Although I got no replies I thought I would put an update on how my recital went
I have never played a solo recital on this scale before so it was pretty nerve racking. The first piece I played was the one I was most confident with and I couldn't believe what happened to it, it completely fell apart it was literally almost incoherent. I didn't even feel like I was in the room when I was playing it was extremely emberassing.
Then I walked out shaked out a bit and played the Beethoven Sonata. It went much much better than I had expected, sure I had a few blips every once in a while but the recording of it that I got made me feel like they were really insignificant even though they felt like a big deal at the time.
I ended the first half with the very showy Rachmaninoff. I've been playing this one for probably 2 years in performances and so I hadn't worked on it for a while just played through it everyday for the months before my recital. Then the week of my recital it fell apart, I couldn't handle it anymore. I ended up having to fake quite a bit of it techinically, however on the recording again except for a few semi-major blips it sounded pretty good, I was happily surprised.
Then I opened the second half with another Bach Prelude and Fugue still some more blips but nothing to be too worried about, it actually came out pretty well.
Then I had to play the Scherzo, it's the newest piece I have and not quite polished as well as I would like. But all in all I think it came out pretty well for how new it was. My nocturne was next... I always play this one well but it just didn't feel as great as usual oh well...
Finally I played the Prokofiev Toccata, that was some unfortunate programing
I was sooo tired by that point I didn't think I could play it still. It came out a lot better than I thought it would though, but mentally I was so exhausted that at the easiest part(besides the repeated note section) of the piece fell apart. I forgot what was coming and it made a pretty major stop. It was a pretty disappointing beginning and end
There was about 100 people there, I was really surprised. The recital hall holds 100 people and there were only a couple seats still open. I was really happy with the turn out.
All in all although there were some really major problems I was pretty happy with it because the pieces I knew were going to go bad went well. And everyone really liked it. I don't have half as much experience as I should because of the small amount of time I've been studying so I still have a lot to learn, but I've performed literally hundreds of times since I've been in college so I've been trying to catch up. I think I learned a lot from the experience and that's what's most important! The next solo recital I do will be really good!
I do have really good quality recordings of the recital though so if I can find a place to host them I'll post the few that were ok :rolleyes:
I played in a pretty nice recital hall on a Shigeru Kawai Concert Grand. My school is like the main "Shigeru Kawai" school or something. So they shell out massive amounts of money for these pianos that are really nice but too expensive
I would take a steinway D any day, this piano I played on was about 140k dollars
Ok I'm done rambling!
Thanks for reading!