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Re: Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2691293
11/22/17 04:00 PM
11/22/17 04:00 PM
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Thank you to all of the people who commented on my piece. I appreciate your thoughts and feedback and found your responses to be extremely motivating! smile

I have responded individually to everyone below with my comments inside ** I hope I got you all! Thank you again.

SwissMS:
Sonatina in G: I. Moderato Very nicely played, with the jaunty playfulness inherent in this piece. I like your phrasing and accurate articulation. Your balance between melody and accompaniment is perfect.

**Thank you. Glad to hear balance felt right -- I was really trying to bring out the right hand.**

Monica K.:
Lotus in Blue – Sonatina in G: 1. Moderato: I love your interpretation of this piece as reminiscent of the thrilling moments of early love before you know it’s reciprocated: There’s a joy there, but under control. Very well played, and congratulations on your AB Forum Recital debut!

**Thank you so much, Monica!**

Peyton:
Lotus in blue- I've always loved this piece. It's just so joyful and fun. You really keep it moving. Got my foot a tapping. Well played.

**Thank you. Foot tapping is always a good sign!**

UnderConstruction:
Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato
Welcome back to the piano Laura. Being a returning adult myself, I also remember what got me to realise I really enjoyed playing the piano was picking up a simple piece and figuring out that I could learn it relatively well in about 30 minutes, and it actually sounded somewhat like music. Coincidentally, I also had a CLP 535, it was good to get some finger strength back. I enjoyed your piece, nicely played.

**Thank you so much. Glad to hear you are finding your way again with piano, too.**

piano_primo_1
Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato Very well played and executed , very clean and crisp . Enjoyed the piano piece. Good work!

**Thank you. I am so glad the piece sounded clean. I played it so many times!!**

cmb13:
Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato
Very nice, Laura, well done.

**Thank you, cmb13.**

Peterws:
Lovely steady work on this; it flows well, Laura. Perhaps you can give it a lift in places and lower it in others so that it kinda breathes a tad more?
**Thank you. And yes -- I can definitely work on "lift and lower" to give it more shape and life. Thanks for the suggestion.**

SMA55:
I used to play this piece, too, Laura. I enjoyed your performance of it. You played it very evenly and with a sure hand (or two, haha). Fine work.
**Thank you so much, SMA55!**

Pianoduck:
I love this! Accurate playing, and a well thought out description. You are clearly a creative interpreter of music.
**Thank you so very much. I worked on this quite extensively and really did try to give it my very best.**

Riddler:
Laura, welcome to the recitals. Well done. Played very much in the spirit of the formal dance, and executed flawlessly.
**Thank you so much, Riddler.**

Pianist685:
This is really, really, really good. I like your precise playing. You have posted a perfect rendition, worthy of a professional pianist (only one very, very, very minor thing could be improved but it is not worth mentioning as long as you are not planning to reach a professional level - besides, I have not reached that level either). With such talent you do not need a piano teacher, indeed.
**Awww, thank you! Piano study is always such a work in progress. Always so much more to learn. I may get a teacher again someday. But for now, self-study is working fine. Cheers and here's to both of us continuing to enjoy piano! Thank you for such lovely, encouraging comments.**

MarieJ:
You really nailed that piece, Laura - well done! (I hope you plan to submit the next movement in a forthcoming Recital.)
**Yes! I am working on that second movement. Thank you, MarieJ.**

MeganR
I learned this Sonatina also and really enjoyed it. You did a great job with it, enjoy your time with the second movement also!
**Thank you, MeganR. I am finding the second movement to be more challenging but it's lovely!**

Casinitaly:
Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato This is a really sweet piece, and you really did it justice. If you loved learning the first movement you'll be enchanted with the Rondo! I can't wait to hear you play!
**Thank you. I am enjoying learning the 2nd movement, slowing down a bit with the holidays but still chugging!**


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Re: Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2691301
11/22/17 04:32 PM
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My next round of comments and "applause" on recital performers. You are all so good!!! =D

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3
Oh! So beautifully and tenderly played. Definitely balm for the soul. You are talented and a fine interpreter of this beautiful piece. I loved those delicate, high, bell like notes at the end and the way you just let it fade.

02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1 Such a great Sonatina. Nice attention to all of the little details and very clean playing / execution of classical style. Loved it! It truly is "happy-ifying!"

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance - Haunting and lovely, played like a keepsake memory you always want to hold onto. Beautiful, delicate rendition.

04. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard) Nice arrangement, Ralph, of this favorite, nostalgic piece. I really liked the chorus effect you used toward the middle.

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag You sound so effortless when you play! Delightful, jovial, foot-tapping fun. I love the way you make some of the lines crescendo. Nuanced and effective. Joplin isn't easy -- you nailed this!

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515) - Wow! You've done tremendously well in 3 years of study. I love your thoughts on the piece. I agree there is an overall feeling of sadness to "Fur Elise with moments of anxiety and tension. You definitely brought that out. Wonderful job shaping the quieter moments, too. Lovely, expressive playing.

07. earlofmar - Invention No 3 - Wow! Great realization of this Bach invention. You really brought out the different voices and the whole thing has a very fluid feel.

08. wouter79 - Album for the Young (after Schumann), "Italian song" Op. 39, No. 15 Delightful playing. What a great way to work on polishing your technique with these pieces. I really look forward to more pieces from you.

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song" - Lots of tension in this piece, which you brought out. Nice handling of those big (challenging to play) chords. Well executed.

[b]10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song)
- What a wonderful dusty chestnut of a piece. I love your selection. I can definitely hear the influences of east and west. Wonderful blending of the notes and chords and especially nice use of pedaling.

11. Jerzyk19 - What A Wonderful World - This one hit me and my eyes filled up within the first couple of measures! Touching arrangement and such a fluid handling of it. 14 months! You have made terrific progress in short time.

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Re: Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2691312
11/22/17 05:20 PM
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34. JoBert - Bagatelle (Opus 119, No. 1) This particular piece was new to me and I thought it was terrific!

35. mel_lem/Melanie - Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779 I love this invention also, you played this wonderfully with a zestful attention to detail

36. Moo smile - Songs without words op 30 no 1 Really enjoyed this piece, you did a great job bringing out the "singing" quality.

37. SandTiger - Avenue D I really like your composition, I'm glad your travels up the D scale brought this piece to the recital. smile

38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab Major Thank you for introducing this composer, really enjoyed this piece!

39. lvojnovic - Prelude 1913 Another piece I hadn't heard before, very impressed with your expressive playing. I quite think perhaps I'll put this one on my to-learn list.

40. Michiyo-Fir (Jade) - 12 Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman K.265 This sounds so difficult! But the fun you had with them shone through, really enjoyed.

41. peterws - Novelette 1 in C I am glad (sort of) to know that I am not the only one to use salty language when I'm of the belief that things are not going my way. smile Loved this piece and it ended up reminding me of a day gone by when I was in a chorale group that did something Poulenc and now I'm going to spend some time finding out what that was, which sounds altogether a pleasant task.

42. Schin L - Nocturne op.9 no.2 You are off to a great start on your piano return! And you tackled Chopin out the gate, so impressed.

43. joangolfing - March BVW Anhang 122 Gosh, great job playing this piece without peeking!

44. Richard (zrtf90) - Asturias (Leyenda) An intriguing piece, glad you were able to get back to the piano!

45. Kalos Piano - The Clear Stream What a fun bubbling piece, so much energy!

46. Fouyaut - Fugue op. 35 no.2 So glad you continued to work on this piece on your own. I expect many of us know the feeling of being moved to tears by something we are playing (I'm working on one of those right now)

47. Ralphiano (Ralph) - La Poupee (The Doll) I really enjoyed this piece - and, your description of your work on it was thought-provoking and inspiring.

48. Piano_Primo - Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor.Shortened Version, 2. Bach Choral BWV 514 Oh, I especially enjoyed the Chorale! Loved the hymn-like tempo!

49. UnderConstruction - Debussy - Arabesque 1 What a lovely piece, yay you for getting it in under the wire!


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Re: Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room [Re: MeganR] #2691336
11/22/17 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by MeganR


41. peterws - Novelette 1 in C I am glad (sort of) to know that I am not the only one to use salty language when I'm of the belief that things are not going my way. smile Loved this piece and it ended up reminding me of a day gone by when I was in a chorale group that did something Poulenc and now I'm going to spend some time finding out what that was, which sounds altogether a pleasant task.


I blame my Irish inheritance, Megan . . . .and your excuse? smile
Thx for the comment. I never heard of Poulenc until I listened to this from the French Recital. Magic! But hard on the head . . . .


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Re: Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2691499
11/23/17 01:08 PM
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A marathon listening session on "Turkey Day, USA." I am very thankful for this forum and all the wonderful musicians who whare their music here. Great playing!

If I didn't get to you, its because I sometimes do not feel adequate to comment on non-classical pieces...

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3 Delicate and enchanting - wonderful balance between the hands.

02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1 The old favorite - a rite of passage for us all! Excellent playing!

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag Always great to hear another rag from your expert fingers!

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515) Really good take on this. Loved it!

07. earlofmar - Invention No 3 You should be proud this! Great job!

08. wouter79 - Album for the Young (after Schumann), "Italian song" Op. 39, No. 15 Nice rhythm and forward motion. Loved the melody!

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song" I see what you mean about the big chords! You pulled it off very well - grand!

10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song) The melody is very captivating - I can see why you like it. Great job!

12. Peyton Higgison - Music For Meadows Peyton, you keep getting better and better with the videos! Wonderful. And the music was good too!

13. Monica K. - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete Wonderful, as always, Monica. Maybe they are getting easier becuase you are getting better?

15. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Danny Boy / Londonderry Air Improvising an intro and a second ending? Having fun? You're turning into a "real" musician!

17. Sandalholme - Andante con moto from Piano Sonata No30 I haven't heard Haydn like this - wonderful delicate touch. Thanks for sharing!

18. Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato Excellent playing - you're making progress!

19. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina F Major (Op. 168, No. 1, I) Gotta love Diabelli, although Beethoven gave him a hard time. Great dynamics and tempo changes!

21. Keselo - Morning Prayer (Op. 101 No. 2) Another of those under-appreciated composers. Loved this!

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor Outstanding work - can't say anything else!

25. Piano2138 - Chorale Be Content BWV 512 Love these pieces from the AMB Notebook - great job!

28. fishandchips - Morning Prayer Love the chords in this. Great job!

29. Ganddalf - Impromptu Op.90 no.4 Wonderful playing Gandalf! Always love hearing this piece.

30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4 You can be proud of this! Great job!

31. AZ_Astro - Pastorale from the Petit Trianon Suite Loved it! Sometimes it's fun to just relax a bit...

33. Alexander Borro - In Church Op. 39 No. 24 Love the chords in this one too. You and Tchaikovsky captured the mood great!

34. JoBert - Bagatelle (Opus 119, No. 1) Love this Beethoven! Listened to a lecture that covered part of this recently. Must play it someday.

35. mel_lem/Melanie - Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779 Wonderful steady beat - very baroque style!

36. Moo smile - Songs without words op 30 no 1 Love this piece - I played it too. Great job!

38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab Major Never heard this before - nice runs - thanks for sharing!

39. lvojnovic - Prelude 1913 Nover heard this one either - great sound.

40. Michiyo-Fir (Jade) - 12 Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman K.265 Excellent playing - I would have to start the theme so slowly it would be painful to hear!

41. peterws - Novelette 1 in C Great playing Peter - never heard this one either - thanks for sharing!

42. Schin L - Nocturne op.9 no.2 Your obsession is paying off - great job!

43. joangolfing - March BVW Anhang 122 Wonderful since you couldn't look at the keys - that would drive me nuts!

44. Richard (zrtf90) - Asturias (Leyenda) Love the guitar sound of this!

45. Kalos Piano - The Clear Stream Loved it!

46. Fouyaut - Fugue op. 35 no.2 Your teacher's loss is our gain - thanks for sharing - you've made me a fan now too!

47. Ralphiano (Ralph) - La Poupee (The Doll) I can tell you love this piece by the way you played it - piano music as therapy!

48. Piano_Primo - Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor.Shortened Version, 2. Bach Choral BWV 514 I definitely got the "feel and spirit" - nice job!

49. UnderConstruction - Debussy - Arabesque 1 Love this piece - it's on my bucket list. Great playing!

Thanks everyone!

Sam

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30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4
Excellent playing, especially for someone with a bit more of 2 years (?) of experience.

31. AZ_Astro - Pastorale from the Petit Trianon Suite
Beautiful playing, enjoyed the joyful sound of your piano. Thank you for introducing me to a composer I did not know.

32. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC
I am impressed with your qualities as not only a pianist, but also a harpsichordist, a harpsichord restorer, successful student and software specialist. Enjoyed very much the sound of the harpsichord and the quality of your playing of a difficult piece.

33. Alexander Borro - In Church Op. 39 No. 24
Beautiful playing, loved it. Excellent control of the dynamics between the treble and bass.

34. JoBert - Bagatelle (Opus 119, No. 1)
Excellent playing, delicate touch and floating sound.

35. mel_lem/Melanie - Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779
Another Bach invention – very well done! So precise and well-defined voices.

36. Moo smile - Songs without words op 30 no 1
Enjoyable and sensitive playing. Interesting sound of piano!

38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab Major
Another new composer for me, thank you for share her music with us. Excellent playing, musically and gracefully.

39. lvojnovic - Prelude 1913
Such a piece after 2 years? Bravo! Beautiful, expressive playing, with a smooth touch.


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Re: Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2691736
11/24/17 02:42 PM
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casinitaly and Sam S: many thanks for your kind words. Glad you emjoyed it.

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20. briangmoore - Monday
Nice playing, well done capturing the Einaudi spirt. In enjoyed also your piano sound.

21. Keselo - Morning Prayer (Op. 101 No. 2)
Well done after 10 months! Smooth touch and expressive playing.

22. Roger Ransom - Ebb Tide
What to say – to my ears, a professional level!

23. sinophilia - River City Blues
Martha Mier! I’ve discovered her at the previous recital and I love her music. Enjoyed a lot your interpretation!

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Impressive! An epic piece so beautifully played.

26. Newbert - All The Way
Nice playing! Nostalgic and soothing.

27. pines9876 - Snowy Sky
Great job for 10 months! And also for the translation of the music in notes.

28. fishandchips - Morning Prayer
Beautiful playing, well done!

29. Ganddalf - Impromptu Op.90 no.4
Excellent playing, I liked it! Delicate touch and wonderful sound.


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Re: Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2691782
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39. lvojnovic - Prelude 1913 Clearly from other comments, most of us have never had the opportunity of hearing this before. Thank you for introducing me to this unusual piece - and for your delicate, expressive interpretation.

40. Michiyo-Fir (Jade) - 12 Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman K.265 That *was* fun to listen to, and obviously fun for you too - brilliantly played!

41. peterws - Novelette 1 in C Just beautiful! (Reading about your challenges before listening to this, I was totally unprepared for such a delightful experience - you should be far more than ‘quite happy wi the general result’! ) And to me, your Pianoteq settings are just right for this special piece.

42. Schin L - Nocturne op.9 no.2 Congratulations - what a great result for 3 months’ work after no piano for 15 years. (Looks like you’ve also discovered the Ultimate Revealer - learning from listening to your own recordings. The advantages of the Digital Age!)

43. joangolfing - March BVW Anhang 122 Your submission was inspiring - so it *is* possible to sight-read a whole piece successfully without looking at the keys. Well done!


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Originally Posted by peterws
28 Fishandchips

Now then. Let me say your piano sounds really wonderful. Is that Pianoteq, or the native sound? A most pleasant listen and very well executed! You'll be really enjoying the journey now. Your music is so very sound. I'm listening to the Bach 48 no1 I think. (ave maria without the words)


Thanks a lot Peter. Yes, it's the Bluethner model in Pianoteq. It is indeed starting to get fun, but also really intimidating to work on more difficult pieces.

And thanks to everybody for listening, commenting, and participating. Lots of excellent playing! thumb


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44. Richard (zrtf90) - Asturias (Leyenda) (Choosing the least disruptive set of flaws - how that resonated with me!) This is one of my all-time favourite guitar pieces, and how wonderfully you translated it into a fabulous piano recital. Bravo!

45. Kalos Piano - The Clear Stream I’ve only previously heard a slow version of this one, so the tempo was a really pleasant surprise. Nice work!

46. Fouyaut - Fugue op. 35 no.2 I hope the pieces your teacher *does* like are ones that really suit you, too. That was excellent, and I’m very glad that you didn’t just shelve it in response to her lack of interest.

47. Ralphiano (Ralph) - La Poupee (The Doll) Finding pieces that you really love represents more than half the battle for the self-taught! And then finding motivation to keep polishing them - which is where the quarterly Recitals are *so* valuable. Your hard work has paid off - that was bright, happy and thoroughly enjoyable.

48. Piano_Primo - Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor.Shortened Version, 2. Bach Choral BWV 514 Very well done - I enjoyed both pieces, and thought the pace sounded fine.

49. UnderConstruction - Debussy - Arabesque 1 I think one of the really inspiring things about these Recitals is the fact that many members submit works-in-progress. If this isn’t ‘near ready’, then I’m *really* looking forward to a future performance. Congratulations on your magnificent new piano, on a lovely piece, and for just making the deadline.


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my first batch:



02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1
as you said, that first movement is slower than usual but everythin's very clear and precise

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance
lovely piece that I had never heard before, delicate touch and nice dynamics

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag
beautiful rag, excellently played at the perfect tempo

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515)
I believe some more work can be done on the dynamics and on the evenness in certain sections but all in all it's well played and every note is at the right place

07. earlofmar - Invention No 3
I know very well that learning this piece can be quite a pain. You did well, I think now you just need to smooth down certain parts with some very slow practice, especially where there are trills, and then it'll be perfect

08. wouter79 - Album for the Young (after Schumann), "Italian song" Op. 39, No. 15
fun piece, nicely played

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song"
interesting piece that I didn't know, sounds very good

11. Jerzyk19 - What A Wonderful World
lovely arrangement, very well played

13. Monica K. - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete
I don't know the piece but your performance does sound flawless

15. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Danny Boy / Londonderry Air
very nicely played, I dare to say very touching

16. zsolpyW - WInd of Change
beautiful piece, beautiful arrangement, beautiful performance smile

18. Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato
cute piece, played nice, and I like the description of your interpretation too smile

19. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina F Major (Op. 168, No. 1, I)
sounds nice. It's possible that I heard some slight uneveness every now and then but it was almost unnoticeable.

20. briangmoore - Monday
nice. This piece sounds so sad, I'm gonna cry frown

21. Keselo - Morning Prayer (Op. 101 No. 2)
well done. Definitely can't tell where the wrong note is smile

23. sinophilia - River City Blues
very cool

30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4
indeed mastering the trills in Bach is always a painful and long process, but the piece seems fairly under control and I'm sure that with some more practice you'll get it perfect.

35. mel_lem/Melanie - Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779
a little slower than the versions I'm used to listen to, but still very nice to listen. Excellent work as usual.

43. joangolfing - March BVW Anhang 122
sounds good, especially impressive if you sight-read this without looking at the keys, that's a skill in which I'm severely lacking

47. Ralphiano (Ralph) - La Poupee (The Doll)
well played

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Thank you, Lotus in Blue and Sam S, for listening and for your kind comments!

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We want to retire the old flash player - try the new player and report back the good and the bad!

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I like the player a lot, and would love to see it contain all the recitals, as well as showing all of the other database information such as what the piece was played on etc. thanks for the work you do for the recitals!

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Thanks to everyone who listened to and commented on my submission. ( 20. Einaudi/Monday)

I have been so busy, I have not had time to add my own comments here on the recital, but I hope to!!
It is on my phone and I have been listening to all the pieces and there are some so many amazing performances and interesting selections.

But I did not want to go too long without at least expressing my gratitude to those involved in the recital project and those who comment. It is very gratifying to know that someone is listening. Just that alone, is so valuable.

Some commented on the piano that I used; I thought about that, when I first started out, but then just forgot about it, but here is the context behind it is this:
I am very committed to the acoustic instrument. I just love real, mechanical pianos. Unfortunately, I have realized that this is a very expensive habit smile

The only instruments I have at my disposal are an older upright at home with many flaws and the pianos in the practice rooms of the university where I work. These practice pianos have many imperfections but at least they do tune them twice a year. I tried recordings on several different ones and finally picked the one I thought sounded best. They all have very unique sounds even though some look identical to my eye.

I also experimented with different placements of the microphone, in this case a Zoom H2 (borrowed from the media center!). You don't have a lot of options as those rooms are so small.
I found that I had to move the recorder a bit back from the piano somewhat to avoid saturation, even with the record level set to a quite low level. So in this case, I believe it was just off to the right of me, sitting on a music stand (you can probably hear heavy breathing if you listen carefully !). I figure it is better to be on the right hand side, as you don't want to emphasize the bass notes to much (at least in a piece like this).

The other thing I realized was that, in previous recitals, I had just put up something when it was time to contribute. This time I decided to try to work longer on the piece before submitting.
Still there are many errors, but of course repetition helps. I still was not able to memorize the entire piece, even though I kept working on that. I had it about 2/3 committed to memory but it seemed if I waited until it was all there it would be just too long a wait.

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Thank you so much to fellow Recitalists for your kind and always-encouraging comments. I *did* notice that The Crane Dance was well received - I wonder if Einaudi has gained any converts? smile

(And no, Shepherd, I suspect your ears are deceiving you re the ‘imprisoned maximalist’. A minimalist approach suits my very-mature fingers just fine!)

Once again, my heartfelt thanks to all at Piano World who continue to make these valuable Recitals happen!


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(And no, Shepherd, I suspect your ears are deceiving you re the ‘imprisoned maximalist’. A minimalist approach suits my very-mature fingers just fine!)
Oh, well. I suppose it must have been my very mature ears deceiving me. 😁

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Originally Posted by MarieJ
Thank you so much to fellow Recitalists for your kind and always-encouraging comments. I *did* notice that The Crane Dance was well received - I wonder if Einaudi has gained any converts? smile

(And no, Shepherd, I suspect your ears are deceiving you re the ‘imprisoned maximalist’. A minimalist approach suits my very-mature fingers just fine!)

Once again, my heartfelt thanks to all at Piano World who continue to make these valuable Recitals happen!




MarieJ, your crane dance I very much enjoyed it so I'll mention it again.

Not that I needed converting but I revisited an oldie last night I did many recitals ago, underwood, I love that piece, I think I am ready more or less to do a rerecord one of these days with some differences.

Unfortunately I think ( or not ) I often think Einaudi gets popularised around here by the iconic tunes like I Giorni and other such pieces he is well known for , which I find a bit ordinary and too easy listening/smoochy personally ( at times). In the recitals, it is usually the hit singles that most will jump at starting out with Einaudi, but they are actually my least favourites, all the gems are mostly the lesser known ones smile IMO, Some of the best stuff he has done I enjoy most are collaboration works with others, like the album cloudland, and recently this concert too https://youtu.be/mf3fyVKltuE?t=30m28s , a very nice mix of electronic and acoustic sounds, with an oriental flavour. smile Enjoy Einaudi fans.


Back to the recital, I heard most at this stage and would like to congratulate each and every one even if I don't comment on all entries, once again it has been a very enjoyable recital, with new pieces I never heard before I'd also like to play ... one day.

Many thanks to those commenting on mine since, I hope I didn't omit anyone.

Monica K, Peyton, SwissMS, mel_lem, cmb13, SMA55, peterws, Riddler, UnderConstruction, MarieJ, piano_primo_1, Sam S, Piano2138.

On the whole I am glad some thought I captured the whole church and reverent smile There is an irony to this, that my last two pieces were a morning prayer and In Church, all with a religious theme, I love a lot of church music in general. As for the inspiration and the feeling I get from tho pieces is rather different for me, since I am not in any way religious, but they do have a meditative feel I rather enjoy. With morning prayer there is hope, while the feeling In church gives me a sense of .... desperation, almost, that is what I tried to express anyway. eek


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Originally Posted by SMA55
Oh, well. I suppose it must have been my very mature ears deceiving me. 😁
Bet my fingers are older than your ears!
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Oh, well. I suppose it must have been my very mature ears deceiving me. 😁
Bet my fingers are older than your ears!
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I was always taught that it was impolite to ask a woman the age of her fingers, so I don’t think there’s a way to take you up on your bet. But instead I will simply say that I’ve had my ears for a long time...and they’re the original ones that I came with. 😁

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I was always taught that it was impolite to ask a woman the age of her fingers, so I don’t think there’s a way to take you up on your bet.


But her left pinky looks young for its age.


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I was always taught that it was impolite to ask a woman the age of her fingers, so I don’t think there’s a way to take you up on your bet.


But her left pinky looks young for its age.

Indeed it does. Which leads one to wonder if perhaps it has been treated with Botox. But again, that would be rude to ask about.

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And finally - I have had time to sit and truly relax, enjoying the wonderful music of this recital!

Thank you so much again, to Monica and Sam for the work on pulling the recital together and keeping the index up to date!


24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor Well, for a work in progress, this is great progress. WOW. I am not familiar with this piece but I really enjoyed listening to (and watching) your performance. There's an amazing range of mood in this piece - it must be thrilling to play! -And the last minute or mind blowing! What a treat- thank you so much for this delight!

25. Piano2138 - Chorale Be Content BWV 512 Great work work - especially at 19 months. I love Bach and how he makes your brain puzzle things out at every level! Well done!

26. Newbert - All The Way A new-to-me piece - but very nice indeed. True "piano bar" style, so evocative of its period, very enjoyable!

27. pines9876 - Snowy Sky 10 months, and you wrote out the score yourself? I'm impressed! It's a charming piece played with a lovely delicacy and energy. I look forward to hearing more from you in the next recitals!

28. fishandchips - Morning Prayer I love this piece - I played it a year or so ago and have been trying to keep in my repertoir. It was really hard for me to get started on it- I found just reading the score very difficult at first. I think you've done an excellent job on this - bringing out the joy of a new day, it lifted my heart to hear it.

29. Ganddalf - Impromptu Op.90 no.4 Ganddalf, whatever you play is always a delight and I sincerely doubt that there's any risk of boring any of us! I don't recall ever hearing this piece - I'm not very knowledgeable about Schubert (I'll have to remedy that!). This piece is a real delight, there's a sort of music box quality to it, without it being too sentimental. I love the rippling flow that runs through it. It made me want to dance! Loved it!

30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4 I've yet to try an Invention, though I've played a number of shorter Bach pieces - I love how the music weaves in and out and over and around - what a lovely flowing brain puzzle - I thoroughly enjoyed listening to your playing - well done indeed!

31. AZ_Astro - Pastorale from the Petit Trianon Suite Sweet! I have several Agay books, but none with pieces composed by him! This was really charming - you really caught the flavour of a country tune, I could picture an 18thC hay mowing scene with scythes and sunsine. Charming!

32. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC Sam that was so much fun! I love harpischords and it was such a treat to hear and see you playing one - and what a great background story! Do you find it distracting to play reverse coloured keys? Have you played using the upper keyboard? I really enjoyed your performance, - there may have been some flubs, but they were not distracting and you played through confidently - Bravo!

33. Alexander Borro - In Church Op. 39 No. 24 Beautiful! I love this piece, I first heard of it in these forums and was inspired to buy a new book simply because the book contained it. I think you've done a lovely job on this - it's hard to get the soft parts soft enough without losing the sound - I particularly liked your work on the last piece with the thum thum thum and working your way down the keyboard with the right hand. Very nice playing indeed!

34. JoBert - Bagatelle (Opus 119, No. 1) Charming! I really did enjoy it! I haven't heard a lot of Bagatelles, I really like the light, cheery, playfulness of the piece. I bet you had fun playing it! Delightful! Thank you!

35. mel_lem/Melanie - Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779 Brava! This is one of my favourites and you did a great job on it - I love the energy that shines in this piece.

36. Moo smile - Songs without words op 30 no 1 These songs without words are such beautiful pieces - it would be easy to think of words to go with them! This is particularly restful and soothing - it made me think of a boat floating gently down a river on a warm spring day. Most enjoyable!

37. SandTiger - Avenue D I don't remember hearing this before, but I notice your touch is lighter and more delicate than in the past, with more nuances - there's a certain atmosphere to this piece evocative of early morning city gearing up for the day. Nicely done!

38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab Major I thought this was reminiscent of Chopin, and see that she was a contemporary of his! Very interesting. Really beautiful music - I can see why you wanted to play it. Even though it's in a minor key it seems quite cheerful and bright. I enjoyed listening, very much!

39. lvojnovic - Prelude 1913 Another piece I'm not very familiar with - it sounds very modern in some ways and at the same time old fashioned. It's really interesting - with some fun unusual twists - Nicely played!

40. Michiyo-Fir (Jade) - 12 Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman K.265 I have only heard this played with all 12 variations twice before. Each time - including this one! - I've been delighted. You really brought out all the fun there is to be had in these variations and I had so much fun listening for all the nuances. What a treat! Thank you!

41. peterws - Novelette 1 in C How pretty! I can see why you wanted to play this. I am glad you made it through the crisis and the cursing to get it recorded! (by the way - the link didn't work for the video) - This sounds like a piece that involves several periods all at once, it sounds 18thC and 19thC - even 20thC at some points - Fascinating and most enjoyable --- it was worth the effort Peter!


42. Schin L - Nocturne op.9 no.2 I am presently working on my first Chopin Nocturne (a much more simple one than this!) and I really understand the draw. There's something about this music that calls to your soul, isn't there? It's always daunting when you see that a piece you long to play seems out of your reach - you may have a bit more work to do on this one but it's obvious that you've really been studying if you can play it at this tempo so smoothly. Good for you!

43. joangolfing - March BVW Anhang 122 I cannot imagine playing this without looking at the keys! Well done! I like this piece very much and have toyed with it , without actually "studying" it. My teacher focuses on reading the score too, but he doesn't try to stop me from looking at the keys smile Good luck with this new approach, you seem to be off to a great start!

44. Richard (zrtf90) - Asturias (Leyenda) Richard - it's so nice to have you back - you've been missed! We have this music on an album (yup, the old vinyl stuff), played on guitar. I am astonished how much your piano sounds like a guitar at the beginning! This is brilliant, in every sense- the pace, the meticiulous tic tic tic and then the rumbling strumming - simply gorgeous! I'm entranced. This was the highlight of the recital for me, hands down. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

45. Kalos Piano - The Clear Stream Rusciello Limpido! I love this piece. You've mastered it gracefully and you've played charmingly!

46. Fouyaut - Fugue op. 35 no.2 I can see why your friend believed you when you told her it was by Bach smile How disappointing that your teacher wouldn't work on it with you! on the other hand, you seem to have worked well on it independently - good for you. It's a really beautiful piece, and intriguing to listen to - you feel that it is taking you on some sort of journey. I enjoyed your performance very much.

47. Ralphiano (Ralph) - La Poupee (The Doll) I enjoyed reading about your journey working on this piece as an introduction before listening to the music. It is clear that you've made some really lovely progress and that you're reaching new levels and developing those skills that serve so well with this kind of piece! Congratulations!

48. Piano_Primo - Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor.Shortened Version, 2. Bach Choral BWV 514 Well, Chopin is never easy - and this one in particular is a big challenge - What you've done here is lovely and certainly in the spirit of the piece! - I look forward to hearing you play the full version in the future!


49. UnderConstruction - Debussy - Arabesque 1 Ah - the last piece in the recital, and I'm listening to it just before it's time to wrap up my day. What a wonderful way to conclude the recital and to send me off to dream land! I first heard this piece in one of our recitals and loved it right away. Maybe someday I will be able to play it - in the meantime, I'm always delighted when someone else submits it to the recital and gives me the joy of hearing it again. Thank you so much for this truly lovely performance!


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32. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC Do you find it distracting to play reverse coloured keys? Have you played using the upper keyboard?


Thanks everyone for the kind words. I got a bunch of questions about the harpsichord, so here's some info.

It plucks the strings with little plastic plectrum. There is no control over the volume, except by adding and subtracting stops and effects - which is why the piano was such an improvement and took over from the harpsichord so quickly (okay, decades, but that's pretty quick for the 18th century). There is no cast iron plate, so the construction, compared to a piano, is lightweight, and the strings are at a much lower tension.

Mine can vary the volume by changing the number of strings that are played for each note. There are 2 ranks of strings at 8' pitch (the regular pitch) and one rank at 4' pitch (an octave higher). So the lower keyboard can play one 8', or two 8' ranks, or two 8' and the 4'. There's also a lute stop that uses a different set of plectra that pluck near the front bridge for a more nasal sound. And a buff stop that can be used with either 8' register that pushes a piece of felt against each string to produce a muted sound.

You can't really change these sounds as you play, although there are pedals to do it with. I don't think it was the style to make quick changes anyway, and the different registers are not standard from one instrument to another. That's why there are two keyboards, for instance you can set the upper one to be softer and the lower one louder, or some combination that you like.

It is a little disconcerting to play on the reverse colored keys, but you get used to it. I have not gotten used to moving between the keyboards - that is going to take some practice. The weight of the action varies depending on how many sets of strings you switch in, whereas the piano action always feels the same.

One drawback is that it goes out of tune from one day to the next, so I either spend a lot of valuable time tuning or live with it until it drives me nuts!

I have spent years learning to play soft and loud on the piano, and voice chords to bring out a particular note, and "round off" my phrases, all of which is lost on the harpsichord. It doesn't matter how loud or soft you try to play, it always has the same volume. In that sense, it does sound very mechanical at times, like a sewing machine that plays music! So its not going to be my favorite instrument, but it is fun to play.

I spent over a year in bits and pieces of time here and there rebuilding it. It was unplayable and missing parts. New strings, new plectra, regulating and voicing. I originally thought I would rebuild it to sell it, but now I'm loath to part with it. My wife plays the recorder, and its perfect to accompany her with, so I guess I'm keeping it!

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I would like to thank everybody who was commenting my piece ( What A Wonderful World). I’m surprised that there are only positive feedbacks wink Thank you again.


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I would like to thank everybody who was commenting my piece ( What A Wonderful World). I’m surprised that there are only positive feedbacks wink Thank you again.


Not all of us here are technical enough to comment meaningfully, but there's the odd time something stands out, and one draws attention to it positively!
Because, at the end of the day, it's just great to play.


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Sam, thanks for the detailed reply about the harpsichord!

I am full of admiration for the work you’ve done on it - both in terms of the rebuilding and your playing!


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Thank you so much to those that commented on my piece; I really apprecitate it. I'd like to comment on a few pieces from this recital but time is still difficult to find at the moment so for now a big applause to those that participated.

Originally Posted by Ralph L.
...no wonder ppl mixed you up with Richard Clayerdeman in our last recital:)
? Sadly, I wasn't in the last recital, but I don't think I'd have been mixed up with Richard Clayderman!

Originally Posted by MarieJ
This is one of my all-time favourite guitar pieces, and how wonderfully you translated it into a fabulous piano recital
I can't take credit for that, Marie. Albeniz never wrote for guitar. This is an original piano piece. It was transcribed for guitar by Segovia, most famously, and others, although it was probably written in imitation of that instrument.

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...my guess is that it’s probably a little less difficult to play on guitar
It really depends on where you are with each instrument. It took a lot longer to learn Segovia's version of this, and it's still quite tricky in places so I have other 'easier' versions to choose from. On piano this really isn't that difficult. The difficulty with the guitar version is LH stretches making it difficult to keep the main figure smooth and even but the big chords are quite easy. On piano the main figure is a walk in the park but the chords that jump an octave or more, each hand in a different direction, are quite demanding of precision and carefully orchestrated practice techniques. The rapid return of the hands to the main figure, as if they'e never left, is also tricky.

Originally Posted by piano_primo_1
BTW what is your established practice routine,?- in the recital “excerpt” you mentioned.
I normally divide my time between learning new pieces (repertoire and throwaways), consolidating pieces learnt in the last year or so, maintaining a repertoire of highly polished pieces and revisiting past glories (or mishaps) that I haven't worked on for years.

These groups all require different practise techniques and approaches. Because of my limited piano time I've only been working my themed recital pieces (that didn't even make it) and some repertoire pieces that have been newly added to my list.


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Thank to all who have listened and/or commented on my piece. Even on my youtube channel!
I want to upload more on youtube, but it will not be a piece a week. But it is a good study to play something as good as you can on the moment. It's actually agile practising smile

Congratulations to everyone who participated.

Like Richard, I didn't have the time yet to truly listen and comment on the pieces.
Here are my thanks to the people who commented.

Originally Posted by casinitaly

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor Well, for a work in progress, this is great progress. WOW. I am not familiar with this piece but I really enjoyed listening to (and watching) your performance. There's an amazing range of mood in this piece - it must be thrilling to play! -And the last minute or mind blowing! What a treat- thank you so much for this delight!


Thanks for listening and yes, it's a thrill to play it. Especially when you get something right after struggling for a loong time!

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24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Impressive! An epic piece so beautifully played.


Thank you very much!

Originally Posted by Sam S

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor Outstanding work - can't say anything else!

Thanks!

Originally Posted by khopin

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Big chalenge!!!!! I was very impressed, you achieved a very high level in this master piece. Enjoyable for sure.
Congratulation!!

thanks khopin. I think there's still some progress to be made.

Originally Posted by MeganR

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor Beautiful, impressive, I got lost listening so I had to listen again.

Thanks Megan!

Originally Posted by Riddler

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Paul, wow, I am in awe. This is a piece that I love with a passion, and you played it superbly. What an accomplishment! Color make green with envy.

Thanks Riddler! Good to hear this from someone who knows the piece well. Those are the trickiest to please laugh

Originally Posted by MarieJ

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor Wow - superb playing on a magnificent piano. (And congratulations on your first video - was that really captured with only your phone and a scrunchy?)

Yes a scrunchy. I don't have any tripod for the phone so I used the scrunchy method. Hey, as long as it's not moving!

Originally Posted by SMA55

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Wow! What a technically demanding piece! And you’ve successfully met the challenges involved. You should be very proud of yourself. Bravo! Regarding the video, I think you did a great job of syncing the video and audio. I myself didn’t see them ever getting significantly out of sync, even toward the end. What video editing software did you use?

Thanks SMA55! I noticed that when you change the quality in youtube the out of sync issue is more apparent. I used imovie to combine the audio and video together. In the end after some fiddling about with the tempo sliders it came together nicely, allthough not perfect.
I recorded in lossless format and I think when I record in the same bitrate as the phone does, it will be a better fit.

Originally Posted by peterws

24 Chopinoholic

Well, it sounds pretty good to me and there's plenty o' passion there where it counts. In the fight . . . .but the making up makes for a nice musical journey. As it does . . . wonderful!


Thanks Peter. I really would love to hear you playing Chopin someday!


Originally Posted by pianoduck

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor A challenging work for sure, well done on studying this lovely piece. Tempo at the start was slightly too slow for me, but honestly that is just a personal preference and not a criticism. Good job!

You are right. I need to play the beginning more moderato as indicated. In my opinion there's much to gain with the different tempi in the piece. It will take time of course.

Originally Posted by cmb13

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Wow! What a performance! And what an ending! I’m not sure I have the stamina to play such a piece, let alone the skill. Beautifully done.

Thanks! The ending was actually over the top according to Chopin himself. But I like it!

Originally Posted by piano_primo_1

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor [obviously a beginner right?...hey don’t worry… you’ll get there!!!] smile
very expressive and delicate playing when needed with this challenging piece.. Good choice. Dynamics were superb , I can really FEEL the dynamics . … quite a piece to master. a reverie of feeling .

Thanks for the encouragement pp1! smile And thanks for the compliment on the dynamics. it means a lot.

Originally Posted by UnderConstruction

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Wow Paul! Amazing stuff, I hope one day my teacher will let me play this, but I suspect it might be a while away. Ik kijk er naar uit om het eindproduct te beluisteren.

Dankjewel!
I waited for the assignment for more than 20 years smile

Originally Posted by Ralph L.

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor felt like listening to a concert. great job! heard some familiar pieces in it.

Glad you enjoyed it Ralph!

Originally Posted by Monica K.

24. chopinoholic – Ballade no. 1 op. 23: This is a highly impressive performance of a very demanding piece. It sounds considerably more polished than a “work in progress” to me!

I think it will always be a work in progress. Thanks for your compliment!

Originally Posted by Alexander Borro

24 chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Lovely, stuff that is way above me, so I'll leave the technical feedback to those in the know, though I am quite familiar with it by now having heard it many times by many pianist. I really enjoyed it, the demanding sections sounded great too, excellent for something you consider ... WIP.

Thanks Alexander! With a famous piece like this, there's always the risk of being compared to the greats and others since it is played so much. But there's a reason so I don't mind at all. It's such a beautiful piece.

Originally Posted by SwissMS

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor This is a piece on my someday list. Your playing is an inspiration. This does not sound like a work in progress. You played it beautifully! I like the way you pace the piece, allowing its gentleness to show through while infusiing the turbulent sections with power. Wonderful work on those difficult run sections.

It is an honor to be your inspiration smile
And thanks for the pacing compliment. I try to make it flow with the complete picture in mind and tell the story. If this worked then this is a definate win for me.
thank you very much for your nice words!


Paul

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