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30 SMA55 Shepherd Abrams – Chopin Waltz 64/2 I have watched the video with the laughing audience at 3:05 and find that inappropriate at such a wonderful performance. I would not have laughed at all. Maybe you find that mistake unforgivable, but I don’t. I am making more mistakes than that when I am playing this waltz.

Thank you for the kind words. Actually, what I was saying in my comments is that I’ve mostly learned to forgive and forget my mistakes, and then move on—especially when I’m recording—because I know that anything approximating perfection is far from my reach. But I chose to make that one video with the addition of the laugh track, because I really do find it humorous how the mere presence of a rolling camera oftentimes reduces my fingers to stiff or rubbery little appendages that are useless. Essentially the laugh track is just my weird sense of humor, poking fun at my (typical) piano-playing foibles. But you aren’t the first person who viewed the video and asked that the laugh track be removed. Except when I attempted to do so, somehow that seemed to cause all of the audio and video to get out of sync—which itself actually looks ridiculous to me and perhaps should have its own laugh track. Anyway, thanks again for listening/watching, as well as your comments, Pianist685. Don’t take me too seriously—I try not to. grin

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30 SMA55 Shepherd Abrams – Chopin Waltz 64/2 I have watched the video with the laughing audience at 3:05 and find that inappropriate at such a wonderful performance. I would not have laughed at all. Maybe you find that mistake unforgivable, but I don’t. I am making more mistakes than that when I am playing this waltz.

Thank you for the kind words. Actually, what I was saying in my comments is that I’ve mostly learned to forgive and forget my mistakes, and then move on—especially when I’m recording—because I know that anything approximating perfection is far from my reach. But I chose to make that one video with the addition of the laugh track, because I really do find it humorous how the mere presence of a rolling camera oftentimes reduces my fingers to stiff or rubbery little appendages that are useless. Essentially the laugh track is just my weird sense of humor, poking fun at my (typical) piano-playing foibles. But you aren’t the first person who viewed the video and asked that the laugh track be removed. Except when I attempted to do so, somehow that seemed to cause all of the audio and video to get out of sync—which itself actually looks ridiculous to me and perhaps should have its own laugh track. Anyway, thanks again for listening/watching, as well as your comments, Pianist685. Don’t take me too seriously—I try not to. grin


I loved the laugh track. A little bit of humor and self-irony never hurts. On a more serious note, I really enjoyed your performance of one of my favorite waltzes and could barely hear that slip in the audio.

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30 SMA55 Shepherd Abrams – Chopin Waltz 64/2 I have watched the video with the laughing audience at 3:05 and find that inappropriate at such a wonderful performance. I would not have laughed at all. Maybe you find that mistake unforgivable, but I don’t. I am making more mistakes than that when I am playing this waltz.

Thank you for the kind words. Actually, what I was saying in my comments is that I’ve mostly learned to forgive and forget my mistakes, and then move on—especially when I’m recording—because I know that anything approximating perfection is far from my reach. But I chose to make that one video with the addition of the laugh track, because I really do find it humorous how the mere presence of a rolling camera oftentimes reduces my fingers to stiff or rubbery little appendages that are useless. Essentially the laugh track is just my weird sense of humor, poking fun at my (typical) piano-playing foibles. But you aren’t the first person who viewed the video and asked that the laugh track be removed. Except when I attempted to do so, somehow that seemed to cause all of the audio and video to get out of sync—which itself actually looks ridiculous to me and perhaps should have its own laugh track. Anyway, thanks again for listening/watching, as well as your comments, Pianist685. Don’t take me too seriously—I try not to. grin


I loved the laugh track. A little bit of humor and self-irony never hurts. On a more serious note, I really enjoyed your performance of one of my favorite waltzes and could barely hear that slip in the audio.

Thanks, dumka1! It sounds like you may be a kindred spirit. (Wouldn’t surprise me, given that my father’s family came from the Ukraine, too.)

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Waltz Recital Comments - most to nearly all of these pieces are new to me...the following impressions are not meant to be a critique but just more of an appreciation.

Thanks again to PianogrnNW for her assistance w my piece and to Schubertian for putting this recital together.

01. JoBert - Waltz (Opus 39, No. 3) Very beautiful piece, as would be expected of Brahms. Well done.

02. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - The Gentle Waltz, Memories of a Viennese Park Ellen, this is the type of music that drew me to the piano in the first place. I love the sultry feel of the piece, the dreamy quality. I think of Oscar Peterson as more of a jazz musician; this piece seems like one I would imagine being played in a smoky lounge as the night is coming to a close. I enjoyed it, thanks for sharing. I also liked the Brubeck piece; I didn’t realize he had a set of nocturnes. I might seek that out. Thanks!

Tim Adrianson - Jitterbug Waltz, Emily, and Blue Shadows in the Street The first one had such an upbeat, happy feeling. Emily was bluesier, with a great touch. It seems like the mood changes around 2:30 into the song.

The third piece is indeed slow and sultry, very beautiful. Wobbly Waltz was nice, but the fifth, Berceuse, is quite beautiful, possibly also my favorite of the bunch. It’s played with such care and delicacy, masterfully.

The Carousel Waltz, Gymnopedie #4, Waltz, from "Peccadillos" were similarly excellent. Your playing raises the bar and gives us something to strive towards. Thanks!

06. MeganR - German Dance WoO 13 No 1 This piece doesn’t seem quite like the Beethoven I’m familiar with, as it’s happy, light and lively. Definitely waltz-y though and nicely played.

07. dumka1 - Waltz op. 69 no. 1 ("L'adieu") That was very waltz like, very nice, I almost see it in a movie with a Waltz scene. Thanks for the homework, btw, I read a little about it. Great job.

08. sinophilia - Andantino quasi allegretto - No. 8 from Valses romanticos Very nicely played, I enjoyed watching the video. I liked your light, delicate touch.

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Fantaisie-valse Imagine a 19 year old composing this today. There are too many distractions in today’s world! Thanks for the introduction to Satie’s music.

10. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Waltz Op. 39 No. 15 (to do)

11.-12 barbaram - Keegan's Waltz & Favorite Irish Waltz Those were both really nice piece, Barbaram, I enjoyed them.

15. Beemer - Waltz No2 from Suite No2 for Jazz Orchestra This one has an ethnic feel to it, to me, an Eastern European type of feeling. I guess that stems from the composer’s background and the turmoil he must have lived through in Russia / USSR in the early to mid 20th century.

16. zsolpyW - Waltz in E Major op. posth. Nicely played; I liked the Christmas tree lights in the background!

19. EdmondRhapsody - Waltz Op. 39 No. 15 Another beautiful Brahms piece.

20. squidbot (Chris B) - Chopin Waltz in A minor Posthumous B. 150 Chopin has yet to disappoint. You also did this one coming off an illness, correct? Great job, especially at under 2 years!

22-23. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - A Slow Waltz, Waltz in A Minor Well done! Looks like you’re becoming comfortable with the jumps. For the Waltz in A Minor, I feel like I heard this somewhere before - oh yeah, from squidbot! Could you add a little more legato to make the phrases a little more cohesive and separate from one another? Very well done overall. The piano looks beautiful!

24. Greener/Jeff - Song to Elitha Nice, Jeff, I enjoyed that. The dynamics and feel sounded really nice.

25. Greywullf - Waltzer Op. 12 No 2 Nice catchy tune, Greywulff.

28. Whizbang (Chris) - Pleasant Moments Joplin sure does have a sound all his own…I put Bethena on my watch later list…looking forward to it

29. mel_lem (Melanie) - Valse Lente, Op. 33 Nice, Mel, well played piece.

30. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Waltz in C# Minor, Opus 64 No. 2 How can a Chopin piece be anything but awesome! I especially liked watching your video, the way your fingers handled that fast B section. Fun to watch!

31. Davidonabus (David Pritchett) - Waltz Op.69 No.2 Very lovely Chopin piece. Thanks for playing it!

32-33. SwissMS/Doris - Waltz in F# Minor, Waltz in B Minor Very nice pieces; didn’t seem like you had any problem with the 9th or 10ths at all.

34. gingko2 - Lost Waltz Another Brubeck; liked it. I’m going to have to pick up that book.

35-36. diretonic - Waltz for Debby, It's a Raggy Waltz Fun ragtime rhythm and feeling, like that chord at the end. Just amazing. Really professional. Subscribed to your channel!

37. mp15 - Valse Impromptu, S.213 That was a quit lying piece, different and light hearted. A nice refrain from the norm. Thanks for sharing it!

38. outo - Waltz op 69 I'm not very familiar w the composer as I'm still sorta new to this world but I enjoyed the piece. Nice playing.

39. PikaPianist - Waltz (Lyric Pieces Op.38, No.7) Very nice - seems like a fun piece.

40. Greener/Jeff - Gravy Waltz That’s really a nice story that you received help from across the pond. I also did on my piece from across the continent; PianogrlNW was kind enough to give me some tips and encouragement from about 3,000 miles away!

41. Moonsh1ne - Waltz in e minor Nice piece; I just read the history of Griboyedov on Wikipedia; pretty gruesome death. I’m not going to Iran any time soon.

42. Moonsh1ne - Waltz in C sharp Minor Op.64 No. 2 Very good, for 4.5 years especially excellent. I didn’t know Steinway had an experience center. Can you tell us more about that? Did you bring your own recording equipment or do they provide that?

43. Schubertian - La plus que lente One take? Well mine was one (thousand) takes! That’s quite amazing to me. Great performance! Debussy is not easy! I’m working on one for the Debussy recital. Very well done, thanks! And thanks again for putting together this recital!


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30 SMA55 Shepherd Abrams – Chopin Waltz 64/2 I have watched the video with the laughing audience at 3:05 and find that inappropriate at such a wonderful performance. I would not have laughed at all. Maybe you find that mistake unforgivable, but I don’t. I am making more mistakes than that when I am playing this waltz.

Thank you for the kind words. Actually, what I was saying in my comments is that I’ve mostly learned to forgive and forget my mistakes, and then move on—especially when I’m recording—because I know that anything approximating perfection is far from my reach. But I chose to make that one video with the addition of the laugh track, because I really do find it humorous how the mere presence of a rolling camera oftentimes reduces my fingers to stiff or rubbery little appendages that are useless. Essentially the laugh track is just my weird sense of humor, poking fun at my (typical) piano-playing foibles. But you aren’t the first person who viewed the video and asked that the laugh track be removed. Except when I attempted to do so, somehow that seemed to cause all of the audio and video to get out of sync—which itself actually looks ridiculous to me and perhaps should have its own laugh track. Anyway, thanks again for listening/watching, as well as your comments, Pianist685. Don’t take me too seriously—I try not to. grin


I loved the laugh track. A little bit of humor and self-irony never hurts. On a more serious note, I really enjoyed your performance of one of my favorite waltzes and could barely hear that slip in the audio.

Thanks, dumka1! It sounds like you may be a kindred spirit. (Wouldn’t surprise me, given that my father’s family came from the Ukraine, too.)

Oh, how interesting. We should organize a Slavic recital some time (perhaps it's already happened--I'm relatively new on this forum).

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Oh, how interesting. We should organize a Slavic recital some time (perhaps it's already happened--I'm relatively new on this forum).

We had a Russian recital. I am a big fan of Slavic melancholy and recitals are fun to administer, so if there's interest I am ready to volunteer. What else do we have coming than the Bach?

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13. Tim Adrianson - Wobbly Waltz This has a very interesting chordal progression throughout. It actually gives a sense of wandering through a surreal dream, leaving the listener uneasy.

14. Tim Adrianson - Berceuse This is a gorgeous piece, with a lot of interesting variation. It has a dark, smoldering character, and you really brought out that feeling. Just wonderful playing!

15. Beemer - Waltz No2 from Suite No2 for Jazz Orchestra The Russian character is clear in this piece, as is the jazz influence. I have never heard the ochestral version. You brought it to life on the piano very nicely!

16. zsolpyW - Waltz in E Major op. posth. This has a bit of a Mazurka like feel to it, more folksy that Chopin’s other waltzes. I really like your interpretation, and the drive that you give it.

17. cmb13 / Craig - Milonga del Angel I love this piece. It has been on my do list for the past year. I really like your interpretation, and the relaxed tempo. You balanced the voices very well, and your phrasing is very nice. Great job!

18. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Memories of a Viennese Park Beautiful relaxed jazz! I can see how this could be a bridge piece for classical to jazz. Well played!

19. EdmondRhapsody - Waltz Op. 39 No. 15 I love this Brahams waltz. It is another in my to do stack! I like your interpretation very much!

20. squidbot (Chris B) - Chopin Waltz in A minor Posthumous B. 150 You did a great job with this waltz, especially with only a year and eight months at the piano. Great job!

21. Tim Adrianson - The Carousel Waltz This is a gem! I have always enjoyed Rogers and Hammerstein music. This intersting waltz sounds very much like the musical accompaniment for silent films. Beautifully played. You really told a story with it.

22. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - A Slow Waltz (Op. 39, No. 23) I love Kabelevsky’s music. You did a a lovely job with this miniature. Nice dynamic control and use of rubato.

23. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Waltz in A Minor I like you interpretation of this beautiful waltz. Your ornamamets sounded very nice. I like how you used the pedal in the this piece, giving it a clear waltz interpretation.

24. Greener/Jeff - Song to Elitha Well played soft jazz! This has a lot of complexity in the ornamentation and accompaniment, and you made it sound easy. Nice job!

25. Greywullf - Waltzer Op. 12 No 2 I love this lilting waltz! I like your approach to it, a little faster, than I have usually heard, and with a enough rubato to still express its reflective moments.

26. Tim Adrianson - Gymnopedie #4 This is a new composer to me. I love the dreamy character of the piece, with enough dischordance to be interesting, but not TOO much.

27. Tim Adrianson - Waltz, from "Peccadillos" Do we call this post modern? The piece has quite a bit of variation, somewhat meandering at time. You do an an excellent job of making it cohesive, telling its story. I found myself pulled into the piece. Just wonderful playing.

28. Whizbang (Chris) - Pleasant Moments Lovely playing of this rag waltz! You are certainly a master of this genre!

29. mel_lem (Melanie) - Valse Lente, Op. 33 I love this little waltz. I also found it in the ABRSM grade 6 book and put it on my to do list. Nice job on the piece, and I love your ascending chords at the end!

30. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Waltz in C# Minor, Opus 64 No. 2 This is such a lovely waltz. I certainly did not find your rendition laugh worthy!! You did a great job. Your piu mosso sections flowed beautifully, at quite a rapid clip. I really like your light touch in these sections. Nice job!

31. Davidonabus (David Pritchett) - Waltz Op.69 No.2 Another lovely Chopin waltz! Your playing has such expression, and very nice use of rubato. Enjoyed it!

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Oh, how interesting. We should organize a Slavic recital some time (perhaps it's already happened--I'm relatively new on this forum).

We had a Russian recital. I am a big fan of Slavic melancholy and recitals are fun to administer, so if there's interest I am ready to volunteer. What else do we have coming than the Bach?


We have the Debussy recital coming up in June (although I won't be ready). I don't know if before or after the Bach would be better for the Slavic one (if there's interest, of course). Thanks for offering to organize it, I'm pretty bad with technology. We could start a separate thread. It would be fun to explore various composers from the Slavic world (although the Russians would be part of it, too, of course). And there's always the Chopin question smile

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17. cmb13 / Craig - Milonga del Angel
I had never heard of a milonga before, so this was a first for me. This piece has a nice feel and a pleasant melody. I think you did a really fine job with it, Craig!

18. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Memories of a Viennese Park
Ooo, I really liked everything about this recording—the piece, your playing, and the sound of your piano. Very nice!

19. EdmondRhapsody - Waltz Op. 39 No. 15
Such a beautiful waltz. And you played it so well. Great job!

20. squidbot (Chris B) - Chopin Waltz in A minor Posthumous B. 150
This was very nice, Chris! Your skill level is well beyond the amount of time you say you’ve been studying the piano. Well done!

22. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - A Slow Waltz (Op. 39, No. 23)
I think you have a nice feel for his piece, and I enjoyed your performance of it!

23. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Waltz in A Minor (to do)
A very different feel to your rendition when compared to squidbot’s. Good work, Dan!

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My final batch. Thank you to everyone that reviewed my pieces. Your comments and encouragement are greatly appreciated. I picked up my two little waltzes a couple of weeks before the recital, and was happy to be able to get them presentable!

34. gingko2 - Lost Waltz This is classic Brubeck, and you played it very well! I like the relaxed pace that you chose. Great soft jazz!

35. diretonic - Waltz for Debby I love this style of jazz, so melodic and melancholy. Beautifully played.

36. diretonic - It's a Raggy Waltz This is a fantastic improvisation on Brubeck’s work! He would have loved it!

37. mp15 - Valse Impromptu, S.213 Virtuosic playing of this very unusual waltz! It sounds like free flowing improvisation. Wondrful job!

38. outo - Waltz op 69 I really like Shostakovich. This waltz has a sense of melancholy to it, which you brought out well.

39. PikaPianist -(Waltz - Lyric Pieces Op.38, No.7) This is such a playful piece. You really give it energy and flair. Great fun!

40. Greener/Jeff - Gravy Waltz You created quite a nice arrangement for this, rich and full. It sounds like you had a lot of fun with it. It is really cool that you diretonic were able to work on it together!

41. Moonsh1ne - Waltz in e minor I am not familiar with the composer, but this is a lovely waltz. Very nicely played!

42. Moonsh1ne - Waltz in C sharp Minor Op.64 No. 2 I love this waltz. It is pretty special that you were able to record it at Steinway Hall. It sounds like you have come a long way with the piece and are putting your own signature on it. Nice job!

43. Schubertian - La plus que lente The perfect ending to this recital. You play this with wonderful expression and great use of the dynamic range. This is fantastic for one take. Congratulations and a big thank you for arranging this recital!

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Thank you Pianist685, Tim Adrianson, SMA55, SwissMS and cmb13 for the kind comments. It means a lot to me - I'm always wondering if I'm on the right track.

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Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to listen and comment on my submissions, it's greatly appreciated!
Another few comments from me:

28. Whizbang (Chris) - Pleasant Moments
Great to have a ragtime waltz in the mix, I really enjoyed this piece

29. mel_lem (Melanie) - Valse Lente, Op. 33
Well done, lovely playing

30. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Waltz in C# Minor, Opus 64 No. 2
Lovely! I really enjoyed this.

31. Davidonabus (David Pritchett) - Waltz Op.69 No.2
Such a gorgeous piece and a lovely performance. On my wish list!

32. SwissMS/Doris - Waltz in F# Minor
Lovely contrast of style, I especially like the second half

33. SwissMS/Doris - Waltz in B Minor
Another very nice piece. Your piano is sounding really wonderful (credit to both the instrument and the player smile )

34. gingko2 - Lost Waltz
You create a lovely mood here. I have this Brubeck book and have played through a number of the pieces, but despite their simplicity I find it hard to get my head around them and get them to a decent standard.


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Amazing recital everyone. Diverse and well-played.


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24. Greener/Jeff - Song to Elitha
Oh, very nice, Jeff! I don’t think I’ve heard you play jazz, since I’ve been participating in the ABF recitals. Way to go!

25. Greywullf - Waltzer Op. 12 No 2
A funny, puckish little waltz. Just what you’d expect from Grieg—if only he had been at all predictable. I think you do a really nice job with this!

28. Whizbang (Chris) - Pleasant Moments
Well done! Jan Brady would be proud—even if Marcia gets all of the catcalls.

29. mel_lem (Melanie) - Valse Lente, Op. 33
I agree with you that this piece has an unusual chord progression—for a waltz! But it’s very enjoyable and well played. Good work!

31. Davidonabus (David Pritchett) - Waltz Op.69 No.2
Very steadily and evenly played. And that takes skill to do—only I can’t help wanting to hear some rubato. Maybe that’s just me. But it is Chopin after all. Still well done!

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32. SwissMS/Doris - Waltz in F# Minor
Looks like a somewhat difficult piece, requiring a fair amount of jumping around for both hands. And you played it very well!

33. SwissMS/Doris - Waltz in B Minor
Short but sweet indeed. And you played it well!

34. gingko2 - Lost Waltz
Another nice little piece. I liked it. Good job!

35. diretonic - Waltz for Debby
Just lovely! You have a great touch and played this so well. Bravo!

36. diretonic - It's a Raggy Waltz
Wow! So very impressive! What more can I say!?!

37. mp15 - Valse Impromptu, S.213
You obviously have great piano chops, so I want to be sure to emphasize that. That being said, I can’t say I’m much of a fan of Liszt’s flashier pieces, of which this is clearly one. Also, I wish I could hear more of your piano and less of your room in this recording. But again, technically your performance was quite impressive!

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38. outo - Waltz op 69
Really? On the last day of the recital you just began this piece? That’s pretty impressive. I wouldn’t dream of doing that!

39. PikaPianist - Waltz (Lyric Pieces Op.38, No.7)
The epitome of short but sweet. But REALLY sweet—and well played!

40. Greener/Jeff - Gravy Waltz
Sounds like you’ve got the feel for this piece and that you’re well on your way with it. Like you, I’m confident that you’ll be there quite soon. Good work and nifty collaboration! And again, I don’t believe I’ve previously heard you working on jazz until this recital.

41. Moonsh1ne - Waltz in e minor Nice waltz. I wasn’t previously familiar with this piece. Good job.

42. Moonsh1ne - Waltz in C sharp Minor Op.64 No. 2
Nice effort. But if I’m being honest, it still needs some work. Are you studying this on your own or with a teacher?

43. Schubertian - La plus que lente
Very nice! I enjoyed your playing very much. Well done! And thank you for your work on this recital!

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Tim, Pianist685, SwissMS and SMA55 thank you for the kind words. Pianist685, it was PianoGrlNW who did this piece for the Spanish-Latin American recital.


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A little late, but I've been revisiting the recital this afternoon and I have loads more comments:

01. JoBert - Waltz (Opus 39, No. 3)
Lovely JoBert, a little gem! (and your Novus sounds amazing)

02. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - The Gentle Waltz
Haha, your description exactly sums up how I felt about learning the Brubeck piece you submitted, see my comments below.
But you overcame that obstacle, obviously, because your performance is beautiful and “makes sense of it” in a really convincing way. Love it!

06. MeganR - German Dance WoO 13 No 1
Lovely flow and energy here Megan!

07. dumka1 - Waltz op. 69 no. 1 ("L'adieu")
Really gorgeous dumka, thanks for sharing!

08. sinophilia - Andantino quasi allegretto - No. 8 from Valses romanticos
Well done sinophilia, lovely piece and I really enjoyed your sensitive and delicate playing

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Fantaisie-valse
Very interesting – as someone who only knows Satie’s Gymnopedies and Gnossiennes, this is really something quite different. Great performance, thank you!

10. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Waltz Op. 39 No. 15
Gorgeous!

15. Beemer - Waltz No2 from Suite No2 for Jazz Orchestra
I really love this piece, and your piano version works well even if it’s hard to live up to the full orchestral version! You really capture the playful energy of the original, I enjoyed it a lot

16. zsolpyW - Waltz in E Major op. posth.
This is lovely, and not one I was familiar with. You played it beautifully

17. cmb13 / Craig - Milonga del Angel
Well done!
This is WIP for me at the moment, I love this piece! It’s down my priority list at the moment so I’m only checking in with it sporadically, but hoping to move it back to pole position once I get my piece for the next ABF Quarterly “done”.
That tricky middle bit will take me a while to bring together I know (bottom page 1/top page 2 if we are working off the same version) – I’ve spent some time with it, but it needs way more.
I really enjoyed your performance of it. I hear and understand your self criticism, and sure, if you come back to this in the future with more experience you will be able to raise it to the next level, but right now you have brought it to a lovely performance standard and you deserve to feel proud of it!

18. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Memories of a Viennese Park
Beautifully played, and I have a particular reason to really appreciate the opportunity to listen to your performance smile
I worked on this a couple of years ago, but never got it into good shape. It looked so simple on the page, but I found it hard to get my head around it for some reason, and it never flowed for me. I remember that you offered your help at the time, for which I am still very grateful. I had picked it as a 40 piece challenge piece though, and when I accepted that I had misjudged the difficulty, I wasn’t prepared to devote the time I would have required to get it to a decent level.
But, I wasn’t able to find a recording on the internet, so this is the first time I have had the chance to listen to it played well. Thank you!


19. EdmondRhapsody - Waltz Op. 39 No. 15
There’s something very emotional about those chord progressions! Really nicely played, I enjoyed this a lot

20. squidbot (Chris B) - Chopin Waltz in A minor Posthumous B. 150
Lovely stuff squidbot. You have a musicality and delicacy of tone that I would admire if you had been playing for twice or three times as long as you have!


22. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - A Slow Waltz (Op. 39, No. 23)
A great fun Kabalevsky piece – I’ve played a good few pieces of his, all very enjoyable to play.

23. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Waltz in A Minor
I do love this piece, and you do a great job of it. Very nice trills, despite you criticising yourself!

24. Greener/Jeff - Song to Elitha
Lovely piece, your arrangement has a French café sound to it which gives it great character (not sure what the name for that style actually is!)

25. Greywullf - Waltzer Op. 12 No 2
Sounds great, Greywullf. I like the way you described experimenting with dynamics and tempo, and it’s interesting that in the end you liked it best when you followed the markings in the score

The Tim Adrianson Gold Collection
Fantastic set of submissions Tim. What a pleasure to listen to them all. I think Blue Shadows was my standout, but the whole set is wonderful


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Originally Posted by barbaram
A little late, but I've been revisiting the recital this afternoon and I have loads more comments:e WoO 13 No 1[/b]

17. cmb13 / Craig - Milonga del Angel
Well done!
This is WIP for me at the moment, I love this piece! It’s down my priority list at the moment so I’m only checking in with it sporadically, but hoping to move it back to pole position once I get my piece for the next ABF Quarterly “done”.
That tricky middle bit will take me a while to bring together I know (bottom page 1/top page 2 if we are working off the same version) – I’ve spent some time with it, but it needs way more.
I really enjoyed your performance of it. I hear and understand your self criticism, and sure, if you come back to this in the future with more experience you will be able to raise it to the next level, but right now you have brought it to a lovely performance standard and you deserve to feel proud of it!


Thank you, I appreciate the comments....I would also encourage you to keep up with this piece. I have enjoyed learning and playing this one so much, and have learned a lot from it. Yes, the chords at the bottom of the first page are tricky and take a while to get used to. Dynamically, my teacher had me play the first, third and fifth set louder than the others. The key change after that section is a lot of fun, and the modulation back to the original key is also neat. Finally, the timing Milonga count (1.2.3.1.2.3.1.2) in some sections really livens up this piece.


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