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Svatoslav Richters recording of the Schumann Toccata is stunning, almost hypnotic. I heard it for the first time when I was quite young and I promised myself never to even
dream of playing it.

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Just found this and enjoyed the performance with her accentuations. Certainly different than one usually hears.

https://youtu.be/0zLkQ2ECsB8

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Originally Posted by kbrod1
Just found this and enjoyed the performance with her accentuations. Certainly different than one usually hears.

https://youtu.be/0zLkQ2ECsB8

The accents are all as notated. I really like this performance. I've been a big admirer of Daneshpour since her Cliburn 2013 run.


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Status update: 5 months of practice in, I can only barely manage 102-104 ish with mistakes. This piece is much harder than I thought smirk The 4th page from the end or so is just a nightmare.

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Originally Posted by trigalg693
Status update: 5 months of practice in, I can only barely manage 102-104 ish with mistakes. This piece is much harder than I thought smirk The 4th page from the end or so is just a nightmare.

I was wondering how things were going with you. I've been invited to play it as part of a recital program in DC on February. I plan to also include the Scarlatti Toccata/Sonata K.141, among other things, you know, just to keep it real. Probably a bit reckless to commit to the Prokofiev, but I think it's the only way I'm going to overcome COVID-19 lockdown lethargy and do some proper practice.

Fourth page from the end is a bugger times two. I keep trying new fingerings, which fix one problem but then create others elsewhere. Some of it can be fudged, but a lot can't, especially if you're going light on sustaining pedal, which I am. I'm shooting for 100 as my goal. I can get through it at around 80 with few mistakes, though of course the last 20 bpm are going to be a bear. One of my problems is that sometimes when I play it through I just stop for no real reason. It's like muscle memory and intellectual memory both fail simultaneously. It doesn't only happen in the difficult bits. I'm still trying to figure out what's going on so I can fix it somehow.

Hang in there my Op. 11 friend!


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Originally Posted by SiFi
While I'm not a great fan of Yuja, there's just something irresistible about the video she recorded at the Steinway factory in Astoria, and the performance isn't too bad either. in spite of the "trademark dresses, significant stiletto booties, Gucci fur stole, and wrist warmers", I don't think this is just a stunt, because she plays all the right notes in the right order.

No, I can't play it, but thank you for posting the video link. I heard this piece on the radio decades ago, and I knew it was by Prokofiev, and every once in a while I would think to myself, "I should try to find that piece". So I was browsing the forum today and saw this thread and there it was! That made my day. smile

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I personally would take the climax and decide the tempo from that melody. Because it feels like it doesn't have to be super fast to show that melody in the right hand. You know, imagine singing it. but obviously its a show off piece.


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