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There really seem to be a lot less viewing, listening and comments on the themed recitals, and I think it could be because they are locked in the subtopic area. I wonder if when they are first posted this should be moved back to ABF for a while (the recital and comment threads).
01. Jason Lenthe - Invention #13 in A Minor, BWV 783 Excellent! You managed to play this fast with each part sounding loud and clear.
02. sinophilia - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring Loved the arrangement and loved your playing.
04. dynamobt/Marilyn - Invention #6 E Major another invention played with great clarity in each voice, well done!
05. Claudemir Medeiros - Polonaise BWV anh 128 Muito bom!
08. Greener/Jeff - Badinerie always been one of my favorites from Bach. It still can use some slow work in order to improve the coordination of each part, but it's a good work in progress and the piece is challenging indeed.
15. Solfinker - Little Prelude BWV 927 well played, sounds like a fun one, gonna try it as well.
19. MeganR - Prelude in D Minor BWV 940 same as above, nicely played and didn't know this one, so now look forward to try it myself
21. PikaPianist - Prelude in C major BWV846 really nice, liked the dynamics and also your choice of playing with the una corda pedal
22. PikaPianist - Prelude in D minor BWV851 loved it! Again, great control of the dynamics.
25. Peterws - Siciliano one of my favorite from Bach. There's room for improvement but it's already very good nonetheless.
30. Melchiorblade7 (Matt) - WTC Book 1 - Prelude No. 2 in C Minor 31. Melchiorblade7 (Matt) - WTC Book 1 - Fugue No. 2 in C Minor good technique, very enjoyable performance of both the prelude and the fugue.
32. Ido - JS Bach - Invention No.1 in C major more slow paced than usual performances but very precise and pleasant to listen to
36. AssociateX (Liz) - Prelude - F Minor WTC 2 BWV 881 didn't know this prelude, very nice discovery, thanks for posting.
01. Jason Lenthe - Invention #13 in A Minor, BWV 783 "It's especially fun to play with a drum track and base line. It would probably sound great played by a heavy metal band on distorted electric guitar."
There are actually a bunch of videos on YouTube that do exactly this. This was my favorite I enjoyed your rendition as well.
Now learning: Chopin C# minor Nocturne (posth), Mozart Sonata in C K. 545, R. Schumann Fantasy Dance, Joplin The Chrysanthemum Instruments: Yamaha N1X, Kawai ES110, Roland GO:PIANO, Piano de Voyage
Sorry I am late on responding here - work has been crazy. I have listened to a few performances so far and they have all been great! I will begin commenting out of order and will eventually get to everyone over the next week or so.
07. SiFi - Simon Finlow - Partita #2 BWV 826, Sarabande and Caprice
Performed with integrity of the lines, excellent phrasing, and the illusive "flow" that so many performances of Bach just don't achieve for me. This was a great mixture of intellectual respect for the score with a human melodic touch. When I listen to a really good Bach performance I get a physical feeling in my brain and body that is almost a head rush, and this did that for me. Thank you!
11. Tim Adrianson - Goldberg Aria -- Mid-range Variations and 12. - Aria -- Far out Variations
Your performances were my first introduction to these compositional projects, and I thank you for that. I enjoyed them very much. When listening to your performances I was able to focus easily completely on the music and how interesting it was, and enjoy the musicality that you imparted to it. You "got out of the way" as a performer while still keeping a warm human touch and when dealing with Bach and Bach derivative pieces that is something I really appreciate! Nicely done with great sound, articulations, and concepts. I was impressed with your innate musicality.
33. Justyna ewa - Nun kommder Heiden Heiland
I listened to this piece as one of the first performances because I have also played this and love it. You have a very good sense of melody, musicality, and rubato. The only thing I would suggest is to take a bit more time in certain areas to bask in the harmonies and sound, but this is a really solid performance. I thought you did a particularly good job keeping a focus on the right hand melodies even when the texture got a bit dense. I would be curious to know what you think of when playing this work from an emotional standpoint!
Computerpro3, I am really happy, you liked my performance. As for harmonies, I don't know if I understand well, you mean to give more "temporary" space for resonance? If so you are probably right, I have a general problem of not giving myself enough time during performance just to enjoy the sound. I have impression it would be boring or annoying for listeners. It's stupid, I know. Another issue is I need to be more conscious about the acoustics of the room. What I was thinking about during performance... to bring most of the eternal beauty that is in this music - very demanding expectation from myself, to give this musical logos a proper body, sometimes Bach is like a vehicle to travel beyond time and space, so let's say there were moments, I was out there. Sorry if that sounds crazy. I do not have such connotations with other composers, at least not that often. With this particular piece, as I wrote in commentary at the Themed Recital Website, I suppose the topic of redemption of the sinful world by an intervention of divinity is really present in this piece. It does not necesarilly mean, you have to take it from the religious perspective. It might be also understood as something good, luminous, and caring entering the realm of the fall to begin transformation.
dynamobt/Marilyn--Great job! This is one of my favorite inventions, too, and I also enjoyed playing it at some point (in fact, it was one of the first pieces my teacher assigned to me when I resumed taking lessons in my twenties).
Overall, a wonderful recital. Sorry it took me so long to respond--our spring break started on March 16th, right after the recital closed, and we traveled some, so I've been listening off and on to a few pieces at a time. Thanks, everybody!
01. Jason Lenthe - Invention #13 in A Minor, BWV 783 It is not only addictive to play, but also to listen Btw. some metal bands do incorporate Bach into their music. For example Symphony X has a fragment of 1052 concerto in their song a fool's paradise.