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Recital 49 --- General Discussion Room #2714350
02/14/18 09:13 PM
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Welcome to the General Discussion Room for the AB Forum “Beginners and Beyond” Recital #49!!!

Please use this room for any discussion of the pieces in Recital #49 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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Please use this thread only to discuss recital performances. If you have any comments or suggestions about ways to make the recital process better, please start a separate thread.

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Re: Recital 49 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2714422
02/14/18 11:49 PM
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I continue to be amazed at the range and depth of playing that we see in these recitals! Congratulations, everybody!! Here's my first batch of comments:

01. SMA55 (Shepherd) - Liebestraum: Great job on a piece that poses a lot of technical and expressive challenges!

02. earlofmar - Bagatelle No 11, Op: I can’t play a trill with my 2 & 3 fingers, let alone with my 3 & 4 fingers while holding down another note. eek You make this sound so easy! Great job, and congratulations on your AMEB exam!

04. MarieJ - Dolce Droga: You play this underrated Einaudi gem beautifully. I personally am a big fan of fermatas, as they allow me to pass an inability to keep a consistent tempo off as “musical expression,” ha! And I much prefer your interpretation of Einaudi’s “sweet drugs” to any pharmaceutical explanation.

05. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Shenandoah: Well, as someone who once bought some of Jarrett’s transcriptions in the completely futile hope she’d be able to play them, I am super impressed by your work on this submission. You make those big chords (even if some of them are re-arranged) sound so smooth and effortless!

06. Riddler (Ed) - 500 Miles High: What a sweet, soft jazzy piece. Your arrangement off the lead sheet is full and lush, and I really liked the delicate runs you sprinkled in there.

07. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Moonrise: Somewhere in my cabinet of sheet music is a collection of pieces by Brian Crain, and your submission urges me to dig it out and work up some of them. This is such a pretty melody, and you play it well. I really liked your dramatic shift in volume right around the 1:53 mark–very effective!

08. Ganddalf - Nocturne Op.32 no.1: I’d have to take exception to your description of this nocturne as “easier,”; the ornamentations that you pull off so delicately are not at all easy. I agree with you–ending on the minor chord suits the mood of the piece very well.

09. Jerzyk19 - Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4: Pieces that are played a lot are usually played a lot because they are beautiful in a way that transcends time. I thought you played this very well, and no, your left hand did NOT sound like you were chopping wood!

10. zsolpyW - I fix my eye in thine: One of the best things about these recitals is being introduced to new composers... this piece has a nice, full romantic sound that you convey well. I was particularly impressed by how smoothly you pulled off those parallel runs in both hands (e.g., at 1:20 and elsewhere).

Re: Recital 49 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2714432
02/15/18 02:35 AM
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What a wonderful recital! It just gets better and better.

A special mention for my usual favourites:
pianogrINW - beautiful arrangement, rich and full but with a clear melody!
earlofmar - excellent job as usual, I've nothing to say to you anymore grin
swissMS - this sounds incredibly difficult, my jaw dropped several times!
peterws - how brave to play an entire sonata, I loved this Mozart-peterws edition laugh
casinitaly - a lovely song, played with great rhythm and confidence!


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Re: Recital 49 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2714445
02/15/18 04:43 AM
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So many amazing performances. I started picking here and there.

01. SMA55 (Shepherd) - Liebestraum Indeed, a tricky piece with the melody shifting from hand to hand, also two virtuoso figures. I am very impressed by your playing. And you own a high-class German instrument fro Bayreuth. smile

04. MarieJ - Dolce droga The short Einaudis are the best. I knew this tune already, it is one of his most popular pieces. Your rendition is absolutely fine and wholly "credible", I can hear that you find yourself in each and every note of Einaudi's music.

06. Riddler (Ed) - 500 miles high Dear Ed, you made me discover the virtuoso in you. Your performance is worthy of a professional pianist, not necessarily a jazz musician since the piece is less straightforward and jazzy than the tunes you have posted so far in the piano bar.

08. Ganddalf - Nocturne 32/1 Good performance of this great Chopin piece. Yes, the last chord is definitely b minor according to Chopin's autograph. The editions with b major are mistaken ( I read that in a German piano forum). This is one of my favourite Chopin nocturnes as well and my recording is on the IMSLP, accessible through my homepage link. The coda is marked "ad lib." in the score, so it is not quite clear how to play it. I like your interpretation, however, I am playing it in a more dramatic manner.

09. Jerzyk19 - Prelude 28/4 Perfect, marvellous. You have caught the mood of this sad piece. It should sound exactly like this, absolutely nothing to be amended. And all this after just 18 months! Incredible.

12. Sandalholme - Mazurka 24/2 Another perfect rendition, I wonder if we are not a bit misplaced in the Adult Beginners' Forum with such great performances. I have recorded the preceding 24/1 mazurka and uploaded it on the IMSLP but did not have the courage to try the 24/2 because of its many trills and grace notes. But you can play it, obviously. Wonderful!

13. Tootles - Laurie - I want to hold your hand A classic early Beatles song, perfectly played from sheet music. Congratulations, this is a very good performance after just 3 months as an adult. I was not able to play that well after only 3 months of piano lessons when I was a child.

20. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song Like the song and your recording. I wonder why most of the barcarolles are in g minor (compare Tchaikovsky's barcarolle from "The Seasons" and Anton Rubinstein's barcarolles). Is there a special reason?

27. Keselo - Shostakovich Waltz Wow, really good after just 1 year and a month. You will become a good pianist. You could have submitted it to the forthcoming waltz-themed recital as well.

36. mel_lem - Kuhlau Rondo I like your very precise playing. The piece sounds much easier than it actually is. I know why I hated my sonatina phase. Hard work for a sound that only conoisseurs would appreciate. Now, much older, I can acknowledge the value of this performance. Good job!

38. FrankieC - Brahms Intermezzo 118/2 What a sound! I know that the Kawai RX-6 is a high-class concert grand but you seem to have the appropriate concert hall as well. Or does all the concert hall atmosphere come from Ableton? I have never heard of that software, but I am only an amateur. This piece is also in my repertoire. You are playing it like a world class pianist, though I do not agree with the degree of rubato at some points. But that is just a question of taste. I do comprehend why you are interpreting it in this manner: there are so many recordings of it already existing that it is hard to add an original new interpretation of one's own.

Re: Recital 49 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2714446
02/15/18 05:03 AM
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A great mix of ‘old’ and ‘new’ entrants, delivering another wonderful Recital. I look forward to these so much (that is, once I’ve successfully uploaded my submission and can relax … )

01. SMA55 (Shepherd) - Liebestraum A brilliant start! Shepherd, you played that all-time favourite just beautifully. (Mistakes? *What* mistakes? smile )

02. earlofmar - Bagatelle No 11, Op It didn’t sound simple to me - more like incredibly challenging. Congratulations - well done!

03. Monica K. - Gravity Monica, every Recital you inspire and motivate with your choice of piece, and your sensitive, polished performance. (And thank you for introducing me to yet another composer to add to my ‘maybe one day’ list.)

04. MarieJ - Dolce Droga Einaudi’s music and my piano would have to be near the top of my ‘dolce droga’ list, too. But you’ve probably guessed that already laugh.

05. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Shenandoah A complex, detailed arrangement - not an easy piece to play. I loved your performance.


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Re: Recital 49 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2714463
02/15/18 06:44 AM
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01. SMA55 (Shepherd) - Liebestraum I very much enjoyed your performance. Great expressiveness, use of dynamics, and change of moods. I’ve only been playing piano for 3 months, so all I can say is I was pretty much blown away. Your comments say you were self-taught and have been taking lessons for 4 years. I wonder how many years total you have been playing. You sound very accomplished.

Re: Recital 49 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2714480
02/15/18 07:46 AM
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Here are a few. I'm cherry picking at first finding videos of where I can see you play. I can't be caught watching YouTube at work ;0

03. Monica K. - Gravity

Very nice! Thanks for the introduction to Maassen. Found him on Google Play. I'll have to explore more of his music.

09. Jerzyk19 - Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4

Nice job. The Roland sounds great.

10. zsolpyW - I fix my eye in thin

Very pretty piece, as Monica said. Well done!

11. Peyton - Etude #6

Looks incredibly challenging. What are you doing for the zoom effect? Is that done after playing?

33. sinophilia - Prelude in A Major op. 28 no. 7

Very nice, I enjoyed it. Eloquent :) This piece looks deciptively simple. I gather it isn't. Why does Chopin make you do thumb over thumb. I don't get that ;0

35. PikaPianist - Binks' Sake

That was a really fun piece to watch - exciting and lively! You're hands are jumping all over the place.


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Re: Recital 49 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2714496
02/15/18 09:10 AM
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Wow... a lot of entries this time. I'm going to start at the back and jump randomly from there.

55. dddaaannn. Nicely done. For the most part you keep a nice easy rhythm and it moves along in a fun lively manner.

54. Chopinoholic. Wow, my hat is off. That's a heck of an undertaking and so very well done.

53. BSharp. I'm just not a huge Einaudi fan (despite the fact I'm working on a couple of his things right now) but this has to be one of my favorites. I just love the way it begins. Simple yet kind of sad and poetic. You do a, dare I say, "Splendid" job with it.


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Re: Recital 49 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2714507
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Hi all,

Wow! I just listened to all submissions and I'm totally amazed how well you all can play. How inspiring!

I also learned I will have to invest some energy in devising a good recording method. The audio on my submission is really bad comparing with all the others.
I have a zoom H1 but didn't use it. I started using rechargable batteries for it, but it drains them very quickly. I always need to replace them... I also haven't found a good position for recoriding for it yet. It always sounds so dull.


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Re: Recital 49 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Muove] #2714539
02/15/18 11:38 AM
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I also have a Zoom that I never use, because I haven't figured out the best settings. Actually I don't think the audio from the iPhone is too bad, just maybe don't put it on the music stand, but a bit farther away, on a tripod or a table behind you. I like to make videos, not just audio recordings, so I think I'll stick to the iPhone for now.


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Re: Recital 49 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2714550
02/15/18 12:11 PM
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I've been able to make an early start on listening to this recital! I am amazed at the skills we're seeing here. Our newcomers are so impressive with what they're able to do with just a few months under their belts, and our long-time members just keep refining and giving us more and more inspiration.

Thanks to Monica for her work in pulling everything together!

01. SMA55 (Shepherd) - Liebestraum -Wow! that's a pretty spectacular start to the recital. You've obviously put your time on this piece, to make it flow so seemingly effortlessly when it is clearly full of challenges! There may have been errors, but I certainly didn't notice them - I just (thoroughly) enjoyed your performance!

02. earlofmar - Bagatelle No 11, Op Beethoven and I are not really chums. You, on the other hand seem to get on with him quite well. You've really made some wonderful progress over the past couple of years (Mr Casinitaly is listening with me and he noted that too!) -- Most enjoyable.

03. Monica K. - Gravity There's no doubt that this is your genre! I think you bring out all that is possible in this type of music with elegance and a richness of depth that is always admirable!

04. MarieJ - Dolce Droga You and Monica are definitely in the same genre club! Charming performnce of this piece and nice work on those fermatas!

05. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Shenandoah One of my favourite traditional songs. I love to sing this. This is a very pretty arrangement and your performance made me want to sing along, --- but I didn't because I wanted to hear it properly! Really beautifully played, I loved it.

06. Riddler (Ed) - 500 Miles High I am so impressed by those who can arrange pieces. I am not familiar with this piece but I certainly enjoyed your playing. It's the kind of music that immediately sets a mood and presents atmosphere. This is a piece that can transport you out of the moment. Beautifully done!

07. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Moonrise Your Silent system sounds really good. This kind of music always feels like it belongs in a film - this one makes me think of an opening scene in small town, rural America, sunrise, - it's very evocative and there's a uplifting quality to it that I find very appealing. I liked the drama at the 2min point! I have the feeling that you really enjoyed playing this music. I know I had a very good time listening to it!

08. Ganddalf - Nocturne Op.32 no.1 I am learning my first Chopin Nocturne, and that gives me even more appreciation for what you have done here! I love your trills and the sweet/bittersweet tones you bring out in the melody. It's a truly charming piece and you've really done it justice!

09. Jerzyk19 - Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4 Overplayed? Well, played a lot - because people like it! It's certainly a piece I'd like to add to my repertoire at some point. You've only being playing for 18months? I'm blown away. What an impressive achievement! Bravo!


10. zsolpyW - I fix my eye in thine I love hearing pieces from composers who are "new to me". This is a wonderful piece - so rich and powerful - and you played it beautifully. This was a real listening treat!

11. Peyton - Etude #6 I have trouble connecting with Glass's music - but from hearing your compositions I can see what there is in his music that grabs you smile The beginning of this piece sounds like a panic attack to me - and then it spirals into something more intense - so I think your interpretation is well-founded. I found the piece a bit unsettling - but then I expect that was the goal. Your performance was amazing to watch - and hear, --- I really hope that the person who was in such difficulty while you were learning the piece is doing better now.

12. Sandalholme - Mazurka Op24 No2 What a spritely performance! You capture the mood of the piece perfectly and charmingly.

13. Tootles/Laurie - I Want to Hold Your Hand Brava! Well done! If you're doing this well at 3 months, I can't wait to see what you're doing in six! That was really good fun!

14. SwissMS/Doris - Valses venezolanos #1 Adriana Thanks for painting the picture of how you imagined this story to flow . I followed your star through his day. This doesn't sound like a conventional waltz at all (I am assuming "Valses" means waltz smile ) I think you did a splendid job with painting in the colours of the story - and you manage to make it flow so well that it sounds like it is just pouring out of your hands. This tells me that you've put in all the work behind the scenes (no surprise there) - It's also rather different from other pieces we've heard you play - I am really enjoying seeing you spread your wings into so many styles these last few recitals!

15. Piano2138 - Menuet BWV Anh 132 I love this minuet! You're doing brilliantly for 22 months! I especially love the crispness of the second half of your performance. Well done indeed!


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Re: Recital 49 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2714562
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01. SMA55 (Shepherd) - Liebestraum I love this piece, and you played it beautifully! I can understand what you are saying about passing the melody back and forth between the hands, but it sounded seamless.

02. earlofmar - Bagatelle No 11, Op I really like the Beethoven Bagatelles. You did a great job with this one, giving the Beethoven power and a sweet gentleness. I am sure the piece scored well in your exam!

03. Monica K. - Gravity This flowed beautifully. I can see why you liked the piece. I really like the way you paced the piece added drama and restraint. Nicely played.

04. MarieJ - Dolce Droga Such a pensive piece! I like your flexibility in tempo, telling a story.

05. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Shenandoah What a beautiful arrangement of this iconic piece! Beautiful chord work!

06. Riddler (Ed) - 500 Miles High Mmm, I love your rippling arpeggios! Gorgeous arrangement.

07. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Moonrise I am not familiar with this composer, but I really like this piece. Beautifully played.

08. Ganddalf - Nocturne Op.32 no.1 I love this nocturne! It is not often heard. I played it a few years ago, and your rendition makes me want to bring it out again. Great job on the complex ornaments. I like your very gentle approach to the piece. If gives it a very pensive nature. I just love the ending of this nocturne! And I like the minor cord best too!

09. Jerzyk19 - Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4 Another Chopin that I love! You paced it very nicely. You had a nicely projected melody and subdued accompaniment. Great job after 18 months!

10. zsolpyW - I fix my eye in thin This is a lovely piece, and you played it with a lot of expression. You gave the piece a lot of drama. Well done!

11. Peyton - Etude #6 This piece certainly sounds dark and stressful. It also looks like a workout! I love the drama that you give it. Beautifully played!

12. Sandalholme - Mazurka Op24 No2 This sounds like one of the more challenging Mazurkas. Your playing was very spritely and kept the piece moving right along. Nice job.

Re: Recital 49 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2714564
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Non-classical comments from me, I’m not so familiar with classical repertoire so I'll probably scan through and see if there are any pieces I want to learn from the list, seems a great variety. 😊

05. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Shenandoah

This is a great sounding recording, has the clarity of a DP but with the liveliness of a real piano, well done. Great touch and depth of playing, just the right amount of dynamic and tempo variation, lovely performance.

06. Riddler (Ed) - 500 Miles High

I played this as part of the Berkeley online jazz course so I know the chord progressions well. This is my kind of tune because the standard ii-V-I turnarounds do very little for me, whereas this has a lot of harmony changes throughout. The voicings you’ve chosen sounding really yummy. 😊

For the little solo section, there were a few too many repeated notes and repeated phrases for me, you could try to branch out and use the range of notes available, up and down the octaves too, and really try to shape some lyrical phrases. It’s tough when doing that style of comping at the same time but you could try recording the backing on a loop and then experiment with soloing over the top, it’s useful sometimes to go too far when practising to see what’s possible and then bring it back in a bit for the actual performance. Really enjoyed this one.

13. Tootles/Laurie - I Want to Hold Your Hand

Ha, nice additional info. 😊 This is a solid rendering for someone only playing for 3 months, the rhythm in the melody is very strong. There’s probably some additional dynamics you could add in, most of the notes are the same loudness, which really shows up when you go up to the high note, so that’s something you could play around with, putting a few softer notes and accents in there, but it sounds like you’re having fun with this and are confident in what you’re doing.

35. PikaPianist - Binks' Sake

Nothing wrong with a pirate drinking song. 😊 Very solid left hand and nice touch and dynamic range overall, don’t think I could fault this performance at all.

37. newbert - Souvenir

Love the Lydian sound in the second chord change, even if it might not technically be Lydian. Not heard much Billy Joel but this tune sounds like a sober Tom Waits. 😊 Nice pace, you could go a little quieter during part of it to have more of a variation in dynamics, don’t know if that’s the way pianoteq is responding to your playing though.

44. SandTiger - Capistrano v2

I’m learning Debussy’s Serenade Interrompue and the opening section reminded me a little of that, the Spanish sounding chords. The left hand chords in the first mvt are quite clanging, that might be intentional but if there are lots of root/fifth going on (not sure but that’s what it sounds like) you could introduce some different intervals to give it some more colour. I also didn’t quite feel the difference between the three movements, the tonality seemed very similar all the way through, it felt like a single whole to me. I’m always impressed when people are writing their own tunes though as it really helps understanding of music overall.

47. Serge88 - My Love

I watched the video and from the first chord I knew this was going to be a good performance, something about the careful and delicate way you approached it. A simple tune nicely rendered, well done. 😊

50. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Knowing When To Leave

You had me at the twinkle at 24s. 😊 Bacharach has so many interesting chord progressions it’s a lot of fun to jam on them. Have you ever backed up singers with songs like this?

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Re: Recital 49 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2714566
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The players and pieces are a humbling listening experience for me! Quite a recital , and new impressive players ...yet everyone was cool!!!

Comments on the first page of players ....

01. SMA55 (Shepherd) - Liebestraum quite beautifully played , the dynamics were super. Enjoyed the listening experience, a wow experience especially at the falling notes at about 3:29 , This really sounds pre recorded in a studio!!! Great goin…

02. earlofmar - Bagatelle No 11, Op Enjoyed the authentic sound of the piano and great playing! Well played trills…and exact timing.

03. Monica K. - Gravity Beautiful piano and well played moving piece. Enjoyed the emotionally moving bass and melody. This is a pop song - isn’t it? And seems like these kinds of pieces are really hard to make “full” in the sense that they usually are written to have accompaniment instruments like a guitar etc… but yours worked well.

04. MarieJ - Dolce Droga Well played piece good recording ,, enjoyed the listening exoerience!

05. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Shenandoah I love this piece and you played it very well, I savored the sound… Good work…I think the sound of this can only sound as meant if on a acoustic piano…BUT I might try this for the next recital …on a digital …lol

06. Riddler (Ed) - 500 Miles High Beautifully played, nice listening experience.

07. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Moonrise moving dynamics and exact timing, impressive-thanks for the listening experience!

08. Ganddalf - Nocturne Op.32 no.1 nicely played and delicate touch when needed , thank you for the listening experience!

09. Jerzyk19 - Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4 Wow! This was really played well and was emotionally moving, more so than I’ve ever heard it played. Not stiff at all.. (Limited classical music though on my part …but that doesn’t matter!) Thanks…

10. zsolpyW - I fix my eye in thin Impressive and beautiful…thanks!

11. Peyton - Etude #6 Excellent playing, forceful dynamics and meotive.

12. Sandalholme - Mazurka Op24 No2 delicate dynamics ,touch and different style of music, beautifully played.

13. Tootles/Laurie - I Want to Hold Your Hand Well played, I used love this song too. Nice authentic acoustic sound.

14. SwissMS/Doris - Valses venezolanos #1 Adriana Sounds like a difficult piece to play, hard to identify the motif, but great and super playing .![Ireally think of this piece as “abstract” music”

15. Piano2138 - Menuet BWV Anh 132 nice steady tempo, good sound, maybe more dynamics ?. But I can’t say for sure because I’m not familiar with this piece. Good, well very well at 22 months of playing none the less.

16. h8dk97 - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor Impressive recording (except for the very beginning when you could hear the setup  ) This is beautifully played , thanks for the listening experience. Love the falling passages…

17. Anita Potter - Zum Anfang delightful short piece well played Thanks!

18. dumka1 - Mazurka op. 7 no. 1 Agreed, quite bouncy melody ,almost a humorous kind of melody ..ok you could smile, but very well played.

19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 Never heard this , somewhat like a somber ode to…. Anyway, good playing and super piano sound to the recording.

20. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6) High fidelity sound to the recording and well played. Thanks, somber piece, it is …. Mmm, different boat song than I know …

21. Moo smile - Songs Without Words Op.67 no.5 in B Minor Well played, somber piece. Nice authetic piano sound to this recording . Thanks!

22. fishandchips - Invention 2 in C Minor BWV 773 (Steady nice tempo and firm playing ,, good recording , Trills were exact. Thanks for the listening experience!

23. peterws - Mozart K331 impressive , different variations to the same motif, quite a piece to play and very well played-recorded! Enjoyed the scenic video and listening experience.

24. MeganR - Summer Drought Different style of music the tension of the non-chordal tone was interesting, almost jazzy . well done thanks!

25. Greener/Jeff - Nocturne in Em, Posthumous. Opus 72, no. 1 quite a moving piece. Well played, just can’t say what it evokes in me feeling wise…reverie..of something…not really a sad piece. Enjoyed the listening experience.

26. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - The Town I loved So Well quite a dedication and well played , emotive piece somewhat with a hint of sadness nostalgic longing …thanks

27. Keselo - Waltz Articulate well played piece, Nice recording and enjoyed the listening .

28. GoldmanT - Memories of Green Vangelis haven’t heard him in a while but liked the theme from mutiny on the bounty ..I felt also hypnotized by the piece, sort of puts you in a calmed mental state.
Maybe that’s why you feel like you’ve just come back when it ends, you min d state changes ? …well done/ Thanks

29. Ralph L. - Introduction and dance (piano+keyboard) Wow, I liked this a lot ‘course I like the original too. Thanks for the performance and it was well done!


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Lots of impressive work already in just this first batch of pieces. This is shaping up to be a really nice recital!

02. earlofmar - Bagatelle No 11, Op
Nice job. I enjoyed this piece and your performance.

03. Monica K. - Gravity
Very nice, Monica! I’m not familiar with this composer or the piece, but I enjoyed it very much. And you did a great job performing it!

04. MarieJ - Dolce Droga
I’m definitely not the person you’d want to be commenting on an Einaudi composition. But you do a really good job with this. Well played, Marie.

05. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Shenandoah
Nice arrangement. And I really enjoyed your playing!

06. Riddler (Ed) - 500 Miles High
Your playing never fails to please, Ed. And I enjoyed your arrangement, as well.Great job!

07. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Moonrise
I’m not familiar with either the composer or this piece, but you did a really good job with it, and I enjoyed it.

08. Ganddalf - Nocturne Op.32 no.1
I am familiar with this Nocturne, but I’ve yet to tackle it. I think you did a wonderful job with it. Bravo!

09. Jerzyk19 - Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4
This is one of those pieces that sounds remarkably easy, however it requires a lot of finesse to achieve convincing performance. And in my opinion, part of achieving that requires playing the left-hand softly yet evenly (as you yourself said you were attempting to do) and bring out the melody in the right hand. You said that you did not want the left-hand to sound like you were chopping wood (haha!), and I think you succeeded in that. Overall I think you did a really nice job with this. I would’ve liked to have heard the melody brought out a bit more, but that’s just a minor point. I believe this piece would be a difficult one to play on a digital piano, such as you did, because the left hand really does require a refinement of touch usually not afforded by anything other than the action of a grand piano. Good job!

10. zsolpyW - I fix my eye in thin
Very well played! That was nice. I enjoyed it. You clearly are an accomplished pianist.

11. Peyton - Etude #6
I’m impressed, Peyton! This piece does not sound easy. And yes, I did feel the desperation—maybe even urgency—come through in your performance. Really well done!

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3. Monica. I love this and love your playing of it. It does remind me a bit of Einaudi.

4. MarieJ. I don't believe I've heard this one before. Kind of short and sweet. I'm not sure I would have even guessed it as an Einuidi. Doesn't seem at all like his usual left hand. Very sensitively played.


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Love love love these recitals! First batch:

01. SMA55 (Shepherd) - Liebestraum No mistakes noticed here, just an enjoyable listen to a beautiful piece.

02. earlofmar - Bagatelle No 11, Op You did great with the trills, I hear you on Beethoven's "trickiness" smile

03. Monica K. - Gravity This is Einaudi-ish, you did a great job of bringing out the emotion and grace of the piece.

04. MarieJ - Dolce Droga Some good drugs right here. Oh wait, I mean I loved listening to this piece.

05. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Shenandoah One of my very favorite songs ever, I have sung it since I was a girl, and greatly appreciate your lovely version.

06. Riddler (Ed) - 500 Miles High Gorgeous and delicious, loved.

07. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Moonrise I could envision myself standing on the back porch watching the moon come up between the trees - ahhh! there she is! Beautifully played.


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Second batch:

11. Peyton - Etude #6: I’ve played enough of the easy Glass pieces to be in awe of how gracefully you pull off the polyrhythms in his difficult pieces! This is a dark piece, indeed, and I love those resounding low bass octaves in it. [Do you take requests? I’d love to hear you play Glass’s Evening Song piano arrangement.]

12. Sandalholme - Mazurka Op24 No2: You give this mazurka such a lovely, delicate bounce. I just wish it were longer!

13. Tootles/Laurie - I Want to Hold Your Hand: Congratulations on your AB Forum Recital debut! I think your playing is impressive for only three months. Don’t worry about the pedal–sooner or later it will become like second nature and you won’t even be aware that you’re doing it.

14. SwissMS/Doris - Valses venezolanos #1 Adriana: I enjoyed the story you made up for the piece... I read it first, and when I listened to your recording I knew *instantly* when the busy city commute part started! I especially liked the dreamy concluding chords. Good job!

15. Piano2138 - Menuet BWV Anh 132: I never have anything intelligent to say about the Bach pieces and have to fall back on my usual “Boy, Bach is HARD! I tip my hat off to you for pulling off the various voices so well.”

16. h8dk97 - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor: I think C-sharp minor is my favorite key. I’m amazed at how well you play this piece with only a little over two years of lessons... wow Those trills are tough!

17. Anita Potter - Zum Anfang: This is such a charming, cute piece. It reminds me a lot of Bach, but comes across as warmer/friendlier than the typical Bach piece. Nicely played!

18. dumka1 - Mazurka op. 7 no. 1: It sounds like you had fun playing this! Very jaunty, but as you note, a nice combination of jauntiness with a more singing interlude. I especially liked the triumphant chords at the end.

19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3: I thought you conveyed the solemn tone of this piece well–I see what you mean about it sounding rather hymn like.

20. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6): This may be my favorite of the Mendelssohn songs without words–so sad and brooding. I thought you played it excellently. I was particularly impressed by the part at 1:23 or thereabouts when you strike the same note six times in a row, but each time it hits a slightly different emotional tone. I suspect that took a lot of control over dynamics!

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1 Sma55

Very nice work on this Lizt piece. Good dynamics, pleasant sound, can't fault it. lovely work!

2 earlofmar

I just tried playing the start of a B. Sonata, and find I no longer seem to be able to. I enjoyed your work on this, nice sound and feel to it.

3 Monika k

Not Einaudi, but very enjoyable. Found it so relaxing, and your piano looks the business; lovely gentle touch. Well done.

4 Marie J

Einaudi at it's best, methinks. This is also relaxing, pleasant sounding on your sweet piano. Lovely work.

5 pianogrlNW

Splendid rendition of this song, one of the best I've heard to date. O to play like this and not forget it all a fortnight later . . .

6 Riddler

Relaxing jazz; an oasis of calm amidst the bustle of the city. This is seriously good, and I wish . . .


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01. SMA55 (Shepherd) - Liebestraum
Shepherd, that was truly beautiful! I have heard Liebestraum played by professionals many times, but honestly, I never enjoyed it more. It is a bit of a thrill to hear “one of our own” take on a masterpiece like this and succeed so well. I have never thought about the mechanics of switching off between hands, because I have never seen the score, but now that you mention it, I can see that this is a very demanding aspect of the piece. You certainly did it seamlessly. Well done!

04. MarieJ - Dolce Droga
MarieJ, that was lovely. Sweet melodies alternating between minor and major, played gently with an out of time feel. I think you handled the fermatas just right; they add to the melancholy feel of the piece, I think.

05. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Shenandoah
Ellen, that was beautiful. It is really amazing what Jarrett can do with even a simple folk tune. Every time I try to play a transcription of one of the great jazz pianists, I have trouble with those tenths. There oughta be a law!

07. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Moonrise
Constantin, wonderful playing! I really do get a sense of a moonrise - a feeling of serenity, then drama. Very expressive, with appropriate dynamics throughout. I have never heard of the Piano Disc silent system before, but it certainly has a good sound to it.

09. Jerzyk19 - Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4
Jerzyk19, that was wonderful. No matter how many times I hear this prelude, I always enjoy hearing it again. Well done.

11. Peyton - Etude #6
Peyton, well done. This piece has a real intensity to it, a bit of an edge, which you're playing brings out well. Watching your hands makes me realize that playing these Glass pieces requires some different technique skills than most of the pieces we play. You have got it well under control (or, should I say - in hand)!

16. h8dk97 - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor
I always look forward to hearing this Nocturne, and am always rewarded. Well done, I really enjoyed it. Those trills and runs must be difficult, but you pulled them off well.


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06. Riddler (Ed) - 500 Miles High Both the arrangement and the performance were stunning - wonderful, Ed!

07. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Moonrise A very sweet piece, so delicately played. I actually have a list of works by other composers to explore one day, when I run out of challenges from you-know-who smile ; I'll have to add this piece to the list.

08. Ganddalf - Nocturne Op.32 no.1 I’m not qualified to comment on technicalities but I *can* tell you that I thought that was beautifully played - thank you!

09. Jerzyk19 - Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4 A Chopin favourite of mine. Oh, to have been able to play like this after just 18 months! Congratulations!

10. zsolpyW - I fix my eye in thin I love hearing new-to-me composers in these Recitals, and this was impressive. You did Glenc proud.


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Some more comments.

02. earlofmar – Beethoven Bagatelle You are absolutely right, Beethoven’s Bagatelles are anything but that. He wrote even more sophisticated ones in his late years, some of which I cannot understand let alone play. This one here is feasible, and you did it very well. The trills are all okay. I would prefer some ritardando at the end.

03. Monica K. - Gravity I did not know the composer before, but I found on Wikipedia that he is German, returned to composing and performing in 2011 after some absence from the music business. I find the piece much Einaudi-like, and by coincidence you are endorsing my remark that there are many other great composers of minimal music. You found one of them in Germany, I found another in the US in mutual admiration.

05. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Shenandoah Wow, Keith Jarrett... Rather romantic arrangement of an all-time great. 10ths, hmmm... I am playing them in an arpeggio style, that works well.

14. SwissMiss – Valses venezolanos no. 1 One thing I particularly like about PW is the possibility to discover new pieces every day. So they are playing waltzes in Venezuela? Your recording is fantastic, as usual, and it seems your Boesendorfer has not suffered from the tempest you had recently. The story you invented seems to fit to the piece. I wonder if Miguel Astor gave background information on his composition in any way, though.

26. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - The town I loved so well What a melancholic song on such a sad topic. But the last lines of the lyrics give at least some hope, provided the prayer will be heard. Your rendition is quite appropriate, and Phil Coulter would surely like it. I knew Coulter already, some of his pieces are regularly played on Classic Radio in Germany, mostly his “Coulter Ghost”.

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23. Peterws. - a lovely way for me to start my morning by listening to your lively and wonderful playing. A great undertaking and nicely done!

24. MeganR. This is weird but the beginning of this reminds me of "Mountain" by Einuidi. That said.... Short, sweet, and well played.

26. Casinitaly. An absolutely lovely piece. I can tell you really love it by the care and warmth you give it.


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A few more.

21. Moo smile - Songs Without Words Op.67 no.5 in B Minor

I enjoyed it - I gave it a thumbs up laugh I also like the simplistic recording method.

25. Greener/Jeff - Nocturne in Em, Posthumous. Opus 72, no. 1

Very nice. I always enjoy listening to Chopin.

27. Keselo - Waltz

Well done. I don't think I've heard of Shostakovich until now. I'll have to explore more of his work.

29. Ralph L. - Introduction and dance (piano+keyboard)

Nice job, Ralph. I liked the added accompaniment.

43. noobpianist90 - Divertimento in G Major Hob. XVI: 8

Very pretty and relaxing. I really enjoyed watching that. Well done.


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01. SMA55 Yeoww.... that is some beautiful playing on what is such a technical piece. Well, well done.


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20. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6)
JoBert, that is really quite a pretty piece, lots of switching back between major and minor tonalities in a very appealing way. You must have worked on the fingering quite a bit, I think I hear a lot of melodies being played in thirds, they sounded quite even and quite good. Well done.

23. peterws - Mozart K331
Peter, that was very impressive, and very enjoyable to listen to. You say you took a few liberties? Okay, fine with me, whatever it takes to convert a difficult piece into a playable piece. I do it all the time. By the way, I can't help wondering what the folks were doing on the mountaintop in your video.

26. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - The Town I loved So Well
Cheryl, that was quite touching, and played beautifully. It's a sad tale isn't it? The particulars may be different, but we have all experienced something like this with our hometowns. Your playing brings that point home quite well.

28. GoldmanT - Memories of Green
Goldman, wonderful work on the Vangelis piece. To me it had a feeling of nostalgia, sadness. You do quite an impressive job on those arpeggios, especially the ones that pass from the left hand to the right hand; it all sounded rather seamless. Well done

33. sinophilia - Prelude in A Major op. 28 no. 7
Sinophilia, good work on the Chopin Prelude. I enjoyed it a lot. Funny, isn't it, how we sometimes make progress overnight, when we are not expecting it?


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6. Riddler-Always a pleasure listening to your playing and this (of course) is no exception. What a delight!

7. Pianist685- It's funny but I wouldn't label this as "Minimal music"... but then I'm not sure what that label even means. It's just a very lovely piece. Very poignant and a bit dramatic. Very nicely played.

8. Gandolf-
I agree, such a lovely work. One of my favorites as well. You play it wonderful and with great feeling. A joy to listen to.


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Thx for the comment, Ed. The hills are an easy drive from where I live; used to bike over 'em a few years ago regularly. You often get a bunch of walkers here, probably celebrating the Summer Solstice, or whatever. They're a weird lot . . . . :):


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Third batch, and then time for a break to watch more breath-taking Curling competition in the Olympics. laugh (Does a more useless sport exist than curling? I don't know.)

21. Moo smile - Songs Without Words Op.67 no.5 in B Minor: I wasn’t familiar with this piece from Songs Without Words, but I liked its almost minimalist flair and how brooding and calm you played it.

22. fishandchips - Invention 2 in C Minor BWV 773: Another challenging Bach invention! You keep the different voices clear and distinct in your playing. thumb

23. peterws - Mozart K331: You should feel rightly proud of this performance... the ornamentations (at that blistering tempo!) alone were impressive. The joy you had in playing this shines through.

24. MeganR - Summer Drought: Your playing captures well the contradictory and somewhat ominous tone of the title of the piece–summer *should* be a pleasant time, but not when there’s a drought. The discordant notes and chords make this an edgy, unsettling piece, which is not bad: Music is here to inspire and educate us, and sometimes in dark ways.

25. Greener/Jeff - Nocturne in Em, Posthumous. Opus 72, no. 1: You call this one of the “easier” nocturnes, but it sure didn’t look easy to me–the left hand remains busy, and those runs in the right hand would give me conniptions. I thought you did a great job, and I loved the orchids on your piano. smile

26. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - The Town I loved So Well: What a beautiful, sad song. I was so compelled by the lyrics that I looked up Coulter’s original recording. I agree completely with you; there’s a poignancy to this piece, and you do a great job of expressing it.

27. Keselo - Waltz: When I think of Shostakovich, I don’t think of waltzes! I didn’t know he even composed waltzes. You give this piece a lilting, sad air that’s very pleasing. I think the tempo you’re playing it at now is perfect for it.

28. GoldmanT - Memories of Green: Oh, Blade Runner is such a great movie... and the soundtrack had a lot to do with that. I love your playing of this contemplative piece filled with both regret and–as your final chord attests–hope. I can see why this is your ‘desert island’ piece. smile

29. Ralph L. - Introduction and dance (piano+keyboard): Ohmigosh... I had no idea that your piece was “Those were the days...” until I started listening to it. This was one of my (deceased) mother’s favorite songs, and she used to sing it to us all the time in my childhood. I’ve got tears in my eyes listening to you. I like the transition from slow, sad solo piano beginning to the jazzier section with added instrumentation. I just wish it were longer. Thank you!

30. Medden - Giorni Dispari: This is one of my favorite Einaudi piano solos, and one of the ten or so I’ve kept permanently memorized. You play this nicely, with a languid delicacy, especially that beautiful high interlude from 4:30-4:48. Your tempo is slower than Einaudi’s, but I think the slower tempo works intriguingly well in this piece.

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01. SMA55 (Shepherd) - Liebestraum

If you made mistakes, I wouldn't know. I think we are much more critical of our own performance, than we are of others that perform. My teacher on the other hand is not hesitant to say what's wrong. Sounded great to me. Enjoyed the slideshow smile

02. earlofmar - Bagatelle No 11, Op

Nice job, earlofmar. So what is the pencil trick to playing chords legato?

04. MarieJ - Dolce Droga

Very nice, dolce smile Which Pianoteq setting did you use?

05. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Shenandoah

Pretty and eloquent. Out of curiosity, what sort of chord rearrangements do you do when you come across 10ths? I can't span those either. In I Giorni, I moved some of the 10ths down to an octave.

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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
04. MarieJ - Dolce Droga

Very nice, dolce smile Which Pianoteq setting did you use?


Dan, I have Pianoteq 6 Stage, Steinway B Prelude. I calibrated the velocity curve for my Kawai ES110 but even with the built-in assistant I feel it’s a bit hit-and-miss (and anyway, I prefer to spend more time playing than tinkering with settings laugh ).


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11. Peyton - Etude #6 Wow! What a complex, difficult piece - and what a masterful rendition. Bravo!

12. Sandalholme - Mazurka Op24 No2 That was simply a delight. Lovely!

13. Tootles/Laurie - I Want to Hold Your Hand From one very late starter to another: congratulations on your first Recital, and on your achievements after only 3 months at the piano. Well done!

14. SwissMS/Doris - Valses venezolanos #1 Adriana I enjoyed your performance of this unusual piece, your accompanying story, and your beautiful Bosendorfer, very much!

15. Piano2138 - Menuet BWV Anh 132 Crisp, clear, gently played - nicely handled, particularly after only 22 months thumb.


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16. h8dk97 - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor I love this Nocturne and your playing was very impressive! You must be putting in an enormous amount of effort to reach that standard in such a short time.

17. Anita Potter - Zum Anfang Doesn’t it make you feel good when you finally reach a recording standard on a piece you love? Well done!

18. dumka1 - Mazurka op. 7 no. 1 Your enjoyment clearly shows here - I liked the brightness and changes of mood.

19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 A new one to me, a little bit sombre but still very pleasing. I’d say you achieved your goal of bringing out the musicality of this piece.

20. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6) Just beautiful - a sensitive, polished performance of a rather haunting composition.


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13. Tootles/Laurie - I Want to Hold Your Hand I love this! You are really doing well for only three months on the bench. It sounds like you were having fun with it.

15. Piano2138 - Menuet BWV Anh 132 You have nice clear articulation, and good balance between the voices. Very good playing.

16. h8dk97 - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor I never get tired of hearing this piece! I played it for my ABRSM grade 7 last year. You have a really nicely projected melody, and nice termination on your trills. This is a great job for 2½ years experience!

17. Anita Potter - Zum Anfang That is a busy little piece. I like your steady rhythm and spritely melody!

18. dumka1 - Mazurka op. 7 no. 1 I love the bouncy rhythm of this Mazurka. You really do a great job of singing the melody and keeping the piece skipping along. Great job!

19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 I really like this SWW. To me is is quite reflective. You bring out that quality very well. The piece had very nice flow, and the voicing and phrasing were very nice.

20. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6) I love the gentle treatment that you gave this piece. It is a quiet float down the river. Everything has a beautiful continuity. Well done!

21. Moo smile - Songs Without Words Op.67 no.5 in B Minor This SWW is new to me. I like the sense of strength that you give the piece. Well done.

22. fishandchips - Invention 2 in C Minor BWV 773 Nice mordents and nice balance between the voices. I like you steady tempo and precision.

23. peterws - Mozart K331 Beautiful articulation! Mozart is so transparent, that presenting an entire sonata is quite an undertaking. I like your well projected melody line over a well subdued accompaniment. This sonata is lovely, with a lot of contrasts.

24. MeganR - Summer Drought What an interesting, impressionist piece! I like the way that you paced the piece. You give it a mysterious aire and a sense of tension. Nice job.

25. Greener/Jeff - Nocturne in Em, Posthumous. Opus 72, no. 1 This was the first Chopin nocturne that I learned long ago. It has such a sense of tension and resolution. You do a beautiful job of capturing this. Your trills are lovely, and you handled those narly runs very well!

26. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - The Town I loved So Well What a sad story! You captured that feeling of loss very well in your playing. You have such a bigger sound in your playing of this than in previous pieces I have heard you play. You truly own this piece and your confidence is shining through!

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13. Tootles/Laurie - I Want to Hold Your Hand

The truth is bound to come out eventually - Laurie is my wife of 38 years, and I am her piano teacher. I would like to take credit for her excellent progress, but, in truth, she's been playing clarinet since she was a kid, so she can read music, and count, and knows quite a bit of theory. Plus she is diligent about practicing, which helps a lot.

Also helpful are the excellent arrangements by the Fabers. They have a way of making simple arrangements sound much more difficult than they are. So if you are a beginner, I urge to check out some of their books - this one is Level 1.

Great job Laurie! I'm so proud of you...

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Wonderful recital! I had a marathon listening session this morning before the sun came up - a great way to start the day!

I listened to everyone, but if I didn't comment please don't feel slighted - I focus on classical for the most part.

01. SMA55 (Shepherd) - Liebestraum Just wonderful Shepherd - you should be proud of that performance!

02. earlofmar - Bagatelle No 11, Op Very nicely done - the trills sounded great to me!

03. Monica K. - Gravity Never heard of this composer - he is similar to Einaudi - I can see why you picked it. Love it when the energy increases in the middle. Excellent playing as always!

08. Ganddalf - Nocturne Op.32 no.1 Well done - you had me from the beginning! Love the smooth thirds - they always remind me of two sopranos singing a duet.

09. Jerzyk19 - Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4 Yes, we all play this at some point - but that doesn't detract from the fact that it is great music - loved it. I thought the balance between the hands was well done.

11. Peyton - Etude #6 Very engaging performance Peyton - I find most of Glass too repetitive and unfortunately boring, but this piece, or your playing(!), captured my attention.

12. Sandalholme - Mazurka Op24 No2 Very lively and sparkly - loved it!

14. SwissMS/Doris - Valses venezolanos #1 Adriana Very interesting! And so well done! I'm impressed!

15. Piano2138 - Menuet BWV Anh 132 Regardless of who wrote it, it is an excellent example of a baroque minuet - well done!

16. h8dk97 - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor Just heard one of my fellow students at university play this in recital. Your version would compare favorably - good job!

17. Anita Potter - Zum Anfang Very elegant! Makes me want to look it up and play it!

18. dumka1 - Mazurka op. 7 no. 1 You captured the spirit and lively dance of the Mazurka - loved it!

19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 I played this one! Or at least tried to - I think you did a much better job at it than i ever did. Loved the chord progressions - you made them sound very lush and satisfying.

20. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6) I played this one too! Love the feel of the water lapping at the side of the boat. Excellent playing!

21. Moo smile - Songs Without Words Op.67 no.5 in B Minor I always meant to learn this one - but too many pieces, not enough time. Very convincing performance!

22. fishandchips - Invention 2 in C Minor BWV 773 Outstanding job for only 15 months!

23. peterws - Mozart K331 Gotta love Mozart! But he is so hard to pull off, as I am learning now, unfortunately. These theme and variation movements are the hardest too - to make them all sound of a piece. You did a great job - and Mozart will forgive a few liberties!

24. MeganR - Summer Drought Very cool piece - loved the interesting sounds. Very well played.

25. Greener/Jeff - Nocturne in Em, Posthumous. Opus 72, no. 1 Not familiar with this one, but you have convinced me with your playing - excellent!

26. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - The Town I loved So Well It's great when we have an emotional connection to a piece (or song!), and I can hear your connection with this coming out as you play. Thanks for sharing your music with us...

27. Keselo - Waltz Very nice touch - light and perfect for this piece - well done!

31. Muhwu - Schumann - Knecht Ruprecht - Op. 68 No. 12 I played this too - love the masculine mood of the opening and closing, against the different mood in the middle - well done!

32. pianopi - Allemande from French Suite in G Major, BWV 816 Elegant and stately - you captured a wonderful baroque mood!

33. sinophilia - Prelude in A Major op. 28 no. 7 This one is plenty scary for me - but your playing was lovely!

34. timmyab - op102 no4 Never played this one, but listened to it many times. Excellent job of bring out the melody surrounded by the blur of accompaniment!

36. mel_lem (Melanie) - Sonatina Op. 88, No. 2 "Rondo" Love Kuhlau! I think you have mastered the "Sonatina" phase - time to move on to "Sonata" phase!

38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2 I have tried this piece in the past and failed - you're doing a much better job at it than I ever did. Excellent!

40. Piano_primo_1 - Little Serenade You captured the right style - very Haydnesque! Loved it!

41. that'sRich - Mazurka in F Minor. Opus 57 No.3 from Trois morceaux. The Russians loved to be sad and bitter - it was a delicious feeling that they relished, I think. You captured it!

43. noobpianist90 - Divertimento in G Major Hob. XVI: 8 Wonderful style - so elegant and light!

45. joangolfing - Reverie (Sweet Dreams) I have heard this many times but never realized it was by Tchaikovsky (or just forgot). Wonderful job of bringing out that lower voice in the middle. Loved it!

46. LadyAcadia - Carnival of Venice Oh yes, we have all played this too - a folk song arranged by many people, including Paganini. Well done!

48. Greywullf - Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 6 Love the sonorous quality of this - nicely done!

49. Muove - Schumann - Op. 68 nr. 6 - Armes Waisenkind You have made a lot of progress! I kind of like the contrast between the short chords and the legato chords. Well done!

50. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Knowing When To Leave Glad to see (and hear) that you are back! Wonderful energy on this! Don't miss another recital!

51. thepianoplayer416 - Goldberg Var. #30 & Aria - BWV988 The Gould recordings are legendary - don't know how he did it! Loved your version! This is a piece that would probably take a lifetime for us normal people.

52. Micael K - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 One of my favorites! Excellent playing!

54. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - Prelude op.23 no.4 D major Hope to get to Rachmaninoff someday! I think you caught the mood of it very well!

55. dddaaannn - Fantasia in C Major Love the rock-solid steady feel of this and the different articulations. Very baroque!

Thanks!
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A very big Thank You! to the folks that collected our recitals. It's wonderfully organized on wiki. I'm looking forward to experience the musical pieces in the coming days.

Thank you for the encouraging words. This was my first on-line piano recital experience and it was a positive one! Have a wonderful day!😀


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Originally Posted by MarieJ


Dan, I have Pianoteq 6 Stage, Steinway B Prelude. I calibrated the velocity curve for my Kawai ES110 but even with the built-in assistant I feel it’s a bit hit-and-miss (and anyway, I prefer to spend more time playing than tinkering with settings laugh ).



I hear you on that. I've been using Pianoteq less recently, and just sticking with the sound of the piano. Sometimes I do blend a random Model B setting with the internal sound for something different. The Prelude setting is one of my favorites though.

Here are a few more.

06. Riddler (Ed) - 500 Miles High

Sounds like Jazz, well done laugh I'm not really a jazz person, but this makes me want to listen to more of it.

07. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Moonrise

I thought this was the adult beginner's forum? You're like a professional or something. The Crain piece is pretty. I'm going to listen to some of your other stuff on IMSLP.

08. Ganddalf - Nocturne Op.32 no.1

Very nice. Maybe in 50 years I can play that. I noticed you are using an N1 and recording with a Zoom though, from the speaker output of the piano? Sounds very good.

12. Sandalholme - Mazurka Op24 No2

More Chopin, never gets old. Well done.

13. Tootles/Laurie - I Want to Hold Your Hand

Welcome to the forums, Laurie. You did a great job. Keep participating!


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It would be cool if someone could build a Roku channel as front end to these recitals, and show the information people submitted while the piece plays.

A couple more. Will have to listen to more later tonight.

14. SwissMS/Doris - Valses venezolanos #1 Adriana

I really enjoyed that, piano sounds wonderful. I think I heard something drop on the floor half way through smile

15. Piano2138 - Menuet BWV Anh 132

Great job! Well done. I particulary like that piece. It was in the recent issue of Pianist magazine. I'd like to give it a try sometime.

16. h8dk97 - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor

I thought this was amazing. Thanks for sharing. The Yamaha sounds great.


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It would be cool if someone could build a Roku channel as front end to these recitals, and show the information people submitted while the piece plays.



I don't know exactly what a Roku channel is ---- I read the info and open the music under a different tab smile


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From the rear..:

# 55 dddaaannn
I loved your Telemann! Great, sensitive, driving rhythm, lovely clarity. I am envious of your phrasing and your trills. Really enjoyable playing.

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Beautiful playing. I am not a huge fan of Romantic music, but you did bring the Rachmaninoff across very well indeed!

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BSharp(C)yclist (Dan)
Very sensitive and emotive. Great job!

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Great job on the Chopin. Very expressive and technically accomplished.

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Very nice, contemplative playing. Beautiful.

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Always enjoy Bacharach. Great job! I sometimes find, though, that song-tracks played without the singing accompaniment sometimes lack melody. Seeing as though you're playing this by ear, perhaps you could add some of the singer's part in the RH melody as well (or you could always sing along yourself!). Otherwise, it is very well played!

More to come..thanks, the last 10, for a very enjoyable Saturday morning!


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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist

05. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Shenandoah

Pretty and eloquent. Out of curiosity, what sort of chord rearrangements do you do when you come across 10ths? I can't span those either. In I Giorni, I moved some of the 10ths down to an octave.

Since the chords are so dense in this piece, I managed the 10ths with several options - drop the top note of the LH, pick up the note with the other hand, roll the chord, play a 9th instead of a 10th if it sounded right. With chords that consisted of 7 or 8 notes, dropping an inner note still sounded OK.



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07. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Moonrise I thought this was the adult beginner's forum? You're like a professional or something. The Crain piece is pretty. I'm going to listen to some of your other stuff on IMSLP.


Thanks so much for your kind words and interest. No, I am not a professional, I have quite a different profession (by coincidence the same as Tim who plays even better than me). I call myself a pianist on IMSLP since that expression describes best what I am doing in my spare time. I could have added the word "amateur" but I fear that possible listeners might lose interest in my recordings then.

The photo was taken in a rented studio where I am playing a grand from time to time since I only have an upright at home.

The Crain piece is not very difficult, so I think it fits in the adult beginners' forum. But I understand what you mean, and you are certainly right. Some performances here are very professional. I have raised the issue myself in my first commenting post on the first page of this thread:

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12. Sandalholme - Mazurka 24/2 Another perfect rendition, I wonder if we are not a bit misplaced in the Adult Beginners' Forum with such great performances. [...]


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I'm just giving you a hard time .. please continue to participate smile


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Originally Posted by Pianist685

The Crain piece is not very difficult, so I think it fits in the adult beginners' forum. But I understand what you mean, and you are certainly right. Some performances here are very professional. I have raised the issue myself in my first commenting post on the first page of this thread:

Originally Posted by Pianist685
12. Sandalholme - Mazurka 24/2 Another perfect rendition, I wonder if we are not a bit misplaced in the Adult Beginners' Forum with such great performances. [...


So if you're any good, you shouldn't post..? There doesn't seem to be another organized outlet (i.e. regular recitals) on this forum for advanced players, Plus the ABF has a very broad description, encompassing the very beginning student to the very advanced, and, plus again, I for one relish the challenge of hearing the outstanding performances from those who consider themselves peers of the ABF - it really raises the bar, and makes world-class performances not an unattainable goal.

And, plus, again, it may be the case that someone has just moved up a level from "shaky" to "outstanding", and so definitely deserves to show it off!


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12. Sandalholme - Mazurka Op24 No2
I enjoyed this piece and your performance on that very much. Great job!

13. Tootles/Laurie - I Want to Hold Your Hand
It’s hard to believe you’ve only been playing for a total of three months! You are clearly well on your way. Well done!

14. SwissMS/Doris - Valses venezolanos #1 Adriana
I wasn’t familiar with this piece. It had interesting rhythms, and melodies that were oddly both romantic at times and dissonant at others. I think that you played it very well!

15. Piano2138 - Menuet BWV Anh 132
Evenly and accurately played. Good job.

16. h8dk97 - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor
Solid work on a piece that is not so easy to play. Well done!

17. Anita Potter - Zum Anfang
Nice little piece and nicely played. Worth waiting the 3 years for, right? Congratulations!

18. dumka1 - Mazurka op. 7 no. 1
Great playing, especially considering that you learned the piece so recently!


19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3
Pretty piece and well played. I think you’re developing a nice touch. I enjoyed your performance.

20. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6)
Very cleanly and precisely played. If I may offer a suggestion, you could really polish this piece and bring it and make it shine by introducing to it a broader range of dynamics and even a bit more rubato. That’s my own personal preference anyway. Very good work!

21. Moo smile - Songs Without Words Op.67 no.5 in B Minor
Beautiful piece. And very well played. I enjoyed it.

22. fishandchips - Invention 2 in C Minor BWV 773
You’ve only been playing 15 months? That was great! I’m impressed.

23. peterws - Mozart K331
That was great, Peter! So well played. At every available opportunity, I myself avoid Mozart like the plague. Bravo!

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It's really normal for people to be surprised at the level of some of the participants in our "beginners" forum - and for some to question if they should be joining in.

The wonderful thing about our forum, (which can be confusing) is that people like to stay here, even when their skills develop! They (we) arrive as beginners, or restarters - and we never want to leave!

In our recitals we have had everything: from people who have just had their first lesson, to people who studied as children then stopped, then re-started as adults (and in that group we have many who have been in this forum for almost 20 years!).

So, yes, it can be disconcerting to hear some of the wonderful performances and perhaps even feel intimidated. I too asked the question "But isn't this for beginners" after I listened to my first recital!
I was, at first, really self-conscious about being so far behind others. I still feel far behind many, but that's always going to be the case. The important thing is to focus on your own progress and enjoy hearing others moving forward too.

There really isn't another forum for people who have grown in their skills. Our Pianist Corner is not for the adult amateur, - and the atmosphere there is a bit different - not everyone feels comfortable there.

There have been suggestions about creating a new forum for those who have made a lot of progress, but there are also very strong feelings about keeping our community together and staying in touch with the people we are "growing up" with , musically speaking.

After my first recital here, once I got over my surprise, I decided to be inspired by our more advanced players instead of intimidated.

I think it enriches us all to have this wonderful range of performances.

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I couldn't have said it better.

Originally Posted by casinitaly

The wonderful thing about our forum, (which can be confusing) is that people like to stay here, even when their skills develop! They (we) arrive as beginners, or restarters - and we never want to leave!

... and I would hate it if they would be gone!
(and I'm sure if you would ask, a lot of those amazing players still *feel* like beginners, feeling they still have a long way to go on their journey.)

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Originally Posted by casinitaly

The wonderful thing about our forum, (which can be confusing) is that people like to stay here, even when their skills develop! They (we) arrive as beginners, or restarters - and we never want to leave!


The next quarterly recital will be #50. That's 12 1/2 years of recitals. We have one person who has participated in every recital (Monica), and there are over 70+ people who have done at least 10 recitals. That's a lot of experience.

Its best not to compare yourself to others - I speak from experience. Be happy for them that they have worked hard to get where they are. Be encouraged that if you also do 10, 20, 30 or 49(!) recitals, you will improve too.

We really ought to do something special for recital #50!

Sam

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Yes, casinitaly, as I mentioned in the past, I agree we should stay together. The beginners forum without people who have a little more knowledge and experience wouldn't be helpful. I too am growing here from a beginner to an intermediate and I'm happy with the crowd.


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As my name/playing has been mentioned re performances which are seen as not "beginners" and I wrote "too long" or some such phrase in the number of years' playing box, let me explain why I have posted recordings on the Quarterly recitals.

I have been playing the piano since I was 7 and at my next birthday I shall be 76. I was taught until I was 18, after that I have been entirely self-taught, except for some lessons in my "harpsichord" phase. During this time I have played for pleasure and tbh not practised properly, until recently. I went from acoustic grand to digital about 3 years' ago - downsized house - and at the same time realised my index fingers were following other joints into arthritis. So, I set myself a project - now I could record from the digital - to practise and record pieces to be able to listen to them when I could no longer play. I found that, even with relatively effective practice, mistakes would occur after just a few minutes. So my recordings, say of a Mozart sonata, consist of takes of sections, rather than whole movements, and would still contain some slips. I can live with slips which are not too glaring. However, trying to record several minutes for an ABF recital gives me an added goal: to try to record a whole piece as note perfect as possible as well as being musically pleasing. The Mazurka in this recital crashed in one bar, I repeated it immediately and continued, then deleted the original bar. I declared this in my submission because I was happy with the performance. Technical perfection is a given for professionals, who then focus on the interpretation. Rightly or wrongly I focus on interpretation at the expense of technical polish. (I stopped posting on Pianists Corner when flamed for suggesting that some music is technically easy, but all music is musically difficult.)

So, I am not an adult beginner, but I am on a new musical journey, even if it might turn out to be short. If my playing gives some pleasure, I am happy to share it and I appreciate your comments.

Full disclosure: I have played in public - as an amateur - in the past and still give an occasional recital for charity, for friends and friends of friends who don't mind the odd wrong note.

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Sandalhome, thank you for sharing your story.....and your music!

I know I am not alone in appreciateing your presence here in the forum and the recitals!

Sam- even though I realize this is number 49, I somehow didn’t really think about the next one being such a milestone.
We should indeed do something special! Let’s put our thinking caps on!


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Originally Posted by casinitaly

I don't know exactly what a Roku channel is ---- I read the info and open the music under a different tab smile


It's a little device you connect to the TV and then stream internet content through it. I prefer watching/listening to content through my TV and speaker system there, as opposed to the laptop.

I was thinking there could be a Piano World Recital app, you open it up and lists all recitals, all pieces, and you can pick and choose, search, etc. I don't think it would be hard to do. However, I don't spend my free time working on side development projects anymore.

Here are a few more.

17. Anita Potter - Zum Anfang

Very nice, Anita! Sounds like a fun little piece.

18. dumka1 - Mazurka op. 7 no. 1

One of my favorite pieces. I listen to this often in the car (Falling in Love with Chopin album). Well done!

19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3

I would keep it in your repertorie. Very pretty piece. I'm not very familar with Mendelssohn's work. Sounds like you nailed it.

20. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6)

Another Mendelssohn! Nice job - relaxing. I bet it sounds great on the new NV10? laugh

22. fishandchips - Invention 2 in C Minor BWV 773

Very nice - I think this is my favorite invention. I love minor keys.


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31. Muhwu - Schumann - Knecht Ruprecht - Op. 68 No. 12: My main reaction on hearing the first half of this piece was “gosh, that sure sounds like FUN to play!” I loved the bouncy energy you brought to that section. Octave jumps are hard, but you made them sound easy.

32. pianopi - Allemande from French Suite in G Major, BWV 816: You give this Bach piece a soft, singing quality that’s very pleasing. You’re also clearly talented in more than music; I enjoyed seeing all your hand-painted t-shirts in the video. smile

33. sinophilia - Prelude in A Major op. 28 no. 7: Oh, that was so short but so sweet! I loved the lilting quality of your chords. (And was that your cat I saw in the background of the video making a cameo? grin

34. timmyab - op102 no4: I really liked the dreamy, romantic atmosphere you give this piece. I loved the delicate run in the right hand at the 1:10 mark. smile

35. PikaPianist - Binks' Sake: What a catchy tune! You had me tapping my foot and nodding my head. This is the kind of melody you can easily get stuck in your head, and it sounds like a heck of a lot of fun to play. I don’t know what’s more impressive: Your playing of this piece, or your being able to transcribe it. wow

36. mel_lem (Melanie) - Sonatina Op. 88, No. 2 "Rondo": You do a great job of playing this at a pretty fast clip but not making it *sound* rushed.

37. newbert - Souvenir: I wouldn’t have guessed this was a Billy Joel song if I hadn’t read your description; it’s got a rather old-fashioned air I would’ve attributed to the likes of Sinatra or Bing Crosby instead. Very pleasant!

38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2: My jaw dropped when I heard your amazing performance! Then I looked at your info for the recital entry and saw you had 50 years experience on piano, which makes your performance more understandable, though still quite impressive. I don’t have any intelligent feedback other than to say that your playing sounded flawless to me.

39. Sam S - Notturno: This sounds more like “pretty much polished” piece to me than a “work in progress”! You played those long trills in the middle section from 1:15 to 1:40 beautifully, and you had an excellent command of the dynamics.

40. Piano_primo_1 - Little Serenade: This is such a fun little piece, and your playing sounds appropriately light and relaxed. Wish it were longer!

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Originally Posted by Sam S


The next quarterly recital will be #50. That's 12 1/2 years of recitals. We have one person who has participated in every recital (Monica), and there are over 70+ people who have done at least 10 recitals. That's a lot of experience.

Its best not to compare yourself to others - I speak from experience. Be happy for them that they have worked hard to get where they are. Be encouraged that if you also do 10, 20, 30 or 49(!) recitals, you will improve too.

We really ought to do something special for recital #50!

Sam


My initial impulse was to insist you had to be wrong with your math or something... no WAY we've been doing these recitals for 12 1/2 years! Then I sat down and started subtracting years etc., and sure enough, you're right! wow

I'm not sure what we could do special for #50 (Fifty submissions of Einaudi? laugh ), but I'd better start thinking hard about potential pieces to have ready for it.

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Originally Posted by Monica K.

(Fifty submissions of Einaudi? laugh )


Noooooooo! ha

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21. Moo smile - Songs Without Words Op.67 no.5 in B Minor Another new piece to me - and a very beautiful one. Thank you!

22. fishandchips - Invention 2 in C Minor BWV 773 Fifteen months and you were able to present this? Super! thumb

23. peterws - Mozart K331 And according to ‘moi’, you did a brilliant job here. I loved every one of your almost-7, indeed special, minutes.

24. MeganR - Summer Drought An unusual piece from a Canadian composer; I’d never heard of her before. You brought out the brooding atmosphere reminiscent of times of drought; well played!

25. Greener/Jeff - Nocturne in Em, Posthumous. Opus 72, no. 1 Jeff, that was simply superb. Bravo!


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26. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - The Town I loved So Well I wonder when you went piano-shopping, if you ever thought that one day you’d be ready to record this piece/song and submit it to a Recital. A very rewarding achievement, and very sensitively played.

27. Keselo - Waltz A delicate little waltz - lovely!

28. GoldmanT - Memories of Green I haven't seen Blade Runner, but I’ve always loved the music of Vangelis. Your piano settings, and ‘just right’ touch, capture his special sound. Seriously good!

29. Ralph L. - Introduction and dance (piano+keyboard) Not easy to do, a lot to coordinate - but you clearly had fun nailing it! Most enjoyable.

30. Medden - Giorni Dispari I’ve been avoiding this piece, it’s always looked daunting. I thought your pace was appropriate, your touch delicate, and your dynamics excellent. You’ve inspired me to try it - thank you!


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23. peterws - Mozart K331

Well done. I like helicopters.

24. MeganR - Summer Drought

That's an interesting piece, well done. It's got a spooky, erie sound. I thought it was familar. Now I remember where I heard it.

26. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - The Town I loved So Well

An eloquent piece, you play it very nicely. I don't think I've heard of Phil Coulter before. Many of these artists are new to me.

28. GoldmanT - Memories of Green

That was really good, I enjoyed watching you play that. Now I want to watch Blade Runner.


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Hello, ABF 49! I tried to listen and comment on the entire recital but am I a little tired so forgive me for some of the briefer comments. Great performances, folks!

01. SMA55 (Shepherd) - Liebestraum Very nice piece, well played. It must have taken a ton of practice to get this piece down, and from memory to boot! Amazing you've been able to play this after 4 years. It seems very complex, I'm not sure I'll ever tackle this one. Great job, and I also liked the slide show.

02. earlofmar - Bagatelle No 11, Op Nice Bagatelle, good job.

03. Monica K. - Gravity Very nice played as always, as expected. Love that beautiful piano!

04. MarieJ - Dolce Droga Very beautiful, very soothing.

05. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Shenandoah Also very beautiful. I'm not particularly familiar with Keith Jarrett but might have to check him out. Very nice calm melody.

06. Riddler (Ed) - 500 Miles High !!!WOW!!!

07. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Moonrise Beautiful piece, well played. I'll listen to this again.

08. Ganddalf - Nocturne Op.32 no.1 I haven't heard this Nocturne before; it is a little different than the one with which I am familiar. Thanks for the introduction, well played.

09. Jerzyk19 - Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4 Love this one, so nice. I played it 2 recitals ago, and I'm still working on tweaking it. I play it with a little more rubato at points.

10. zsolpyW - I fix my eye in thin Yes, I didn't know what to expect here, but this is a really nice piece. Thanks for introducing it to us. You brought out the melody very well, kept the bass arpeggio in the background well. Lot of jumps and movement, liked watching the video.

11. Peyton - Etude #6 Very powerful, fast, exciting…….it was 'driving' if that makes sense.

12. Sandalholme - Mazurka Op24 No2 Very good; didn't notice the glitch.

13. Tootles/Laurie - I Want to Hold Your Hand Well it's only a few months and you just played a real song! One that launched a generation of music, I might add. My first song was Imagine btw.

14. SwissMS/Doris - Valses venezolanos #1 Adriana Very nicely played.

15. Piano2138 - Menuet BWV Anh 132 Very nice melody, thanks for sharing!

16. h8dk97 - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor Ah one of my favorite pieces, one that I hope to reach someday. The day is getting closer. Did you really learn this after only 2.5 yrs of lessons? Please tell me you were playing even before; I see your username has been here since 2009. Regardless, thanks for sharing.

17. Anita Potter - Zum Anfang Well played, that Casio sounds nice.

18. dumka1 - Mazurka op. 7 no. 1 Boy that piece sound just way to peppy for me! I seem to be drawn more to the sad songs smile. You could probably use this for the Waltz recital.

19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 Awesome, among the best wink :. Keep playing!

20. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6) The more I hear the Songs Without Words, the more I like these selections. I have attempted two (one above), but think I'll pick up the Schirmer complete edition one of these days. Nice job, love the slow bass line interspersed with the melody.

21. Moo smile - Songs Without Words Op.67 no.5 in B Minor As above, I'm really liking the Mendelssohn. This one is new to me. Well played, like the camera angle. Thanks!

22. fishandchips - Invention 2 in C Minor BWV 773 You have quite a SoundCloud library for 15 months. Good job on this Invention; I'm sure these are so helpful. I personally don't have the patience for the Inventions, I wish I did. So much beautiful music out there! I look forward to exploring that SoundCloud channel more in the future.

23. peterws - Mozart K331 Yes this covered a lot of ground stylistically. Great presentation.

24. MeganR - Summer Drought Nice job, Megan, I can almost feel the ranch in this music! Sounds hot, dusty, summery; I don't know but I'm picturing your photos while listening to this and it works.

25. Greener/Jeff - Nocturne in Em, Posthumous. Opus 72, no. 1 Ah, another Chopin Nocturne. So haunting, so beautiful. This is the level I hope to reach one day; where I can knock off some Nocturnes. Loved it and loved watching you play it on the YouTube video. Is that an Orchid on the piano? The pop of color contrasts nicely with the black and white of the piano.

Whose YouTube performance were you referring to? I keep watching Kara Camparetto's video…it's awesome.

26. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - The Town I loved So Well What a beautiful song and haunting lyrics. This especially hits home for me, as I live right next door to the town that had the school shooting this week. It's the end of the innocence for thousands of teenagers here, my kids among them; it's a tight community. It's really been rough. Your performance was touching; I'm glad you've gotten the piece you aspired to down in your repertoire

27. Keselo - Waltz I liked this piece, nicely done, worth perfecting and keeping.

28. GoldmanT - Memories of Green Never heard this…but interestingly I have Blade Runner recorded on my DVR and I've been planning on watching it soon (the original). Glad you returned to piano, very good.

29. Ralph L. - Introduction and dance (piano+keyboard) Very nice, played in time with the "band". That's a skill I don't have!

30. Medden - Giorni Dispari (to do) Nice piece, quiet and mellow. I liked the fade at the end. Love London, was there last summer. Can't wait to go back to The Wigmore!

31. Muhwu - Schumann - Knecht Ruprecht - Op. 68 No. 12 Interesting piece, with that strong bass line. I'm not too familiar with Schumann.

32. pianopi - Allemande from French Suite in G Major, BWV 816 Sounds like there's a lot going on in this little piece. I liked it. The trills sounded good to me.

33. sinophilia - Prelude in A Major op. 28 no. 7 Good recording….I just checked off this piece also…three down. Which one is next? Btw I see you hit that A# in measure 12 with your L thumb. I've been hitting the A# and C# both with my R thumb as written on my transcription….I'm going to have to reexamine this as it is quite a stretch with the R hand.

34. timmyab - op102 no4 That was absolutely beautiful! I agree about Mendelsohn, as in above comments, I'm starting to like his music more and more, like a comfortable blanket or an old friend.

35. PikaPianist - Binks' Sake I enjoyed watching you play this song, your arms are moving constantly. You must be tired!

36. mel_lem (Melanie) - Sonatina Op. 88, No. 2 "Rondo" Sure is upbeat! What stamina you must have! Oh and I love Thai!

37. newbert - Souvenir Very nice, I can picture Billy Joel have dazed after a long show playing that for the crowd, as the night draws to a close and the lighting fades away.

38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2 Another outstanding performance. Another one I must listen to again. Subscribed on You Tube. I'll be in Nashville in a few weeks on a college tour (Atlanta and Nashville on this trip) - any piano bars to check out?

39. Sam S - Notturno Beautifully played. Those Grieg nocturnes are no joke. My teacher suggested one to me (C maj), but honestly, just looking at it scared me. I'm not ready. You played it very nicely. That university somewhere between the Atlantic and the Mississippi wink is treating you well!

40. Piano_primo_1 - Little Serenade Short little piece, well done. I liked the diminuendo at the end.

41. that'sRich - Mazurka in F Minor. Opus 57 No.3 from Trois morceaux. I liked listening to this, and listened a second time after reading your description. Great job of bringing out the intended emotions of the piece. I really enjoyed it.

42. andy250 - Krotka bajka Andy, I like this piece, nice touch, phrasing. It was worth polishing.

43. noobpianist90 - Divertimento in G Major Hob. XVI: 8 That was excellent. The sonata somehow felt like I was listening to an actual live recital, possibly b/c of the various movements.

44. SandTiger - Capistrano v2 Very nice, excellent that you composed this on your own. Southern California is such a great place, beautiful nature, great atmosphere by the Pacific. I can see how you can be inspired.

45. joangolfing - Reverie (Sweet Dreams) Sounds like good progress, to play this without looking much; I'm on the same quest!

46. LadyAcadia - Carnival of Venice Well played, nice touch.

47. Serge88 - My Love Excellent, beautiful rendition.

48. Greywullf - Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 6 Love the preludes, I haven't played this one yet. I still have so much to learn (sigh)! Nice job on this one. I might have added a little more rubato to it, I think, but as I haven't attempted it I can't be sure.

49. Muove - Schumann - Op. 68 nr. 6 - Armes Waisenkind Nice job, Muove.

50. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Knowing When To Leave Very good, thanks.

51. thepianoplayer416 - Goldberg Var. #30 & Aria - BWV988 Like the harpsichord sound.

52. Micael K - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 Ambitious of you to take on a Chopin Nocturne after just 2.5 yrs back, but you did it well. Great piece to have in your repertoire.

53. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Nuvole Bianche Hey, this was really nice! I enjoyed watching the YouTube of it…..the break in the flow at around 3:20 was pretty cool. (I just rewatched and noticed the page turn…seems like it came at an opportune time). Not being in the Einaudi camp, I'm not all that familiar with the piece (although I have heard it once or twice). Great job. Btw I watched the video, so didn't hear the second version…might listen later.

54. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - Prelude op.23 no.4 D major Outstanding. Can't add anything here. Just perfect. I need to listen to this again. I personally am glad we have such quality music and performances in the ABF recital. It's inspiring.

55. dddaaannn - Fantasia in C Major Very nicely played. Good way to end the recital!


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Originally Posted by Monica K.

[b] (And was that your cat I saw in the background of the video making a cameo? grin

Lol I hadn't even noticed until now! Yes my ginger cat is always checking my work laugh
Thanks for your kind comment.

Originally Posted by cmb13
Which one is next? Btw I see you hit that A# in measure 12 with your L thumb. I've been hitting the A# and C# both with my R thumb as written on my transcription….I'm going to have to reexamine this as it is quite a stretch with the R hand.

Well spotted! I tried different solutions for that measure, and then settled on dropping the low F#, so I only play 8 notes instead of 9. I couldn't manage the stretch and rolling the chord with LH-RH-LH wasn't to my liking, I wanted a single sound with emphasis on the top two notes.
Now I'm working on Prelude no. 15... but don't tell anybody wink It's definitely a big stretch.


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And what better way to spend a Sunday morning than listening to our wonderful recital?

Here's my second batch of comments - and thanks so much to everyone who put in hours of dedicated practice on these pieces - it was a real joy to listen to them all.

16. h8dk97 - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor Beautiful trills. This piece is one of my favourites - and one that is on my "want to play" list for sure. You have captured the haunting melancholy of this piece beautifully!

17. Anita Potter - Zum Anfang What a delightful piece! It reminds me a bit of Schumann's Melody - you've got excellent balance between the two voices, and your interweaving of the two strands sounds seamless. Well done!

18. dumka1 - Mazurka op. 7 no. 1 I have yet to try a Mazurka - (except on the dancefloor! lol) - I think you did a great job keeping the spritely rhythm going and your trills are charming! Very nice performance!

19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 The Consolations are wonderful pieces. This one does have a sort of hymn-like quality to it. It's easy to see why they are called songs without words, isn't it? It's also easy to hear how complicated the music is though on the surface it sounds simple. You've obviously put in a lot of work to produce this rich, full well-balanced sound and make it flow so smoothly. Very pretty - in fact, you've inspired me to look up the score and put it on my "want to play" list! Thank you!

20. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6) This is one of my favourite of the Songs without Words group. I've had the good fortune to be a regular visitor to Venice (it's not that far away!) and your performance really captures the fluidity, the light sparkling on the water, the delicate rise and fall of the boats, and the hint of mystery that is inseperable from Venice. Beautifully played. Thank you for the treat!

21. Moo smile - Songs Without Words Op.67 no.5 in B Minor We're lucky to have so much Mendelssohn in this recital. I am less familiar with this piece than some of the others but I really enjoyed your performance. You've really made your piano "sing" for this piece and it was a relaxing treat to sit back and enjoy listening.

22. fishandchips - Invention 2 in C Minor BWV 773 15 months!?!!! Wow - I'm really impressed! This was beautifully played, steady, well-balanced, charming delicacy. A real delight to listen to.

23. peterws - Mozart K331 What fun Peter! (I confess I am a bit confused as to what child's nursery rhyme is referenced?) I don't know about the others, but I certainly have no objection to the time - 6-7 minutes flies by when you're having fun! I can imagine how tricky it was to pull this together so well - that ending is a killer! I really enjoyed your performance, thank you!

24. MeganR - Summer Drought A new-to-me composer. It's interesting - friends of mine live in Capetown and are suffering through a terrible drought - your performance caught a mood, created tension, and conveyed the idea of a burning sun shining down fiercely. Well done indeed.

25. Greener/Jeff - Nocturne in Em, Posthumous. Opus 72, no. 1 Bravo! I read what you wrote before listening, and I was prepared to hear a much less polished peformance. Of course we can always improve, and there's always something we can tweak, but this was a lovely rendition. I'm working on my first Nocturne and I watched your video - the pattern in the left hand is similar to what I'm doing and I was impressed with your fluidity and evenness throughout the piece - (knowing from my recent experience just how long it takes to get to that point!). I really enjoyed listening to and watching your performance. My compliments to you!


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7 Pianist 685

Super piece of clear music. Your silent system records well. Enjoyed listening to this.

8 Ganddalf

What a nice Chopin piece for a change! So flowing, not depressive . . .lovely playing, super trills
. .what's not to like? (apart from the ending?) smile

9 JerzyK19

You played that well. V. Impressive for 18 months. A bit of loosening up will come with time.


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14. SwissMS/Doris - Valses venezolanos #1 Adriana

I had to listen to this one four times. It took me a few moments for it to sink in. At first, I was running through all the pieces quickly, and then I decided to go back to it. That was last night and I was very tired so my comment was very brief. This morning I listened to it again, then re-read your narrative and listened to it one more time.

This is what we play for. To be able to tell a story, create something with our music. This is clearly a complicated piece, with a lot of different emotions and styles combined that vary in technique tremendously. After listening to it with your narrative in mind, it takes the piece to a different level, like that of watching a movie or reading a book. It was really excellently executed. Keep them coming.


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Peyton, pianopi, cmb13 - Thank you for your comments.

cmb13 - Yea, I thought the music was going to fall off there for a second. I don't have this completely memorized. There are some sections that repeat, but there is a subtle difference in them. If I'm not looking at the music, I'll end up repeating what I did before, or do something different which I could probably get away with.


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27. Keselo - Waltz This a beautiful little waltz, and you played it very sensiively. I like the gentle rubato. Nice job!

28. GoldmanT - Memories of Green What an ethereal piece! I like your gentle treatment of it and the peaceful pace. Beautiful playing!

29. Ralph L. - Introduction and dance (piano+keyboard) Nice arrangement! I like the added accompaniment.

30. Medden - Giorni Dispari Classic Einaudi! You have a nice touch for his music. Nicely done!

31. Muhwu - Schumann - Knecht Ruprecht - Op. 68 No. 12 I love this piece, and played a few years ago. It does indeed present challenges and you handled them well. It has such drama. You brought out the the contrasts well. I can just hear Knecht Rupert sneaking around looking for the naughty kids at Christmas time.

32. pianopi - Allemande from French Suite in G Major, BWV 816 I really like your articulation and balance in this piece. Beautifully played.

33. sinophilia - Prelude in A Major op. 28 no. 7 I like the gentleness that you give this piece, sort of like a lullaby. It looks like the leaps are conquered!

34. timmyab - op102 no4 (to do) Beautifully played! I love your very even and subdued arpeggios flowing along in the accompaniment. The melody just sang. Well done.

35. PikaPianist - Binks' Sake (to do) What a fun song. Your arrangement just dances! You give such variety, and keep it rolling along. Wonderful playing. I just loved it.

36. mel_lem (Melanie) - Sonatina Op. 88, No. 2 "Rondo" I love Kuhlua. His Sonatinas have such variety. Your articulation on this this beautiful, and your expression comes through nicely. Great job.

37. newbert – Souvenir I would not have recognized this as Billy Joel. You had a nice singing melody over the accompaniment, and I like the relaxed feel of the piece.

38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2 Beautifully played. I love this intermezzo, and you really did it justice. Wonderful interpretation!

39. Sam S - Notturno Wow, if you just started this in December, it has come together pretty quickly. Your playing has reached a higher level since you began your university program. You have such a rich, full sound on this piece, and lovely expression.

40. Piano_primo_1 - Little Serenade Nice classic Haydn! I like the well projected melody and steady accompaniment. Nice job!

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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
Peyton, pianopi, cmb13 - Thank you for your comments.

cmb13 - Yea, I thought the music was going to fall off there for a second. I don't have this completely memorized. There are some sections that repeat, but there is a subtle difference in them. If I'm not looking at the music, I'll end up repeating what I did before, or do something different which I could probably get away with.


Yes, well, I wasn't criticizing, just noted that it was actually a good time to slow to a little pause. It sounded like it was meant to be there. Only afterwards that I noticed that there was a page turn at that exact moment.


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@cmb13 - No worries, I hope it didn't sound as if I took at as criticism. I certainly didn't. That's why I hate internet forums, all tone is lost. The break is good actually, I believe Einaudi takes a significant break there as well. I just got lucky smile


A few more. I have to admit, trying to review all these pieces is overwhelming. I'm not qualified :D, so sorry for short answers. I'm trying to make an effort to listen to all of them though.

30. Medden - Giorni Dispari

Well done! I'd like to try this one day. Perhaps I'll just forget all the other stuff I'm working on, and just play Einaudi for the rest of my life - I'd be OK with that. laugh

31. Muhwu - Schumann - Knecht Ruprecht - Op. 68 No. 12

Nice job on the Schumann. The piano has an interesting sound to it.

32. pianopi - Allemande from French Suite in G Major, BWV 816

I really enjoyed this one. I can't say I've come across too many Bach pieces that I would want to listen over and over, but this could be close.

34. timmyab - op102 no4

Wow, another wonderful Mendelssohn piece. Well done.

36. mel_lem (Melanie) - Sonatina Op. 88, No. 2 "Rondo"

Another great piece from you as usual. I always enjoy listening to your stuff on SoundCloud. I'm surprised this one isn't on there?


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SamS, MonicaK and cmb13, thank you for your kind comments.

#49 Muove I really liked your Armes Waisenkind - perfect mood: your little orphan sounded wonderfully forlorn and at the the same time, hopefully playful, but not quite having the courage to actually enjoy his/herself. Great job! I thought the staccatos worked well to bring this mood out.

#48 Greywullf That was great! Expressive and emotive, without sentimentality. Strong playing.

#47Serge88 Very nicely played!

#46LadyAcadia Nice, brightly-played little piece. It bounces and dances along wonderfully!

#45joangolfing Nicely expressive playing. Great job!

#44SandTiger Well done on your composition! And the playing of it was great. Thanks for sharing it!

#43noobpianist90 Really delightful! Wonderful, delicate and sensitively expressive playing. Really, really enjoyed listening to it! (Sometime in the very far future my trills will be half as good as yours.)

#42andy250 Very accurately expressive. Nice!

#41that'sRich Great piece! Great playing of it, too!

#40Piano_primo_1 Very nice! I really enjoyed your smooth dynamic transitions. Lovely, lively playing.

#39Sam S That's just so good! Thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.


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10 Szolpy

Powerful piece; wonderful expressive playing. When was this music composed?

11 Peyton

You play this with loads of force. Great dynamics, sounds a treat!

12 Sandalholme

I'm right now in the process of re-doing this; it's like doing it for the first time and it's heavy going! You play light and sparkly; sounds great that way, very fluent and a really good listen.

13 Tootles

Very sound playing. For 3 months, excellent. Only trouble is . . .i remember these songs only too well!

14 SwissMS

One o' those sad songs which often mark a period of time and seem to form almost a genre. This is undoubtedly difficult; but throughout the song, somebody's transmitting the message "If only".
Bl**dy hope I never get to that stage!

15 Piano2138

Nice Bach. Typical music of the period, I love it's often unstoppable feel, and simplicity. But there's not a lot of simplicity in the playing side of it. Well done!

16 H8DK97

A ponderous gloomy piece by Chopin, but it has a certain charm apparent to most here including me, You've come a long way in a short time . . . . nice work!

17 Anita Potter

Your piano has a period charm which suits this tune really well. Your playing was super; it also had charm and rolled along like a sparkly stream.

18 Dumka 1

a cheerful upbeat from Frederic. Most welcome, too. You did it justice, and played with a flourish which was most entertaining. Well done!

19 cmb13

One I remember well when i used to play in church. Mendelssohn's stuff usually has a strong feelgood, or consolation factor embedded in there throughout, and this is one of them. Good, steady, strongly played work!

20 Jobert

This sounds so rich and full. Relaxing and pleasant, Mendelssohn's always good for a listen. And so are you. Nice, nice!


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18. dumka1 - Mazurka op. 7 no. 1 Boy that piece sound just way to peppy for me! I seem to be drawn more to the sad songs smile. You could probably use this for the Waltz recital.


I have a different piece ready for the Waltz recital; it's quite sad for the most part, so you'll be happy smile

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24. MeganR - Summer Drought
I like the dissonance in this piece, and I think its title describes it well. Well played, Megan.

25. Greener/Jeff - Nocturne in Em, Posthumous. Opus 72, no. 1
I think you did a good job with this, Jeff. I enjoyed your performance.

26. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - The Town I loved So Well
Nice, sweet little melody. And I think definitely relate to the sentiments of the composer’s words. Nice job, Cheryl.

27. Keselo - Waltz
Another sweet little piece. Good work.

28. GoldmanT - Memories of Green
The love you have for this piece is evident in your playing, and you do a good job. That being said, I have to admit that I’m not much of a fan of Vangelis.

29. Ralph L. - Introduction and dance (piano+keyboard)
Good work, Ralph. But if I’m being honest, I can’t say I much care for the accompaniment to the piano here.

30. Medden - Giorni Dispari
Very nice, expressive playing. Well done!

31. Muhwu - Schumann - Knecht Ruprecht - Op. 68 No. 12
I wasn’t familiar with this piece previously. I very much enjoyed the way you brought out the two wildly contrasting themes by emphasizing the boldly percussive nature of the first with the more mellifluous and lyrical second. Really good job—and quite impressive, given that you’ve only been playing for a little more than a couple of years.

32. pianopi - Allemande from French Suite in G Major, BWV 816
Wow! So well performed. I’m truly impressed!

33. sinophilia - Prelude in A Major op. 28 no. 7
Nicely played. And congratulations on conquering the previously troubling octaves!

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I will only comment on the music I've played. I generally give tips but wont put too many incase its not wanted / welcomed smile

9. Jerzyk19 - Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4

I think you played it very well for only 18 months playing. You made a comment about your left hand being too loud. What I would suggest is try playing the notes in left hand in different intensities. When you have this solid, try to add and take out the left hand certain parts - e.g. take the left hand away when there only space in the right and you want to hear the melody (e.g. after a long 1st beat in right) and add when there is more intensity.

15 Piano2138 - Menuet BWV Anh 132

Nicely played smile

16 h8dk97 - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor

Quite a difficult chopin to play. I think there was one chord at the start wrong - [C#,E,Fx (G natural)] so I would check on this.

Mendelssohn friends smile

17 cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3

Very nicely played. Sounded good to me. The start/end arpeggio I think could be more epic. A bit faster, plus some dimunendo and rit. near the top for epic-ness.

18 JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6)

I love this piece smile. So good choice. I also enjoyed listening to it. Your tempo was very nice and you also manage to get the melody out well in the right hand, which is difficult in this piece.

34 timmyab Songs without words op102 no4

Bravo smile. Sounded magical !

36. mel_lem (Melanie) Kuhlau - Sonatina Op. 88, No. 2 "Rondo"

Well done. Sounded perfect. I enjoyed it very much.

52. Micael K - Chopin - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2

Nicely played. You seem to have progressed very quickly, this is not an easy chopin so I'd feel proud with that result. The end was very well played - I thought I was the only one here who played 4th on black octaves but you did it at 3:45 to keep the legato - which was very nice ! In the left hand try to join the 2nd and 3rd beats in left hand with legato fingers (not the pedal - my teacher always had me on this one - I also had this in the piece in 18). I would try to keep quite left hand in the Chopin when its you are playing two notes in the base, so similar tips to number 9 where you want to try to quite the base if you have a there is a long note in the melody. But good job overall !

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38. FrankieC - Brahms Intermezzo 118/2 What a sound! I know that the Kawai RX-6 is a high-class concert grand but you seem to have the appropriate concert hall as well. Or does all the concert hall atmosphere come from Ableton? I have never heard of that software, but I am only an amateur. This piece is also in my repertoire. You are playing it like a world class pianist, though I do not agree with the degree of rubato at some points. But that is just a question of taste. I do comprehend why you are interpreting it in this manner: there are so many recordings of it already existing that it is hard to add an original new interpretation of one's own.


Thank you Pianist685! Thank you for taking the time to listen and provide your feedback. I love my RX-6. I feel so blessed to be able to own such a great instrument.

Regarding the sound: I recorded this particular session with two small and two large Audio-Technica condenser mics. I positioned the two small mics by the dampers (one towards the left and the other towards the right) and panned each of them hard left/right respectively. I placed the larger condenser mics about 15 feet away from the piano on opposite sides of the room and panned each of those hard left/right as well. The concert hall effect you are referring to is coming from the room mics. I raised the volume on them just enough to add some space to the final mix and support the sound from the smaller condenser mics. The result is a mix that sounds very close to what it would sound like if the listener were actually standing in the room. The travertine tile on the floors really helps as well :-).

In my opinion Ableton is more suited for real-time loop performances but I wanted to give it a try for this. I think I will stick to Studio One or Sonar for these types of recordings moving forward.

Yes, I definitely take liberties with the rubato - probably more so than most. As you say, it is a matter of taste. I have lost count of how many great artists I have studied playing this piece - Ruth Laredo, Van Cliburn, and many others. I think I took a little of what I liked from each of them and added my own as well.

Originally Posted by Sam S

38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2 I have tried this piece in the past and failed - you're doing a much better job at it than I ever did. Excellent!


Thank you Sam S! I appreciate you taking the time to listen.

Thanks again for your comments and thanks to everyone who participated in this recital. All of you are truly an inspiration for me. Please keep the music going!

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10 more to go I think, will get to them tomorrow. Sorry I can't really provide substantial comments. I'm actually learning from the information you provide in each piece, so thanks for that.

37. newbert - Souvenir

Going to have to listen to Billy Joel tomorrow now smile

38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2

That was amazing. Glad I found the YouTube video. Maybe I can try that in 50 years ;0

39. Sam S - Notturno

That was very nice. I wish I could provide a meaningful comment!

40. Piano_primo_1 - Little Serenade

Nice job. Shorty and pretty. Sorry about your Steelers, although I'm glad New England went and Philly beat them laugh

41. that'sRich - Mazurka in F Minor. Opus 57 No.3 from Trois morceaux.

Not familiar with Anatoly Lyadov. Thanks for the introduction. Interesting piece.

42. andy250 - Krotka bajka

Another nice jazz sounding piece. A relaxing listen and great way to unwind from the day.

44. SandTiger - Capistrano v2

It's great that you compose. Sounded great. I'll think of this when I visit SJC next ;0


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A quiet, rainy Monday morning. I am lucky enough to not be obliged to dash out the door and I sit, sipping my coffee and listening to the next portion of the recital.
I am blown away by the performances, and loving every minute!

My compliments to all the players!


27. Keselo - Waltz Beautiful flow to this - the tempo seems great when I think about it also from a dancing point of view! It's a very pretty piece and I would be interested in hearing what you've done with it later on!

28. GoldmanT - Memories of Green I've seen Blade Runner, but it was years ago and I have no recollection of the music. Looking at the score in your video - it seems really intimidating! And again, watching the video - I can see how relaxed and confident you are moving through the piece - a lot of study went into producing such a smooth performance. I can see why this is your desert island piece! It's really beautiful and I think you did it great justice. (Your piano settings were just right for this piece too!)

29. Ralph L. - Introduction and dance (piano+keyboard) What fun! You don't hear this "Those were the days" very often these days -It really made me smile. Nicely done!

30. Medden - Giorni Dispari "Odd days" but in the sense of strange rather than "odd". There's a slight sharpness in elements of this that give it that "off" feeling and you bring it out well. I think the challenge in these pieces is to really work on the dynamics to bring out changes of mood and the flow of the story (because in my mind this type of music always has a story!). I think you've done a very good job of bringing out all the different elements of this piece.

31. Muhwu - Schumann - Knecht Ruprecht - Op. 68 No. 12 That intro sounds like it would be a blast to play! I love the energy you bring to this piece! You did a lovely job on the contrast from one section to the next. I don't think I've ever heard this piece before - it was great fun and now I want to dash off to look at the score (I have that book too!) - My compliments to you, on your very enjoyable performance!

32. pianopi - Allemande from French Suite in G Major, BWV 816 Is there anything more delightful than Bach with your morning coffee? Possibly not, at least musically speaking! A charming performance with all the right flavours and nuances. Beautiful balance and flow from left to right hand and back. (and your art work is lovely too!) Thank you for the listening treat!

33. sinophilia - Prelude in A Major op. 28 no. 7 Beautiful! In my opinion there really isn't any "easy" Chopin - but yes, it's all relative, isn't it? I think you've done a lovely rendition here, and as we know, with this sort of piece there's always something we feel we can improve. I think that you'll see if you keep this in your repertoire (and how could you do otherwise?!) - the more you play it the more things will come together to complete your satisfaction. I was charmed, and I am inspired to take this one on when I finish (ha ha..... get as far as I can go for the momement) with my current pieces. I have seen such a change in your playing over the past year - it's really wonderful to be able to notice the refinements in your playing and your growing confidence!


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31. Muhwu - Schumann - Knecht Ruprecht - Op. 68 No. 12 An intriguing piece with its sudden switches from an ominous growling bass to a sweet, lyrical passage. That was a surprising and enjoyable listening experience.

32. pianopi - Allemande from French Suite in G Major, BWV 816 I loved the way you played this - and your trills sounded splendid to me.

33. sinophilia - Prelude in A Major op. 28 no. 7 Isn’t it satisfying when suddenly something ‘clicks’ and you find the passage wasn’t impossible after all? Nicely played - and congratulations on the leaps. thumb

34. timmyab - op102 no4 Simply beautiful - what more can I say!

35. PikaPianist - Binks' Sake WOW - that was a lot of fun! A sparkling performance. And you transcribed the piece yourself - I’m even more impressed!


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Originally Posted by casinitaly
Sandalhome, thank you for sharing your story.....and your music!

I know I am not alone in appreciateing your presence here in the forum and the recitals!


Thank you for that very supportive response. The first recital contribution was as a result of just playing the Nocturne - not intending to record it - and realising it was pretty free of errors and I liked the playing. A very rare experience. The beauty of Pianoteq is that live playing, without the red dot fear, can turn into something to keep. The Haydn slow movement was part of a project to do the whole thing - the last movement is a stitch up of many bits! - but the middle movement was a single take. (My fingers, like everyone else's, cope better with slow pieces) So my preparing, within my overall recording project, for an ABF recital, is to continue the discipline of practice to lay the ghost of always having pieces partly playable. And at my advanced age I have learned from experience what everyone tells you: that the more secure the notes are, the more musical the playing can beome.

I also appreciated in your earlier post the diplomatic wording about Pianist Corner. The ABF forum is indeed a friendly and supportive place.

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Originally Posted by Monica K.


38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2: My jaw dropped when I heard your amazing performance! Then I looked at your info for the recital entry and saw you had 50 years experience on piano, which makes your performance more understandable, though still quite impressive. I don’t have any intelligent feedback other than to say that your playing sounded flawless to me.



Thank you Monica K. for listening and providing feedback. Yes, I have 50 years of experience but to be honest I think only half of those years (if that many) have been focused on serious practice and preparation.

Originally Posted by cmb13


38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2 Another outstanding performance. Another one I must listen to again. Subscribed on You Tube. I'll be in Nashville in a few weeks on a college tour (Atlanta and Nashville on this trip) - any piano bars to check out?



Thank you cmb13! And thanks for subscribing on YouTube. I shall return the favor ;-). I'm not really familiar with any piano bars in the Nashville area. There is a blue baby grand in B. B. Kings that I had the opportunity to play on occasion but I don't really think that is considered a piano bar. May your travels be safe!

Originally Posted by SwissMS


38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2 Beautifully played. I love this intermezzo, and you really did it justice. Wonderful interpretation!



Thank you SwissMS! I love this intermezzo too! It's one of my favorite works to play. I never get bored with it. I am glad you found my interpretation enjoyable. Thanks again for our feedback.

Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist


38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2

That was amazing. Glad I found the YouTube video. Maybe I can try that in 50 years ;0



Thank you bSharp(C)! I love your User ID!! Thanks for looking me up on YouTube! Yes, 50 years. Don't remind me ;-). I'm still a curious beginner after all those years. ;-). Thanks for your feedback and if you ever do take on this work and would like my assistance, just let me know.

Cheers everyone! All of you are an inspiration to me. I am so happy that I joined Piano World and am looking forward to future discussions.

All my best,
FrankieC

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14. SwissMs- I believe this is the most interesting piece you have played for us so far. It's intriguing and I love your description. It really does fit. Thank you and well done!

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19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 Never heard this , somewhat like a somber ode to…. Anyway, good playing and super piano sound to the recording.


Yes, it is a little somber, Hymn like....I wasn't sure about the sound quality but thank you. I'm not sure if I knew it before playing it but I think I had heard it somewhere along my travels. It has a familiarity to it.

Originally Posted by Monica K.


19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3: I thought you conveyed the solemn tone of this piece well–I see what you mean about it sounding rather hymn like.


Yes funny thing is that is the part I don't love about it - feels too much like I'm in church.

Originally Posted by SwissMS


19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 I really like this SWW. To me is is quite reflective. You bring out that quality very well. The piece had very nice flow, and the voicing and phrasing were very nice.



I really appreciate it, SwissMS.

Originally Posted by MarieJ


19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 A new one to me, a little bit sombre but still very pleasing. I’d say you achieved your goal of bringing out the musicality of this piece.



Thank you, Marie, that is what I'm trying to learn now (musical expression), and as I am improving, it is helping me reach a little higher.

Originally Posted by Sam S
Wonderful recital! I had a marathon listening session this morning before the sun came up - a great way to start the day!

19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 I played this one! Or at least tried to - I think you did a much better job at it than i ever did. Loved the chord progressions - you made them sound very lush and satisfying.



Unless it was a very long time ago, Sam, I somehow doubt I did a much better job, but thanks for the compliment.... it means a lot coming from you!

Originally Posted by SMA55


19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3
Pretty piece and well played. I think you’re developing a nice touch. I enjoyed your performance.



Thanks, I appreciate it...I think this year is going to be a good one...working on touch as a priority now. ("sight reading" is taking a back seat, but hey, I still have to spend time at work).

Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist


19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3

I would keep it in your repertorie. Very pretty piece. I'm not very familar with Mendelssohn's work. Sounds like you nailed it.



Thanks, the Songs Without Words are really nice, there are several pieces over different periods. The first one I came across was the Venetian Boat Song, 30.6 I believe (this is different than the Venetian Boat Song presented elsewhere on this recital...there are a few of them). Have a listen on You Tube. It's tough but accessible; several others are working on Mendelssohn now also.

Originally Posted by casinitaly


19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 The Consolations are wonderful pieces. This one does have a sort of hymn-like quality to it. It's easy to see why they are called songs without words, isn't it? It's also easy to hear how complicated the music is though on the surface it sounds simple. You've obviously put in a lot of work to produce this rich, full well-balanced sound and make it flow so smoothly. Very pretty - in fact, you've inspired me to look up the score and put it on my "want to play" list! Thank you!



Now that, coming from casinItaly, means something....thank you so much!!!

Originally Posted by peterws


19 cmb13

One I remember well when i used to play in church. Mendelssohn's stuff usually has a strong feelgood, or consolation factor embedded in there throughout, and this is one of them. Good, steady, strongly played work!


Thank you peterws!

Originally Posted by Moo :)


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17 cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3

Very nicely played. Sounded good to me. The start/end arpeggio I think could be more epic. A bit faster, plus some dimunendo and rit. near the top for epic-ness.



Moo....thanks for the critique...can you please be a little more specific? One reason I used the tempo I did was because I was afraid if I played the arpeggio too quickly, it would pigeon hole me into playing the fat middle section faster than I could comfortably play it. As I progress, though, I getting a little more comfortable with the changes and maybe it will be less of an issue. I wonder, though, maybe a tempo change from the arpeggio to the main piece would be okay?

Do you think the arpeggios should be shaped, crescendo / decrescendo? Maybe crescendo the first one, decrescendo and ritardando the final one?


Thanks everyone again for the comments, I really appreciate this forum and it's congeniality. It's nice to have this community, as my local support network is not into piano or classical music at all, so you guys are it for me!

SwissMS......I'm not sure if you caught my comments above on your piece; if not take a look; it really was something special! I enjoy watching your videos also. I'm re quoting myself for you here....


Originally Posted by cmb13

14. SwissMS/Doris - Valses venezolanos #1 Adriana

I had to listen to this one four times. It took me a few moments for it to sink in. At first, I was running through all the pieces quickly, and then I decided to go back to it. That was last night and I was very tired so my comment was very brief. This morning I listened to it again, then re-read your narrative and listened to it one more time.

This is what we play for. To be able to tell a story, create something with our music. This is clearly a complicated piece, with a lot of different emotions and styles combined that vary in technique tremendously. After listening to it with your narrative in mind, it takes the piece to a different level, like that of watching a movie or reading a book. It was really excellently executed. Keep them coming.


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Thank you for you comment cmb13 ! Adriana is a really tough piece, and I was a bit worried about submitting it. I am playing it much faster now, and will probably submit a new video to the waltz recital. I really did not like the piece at first, but now I really enjoy playing and telling its story!

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Third morning, coffee and the recital # 49. This is becoming a really enjoyable ritual!

Thanks, SwissMS, bSharp(C)yclist, SMA55, casinitaly, MarieJ for your kind comments! I am very encouraged. I made myself post the Bach piece, even though it is not yet sounding as I would like it to, to see (hear) it in sharp focus against everyone else's performances (which I am very impressed by). So I wasn't very happy with it and was hoping that, by # 32, people might have run out of coffee and interest and not take too much notice of it. So I was very happily surprised to find people might actually have liked it. This gives me lots of positive energy to keep working at it, and on the other things I am working on as well. So thank you very much for your encouragement!

#38 FrankieC What a really wonderful performance. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
#37newbert I really like the sensitivity and expression with which you played this piece.
#36 mel_lem (Melanie) You play this with great rhythm and humor! I loved it.
#35PikaPianist Great little piece! Just had to listen to it twice. I downloaded the sheet music and definitely am going to try it myself.
#34timmyab Beautiful, beautiful. One day, far away, I hope to play like you.
#33sinophilia Very nice, steady and accurate. I look forward to more of your playing!
#31Muhwu Very nice for just over 2 years experience (and just generally very nice!).
#30Medden Beautifully played.
#29Ralph L. Cool (humoresque?) interpretation!
#28GoldmanT Very nicely played. So smooth and relaxed. Very expressive.
#27Keselo Very nice, lilting quality to this.
#26CASINITALY (Cheryl) That was very lovely! Wonderfully felt. Even the little (and very few) hesitations kept and added to the emotive quality. Perhaps you should keep them there and add them as rubato.


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41. that'sRich - Mazurka in F Minor. Opus 57 No.3 from Trois morceaux. What an unusual piece! I think your arguing lovers is spot on. Nice job keeping a steady Mazurka rhythm in this complex piece. I thought you did a good job of bringing out the unhappy feeling of this piece.

42. andy250 - Krotka bajka This has a nice relaxed jazz feel to it. Very relaxing. Excellent playing!

43. noobpianist90 - Divertimento in G Major Hob. XVI: 8 You have a wonderful touch for classical music! Your articulation is very clear, and you accompaniment is nicely subdued. A very polished performance!

44. SandTiger - Capistrano v2 You have really matured your composition. It really tells a story now. Nice playing too!

45. joangolfing - Reverie (Sweet Dreams) I really like this piece and learned it a few years ago. I like your singing melody and the dreamy feeling that you create with the piece.

46. LadyAcadia - Carnival of Venice This is a dancy piece, and you gave it a nice bouncy feeling. You did a great job on the running passages, keeping them nice and even.

47. Serge88 - My Love I really like your arrangement of this piece. You gave it a pensive air. Very nice!

48. Greywullf - Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 6 I love this prelude. I play it much slower, so your tempo was a surprise. It works very well though! I like your gentle rubato. Nicely done!

49. Muove - Schumann - Op. 68 nr. 6 - Armes Waisenkind I like your steady marching rhythm. I can see the soldiers on parade. The sharp chords accentuate that feeling. Well done.

50. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Knowing When To Leave Really nice jazz arrangement! You obviously have a very good ear. Beautifully played.

51. thepianoplayer416 - Goldberg Var. #30 & Aria - BWV988 There is so much going on in this piece. I can believe that it would keep you up at night keeping the variations straight! Nicely played!

52. Micael K - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 I love this piece, and you did a really nice job on it! You have a really nice balance between the hands, and you handled the ornamentation very well. Excellent work!

53. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Nuvole Bianche This my favorite Einaudi, and I love your interpretation. I like the way that you paced the piece. Really nicely played!

54. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - Prelude op.23 no.4 D major This is a beautiful piece, and you played it beautifully. I like the expression and emotion that you give the piece. Lovely!

55. dddaaannn - Fantasia in C Major I like your steady rhythm, driving the piece forward. Well played!

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21 Moo

I quite like gondoliers. With a piano bar on board. And this music deserves a drink or two; bobs along nicely, one can enjoy the sights and smells . . .Lovely!

22 Fish and Chips

Good clear sound. Pianoteq 6? Sure sounded good, and your work is so steady you should be called Eddie . . . .
If you're not already.

24 Megan R

Sometimes the word "drought" raises one's hopes! Your music speaks otherwise, of a hot dusty uncomfortable situation without respite. and your piano speaks eloquently too, in your capable hands.

25 Greener

Your piano records well. And so do you. I thought I was in for another Gondolier song. Played with a gentle style as befits the tune. Great runs and trills. Congrats, Jeff.

26 Casinitaly

Lovely song you just played Cheryl. You have adopted the careful approach here, and avoid mistakes by so doing. A far better technique than mine and it will produce ongoing fruit. Well done!

27 Keselo

Good sound stuff here. Nice job for the time you been playing; your piano sounded excellent too.


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39. Sam- It's always so neat to hear how you keep improving. All the hard work you do is really paying off. Just great playing on this difficult work.


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41. that'sRich - Mazurka in F Minor. Opus 57 No.3 from Trois morceaux.: What an intriguing piece! I had never heard of this composer, although I like Rimsky-Korsakov a great deal. I think you did an excellent job of playing “with bitterness”; you give the ornamentions a striking emphasis that creates a sharp, bitter atmosphere.

42. andy250 - Krotka bajka: This song has a nice, romantic ballad-like feel for the first half, but those jazzy measures that start up around 1:45 create quite a shift in mood; I’d be curious to see the poem that inspired the song. smile I enjoyed your playing of it, and I liked your improvised ending. (I’ll refrain from a long, angry rant against composers that create pieces that fade into nothingness!)

43. noobpianist90 - Divertimento in G Major Hob. XVI: 8: Your playing was so relaxed yet sounded (and looked, on your video) completely in control. Well done!

44. SandTiger - Capistrano v2: I remember liking the first version of your piece, and I like version even better. smile Despite my general proclivity for gloomy music, I liked the second section the best--something about the light, delicate, and joyful touch really struck me, and the glissando was welcome addition.

45. joangolfing - Reverie (Sweet Dreams): There’s no way I could play without looking at my hands pretty much nonstop, so my hat’s off to you for working on and accomplishing that so well!

46. LadyAcadia - Carnival of Venice: Oh, this does sound fun to play. Those runs are pretty fast, but you play them evenly and distinctly.

47. Serge88 - My Love: This is a perfect Valentine’s Day song. smile I’m tremendously impressed that you played this by ear... it sounds every bit as good as I’d hear from a professional cocktail pianist. thumb

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48. Greywullf - Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 6: Love that deep bass note at 1:06! Nicely played.

49. Muove - Schumann - Op. 68 nr. 6 - Armes Waisenkind: You give this piece a nice wistful tone. (And don’t worry: Your chords will sound less staccato after you add the pedal in.)

50. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Knowing When To Leave: You may say that playing by ear is easier than reading music, but I beg to differ! Especially when it comes to such a richly layered arrangement as the one you came up with here. I especially liked the runs you threw in as ornamentations.

51. thepianoplayer416 - Goldberg Var. #30 & Aria - BWV988: I really liked the harpsichord voice you used to record this in. I could picture myself in an old castle during a fancy ball while listening to you play. smile

52. Micael K - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2: I really enjoyed your video–you make this nocturne look easy to play, particularly those runs and trills.

53. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Nuvole Bianche: You did a great job on one of my all time favorite Einaudi pieces to play. thumb (As for recording, when I adjust the volume on my pieces, I use “amplify” rather than “normalize” or “gain.” Someone–I forget who–suggested doing so, saying that “amplify” boosts the whole signal up by a set amount, whereas “normalize” tends to make things louder but also restricts the total variation to a greater extent. I’m probably not explaining that well, but “amplify” works well for me.)

54. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - Prelude op.23 no.4 D major: The slow pace of this piece makes is deceptive... it’s clear from watching your video that this piece has a lot going on and is much more difficult to play than it sounds. You play it well and give it a relaxed, romantic tone.

55. dddaaannn - Fantasia in C Major: You give this piece a playful, delicate air. I’m thinking Telemann might be as hard as Bach sometimes, but you played this well.

Finally, I'd like to thank everybody who commented on my piece. Y'll were way too nice, but that's one of the good things about AB Forum. grin

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like this ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHyAtnALc3s

it is hard to explain. hanging slightly at the start. slowing at the end. some rubato and dynamics as well really adds.

my teacher got me to listen to these two pianist in another song by chopin which similarly has a magical epic start and helped me understand - it may give you some ideas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtIW2r1EalM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb4VY8gYZt4

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actually this is a really good one:

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

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rubestein plays is without any rubato or dynamics, askenazy puts it in - so it is quite a good example of the difference in styles. but i prefer the second style in romantic music.

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36. mel_lem (Melanie) - Sonatina Op. 88, No. 2 "Rondo" What a bright, confident, thoroughly enjoyable presentation. It sounds as if you had a lot of fun with it.

37. newbert - Souvenir A relaxing late-night piano-bar classic - very nice work!

38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2 How lucky are we that you decided to test your new equipment and software, and recorded this piece. Your performance, your RX-6, and your recording, sounded absolutely perfect to me.

39. Sam S - Notturno Bravo, Sam - congratulations from a very appreciative listener!

40. Piano_primo_1 - Little Serenade I’ve actually attempted this one on a few occasions. Mine doesn’t sound anywhere near as good as yours! smile Lovely!


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34. timmyab - op102 no4
Wow! Beautiful and absolutely flawless! I love how perfectly your right hand functions at bringing out only the melody notes, while at the same time keeping the accompaniment notes—also in part played by the right hand—in the background. Superb!

35. PikaPianist - Binks' Sake
A nice change of pace for our recital. And, as is always the case for you, performed with great skill. Thanks for the pleasure!

36. mel_lem (Melanie) - Sonatina Op. 88, No. 2 "Rondo"
Melanie, that sounded just delicious to me! It was beautiful—and so evenly played. Bravo!

37. newbert - Souvenir
A pretty piece of Billy Joel’s with which I was not previously familiar. Wow, did that guy ever write nice stuff for the piano! Good job with it, newbert. And thanks for sharing it with us.

38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2
Such a gorgeous piece! And you play it with such expression and so expertly. Made me feel allkinds if things, listening to your playing this. Bravo!

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I have now listened to all submission on my morning and evening commutes, and I must say, once again, that the recital was wonderful!

I'm not so good with individual comments, so please just accept my overall "Thank You!" to everyone who submitted, and especially to the newcomers. It was a delight to listen to all of you playing!

Bravo and applause from me!

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Many thanks to all those who commented on my piece in this recital: Pianost685, casinitaly, SwissMS, pianoprimo1, MonicaK, MarieJ, Sam S, bSharp(C)yclist, SMA55, cmb13, peterws. I appreciate it vey much, especially the "sparkly" comments. My preference is towards the minor, melancholy type of music. It's good to hear that I can sometimes sparkle as well. Encourages me to listen to myself more: might catch myself sparkling more!

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Thanks everyone for your nice comments. I just finished to listen to all the pieces. I can't believe how good we are, I hope newcomers don't feel intimidated and submit there recording. I won't provide individuals comments, it's too much work because english is a second language to me.

thumb thumb thumb to everyone.

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Originally Posted by sinophilia

Well spotted! I tried different solutions for that measure, and then settled on dropping the low F#, so I only play 8 notes instead of 9. I couldn't manage the stretch and rolling the chord with LH-RH-LH wasn't to my liking, I wanted a single sound with emphasis on the top two notes.
Now I'm working on Prelude no. 15... but don't tell anybody wink It's definitely a big stretch.


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I can't believe how good we are, I hope newcomers don't feel intimidated and submit there recording.

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Too late. Wow. Everyone is so talented. I have to go home and practice/study now...


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33. Sinophilia- Hey, you can't go wrong with Chopin. Great leaps. smile Very nice!

13. Tootles- Mighty fine for only three months. You had me nodding my head and tapping my foot.

28. GoldmanT- A very interesting arrangement. You play it wonderfully.


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AS always thanks to everyone that listened and especially people that take the time to comment. I know it's quite a time consuming business.
I have listened to all and I can say that the standard is amazing, it seems to go up every year.
Special mention to FrankieC and his Brahms Intermezzo. I don't think that performance would sound out of place at the Wigmore hall. I'm not much of a lover of Brahms solo piano works, but that left me wanting more.
Also to Chopinaholic for the Rachmaninov. Nicely played and..........well it's Rachmaninov isn't it.

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33. sinophilia - Prelude in A Major op. 28 no. 7

Well played! This is not an easy piece by any means. The stretch chord is a very though 'thing' and the grace note at the end I can never get timed right. I think you did an excellent job with this. Keep playing it a lot of times!
There is a study thread for no 15 on here. You should check it out.
I played it also a couple of recitals ago (or a couple of years ago eek). It is a playable and chopinesque beauty of a piece. You will do fine!


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Originally Posted by Moo :)
rubestein plays is without any rubato or dynamics, askenazy puts it in - so it is quite a good example of the difference in styles. but i prefer the second style in romantic music.


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Originally Posted by cmb13
Which one is next? Btw I see you hit that A# in measure 12 with your L thumb. I've been hitting the A# and C# both with my R thumb as written on my transcription….I'm going to have to reexamine this as it is quite a stretch with the R hand.


Originally Posted by sinophilia

Well spotted! I tried different solutions for that measure, and then settled on dropping the low F#, so I only play 8 notes instead of 9. I couldn't manage the stretch and rolling the chord with LH-RH-LH wasn't to my liking, I wanted a single sound with emphasis on the top two notes.
Now I'm working on Prelude no. 15... but don't tell anybody wink It's definitely a big stretch.


Well truth be told I only noticed it because I was specifically wondering how you handled that chord bc I'm working on it as well. Otherwise I would never, ever have known.

Now I have to listen to #15.......but I won't attempt it any time - I just have too much on my plate right now!


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Actually I just listened to it; I have heard it of course; then I played a few measures of the middle section - it is so dark, so deep, so powerful; I love it! It's going on my Aspirations list!!


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Randomly commented on a few pieces, but enjoyed listening to all performance!

01. SMA55 (Shepherd) - Liebestraum very challenging piece and you played it beautifully!

03. Monica K. - Gravity liked your choice and performance !

04. MarieJ - Dolce Droga feel relaxed when listening to this piece.

06. Riddler (Ed) - 500 Miles High beautiful piece, wish I could play the fast ascending jazz scales (not sure if this is the right term) so well.

07. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Moonrise really love this piece. Will learn how to play it.

09. Jerzyk19 - Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4well done!

11. Peyton - Etude #6 really loved it!

13. Tootles/Laurie - I Want to Hold Your Hand very good job for someone with 3 months exp….

16. h8dk97 - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor heard this piece a couple times before on this forum, the more I listen to this piece, the more I like it! Thanks for playing this piece!

19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 nice. Especially liked the chord progression.

20. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6) I see myself in the Gondola when listening to your performance.

23. peterws - Mozart K331 jolly for a while, then seemed to change mood? Enjoyed it...

24. MeganR - Summer Drought very vivid!

25. Greener/Jeff - Nocturne in Em, Posthumous. Opus 72, no. 1 Downloaded your performance my phone:)

26. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - The Town I loved So Well Thank you for introducing the piece by playing it and describing it. Indeed lovely, put on to do list.

28. GoldmanT - Memories of Green downloaded!

30. Medden - Giorni Dispari now I start to understand why ppl like Ludovico Einaudi so much. This is another nice piece!

34. timmyab - op102 no4 very nice! Also quite a few ppl happened to play Mendelssohn in this recital, interesting!

40. Piano_primo_1 - Little SerenadeVery nice piece. Loved your performance and video too

47. Serge88 - My Love perfect choice for valentine

51. thepianoplayer416 - Goldberg Var. #30 & Aria - BWV988 interesting harpsichord! And also liked your video demo rollup piano. So tempted to get one for traveling

53. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Nuvole Bianche very nice piece, performance and recording!



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41. that'sRich - Mazurka in F Minor. Opus 57 No.3 from Trois morceaux. Yet another unknown piece to savour. I think for me, ‘sad resignation’ would best describe the mood. Nicely played!

42. andy250 - Krotka bajka A gentle, pleasant piece, played ‘just right’ - I enjoyed it.

43. noobpianist90 - Divertimento in G Major Hob. XVI: 8 I’m running out of superlatives - you have good reason to be a lot more than ‘quite happy’ with this recording!

44. SandTiger - Capistrano v2 A dramatic and colourful original composition, with strong contrasts (I could really see the swallows around the 2.00 mark). Well done!

45. joangolfing - Reverie (Sweet Dreams) Nicely brought-out melody - and good for you, achieving such a great result virtually blindfolded smile !


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02. earlofmar - Bagatelle No 11, Op

Nice job, earlofmar. So what is the pencil trick to playing chords legato?



simply just using the correct fingering so you can hold notes as you transfer between chords. On my first attempt I was lifting my hands completely off the keys between chord changes, however my teacher (with her pencil) showed me how to change chords efficiently and keep that legato sound.


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Originally Posted by peterws

NOW you're learning! I like this. I am NOT alone!

You are a master at this art! I look up to you! laugh

Originally Posted by chopinoholic

Well played! This is not an easy piece by any means. The stretch chord is a very though 'thing' and the grace note at the end I can never get timed right. I think you did an excellent job with this. Keep playing it a lot of times!
There is a study thread for no 15 on here. You should check it out.
I played it also a couple of recitals ago (or a couple of years ago eek). It is a playable and chopinesque beauty of a piece. You will do fine!

Thank you! Coming from a chopinoholic, this comment is even more appreciated wink
I will check that study thread. I'm really enjoying the time spent practicing no. 15 so far.


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01. SMA55 (Shepherd) - Liebestraum quite beautifully played , the dynamics were super. Enjoyed the listening experience, a wow experience especially at the falling notes at about 3:29 , This really sounds pre recorded in a studio!!! Great goin…

02. earlofmar - Bagatelle No 11, Op Enjoyed the authentic sound of the piano and great playing! Well played trills…and exact timing.

03. Monica K. - Gravity Beautiful piano and well played moving piece. Enjoyed the emotionally moving bass and melody. This is a pop song - isn’t it? And seems like these kinds of pieces are really hard to make “full” in the sense that they usually are written to have accompaniment instruments like a guitar etc… but yours worked well.

04. MarieJ - Dolce Droga Well played piece good recording ,, enjoyed the listening exoerience!

05. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Shenandoah I love this piece and you played it very well, I savored the sound… Good work…I think the sound of this can only sound as meant if on a acoustic piano…BUT I might try this for the next recital …on a digital …lol

06. Riddler (Ed) - 500 Miles High Beautifully played, nice listening experience.

07. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Moonrise moving dynamics and exact timing, impressive-thanks for the listening experience!

08. Ganddalf - Nocturne Op.32 no.1 nicely played and delicate touch when needed , thank you for the listening experience!

09. Jerzyk19 - Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4 Wow! This was really played well and was emotionally moving, more so than I’ve ever heard it played. Not stiff at all.. (Limited classical music though on my part …but that doesn’t matter!) Thanks…

10. zsolpyW - I fix my eye in thin Impressive and beautiful…thanks!

11. Peyton - Etude #6 Excellent playing, forceful dynamics and meotive.

12. Sandalholme - Mazurka Op24 No2 delicate dynamics ,touch and different style of music, beautifully played.

13. Tootles/Laurie - I Want to Hold Your Hand Well played, I used love this song too. Nice authentic acoustic sound.

14. SwissMS/Doris - Valses venezolanos #1 Adriana Sounds like a difficult piece to play, hard to identify the motif, but great and super playing .![Ireally think of this piece as “abstract” music”

15. Piano2138 - Menuet BWV Anh 132 nice steady tempo, good sound, maybe more dynamics ?. But I can’t say for sure because I’m not familiar with this piece. Good, well very well at 22 months of playing none the less.

16. h8dk97 - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor Impressive recording (except for the very beginning when you could hear the setup  ) This is beautifully played , thanks for the listening experience. Love the falling passages…

17. Anita Potter - Zum Anfang delightful short piece well played Thanks!

18. dumka1 - Mazurka op. 7 no. 1 Agreed, quite bouncy melody ,almost a humorous kind of melody ..ok you could smile, but very well played.

19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 Never heard this , somewhat like a somber ode to…. Anyway, good playing and super piano sound to the recording.

20. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6) High fidelity sound to the recording and well played. Thanks, somber piece, it is …. Mmm, different boat song than I know …

21. Moo smile - Songs Without Words Op.67 no.5 in B Minor Well played, somber piece. Nice authetic piano sound to this recording . Thanks!

22. fishandchips - Invention 2 in C Minor BWV 773 (Steady nice tempo and firm playing ,, good recording , Trills were exact. Thanks for the listening experience!

23. peterws - Mozart K331 impressive , different variations to the same motif, quite a piece to play and very well played-recorded! Enjoyed the scenic video and listening experience.

24. MeganR - Summer Drought Different style of music the tension of the non-chordal tone was interesting, almost jazzy . well done thanks!

25. Greener/Jeff - Nocturne in Em, Posthumous. Opus 72, no. 1 quite a moving piece. Well played, just can’t say what it evokes in me feeling wise…reverie..of something…not really a sad piece. Enjoyed the listening experience.

26. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - The Town I loved So Well quite a dedication and well played , emotive piece somewhat with a hint of sadness nostalgic longing …thanks

27. Keselo - Waltz Articulate well played piece, Nice recording and enjoyed the listening .

28. GoldmanT - Memories of Green Vangelis haven’t heard him in a while but liked the theme from mutiny on the bounty ..I felt also hypnotized by the piece, sort of puts you in a calmed mental state.
Maybe that’s why you feel like you’ve just come back when it ends, you min d state changes ? …well done/ Thanks

29. Ralph L. - Introduction and dance (piano+keyboard) Wow, I liked this a lot ‘course I like the original too. Thanks for the performance and it was well done!



This was a listening experience and a heck of a recital!!! I was impressed by many submittals and it’s motivating to me to practice more than I do … hopefully I’ll tackle a similar one next time …
…thanks to Sam S, Monica K. ,cmb13 ,SwissMS, pianopi AND ..bSharp(C)yclist- I was glad Philly won also ! about time. huh? ,
MarieJ, Ralph L.,



So, Til May …2018


30. Medden - Giorni Dispari Somber piece good recording and nice steady tempo , a little like Rhianna’s-“ like the way you lie piece. Enjoyed the piece. I’d swear it’s Rhianna.


31. Muhwu - Schumann - Knecht Ruprecht - Op. 68 No. 12 Nice authentic piano sound , well played.

32. pianopi - Allemande from French Suite in G Major, BWV 816 this swould seem to be a difficult piece to play with the trilss and delicate touch , very enjoyable, good work!

33. sinophilia - Prelude in A Major op. 28 no. 7 Wow, beautiful piano sound and playing , very steady . Enjoyed the listening although very short, but so was my submittal ….!!

34. timmyab - op102 no4 Impressive playing and a good piece to play. This is really a moving and dramatic piece to me. Makes a mental image of a scene from a European Villa that is ??? hard to describe.. Enjoyable listening, moving and well played .

35. PikaPianist - Binks' Sake Nice, well played piece, very clean crisp sound ..

36. mel_lem (Melanie) - Sonatina Op. 88, No. 2 "Rondo" very well played, would seem to be quite a challenge to played this.. Firm tocuh and good dynamics…Enjoyed the listening.

37. newbert - Souvenir seems to be a challenging piece also, good recording and authentic sound but seems to be a little slow in tempo. Maybe it should be huh, I say it because it was hard to define the melody phrasing ? Anyway enjoyed the listen .

38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2 Super dynamics and touch.. Well played and I know this is a challenging piece . Very moving and dynamic. Bravo!!! Sorry is this Kawai acoustic ? or digital , because it sounds acoustic, and very professional!

39. Sam S - Notturno Nice piece and evoking melodic mental reverie , Wow moment at 129 nice trill and super sound to the dynamics! This is really impressive playing!!! Good recording…. Enjoyed the listening.

40. Piano_primo_1 - Little Serenade ME , cool…. but it was surely hard acts to follow!

41. that'sRich - Mazurka in F Minor. Opus 57 No.3 from Trois morceaux. The melody does convey a bitter or at the least questioning kind of phrase, imagine the speech of someone if singing/humming the melody…they’d be questioning someone saying “why …”? would fit an opera well . played well and very moving piece. Good recording.

42. andy250 - Krotka bajka Beautifully played piece, contemplative melody and good recording!

43. noobpianist90 - Divertimento in G Major Hob. XVI: 8 nice crisp clean sound and use of touch , exact trills and dynamics… Enjoyed the listen .

44. SandTiger - Capistrano v2 Somber and reverbs of anger? Cool piece. The reoccuing motif of the melody seems like it’d work well in a movie soundtrack.. maybe? Well done and enjoyed the listen .

45. joangolfing - Reverie (Sweet Dreams) Nice clean sound and delicate melody ., Enjoyed the listen .

46. LadyAcadia - Carnival of Venice believe it or not this sounded very similar to the “reverie” piece just before it.. Very well played enjoyed the listen

47. Serge88 - My Love Super rendition of my love , the bass was excellent as was the dynamics , touch and recording,...and by ear to boot! …Thank you! This is really moving piano music…the meaning of it all ….e.g. like why people want to play in the first place. Well, that one and Shenandoah !

48. Greywullf - Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 6 well played piece, like the dynamics and sophistication of the piece. Well done Enjoyed the listen

49. Muove - Schumann - Op. 68 nr. 6 - Armes Waisenkind nice sprite melody and plating , enjoyed the listen ….

50. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Knowing When To Leave Bassi s amazing in the beginning, excellent harmony and enjoyed the sound , music and listen .

51. thepianoplayer416 - Goldberg Var. #30 & Aria - BWV988 wow, quite a harpsichord and time period piece. Well done and I like this kind of playing because it evokes a different era in, of course all from literature and movies …. .

52. Micael K - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 this was played excellently! Enjoyed the listen …

53. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Nuvole Bianche WOW, loved the delicate beginning and moving somber melody and dynamics that were emotional . -just loved the piece- and the video’s stark black and white was an eye catcher! Enjoyed the whole experience.

54. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - Prelude op.23 no.4 D major Another great moving piece with super touch and dynamics… Enjoyed the listening experience!

55. dddaaannn - Fantasia in C Major Geat sound, crisp and clean exact tocu hand even dynamics…. and playing, Enjoyed the piece! Thanks!


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46. LadyAcadia - Carnival of Venice A light and happy piece; you managed the faster runs very well. Nice work after only 9 months of lessons.

47. Serge88 - My Love Your play-by-ear skill is enviable - I enjoyed that!

48. Greywullf - Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 6 I could have listened much longer. I don’t know where your piano has been, but you certainly gave it a splendid welcome back!

49. Muove - Schumann - Op. 68 nr. 6 - Armes Waisenkind Worthy achievements - finishing a whole piece with confidence and without crashing, identifying things you’d like to improve, and managing a recording (with limited equipment). Congratulations on a successful performance.

50. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Knowing When To Leave A treat - another play-by-ear inspiration. So much 'easier than reading' for you, perhaps, but not for us lesser mortals smile. Loved it!


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40. Piano_primer_1- Short, sweet...and nicely done!

32. pianopi- Very, very nicely played. It moves along so smoothly and with a real nice feel. I didn't think it was jerky at all.

21. Moo- I remember when Sam was playing some of these and how much I liked them. I hope you keep playing them for our recital as this was very enjoyable.


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Last set of comments. Thanks for sharing your performances.

45. joangolfing - Reverie (Sweet Dreams)

Nice one. I like Tchaikovsky.

46. LadyAcadia - Carnival of Venice

An eloquent little piece. Nice job.

47. Serge88 - My Love

I wish I had the talent to play by ear. Enjoyed the video and performance.

48. Greywullf - Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 6

Well done. I always enjoy listening to Chopin.

49. Muove - Schumann - Op. 68 nr. 6 - Armes Waisenkind

Nice job. I find it helpful to look at the music while recording. It keeps my mind from wandering and not get overwhelmed with thoughts.

50. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Knowing When To Leave

A fun and lively piece. Well done.

51. thepianoplayer416 - Goldberg Var. #30 & Aria - BWV988

Holy harpischord. I'm not sure if I could fall asleep to the sound of that. Nice job.

52. Micael K - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2

That was a treat to listen to and watch. Fabulous!

54. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - Prelude op.23 no.4 D major

Another fabulous piece. My first techer liked Rachmaninoff. She has a YT video out there somewhere of one of the pieces she performed. It will be a long time before I try any of that smile

55. dddaaannn - Fantasia in C Major

Saving the best for last ;0 Well done!


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39. Sam S - Notturno
I didn’t previously know this piece, but I really like it. One thing about Grieg I can usually count on—and that is to be surprised ; he often does not take me where I expect him to. And that holds true for this piece, as well. I think you’re doing a really fine job with it, Sam! You said that you’re still working on shaping the melody. I’d be interested in hearing how you progress with it. So I hope you’ll post a follow up recording of it down the road.

40. Piano_primo_1 - Little Serenade
Short but sweet! And well played!

41. that'sRich - Mazurka in F Minor. Opus 57 No.3 from Trois morceaux.
Interesting piece—I like it! I would have been puzzled just like you, as to how to play this piece—or any other—with bitterness. I definitely hear the romance and sadness in it, and yes, maybe even some bitterness. I think you did a great job with it.

42. andy250 - Krotka bajka
Another really interesting piece! You played it very well, too. I enjoyed it’s jazzy feel.

43. noobpianist90 - Divertimento in G Major Hob. XVI: 8
Impressive performance. Well done!

44. SandTiger - Capistrano v2
I like your creative drive. Good work!

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Originally Posted by pianopi

#38 FrankieC What a really wonderful performance. I thoroughly enjoyed it!


Thank you piaopi! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Originally Posted by MarieJ

38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2 How lucky are we that you decided to test your new equipment and software, and recorded this piece. Your performance, your RX-6, and your recording, sounded absolutely perfect to me.


Thanks for the kind words MarieJ! How lucky we all are for Piano World :-).

Originally Posted by SMA55

38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2
Such a gorgeous piece! And you play it with such expression and so expertly. Made me feel allkinds if things, listening to your playing this. Bravo!


Thank you SMA55! I am glad you liked it!

Originally Posted by piano_primo_1

38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2 Super dynamics and touch.. Well played and I know this is a challenging piece . Very moving and dynamic. Bravo!!! Sorry is this Kawai acoustic ? or digital , because it sounds acoustic, and very professional!


Thank you SMA55! It is acoustic. A seven foot semi-concert grand that I purchased about 10 years ago new. Thanks for the kind words!

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27 keselo

Just over a year; well done. you should be glad about this. You'll be having fun now. Heh heh I been havin' fun for a long time. Good work.

28 Goldman T

Wonderful effects from your Kawai. I like those models. Don't know the song, but it sounds real good and has a great atmosphere. Lovely.

29 Ralph L

Now here's somebody else having fun. Makes me feel darned old listening to this. But, great job!

30 Medden

Flows so well particularly when you get into it; there are good dynamics here and steady as she goes. Great work.

31 Muhwu

I like Schumann; I think he was very inventive and energetic. Your music too, was energetic and sounded great.

32 Pianopi

Love this french Suite. an awkward thing for me to play; it's so intricate and musical. You play it so well, with a really nice clean sound from the piano.

33 Sinophillia

You played that so well, lass. Very short, mind. Could we have some more sometime? smile

Have fun, guys. Well done, all.


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Originally Posted by Moo :)
like this ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHyAtnALc3s

it is hard to explain. hanging slightly at the start. slowing at the end. some rubato and dynamics as well really adds.

my teacher got me to listen to these two pianist in another song by chopin which similarly has a magical epic start and helped me understand - it may give you some ideas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtIW2r1EalM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb4VY8gYZt4


Originally Posted by Moo :)
actually this is a really good one:

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


Originally Posted by Moo :)
rubestein plays is without any rubato or dynamics, askenazy puts it in - so it is quite a good example of the difference in styles. but i prefer the second style in romantic music.


Hi Moo, I think Claudio Arrau should also be considered for this topic: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=claudio+arrau+chopin

Also, I recall reading a while back that Chopin described his rubatos as a "flicker of a candle." I think Claudio captures this concept the best IMHO.

Keep up the great work!

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35. PikaPianist - Binks' Sake
What an awesome transcription! I have transcribed some horn solos, but never a complete piano performance like that - what a mind boggling task! And your performance was spirited, very precise, and totally musical. Well done!!!

38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2
Welcome to the recitals. That was an awesome performance, excellent in every way, and a joy to listen to. Well done.

39. Sam S - Notturno
Sam, wow, I love this piece and am jealous of anyone who can play it. I thought your performance was superb. That Bechstein sounds great on this piece, too. Well done.

41. that'sRich - Mazurka in F Minor. Opus 57 No.3 from Trois morceaux.
Wonderful playing. This piece does indeed seem to have a feeling that is difficult to verbalize. Whatever word you use for it, your playing captures something very powerful. Well done. BTW, I don't speak a word of Italian, and I have little knowledge of classical music terminology, but I found that Google gives an alternate meaning for Amarezza, namely: poignancy. To me, that fits the musical feeling pretty well.

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51. thepianoplayer416 - Goldberg Var. #30 & Aria - BWV988 I liked the harpsichord sound - and what an incredibly difficult piece to bring under your fingers! Bravo!

52. Micael K - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 You must have been a child prodigy if 20 years later it took you only a couple of years to reach this standard - I’m in awe. Beautifully played!

53. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Nuvole Bianche I should have started my comments from #55 and worked backwards - than I’d have come to your submission sooner smile. This is one of my Top 5 all-time Einaudi favourites and you certainly did it justice. Perhaps the second version sounded ‘cleaner’ - or else I wasn’t distracted by the video and listened more carefully. Nice Work! (And do try ‘High Heels’ - it’s fun to play.)

54. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - Prelude op.23 no.4 D major Oh, a beautiful piece indeed, and I enjoyed it very much. Thank you!

55. dddaaannn - Fantasia in C Major What a lovely, bright note to finish on. Loved it!


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45. joangolfing - Reverie (Sweet Dreams)
That was just lovely! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great work!

46. LadyAcadia - Carnival of Venice
For the amount of experience you say you’ve had at the piano, I think you did great with this piece! One technical note: when your right hand is playing two notes for every one your left hand is playing, your right hand at times is lagging a little bit behind the left. Perhaps you need to slow the tempo just a bit until you work that out. Otherwise really fine work!

48. Greywullf - Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 6
Good work! And congratulations on getting your piano back home. A technical note: The ending sounds abrupt. Consider fading out the last couple of notes, and allowing the last note to sustain a bit longer.

49. Muove - Schumann - Op. 68 nr. 6 - Armes Waisenkind
Nice job with your progress. And it’s good that you’ve identified some areas where you need work. Good luck!

50. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Knowing When To Leave
Impressive, considering you’re playing it by ear.

51. thepianoplayer416 - Goldberg Var. #30 & Aria - BWV988
Sounded good to me. Nice job.

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Thanks to everybody for listening and commenting. I really do like this community of kind and friendly people. I am looking forward to meeting you in the waltz-themed recital next month.

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Sorry to be a bit behind but will get started with some now. There has been lots happening since I'd visited here early this past weekend when was enjoying listening to the recital. Thank so much for those that have also been listenting and have taken time to leave your kind words of acknowledgement, especially. It is great to be here and to be a Piano player. cool So here we go ... most of these I'd written yesterday with ambitions to do many more but ...
anyway posting this for now. smile

1 SMA55 (Shepherd) - Liebestraum
This is a distantly familiar piece. This interpretation as fine as I remember it should be. There could be no more perfect of piece when the mood strikes, so kinda piece you want to have. Nice open, great job.

2 earlofmar - Bagatelle No 11, Op

There is some rich harmony in this. Can relate to challenging aspects sometimes coming when you may least expect. Transition of chord changes is sounding good and legato coming nice. Very good. Thinking more Beethoven now as well.

3 Monica K.- Gravity
I'd have instantly thought Einaudi prior to reading your description. I only Vaquely recall it being termed as minimalist music but the word captures the essence of it well, and genre in itself it has become. This represents the genre well. Nice playing and is always pleasant listening.

4 MarieJ - Dolce Droga

Really good job with this.The change that happens at 1:03, 1:17 and again later in the piece (2:29 2:44) are brilliant. I forgot what are Framatas when reading your right up but understand now, like taking a breath. Not sure where they are, but you did a nice job of completing your phrases so everything seems to flow quite natural. Nice playing.

5 PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Shenandoah
Agree about the lovely harmonic progressions. It is a pleasure listening to this. Thank you.

6 Riddler (Ed) - 500 Miles High
Powerful opening and showmanship flare is great contrast to the gentle swing and sophisticated harmony that follows. Hadn't heard it, but I dig it. Nice jazz number, Ed and good playing.

7 Pianist685 (Constantin) - Moonrise
This is very pretty. Really nice articulation and clarity throughout. Great job.

8 Ganddalf - Nocturne Op.32 no.1

You're right it is a lovely Nocturne and one I was not familiar with. This is lovely example of the work and very fine playing, indeed.

9 Jerzyk19 - Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4
Really a nice piece to have and always come back to on occasion. Every few years say. I have never thought of this as an over played piece. Upon hearing it and later discussing it early on in my tenure here at PW, I hadn't heard it since my early childhood and only then a fleeting memory of it. In any case, it is a treasure piece and will always be worth taking more time to spend with it. Nice work.

10 zsolpyW - I fix my eye in thine
Nice control. Lovely piece with great changes and you play it well. Good performance.

11 Peyton - Etude #6

Glad you have brought this composer to light for me and with other pieces in the past. It is an unmistakable style and most enjoyable contrast to the usual fair. Nice interpretation, playing and enjoyed the video.

12 Sandalholme - Mazurka Op24 No2
Sounds like a very challenging piece. You make light of it though and everything is nice and clear. Very good.

13 Tootles/Laurie - I Want to Hold Your Hand
Good for you and glad to hear you are having great time with it. What seems hard now will be easy soon enough and gets better and more fun. Nice work and just keep practicing smile .

14 SwissMS/Doris - Valses venezolanos # 1 Adriana

This has quite sophisticated harmony and I can relate to the struggle this can present in understanding it when learning pieces like this. Solid playing though and components of it are like .. take your breath away gorgeous. Very nice where it comes back to original theme at 2:50. Nice playing and Great job.

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I'm a little behind on my commenting, working on it!

08. Ganddalf - Nocturne Op.32 no.1 Such a beautiful nocturne, amazing performance.

09. Jerzyk19 - Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4 You did a great job with your left hand.

10. zsolpyW - I fix my eye in thin This composer was new to me also, I love learning about composers unknown to me. Also, beautifully played.

11. Peyton - Etude #6 A very emotional piece, edgy and dramatic. Really well played.

12. Sandalholme - Mazurka Op24 No2 Wonderful! Uplifting and jaunty, dynamics were great. Really enjoyed.

13. Tootles/Laurie - I Want to Hold Your Hand A great first recital! It's hard to go wrong with a Beatles tune, this was super fun.


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Hi everyone,

First recital for me and I really enjoyed participating, so many talented and passionate players! I am a little late with my comments because I mostly listen to the recital on my iphone and I find it hard to keep up with the html5 player, the descriptions and taking notes at the same time. So I decided to create a little webapp which is very similar to the html5 player but with the addition of full information for all pieces and a place to save comments. I only have a few comments so far but will continue to post them!

First of all, I would like to thank everyone which commented on my Chopin Nocturne: Sam S, pianopi, cmb13, Moo smile, MarieJ, cSharp(C)yclist, piano_primo_1, SwissMS, Monica K., it is very very much appreciated! (I hope I didn't forget anyone) I have been following pianoworld and the recitals for awhile now but never had the courage to post something. I always find something wrong, something that could be improved but I decided lately that too bad, if I always wait for perfection I will never be able to share anything! So here I am, breaking the ice and sharing my performance with more people then I ever did in my whole life!

Originally Posted by Moo :)

52. Micael K - Chopin - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2

Nicely played. You seem to have progressed very quickly, this is not an easy chopin so I'd feel proud with that result. The end was very well played - I thought I was the only one here who played 4th on black octaves but you did it at 3:45 to keep the legato - which was very nice ! In the left hand try to join the 2nd and 3rd beats in left hand with legato fingers (not the pedal - my teacher always had me on this one - I also had this in the piece in 18). I would try to keep quite left hand in the Chopin when its you are playing two notes in the base, so similar tips to number 9 where you want to try to quite the base if you have a there is a long note in the melody. But good job overall !


Thanks for the feedback! I was initially using 5th on all octaves but I didn't really liked the sound of it and I wanted more fluidity so I decided to try 4th on black keys and never looked back. The left hand is specifically something I want to improve, I really have a hard time getting it soft without missing any note. For the recording I decided not to try to play it too softly because when I do that sometime one of the chord note will almost not make any sound. I rather have a left hand a little louder with all the notes then having it softer but missing a note once in awhile (even then in my recording I do have the same problem in some places).

Very nice observation about the about the long note in the melody, that really got me thinking lately and I started to pay more attention to it.

Originally Posted by MarieJ

52. Micael K - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 You must have been a child prodigy if 20 years later it took you only a couple of years to reach this standard - I’m in awe. Beautifully played!



Thank you for your nice comment! I don't think I was a prodigy as a child but I was indeed very motivated (or should I say obsessed). I also think that being born with Richter music playing at home (my father was a real fan) also helped to develop my piano playing.


And onto the comments! first batch!

01 SMA55 (Shepherd), Liebestraum (Liszt)
Very nice! You must have worked very hard. This is the next piece I am going to learn and I am sure it will be a very long journey! You use an interesting recording method, I might try that someday instead of my regular XY method.

I agree with your comments about being perfectionist, I was feeling the same way recently and was never happy with any of my recordings, at some point I said I need to stop aiming for perfection! And here I am with my first recital!

02 earlofmar, Bagatelle No 11, Op (Beethoven)
Nice piece which I didnt really know until now. Good job!

03 Monica K., Gravity (Dirk Maassen)
Really nice smooth piece! Exactly the type of piece my wife like to play. I will suggest it to her. Between that MA sounds really awesome! I need to listen to this piece again on my good speakers.

04 MarieJ, Dolce Droga (Ludovico Einaudi)
Really like the little melody, nice phrases. Beautiful.

05 PianogrlNW (Ellen), Shenandoah (Unknown)
Didnt know this american folk song. Nice playing and thanks for sharing. Discovering a lot!

06 Riddler (Ed), 500 Miles High (Chick Corea)
Nice, I started getting into jazz a little (classically trained) so can't comment much other than I really enjoyed to listen to you playing!

07 Pianist685 (Constantin), Moonrise (Brian Crain)
Nice little relaxing music!

08 Ganddalf, Nocturne Op.32 no.1 (Chopin)
I agree we dont hear it often and it is beautiful, and beautifully played!

09 Jerzyk19, Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4 (Frederic Chopin)
Looks like you figured out how to made those LH chord soft and even, good job!

10 zsolpyW, I fix my eye in thine (Jacek Glenc)
I didn't know Jacek Glenc, thank's for sharing! You are right that is a beautiful piece and I enjoyed listening to your performance. I do hear a lot of clipping though which makes it hard to appreciate the forte passages, Let me know if you re-record it!

11 Peyton, Etude #6 (Philip Glass)
Enjoyed listening to your performance, I can feel the despair in your playing.

12 Sandalholme, Mazurka Op24 No2 (Chopin)
Very good, Love The light trills!

13 Tootles/Laurie, I Want to Hold Your Hand (Lennon and McCartney)
Nice progress in 3 months, I'm very impressed continue the good work!

14 SwissMS/Doris, Valses venezolanos #1 Adriana (Miguel Astor)
I really enjoyed reading your story while listening to your performance! I don't know that piece but I really enjoyed it.

15 Piano2138, Menuet BWV Anh 132 (J.S. Bach)
Very good! I would be curious to listen to a non-midi performance.

16 h8dk97, Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor (Chopin)
I really like Chopin nocturnes and you played it very well. I am amazed how these zoom devices can capture a good sound.

17 Anita Potter, Zum Anfang (Nicolai von Wilm)
Fun little piece!

18 dumka1, Mazurka op. 7 no. 1 (Frederic Chopin)
Listening to this with a smile on my face smile.

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Thank you Greener, MeganR and Micael K for your comments. Re trills - which I have struggled with like everyone else - 2 points. Firstly I had a long spell playing an acoustic harpsichord almost exclusively. I love the French baroque: lots of trills and short ornaments. The harpsichord has a light action and effectively no dynamics. So I learned to trill lightly and without needing to bother about dynamics. Transferring this back to the piano, acoustic and then digital, took a while, but it was based on the knowledge that I could play fast enough and evenly enough in terms of tempo, which helped. So it might help DP users to use a light action, turn off dynamics and practise trills/ornaments, get the confidence, then transfer the skill. No promises, as I did it somewhat differently, but it is worth thinking about. Secondly, I read recently, I think it was Cybergene in PC, that the secret for soft trilling is to hardly lift the fingers, so the notes are repeated with the smallest movement of the fingers and keys. It may depend upon the DP's action - I have a medium DP, Kawai ES7 with 3 sensors - but it works. Still leaves the very tricky bit about crescs, dims through a long trill of course, but, hey, aren't we used to small steps?

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I finally finished listening to all the submissions (had to go on a short trip in the middle of the week). What a wonderful recital! Again, I'm impressed with the talent, the variety of styles presented, dedication, everything! So glad I joined this forum last year. Thanks for all the comments, too. I almost feel guilty this mazurka was so lively smile

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52. Micael K - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2
Very nicely done! Not an easy piece to learn. Soon you’ll have it completely mastered, I’m sure. Good work.

53. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Nuvole Bianche
Sorry that I keep having to qualify my comments about performances of Einaudi’s works this way, but I’m just not at all a fan of his minimalist compositions (with apologies to all of his fans here). My own feeling about minimalistic music is that it has its place (e.g. in films, where such music can be counted on to leave a space for visual imagery and/or dialogue). But as a central focal point for listening, it just doesn’t have enough substance or progression to hold my attention. That being said, Dan, I think you do a truly wonderful job in your execution and expression of this piece. Good work.

54. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - Prelude op.23 no.4 D major
You did a really good job with this piece, and I enjoyed your performance. Also, you have a very nice piano. So you should consider being nice to it right back and get it tuned. smile

55. dddaaannn - Fantasia in C Major You played this very well indeed, and I enjoyed it. Good work!

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Originally Posted by pianopi

#38 FrankieC What a really wonderful performance. I thoroughly enjoyed it!


Thank you pianopi! I am happy you enjoyed it!

Originally Posted by timmyab

Special mention to FrankieC and his Brahms Intermezzo. I don't think that performance would sound out of place at the Wigmore hall. I'm not much of a lover of Brahms solo piano works, but that left me wanting more.


Thank you timmyab! Of course being from the US I had no idea about Wigmore hall. I just looked it up and I must say that I am honored that you would even mention me, Brahms and the Wigmore in the same post :-). I would love to play there one day but for now I won't quit my day job and enjoy my Kawai at home playing to my imaginary audience ;-). Or give a local recital here and there when I have the time. Thanks for your kind words!

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38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2
Welcome to the recitals. That was an awesome performance, excellent in every way, and a joy to listen to. Well done.


Thank you for the welcome Riddler! It's great to be here. I'm not sure why I did not join Piano World sooner. I am glad you enjoyed the performance.

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I just had the time to listen to another beautiful recording.

10. zsolpyW - I fix my eyes in thine (Jacek Glenc) - I do like this kind of piano music and especially this song. Yes, I did not know the composer before, but I would not call him "unknown" according to my internet search. He seems to be a professor at the Akademia Muzyczna in Kattowice (Kattowitz). There are a lot of emotions in this piece that you bring out in a perfect manner. There is one Youtube recording of this piece, played by a young female Polish pianist, but I find your interpretation better. Her version is too slow in my opinion. You are really mastering the piece. I found some clips of the sheet music with explanations in Polish in an article by the composer; the score does not look too complicated. Is the complete sheet music of the piece in the internet somewhere?

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34 Timmyab

Nice Mendelssohn, man! Interesting piano; I tried the Blu(e)thner and liked it. Ah! One o' these days. . . . .lovely work, it rang out so well.

35 Pika Pianist

A lively piece which I never heard before! Lots of style here; and loads dynamics. Tremendous!

36 Mel lem

You worked hard on this intricate tune. Never heard one slip up, not that I was looking for one . . . . . . .a real fun piece. Well done!

37 Newbert

Billy J certainly knew how to write tunes. I like this this sentimental sounding stuff. Nice.

38 Frankie C

Fabulous piano, big sound, hard to fault your wonderful playing. A joy to behold.

39 Sam S

I'd never associate this with Grieg. Then the guy was a bit special, I guess. You cracked this one Sam. Very nice!

40 Piano Primo

I never done any Haydn. Sounds very tuneful and music-lesson-ish in the days when a wooden ruler was used as an instrument. Of retribution . . . .Lovely melodious playing Sam.

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I enjoyed this recital very much and was amazed at all of the talented pianists out there. Great job, everyone! Thank you to everyone who listened to my own submission, and a special note of appreciation to those individuals who took the time out to comment on it, namely Monica K., Pianist685, MarieJ, Tootles, casinitaly, Swiss MS, piano_primo_1, MeganR, peterws, Riddler, Peyton, bSharp(C)yclist, Sam S, cmb13, Ralph L., Greener, and Micael K.

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14. SwissMS/Doris - Valses venezolanos #1 Adriana What a very interesting piece, really enjoyed!

15. Piano2138 - Menuet BWV Anh 132 Well done, very clean and expressive.

16. h8dk97 - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor Such a beautiful nocturne, so impressed!

17. Anita Potter - Zum Anfang Great job with this, it made me think of going for a picnic on a pretty spring day.

18. dumka1 - Mazurka op. 7 no. 1 This is great, very bouncy, I could totally get up and dance about a bit. smile

19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 You play this so well, I'm inspired to explore Songs without words for future pieces.

20. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6) Super, really just beautifully played.

21. Moo smile - Songs Without Words Op.67 no.5 in B Minor Another inspiring piece! Well done!

22. fishandchips - Invention 2 in C Minor BWV 773 I love Bach so much, this is also one of my favorite inventions. Very clear, precise, really enjoyed.


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I enjoyed this recital and hearing some new pieces for the first time, such as Riddler's 500 Miles High, Pianist685's Moonrise, szlopyW's I Fix My Eye in Thine, SwissMS' Valses Venezolanos #1, cmb13's Consolation, to name a few. I appreciate those who listened to my Keith Jarret cover of Shenandoah and those who took the time to comment - Monica K, sinophilia, MarieJ, casinitaly, SwissMS, GoldmanT, piano primo 1, SMA55, MeganR, peterws, Riddler, Pianist685, bsharpCyclist, cmb13, Micael K., and Greener.

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My last batch! This has been such a pleasure!

Thank you again to everyone who worked so hard to produce these most enjoyable performances.

34. timmyab - op102 no4 We're rich in Songs Without Words in this recital. Your performance captures all the charm, delicacy and light sparkle of this piece deliciously. What a marvellous piece to relax with. Beautifully played.

35. PikaPianist - Binks' Sake I think this piece takes the prize for absolutely the most fun in this recital! What a blast! It was delightful to watch your video and see your fingers dancing and snapping on the keys - there was so much variation of nuance as you moved through the piece - I was chuckling outloud ! That was just great! Thanks!

36. mel_lem (Melanie) - Sonatina Op. 88, No. 2 "Rondo" Sweet! I picture an old-fashioned carousel, gaily coloured and women in long skirts, strolling with parasols, children in pinafores and men in top hats. Great tempo and energy in your performance - just lovely! Well done!

37. newbert - Souvenir I'm a big Billy Joel fan, so I got a kick out of this. Thanks so much for the trip down memory lane!

38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2 I am speechless. An absolutely breathtaking performance that gave me goosebumps. In an earlier post I talked about more advanced players being inspirational for those of us who started later rather than earlier in life. We've had a lot of really wonderful performances here in our recitals, but in the 8 years I've been participating, this has to be one of the very best ever. Thank you so much for sharing this with us - it was simply wonderful.

39. Sam S - Notturno Sam, there are a lot of delicate nuances here - and even though you say it is a work in progress, it's certainly at much more than just a respectable point of development. I think you are doing a great job at bringing out the harmonies and its very enjoyable listening, no doubt about it. It would make a great 1/3 of your recital at school --- which other pieces might you play with it?

40. Piano_primo_1 - Little SerenadeCharming! A tasty little gem played perfectly in character.

41. that'sRich - Mazurka in F Minor. Opus 57 No.3 from Trois morceaux. Interesting, I don't think of Mazurkas as being "bitter" - but I do see what you're talking about in terms of the imagery of a conversation. There's a huge amount going on in the piece. It flows really well, but it's easy to see that behind this flow, there was a great deal of care and dedication to make it so. Very nice indeed!

42. andy250 - Krotka bajka Another "new to me" composer. It's very interesting to hear the modern quality that is evident in this piece. It's a very handsome piece, with very pretty touches twinkling throughout. Your performance has a great balance between bold decisive touches and delicacy. I enjoyed listening.

43. noobpianist90 - Divertimento in G Major Hob. XVI: 8 I loved this! Your trills were charming! I 'm really glad you decided to work on the whole sonatina - it was a super-enjoyable performance!

44. SandTiger - Capistrano v2 I think it's fabulous that you do so much composing. I think your piece caught the feeling of birds flocking, sweeping and swooping high in the sky. ....but a stormy sky at the beginning, I think! I prefered the second part, which is more delicate, and the third had a bitter-sweet element to it. This seems to be a leap in progress again, both in terms of composing and performing - good for you!

45. joangolfing - Reverie (Sweet Dreams)Very prettily played -- your new approach seems to be working for you! There's a lot of moving and stretching for your hands, more power to you if you don't have to look (much smile ) Your performance inspired me to get out my book and have a look at the score - I think I'd like to try this.

46. LadyAcadia - Carnival of VeniceThis is very sweet! I know this tune as "My hat it has three corners, three corners has my hat, and if it has not three corners, then that is not my hat". This is charmingly played with a lovely delicacy and flow. Very enjoyable!

47. Serge88 - My Love I loved your arrangement (your keyboard sounds fabulous too) - and it was fun to watch your video on your screen as you played. Your performance had a soothing tranquility to it that was heartwarming. Lovely, just lovely!

48. Greywullf - Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 6 I love my dose of Chopin on a Sunday morning! You've chosen a faster tempo and much greater intensity for this piece, in contrast to what I have heard in the past. You definitely played it well, and with great feeling, your performance really got my attention, and it was fascinating to hear this new approach. I'm not certain that I feel it is right for the piece, but it was really interesting. You're certainly - obviously - having a great time with having your wonderful piano back with you!

49. Muove - Schumann - Op. 68 nr. 6 - Armes Waisenkind We all have fought (and are still fighting) the battle of getting a good recording. You've come a long way in 3 years - Schumann is not simple. While there are always things we want to improve, I think you have a lot to be proud of with this performance, you have a good "crispness" to it and it flows very well. Very nice performance indeed!

50. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Knowing When To Leave Well, by ear you say? With this level of complexity? It is truly beyond me to understand how this could be easier than reading the music and I say that sincerely and with a big dollop of envy! I don't know this piece, but the Bacharach style comes shining through. I love the power and energy in your performance and knowing that you're doing it on your own just makes it that much more thrilling to hear. Bravo indeed!

51. thepianoplayer416 - Goldberg Var. #30 & Aria - BWV988 I love hearing these pieces performed with harpsichord. I have trouble thinking how a harpsichord could help anyone get to sleep though , it's a bit to harsh for really relaxing to the point of sleep I think. Very nice performance. I like the tempo you've worked with. While I didn't get drowsy I certainly relaxed and enjoyed listening!

52. Micael K - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 This is one of my favourites, I hope to have it in my repertoire one day, and play it as sweetly as you have done here. I believe you've captured the delicate tone of the piece perfectly.

53. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Nuvole Bianche I didn't understand most of what you said about your recording smile but it certainly sounded gorgeous! I watched the video (I like to see hands dancing on they keys) and you move with absolute confidence, it was great to hear and see. I'd suggest an alterative to the page shift so as to avoid that longish gap, but otherwise, my comments are only positive. You brought an energy to this piece that I find is often lacking in Einaudi music and this was a big plus in my books. Well done!

54. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - Prelude op.23 no.4 D major I am not familiar with this Prelude, but I loved it. There's a reverie quality to it that is very soothing and calming, and then a richness and depth that really touches the spirit. Beautiful music, beautifully played.

55. dddaaannn - Fantasia in C Major Delightful! You've definitely got the right tempo and tone and reflect the character of the piece and the period beautifully. What a charming conclusion to our recital.


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Thank you to those who listened to my piece and took the time to give me your feedback!
sinophilia, piano_primo_1, Pianist685 (hope to meet you at the EPP!), Peyton, Riddler, Monica K, (thanks for the compliment of the comparison!) SwissMs (thanks for noticing the bigger sound, I was working on that!), Sam S, Marie J (when I bought my piano I hoped to play the piece, but I couldn't imagine when I would, I tried a couple of years ago and it was still way beyond me then, it's been a long journey, but I made it!) , cmb13 (My heart goes out to you and those who have been directly touched by the tragedy in Florida - I think we're all touched at some level, but certainly it's not the same as living nearby. I hope and pray that we see no more of these horrific and heartbreaking acts). sma55, pianopi, peterws (careful because that's the only way I can do it peter! I don't have your ability to tweak and modify!) , RalphL.

It is truly rewarding for me to have been able to play this piece, and to hear that I was able to convey the emotion inherent to it. I'm touched that so many of you connected with the sentiments and told me about how you felt while listening to it. You have really made me feel I've reached a new level (that has been a long time in the making). The fact that some of you are interested in learning the piece after hearing me play it - wow.

This piece touched me deeply from the first time I heard it - even before I knew the story behind the notes - and now it holds an even more special play in my heart.

Thank you one and all.


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A wonderful recital full of interest and variety in styles. Sorry it's a bit of a late start, but here goes with my first batch of comments:

01. SMA55 (Shepherd) - Liebestraum
Beautifully played - so expressive and to play such an involved and substantial piece such as this also from memory is very impressive. I loved listening to your performance.

02. earlofmar - Bagatelle No 11, Op
I loved the changing harmonies of this piece through the boldly played chords and strong bass line and although predominantly chordal the melody came over clearly. I thought your trills were successfully executed too. A pleasure to listen to.

03. Monica K. - Gravity
Very well played - seemed to have a quiet reflective beginning which developed into a strong insistent driving rhythm which made a powerful statement easing off eventually to the quiet original mood. Enjoyable experience to listen to and excellent performance as usual.

04. MarieJ - Dolce Droga
A sweet and sensitive piece played equally sweetly and sensitively. I thought the fermatas were a very important part of the music as if giving time to contemplate on the statement just made and given the ideal length in your interpretation - very nicely played.

05. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Shenandoah
You have done a great job of playing this lovely tune. It seems to be quite an involved arrangement with extra parts to the melody I wasn't familiar with (the choir I am in have been singing this the last couple of years but the melody is simpler). Delightful chord changes - I very much enjoyed this.

06. Riddler (Ed) - 500 Miles High
Beautifully played with exciting arpeggio flourishes found throughout. I liked what seemed like a habanera rhythm accompanying the melody through the piece. A fascinating piece which was a delight to listen to.

07. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Moonrise
A great piece which was played with much expression and confidence. The sudden crescendo in the middle added to the power and atmosphere. Very enjoyable.

08. Ganddalf - Nocturne Op.32 no.1
Superb performance - articulately played and with excellent ornamentations, trills etc. Altogether a real pleasure to listen to.

09. Jerzyk19 - Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4
A sensitive, lovely performance, in particular from someone who has only been playing for 18 months! The left hand chords sounded well balanced and still softly played, (I have had the same problem too - as with my last submission to ABF - making all notes sound in very softly played chords). You did a good job of this, well done!

10. zsolpyW - I fix my eye in thin
An exciting and challenging piece full of what seems like very difficult runs single hand and both hands together - but performed so well. Great to listen to!

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14. SwissMS/Doris - Valses venezolanos #1 Adriana
An unusual piece - very involved with a great deal going on - a lot of passion, turmoil, (particularly in the second section), anxiety and sorrow. Many emotions are well portrayed in your playing of this piece. I enjoyed it very much.

19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3
A pleasant little piece - the atmosphere it evokes is thoughtful and calm and has a hymn-like quality. You played it nicely and I enjoyed listening to it.

26. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - The Town I loved So Well
I liked this piece very much and your playing certainly emphasises the poignancy in it. When I read through the verses to the song it supported and added to this moving atmosphere. A pleasure to listen to.

32. pianopi - Allemande from French Suite in G Major, BWV 816
You did a good job of playing this piece which I thought sounded demanding and on the go nearly throughout. I also thought you executed the trills very well and they sounded evenly played to me. It's interesting to hear the way the right and left hand parts seem to interweave. Very enjoyable listening.

39. Sam S - Notturno
A beautiful piece and sensitively played with expression and feeling. Trills were played excellently. A great piece to relax to.

40. Piano_primo_1 - Little Serenade
Bright playing of a short, sweet and delightful piece. I enjoyed listening to it and wish it lasted longer.

53. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Nuvole Bianche
Very competent performance of this dramatic piece. I like the way the melody begins very slowly with a meditative mood then develops more and more to a climactic peak then a sudden transition back to the meditative mood then again building up and finishing finally as it had begun. Great piece!

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Thank you again, everyone who commented, for your really encouraging replies! It gives me great energy and enthusiasm! Piano_primo_1, Peyton, peterws, your comments made my day! (And thanks for looking at the t-shirts).

I have an hour - let's see if I can get the rest listened to and commented on.

01. SMA55 (Shepherd) - Liebestraum Wonderfully played! Very well done!

02. earlofmar - Bagatelle No 11, Op Great job! Your trill is agile, strong and even. I enjoyed listening to your playing very much!

03. Monica K. - Gravity Beautifully played. Lovely rising up of the melody in the higher notes.

04. MarieJ - Dolce Droga Beautiful and flowing. Very nice expressiveness.

05. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Shenandoah I love the slow thoughtfulness of your playing of this piece. Lovely.

06. Riddler (Ed) - 500 Miles High Wow! Really great job.

07. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Moonrise Excellent playing!

08. Ganddalf - Nocturne Op.32 no.1 I really enjoyed the combination of delicacy and robustness on your playing. Lovely subtle driving feel to this. Great trills!

09. Jerzyk19 - Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4 That was really well played! Great job.

10. zsolpyW - I fix my eye in thin Wonderfully expressive. I enjoyed listening to it very much.

More to come later, but time went faster than I did. Thanks for a lovely Sunday morning listen!


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23. peterws - Mozart K331 This *was* a fun piece to listen to, liked the video also. Is drone operator also one of your mad skillz?

25. Greener/Jeff - Nocturne in Em, Posthumous. Opus 72, no. 1 Beautiful, also, very nifty trills!

26. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - The Town I loved So Well A wonderful song, love your story, poignant in the best way.

27. Keselo - Waltz A soft flowing waltz, well done.

28. GoldmanT - Memories of Green As another commenter said, this has a hypnotic, meditative quality, really enjoyed listening.

29. Ralph L. - Introduction and dance (piano+keyboard) Got my toe tapping, love the accompaniment!

30. Medden - Giorni Dispari Very evocative, sweet and delicate where it needed to be, with those hints of shaded sadness (?) as contrast.

31. Muhwu - Schumann - Knecht Ruprecht - Op. 68 No. 12 Great job with the jumps, loved the contrasting styles of this piece.

32. pianopi - Allemande from French Suite in G Major, BWV 816 I know I say this all the time, I dearly love Bach - you did such a nice job with this, trills were fine but you captured so well the flow of this. Well balanced and a light touch. Loved the T shirts also!

33. sinophilia - Prelude in A Major op. 28 no. 7 Really liked listening to this (too-short) piece, yay for your having conquered those leaps.


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41 That's rich

Powerful piece; doesn't sound easy. Dunno about a lovers' tiff, rather more like the missus talking . . . can't get a word in! A good sounding short piece; enjoyed the listen.

42 Andy 250

Very sweet, expressive and strong performance, and lovely modern piano sound to boot. What's not to love?

43 Noobpianist90

Your equipment sounds fantastic. Your playing is efforvescent, light where needed, and has plenty of strength with character. Very good, man. Be proud!

44 Sand Tiger

You could attach many thoughts and interpretations to this piece . . .a journey through the wprking day, a trudge through the paperwork, a glance at the good looking one as she swans through the office . . .the gaffer's dark look as he catches you looking . . . .
A nice variety of stuff here. Well done!

45 Joangolfing

Nicely played. I enjoyed the melodies and sound you got from this. Nice work.

46 Lady Acadia

You nailed this pretty well; darned good work. Sounds like it's onwards and upwards for you, lass!

It's all good, guys. These quarterly recitals are brilliant. Two more o' these and I'll be entering my next decade . . . .Oh what fun. Not . . . .. smile


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Apologies for my delay in response but my work schedule has been quite busy these past few weeks. I subscribed to you on YouTube if you provided a link to a video. I started listening and commenting on these performances Sunday, February 25th, in the morning while consuming my usual two very large cups of coffee at my home in Brentwood, TN. I finally completed listening to them on Monday the 26th in a hotel room in Raliegh, NC after finally settling in from a day of travel for work. I enjoyed every one of the performances (and the cofee too ;-) ). I did my best to comment but there are no words I could find that would do any of you any justice. Every performance was inspiring to me. Thank you for sharing your talent.

01. SMA55 (Shepherd) - Liebestraum I thoroughly enjoyed this performance. Not only do I commend you for taking on learning this piece but I also commend you for taking the time to memorize it. I agree with your comments. Perfect just ain't ever gonna happen. How lucky are we that you decided to submit this work as is. I know I enjoyed it and learned a lot from listening to you play it so thank you for doing this. I can't wait to hear what you will be learning next.

02. earlofmar - Bagatelle No 11, Op Nice job on the trills! I agree with your comments as these pieces can be quite tricky. You did a terrific job with this work none the less! Keep up the great work!

03. Monica K. - Gravity I have never heard of this composer. I like this work and I like the way you perform it. Your interpretation is fantastic. I think it really conveyed the message the composer wanted to get across. Excellent!

04. MarieJ - Dolce Droga I think you played this very well. In your comments you express that you found the fermatas to be a significant hurdle but I think you cleared them like only a true artist could. Actually, that's the way I felt about your entire performance. I thought you displayed significant artistry through this entire performance. It was very moving. Thank you for sharing your talent.

05. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Shenandoah This performance was like a breath of fresh air for me. I think I will come back to listen to it again when I need a reset which should be fairly often ;-). Excellent playing! Excellent arrangement (gotta love Keith Jarrett) and I like the way you balanced the harmonies. I also like the fluidness of your technique. The sound quality of the recording is awesome! Keep up the great work!

06. Riddler (Ed) - 500 Miles High Nice arrangement! I really liked the way you played this. I admire someone who can make up their own arrangement from a lead sheet. You did a great job with this. Thanks for sharing!

07. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Moonrise I love this composer. I don't think I have heard any of his works that I don't like. You played this piece very well and the recording sounds great to me. You mentioned in your comments that it did "need that much reverb." I think the reverb was just right. Not too much, not too little. Perfect! lovely perforance! Thanks for sharing.

08. Ganddalf - Nocturne Op.32 no.1 Very nice Gandalf! This was a very enjoyable performance in every way. You play very well! Thank you for sharing this with us.

09. Jerzyk19 - Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4 So you have only been playing for 18 months and you play like this? Excellent! Keep up the great work! I can't wait to hear what you sound like at the next recital ;-).

10. zsolpyW - I fix my eye in thin You play very well. I enjoyed everything about this performance. I love the fluidity of your technique. Just wonderful. You are a joy to listen to! Thanks for sharing!!

11. Peyton - Etude #6 I thought this was a fantastic performance. Nice piano, nice sound, great performer. I have never heard of this work and I don't know what Philip Glass intended either. However, I think your interpretation and performance delivers the feelings of desperation and despair that you articulated in your comments. Bravo! Thanks for sharing!

12. Sandalholme - Mazurka Op24 No2 I liked the way you played this Mazurka. I like your playfulness, spontaneity, phrasing and use of dynamics. You play very well. Thank you for sharing.

13. Tootles/Laurie - I Want to Hold Your Hand I can't believe you have only been playing 3 months. You are exceptional! Thank you for sharing!

14. SwissMS/Doris - Valses venezolanos #1 Adriana I have never heard of this composer or this piece. Very interesting work and I liked the way you portrayed it. I also like the story you developed for it and I think it really goes along with this piece quite well. Thanks for makeing me aware of this composer and thanks for sharing your work.

15. Piano2138 - Menuet BWV Anh 132 Excellent work on this piece especially after only 22 months of study. Keep up the great work! Can't wait to hear what you have in store for us next time around ;-).

16. h8dk97 - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor I love this piece and you play it very well. I think it is nothing short of amazing that you are playing at this level after such a short time. Bravo! I loved everything about this performace. Keep up the great work!

17. Anita Potter - Zum Anfang Nice clear and steady technique. I also like the way you brought out the inner harmonies of this work.

18. dumka1 - Mazurka op. 7 no. 1 I like the playfullness you displayed in playing this work and I also like that you took the time to memorize it. Good for you! I am also happy that you did not let your last recital mishap get you down and that you got back up, brushed yourself off and submitted this performance for the recital. Bravo! I can't wait to see and hear what you prepare for the next recital!

19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 I think you are doing very well for only playing 4-5 years and I think you did a good job with this. Keep up the great work!

20. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6) I thoroughly enjoyed your performance. It was an absolute pleasure to listen to. Thank you for sharing it with us.

21. Moo smile - Songs Without Words Op.67 no.5 in B Minor Wonderful performance! I liked the way you brought out the inner melodies and your phrasing. Bravo!

22. fishandchips - Invention 2 in C Minor BWV 773 So you have been playing for just 15 months and you are already tackling the Inventions with much expertise. This is an exceptional feat in my opinion. I liked your touch and the finger independence you displayed through out this entire piece. I can't wait to hear your progress at the next recital. I have high expectations given your performance this time around ;-). Just lovely! Keep up the great work!

23. peterws - Mozart K331 I love this piece and I love the way you made it your own. I like your playfulness. Lovely phrasing. Your arrangement and interpretation are very original and I love it!! Thanks for sharing!

24. MeganR - Summer Drought Excellent! It always makes me happy to see an artist who is willing to play many different styles. Per your comments I know this is a "different" style for you. I thoroughly enjoyed your interpretation, execution and performance! Bravo! Great work!!

25. Greener/Jeff - Nocturne in Em, Posthumous. Opus 72, no. 1 I loved everything about this performance. You play very well. Thank you for sharing your performance.

26. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - The Town I loved So Well I have never heard of this work or this composer. Thank you for making me aware of Phil Coulter and thank you for providing his commentary. As I listened to you play this, I envisoned myself walking through the town he loved that had changed so much. While listening to you play this work, I found myself going on a journey through that town with you. The journey stirred up a lot of emotion in me and was a lovely experience. Thank you for sharing!

27. Keselo - Waltz Excellent! I love your touch and expression. You played this very well and I am amazed at your progress after just 13 months. Wow! I can't wait to hear what you have in store for us at the next recital!

28. GoldmanT - Memories of Green Beautiful! I think Vangelis himself would be proud! You played this very well and I think the sound you chose for this fit the piece very well. I loved everything about this performance.

29. Ralph L. - Introduction and dance (piano+keyboard) Nice job on the arrangement. You are coming a long nicely for one year of self study. Keep up the great work. Can't wait to hear you perform at the next recital ;-).

30. Medden - Giorni Dispari Welcome back! Wonderful playing! Very fluid. Very moving. Just lovely! Thanks for sharing our talent.

31. Muhwu - Schumann - Knecht Ruprecht - Op. 68 No. 12 You started off playing this work with such conviction and clarity which is just the way the first section should be played in my opinion. Then you shifted character quite effectively and expertly balanced the harmonies through the following section. I loved your performance. I can't believe you have only been playing for 2 years. Keep up the great work!

32. pianopi - Allemande from French Suite in G Major, BWV 816 I like your touch - it fits the style very well. I think the tempo is perfect. I think your trills and ornaments are coming along nicely. Keep up the great work and thank for sharing!

33. sinophilia - Prelude in A Major op. 28 no. 7 Excellent! I love this little prelude and you did a great job with it.

34. timmyab - op102 no4 You play very well. I like the balance you achieved with the harmonies in this piece. I loved everything about this performance. You are a joy to listen to. Thank you for sharing your talent!

35. PikaPianist - Binks' Sake I think you did a fanstaic job on the transcription/arrangement and your playing is impeccable! I had so much fun watching you play this. Awesome performance! Can't wait to here you play more. Bravo!

36. mel_lem (Melanie) - Sonatina Op. 88, No. 2 "Rondo" I love the way you played this work. You stayed true to the style and you played it with such expertise. You also made it sound like a ton of fun. It was a joy to listen to you play. Bravo!

37. newbert - Souvenir Always love to hear tune by Billy Joel and you did a great job with this as a piano solo.

38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2 Well this is me so I won't comment ;-). But I did want to thank everyone for their very wonderful and supportive comments. I am glad I found piano world and this inspiring community. Thanks for being here!

39. Sam S - Notturno I love this piece by Grieg. It is the first impressionistic work I learned when I first started taking formal piano lessons. My teacher gave me a choice of three works to select from and I chose this one. Her response to me was "you are going to learn a lot from this piece." Boy way she right! I learned so much from this little piece and it will always have a fond place in my heart. I think you are doing a great job with this. It's just not as easy as it sounds and I don't think anyone can really understand just how intricate it is until they try to play it. The 3 against 2 in the right hand alone can be challenging and couple that with what the left hand is doing it can be even more challenging to keep the inner voices quiet enough so the melody sings through clearly without sounding like it is bouncing or jerking back and forth between the inner voices. Then of course there are the loooooong and oh sooooooo quiet trills that decrescendo. Oh, and the bass notes that need to ring out in perfect balance to support everything else that's going on. All of this makes for a challenging task in my opinion. My favorite part is when the thirds come in with the right hand and the arpeggios with the left. I try to make these sound as much as the waves of the ocean surf as much as possible. I try to make them sound like the waves that build, crash against the shore and pull back. I think you are doing great with this work especially for the amount of time you have been playing it. You have not been playing it long at all and you have all of the fundamentals in place. I wish I could hear what this sounds like after you have worked on it for six to nine months. It will be heavenly I am sure! Best of luck with this! Bravo and thanks for sharing!!

40. Piano_primo_1 - Little Serenade I love this serenade by papa Haydn and I like the way you played it. Thanks for sharing!

41. that'sRich - Mazurka in F Minor. Opus 57 No.3 from Trois morceaux. Thank you for providing background on this work. Nice job getting the message across. I agree that "bitter" is a very interesting choice of words for a composer to use. I think you did a good job of getting the message across to the listener. I like the way you balanced the harmonies, and varied the tonal character of each melody to emulate the conversation. Excellent work! Thank you for performing this work. I learned a lot from your performance and enjoyed it very much!

42. andy250 - Krotka bajka I love the harmonies in this work and I love the way you play it. Great job on arranging the ending. I don't think I could tell it was a different person who created it if you never said anything. You play very well. I can't wait to hear what you sound like with more than five months of serious practice.

43. noobpianist90 - Divertimento in G Major Hob. XVI: 8 I loved the way you played this work by papa Haydn! I love your touch - very articulate. I think its fits the style perfectly. I also like your phrasing, the way you use dynamics and your execution of ornaments. I think your tempo for each movement is perfect. I would not change a thing! Excellent work! Thanks for sharing!

44. SandTiger - Capistrano v2 This is a very interesting, original composition. Thank you for providing the commentary on it. It really helped me to understand what your objectives were for this composition. I think you effectively achieved those objectives. The next time I see the swallows I am going to play this piece in your honor ;-). Thank you for sharing this beautiful, creative work or yours.

45. joangolfing - Reverie (Sweet Dreams) I agree with your comments. I know it can be challenging/frustrating to migrate between a acoustic and digital piano. Sometimes the digitals just don't cut it especially when the expertise of the player is at a level like yours. I appreciated your performance none-the-less. I thought you played this very well. Thank you for sharing it with us.

46. LadyAcadia - Carnival of Venice Great job! I like the clarity of your touch. It fits this piece perfectly!

47. Serge88 - My Love What a perfect tune for this time of year! You have a wonderful ear and I like the way you played this. I also like the sound quality of the recording. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

48. Greywullf - Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 6 Congrats on getting your piano back! I may be faced with a similar situation soon and will miss my RX-6. It's funny how these pianos become an extension of us. You play very well and I enjoyed your performance. I make it to Seattle often - usually to the Redmond/Bellevue area. Pehaps we can meet up some time if you are up to it.

49. Muove - Schumann - Op. 68 nr. 6 - Armes Waisenkind Your phrasing and touch are excellent. Given that you have come so far in such a short time, I am sure you will meet all of the objectives you have outlined in your comments in short order. Keep up the great work!

50. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Knowing When To Leave You have a great ear. The fact that you were able to do this by ear amazes me. Keep up the great work!

51. thepianoplayer416 - Goldberg Var. #30 & Aria - BWV988 The balance of harmonies you achieved throughout this entire piece is fantastic. I loved the way you performed this work. Thank you!

52. Micael K - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 Nice job on this work! I like your phrasing and usage of rubato. Just like Chopin would have wanted his rubatos to be - "like a flicker of a candle." I also like the way you implemented dynamics and created many different shades of color throughout this entire performance. I like your trills especially the latter ones and I also like the way you handled the cadenza-like passages as well.

53. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Nuvole Bianche I love Einaudi's work. I'm blown away by the fact you have only been playing for 2 years! Keep up the great work!! Your comments lead me to believe that you are not completely happy with your pedaling. I think it sounds great!

54. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - Prelude op.23 no.4 D major Excellent playing and I love the way you emphasize inner harmonies throughtout this entire work. At some points I thought you were playing with four hands ;-). Just lovely! Thanks for sharing!

55. dddaaannn - Fantasia in C Major I like your touch and the clarity at which you executed notes, phrases and trills. Made me feel as though I was back in Telemann's day :-).

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Thank you to all for listening and the kind comments.

30. Medden - Giorni Dispari
Welcome back to the recitals! Nice playing, enjoyable flow of the music.

31. Muhwu - Schumann - Knecht Ruprecht - Op. 68 No. 12
Well done for 2 years of playing!

32. pianopi - Allemande from French Suite in G Major, BWV 816
Excellent playing of a difficult piece. The trills sound fine to me.

33. sinophilia - Prelude in A Major op. 28 no. 7
Enjoyed your playing, congratulations in managing the leaps.

34. timmyab - op102 no4
Excellent playing. Delicate touch and well balanced voice-harmonies.

35. PikaPianist - Binks' Sake
Excellent playing and congratulations on an expressive transcription. Joyful and catchy interpretation. Not familiar with anime music, but I was not expecting this rhythm.

36. mel_lem (Melanie) - Sonatina Op. 88, No. 2 "Rondo"
Another cheerful melody from you, interpreted with confidence and like with no effort (deceptive, as it means hard work). Well done!

37. newbert - Souvenir
I am not familiar with this style of music, but I appreciated the excellent playing, well conveying a melancholic feeling.

38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2
Professional level playing, what I can say about it? Excellent!

39. Sam S - Notturno
Remarkable harmonies, enjoyed your playing, how you varied the dynamics and it doesn’t sound at all as a work in progress.

40. Piano_primo_1 - Little Serenade
Sweet little piece, well done!


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Thank you that'sRich , MeganR , FrankieC , and Piano2138 for your kind and helpful comments. I really appreciate you taking the time to listen and give feedback. My time is short this morning so I don't have time to listen to further performances, but once the weekend comes around again I will get back to enjoying the rest of the recital.


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34. timmyab - op102 no4 This was just great! Beautiful and lyrical, really enjoyed.

35. PikaPianist - Binks' Sake Totally fun! So bouncy for arrrrrr Pirates!

36. mel_lem (Melanie) - Sonatina Op. 88, No. 2 "Rondo" As another commenter mentioned, this does have carnival tones, but in the fun and happy way. Great control and articulation.

37. newbert - Souvenir Great version of this Billy Joel tune.

38. FrankieC - Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2 Holy moly, beautiful sound from your piano, amazing playing, loved this.


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45. joangolfing - Reverie (Sweet Dreams)
Nicely done. I love the way the melody develops and the way the countermelodies play against it. Well played.

47. Serge88 - My Love
Love that song! Good to have you back, Serge. I like your playing and your taste in songs. You are sounding as good as ever!

48. Greywullf - Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 6
A staggeringly beautiful piece, played masterfully! Wonderful left hand work. Well done.

50. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Knowing When To Leave
Very full and spirited arrangement. Very listenable. Be advised that I am copying your arpeggios - you can expect to hear them sometime on a recital or piano bar.

52. Micael K - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2
Ah, one of my all time favs. I grew up listening to this piece being played poorly, so I love it all the more when it is played so well. I really enjoyed listening to your performance. Thought you came on particularly strong at the end. Well done.

54. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - Prelude op.23 no.4 D major
Beautifully done, Paul. The guy knew how to compose! And you know how to play! Loved the counter melodies and the dynamics. It is fascinating to see your hands sharing space with each other without getting in each other's way.

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47 Serge 88

Nice rendition of one of McCartney's songs. You got a good sound here, played with the laid back feel that the song demands. Nice, man!

48 Greywolff

Sounds a tad hard; I like preludes because they're usually short, and set the scene for what follows. This was steadily played, confident and set the scene well.

49 Muove

I love Schumann's stuff. I know exactly what you mean when you mention inattention and unwanted thoughts . . .Well done, keeping to the straight and narrow. You played it nice and crisp, sounded good.

50 Yamaha G3 and P80

I do a lot of playing by ear. Sometimes it's easier for me to just use the music, it stops me losing focus and it's easier on the ole brain! Nice work here, with good runs and stuff.

51 The pianoplayer416

Sounds good on the harpsichord. Gives it a period feel. Well done!

52 Micael K

A popular piece, which you handle so well. Your fingers seem so light . . .

53 Bsharp cyclist

Trouble is with Einaudi, he takes so darned long to get into things, if he actually does . a boot up the . . . wouldn't go amiss (ha ha I shouldn't have said it.) But you must have the patience of a saint. Nice sound, and from what I hear, faultless playing. And the tune does get going, in it's own way . . . Have fun!

54 Chopinaholic

This is way over my head and so dramatic. Varied dynamics are apparent. For me, music of this type needs a visual element such as a film moment . . .Lovely, expressive playing.

55 dddaaannn

Good job here. You play precisely, confident and seem unstoppable. I like that and imagine you'll handle harder pieces in the same ebulient way. Very good!

Thank you guys. I do find it a bit hard commenting at times; I'm not qualified really, but appreciative of the time and dedication you all show. Music is a marvellous thing, and it's not just for the selected few. Keep 'em coming, guys!
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15. Piano2138- Very nicely played. Just nice and smooth and elegant.

25. Greener- I think this may have been the first Chopin Nocturne i ever learned and I share your love for it. It's just such an emotional, beautiful piece. You do it great justice.

38. FrankieC- Wow....That is just a magnificent performance. I think I'm too under qualified to say more... smile


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This has been a great recital and a new experience to me. Thanks for all great performances - it was a pleasure to listen. Also many thanks to all who listened and made the effort to comment - in my case cmb13, pianopi, bSharp(C)yclist, SwissMS, Monica K., MarieJ, piano_primo_1, SMA55, casinitaly, FrankieC.

@Monica K. - maybe the shift it's exaggerated a bit in my version, but that's how I feel it. The poem can be found here (PL version only): http://literatura.wywrota.pl/wiersz-klasyka/37293-ewa-lipska-bajka.html. I don't dare translating it into English, as probably I will fail at finding the right words (English is my second language). Anyway I think the poem is about time passing irrepressibleand about relationships in our lives. And yes - fading the endings is... bad in general smile

@FrankieC - agreed, the harmonies are great and somehow unusual to me. I highly value this composer in general. There are a few other pieces by him which I am considering as recording candidates in near future. I am also curious to hear myself playing in a few months smile

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41. that'sRich - Mazurka in F Minor. Opus 57 No.3 from Trois morceaux.
Thank you for introducing to a composer I didn’t know. Well transmitted the tension of the bitterness. And I’ve also learned a new musical term :-).

42. andy250 - Krotka bajka
Enjoyed your playing, how the rhythm suddenly changes. This is another unknown composer to me, interesting harmonies.

43. noobpianist90 - Divertimento in G Major Hob. XVI: 8
Beautiful! Soft delicate touch and nice, well executed ornaments. Well done!

45. joangolfing - Reverie (Sweet Dreams)
Wonderfully played. Well done, considering that you are not looking at your hands!

46. LadyAcadia - Carnival of Venice
I played an easier version of this song; I’ve enjoyed this version and how you have played it. Nice and charming!

47. Serge88 - My Love
Beautiful arrangement, played with emotion and warmness. Well done!

48. Greywullf - Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 6
Wonderful piece, liked your interpretation and also the nice sound of your piano.

49. Muove - Schumann - Op. 68 nr. 6 - Armes Waisenkind
Well done, enjoyed your performance.

50. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Knowing When To Leave
Wow, you are playing like this by ear. Great job!

51. thepianoplayer416 - Goldberg Var. #30 & Aria - BWV988
Excellent playing, precise and steady tempo.

52. Micael K - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2
Such a piece after 2.5 years of experience? Superb playing!

53. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Nuvole Bianche
Well done, played with confidence and exciting sound.

54. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - Prelude op.23 no.4 D major
Excellent playing, professional level to me.

55. dddaaannn - Fantasia in C Major
Charming Baroque piece. Well done!


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39. Sam S - Notturno This was wonderful, there were moments when I found myself nearly holding my breath, it was almost a feeling of being suspended and then, it all began moving gently on.

40. Piano_primo_1 - Little Serenade What a sweet piece, beautifully played

41. that'sRich - Mazurka in F Minor. Opus 57 No.3 from Trois morceaux. A definite dash of bitterness, well done. This was a new composer for me.

42. andy250 - Krotka bajka And also a new composer - really enjoyed. Especially liked the change up around the 1:50 mark.

43. noobpianist90 - Divertimento in G Major Hob. XVI: 8 Super, loved the light but deft touch, and the clarity of expression.

44. SandTiger - Capistrano v2 I loved this, great compositions. It makes me want to go see the swallows.


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15 Piano2138 - Menuet BWV Anh 132
Quite a nice little Menuet. It is coming nice and melody sits well above the rest. Nicely played.

16 h8dk97 - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor

Smooth playing and trills are clean. Tempo is good and not rushed. Tough piece and good job.

17 Anita Potter - Zum Anfang
Seems like a good recommendation then. Not easy sycopation and good for development. It is well in hand and that's not easy.

18 dumka1 - Mazurka op. 7 no. 1

Sounds like it would be fun piece to play as you say. Some interesting harmony and a light mood and some classic chopin all in one. Nice playing of tricky piece.

19 cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3
You're doing well. Nice separation of chords, tone control and overall good sound. The little bit of Mendelssohn I've looked at also had very rich chords and I enjoyed for this same reason.

20 JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6)
This is quite a catchy piece. I've only heard it performed here and must say it has grown on me. Nice playing of it here and quite enjoyable listening.

21 Moo - Songs Without Words Op.67 no.5 in B Minor
Good playing. Not familiar with it and sounds nice and well played. Video I think can be a nice added touch. Recording is a bit noisy and heavy on the treble. This is just a recording issue though, but may be easy win and improved listening experience if recording had softer sound. Is not a reflection on your fine playing though, so maybe not so important.

22 fishandchips - Invention 2 in C Minor BWV 773
Don't think you can go too far wrong with Bach for piano development. Good length, good care, accurate playing and nice choice.

23 peterws - Mozart K331
Excellent sound. Clean and polished. Well, accept where it's not, but most of it is smile . Some tricky work in this. You play it well and it sounds great.

24 MeganR - Summer Drought

Not familiar with this piece at all. It is diverse alright. Dissonant harmonies are not easy to work on and stay with long enough to make sense of. You've done it here though and drawing a nice full acoustic sound out of the Spinnet and good clear recording. Good.

26 CASINITALY (Cheryl) - The Town I loved So Well

Great write up on this piece Cheryl. This has a nice expression throughout and is very good full sound. A little smoothing over time and you have yourself professoinal sounding repertoire in this. Good for testing out your own pianos from now on in the least. Nicely done.

27 Keselo - Waltz

Short and sweet. Nothing wrong with that and love a good Waltz. Nice playing and audio is excellent.

28 GoldmanT - Memories of Green
Like the name and interesting piece too. Some very gorgeous harmony you make sound very nice. Very effective and nice listening.

29 Ralph L. - Introduction and dance (piano+keyboard)
Hey, tha't hip. I like it. Very familiar tune that catches interest right away. Like how you delay introduction of accompaniment long enough to create a nice contrast. Fun listening to this. Thank you.


Thank you also MeganR, FrankieC and Peyton, for listening and nice words.

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My last batch, what a great recital! (As always) Thanks to all who commented on my piece.

45. joangolfing - Reverie (Sweet Dreams) Listening to this lovely piece was a sweet dream indeed.

46. LadyAcadia - Carnival of Venice A lively, happy piece, well done!

47. Serge88 - My Love A wonderful listen, the bass tones in particular so nice. Really enjoyed

48. Greywullf - Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 6 A strong performance,so confident. Also: welcome back Greywullf's piano!

49. Muove - Schumann - Op. 68 nr. 6 - Armes Waisenkind Very nicely played, I'm also working on a piece from Album for the Young, and as a previous commenter noted, Schumann isn't necessarily easy.

50. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Knowing When To Leave This was great, I'm always totally impressed by those who can play by ear and so capably and with such energy.

51. thepianoplayer416 - Goldberg Var. #30 & Aria - BWV988 Sigh, I just love listening to Bach, really enjoyed the harpsichord sound.

52. Micael K - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 Beautiful, you played this so well, super trills

53. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Nuvole Bianche This is great, it just flows perfectly.

54. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - Prelude op.23 no.4 D majorGorgeous, just gorgeous, really loved.

55. dddaaannn - Fantasia in C Major Nice crisp playing, you kept it moving along, great listening.


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A few more thanks: RalphL, FrankieC, MeganR, Greener - I appreciate your comments, and love that the mood and atmosphere of the music got through to you - thanks for letting me know!

I continue to play this piece regularly and find that I own it a bit more each week - it's a lovely feeling to feel it becoming part of my piano personality.


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51. thepianoplayer416 - Goldberg Var. #30 & Aria - BWV988 I liked the harpsichord sound - and what an incredibly difficult piece to bring under your fingers! Bravo!


Thanks for the comment.
Have to admit these are not pieces many people like myself would put together in a few hours during the day and expect to get a recording done in the evening. There are overlapping notes of different values for both hands. You need to learn the note sequences and work on the best fingerings to cover the different notes. After learning a piece I have to check the original score a few times to make sure I've done the overlapping notes correctly.

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11. Peyton - Etude #6 Excellent playing. I am impressed with the way you kept the expression moving and developing through the repetition, which is not easy to do. Great job!

12. Sandalholme - Mazurka Op24 No2 That was wonderful! Absolutely, thoroughly enjoyed listening to you play.

13. Tootles/Laurie - I Want to Hold Your Hand I thought your playing was great! Really nice. steady rhythm, clean playing and very nice job of bringing out the melody, and so jolly and full of life.

14. SwissMS/Doris - Valses venezolanos #1 Adriana Very enjoyable and very accomplished playing! Are you doing this one for your exam? I really enjoyed listening to it, and will likely try it myself after hearing you - very inspiring.

15. Piano2138 - Menuet BWV Anh 132 I enjoyed your playing very much. You have such a nice stately rhythm to this, and a very pleasing clarity. Really great job!

16. h8dk97 - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor Very good interpretation and so expressive. Lovely trills too! Very good job.

17. Anita Potter - Zum Anfang Lovely playing with very good rhythm and dynamic expression.

18. dumka1 - Mazurka op. 7 no. 1 I really enjoy the Mazukas. You play this one very well indeed. I think you achieved the change of mood from the thoughtful to the lively very successfully. I enjoyed listening to your playing very much!

Well, now I am so inspired to get back to the piano myself that I'll come back a bit later to finish off my comments. Thanks for another really enjoyable weekend morning!

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pianopi, many thanks for your generous comments. Very happy you enjoyed it.

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pianopi, many thanks for your generous comments. Very happy you enjoyed it.


I woke up with this Mazurka in my head this morning and had to listen to you playing it again. Must get myself this to play.


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19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 Very stately feel to this. Nice smooth playing and you definitely brought out the top notes very well.

20. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6) Such gentle, subtle and really well-felt rubato. Beautiful rhythm and gently persistent drive. I enjoyed that very much.

21. Moo smile - Songs Without Words Op.67 no.5 in B Minor Great job. Good expression and rubato. Very well-felt.

22. fishandchips - Invention 2 in C Minor BWV 773 So well done for 15 months experience! I love your trills. Actually quite gorgeous playing - you make each of the notes beautiful and cared-for, and at the same time put it altogether so seamlessly. Thanks for a lovely listen.

23. peterws - Mozart K331 Very delightful and entertaining, and, of course, so well-played! You brought that across so perfectly! I hope you get many, many chances to perform this.

24. MeganR - Summer Drought I liked that a lot. I find that, to me, a lot of modern/contemporary music and Baroque music complement each other. I love the Baroque too, and I find myself jumping from the Baroque to the 20th/21st century in my choice of pieces to play. You played that with a certain wistfulness and feeling of disquiet which brought the mood of the piece across very well indeed.

25. Greener/Jeff - Nocturne in Em, Posthumous. Opus 72, no. 1 Lovely! I really enjoyed the overall gradual development of emotion to a definite high, and then moving away to a definite quiet point at the end, while at the same time you had a lot of little separate chapters of emotive play throughout. Like a surging and receding wave with lots of little wavelets playing on its surface. Very well realized! I am impressed.

Thank you, everyone, for a wonderful recital. Hardly a beginner recital at all, and I am very inspired and really looking forward to the next recital.


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41. That'sRich-What an interesting piece. Almost a bit like Gershwin meets Chopin. You play it like a pro! Well done.

52. Micael- Always a joy to listen to this beautiful nocturne. Well done.


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What a beautiful collection of performances! The variety of pieces and the talent that performed them to share with our piano forum community is amazing. Images of concert hall performances and the phrase 'world class' come to mind.

Thank you so much for the encouraging words and the suggestion to refine the timing between hands. It's all so very much appreciated. 😀 Have a wonderful day!


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Originally Posted by Ralph L.


19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 nice. Especially liked the chord progression.




Originally Posted by that'sRich


19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3
A pleasant little piece - the atmosphere it evokes is thoughtful and calm and has a hymn-like quality. You played it nicely and I enjoyed listening to it.




Originally Posted by MeganR


19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 You play this so well, I'm inspired to explore Songs without words for future pieces.



Originally Posted by piano_primo_1


19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 Never heard this , somewhat like a somber ode to…. Anyway, good playing and super piano sound to the recording.



Originally Posted by FrankieC

19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 I think you are doing very well for only playing 4-5 years and I think you did a good job with this. Keep up the great work!



Originally Posted by Greener


19 cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3
You're doing well. Nice separation of chords, tone control and overall good sound. The little bit of Mendelssohn I've looked at also had very rich chords and I enjoyed for this same reason.



Originally Posted by pianopi


19. cmb13 - Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3 Very stately feel to this. Nice smooth playing and you definitely brought out the top notes very well.



Thank you all for this batch of comments and for listening. I feel as though as I am progressing, the rate of progression is itself progressing. I'm not sure if I'm going to keep this one as repertoire or move on. There's so much to learn, so little time!

My next one (for the upcoming waltz recital) is a definite keeper.....


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Thank you all for listening to my submission, and for your encouraging and generous comments (which do wonders for my motivation until the next Recital).

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I would like to thank everyone for submitting their pieces to the recital. I have enjoyed listening to all of them and especially thank
those of you who listened and commented on my piece - I won't list them all but there were many ! It was a pleasure to read all your kind and positive comments - they were really helpful and much appreciated.

I have a further batch of comments here - there are still many I haven't managed to include, but as it looks like the posts are coming to an end now ( I may be the last to submit any comments ) I think I may finish off here but will again say how much I enjoyed all the performances in the recital.

[b]11. Peyton - Etude #6

A very stirring and exciting performance, dramatic and insistent - required a lot of energy to play this it seemed. The feeling of desperation and despair came over to me without doubt. Very well played,I enjoyed it.

[b]12. Sandalholme - Mazurka Op24 No2

A lively performance - played with delicacy and very expressive. You certainly captured the mazurka rhythm. Enjoyed listening to this very much.

[b]13. Tootles/Laurie - I Want to Hold Your Hand

Wonderful performance for just three months of playing. This shows how much you must love your new hobby and you should keep at it ! A pleasure to listen to. The Beatles have always been one of my favourite groups.

[b]15. Piano2138 - Menuet BWV Anh 132

Another excellently played piece for a relative beginner to the piano. A confident and competent performance with ornaments evenly executed. Well done !

[b]16. h8dk97 - Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor

A beautiful Nocturne and yet another amazing performance by someone with so few years of experience. Trills and runs were very successfully played and you kept the rhythm going regularly throughout. Sensitive and thoughtful mood prevalent in this piece. Very nice.

[b]17. Anita Potter - Zum Anfang

Delightful little piece with an even, regular rhythm which you kept going very well. I like the interesting counter-melody of the left hand and the way it interacts with the right hand melody. Beautiful performance.

[b]18. dumka1 - Mazurka op. 7 no. 1

Very expressive and lively performance - you do an excellent job of bringing out the alternating contrasts in this piece - a pleasure to listen to.

[b]20. JoBert - Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6)

A beautiful lilting piece which certainly conveys a feeling of lazily meandering around in a boat on a river being rocked by gentle waves - lovely performance of this piece.

[b]21. Moo smile - Songs Without Words Op.67 no.5 in B Minor

A pleasant piece filled with very attractive chords which blended and melted together beautifully - also a kind of majestic quality was inherent in the music to me becoming more so as it progressed - very enjoyable.

[b]22. fishandchips - Invention 2 in C Minor BWV 773

Exquisite and positive performance of this piece with excellently played ornaments also. The left hand part seemed to have equal importance as the right hand and they fitted together so well. I enjoyed this very much.


[b]23. peterws - Mozart K331

An amazing performance - a colossal amount of work you must have put into learning this! No mistakes stood out to me - I thought you played it with a lot of vigour and the fun in playing it came through in the listening. Well done!

[b]24. MeganR - Summer Drought

An unusual piece with also unusual sometimes dissonant chords but which added to the interest. There seemed to be a troubled, anxious emotion being expressed in this music. A great performance.

[b]25. Greener/Jeff - Nocturne in Em, Posthumous. Opus 72, no. 1

Flowing, smooth and expressive playing of this lovely Nocturne and the trills were played so well. Really enjoyed listening to this.

[b]27. Keselo - Waltz

A nicely played little piece - you seem to be progressing well after only a year and one month experience. It was a treat to listen to.


[b]28. GoldmanT - Memories of Green

Unusual and very atmospheric piece, this effect being added to by the reverb. Had some beautiful harmonies and exciting touches - well played.

[b]29. Ralph L. - Introduction and dance (piano+keyboard)

I enjoyed listening to your performance of this piece which was made into a popular recording in the UK by the Welsh singer Mary Hopkin in the late 1960's. It is what she is mainly remembered for. Your performance shows you are progressing well after only 1 year of learning piano.

[b]30. Medden - Giorni Dispari

Welcome back to the Forum ! Excellent performance and all praises to you for playing this from memory - proof of the hard work you have put into it. Very well played.

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Another great recital and I have enjoyed listening to all the submission. I am in awe with all the talented, dedicated pianists who not only spent time to prepare for the recital, but they ensured that they gave us their best take. Thank you all so much!

I have received so many positive comments and I really appreciate them because they are the best form of encouragement for me to keep playing. Thank you, especially to Pianist685, Sam S, Monica K., cmb13, SwissMS, bSharp(C)yclist, Moo smile, pianopi, MarieJ, SMA55, piano_primo_1, peterws, casinitaly, FrankieC, Piano2138 and MeganR, for taking the time to comment on my performance.

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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist

36. mel_lem (Melanie) - Sonatina Op. 88, No. 2 "Rondo"

Another great piece from you as usual. I always enjoy listening to your stuff on SoundCloud. I'm surprised this one isn't on there?



bSharp(C)yclist It is on Soundcloud now. Just updated it. smile

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Thank you very much everyone who commented on the piece I played and everyone who participated in the recital. My apologies for the late reply to this thread, the last few weeks have been crazy, didn't really have much time. But I did listen to all submissions when time permitted and enjoyed them immensely!

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What a great time to return to PW.
Congratulations to all the pianists. I'm not going to do any individual comment this time but I've been listening some of the pieces in loop.
Thank you all.

PS: I know that recital #50 is the next one, but I've been away from my piano in the last 10 months and I think I will not join the party...
I can try to recall some old piece but, even in this case, I have no idea how it will sound.


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I enjoyed the recital very much when I listened to it like one month ago. Also like the new look of the player! smile

*listening to the waltzes now*

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