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Started learning this a week ago, so maybe there are still things that I can polish. Currently playing it from the score rather than from memory and that usually disrupts the natural flow a bit.
Anyway, I’ve intentionally not listened to any other recordings until now since I wanted to avoid being influenced by others 😀 Well, it turns out almost all of them, except from one by Soyeon Kate Lee (still slightly faster than mine), play it faster than me. It’s marked as Allegretto and I realize a faster tempo might be more fitting to that designation indeed, however I discovered that many beautiful passages and rhythms get blurred with a faster tempo. It’s a nocturne after all. I’m not saying I reject how famous pianists play this nocturne 🤣 But I still stand behind mine and wouldn’t change the tempo.
Let me know what you think? I’m self-taught and never had any teachers, so any feedback is welcome 🤝
Funny, turned out I had a recording of this nocturne in my Apple Music library that I never listened: by Boris Bekhterev and he plays it in a similar tempo as mine, so all is not lost 😀 That guy is fantastic! His rendition is the absolute perfection, it’s probably what I wanted to play and had in my head but couldn’t quite realize. At least I’m glad I’m not the only one not rushing this nocturne.
What a beautiful piece of music and beautifully played—- I am so glad you shared 😊
"Music, rich, full of feeling, not soulless, is like a crystal on which the sun falls and brings forth from it a whole rainbow" - F. Chopin "I never dreamt with my own two hands I could touch the sky" - Sappho
This is one of many little-known Scriabin works that I mostly know only thru the Michael Ponti complete-Scriabin set that I bought in the mid-70's and listened to until I practically wore out the LPs (fortunately they reissued it on CD). Ponti does take it somewhat faster, at about 60 for the "A" section. Then in the "con anima" middle section, he quickens to 72 (in general, Ponti is not shy about playing pretty fast tempos in the Scriabin set). I think your tempo works just fine, and all the better to savor that nice singing tone and tapered phrases of yours. And I wish my Yamaha sounded as good as yours!
Thank you, scriabinfanatic! Your opinion is really important to me and TBH I hoped that you would listen to my recording and give me feedback, the way you did the last time I have gradually turned into a scriabinfanatic2 for the last year and can't get enough of Scriabin. There are some real gems in most of his output but I'm especially fond of some of his more obscure early pieces like this one. They are rarely recorded probably because they are too Chopinesque but I still find hints of the late Scriabin in them.
^ babama, I’ve gone through that list so many times in order to create my own ordered playlist of his complete oeuvre in Apple Music and I constantly update it with performances I find and like more than the previous one. I’ve meticulously listened to that playlist in its entirety so many times! Blame it on my OCD-ish nature 😀 And yes, I love that impromptu too! I’m so lucky to have discovered and explored Scriabin relatively late, at a moment when I thought I was fairly familiar with most of classical music, and have already established my tastes and love for music and would have never imagined I would experience such a thrill with a “new” composer ❤️