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Re: Schumann Fantasy in C major Op. 17, 3rd Movement, Complete
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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
A great listen, Entheo! I know I've said this before, but how anybody can say that this evokes the mystic qualities of late Beethoven has gotta be out of their mind! This is one of the truly great passionate love songs, and it literally brings tears to my eyes every time it's performed in that spirit. And you accomplished this in spades -- what's a few attendant warts among friends?

Thanks for sharing, and a happy New Year to you!


thumb What more can be said? Gorgeous!!!!

J.S. Bach Partita No. 2 in C Minor BWV 826 - Allemande
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Accompanying photos from our trip to Thomaskirche in Leipzig Germany in 2015. Bach was kappellmeister there from 1723 until his death in 1750. Pictured also is the organ on which he composed and played (in the Bach Museum)...


Arietta by Edvard Grieg...
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Re: Arietta by Edvard Grieg...
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Ethneo:

This is nicely phrased, and very sensitively played. I enjoyed listening to it. My only thought - and this is personal taste rather than criticism - is that it could move perhaps just a shade faster so that it feels more like two beats to the bar rather than four.

Thank you for sharing.

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Re: Arietta by Edvard Grieg...
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Hi, Entheo -- a really long hiatus; welcome back! For me, the emotional quality was just spot on -- I wouldn't change a thing. Thanks for sharing it!

Re: Arietta
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thanks guys; i appreciate the feedback. i've been playing drums (my first instrument; the one i actually have some proficiency at) in a jazz ensemble and thus my time has been bifurcated. however, i AM working on another grieg lyric piece and the adagio from the Pathétique, so stay tuned!


Melody by Edvard Grieg...
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Beethoven Sonata No. 8, Op. 13 "Pathétique": II. Adagio
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as an adult restarter, i get as nervous recording as i do performing in front of a live audience (piano, not drums). that said, i'm pretty happy with this recording of the gorgeous 2nd mvmt from beethoven's sonata pathétique...


Re: Beethoven Sonata No. 8, Op. 13 "Pathétique": II. Adagio
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Hi, Entheo!

I listened to both the Grieg and Beethoven --

The Grieg Melodie is for me a statement and then a "note-for-note" restatement of the same material, with a coda that comments on it in conclusion. In that context, I would like to hear more points of difference in the restatement than I heard here. It could be as simple a contrast as playing more softly the second time around (although still intensely!), but something that distinguishes the emotional character from the first statement. I agree with you that this piece is more passionate than pastoral, and very much like the "churning, yearning" approach you bring to it, but I do believe it would benefit from more contrast between the two statements, setting up, so to speak, the coda material.

I agree with your "no-nonsense" rendition of the very familiar 2nd Movement from his Pathetique Sonata. At this stage of his life, he wouldn't have indulged in rubato to any significant degree, and particularly in the context of Sonata form. Admittedly, the music is surprisingly Romantic, and I suppose that's why it's so popular, but it's still Classical in context. My only minor criticisms are that your staccatos are to my taste somewhat overstated, and some of the ornaments and admittedly odd rhythmic figurations feel awkward, but overall I think it's a solid, accurate rendition of Beethoven's thought at the time he wrote it.

Thanks for sharing these!

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Re: Beethoven Sonata No. 8, Op. 13 "Pathétique": II. Adagio
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My suggestion would be to voice the top melody much greater, i.e. more contrast between the melody and the rest of the 6th notes the RH plays, especially the ones on the beat.

Arabesque No. 1 by Debussy...
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guys, thanks for your feedback on my previous posts -- sorry, i don't get here as often as i used to!

here's my latest effort...


Brahms Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119...
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on another recording of this piece, someone commented that it was like..."light filtering into a dark room." i concur and incorporated accordingly...


Re: Brahms Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119...
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Hi, Entheo! Just beautifully voiced throughout -- and this piece pays big emotional dividends when you do that. Personally, I hear the "A" section as "sadder" than what you project, particularly the reprise -- but your rendition is compelling on its own terms. I agree that the "B" section is distinctly different in "feel" than "A" -- for me, it is a fond remembrance of particularly warm periods in the distant past that in "A", well, just no longer exist -- or ever will again. Just a superb reading of this late Brahms piece.

Gymnopédie #1 by Erik Satie
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The word “Gymnopédie” appears infrequently in 19th-century France, to the point where it might have been considered a neologism. It had, however, already been included in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Dictionnaire de Musique (Paris: Duchesne, 1775), where Gymnopédie is described as an "air or chant to which young female Lacedaemonians danced naked." Satie claimed his Gymnopédies were inspired by reading Gustave Flaubert's novel Salammbô (final slide). Also, Puvis de Chavannes' symbolist paintings may have been an inspiration for the atmosphere Satie wanted to evoke with his Gymnopédies (all the other slides).


Re: Brahms Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119...
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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
Hi, Entheo! Just beautifully voiced throughout -- and this piece pays big emotional dividends when you do that. Personally, I hear the "A" section as "sadder" than what you project, particularly the reprise -- but your rendition is compelling on its own terms. I agree that the "B" section is distinctly different in "feel" than "A" -- for me, it is a fond remembrance of particularly warm periods in the distant past that in "A", well, just no longer exist -- or ever will again. Just a superb reading of this late Brahms piece.


thanks for your thoughtful comments, tim, as always. even tho brahms wanted every last bit of melancholy wrung out of this piece, i can't help but hear it as something more akin to nostalgic longing, more sweet than bitter. it's just not dirgey enough for me to find it sad! ha

best, ed

Gymnopédie #2 by Erik Satie
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visual inspiration provided by paul cézanne... smile


Re: Gymnopédie #2 by Erik Satie
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Hi, Entheo -- I like that robust, passionate approach to the Gymnopedies. I suspect Satie intended the pieces to have a more mystical feel, given that he was deep into Rosicrucianism at the time, but the pieces themselves are now so ultra-familiar that IMO that they actually benefit from presenting a slightly different perspective. Your Cezanne choices brought to mind another piece from one of Satie's contemporaries -- Deodat de Severac's "Les Baigneuses au Soleil", which was directly intended to evoke Naiads on the Catalan coast. As always, a beautiful rendition, with a beautiful piano sound -- thanks for sharing!

Gymnopédie #3 by Erik Satie
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visual inspiration provided by auguste rodin. i think this one is my favorite of the three...


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Visions Fugitives by Prokofiev, No. 1: Lentamente
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such beautiful little pieces...


Re: Visions Fugitives by Prokofiev, No. 1: Lentamente
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Beautifully played. One of my favorites from the entire opus.


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