I've missed this. Wonderfully played!
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#2615500 - 02/17/17 03:18 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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6 wouter79 - That really was quite impressive. I think you made it sound easier than it probably is. If you make the baseline a little lighter and softer would that bring out the happier mood you are trying to achieve?

7 az astro - I love that piece. It's really so beautiful.

8 peyton - that was a really cool video. I have to say that during the first half I accidentally had another youtube video accidentally open in another tab with someone playing a simple sounding nocturne of some sort on solo piano. The overlap was simply amazing - it was like there was someone playing chopin on the other side of the tunnel but it was being distorted.
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#2615508 - 02/17/17 04:04 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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30. CRP - Comptine d'un autre ete - L'apres midi
This is very good for how long you are playing, congrats on a good job!

29. MaryBee - Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1
Very nice, I especially like the ending, your resolution is emotionally very satisfying.

28. Ganddalf - "Sommerfugl" (Butterfly, Op.43 no.1)
You really make the butterfly flap its wings. smile

27. Greener/Jeff - Db Nocturne
I can only imagine how hard it must be to play this beautiful nocturne. That is some impressive work you did there. I notice you have a tendency to speed up when things get tricky. Just take it easy there (yeah, I know, easier said than done), I think that will help you in those spots.

26. kalospiano - Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)
That was very fascinating listening.

25. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor
Wow, just wow! You left me speechless.
One thing: when I tried to open the youtube link, it asked me to log into Google. Is that on purpose?

24. Newbert - Daydreaming
After listening to you I feel like I want to do some improvisation myself. Really sounds like a lot of fun!

23. Forrest Halford - Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 117, #2
Exquisite playing, excellent video, exciting entry to the recital.

22. dynamobt/Marilyn - Kreisleriana - Sehr Langsam (#4)
Very solid performance. And extra impressive with your one take approach.

21. Piano2138 - Lost
Great effort, and I am sure you have learned a lot and will be even better in the next recital.

20. ajames - Bach short prelude in Cmin BWV 934
I get brain damage from just thinking about playing this. You did well very well.
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#2615515 - 02/17/17 04:30 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Peyton]
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Originally Posted By Peyton
As a Schumann fan I'm not sure how I've missed this. Wonderfully played!


Thanks much! I think Op. 26 isn't as well known as some of his other suites. The second movement, Romanze, is a wistful little gem, which would not have been out of place in the Kinderszenen.

10. Riddler (Ed) - I Rembember Clifford

Really nice arrangement with lots of variety and a strong overall shape and flow. Great sound, too. Well done!

20. ajames - Bach short prelude in Cmin BWV 934

I dare say everyone who has played Bach can relate to your joke about brain damage. wink A good clean recording to show off your nice clean playing and phrasing. I bought the music for the little preludes and fugues last year and you've inspired me to spend more time with it.

30. CRP - Comptine d'un autre ete - L'apres midi

Well done catching and conveying the atmosphere of this. This music, more textural than melodic, presents interesting choices for what to emphasize, and you make good choices. At times the middle voices could be a bit quieter, though. Tricky to do, I know.

40. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Minuet in G 116 BWV

Charming indeed! You bring out the phrasing very musically, and also do a fine job articulating the shape of the phrases.

50. blackjack1777 - Waltz A Minor Op. Posthumous

Your clean articulation and pedaling create a light and transparent texture which suits this music well. It is perhaps a bit too articulated, though, in that some natural phrases get chopped up. Good use of dynamics to provide contrast, shape, and flow.
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#2615553 - 02/17/17 06:55 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Montuno]
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Originally Posted By Montuno

25. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor
Wow, just wow! You left me speechless.
One thing: when I tried to open the youtube link, it asked me to log into Google. Is that on purpose?

Thanks for listening and for the kind comments! Regarding the youtube link, I suppose I must have done something wrong if it's asking for you to sign into Google first. That was definitely not my intention. As far as I know, I had simply uploaded my video to youtube. If anyone knows what I might have done wrong, please let me know for the future!

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#2615554 - 02/17/17 07:02 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Next few...
21. Piano2138 - Lost
There was a real plaintive atmosphere in ‘Lost’ and I liked the way you played it. The second piece was enjoyable too, well done.

22. dynamobt/Marilyn - Kreisleriana - Sehr Langsam (#4)
This sounds complicated but you tackled it with aplomb. Congratulations on a difficult piece well played, Marilyn.

23. Forrest Halford - Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 117, #2
This was exquisite playing, Forrest. Wonderful how you kept up this standard for the whole piece, and such a good video too. Brilliant. And I didn’t hear even one car!

24. Newbert - Daydreaming
Well, I heard no hesitations in the RH – I thought it flowed well. You’re on target to achieving your goal! Well played.

25. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor
Lovely, I enjoyed this very much. The slight echo effect sounds like you were playing in a large hall. Very well done.

26. kalospiano - Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)
An unusual piece, confidently/competently played. I noted the harp-like quality of the harpsichord sound you were aiming for - very apposite for a traditional Japanese song. It worked well.

27. Greener/Jeff - Db Nocturne
A complicated piece, Jeff – which you tackled with bravery and enthusiasm. Well played.

28. Ganddalf - "Sommerfugl" (Butterfly, Op.43 no.1)
What shortcomings? Beautiful – I’ve always loved this piece, and you emulate the flitting butterfly so well. I could listen to this all day.

29. MaryBee - Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1
This is lovely, Mary. Very expressive, delightful listening.

30. CRP - Comptine d'un autre ete - L'apres midi
Despite the few mistakes you mention, overall this is a fine performance of a striking piece of music. Well done.

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#2615558 - 02/17/17 07:06 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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These recitals are exceeding my expectations by a mile! I'm truly enjoying listening, and I will continue to make comments as I make my way through them. For now, I would like to thank everyone for listening. And in addition to Montuno, I would like to thank Sam M, peterws, CRP, Tubbie0075 for kindly writing their impressions of my recital. If anyone has any suggestions for improvement, please don't hesitate to share them with me. Every critical word offered is an opportunity for me to grow as a pianist. Thanks again!

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#2615566 - 02/17/17 07:16 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: kris shendo]
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Originally Posted By kris shendo


25. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor
Lovely, I enjoyed this very much. The slight echo effect sounds like you were playing in a large hall. Very well done.

Thanks, Kris! Yes, that reverb effect you're hearing is the result of my mixing the recorded dryish sound from my living room (where my piano is located) with the sound as recorded by an additional external mic in an adjacent echoey hallway. I think this time I may have overdone the wetness of the mix, haha. Oh, well.

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#2615567 - 02/17/17 07:38 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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11. JustinDAggie - Rondo Alla Turca
A difficult piece played with energy and assurance. Judging from your youtube channel, it looks you have learned it pretty quick.

12. J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26)
After your previous participation at the ABF 44th recital, I am again moved by your interpretation. You have well expressed the intensity of this challenging piece.

13. peterws - Lost elevator
Love it! A delightful and bright piece, what a wave of optimism!

14. h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13
Remarkable playing for someone with 1 ½ year of experience.
It is on my list, not before at least a year from now.

15. Richard (zrtf90) - Intermezzo, Op. 117/1
What can I say? High level of interpretation, such a beautiful piano sound and perfect recording.

16. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 30, No. 6)
Another beautiful piece, interpreted with emotion and sensibility.

17. xyzzyFL (Susan) - Shangri-La
Excellent return to the world of piano! What you learned it was well preserved.

18. Chris Beecham - Merry Farmer
Nice interpretation. I would increase the tempo a bit, to sound even more cheerful.

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces
Charming, I’ve enjoyed your compositions.

20. ajames - Bach short prelude in Cmin BWV 934
Confident and stable interpretation. And yes, you are right, Bach is always a challenge, but such a worth one.

21. Piano2138 - Lost
Some details on what I’ve learned with this piece.
After I learned to play the right notes at the right time and the piece was fluid enough, it was still not like on the track from the CD provided with the book. Apart from being interpreted by someone with probably 20+ years of experience and probably on a Steinway smile , I’ve understood that the tempo of the interpretation was not constant (and to me this contributes to the “sadly” impression intended by the composer).
This is how I discovered the “rubato” (I don’t have a teacher) and I tried to use it in my playing (maybe I should have added even more).
As for the Ravel part – I will stop here, I’ve reached my initial plan and I will resume who knows when, maybe in 5 years, maybe in 10.
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#2615578 - 02/17/17 08:27 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Thanks to all who have listened and commented thus far!

09. Monica K. - Ships of Troy

Played with a great feel for the dynamics, pulse, and spacing that drive this piece in an unhurried way. Lovely range of colors from your M&H, too; never muddy, whatever the composer says.

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces

You have the beginnings of a fine piano method book, at any rate! Perhaps your bro-in-law started with the prelude and found it too difficult. A charming set.

29. MaryBee - Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1

Beautifully played! That middle section is quite a stormy bridge between the tranquil outer sections, and you handle those contrasts convincingly.

39. sinophilia - A Curious Story - Op. 15 no. 2

I can relate to what you say about challenging pedaling in Schumann! But you handle it well. You sound quite comfortable with the piece, and do a good job shifting between the contrasting moods/themes.

49. Montuno - Solitude

You play very expressively, and should indeed be proud of how quickly you've progressed. A convincing performance.
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#2615600 - 02/17/17 11:26 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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12. J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26)
Awesome, absolutely awesome. I don't remember hearing this before, but I loved it. With all that intensity and constant arpeggiating, it reminded me of Chopin 10/1. Great playing.

13. peterws - Lost elevator
Wow, I am elevated. Always enjoy your recordings, Peter. They are unfailingly musical and well-executed.

14. h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13
Wonderful music making, very listenable and well-played. It's not easy to develop hand independence like that. Well done.

16. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 30, No. 6)
JoBert, your playing, and the composition itself, seem a perfect match to the scene being portrayed. It was all a brief journey to another time and place. Well done.

17. xyzzyFL (Susan) - Shangri-La
Susan, I remember that song from the Four Coins record in the 50s. Brings back old times. Well done, your playing is certainly progressing nicely.

18. Chris Beecham - Merry Farmer
Well done, Chris, I think you have captured the essence of the piece, a bright and cheerful performance.

20. ajames - Bach short prelude in Cmin BWV 934
Your brain is working quite well, fingers too. Those countermelodies sound great, and are not easy to play. Well done.

22. dynamobt/Marilyn - Kreisleriana - Sehr Langsam (#4)
Marilyn, all I can say is - if that is what left shoulder surgery does for you, may you break your right shoulder now! Just kidding, of course. That was very well done, does not sound as if it is stretching your abilities at all. I especially liked the middle part. Nice work.

23. Forrest Halford - Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 117, #2
Beautifully played, Forrest, very satisfying. You have a very mature and professional playing style.

24. Newbert - Daydreaming
Newbert, nice playing and improvising. Yes, it's an exercise, but these drills morph into creative expression, as you have experienced already. Well done.

25. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor
A beautiful performance of one of the great masterpieces. I'm green with envy! Well done.

28. Ganddalf - "Sommerfugl" (Butterfly, Op.43 no.1)
Beautiful, light and graceful. Not a hint of any bad habits, that I can hear. Great job.

31. Sam S - Sonata K380
Great job, Sam, I felt as if I were back in the 1700s at some royal court or other, listening to the man play it himself. I am also wowed that you did that on one take, from memory! I find that I can easily memorize stuff I have created myself, but otherwise I need a crutch or two. Or three. Anyway, you somehow gave it a real harpsichordy sound, which was just perfect.

33. Kris Shendo - Jacob's Theme
A very appealing, bouncy tune, very enjoyable to listen to. Well done.

34. that'sRich - Night in May
Wow, that was a journey into some mysterious, ethereal place. When you play the original theme with octaves plus another note in the middle, it produces quite an effect. And that repeating motif - small interval up, large interval up, small interval down, that heightens the mystery. Beautiful playing of a piece I have never heard of. Well done.

35. jazztpt - Time For Bed
Very appealing tune, played with a lyrical and light style. It's interesting that this evolved from a tune for children.

38. carlos88 - Our Town, III. The Resting-place on the Hill
I don't think I have heard this played on the piano before, but I have listened to the original work many times, and love it. Great choice for the recital, wonderful playing!
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#2615604 - 02/17/17 11:49 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Slowly but surely...

13. peterws - Lost elevator
Nice playing, Peter! AND nice composing! I enjoyed this recording a lot--except for one aspect. I'm not sure which version of Pianoteq you're running, but the higher notes are not at all convincing as an emulation of the real thing. They sound very electronic. But I guess that's neither here nor there. Congratulations on a job well done!

14. h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13
Pretty darned good! Especially considering the short amount of time you've been taking lessons. Keep up the good work.

15. Richard (zrtf90) - Intermezzo, Op. 117/1
Beautiful! Very expressive and well-controlled playing, especially given the difficult inner and outer voices so typical of Brahms. Great job!

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#2615674 - 02/18/17 07:00 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Originally Posted By cmb13
Wow such great comments! I am learning Moonlight Sonata myself and will have to reread ZRTF90's a few times this week!
I don't normally comment on pieces if I don't know the performers from their participation in the forum; more cautious that they know me than that I know them. This performer has never posted at all - I mistook his moniker for someone else and I'm embarrassed by how much I've written - so I'm glad someone has found benefit from it.


13. peterws - Lost elevator
This was a fun listen, Peter. I would love to be able to just relax and play like this. It's great to hear the self-penned pieces in these recitals especially as the composer and performer both know the style intended and therefore get it closer to the initial idea, even if not always entirely right.

This is simply conceived, simply performed and simply delivered in the very best meaning of simple - not at all easy but neither complicated nor confounded. And, as always with your presentations, it's enjoyable and really worth listening to.


14. h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13
Let me say upfront that this playing belies the time you've been taking lessons. Perhaps you knew the instrument before you started lessons? Some people take to it quicker than others and you have a way with the keys that many would not develop in such a short time - and a few might kill for.

This piece has been classified as one of the easier Inventions and varies between Grade 4, reaching the notes, and Grade 6, reaching the music. That's typically around four to six years of good practice. You have all the notes so I'm not going to detract from what you've done but there are some stylistic areas that you might want to address.

Many hold the idea that Bach and his contemporaries should be played non legato as the default touch of the time. I sincerely believe that Bach's inspiration was the human voice and the voice doesn't work in a non-legato fashion so I seldom adhere to non-legato playing especially as it doesn't suit the modern piano equally well. There is also a tendency to minimise tempo variation, too, but again I don't believe that Bach, nor any human, worked with the mechanical precision of a sewing machine so some elasticity in the tempo between the mechanical chain and a Chopinesque bungee cord, is acceptable and appropriate, though not so much in the rhythm.

You seem to have chosen a non-legato style but have overlooked the necessity of holding some notes that are clearly to be held such as the tied notes in M3-5, for example, and their melodic descent, F E D C B C, has been missed. You caught the ties in M11-12 but missed their parallel purpose.

Though Bach is not without passion he is, in this piece, without drama and the elongation of the end of M13 seems a little unstylistic, I feel, and the sudden drop in tempo in the final bar might be more gradual. Bach is well able to mark tempo changes when needed. Compare, for example, the end of the C Minor Prelude performed here by Pathbreaker - the last piece in the recital.

You might consider making the figures with a contiguous melody, such as the first four rising notes in M1, a little more legato and those with a non-contiguous melody, such as the descending figure in M5, a little more staccato but that's an interpretive decision.

I hope I've inspired you to look deeper into your music and not taken this as criticism of what you're doing. You're doing fine but still able for better.

This is a good showing, especially for your time at the piano, as most of the other comments will agree, so very well done.


19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces
Delightful, Tubbie, really delightful! Very appropriate and well aimed. And nice to have you perform them in the recitals. Good job!
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#2615680 - 02/18/17 07:40 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I enjoyed the recital very much smile Lots of variety!

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#2615748 - 02/18/17 12:00 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: SMA55]
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The link you posted is to the page where the video is edited, which is way it asks for a login. You need to post the link that contains "watch" instead of "edit".

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#2615754 - 02/18/17 12:10 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: CRP]
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Originally Posted By CRP
The link you posted is to the page where the video is edited, which is way it asks for a login. You need to post the link that contains "watch" instead of "edit".

CRP


Thank you for the info! It was the first time I had submitted a video here, so hopefully next time I'll get it right. (My assumption is that it's now too late for editing the video link.)

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#2615778 - 02/18/17 01:57 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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20. ajames - Bach short prelude in Cmin BWV 934
A pianist returns home and find a letter from his wife: "Gone Chopin, (have Liszt), Bach in a Minuet."
Nice job.

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces
These are very charming.

18. Chris Beecham - Merry Farmer
It's funny, this piece is sung by children here in the Netherlands during the very popular 'Sinterklaas' (Saint Nicholas) celebrations. So everyone here knows it very well. I have to play your version to my kids. cool

17. xyzzyFL (Susan) - Shangri-La
Very relaxing and well played. Better than your description suggests.

16. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 30, No. 6)
Playing flawless is one thing, but the way you also bring out the emotions of the piece with your fantastic expression is something else. Amazing.

15. Richard (zrtf90) - Intermezzo, Op. 117/1
This recital is such a treat. Another fabulous entry. One thing: I don't want you to take it wrong, I'm just a beginner and your ability is obviously way beyond mine. But I think that you can improve on this already great performance if you dare to let go. Look for the drama/emphasis, not only between phrases but also within a phrase. Given your technical abilities if you make the individual phrases come alive more you will leave each and every listener breathless I am sure.

14. h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13
Just excellent. Truly inspirational to hear how far you've come in such a short time.

13. peterws - Lost elevator
Great composition, great execution.

12. J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26)
That sounds very hard. And very good!

11. JustinDAggie - Rondo Alla Turca
Impressive job. I so wish i could do this one day. One thing: don't rush it. Some of the phrases (for instance right at the start) are to fast for the overall tempo you have chosen.
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#2615780 - 02/18/17 02:12 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: SMA55]
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13. peterws - Lost elevator
I'm not sure which version of Pianoteq you're running, but the higher notes are not at all convincing as an emulation of the real thing. They sound very electronic. But I guess that's neither here nor there. Congratulations on a job well done!



It's K2, which I thought was modelled on the lines of a Kawai upright. I've been advised that's probably not the case. I rather think it's modelled on the Kawai digital instead . . ..!
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#2615803 - 02/18/17 02:52 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Great recital I enjoyed listening to a large selection this evening. Well done to the newcomers, the regulars, and the Einaudi treats, you know who you are smile

Unfortunately I couldn't make this recital this time, but I'll be back for my 10th, and my 3 year anniversary will be around the corner then.

Once again, well done to all involved. I enjoyed listening to quite a few.
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#2615812 - 02/18/17 03:12 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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16 JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song
Fabulous piece and very nice choice. Beautifully played too. Thank you. This would be a nice one for me I think. It is around the exact length I like so will definitely go in the list.

25 SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor
Hello again, Shepherd. I wasn't able to get the video link working as it just took me to login page for youtube. Anyway, I'll assume you had one. It is the sound we are after anyway. You've produced it in spades here. I'm only vaguely familiar with this Nocturne. You've played it beautifully, and is really nicely executed throughout.

26 kalospiano - Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)
Nice production, kalospiano and fine playing. I enjoy the cherry blossoms too and have been several times to High Park when in bloom. It wasn't my idea mind you. smile Anyway, this would make for authentic accompaniment. Here is a quick fact: In 1959, the Japanese ambassador to Canada, Toru-Hagiwara, presented 2000 Japanese Somei-Yoshino Sakura trees to the citizens of Toronto on behalf of the citizens of Tokyo. The trees were planted in appreciation of Toronto accepting re-located Japanese-Canadians following the Second World War. Many of these trees were planted on the hillside overlooking Grenadier Pond (southwest of the Grenadier Café) and around the east shore of the pond.

36 Moonsh1ne - Waltz in A Minor, Op. Posthumous
Very nice. You bring a light touch to it. Very refreshing and lovely sound really. I've done this one recently too and is improving over time. The arpeggio in the middle section feels like it is coming in waves, in both your version and mine. We'll know we are getting closer when it becomes like one single wave. smile Nice video too.

37 lyricmudra - Monday
Nice. A good video production with clear and strong audio. Nicely polished and well performed. Thank you.

38 carlos88 - Our Town, III. The Resting-place on the Hill
An interesting and neat kind of sound there. Definitely achieving the big chord sound I think you are after. I also like open slow moving chords at times, but don't have many pieces that offer it. The video was dark for me, but audio was clear. Nice job.

39 sinophilia - A Curious Story - Op. 15 no. 2
Really cute piece. Liking more and more of the works I'm learning about from this composer. This is a great little short piece. A nice choice again and a fine performance here.

43 Piano Primo 1 - "Inspiration" -Love Theme
Some lovely kind of heart wrenching type changes in this. It grabs interest early and is very pleasant listening to this. Nicely done.

44 UnderConstruction - Nocturne Op9 No2
This is an undertaking and really great job here. Nice patient approach with it and beautiful sound. No easy feat for piece with very challenging elements. Well done.

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#2615860 - 02/18/17 06:07 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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13. Peter- Wow!! What a really sweet composition. Just totally enjoyable. You are a natural composer as well as a good pianist.

14. h8dk97- Very nicely done. I enjoyed listening.

15.- Richard. It's always a pleasure to hear your latest "project". You always pick such interesting and, at least to my ear, challenging works and play them with such finesse. This is such a sensitive piece and you play it so well.
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#2615950 - 02/19/17 01:40 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Greener]
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Originally Posted By Greener


25 SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor
Hello again, Shepherd. I wasn't able to get the video link working as it just took me to login page for youtube. Anyway, I'll assume you had one. It is the sound we are after anyway. You've produced it in spades here. I'm only vaguely familiar with this Nocturne. You've played it beautifully, and is really nicely executed throughout.


Hi, Jeff. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, several people have told me about my bad video link, and I have since contacted Casinitaly who I hope can correct my mistake.

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#2615988 - 02/19/17 06:53 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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17. xyzzyFL (Susan) - Shangri-La A very pleasant, relaxing piece. (Are you *sure* that you’ve only been back at the keyboard a few weeks?) smile

18. Chris Beecham - Merry Farmer A classic favourite - short, but very sweet. I enjoyed it.

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces Simple tunes? Maybe. Silly? No! That was a very valuable project, and we were able to appreciate the result too.

20. ajames - Bach short prelude in Cmin BWV 934 Another deceptive piece: ‘easy’ at first glance, but difficult to get your fingers around. You did well!

21. Piano2138 - Lost The rare appearance of an Australian composer. Great work for less than a year's playing. And ‘Pavane’ has set you on a path which will continually reward you for months - and years.
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#2615992 - 02/19/17 07:20 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Greener]
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Originally Posted By Greener

The arpeggio in the middle section feels like it is coming in waves...


Thank you for listening, Greener. My teacher actually suggested doing the acceleration this way, so it's deliberate, if a little slow still.
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#2616006 - 02/19/17 08:54 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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For those of you who wrote to tell me that the video link on my recital was bad, thank you! It has now been edited and works, thanks to Casinitaly and BB Player. The link is: https://youtu.be/15gEtpIHp90

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#2616007 - 02/19/17 08:54 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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A few more:

31. Sam S - Sonata K380
This sonata is new to me. Very brightly played. I particularly like the contrasting dynamics and intermittent strident sections. Congratulations on managing it in one take from memory!

32. SandTiger - Fading Light
I like the contrasting elements, lovely sound recording.

34. that'sRich - Night in May
Mysterious and beautiful. I love the contrasts, the unusual climbing and descending chords and the enigmatic ways they resolve. Impressive playing, very well done!

35. jazztpt - Time For Bed
This is lovely! An appealing melody, beautifully played and recorded. I enjoyed it very much.

36. Moonsh1ne - Waltz in A Minor, Op. Posthumous
Nice expression. You played the tricky RH sections very well. Thank you for sharing this piece.

37. lyricmudra - Monday
Very expressive, a really lovely tone. I enjoyed your video, you play beautifully.

38. carlos88 - Our Town, III. The Resting-place on the Hill
Unusual; it must be difficult to transcribe an orchestral piece for the piano. Well played.

39. sinophilia - A Curious Story - Op. 15 no. 2
Upbeat and charming. You played this well, enjoyable listening, thank you!

40. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Minuet in G 116 BWV
This was competently played, Cheryl - I liked it very much.

41. Zoot64 - La Lutine
Very evenly played. This was lovely, well done.

42. Mike White Yamaha G3 & p-80 - Stormy Weather
One of my all-time favorites, and played by ear, too! I wish I could do that. You have great ability, Mike.

43. Piano Primo 1 - "Inspiration" -Love Theme
Lovely chords and an easy, relaxed feel to the piece. I enjoyed this, thank you.

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#2616008 - 02/19/17 09:05 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Thank you everyone for this recital. As always, it was a treat to listen to all the fine submissions.

And thank you also for all the kind comments about my own submission, to those that already have commented or that will do so later.

I'm afraid I always have great difficulties putting my impressions into words for useful feedback and comments, so please do not be offended when my feedback below is often short.


01. PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1 Nice playing, seeing that you are still relatively new to the piano. But keep working on it - the piece has a lot of potential that can yet be explored by you.

02. earlofmar - Consolation No 1 Very nice, well played. Good luck with the exam!

03. MarieJ - Leo Lovely and calm, as always. I'd say there was already a lot of "progress" in it!

04. CarlosCC - Divenire Very nice and enjoyable.

05. SwissMS/Doris - Willy Wagglestick's Walkabout A fun and cool piece, well played. Very fitting to the sound of your rental piano. I wasn't 100% sure about the rhythm in some small parts in the middle, but that may just be me not understanding the rhythm changes in the piece?

07. AZ_Astro - When Rivers Flowed on Mars Very nice and soothing, with a mysterious under tone. Well played!

08. Peyton - Music For Tunnels For me that was evocative of driving through a very long tunnel in a car, with the lights passing over and on the sides, where you lose the feeling for time and distance. Very nice!

09. Monica K. - Ships of Troy Well played with lots of feeling. A nice piece!

10. Riddler (Ed) - I Rembember Clifford A perfect piano bar piece, and very well played.

11. JustinDAggie - Rondo Alla Turca Great playing and very good speed, but still good and regular timing. Excellent!

12. J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26) A top performance of a very nice piece. The way you brought out the RH melody over the RH broken chords seemed effortless. Bravo!

13. peterws - Lost elevator The "lost" feeling sparked over to me. It kind of reminded me of long drives on the highway through grey weather, when time just passes by...

14. h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13 Very nice and well played. Enjoyed it!

15. Richard (zrtf90) - Intermezzo, Op. 117/1 Wonderfully played with great feeling and expression. If I may give a tiny small critique: In some places I would have liked a little less pedal.

17. xyzzyFL (Susan) - Shangri-La A very nice piece and well played. Very enjoyable.

18. Chris Beecham - Merry Farmer A staple piece for every piano pupil - well played! Look out for your speed though - you sped up noticeably over the length of the piece. If you still are interested in working on the piece, I recommend to try to get it faster. It's "merry farmer returning from work" after all. wink

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces Nice little compositions for your nephew.

20. ajames - Bach short prelude in Cmin BWV 934 Nicely played and enjoyable to listen to.

21. Piano2138 - Lost Commenting on "Lost": An interesting little piece, well played, with good expression.

22. dynamobt/Marilyn - Kreisleriana - Sehr Langsam (#4) Very nice and expressive. Great playing - I enjoyed listening to it.

23. Forrest Halford - Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 117, #2 Wonderful playing, a really great piece and an excellent performance!

24. Newbert - Daydreaming An interesting improvisation exercise. Quite enjoyable.

25. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor Very nice and very well played, with great expression. I enjoyed listening.

26. kalospiano - Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) Interesting and nice Japanese tune, well played. I agree, that your choice of the piano sound did indeed sound a bit like a harpsichord and added to the slightly "exotic" feel.

27. Greener/Jeff - Db Nocturne Another very well played Nocturne. It was worth it that you returned to it. Very nice!

28. Ganddalf - "Sommerfugl" (Butterfly, Op.43 no.1) This composition really evokes the "butterfly" with its very first bars. Very nicely played. Contrary to what you wrote about it being well known, personally I didn't know it before, so wasn't influenced from other performance and could simply enjoy yours, which I did very much! smile

29. MaryBee - Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1 Very well played, just as enjoyable to listen to as the other submission of the same piece.

30. CRP - Comptine d'un autre ete - L'apres midi A fun piece, well played. Enjoyed it!

31. Sam S - Sonata K380 Well played, very competently. The crisp baroque feeling worked very well.

32. SandTiger - Fading Light A nice piece and well played.

33. Kris Shendo - Jacob's Theme I haven't seen the movie but the theme that you made from it was very nice. Liked it a lot!

34. that'sRich - Night in May Very nice, both the piece and the playing. Thank you for introducing me to a new-for-me composer.

35. jazztpt - Time For Bed This is indeed a very nice lullaby, very enjoyable to listen to.

36. Moonsh1ne - Waltz in A Minor, Op. Posthumous I like this piece very much and you played it well. Only this one arpeggio still is your master, and not the other way round. wink

37. lyricmudra - Monday Very nice and enjoyable. Good playing!

38. carlos88 - Our Town, III. The Resting-place on the Hill This was different! smile Interesting to listen to. A bit sad about the not so good recording quality.

39. sinophilia - A Curious Story - Op. 15 no. 2 That was nice! To repeat a bromide: All the Kinderszenen piecew have in common that they are more difficult than they sound (and some already sound difficult). In this case, I think you still need to work on the evenness of the short sequences with several eighth-notes. Those sometimes came out unevenly and hesitantly.

40. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Minuet in G 116 BWV A very nice little minuet, played well. Enjoyable!

41. Zoot64 - La Lutine Very nice and enjoyable. Good look with working on the speed!

42. Mike White Yamaha G3 & p-80 - Stormy Weather Great "playing by ear"! Enjoyed it a lot!

43. Piano Primo 1 - "Inspiration" -Love Theme A very soothing and, yes, "inspirational" piece. Well played!

44. UnderConstruction - Nocturne Op9 No2 Well played, with good expression and feeling. Very nice!

45. briangmoore - Scarlatti Sonata in D minor K32 I liked this short little piece. Good playing!

46. PikaPianist - Sonata in A minor (Wq49/1), 3rd mvmt Great playing and with admirable fast and steady speed! Excellent!

47. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina in C (Op. 36, No. 1, II - Andante) A sweet little movement. Liked your playing! Good luck with the exam!

48. lvojnovic - BWV 939 Little prelude in C major Very nice, well played!

49. Montuno - Solitude Very nice and perfectly played for that "solitude" feeling. The Pianoteq voice you chose (and the reverb) fits very well. But that strange pulsing noise I think I heard in the background: Was that a tad bit too much simulated damper noise?

50. blackjack1777 - Waltz A Minor Op. Posthumous Nicely played, well done! In addition to that one arpeggio that still needs work (and that trips up so many learners of this piece): I'm not much of a fan of how you play the third beat in the left hand staccato. It introduces a jumpiness/skippyness that doesn't fit with the relatively slow, slightly melancholic waltz, in my opinion.

51. Patbreaker - Prelude in c minor Very nice and well played. Enjoyable to listen to.
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#2616053 - 02/19/17 12:45 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Here are a few more...

17. xyzzyFL (Susan) - Shangri-La This was a pretty arrangement. And your very nice touch belies the amount of time you mentioned that you've been playing recently. Well done!

18. Chris Beecham - Merry Farmer Very familiar sounding piece, and you did a good job on it. I feel the tempo was a bit variable, so using a metronome while playing it may help you to hear this.

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces
These are all sweet little pieces, and I would think that your nephew would find them enjoyable to hear while his dad plays them.

20. ajames - Bach short prelude in Cmin BWV 934 I see from what you wrote that you are a fellow native earthling. Greetings! I enjoyed your playing. For what it's worth, I am in agreement with you concerning Bach. Learning to play his music at times makes my brain hurt. Maybe it's an earthling thing. Nice job!

21. Piano2138 - Lost For the short amount of time you've been playing, I think you're doing a great job! Keep it up!

22. dynamobt/Marilyn - Kreisleriana - Sehr Langsam (#4) First of all, I love the sound of your restored Mason & Hamlin BB--beautiful! As for the Schumann, you did a wonderful job. I enjoyed listening to it. Good luck with your learning the other movements of this piece.

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#2616108 - 02/19/17 04:04 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: JoBert]
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Originally Posted By JoBert

49. Montuno - Solitude Very nice and perfectly played for that "solitude" feeling. The Pianoteq voice you chose (and the reverb) fits very well. But that strange pulsing noise I think I heard in the background: Was that a tad bit too much simulated damper noise?


I'm not sure what I could do about it. I use the Stage version of Pianoteq and I think I can't change the damper noise in that version - if that is indeed the problem.

By the way, thanks to everybody for commenting!
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#2616142 - 02/19/17 05:58 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Montuno]
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Originally Posted By Montuno


I'm not sure what I could do about it. I use the Stage version of Pianoteq and I think I can't change the damper noise in that version - if that is indeed the problem.



You can turn it up or down. I think it sounds good when it clunks and whooshes . . . .you can adjust all these easily on the front screen.
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#2616170 - 02/19/17 08:04 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: CRP]
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26. kalospiano - Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) I am not convinced by the chords in this arrangement...


Hi CRP!
Could you clarify what do you mean?
Is it that you don't like the way Dittrich arranged this piece or is it that you're not convinced by my playing?
In the first case, I'd say that I like this arrangement very much smile
In the second case, please let me know how you think I could improve it, as I'm actually not sure about my performance, since I played it from the score and I had never heard it before, so I couldn't get and idea beforehand of how other people played this.

Thanks to everybody for their comments on my piece. I hope I'll have the time tomorrow to put my comments, as there's really a lot of material to listen to...
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#2616175 - 02/19/17 08:32 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Thank you very much All for your feedback and kind words. The last six months or so have been very stressful for me but my piano practice made it a little easier to endure. The feedback from this site is one of the few things that inspire me and help moving forward. Thank you.

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#2616179 - 02/19/17 08:51 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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21. Piano2138 - Lost: Nice job! You convey both a sense of sadness and hope in “Lost”; the listener ends up concluding that the protagonist will find his or her way out of the predicament. My only advice would be to experiment with adding a little more pedal (but keep in mind that my motto in piano is “more pedal, more better!” laugh )

22. dynamobt/Marilyn - Kreisleriana - Sehr Langsam (#4): I admire your “one take” approach to these recitals, while fully realizing I will never be capable of adopting it. Your recording is especially impressive given the obvious difficulty of the piece. I particularly enjoyed the faster section at about the 1:35 mark. Bravo!

23. Forrest Halford - Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 117, #2: Your playing sure does not sound like you were facing any fears of the Red Dot... all I heard was tranquility and firm confidence. I was especially impressed by your command of the dynamics, e.g., the crescendo around the 3:45 mark.

24. Newbert - Daydreaming: What an interesting experiment! I couldn’t tell where the full sheet music left off and your improvising began, which in my mind is evidence that you are accomplished at improvising. smile This is a style of music I really like: peaceful, calming, soothing.

25. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor: A beautiful job on a complex piece. Your playing flowed so smoothly. Were those acoustic panels on your wall in the video? Very nice looking, in addition to being functional. smile

26. kalospiano - Sakura (Cherry Blossoms): I like the slower tempo you’re using; I agree it makes it sound more solemn... almost even Russian, dare I say?

27. Greener/Jeff - Db Nocturne: Kudos to you for going back and revisiting a piece that had given you difficulty before! I don’t know enough about classical music or this piece to offer any constructive advice, but I can say that I liked it. thumb

28. Ganddalf - "Sommerfugl" (Butterfly, Op.43 no.1): Oh my gosh, that piece sounds HARD, with all those fast runs. But you seem to pull them off flawlessly, and I can easily imagine a flock of butterflies skimming about a summer meadow.

29. MaryBee - Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1: Great job... and I know that *I* get easily intimidated by six flats in a key signature, so I’m impressed it didn’t phase you. grin I loved how easily the three sections flowed together under your fingers.

30. CRP - Comptine d'un autre ete - L'apres midi: Oh, I do so love this piece. And I have long thought it sounds just as nice at a slower tempo, such as you're playing. Yes, you’ve got some polishing to do, but this is a great start. I hope you continue to work it up; it's a great piece to have memorized and in your permanent repertoire.
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#2616181 - 02/19/17 08:54 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: zrtf90]
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14. h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13
Let me say upfront that this playing belies the time you've been taking lessons. Perhaps you knew the instrument before you started lessons? Some people take to it quicker than others and you have a way with the keys that many would not develop in such a short time - and a few might kill for.

This piece has been classified as one of the easier Inventions and varies between Grade 4, reaching the notes, and Grade 6, reaching the music. That's typically around four to six years of good practice. You have all the notes so I'm not going to detract from what you've done but there are some stylistic areas that you might want to address.

Many hold the idea that Bach and his contemporaries should be played non legato as the default touch of the time. I sincerely believe that Bach's inspiration was the human voice and the voice doesn't work in a non-legato fashion so I seldom adhere to non-legato playing especially as it doesn't suit the modern piano equally well. There is also a tendency to minimise tempo variation, too, but again I don't believe that Bach, nor any human, worked with the mechanical precision of a sewing machine so some elasticity in the tempo between the mechanical chain and a Chopinesque bungee cord, is acceptable and appropriate, though not so much in the rhythm.

You seem to have chosen a non-legato style but have overlooked the necessity of holding some notes that are clearly to be held such as the tied notes in M3-5, for example, and their melodic descent, F E D C B C, has been missed. You caught the ties in M11-12 but missed their parallel purpose.

Though Bach is not without passion he is, in this piece, without drama and the elongation of the end of M13 seems a little unstylistic, I feel, and the sudden drop in tempo in the final bar might be more gradual. Bach is well able to mark tempo changes when needed. Compare, for example, the end of the C Minor Prelude performed here by Pathbreaker - the last piece in the recital.

You might consider making the figures with a contiguous melody, such as the first four rising notes in M1, a little more legato and those with a non-contiguous melody, such as the descending figure in M5, a little more staccato but that's an interpretive decision.

I hope I've inspired you to look deeper into your music and not taken this as criticism of what you're doing. You're doing fine but still able for better.

This is a good showing, especially for your time at the piano, as most of the other comments will agree, so very well done.



Thank you Richard. I appreciate the time you've taken to provide your feedback. I never played a musical instrument before but quickly became obsessed once started. What my teacher told me to do was, play 8th notes tenuto and 16th legato. I also tried playing staccato trying to mimic A. Schiff (the interpretation I was inspired by) but couldn't do it consistently through out the piece. I watched an interview with Murray Perahia not long ago and he said something like - you should not indulge when playing Bach but I'm afraid this is exactly what I'm doing :-) I will go over your comments when I get home... Thanks very much.

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#2616191 - 02/19/17 09:49 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Monica K.]
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Originally Posted By Monica K.

25. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor: A beautiful job on a complex piece. Your playing flowed so smoothly. Were those acoustic panels on your wall in the video? Very nice looking, in addition to being functional. smile

Thank you so much, Monica! And yes, those are indeed acoustic panels. I've PM'd you with a bit more info, in case you're interested.

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#2616196 - 02/19/17 10:32 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Originally Posted By CRP


19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces I liked the pieces, especially the first one. I believe they are well suited to your original intention.


Thank you. The prelude wasn't part of the set of 5. The style was somewhat 'inspired' by Bach's Prelude in C. When I feel like being creative again, I'm going to write a melody on top of it for violin.


Originally Posted By kris shendo

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces
These were charming! Before I saw your notes, I made my own: Prelude: a pleasing repeating melody; 1) an uncomplicated tune suitable for a small child’s ear; 2) one for jumping about – a child could dance to this, or play Jack-in-the-Box; 3) one for slow movement, maybe gliding around the room; 4) simple melody, again suitable for a small child; 5) this one tells a story – like a nursery rhyme. I would have thought these are just right for a one- year old. What a generous uncle!


Thank you. Your interpretations are very close to my compositional intentions.


Originally Posted By Monica K.

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces: Well, I think you win the Best of Show award just for the story of how you came to compose these pieces... what a thoughtful, wonderful gift for your sister and nephew. I enjoyed all these pieces; the only thing I can think of as to why you may not have gotten a response yet is that maybe they’re a bit too hard for your brother in law? These seem maybe a little more challenging than Grade 1 in my opinion.


Thank you. I don't think my brother-in-law have tried them out yet. My sister said they haven't yet set up the keyboard which I gave to my brother-in-law many years ago!


Originally Posted By Sam S

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces These are delightful! I would be thrilled if you wrote them for my kid. The first one should be cootchy-cootchy-coo!


Thank you. Maybe this could be my part-time 'career'? In some parts of Asia, I distinctly remember people say "ung-goo-goo".


Originally Posted By Piano2138

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces
Charming, I’ve enjoyed your compositions.


Thank you.


Originally Posted By J Soo

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces
You have the beginnings of a fine piano method book, at any rate! Perhaps your bro-in-law started with the prelude and found it too difficult. A charming set.


Thank you. Let's see if my sister or brother-in-law comes back for more. If they do, it might just turn into a piano method book like you said.


Originally Posted By zrtf90

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces
Delightful, Tubbie, really delightful! Very appropriate and well aimed. And nice to have you perform them in the recitals. Good job!


Thank you.

Originally Posted By Montuno

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces
These are very charming.


Thank you.

Originally Posted By peterws

19 Tubbie 0075

No tech feedback. But your songs were exemplary for their intended purpose.


Thank you.

Originally Posted By MarieJ

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces Simple tunes? Maybe. Silly? No! That was a very valuable project, and we were able to appreciate the result too.


Thank you. It wasn't a silly project. Just a project of silly/simple tunes :-)

Originally Posted By Jobert

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces Nice little compositions for your nephew.


Thank you.

Originally Posted By SMA55

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces
These are all sweet little pieces, and I would think that your nephew would find them enjoyable to hear while his dad plays them.


Thank you. I have had 2 people who wrote a poem for me. They are very special. Since I'm not that creative with words, I was hoping I could make my nephew feel special (perhaps when he is older) knowing that someone actually wrote some tunes for him.



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#2616206 - 02/19/17 11:22 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: peterws]
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31 Sam S

Charming piece on a charming piano. You seem to have the oiano well under control; it sounds lovely and full o' character. Enjoyed this music greatly; so very melodious!

32 Sand Tiger

Good composition, and your piano sounds excellent. If i might say so, try to br more assertive on this, retaining the expression as you do. Nice work!

33 Kris Shendo

Totally enjoyable, swaying, lilting piece. It was fine work.

34 that's Rich

Totally different music; like a film score, with so much variation and atmosphere. A clever piece, and you do it justice on your piano. Which sounds excellent.

35 jazztpt

Gorgeous piece, sounds light and warm. And your Roland sounds sooo good . . .!

36 Moonshine

Super touch you have on this, and you handle the ornaments well! Very well played!

37 Lyric Mudra

Lovely thoughtful playing; one of Einaudi's best. And you piano is the business!

38 carlos 88

We're constantly being introduced to new music; This is quite dramatic and it's good to hear the page turns! You play it gairly heavily which suits the music well.

39 Sinophilia

Remember this one from a few months agao. tried to play it again and . . .couldn't! Don'r ya love it? splendid work here, these pieces are short and very sweet.

40 Casinitaly

I tried a Yamaha silent lately; very good it was too. Handy feature . . .Your tne is a finger twister; I find Bach hard going, but rewarding when you finally get there. Not far to go with this one!

It's 4.20am and this ole insomniac is gonna try for some more sleep . . . if I fail, I'll be on the piano!
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#2616210 - 02/20/17 12:18 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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22. dynamobt/Marilyn - Kreisleriana - Sehr Langsam (#4) I envy the ‘one take’ achievers. Great tone from your M&H - it was in its element with your light and dark contrasts. The perfect way to spend a snowy day!

23. Forrest Halford - Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 117, #2 Expressive and polished playing - what an absolute delight.

24. Newbert - Daydreaming You sounded more than ‘comfortable': very ‘confident’, I’d say. I enjoyed that!

25. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor Bravo! Beautifully played. I’m so glad the video link was fixed, because I appreciated watching your performance, too.

26. kalospiano - Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) Great video, and the ‘plucked string’ arrangement was most appropriate. Well played!
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#2616219 - 02/20/17 01:00 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: MarieJ]
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41 Zoot 64

Wonderful! Bit slow? I don't know. Sounded great to me steadt steady and precise. Way to go, man!

42 Mike White

We're hearing good stuff here; this was really great. Emphatically played, very fluent and a big big sound out of that little beast you played . . .

43 Piano Primo

Never heard this before, but it's very nostalgic in chearacter with a few regrets to boot. the thoughts of an ole fella perhaps? (not me) nicely played!

44 Under Construction

Popular Chopin will always be a good choice, you learn so much from this. Lovely sound and playing! Excellent development.

45 briangmoore

Harder than it looks! You did well here, I've never done Scarlatti . . .it does sound fiddly in places. Nice work.

46 Pika Pianist

OHH! Great to hear such sharpness and dexterity. We can dream . . . .it's relentless! Lovely.

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#2616258 - 02/20/17 06:39 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Kalos Piano]
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Originally Posted By Kalos Piano

Could you clarify what do you mean?


I have listened again to your rendition and also listened a few times to the original played on the koto. I have never heard another playing of this arrangement.
So I have two feelings. First, I believe this is a piece which needs to be played on a "plucked" instrument, the piano sound just does not fit well. This is also (IMHO) true of many baroque pieces thought for the clavi. Second, I believe the chords should be "shorter" and "less arpeggiated" (hope this makes sense, I am no musical expert) to be closer to the brushing of the strings on a koto.

But that is just my humble opinion, ie that the piano does not work well on this piece, which makes your nonetheless pleasing effort all the more impressing.


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#2616271 - 02/20/17 07:54 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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16. Jobert- What a lovely way to start my morning. Just beautiful playing.

17. Susan- You have a great feel for this. I enjoyed it.

18. Chris- Always a fun piece to listen to. Nicely done.

19.Tubbie0075- Well, I certainly would not worry that these "were hated". No one could possibly hate them…they are perfect for what you intended. I love them. (some people are just "careless" in their responses or lack thereof.)


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#2616331 - 02/20/17 12:05 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Thank you so much to everyone who has commented on my piece - I really appreciate the feedback.

I have been having major internet connection problems and can't do any listening !!!!! I hope this will be sorted out soon so I can get to enjoy the recital.
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#2616353 - 02/20/17 01:08 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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The hits just keep on comin'...

23. Forrest Halford - Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 117, #2 Wonderful performance! You definitely have a feel for this piece--and such a nice touch with it. Bravo!

24. Newbert - Daydreaming
This was a pleasant enough exercise to listen to. I've certainly suffered through much drier exercises of my own. Best of luck to you on continuing to develop your improvisational skills.

26. kalospiano - Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) Interesting arrangement and choice of percussive piano sound for this piece. I agree with Monica K. that the arrangement does sound a bit Russian in places. Good work!

27. Greener/Jeff - Db Nocturne Good work on one of the more difficult Chopin Nocturnes! I enjoyed your playing. One technical suggestion: consider playing the left hand softer throughout, in order to better bring out the melody.

28. Ganddalf - "Sommerfugl" (Butterfly, Op.43 no.1) Wow! That sounds like a challenging piece indeed! And while not perfect, you managed to make it sound quite beautiful. Great job!

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#2616380 - 02/20/17 02:35 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: SMA55]
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47 Bsharp(C)yclist

Excellent work for so little experiece. Text book stuff, not a finger wrong! You'll go far. Both on or off the bike!

48 Ivojnovic

More lovely work from a true beginner. Splendid tempo, trills and good authorative playing!

49 Montuno

Clear piano sound which has flavour and depth. yet anothe 12 monther! you're getting too good too quickly . . . Great all round. Distiction for you!

50 Blackjack 1777

You guys can all feel darned proud. Excellent talent, and such confidence . . .this is lovely with super expression abd trills.

51 Pathbreaker

I love Bach stuff on the piano. Sounds like it's made for it . . ..lovely touch you have, sounded real good!


Thank you all guys. Most excellent recital. Thanks to our organisers, and those who've listened to my stuff!
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#2616497 - 02/20/17 09:04 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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31. Sam S - Sonata K380: Oh my gosh, all those trills and ornamentations! I was amazed at how cleanly and well-articulated you played them. And then when I saw you recorded this in ONE TAKE, well, that was extremely impressive. You should ace that recital!

32. SandTiger - Fading Light: I love the slightly sad, and at times almost brooding, nature of this melody. Just wish it were longer!

33. Kris Shendo - Jacob's Theme: This is a catchy piece indeed... it’s got a nice old-fashioned jaunty rag-type rhythm going on. Your improvisation of it sounds highly polished; you clearly have a good ear!

34. that'sRich - Night in May: I wasn’t familiar with this composer, but I think your adjective “impressionistic” suits the music well. You do a good job of drawing the melody out over the repeating chords in the left hand.

35. jazztpt - Time For Bed: What a sweet song for your children! (Much better than my strategy of shrieking “go to bed RIGHT NOW!” at them. laugh ) I really enjoyed your piece; every note sings love and tenderness. heart

36. Moonsh1ne - Waltz in A Minor, Op. Posthumous: This is such a challenging piece, and I’m impressed that you were able to pull it off so well on just two takes. You did a great job of playing all those ornamentations clearly and distinctly.

37. lyricmudra - Monday: Well, it’s YOU who are the inspiration for me, not the other way around! I haven’t had the nerve to attempt this piece given the length, difficulty, and those pesky polyrhythms. But your playing is so calm, confident, and natural. You obviously have an affinity for Einaudi’s style, and I hope this is only the first of many covers you do of his work.

38. carlos88 - Our Town, III. The Resting-place on the Hill: I didn’t know Copland had done a score for “Our Town,” so I enjoyed being introduced to this. I like how your quiet chords build up to a dramatic climax.

39. sinophilia - A Curious Story - Op. 15 no. 2: I had no idea that Schumann could sound so jaunty, almost Joplinesque. A curious piece, indeed! You did a great job of keeping all the voices clear and distinct.
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#2616510 - 02/20/17 10:33 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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21. piano21328- Short and sweet (reminds me a bit of Vincent Persicetti). Well done. You are doing fantastic for playing such a short time.

25. SMA55- Shepherd, well played! I greatly enjoyed listening. (I'm impressed at the recording quality for an i-phone).
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#2616536 - 02/21/17 12:27 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Peyton]
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Originally Posted By Peyton

25. SMA55- Shepherd, well played! I greatly enjoyed listening. (I'm impressed at the recording quality for an i-phone).

Thank you! Regarding the recording quality of my iPhone, it's greatly aided by the use of an external microphone for it, the Zoom iQ6 (it looks exactly like the mics on the Zoom h4N).

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#2616596 - 02/21/17 06:41 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: SMA55]
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Originally Posted By SMA55
Originally Posted By Peyton

25. SMA55- Shepherd, well played! I greatly enjoyed listening. (I'm impressed at the recording quality for an i-phone).

Thank you! Regarding the recording quality of my iPhone, it's greatly aided by the use of an external microphone for it, the Zoom iQ6 (it looks exactly like the mics on the Zoom h4N).


Ahhh! I was wondering. I use my I-phone for quick music recordings and get nothing like your quality.
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#2616598 - 02/21/17 06:56 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Here are my last few, and thank you very much to all who commented on my submission.

44. UnderConstruction - Nocturne Op9 No2
This was lovely. I like the tempo you’ve chosen. Considering you’ve been playing a comparatively short time, this was very well done.

45. briangmoore - Scarlatti Sonata in D minor K32
This is a pleasing recording of a sonata I’ve not heard before. Sounds a bit harpsichord-ish – which I think fits the piece very well. Thank you.

46. PikaPianist - Sonata in A minor (Wq49/1), 3rd mvmt A very polished performance.

47. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina in C (Op. 36, No. 1, II - Andante)
A good rendition, Dan – astonishing that you’ve been playing only a little over a year. Well done and good luck for the exam!

48. lvojnovic - BWV 939 Little prelude in C major
Perfect! This has a nice tone and flows really well. Excellent work for just 14 months’ experience.

49. Montuno - Solitude
A simple, very appealing melody with intriguing depths. Lovely even tone. It sounds as if you’ve been playing a lot longer than one year – well done.

50. blackjack1777 - Waltz A Minor Op. Posthumous
I like this waltz and you played it well. I hadn’t thought of there being a sadness to it (albeit with glimpses of hope) but think I see what you mean in the shifts between major and minor. I like your imaginative description of Chopin playing in a gilded ballroom in France.

51. Patbreaker - Prelude in c minor
I really like this. You have a good even touch and although this must be a most difficult piece to play – not least in the co-ordination between LH/RH - it flows at an unremitting (almost breathless) pace until the beginning of the wind-down at 2:10. Something about the sustained arpeggios in the coda puts me in mind of a classical Spanish guitar. Altogether most enjoyable.

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#2616617 - 02/21/17 08:19 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Got to jump around a bit...


27. Greener- Good for you to get back to this lovely piece. You just can't go wrong with Chopin.

28. Gandalf- Wonderful!!!! Very polished sounding. smile

29. MaryBee- What an interesting piece. Does not sound easy at all. Good job!

30. CRP- Well, my favorite Tiersen piece by far. You are doing a real fine job with it. What you really need is fluidity and that will just come with practice. I would rather hear an occasional mistake but a fluid easy playing than a note perfect but cold rendition. Also, it may seem long but if you look at it as patterns there is not that much too it. Practice and get it smooth in the first section, then you go up an octave later it's just the same thing.

31. sam- Wow Sam. I'm really impressed. Fantastic job. and a heck of a piece to memorize. You are really getting better with every recital. And Bechstein, happy birthday big guy!
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#2616719 - 02/21/17 02:07 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Originally Posted By Tubbie0075
21. Lost - a peculiar piece. In the second piece which ended abruptly, didn’t Ravel wrote it? Pavane?

Yes, it is the beginning of Pavane by Ravel. Thank you for listening!

Originally Posted By CRP
21. Piano2138 - Lost The Milne piece did not impress me, while I enjoyed your WIP on Ravel!

Thank you!

Originally Posted By peterws
21 Piano2138 A most pleasant piece! Rather sad feel to it; I liked the Pavanne part that followed. Very good work and will help you greatly for future. Like, a springboard.

Thank you! The piece is marked "sadly", so it looks I was able to transmit in music the composer's intention.

Originally Posted By Sam S
21. Piano2138 - Lost This is great for just 10 months experience. Keep it up!

Thank you!

Originally Posted By Montuno
21. Piano2138 - Lost
Great effort, and I am sure you have learned a lot and will be even better in the next recital.

Thank you!

Originally Posted By kris shendo
21. Piano2138 - Lost
There was a real plaintive atmosphere in ‘Lost’ and I liked the way you played it. The second piece was enjoyable too, well done.

Thank you!

Originally Posted By MarieJ
21. Piano2138 - Lost The rare appearance of an Australian composer. Great work for less than a year's playing. And ‘Pavane’ has set you on a path which will continually reward you for months - and years.

Thank you!

Originally Posted By JoBert
21. Piano2138 - Lost Commenting on "Lost": An interesting little piece, well played, with good expression.

Thank you!

Originally Posted By SMA55
21. Piano2138 - Lost For the short amount of time you've been playing, I think you're doing a great job! Keep it up!

Thank you!

Originally Posted By Monica K.
21. Piano2138 - Lost: Nice job! You convey both a sense of sadness and hope in “Lost”; the listener ends up concluding that the protagonist will find his or her way out of the predicament. My only advice would be to experiment with adding a little more pedal (but keep in mind that my motto in piano is “more pedal, more better!” laugh )

Thank you! The piece is actually marked with "con pedale", I've used the sustain pedal only as a "crutch" here and there, as I was not sure where I should add more pedaling.

Originally Posted By Peyton
21. piano21328- Short and sweet (reminds me a bit of Vincent Persicetti). Well done. You are doing fantastic for playing such a short time.

Thank you!


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#2616762 - 02/21/17 04:41 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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wow, my piece sounds Russian? Can't really say that it's what I was aiming for :)) but... whatever works, I guess :))

here's my first batch:

01. PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1
very good version, not much left to improve on this, well done.

02. earlofmar - Consolation No 1 (to do)
Don't know the piece much, but it sounded very peaceful and pleasant.

03. MarieJ - Leo (to do)
not a big fan of Einaudi but for what I can judge, this sounded very well played

04. CarlosCC - Divenire (to do)
idem as above smile

05. SwissMS/Doris - Willy Wagglestick's Walkabout (to do)
I guess it could be a little bit more "fluid" but it sounds very nice already.
Also went on your channel and checked out your rendition of "Dance of the Watergrass" smile very very nice

06. wouter79 - Gluckes genug, Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 5 (to do)
can still be perfected, but already very good

07. AZ_Astro - When Rivers Flowed on Mars (to do)
I didn't know this piece but it was a pleasure to discover it

08. Peyton - Music For Tunnels (to do)
very atmosferic composition
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#2616799 - 02/21/17 06:44 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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29. MaryBee - Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1
What a great first Brahms piece to have chosen for yourself! You did a really nice job, and I very much enjoyed it.

30. CRP - Comptine d'un autre ete - L'apres midi
This is the first Tiersen composition I've ever heard, and I must say that I like it. Thanks for the introduction! And don't worry about the occasional mistakes (mostly timing issues)--those will work themselves out as you gain more experience playing. Good work!

31. Sam S - Sonata K380
Happy Birthday to your lovely sounding piano! I enjoyed your performance. And I hear exactly what you mean when you say that you were trying to create an echo effect in some places. In fact, the effect was striking a couple of times, the muffled tone color being so different, it was almost as if those parts were recorded from a separate room. Interesting! Good work!

32. SandTiger - Fading Light
You had indicated that you didn't want technical feedback. Since I'm not sure if that means that you don't want any feedback at all, I'll err on the conservative side and not share with you my impressions.

33. Kris Shendo - Jacob's Theme
What a funky, playful piece! And you played it flawlessly and apparently effortlessly. Bravo!

34. that'sRich - Night in May
Beautiful piece! I love the mysterious, almost sultry feel to it. And you played it very well, even if you feel you didn't play it softly enough. Excellent!

35. jazztpt - Time For Bed
Impressive original composition! Nice mellow piece, perfect for bedtime--but definitely not sleep-inducing. Nice playing!

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#2616845 - 02/21/17 11:36 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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36. Moonsh1ne - Waltz in A Minor, Op. Posthumous
I like your touch, your dynamics, everything! Very nice!

37. lyricmudra - Monday Wow! I love your rendition of this piece. New Age music can often be performed in a sterile fashion. Not so with your evocative playing. Bravo!

38. carlos88 - Our Town, III. The Resting-place on the Hill
Definitely achieved a big sound with the open chords. Nice playing! Unfortunately I couldn't make out anything at all in the dark video.

39. sinophilia - A Curious Story - Op. 15 no. 2
Well played! I enjoyed listening--thank you.

40. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Minuet in G 116 BWV Yes, this is indeed a sweet, cheery piece. And you played it well, managing to convey its essence, despite your recuperating from the flu. Good work!

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#2616904 - 02/22/17 06:58 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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27. Greener/Jeff - Db Nocturne After hearing your entry, I listened to your May 2016 recording - what a difference those months have made. You should be very pleased with such noticeable development.

28. Ganddalf - "Sommerfugl" (Butterfly, Op.43 no.1) That was amazing - such vivid sound pictures, I could see that butterfly. A wonderful performance.

29. MaryBee - Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1 What a treat - two tastes of such a lovely piece in this Recital. I enjoyed your playing - thank you!

30. CRP - Comptine d'un autre ete - L'apres midi Yann Tiersen’s music is on my to-do list *one day*, and this piece is probably the first I’ll tackle. Love it. You did well.

31. Sam S - Sonata K380 Lots of major achievements here, and I’m not just talking about your piano reaching a venerable milestone. All in one take, and from memory, AND enviable trills! Beautifully played.
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#2616985 - 02/22/17 01:10 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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41. Zoot64 - La Lutine
I am unfamiliar with this piece, but I enjoyed it. Very well played!

42. Mike White Yamaha G3 & p-80 - Stormy Weather
Wow! It sounds like you have quite the command over the keyboard. And that was all played by ear? Stupendous!

43. Piano Primo 1 - "Inspiration" -Love Theme
A romantic, old fashioned sounding piece with which I'm unfamiliar. I enjoyed it. Nice job.

44. UnderConstruction - Nocturne Op9 No2
Considering the relatively short time you've been playing, you've done very well with this. Keep up the good work!

45. briangmoore - Scarlatti Sonata in D minor K32
A nice effort. And while it may look like a simple piece, it truly requires finesse to pull it off in a musically interesting manner. Also please have a look at the note values in your edition, as you're not playing the same ones as written in mine. Your timing problem begins with the second note in each recurring sequence. This second note is a thirty-second note, but you're holding it too long (it should be held no longer than the thirty-second note preceding it). And this is resulting in the timing of the remainder of each phrase being off. Not meaning to be critical--only trying to help. Is it possible that you're playing from a simplified edition?

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#2617056 - 02/22/17 05:38 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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40. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Minuet in G 116 BWV: This is a charming piece indeed; if I ever tackle Bach (not likely), this would be the piece I think I’d like to play. I’m glad you were able to get past the flu to record this. smile

41. Zoot64 - La Lutine: Here’s another composer I’m not familiar with, though the piece sounds distinctly Bach-ish. You do a great job of maintaining a consistent tempo despite the challenging runs.

42. Mike White Yamaha G3 & p-80 - Stormy Weather: Playing (and recording!) a piece as smooth and polished like this on the first take may seem easy to you, but to me it’s a feat short of miraculous! wow I really liked the dramatic build-up and conclusion starting around the 1:10 mark.

43. Piano Primo 1 - "Inspiration" -Love Theme: I think “calm” and “tranquil” are better adjectives for this piece than “lazy.” laugh I enjoyed listening to this smooth jazz piece very much.

44. UnderConstruction - Nocturne Op9 No2: Nice playing on a tough piece. smile I thought you did a great job with the trills. (And at first glance, I thought you had a shelf at the side of your piano; after I took a closer look I just realized your finish is so polished it reflected your coffee table! laugh )

45. briangmoore - Scarlatti Sonata in D minor K32: Scarlatti is vastly underrated in the classical canon, in my opinion. These sonatas have such strong and appealing melodies, and I really enjoyed your performance, and I think your ornamentations worked well.

46. PikaPianist - Sonata in A minor (Wq49/1), 3rd mvmt: I think my pulse started racing just watching you play this on your video! wow I’m in awe of how quickly and smoothly you can play all those runs. (And the production quality of your video–lighting, angle, etc.–was just as impressive!)

47. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina in C (Op. 36, No. 1, II - Andante) : Sounds to me like you’re going to ace your RCM Level 3 exam! Very nice playing. smile

48. lvojnovic - BWV 939 Little prelude in C major: If I had a dollar for every time I wasn’t able to record my first choice piece for a recital, I’d have a nice chunk of change. But I’m glad you were able to record this delightful little prelude.

49. Montuno - Solitude: I was really looking forward to hearing your piece, Montuno, because “Solitude” has great sentimental value for me–it was the first “real” piece I learned where the transcription was identical to the professional recording, and, like you, I was thrilled to know I could play a “real” piece. You do a great job of expressing emotion in your playing.

50. blackjack1777 - Waltz A Minor Op. Posthumous: I loved the visual image you conjured in your description of Chopin playing, somewhat sadly, in the middle of a gilded ballroom... it’s quite evocative of the piece itself. You made it sound both dainty and bittersweet.

51. Pathbreaker - Prelude in c minor: This Bach piece has almost a minimalist Steve Reich- or Glass-type air to it. It sounds like quite the challenge in hand independence; nicely done!

And that’s it for another great recital. I’m always impressed at the energy and enthusiasm of all our participants, and always grateful at being introduced to new composers/pieces. smile
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#2617147 - 02/23/17 12:02 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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46. PikaPianist - Sonata in A minor (Wq49/1), 3rd mvmt
Okay, I've been impressed by multiple performances in the current recital. But yours was off the charts! I'm simply unable to come up with the words to express how absolutely bowled over I am by your incredible performance. WOW!!!! How long have you been playing piano???

47. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina in C (Op. 36, No. 1, II - Andante)
Very nicely played! For someone who's only been taking lessons for a little over a year, you are doing great!

48. lvojnovic - BWV 939 Little prelude in C major
You've only been playing 14 months? Well, you are way ahead of the curve. Great job!

49. Montuno - Solitude
I'm starting to sound like a broken record. But again, like the previous 2 performers, your skill is beyond that of someone studying piano for such a short time. Well done!

50. blackjack1777 - Waltz A Minor Op. Posthumous
I think you did a good job with this piece. I was not so enthused with your left hand's staccato treatment of beat three in every measure, but otherwise I enjoyed your performance.

51. Patbreaker - Prelude in c minor
A piece that I always intend to tackle but somehow never get around to--probably because it's Bach. You're braver than I. And you did a really good job, too.

I've very much enjoyed listening to everyone's performances! Thanks to everyone for participating, and thanks to those who organize this recital. I think it's a really great thing! Finally, thanks to those who listened to my own performance and to those who provided feedback.

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#2617253 - 02/23/17 09:42 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I missed this recital (having also missed November), so I'm determined not to miss the next one!
Meanwhile I have been listening and enjoying very much, and here are my first set of comments:

01. PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1
Great stuff after only 22 months! You bring out the melody effectively.
Good observation about the challenges of a slower tempo.

I’ve read Richard’s wonderfully detailed feedback on this, and I’d say consider that a generous gift of his time, attention and expertise.

03. MarieJ - Leo
This is lovely, and not one I was familiar with

04. CarlosCC - Divenire
This is lovely, and it *is* one I’m familiar with smile
It’s always a treat to listen to your Einaudi interpretations

05. SwissMS/Doris - Willy Wagglestick's Walkabout
This is great fun, such energy!

07. AZ_Astro - When Rivers Flowed on Mars
I really liked this, it creates a lovely mood. I hadn’t heard of the composer but this sounds like something I would enjoy learning

08. Peyton - Music For Tunnels
Fantastic, and lovely video too - wonderfully moody
I’m intrigued by your cross-handed playing


10. Riddler (Ed) - I Rembember Clifford
Fantastic, this is so polished you make it sound effortless.
I was curious, so I listened to your other versions.
Your 2008 version is also beautifully polished and accomplished! It was clearly already a keeper, but you have added a great deal in the intervening years. There’s added richness to your latest version, and your evocation of mood is just perfect.

11. JustinDAggie - Rondo Alla Turca
Great piece and you do a great job. I agree that there is nowhere to hide with this smile

14. h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13
Very effective, well done

15. Richard (zrtf90) - Intermezzo, Op. 117/1
A subtle, unshowy work that repays close attention. Beautifully played (of course!)

16. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 30, No. 6)
Gorgeous

18. Chris Beecham - Merry Farmer
Catchy piece, competently executed. I think I detected a tendency to speed up at certain points, something to watch for


19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces
These are very sweet, I like the first and third especially

20. ajames - Bach short prelude in Cmin BWV 934
Very nice, and I totally agree with you about Bach! Looks straightforward on the page, often fine hands separate, then try to put it all together and brain explodes smile

21. Piano2138 - Lost
Nicely done. The excerpt of the Pavane was lovely, keep going!

23. Forrest Halford - Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 117, #2
Very lovely. Dare I say it, but this one grabs me more than #1, whose charms are more subtle and take more time to appreciate, for me anyway.
(Hope everyone’s ok there by the way wink )

24. Newbert - Daydreaming
Very nice Newbert - the improvisation course sounds interesting

25. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor
Oooh, lovely! On my (too long) wishlist - someday!

26. kalospiano - Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)
Quite distinctive and interesting in its sound, nicely done

31. Sam S - Sonata K380
This is quite the foot tapper!
Very well done, and good luck with the recital.

32. SandTiger - Fading Light
Lovely mood, very evocative

33. Kris Shendo - Jacob's Theme
Great catchy tune, and super job to work it out by ear.
My kids and I really enjoyed the movie!

37. lyricmudra - Monday
Gorgeous (as usual from you)

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#2617297 - 02/23/17 12:18 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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22. dynamobt/Marilyn - Kreisleriana - Sehr Langsam (#4)
Deep sound, good dynamics. Loved your sensitive and confident interpretation.

23. Forrest Halford - Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 117, #2
Beautiful piece, very expressive interpretation.

24. Newbert - Daydreaming
Nice playing, enjoyed your improvisation.

25. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor
Very beautiful! Excellent level of interpretation after 3 years, delicate touch and impressive sound of piano.

26. kalospiano - Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)
Enjoyed your interpretation! Remarkable control for someone with 1 ½ years of experience.

27. Greener/Jeff - Db Nocturne
It sounds like a difficult piece, with your left hand working hard. Congratulations for completing the piece!

28. Ganddalf - "Sommerfugl" (Butterfly, Op.43 no.1)
Not a bad idea at all. Nice soft and precise touch to evoke the gentle flight of a butterfly.

29. MaryBee - Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1
Very nice interpretation! Wonderful work with the voices and the dynamics.

30. CRP - Comptine d'un autre ete - L'apres midi
Well played! Another piece on my wish list.
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#2617325 - 02/23/17 01:38 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I don't have a ton of time - just wanted to comment on two pieces:

#25 SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor. I'm inspired. That's the piece I want to learn. That was amazing; I was reading other threads when listening to it, and forgot it wasn't a professional recording. Perfect. I may try to tackle this but I'm not sure I'm ready for it yet.

#35 jazztpt Time For Bed - Beautiful song love it! I would like to see the ending developed just a little more though; seems to end a little abruptly. Not trying to be critical; just thought "that's it?" when it ended. Didn't want it to end I suppose.

Those two stand out to me right now but all were wonderful. I hope to be able to contribute one day!

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#2617352 - 02/23/17 02:44 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Hello, and Happy Thursday.

Continuing on with a few more videos now and then will be taking from the top ...

46 PikaPianist - Sonata in A minor (Wq49/1), 3rd mvmt

For a fast agitated piece, it is not too difficult of one to listen to. Some are, though I know are interesting to play. Could be to do with your excellent quality execution of it. Nicely shot video and fine performance.

47 BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina in C (Op. 36, No. 1, II – Andante)
Nice job with this. Solid tempo throughout and clean playing. Good work.
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2 earlofmar - Consolation No 1
A pretty piece and nicely played. The more I learn the more I like Liszt as a composer. We can learn from them all of course, but this one seems to be hitting all the right buttons in terms of what we need to know. Nice choice and good job with it.

3 MarieJ - Leo

Really easy and pleasant listening to this MarieJ. A polished and smooth sound that I think is intention with this composer. Very good.

4 CarlosCC - Divenire
Hello Carlos, my friend. So sorry I missed you last time around here. You know me, grumpy one day and the life of the party the next. Well that wasn't all of it, some physical exhaustion and laziness also had a role. Anyway, I never miss a performance. This piece is very nice one, and long. A lot to remember and keep straight. Especially like your own elements going into this. I'm not familiar with it to know what to expect, but it all produced a professional sound. Good job and fine playing.

6 wouter79 - Gluckes genug, Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 5

Nice. Really clear and great acoustic sound. I've tried one of these and what I remember is that is was quite a bit trickier then I thought it would be, in terms of how it looked on the page and sounded. I'm interested now to look more at this series. Well done.

10 Riddler (Ed) - I Rembember Clifford
Beautiful changes in this and pleasant cocktail swing. I've never heard this one before. Quite a nice piece that comes off well with your style. Nicely done.

12 J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26)

Well, that is quite mitt full of notes. You've done it well. The melody comes out strong and it is a great piece of work. A meager suggestion I thought if you care for it. Clarity of the LH would add to it (it is there but feels like competing for space.) Plus, a bit more note separation in the fast accompaniment. Really good work with a tough piece. It's sounding pretty great now.

14 h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13

Really great choice, first off. Exactly kind of stuff I think most appropriate for tackling classical. Guess they all have their place, but Bach is best. Clean execution and nicely done.

15 Richard (zrtf90) - Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 117/1
It is lovely piece that was totally unfamiliar to me of course. It is nice hearing it from you first here, Richard. Sounds to me like some very interesting and not so obvious harmonies that I always find challenging to get right and keep that way. I agree entirely that these works mature for us more noticeably with each iteration. I've not compared to prior versions, but maturity shows nicely here. Great performance.

17 xyzzyFL (Susan) - Shangri-La
Magical how it all comes together and everything feels right under the fingers and they just seem to go where they need to go. It is a clear show of progress and another stage to grow from. Pretty piece and nicely done.

18 Chris Beecham - Merry Farmer
A fun piece, Chris and nicely played. It is an uplifting melody and easy listen. All the gold starts in around this level. Nice job.

19 Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces

Very good Tubbie0075 and all around big aspect of overall musicianship. As usual I liked the waltz the most. I'm sure they'll love it.

20 ajames - Bach short prelude in Cmin BWV 934
I love this prelude and play it often. There is another from the six I play too and plan to learn at least one more from the series. As a suggestion, I thought the LH was a little hallow until the end of the verses before it became legato. If you were able to get the LH closer to the legato you have achieved in RH, may allow the voices to naturally come out stronger. All the notes are mostly there. It is not an easy piece at all and really good job with it.

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#2617436 - 02/23/17 06:56 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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33. Kris Shendo- Kris, did you come home and play this after watching the film? If so, then you have one heck of a memory! Great arrangement and great playing. I'm very impressed!

35. jazzpt- Not bad for 30 years in the making smile Wonderful piece and wonderful playing.

39. sinophilia- I love listening to all of pieces from "Scenes". Very nice playing.

40. casinitaly- Always a pleasure to listen to you play Cheryl. What a fun
Bach. Nicely done but I wish you had been able to get that tuner over… smile I enjoy that acoustic.


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#2617485 - 02/23/17 09:29 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Greener]
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Originally Posted By Greener

12 J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26)

Well, that is quite mitt full of notes. You've done it well. The melody comes out strong and it is a great piece of work. A meager suggestion I thought if you care for it. Clarity of the LH would add to it (it is there but feels like competing for space.) Plus, a bit more note separation in the fast accompaniment. Really good work with a tough piece. It's sounding pretty great now.


A very insightful suggestion, I'd say. It's something I struggled with, just how much to emphasize the left hand, which for the most part is an octave to start every measure, then a dissonant accent on every third beat. It definitely needs to be strong and yet can easily overwhelm, and I was aware of possibly underplaying it. So I'm glad to have your impression on this.

Hoping to catch up this weekend, thanks for all the comments!
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#2617538 - 02/24/17 02:46 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Great recital. Many different styles and skill levels of the players !!! and pieces that I’d never heard.
Note a few pieces I was unable to hear on the net - because the sound didn’t seem to be processed correctly, but were audible in the zip files
30. CRP ,
40. CASINITALY ,
48. lvojnovic
but then it’s just a mention –

So -Til next time!

01. PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1 beautiful ambient sound and video- piano room atmosphere.

02. earlofmar - Consolation No 1 Nice piano sound and played well. I need spme tips on revitalizing my regime also, but I guess it’ll come on it’s own.

03. MarieJ - Leo such a well played and delicate , pretty piece, I loved the music, the trills were also so nicely articulate.
Well done!

04. CarlosCC - Divenire recording method and sound is super clear and crisp (as usual) . Nice piece. Well played dramatic well done dynamics especially at end.

05. SwissMS/Doris - Willy Wagglestick's Walkabout Way cool jazz Orleans sound , and authentic ,Damn Nice!!!---Oddly sorta reminded me of the Beatles (sexie saide?)!!Don’t know which for sure ?? Anyway, well played and cool choice and tune. Good luck with the ABRSM exam at the end of May.

06. wouter79 - Gluckes genug, Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 5 never heard this but nice repetitive motif. Well played.

07. AZ_Astro - When Rivers Flowed on Mars cool piece to do -dreamy in feeling but somber. Nicely played!

08. Peyton - Music For Tunnels Very different and creative video. Honestly, the music somewhat is somber and haunting, and was layered with a bound-ish kind a feel. -Maybe because of the way you played and the positioning of your hands on the piano. (Don’t know if that was extreme effect on your part to evoke that feeling, but that’s on the whole what it gave me.) Good effort, -fine original work.


09. Monica K. - Ships of Troy Very well done and quite impressive that it is so lengthy of a piece. Brought about a lot of emotions contemplate vie and the dynamics were effective (i.e. the bass octaves at 3 mins in the video )
What a moving piece and - the historical matches the melody well.


10. Riddler (Ed) - I Rembember Clifford Super recording sound – although it does sound chorused in parts, but great listening and overall feel to the piece. Superb really!

11. JustinDAggie - Rondo Alla Turca impressive! Wow, got me moving –this would seem to be something that would take quite some time to perfect or at least have 4 hands? Great work .

12. J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26) well, what can I say, Very impressed, smooth but seems slurred at times maybe it should be huh>?? Well great work , thanks!

13. peterws - Lost elevator very moving bittersweet melodic improv .. work!!

14. h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13 good job but maybe needs a little more practice , But I enjoyed it well!!

15. Richard (zrtf90) - Intermezzo, Op. 117/1 Nicely played … Good long piece and nice listening experience!

16. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 30, No. 6) Well odne nice somber piece to listen to.. Good Work!

17. xyzzyFL (Susan) - Shangri-La sorta cool jazz piano feel and well played , enjoyed the song.

18. Chris Beecham - Merry Farmer cool tune ..shouldn’t this be a little more staccato ? Anyway well done.

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces cool original tune good playing and enjoyed the listen .

20. ajames - Bach short prelude in Cmin BWV 934 nice , short tune. I honestly never heard this prelude before.

21. Piano2138 - Lost nice recording , but the melody was difficult to discern ( at times?) was this an exercise or a study?, but -I enjoyed the listen.

22. dynamobt/Marilyn - Kreisleriana - Sehr Langsam (#4) well played and moving harmony in many places, nice bass sound overall. Nice
23. Forrest Halford - Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 117, #2 Very excelelent-quite a vid and piano! …..

24. Newbert - Daydreaming really well done , melodic and moving –I actually played this two recitals ago…-I like yours better!!!

25. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor that’s a beautiful piece and well played. Enjoyed the listening experience! Impressive memory !

26. kalospiano - Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) Nicely doen and it has the Japanese eastern koto twang to it…. Good work!

27. Greener/Jeff - Db Nocturne Cool authentic piano sound! Well played- dramatic in parts. As you said you’re moving on from this piece, but sure do have a good start …

28. Ganddalf - "Sommerfugl" (Butterfly, Op.43 no.1) Very well played , and articulated well.

29. MaryBee - Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1 nice old fashioned lullabye – piece ,well done !

30. CRP - Comptine d'un autre ete - L'apres midi Sorry ! There’s something like a subtle sadness about this piece. Well done!!! And good choice of a piece. A few measures at the end to iron out but it it a very good start!

31. Sam S - Sonata K380 Wooo, man impressive!!!! Enjoyed the music, playing and the authentic piano sound! That piano really sounds great!

32. SandTiger - Fading Light Nice motif , sort of haunting and dark.. Nice listen !

33. Kris Shendo - Jacob's Theme Impressively clean clear sound and playing, very professional .. enjoyed it a lot !!
What a vpc-1?

34. that'sRich - Night in May moving piece, played well . enjoyed the authentic piano sound!

35. jazztpt - Time For Bed Nice ot know music can always renew itself – well played and pretty light sounding melody for night!

36. Moonsh1ne - Waltz in A Minor, Op. Posthumous nice piano and touch that you have to the keys . Well played delicate dynamics!

37. lyricmudra - Monday Yes very nice moving emotive piece and you played it smoothly and fine.. Enjoyed the listen good dynamics and phrasing !

38. carlos88 - Our Town, III. The Resting-place on the Hill very well odne a different style of movie theme … Enjoyed the listen !

39. sinophilia - A Curious Story - Op. 15 no. 2 Sounds great .. although I sometimes the Schumann pieces sound good staccato , WHAT DO I KNOW? Enjoyable listen !

40. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Minuet in G 116 BWV I had the flu also and it was a two weeks in bed… still feel like I need recovery….
Good steady piece, tempo but a start , maybe a lil faster ? … Enjoyed the listen – hope you’re over the flu!

41. Zoot64 - La Lutine Very well played nice even tempo and phrasing… & Good recording !

42. Mike White Yamaha G3 & p-80 - Stormy Weather Impressive …. Good sound and recording ,, loved this song once it got going ,, sounds chorused 2 pianos? ---well played!

43. Piano Primo 1 - "Inspiration" -Love Theme ….uyhhhhh next time

44. UnderConstruction - Nocturne Op9 No2 This is a classic piece I just really like and you played it very well, Even and phrased well. Enjoyable listen !!!

45. briangmoore - Scarlatti Sonata in D minor K32 Never heard this, broadens my listening . Well done Enjoyable listen !

46. PikaPianist - Sonata in A minor (Wq49/1), 3rd mvmt Impressicve and you really articulated this piece well …. Enjoyable listen ! Sure this toiok a lot of work !!!!! Sounds great!

47. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina in C (Op. 36, No. 1, II - Andante) Well played ,,, enjoyed the listen !

48. lvojnovic - BWV 939 Little prelude in C major Well played, good start!!!!

49. Montuno - Solitude Nice reverb to this and delicate touch.. I enjoyed the listen very much , contemplative piece!

50. blackjack1777 - Waltz A Minor Op. Posthumous Really well phrased and nice reverb to the piece! Enjoyable listen. Definitely crisp sound to the bass ( maybe a little staccato?)!

51. Patbreaker - Prelude in c minor Nice picker up at the end and super treble and bass chorus. Well done



Til the next recital !!!

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#2617542 - 02/24/17 04:34 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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32. SandTiger - Fading Light A peaceful, gentle atmosphere here - nice work!

33. Kris Shendo - Jacob's Theme Adapted, improvised, and memorised! Wow! A captivating melody, and the syncopation worked really well. I enjoyed it very much.

34. that'sRich - Night in May This was a new one to me. I liked both its impressionistic flavour, and your fine performance - well done.

35. jazztpt - Time For Bed Another original composition to enjoy - we’re very fortunate. This was tranquil, polished, and … lovely!

36. Moonsh1ne - Waltz in A Minor, Op. Posthumous Precise, clean, delicate - and absolutely faultless trills. smile Delightful - thank you!
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#2617554 - 02/24/17 06:04 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Peyton]
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Originally Posted By Peyton
33. Kris Shendo- Kris, did you come home and play this after watching the film? If so, then you have one heck of a memory!

Thank you for your kind words. In fact I saw the film twice, and my partner and I both remembered bits of the tune. I put together what we both thought was the main melody, but it won't be true to the original as there was some guess-work and a couple of made-up sections!

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#2617558 - 02/24/17 06:20 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: piano_primo_1]
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Originally Posted By piano_primo_1

33. Kris Shendo - Jacob's Theme
Impressively clean clear sound and playing, very professional .. enjoyed it a lot !!
What a vpc-1?

It's a software piano controller made by Kawai - it belongs to a friend who has let me use his set-up. Many thanks for your kind comments.

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#2617577 - 02/24/17 07:42 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Still a few people I haven't yet thanked: Riddler, Greener, JoBert, Monica K., MarieJ, Barbara, Piano2138, cmb13, piano_primo_1. Thank you all for listening and for your kind comments!

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#2617771 - 02/24/17 06:45 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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43.- piano_primo- Very relaxing. Makes me want to light up a cigar and sit back with a martini. smile

49. Montuno- And well you should be proud. Well done!
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#2617841 - 02/25/17 01:42 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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37. lyricmudra - Monday What a treat, especially for Einaudi aficionados! I’ve struggled with this one for some time, and appreciate the work involved. I loved your interpretation; like Monica, I hope you are now tempted to add more from ‘THE man’ to your repertoire. smile

38. carlos88 - Our Town, III. The Resting-place on the Hill I’m not familiar with the film, but I really enjoyed this dramatic piece - thank you!

39. sinophilia - A Curious Story - Op. 15 no. 2 Bright and bouncy - nicely done!

40. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Minuet in G 116 BWV Beautifully played. Congratulations on overcoming earlier flu and piano tuner setbacks!

41. Zoot64 - La Lutine You will wow/must have wowed the examiners with this - it was bright, crisp, confident.
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#2617899 - 02/25/17 09:36 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Sevens and eights this time. smile

07. AZ_Astro - When Rivers Flowed on Mars

You've brought this to a high polish indeed. Very evocative, lovely subtle rubato.

08. Peyton - Music For Tunnels

Nicely controlled development as you gradually introduce new elements. The significantly dissonant bit (when the a-flat comes in) gets left hanging, though, and I'm not quite convinced by it. But overall a strong shape and a distinct mood.

17. xyzzyFL (Susan) - Shangri-La

Congratulations on your return to piano! This is a very accomplished performance, you have an excellent feeling for it and seem technically assured.

18. Chris Beecham - Merry Farmer

Well, I can't but smile whenever I hear this, and picture myself in my Suzuki violin days. Played with assurance, maybe occasionally pressing the tempo (not sure if you mean to speed up over the course of the piece).

27. Greener/Jeff - Db Nocturne

Agree with SMA55 that the melody wants more bringing out, especially in the quieter sections. This piece is a big challenge and you've managed it well.

28. Ganddalf - "Sommerfugl" (Butterfly, Op.43 no.1)

Delightful! Beautiful leggiermente playing. Just wow.

37. lyricmudra - Monday

Your choral background and insights about making the piano sing are especially apropos to this style of music. Excellent use of dynamics and rubato to control the shape of this. Beautiful colors, aided by well controlled pedaling.

38. carlos88 - Our Town, III. The Resting-place on the Hill

The sound is severely compressed, I suspect that's the phone's recording setting; this takes away from the restful quality of the piece. However, your playing is fine and I enjoyed your very clear exposition of the motives and themes.

47. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina in C (Op. 36, No. 1, II - Andante)

Well done all around!

48. lvojnovic - BWV 939 Little prelude in C major

Very well done! My only suggestion is to break some of the long lines into shorter phrases.
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#2617952 - 02/25/17 02:16 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Originally Posted By Piano2138
Charming piece, played with confidence and melody.


Piano, glad that you like it !

Originally Posted By SMA55
Well, you're not alone; I hear the same things about my playing from my teacher all the time. I suppose that what I was saying about your struggling a bit to keep things up to tempo might be better described as some unevenness in your right hand. To be specific, I hear it at the 5-6, 8-9, 17, 25, and 32 sec marks in your recording. See if you can hear what I mean.


Thanks SMA55 for this additional details. Yes you are correct, some notes being too soft or too loud in these places. FAIK it's not a problem with the speed, but a technical issue with the finger juggling going on here.
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#2617957 - 02/25/17 02:23 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Originally Posted By SwissMS
Brief, but beautiful! There is a lot going on in that one minute of music and you handled it well. I think you did a very nice job balancing the voices to good effect. Well played!

Good to hear, thanks!

Originally Posted By CRP
Very nice rendition from what sounds like a rather difficult piece.

Thank you CRP

Originally Posted By peterws
Tempo of OP15 5 is 168 quavers per minute, which really rocks. Now, I don't know why his stuff seems so fast, considering the title of this one, but maybe kids are excitable even when contented . . .but I guess a light touch is advisable under the circumstances.
Nothing what you did sounded wrong to me. I played it faster, but wasn't over happy at that speed.

Thanks Peter for the additional details smile Strange, my edition from Breitkopf & Härtel says "MM 132" and I play it at approximately that speed.

Originally Posted By kris shendo
There’s a lot going on here. I particularly like the way we’re thrown straight into the melody, and the separate LH and RH melodies shine through beautifully. Well played.

Kris, thanks for your nice comments!

Originally Posted By Justin Davis
That really was quite impressive. I think you made it sound easier than it probably is. If you make the baseline a little lighter and softer would that bring out the happier mood you are trying to achieve?

Yes, it took quite some work to make it sound easy smile Schumann doubled all the octaves, so I took it that he is talking about a thick happyness. This is why I talked about "like a chocolate cake" smile
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#2617958 - 02/25/17 02:31 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Originally Posted By Kalos Piano
can still be perfected, but already very good


Thanks Kalos! Please let me know if you have something specific to work on, apart from the spots mentioned already by SMA55 above

Originally Posted By Greener
Nice. Really clear and great acoustic sound. I've tried one of these and what I remember is that is was quite a bit trickier then I thought it would be, in terms of how it looked on the page and sounded. I'm interested now to look more at this series. Well done.

Greener thanks. Yes it's tricky but it sounds very nice even at slow speeds. I already did Traumerei and "Von Fremden Ländern und Menschen before. Maybe I will do more in the future

Originally Posted By piano_primo_1
never heard this but nice repetitive motif. Well played.

Thanks!
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#2618040 - 02/25/17 09:45 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I wanted to thank everyone that commented. My teacher had some comments today after I played for her - there are things I need to fix. You guys should have pointed them out to me before my lesson today, haha smile
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#2618062 - 02/26/17 01:01 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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42. Mike White Yamaha G3 & p-80 - Stormy Weather I’m in awe of people with great play-by-ear skills. A toe-tapping and very pleasant rendition - nice work!

43. Piano Primo 1 - "Inspiration" -Love Theme A late-night piano-bar contender - that was calm and relaxing. Thank you.

44. UnderConstruction - Nocturne Op9 No2 I loved the slower tempo. Just beautiful. Bravo!

45. briangmoore - Scarlatti Sonata in D minor K32 An unfamiliar piece to enjoy - and I certainly did! Nice ornamentation, by the way - well done.

46. PikaPianist - Sonata in A minor (Wq49/1), 3rd mvmt Running out of superlatives here - just amazing! A ‘rare gem’ of a performance; I was blown away.
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#2618124 - 02/26/17 08:34 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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second batch:

09. Monica K. - Ships of Troy
very nicely played, and special mention for recording quality smile beautiful piano and nicely placed mic = very good sound

10. Riddler (Ed) - I Rembember Clifford
excellent, professional level stuff, felt like I was in an elegant cocktail bar

11. JustinDAggie - Rondo Alla Turca
very good, just some more slow practice needed to perfect the last section. Also, do you use the pedal in the section from 2:31 to 2:46? If so, I feel you could use less.
On the D-C#-B section you might use 4-3-1 if that's easier for you, but you'll have to remember to use the 4 on the last C# in order to have the hand ready in the right position for the next chord. Honestly I never thought about using the 5th finger on the D and, although harder at high speed, that would allow the hand to remain in the same position all along, so I might just try it out smile

12. J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26)
beautiful piece. I didn't know it and I don't know how difficult it actually is, but the left hand sounds quite impressive. Bravo!

13. peterws - Lost elevator
impressive playing

14. h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13
I prefer a faster tempo on this one but I can hear that you've got the whole piece under control already and I'm sure it'll be no problem to speed it up with some more practice. Unfortunately can't offer much more technical advice as I haven't tried this invention out yet.

15. Richard (zrtf90) - Intermezzo, Op. 117/1
very soothing listening. Someone like me who doesn't know the piece wouldn't recognize any mistakes at all.

16. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 30, No. 6)
really... just... beautiful

17. xyzzyFL (Susan) - Shangri-La
nice pianobar material

18. Chris Beecham - Merry Farmer
I'd prefer a little more speed. A little more steady slow practice to gain perfect confidence and then it'll be perfect.

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces
These are all really beautiful compositions! congratulations! I would have definitely loved it as a present smile I hope you do more. I think the Prelude was my favorite.

20. ajames - Bach short prelude in Cmin BWV 934
nice, just some tiny flubs here and there

21. Piano2138 - Lost
I hear some things that don't sound right but it might just be me, I don't know the music so I can't really judge.

22. dynamobt/Marilyn - Kreisleriana - Sehr Langsam (#4)
I never managed to enjoy Kreisleriana much, I might give it another try, but this was very nicely played.
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#2618526 - 02/27/17 01:02 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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31. Sam S - Sonata K380
Loved your interpretation! Very good dynamics and lively sound. Congratulations for the playing from memory achievement.

33. Kris Shendo - Jacob's Theme
Modern sound, charming, confident interpretation.

34. that'sRich - Night in May
Interesting harmonies of an unknown piece and composer to me. Very nice interpretation!

35. jazztpt - Time For Bed
Beautiful composition, played with nostalgia.

36. Moonsh1ne - Waltz in A Minor, Op. Posthumous
Well played for someone with 3 ½ years of experience.

37. lyricmudra - Monday
Sensitive interpretation of your first Einaudi piece.

38. carlos88 - Our Town, III. The Resting-place on the Hill
Nice interpretation, beautiful and profound melody. A pity for the quality of the recording.

39. sinophilia - A Curious Story - Op. 15 no. 2
Well played, good dynamics and level of energy.

40. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Minuet in G 116 BWV
Nice cheerful playing. It’s on my short list of pieces to learn.
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#2618743 - 02/28/17 01:47 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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47. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina in C (Op. 36, No. 1, II - Andante) Nice confident playing - good for you! You should do very well in your exam.

48. lvojnovic - BWV 939 Little prelude in C major Not an easy piece, but you overcame that Red Dot and managed it beautifully.

49. Montuno - Solitude You *should* be proud of this performance, particularly after only one year. Expressive and lovely.

50. blackjack1777 - Waltz A Minor Op. Posthumous I think you captured the mood of this well-known piece really well. (Hard to believe it wasn’t published until 1955!) I enjoyed it very much.

51. Pathbreaker - Prelude in c minor A challenging piece which you handled with flair. I’m glad you made the Recital deadline!
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#2618859 - 02/28/17 10:15 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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40. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Minuet in G 116 BWV
As you know I'm not a big fan of Bach, but I know this lovely Minuet! On the contrary, I'm a fan of your playing and I've been watching your progress along the time; I feel you're more mature and secure. Good job! thumb

08. Peyton - Music For Tunnels
Wow, this is really a piece for a movie. You got it, Peyton. Immersive, mysterious. I love this, including the "movie" and the way you play it!

05. SwissMS/Doris - Willy Wagglestick's Walkabout
And the "Big Surprise" award goes to... Doris! I wasn't expecting this and it shows how good you are as a pianist. I'm used to listening you play those classic pieces but this Boogie Woogie is fantastic. Very good! thumb

09. Monica K. - Ships of Troy
Once again, you are bringing new sounds and composers to this recitals. That's what I call innovation wink This piece by Hanna is really beautiful and full of messages, and IMO it demands a deep connection between the player and the instrument, and you did it! Thank you so much for sharing this thumb

31. Sam S - Sonata K380
Sam, I don't know if this is slowly or faster that the "original", but what I know is that you're playing it in your own way and that's what I value most when I'm listening a piece. I'm not a big fan of Scarlatti but I'm getting used to like this sounds and chords after hearing records like this one. Good job!
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#2618869 - 02/28/17 10:44 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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13. peterws - Lost elevator
Peter, I don't know where are you going to get your inspiration and I'm always looking forward to listen your originals. This time you're offering us a fresh and happy tune; simple but effective. I like it!

35. jazztpt - Time For Bed
Jazztpt, as you know I'm always looking forward to listen your pieces. I think you're a very talented musician, and this piece just proves what I'm saying: that you're always improving and searching for the best options - even in a 30yo tune like this -. Fantastic. thumb

28. Ganddalf - "Sommerfugl" (Butterfly, Op.43 no.1)
This is new for me, and this is somehow different from your last works. I like the way you gave "space" to the music, which is the key for this one. Good job!

43. Piano Primo 1 - "Inspiration" -Love Theme
This is very relaxing and sweet, and I like the reverb effect along the entire piece. Smart choice and nicely played. thumb

27. Greener/Jeff - Db Nocturne
Wow, you can play this as if it were easy... I'm sorry, but I'm not in position to give any technical advice to you about his one... This is not my championship wink , but as a listener I know what I like, and I like this one very much. Very good job, and congratulations on your persistence to finish this piece. Keep it in your repertoire my friend. Please!
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#2618883 - 02/28/17 11:23 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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03. MarieJ - Leo
Wise choice once again. "Leo" isn't easy to play but you're proving that being a self taught pianist isn't synonym of not be able to play beautiful pieces like this one. You know what you're doing and what do you want to produce, "just" because you're deeply connected with the piece. You're progressing like a rocket! Good job! thumb

02. earlofmar - Consolation No 1
This little piece is lovely and charming, and as far as I can see you're working hard after your "pause" with the piano. Welcome back! thumb

37. lyricmudra - Monday
This is just wonderful, and one of my favorites of this recital. I love the way you play it, specially how you manage to play the session at 2:48. I played this piece some years ago and I never liked the way I was playing this session. But you did it with mastery, and you have solve one of the big mysteries of this piece; IMO this session is the *key* to keep the ambiance of Monday - and I couldn't find it-, but know you're revealing how to do it. More, it's not too common to do a shift from classic composers to Einaudi, and I hope you can play more for us. For this, and for the overall work, a big thank you.
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#2619019 - 02/28/17 07:21 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I want to thank everyone who has commented so kindly about my Kreisleriana #4. I did play It in the master class. I got very good suggestions on how to improve it. It's such a beautiful little piece, I hope to memorize it and have it at hand to play at a moment's notice.

I never have had something I can just sit down and play. I love this so much, I hope this will be the one.

Again, thank you for the very positive comments.
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#2619558 - 03/02/17 06:28 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I’m finally getting around to saying thank you:

To those who took the trouble to venture an opinion on my performance - I believe that you’ve given much kinder and more generous feedback than I deserve. I appreciate your comments enormously, and collect them each Recital, to cheer me on when progress seems elusive.

By its very nature, the self-teaching path can be a solitary one, so being given a regular opportunity to take part in these Recitals is particularly important to me. Thank you to Piano World, to the hard-working and dedicated officials who make these Recitals possible, and to staunch fellow members of the Order of the Red Dot. Another highly successful concert! thumb
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#2619776 - 03/02/17 09:12 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I'm a bit late in getting started but here is my first batch of comments. I've really enjoyed the recitals and thanks to all who have written comments on my piece and all who have contributed a piece towards the recitals.

01. PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1 Sensitive and flowing performance with just the right degree of expressiveness in the
melody which you emphasised beautifully. To me it showed excellent musicality especially for someone who has only been learning for 22 months.
A pleasure to listen to.


02. earlofmar - Consolation No 1 I like the solemn,stately feel of this piece and the way the melodic single note line was helped along
by the sonorous bold,ever changing chords. I didn't notice any pedal noise.

03. MarieJ - Leo A very charming and gentle piece which seems to reflect a young child in a safe caring environment.Your rendition is
sensitive and pleasant and your trills as well as the piece are a joy to listen to!

04. CarlosCC - Divenire I needed to listen to this two or three times to really appreciate the moods which were very evident during your
performance of this piece. There seemed to be a strong insistant statement being made that at times seemed troubled and tormented contrasting with
much milder and meditative portions. A very unexpected dramatic sudden ending! - but also very well played.

05. SwissMS/Doris - Willy Wagglestick's Walkabout Great fun to listen to this - and I can tell you had fun playing it! Looks like it's opened
up a new genre of music for you to add to your repertoire - you made a very good job of this - Good luck in your exams in May!

06. wouter79 - Gluckes genug, Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 5 I love the way this piece rolls merrily along from beginning to end. Also the
interchanging of statements between left hand and right hand with increase in volume coupled with rise in pitch each time to bring out expression.
Nice enjoyable performance.





11. JustinDAggie - Rondo Alla Turca A really lively stimulating performance.Seems a tricky piece to keep going without slipping up,especially
at that speed. Very enjoyable - well played!

12. J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26) Very impressive playing of a difficult piece full of passionate intensity.
This was all systems go! The melody line rang out beautifully over the busy accompaniment in the left hand.Extra praises for playing it from memory -
your teacher would be proud!

13. peterws - Lost elevator A joy to listen to this - a lot was going on - give and take of the melody between octaves as if one octave reflected
what the other was saying and then bringing in a higher octave still later in the piece to join in. Bright and lively and very well thought out and played!

14. h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13 This brought back memories - one of Bach Inventions I also learned. Very nice performance - I like the interweaving
of left and right hand parts which you played very well giving each equal importance. Nice playing - I enjoyed listening.

15. Richard (zrtf90) - Intermezzo, Op. 117/1 A lovely gently rocking performance of this piece which I have also been practicing sometimes. You do well
bringing out the melody in between the octaves.Beautiful melody - very soothing to listen to. Thank you.

16. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 30, No. 6) Enchanting piece and delightfully played with much feeling and passion.
Dynamics,trills etc. all excellent. A real joy to listen to.





21. Piano2138 - Lost A delightful,wistful little piece and seemed to convey a sad and lost feeling. The Pavane had a nice lilting sway effect as you
played it. Very pleasant.

22. dynamobt/Marilyn - Kreisleriana - Sehr Langsam (#4) A grand,brooding and rather sinister effect (particularly towards the end)seemed to be
predominant here for the first and last part of the piece but there was a light,sweeping contrast providing relief in the middle section.Excellently played.

23. Forrest Halford - Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 117, #2 I really liked the way this music had the characteristic of swirling around and at the same time
the volume seemed to expand and shrink back and expand again in a sweeping style - also the contrasting slower and chordal sections. Interesting dynamic
variations too. Delightful piece and excellently played.

24. Newbert - Daydreaming Yes,I thought your performance of this exercise from 'Flowing Waters'certainly flowed along very nicely without hesitations.
Well done with the improvising - and there was definitely a dreamy atmosphere here!

25. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor Beautiful,sensitive and melifluous playing of this piece.Ornaments also brilliantly executed.This was
a real delight to listen to - and to also play from memory - you clearly are a very accomplished pianist!

26. kalospiano - Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) A very attractive oriental flavour shines through this piece.The 'plucking' effect of strings(like somewhere
between Koto and Harpsichord)is very evident although it's a keyboard. Exquisitely played arpeggios as well as equally well played piece.





31. Sam S - Sonata K380 A really bright and rhythmical piece. Very much a harpsichord effect came through and this suited the piece very well.Trills are all
superbly played and to not only play this but by memory as well shows a lot of hard work. Well done!

32. SandTiger - Fading Light I enjoyed listening to this - there seemed to be a three way conversation going on here in the music.The sustain pedalling helped
it flow and the high register with bell like effect added extra contrast. Very nice.

33. Kris Shendo - Jacob's Theme A lively,cheerful piece with jazzy chords and catchy rhythm and syncopation.The sort of tune that has a feel-good effect.
Very enjoyable to listen to.


35. jazztpt - Time For Bed Lovely piece - it shows you have a real aptitude for jazz style and syncopation in this piece which although originally simple sounds
quite complex to me. A great idea to write this piece for your children - they must have been proud of their dad! I hope you have written other pieces as well !

36. Moonsh1ne - Waltz in A Minor, Op. Posthumous Enjoyed listening to this - delicately played and nicely executed trills and ornaments.Also very good progress
for just 3 1/2 years experience.Well done!





41. Zoot64 - La Lutine A lively, bouncy piece - played evenly and crisply - and I thought you made a good job of the alternating contrasts in volume which I think
is possible on some harpsichords (with two keyboards or some mechanism)which I guess this piece would have been written for. Enjoyed listening to this.

42. Mike White Yamaha G3 & p-80 - Stormy Weather I liked this piece very much - excellently played and with a great deal happening alongside the melody - adding
much to the interest of your arrangement.Also I liked the Gershwin style chords and final arpeggios - really great!

43. Piano Primo 1 - "Inspiration" -Love Theme A lovely piece to relax and listen to with its enchanting chords and also runs such as when it comes to the end.
Very nice and enjoyable.

44. UnderConstruction - Nocturne Op9 No2 This is another piece that brings back memories for me. I also learned this piece and listening to it here makes me want
to re-learn it again.A lovely lilting and expressive performance with exquisitely played trills and ornaments and great rubato and dynamics.Loved it!

45. briangmoore - Scarlatti Sonata in D minor K32 A crisp,clean performance - particularly the ornaments.Liked the piece and nicely played.

46. PikaPianist - Sonata in A minor (Wq49/1), 3rd mvmt A really bright, lively and highly accomplished performance! Just wondering how long it took to learn this
from scatch to this level! Most enjoyable to listen to.





51. Patbreaker - Prelude in c minor I really enjoyed this. I learned this piece years ago and seem to remember it was easy to get confused trying to play it- the
first two thirds or so that is,until the pattern changes.It's interesting when it does change - from absolute uniform rhythm to not strict timing,then presto,then adagio,
and finishing with allegro. I liked your performance of it.

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#2619923 - 03/03/17 09:35 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Some more:

22. dynamobt/Marilyn - Kreisleriana - Sehr Langsam (#4)
I like your "one take" work specialy the sessions starting at 01:34, but that's only a matter of taste smile God job!

16. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 30, No. 6)
I like the atmosphere around this piece. Melancholic at it should be. Good job!

33. Kris Shendo - Jacob's Theme
Very good arrangement with those syncopated chords. I like the way you turn this in a solo version. Congratulations!

51. Pathbreaker - Prelude in c minor
This type of music still confused me; I can understand it's roots and the melodic lines but I found myself somehow lost when listening this Preludes. That's *my* problem - not yours! -. Nevertheless, I can recognise that you did a good job decoding this piece. Congratulations.

39. sinophilia - A Curious Story - Op. 15 no. 2 (to do)
This is new for me but I can understand it's not an easy one. Good job in this happy tune thumb

44. UnderConstruction - Nocturne Op9 No2
Chopin. Oh, how I love Chopin... and I love this Nocturne too. Nicely done, the melodic line is clear and well defined. And congratulations for being brave enough to play Chopin at the end of 25 months thumb

20. ajames - Bach short prelude in Cmin BWV 934
I'm not a fan of Batch, but I think you're in the right path. Good job!
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#2619935 - 03/03/17 10:17 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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45. briangmoore - Scarlatti Sonata in D minor K32
Those ornaments are crazy... that's what I can say about this piece (new for me). Good job with this Sonata; and welcome back to the recitals thumb

47. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina in C (Op. 36, No. 1, II - Andante)
Dan, you may start thinking about the 4th RCM level exam, because I know that your exam in May will be a "piece of cake" wink You know what you're doing and your confidence is big enough to turn this piece in a very pleasant experience to the listener. Well done!

01. PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1
A famous piece to open a famous recital wink And what a great work you've done here. I like the relaxing rhythm and the bass line along the entire work. Well done!

24. Newbert - Daydreaming
You may call it an "exercise" but that's a piece for me. I agree, it's a good approach to play some "exercises" before playing another piece, so this is a wise choice. Good job with the improvisation in the 2nd half. Well done!

50. blackjack1777 - Waltz A Minor Op. Posthumous
As a listener, I'm not sure about your choice about playing this Waltz with a syncopate rhythm. But that's only a matter of "taste"; the choice is yours - you are the player wink - and I'm sure you loved to play it. Overall impression: good control, and pleasant to listen. Good job!
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#2620536 - 03/05/17 11:56 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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12. J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26)
Amazing work... so many figures! Incredible how you can play this piece without getting lost in the rhythm - the tempo is just fine for me -. Congratulations!

49. Montuno - Solitude
I like Nevue but I never played any of his pieces. This is a beautiful piece and after hearing your interpretation I'm thinking seriously in trying it soon. You're giving me ideas wink Good job!

10. Riddler (Ed) - I Rembember Clifford
Ed, I can recognize your (jazzy) playing from the very first chords, and you did a super job with this one. Very pleasant for the listener, and I like the way you kept the melody line along the entire piece. Good job!

25. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Bb Minor
One of my favourites Nocturnes and it's amazing the perfect way your are expressing it. Very, very good Shepherd. Excellent interpretation, sound and video; Perfect! Thanks for sharing.

34. that'sRich - Night in May
This is new for me, and I liked the contrast between the bass sounds and the RH. I can recognize that this is not easy to play and it demands a good independence of hands. Good job, nicely done.

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 Pieces
Wow, I love it. My sincere congratulations for writing this "simple and silly" tunes. You're a great composer, and all of the pieces are different and very interesting. This is a high value work! Congratulations.
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#2620543 - 03/05/17 12:22 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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26. kalospiano - Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)
Thanks for bringing this piece for us. It's not too common to listen Japanese themes around here, so I'm glade you did it. Interesting piece with those "oriental sounds". Congratulations and Welcome to the Recitals!

17. xyzzyFL (Susan) - Shangri-La
Susan, I love the relaxed way of your playing, really. This is a beautiful theme and your interpretation is just very attractive to the listener. Congratulations and Welcome to the Recitals!

48. lvojnovic - BWV 939 Little prelude in C major
I'm not a big fan of Bach but I think you did a good job with this little piece. Welcome to the Recitals!

30. CRP - Comptine d'un autre ete - L'apres midi
CRP, I love this piece and after listening your work, I'm going to put it in the top of my to-do list. I think it's time to do a shift from Einaudi to Tiersen. Thanks for sharing, and welcome to the Recitals!
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#2620764 - 03/06/17 07:21 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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A few more comments...

02. earlofmar - Consolation No 1
Lovely, very sensitive and controlled
As you are working on this for an exam, my suggestion would be to focus further on the small expressive details & dynamic shaping of your phrases - but it’s already beautiful

06. wouter79 - Gluckes genug, Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 5
Short and sweet and very nicely done.

09. Monica K. - Ships of Troy
Very enjoyable (and certainly not muddy!)

12. J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26)
I can imagine it would also work well at a lower tempo, as you say, but you don’t sound as if you have any trouble with this tempo, it seemed perfectly under control and very lovely

13. peterws - Lost elevator
Loved this, well done!
Beautiful composition and playing

17. xyzzyFL (Susan) - Shangri-La
You should be proud of this - very musically played and you create a wonderful mood

22. dynamobt/Marilyn - Kreisleriana - Sehr Langsam (#4)
Beautifully played. I’m in awe of your “one and done” approach. Of course, if I waited until my pieces were more fully secure before trying to record them perhaps it would be realistic for me too!

27. Greener/Jeff - Db Nocturne
This is not one of the nocturnes I am particularly familiar with, and I think you’ve done a really great job with it

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#2621293 - 03/07/17 11:01 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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01. PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1 Very beautiful. I like the tempo you chose, but I see what you mean about the consistency, especially in the middle section. Maybe concentrating practice on that section will help.

02. earlofmar - Consolation No 1 Congratulations on finding a teacher who is so good for you, and good luck on your exam! I enjoyed listening to your submission. Progress is funny, in that it is never linear. We might make great strides in a few short weeks, and then spend months of effort trying to get it to that "effortless' level!

03. MarieJ - Leo Love your expressive playing. Sounds like you've got those tricky rhythms down.

04. CarlosCC - Divenire That's awesome that you could modify the score from a piano/orchestral piece to end up with this beautiful piece of music. Your connection to the piano as an instrument is a joy to hear.

05. SwissMS/Doris - Willy Wagglestick's Walkabout Oh gosh, what fun! You did a great job with this!

06. wouter79 - Gluckes genug, Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 5 There's a lot going on in this short piece, it makes me wish you did play the repeat. As it was, I just listened to it a second time. It's funny how even a little piece can present so much to work on. You've done a great job with it.

07. AZ_Astro - When Rivers Flowed on Mars What an interesting piece. You played it beautifully.

08. Peyton - Music For Tunnels I always look forward to listening to your compositions and watching your videos, so thank you! This one was very moody, even dark one could say (going along with the tunnel theme). Watching how long you played with crossed hands made me almost uncomfortable. I never like having to play in that position for very long. smile

09. Monica K. - Ships of Troy What an interesting piece! Loved your playing.

10. Riddler (Ed) - I Rembember Clifford You mention a "glacial pace". Should it be played faster? It sounded very good to me as is. I enjoyed listening.
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#2621474 - 03/08/17 11:22 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: MaryBee]
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Originally Posted By MaryBee
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10. Riddler (Ed) - I Rembember Clifford You mention a "glacial pace". Should it be played faster? It sounded very good to me as is. I enjoyed listening.


Thanks.

Re "glacial", I think I wrote that rather clodhoppingly. I meant that my progress has been at a glacial pace, not my performance of this tune. Sorry, since I retired, I've gotten very sloppy with my writing.

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#2623559 - 03/14/17 10:38 AM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Thanks again for those that commented. My teacher had me take another look at this and consider the following, basically, I don't think she would have signed off on it.

1. Measures 8 and 24, the 32nd note needs to come after the first triplet, not on the last note of the first triplet.
2. I tend to speed up when playing the trills (can see by looking at left hand). I still do it.
3. More dynamics.
4. More pedal. I had used pedal in only 2 places. She had me experiment with using pedal throughout the piece, and think about changing pedal or not using pedal for 2nds, 4ths, and 7ths. Think about it both melodically and harmonically. For example, don't pedal when stepping. I was told pedaling can be personal, even vary by piano and room.

Anyway, here is a follow-up version.

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#2623602 - 03/14/17 12:50 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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41. Zoot64 - La Lutine
Enjoyed this cheerful piece played with confidence.

42. Mike White Yamaha G3 & p-80 - Stormy Weather
Excellent playing!

43. Piano Primo 1 - "Inspiration" -Love Theme
Nice soothing piano piece!

44. UnderConstruction - Nocturne Op9 No2
Wow! This kind of piece and interpretation after 2 years? Bravo!

45. briangmoore - Scarlatti Sonata in D minor K32
It sounds to me like a sad and solemn piece, so I would keep the ornamentation at a minimum. Nevertheless, nice playing.

46. PikaPianist - Sonata in A minor (Wq49/1), 3rd mvmt
Very good interpretation! A difficult piece played with energy and with clear distinctive voices.

47. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina in C (Op. 36, No. 1, II - Andante)
Confident interpretation. Good luck with the RCM exam!

48. lvojnovic - BWV 939 Little prelude in C major
Remarkable interpretation for someone with a bit more than a year of experience!

49. Montuno - Solitude
Nice, expressive playing after one year. Congratulations!

50. blackjack1777 - Waltz A Minor Op. Posthumous
Another remarkable playing – very good dynamics and expression!

51. Pathbreaker - Prelude in c minor
A very difficult piece played under the pressure of the deadline – amazing!
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#2623606 - 03/14/17 01:01 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Originally Posted By barbaram

21. Piano2138 - Lost
Nicely done. The excerpt of the Pavane was lovely, keep going!

Thank you!

Originally Posted By piano_primo_1

21. Piano2138 - Lost nice recording , but the melody was difficult to discern ( at times?) was this an exercise or a study?, but -I enjoyed the listen.

Thank you! The second part, after the Lost piece, is actually an exercise, please see my explanations within this thread.


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21. Piano2138 - Lost
I hear some things that don't sound right but it might just be me, I don't know the music so I can't really judge.

Thank you! Is it possible to detail what didn't sound right exactly?

Originally Posted By that'sRich

21. Piano2138 - Lost A delightful,wistful little piece and seemed to convey a sad and lost feeling. The Pavane had a nice lilting sway effect as you played it. Very pleasant.

Thank you!
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#2625491 - 03/20/17 06:19 PM Re: Recital 45 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I am so sorry to be so late to the party!
We've have major internet connection issues and work has been extra hectic the past month, so it has taken me ages to have "me" time for sitting and listening.

Thank you to every one who took the time to listen to my piece and give me some feedback - I appreciate every word !

Here's my first batch and I hope to be back soon for more listening pleasure!
Thanks to Monica for getting us set up again!

01. PawelS - Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2 Mov.1
I don’t know if I would like this played much faster – the tempo seems to be just right to my ears! A truly lovely performance, and a gorgeous way to start of the recital!

02. earlofmar - Consolation No 1 I’ve been hearing folks talk about “Consolation” for ages – I never realized there were several! I really enjoyed listening to this “new to me” piece. Your new approach is definitely paying off well. I am feeling enticed to try it! Most enjoyable!

03. MarieJ - Leo you are firmly established in the Einaudi “club” by now Marie! Very nicely played. I really enjoyed it – I also liked the background imagery you created with your ideas of what he was trying to convey. You play with a very elegant delicacy. Brava!

04. CarlosCC - Divenire Carlos my friend, as always you are in your element here with Einaudi – an evocative and stirring performance – obrigada for the listening pleasure!

05. SwissMS/Doris - Willy Wagglestick's Walkabout Doris – That was simply delightful! I’ve been rocking along toe-tapping and smiling like crazy listening to (and watching) your performance. Loved it!

07. AZ_Astro - When Rivers Flowed on Mars I thik I first heard SwissMs playing this about 4 years ago - It is a really interesting piece and it’s not easy to get that base voice singing smoothly. I think you did a really great job of capturing the mysterious atmosphere of this piece. Well done!

08. Peyton - Music For Tunnels Really interesting Peyton – and the video was neat too. I always enjoy your compositions and this is no exception – I’m just glad I could experience the tunnel virtually rather than in person. I found the music really drew me in, I liked the pulse of it very much. Keep them coming!

09. Monica K. - Ships of Troy Your back ground story to this piece intrigued me even before I clicked on the play button! It was very easy to match the music to the poetry as I listened – this was a really captivating performance – thank you!

10. Riddler (Ed) - I Rembember Clifford When I saw the title of your piece I thought “ I’ve heard that in a recital before” – I didn’t realize til a moment later that I’d likely heard it from you. I like this rendition. It’s fun to see (hear) someone come back to a piece that they’ve really connected with. Very enjoyable.

11. JustinDAggie - Rondo Alla Turca Charming! You’re right – who doesn’t love this piece? – I know I do. It was fun to watch you playing – Thank you for this musical treat!

12. J Soo - Intermezzo (from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26) This is another “new to me” piece – just listening to it I can picture the score – and imagine how much focus you need to get through this so smoothly. It’s an interesting piece with a lot going on – at times it made me think of humming birds flitting about but then there were the heavier tones adding drama. Well done indeed!

13. peterws - Lost elevator Pretty lively for elevator music Peter! I enjoyed the sense of wander you created - up down around- searching for that elusive elevator. A lot of positive energy in this piece- really enjoyed it!

14. h8dk97 - Bach's Invention# 13I have yet to tackle an invention – but I love listening to them! This was delightful – true to the style of the period and charmingly played. Thank you!

15. Richard (zrtf90) - Intermezzo, Op. 117/1 We don’t get a lot of Brahms in the recitals – I wonder why? – I’m not familiar with this piece, but I very much enjoyed it. There’s very much the feel of a story going on, and a very touching one at that. The part at 3.30 was particularly stirring – evocative of the Scottish highlands, I have wonderful memories of Scotland from traveling with people I love dearly and see rarely. Your playing touched my heart.

16. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 30, No. 6) I love this piece. It is so easy to picture a silent film, black and white yet still capturing the light of the water as the setting sun bounces off each tiny wave. I’ve had the pleasure of being in a Venetian gondola a few times, and it was delightful to bask in the flowing “dondolo” (rocking) of your gondola. A perfectly pleasing performance. Just delightful.

17. xyzzyFL (Susan) - Shangri-La I would love to dance with my sweetie to this music. Soothing, romantic, - it feels like the perfect ending to a splendid evening. Charming.

18. Chris Beecham - Merry Farmer I have this collection, but have not tried this piece yet – it certainly is merry! Very nicely played indeed Chris – you really caught the flavour of the piece !

19. Tubbie0075 - Prelude pour Louis & 5 PiecesI can’t believe you didn’t get an immediate reply thanking you for these delightful pieces! They’re great. Simple and sweet, but not too sweet – cheerful, I liked all of them but the third one made me laugh – it was so playful.
I am sure that Louis will love these pieces, and appreciate that they were written with him in mind. Bravo indeed!

20. ajames - Bach short prelude in Cmin BWV 934 I know what you mean about Bach making you feel like you have brain damage. My head feels like it is going to explode when I start on a new Bach piece (and I haven’t tried inventions yet!). These are real mental workouts and your time and energy dedicated to studying this piece really paid off. Most enjoyable!
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