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#2689565 - 11/14/17 09:24 PM Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room  
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Welcome to the General Discussion Room for the AB Forum “Beginners and Beyond” Recital #48!!!

Please use this room for any discussion of the pieces in Recital #48 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.

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#2689617 - 11/14/17 11:18 PM Re: Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]  
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Goodness - am I the first to comment?

Another series of feasts for the ears, and inspirations for the spirit - I really look forward to the opening of the next quarterly Recital (that is, once I’ve finally managed a recording I can live with, and have successfully uploaded my effort). Thank you so much to the wonderful organisers.

Now on with the headphones!


01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3 (I *always* attempt to record a piece without errors, but I usually find that the more I try, the more errors I make - invariably in a different place.) Shepherd, that was just lovely - such sensitive playing on your magnificent Steingraeber.

02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1 You sounded confident and ‘happy-fied' throughout, Megan - that was a treat. Well done!

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance I’m glad I managed to get this in early, ghost notes and all, because two bouts of cataract surgery played havoc with piano practice for weeks. No excuses now, though, and I’ll revisit this one soon.

04. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard) I loved this. A lot of clever arranging - putting it all together so seamlessly can’t have been easy.

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag The first time I’ve heard this one, and I really enjoyed it - and I loved your light touch, too. Nice work!!


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15. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Danny Boy / Londonderry Air

What a soulful rendition !


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Wow, three Bach Inventions in a single recital!

earlofmar - No. 3 in D major: Congratulations on learning 5 inventions, and on passing your AMEB Grade 5 exam! Not that I'm surprised in any way wink Did you learn the a minor? I think I will try that next.

h8dk97 - No. 4 in d minor: I think you did an excellent job with the long trills and the other ornaments! I tend to keep the latter very short, just 3 notes, but I still miss them half of the times. This is my favourite invention, it's so melodic and wistful, and I love the exchange between the hands (especially in Simone Dinnerstein's rendition, which is almost Romantic in style). As all inventions, it's also relentless, and I think you did wonderfully after only 2 years (and in absolute terms too!).

mel_lem - No. 8 in F major: I think your years of study as a child really shine through, such control and confidence! I tried to learn this one but gave up because the tempo is too fast for me. I will definitely have another try.


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#2689642 - 11/15/17 02:46 AM Re: Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]  
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14. Riddler/Ed – I hear a rhapsody Ed, this was really surprising to me: we seem to like essentially the same songs for I have recorded this one as well. Still there is one difference: you are a jazz musician, I play easy listening. Mind if I post my recording in the December Piano Bar, just informatively? Yours is a true jazz performance with gorgeous chord progressions with slightly dissonant “ajoutés”. Then you get into a very inspiring swing impro at 1:52. The harmonies at the end, when you take up the melody again, seem to be slightly different from the beginning at one or two points (if I am not mistaken), and that makes it even more interesting and fun to listen to.

15. CASINITALY - Londonderry Air Very soulful, indeed. I do like your intro, the performance would not be complete without such, and I like pianists who are able to deviate from a written score and add their own ideas. You chose a very romantic, slow tempo, are almost playing isolated phrases like just “citing” the tune because it is so well-known. And I find your second time through even better than the first.

23. sinophilia - River City Blues This is incredibly beautiful. What a wonderful song, did no know it, yet. I like it when a blues does not follow the usual boring TTTT-SSTT-DSTT pattern. All your strides are okay, and the piece is so slow that they should not be a problem.

10. SwissMiss/Doris – Qing Ge This is a wonderful, impressionistic Chinese piece. Thanks for sharing. I have heard “Yellow River” once on the radio, played by Lang Lang, loved it, and your piece is much the like. You are playing it so well that you could feature as a guest in the next Lang Lang concert.

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag This is simply perfect. I can see you have specialised in Ragtime. I have played and recorded some Joplin rags as well and always had to force myself not to play them too fast according to Joplin's instruction "it is never right to play Ragtime fast". Your rendition is fantastic in every respect.

#2689655 - 11/15/17 04:50 AM Re: Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room [Re: sinophilia]  
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Originally Posted by sinophilia
mel_lem - No. 8 in F major: I think your years of study as a child really shine through, such control and confidence! I tried to learn this one but gave up because the tempo is too fast for me. I will definitely have another try.


Thank you for your comment! I think what still retained in me from those years of study are the ability to focus and remain focused for an extended period of time, and some basic training in rhythm and musicality. There is a gap of 15 years, my technique was bad and my fingers were weak when I restarted. I am picking up again, I feel, after a year of practicing regularly.

I started this one in a very slow tempo, and increased gradually. I was playing at a quaver note = 188 in this recording, which I think it has not reached "Presto" yet. When I tried to play beyond that tempo, my left hand will become muddy. Still need to work on this, but I am starting No. 13 soon! laugh

I have been listening to the whole set of 2-part inventions played by young musicians on a harpsichord, if you are interested, the link is here - http://allofbach.com/en/mobile/bwv/bwv-772-786/


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#2689658 - 11/15/17 04:59 AM Re: Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room [Re: mel_lem]  
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Originally Posted by mel_lem

I have been listening to the whole set of 2-part inventions played by young musicians on a harpsichord, if you are interested, the link is here - http://allofbach.com/en/mobile/bwv/bwv-772-786/


Thanks! I am learning no. 13 right now. Or attempting to!


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Originally Posted by Pianist685

10. SwissMiss/Doris – Qing Ge This is a wonderful, impressionistic Chinese piece. Thanks for sharing. I have heard “Yellow River” once on the radio, played by Lang Lang, loved it, and your piece is much the like. You are playing it so well that you could feature as a guest in the next Lang Lang concert.


Thank you pianist685! I love the gentle flow of this piece. It proved more challenging than expected.

Here is a vocal version by Song Zuying and Palacio Domingo accompanied by Lang Lang-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAoFTQ0kjtk

Lang Lang get in quite an expressive interlude.

#2689661 - 11/15/17 05:48 AM Re: Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]  
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Try the new html5 player:

ABF Player Recital 48

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

Sam

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It is working well on my mobile phone (Safari on iPhone 6s plus).

I like that I can reorganise the tracks to my preference.

I don't like that I have to slide at the very edge of the screen (on the right side) to scroll up or down, if not, I will accidentally change the order of the tracks.

Report over.

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#2689667 - 11/15/17 06:30 AM Re: Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Sam S]  
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Originally Posted by Sam S
Try the new html5 player:

ABF Player Recital 48

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

Sam

My only issue would be its size; it's quite small.


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Originally Posted by Keselo
Originally Posted by Sam S
Try the new html5 player:

ABF Player Recital 48

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

Sam

My only issue would be its size; it's quite small.


Need more info than that - it takes up half the screen on my Mac using Safari. You can also click the popup button at the bottom and put it in a new window and resize. Are you using a computer? Mobile? Browser?

Sam

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Originally Posted by Sam S
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Originally Posted by Sam S
Try the new html5 player:

ABF Player Recital 48

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

Sam

My only issue would be its size; it's quite small.


Need more info than that - it takes up half the screen on my Mac using Safari. You can also click the popup button at the bottom and put it in a new window and resize. Are you using a computer? Mobile? Browser?

Sam

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This is how it looks on my computerscreen. I use a computer with Windows 10, and use Chrome as my browser. I don't see a popup button anywhere on my screen.

I could easily resize it by pressing control and by scrolling a bit, which I've done, but I thought I'd let you know regardless.

I'd also like to add something: the lack of progress bar. I don't know how easy such a thing is to add, but it would make it a lot more convenient to use.


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#2689675 - 11/15/17 06:57 AM Re: Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Keselo]  
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Originally Posted by Keselo
Originally Posted by Sam S
Originally Posted by Keselo
Originally Posted by Sam S
Try the new html5 player:

ABF Player Recital 48

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

Sam

My only issue would be its size; it's quite small.


Need more info than that - it takes up half the screen on my Mac using Safari. You can also click the popup button at the bottom and put it in a new window and resize. Are you using a computer? Mobile? Browser?

Sam

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This is how it looks on my computerscreen. I use a computer with Windows 10, and use Chrome as my browser. I don't see a popup button anywhere on my screen.

I could easily resize it by pressing control and by scrolling a bit, which I've done, but I thought I'd let you know regardless.

I'd also like to add something: the lack of progress bar. I don't know how easy such a thing is to add, but it would make it a lot more convenient to use.


Tim - try a different browser - there is a progress bar.

Sam

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This looks like the old ABF player.


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The first six.

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3

I’d never heard this piece before, but I think it’s gorgeous the way you played it. I like how the right hand sings so clearly. Absolutely stellar performance, bravo!

02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1

I really liked the first movement at this tempo. You normally only hear it at its “intended” tempo, so your tempo of playing was both refreshing and very pleasant to listen to. The other two movements I’m less familiar with myself, but you certainly made me want to (eventually) learn this piece. The third movement is indeed an incredibly happy-sounding movement, very cheerfully written by Mr Clementi and well played by you!

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance

I’m normally not much of an Einaudi-guy, but I think this piece, especially with the description that you provided, makes for a beautiful piece of music. Very well played by you, too!

04. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard)

What a unique project to submit! I love how you play both parts, and managed to play them so well in sync. A very good performance!

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag

I never listen to ragtime, but this performance of yours might just make me start doing so. Very light-hearted piece, and very nice balance between both hands throughout. The way your left hand seems to almost effortlessly travel all over the place, while at all times maintaining a controlled touch, is also very motivational to me personally. Very nicely done.

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515)

All that needs to be said about this piece has already been said thousands of times. It’s a lovely piece of music, and you played it very well. Chapeau.


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Originally Posted by Sam S
Originally Posted by Keselo
Originally Posted by Sam S
Originally Posted by Keselo
Originally Posted by Sam S
Try the new html5 player:

ABF Player Recital 48

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

Sam

My only issue would be its size; it's quite small.


Need more info than that - it takes up half the screen on my Mac using Safari. You can also click the popup button at the bottom and put it in a new window and resize. Are you using a computer? Mobile? Browser?

Sam

[Linked Image]

This is how it looks on my computerscreen. I use a computer with Windows 10, and use Chrome as my browser. I don't see a popup button anywhere on my screen.

I could easily resize it by pressing control and by scrolling a bit, which I've done, but I thought I'd let you know regardless.

I'd also like to add something: the lack of progress bar. I don't know how easy such a thing is to add, but it would make it a lot more convenient to use.


Tim - try a different browser - there is a progress bar.

Sam


Sometimes I wonder how I don't forget to breathe. I clicked the link in the opening post of the thread we're not allowed to reply to, and just assumed you linked to the same thing.

So, yeah. The new player works very well, and all the issues that I thought I had have already been addressed. My apologies!


Tim

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38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab major (Farrenc) Thanks for sharing this less-known, wonderful piece. Trouvaille... Has some Schubert-like appeal. Speaking of obscure gems, less popular composers and the key signature Ab major, I can recommend the piece "Chanteurs de Noel" ("Christmas Singers"), Op. 41 No. 3, by the Russian composer Sergei Lyapunov (romantic, in the succession of Franz Liszt). Something to play in the forthcoming Christmas season. Find the sheet music and my recording on IMSLP as well.

42. Shin L - Nocturne 9/2 Nice job, good recording of a difficult piece. Congratulations. The problem is, there are so many perfect recordings of this piece already existing that I can't help comparing any new recording to those. From that point I would recommend you to release the pedal more often, play the piece slower and with more rubato and more changes in dynamics. But that is just my personal, subjective opinion. Well done anyway.

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This is another truly wonderful recital!

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3 I adore this piece, and have learned it several times in the past. I love your gentle rendition of it. Your melody is well projected, and I like the continuous flow with subtle rubato. Wonderful job! You have inspired me to try to work it back into my repertoire!

02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1 This is such a joyful piece. I like your evenness and precise articulations. Nice dynamic control as well! These pieces are so transparent,and you give a perfect performance!

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance You give this piece such gentleness and a certain sense of wonder. I love how you pace the piece.

04. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard) I like the mix that you chose for the piece. It remains me of dancing at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Very nice arrangement!

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag This has such a relaxed feel, like a community picnic on Sunday. You play it so well! It just flows along effortlessly. Beautifully played!

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515) I love this piece too! You do a beautiful job with it. The effort that you put into it definitely shows. There is a lot of heart in your playing!

07. earlofmar - Invention No 3 Really nice performance of this invention! I like your balance of the voices. I can see how this piece would be tough in an exam, but this sounds like a perfect performance.

08. wouter79 - Album for the Young (after Schumann), "Italian song" Op. 39, No. 15 I like your articulation in this piece. The legato against the staccato accompaniment is very good. The legato phrasing is seamless, and the staccato is crisp and even. Great job!

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song" I love Heller. His Etudes are so expressive! I love your use of dynamic range in this piece. You present a lot of power, true to the name of the piece. Beautiful voicing of those big chords!

11. Jerzyk19 - What A Wonderful World This is a very nice arrangement of a true classic. You play it very well, with good phrasing.

12. Peyton Higgison - Music For Meadows I love your compositions! They have such emotion embedded in them. This one has a sense of peace and tranquility. I love the rippling arpeggios. I remember those round bales from my childhood in the midwest US. Your video brings back good memories.

13. Monica K. - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete I like the peaceful, uplifting feeling of this piece. You play it with delicacy. Truly a wonderful performance!

14. Riddler (Ed) - I Hear a Rhapsody Nice, relaxed presentation of this classic. I really like your arrangement. You introduce a lot of variation giving it a lot of appeal. Nice playing.

15. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Danny Boy / Londonderry Air I was looking forward to see what you would do with this piece. Your new intro works seamlessly, and I like your second more upbeat variation and ending. Well done!

16. zsolpyW - WInd of Change I am not familiar with the composer, but I really like the piece. You handled the big chords very well, and put some power behind them. Nicely played.

17. Sandalholme - Andante con moto from Piano Sonata No30 I love Haydn’s music! It is usually very upbeat and lively. This piece seems more pensive, but still has Haydn’s playfulness. You play it extremely well, with a gentle, light touch. Your trills are very nice, as is your phrasing. I like you restrained use of the dynamic range.

18. Lotus in Blue (Laura) - 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.

19. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina F Major (Op. 168, No. 1, I) This is a very nice, polished performance! Classical style music is so transparent, and clearly your accuracy and articulation are excellent.

20. briangmoore - Monday You have clearly captured the Einaudi sound. Nice job on the phrasing and projection of the melody.

21. Keselo - Morning Prayer (Op. 101 No. 2) I like the slow, reverent feeling that you give the piece. This is an excellent job for 10 months of playing!

22. Roger Ransom - Ebb Tide I love your rippling arpeggios! They add such richness to the piece. Beautiful playing and a lovely arrangement!

23. sinophilia - River City Blues Great Blues! It sounds like you have the stride base well in hand. I like your emphasis on the baseline, talking back to the melody. Great job!

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.

25. Piano2138 - Chorale Be Content BWV 512 Very nice Bach! I like how you have balanced the voices.

26. Newbert - All The Way This is a very nice arrangement of this classic. I like the way you “sing” the song, allowing it to tell its story. Nicely done.

27. pines9876 - Snowy Sky It is very impressive that you wrote out the arrangement and then learned it! You play this very well. I like your phrasing, and gentle rubato. Nice job. A teacher will be thrilled to have you as a student!

28. fishandchips - Morning Prayer Nice job voicing the chords on this piece! I like your chosen tempo, and the reverent feel you give the piece.

29. Ganddalf - Impromptu Op.90 no.4 I love how you handled those rippling runs! Gorgeous playing throughout this beautiful piece. The balance of voices is wonderful.

30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4 Nice balance of the voices. Those long trills are very challenging, but you are getting there with them. Great Bach!

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I'm going to do my usual skipping around starting somewhere in the middle.... then I'm on the road for a week with no wi-fi so today be it for a while.

32. Sam- Wow, that was pretty amazing Sam. Well worth all the trouble you went through rebuilding that harpsichord.

13. Monica- I agree, a really sweet melody and so nicely played by you.

3. MarieJ- I figured I'd listen to another Einaudi. Mmmm... a little mysterious and a bit unpredictable. Your touch is perfect.

9.. Pianist685- So dramatic!! I love it. That sounds like a lot of jumping around for those chords. I bet you really have to just trust yourself. Great playing!! I really enjoyed listening.


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I wasn't able to comment on the last two recitals due to Life Getting In The Way Issues, so I'm glad to have the time for this one. First batch:

01. SMA55 – Consolation No. 3: When I think of Liszt, I tend to think of fast and furious, but this piece is sooooo dreamy and beautiful. You do a great job of keeping the tempo unhurried and drawing the melody out with emotion. And your piano sounds awesome!

02. MeganR – Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1L This piece is so lilting and jaunty that it sounds like it ought to be easy, but I know better than that! You pull off all the separate voices nicely and keep the tempo steady, and that’s hard to do with a five-plus minute long piece!

03. Marie – The Crane Dance: Oh, you so *get* Einaudi. Playing a delicate piece like this with just the right expressiveness is a lot harder than the sheet music looks (which is why I haven’t dared to tackle this one yet, ha!). Your version captures the essence of the piece perfectly.

04. Ralph L. – Auld Lang Syne: I liked your addition of strings/chorus... it looked fun to play, and it was definitely fun to listen to! I also really liked your video-within-a-video setup on YouTube. smile

05. Whizbang – Gladiolus Rag: I don’t think I have heard this Joplin rag before, but I liked it a lot... it has an eminently hummable melody, and your playing of it was light and carefree, just the way a rag should be, even during those fast octave runs. thumb

06. blackjack1777 – Fur Elise: I agree with you: This piece has sad overtones of loss and longing. Many people play the first theme but don’t bother tackling the rest, but the other sections are, in my opinion, crucial for a full appreciation of this classic. Nicely done!

07. earlofmar – Invention No. 3: I admire you for your willingness to invest the “hard work and persistence” to tackle Bach. This piece required constant precision and attention and nonstop action, and you pulled it off masterfully.

08. wouter79 – Italian Song, Op. 39 No. 15: The oom-pah-pah pattern in the left hand immediately brought me back to my accordion years, and I mean that in a pleasant way. laugh This is a fun little piece, and I enjoyed your rendition.

09. Pianist685 – Etude Op. 45, No. 15 “Warrior’s Song” : I’ve been playing a couple of pieces lately that involve big chords–not my usual M.O.–so I have a new appreciation for the challenges that you had to confront in mastering this piece. You play all those chords cleanly and powerfully, and the end result is impressive.

10. SwissMS – Love Song: What a haunting melody! I wasn’t familiar with this work, but I love it! And you play it so gently and sweetly. smile


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Some picks to get going.

01 SMA55 Consolation No. 3

A wonderful start, really enjoyed this, something I'd love to learn in future, What a wonderful tone out of the Steingraeber, great recording/sound, a wonderful instrument and playing.

02 MeganR Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1

Nicely played and sounds secure, as you say, better have it solidly under the fingers in movement 1 than trying the higher speed and stumble. Nice switching in dynamics from the first to second movement too, and so well done for doing all three on the trot. Congrats.

03 MarieJ The Crane dance

Ooh what a delicate delight Marie, makes me want to pull out the Einudi book later. smile Never tried this one, my Einaudi has not been touched in a while apart from a couple I maintain and play now and again. blushThere are some lovely touches here true to Einaudi style, how it should be played IMO .. delightful.

07 earlofmar Invention No 3

First of all, Congrats on your exam. I am rather growing font of the inventions to listen to, not to play, beyond me, so well done, I enjoyed listening.

08 wouter79 Italian song, Op. 39, No. 15

I just started this one a few days ago funnily enough , enjoying it very much and been analysing it a bit how to approach it. Nice performance if a little hot in the dynamics and attack of notes in the melody line at times lacking a bit of smoothness here and there, but that may just be preference .. but ... always listen to your teacher ... not me. Perhaps the recording may not be helping, but I don't think it is that, since the tone is there when you end it beautifully in the last few bars and wind down.

09 Pianist685 (Constantin) Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song"

Powerful stuff and wonderful chords, what more to say, In a nutshell, I very much enjoyed it. Great stuff.

10 SwissMS Qing Ge (Love Song)

What a delight. I never heard of it before, but I enjoyed every note of it. Made for the Bosendorfer, wonderful sounds you have here.

11 Jerzyk19 What A Wonderful World

This is great stuff for 14 months, congrats. Dare I say I've never been a big fan of the roland new pianos LX/HP series tone when I hear them played, often a bit harsh in tone, with that in mind, the added compliment I would give is that you bring a very nice warm tone out of it, that I have not heard ... Great stuff.

12 Peyton Higgison Music For Meadows

It's another musical delight Peyton, I always enjoy your renditions that are always in good taste to my liking, there is a lovely flow to this .. Wonderful.

21 Keselo, Morning prayer (Gurlitt)

When I saw the title, but not the composer I was expecting the Tchaikovsky morning prayer, which I recall well since I did it for the last recital, but never heard this one before, a very pretty piece indeed, very nice touches and very well expressed as a prayer. Great stuff.

With that in mind as may as well do this one

28 fishandchips, Morning prayer ( Tchaikovsky)

only one year ?, what can I say, I attempted it at the previous recital after 3 years, you are a quick learner ... very well done indeed. Interesting how we play it all a bit differently, you bring yet anohter nice interpratation of it here.

47 Ralphiano La Poupee (The Doll)

Always look forward to my fellow self teachers, I know how hard a journey it is, and can share in that.

Well done for pulling it off at speed, which it needs to give it that playful feeling ( IMO), sort of reminds me a quite a bit of the new doll ( Tchaikovsky) which you may like to try too. Very enjoyable indeed. Thanks for sharing you background story and reason for playing it.

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32. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC

Bach always sounds SO GOOD on a period instrument like a harpsichord. Great performance.


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23. sinophilia - River City Blues

Bartender, another whiskey please. Make it a double.


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20 briangmoore Monday

One of my Einudi favourites, I liked your rendition at lot, the slightly out of tune character of the upright actually brings a charm to it also. Enjoy your Einaudi, it can get quite addictive to play. thumb

23 Sinophilia River City Blues

Nice ralaxing bit of blues and a perfect marriage for the upright sound.

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23. sinophilia - River City Blues
Bartender, another whiskey please. Make it a double.


Quite right ! Nailed it.

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.


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11. Jerzyk19 – What a Wonderful World: I really liked this arrangement; it suits the spirit of the song well. You play it nicely and with confidence.

12. Peyton – Music for Meadows: I enjoy all your compositions, but this one is particularly beautiful, in my opinion, in part because of its slow and bittersweet nature. Love the video, too! So peaceful and mesmerizing.... smile

14. Riddler – I Hear a Rhapsody: What a nice, dreamy jazz tune. Perfect for a leisurely late afternoon cocktail in a swanky club. I like how cleanly you play all those chords; that’s always a challenge for me.

15. casinitaly – Danny Boy: Your arrangement suits the poignant nature of this melody well, as does the slow and deliberate pace. And one take?! wow

16. zsolpyW – Winds of Change: I have long admired all of Vika’s arrangements but never would attempt to try one myself... her stuff is *wicked* hard! So my hat’s off to you– you do a terrific job of playing this. My jaw dropped when the section with all the deep bass notes and big chords came in at about 1:45.

17. sandalholme – Andante con moto from Piano Sonata No. 30 : Oh, all those trills and ornamentations would give me fits. But you play them with confidence and delicacy. I also admired your control over the dynamics. Nicely done!

18. 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. smile Very well played, and congratulations on your AB Forum Recital debut!

19. bSharpCyclist – Sonatina in F Major – Op 168 No. 1: Unless your Clementi is at rock star levels, I think you should play this one for your RCM 4 exam–you played it perfectly and with confidence, and I really enjoyed the triumphant ending. smile

20. briangmoore – Monday: I’m envious of you and the others who can play this beautiful Einaudi piece... I’ve started it once or twice and always found it discouragingly hard, most notably the fast and tricky polyrhythms starting around 2:54. You managed that part (and the rest of the piece) well. I can understand why it inspired you. smile


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02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1
Very nice playing, Megan! I really enjoyed your performance of this sonatina. By the way, I visited your homepage—I had no idea you were such a wonderful photographer. Beautiful pictures! What an eye you have!

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance
While I can’t pretend to be a fan of Einaudi and his minimalist approach to music, I can hear the skill and sensitivity in your playing. At the risk of heresy, I would even say that in your playing, I can hear an imprisoned maximalist dying to get out! 😁 Nice work, Marie.

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag
Very impressive! You’ve definitely got the ragtime thing down. And it was nice to hear this piece played at the more leisurely pace that you did.

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515)
I think you did a relatively smoothly job on a piece that is not so easy. Good work!

07. earlofmar - Invention No 3
Excellent performance! As you yourself know, Bach requires a lot of hard work to master. I found out the hard way that if you’re going to play it from memory for a recital or exam, you’d better know it backwards and forwards—and upside down.

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15 CASINITALY (Cheryl) Danny Boy / Londonderry Air

It was a pleasure to listen to. Since I don't know how you changed it or added to the arrangement, but it blends in seamlessly, and congrats in one take, you beat me to it smile , mine took two, something I didn't mention but not something I pay much attention to when writing up the notes these days. Gone are the days of doing it 5 to 10 takes, because if it takes that long that tells me I am not ready anyway.

38 PikaPianist Melody in Ab Major

This is indeed a nice gem, never heard of the composer either. Great playing as usual from you. It was a pleasure listening.

49 UnderConstruction Debussy - Arabesque 1

Great stuff, considering the circumstances and all to squeeze this one in for us to hear in minutes. Congrats on your new instrument, the Feurich sounds great, good choice.


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Originally Posted by sinophilia
Wow, three Bach Inventions in a single recital!

h8dk97 - No. 4 in d minor: I think you did an excellent job with the long trills and the other ornaments! I tend to keep the latter very short, just 3 notes, but I still miss them half of the times. This is my favourite invention, it's so melodic and wistful, and I love the exchange between the hands (especially in Simone Dinnerstein's rendition, which is almost Romantic in style). As all inventions, it's also relentless, and I think you did wonderfully after only 2 years (and in absolute terms too!).



Thank you sinophilia. Your comment is a breath of fresh air, I was getting so frustrated with this invention that I couldn't make it sound the way I wanted. It helps to hear something encouraging for a change :-)

I have now changed the figuring for RH ornament in measure 48. I used 3 and 4 for the recital, it felt really awkward and now switched to 2 and 3, I think it sounds way better.

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1 SMA55 Shepherd Abrams

Lovely rendition of a lovely tune. I picture a warm fire amongst close family in a long bygone age where some common sense still existed . . .smoking rooms prevailed and you could be deliciously self opinionated . . .every day!

2 MeganR

Loved these Sonatinas. Fun and tuneful for all ages and abilities. Well done; splendid and controlled, the last particularly rocked. The piano sounds deep and wonderful.

3 Marie J

A particularly good Einaudi, so fluently played. Your Pianoteq sounds just great.

4 Ralph L

Fun with different sounds! I'm all for it. Handling this stuff effectively is an art in itself. Great variation and super ending. Very good job, Ralph!

5 Whizzbang

You play these so gently with such passion; the result can only be excellent. A pleasure to listen to.

6 Blackjack 1777

Must admit to not liking this as a kid. You do a great job on this popular piece!

7 Earlofmar

Gotta do some Bach meself someday . . . .This was a decent, short exposition conjuring up pictures of times long gone . . .when they burned witches and non witches alike, and great cruelty ensued amongst the even greater music of the period. Interesting times; I enjoyed that.

8 Wouter 79

I like Tchaik.'s work for piano. This was short, and sounded sweet on your nice piano.

9 Pianist685

Sounds very dramatic . . . foreboding, violent, nice! Bring it on if yer 'ard enough . . . . .

10 SwissMS

As usual, a lovely sound from you. Unusual and inventive; you must love doin' these novel pieces. We love hearing this one . . .

Love these recitals. There are always surprises! 'Bye for now, gotta go.

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