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Recital 57 --- General Discussion Room #2947065 02/15/20 06:29 AM
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Welcome to the General Discussion Room for the AB Forum Quarterly Recital #57!

Please use this room for any discussion of the pieces in Recital #57 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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Hello, Doris. You got the first slot, and a worthy offering from a young Chopin.
The complexities of this early piece may seem diminished by his latest offerings, but certainly put the fingers through it. there's so much to like here; a nice choice for anyone not wanting to get involved with his more ex/depressive works.
You offered a fine melody which flowed with the accompaniment nicely. maybe a little more light and shade, but I like your playing a lot and have done over the years. Nice work, nice piano!

AND I got the first comment in. That's a first . . .

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OMG Kevin, that's beautiful!!! Wow...

I will listen to all of the uploads soon, thank you for sharing and thank you Sam for your effort.

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#1. SwissMS- Nicely done there SwissMS! Still don't believe Chopin wrote this at 7. He's just trying to one up Mozart.
#2. JJHLH- The Gnossienne's are with out a doubt my favorite works by Satie. Thank you for playing it so well. smile It, as do so many of them, has such a mysterious quality and you captured it.
#3. PeterWS- Such a lovely, lively piece. I KNOW you are just waiting for us to hand you titles! "It seemed Like a Very Fine Day".

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Some comments at random...

01. SwissMS/Doris - Polonaise in G Minor

Very nicely played Doris - making Classical music delightful again - and your piano sounds great - also like your camera angle - somewhat abrupt ending to the piece, but it is what it is...


03. peterws - WHAT shall I call it??

Excellent execution on this inspiration Peter - this jaunts or trucks right along doesn't it? - could be background music for one of those David Attenborough nature documentaries - maybe the march of the relentless fire ants thru the jungle of Borneo, or some such...


John

"Difficulties deferred and challenges unmet will eventually return with a vengeance to bite one in the butt." (paraphrasing Chopin)
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Thanks Ido, I will need you bank account details so I can pay you for the praise.

I have just got back from a piano meet-up which was totally awesome, and have been listening to this recital while travelling back home and I have to say so far the overall impression is this recital feels like a step up in quality over previous ones. Did ABF members spend the Xmas/New Years break practising hard. If this continues the recital will need to have the word beginner removed but that will just make the forum name sound completely dodgy sounding.

I feel like I have overdosed on listening to a huge range of wonderful piano music today.

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01. SwissMS/Doris - Polonaise in G Minor

A sweet tune played with a nice touch and a good feel for the piece.

02. JJHLH - Gnossienne No 1

You have captured the haunting nature of this piece really well.

03. peterws - WHAT shall I call it??

Great stuff Peter. An interesting composition played well. If I was going to name for a season I feel it is more the energy of spring, rather than the languid feel I would think of for summer.

04. Sma55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Impromptu in Eb Major Op 90 No 2

I like the clarity of sound you give to the melody notes. I like it and sounds fun to play and that you enjoyed playing it.

05. Ido - Sonatina in F major, Op. 168 No. 1 Movement 3

What fun from the start. You have a nice touch and real feel for the piece.

06. Peyton - A Sad Journey

There is a poignant air to the piece, a sad journey feels like a good name for it. But it also doesn't lose itself in melancholy.

07. timmyab - Kinderscenen pieces 5-7

Feels like you have full command over these pieces, I know I would enjoy hearing you continue and complete the series.

08. Jazztpt - End of the summer

It really does capture that end of summer feel. I hope your health continues to improve so we can hear more of your compositions.

09. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Polonaise In G Minor, Op. Posth., B 1

A lovely choice of piece, I can see why you chose it. You feel play with what feels like the gaiety this pieces requires.

10. facdo - Wintertime II - Op.68 No.39

An ominous dark feeling to this piece, a great interpretation.

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Just listening to #30,31 out of sequence and this is me done for the day.

30. AssociateX (Liz) - Nocturne Op. 6 # 2

Thank you for selecting this Clara Schumann piece to play. You play it with such great character, I love the atmospheric effect you have give to it. Just wonderful.

31. winterflower - February Noodle

Fantastic noodling. Wish my noodling was up to this. I am sorry I am not up to providing proper feedback, just that I enjoyed it a lot.

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Re: Recital 57 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2947364 02/15/20 07:18 PM
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Another feast of fabulous piano offerings to savour; thank you in advance to all contributors for sharing their passion in these unique Recitals. A particular thank you to Sam, for holding everything together and doing the honours behind the scenes.

I’ve always tried to submit as early as possible, so that I can move on to my next challenge. But I pulled my entry at the last minute, when it became obvious that You-Know-Who smile would completely miss this party. I checked the entry list in the final hour or so, to see if anyone else had come forward and I’d sacrificed my #1 position unnecessarily. What surprised me was that entries were still arriving mere minutes before the deadline.

For obvious reasons, this time I’m arranging my comments from where I’m sitting, at the end.

48. QuasiUnaFantasia - Chanson triste Quasi, I noticed that you were actually uploading as the final seconds ticked by! I’m glad you made it - I really enjoyed the performance. I’m not familiar with this Chanson, so thank you for introducing it.

47. Harpon - Summertime This really highlights the spirit of the ABF Recitals: people showing honestly just where they are in their piano journey. The first steps are probably the hardest, as you gain experience. The best thing is that you’re on your way.
You didn’t leave yourself much time with your entry, so I’d love to hear it again when you’re happier with your performance.


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46. Sam S - "The Alcotts" from the Concord Sonata I can see why this piece means so much to you. What variety! Your C3 was really in its element, and your accompanying notes added to a rich and dramatic listening experience. Bravo!

45. tt368 - What Child is This (Arr. Melody Bober) An enjoyable arrangement of that beautiful traditional melody, and your performance did it justice. I’m glad you managed to get your first Recital entry in before the shutters went down!

44. Purrblast - Little Prelude in E minor (BWV 941) Short and sweet. Again, I’m glad you made it in time. Well done!


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I'm really enjoying all of the performances I'm listening to. Here's the first batch I've listened to. I'll eventually be hearing all of them. Stay tuned for more!

Carl (griffin2417)

01. SwissMS/Doris - Doris, I truly enjoyed the Polonaise in G Minor! Congratulations!

02. JJHLH, Eric Satie is one of my favorites. You did a very nice performance of Gnossienne. Very enjoyable to listen to.

03. Peter, I don’t know what to call it. However, I liked it for its liveliness. I just love the whole feel of your composition. It boosted my spirits.

04. Shepherd, I really enjoyed the Impromptu. I think you should be proud of your accomplishment!

05. Ido, that was a very nice performance of the Sonatina! I look forward to hearing more in the future.

06. Peyton - A beautiful composition, Peyton, and a lovely performance!

07. timmyab - Very nicely done, timmyab! Thanks!


Carl

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43. MarieJ - La Profondita del Buio After reading about the obstacles Sam faced with the score for his entry, I‘ll stop complaining about my challenges. I thought that keeping a steady, unusual beat throughout a four-minute piece, while simultaneously coping with jumps to and from tenths and trying not to lose my place on the sheets, was difficult! Now I see that it’s all relative.

I did submit this slightly prematurely, so it’s a bit rough, but then the future of the Recital was at stake … smile


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42. Sarvesh - Fusion and variation on Scherzo and Etude Welcome to our (possibly) youngest Adult Beginner. You’re doing really well for 9 months’ experience. Many of us here would love to have started when you did, and to have had a beautiful piano like yours. Keep up the good work!

41. joangolfing - Gavotte in G minor BWV 822 Lovely sensitive playing! Good that you had the Roland and could still participate despite being away from your grand. Don’t Recitals always seem to come around before we’re ready (but then, are we ever)?

40. lvojnovic - Prelude in b minor I’m not familiar wth this piece, and still don’t know who composed it (?) but I thoroughly enjoyed your submission. The pace seemed ideally suited. Well played, and I hope you are continuing to recover from your illness.


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Here's a few more.

08. Simply beautiful, Jazztpt! Thanks!

09. Thanks Dan! I enjoyed the Polonaise.

10. facdo - Very nice, Facdo. I am looking forward to hearing more


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46. Sam S - "The Alcotts" from the Concord Sonata
When I saw this on the list I listened to it first. I would just as soon have your version as the professional ones I have Sam, perhaps more in some ways; very enjoyable indeed. I like the piano music of "Charlie" very much, even if I cannot play it very well myself. What's next ? "Thoreau" would be accessible for you wouldn't it ?


"We shall always love the music of the masters, but they are all dead and now it's our turn." - Llewelyn Jones, my piano teacher
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39. selfishplayer - Waltz op64 no2 C# minor No such thing as ‘overplayed’. Every rendition is unique, and it’s a rare privilege to be able to compare versions from different players - or from the same player over time. It didn’t sound to me as if you were ‘in a not very willing mood’, this really took off!

38. barbaram - Op 49 No 2 2nd Mvt Tempo di Menuetto A sweet performance, you really made this movement sing. You have good reason to be happy with it.

37. Mosotti - Minuet in G Nicely-handled ornamentation and dynamics. I liked your clear touch.


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36. KevinM - Song Without Words 19.6 Venetianisches Gondollied Kevin both versions were beautiful; you must have worked extraordinarily hard to reach this level of achievement in such a short time since restarting. You certainly should be proud of both performances.

35. initK - Von Fremden Landern Und Menschen Op 15.No 1 (Of foreign lands and people) Yes, recording is horribly stressful, and a cell phone can be a bit underwhelming as far as sound quality goes. But I enjoyed your submission, and look forward to hearing it again one day, recorded on a more specialised device.

34. ThomasPiano - Say You Won't Let Go I’m in awe of anyone who can play by ear, as I can’t play a note without the sheet music in front of me. A polished arrangement and performance. What a lovely Valentine offering for your wife.


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33. Handyman - Empty Chairs at Empty Tables (from "Les Mis") John, I have to agree - ‘Les Mis’ is a string of musical gems, with ‘Empty Chairs’ shining among the brightest. That was a more complex arrangement than the one in the album that I have; you handled it very sensitively.

32. Piano_primo_1 - Menuet BWV Anhang 116 A fun piece which I really enjoyed. Loved your summary of experience - ‘self taught and lately impatient’. I can relate to that, although I’ve decided ‘self-directed learner’ is a more accurate description for me.

31. winterflower - February Noodle Sorry, Winterflower, I can’t noodle to save my life, so can’t offer any advice. I can offer appreciation, though - that was a gentle and relaxing piece to listen to. Thank you.


That’s it from me for a while, I'd like to keep listening but chores and piano practice are being neglected! smile


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02. JJHLH - Gnossienne No 1 It almost seems like the chords in the left hand are slightly rolled and it provides interesting texture. Great job!

18. PianogrlNW - Gnossienne No. 1 I very much liked the subtle use of dynamics and rubato. Fantastic!

20. JoBert - The Hobbit - Theme Having been a Tolkien fan, I gravitated towards listening to this piece in my first batch. I'm very impressed with the arrangement and how you brought it to life. Listening to it brought back many memories of the films and books. Superb job!

45. tt368 - What Child is This (Arr. Melody Bober) Excellent rendition and arrangement of the old english folk tune Greensleeves. My 9 year old daughter insists that Greensleeves was composed by Henry VIII. That is the rumor, although I very much doubt that it is true.

46. Sam S - "The Alcotts" from the Concord Sonata This is a really spectacular piano sonata (my favorite movement is Hawthorne). It's so 20th century and so American. I knew you were a pretty good pianist, but I'm really impressied to hear a movement from this sonata. I know we have a lot of variety in the ABF recitals, but I was never expecting to hear something from this sonata, so I'm quite pleasantly suprised. Bravo!

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30. AssociateX (Liz) - Nocturne Op. 6 # 2 That was really beautiful, Liz, ‘enjoyable’ is an understatement! Probably because I grew up when phones had only one function and were attached permanently to the wall, the ability of the new phones to capture such clear video and sound is astonishing. (Have you ever recorded with a dedicated mike, just for comparison?)

29. Peter Hontaru - Your Song A pleasant arrangement, played very confidently, with a good jazzy swing - great work. And congratulations on achieving such a terrific result in only two attempts, that would be beyond me! I just noticed that this was another phone recording - it seems as if this method is overtaking Zooms and similar in popularity.

28. Jason Lenthe - Sonata in C Major (K545), 1st movement Clarity and purity in spades, and the trills were amazing to a mere mortal like me. A simply delightful performance, Jason, as the bewigged aristocrats would agree. Bravo!


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