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Chopin Nocturne #2735760
05/11/18 02:13 PM
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Op.55 no.2

I recently recorded this.

Comments, criticism welcome.
Sounds better on headphones.

https://app.box.com/s/yfo5023bd9qp9qboa7gu6y92pm092i1z

Re: Chopin Nocturne [Re: Hakki] #2737387
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Any suggestions for improvement.
How is the tempo ?
Are the rubatos appropriate?
What about dynamics?
Pedalling?

Thanks.

Re: Chopin Nocturne [Re: Hakki] #2737403
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That is a fine recording you have made of this wonderful Chopin piece. You are a perfect pianist and I like your rendition. No criticism, I am not here to criticize people who are able to deliver such a good performance. All in all, I would prefer a somewhat slower tempo, but that is just a matter of taste. My own recording of this is 5:30 compared to your 4:35. Find out by yourself if a slower tempo is more appropriate:

Nocturne 55/2 (C. Stephan)

Re: Chopin Nocturne [Re: Hakki] #2737591
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Thank you C. Stephan for the nice comments.

I like your version. A very different take compared to mine with lots of syncopated playing and liberties. But it suits to the rather improvisational style of this piece IMO.
As for the tempo, after listening to your rendition I might consider a tempo around 5 minute mark.

Again thank you for sharing your rendition and the feedback.

Re: Chopin Nocturne [Re: Hakki] #2740806
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Hakki -

It is REALLY GOOD to have you back and to hear you play again. thumb

I must admit that I've missed your presence here.

This is a challenging and beautiful Nocturne, and you are doing many nice things with it.

I agree that your overall interpretation would benefit from a slightly slower, more relaxed tempo.

In measure 5 and 6, you have a tendency to play the last note in each of the six note LH phases staccato - which seems out of character with everything else going on. Perhaps greater use of the pedal in these and similar measures would help sustain those LH notes so they don't interrupt the flow of the music. Just a thought. smile

I really look forward to hearing future recordings as you continue to work on this piece.

Best -

Carey


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Re: Chopin Nocturne [Re: Hakki] #2740888
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Sounds very good, Hakki. Do you go for the competition in Warsaw this year?

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Thank you LA.
I am not going this year but my brother Saffet will be competing.

Re: Chopin Nocturne [Re: Hakki] #2740894
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Carey this is exactly the kind of feedback that as an amateur pianist who follows the pedalling in the score too strictly benefit from. Thank you very much.
Retirment is due and hope to visit the forum more.

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Re: Chopin Nocturne [Re: Hakki] #2743408
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Hi Hakki

I'm very glad to hear from you again, I think you were absent for a long time?

Your Chopin sounds great, I think in general it could profit from a more flexible tempo and more pedal. Not everything must be completely transparent and correct, it's always good to add some mystery smile

And some forte chords (for example the final ones) sound a bit to harsh to me. It often helps me to think that I push the piano away instead of beating it when I have to play such chords – maybe this can help you, too?

But these are just minor remarks, the overall impression is excellent!

Re: Chopin Nocturne [Re: Hakki] #2744703
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Thank you Felix.
I am kind of retired hope to post recordings now and then.


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