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#2685463 - 10/27/17 05:26 PM Re: Spanish Themed Recital 2017 - General Discussion Rooms [Re: Albunea]  
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Originally Posted by Albunea
Listening to the Recital and enjoying it very much! smile

I'm now listening to your Malagueña, PianoGirlNW, and I love what you do there with it! I am not very familiar with the piece but yours sound to me fantastic, making the piano sound like a guitar at times. Very especial! smile

Thanks Albunea. I remember an earlier exchange I had with you about my challenge in making these pieces sound Spanish. I had some help from a retired music prof. He made me play it over and over until I had it right. I think the key to getting the guitar like sound was his insistence on the use of staccato phrases, played softer than the contrasting legato phrases. Still a work in progress.

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#2685738 - 10/29/17 11:48 AM Re: Spanish Themed Recital 2017 - General Discussion Rooms [Re: PianogrlNW]  
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First of all, Thank You for organizing this themed recital. I have learned so much preparing for it. Before this, my knowledge on Spanish, or more specifically Latin music is limited to Jobim and how to construct a simple piano montuno. This has opened up a whole new world in my piano studies! Not to mention, there are some superb performances and I admire all the talents and hard work.

Originally Posted by PianogrlNW
[b]02. mel_lem/Melanie - Os Pintinhos no Terreiro Delightful performance of this charming piece. You mention that this piece tested your stamina – I thought you kept the tempo going and energy up through the entire piece.
Thank you! Keeping up the energy requires me to speed up slightly as the piece moves on. I tried recording with a metronome at the background but it just didn't work. Stamina wise, I had been trying to record a perfect take for a few weekends, I guess it must have built up from there somehow. laugh

Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
[b] 02. Mel-lem (Melanie) Os Pintinhos no Terreiro (Zequinha de Abreu) Again, a great sense of rhythmic vitality throughout; more specifically, an excellent evocation of "Latino Ragtime", as I call it -- for me, it really is markedly similar to the Rag style developed by Joplin and others in the turn of the 20th century. And yes, it is physically very taxing to sustain that very precise syncopation over several minutes, in the characteristic Rondo form. The pause in the middle was amusing -- sort of like a long-distance runner catching a swig of water at a post, before continuing on! But overall, a great "sell" of Abreu's style!
Thank you! I tried to cut corners and didn't play the repeat to save my energy, but it just didn't feel right! So into the fingers gym I went, playing the exact intended form and luckily it came out not too bad. And yes, that pause was intended for me to catch a breath in the midst of a marathon. smile I started Tico Tico no Fuba yesterday, it's not as difficult as I thought. Maybe because I have gone through all the necessary training learning this piece?

Originally Posted by dire tonic
02. mel_lem/Melanie - Os Pintinhos no Terreiro Congrats on maintaining such a metronomic left hand, made me want to spring up and dance (if only I knew how to dance). A spirited and fun performance!
Thank you! Choro is dance music, I am glad you felt the need to dance, that means I somehow correctly included some grooves in my playing. Thank you for letting me know! smile

Originally Posted by Greener
mel_lem/Melanie -Os Pintinhos no TerreiroJust noticing that of what I've been listening to so far, many are similar length of 3.5 minutes. It is a nice pocket and good length. There is a lot going on in this and you've done it all very well with polished sound. Great job and Thank you.
Thank you! 3.5 minutes is the longest I have ever recorded for a single piece.

Originally Posted by Kalos Piano
I'd just like to say that this has been probably my favorite recital so far. I'm impressed by the very high quality of the performances and I thank you all for letting me discover some new great music.
I won't be making comments for each specific piece as I really liked everything and I'm not in a position to teach anything to anybody on this music, but I'd like to make a special mention for Melanie's Os Pintinhos No Terreiro, as you mention that the piece is definitely out of your level but I actually thought it was perfect, just like the rest of your soundcloud channel. So looking forward to the next recital.
Thank you! I actually played a wrong note in the Intro and only found out about it last week. It was very obvious after comparing it with the score and I don't know why I didn't pick it up earlier! Now it's glaring at me every time I listen to the recording. But thank you for thinking it was perfect, and checking out my soundcloud channel, it's a big encouragement to me.

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#2687543 - 11/06/17 07:39 AM Re: Spanish Themed Recital 2017 - General Discussion Rooms [Re: PianogrlNW]  
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Thanks to all who participated and in particular to PianogrlNW for bringing this recital together with a range of piano pieces, many unknown to me. Apart from some familiarity with Latin-American I had only a vague sense of the flavour of Spanish composition, mostly from guitar and some orchestral music. Thanks also to all who listened or commented so generously and to Tim for introducing me to Nikolai Kapustin and the ‘Jazzoid’ concept - also the titbit about Mompou and those bells. Looking forward to hearing contributions from everyone in future recitals...

#2689537 - 11/14/17 08:03 PM Re: Spanish Themed Recital 2017 - General Discussion Rooms [Re: PianogrlNW]  
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I want to thank everyone too for sharing their submissions! This recital was wonderful! I didn't know any of the pieces that were submitted so it was great fun to listen and discover so much new music! Thanks to everyone who listened to my piece and to those who generously gave me specific comments. Also thanks to Tim for mentioning Villa-Lobos in the initial sign-up thread, as that's what got me to find a piece of his to play! I'll definitely be trying out more of his music. smile

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#2692024 - 11/25/17 08:51 PM Re: Spanish Themed Recital 2017 - General Discussion Rooms [Re: PianogrlNW]  
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PianoGrl - I love your Milonga Del Angel. I'm working on it now and listened to your recital a few times. I like the little embellishments. I wish you had a video to go with it. I listened to a few versions from the recital index and came back to yours a few times. Great job!!

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