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Woah! Everything this time is Pro! Why did I submit again? :P. Hmm very nicely done guys. I've commented on a few songs that I know and have heard before. I'll listen to the others, listen to the original as well and then comment. But Kudos to Monika and others who keep the recitals running! Very very good job and I'm very grateful to you guys.

04. TrueBeginner - Somewhere
Dude! Change your name to TheAwesomeComposer! Such amazing and clear compositions! Nice work and keep it coming. It would be amazing if you shared any form, so we can learn as well!

06. Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie
Is it meant to be played at f? Because I did not get the "sad feeling". It was a flowing piece though and nice work! The Piano sounds amazing!

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen
Such a intresting piece laugh! I love pieces like this. Very nice presentation!

08. Strings & Wood/CarlMc - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Oh! Brilliant! *adds this song to the "todo" list! Very softly played, and very nicely kept the emotion intact!

11. mahlzeit - Recital 18
Haha! Even I got a Deja Vu effect at parts of your song, but couldnt figure out where I had heard! But the overall song was very entertaining! Nice work!

17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on
This was very good! No mistakes at all! :P :P.. I'm kidding laugh.. Ofc I think I goofed up the emotion in the third transposed para! frown

23. bluekeys - When You Say Nothing At All
Holy! Thats one of my favorite songs! And the C1 sounds absolutely gorgeous! I have a feeling that the song would be a lot better with arpeggios on the LH! Chords seem a lil staccato! But otherwise, very well played!

29. AnthonyB - Indaco
You are someone who "gets" the subtle variations in the song! I have no idea how you do it! Well congratz again and keep it coming! You and so many other are a inspiration to budding "Einuadists".

32. Serge88 - My Heart Will Go On
Very well done Serge! I was super scared when I found that a very experienced person is playing the same peice as me! And it shows. While I tried to follow notes, you've played it from your heart! Keep it coming

43. Always Wanted to Play Piano - Le Onde
Very well attempted! I dint like the metalic tone on the RH! Its just a personal thing though! And I think the most important thing while playing a Enuadi is to maintain the feeling! And you almost did it! I would say that record more, hear it and try to capture that feeling completely. You should be a blast in the live recital! laugh

45. Moscheles001 - Minuet in D Minor (to do)
Nicely done! But too short! frown We want more!!!
Another terrific recital!! You'd think with my ability to take advantage of my admin privileges and cheat like crazy, I'd have all my comments done ahead of time. Alas, I only able to jot down reactions to only the first 12, although I have in fact listened (and enjoyed greatly) all of them. More to follow in the next few days.

01 – Dannylux: What a lovely dreamy piece! I think I like this prelude of Bortkiewicz’s better than the one you played last time. The beginning sounds very modern and slow jazzy, actually. A perfect way to start the recital.

02 – Manndrew: I don’t think there’s such a thing as an “easy” Jarrett transcription. I’m impressed that you’re able to play this! It has a nice playful quality to it. I enjoyed it a lot.

03 – b528nf7 (Bill): This was terrific! It may be heretical, but I think I like your version even better than Elton’s, which I always thought had a vocal that was too nasal for my liking.

04 – TrueBeginner: You have such a knack at writing bittersweet melodies. Reminiscent of a Clayderman melody.

05 – BenPiano: What a pretty melody. And such a sad story about Fragoso dying so early. Your progress at less than a year of piano, incidentally, is amazing!

06 – SuperHunky: You always inspire me with your pieces, hunky, and this one is no exception. You played this wonderfully and with great expression. Your Mason (of course) sounds terrific, and that last bass note...just wow! <shivers>

07 – tdvance: If you hadn’t told us the loud section was slower than intended, I wouldn’t have noticed; it sure seemed to flow well as is. I bet those loud chords are fun to play! Excellent job...this seems like a very demanding piece especially considering the length of it. That last part around the 7:00 mark with the cascading chords... wow

08 – String & Woods: Oh, I like this arrangement a lot. Very delicate and floating. I think I like the song better as a piano solo, in fact. My hubby’s a big Bryan Adams fan, so maybe I should learn this for him on our anniversary...

09 – John Frank: This may be Lanz’s most tender and romantic piano solo. I really liked the opening (high treble) section; you did a great job of conveying the tenderness there.

10 – Riddler: I don’t know my Dorian modes from my Dorian Grays, but I do know that I found myself tapping my foot and nodding my head to your playing. Quite enjoyable!

11 – Mahlzeit: This is jazzier and mellower than your usual compositions, mahlzeit, but just as nice. I think I’d be deliriously happy if I ever came up with something half as good as you’re able rattle off in an afternoon. I liked that emphatic bass note in the ending.

12 – Ken.: Congratulations for branching off and trying something new! I could definitely hear the stride piano influence.
01 dannylux / Mel = Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8, Sergei Bortkowicz
Mel, that is an appropriately passionate performance. Bravo! What a way to begin a recital!

02 Manndrew (Andy) - My Song, Keith Jarrett
Andy, what a magnificent performance! I was not aware of this piece before you played it, so I have nothing to compare it to. I will say, though, that I cannot imagine it sounding better than this. Simply superb!

03 b528nf7 (Bill) - Your Song, Elton John / Bernie Taupin
Bill, this is a really nice Elton John cover. One of my favorites of his, by the way. I really enjoy the way you accompanied yourself - what a way to fill out a fakebook melody!

04 TrueBeginner = Somewhere
That is a very pretty new piece. Well done! Yes, I like it.

05 BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1, Kuhlau
Excellent! I've always liked this little sonatina, and you play it marvelously with just the right expressiveness and touch. Love it!

06 Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows, James Horner
I've not heard this one before. I must say that your performance is outstanding. An excellent performance (on a beautiful instrument).

07 tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Edvard Grieg
Todd, you are to be admired for tackling this difficult piece. Yes, your version is a bit slower than usual, but very expressive. Outstanding dynamics and a delicate touch where it is called for. Very enjoyable.

08 Strings & Wood / CarlMc - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, Bryan Adams, Robert Lange & Michael Kamen
A few years back this was my wife's favorite song, so I heard it so many times that I grew quite sick of it in spite of its inherent beauty. That's been awhile, so now I can appreciate it better. your performance is emotional and lush. Great job!

09 John Frank - Return to the Heart, David Lanz
Delicately beautiful and delicious.

10 Riddler {Ed} - Impressions, John Coltrane
Coltrane - what's not to like? A great job on this classic jazz piece. I can't say much for your drummer, but I like that bass track. grin

11 mahlzeit - Recital 18
Yes, I think I've heard this somewhere before - or parts of it anyway. An enjoyable piece well done.

12 Ken. - Ask Me Now, Thelonious Monk
This piece is an old favorite of mine. I like what you've done with it.

More later . . .


Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/15/10 04:27 AM
32. Serge 88 - My Heart Will Go On - what nice expression, and very assured. Nice piece to start with for me.

37. Monica K. - Golden Fly One I thought sometimes you must have three hands laugh You did a great job with the relentless 1/16ths and bringing out the melody over them, and I love the ending, too - the coming to rest.

42. Mark... - Nocturne Whoa! You've made one of those leaps you talk about - what's your name for them? I forget. But this was terrific - it sort of takes up right where that wonderful arpeggio was in your last piece and just drives right on from there. Thumbs up.

46. ddh - Daniel - Strawberry Fields Forever Seeing what your lunch was you obviously had fruit on your mind today smile Congratulations on coming back to this and nearly nailing it (I'd say you did nail it, but you claim to have more work to do). Really well done.

50. DragonPianoPlayer - Invention No 1 I like a lot. The ending was really satisfied/triumphant - cool.

53. CMohr - Somewhere Over the Rainbow wow, you're first arrangement from a lead sheet! Like a pro, my dear, like a pro. This is such a classic tune and you did it justice. It's funny, my brother just sent me a link today to a guitar rendition that was really cool, too - Jeff Beck is the guitarist's name. I hadn't heard of him before (ignorance is my middle name) but I ended up listening to several of his pieces. Coincidences smile

55. Alexdreamer - Mazurka N.2, Op. 7 Nice, lively music. Finding the mistake is the puzzle of the day? Because I couldn't find it frown Well done, and after listening I'm more sure than ever you made the right choice of recordings.

More as I get to them -

Cathy
13 flyingfroggy - Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1, Chopin
yes, this is one of my favorites from Chopin as well. Excellent interpretation. I quite enjoyed this.

14 Edtek - Johnson Rag, Hall & Kleinhauf
A really fun old piece. I like your version of it even though it's a bit too short. Always leave 'em wanting more, as they say.

15 Sam Smith - Song Without Words Op. 19/6, Mendelssohn
This is definitely not clumsy or life threatening. It's quite nice to listen to.

16 ladypayne - Colors of the Wind, Alan Menken / Stephen Schwartz
This is such a beautiful song you really should slow it down just a bit. You really were in a hurry to catch that plane, weren't you? That having been said, your dynamics here are quite effective. You picked up the song's inherent emotion quite nicely.

17 Mohan Karthik - My Heart Will Go On, James Horner & Will Jennings
A very nice interpretation of this moving piece, Mohan. The song is gorgeous - Celine Dion I can live without. Very nice!

18 ten left thumbs aka Laura - Five Stars, Peter Friesen
A very pretty piece that I have not heard before. Well done!

19 Frozenicicles - Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello", Chopin
A challenging piece indeed. Nicely done, FI. You played it with emotion, and your dynamics are spot-on.

20 joangolfing - Italian Concerto (Andante Movement), Bach
Quite enjoyable!

I shall stop here for tonight. I'm becoming quite sleepy.

Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/15/10 05:15 AM
26. TX-Dennis - Reflection Your usual classic styling. I listened twice. You did a great job.

21. Home in My Shoes - Op. 30 No. 6 Very well done. I suspect it won't take your son long to like Mendelssohn with this to listen to smile

15. Sam Smith - Song Without Words You seem to be one of the founders of the Mendelssohn revival on the ABF. I like the music you make, whether on harpsichord or piano. Very nice.

10. Riddler - Impressions I knew my foot would be tapping smile Another keeper.

And I'm too pooped for any more tonight, but I think we've got another successful recital.

Cathy
Posted By: BenPiano Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/15/10 05:19 AM
01. dannylux / Mel - Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8
I've only been around for the last recital and this one, and they both have opened with absolutely amazing performances. This was a real treat - beautifully played and nice to listen to. Thanks for opening this recital with an amazing performance!

02. Manndrew (Andy) - My Song
Beautiful piece, well played!

03. b528nf7 (Bill) - Your Song
Left a comment on Y.T. smile

04. TrueBeginner - Somewhere
Very pretty, thanks for sharing! smile

05. BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1
Since no one else is reading this, might I say here that your unshaved beard is hunky? Not super-hunky, but just kinda-sorta-hunky , if maybe a little. Well, actually, just shave it off. Oh, and by the way, get a teacher.

06. Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie
Oh, the memories. My wife and I saw this when we were dating. Now if there is such a thing as super-hunky, it's the performers in this movie. Not the actors, but the writers of the score, and also, those that perform the music. Well done on a super-hunky piece!

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen
Wow, this was an epic piece! Well done! I'm assuming you had all that memorized? smile Now, as for that discord at the end of the piece. I'm assuming that the composer was visualizing the bride falling into the pond like that video on you tube, or that the bride and groom just had the realization that they had just been married and ... smile
01. dannylux / Mel - Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8
I really enjoyed this, and your careful analysis of it brings it to life. You brought out the melody quite well. This is hard for me to tell since you’re using a digital instrument, but your tone sounded a bit percussive at times. Remember not to bash into the keybed and aim for a more rounded and rich tone. I love the emotion that you infused into your playing.

02. Manndrew (Andy) - My Song
Thanks for sharing your playing. I’m not familiar with Keith Jarrett’s style so I can’t give much technical feedback, but sometimes the rhythm sounded a tiny bit off at certain parts. This makes for really relaxing background music. I can just feel my blood pressure dropping.

03. b528nf7 (Bill) - Your Song
Very heartfelt singing and playing. I’m too much of a klutz to sing and play at the same time. Do you get your hands mostly on automatic pilot when you play?

04. TrueBeginner - Somewhere
I think you need to change your display name to NotTrueBeginner. wink You’ve written a very lyrical melody. You could try quieting the accompaniment even more. I like the loose theme and variations structure that you have going on. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

05. BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1
Another great job, Ben! You have a great clear touch and a knack for classical and baroque era music. Try adding more dynamics and phrasing to give it that extra kick.

06. Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie
I enjoyed your lovely playing. Your piano sounds great! That bass chord at the end was wonderful. You did a great job bringing out the melody but there were a few sections where the accompaniment could be even quieter.

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen
You’ve made a great start on this. I think the chords could use a bit more voicing and a rounder sound. I like the character you give to the piece.

08. Strings & Wood/CarlMc - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Lovely playing! Be careful that you don’t ‘bump’ the resolutions to your phrases. Since much the piece is very repetitive, you can try adding even more dynamics and rubato.

09. John Frank - Return to the Heart
Great performance. It doesn’t sound simplified at all. Sometimes it sounded like you were jumping the gun a little with the rhythm. Be careful that you keep the melody lyrical and not too percussive. I love the contrasting dynamics.

10. Riddler (Ed) - Impressions
Whoa, this is certainly a nice contrast to all the New Age stuff. I think the drum beats could be turned down in volume a bit since it’s kind of drowning out the piano. Your playing is nice and smooth. Thanks for your submission.
01. dannylux / Mel - Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8

Mel - very professionally played - excellent pacing & dynamics - never heard this piece before but it does sound "modernish" and listenable - for that matter never heard of Bortkiewicz either (and not sure how to pronounce his name) but would be interested in hearing more of his "stuff". Thanks for the detailed analysis.

02. Manndrew (Andy) - My Song

Andy - Interesting piece very well played - always find Jarrett's works intriguing and somewhat "challenging" - nicely done!

03. b528nf7 (Bill) - Your Song

Bill - very nice, heartfelt cover of my favorite John song - whenever I hear this on the radio I always stop what I'm doing and listen to the lyrics and get into the sweet feel of this Rock classic - thanks for giving it new life here in the Recital.

04. TrueBeginner - Somewhere

TB - one of your prettiest yet - lovely and nostalgic - your creative abilities seem boundless!

05. BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1

Ben - good, light, easy touch on the delicately entertaining work - nicely done.

06. Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie

SH - I remember the movie, but not the music - this is a lovely theme beautifully played - you've got a wonderful touch on pieces like this - reminds me just a little of a David Lanz-like composition.

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen

Todd - marvellous playing on an amazing piece of music - extremely well done thumb

08. Strings & Wood/CarlMc - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You

CarlMc - good job on this soft-rock hit - very nicely played - fine job at bringing out the melody.

09. John Frank - Return to the Heart

JF - somewhat respectable job overall - needed slightly better pacing and perhaps a more delicate touch with the melody line - you also need a baby grand instead of a cheesey digital - but whatever possessed you to "re-arrange" an already "simplified" version of this outstanding piece? - that seems like a strange thing to do - next thing you know you'll be playing an Einaudi piece or something equally inexplicable! laugh

10. Riddler (Ed) - Impressions

Ed - enjoyed this much - my "impressions" were that you have great taste in the material you select and great skill in how you execute it - a jazz offering at the most litenable level thumb

More to follow...

JF

Thanks, Mohan. I actually wanted to submit the Bach C minor Invention, but I just got so nervous recording myself that I settled for a shorter piece. I've never played for so large an audience before. The worst part is, I can't use the excuse, "It sounded so much better at home"!
01. dannylux / Mel - Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8
Never heard this one before. The beginning is different (looks almost like a jazz song), but the progression is clear and well built . I loved the climax ! You managed the dissonances well.

02. Manndrew (Andy) - My Song
I have only head the Kohln Concert from Jarret but this is different. A very relaxing piece. You did well.

03. b528nf7 (Bill) - Your Song
Very personal song. The piano accompaniement is cute.

04. TrueBeginner - Somewhere
A simple melody, enticing at first and that does not lose its interest until the end. Soo New Age smile

05. BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1
Impressive for less than one year of playing ! Loved the positive energy which go out of it. Add some dynamics and it will be just awesome.

06. Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie Unknow piece but you made an amazing interpretation. The melodies are very clear and yet don't hinder one other. Plus, I love the sound of your piano !

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen
You managed this long (!) piece well. Only 3 mistakes, that's more than honorable. I liked the second part of the piece : it was well done.

08. Strings & Wood/CarlMc - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Nice rendition. You managed the dynamics well and it makes it a peaceful alternative to the song. You should play it at bar, I'm sure you will get a round of applause !

09. John Frank - Return to the Heart
The structure looks quite simple but you played it with enough dynamics so it ain't boring wink Nice job !

10. Riddler (Ed) - Impressions
The piano part was catchy ! However the drums at the beginning were a little bit too present for my taste. Overall, loved it smile

Probably take a few days to get through this, but it's all very enjoyable everyone.

1 dannylux / Mel - Prelude in D flat Op. 33 No. 8
In the beginning it really wasn't what I was expecting at all and then the wicz came in. Wonderful playing dannylux / Mel. Wonderful indeed. Nostalgic is a good way to describe it.

2 Manndrew (Andy) - My Song
Eisenhower, eh? It is a very nice arrangement and some great playing.

3 b528nf7 (Bill) - Your Song
Thanks for giving me a big smile this morning to go along with my coffee.

4 TrueBeginner - Somewhere
Our resident new age composer is still churning out the compositions. Very impressed with how far you've progressed in such a short time.

5 BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55 No. 1
Good old Kuhlau. Good plan on the practice time. Thanks for sharing this. Bright and cheerful.

6 Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows
I love the way you describe your piano. Now I want to go see the movie to match this up.

7 tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen
2.5 years plus 15 months does not add up to this. Even at half-tempo in some places, that is a gigantic endeavor. smile

8 Strings & Wood/CarlMc - Everything I Do
My Canadian heritage makes me loathe all things Bryan, Celine, or Nickelback -- understand the Canadian Content requirements by the CRTC and people will understand. But, mmmm, tacos made me listen and the playing was very nice.

9 John Frank - Return to the Heart
A beautiful melody. Thanks for sharing this.

10 Riddler (Ed) - Impressions
Lots of information in your description. Nicely played. I always enjoy listening to your submissions.

yeah, that will explain the discord... no, not memorized completely, just the worst parts and around page turns.
01. dannylux / Mel - Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8
Mel, nice kick off. It's cold and cloudy outside but my coffee is warm and this piece has warmed me as well. It is a lovely piece that seduces you into tranquilness. I very much enjoyed the moment.

02. Manndrew (Andy) - My Song
I am not familiar with this one, but sounds as if there are lots of color and layers going on. The first part of the piece seems to wander a bit to me, but then, it seems to find direction. I enjoyed the second half better. Nice job! BTW, I like your "experience" description.

03. b528nf7 (Bill) - Your Song
Bill, you must be hanging out in that "bar" quite a bit. Your piano playing is outstanding. I always enjoy your vocals, but I think on this one, the piano gets the applause. Very nice thumb

04. TrueBeginner - Somewhere
TB, this might well be my favorite submission of yours.

05. BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1
Ben, That was just delightful. Loved it! Had me smiling in no time. Thank You!

06. Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie
I remember the movie well. Some of the most fond memories of a good movie is the music score. I could not help but return to the scene as you played. Well done MSH.

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen
Todd, very nice job with this grand piece! Your play kept drawing me into the piece.

09. John Frank - Return to the Heart
John, very pleasant listening to this, thank you!


10. Riddler (Ed) - Impressions
Ed, I like it! Impossible to sit still while listening to this... it even makes me type on beat and with hands swiping at non-existent symbols, oh wait! I have to go rewind so I can finish... Ok, this music seems to bounce and take odd twist and turns within my head. I wonder why it demands the body to respond? Anyway, cool man!


Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/15/10 04:53 PM
01. dannylux / Mel - Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8 Beautiful prelude. You made this sound as if you've played it all your life. You have a really nice touch. I loved it - a great opening to the recital!

02. Manndrew (Andy) - My Song Wow! You made this complex piece sound effortless. I can only imagine how difficult a Jarrett transcription is to learn and play so well. I really enjoyed this!

03. b528nf7 (Bill) - Your Song You certainly made "Your Song" yours! I truly enjoyed your version - such a well known and loved popular song and you've made it better.

04. TrueBeginner - Somewhere I am still in awe of your compositions! I liked it very much - flowing, soothing - it didn't seem like 3+ mins. to me, I was wanting more.

05. BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1 Holy moly, man - very nicely played! Your enjoyment shines through in your wonderful playing. (I know you said no feedback necessary, but it's so well done, I couldn't help myself.) smile

06. Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie You always seem to choose such wonderfully emotional pieces and play them pretty wonderfully, too! Love that last note! I, along with just about everyone else, just love the sound of your piano.

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen Very well played - not an easy piece by any stretch! I have a soft spot for this piece - my best friend in college used to play this all the time - she was always trying to get me to learn it - never did. I think you did a commendable job especially on such a long piece. A couple noticeable mistakes, just try to play through them.

08. Strings & Wood/CarlMc - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You You have such a nice, delicate touch that's perfect for this song. I really like this version - it's a keeper!

09. John Frank - Return to the Heart I'm really liking this Lanz guy. You've put some very nice feeling into this piece, JF! I like this tremendously.


10. Riddler (Ed) - Impressions Love the Coltrane! I'm awed yet again. Wow, this is definitely road-trip music! Very well played - this is pro - very cool! cool

11. mahlzeit - Recital 18 A quickie?! Wonderful piece. You're absolutely a real talent - I loved it!
21 HomeInMyShoes - Op. 30 No. 6 (Venetian Boat Song), Mendelssohn
This is such a beautiful piece (and quite challenging). Your version sings. I'm not a purist - it sounds wonderful to my ears.

22 Coldsalmon - Aria from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, Bach
Lovely! Perhaps a tad heavy on the reverb - it sounds as though it were being played in a large empty hall. Beautiful job.

23 bluekeys - When You Say Nothing at All, Paul Overstreet & Don Schlitz
I do not remember the piece, but it sounds wonderful. You managed a nice singing quality in the melody. Great job.

24 pianonewb - Because He Lives, Bill Gaither
I've been looking forward to this one. It's one of the pieces I used to play back before I quit about 25 years ago. I am not disappointed, either. I think the vocal should have been a bit louder or the piano a bit quieter. At times it's difficult to hear your singing - BUT this is a piano recital, not a vocal one. grin I am impressed with your accompaniment. Very nice job especially considering the short time you've been doing this. Very enjoyable (and moving).

25 Peyton - Babbleon
Man, you show some serious "chops" on this. Outstanding! You are a tough act to follow, I must say.

26 TX-Dennis - Reflection, Matthew Wilder & David Zippel
Could be better, old sod.

27 Another Schmoe - Memories of Green, Vangelis
A very wistful and melancholic piece. Well done. I think what you did with this is perfect. The chorus effect, which I generally dislike, fits this piece "like a glove." You (and the composer) have painted a picture with the music - in a post apocalyptic landscape, I can still remember when there was green.

28 Augustina - Fur Elise, Beethoven
Nice job. I don't care how often thist is derided as a "beginner's piece", I still find the second and third sections quite difficult to play smoothly. You managed pretty well for the most part.

29 AnthonyB - Indaco, Ludovico Einaudi
I'm unfamiliar with this piece, Anthony. I think, though, that I like it. It is hauntingly beautiful, or perhaps it's just your playing. Wonderful performance!

That's all the time I have for now . . .

Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/15/10 06:28 PM
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53. CMohr - Somewhere Over the Rainbow wow, you're first arrangement from a lead sheet! Like a pro, my dear, like a pro. This is such a classic tune and you did it justice. It's funny, my brother just sent me a link today to a guitar rendition that was really cool, too - Jeff Beck is the guitarist's name. I hadn't heard of him before (ignorance is my middle name) but I ended up listening to several of his pieces. Coincidences smile


Cathy, Thank you so much! Really,[Linked Image]
You've made my weekend!
Posted By: epf Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/15/10 06:44 PM
Here's my first batch of comments:

01. dannylux / Mel - Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8 Very well played!

02. Manndrew (Andy) - My Song An interesting challenge! Well met!

03. b528nf7 (Bill) - Your Song Nice accompaniment, well played.

04. TrueBeginner - Somewhere Very nice delicate touch -- well done!

05. BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1 Very pretty -- good job!

06. Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie This was very well played, and the piano sounds great!

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen Decidedly good effort (and who's counting slips?).

08. Strings & Wood/CarlMc - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You Very nice delicate touch, good use of pedal, nice feel for the music. Well done!

09. John Frank - Return to the Heart I don't know this piece, but you played it with confidence. You brought out the inner voices nicely.

10. Riddler (Ed) - Impressions Very nice!

More to follow...

Ed
Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/15/10 06:55 PM
59. TTigg - La Nascita I loved this. Nice movement throughout.

54. casinitaly - Lilla Beautiful music.

51. epf - Dill Pickle Rag I love it! Jaunty - great tempo. I like the bass line, too.

48. Copper - A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes Oh how nice! I sang along. Very tenderly played, perfect for this song.

41. Mike White - Fanfare for the Common Man This was so cool. A great piece of music - and you translated the feel to the piano really well.

36. pianofossil - Waltz in A minor Nice waltz. I had dancers in my head.

31. Jazzwee - Very Early Very pleasant, laid-back listening. You made it sound easy smile

Cathy
11. mahlzeit - Recital 18
Well done, there was influence there and I couldn't put my finger on it, but some great chords!

12. Ken. - Ask Me Now
Good job Ken! That stool does need a bit of lubricant laugh


13. flyingfroggy - Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1
This is one of my favorites as well. I hope to one day to have this in my hand. Your interpretation was spot on for me and very close to being polished squeaky clean. Very well done!
And from one Schimmel person to another- you have the perfect instrument for Chopin.

14. Edtek - Johnson Rag
Short but fun!

15. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Op. 19/6
Sam good pacing and flow, there were a couple of aggressive cords, that may have rocked the boat a bit, but overall...smooth sailing and an enjoyable trip!

16. ladypayne - Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas
A little bit rushed on some of the phrasing, but then you did have a plane to catch smile I did have to smile (just a little) at the conjured mental image.

17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on
This is a favorite one for me. I always enjoy listening to it and this was no exception. Thank you!

18. ten left thumbs aka Laura - Five Stars
Nice job with the improvisation. I am terrible with it. If start to think about what I am doing or where I am going- I am dead in the water. I guess it takes a lot of "doing". I think you are off to a good start.

19. Frozenicicles - Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello"
Technically difficult, challenging, requiring great sensitivity and bold expression... very well done- I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/15/10 07:32 PM
29. AnthonyB - Indaco Very comtemplative. Nice job bringing out the melody with the quiet but present left hand. I am always impressed with your musicality and skills.

25. Peyton - Babbleon This is just such a cool piece. It's a keeper.

20. joangolfing - Italian Concerto How neat to play this piece for us in installments. I'm impressed with what you can play - it's way beyond me.

14. Edtek - Johnson Rag Put a grin on my face smile . Just the right kind of energy.

9. John Frank - Return to the Heart Very nice. The recitals really are a record of the progress you are making. Keep it up smile

5. BenPiano - Sonatina Lively and charming, and well-played.

Cathy
11. mahlzeit - Recital 18
Very nice! It has a nice jazzy sound to it. The melody sounds a little familiar to me also, but it’s different enough that I can’t place it.

12. Ken. - Ask Me Now
I really enjoyed listening to this. You and your teacher’s embellishments blended seamlessly into the piece, because I can’t tell where they are. Great job!

13. flyingfroggy - Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1
I like the tempo and phrasing that you’ve chosen. You brought out the melody very well over the murmuring left hand. I have a hard time making slower Chopin pieces sound heartfelt and natural, but you have a flair for it. Thanks for sharing!

14. Edtek - Johnson Rag
This was very smoothly played! You kept the rag rhythm very well.

15. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Op. 19/6
You played with a lot of grace and emotion. Try making the left hand even softer and voicing the tops of the chords more to make it more songlike. Great job!

16. ladypayne - Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas
I loved this song when I sang it in my elementary school choir. The embellishments of this arrangement are very fitting. I felt that the tempo could be a bit slower, but maybe that was the red dot nerves. I sometimes set too fast of a tempo when I’m nervous. It helps if you count aloud in your head before starting.

17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on
This is great! You brought out the melody very well. I thought that it could use more dynamics and flexibility of tempo. I especially love the dreamy opening. The pianoteq samples sound great.

18. ten left thumbs aka Laura - Five Stars
This is really good, especially since you’re new to improvising. The two halves of the piece blended seamlessly together.

20. joangolfing - Italian Concerto--Andante Movement
Yay, Bach. smile This piece sounds very improvisatory to me, and you brought out that air quite well. Try to add more dynamics and phrasing. Great job on this! Bach is hard to pull off in a performance.

21. HomeInMyShoes - Op. 30 No. 6 (Venetian Boat Song)
Congrats on being a father! Your baby is lucky to grow up with this music to listen to. I’m not going to compare yours to the original, so it sounds fine to me. I like hearing a different interpretation once in awhile. To keep your long trill even and the right speed, try practicing it measured against the left hand, using rotation in your wrist. I’m not very good at trills myself.

22. Coldsalmon - Aria from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Hearing this never fails to pull at my heart strings. Watch out for some of those ornaments that are a bit unsteady. Thanks for sharing! Are you planning on learning the rest of the Variations? That’s a long term project, for sure.

23. bluekeys - When You Say Nothing At All
Your improv fits the mood of the song very well. Maybe you could try playing around more with the left hand to give it more interest.

24. pianonewb - Because He Lives (to do)
This is great! It’s one of my favourite old style hymns. We mostly sing modern praise and worship songs at my church now, but the old classics are lovely. Your playing complements your voice very well. I’m sure you’re a great accompanist at your church.

25. Peyton - Babbleon
I like how the opening sounds ‘plucked.’ It fits the mood very well. I enjoyed this very much. Your energetic style of playing is great. I think you would be a very popular performer. Do you do any gigs?

26. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Reflection
Mulan is one of my favourite Disney movies. This is a beautiful rendition of Relection. The rhythm slightly off in a few places. Thanks for sharing.

27. AnotherSchmoe - Memories Of Green
This is a lovely and relaxing piece, with a bittersweet tang to it. I think I like it better without the synth and sci-fi beeps, but I’ve never heard the original. Great job!

28. Augustina - Fur Elise
Thanks for sharing this classic. I think you left some notes out in the theme (the alternating E and D# the second time it comes in). Also, work on getting the theme really flowing and smooth. Do lots of slow practice on the parts you stumble over so that bad habits don’t become engrained. It’s much easier to go slowly and learn the piece correctly than speed it up and gloss over the flubs.

29. AnthonyB - Indaco
This is very soothing and relaxing. I think pieces like this would be very difficult to memorize because it’s easy to get lost in the repetitions.

30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7
Very well done! I felt that the tops of the chords could be voiced a bit more, and personally I would prefer the melody to be more over-dotted. This is a simple but very satisfying Prelude.

31. Jazzwee - Very Early
The constantly moving chords give it a meandering sound that’s very nice to listen to. Great job! One of these days I’ll give your jazz threads a browse.

32. Serge88 - My Heart Will Go On
You gave a very heartfelt performance. The melody was brought out very well. When you’re playing the melody in octaves, try voicing the pinky instead of the thumb because we’ve already heard the melody in the lower octave before.

33. Euan Morrison - Written On The Sky
Thanks for sharing your performance! It’s a lovely melody and you pulled it off very well.

34. Tenolios - Band of Brothers Main Title
This is a really pretty melody. Thanks for sharing it with us. I don’t know if it’s the piano sample or your touch, but some of the right hand had harsh sounding tones. Try to create a more flowing and lyrical sound.

35. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Blue
Thanks for sharing this piece and what it means to you. I can feel the emotion that you’ve put into it.

36. pianofossil - Waltz in A minor Op 34 No 2
I don’t think the red dot killed your expression at all. smile Some of your ornaments gave you a bit of trouble but overall it was very well done. Remember to mold your rubato according to the Waltz rhythm.

37. Monica K. - Golden Fly One
I think you pulled off this faster piece very well. I noticed that you pedaled through the melody a lot. I’m not sure if this pertains to the style of the piece, but usually I do very light or flutter pedaling through melody passages to keep it clear. There were also places where your foot movement was too quick to clear the sound away. Your left hand was very even and you kept a steady rhythm. Well done!

38. mcasl - Nel cor piu non mi sento: Var I.
Congrats on your new baby! Thanks for sharing this variation with us. You played it very well. Make sure that you count to keep the rhythm steady throughout.
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/15/10 08:54 PM
12. Ken. - Ask Me Now This was so enjoyable! I like the way you made those great chords stand out - well done! (btw, I can wholly relate to your squeaky piano stool -my bench used to creak terribly & I finally fixed it. Something I never noticed until I started recording myself.)

13. flyingfroggy - Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1 If I ever learn to play a Chopin nocturne, this will be the one, it's my top favorite, also. Outstanding playing and feeling-one of the best I've listened to. Your piano has a wonderful tone.

14. Edtek - Johnson Rag A perfect piece for my sunny Saturday morning! Very nicely played with exactly the right feeling - but too short! I wanted you to keep on..

15. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Op. 19/6 I love the SWW, too. I think you brought out the "rocking" feeling of the gondola very well, not clumsy at all! Played evocatively-nicely done!

16. ladypayne - Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas Nice job. I can't imagine trying to do all you've had to do and get a piece in for the recital! I enjoyed it very much.

17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on Very nice playing. I enjoy this song much more as a piano solo (sans Celine) smile Good job!

18. ten left thumbs aka Laura - Five Stars Well, that was well done, indeed! I can't give you any feedback on improvising except to say, I could learn from you. I like the way you kept it melodic and flowing - too short, though. cool

19. Frozenicicles - Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello" First of all, you are certainly not "terrible" at Chopin - far from it! Admirable left hand work. I'm not familiar with this etude - I think you did bring out the feeling of the cello in your playing very nicely.

more later, have to take the dog for his vaccinations....
Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/15/10 09:26 PM
35. Mateusz - Blue a very moving tribute to your Aunt and Godmother. Beautifully played.

40. MaryBee - La fille Yup, you've made it music smile Very well done.

45. Moscheles001 - Minuet in D minor Charming, and charmingly played.

56. Schubertian - Bagatelle #3 Very nice. The kind of thing I can't do at all but you do beautifully.

11. mahlzeit - Recital 18

mahlzeit - nicely done.

12. Ken. - Ask Me Now

Ken - Really sounds familiar - think I've heard this - excellently played.

13. flyingfroggy - Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1

ff - This may be my favorite too - beautifully played - enjoyed this a lot!

14. Edtek - Johnson Rag

Edtek - throughly enjoyable!

15. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Op. 19/6

Sam - Good job on this - even pacing & fine melody emphasis.

16. ladypayne - Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas

lp - lovely song (one of my favorites from Disney) - very well played - but maybe just a little slower and more evenly?

17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on

Mohan - very nicely done - relaxing and serene - perfect keyboard sound for this piece.

18. ten left thumbs aka Laura - Five Stars

tlt - nice effort at improv - I was wishing this was longer - enjoyable.

19. Frozenicicles - Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello"

Extremely well played - great job thumb

20. joangolfing - Italian Concerto--Andante Movement

Glad you decided to submit this second section - Some Bach can be tedious, but not this - very nicely done.

More to follow...

JF
thanks for all the comments so far. I'll definitely have to slow down a bit when i re-record it back home! I plan on listening to everyone's song on my 15 hour flight back to the usa X.x I'll do my best to comment on everyone's too smile
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/16/10 01:16 AM
20. joangolfing - Italian Concerto--Andante Movement Wow! Very impressive. You made it sound effortless, which I'm sure it is not. I really like your consistency in playing this piece. Nice trilling, too!

21. HomeInMyShoes - Op. 30 No. 6 (Venetian Boat Song) I love this selection from SWW. It was the first one I ever listened to way back when. You also have the "rocking" feeling of the gondola down. Man, those trills gave me goosebumps. Your recordings always sound so great and clear. Very excellent playing, and a nice tempo.

22. Coldsalmon - Aria from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 This is a beautiful selection. You played with, I think, the perfect feeling and brought out the "singing" qualities.

23. bluekeys - When You Say Nothing At All Your playing fit this piece/song exactly right. Very nice! It does sound familiar - if you hadn't said, I wouldn't have pegged it as country/pop. I liked this alot!

24. pianonewb - Because He Lives What a great 1 year ABF anniversary submission! I'm always amazed how well all of you guys can play & sing at the same time - really greatly played accompaniment! Your voice has the perrfect tone for this also. Very enjoyable.

25. Peyton - Babbleon Oh, wow! cool You are so talented - it has to be great fun to play - I absolutely love it! I keep wanting to listen again & again.

26. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Reflection Such a great melody and you brought it out wonderfully. I love that so many great "songs" transfer so well to solo piano. You did it justice!

27. AnotherSchmoe - Memories Of Green Blade Runner - great movie. I don't recall the music (must see movie again, now). I think you really "got" the futuristically bleak, yet hopeful feeling. Nicely played. I loved the runs!

28. Augustina - Fur Elise I never get tired of Fur Elise. Really good beginning - you've got the notes down. I think you just need to slow it down a tad.

29. AnthonyB - Indaco Happy 2 yr. ABF Recital Anniversary! I always look forward to listening to your submissions - you have such a relaxed sound and perfect touch for this genre. Absolutely lovely!

more later....
I've listened to about half so far---and I have to say, I liked FlyingFroggy's Chopin a lot---since I have a "Complete Chopin Waltzes, Nocturnes, and Preludes" book downstairs, I decided to take a look at it---I banged through the first page (it is one of those that will come....somewhat later for me) and---well, this is the first time I've seen an 11 against 6 rhythm. The 5 against 4 took concentration in my Wedding Day Grieg piece (and listening to the recording, I still didn't get it evenly). Ok, I know 11 vs. 6 is possible because the well-known physicist, the late Richard Feynman (was on the Challenger disaster commission, he's the one who did the demonstration with the O rings in the cup of water), was a self-taught amateur bongo drummer, and he said with practice he could do rhythms like 11 in one hand against 6 in the other. So it's possible---(can cheat and make it rubato I guess, but seems good to be able to do it right, and THEN cheat after that). 5 against 3 and 5 against 4 are the "worst" I'd ever practiced in college, the latter showing up in a band arrangement of Pines of the Appian Way from Respighi's Pines of Rome, but conductor said we'd never it together like that and had us do duplets followed by triplets instead of a true 5 against the 4 in the bass. Oh well!

Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/16/10 02:50 AM
1. dannylux/Mel - Prelude in Db Wonderful. It sounded to me like it might have been played in a really posh restaurant in 1926. I envision ladies in slinky satin gowns and gentlemen in black dinner jackets and bow ties.

3. b528nf7 Bill - Your Song Ya gotta be my favorite singer, & I love your piano.

6. Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows You are an inspiration. This was terrific and once again you've made the music yours.

8. Strings & Wood/CarlMcC - I Do It for You Lovely, very tender and beautiful.

19. Frozenicicles - Etude/cello Nice to take a challenge and turn it in to such a beautifully-played piece.

23. bluekeys - When You Say Nothing at All How cool! You've come a long ways. All that piano time has really paid off. Congratulations on your journey.

Cathy
25. Peyton - Babbleon

A seriously fine example of your talent and versatility. A step out of the norm and into the exciting, leaving me shaking my head in amazement.
39. MegumiNoda - Improvisation #15 "Hommage a Edith Piaf"
I really like what you’ve done with this. It sounded a bit over-pedaled to me. Try using a shallower pedal so that it’s clearer and less drowned out. It can also benefit from more dynamic contrast. Thanks for sharing this! If this is what you do on your downtime, what are you really working on? thumb

40. MaryBee - La fille aux cheveux de lin
Debussy can be very hard to learn because of the unconventional chords and billions of accidentals. You did a great job! I felt that the chords in the beginning and the ending could have been more gentle. It’s a shame that you can’t record this on a grand, because the una corda pedal can also add a lot more colour. I always miss that pedal when I’m practicing Debussy.

41. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Fanfare for the Common Man
Don’t be afraid to memorize things just because you forget them. We all do. This is really great for sight-reading. I felt that it could have used some ‘breaks,’ such as what a trumpet player would use for breathing.

42. Mark... - Nocturne
Thanks for sharing this lovely piece! I’ve never heard it before. Since it’s a nocturne, make sure you use a nice and gentle touch. Your sound was a bit harsh at times. Also, I feel like it could use more flexibility in rhythm.

43. Always Wanted to Play Piano - Le Onde
Your playing was so gentle and relaxing, I kind of zoned out for awhile. laugh I think that your pedal didn’t catch a few of the melody notes at times, and they got cut a bit short. I don’t know the piece very well so I don’t know if they’re supposed to be like that. I think that you could let the sound linger on a little longer at the end before it fades away.


44. grotrianer - Prelude&Fugue in D major, op.87 no.5
Very beautifully played! You handled the intricacies of the Prelude very well. I like how the rolled chords in the Prelude sound plucked. I think that the voices of the Fugue could be separated better. Remember to think horizontally and not vertically when you’re playing a fugue.

45. Moscheles001 - Minuet in D Minor
Good job! It sounds clear and you have it technically under control. The tempo was constant and you resisted temptations to rush. Some of your ornaments could use a bit more tweaking. The ending was nicely phrased.

46. ddh - Daniel - Strawberry Fields Forever
Your piece would fit in very well with your lunch. wink This was lovely playing. Your rhythm sounded a bit off to me at times. Make sure that you always have a sense of the beat, even if you’re adding rubato. I love way the sustain fades away at the end.

47. MIghtyS - Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain)
This is great playing of this challenging piece. I’m even worse at Debussy than Chopin. All the fluttering notes that have to be clear, soft and fast give me conniptions. Before your recital, make sure to do lots of careful practice of the fast background notes to make sure they don’t get muddy and inaccurate. Make them very light, yet discrete and precise, like raindrops. Thanks for sharing!

48. Copper - A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes (to do)
Thanks for the performance. I haven’t heard this Disney song before – the piano + strings effect that you gave it was very lovely.

49. Mar_red - Caravan
I think you pulled off the caravan sound perfectly. Thanks for performing this beautiful tune for us.

50. DragonPianoPlayer - Invention No 1
You’ve made a great start at this. It’s very carefully and precisely played. I think you could safely increase the tempo because the notes are learned well and securely. I can tell that you want to go faster because some of the sequences were rushing a bit.

51. epf - Dill Pickles Rag
Thanks for submitting your performance. It wasn’t warty at all. I enjoyed listening to it. I think it that it could use more dynamics and perhaps a crisper articulation.

52. jotur/Cathy Turner - John Roy Lyall/Improv in F
This is a beautiful intro. I think the audience will love it. I like the echo effect you gave to some of the phrases. Perhaps you could make a longer transition into the new key for the second half, because it almost sounded like you were starting a new piece. Thanks for sharing this with us!

53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
It’s great that you managed to produce this lovely on a piano you’re not used to. It sounds beautiful and smooth. I like the dreamy tempo that you’ve selected. Your chord voicings are great and I definitely can’t tell that this is the first piece you’ve learned using lead sheets.

54. casinitaly - Lilla
Hehe...only six takes? I like the beautiful simplicity of your piece. You played it very well. Congratulations on completing your first recital!

55. Alexdreamer - Mazurka N.2, Op.7
Thanks for performing this Mazurka for us. There’s something a bit funny about the rhythm in your theme, because you’re rushing ahead on some of the notes (maybe because of the ornamental figure). I’m not sure if you’re doing it intentionally or not, but it could be toned down a bit. Also, don’t be afraid to the pedal judiciously to give make the tone more singing and flowing.

56. Schubertian - Bagatelle #3, Op. 126
I enjoyed your performance. Your interpretation was very sensitive. Watch the evenness of your arpeggios. Your trills are fast and under control.

57. Bunneh - Venezianisches Gondellied op. 19 No. 6
This piece definitely isn’t too hard for you. Keep the accompaniment quieter and emphasize the lyrical melody. Your phrasing and dynamics are great.

58. Inlanding (Glen) - Complaint op.3 nr.1
Your phrasing and rubato is very natural. I can tell that you’re carefully listening. Near 2:10, when the bass comes in louder – I think you could take more of a breather there because it felt a bit sudden and out of place. Your pianissimo at the end was lovely but it cut off too abruptly. I enjoyed listening to your contribution. Thanks!

59. TTigg / Steve C - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete
This ain’t bad at all for last minute work. smile I like the phrasing and dynamics that you’ve added in. It’s very soothing and relaxing to listen to. Congratulations on squeaking your submission through!
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Thanks for all the hours of practice you’ve put in, everyone! I tried to give constructive suggestions when I could, but I don’t know your pieces as well as you do. Take my comments with a grain of salt.
Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/16/10 05:36 AM
58. Inlanding - Complaint A very haunting piece.

57. Bunneh - Venezianisches G... I thought it was very nice! Congratulations on your grand smile

44. grotrianer - Prelude & Fugue What an interesting piece! I like the bass line in the first piece - very moving and almost ominous. The fugue was really fun and a great contrast.

43. AWTPP - Le Onde Well done! I've grown to really like this piece from the times it's been played in recitals. Your rendition is a nice addition to the tradition.

34. Tenolios - Band of Brothers Very nice, very calm and reflective.

33. Euan Morrison - Written on the Sky Very pretty piece. Those Scots know how to write them.

Cathy


Trying to do a better job on comments this morning. I made the coffee a little stronger so...

11 mahlzeit - Recital 18
Well, I always know what the song title will be. smile It does sound vaguely familiar in places to me. Nicely put together and played.

12 Ken. - Ask Me Now
Why is it nothing is as easy as advertised? I like the creaking, it's like sitting in your parlour sharing some tunes. I've been hoping to do some jazz along the way, but it's not happened yet. Wonderful stuff.

13 flyingfroggy - Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1
I wish I could handle Chopin like that. Beautiful and haunting and lovely, easy to see why many people love this one.

14 Edtek - Johnson Rag
That was a lot of fun. Very nice piece. I should set aside some time to try learning some rags. I'm sure the son would like the rhythms.

15 Sam Smith - Op. 19, No. 6
Well, I brought out the PFD just in case. I know this is not the easiest piece and there's a lot of troublesome movement for the left hand to overcome. Nicely handled. I'd watch the dynamics, I think you came in with the right hand a bit heavy for the ending around measure 40. Nicely done though. It wasn't life-threatening.

Thanks for being a fellow Mendelssohn admirer. Op. 19 would be a great accomplishment and a nice addition to anyone's repertoire. Probably not going to happen for me. I don't think I love #3 and #5 enough (blasphemy) for the effort they would be for me.

16 ladypayne - Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas
And others complain about red dot fever. smile Rushed or not, it was nice to listen to.

17 Mohan Karthik - My Heart will Go On
Oh oh, are you sure you guys aren't affiliate with the CRTC? Sometimes it takes listening to music outside of the usual sources to get a feel for the piece. Thanks for sharing a piece I'd never think to pick up. It is beautiful and your playing was great. It does bring to mind for me the question of if a piece is moving me or is the context that I heard a piece in moving me? I was a big fan of the quote from High Fidelity where he talks about arranging his music collection autobiographically. I did enjoy this immensely.

18 ten left thumbs aka Laura - Five Stars
Haha. The first thing I was thinking when I saw the title was a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant I used to go to in Edmonton. They had a vermicelli dish called five stars (along with four, and three...) where you got a bit of everything from Vietnamese barbeque to the spring rolls. But, I digress. Very enjoyable. I'm sure your brain and hands will catch up to your aspirations. A wonderful start. Don't worry about pauses; sometimes what we don't play is more important than what we do.

19 Frozenicicles - Etude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello"
Picks up jaw off floor. Some of those runs were downright hair-raising. I'm very unfamiliar with Chopin's Etudes so I can't offer much advice on this one. Impressed to say the least by the left hand work. The second listen I gave this revealed how nice a piece this is melodically.

20 joangolfing - Italian Concerto -- Andante Movement
I always find Bach hypnotic. I love the rhythm provided by the left hand at the beginning. I really enjoyed listening to this.
Posted By: Peyton Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/16/10 11:37 AM
Originally Posted by Strings & Wood
25. Peyton - Babbleon

A seriously fine example of your talent and versatility. A step out of the norm and into the exciting, leaving me shaking my head in amazement.


Thank you so much. I feel guilty as heck that I can't participate in listening and commenting on the recital right now but I'm out of town. I'm writing this on a borrowed laptop in a hotel in DC....

Looks to be a great recital (as always)....


-P
19 - Chopin Etude Op 25 No 7 played by Frozenicicles. Excellent tempo and control. Work a bit more on those 2 vs 3; the triplets could flow smoother. The only thing I would add is when you play those left-hand runs, start out soft and give it a nice big crescendo as you did with the 4th (last) run.

Nicely done! smile
20. joangolfing - Italian Concerto--Andante Movement
I admire your dedication to Bach- well done Joan.

21. HomeInMyShoes - Op. 30 No. 6 (Venetian Boat Song)
I like this one as well. I think the piece offers some latitude for expression and I think you did a fine job with it thumb

22. Coldsalmon - Aria from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
I don't connect well with Bach, but I thought this was nicely played.

23. bluekeys - When You Say Nothing At All
Nicely played and articulated, I enjoyed listening.

24. pianonewb - Because He Lives
Very much "Old Time Gospel".




06 Mr Super Hunky - Ludlows

I just listened, and very much enjoyed this, S-H. You captured the atmosphere beautifully. It just flowed! Thankyou.
I am stunned with the talent in this forum. I've just spent a delicious afternoon listening and feeling filled with joy and delight.

Complimenti a tutti!


04 – TrueBeginner: Your own composition! I’m so impressed. This is a beautiful piece indeed! Very emotionally evocative.

05 – BenPiano: charming! What coordination you have to be able to play at that speed after 11 months!

06 – SuperHunky: Loved it! – I looked up the score, and while I’m not yet ready to go for it, this piece is now in my “to do” folder!

11 – Mahlzeit: I enjoyed this very much – it is a very relaxing piece to listen to.

14 Edtek: Great fun! Good for you !

19 Frozen icicles : It certainly sounds like a challenging piece to me! I think you did a splendid job, and I very much enjoyed listening to the results of your hard work.

23 Bluekeys: Charming!

34 Tenolios: This is one of my favourite pieces – I have been fiddling with it for a while, but so far it is still pretty rough when I play it – I’m just delighted you played it (and so well!) for the recital!

35 Mateusz - You can certainly hear that you put a lot of heart into this piece – It is beautiful.

36 Pianofossil – Congratulations on conquering the fear of the red dot!

37 Monika K – Wonderful piece! Very elegant and moving.

40 MaryBee – Splendid job! Your efforts before hand made your piece sound effortless. Complimenti!

51: EPF Now that was fun!

57: Bunneh: Good for you for stretching and doing something that was hard for you– you did a splendid job!
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/16/10 07:39 PM
Thought I'd start at the end now and finish in the middle...


59. TTigg / Steve C - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete Beautiful! Doesn't sound like a rush job at all - you obviously had this well practiced and ready to go. Really smoothly played. Glad you "barely" made it in! I always enjoy your submissions. (so what it a frozen steamer?)

58. Inlanding (Glen) - Complaint op.3 nr.1 I hadn't heard of Grechaninov. (going to look into this guy). This is hauntingly beautiful, as is your playing. You are so versatile. Nice feeling in this piece.

57. Bunneh - Venezianisches Gondellied op. 19 No. 6 This is great - 3 Venetian Boat Songs in one recital! Wonderfully played. You, also, got the rocking feeling down well and you've kept the melody nicely above the accompaniment.

56. Schubertian - Bagatelle #3, Op. 126 Very, very nicely done! I love Beethoven. Good trilling control with a gentle touch.

55. Alexdreamer - Mazurka N.2, Op.7 I love the mazurkas, too. Admirably done! You have a nice light touch perfect for the mazurka. You made this mazurka sound easy.
Good job.

54. casinitaly - Lilla Oh, this is lovely! Very nicely played - I'm not familiar with Vinciguerra ( another to look into). Wow - just since Dec. 09?! Holy cow. Brava!

53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Hey, pick it up a bit, will ya?!)
TX-Dennis, Strings&Wood, CMohr, John Frank, jotur, HomeInMyShoes, casinitaly: Thank you very much for your kind compliments. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

LisztAddict: blush Your comments mean a lot to me because I've always admired your natural flair with Chopin. Thanks for the tip about the 2 against 3. I seem to do them a lot better when there's a long stream of them but sometimes the isolated ones are out of time, especially when played slowly. I agree that the fast left hand runs should start off quietly to give the climax more meaning. I got a bit excited when the speed picked up (especially when recording).
Posted By: Mochomu Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/16/10 09:50 PM
First of all, I would like to thank Monica and people who helped organize this online recital. This is a great opportunity to present and show the fruit of your efforts.

Next I would like to congratulate everyone who participated this online recital. I was so impressed and surprised that many of you with so little experience could play (or in some cases not just play but even composed yourself). I feel ashamed that I had so much more experience as a kid, and still mediocre.

Anyway, I really enjoy everyone’s recording, although I have not even gone through half way yet. Since I’m traveling, my feedback will come in slowly. But Thank you everyone for sharing such wonderful music.

01 dannylux / Mel--Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8 by Sergei Bortkiewicz
Wow, I would never guessed it it is a late romantic piece from Russia. This sounds like a jazz piece in stead. Never heard this piece or this composer. But I liked it.

For technical feedback (without any other reference, so this is purely based on my impression), I liked the mood you created in your performance, but I wanted to hear more of the melody, which I felt was a bit buried in the back ground notes. And I also would like to observe rhythm more clearly. But again, I have no other reference, or I don’t have the score, so your interpretation may be just fine.

02 Manndrew (Andy) --My Song by Keith Jarrett
Nicely done. I can tell you really enjoy playing this piece. Thank you for sharing.

03 b528nf7 (Bill) -- Your Song by John/Taupin
Very nice. I’m impressed. Almost professional. I can’t play and sing my self so nicely. Good work.

04 TrueBeginner -- Somewhere by TrueBeginner
Wow, what can I say. I was impressed with your performance first, then I realized that it was also composed by you. With only 2 year + experience, you can produce such a nice piece of music, that put me to shame. By the way, change your name, it's misleading. Thank you for sharing your fantastic work.

05 BenPiano -- Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1 by Kuhlau
Although you said you don’t need feedback, but I can’t help giving you a thumbs up. Nice job!! This is a piece I practiced when I was little, and brings back fond memories. Thank you.

more feedback to come later
Posted By: Riddler Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/16/10 10:02 PM
I have listened to many of the entries on the streaming player - a very enjoyable way to listen. Picking some pieces more or less at random to comment on:

02. Manndrew (Andy) - My Song
Andy, that was superb. It reminds me again that, minus the grunting and gurgling, his melodies and harmonies are truly sublime. Wonderfully played. I loved it!

03. b528nf7 (Bill) - Your Song
Bill, another great one! I suppose we would all like to be able to sing like that, but I also envy your accompaniment technique. My teacher has tried to teach me how to comp for a vocalist but I never got to square one. Someday.... Well anyway, well done, and keep 'em coming.

12. Ken. - Ask Me Now
Ken, I love that song, what a cool ending chord and flourish. Great job.

17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on
Mohan, what a nice touch, very heartfelt, moving. Excellent recording, too - speaks well for Pianoteq. Well done!

19. Frozenicicles - Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello"
Beautiful!. That left hand technique was awesome. You play with such grace and wonderful expression. I loved it all - from beginning to end.

23. bluekeys - When You Say Nothing At All
I was eager to hear what you would do with this song, because I had to play it at my son's wedding, accompanying a singer. My hat's off to you, I really liked what you did with it - the embellishments, fills, improv were excellent. Great job!

26. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Reflection
Dennis, nice work!. A pretty song, very melodic, well played, flowing. Very easy to listen to. Well done.

31. Jazzwee - Very Early
Jazzwee, you have more or less climbed the highest mountain with this one. It's a beautiful song, but what a challenge for improvising. Nevertheless, you really played well - I liked all the improv - all of it. Great job!

41. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Fanfare for the Common Man
Mike - oh, boy, did I like that! I have always loved this piece. I go to a lot of classical concerts, and about ten years ago I got a great surprise - I was sitting in the front row, center (where I like to sit) and the curtain went up, and instead of seeing the usual orchestra sitting in their usual places, what I saw instead was this: all of the horn players, standing in a line at the front of the stage, with only the percussionist in the rear, and they launched immediately into Fanfare. It was a deeply moving experience. I guess this is the first piano arrangement I've heard, and I'm happy to say yours was not a wimpy performance, in fact you played it exactly as I would like to be able to play it - with full chords, majestically, lots of fff! Full of fire! Great job!

47. MIghtyS - Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain)
Wow, that was incredible! Beautiful piece of music, awesome performance. I loved it!

49. Mar_red - Caravan
Good work on a great old standard. Your rhythmic interpretation does indeed suggest a caravan moving along. Well done.

52. jotur/Cathy Turner - John Roy Lyall/Improv in F
Cathy, excellent - no doubt about the Scottish influence! Nice improv in the second part, that added a lot! Well done.


Posted By: Mochomu Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/16/10 10:05 PM
Frozenicicles,

thank you for your comment. This piece turned out to be a lot more difficult than I thought when I started practicing it. I have another recording about a month ago, (if you care to see, here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P1SLUSRm8Q). At that point, I had a month + of practice, and now I realized that actually my playing was more even and better back then than the one that I submitted. I think because, as I got more used to the fingering, I got sloppier. I think I will practice slowly again to improve precision.
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/16/10 10:44 PM
Frozenicicles - Thanks so much for your comments! I sincerely appreciate them. I have played through a few other songs using lead sheets, but Over The Rainbow is the first where I really put alot of work into figuring out which chords I wanted to use and how I wanted it to sound. And it's also the first song I've done with the repeats and trying to change it up a bit along the way.
30 Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7, Chopin
Very good job!

31 Jazzwee - Very Early, Bill Evans
Yes, I've always found this one a bit difficult to follow. Never tried to play it - probably never will - it's much too complex for my taste. I didn't hear any of your "mistakes". It sounded really clean to me. Nice job.

32 Serge88 - My Heart Will Go On, James Horner
Excellent! Consistent rhythm, and the melody really sings out. Great job.

33 Euan Morrison - Written on the Sky, Max Richter
Simple yet elegant. A really pretty performance.

34 Tenolios - Band of Brothers Main Title, Michael Kamen
Okay, what's the question? I have not seen the movie nor heard this piece before. It is quite a lovely piece, and your playing is nothing short of amazing with only 9 months of experience under your belt. Wonderful!

35 Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Blue, Mikiya Katakura
I am sorry for your loss. The piece is new to me. I enjoyed listening. Your playing suits the mood of this piece perfectly.

36 pianofossil - Waltz in A minor Op 34 No 2, Chopin
Very pretty performance. You still have some expression in there. The red dot didn't get it all. Good job!

37 Monica K - Golden Fly One, Alessandra Celletti
This is another new one for me. This sounds really challenging to play well. Those relentless left hand patterns would kill me. I imagine it's really tough to make the melody sing out over that. You managed it very well.

38 mcasl - Nel cor piu non mi sento: Var I., Beethoven
Nice job - evenly played with just the right touch.

39 MegumiNoda - Improvisation #15 "Hommage a Edith Piaf", Francis Poulenc
This does not sound erratic to me. It's a wonderful performance of a lushly beautiful piece. I have never tried to play it, but it sounds difficult. You play it marvelously.

40 MaryBee - La fille aux cheveux de lin, Debussy
I agree with you. This lovely piece has always evoked the beauty of nature to me rather than that of a beautiful young woman. You play it with expression and a wonderful touch. Excellent!

41 Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Fanfare For the Common Man, Aaron Copland
I've never been fond of Copland, but this is probably my favorite of his. I don't think I've ever heard it played as a piano solo before. Your performance is nothing short of majestic. Very nice!

42 Mark... - Nocturne, James Bastien
Very nice - perhaps just a bit on the percussive side for a nocturne, though. Nice job, and an enjoyable listen.

43 Always Wanted to Play Piano - Le Onde, Ludovico Einaudi
We hear this one fairly regularly in the recitals. Probably because it is so doggone beautiful. Your hard work has paid dividends. You will knock their socks off at your live recital next month with the expressiveness of your playing. Wonderful!

44 grotrianer - Prelude&Fugue in D major, op.87 no.5, Shostakovich
Nice job. The fugue is particularly beautiful.

45 Moscheles001 - Minuet in D Minor, Bach
Wonderful! You brought out the dancing quality of the piece perfectly.

46 ddh - Daniel - Strawberry Fields Forever, Lennon & McCartney
I like this arrangement, and I like the way you play it. Very ethereal and moody!

47 MightyS = Jardins sous la pluie, Debussy
This is a tremendously difficult piece. I think you've got it just about nailed down. I'm certain that you will ace your "real" recital next month. A very dramatic performance (and I only heard one of those mistakes you mentioned.)

48 Copper- A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston
Much too short. Otherwise it's wonderful. I didn't even mind the phony strings on this one. You've made a good deal of progress in your playing since last recital, I think.

49 Mar_red - Caravan, Juan Tizol
I've always loved this song. From Duke Ellington on through any number of subsequent performances it has been a favorite of mine. Your version is quite nice and captures the mood of the piece well. We should pair this up with Peyton's piece for a Middle Eastern tour de force.

There's always tomorrow . . .
Posted By: BenPiano Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/17/10 05:01 AM
08. Strings & Wood/CarlMc - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You

Great job on a familiar tune. Just the right touch!

09. John Frank - Return to the Heart

That was great! The more I hear you ABF forumers play New Age piano the more I want to get into it. Well done!

10. Riddler (Ed) - Impressions

That was *fun*! Thanks for expanding the recital beyond the "piano only" box! smile

11. mahlzeit - Recital 18

It's always great to hear original stuff here in the ABF recital. Wonderful!

12. Ken. - Ask Me Now

Delightful tune! I had to listen again - well played!

22 Coldsalmon - Aria from The Goldberg Variations
Lovely. Filled with emotion. I really liked the reverb in the recording process, really gave me a feeling of listening in a grander hall. I was singing the opening notes of the next part in my mind when I finally realized the music had stopped.

23 bluekeys - When You Say Nothing at All
Well, you had me laughing with the additional comments to the song, --er piece. You have a nice light touch on the keys. It sounded effortless.

24 pianoweb - Because He Lives
Thanks for sharing this. Your progress over the year (even the five weeks was impressive) has been incredible. Proof that knowing other instruments is useful for learning the piano.

25 Peyton - Babbleon
Love the title. And the playing as well. A lot of talent.

26 TX-Dennis - Reflection
Very pretty and nicely played. For how long the list of languages and artists is, I feel like I've been living under a rock not recognizing this piece.

27 AnotherSchmoe - Memories of Green
Well, I loved Bladerunner. I think it came across quite well without the beeps and blips and whatnot. Well done.

28 Augustina - Fur Elise
Complete with a page turn. Awesome. smile

I know that tired of feeling some days. Just watch the evenness of your tempo in the middle section and I'd take the overall tempo just a smidge slower, but I tend to play slow. Lots of great work in there.

29 AnthonyB - Indaco
Dreamy and hypnotic. There was a nice evenness in your playing on this.

30 Undone - Op. 28 No. 7
That's the joy of this piece. It has so much in such a small space. A great one to work out. Thanks for submitting this. I'd suggest a bit of a lighter touch overall, but that will come. Only 2 years and a few months in? Nice.

31 Jazzwee - Very Early
I'm unfamilliar with this piece. I've only got one Bill Evans CD in the collection. Your improvisational skills are getting very good. This one sounds like a handful to keep straight in the brain, but your phrasing in places is just wonderful and a nice touch on the keys.

32 Serge88 - My Heart Will Go On
I always enjoy multiple interpretations of songs. Majestic and sweet at the same time.

33 Euan Morrison - Written on the Sky
Wonderful playing of this piece. I really enjoyed this one.

34 Tenolios - Band of Brothers Main Title
What do you get when you multiple six by nine? You brought a nice light touch to the left and a nicely phrased melody. Nine months does not usually equal this kind of result.

35 Mateusz -Blue
Aren't you attempting Op. 15 No. 3 for the Schumann e-cital? Just thinking about polishing that gives me nightmares. I enjoyed hearing this. I think the recitals are for sharing the music we love, whether we've been playing it for three months or thirty years. Condolences on your Aunt. Some wonderful playing on this one.

36 Chopin - Waltz in A minor Op 34 No 2
Okay, this is just making me feel inaedequate. Wonderful rendition of this piece. I've been playing sixteen years and still haven't managed to complete a Chopin Waltz. There was still quite a bit of expression left in this to my ears.

37 Monica K. - Golden Fly One
Relentless indeed. I can hear why this one was causing you a few fits. You managed it very well. This would be a great one -- in my opinion -- to keep in the repertoire Monica.

38 mcasl - Nel cor piu mi sento: Var 1
Congratulations on parenthood mcasl. I understand the "busy-ness". That was short and sweet and nicely played. It sounded wonderful.

39 MegumiNoda - Improvisation #15
Haha at the erraticoso. It didn't sound that erratic to my ears.

40 MaryBee - La fille aux cheveux de lin
I've tried picking this one up a few times and Debussy always just wrestles me to the ground in submission. Maybe hearing your beautiful version will motivate me to try wrestling this one again some time. The only flat that scares me is C, well, and maybe F. smile

Great stuff MaryBee.
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/17/10 01:15 PM
01. dannylux / Mel - Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8
I enjoyed this very much. The background information you included in your submission was interesting.

02. Manndrew (Andy) - My Song
I’m not familiar with this piece but your playing was very good.

04. TrueBeginner - Somewhere
Another well developed original piece. Your compositions always seem to have a melancholy, somewhat wistful feel. Very enjoyable.

05. BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1
I didn’t hear any mistakes – I thought you played this with precision and confidence.

08. Strings & Wood/CarlMc - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
This is a beautiful melody. I’ve never heard it done as an instrumental but this was quite nice.

09. John Frank - Return to the Heart
You are in fine form on this one – I like how your dynamics change in intensity. Nice finish. Well done.

10. Riddler (Ed) - Impressions
Your pieces are always a treat. I admire your ability to keep up with your awesome band even with the trickiest rhythms.
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/17/10 01:30 PM
15. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Op. 19/6
Very well done. Your piano has a very nice tone that complements your playing.

16. ladypayne - Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas
I always enjoy your song selections and your performances. It does sound a tad rushed in some places but perhaps you were hurrying to get out the door and onto the plane!
13 – FlyingFroggy: I agree with you; this is one of the most beautiful Chopin nocturnes. I thought your performance was terrific–you did a wonderful job of carrying off the melody in a smooth, dreamy fashion.

14 – Edtek: This was a nice bouncy piece to start a gloomy Monday morning with. thumb The only complaint I had with it is that it was too short! Next time just repeat it. wink

15 – Sam Smith: I agree, “In a Gondola” doesn’t really conjure up images to match the tone of this piece, which has more of melancholy feel, imo. Nicely done!

16 – Ladypayne: I’m amazed that you were able to submit something given what you had going on in your life! That’s such a pretty song. Unfortunately I can no longer hear it without thinking of my Three Wolf Moon t-shirt. (A comment that will make no sense unless you’ve seen the video on YouTube or amazon where this song has been adapted to sell a t-shirt with allegedly magical properties. Worked on me; I bought four of them for the whole family. laugh )

17 – Mohan: I agree with you; this is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard, and I never get tired of it. I like your arrangement a lot; it’s not the usual one you hear. I'll have to check out that tutorial.

18 – Ten Left Thumbs: What a pretty piece! I tried to listen hard and detect where the sheet music left off and your improvising began, but I couldn’t... which is an indication that you did a pretty darned good job of improvising indeed!

19 – Frozenicicles: That’s interesting that you feel you have more problems with a slower piece than a faster one; I’m the complete opposite. But it sure didn’t sound to me like this gave you much difficulty.

20 – joangolfing: I’m always impressed by people who can tackle Bach. You did a good job of maintaining a steady tempo in spite of playing so many notes with nary a rest or long chord to let you catch your breath.
50 DragonPianoPlayer - Invention No. 1, Bach
Nice smooth and articulate.

51 epf - Dill Pickles Rag, Charles L. Johnson
Nice job, Ed. I enjoyed listening. Haven't heard this one in a while.

52 jotur/Cathy Turner - John Ray Lyall/Improv in F
Exotic lunch? Oh, you mean something like Monica's Amy's Orgasmic burrito. Nice piece. I enjoyed listening.

53 CMohr - Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Harold Arlen & Yip Harburg
I like the sound of your teacher's piano, too. It has that beautiful complex tone one thinks of when one hears the name Steinway. Sadly, not all Steinways do. That is a pretty impressive start to learning pieces from a lead sheet. I used to work from lead sheets years ago, and I know how challenging it can be. You've made a very pretty arrangement out of this classic.

54 casinitaly - Lilla, Remo Vinciguerra
You've only been playing since Christmas? You must be a natural talent. Very nice job, Cas - it sounded pretty perfect to me.

55 Alexdreamer - Mazurka N.2, Op.7, Chopin
Very nice, Alex. Tackling any Chopin piece is challenging. You've done very well. I enjoyed listening.

56 Schubertian - Bagatelle #3, Op. 126, Beethoven
As always your technique is exquisite - out of tune piano or not. This piece is quite challenging to play smoothly and expressively. Your performance is beautiful. Now, maybe if we all chipped in a couple of bucks . . . grin

57 Bunneh - Venezianisches Gondellied op. 19 No. 6, F. Menelssohn Bartholdy
your hard work has obviously paid off. It doesn't sound way too hard for you. In fact, it sounds gorgeous and lush. You play with expression and a wonderful touch. Beautiful!

58 Inlanding (Glen) - Complaint op.3 nr.1, Alexander T Grechaninov
The piece is new to me, and it is quite lovely. Your touch has brought out the darkness in the piece nicely. Moody and contemplative. Great job.

59 TTigg / Steve C (the rotten egg) - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete, Ludovico Einaudi
I don't think I've heard this one before. Thus, I do not hear any mistakes. It sounds peaceful and dreamlike to me. A wonderful way to end the recital.

I have come to the end of the line. I'm feeling that bittersweet emotion that one often feels at the end of a positive experience. I enjoyed listening to all the performances with one exception (some guy from TX who really butchered a beautiful song). Great playing everyone - and keep on "tickling" those "ivories".
26. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Reflection
Dennis, good job with this delightful little melody. I did enjoy the listen very much!


27. AnotherSchmoe - Memories Of Green
I could easily hear this in a movie sound track. Very reflective piece played well.



First, many thanks to those responsible for organizing the recital! It's a lot of fun, and I'm glad for the opportunity to participate both as a listener and as a first-time contributor.

Next, I'd like to shower all submissions with a hearty round of applause. Everyone's performance is enjoyable.

Finally, reading the comments and feedback everyone has for each other has been equally interesting and valuable. The community spirit is very impressive!

Now, the first batch of my listening reactions:

01. dannylux / Mel - Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8
To me, this piece feels somehow operatic -- a larger-than-life, tragic, love story. The climax of the piece is seriously goose-bump inducing!

02. Manndrew (Andy) - My Song
Listening to this while having breakfast, I feel as if I've been transported to an elegant boutique hotel. I have a rather naive question: does the transcription provide all the notes or is it only a skeleton and you have to improvise the rest? I love listening to piano jazz like Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans, but I've only ever played classical -- without a score in front of me, I am totally lost.

03. b528nf7 (Bill) - Your Song
Thanks for a heart-felt performance. Nice singing voice too!

04. TrueBeginner - Somewhere
Your composition gives those guys who wrote for Richard Clayderman a run for their money :-) In terms of the playing, I think maybe the left hand could be a tad softer so that the delicate r.h. melody would show through a little more.

05. BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1
One of my favorites from the sonatina album. Thank you for this cheerful performance!

06. Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie
I think I missed the movie. Since your playing is my first exposure to it, that's what I'll imprint on. :-)

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen
I like the careful, clean articulations in the A section, and the dynamic contrasts are good too. I don't think the slower speed is a concern -- it gives the piece a more stately characterization, which I think also sounds appropriate.

08. Strings & Wood/CarlMc - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Ah, 1991. I love how some music just brings you right back to certain times and places. Thanks for providing a tender and delicate soundtrack for my walk down memory lane :-)

09. John Frank - Return to the Heart
The melody sounds pretty and has a leisurely pace to it. I did notice that on occasions, some right hand notes came across as unexpectedly heavier and harsher than their neighbors and interrupted the melody line. Could this be caused by uncomfortable fingering? Maybe experiment with alternative fingerings to see if that might smooth the line out.

10. Riddler (Ed) - Impressions
Cool!

11. mahlzeit - Recital 18
I enjoyed this swinging tune. A "quickie" can still be a "goodie."

12. Ken. - Ask Me Now
It's awesome that you are playing both classical and jazz pieces. Do you find that learning the two traditions requires different skills?

28. Augustina - Fur Elise
I started this one many years ago but stopped playing the piano before I completed it. I should think about finishing the job.
You are close on this one. It is a bit rushed and seems as if you are playing to finish the piece. Don't forget to enjoy the music as you play. I think there is a much better performance within you and in a bit more time, I am sure we will hear it.

29. AnthonyB - Indaco
Terrific job of conveying the somber mood of this piece. It submits me to unease and the ending leaves me in discord. Very nice Anthony!


30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7
Nice work Undone. You handled this very well. A bit more refinement in the left hand, but sounds as if you are on to that. I enjoyed listening.

31. Jazzwee - Very Early
Very easy to listen this ever changing melody, and fun to try to figure the progression if not direction. Not so easy!

32. Serge88 - My Heart Will Go On
Very nice Serge88. Excellent job of keeping the emotion on the surface and very well played.
33. Euan Morrison - Written On The Sky
Euan, it is nice to have you back and your piano playing is always a welcomed treat and I did not notice any rust as it was a pleasure to sit back and listen. Thanks!

34. Tenolios - Band of Brothers Main Title
You must have natural ability. I don't think learning to express the emotion of this piece @ eleven months of playing is possible otherwise. You have done a very fine job with this...applause from me, but be sure to give yourself a pat on the back.

35. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Blue
Mati, it is very easy to feel your connection to this piece and I am happy you submitted it. Thank you for providing the inspiration to this wonderful performance.
Carl
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/17/10 05:13 PM


52. jotur/Cathy Turner - John Roy Lyall/Improv in F Loved the first melody, and then going into the waltzy part, nice transition and improv. It seems a perfect lead-in to your "rocking" tune. I bet it works out great! There's something about Scottish music - makes me wistful like maybe I was Scottish in a previous life? No lunch?

51. epf - Dill Pickles Rag What fun! Made me tap my foot & chuckle. I really enjoyed all the varied sections. Nicely done!

50. DragonPianoPlayer - Invention No 1 Wow, very clean, even playing! The inventions give me fits - I believe this is usually played quicker, but, you know, I really enjoyed your tempo.

49. Mar_red - Caravan Great! I think your were very successful with the suggestion of movement it the left hand. I've always loved "Caravan". Very cool!

48. Copper - A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes This is my all-time favorite Disney song. Simply and beautifully played - gave me a few little goosebumps - thanks!

47. MIghtyS - Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain) Very impressive piece! Welcome to the recital. You've definitely captured the impressions of rain. You show very good control also. You'll knock their socks off at your recital.

46. ddh - Daniel - Strawberry Fields Forever This is a really cool arrangement. (didn't know Lanz arranged Beatles tunes). I enjoyed you playing of this very much. Who doesn't love a great rendition of a Beatles song? Maybe we should all try to match our meals to our recital submissions. laugh Don't think I haven't thought about it..of course then, I would have had fruitloops!

45. Moscheles001 - Minuet in D Minor Bravo on your first recital! Perfectly played!

more to come later...




Posted By: Mochomu Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/17/10 11:36 PM
Riddler, TX-Dennis, and CMohr,

Thank you so much for your positive feedback. I hope I will improve some more by next month.
I can't wait to get back home next week so that I can resume practicing.
First of all, I’d like to thank all the organizers of this wonderful recital for all your hard work. And thanks to TX-Dennis, Strings & Wood, Frozenicicles, CMohr, John Frank, Todd Vance, HomeInMyShoes,and Monica K. for your kind comments. Todd, if you want more details on how I learned the 11 against 6 rhythms, etc., PM me.
I haven’t listened to everyone yet, but here are a few comments so far:

05. BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1 Delightful! Only 11 months of experience? Wow, you are going to go far!


08. Strings & Wood/CarlMc - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You nicely played, with feeling. And I may be biased, but I just love the sweet sound of your Schimmel!


10. Riddler (Ed) - Impressions Riddler, you sound like a pro! I wish I could do what you do!


25. Peyton - Babbleon Wow, that was exciting. I love that middle eastern sound!



27. AnotherSchmoe - Memories Of Green This was absolutely beautiful! I know I saw Blade Runner but I don’t remember the music. This is going on my “to learn” list.



29. AnthonyB - Indaco I’m unfamiliar with this lovely Einaudi piece. You always impress me with your performances; they sound effortless!


36. pianofossil - Waltz in A minor Op 34 No 2 I can’t imagine having played that Chopin waltz with less than 2 years of experience. You really brought out the melody nicely. Great job!


37. Monica K. - Golden Fly One I always look forward to your performances, and this one did not disappoint. Very lovely and expressive! One of the things I love about these recitals is hearing music by composers with whom I am unfamiliar. Another chance to feed my sheet music addiction!

45. Moscheles001 - Minuet in D Minor You have a nice touch—very good job!
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/18/10 01:33 AM
11. mahlzeit - Recital 18
What a huge sound you get from your piano! I liked this a lot.

12. Ken. - Ask Me Now
Nice performance and recording. I like the creaking piano stool – makes it sound like a real recital.

14. Edtek - Johnson Rag
How cool! I wish it were longer. Your playing has just the right amount of “jauntiness”.

19. Frozenicicles - Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello"
I really enjoyed your video. You play with such expressiveness – not only the notes but also in your body language.

21. HomeInMyShoes - Op. 30 No. 6 (Venetian Boat Song)
This piece is quite beautiful as is your performance.

23. bluekeys - When You Say Nothing At All
Yeah – I think this is a song, not a “piece”. I’ve never heard it without the words. You do a nice job with this. I kept waiting for Alison Krauss to jump in.

24. pianonewb - Because He Lives
This may be my favorite of the recital. You play and sing with such wonderful honesty. I’m reminded of Gillian Welch and Lucinda Williams when I hear you perform – not that you sound like them but your recording has the same unvarnished emotion that I find in their work.


Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/18/10 01:54 AM
25. Peyton - Babbleon (to do)
You continue to amaze with your versatility. What an interesting melody. You seem to always be pushing the envelope in your creativity and expressiveness.

26. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Reflection
You are so generous with your time in listening to and commenting on everyone’s recital and Piano Bar submission. It is great to hear you perform. You play very well and I’d very much like to hear more from you.

27. AnotherSchmoe - Memories Of Green
Wow! That is a ton of reverb on this piece but it fits perfectly. Your recordings sound downright professional, not only your excellent playing but the production quality is also first class.

28. Augustina - Fur Elise (to do)
I always enjoy your videos. You have a lovely touch, but like your sister’s submission you seem to be a bit in a hurry on this one. Your piano has a very clear bass.
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/18/10 02:04 AM
32. Serge88 - My Heart Will Go On
Your playing continues to improve with every recital. This piece is very smooth and expressive. Nicely Done!!

33. Euan Morrison - Written On The Sky
This is a very high quality recording. I’m not familiar with the piece but your performance is top drawer. I was hoping to see you play when I saw you had a YouTube of this but the photo of the bridge is nice.
Originally Posted by TX-Dennis
24 pianonewb - Because He Lives, Bill Gaither
I've been looking forward to this one. It's one of the pieces I used to play back before I quit about 25 years ago. I am not disappointed, either. I think the vocal should have been a bit louder or the piano a bit quieter. At times it's difficult to hear your singing - BUT this is a piano recital, not a vocal one. grin I am impressed with your accompaniment. Very nice job especially considering the short time you've been doing this. Very enjoyable (and moving).


Thanks, Dennis. Yes, I struggled with whether or not to boost the vocals a bit, but in the end it's like you said, this is a piano recital, so I tried to balance the song so that it was piano-heavy, while still retaining the vocals' presence. I'm glad you liked it.

Originally Posted by Frozenicicles
24. pianonewb - Because He Lives (to do)
This is great! It’s one of my favourite old style hymns. We mostly sing modern praise and worship songs at my church now, but the old classics are lovely. Your playing complements your voice very well.

Thanks for the complements! We play both at my church, but usually the modern stuff is just an acoustic guitar and vocals, although I use my electric on a really clean amp. It's funny, I prefer the modern stuff when I play guitar, but on the piano I'm in love with the old Gospel style. I hope one day to do it justice.

Originally Posted by CMohr
24. pianonewb - Because He Lives What a great 1 year ABF anniversary submission! I'm always amazed how well all of you guys can play & sing at the same time - really greatly played accompaniment! Your voice has the perrfect tone for this also. Very enjoyable.

Thanks so much!

Originally Posted by Strings & Wood
24. pianonewb - Because He Lives
Very much "Old Time Gospel".

Believe it or not, that's one of the highest complements I could get. Thanks!

Originally Posted by HomeInMyShoes
24 pianoweb - Because He Lives
Thanks for sharing this. Your progress over the year (even the five weeks was impressive) has been incredible. Proof that knowing other instruments is useful for learning the piano.


Thanks. Yes, I believe knowing the guitar was a great help. The techniques don't apply to the piano, but knowledge of the way music is structured does transfer. It also helps me when I take a chord-based approach to the piano. There's experience there to draw from.

Originally Posted by b528nf7
[b]24. pianonewb - Because He Lives
This may be my favorite of the recital. You play and sing with such wonderful honesty. I’m reminded of Gillian Welch and Lucinda Williams when I hear you perform – not that you sound like them but your recording has the same unvarnished emotion that I find in their work.

I'm humbled by this. Thank you very much.
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/18/10 02:59 AM

44. grotrianer - Prelude&Fugue in D major, op.87 no.5 This is marvelous! I really liked reading your description, also. Played expertly. Another piece I wasn't familiar with. But that's what so great about the recitals! Thanks, I loved it.

43. Always Wanted to Play Piano - Le Onde Lovely piece and Lovely playing! Very nice dynamics - I think you'll be the hit of your recital with this!

42. Mark... - Nocturne Any piece with "nocturne" in the title and I'm loving it - this is no exception! Well, except that it's too short - I wanted more. Very well-played, nice and even.

41. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Fanfare for the Common Man Bring on the Olympics! I loved it! Great presentation and I thought your pedaling on those big chords was perfect!

40. MaryBee - La fille aux cheveux de lin Absolutely lovely! You play Debussy so well, and captured the feeling of a shy girl perfectly.

39. MegumiNoda - Improvisation #15 "Hommage a Edith Piaf" You play with wonderful assurance and confidence-it really shines through. Completely enjoyable! Haha erraticoso = not so! It's fantastic.

38. mcasl - Nel cor piu non mi sento: Var I. This Beethoven is so much fun to play. Great job on it-you seem to have a good feeling for Beethoven...now on to the rest of the variations..next recital perhaps? This piece was one of my first Beethoven pieces I learned way, way back when - I still pull it out to play occasionally. Thanks!

37. Monica K. - Golden Fly One Another composer I'm not familiar with - Lovely piece and lovely playing as always! That left hand work would have given me cramps! laugh Awesome job on this one!


last batch to come later...

Continuing on with batch #2:

13. flyingfroggy - Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1
You've created a lovely mood; the texture feels just right. I also love how the 11-against-6's spread out so naturally. For measures that end on synchronized eight notes for both hands, the rhythm sometimes felt just a tiny bit rushed -- that's being really nitpicking though. Overall, the piece is beautifully played.

14. Edtek - Johnson Rag
Thanks for the whimsical rag!

15. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Op. 19/6
I like the leisurely rocking tempo; nice dynamic contrast too. A little more connection on the right hand will let the melody sing out even more. I look forward to hearing more of Op 19 in the future.

16. ladypayne - Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas
That sounds like one busy day! Your dedication to ABF recital is inspiring. Hope all is well with your studies in India!

17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on
You must have had the patience of a saint to learn from watching YouTube videos. I tried to do the same with Howl's Moving Castle but gave up after 10 minutes...

18. ten left thumbs aka Laura - Five Stars
I cannot even tell where the score left off and the improvisation started. Everything flowed very naturally.

19. Frozenicicles - Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello"
Impressive techniques. Those gigantic left-hand runs are spectacular! And there are lots of things that are going really well: the eighth note chords quietly keep the tempo steady, the right hand melody is clear but does not overshadow the left hand; the dynamics also work really well throughout. I've not attempted this etude myself, so my feedback on this piece is largely based on comparisons to other recordings I've heard rather than any personal experience. Right now, the slow parts still sound a little metronomic. Have you tried playing the left-hand melody with your right hand to see what kind of phrasing it produces? In any case, I'm sure when you're done polishing this piece, it'll be beautiful. Please post updates!

20. joangolfing - Italian Concerto--Andante Movement
I like the clean tones and the careful treatment of the ornaments. Looking forward to the first movement next :-)

21. HomeInMyShoes - Op. 30 No. 6 (Venetian Boat Song)
Very nice! And if you go with a slightly slower tempo and gentler dynamics, I think it might make a very nice lullaby for the baby too. He will become a Felix fan yet!

22. Coldsalmon - Aria from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
I enjoyed this thoughtful performance and the pensive mood it created. P.S. thumb for instrument/recording setup via Ubuntu!

23. bluekeys - When You Say Nothing At All
That was fun! In the 80's and 90's, my music spectrum was abysmally narrow, so I wasn't familiar with the original tune. If you didn't say it's country, I wouldn't have guessed it at all. I like its upbeat feeling.

24. pianonewb - Because He Lives
An inspiring performance -- both in terms of the playing and the singing!
Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/18/10 04:32 AM
30. Undone - Prelude Lovely. Made me smile right off the bat. Nicely played.

2. Manndrew - My Song Wow! What a huge project. And you did a really nice job with it. Congratulations!

24. pianonewb - Because He Lives Terrific. Took me back 50 years to Wednesday night services smile

4. True Beginner - Somewhere Beautiful, and expressively played.

27. Another Schmoe - Memories of Green Whoa! this was great! the reverb was perfect for this piece. Your playing brought pictures to my head of someone in a reverie of lost places.

11. mahlzeit - Recital 18 Ya need a better title, ma man laugh I liked a LOT. This has more movement than other pieces of yours I remember. This is swingy and laid-back like a lounge piece - very sophisticated.

17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart Will Go On I can tell by your playing you really like this piece. Very nice.

18. ten left thumbs - Five Stars cool! The improvisation was really a part of the piece as a whole, right in line. (And your "hesitations" are nothing like the one in my improv in F. I win! laugh )

What a great recital.

Cathy
41 Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike - Fanfare for the Common Man
You're getting quite the nice growl out of the lows in this one. This is one of those pieces that I always forget who the composer is for some reason. Copland. Copland. Copland. I really enjoyed your playing here.

42 Mark... - Nocturne
Sounded great Mark. Just watch the evenness in your tempo. I know easier than said. I'm often a tragedy when it comes to evenness.

43 Always Wanted to Play Piano - Le Onde
Wonderful stuff here. Very well done. The audience should be pumped if they get a performance like that. Best of luck on the recital.

44 grotrainer - Prelude & Fugue in D major, op. 87 no. 5
Nicely played. Loved the interplay of the rhythms in the Fugue. Very well done. It gives me more incentive to pull that book of Shostakovich Preludes off the shelf some day. And thanks for the great description to go with the music.

45 Moscheles001 - Minuet in D Minor
Wonderfully played. Very controlled and even. It doesn't sound like the first time you've recorded yourself.

46 ddh - Strawberry Fields Forever
Mmmm...strawberries. I liked the arrangement of this as well and thought it was quite well played.

47 MIghtyS - Jardins sous la pluie
I can't even begin to comprehend the technical difficulties here. As you said, a bit more even in places, but there's a lot of fine work going on here. Quite the accomplishment. Best of luck on the recital.

48 Copper - A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
A cute little song. Nicely done. I'd like to hear this without the strings in the background. I'm having a brain-stall this morning though, which Disney film is this one from? I think it's an older one, but that's all I've got.

49 Mar_red - Caravan
Nicely "faked". What is proper "faking" anyway? smile Too bad you're not still playing the accordion, because I'd really like to hear it on the accordion.

50 DragonPianoPlayer - Invention No. 1
Well played.

51 epf - Dill Pickles Rag
Mmmm...strawberries, dill pickles. Did I even eat breakfast this morning? I always enjoy a good rag. Enjoyable even with warts. There's lots of great stuff in there.

52 jotur- Improv in F
I thought I sensed Scottish in the background of this music then I read the source. I need to somehow get me and the wife to one of these dances some day. They sound like a blast.

53 CMohr - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Sounded great. Great progress for five weeks on your first lead sheet.

54 casinitaly - Lilla
A wonderful piece. Well played. Really great progress for six months.

55 Alexdreamer - Mazurka N.2, Op.7
Good grief. 2 years? Very nicely done. A wonderful piece to have in the repertoire at any level of experience.

56 Schubertian - Bagatelle #3, Op. 126
Dreamy. Maybe a little heavy on the pedal for some Beethoven purists, but very enjoyable. The piano didn't sound that far off tune.

57 Bunneh - Op. 19, No. 6
Unbelievable progress for less than two years. I just worked on this after sixteen years and it was still a tricky piece. Nicely handled. Good dynamics.

58 Inlanding - Complaint op. 3 nr. 1
This was very enjoyable. A nice gently left hand.

59 Ttigg - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete
Nicely played. I didn't hear much wrong here. Don't chop the end off the recording though. I like hearing the resonance drift off.

And, with previous times I've finished listening to the recital there's a bit of emptiness that there's not another link to click on. I guess I'll just have to go and listen again. Everything was very enjoyable everyone. Everyone should take a bow now. Clap, clap, clap...
Posted By: Undone Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/18/10 11:40 AM
Originally Posted by Frozenicicles
30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7
Very well done! I felt that the tops of the chords could be voiced a bit more, and personally I would prefer the melody to be more over-dotted. This is a simple but very satisfying Prelude.

Thanks for the critique Frozenicicles, I appreciate your taking the time to point out some areas I can work to improve.

Originally Posted by TX-Dennis
30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7, Chopin
Very good job!

Thanks TX-Dennis, I really appreciate it.

Originally Posted by HomeInMyShoes
Undone Op. 28 No. 7
That's the joy of this piece. It has so much in such a small space. A great one to work out. Thanks for submitting this. I'd suggest a bit of a lighter touch overall, but that will come. Only 2 years and a few months in? Nice.

Thanks HomeInMyShoes, “a lighter touch” is something I’m definitely trying to work on, especially when the left and right hand both require a somewhat different touch.

Originally Posted by Strings & Wood
30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7
Nice work Undone. You handled this very well. A bit more refinement in the left hand, but sounds as if you are on to that. I enjoyed listening.

Thanks Strings & Wood, I found it a little daunting submitting such a well known and often learned piece, but it really does allow for some of the best feedback.

Originally Posted by jotur
Undone - Prelude Lovely. Made me smile right off the bat. Nicely played.

Thanks jotur, glad you liked it.


Undone
Woah! Thanks for all the amazing comments! Its a dream for me to hear such comments from people as experienced as you guys! Since this is my first recital! I thought i'll reply to each of the commenters individually! Sorry for the spam!

Originally Posted by TX-Dennis
17 Mohan Karthik - My Heart Will Go On, James Horner & Will Jennings
A very nice interpretation of this moving piece, Mohan. The song is gorgeous - Celine Dion I can live without. Very nice!

Thank you! But the interpretation goes to RememberSeptember! I just played it with as much emotion as I can put into the song.

Originally Posted by Strings & Wood
17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart Will Go On
This is a favorite one for me. I always enjoy listening to it and this was no exception. Thank you!

Thanks a lot Stings!

Originally Posted by Frozenicicles
17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on.
This is great! You brought out the melody very well. I thought that it could use more dynamics and flexibility of tempo. I especially love the dreamy opening. The pianoteq samples sound great.

Yes! I expected the criticism. I'm surprised that only you have mentioned it! I thought lots of people will do so. I was too scared during the recording since it was the 100th recording or so. I was too scared of messing it up! I'll do better once I get over my fear.


Originally Posted by CMohr
17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on Very nice playing. I enjoy this song much more as a piano solo (sans Celine) Good job!

Oh! LOL! Thank you very much! I'm very flattered!


Originally Posted by John Frank
17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on
Mohan - very nicely done - relaxing and serene - perfect keyboard sound for this piece.

Yes, the Pianoteq is amazing! Thanks!


Originally Posted by HomeInMyShoes
17 Mohan Karthik - My Heart will Go On
Oh oh, are you sure you guys aren't affiliate with the CRTC? Sometimes it takes listening to music outside of the usual sources to get a feel for the piece. Thanks for sharing a piece I'd never think to pick up. It is beautiful and your playing was great. It does bring to mind for me the question of if a piece is moving me or is the context that I heard a piece in moving me? I was a big fan of the quote from High Fidelity where he talks about arranging his music collection autobiographically. I did enjoy this immensely.

That was the most esoteric comment I got! laugh.. Thanks for that. I'm glad you enjoyed this variation! I hope you pick up the song and record it for us smile


Originally Posted by Riddler
17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on
Mohan, what a nice touch, very heartfelt, moving. Excellent recording, too - speaks well for Pianoteq. Well done!

Thanks a lot Riddler!

Originally Posted by Monica K.
17 – Mohan: I agree with you
This is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard, and I never get tired of it. I like your arrangement a lot; it’s not the usual one you hear. I'll have to check out that tutorial.

Oh! This is generally the arrangement I hear in any YouTube video! Guess i've to look around a little more laugh.

Originally Posted by MegumiNoda
17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on
You must have had the patience of a saint to learn from watching YouTube videos. I tried to do the same with Howl's Moving Castle but gave up after 10 minutes...

Haha! For someone who cant sight-read efficiently, youtube is a better alternative laugh.. Although i'm working on sight reading now.

Originally Posted by jotur
17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart Will Go On
I can tell by your playing you really like this piece. Very nice.

The comment I was hoping for Jotur! You made my day! I really wanted that emotion, that hope, that feeling that was inside me to show in that song.
Posted By: Manndrew Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/18/10 04:24 PM
01. dannylux / Mel - Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8
First, thank you for the excellent explanation of this piece in your notes. A very beautiful prelude. Excellent dynamics on building to your crescendos. The soft ending was wonderful. You showed terrific control of the keyboard. Very moving

03. b528nf7 (Bill) - Your Song
Bill, for me this is the best performance of yours that I've heard. First I love the lyric and melody of "Your Song" and Elton John's style of playing is not that easy. You absolutely nailed the accompaniment and your vocals were great. A perfect blend. Excellent job.

04. TrueBeginner - Somewhere
A beautiful composition. You had some very interesting variations on the main theme. Serenely played with a consistent rhythm. Well done.

05. BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1
I loved this. Your technique was excellent. Clear and well articulated. The runs were very good. Terrific for only 11 months playing.

06. Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie
Mr. S-H, you created a very big sound here in keeping with the epic nature of the film. I liked the pauses, very effective. Your tempo and variations were perfect. Very nice.

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen
Todd, I applaud your effort in taking on a piece of this scale. It really does tell a story. So many changes of melody, rhythm, and dynamics. Great work here. I especially liked the reintroduction of the main theme and the conversational aspect to your playing style.

08. Strings & Wood/CarlMc - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
This brought back fond memories of my children playing and singing this song. For me, the tempo was a little too slow.

09. John Frank - Return to the Heart
John, I am truly impressed with the progress you're making. Just ease up a little on some of those downbeats. Great touch on the softer sections. Sometimes if you accent the last beat of the prior measure and ease up on the 1st beat of the following measure the music flows better and is more connected.

10. Riddler (Ed) - Impressions
Ed, our resident trio guy does it again. This was great. Terrific interplay keyboard to backups. I liked the key changes especially. Very good timing.

11. mahlzeit - Recital 18

You know this sounds a bit familiar to me as well. It's very pleasant and I like some of the unexpected chord changes. It has a laid back kind of gentle summer's day quality.

Posted By: Peyton Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/18/10 04:25 PM
59. A very thoughtful, serene piece. You really caught the mood with your playing.

58. What a sweet work. You build up the crescendo's perfectly. very nice playing.

57.- Man, one wonderful piece after another. I know you say "way too hard" for you but you would not know that listening to your playing.

56.- I have not heard this in such a long time. Well done.

55.- A nice start on this deceptively easy work. Isn't that the case with most Chopin? I hope you keep working it.

54.- Sweet moody piece. I think you caught the feeling well.
1 - Bortkiewicz Prelude in D-flat major Op 33 No 8 played by dannylux/Mel. Not sure what I can say but I really enjoy your wonderful performance. This is the second time I hear Bortkiewicz. The first time I heard Bortkiewicz played by a friend in NY a couple months ago.


4 - Truebeginner Somewhere played by the composer himself!!! Only 2 years and 3 months? WOWWWW!!! Very beautiful.


6 - James Horner The Ludlows played by Mr Super-Hunky. You played a 4-minute piece from sheet music. laugh I always knew you can do it. Reading notes isn't too bad, is it?
Posted By: Sam S Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/18/10 05:23 PM
More Mendelssohn! Three pieces by one of my favorite piano composers in this recital.

21. HomeInMyShoes - Op. 30 No. 6 (Venetian Boat Song) Very expressive. I especially liked the way that you build up and down in the measures before the trills. And again at the end between trills. I bet you could even slow this down a little and bring out the moodiness of it more.

57. Bunneh - Venezianisches Gondellied op. 19 No. 6 You had a much better tempo than I did - more lively. And more control in the very quiet ending - that was well done. I really enjoyed your version. One easy thing that you can do to add something is pick up those "dots" in the right hand in measure 10. I try to play the first one at least. It's great - very well done. Next time use your new grand...

15. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Op. 19/6 This is me. Too slow and too heavy with the left hand...

Sam
Posted By: Sam S Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/18/10 05:54 PM
Back to Bach - we should have an all Bach recital sometime...

20. joangolfing - Italian Concerto--Andante Movement This is a tough piece. That florid melody line with all those ornaments - it really takes some courage to play this, and you did a great job. I tried to follow along with the music and I had a hard time keeping up with everything. The toughest part is that you really cannot obtrude with the pedal to connect the left hand or it would spoil the melody line, and i think you handled that really well.

22. Coldsalmon - Aria from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 One of my favorite recordings is the old Glenn Gould version of this. Thank you for not humming along like he does. This is another difficult piece that sounds so simple until you actually try to play it. Did you work out the ornaments for yourself? Outstanding job for someone who has only been playing for about three years.

45. Moscheles001 - Minuet in D Minor This is your first time recording yourself? Great job. I especially liked the ending.

50. DragonPianoPlayer - Invention No 1 Interesting interpretation. I don't think I have ever heard it at that slow a tempo, but it definitely works. Nice job with the ornaments and the subtle dynamic changes too.

Posted By: Sam S Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/18/10 06:13 PM
The Beethoven entries:

28. Augustina - Fur Elise Good job. Everybody has to play this at some point in their musical life - even if you are tired of it now you can always come back to it later.

38. mcasl - Nel cor piu non mi sento: Var I. I had never heard this before - thanks for playing it, and you did a great job. Watch your counting though, for instance in the second full measure and the eighth. A great job for only 19 months experience.

56. Schubertian - Bagatelle #3, Op. 126 Another piece I never heard. Very well done, with excellent dynamics and I loved the arpeggios and trills.

Sam
Posted By: Sam S Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/18/10 06:32 PM
The ubiquitous Chopin entries:

13. flyingfroggy - Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1 Polyrhythms! Ack! This is my favorite Nocturne too - some day I hope to play it this well - great job.

19. Frozenicicles - Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello" What can I say? Wonderful.

30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7 See what you can do in only 28 months? Nice job.

36. pianofossil - Waltz in A minor Op 34 No 2 Great job in your very first ABF recital. Impressive for less than two years - this is one of the pieces I want very badly to learn.

55. Alexdreamer - Mazurka N.2, Op.7 I am amazed at the fine playing by people like you with less than two years experience. Great job.

Sam
Posted By: Sam S Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/18/10 06:43 PM
Two Debussy entries this time:

40. MaryBee - La fille aux cheveux de lin Quiet and serene - it does remind of a forest just awakening. Excellent job.

47. MIghtyS - Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain) The first time I have heard this - sounds very difficult. You did a great job.

Sam
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/18/10 06:43 PM

36. pianofossil - Waltz in A minor Op 34 No 2 The red dot didn't kill much, I'd say! Very expressively played. Congrats on your first recital! (It does get a little easier facing the red dot) thumb

35. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Blue Such a heartfelt performance! Beautifully touching. You are so right, what we feel definitely transfers into our playing - you certainly accomplished this.

34. Tenolios - Band of Brothers Main Title Only 9 months?! Absolutely incredible! Very accomplished playing on a very, very moving piece.

33. Euan Morrison - Written On The Sky I loved this piece! You always play sublimely. But too short, arg.

32. Serge88 - My Heart Will Go On I replied to Mohan in the same way - this is so very pretty as a piano solo. Good dynamics, you made this "sing" for me. Thanks

31. Jazzwee - Very Early I like your interpretation and tempo. You are so very talented at this! I also appreciate that you didn't lose the melody in your soloing. It's always a pleasure to hear your recordings!


30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7 Oh, you got the expression! I know it's a short piece, but there's alot there and you gave it all importance. Very well done!


Another wonderful recital - they just keep getting better! Thank you to Monica, Mahlzeit, Copper and everyone else involved in putting this together yet again! I'm honored to be able to take part. Where else can one "get together" with 58 of their cyberfriends and share their joy of the piano?! heart
Posted By: BenPiano Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/18/10 06:55 PM
13. flyingfroggy - Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1
I love this nocturne. This was beautifully played - a real treat to hear!

14. Edtek - Johnson Rag
Flawless - well done!

15. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Op. 19/6
No flotation devices needed here! smile Some day I would like to play something from Op. 19. Well done!

16. ladypayne - Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas
A beautiful piece - well played! Love how you can fuss with your music book and not miss a beat!

17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on
Well done on a familiar tune!

18. ten left thumbs aka Laura - Five Stars
Loved the improv!
21 – HomeInMyShoes: With a four month old baby in the house, it’s impressive that you manage to get ANYTHING done, let alone work up a piece for the recital! Between you and Sam, I’m beginning to think that this Mendohlsson guy is somebody I need to add to my very short list of classical composers to learn. Great job! And I thought your trills sounded terrific the way they were.

22 – Coldsalmon: I find the Goldberg variations to be some of the more melodic (and enjoyable) Bach pieces. Impressive you were able to tackle this one for not having played all that long!

23 – Bluekeys: Great job of improvising! Loved those runs and fills in the second verse. I also liked how you started off an octave higher and then dropped down. Very effective!

24 – Pianonewb: Happy one year PW anniversary! You’re going to have to change your login name to “PianoOld” instead. I enjoyed your song; as I listened, I could envision a rocking chair on a comfortable porch in a traditional southern home, sipping lemonade on a hot Sunday morning with the sound of the hymns from the nearby church wafting over the hills...

25 – Peyton: The entry wins several “best of recital” award, in my opinion. Without a doubt it wins the “best title of a piece” prize hands down. But I’m also amazed at the complexity of the composition. I would need an advanced course in music theory to understand just how you were able to pull off a bluesy piece using middle-eastern scales/modes/whatever the heck those things are that make eastern music sound unambiguously eastern. wow

26 – TxDennis: “Mulan” was my daughter’s favorite Disney movie when she was 5 or 6, and we owned the soundtrack AND the DVD and watched/listened to them, oh, 8,659 times, give or take a few. I’ve tried playing Brickman arrangements more than once and find them very very hard (he sure does love those complicated off-beat rhythms).. My hat’s off to you for being able to handle this one.

27 – AnotherSchmoe: “Blade Runner” is one of my hubby’s favorite movies, and we’ve seen it several times. The soundtrack is stunning, and you do a terrific job of capturing the poignancy of the music. Loved those rolled chords!

28 – Augustina: Given how many recitals we’ve had, it’s surprising that Fur Elise has not been played more. I enjoyed hearing it from you. smile

29 – AnthonyB: When “Nightbook” was released, I thought “Indaco” was the most beautiful piece on it, and I was so looking forward to getting the sheet music for it. Then when the book arrived I was crushed to discover that it was DANGED HARD, with all sorts of intimidating rhythms in that middle section. So I am tremendously impressed that you were not only able to learn the piece so well but learn it so quickly! wow

30 – Undone: “Short” does not by any stretch of the imagination necessarily mean “easy.” With this piece, as you note, expression is key. I thought you gave this piece the delicate, relaxed air it deserves.
Posted By: Peyton Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/18/10 10:51 PM
Monica, thanks! You would not believe the series of "bad days" I've been having and your comment was a needed pick-me-up.
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56 Schubertian - Bagatelle #3, Op. 126
Dreamy. Maybe a little heavy on the pedal for some Beethoven purists, but very enjoyable. The piano didn't sound that far off tune.


You are right Home/Shoes - there is probably more pedal in this than a purist would allow - but most interesting to me is that Beethoven very clearly indicates that the pedal is to be held down for the entire last four bars, giving it an almost impressionistic blur of a fade - this is such an unusual piece and, like all these Op 126 Bagatelles, I like it better every day.
Originally Posted by MegumiNoda
19. Frozenicicles - Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello"
Impressive techniques. Those gigantic left-hand runs are spectacular! And there are lots of things that are going really well: the eighth note chords quietly keep the tempo steady, the right hand melody is clear but does not overshadow the left hand; the dynamics also work really well throughout. I've not attempted this etude myself, so my feedback on this piece is largely based on comparisons to other recordings I've heard rather than any personal experience. Right now, the slow parts still sound a little metronomic. Have you tried playing the left-hand melody with your right hand to see what kind of phrasing it produces? In any case, I'm sure when you're done polishing this piece, it'll be beautiful. Please post updates!

Thanks for your comment. My interpretation has a lot less rubato than what you would normally hear. Whenever I try to add more, it starts sounding feeling very contrived. I admire those who can make rubato effortless and natural. It's been more than 2 years since I started this Etude. Perhaps I haven't reached the necessary maturity to do its interpretation full justice.
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/19/10 12:40 AM
TX Dennis-

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I like the sound of your teacher's piano, too. It has that beautiful complex tone one thinks of when one hears the name Steinway. Sadly, not all Steinways do. That is a pretty impressive start to learning pieces from a lead sheet.


Thanks for the nice comments and for listening! The invitation to use the Steinway is open, so I hope to get some more time on it.

HIMS Thank you, too, for your kind comments!
Originally Posted by Frozenicicles
My interpretation has a lot less rubato than what you would normally hear. Whenever I try to add more, it starts sounding feeling very contrived.


Maybe it actually sounds pretty good, but you feel self-conscious about it for some reason?

Not sure if this helps (it helps me with writing): make a recording of a version with "more rubato"; put it away for a week or so; then try to listen/critique to it more objectively with a fresh frame of mind later.

Anyway, although I don't know you personally, just based on your PW postings, I suspect you have more than enough maturity for the piece.

Good luck!
Posted By: Serge88 Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/19/10 03:04 AM
Finally I was able to listen to the recital 18.

01. dannylux / Mel - Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8 (to do)
Very nice Prelude

02. Manndrew (Andy) - My Song (to do)
A+++

03. b528nf7 (Bill) - Your Song (to do)
A classic song from Elton, wonderful

04. TrueBeginner - Somewhere (to do)
Very nice composition, not beginner anymore laugh

05. BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1 (to do)
Very nice sonatina

06. Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie (to do)
Another Super-recital

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen (to do)
9 minutes of piano playing, two thumbs up.

08. Strings & Wood/CarlMc - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You (to do)
So nice, it's now on my list.

09. John Frank - Return to the Heart (to do)
Beautiful.

10. Riddler (Ed) - Impressions (to do)
Great Jazz song

11. mahlzeit - Recital 18 (to do)
You have a lot of talent for composition but not for title of piece laugh

12. Ken. - Ask Me Now (to do)
Very nice, keep learning Jazz

13. flyingfroggy - Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1 (to do)
Chopin at his best.

14. Edtek - Johnson Rag (to do)
Very nice for your first recital

15. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Op. 19/6 (to do)
Another great classical

16. ladypayne - Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas (to do)
I really enjoy it.

17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on (to do)
Very nice, I like your rendition. I think I will change the way I play it.

18. ten left thumbs aka Laura - Five Stars (to do)
Didn't hear any hesitation.

19. Frozenicicles - Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello" (to do)
Another wonderful Chopin.

more to come...

Serge
25. Peyton - Babbleon
Wow! That's an awesome, creative original composition! The combination of of blues and Middle Eastern influences is really striking.

26. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Reflection
I enjoyed this sweet song (is it ok to say "song" in this context?). Thanks!

27. AnotherSchmoe - Memories Of Green
"And all those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain..." One of my favorite movies too :-)

28. Augustina - Fur Elise
I know what you mean about playing something so much to the point of getting tired of it. Congrats on having completed this piece; it's something of a milestone, I think. I hope you are enjoying learning something new!

29. AnthonyB - Indaco
I like the serene mood this piece creates. Congrats on conquering the tough passages. The overall effect is very smooth.

30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7
Isn't this a wonderful prelude? So short and yet so expressive. I like the unhurried tempo you chose. If the left-hand were a tad softer/gentler, the melody will appear even more lyrical.

31. Jazzwee - Very Early
The music has a free flowing feel to it. Improvising on Bill Evans must be so incredibly challenging. Kudos!

32. Serge88 - My Heart Will Go On
Very expressively played!

33. Euan Morrison - Written On The Sky
The subtle nuances make this a pleasure to listen to.

34. Tenolios - Band of Brothers Main Title
This sounds a little like a hymn to me. You play it very well!

35. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Blue
Thanks for sharing this moving, heart-felt performance with us. I think I watched a few episodes of "Maria-sama ga miteru" when it came out, but the soundtrack didn't make as strong an impact as hearing it now.

36. pianofossil - Waltz in A minor Op 34 No 2
Hey, fellow first time recital participant! This is a really expressive performance! The red dot didn't mute it at all. Using an external mic (if your camcorder can connect to one) can reduce some of the ambient noises. I just got a camcorder too, so I am also still fiddling with all the recording mechanisms.
Posted By: jazzwee Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/19/10 05:15 AM
01. dannylux / Mel - Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8
Very lovely music. Could have been a jazz ballad. Wonderful job Dannylux.

02. Manndrew (Andy) - My Song
Great job again Keith, errr...Andy. Where do you find these transcriptions? We share the same idol apparently. Obviously difficult to play but well done.

03. b528nf7 (Bill) - Your Song
One of my favorite piano tunes which I used to play by ear. A very nice arrangement Bill. Wonderfully played and sung. Just because I play jazz now doesn't I forget all these tunes I grew up with and that you always play. You bring me back memories. Thanks.

04. TrueBeginner - Somewhere
Self composition? Nice job TB. Always extra points for those who compose too. Played very well.

05. BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1
Nicely done Ben. Very even and you sound very much in control. Looks like you're doing quite well in your piano journey at 11 months.

06. Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie
Lovely tune and nicely played Mr SH. With that beautiful piano sound, I think you can experiment with variations in dynamics. Truly 7ft of sweetness.

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen
Sounds like a challenging piece Todd. Well done! For technical advice to take you up to the next notch, there are some parts that sound like they need to be more legato particularly the middle notes of the phrase and even when you play fortissimo, you'll learn later on that not every note is played at the same level. If you stick to this piece for awhile you'll be able to experiment with some of this. Listened to this several times.

08. Strings & Wood/CarlMc - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Nice touch CarlMc (you're messing me up with your name change). From what I recall from the past recitals this is decidely a big improvement. Lovely playing.

09. John Frank - Return to the Heart
Nicely done John. It sounds like one your better submissions. Very enjoyable playing and a nice piece of music.

10. Riddler (Ed) - Impressions
Your productions are just so well done it brings a smile to my face. Of course I listened to this the first day of the recital as well so just holding off my comments till now. I don't know this tune but your interesting choices always make me want to learn them. You did it so cleanly that I don't know where the improvisation begins. Wonderful production (the whole thing), truly. Good comping too BTW, especially during the bass solo. I've got to learn Naima too after hearing it from you. I bought the track right after.

11. mahlzeit - Recital 18
It does sound familiar, but not like one source. Sounds like snippets of several. It sounds great. Your touch has matured too. A very classy performance.

12. Ken. - Ask Me Now
NICE CHOICE OF TUNE! Your good taste already got me in a good mood. Your first pedaling tune? You got it perfectly. You actually sound like you've been playing longer. Well done!

13. flyingfroggy - Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1
Very fine piano playing flyingfroggy. That was truly enjoyable to listen to. And a very nice piano sound coming out of that Schimmel.

14. Edtek - Johnson Rag
That was very nice Edtek. Played with a lot of precision. But very short.

15. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Op. 19/6
Great performance Sam. To bring it up a notch technically, probably could use some
differentation in dynamics between melody and comping and maybe some slight rubato to flex the time a little. I think it might suit this piece. Nice job.

16. ladypayne - Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas
Nicely played ladypayne. Yes the rushing was noticeable smile But I'm a jazz guy so I notice rushing more than others. Other than that though it sounds wonderful. Not bad for a rush job.

17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on
You have a nice touch Mohan for a relative beginner. Looks like piano comes naturally to you. The balance in your hands usually comes after many more years, plus very even playing.

18. ten left thumbs aka Laura - Five Stars
You're finally improvising! It sounds like you're hearing the melodies now and the phrasing is coming too. Subtle time differences that just make the music pop. Great job. Keep at it.

19. Frozenicicles - Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello"
Very nice Frozenicicles. You're obviously an advanced pianist. Wonderful touch and WHAT LEFT HAND WORK. Whew! My only complaint is that you need to get a tuner to tune that piano. We can't have anything ruin this. You stretch the word beginner. LOL. smile

20. joangolfing - Italian Concerto--Andante Movement
It's amazing you can focus on these pieces for such long periods of time. I have to admire your tenacity. Nice performance and very well enjoyed.

21. HomeInMyShoes - Op. 30 No. 6 (Venetian Boat Song)
Heavenly sounding playing HomeInMyShoes. That was exquisite and I was disappointed that it wasn't long enough. I really enjoy it when you guys post and stretch the meaning of the 'beginner' smile. Looking forward to hearing you on the next recital.

22. Coldsalmon - Aria from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
You had such precision in your playing ColdSalmon, sounding like you have more experience than you indicate. Nice touch and even playing. You must be a natural. Well done.

23. bluekeys - When You Say Nothing At All
Nice to hear you improvising bluekeys. I like the balance between your LH and RH. It really brings out the melodies. The hardest part of improvising is being able to do all this with evenness and perfection in rhythm even when the mind interjects an idea. If you become conscious of that, you'll be jumping to the next level in no time. Great work.

24. pianonewb - Because He Lives
Great job playing by ear. You were filling in nicely and nice phrasing (on the piano). Good singing too.

25. Peyton - Babbleon
You're really creative Peyton. That was fascinating and totally unexpected from what it started with. Wonderful performance and got my foot tapping smile

26. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Reflection
The timing of hearing this is amazing. My kids just got the Mulan movie just today. What a coincidence. Very nice arrangement and you played it very well. Great job.

27. AnotherSchmoe - Memories Of Green
Very nicely done AnotherSchmoe. Looks like you need some new fancy Synth to add your other effects. But you played it so well that it doesn't need anything else.

28. Augustina - Fur Elise
Good job Augustina. You certainly sound like you've played this a lot and it shows in your confidence. A technical tip would be to watch when you lift the pedal. It seems always a tad early so you cut off the legato to the next chord. You'll want to make the pedal invisible.

29. AnthonyB - Indaco
You're certainly becoming an expert at New Age. You're really good at it. Very enjoyable playing.

30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7
Nicely played Undone. I hope this gives you confidence to bring it up to tempo. You did well and I'm looking forward to hear you at the next recital.

32. Serge88 - My Heart Will Go On
Wonderful rendition Serge88. Your touch has improved quite a bit and your LH balances nicely with the RH melody. Getting better each time!

33. Euan Morrison - Written On The Sky
Nice work of learning this by ear and played with a nice touch. For technical advice, you'll need to even out your rhythm more and this will sound even more amazing. Great work.

34. Tenolios - Band of Brothers Main Title
Good work Tenolios. Not bad for 9 months. Keep it up!

35. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Blue
Your explanation of what this music means to adds to my appreciation of this. I felt like you were able to convey that feeling in this piece. Wonderfully done.

36. pianofossil - Waltz in A minor Op 34 No 2
Nice work pianofossil. It looks like the Red dot failed since you have quite a success here. Very well played and a great 1st recital entry. A higher quality than would be expected after two years.

37. Monica K. - Golden Fly One
I was about to say this was more rhythmic than I usually hear from you and then I see you write the same thing. It's a success. You've certainly conquered this and the piano sound is wonderful. Maybe lessen the LH a bit and increase the volume of the Melody more. That should bring it up a notch. I know how hard it is to keep a constant ostinato going there. Congratulations on a major achievement.

38. mcasl - Nel cor piu non mi sento: Var I.
Good job mcasl. I'm glad you're able to submit to the recital even the trials of real life. Looking forward to a longer submission next time around. On this one, you can work on evenness a little and that should bring you up to the next level.

39. MegumiNoda - Improvisation #15 "Hommage a Edith Piaf"
Quite enjoyable playing from obviously advanced pianist. Lovely touch and control. The volume was a little low so I was hoping the recording was a little clearer since this is amazing playing. Looks like you didn't forget much of your childhood playing.

40. MaryBee - La fille aux cheveux de lin
Your comment about your playing made me laugh. Reminds me of my wife who has put up years of what she describes as 'banging' smile So I hear you. This is certainly not banging and it sounds great. You handled the dynamics and pedalling flawlessly.

41. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Fanfare for the Common Man
I like your music choice. Brought me memories. It is hard to play this evenly because of the wide spaces in between so if you want to perfect it, play it against a metronome. Nice job.

42. Mark... - Nocturne
Nice work Mark. There's some missing/incorrect beat in there somewhere. You may want to restudy the score as some notes are not aligned. Could be a good learning experience. If there's some other version you can listen to, you can compare. Sorry, it's my jazz habit of counting so I'm sensitive to the rhythm. Unfortunately the streaming audio has no time marker so I can't point it out. Maybe the 3rd phrase of the melody.

More to follow (not much more) smile

Wonderful performances so far.
Originally Posted by jazzwee
19. Frozenicicles - Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello"
Very nice Frozenicicles. You're obviously an advanced pianist. Wonderful touch and WHAT LEFT HAND WORK. Whew! My only complaint is that you need to get a tuner to tune that piano. We can't have anything ruin this. You stretch the word beginner. LOL. smile

Heh heh...sorry for the tuning problem. My tech said that every 8 months was probably enough for my piano but I'm starting to think otherwise. Maybe he underestimated the vigour of my playing. One of my G#'s is woefully flat and always beats when played in an octave. Yeah, I'm not a beginner anymore but I still feel like one when I play something like this. I'm in a bit of a slump these days and having terrible practice sessions, so thanks for the encouragement! Gotta beat the romantic and impressionist stuff into submission so it comes naturally like baroque and classical. smile
Posted By: BenPiano Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/19/10 06:04 AM
19. Frozenicicles - Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello"
Wow! I hate to admit I've never heard this piece before, and for some reason, even though I subscribe to you on YT, I somehow missed the sneak peak of this. Nonetheless, this was very impressive! Those left hand runs look wicked. 2 years on this one?? Now, *that's* dedication!

20. joangolfing - Italian Concerto--Andante Movement
I love the simply complex nature of Bach works. Well played!

21. HomeInMyShoes - Op. 30 No. 6 (Venetian Boat Song)
This is the 2nd Mendelssohn performance so far, and so far I'm really digging it! And, as for any flubs caused by background screaming (I couldn't tell anyway), just wait until they can bang on the keys while you're playing - if that doesn't cure one of performance anxiety, I don't know what will. Well done!

22. Coldsalmon - Aria from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Loved it - nice playing!

23. bluekeys - When You Say Nothing At All
I'm not familiar with the song, but it sounded great - well done!

Originally Posted by BenPiano
19. Frozenicicles - Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello"
Wow! I hate to admit I've never heard this piece before, and for some reason, even though I subscribe to you on YT, I somehow missed the sneak peak of this. Nonetheless, this was very impressive! Those left hand runs look wicked. 2 years on this one?? Now, *that's* dedication!

Thanks! I was sneaky and made my video private until recital day. cool I didn't spend 2 years practicing it without break, or I would be thoroughly sick of it by now. It took me about a month to get polished and I performed it at a recital. The first few times I performed it were rather terrible - blurred pedaling and clunky phrasing. I gave it about 6 months of rest and performed it again, with better results. This time, it only took me a few days to get it back into shape with some improvements. This is one of those pieces that I can keep on rediscovering every time I bring it back to life. I think it'll be handy to keep up my arsenal whenever someone asks me to perform "cold" on a foreign piano, because the slow recitative section can serve as testing grounds for the pedaling, tone and action.

Originally Posted by MightyS
Frozenicicles,

thank you for your comment. This piece turned out to be a lot more difficult than I thought when I started practicing it. I have another recording about a month ago, (if you care to see, here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P1SLUSRm8Q). At that point, I had a month + of practice, and now I realized that actually my playing was more even and better back then than the one that I submitted. I think because, as I got more used to the fingering, I got sloppier. I think I will practice slowly again to improve precision.

I took a look at that video, and your playing was indeed more controlled (although less refined) back then. Pieces like the one you're working on require regular tune-up work via slow practice, hands separate, and rhythms to keep them fresh. It's a good idea to start doing that now or you might do damage by sloppily playing it at performance tempo. I used to dislike slow practice and sometimes permanently ruined pieces beyond repair. You're definitely nowhere near that stage yet. smile
Posted By: mcasl Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/19/10 08:32 AM
Congratulations, great recital!
I am enjoying a wonderful time listening these amazing renditions.

Thank you for the positive feedback as well. I am writing down all your recommendations.

Manuel
Thank you all for the comments. I'll practice Fur Elise a bit more this summer when I'm unemployed and have nothing to do:). Also put everyone's music on my mp3 player for my 6 hour car drive up north, will try and post comments sometime this weekend:)
I may have missed some comments, but they do mean a lot. Just the fact that people take time to listen means a lot. Thanks for all the comments everyone.

Originally Posted by joangolfing
Very well done. I suspect it won't take your son long to like Mendelssohn with this to listen to

I'm a little worried about the first, second and third rebellions. smile

Originally Posted by TX-Dennis
This is such a beautiful piece (and quite challenging). Your version sings. I'm not a purist - it sounds wonderful to my ears.

Outside of the trills, and an awkward little descending thirds passage in a few spots in this one, I found Op. 19, No. 6 (Sam's and Bunneh's entry) to be more demanding of my brain, but then I tried to put that one together in three months and this one, well, it might have been the entry for the last recital, but it was still a bit kludgey to me.

Originally Posted by Frozenicicles

Congrats on being a father! Your baby is lucky to grow up with this music to listen to. I’m not going to compare yours to the original, so it sounds fine to me. I like hearing a different interpretation once in awhile. To keep your long trill even and the right speed, try practicing it measured against the left hand, using rotation in your wrist. I’m not very good at trills myself.

Thanks for the congratulations and the tips on trills. I'm sure if I had a teacher right now I'd get that technique cleaned up a bit. And maybe make a bit faster progress on some things. Of course, I wouldn't feel as free to just sit and play some days either.

Originally Posted by CMohr

I love this selection from SWW. It was the first one I ever listened to way back when. You also have the "rocking" feeling of the gondola down. Man, those trills gave me goosebumps. Your recordings always sound so great and clear. Very excellent playing, and a nice tempo.

Thanks. I'm trying to pay more attention to tempo. A lot of the time in the past, I was always playing a bit slower than indicated and never pushing myself to bring things up to indicated tempos and I think I was doing myself a disservice both to technique and to interpretive freedom.

Originally Posted by b528nf7
This piece is quite beautiful as is your performance.

Thanks Bill. Mendelssohn has quite a few pieces that really hold their own in the Romantic repertoire.

Originally Posted by MegumiNoda
Very nice! And if you go with a slightly slower tempo and gentler dynamics, I think it might make a very nice lullaby for the baby too. He will become a Felix fan yet!

It does slow down quite nicely. I'm surprised playing quieter pieces and more dynamically flat hasn't calmed him down much. My wife used to sit in a chair and read while I practiced during the pregnancy.

Originally Posted by Sam Smith
Very expressive. I especially liked the way that you build up and down in the measures before the trills. And again at the end between trills. I bet you could even slow this down a little and bring out the moodiness of it more.

I've been working on tempo quite a bit with pieces now. I'm a bit under the tempo marked on my edition at 69 to the beat. I'm usually around the mid-60s now. I've practiced it a few times around 75, to get my brain thinking faster. The two Venetian Boat Songs I've worked on so far change in feeling dramatically as the tempo changes. I like both of them a bit slower than indicated, but not too slow. Probably incorrectly, but if I think of the left hand as the ripples/waves/incessant boat rocking and the right hand melody as the poler than the faster tempos make more sense to me.

Originally Posted by Monica K.
With a four month old baby in the house, it’s impressive that you manage to get ANYTHING done, let alone work up a piece for the recital! Between you and Sam, I’m beginning to think that this Mendohlsson guy is somebody I need to add to my very short list of classical composers to learn. Great job! And I thought your trills sounded terrific the way they were.

Sam and I are working diligently on making a dent in the Chopin and Einaudi monopolies around here. smile I also think it was GreenRain (where did GreenRain go, I miss their performances) who first played one of the Boat Songs at the recitals.

Time is all relative now. I spend most of the time I can get working at half to two-thirds tempos now trying to clean up my messy fingers. It's worked wonders for some things and not for others. And time is relative Monica. Considering that this one was on the short list for last recital, it's had another three months (okay, maybe two months) of almost daily work plus a two week intensive clean-up period before the last recital. I probably first started work on this more than eight months ago.

Originally Posted by jazzwee
Heavenly sounding playing HomeInMyShoes. That was exquisite and I was disappointed that it wasn't long enough. I really enjoy it when you guys post and stretch the meaning of the 'beginner' . Looking forward to hearing you on the next recital.
When it takes me more than eight months to get a piece to this point you'll understand how I feel like a beginner when I see what people play in three or less years. I've got pieces that I've worked on (on and off) for more than three years. smile

Originally Posted by BenPiano
This is the 2nd Mendelssohn performance so far, and so far I'm really digging it! And, as for any flubs caused by background screaming (I couldn't tell anyway), just wait until they can bang on the keys while you're playing - if that doesn't cure one of performance anxiety, I don't know what will. Well done!

Haha. You should have seen the look on his face when I sat him on my lap at the piano and he pushed on the keys and it made a sound. Every day is an adventure. Sometimes hard, but always good.


@Schubertian: I will definitely have to take a look at the Op. 126 Bagatelles. If I put it on the pile now, I might get to them around 2037?!? I maybe need to trim the pile of shoulds a bit. smile I love Beethoven (just wish I could play him better) and found the pedaling very interesting because my <<cough>> technique doesn't hold up to Beethoven very well. I'm hopeful to get around to something by Beethoven and Chopin for one of the recitals at some point. I think I will have then covered most of the major composers -- at present -- in my piano life. If I'm lucky I'll be able to do Op. 28 some day.
20. joangolfing - Italian Concerto--Andante Movement I just started the first few pages of Part 1 of the Concerto this week. After submitting part two and three I'm still eager for more Bach!!

I appreciate all the expert comments that have been made on this forum. I find that with each recital the details about everyone's pieces has expanded.

I am trying out the response template since I didn't understand how the symbols created the bold text within the message.
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/19/10 01:22 PM
31. Jazzwee - Very Early
This is very well played and your piano sounds wonderful with a full, rich tone. I can picture this being played in an upscale lounge with low lights and perhaps a string bass. Very nice!

34. Tenolios - Band of Brothers Main Title
You play very well for someone only playing for 9 months and self-teaching at that! Very Well Done.

35. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Blue
The title of your piece is perfect – this is indeed a very blue-sounding piece. Your performance captures this mood nicely.

37. Monica K. - Golden Fly One
Wow! This is quite different from your usual “dreamy” tempo pieces but you play it beautifully. It may be shorter that your usual submissions but it probably has the same amount of notes so it all comes out even. Teacher or not – your playing keeps getting better and better. You and your piano are a delight to listen to and watch.

38. mcasl - Nel cor piu non mi sento: Var I.
I missed your usual high quality video but your performance of this short piece is outstanding. Nicely played.

39. MegumiNoda - Improvisation #15 "Hommage a Edith Piaf"
You are a very accomplished pianist – your 10 years of “on and off” lessons as a kid really payed off. Well done.



Posted By: Manndrew Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/19/10 01:29 PM
12. Ken. - Ask Me Now
I didn't know Monk could be so melodic. I really enjoyed this and it sounds like you can develop this theme down the road.

13. flyingfroggy - Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1
You produced a very nice tone with this piece. Clear and with an excellent dynamic range. Especially the upper registers of the Nocturne were beautiful. Well done.

14. Edtek - Johnson Rag
A really fun piece. Nice steady beat. I wish it were a little longer though. It ended just when I was getting in to it. I think you have the chops to do more extensive rags.

15. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Op. 19/6
A very pretty piece Sam. Good rhythmic control and a nice soft ending.

16. ladypayne - Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas
Sometimes I take for granted how beautiful some of these movie themes can be. Notwithstanding the circumstances surrounding the recording of this piece, I thought you played wonderfully. Especially since there's a lot of things going on in this song.

17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on
You certainly have an excellent touch on the keyboard. Very good job on a beautiful song.

18. ten left thumbs aka Laura - Five Stars
Excellent effort Laura. I think you did great on the improvised section. Be bold, let yourself go and continue experimenting.

19. Frozenicicles - Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello"
Good effort. i would have liked a little more departure from the rhythm, but technically well done. Perhaps a bit more control on those 32nd note passages.

20. joangolfing - Italian Concerto--Andante Movement
Excellent performance. Very clear tone and wonderful embellishments. The only suggestion I would have is to be a little softer with the left hand. Less would be more there.
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/19/10 01:43 PM
41. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Fanfare for the Common Man
This big piece works surprising well on solo piano. Very cool arrangement and excellent performance.

42. Mark... - Nocturne
I liked everything about his entry – your video is crisp, your playing sounds terrific and I love your piano. Nice!

46. ddh - Daniel - Strawberry Fields Forever
I was excited when I saw this on the recital list. Like most folks my age I’m a huge Beatles fan and this is one of my favorites. This arrangement and your performance capture the melancholy mood of this nicely. Well done.

47. MIghtyS - Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain)
Like MegumiNoda you really got your money’s worth out of your 10 years of lessons as a kid. You are the real deal. This is a Professional sounding performance.

First off, thank you to PW, the ABF recital organizers, Monica and Mahlzeit for managing the recital. Also, thank you to all the participants for your most excellent music.

01. dannylux / Mel - Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8
Mel, such a fine first piece to begin the May recital! Played with the sensitivity of a master. Bravo!

02. Manndrew (Andy) - My Song
Andy, wonderful chord changes throughout the piece. Great job on transcribing Keith Jarrett's music. Your technique is quite good, holding all the coupled notes and meandering melody line while you move through the key changes. A+++

03. b528nf7 (Bill) - Your Song
Bill, what can I say?? You are a natural performer. Thanks for sharing your gift of being able to sing and accompany yourself. Well-done!

04. TrueBeginner - Somewhere
Being able to play and express yourself through your own composition is absolutely fantastic. Maybe it's time to change your handle?

05. BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1
Ben, playing this Kuhlau Sonatina is not difficult, but it is difficult to play well. Your skill really shines here with this piece. You held the tempo change together quite nicely. This is an uplifting piece with a classic Kuhlau ending, portayed very nicely. Less than a year, eh? Fantastic!

06. Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie
MSH, You are a good player. I've never showed much of an interest in movie themes until your portrayal of this one! Excellent microphone placement on a fine sounding piano played very, very well.

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen
Todd, how you managed to hold it together for over 9 minutes is a testament to your abilities. I was too busy enjoying your playing to hear any mistakes. It sounds like you were having a great time expressing yourself with this piece! Thank you for sharing.

08. Strings & Wood/CarlMc - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Nicely recorded and played pop tune. Your piano sounds wonderful and it is no doubt a joy to play - your sensitivity to the piece brings that out so well.

09. John Frank - Return to the Heart
Never heard of David Lanz until this piece. It is clear you are listening to the piece as you bring out the melodious meaning. Good work, John!

10. Riddler (Ed) - Impressions
Ed, as usual, you bring out the best in all the music you post, and this is no exception. The experience of listening to you play, puts me in a place where I want to visualize you playing on stage with the drummer and bass player. Thanks for sharing your interpretation of some quite fine jazz.

11. mahlzeit - Recital 18
Yes, the piece does sound vaguely familiar, but your take on it makes it completely yours.

12. Ken. - Ask Me Now
Ken, gotta love those Monk tunes! I really like the way you use the pedal and maintain the rhythm throught this piece.

48. Copper - A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
Very nice and simple - well done. My only suggestion is to concentrate on keeping time - one of my achilles heels. wink

49. Mar_red - Caravan
I've not heard Caravan in a long time. You have a very playful style with this old standard. Good stuff!

50. DragonPianoPlayer - Invention No 1
Nice going on this invention. Looks simple...but not simple to play well. My only suggestion would be to emphasize the different voices at bit more. Your speed and timing is most excellent.

51. epf - Dill Pickles Rag
You kept that left hand driving the rhythm - that synchopated section in the middle is always a stickler. What I like most about it is that you are clearly having a great time playing this fun rag - a real toe-tapper!

52. jotur/Cathy Turner - John Roy Lyall/Improv in F
I love those Scottish pieces. Thanks for bringing this one to the fore.

53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
You've done a great job with your arrangement of this timeless melody. I really like the voicing and chord changes you used. It is as though one can hear you singing it as you play and work your way through the turns. You and I seem to enjoy the same style(s) of piano playing!

54. casinitaly - Lilla
I like this little piece of music. You play so well for having played a year and a half! Look forward to hearing more from you.

55. Alexdreamer - Mazurka N.2, Op.7
Chopin's Mazurkas are wonderful and not so simple to pull off. I think you did a great job on this one. Two years you've been playing...what have I been doing? Thanks for playing this piece.

56. Schubertian - Bagatelle #3, Op. 126
These Bagatelles are so difficult to play well. Thanks for bringing this one out.

57. Bunneh - Venezianisches Gondellied op. 19 No. 6
You really make this Song Without Words sing. Hard to believe it's been less than two years for you. I look forward to hearing this same piece played on your new grand piano!

58. Inlanding (Glen) - Complaint op.3 nr.1
Your rendition smacks of the need for more practice, although not bad for a second take and not having played it very much. You capture the mood adequately, but breaks in the rhythm are apparent. Two more weeks of practice on this piece as well as the other four pieces and you should do okay in the live recital at the end of May. Practice does not make perfect - but perfect practice might.

59. TTigg / Steve C - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete
Such fine rendition. It is played very sensitively. The meditative/reptitive theme paves the way for a very relaxing time listening to you play. A wonderful final piece in the Recital list.

35. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Blue
Mati, your heartfelt interpretation of this beautiful piece is well-received. Your connection to the music and your playing draws the listener in.

36. pianofossil - Waltz in A minor Op 34 No 2
Well, well - your first e-cital! It was between this waltz and the b-min waltz for me to learn next. Now that you've expressed how to play it well, I might change my mind. Excellent work - yes, that crazy red dot...

37. Monica K. - Golden Fly One
Thanks for sharing some new-age piano music. It seems as though you have caught on to the meditative aspect of this piece, lots of left-hand - well-done, Monica!

38. mcasl - Nel cor piu non mi sento: Var I.
In the elegant Beethoven classical style you played beautifully. Your son and his older brother are being exposed to such great music. Thanks for sharing.

39. MegumiNoda - Improvisation #15 "Hommage a Edith Piaf"
Poulenc is an unfamiliar composer for me. I like your playing very much, very straight-forward.

40. MaryBee - La fille aux cheveux de lin
You've done good work with this beautiful piece - you are connecting to the music and expressing yourself very well. The quiet passages are played with such sensitivity.

41. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Fanfare for the Common Man
Wow! It would be great to hear more of the music you play. I enjoyed this Copeland piece very much.

42. Mark... - Nocturne
Nicely played and a good recording. Thanks for sharing your music.

43. Always Wanted to Play Piano - Le Onde
Lots of Einaudi this recital. Thanks for sharing this one, Mark. Nicely played.

44. grotrianer - Prelude&Fugue in D major, op.87 no.5
Thanks for sharing your playing of Shostakovich - not often heard. No doubt you perhaps play others written by Shostakovich - I would love to hear them as well. Do you play Scriabin, too?

45. Moscheles001 - Minuet in D Minor
Hard to believe this is your first recording. All those childhood skills are certainly coming out with this Bach Minuet - with all those voices...

46. ddh - Daniel - Strawberry Fields Forever)
Nicely played Lennon/McCartney with a new-age flavor. This piece brings back lots of memories...

47. MIghtyS - Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain)
Your playing this piece puts me right in the garden...I enjoyed your interpretation of this beautiful, intricate, Debussy piece.
22. Coldsalmon - Aria from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
So sublime is this Aria. Your experience shines here, as without the correct intonations, it is lost. Clearly, you have found it.

23. bluekeys - When You Say Nothing At All
Haven't heard this piece for a long time! Your recording is excellent. Look forward to hearing more from you!

24. pianonewb - Because He Lives
Well...13 months as a piano player, accompanying himself singing on a piece he learned by ear? That is one fine accomplishment. Very impressive. Look forward to hearing you play more music, soon!

25. Peyton - Babbleon
Your talent seems to know no bounds, Peyton. I am interested in learning your motivation to compose such a wonderful piece of music? I think your composition is the highlight of the recital - such a work of creativity! Thanks for sharing this, as you call it, a romp! wink

26. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Reflection
Dennis, you never cease to amaze! Your playing is very diverse. I always enjoy hearing your renditions. Very nicely done!

27. AnotherSchmoe - Memories Of Green
No doubt, I've heard other pieces written by Vangelis, but this is the first time I've known it. I like the reverb effect with this one. This is a fine piece of music, well played.

28. Augustina - Fur Elise
This is one of Beethoven's most popular pieces. You do it justice. My only suggestion would be to play it a bit more slowly so you can better express the moods of this all-time classic.

29. AnthonyB - Indaco
Sounds good, Anthony. That Roland has some very good sampling. You play very well.

30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7
Chopin is all about intonation and nuance. It is a delicate piece and with further practice and getting used to playing into a recorder, your playing will sound more relaxed. I love this little Prelude Waltz - thanks!

31. Jazzwee - Very Early
Jazzwee, once again, you bring out a harmonically dense piece and tackle it with ease. Excellent improvisation!

32. Serge88 - My Heart Will Go On
Can't give you any technical feedback on this piece. I simply leaned back enjoyed you expressing it.

33. Euan Morrison - Written On The Sky
You did a wonderful job playing this, Euan. Perhaps that small break from the piano did you a favor. Very nicely played and recorded - look forward to more from you!

34. Tenolios - Band of Brothers Main Title
It is difficult to believe you've only been playing for nine months! You play marvellously!
13. flyingfroggy - Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1
Chopin gets my vote every time. Your playing this Bb-min Nocturne is motivation for me to continue to ramp up my learning the c#-min Nocturne. It clear you have this piece under your fingers. Very expressive and nicely done.

14. Edtek - Johnson Rag
A great toe tapping ragtime tune. Loved it!

15. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Op. 19/6
Beautiful...You did such a great job with this piece. Wonderful composition. If I had any suggestion at all, it would be to show a bit more expression.

16. ladypayne - Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas
Very well-done. Sensitively played and it is obvious you enjoyed playing it.

17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on
Clearly, Mohan, you are connecting with the music and portraying it very well, as though you are singing the lyrics as you play. I like your playing very much! Listening to you is far better than listening to Celine Dion.

18. ten left thumbs aka Laura - Five Stars
Laura, I enjoyed your playing of this piece. Your willingness to experiement with a variety of pieces is an inspiration to tme. I like your interpretation and improv on this - very nicely done, indeed!

19. Frozenicicles - Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello"
Nicely done Chopin Étude. Expressiveness is right on the money, and with Chopin, that is key. Look forward to hearing it again after it's matured under your fingers.

20. joangolfing - Italian Concerto--Andante Movement
You did a wonderful job of keeping the pace and rhythm of this wonderful Bach piece.

21. HomeInMyShoes - Op. 30 No. 6 (Venetian Boat Song)
Mendelssohn's music is always a joy for me to hear! You did very well and it is obvious you very much enjoy playing this wonderful piece of music!
Posted By: Undone Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/19/10 02:07 PM
01. dannylux / Mel - Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8 That was such a rich and emotion full piece and you played it masterfully. Great listening.

02. Manndrew (Andy) - My Song I was totally unfamiliar with this selection but enjoyed your presentation of it. All of the key changes and accidentals must have made this quite a challenge to learn.

03. b528nf7 (Bill) - Your Song What do you mean "it's not much"; I thought it was great! (And yes I did get the lyric reference smile ) This has always been one of my favorite Elton John pieces and one I'd like to learn some day. Great job.

04. TrueBeginner - Somewhere Wonderful composition and playing. It has a mood that makes it feel familiar without sounding like it was "lifted" from any particular piece. Impressive.

05. BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1 11 months! Come on, you're kidding me right? Wonderfully played. I can only imagine what you're going to sound like after 22 months.

06. Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie You always come up with such great selections for recital pieces. I definitely enjoyed listening to it and would like to thank you for adding your take on the "level of difficulty", it's great to have an idea of when I might be ready to try and tackle this piece.

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen You really made that sound like a fun piece to play. Great expression and feeling - and so many different feelings packed into one piece!

08. Strings & Wood/CarlMc - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You Very nice arrangement of this well known piece, and very nicely played with lots of emotion.

09. John Frank - Return to the Heart Wonderful job on this one JF. You've really come a long way from the "good old Alfred Book 2 days". Very inspirational.

10. Riddler (Ed) - Impressions I love Coltrane! You sure did a great job on this selection and the backing track really helps highlight your playing without distracting from it.

11. mahlzeit - Recital 18 Another wonderful composition. I love the pieces that "sort of sound familiar but you can't quite put your finger on it"; they keep you thinking. Great job.

12. Ken. - Ask Me Now Another jazz great, and no it doesn't sound like it was all that easy by any means. Nicely played.

13. flyingfroggy - Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1 Very well played. I hope to someday be up to such challenges, but have a long way to go yet. This was really top notch.

14. Edtek - Johnson Rag Great ragtime feel and lots of fun to listen to.

15. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Op. 19/6 I really enjoyed listening to this selection and didn't once feel seasick or in fear of any boats tipping over. Great job!


Undone
Posted By: Undone Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/19/10 02:31 PM
Originally Posted by Sam Smith
30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7 See what you can do in only 28 months? Nice job.

Thanks Sam. I'm looking forward to the next 28 months!

Originally Posted by CMohr
30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7 Oh, you got the expression! I know it's a short piece, but there's alot there and you gave it all importance. Very well done!

Thanks CMohr, I appreciate it.

Originally Posted by Monica K.
30 – Undone: “Short” does not by any stretch of the imagination necessarily mean “easy.” With this piece, as you note, expression is key. I thought you gave this piece the delicate, relaxed air it deserves.

Thank you Monica, I don't know if this piece "deserves" my playing, but sure hope it can tolerate it.

Originally Posted by MegumiNoda
30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7 Isn't this a wonderful prelude? So short and yet so expressive. I like the unhurried tempo you chose. If the left-hand were a tad softer/gentler, the melody will appear even more lyrical.

Thanks MegumiNoda,I'll keep working on it.

Originally Posted by jazzwee
30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7 Nicely played Undone. I hope this gives you confidence to bring it up to tempo. You did well and I'm looking forward to hear you at the next recital.

Thanks jazzwee, I did struggle with the tempo a bit on this one.

Originally Posted by Inlanding
30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7 Chopin is all about intonation and nuance. It is a delicate piece and with further practice and getting used to playing into a recorder, your playing will sound more relaxed. I love this little Prelude Waltz - thanks!

Thanks Inlanding, I'll kep working on it.


Unone
01. dannylux / Mel - Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8 (I'm not familiar with this piece but as usual your performance is simply top notch. So nice to listen to.)

02. Manndrew (Andy) - My Song (Andy, that is such a beautiful melody. I just love it when I discover a nice piece for the first time. Your performance is so clean and clear. Exellent job.)

03. b528nf7 (Bill) - Your Song (Bill, I honestly don't know how you manage to sing and play so well at the same time. I must say your singing is nice but your piano playing really stands out. Always a pleasure to hear from you.)

04. TrueBeginner - Somewhere (Wow, such a relaxing and gentle piece. Everything was so nice, perfect timing, dynamics, everything!)

05. BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1 (I'm not familiar with this piece but can certainly recognize spot on timing and execution. Very well played)

06. Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie (Way to go buthead. You nailed the score but screwed up the dynamics. Its not just about hitting the correct notes (playing it), now its time to actually "perform" it. Go back and fix it!)

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen (Wow, I love fancy fingers followed with polished chords. What can I say? everything was "performed" perfectly. VERY impressed Todd.)

08. Strings & Wood/CarlMc - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You (Jeez Carl, the emotion of this piece is just pouring all over my desk! What a nice job. I can honestly "feel" the emotion and infflections you put into this piece. So nice. Beautiful actually.)

09. John Frank - Return to the Heart (John you are becoming the official David Lanz ambassador to PW! Your performance of this piece was very nice. I can definitely notice a significant improvement in your playing. Specifically the emotion you are putting into it. Nice job.)

10. Riddler (Ed) - Impressions (Way and I mean WAY proffessional sounding! Nice use of the drum machine too. You seem to have a real talent for jazz.)

11. mahlzeit - Recital 18 (More of what I expect from a PM student. Nice full and rich melodies along with beautiful chords. I'm always impressed with your arrangements. Nice.)

12. Ken. - Ask Me Now (Very nice Ken. Timing and melodies were spot on. Nice use of the chords and beautiful ending.)

13. flyingfroggy - Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1 (Okay, I've actually heard this piece before but only professionally played on Pandora. I must say your performance was equally as good as a proffessional recording. Solid "A" performance!)

14. Edtek - Johnson Rag (Catchy tune played very well. Perfect timing on a toe tapping piece. Well done)

15. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Op. 19/6 (Very nice Sam. I'm sitting here drinking my morning anitioxidant tea and enjoying your performance. Well done.)

16. ladypayne - Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas (This is a beautiful score that you performed very well. I'd like to hear it just a bit slower to emphasize the beautiful melodies and retain them a bit longer as I'm hearing them. )

17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on (Such a classic piece. Nice job with your performance of it.)

18. ten left thumbs aka Laura - Five Stars (Now I just love a flowing melodic piece like this. My kind of tune. Great job with it.)

19. Frozenicicles - Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello" (I'm not familiar with this tune but enjoyed your playing of it. Very relaxing to listen to. Nice work.)

20. joangolfing - Italian Concerto--Andante Movement (Beautiful delicate piece. Nice performance.)

Posted By: Manndrew Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/19/10 04:34 PM
Originally Posted by MegumiNoda

02. Manndrew (Andy) - My Song
Listening to this while having breakfast, I feel as if I've been transported to an elegant boutique hotel. I have a rather naive question: does the transcription provide all the notes or is it only a skeleton and you have to improvise the rest? I love listening to piano jazz like Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans, but I've only ever played classical -- without a score in front of me, I am totally lost.



Meguminoda,

Thank you for your kind comments. To answer your question, the transcription is complete and my approach is to learn the song note for note and then once I have it under control I try to work in some changes. Sometimes it's a matter of making a mistake and trying to work around it. Other times, it's adding bits. Jarrett has recorded several versions of "My Song" so there are a lot of possibilities to choose from.

Andy

21. HomeInMyShoes - Op. 30 No. 6 (Venetian Boat Song) (Now that's a perfect performance if I've ever heard one. Even the trills were pulled off perfectly. So nice. Fancy fingers too!)

22. Coldsalmon - Aria from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Nice job Coldsalmon. I'm not familiar with this piece but you performed it well.)

23. bluekeys - When You Say Nothing At All (You have a very delicate touch, especially with your right hand melodies. Nice job.)

24. pianonewb - Because He Lives (Another double threat. Nice singing and piano playing. Takes guts I tell you and you've got it. Nice job)

25. Peyton - Babbleon (I always look forward to your arrangements Peyton. Another great composition. I love the buildup in the begining leading into the jazzy-ish melody. Always nice work from you.)

26. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Reflection (Beautifully played Dennis. Probably the cleanest recording so far. Nice work)

27. AnotherSchmoe - Memories Of Green (Ok, now I'm super-relaxed! Played with such emotion. Very nice.)

28. Augustina - Fur Elise (Way better than I've ever played this piece. Very nice.)

29. AnthonyB - Indaco (I always look forward to Einaudi performances as they are so hauntingly beautiful. Your performance is stellar as always.)

30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7 (Okay I know this one. Very nice job with a challenging piece but I'm left wanting more!.)

Posted By: Manndrew Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/19/10 04:45 PM
Originally Posted by Inlanding

02. Manndrew (Andy) - My Song
Andy, wonderful chord changes throughout the piece. Great job on transcribing Keith Jarrett's music. Your technique is quite good, holding all the coupled notes and meandering melody line while you move through the key changes. A+++


Glen,

Thank you for your generous comments. Just to clarify however, the transcription was not mine, but one that was available from an authorized Jarrett web site some time ago.

Andy
Posted By: Peyton Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/19/10 05:09 PM
53- Great jazzy rendition of the classic. I love it. Good going with that lead sheet.

52- Wonderful piece. I can hear it as a lead in for something fast.

51- I'm always envious of anyone that can play ragtime. Sooooo... how fast can you play it? smile

50- Nice command of the different voices. I enjoyed listening.

49- Hey, nice job! I love the left hand steady work and some nice little turns with the right hand.

48- Dreamy! smile

47- Wow! What a tough piece to play and you are really starting to nail it.

46- I'd say you are getting it. I like the dreamy quality you are giving it.
47 - Debussy Jardins sous la Pluie (from Estampes) played by MIghtyS. Excellent tempo, and very good overall. On the first page and a half, the 16th notes on the right hand are not very even. Sound like the first and the second notes of the right hand bind together.


15 - Mendelssohn Song without Words Op 19 No 6 played by Sam Smith. I like this tempo; same tempo as I play! laugh The only thing I want to say is to play lighter. You still play to the bottom of the keys to achieve full solid tone but slower finger velocity to produce a warmer, softer sound. Visualize your fingers caressing the keys. You actually have this sound here and there through the piece.
I am truly humbled by the kind comments and words of encouragement for my improvisation. It's so nice to share this journey with you wonderful people.

31 - jazzwee - very early - Bill Evans

As you say, jazzwee, lots of changes! But somehow you managed to make it make sense, both harmonically and rhythmically. Not an easy one to tackle, but most enjoyable! smile

31 – Jazzwee: This piece is deceptive to the ear... if you don’t concentrate, it just seems slow and dreamy. But when you listen carefully, you start hearing all those chord and key changes, with some interesting rhythmic variations going on. You do a great job of making all that complexity flow seamlessly.

32 – Serge88: Did I mention that I absolutely love this song? I like your arrangement, too, especially the delicate intro and the second verse that starts around 1:45.

33 – Euan: With piano, golf, and photography already on your plate, how many more new hobbies to do you need? laugh Terrific job on the Richter piece, as usual. Seeing as I am still slogging my way through “Opening,” thanks to your last recital piece, I must resist the temptation to start on this one, too!

34 – Tenolios: I must confess that I have never seen “Band of Brothers,” but the music for it is beautiful. It’s got kind of an Irish drinking song/military march feel to it, if that makes any sense.

35 – Mati: A lovely, sad piece, made lovelier by the emotion you put in it and the story behind it. I’m sorry for your loss. I suspect it is comforting, though, that you have this piece of music as a special link to her memory.

36 – Pianofossil: Congratulations on your AB forum recital debut! And a Chopin waltz to boot! That’s impressive, especially considering you’ve only been playing less than 2 years.

37 – me: Lighten up on that pedal, will you?

38 – mcasl: I’d be happy if my plan A’s sounded as good as your plan B’s!! I wasn’t familiar with this Beethoven piece. Nice job!

39 – MegumiNoda: And congratulations to you, too, on a splendid AB forum recital! I remember really liking this piece when Dannylux posted his recording. Your rendition is just as compelling. I love the real low bass parts.

40 – MaryBee: I really like this Debussy piece. I don’t know why 6 flats are so much harder than 5, but they sure are. You sound very comfortable with it here, though. This is one to keep in your repertoire, I think.
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/19/10 10:11 PM
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53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
You've done a great job with your arrangement of this timeless melody. I really like the voicing and chord changes you used. It is as though one can hear you singing it as you play and work your way through the turns. You and I seem to enjoy the same style(s) of piano playing!

Wow! Thanks so much, Glen! I know I'm really new at this and your comments mean alot.
Posted By: jazzwee Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/19/10 11:21 PM
This is my final set. I'm so impressed by the submissions. It seems to get better at each recital and such enjoyable music. It was no chore at all to listen and make comments.


43. Always Wanted to Play Piano - Le Onde
Looks like you're ready for your LIVE recital! For improvement, you may want to watch your pedal since sometimes you cut off your notes. Or occasionally the opposite (not releasing pedal). Just a few cases though so this is just fine tuning. Nice work!


44. grotrianer - Prelude&Fugue in D major, op.87 no.5
Nice work grotrianer! That's some long piece to play and there's a lot of variety in it so it was very nice to listen to. I liked your explanation of the piece. Gives it a nice context.


45. Moscheles001 - Minuet in D Minor
You did a good job Moscheles001. You should be proud of your first recording. Good technique and very even. I enjoyed that.

46. ddh - Daniel - Strawberry Fields Forever
I don't remember hearing this in a prior recital but I've only been participating for 4. In any case, you played this well. No problems at all. Lots of pedal but you controlled it well. I've never heard of this played ballad style and I liked the effect. Great work!

47. MIghtyS - Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain)
Pretty advanced piece MIghtyS! That's a heck of a lot of notes there. Looks like you will reach your goal of taming those issues you mention because it's hardly noticeable so obviously your standards are very high. Fantastic job!

48. Copper - A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
Sounds great Copper. I think it would sound just as good without the strings, to be honest. Nice work!

49. Mar_red - Caravan
Hi Mar_red. Good work! I didn't think that rhythmic pattern on the LH fit though. I thought it took out the swing. So for a moment I thought you were playing it as a classical piece. Maybe you should join us in the Jazz Thread 1:Autumn Leaves so you
can ask questions on the rhythm. You'll need to investigate putting these patterns on the offbeats. If the pattern is too downbeat focused it sounds like Classical. RH was great.

50. DragonPianoPlayer - Invention No 1
You played the notes well DragonPianoPlayer. You seem hesitant with your touch though so the tone is shallow. Gotta dig deeper into those keys. Good work nevertheless!

51. epf - Dill Pickles Rag
Not bad at all epf! Nicely played. Stride is hard so I appreciate the difficulty. The biggest task is probably to even out the tempo.

52. jotur/Cathy Turner - John Roy Lyall/Improv in F
Nice work Cathy! Looks like it's coming along. Watch that pedal though, some stuff got a little muddy. Now I'm not clear on what was improvised. The reason I ask is that aside from pedal, the LH chords sounded muddy so it means it's too dense there
in the LH. Either use an inversion higher up or move up the whole tune a register. If the original was Eb, did you go DOWN to F? or Go up to F. Maybe that's the issue. Go up.

53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Nice touch and tone CMohr. I thought Keith Jarret was playing smile Can't wait till you can improvise on this. Great work.

54. casinitaly - Lilla
Not bad CasinItaly. Great work for someone that just started a few months ago. I'm going to enjoy hearing your progress in future recitals.

55. Alexdreamer - Mazurka N.2, Op.7
Good job on Chopin. As a technical tip, I would work on developing a more legato sound so it doesn't sound so choppy and you can lighten your touch more (but deeper in the keys). You're early in the piano journey so keep at it. Looking forward to hearing your future submissions.

56. Schubertian - Bagatelle #3, Op. 126
Nice work Schubertian. You've certainly learned the music. From here, you can work on the tone part of your playing. More legato, deeper contact with the keys. Maybe it's because you play uniformly light perhaps. More contrasts between upper melody and LH harmony. BTW - piano seems to be in tune. Nothing noticeable there. Hard piece though so you've conquered the learning part and you can move into the expression.

57. Bunneh - Venezianisches Gondellied op. 19 No. 6
You've only been playing 21 months???!!! Wow. Sounds great. Nice touch. That was a great recording, like a recording studio so it really highlighted how well it was played. Fantastic work.

58. Inlanding (Glen) - Complaint op.3 nr.1
Beautiful Glen! You've always had such a refined touch on the piano. The dynamic range and balance was just amazing. Very impressive. And you don't have a time problem here buddy. Very consistent tempo with slight rubato for effect. Your classical teacher would be proud of you smile I'm going to say you have the best tone of anyone in this recital. You don't need a complex piece to show it off.

59. TTigg / Steve C - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete (to do)
Good work Steve! I don't remember you submitting New Age before. All that pedal resonance (or reverb or both) though and it was at the verge of sounding muddy. Otherwise played well!
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/20/10 12:28 AM
56. Schubertian - Bagatelle #3, Op. 126
Your piano has a wonderful full, rich tone. Very well played. You are quite accomplished for only 3 years experience.

57. Bunneh - Venezianisches Gondellied op. 19 No. 6
A high quality recording and flawlessly played. Well done.

58. Inlanding (Glen) - Complaint op.3 nr.1
This is quite a departure from your Piano Bar submissions. Very well played.

59. TTigg / Steve C - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete
This is nicely played. I’m not familiar with this piece but heard no mistakes.
Posted By: Mati Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/20/10 12:58 AM
Frozenicicles, jotur, TX-Dennis, Carl, HomeInMyShoes, casinitaly, CMohr, MegumiNoda, jazzwee, b528nf7, Inlanding, Monica - thank you for all these heart-warming comments. I can't truly express how much I appreciate what you have written here. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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HomeInMyShoes

Aren't you attempting Op. 15 No. 3 for the Schumann e-cital? Just thinking about polishing that gives me nightmares. I enjoyed hearing this.


Yeah, I am... I've hit a speed wall right now. I'll give myself few more days to make it work and if it fails I will try to make the slower version convincing enough to be enjoyable. It's fun piece to play, but polishing that gives me nightmares too!

Mateusz
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/20/10 12:59 AM
Peyton-

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53- Great jazzy rendition of the classic. I love it. Good going with that lead sheet.


Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.

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53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Nice touch and tone CMohr. I thought Keith Jarret was playing. Can't wait till you can improvise on this. Great work.


Wow, thanks! Working on the improv slowly, hopefully I'll get there. Really, you guys...[Linked Image]
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/20/10 02:05 AM
51. epf - Dill Pickles Rag
This really got my kitchen jumping. A fun piece.

52. jotur/Cathy Turner - John Roy Lyall/Improv in F
A nice selection well played. I really like the key change and your improv – you kept the spirit of the original but made it your own.

53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
This is an excellent arrangement and performance of one of my favorite songs. You have captured the wistfulness of this perfectly. I like the way your strum the big chords – it creates a pleasing, full accompaniment. Nice finish.

54. casinitaly - Lilla
It is very impressive that you started playing not even 6 months ago. You have made tremendous progress. Well done.

37. Monica K. - Golden Fly One
I'm getting the image of strolling by a babbling brook during a sunlit summer afternoon. Ahhh... The main melody comes through really well despite the constant (and busy!) accompaniment. The minimalist style is something of a recent discovery for me. I like it!

38. mcasl - Nel cor piu non mi sento: Var I.
In my misspent youth, I had a fling with voice lessons (cut short by low lung capacity). "Nel cor piu non mi sento" was the second aria I learned, and I still remember most of the words. I really liked this sweet, flirty song. Here's a version sung by Cecilia Bartoli. Your variation captures the melody's delicate essence. My suggestion is to make sure that the theme still sings out clearly even though it is decorated in various guises. Also, be mindful of a consistent singing tempo -- your overall tempo is good, but there are a few spots where it sounded rushed and hesitant in turns. Looking forward to the later variations in the future!

40. MaryBee - La fille aux cheveux de lin
I like the mysterious atmosphere you've conjured. The slower tempo gives it a more contemplative feel. Nice!

41. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Fanfare for the Common Man
Those bass chords have a really satisfying powerful sound!

42. Mark... - Nocturne
Congrats on having successfully tackled a more difficult piece! I'd suggest continue to work on playing the left hand more quietly and the right hand with more legato.

43. Always Wanted to Play Piano - Le Onde[/b]
Very pretty and expressive! I like the dynamic contrast and the flowy feel of the piece.

44. grotrianer - Prelude&Fugue in D major, op.87 no.5
Thank you for introducing me to this Prelude&Fugue pair. I see what you mean about them being like little gems. The fugue feels sparkly :-) And your rendition of the prelude is lovely and melancholy.

45. Moscheles001 - Minuet in D Minor
I like how evenly you played this minuet. It sounds stately and courtly.

46. ddh - Daniel - Strawberry Fields Forever
This made me want to sing along more than RockBand Beatles :-)

47. MIghtyS - Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain)
Definitely evocative of rain drops splattering against all sorts of surfaces. You play this challenging piece very well. Good luck on your next recital!

48. Copper - A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
This makes me kind of nostalgic :-) The synthesized string accompaniment does seem to go well with older Disney songs. On the other hand, I think your expressive playing might shine through more without it. In any case, nicely played!

Frozenicicles, jazzwee, Peyton, CMohr, Inlanding, Peyton, Sam Smith , HomeInMyShoes - hope I'm not forgetting anyone : thank you for your feedback.
It's a nice motivation boost smile

I'll finish to comment as soon as I have some free time !
Posted By: MaryBee Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/20/10 05:53 AM
01. dannylux / Mel - Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8 Lots of stuff going on here, and you handle it all so well. "Lush" is a great word to describe it. Thanks for the nice explanation of the piece's structure, too.

02. Manndrew (Andy) - My Song What a pleasant, relaxing piece to listen to as I sit here sipping me tea. I especially like the part toward the end where the first theme returns at that slower tempo. Nice playing.

03. b528nf7 (Bill) - Your Song Pretty cool that you sing while playing so well. Great job on "faking" it.

04. TrueBeginner - Somewhere Very nice composition and nicely payed too. Double congrats.

05. BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1 Ben, I'm really impressed with your progress since the last recital. Keep it up!

06. Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie I like the emotions you are able to bring out in your playing. Nice!

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen Wow, what kind of concentration does that take, to play a 9-minute piece? I like how you bring out the different characters of each section. Your playing really tells a story.

08. Strings & Wood/CarlMc - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You Carl, your playing is very expressive. You bring a lot of that to this piece. I enjoyed your performance. But hold that last note longer!

09. John Frank - Return to the Heart A pretty piece and nicely played. Thank you for sharing it.

10. Riddler (Ed) - Impressions I'm sorry I don't understand jazz and some of the terms like "modal" and "Dorian mode". But my feet were tapping, and I certainly enjoyed it.

11. mahlzeit - Recital 18 This has a nice swing to it. Glad you were able to find time to compose and perform it!

12. Ken. - Ask Me Now Congratulations on your first jazz piece. I imagine it's difficult to switch to a new genre.

13. flyingfroggy - Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1 Ahh... Lovely, lovely, lovely! I hope to someday be able to play this.

14. Edtek - Johnson Rag Fun! You have a nice rhythm with this.

15. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Op. 19/6 I enjoyed listening to this, as I did your #4 a couple recitals back. Will look forward to hearing the others as you learn them. (I'm currently working on #1; the voicing is difficult for me.)

16. ladypayne - Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas Glad you were able to submit this amidst all your travel. I like the tempo; it gives it an air of excitement.

17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on Nice job on learning this piece. I enjoyed your performance.

18. ten left thumbs aka Laura - Five Stars Laura, that was so pretty! I want to hear more!

19. Frozenicicles - …tude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello" Wow, those left-hand runs are impressive! So many parts of this sound really tricky, but you play them so well. You've done a wonderful job.

20. joangolfing - Italian Concerto--Andante Movement I like your light touch on the quick notes in the right hand. So is the first section coming next?

21. HomeInMyShoes - Op. 30 No. 6 (Venetian Boat Song) Oh so smooth and expressive! I really like your playing. I'm sure your son will come to love Mendelssohn too.

22. Coldsalmon - Aria from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 I especially like the second half of this piece.

23. bluekeys - When You Say Nothing At All Don't know this song, but it doesn't sound country to me. Too pretty. wink Good job improvising! You're doing some nice things with this piece.

24. pianonewb - Because He Lives It sounds like you really put all your feelings into this. Inspiring!

25. Peyton - Babbleon How interesting! I don't even know what style this is, but I absolutely love it! It has a kind of Oriental air to it in the beginning, and then it just gets seriously intense after that. Sounds technically challenging to play, too.

26. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Reflection I really like this song and your playing of it. I had no idea there were so many versions of it recorded. You do a nice job with this one. (Mulan is one of my favorite Disney movies. When I found out my piano teacher had never seen it, I had to lend him the video.)

27. AnotherSchmoe - Memories Of Green Cool sounding. Nice use of effects for this.

28. Augustina - Fur Elise Thank you for playing. I enjoyed listening to your performance.

29. AnthonyB - Indaco You do a good job conveying the moodiness of this piece. Nice playing.

30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7 I think it's wonderful to feel that way about a piece -- that there's always more you can do with it. Sounds like you've made a great start!

31. Jazzwee - Very Early Interesting piece. Jazz is somewhat of a challenge for me to listen to, because I don't really understand its structure. (Is there structure in jazz?) You play it beautifully, though.

32. Serge88 - My Heart Will Go On I like your dynamics -- very gentle and flowing. What a pretty version of this song.

33. Euan Morrison - Written On The Sky Lovely playing, as usual. Glad you came back!

34. Tenolios - Band of Brothers Main Title You bring out the melody nicely in this piece.

35. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Blue I'm so sorry about your aunt. The music is soothing in a way, though. I like the part about 2 minutes in, where the left and right hand beats are offset.

36. pianofossil - Waltz in A minor Op 34 No 2 Congratulations on your first ABF recital! Nice job. Glad you joined us. (The recording will get easier.)

37. Monica K. - Golden Fly One Lovely playing. This piece gives me the feeling of traveling in a train to somewhere you're not sure you want to go. Thanks for taking me on the trip!

38. mcasl - Nel cor piu non mi sento: Var I. Simple and pretty.

39. MegumiNoda - Improvisation #15 "Hommage a Edith Piaf" After the opening section, you really seem to get into this. Lots of feeling here. Nice! Cool ending, too.

41. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Fanfare for the Common Man Your playing sounds bold and confident.

42. Mark... - Nocturne You give this little piece a lot of expression. Congratulations on pushing yourself to the next level.

43. Always Wanted to Play Piano - Le Onde All that work has paid off. You play this beautifully. Good luck with your live recital! What kind of piano will you be playing it on?

44. grotrianer - Prelude&Fugue in D major, op.87 no.5 You've done a good job bringing out the contrast between the two movements. The Fugue is fun! Great playing on both.

45. Moscheles001 - Minuet in D Minor Recording for the first time is a big step. You play this little piece nicely.

46. ddh - Daniel - Strawberry Fields Forever I really like this arrangement and your performance of it.

47. MIghtyS - Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain) Wow -- I'm impressed. You definitely make me hear (and feel) the rain. Excellent touch and control.

48. Copper - A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes Oh, I like this song! It's so sweet. Thanks for playing it.

49. Mar_red - Caravan I don't know this piece, but I enjoyed your version of it.

50. DragonPianoPlayer - Invention No 1 Interesting. This is much slower than I've heard it played before. It lets you really hear how the left and right hand lines interact.

51. epf - Dill Pickles Rag This one makes me smile. I like the name too. smile

52. jotur/Cathy Turner - John Roy Lyall/Improv in F This is a pretty piece of music, and your improvisation certainly enhances it.

53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow How nice that you were able to record on the grand! Sounds like you and jazz are doing well together. smile

54. casinitaly - Lilla You've only been playing 5 months?! You're doing great!

55. Alexdreamer - Mazurka N.2, Op.7 Thanks for playing!

56. Schubertian - Bagatelle #3, Op. 126 Your trills are so pretty, as well as all those delicate high notes in the second half of the piece.

57. Bunneh - Venezianisches Gondellied op. 19 No. 6 Sounds very good to me. Are you going to continue working on it? I want to hear it on the grand! smile

58. Inlanding (Glen) - Complaint op.3 nr.1 You have such good control of the dynamics here.

59. TTigg / Steve C - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete Glad you made it in at the last minute and closed our recital with such a nice piece. Well played.
Posted By: BenPiano Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/20/10 06:11 AM
25. Peyton - Babbleon
I left a comment on your YT video, but I just need to chime in here again at how awesome this is! It's just a great blend of different styles and creativity. Very cool!

26. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Reflection
Beautiful piece, and wonderfully played! My wife loves Brickman, so it might just be time for me to learn something by him to surprise her with, maybe this one (at least his version of this). Anyway, a very enjoyable performance!

27. AnotherSchmoe - Memories Of Green
I got a sneak peek of this on YT and left a comment there. Cool! smile

28. Augustina - Fur Elise
Thanks for sharing an old standard! smile

29. AnthonyB - Indaco
Another new-age piece...I feel as if you piano world folk are trying to convert me. "Feel the force, Ben." smile A very enchanting performance - loved it!

30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7
I'm working on this one at the moment, and I have to say, I'm absolutely terrified to record it! It's such a short piece heavy in detail and nuance, plus it's *Chopin*, so it always receives extra scrutiny. I thought you played it marvelously - well done!

31. Jazzwee - Very Early
That was great! I can't yet wrap my brain around jazz, but I like to listen to it. It's like eating something totally delicious, but not knowing how to prepare it for yourself. Excellent!
Grazie mille a tutti!
Jotur, Frozenicicles, CMohr, Tx Dennis, Homeinmyshoes, Inlanding, jazzwee, b528nf7, Marybee your very kind feedback has me absolutely BEAMING with contentment.

I was nervous about participating, but I'm so glad I did.
Thanks for the welcome and the encouragement!

Posted By: Sam S Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/20/10 02:06 PM
The original compositions - Every recital we get a wonderful gift from our talented friends who can compose!

04. TrueBeginner - Somewhere It has a definite new-age feel to it, with the perpetual motion left hand and the open simple harmonies. I think it has an elegant yet wistful feel.

11. mahlzeit - Recital 18 Love those lush chords - it has a jazzy/bluesy touch.

25. Peyton - Babbleon I really liked the contrast, between the opening and the rest of the piece. Also the novel combination of blues and middle-eastern type music.

Sam
Posted By: Sam S Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/20/10 02:58 PM
The classical works that I missed before:

01. dannylux / Mel - Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8 Wow, has some jazz harmonies, I think. Did he write this late in life? It is very beautiful - I remember the prelude you played before.

05. BenPiano - Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1 Very perky - nice job.

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen This must have taken a while to learn - over 9 minutes! Excellent job.

39. MegumiNoda - Improvisation #15 "Hommage a Edith Piaf" Doesn't sound erratic to me - besides it's supposed to be an improvisation, right? I don't think I have heard anything by Poulenc before except for something for clarinet. Very good rendition.

41. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Fanfare for the Common Man I love this fanfare - I never knew there was a piano transcription. Good job.

44. grotrianer - Prelude&Fugue in D major, op.87 no.5 Thanks for playing this - it's a refreshing change. Great job. I'll have to put these on my ever-expanding bucket list of music to look at.

58. Inlanding (Glen) - Complaint op.3 nr.1 Very interesting - never heard of this before. I had to go look him up at imslp. Nicely done. Loved you sensitive touch.

Sam
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/20/10 02:59 PM
49. Mar_red - Caravan
I’ve heard this many times but did not know the name of the piece. You play with just the right amount of energy. I like the kind of bluesy feel you have given this. Nice big finish.

50. DragonPianoPlayer - Invention No 1
Your DP sounds fantastic! I’m assuming you like the Alicia's Keys Software. The software and your excellent playing made for a very enjoyable listen.

55. Alexdreamer - Mazurka N.2, Op.7
Your additional info says “Could do better” but it is pretty darn good especially considering the short time you have been playing piano.
Posted By: Undone Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/20/10 03:06 PM
16. ladypayne - Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas Wow! Very rich and full sounding. A little fast as you yourself noted, but very well played.

17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on You really got a lot of emotion into this piece and after such a short time back at the piano! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

18. ten left thumbs aka Laura - Five Stars Very nicely played. Unfortunately I'm not familiar with this piece and so couldn't tell where the improvising came in, but it sure sounded like it fit.

19. Frozenicicles - Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello" Very well played, I especially liked the strong left and runs. I bet they did give you a run for your money!

20. joangolfing - Italian Concerto--Andante Movement Loved your Bach! That must have been quite a challenge, the left and the right hands seem to each be doing their own thing in this concerto and not paying much attention to what the other is up to.

21. HomeInMyShoes - Op. 30 No. 6 (Venetian Boat Song) Your playing had a wonderful flow to it. It felt like a story unfolding. Great job!

22. Coldsalmon - Aria from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 Another great Bach selection. I think you did a terrific job on it.

23. bluekeys - When You Say Nothing At All Its okay, I won't tell anyone you used the "s" word. Very enjoyable! I liked what you did with the runs and fills.

24. pianonewb - Because He Lives Terrific playing, and after only one year! You're sure to go far.

25. Peyton - Babbleon Great "work in progress". It sure brought home the feeling of ancient "Babbleon". I wonder how it would sound if the intro were a little slower giving even more contrast to the wonderful driving main section.

26. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Reflection Disney has so many great songs for their movies, and you picked a winner. Masterfully played, as always.

27. AnotherSchmoe - Memories Of Green I too am a big fan of the movie Blade Runner. This lovely piece really tugs at the old heart strings. Terrific job, great atmosphere.

28. Augustina - Fur Elise Very well done! Perhaps a little fast, but all in all I think you've got a good solid foundation with this piece and the more you play it, the more subtleties you can bring out.

29. AnthonyB - Indaco Very moving piece, and very well played. I'd say it sounds like you've got even more than three months under your belt since the last recital. smile

30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7 Don't give up, you can do it if you keep working at it.


Undone
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/20/10 03:11 PM
45. Moscheles001 - Minuet in D Minor
I think you are too hard on yourself – this is very well done. I’m very impressed with your delicate touch and good control of the dynamics. Nice.

48. Copper - A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
This is one of my favorite Disney tunes. You play this very well and the strings are just right on this one.

44. grotrianer - Prelude&Fugue in D major, op.87 no.5
Your piano has a crystal clear treble that is a delight as is your performance. You make the melody sing on this one. I also love the fugue theme but didn’t quite catch the Phil Collins connection.
Posted By: Undone Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/20/10 03:16 PM
Originally Posted by mr_super-hunky
30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7 (Okay I know this one. Very nice job with a challenging piece but I'm left wanting more!.)

Thanks Mr. S-H I hope to be able to play more as time unfolds. smile

Originally Posted by MaryBee
30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7 I think it's wonderful to feel that way about a piece -- that there's always more you can do with it. Sounds like you've made a great start!

Thanks MaryBee. So many wonderful pieces, so little time.

Originally Posted by BenPiano
30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7
I'm working on this one at the moment, and I have to say, I'm absolutely terrified to record it! It's such a short piece heavy in detail and nuance, plus it's *Chopin*, so it always receives extra scrutiny. I thought you played it marvelously - well done!

Recording it isn’t the scary thing; it’s letting anyone else hear the recording that can be so terrifying. smile Thanks BenPiano.


Undone
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/20/10 03:42 PM
30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7
I like the stately tempo of your recording of this well known piece. You give it a grand air that fits the music perfectly.

36. pianofossil - Waltz in A minor Op 34 No 2
What a wonderful lush tone your M&H has! A very confident and pleasing performance not at all lacking in expression.

40. MaryBee - La fille aux cheveux de lin
“it brings to mind Pennsylvania's Allegheny Forest in late spring -- sweet yet majestic, deep and mysterious, beautiful, and sometimes a little scary.” This has to be one of the most creative descriptions of an ABF Recital entry that I have read. Not only do you have a way with words – you also have a way with music. This is a delight.
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/20/10 04:11 PM
17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on
Your phrasing on this beautiful melody is impeccable – you are caressing the song. Excellent.

18. ten left thumbs aka Laura - Five Stars
I’m not familiar with this piece so I don’t know where you take over from Peter Friesen but the overall result is quite good and a flawless transition between the composer and the improviser. I would say keep doing whatever you are doing because your improvisation is good.

20. joangolfing - Italian Concerto--Andante Movement
Very controlled and precise performance – perfect for Bach. BTW, as someone who plays golf the same way I play piano (frequently, enthusiastically, but not well) I like your screen name.

22. Coldsalmon - Aria from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Very nicely played – I bet you didn’t play much Bach on your upright bass. I like the way you didn’t rush this and let the elegance emerge.
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/20/10 04:27 PM
06. Mr Super-Hunky - The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie
If the movie is half as good as your performance I’ll have to put it on my Netflix list. This is indeed a beautiful melody and the richness of your piano’s tone adds to this very enjoyable recording.

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen
Very nice. I admire you for taking on such a long and complex piece with such a good result. I’m surprised at the big sound you get from your Arius. Sounds great.

13. flyingfroggy - Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1
Beautiful rendition of this great piece. You most definitely “whipped this into some kind of shape”. Excellently played.

41 – Mike White: Oh, does that sound like a fun piece to play, what with all those deep bass notes! The piece is inspirational, as is your playing. smile

42 – Mark: A nice piece with a bittersweet air that you play well. The video quality on the Flip HD is outstanding.

43 – AWTPP: Of course you wouldn’t get bored with this piece; it’s Einaudi! laugh I’m complained loud and long about my own struggles with this piece, so all I’ll say is my hat’s off to you! You do a great job of bringing out the melody voice, and I *know* how hard that is to do.

44 – Grotrianer: You have a terrific delicate touch! Those rolled chords at the beginning almost sounded exactly like a harp! I had no idea Shostakovich wrote such charming melodies.

45 – Moscheles001: Congratulations on your AB forum recital debut, AND your Red Dot debut! All I can say is that you sound very comfortable and like you’ve been doing this all your life.

46 – ddh (Daniel): Some of those Lanz arrangements are really tricky. This one is pretty but sounds like it is one of the tricky ones, especially the repeat of the verse around 2/3 of the way through. You’re making good progress, though, and it’ll be a crowd-pleaser worth keeping in your repertoire.

47 – MIghtyS: Every recital there is somebody who submits a technical tour de force that makes my jaw drop. Yours gets that honor this time. wow I can’t imagine ever playing something like this, let alone live at a recital.

48 – Copper: Okay, I’m going to crazy trying to remember what Disney movie this was from! Beautifully played, and the strings add just the right touch; not too overpowering but fleshing out the simple melody nicely.

49 – Mar_red: Well, I wasn’t familiar with this tune. But I really like the blend of Spanish influence and jazz. I wouldn’t have thought it would work well in combination, but it does–reminds me of a tango, in fact. You had my toes tapping.

50 – DragonPianoPlayer : You are another of those brave souls who play Bach. Good job of dealing with a lot of nonstop notes. thumb

51 – epf: I like this rag! It’s got a lively beat. And I am painfully familiar with the frequent need to compromise with the Red Dot. laugh

52 – jotur: This is a pretty little tune, sort of wistful in a Danny Boy kind of way. I wish I knew more music theory so I could understand everything you were saying about chord progressions, but I can tell you that, for these naive ears, whatever you did worked!

53 – cmohr: Congratulations on your first piece using a lead sheet! I’m always impressed when people can improvise off lead sheets, and this is no exception. It sounds like a polished, full arrangement to me.

54 – casinitaly: I love this Vinciguerra piece more and more each time I hear it. Congratulations on your first AB forum recital! I wish I could get as good a recording after just 6 takes.

55 – Alexdreamer: You have a nice lilting touch on this mazurka. Good job!

56 – Schubertian: I should probably be familiar with this Beethoven bagatelle, but I was not. Wonderful job on all those fast arpeggios and that seemingly never-ending trill. This one makes my list of finalists for the “Best of recital” award. And the Estonia still sounds great, in OR out of tune.

57 – Bunneh: Maybe it was 100 hours of work on 150 seconds, but I think it was clearly worth it... this sounded perfect to me.

58 – Inlanding: I had never heard of Grechaninov before, but hearing this piece has got me curious about him, both because it’s a pretty piece, with some interesting discordances, and it’s got an intriguing title. You do a good job of expressing a sense of tension and foreboding in the music.

59 – Ttigg: What better way to end the recital than with Einaudi? grin Very nice! Between your and Anthony’s renditions of this lovely piece, I’m feeling like I need to bump it up in my queue of Einaudi pieces to learn.
30 - undone prelude in A, Chopin

Nice job, Undone! This was dignified and, dare I say it, neat! As in, everything was in it's proper place, which is no easy job with all those notes. And the staggered chords came across nicely. smile
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/20/10 10:54 PM

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53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
This is an excellent arrangement and performance of one of my favorite songs. You have captured the wistfulness of this perfectly. I like the way your strum the big chords – it creates a pleasing, full accompaniment. Nice finish.

Thanks, Bill, so much for the kind comments! I'm glad you liked the ending, too!

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53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow How nice that you were able to record on the grand! Sounds like you and jazz are doing well together. smile

Thank you, too, I hope "we" can keep on doing well!

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53 – cmohr: Congratulations on your first piece using a lead sheet! I’m always impressed when people can improvise off lead sheets, and this is no exception. It sounds like a polished, full arrangement to me.

What a wonderful compliment! Thanks, Monica!
49. Mar_red - Caravan
That was really fun! Great tune. And if your notes didn't reveal that it's a "fake" fake, I wouldn't have been any wiser.

50. DragonPianoPlayer - Invention No 1
The notes are meticulously and delicately (maybe too delicately?) played. When the left hand has the theme, it could be brought out a little more. As for the tempo, I think it would be harder to play this invention slowly because you would have to put in a lot more tonal and dynamic contrasts to give the music its movement.

51. epf - Dill Pickles Rag
I feel like Charlie Chaplin is about to pop out :-) Hurray for having successfully wrestled with the red dot!

52. jotur/Cathy Turner - John Roy Lyall/Improv in F
Thank you for this lovely piece. It sounds heart-warming and earnest.

53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
This arrangement is sweet and warm and a little wistful too. I like it a lot. I'm really impressed by all you guys who use lead sheets and fake books and improvise!

54. casinitaly - Lilla
Che bella! This is wonderful progress after just a few months. Keep it up!

55. Alexdreamer - Mazurka N.2, Op.7
You've chosen a fun and challenging piece to work on, and you've made a great start! I would continue to work on getting the tempo steady. It might help to practice it straight without rubato for a week or so. Right now, the right hand melody is going pretty well, but the left hand chords are not giving the piece the rhythmic control it needs. It kind of sounds like the left hand is trying to approximately match the right hand. Instead, although the right hand has the melody, the left hand has to set the beats. It doesn't have to be metronomically precise, but it should be steady. Nice dynamic contrast.

56. Schubertian - Bagatelle #3, Op. 126
This is well on its way to both cantabile and grasioso. I would like to hear a bit stronger dynamic contrast, especially the crescendo in the right hand passage shortly after the long trill. Thanks for your thoughtful performance.

57. Bunneh - Venezianisches Gondellied op. 19 No. 6
I really enjoyed your performance. The phrasing and dynamic contrast is beautiful and expressive. Congrats on the arrival of your grand. Your DP performance already sounds very nice; I can't wait to hear you on a grand!

58. Inlanding (Glen) - Complaint op.3 nr.1
I'm not familiar with Grechaninov, so thanks for introducing me to his work. You played this piece sensitively. I especially like your controlled touch on the accompaniment chords.

59. TTigg / Steve C - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete
This piece is pretty and peaceful. What a nice conclusion to a wonderful recital!
MegumiNoda, Monica K, Sam, MaryBee, Bill, Peyton, Jazzwee, HIS, Frozenicicles, CMohr, TX-Dennis, jotur:

Thank you for your direct observations and feedback! It is such a good confidence builder in anticipation for next week's live recital (5 pieces).

I look forward to our sharing more music in the next recital and as well the various other threads (Piano Bar and Member Recordings) in the meantime!

Such good music in this recital!

Glen
Posted By: Peyton Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/21/10 08:45 PM
44.- I've never heard this before. A very pretty piece. You play very well.

43- I think if you can play this as well in public as you do here it will be greatly appreciated.

42- Nicely done. I think you are right about the tuning... smile

41- Fantastic! I don't think we have ever heard this before on the forum recital.

40- Such a wonderful piece. You have really come far in only a few weeks. (I'd probably still be somewhere around measure 10... )
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/21/10 09:18 PM
Originally Posted by MegumiNoda

53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
This arrangement is sweet and warm and a little wistful too. I like it a lot. I'm really impressed by all you guys who use lead sheets and fake books and improvise!

Thanks! I't a lot of hard work, like all piano endeavors, but well worth it.
11. mahlzeit - Recital 18
Nice song, reminded me of the soundtrack of "5 centimeters per second".

12. Ken. - Ask Me Now
Good start for a first jazz piece. Didn't hear the embelisshment so it was well
blent in !

13. flyingfroggy - Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1
Terrific piece and you did it justice. Slower than I'm used to, but it creates a
very melancholic mood. Liked the melody, it was very clear.

14. Edtek - Johnson Rag
Short but interesting.

15. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Op. 19/6
Didn't hear too much the "venitian" side. Or maybe Venice during a storm smile
A personal interpretation that I'd like to hear again with a better quality.

16. ladypayne - Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas
Loved that song ! Too bad the recording weren't of a better quality. Some
transitions felt a little bit rushed. Nice left hand.

17. Mohan Karthik - My Heart will go on
Great arrangement ! So there are Youtube tutorial worth watching.

18. ten left thumbs aka Laura - Five Stars
Nice to hear. I felt you were in control. As an advice hmm .. make a longer improvisation.
Posted By: BenPiano Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/22/10 05:42 AM
32. Serge88 - My Heart Will Go On
My wife walked in while I was listening to this one, and she liked it and told me I needed to learn it. So, thanks for giving me work to do! (I've been learning classical and she doesn't like that). Very well played!

33. Euan Morrison - Written On The Sky
Very well played!

34. Tenolios - Band of Brothers Main Title
Great job, thanks for sharing!

35. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Blue
There is a lot of anime music out there that is just great. I normally don't get to hear it because I don't watch anime, so, thanks for sharing this piece!

36. pianofossil - Waltz in A minor Op 34 No 2
Very well played for such a short time on the piano. Well done!

37. Monica K. - Golden Fly One
Excellent! Comment left on YT.

38. mcasl - Nel cor piu non mi sento: Var I.
Great job on the performance, but more importantly great work on continuing with piano despite all the chaos at home! My oldest is now 5 1/2, and playing piano because he sees me playing. Here's to the next generation of piano players! smile

39. MegumiNoda - Improvisation #15 "Hommage a Edith Piaf"
Wow! Glad to have you back in the piano game after the long break. You have a real talent for piano, and it shows in this piece!

40. MaryBee - La fille aux cheveux de lin
Beautiful! Tell your husband that it's been music all along, it's that his ears aren't working properly! smile
Posted By: BenPiano Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/22/10 06:17 AM
41. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Fanfare for the Common Man

Ha! I had to use Wikipedia to find out where I've heard this before. Well Played!

42. Mark... - Nocturne
Great performance with that piece! I tried to leave a YT comment but it's acting weird right now. smirk I want your piano! smile

43. Always Wanted to Play Piano - Le Onde Unfortunately I can't offer any pointers on this one, it sounded great to me! In your recital, the listeners will be listening to the music, not the mistakes. Play them some music!

44. grotrianer - Prelude&Fugue in D major, op.87 no.5
Thanks for sharing this piece! Technically sound, and the commentary helped explain this piece a bit. Well done!
Posted By: Undone Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/22/10 12:15 PM
31. Jazzwee - Very Early "If I attempt to play with perfection, it wouldn't be jass" I love that excuse! You did a great job on it none the less, and you made a very difficult piece sound like it came easy to you.

32. Serge88 - My Heart Will Go On Very nicely played. Nice mix of the sheet music and your own interpretation based on listening to other versions.

33. Euan Morrison - Written On The Sky Playing by ear, or by observing others on youtube, is something I've yet to attempt. After picking out the melody, I think I'd be lost at where to go next, but you certainly have the knack.

34. Tenolios - Band of Brothers Main Title Not only a nice rendition of the theme from a great miniseries, but the answer to life, the universe and everything to boot. Nice job.

35. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Blue The fact that you "put all your soul" into your playing came through. This is the type of piece that can really draw out such emotions. You must have to be in a very special state of mind to be willing to sit down and play it given your associations with the piece.

36. pianofossil - Waltz in A minor Op 34 No 2 Okay, you're not fooling me, I could tell by the sound at the beginning of the recording that this was from a record. Just kidding. Terrific job, and after less than two years at the keyboard? Wow!

37. Monica K. - Golden Fly One Wow, all those notes, how did you keep from getting your fingers tied in knots? It sounded wonderful!

38. mcasl - Nel cor piu non mi sento: Var I. First and foremost, congratulations on the baby boy! And great job on the Beethoven.

39. MegumiNoda - Improvisation #15 "Hommage a Edith Piaf" I don't think this sounded "erraticoso", but I can't comment on the "capriccioso"; I haven't run across that term yet. Sounds like a sign from the zodiac. In any event, your playing was marvelous and I really enjoyed listening.

40. MaryBee - La fille aux cheveux de lin I've always liked listening to Debussy, but am not up to the point where I would attempt to tackle any of his pieces yet. You really did bring out the "music" in this.

41. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Fanfare for the Common Man It's tuff to take a piece like this and not perform it with a full orchestra, but you pulled it off. The majesty of the full score came through in your playing.

42. Mark... - Nocturne Ooh, I really like your selection for this recital (never having heard it before). You sounded very confident in your playing, great job.

43. Always Wanted to Play Piano - Le Onde I wish I could give you some suggestions on ways to improve your playing of the piece, but I can't. I'd say you're definitely ready for that live performance. I sounded great!

44. grotrianer - Prelude&Fugue in D major, op.87 no.5 I loved the bright sound in this piece and the way it changes back and forth to a more somber one in places. Very nicely played.

45. Moscheles001 - Minuet in D Minor It was nice to get back to something I'm familiar with. I think you did a bang-up job with this, and congratulations on your first recital.

46. ddh - Daniel - Strawberry Fields Forever It's so hard to listen to something so familiar and not compare it with the original. I kept wanting it to be a little faster, but only because of such comparison. This piece really did come off quite well at a slower tempo, and I think you brought some terrific emotion into sections of it.

47. MIghtyS - Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain) Wow, another real finger twister. I'd be terrified to attempt anything like that at a live recital, but I have the feeling you'll do wonderfully. I sounded great!

48. Copper - A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes Another great Disney classic. Loved the strings in the background. Nice job.

49. Mar_red - Caravan What a fun selection! I just can't sit still when listening to it. Terrific performance.

50. DragonPianoPlayer - Invention No 1 A very confident sounding performance. Perhaps you could increase the tempo a bit, but otherwise spot on.

51. epf - Dill Pickles Rag I love ragtime and this is one of the greats. Great performance of a piece with lots of changing syncopation (or is that an oxymoron).

52. jotur/Cathy Turner - John Roy Lyall/Improv in F Great intro, I think it should fit in nicely as a lead in to a "rockin' tune" (and I love the name of the band).

53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow This is your first time working from a lead sheet? I'd say you're doing great at it. And while I do love Iz's rendition, it's nice to hear something truer to the original.

54. casinitaly - Lilla Congratulations on your first ABF recital! I was not familiar with this piece, but I loved the sound and think you did a wonderful job on it.

55. Alexdreamer - Mazurka N.2, Op.7 Anyone that will even attempt a Chopin Mazurka for a recital is okay in my book. Nice job, nice touch.

56. Schubertian - Bagatelle #3, Op. 126 A great and expressive performance of what must be a truly challenging piece (I can only imagine).

57. Bunneh - Venezianisches Gondellied op. 19 No. 6 The time and effort you put into this piece has paid off. It sounded wonderful! I'd say you're deserving of that new grand.

58. Inlanding (Glen) - Complaint op.3 nr.1 I really enjoyed hearing this piece for the first time. It's a very haunting and emotional selection. You played it magnificently.

59. TTigg / Steve C - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete And last but not least, my old buddy TTigg. If you say this was rushed and includes mistakes then I'll take your word for it, but I couldn't hear it. Very nice job and a great ending to this ABF recital.


Undone
Posted By: Undone Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/22/10 12:21 PM
Originally Posted by b528nf7
30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7
I like the stately tempo of your recording of this well known piece. You give it a grand air that fits the music perfectly.

Thanks Bill, I struggled with what tempo this piece should be played (I found lots of variations). I’m glad you enjoyed it.

Originally Posted by ten left thumbs
30 - undone prelude in A, Chopin
Nice job, Undone! This was dignified and, dare I say it, neat! As in, everything was in it's proper place, which is no easy job with all those notes. And the staggered chords came across nicely. smile

Thanks TLT, I appreciate your kind words and encouragement.

Undone
36. pianofossil - Waltz in A minor Op 34 No 2
Welcome to the ABF recital. The recording device probably did not do your performance justice, but you manage to bring the beauty of Chopin to the surface. Well done, I enjoyed listening.

37. Monica K. - Golden Fly One
Nice Monica, this would seemed to be finger exhausting, but your technique seemed to be very capable. It is not one I am familiar with, but certainly a pleasant rhythmic piece. I liked the sudden shift of tempo at the end.

38. mcasl - Nel cor piu non mi sento: Var I.
Well done... cookies and milk works for me anytime.

39. MegumiNoda - Improvisation #15 "Hommage a Edith Piaf"
I think you handled the mood of this piece quite well... lively and free, but with a touch of romance. I enjoyed it very much.

40. MaryBee - La fille aux cheveux de lin

Marybee
It is a beautiful piece and you have chosen well. It is one I think you will enjoy playing for years to come. I certainly enjoyed listening to this performance. Good job!

41. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Fanfare for the Common Man
Nice job of bringing those chords to life.

42. Mark... - Nocturne
Good job! I am not familiar with this piece but I like it. Tune may be in order... not your usual sounding piano.

43. Always Wanted to Play Piano - Le Onde
Hanging out here has gotten me more familiar with Einaudi. I think this one is my favorite. A beautifully played piece and I am sure you will do well in your live performance thumb

44. grotrianer - Prelude&Fugue in D major, op.87 no.5
Thanks for the introduction to this piece. It is a beautiful and interesting one and well played, which I have come to look forward to from you. Thank you!

45. Moscheles001 - Minuet in D Minor
For the first time recording it sounds as if you were able to fight off the red dot. I enjoyed this.

46. ddh - Daniel - Strawberry Fields Forever
Daniel, simply an outstanding interpretation as well as performance. I had to hit the replay button a few times. It is funny... I did not really care for the vocal Beatle version of this song but this suits me very well. Nice work!
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/22/10 06:02 PM
Originally Posted by Undone

53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow This is your first time working from a lead sheet? I'd say you're doing great at it. And while I do love Iz's rendition, it's nice to hear something truer to the original.
Undone

Thanks! It's funny you should mention Iz's rendition - when I told my best friend which piece I was submitting for the recital, she said I should definitely do the Iz version, which I love also. It would be a fun experiment to try and rework it...maybe I'll give it a go. (I've practiced on a few other lead sheets-this is the first one I've gotten finished as a whole.)
Posted By: BenPiano Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/23/10 04:11 AM
45. Moscheles001 - Minuet in D Minor
Love the Bach. Excellent on your first recording!

46. ddh - Daniel - Strawberry Fields Forever
Great job on a familiar tune! My only suggestion would be to speed it up a tad if possible (it sounds fairly difficult!), only because it's such a familiar song and us folks are used to hearing the original.

47. MIghtyS - Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain)
Wow, that sounded crazy difficult! I've never had the chance to listen to much of Debussy's compositions, so I appreciate you sharing this with us - well done!

48. Copper - A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
Well done and beautifully played!

49. Mar_red - Caravan
Another one I've never heard and I liked it a lot - well done!

50. DragonPianoPlayer - Invention No 1
Great work on this invention. All of them are very intimidating!

51. epf - Dill Pickles Rag
Heh, for some reason this took me back to my childhood and a period restaurant that my family would eat at. They must have had this on in the background a few times for me to have flashbacks (or something similar). I loved that restaurant as a kid because there was a candy story on the side and we would always get a treat after dinner. smile Well done, and thanks for the memories!

52. jotur/Cathy Turner - John Roy Lyall/Improv in F
That sounds like a great lead in for the festival - well done!

53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Very beautiful! First it was the new-agers luring me into that style, and now it's you jazz folks luring. I wish I could play jazz and sound like that...well done!

54. casinitaly - Lilla
Very nice!, and only 5 months into the journey - wow!

55. Alexdreamer - Mazurka N.2, Op.7
Well done!

56. Schubertian - Bagatelle #3, Op. 126
Beautiful piece, and well played! I would love to learn this one - thanks for sharing it with us!

57. Bunneh - Venezianisches Gondellied op. 19 No. 6
I've loved all the Mendelssohn submissions for this recital, this one included. Well done - very beautiful. Congrats on getting your grand! smile

58. Inlanding (Glen) - Complaint op.3 nr.1
Wow, what a neat and interesting piece from this composer I have never heard of before. Great performance!

59. TTigg / Steve C - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete
Good thing you made the recital in the nick of time - great submission! I love your playing, and was not disappointed with this one!

Posted By: BenPiano Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/23/10 04:16 AM
Many thanks to the organizers of the recital - another outstanding job!

Thanks to all the participants as well. It's always nice to hear others share their joy of learning piano. I've heard many pieces for the first time, and have been introduced to some real great pieces that someday I would like to learn (the list just keeps getting longer!)

And also thanks to those who left comments for my submission. It really means a lot to get positive encouragement from these recitals and the ABF Forum. I love this place! smile
Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/23/10 04:38 AM
Thanks to all who've listend to my stuff. Jazzwee - I'll watch the pedal smile I went that full step up from Eb to F, but I'm not surprised the LH was muddy in JRL. I'll use fewer full chords and more counter-melody kinds of stuff the more familiar with it I am.

Gulp. The mando player made out our set lists and put this on both Friday and Saturday. I'm on, I guess. We're hoping to get some decent video by the whistle player's husband, and if it's posted on you tube I'll link for you guys. We're feeling pretty good right now. We've got Irish, Scottish, French Canadian, Cape Breton, Americana, and a Jewish tune smile . Jigs, reels, airs, a strathspey, hornpipes, a waltz, and a hora. I think we'll be a hit laugh

Thanks again for all your feed back. I appreciate it. And hats off to everyone who played.

Cathy
Posted By: ddh Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/23/10 05:11 AM
Cathy, Frozenicicles, TX-Dennis, CMohr, HomeInMyShoes, Bill, Inlanding, Jazzwee, MegumiNoda, MaryBee, Monica, Undone, Strings & Woods, BenPiano, thank you so much for listening and taking the time to comment on my offering. It is greatly appreciated and keeps me motivated to improve for the next time.

Frozenicicle, Undone and BenPiano, I did slow it down (4:27 vs 4:00 by Lanz) a bit to be able to play it without to many mistakes. It unfortunately made it harder to keep a steady rhythm. Be assured I am still working on it and should be able to play it correctly soon.

Monica, It will definitely be part of my repertoire as it is, as you put it, a crowd pleaser.

Thank You all again.

This time around I won't have time to post individual comments; nevertheless, let me congratulate one and all for he efforts and dedication you all put in to make every recital an unforgettable event.

Cheers.
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/24/10 03:10 AM
Ben, thanks much for your very nice comments! I really appreciate them. smile
Posted By: Manndrew Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/24/10 07:33 PM
21. HomeInMyShoes - Op. 30 No. 6 (Venetian Boat Song)
Your performance really flowed nicely. I also thought your tone was excellent, good work on the ornamentations.

22. Coldsalmon - Aria from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
I think that often the slower Bach pieces can ber very tricky with all the ornaments and rhythmical demands. This was one of my favorite recital pieces. Played very elegantly. Congratulations.

23. bluekeys - When You Say Nothing At All
I really liked your improvisational work. It was just enough to maintain the basic melodic structure of the song. Good control on your runs and arpeggios.

24. pianonewb - Because He Lives
Bill, a very stirring performance. Your accompaniment fit very well with the vocals. I'm not one for hymns, but you did great on this. Extremely fine playing for only 13 months experience.

25. Peyton - Babbleon
Peyton, this was very creative. I loved the mideastern scale overlayed on the bluesy elements. And some very impressive keyboard work as well. Were you just noodling around or did this theme originate from something specific? Excellent.

26. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Reflection
Dennis. a really beautiful piece. Excellent work in keeping the melody so distinct from the accompaniment. Pretty flawlessly played. Love the tone of your Kawai.

27. AnotherSchmoe - Memories Of Green
I wasn't aware of this theme before and I thought it had both a mysterious and beautiful quality. I think you chose the right voices on your Yamaha to convey the tone of the piece. Good work on the keyboard.

28. Augustina - Fur Elise
I love your honesty in the "additional info" section. I think you did very well with this. I would suggest slowing the tempo down a bit so that you can articulate all the notes better. Especially in the accelerated passages. You've got the basics down pretty well.

29. AnthonyB - Indaco
Anthony, great performance, the constantly changing thythms of this piece do sound complex and difficult to master. You handled them very well. Your playing was excellent. And again, I love the Roland. The sound you get through Pianoteq is so much better than the unaltered keyboard voicing. Food for thought for me.

30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7
I always loved this little prelude. It's just about a perfect little microcosm of Chopin. Good tempo and touch on the keys. It shows a lot for 2 years.
Jotur, Frozenicicles, Casinitaly, TX-Dennis, HomeInMyShoes, flyingfroggy, Sam Smith, CMohr, MegumiNoda, jazzwee, Inlanding, Monica, MaryBee, b528nf7, BenPiano, Undone, Strings & Wood,

Thanks for your comments on my playing. It is refreshing and quite exciting to me since I never had any one other than my family comment on my playing. I appreciate them very much!

Fossil
As per usual, a great big thank you to all the people who worked behind-the-scenes to get another recital collated and uploaded here. Thank you!

My first bunch of comments, in no particular order:

11. Mahlzeit - once again I am so impressed with your compositional skills. The piece was very beautiful and had good dynamic range in it. It's hard to believe you composed this quickly, it sounds like a very developed piece. Well done!

15. Sam Smith - one of my favourite Mendelssohn pieces and you did it great justice. Your playing is so crystal clear and the melody flowed along nicely. Loved the pace of your playing also.

5. Benpiano - Listening to this piece I can't believe you have only been playing 11 months! Absolutely terrific performance. The piece was very crisp and precise and moved along at a good tempo.

25. Peyton - Wow, this is one great piece! As you say, making use of both the middle-eastern scales and the blues. To me it creates this great juxtoposition between a foot-tapping blues, and a more tense eastern sound. You have great talent!

30. Undone - Great effort with the Chopin. As you comment, there are lots of nuances but you coped very well with the piece. You let it breathe and to me it was expressive.

43. Always Wanted To Play Piano - Ah, the classic Einaudi piece. Loved your playing, you really got the melody to sing out. And on top, you had great sense of dynamics and tempo. A very enjoyable listen!

35. Mati - The piece means alot to you and you certainly communicated that with your playing. It's a beautiful piece which almost seems to make time stand still when you listen to it. I really like the last sentence you wrote in your comments, and this piece certainly justifies what you said.

36. Pianofossil - I had just finished listening to Mati (#35) and was writing comments when you piece autoplayed next. Firstly, I love the tone of your piano, it has a very deep and dark sound which I favour. In your comments you mentioned how you felt the red dot killed your expression - I would love to hear you play without the red dot in that case, because I thought the recording was very expressive! Fantastic playing - bravo! (And congrats on your first recital - first of many smile )
Posted By: Peyton Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/24/10 09:02 PM
Manndrew, thanks. The idea came from listening to some music from Mali... Bassakou Kouraki to be exact. Not mid-eastern but still exotic. I've been working on it for quite a while.
MegumiNoda, Sam Smith, BenPiano, Serge88, jazzwee, Manndrew, Inlanding, Undone, mr_super-hunky, MaryBee, b528nf7, and AlexDreamer, thank you so much for your kind comments on my performance; they truly made my day! For those of you who asked about the polyrhythms, here is how I learned them, with the help of my teacher: To start, I practiced as indicated below, where the red lines indicate which notes are played together. You’ll see that there are some 3 against 2, some 3 against 1, some 2 against 1, etc. After playing hands separate for a while, where one “while” equals 100 gazillion repetitions, and also hands together for some time, where “some time” equals 1000 gazillion reps, I was able to get my left hand on autopilot and begin to “even out” the right hand notes. I found the second run to be the easiest, because the final 2/3 of the run is all 3 against 2. And the last run was the most difficult for me, as it speeds up from the 17th RH note (Bb) and then slows down. Kinda ties my fingers in knots! Hope this helps!

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Posted By: Peyton Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/25/10 01:11 PM
39- You play extremely well. You gave that piece so much emotion. I don't know what else to say. Just wonderful!!
38. A sweet little piece. Nice playing
37. What a hypnotic work. You really caught the essence of the piece. I loved your playing.
36. Probably my favorite Chopin waltz. You have a ways to go before you have it down but you have the feel for it and your playing is great. Keep working it. (I've been working it for the last 5 years and still down "have it down..." smile )
Posted By: Manndrew Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/25/10 08:00 PM
31. Jazzwee - Very Early
Jazzwee, I really liked the rhythm in this piece. It sort of has a syncopated quality. You handled this very well. As always, great touch on the keys.

32. Serge88 - My Heart Will Go On
Terrific arangement. I liked the key change-it transitioned very smoothly. Played very well.

33. Euan Morrison - Written On The Sky
Euan, welcome back. Very peaceful and serene. Good technique. I wish the piece was a little longer. I enjoyed it.

34. Tenolios - Band of Brothers Main Title
I always loved this theme and enjoyed the many ways it worked into the series. Thanks for playing this - you performed nicely. Especially the changes in dynamics.

35. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Blue
Thank you for sharing those heartfelt thoughts on the meaning this piece has for you Mati. It definitely pulls at your heartstrings. Beautifully played. I especially liked the section at the end with the grace notes.

36. pianofossil - Waltz in A minor Op 34 No 2
I think this is one of the more difficult waltzes of Chopin because of the length, the changes in tempo and keys, the changing of the melody from left hand to right hand. There's so much going on there. And I just noticed you've only been playing about 2 years. Remarkable. You have most of the elements under control. Just a bit more work on phrasing and dynamics control. Very good.

37. Monica K. - Golden Fly One
Monica, even though you say you were a bit out of your comfort zone with this piece I think your work on it was excellent. The left hand rhythm is relentless and you kept it steady and in control. Wonderful. Oh, and I must admit that tamale frozen whatever it was sounded awful to me. I hope you enjoyed it, though.

38. mcasl - Nel cor piu non mi sento: Var I.
Another wonderful performance for only 2 years experience. Very evenly played with a nice delicate touch.

39. MegumiNoda - Improvisation #15 "Hommage a Edith Piaf"
Very beautiful. You have wonderful technique. Excellent tempo, ornamentations and dynamics. I'm not sure what capriccio or erraticoso mean, but I'd say you played "superioso." loved it.

40. MaryBee - La fille aux cheveux de lin
Mary, such a rich and elegant piece. It sounded pretty flawless to me. What stands out I think is the great touch you have that is required in the softer sections. Dreamlike.
Posted By: MaryBee Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/26/10 03:40 AM
Thank you, Monica (and all the people who help her), for putting this recital together. And thanks to everyone who participated. What a great opportunity to share our music with each other!

Frozenicicles - thank you for your specific feedback on areas to improve. I agree about the una corda pedal. It's so different playing on the Steinway grand at my lessons.

b528nf7 - Wow, a compliment on my writing, even! smile thanks!

Peyton - No, no. I've been working on this for much more than a few weeks. That's just how long it took before my husband could stand listening to me practice it! smile

jotur, casinitaly, TX-Dennis, HomeInMyShoes, CMohr, Sam Smith, jazzwee, Inlanding, Monica, MegumiNoda, BenPiano, Undone, Strings & Wood, Manndrew - thank you all for listening and for the nice comments on my piece. It means so much to me, especially coming from a group of people who play so well. What a supportive group this is!

Already looking forward to the next recital.
Posted By: Manndrew Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/26/10 08:23 PM
41. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Fanfare for the Common Man
Mike, you managed to get a very big sound created for this piece which is so necessary for Copland. Extremely powerful performance. I especially liked the work on the bass sections. Terrific.

42. Mark... - Nocturne
Mark, you did some very good work here. Particularly in maintaining the rhythm and pushing forward even after mishitting. It just requires smoothing out a little. Good job.

43. Always Wanted to Play Piano - Le Onde
Well you're playing 2-1/2 years and taking on a pretty difficult piece for that amount of experience. Absolutely terrific in all respects. Tone, dynamics, rhythm seemed spot on. Congratulations amd I'm sure you'll nail it in your June recital.

44. grotrianer - Prelude&Fugue in D major, op.87 no.5
I'm totally unfamiliar with this piece. In fact I wasn't even aware that Shastakovich wrote preludes and fugues. The fugue did sound very tricky, but you handled it nicely. Very impressive playing and your Sauter sounds great.

45. Moscheles001 - Minuet in D Minor
Really good pace. Excellent ornaments. It sounded pretty flawless. Nice performance.

46. ddh - Daniel - Strawberry Fields Forever
Daniel, this was a beautiful arrangement. I'm partial to the Lennon-McCartney songbook myseld. I really liked the parts using the upper registers. Not an easy piece, but you played quite well.

47. MIghtyS - Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain) Wow! Very impressive and professional sounding. Some pretty tricky passages in this piece. You displayed an excellent touch and wonderful dynamics. You haven't lost much in the long break from your childhood. Plus that Kawai sounds incredible. Keep up the fine work.

48. Copper - A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
One of my favorite melodies. Very clear tone with the melodic line. For me, the strings aren't necessary, but that's an individual thing. Nice job.

49. Mar_red - Caravan
Pretty complex rhythmical structure here. You handled this very well. Made me want to dance. Glad to hear another FP-7 creating another solid performance.

50. DragonPianoPlayer - Invention No 1
It seems to me you have all the major elements in place as far as technique, dynamics, ornamentation and rhythm. As you increase the tempo you will have a beautifully finished piece from this important repetoire.

47. MIghtyS - Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain)
Quite the interesting piece. Not one I am familiar with, but I enjoyed the experience. It sounds difficult, even if you made it appear otherwise. Nice job!

48. Copper - A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
I am a lush for this type of music and could listen the night away with it. Thanks Copper!

49. Mar_red - Caravan
A fun piece with lots of emotion. Thanks for the post I enjoyed it!

50. DragonPianoPlayer - Invention No 1
Good job with Bach DPP, nice work on the call and response.

51. epf - Dill Pickles Rag I did not hear any sour notes. Delightful finger twisting toe tapper- thanks for the submital!

52. jotur/Cathy Turner - John Roy Lyall/Improv in F
Nice set up piece for the knee-slapping one to follow. You do a nice job of creating the proper mood. I enjoyed listening. Hope all of the touring is going well!


53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
CMohr I enjoyed listening and I like what you have done with this old standard and the little twist on the ending. It will be a keeper for sure.It sounds great on the Steinway!

54. casinitaly - Lilla
Welcome to the ABF. Excellent work and such a short itme at it. Hope to hear more. Thanks for contributing.




Posted By: timmyab Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/26/10 10:27 PM
I've had very little time lately so just a couple of quick comments.
1. dannylux/Mel - Prelude in Db
Really enjoyed this.You've done a great job of structuring the piece which makes for a satisfying performance.Love these Bortkiewicz Preludes, keep them coming.
44. grotrianer - Prelude&Fugue in D major, op.87 no.5
I can't get enough of op 87 these last couple of years and this is an impressive reading of no 5.You've caught the mood of both parts perfectly.
I did no 4 recently and the fugue was surprisingly tough.
@Flyingfroggy polyrhythms post: Not far from what I came up with to learn 11 against 6. I actually figured, 11 against 3 first: The "obvious" and not quite correct division is (using A=10 B=11):
RH   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B
LH   1 _ _ _ 2 _ _ _ 3
but being a mathematician, and being too lazy to do arithmetic at the same time :) I decided, it's easy to modify this to make the 3 even against the 11:
RH   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B
LH   1 _ _ _2 _ _ _ 3
i.e. the second LH beat is between 4th and 5th, and 3rd is between 8th and 9th, but the 2nd lh beat is at the LAST THIRD of RH beat 4 (i.e. beat 4 divided into triplets, 2nd lh beat goes on triplet #3). And the 3rd lh beat is at the MIDDLE THIRD of beat 8 (2nd of 3 triplets). That makes it exact: 3 2/3 right hand beats for each LH beat, and 3 times 3 2/3 is 11. So, I did the arithmetic anyway to explain it....could have done it at the beginning I guess. Once I reach a point I can do this without thinking about it, my guess is going from 11/3 to 11/6 is but a small step (just divide the lh beats in half). Now, the lh beats are the "main" beats of the piece, so it would take some practice to get the 11 the right speed so that the 6 is the same speed as the 6 in the previous measures. This incidentally, is the same way I taught myself to do 5 against 3 and, before that, 4 against 3. (Note: I see in preview, selecting "Use HTML" doesn't make the "pre" tags work for some reason.) (ETA: but they seem to work after final submit).
Posted By: Plowboy Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/27/10 02:07 AM
Howdy, all.

I am always amazed at the talent in these recitals. Everything I've heard is just grand, so to speak.

Just a few quick comments.

Monica, your best yet. Something with some life to it! smile Hopefully, I can play to that level someday.

Riddler, I always look forward to you pieces, and this is my favorite so far. Nicely done.

Mary Bee, your Debussy was a treat!

Moscheles001, your minuet was nice, you did it well.

DragonPianoPlayer, I liked the delicate sound in your invention. Bach looks so easy, why is it so hard?

Again, good job by all. I really enjoy these recitals. Thanks Monica, mahlzeit, S-H, and all.
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/27/10 07:43 PM
Originally Posted by Strings & Wood

53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
CMohr I enjoyed listening and I like what you have done with this old standard and the little twist on the ending. It will be a keeper for sure.It sounds great on the Steinway!


Thanks a bunch, Carl! It's always nice when "little" things are noticed.
Posted By: Manndrew Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/27/10 08:25 PM
51. epf - Dill Pickles Rag
A very refreshing and spirited piece. It's got some pretty tricky sections. You managed to keep up the pace pretty well. When I try playing rags my hands start to ache halfway through the piece. So a lot of times it's conditioning. Good job.

52. jotur/Cathy Turner - John Roy Lyall/Improv in F
Cathy, this was a really pretty melody. You played with your usual fine touch and control of the keyboard. I could almost hear the fiddle playing an accompaniment in the second section. Well done.

53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
I love your arrangement. I have Keith Jarrett's transcription and I'm not completely thrilled with it. So from a lead sheet you managed to add a lot of color and texture to this piece. Excellent.

54. casinitaly - Lilla
I'm counting 5 months experience. Very impressive. Wonderful touch and sense of the music for such a "novice." Keep it up.

55. Alexdreamer - Mazurka N.2, Op.7
I always struggled with the mazurka rhythm. I think you demonstrated good control of the nuances here. Nice and light touch as well.

56. Schubertian - Bagatelle #3, Op. 126
I love these little pieces by Beethoven. They show the essence of his style. Very fine performance, especially on the arpeggiated sections.

57. Bunneh - Venezianisches Gondellied op. 19 No. 6
Frankly I don't see where you struggled with the difficulty of this piece. It sounded great to me. Dynamic range was very good and you seemed to hit all the right notes.

58. Inlanding (Glen) - Complaint op.3 nr.1
Glen, kind of another surprise as you delve into the classical area. This was played with excellent control. I think your building of dynamics in your crescendos was really smooth and dramatic. Really a great range of sounds. Quite good. You're a very versatile player.

59. TTigg / Steve C - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete
Steve, I don't really sense that your performance was rushed or that you made that many mistakes. It's a very pretty and soothing piece. Well done.
Posted By: MaryBee Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/27/10 08:36 PM
Originally Posted by Gary Schenk
Mary Bee, your Debussy was a treat!
Thank you, Gary! So glad you enjoyed it.
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/27/10 09:22 PM
Originally Posted by Manndrew

53. CMohr - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
I love your arrangement. I have Keith Jarrett's transcription and I'm not completely thrilled with it. So from a lead sheet you managed to add a lot of color and texture to this piece. Excellent.


Thank you so much! I probably listened to Keith Jarrett's version a gazillion times while I was working on this - (I think he plays it in a different key, though) so maybe a bit got to me through osmosis. smirk
Posted By: Bunneh Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/28/10 08:13 AM
I'm a bit late to the party as I spent some time in my home town, but here goes!

First let me thank everyone who commented on my piece though. It was as always both encouraging and helpful. I think as far as "things that anonymous people on the internet did to brighten my life" go , that's as good as it gets wink

First round:

07. tdvance (Todd Vance) - Wedding Day at Troldhagen
That was a bold move, learning this piece so early. I love your light-hearted bouncy playing, really captures this piece very well. I wouldn't have know about the slow-down if you hadn't told me.

15. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Op. 19/6
nice one Sam! I think your interpretation is more even than mine. Here's some pointers from my teacher on this piece:
- for the introduction, maybe keep the phrase endings a bit more quiet.
- delay the sfz's more and stretch them for just slightly more than their real value
- the staccato in measure 10: I think the ideal is somewhere inbetween what I did and what you did. I think keeping the pedal off for the 16th, then doing a quick pedal change for the 8th should do it, but is very tricky to pull off.
- Your melody in measure 7 etc (and mine) accentuates the strong beats (1 and 4) a bit too much. The melody should flow more. Keep the quarters and eighths as even dynamic-wise as possible, with just the slightest hint of an accent in the bass.

Those are the ideas that spring to mind smile Also thanks for your feedback on my version!

28. Augustina - Fur Elise
A very enjoyable listen! My only advice would be to maybe get the transitions a bit cleaned up and in the main theme get the LH -> RH transition a bit cleaner. But I can't play this, so what do I know?
30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7 (to do)
Nice one, this piece is finally starting to stick in my ear! Especially for 2 years 4 months, very very nice.

31. Jazzwee - Very Early
my feedback will be rather meaningless, I have to admit. Your playing sounds great! But I just can't get into most of Jazz...

37. Monica K. - Golden Fly One
You make Einaudi sound like an amateur! Very fast playing with great expression, thank you. Never heard of the piece before, will have to check it out.

43. Always Wanted to Play Piano - Le Onde
Very nice recording! I enjoyed your playing a lot. You might benefit from just a little bit more boldness to not let any slip-ups irritate you, to give your playing a bit more fluency.

56. Schubertian - Bagatelle #3, Op. 126
Fantastic! I didn't know this piece, but have to check it out in a few years. Love the bass on your piano too!

58. Inlanding (Glen) - Complaint op.3 nr.1
Love the haunted, sad feeling this piece evokes. Thanks! You managed a very nice dynamic contrast which really makes this shine.

59. TTigg / Steve C - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete
Great rendition! I was surfing while listening and genuinely forgot that this wasn't iTunes playing through my Einaudi collection. Keep it up!
Posted By: Undone Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/28/10 10:45 AM
Originally Posted by Manndrew
30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7
I always loved this little prelude. It's just about a perfect little microcosm of Chopin. Good tempo and touch on the keys. It shows a lot for 2 years.

Thanks for the encouragement Manndrew. It truly is amazing how Chopin could fit so much into such a little space.

Undone
Posted By: Undone Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/28/10 10:47 AM
Originally Posted by Euan Morrison
30. Undone - Great effort with the Chopin. As you comment, there are lots of nuances but you coped very well with the piece. You let it breathe and to me it was expressive.

Thanks EM, I appreciate your feedback.

Undone
Posted By: Undone Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/28/10 10:50 AM
Originally Posted by Bunneh
30. Undone - Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7 (to do)
Nice one, this piece is finally starting to stick in my ear! Especially for 2 years 4 months, very very nice.

Thank you Bunneh, I hope this piece is starting to stick in your ear in a good way and not as a waxy buildup. smile

Undone
55. Alexdreamer - Mazurka N.2, Op.7
Not familiar with this one, it has a rhythm I would find difficult to handle, I think you did very well it.

56. Schubertian - Bagatelle #3, Op. 126
Delicate, delightful, very nice!

57. Bunneh - Venezianisches Gondellied op. 19 No. 6
Good job Bunneh, good left hand voicing, perfect emotion, I enjoyed listening.

58. Inlanding (Glen) - Complaint op.3 nr.1
Not familiar with this one. An interesting piece, I enjoyed listening to you play Glen.

59. TTigg / Steve C - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete
It did not sound last minute to me. You create a nice mood with this piece, I enjoyed it. Sounded like a guitar cord at the end.

Great recital everyone! Looking forward toward the next one. Thanks to all who worked to get this one done!
Posted By: Peyton Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 05/31/10 04:39 PM
I'm running out of time to listen to everything (on the road for two weeks coming up) so i'll have to do a little jumping around. Apologies to any I may miss.

27- I don't usually care for lots of reverb but it worked with what you are playing. really nice.

26. Nice find Dennis. A sweet melody and you play it with just the right amount of feeling.

21. Fantastic! You are making me want to dig up the scores. Just great playing (the only thing I would like to hear different would be those trills...)

19. wow- big challenge! I have so wanted to learn this beautiful etude and you are making me pretty jealous. Great job.

15. More wonderful Mendelssohn. Nice playing Sam.

9. A sweet little tune John. You really have a great feel for it. I enjoyed listening.

6. SH, I usually go to your piece pretty early on in these recitals because I enjoy them so much but as I listened backwards I had to wait and it was worth it. What a nice piece. Great recording quality too. that piano sounds so sweet.
31. Jazzwee Very nice relaxing piece. I'd like to try my hand at some jazz soon. I like your ending best.

33. Euan Morrison Another great piece Euan. Very nice melodies but too short!. Your another one who always chooses nice pieces to perform.

35. Mati Slow pieces are always the most difficult...(timing wise) but you managed to keep the pace perfectly. Nice job.

37. Monica Wow Monica, lots-o-notes-o-played in that piece!. Beautiful as always. BTW, your recordings are sounding VERY proffessional. Gotta love the incredible sound of the M&H's.

41. Mike white Okay that was pretty cool. Loved the thundering chords (which awoke the gods!). I always look forward to your performances for their uniqueness. great work.

46. DDH Very nice performance. Performing a David Lanz arrangement makes it even better as you know I LOVE his compositions. Nice.

50. Dragon Beautiful playing with a recording (quality) amongst the top few. Don't change a thing.

cont....
Posted By: Mochomu Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 06/02/10 09:08 AM
HomeInMyShose, Thank you for your warm comment.

Sam Smith,
Thank you for your nice comment.

Frozenicicles,
Thank you for your suggestions. Actually, I got back last week and after a few sessions of careful tune up (slow practice, changing the rhythmic pattern etc.), I think I got it much more even (still not perfect though). Now I need to focus on reducing the number of mistakes.

b528nf7, You are too kind to say “professional sounding”, because it is far from it. But thank you for your warm comment.

Inlanding, Thank you for you comment. I’m glad that you could feel the gardens in the rain. That was my goal.

LisztAddict, Thank you for your comment. Yes, I think the first notes and the second notes of the right hand are bind together. I think I got it working now. Not as even as I like but much better.

Jazzwee, Thank you for your kind comment. But I still have those issues. But I’m working on them, and I hope I will be ready by the recital which is less than 2 weeks now.

MegmiNoda,
Thank you for your comment. I feel relieved if people say that my recording evokes rain. That is my goal. I know I cannot play like a pro, but at least I want to make it sound like rain. By the way, you like that comic? I just watched the TV series based on the comic.

MaryBee,
Thank you for your worm comment. I like it when people say they can feel the rain. That’s my goal right now.

Monica K,
Thank you for your time and effort for organizing this online event. And thank you for your comment. I’m flattered and at the same time embarrassed. Because I know that I’m not that good. But thank you.

Undone, thank you for your warm comment. I still have to work on some issues, but hopefully, I will nail them by the recital.

BenPiano, Thank you for your comment. Yes, this piece is one of more advanced pieces, but not terribly difficult.

Manndrew, Thank you for your comment. I agree that there are tricky passages. I still need to work on controls and evenness.
Also you are the first one to mention about the sound of Kawai. I love the sparkling treble. Thank you.

Strings & Woods, Thank you for your kind comment. But I know what I need to work on. But I appreciate it.
Posted By: Mochomu Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 06/02/10 09:19 AM
06 Mr Super-Hunky -- The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie by James Horner
Wow, it is such a beautiful piece, and beautifully played. I love it.
And the piano sounds really nice too. I like the tone. You definitely know how to take advantage of this nice instrument. Nice performance.

07 tdvance (Todd Vance) -- Wedding Day at Troldhagen by Edward Grieg
Beautiful performance. You know I’m so impressed with the level of the playing when you have only limited experience with the instrument. Also I like the way you played each note with such control and accuracy. You shouldn’t worry about the speed. It will come later. Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece.

08 trings & Wood/CarlMc -- (Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams, Robert Lange & Michael Kamen

Bravo! Beautiful piece, beautiful playing. I like it. I listened it a few times.
If you had included vocal, it would have been perfect, but I know it is very difficult (I can’t do it either).
By the way, you have a nice piano too. I like the tone.

09 John Frank -- Return to the Heart by David Lanz

First time I heard this piece. It’s beautiful and you played it very well. My suggestion to you is, I would use suspension pedal more liberally. Right now, it sounds choppy at times. Otherwise, it is beautifully done. Thank you for sharing.

10 Riddler (Ed) – Impressions by John Coltrane

I’m not familiar with Jazz, but I really enjoyed your recording. Thank you for sharing.
Posted By: Mochomu Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 06/02/10 09:36 AM
11 mahlzeit -- Recital 18 by mahlzeit

You are one heck of a composer. I’m impressed that you composed this beautiful piece. As for the playing, I would use less pedal for the kind of music, but heck you composed it, it’s your music. Thank you for the experience.

12 Ken. -- Ask Me Now by Thelonious Monk

I’m not a jazz guy, but I can tell this is a very difficult piece for someone who has been playing mostly classical music. I think the most difficult part is the rhythm. But regardless you have done very well.
13 flyingfroggy -- Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1 by Frederic Chopin
This is one of my favorite Chopin nocturnes. At first glance it looks simple, but as soon as you hit one of those tuplets, you realize that's not the case. You are playing it very well. I know how difficult it is to play those irregular notes. Good work.

14 Edtek -- Johnson Rag
Good rhythm. Smooth playing. Nicely done. Thank you for sharing.

15 Sam Smith -- Song Without Words Op. 19/6 by Mendelssohn
Nice piece of music, and terrific performance. I enjoy the romantic boat ride. I haven’t played Mendelssohn, but this one seems worth the effort of learning it. Thank you for sharing this piece.

16 ladypayne -- Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas by Alan Menken
You seems to be experienced pianist. I can tell that you have good technique and sound very relaxed, but as you said, you seem rushed and I can feel your mind was not there. The sound quality of the digital camera isn't doing justice either. I would like to hear another recording of this piece from you.
Having said that, I like the piece and I really enjoyed it. Thank you.

17 Mohan Karthik -- My Heart will go on by Céline Dion
Did you learn this piece from those tutorials? That must be very hard. But you got it pretty well. Nice work.

18 ten left thumbs aka Laura -- Five Stars by Peter Friesen
Nice improvisation. I wish I could give you more technical feed back, but I’m struggling myself with improvisation. And I have the same problem as you do, I tend to hesitate at times and hit unintended notes. But yours sounds very nice. I couldn’t tell it was improvised.

19 Frozenicicles -- Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello" by Frédéric Chopin
Nice work. This is one of the two slower etude pieces of Chopin that I enjoy the melody and tone. I think you are playing extremely well. You handled the left hand run nicely too. One thing I may suggest is play the back ground codes more softly and let the melody stand out more. And secondly, I would get the piano tuned. It doesn’t do justice to your outstanding performance.

20 joangolfing -- Italian Concerto--Andante Movement by J.S.Bach
This is well played over all. I’m not a Bach player, but if I make a few suggestions, I would keep the left hand in more precise rhythm, and the right hand should follow. Also play the left hand codes a little softer. I would like to hear more melody from the right hand. Otherwise, it is nicely done.
Posted By: Mochomu Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 06/04/10 07:06 AM
21 HomeInMyShoes -- Op. 30 No. 6 (Venetian Boat Song) by Felix Mendelssohn
Beautiful piece played wonderfully. I haven’t heard this piece before, so I don’t know how other people interpret this piece, but to me, your version sounds very beautiful. Thank you very much for sharing your fine work.

22 Coldsalmon -- Aria from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by J. S. Bach
Another beautiful piece by Bach, played beautifully. There are many ways to play Bach, but I like your rendition here. I like your tempo. If I may, I would add more dynamics, but that’s my own taste.

23 bluekeys -- When You Say Nothing At All by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz
Wow, I’m impressed. Your improvised version is very beautiful, and you haven’t played the instrument that long. I wish I could do that myself.
By the way, your piano, the bass sounds very mellow. You mentioned about the worn out hammer in the middle section, but I actually like the sound of the middle to treble section. It sounds beautiful. Thank you.

24 pianonewb -- Because He Lives by Bill Gaither
I really like your work. I can’t believe you’ve been on the instrument for only a year. I cannot play and sing at the same time. But you have done it beautifully. Thank you for sharing.

25 Peyton – Babbleon by Peyton,
I could identify a middle eastern theme throughout the piece. I don’t understand jazz so much, but I’m always impressed with someone who can improvise freely like you did. I enjoyed it very much. Thank you.

26 TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) – Reflection by Matthew Wilder & David Zippel
Movie scores are always nice, bringing back memories. Nicely played. Thank you.

27 AnotherSchmoe -- Memories Of Green by Vangelis
I remember this one. Vangelis produced a lot of nice synth music. Your succeeded in evoking the original. I’m not a big fan of DP sounds, but I like the reverb and the chorus effect you used. Your DP sounds beautiful now. Thank you for sharing.

28 Augustina -- Fur Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven
Nice work Augustina. One piece of advice from me is that if you leave your foot a bit longer on the pedal, then it will sound a bit smoother.
Thank you for sharing.

29 AnthonyB – Indaco by Ludovico Einaudi
Your recording sounds professional. You played very nicely, I wish I could play like that. Slower pieces always give me trouble. Because my sloppy technique will show. I’m impressed with your flawless performance. Thank you for sharing.

30 Undone -- Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7 by Frederic Chopin
This brought me a smile. This piece is very famous in Japan, because it has been used for a TV commercial for a digestive pill for over 40 years there. But I also like it as part of Chopin’s prelude suite. You played very well. You handled that big cord very well also. Good work.
Posted By: Undone Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 06/04/10 11:00 AM
Originally Posted by MIghtyS
30 Undone -- Prelude in A major Op. 28, No. 7 by Frederic Chopin
This brought me a smile. This piece is very famous in Japan, because it has been used for a TV commercial for a digestive pill for over 40 years there. But I also like it as part of Chopin’s prelude suite. You played very well. You handled that big cord very well also. Good work.

Thanks MIghtyS. That "Big Cord" was indeed a challenge and took some creative fingering to fit all the notes in. Thanks for noticing.

Undone
Posted By: Mochomu Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 06/04/10 09:07 PM
Hi UnDone,

You are welcome. When I try to play that piece, that chord always give me a trouble. I have small hands, so I need to arpeggiate it.

So what is your next challenge?

MightyS
Posted By: Undone Re: Recital #18 --- General Discussion Room - 06/07/10 11:23 AM
Originally Posted by MIghtyS
Hi UnDone,

You are welcome. When I try to play that piece, that chord always give me a trouble. I have small hands, so I need to arpeggiate it.

So what is your next challenge?

MightyS

Right now I'm working on the first movement of Moonlight Sonata, and quite a challenge it is (for me at least).

Undone
Not sure if this is the right place to post this...Is there any way a moderator can sticky this thread or the official one with all the links? I find it very hard to understand (and find) which one is which with so many of them all over the place (new starter here). I find the recitals a fascinating idea and would like to listen to some of the submissions and maybe participate in the future when I've had some practice.

So far, found the following threads:

Official
Reprise
Submissions to listen to
This One (Discussion)

Are there any more? And where/how do you submit your entries? Where are the times posted when submissions are open closed?

Thanks for the help. grin
Hi Hyperactive,
Welcome!
I think what might be even better than stickies would be a sub forum!
Even when you know what you are looking for it isn't easy to find the right posts.

A few weeks before the submit deadline a thread is started and the excitement starts to build.
On the first day for submissions a thread is started with a link for where you have to go to upload your file.
In the sticky for important info for this forum you can find great instructions on how to record .
He you run into problems there are many with experience who will help.





Hi hyperactive, here's a thread containing links to all the past recitals in it. [Note to self: Ask BB Player to add this link to the "Important Topics" thread.]

Links to past AB forum recitals

We've had so many recitals now that it wouldn't work to sticky each of the individual recital threads, but I do agree it would be helpful to have this index thread prominently located.

On August 1st there will be a thread opening the recital website for submission. Then the excitement really starts building. smile
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