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.
[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.
[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.
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?
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!
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.
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.