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p.s. Please note that an error was made in creating the main recital thread, and entry #20 was inadvertently left out. (Sorry, Cebukid!) I have to wait for a moderator to put it back in, as the thread is locked so I can't edit it. In the meantime, I have copied the information in a post below.
Posted By: TX-Dennis Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 04:02 AM
I just got back home from a quick weekend getaway. Drove 350 miles, so I'm a bit tired. What a nice surprise to find the recital up and ready to go.

01 Andy Platt - Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2, Chopin
That sounds wonderful, Andy. I only hear the "nerves" very briefly in one or two places. You have a wonderful touch for this beautiful waltz.

02 Jazzwee - Naima, John Coltrane
I like your "smooth jazz" interpretation of Naima. It's a beautiful and relaxing sound.

03 Mohan Karthik - Quest for Greatness, Mohan Karthik
This is a beautiful piece, Mohan. You've written a very professional sounding piece, and you've played it perfectly as well. I could easily imagine this on a new age album by one of the big names.

04 dannylux - Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8, Sergei Bortkiewicz
Wow - there is a lot going on in this piece. What a challenge it must be to play, and yet I do not hear a single flaw in your effort. Impressive!

05 Alleykatt- Cathy - Dietro l'incanto, Ludovico Einaudi
Beautiful job, Cathy. Your interpretation sounds near perfect to me.

A very impressive start for this recital, I must say. I am having trouble staying awake, so I will be off to bed now. Thanks for some relaxing music before bedtime.


Just got home from work and I work again in 6 hours. So I’ll be letting the streaming player play me asleep.

I listened to the first 10 or so on streaming player then watched the ones with videos. I’ll try to comment on everyone’s at a later date.

Don’t expect criticism from me as I am not experienced enough to offer much advice.

Regardless I am always in awe at the quality, skill, and bravery of everyone here.

After a long day at work I was in a bad mood and you put me in a good one.

Thanks to everyone who participates publicly in our shared love of this instrument, and a harpsichord as well!

01. Andy Platt - Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2
Beautiful. For having shaky hands you really played well. I’m not too knowledgeable about Chopin yet. It sounds very nice to my ears.

02. Jazzwee - Naima
Wow I have a good pair of headphones on and that iRealb sounds a lot better on here than my tinny iPad speakers! I’ll have to try this. You sound really nice. I’d swear I was in a club listening to you.

03. Mohan Karthik - Quest for Greatness
Very beautiful written piece!

04. dannylux / Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8
Masterful performance. I have never heard of Sergei Bortkiewicz. Lovely.

05. Alleykatt - Cathy - Dietro l'incanto (
Thanks for opening my eyes to this composer. Also beautifully played!

06. Ken. - Blue Monk
I’ll have to look into that book. Love the baseline and harmonies!

07. wouter79 - Maple Leaf Rag.
A good pace. I’m still in the process of learning this song and really have a hard time keeping that left beat solid. You are articulating well and have a good rhythm. Actually amazing for 1.5 years of experience! I can tell you’ve really worked hard on this. Well done!

08. Mr Super Hunky - Dream With Me
A very dreamy piece indeed. I like your attitude, and your playing!

09. Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs - Two-part Invention no 4 in D min
Ah, now I understand why this was special to you! Brilliant!

11. Monica K. - Le Matin
Beautiful as always! I love this song and your interpretation of it!


13. Peyton - Message From Space
One of my favorites of the whole recital. It’s now on my music list on my cell phone. I fricking love this song! Live long and perspire.

18. (Was)TrueBeginner - Little Waltz
Wow you wrote this? Very nice. Your droid x mic is a lot better than my original droid mic!

19. Sam S - Song Without Words Opus 38/6
Nerves of steel! Lovely. Is that a B you are playing? The tone is to die for! Whatever it is, I like it.

22. cgyan (Iain) - Along The Codorus
Your videos are alway so well performed and sound so lovely. Just a beautiful rendition.

23. Serge88 - Someone saved my life tonight
Very smooth. Like the backing track too. Good job!

28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep
Very heartfelt and I felt connected. Good job.

29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades
I always love Yann Tiersen and enjoyed your version. Well done!

30. BenPiano - I Giorni
Since I’m not familiar, the hesitation you mention is just a dramatic pause wink Neverthless, you have a lovely touch and do this piece justice.

33. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - When I'm Sixty-four
I love your spirit and the joy with which you play and sing. Didn't 64 seem ancient as a teenager?

40. anthonyb - I Giorni
Beautifully played and produced. Count me as a fan!

42. Lain - Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake
Whatever you say you need to work on. I think it's wonderful.

43. Alpha Terminus (Jim Henderson) - Rondo Alla Turca
OMG this should be at 20 bpm... or less! Oh wait.... wink

46. Starr Keys - The Last Time I Saw Paris
I’m going through watching the videos first. I loved “You’re beautiful”

Posted By: FarmGirl Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 05:32 AM
Folks, I was a loser again. could not get my xxxx together to record. So, I will try to give you my feedback over a couple of days. English is not my first language (and I am also very lazy). So please forgive me for misspellings.

01. Andy Platt - Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2 (to do)
Nerves? I did not hear anything like that. I thought you sounded really good. As usual, you succeeded letting the melody sing. I enjoyed it. It was very musical and I could hear that you really love Chopin. This is one of my favorite piece of Chopin. I cannot remember if it was this piece or one of the nocturns that made me come back to piano. Thank you for playing this one.
02. Jazzwee - Naima (to do)
Very nice. Sounds almost professional. i cannot believe this is the first take. I like the way your piano talks to the back ground beat. This reminds me of my time in a Jazz coffee shop back in Japan in Kyoto. Believe it or not, there were so many Jazz enthusiasts in Japan who spend hours in that smoke-filled cofee shop.
03. Mohan Karthik - Quest for Greatness (to do)
Beautiful composition and also played very well. I like the way you build it up the piece. You are very creative.
04. dannylux / Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8 (to do)
Wow, it's very romantic. It sounds like a very complex piece of music. You have done a great job. I really like the composer as well. Thank you.

05. Alleykatt - Cathy - Dietro l'incanto (to do)
I love this. You have done a great job. I like how you put the feelings to your fingers and let the piece expand.

06. Ken. - Blue Monk (to do)
It's perfect right now since I am drinking wine and rockin' with my doggies.

07. wouter79 - Maple Leaf Rag (to do)
You must have a very good sense of rhythm. I think it gets very challenging if I try to play this, it's very fast too. You started out great but sounded a bit tired in the middle. Just a little. I think it's because many things are going on in this piece and it probably takes lots of energy to play this. When I played a busy piece like this, I remember having to put breath mark to avoid getting out of breath. That might help. Please ignore my silly advise if I am not on point:) Overall, I think you have done an excellent job again.

08. Mr Super Hunky - Dream With Me (to do)
Gosh, good music. You've done it again. It sounded like a duet between harp and piano. I had to close my eyes and try not think about your forum name. No offense to your Mr. SH. I am just day dreaming of my first love. The reality really kills a dream.. That's all. Super Nice composition and good playing as well.

09. Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs - Two-part Invention no 4 in D min (to do)
Wow it's a hapsicord! It's a treat. Obviously it sounds very different from the ones on the piano. I heard it is very difficult to play since the sound dies out quicker. You have done an incredible job considering that. I wish you have recorded the same thing on a piano as well. I am just curious. How different it may sound. How did you feel on the instrument? Thank you for the treat.

10. timmyab - Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881 (to do)
Excellent playing. It would probably sound much better on an acousitic. I am saying this because your playing is excellent. Digital won't do a justice to you. I understand it's probably because you needed to record it.

11. Monica K. - Le Matin (to do)
I like the piece. It's probably hard not to sing along with this. I like the sparkling color type broken chord section. lovely.

12. Cohenfan - Traumerei (to do)
It's a very pretty piece.I know you keep playing this for a long time. Why not? It's a lovely piece and would be great as a part of your forever repatore.

13. Peyton - Message From Space (to do)
Payton, this is excellent. I heard it first time in the piano bar. Did not have time to comment on it at that time. Now I do. I think you are amazing. I like the way you build up the piece like that. Someone may commission this piece. It would be great if I can create something this beautiful and original someday. You are my inspiration.

14. Riddler (Ed) - Jump Monk (to do)
It sounds very nice and crisp. No hesitation. I like the way you put it together. Expertly played.

15. Inlanding - Glen - Prelude, Everything Happens to Me, Sun Up (to do)
I always look forward to your submission. Because yours is very interesting. I like the trio concept. Excellent playing of the Prelude. I like the way you communicate through "Everything Happens to Me" and "Sun Up". This is the kind of the things confirms my belief that music is much more eloquent than any human language. It won't hurt me either. It just permiates from note to skin.. into my whole beings. Thanks.

16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365) (to do)
Beautiful waltz. I love Schubert. You have done a great job.

17. Todd Vance - Clair De Lune (to do)
It's a beautiful piece, isn't it? You have done good job to let the melody line sing. It might be my personal taste but if you can keep your left hand a tad bit quiet at the beginning, it will be better. I cannot believe it only took a few years for you to get to play this. Nicely played. You should be proud of yourself.

18. (Was)TrueBeginner - Little Waltz (to do)
It's your original? It is great. I think music spews out of you natually. As you mentioned, you can improve this greatly by paying attention to your left hand. I would tone down the left hand a bit to bring out the beautiful and sensitive melody to do justice for the composition.

19. Sam S - Song Without Words Opus 38/6 (to do)
Sam it sounds soooo good. Your recital piece was great but I can hear marked improvement. your playing become so much more sensitive and I could here the melody, inner voices and all those delicate detail that makes Medelssohn as great as he is. Bravo!

20. Cebu Kid - Maple Leaf Rag (to do)
When I checked it, I did not see the submisison yet. I will come back later.

21. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Verde Smeraldo (to do)
Good job. You are definately making incredible progress. I can hear your phrasing. Aren't you proud of it?

Ok folks, that's it for tonite.
Posted By: wouter79 Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 05:43 AM
If anyone wants my feedback please give me a PM. I ask because some people are offended by my style of feedback.
Impressive start, Andy Platt 01 (B minor waltz, Chopin). I didn't notice nerves, but I was particularly impressed with the section toward the end where the RH takes two voices. You handled your nerves enough to allow you enough rubato to get over the tricky bits. I think it means a lot that you recorded while playing live, because we all know that's a lot of pressure! smile
From an old ABF poster... AKA .... Monster M&H

Well done everyone, although I don't post here much lately, I do pop in to see who's up to what. I'm glad to see the recitals are still going and only wish I could find (make) the time to participate. It's really nice to see how people of progressed and refined their playing skills. I have them all downloaded to my mp3 and will be enjoying all of your efforts over the next few days.

WELL DONE, you should all be proud.

MK...you are a saint for your continued efforts .... thumb
My sincerest apologies to Cebukid, whose recital entry I messed up. His recording is there in the zip files and streaming player, but I must have skipped over his record when I was copying and pasting the individual posts. I'm going to have BB Player fix the main recital thread, but until then, please find his information here:


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Performer's name:Cebu Kid
From:Chicago
Experience:1979-1982, Piano Lessons
2008 - Present, Self-Directed
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQz_tDrJg2c
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/cebukid70
Title of piece:Maple Leaf Rag
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:03:07
Source of music:Joplin Complete Rags For Piano - Schrimer's Library of Musical Classics
Instrument used:Yamaha T118 Upright
Recording method:Audio: Zoom H1 normalized with Audacity
Video: JVC Everio
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my 4th rag, and I had lots and lots of trouble with this one. I *thought* it would be easy because I never really had too much trouble with the others - even in "year 1" as an adult restarter of piano, but I was in for a reality check (talk about a WAY over-my-head piece!). This is the best I could do for now, and I obviously need to work on this some more. This piece was a great learning experience as it exposed my horrible technique (tension, poor wrist position, etc...such are the trials and tribulations of the self-taught, but I digress..lol). Anyway, it forced me to address some of these issues, and actually made me better at my other rags (and current ones in process). This is my "fastest" rag to date, though the end result was what I call a moderate tempo for this piece (around 84-88 BPM range). This time around, I brought out some much needed dynamics which was lacking on the last recording attempt for the Spring recital. Anyway, there's a few flubs (the third strain is a killer and has too many big leaps), but hey, this is a recital. I did this in 2 takes, and I'm not really one that HAS to have "the perfect take" (plus I don't have that kind of time)... Well, I hope you all enjoy. I will definitely do this over one day when there's less pressure - and probably soon since it's fresh. My goal in life is to play this piece at least 5-7 times a week, as I think this piece is one big technical exercise as well and really calls out every skill one needs for ragtime piano....and oh, I had my home-made gourmet mac-and-cheese sprinkled with bacon. :-) Cheers everyone!
Posted By: CebuKid Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 12:23 PM
Originally Posted by AB Forum Recital
My sincerest apologies to Cebukid, whose recital entry I messed up. His recording is there in the zip files and streaming player, but I must have skipped over his record when I was copying and pasting the individual posts. I'm going to have BB Player fix the main recital thread, but until then, please find his information here:


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Performer's name:Cebu Kid
From:Chicago
Experience:1979-1982, Piano Lessons
2008 - Present, Self-Directed
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQz_tDrJg2c
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/cebukid70
Title of piece:Maple Leaf Rag
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:03:07
Source of music:Joplin Complete Rags For Piano - Schrimer's Library of Musical Classics
Instrument used:Yamaha T118 Upright
Recording method:Audio: Zoom H1 normalized with Audacity
Video: JVC Everio
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my 4th rag, and I had lots and lots of trouble with this one. I *thought* it would be easy because I never really had too much trouble with the others - even in "year 1" as an adult restarter of piano, but I was in for a reality check (talk about a WAY over-my-head piece!). This is the best I could do for now, and I obviously need to work on this some more. This piece was a great learning experience as it exposed my horrible technique (tension, poor wrist position, etc...such are the trials and tribulations of the self-taught, but I digress..lol). Anyway, it forced me to address some of these issues, and actually made me better at my other rags (and current ones in process). This is my "fastest" rag to date, though the end result was what I call a moderate tempo for this piece (around 84-88 BPM range). This time around, I brought out some much needed dynamics which was lacking on the last recording attempt for the Spring recital. Anyway, there's a few flubs (the third strain is a killer and has too many big leaps), but hey, this is a recital. I did this in 2 takes, and I'm not really one that HAS to have "the perfect take" (plus I don't have that kind of time)... Well, I hope you all enjoy. I will definitely do this over one day when there's less pressure - and probably soon since it's fresh. My goal in life is to play this piece at least 5-7 times a week, as I think this piece is one big technical exercise as well and really calls out every skill one needs for ragtime piano....and oh, I had my home-made gourmet mac-and-cheese sprinkled with bacon. :-) Cheers everyone!


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I hope to get at this as soon as possible! I am travelling, visiting, and using other people's computers....and they work shifts...and I can't find ear phones! argh..... My listening pleasure will be delayed, likewise feedback. I will get to it as soon as I can, the delay is going to be painful for me!!!

01. Andy Platt - Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2 Thanks for the kind comments so far!

02. Jazzwee - Naima Wow, what a fantastic feel from the get go. I love the backing track with some very cool piano playing going on top. And one shot too - fantastic.

03. Mohan Karthik - Quest for Greatness I had listened for a while without realizing it was your own composition. This is a very simple, beautiful piece. You keep the arpeggios very steady and allow the very interesting melody to shine through.

04. dannylux / Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8 I have never heard of Bortkiewicz and, after hearing this beautiful piece, that's a little surprising. You did a wonderful job of capturing all the different sections that your program notes detail so nicely. There are some wonderful fluid runs that were brilliantly pulled off. I'm not sure it should be classed as an etude though wink

05. Alleykatt - Cathy - Dietro l'incanto Sticky trills, huh - I'm afraid I couldn't hear them but I'll take your word for it! You played this beautifully, keeping the piece moving forward and putting enough dynamic changes in to keep the interest going.

06. Ken. - Blue Monk Too short - I want my money back! wink Very nicely done, it swung really well and the hands were in great balance.

07. wouter79 - Maple Leaf Rag Excellent job - especially at some of the "unexpected transitions" that are in that piece - sudden pianissimos, etc..

08. Mr Super Hunky - Dream With Me As dreamy as it gets ... there are some very nice melodic twists and turns throughout. Very nice composition and beautiful playing.

09. Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs - Two-part Invention no 4 in D min You didn't say if it was a two manual harpsichord? I assume not. Anyway, very nicely done. I couldn't detect the missing B naturals but I could hear the two voices coming through and intertwining very nicely.

10. timmyab - Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881 The tempo was fine - I'd prefer to hear it like this than rushed and muddy. I thought you did a wonderful job of bringing out the clarity in the music, the different voices and kept it moving really nicely. And if this recital was just for beginners, there wouldn't be anything for the beginners to aim towards?!

43 Alpha Terminus, Rondo alla Turca, Mozart

I clicked with some trepidation because I know you hadn't done as much slow practice as I though necessary - but you really impressed me with this. smile The improvement in a short time was truly amazing. Your timing is greatly improved and many of the mistakes are ironed out.

Many, but not all. Bar 7, RH 3rds need some work. Slow, hands separate practice. I suspect the 2+4 over is troubling you. You can do it! The LH of this bar is also sometimes troubling you, sometimes you get it right. The RH is consistently mis-hitting notes in this bar.

Bar 6 of the semiquaver section. E natural. The confusion is the tune is played once one way, the second time it goes in a different direction and your fingers need to know which way.

The evenness of semiquavers is greatly improved, though not perfect. You could try setting your metronome to quavers. Eg if you want to practice at 60bpm, set metronome to 120. Each click is an 8th note (1 and 2 and) so you just need to fit alternate 16ths in.

Your tendency is still to rush. This will get better as you can relax more. Easier said than done, I know! smile

Oh, and what happened to the staggered octaves? You chicken out like me? wink cluck cluck!

Good work! smile
11. Monica K. - Le Matin Very summery, very morning time (appropriately it's 9.50 here). You brought it off very nicely and you made it sound easy even if it wasn't.

12. Cohenfan - Traumerei I love this piece (it's on my to-do list); I thought you brought the perfect amount of pathos to the piece. Super job.

13. Peyton - Message From Space I have alien voices in my head! Brilliantly contrived and wonderfully played.

14. Riddler (Ed) - Jump Monk I didn't prance, but the playing certainly did. It was very infectious! I'm not going to try to sing it either ...

15. Inlanding - Glen - Prelude, Everything Happens to Me, Sun Up Three pieces for the price of one! The Glière was beautiful - very nicely controlled. "Everything happens to me" was a very nice improvisation but my favorite was your own composition "Sun Up". It did bring a ray of dreamy sunshine, and was very delicately played.

16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365) Three beautifully played waltz's. I loved the left hand in the first piece especially - it really got that waltz feel without getting in the way.

17. Todd Vance - Clair De Lune I'm learning a Debussey piece right now and I know how difficult it is to get the feel right. I think you did a great job balancing all the different voices and it moved along nicely, without some of the over-sentimentality that can ruin this piece.

18. (Was)TrueBeginner - Little Waltz That's a lovely waltz you composed - it has a very French feel to me. I would play around with the pedal a little - it's quite dry and I think a half pedal would work OK.

19. Sam S - Song Without Words Opus 38/6 I really enjoyed the performance from your live recital and really enjoyed this too. The voices you worked on at the camp really paid off because they shine through!

20. Cebu Kid - Maple Leaf Rag Two maple leaf rags in one recital. Yours really moved at a nice pace and some good dynamics in there too.
Posted By: Clemente Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 04:58 PM
1- This is the first time that I participate in something like this, and I am in awe of the talent (hard work) shown during these performances I just heard. I think that the word "beginner" needs to be redefined. smile

2- How I wrote my comments: I shrunk the PW player to one side of the screen and opened word next to it with the template. I wrote what I felt as I listened to each piece. I must say that it was very enjoyable and it made for a very pleasant morning. Thank you!

01. Andy Platt - Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2 Not an easy piece to play at all, and you played it beautifully... and you played it live!

02. Jazzwee - Naima Wow! I totally love this! I have some of Coltrane's recordings and your interpretation is up there with the professionally recorded ones. Great stuff!

03. Mohan Karthik - Quest for Greatness Such a lovely piece, and yours is a beautiful interpretation. You handled the crescendos and dim. beautifully.

04. dannylux / Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8 Gorgeous piece, beautifully played. You played it with lots of passion... and it sounds very difficult. smile

05. Alleykatt - Cathy - Dietro l'incanto Love the mysterious tone of this piece at the beginning as well as the melody that follows. You played it beautifully.

06. Ken. - Blue Monk You truly can play the blues. smile Loved it!

07. wouter79 - Maple Leaf Rag You did a wonderful, wonderful job with a very, very difficult piece!

08. Mr Super Hunky - Dream With Me Wow! This is an original?! Love the "new age" sound. Beautifully performed as well.

09. Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs - Two-part Invention no 4 in D min The harpsichord sound gives so much authenticity to this piece! None of this stuff is easy and your performance is excellent.

10. timmyab - Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881 What a beautiful performance. Excellent use of dynamics! ...not an easy piece at all.

11. Monica K. - Le Matin You played Tiersen's music beautifully. You have some sort of affinity for this type of music because you play it well. Loved your interpretation!

12. Cohenfan - Traumerei Oh... How lovely and pieceful... Loved your playing very much.

13. Peyton - Message From Space This is a very serious composition... very professional. Somehow it reminded me of Philip Glass. It is always pleasant hearing a composer playing his own music. smile

14. Riddler (Ed) - Jump Monk To play jazzy music the player must posses some sort of internal, internal rhythm. You definitely got it. smile

15. Inlanding - Glen - Prelude, Everything Happens to Me, Sun Up (Okay... A cabin in the mountains in a ski resort, it is evening and after a day of skiing, you and your better half sit by the fireplace with a bottle of wine and just chill... That is what came to mind while listening to your music. Lovely...)

16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365) You played this waltz with lots of sentiment. You were playing the music and not just the notes. I enjoyed listening to you.

17. Todd Vance - Clair De Lune Such a lovely piece, one of my favorites. You played it very well, indeed!

18. (Was)TrueBeginner - Little Waltz What a beautiful melody! ... And I have news for you... You are NOT a beginner. smile

19. Sam S - Song Without Words Opus 38/6 You certainly made the melody sing. Loved you interpretation of this (not easy) piece.

20. Cebu Kid - Maple Leaf Rag Wow! Nice!! I wrestled with this piece in the late 70's and I know how very difficult it is. Great interpretation!!

21. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Verde Smeraldo Very nicely played! I do not know if it is, but it sounds like a study in triplets. Great stuff!

22. cgyan (Iain) - Along The Codorus Oh... this is a beautiful melody. Beautifully, beautifully played!

23. Serge88 - Someone saved my life tonight Nice... Quiet... Soothing... And I think your interpretation made it so.

24. joangolfing - Sarabande in F Major Lovely rendition of this dance. How peaceful!

26. Wisebuff - Late Train A haunting melody and I enjoyed listening to you play it... Very beautiful interpretation!

27. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Heal Our Land How tranquil... You have put a lot of sentiment into this interpretation. Superb! You are far from being a beginner. smile Loved listening to you!

28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep I like this. It sounds like a difficult piece to play, and you played it well!

29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades Love this! Great interpretation!

30. BenPiano - I Giorni I find this type of music very relaxing, but I am sure that it also has to do with how it is played. You played it very well and I enjoyed listening to you.

31. GracieCat - Wonderland Lovely melody and your interpretation is beautiful.

32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden Oh, how lovely is this! It made me think of a movie soundtrack. You played it beautifully.

33. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - When I'm Sixty-four I love this tune. smile For me it is way up there with Maxwell's Silver Hammer and Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da; and your interpretation is terrific!!

34. Strings & Wood - Op. 28 No. 20 Oh, I love this Prelude. You did a wonderful job handling those chords!!

35. Griffin2417 (Griffin) - Prelude in G minor (BWV 558 ) Playing Bach is never an easy task. You truly played this piece beautifully. Loved your dynamics.

36. Teodor - Madder Sky (Code Geass) Sounds like a very powerful piece of music and I enjoyed how you played it.

37. Copper - Moon River Nice and relaxed. Lovely interpretation. Loved the background effect!!

38. Bluekeys - Waltz in A Minor I learned this piece many years ago and it is not an easy piece. It may sound easy to play, but it is not at all! Your interpretation is great!

39. jotur/Cathy Turner - When My Sugar Walks Down the Street I love this type of bluesy music!! You played this very well. One cannot help swaying to the beat. Nice!!!

40. anthonyb - I Giorni Lovely, calming effect. I enjoyed your playing very much!

41. CMohr - Summer Night I wish all summer nights were this beautiful. Gorgeous playing!

42. Lain - Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake Autumn is my (and my wife's) favorite season. smile What a lovely imagery I got with your music! Excellent playing!!

43. Alpha Terminus (Jim Henderson) - Rondo Alla Turca Great interpretation of a not easy piece!!

44. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 - Por El Sur What a lovely melody! Beautifully played.

45. MaryBee - Clair de Lune, from Suite Bergamasque Claire (my wife ) and I love this piece for sentimental reasons. It is way up there with Chopin's Berceuse. Your playing of it is heart-felt. Lovely!

46. Starr Keys - The Last Time I Saw Paris J'adore! This being the last recital piece, its echo kept sounding in my head... just as beautiful as the city itself.

Again, thank you. ...And a big round of applause for you all!!
Until next time.

Clemente
01 - Andy Platt – I think you did a real good job here, congrats smile

02 – Jazzwee - That sounded very professional, I might PM you at
some point to enquire about how you did that if that’s
ok.

03 - Mohan Karthik – That’s really good, can’t believe you composed it
yourself, excellent!

04 - dannylux / Mel – I bet that’s difficult to play, very nice smile

05 - Alleykatt – Cathy – I “liked” this on your YT, great job!

06 - Ken. – This made me smile, reminded me of a slow “farvmville” tune
Lol.

07 - wouter79 – I’m actually familiar with this one, you did great!

08 - Mr Super Hunky – I can see what you mean about concentrating on
the melody, this was really nice.

09 - Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs – That certainly stands out from
the crowd, congrats!

10 – timmyab – loved it! (I recognised parts of it, if that makes sense)
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 05:44 PM
What a wonderful way to start the week! Congrats to you all!

20. Cebu Kid - Maple Leaf Rag I'm starting with you because of the little glitch......Great work on a real finger-twister! I particularly like the way you kept this moving along despite a few little "misses". Your tempo sounded perfect and your articulation is very good! You don't have too much to do for this to be perfection - loved it! (and I'd love to have your recipe for the mac&cheese with bacon. smile Sounds yummy!)

21. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Verde Smeraldo You've put some nice emotion in this, Cheryl! You really are playing - nice evenness and definite progress in your piano journey. A lovely little piece and some applause, too!

22. cgyan (Iain) - Along The Codorus Really pretty amazing playing for a year and a half! Excellently performed and recorded. You seem so in touch with whatever piece you play - confidence and surety shine through. Absolutely beautiful - gave me goosebumps.

23. Serge88 - Someone saved my life tonightI liked this a lot! I don't mind the drum track....You have enough going on in both hands that it would be just as great without it. The melody really sang out. It's wonderful to hear this Elton John tune. Well done!

24. joangolfing - Sarabande in F Major I love the Handel Sarabandes - You've got the dynamics just right and really brought out the stateliness of the piece. Really very well performed!
Posted By: Inlanding Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 05:48 PM
01. Andy Platt - Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2 ~ Andy, that was superbly played! This one certainly sounds the most live, and it is! It is clear you are listening to the music as you play and expressing it as fully as you can during your recital. Of anything I could suggest regarding your most excellent recital version, it would be to slow it a bit and make those subtle changes in dynamics a bit more obvious. When I start playing again, you have further motivated me to want to learn to play it and add it to my repertoire. Really good playing, Andy. Thank you!

02. Jazzwee - Naima ~ You hit this one out of the park, Jazzwee! The progression and melody of this piece is pretty atypical of many jazz pieces and you made great sense of it by not going too far out. You have a fantastic ear. Thanks for sharing this unique jazz ballad.

03. Mohan Karthik - Quest for Greatness ~ Mohan, it is hard to imagine you've been playing for such a short time and able to create such a meaningful composition. It could easily be on a CD and I think when the time comes, the title of it should be this piece. Really great.

04. dannylux / Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8 ~ lots going on with this Etude. At times it sounds like an old jazz standard arrangement that's been taken to a very high level. You play this like you love it, very sensitively, and caringly. You did a great job working those long LH arpeggios cleanly while keeping a steady RH melody. Thank you for your music, Mel.

05. Alleykatt - Cathy - Dietro l'incanto ~ Cathy, you bring out so much emotion. As technically more difficult as you say the piece was to play, you clearly enjoyed bringing out the twists and turns with great beauty. I love the sound of your Aeolian baby grand and your touch! This one's a keeper.

06. Ken. - Blue Monk ~ Fantastic blues on Blue Monk. You did great keeping the tempo while working the LH melody and harmonies. Love the ending with that three dollar chord! Good work.

Glen
11 - Monica K. - Really enjoyed that, it was lovely.

12 - Cohenfan - Another nice piece, I think you played it nice!

13 - Peyton - Seriously brilliant, my favourite so far.

14 - Riddler (Ed) - You seem to have your own style, good job.

15 - Inlanding - Glen - I watched the wrong video on YT ha ha, listened to the mp3 in the end, very nice.

16 - cscl - I don't think it could have been played better,congrats

17 - Todd Vance - Great job, I didn't notice any mistakes.

18 - (Was)TrueBeginner - so did you compose that? very good by the way.

19 - Sam S - I can't believe some idiot disliked your vid, i thought you were great!

20 - Cebu Kid - Played very well, reminds me of the sort of music you'd hear on cartoons, ha ha.
2 Jazzwee - Naima

Very smooth! I'm glad you told me how to pronounce it, I never knew. Good to hear you play.
Posted By: jazzwee Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 07:11 PM
Just goes to show that constantly doing these recitals does a lot of good. Everyone's playing just keeps improving. Maybe we won't have any beginners left smile

Here's the first half.

01. Andy Platt - Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2
Very nice rendition Andy especially the subtle movement of the rhythm!

03. Mohan Karthik - Quest for Greatness
Nice work Mohan. Sounds very New Age. Did you play this live or did you overlay the melody in a second take. If live, that would have been quite difficult.

04. dannylux / Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8
Such a nice piece. It's as if each hand is flowing through the melody independently even in time. Great work.

05. Alleykatt - Cathy - Dietro l'incanto
Nice production there Cathy. The video was so nicely done it felt like I was listening to the theme of a movie. I enjoyed your playing a lot. BTW I lived in (Central) Wisconsin for many many years.

06. Ken. - Blue Monk
Sounded great Ken. You should have improvised on it. I still have a problem playing this head perfectly with those thirds. You did it with ease. Congrats!

07. wouter79 - Maple Leaf Rag
Nice work on this. I'm just imagining the difficulty of the stride. Must have been lots of work. A little harsh on the tone so maybe ease up on the touch a little. Not bad at all for so little time on the piano. You're doing very well.

08. Mr Super Hunky - Dream With Me
I just loved the modulations. Sophisticated composition. Piano sounds great and the playing is excellent.

09. Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs - Two-part Invention no 4 in D min
Amazing. I just loved the sound of it. Normally when I hear a Harpishchord it's a low volume affair and this has a different feel because of the quality of the recording. I just enjoyed the exactness of the control in your playing. Very nice.

10. timmyab - Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881
Very well done Timmyab. Ah, the evenness problem. I stress over that too. I think as we get more advanced we hear every little uneven touch. I can hear it but it's so slight that the average listener would not notice. A moving target smile I enjoyed your playing a lot!

11. Monica K. - Le Matin
Very nice Monica, especially when it got to those arpeggios that stood out from the LH. Yes you could lighten the LH some more to increase the contrast but you played it very well.

12. Cohenfan - Traumerei
That was great CohenFan. Touch was very nice. Liked it a lot. You're doing well.

13. Peyton - Message From Space
Of course I already heard this and commented before. I just admire your creativity. Now that I've heard it a second time, I just noted the polyrhythmic nature more. Very interesting how you do that.

14. Riddler (Ed) - Jump Monk
Unaccompanied! What a rare treat. Now I'm the one accompanied. Very sophisticated arrangement. Did you write it out, even the solo? I thought it was improvised (see, you could have kept that to yourself smile )/

15. Inlanding - Glen - Prelude, Everything Happens to Me, Sun Up
Once again, such a beautiful touch. I'll develop that touch when I grow up. So beautifully played. How do manage to know thousands of tunes and then you can play multiples of them at once? I can't even remember the melody to many. Nice contrast of styles BTW. Showcases your flexibility.

16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365)
That sounded great. And the recording quality was excellent so it made it even more enjoyable.

17. Todd Vance - Clair De Lune
Good work Todd. You are doing well. A very lovely rendition. To bring it to the next level, add some dynamic contrasts and maybe make it flow more rubato.

18. (Was)TrueBeginner - Little Waltz
Good job TB and especially admirable that you took on a challenge. That can only work to your benefit later. I always practice without pedal a lot because it exposes technical issues that I need to work on. Here you will notice that you can work to improve the legato in the RH melody. I enjoyed it!

19. Sam S - Song Without Words Opus 38/6
Sam - really enjoyed your camp story btw. I liked your explanation of Soprano and Baritone exchanging roles. It made me appreciate what's happening more. Very nicely played.

20. Cebu Kid - Maple Leaf Rag
Very nice CebuKid. You have a really nice piano touch. I think you just pushed the tempo too hard. Dial it down a tad and I'm sure it will be perfect. Your tempo wavered there too. LOL. Competing with the red dot.

21. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Verde Smeraldo
Cheryl, I can feel that energy on the piano. What I really sense is a good letting go and you don't hold back. Shows up even in a short piece. Next time you've got to submit something longer! smile Good work!

22. cgyan (Iain) - Along The Codorus
Very pretty piece and playing Iain. Impressive for a year and half.

23. Serge88 - Someone saved my life tonight
I vote Drum Track! It's just that kind of music. I thought I was sitting in a piano bar. Very fun.
21. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Verde Smeraldo Very nice Cheryl! It had some nice touches of rubato in there and good control all along. I think you should try it with some pedal and see what happens.

22. cgyan (Iain) - Along The Codorus What's a Codorus?! wink Well, whatever it is - thanks for the trip. It was really enjoyable. In particular I thought that your choice of pedalling was great and the way you brought the melody out, while keeping the left hand clear was fantastic.

23. Serge88 - Someone saved my life tonight I love this tune - though I do think it works better as a song rather than a piano solo. The drums got a little distracting (since you ask) but they weren't bad. It was a nice arrangement and beautifully played. I think adding an improvised solo might work well too.

24. joangolfing - Sarabande in F Major If you had asked me to guess a composer, I would never have thought Handel. What a beautiful piece, though. You played it with great delicacy, nice shading and a good choice of pedalling. Very nice!

25. Clemente - Milonga What a beautiful piece and a charming story. That's a really nice debut for your ABF recitals. You played it with a very delicate touch and brought out the melody nicely.

26. Wisebuff - Late Train This brings me back to actually waiting for the last train of the evening. Beatifully played, with great feeling.

27. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Heal Our Land This appeared to be a very heartfelt performance, very nicely played - the timing was superb.

28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep This starts off so quiet, but builds and builds - you did a great job of managing the dynamics on it. And it's a great arrangement too.

29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades This is a wonderful performance, there is such passion and energy in this piece, although you aren't just "hammering it". Great!

30. BenPiano - I Giorni This is one of the few Einaudi pieces I (kind of know). I still don't understand how you can play this - I would get hopelessly lost in it. You did a great job of building up the tension and then relaxing and then starting it all up again. Very nice playing.
Posted By: Sam S Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 07:22 PM
01. Andy Platt - Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2 *CLAP* *CLAP* Funny, I can't hear your hands shaking at all. Sounds really good - dynamics, phrasing, rubato. I know how hard that is to do during a live recital - congratulations!

02. Jazzwee - Naima Smooth!

03. Mohan Karthik - Quest for Greatness Loved the video and the composition. Sounds very much in the style of Einaudi.

04. dannylux / Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8 That is very lush and romantic sounding, but at the same time like modern jazz. Very impressive.

05. Alleykatt - Cathy - Dietro l'incanto Loved the video! Your interpretation was great - very moving.

06. Ken. - Blue Monk Makes me want to get that book and try some Monk! One of these days...

07. wouter79 - Maple Leaf Rag I think you're improving - I can hear the dynamic changes - great job.

08. Mr Super Hunky - Dream With Me Nice dream Mr S-H!

09. Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs - Two-part Invention no 4 in D min Harpsichord is not easy to play, I know. Great job, even with the missing string. Maybe you can convince your brother to move closer.

10. timmyab - Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881 You are welcome in the ABF recitals - we'll take anyone! Just kidding, it sounds great. I know what you mean about feeling exposed while playing Bach. Every little mistake sticks out. But you did a fantastic job.

11. Monica K. - Le Matin Wonderful as always!

12. Cohenfan - Traumerei Not an easy piece to play - the phrases are all harmonized differently, so it's tough to keep track. You did an excellent job, full of feeling but not overdone.

13. Peyton - Message From Space Earth to Peyton: Great job! Loved the video too, with the closeup of the piano tuning pins in the beginning that looked sort of like stars, then the strings and moody lighting, etc.

14. Riddler (Ed) - Jump Monk I'm prancing - can you see me from there? Well, it got my feet moving at least.

15. Inlanding - Glen - Prelude, Everything Happens to Me, Sun Up An interesting mix of sounds, like looking at an impressionistic painting through tinted glasses while feeling blue. They all worked together really well!

More to come!

Sam
Many thanks to those who listened to and commented on my entry (#9).

Andy, it is a harpsichord with one manual, which can be connected by pedals to (if I remember right) an 8 foot choir, a 4 foot choir or both. These 'feet' seem to be musical feet, not actual measuring feet, because the whole thing isn't 8 feet long! Not everything was working, so I was connected to only one choir. Playing with both choirs gives it that authentic sound, but was very hard work on the fingers. Maybe next time.

FarmGirl, to answer your question, it felt very strange. The most difficult feature was that while I generally play Bach detached, on a harpsichord I needed to stay very legato, and keep the fingers down even when my ear was telling me it sounded staccato. I spent about 10 minutes initially with my brother telling me 'legato' every few seconds. To compare, here is me on the piano (I submitted this to the piano bar a while ago):
http://www.youtube.com/user/LauraJoffe

Back at my brother's I also recorded on his clavichord. Here:
http://www.box.net/shared/7b60i3fhgqrq3pns9k6s

It is such a very quiet instrument I had to be careful to breathe quietly otherwise you wouldn't be able to hear the music. It's a real privilege to be able to try these instruments out. I've really been looking forward to the recital to be able to share! smile
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 07:44 PM

19. Sam S - Song Without Words Opus 38/6 I, also, enjoyed your video from Summerkeys! Not sure, but this recording sounds a little more relaxed. (less audience pressure? :D) It flows beautifully, Sam. I loved it!


18. (Was)TrueBeginner - Little Waltz This has a definite European flair to it - I always enjoy your compositions and it's wonderful to hear a waltz. I think your melody is extremely well thought out, and the overall performance without the pedal is super!


17. Todd Vance - Clair De Lune Wow Todd, to do this piece self-taught....well played and very enjoyable! thumb


16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365) Oh, these are sensational! You've got the perfect touch for the lilting melodies. Just fabulous!


15. Inlanding - Glen - Prelude, Everything Happens to Me, Sun Up The Gliere prelude brings images of the sun dancing on water. (btw, which prelude is this?). "Everything Happens To Me"-such a great tune with the "Glen style" expertly woven in-love that last chord! "Sun Up" definitely captures the feeling of pre-dawn to sunrise - I can see the sun rising in a rainbow of colors. You've painted a rather dazzling picture with this medley!



Posted By: Recaredo Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 07:44 PM


Lain, thanks for introducing us to Wencheng’s music. It’s an amazing music, with beautiful melodies and fantastically developed.

But I would not know what to say about your impresive interpretation.

Wait, at least I’ve found the proper emoticon:

[Linked Image]

Posted By: wouter79 Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 08:31 PM
45 Mary Bee
musical:
overall impression, like: nice and overall balanced. You deserve a good grand to play on instead of an upright.
Phrasing is good. You take the right time for the phrases and between them.
rubato, speed changes: nice speedups and drops of tempo.
Dynamics: nice job here.
articulation: this music accepts a lot of pedaling; at some places I would like a little less pedal though (but I have been accused of UNDER pedaling debussy wink )

15 Inlanding
technical: clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
noise: little
bass: nice with long sustain
depth of field: small
piano sound: very nice
musical:
part 1: some touch of Debussy here. Nice miniature. I think this one could use a little more direction though, maybe something with the volume or a little variation of the tempo.
part 2: a smoky jazz piece for late at night. You hit the right mood here.
part 3: I like how you drop the tempo and make a wide, calm landscape. Your long sustaining bass fits this perfect. Nice composition!
Phrasing is very good.
rubato, speed changes: nice speedups and drops of tempo. Lots of rubato in that jazz piece. It all flows beautifully
Dynamics: The pianissimo parts at end are pretty. Dynamics all fit the pieces.
articulation: part 2 has the most clear articulation. The other pieces use more pedaling.
Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 09:40 PM
46 Starr Keys – The Last Time I Saw Par is
My kind of music. Lovely, and nicely played.

45 Mary Bee – Claire de Lune
Beautifully and sensitively played. Wonderful piece.

44 Yamaha G-e & P-80 – Por El Sur
I liked the way the piece kept moving along, and went from tinkly to strong. Well done.

43 Alpha Terminus – Rondo alla Turca
I like Mozart, and you played this with really nice pizazz! Very fun.

42 Lain – Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake
This did remind me of autumn – but because it reminded me of leaves falling in the wind and swirling around  Lovely.

41 CMohr – Summer Night
From Autumn to Summer in one fell swoop! Yup, that’s the way it is this time of year. Loved the laid back feeling of this, and the little swing. Another one from the music era I like best 

40 anthonyb – I Giorni
Classic anthonyb. I love the way you play Einaudi tunes. Or maybe you channel them or something. At any rate, you are a great interpreter of his music. This was wonderful.

39 jotur – When My Sugar Walks Down the Street
You go, girl! laugh

38 bluekeys – Waltz in A minor
Wonderful! Like someone recalling beautiful memories. Very touching, and beautifully played.

37 Copper – Moon River
Terrific! Another one about memories, but a little more wistful this time. What a great job you did with this. My favorite so far.

36 Teodor – Madder Sky
Cool piece! Nice drama at the end.

35 Griffin2417 – Prelude in G minor
I like Bach a lot, and you did this piece justice. Very nicely played.

34 Strings & Wood – Op. 28 No. 20
Wow, you made beautiful music of that! I’d plod thru it, but yours was great. Nice touch, and great feeling for the piece.

33 BillM – When I’m 64
I love the swagger in this! And yeah, 64 – as Lee Marvin would say, it looks better lookin’ back laugh One of my favorites of yours.

Great fun so far! It'll probably be tomorrow evening before I get to more comments, but I love the stuff I've heard so far.

Cathy
Posted By: jazzwee Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 09:53 PM
What great submissions! Congratulations to all for another round of great improvement for everyone.

Here's my final set.

24. joangolfing - Sarabande in F Major
First of all that's a very nice piano sound. So rounded. Nice balance of tone between the hands. Good work!

25. Clemente - Milonga
That's so beautiful. The LH sounds like it's a guitar plucking. What a great choice for a recital. Not something we usually hear. Very enjoyable.

26. Wisebuff - Late Train
You're making such a beautiful sound come out of that piano. Nice touch!

27. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Heal Our Land
You have such a nice gentle touch on the piano. All those years do count!

28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep
Very nice Wayne. Well done. Just let up on the pedal when you change chords so it doesn't get muddy. Enjoyed the video! PM me any time on your question. I didn't do anything special though.

29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades
Wow. Fast fingers there which would be quite a challenge to someone someone new on the piano. You did great.

30. BenPiano - I Giorni
Such great improvement from you Ben. Really noticeable. Very nice touch developing there. You must be working really hard. It's fun to see everyone change their playing over time and you've made big strides. Congrats!

31. GracieCat - Wonderland
This sounded good GracieCat. Don't be too hard on yourself. For a year and a half this was fantastic.

32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden
Augustina, this was one of the best songs I've heard from you. Great work!

33. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - When I'm Sixty-four
Wonderful as always Bill! You really accompany yourself very well. I could learn from that when I accompany a singer.

34. Strings & Wood - Op. 28 No. 20
That sounds pretty good S&W. Nice tone and balance of the hands. Great work!

35. Griffin2417 (Griffin) - Prelude in G minor (BWV 558 )
Sounds great Griffin. Too bad piano isn't tuned, but if it's not your piano, what can you do? In any case, well done.

36. Teodor - Madder Sky (Code Geass)
Good work Teodor. Piano needs some serious tuning though so I'm amazed you managed to do what you did. Maybe let up on the pedal a bit.

37. Copper - Moon River
Nice performance Copper!

38. Bluekeys - Waltz in A Minor
You're turning into some Classical hot shot here. Maybe a change of name to ClassicalKeys is warranted! Your consciousness about technique is showing up wonderfully in your playing.

39. jotur/Cathy Turner - When My Sugar Walks Down the Street
That is so smooth Cathy! Nice work. Sounds great.

40. anthonyb - I Giorni
Deja Vu smile Sounds great anthonyb. Nice piano tone.

41. CMohr - Summer Night
Such nice voicings! You have a really good teacher for the particular style you're developing. You're ready to play this at a piano bar someplace. Wonderful improvisation (which I assume is in there). It's ok to add lots of space to a tune this slow.

42. Lain - Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake
Wonderful playing. That was amazing.

43. Alpha Terminus (Jim Henderson) - Rondo Alla Turca
Very good Jim! You are progressing nicely and you were so worried about the recording. Nothing to worry about here. No 20bpm's needed. Now concentrate on legato playing to make those melodies sing. Your LH and RH balance is really good and you're bringing out a nice tone on the piano. Make sure you can hear any unneveness so you can repeatedly practice those phrases. That takes time to clean up though and can't be rushed (it plagues me still).

44. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 - Por El Sur
Very pretty piece. Very enjoyable! I like the rhythms of the music. Sounds like Spain.

45. MaryBee - Clair de Lune, from Suite Bergamasque
Very very nice MaryBee. I like how you made this flow with the Rubato. A little pedal muddiness but otherwise such a nice interpretation.

46. Starr Keys - The Last Time I Saw Paris
Your video is different smile Confused me for a moment. LOL. I didn't know this Jerome Kern tune so I checked out versions of this tune on youtube. That's pretty good if you picked this up by ear. Lovely tune and I wished I could have heard it with the Vocals. Nice work!


Posted By: Peyton Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 10:59 PM
46- Starr Keys, I liked that a lot. the beginning starts right off with a very modern sound and then grows more melodic. I like the way you play it. Nice "playing by ear" improvs smile

45- MaryBee, that was very prettily done. What a beautiful piece. I like the way you play it but I think I would prefer just a touch less sustain. But what a great feeling you have for it. I love when you go into the rolling section almost halfway through.

44.- I learn more about composers on this forum than any where else. Very interesting piece. Good playing.

43. Jim, good going on a very enjoyable piece. (I love this piece) You have a great start on it and a good feel. When my wife heard you playing she came in to hear. (I used to play this piece so she is very familiar with it.) She noted how relaxed you look playing and when I said you were a beginner she was VERY impressed! Once you smooth it out and build up that tempo it will sing. Bravo!!! (I still think you need to use one of your cameras to zoom in on your image in the mirror. That will be very cool).
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 11:05 PM
Thanks so much Clemente and thanks a bunch Jotur for commenting on my tune! I appreciate you listening!

And, Jazzwee,
Originally Posted by jazzwee

41. CMohr - Summer Night
Such nice voicings! You have a really good teacher for the particular style you're developing. You're ready to play this at a piano bar someplace. Wonderful improvisation (which I assume is in there). It's ok to add lots of space to a tune this slow.


Thanks, too! It's funny you saying the above....when my husband listened to my recording, he said "that's pretty good, but you're not going to get any gigs with it." I agree with him, so your words are very kind indeed! And yes, I did try to improvise on the melody some - and thanks for the leaving space reminder!
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 11:18 PM
25. Clemente - Milonga I love the story and glad you posted the lyrics in your description. I love how you start out a little sleepy and build to a hight point, and then end up perfectly to fit the words. I didn't notice any wrong notes - it's a great piece. Charming and a little melancholy at the same time - and charmingly played, also!

26. Wisebuff - Late Train I was looking forward to hearing your entry. Oh man, this is a gorgeous piece! The piano has a beautiful tone - and you played this beautifully, as well! I'm going to have to look into Rocherolle. Applause!

27. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Heal Our Land Your "goofing off" certainly didn't dampen your playing laugh. A very heartfelt performance. I had not heard this before now. So did Senator Hatch write the music or the lyrics , or was it a total collaboration? Beautiful song!

28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep Pretty darn cool, Wayne! Love how you start out quietly like a love song and build to a more orchestral sound - great job - very enthusiatic playing!

29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades Quite the impressive piece, played with passion! Two words - excelente y bravo!
Posted By: Cohenfan Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 11:39 PM
I only had time to listen to the first 6 entries and so far, I am so impressed. Just love those recitals smile

Andy Platt : I love Chopin. And I really loved your playing. Very beautiful, I liked it very much.

Jazzwee : Only one take ? Wow. Fantastic playing and great feel. Excellent job.

Dannylux : I did not know anything about Bortkiewicz. It sounds very difficult to play and I think you did an amazing job with this piece. That was great.

Mohan Karthik : Peaceful. Dreamy. Beautiful.

Alleykatt : I remember being so impressed back in May with your beautiful rendition of Causeway Coastline, I still listen to it from time to time. And here we go again with this lovely piece of music, great playing and gorgeous piano sound. Loved it. Thank you.

Ken : I just love those blues. Very good playing and great feel. Excellent.
Posted By: CebuKid Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 11:45 PM
01. Andy Platt - Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2


I love Chopin! I love to listen...such beautiful, melancholy melodies. You did a fantastic job on this waltz, Andy, and it kept a nice 3/4 rhythm throughout. It sounded like you held your composure pretty well - especially for a live recital! Bravo! Keep up the good work.

02. Jazzwee - Naima (to do)

Aahhh..the resident Jazz pianist of the ABF. Again, a very piano bar feel to this. I like the "one take" approach. It shows that you're thoroughly prepared, and it simulates a live recital where, really, there are no mulligans allowed. smile I picture dancing the tango to this - even though I can't dance...LOL. Anyway, keep up the good work Jazzwee, and I'm fortunate to have the pleasure of listening to Jazz piano - a genre that I normally don't partake in.

03. Mohan Karthik - Quest for Greatness (to do)

This composition sounds like a man who is at a milestone in his life and ready to take on that new challenge....hence, the mountain in your YouTube video? smile This has a new-age feel to it...what a talent for you to compose this yourself! I liked the finale as well...the 1st couple of strains is where the man contemplates his next step and the 4th is when the man finally achieves the "greatness" that he seeks. Nice job, and again, what a talent to compose this!

PS-you've won a YouTube subscriber, my friend. smile

04. dannylux / Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8 (to do)

Wow, what a difficult Etude! You are definitely one of the virtuosos of the ABF. What a beautiful piece. I've never heard of this composer before. And yes, I listened carefully for the musical patterns that you describe and can't imagine playing such complex melodies in octaves. Great technical execution and great performance! Thanks for introducing us to this composer.



05. Alleykatt - Cathy - Dietro l'incanto


Ah yes, Einaudi...what a great composer this guy is! He seems to be a popular choice with ABF members. I haven't heard this one yet, and it sounds technically challenging. Your execution was great...it has a dark, ominous melody that repeats. You executed the trills nicely, and the rhythm sounds tricky in certain sections. Bravo! Keep up the good work, and I have subscribed to you on YouTube. smile


06. Ken. - Blue Monk (to do)

Man, your spinet piano has an impressive bass register - very deep and sonorous. I liked this little piece! You are doing fantastic for a 3 year long pianist. Is Blues your specialty? That's what I love about these recitals...I get to listen to stuff that I'd normally wouldn't listen to. smile



Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/15/11 11:47 PM
01. Andy Platt - Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2
I’m a big fan of the live recording. This is very well played and the quality of the recording is excellent. I don’t know enough about the piece to hear the nerves you spoke about in your comments, but it sounds fine to me.

02. Jazzwee - Naima
If you didn’t tell us this was played with a virtual backing I would swear it was recorded in some upscale Georgetown jazz club. Wonderful phrasing and a laid-back tempo makes this a real joy to listen to.

03. Mohan Karthik - Quest for Greatness
Nice composition. I like the photo that you used as a backdrop on your video.

04. dannylux / Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8
It is pretty clear that you retained the skills you obtained as a “kid”. A masterful performance of a complex and difficult piece.

05. Alleykatt - Cathy - Dietro l'incanto
It is obvious that you put quite a bit of thought and effort into your recordings and videos. A lovely song beautifully played.

06. Ken. - Blue Monk
The tone of your piano fits this piece perfectly. A very cool performance of a very cool piece. Like the ending.
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 12:02 AM
07. wouter79 - Maple Leaf Rag
A jaunty and playful rendition of a classic piece. Well done.

08. Mr Super Hunky - Dream With Me
An interesting composition. Given the title, I was expecting something a little slower, but this is very nice and has a certain edge to it.

09. Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs - Two-part Invention no 4 in D min The harpsichord caught me off guard until I went back and read your comments. I’ll bet that was fun to play.

10. timmyab - Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881
I’m so glad you decided to participate in the ABF recital. This is a very tender and moving performance. You seem to caress each note. Very well played. Your recording sounds professional.
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 12:15 AM
11. Monica K. - Le Matin
You can always be counted on to introduce us to beautiful piano music. This one is particularly enjoyable and skillfully performed.

12. Cohenfan - Traumerei
This piece is becoming an ABF standard. I am amazed at how well you play in such a short time. You should be very proud of this recording.

13. Peyton - Message From Space
I’m a big fan of pretty much everything you post. This is inventive, creative and down-right fun to listen to.

14. Riddler (Ed) - Jump Monk
I didn’t “prance” around while listening but I was boppin’ and swayin’ in my kitchen when this was blasting through the speakers. A very cool piece.
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 12:17 AM

14. Riddler (Ed) - Jump Monk Way cool! I may not be prancin', but certinly tappin' and a bobbin'! Really nice runs, very clean, cool sound. cool I loved it!


13. Peyton - Message From Space This is seriously fabulous! This piece along with last recital's would make me think you're someone else....Another genius work! Great video, too.


12. Cohenfan - Traumerei Yes, a piece of music one could spend a lifetime perfecting.....I think you played this expertly! It is sublime. Bravo!


11. Monica K. - Le Matin Oh, I really like this peaceful little piece! You definitely possess the perfect touch for this music - and you made it look effortless, to boot!


10. timmyab - Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881 Wonderful technique and separation of voices. Played perfectly - exactly the way I imagine it should be played. You're more than welcome here! Your performance is very inspiring!

37. Copper - Moon River
Copper, Nice job on a favorite of mine.

38. Bluekeys - Waltz in A Minor
I love this waltz, Bluekeys. Thanks for making me happy!

39. jotur/Cathy Turner - When My Sugar Walks Down the Street

Not sure if is this is specifically inspired... but I noticed a little extra something there, I'm just saying. smile Very Nice Cathy! Good luck in your competition!

40. anthonyb - I Giorni
Like notes delivered on the wings of butterflies.

Posted By: gerg Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 12:35 AM
If anyone wants to resubmit their prepped piece to Unsung Heroes, you are most welcome to do so.

http://www.ecital.net/submit.php

Listening now.
41. CMohr - Summer Night

I am thinking there lies within you a moonlighting piano player soothing all who would spare the time to listen. I am basking... thank you!
Originally Posted by gerg
If anyone wants to resubmit their prepped piece to Unsung Heroes, you are most welcome to do so.

http://www.ecital.net/submit.php

Listening now.


I wish... but, hardly. smile

... of course, I am referring to Chopin.
Posted By: CebuKid Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 12:40 AM
07. wouter79 - Maple Leaf Rag

Isn't "The Trio" hard, bro? This is a very fine job considering your level of experience. smile Like myself, you should really keep this piece in your rep. This piece made me depressed, and I worked on it on and off for many months, this, despite my experience and obsession with Joplin. This took me longer than all the others to learn. You, however, now have it under your fingers. IMO, this is a piece that takes years to refine, and most pianists agree it's a tough, tough piece. Keep it up, Wouter! Hope you consider Joplin more in the future. He's got lots of hidden gems.

08. Mr Super Hunky - Dream With Me (to do)

Very nice, Mr. Super S-H. I think you are the visionary and artist of the ABF - a free spirit who'd rather not constrain himself to "just learning pieces." Again, playing by ear and composition are God-given talents, and I'm glad to see a guy who challenges the status quoe. This piece was a very mellow, enjoyable one and sounded quite challenging. I'd never dream of composing this! Your grand piano has quite the thunderous sound to it. smile

09. Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs - Two-part Invention no 4 in D min (to do)

I have a new-found "fondness" of all the Bach Inventions. I love how they sound on the Harpsichord and I actually plan to cheat and play an Invention on my digital in Harpsichord mode onfe of these days...lol. For you to play this at such a steady tempo on a relatively foreign instrument was an amazing feat! I thoroughly enjoyed this recording! PS-i didn't catch any of the missing notes because I'm still very new to Bach. smile
Posted By: TX-Dennis Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 01:07 AM
06 Ken - Blue Monk, Thelonious Monk
Nice job, Ken. Blues is something that needs real feeling and you certainly feel this.

07 wouter79 - Maple Leaf Rag, Scott Joplin
Impressive! You play at a nice steady tempos throughout, a necessity for ragtime, and what a lovely tone your piano has. Fabulous.

08 Mr Super Hunky - Dream With Me, M. S. Hunky
That is a nice dreamy piece. I always find pieces with lots of left hand arpeggios difficult, so this would be quite challenging for me. Sounds like it was easy for you, though. Great job, B.

09 Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs = Two-part Invention no 4 in D min, Bach
Impressive job, Laura. I really enjoy the sound of a harpsichord, but I've never had the opportunity to play one. Bach is quite a challenge, whatever the instrument.

10 timmyab - Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881, Bach
Anything by Bach is challenging. You're too hard on yourself. This sounds quite lovely with avery even tempo and great timing.

11 Monica K. - Le Matin, Yann Tiersen
It does look deceptively simple, but there are some really tricky rhythms involved in this one, and, as you said arpeggios are evil. Your performance is lovely and beautiful. Nice dynamics and you really bring out the melody over the bass notes.

12 Cohenfan - Traumerei, Schumann
Yes, this piece is much harder than the sheet music would have you believe, but you're too hard on yourself. You performed it tremendously well.

13 Peyton - Message From Space, Peyton H.
Beautiful and impossibly difficult sounding.


Posted By: CebuKid Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 01:07 AM
10. timmyab - Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881

This is truly "vintage Bach" and being a fugue, I don't think it should be too fast anyway. You maintained a nice rhythm throughout and I liked your dynamics a lot! Very good job, Timmy.

11. Monica K. - Le Matin

*comment on YouTube*

12. Cohenfan - Traumerei (to do)

Though a simple little piece, your recording sounded like that of a veteran! You are doing great considering your level of experience. I liked this mellow little piece, and yet again, from a composer with which I'm no familiar. Keep up your steady progress!
42. Lain - Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake
1. I adore autumn moons... so brilliant.
2. Calm lakes to reflect my thoughts.
3. And your playing to put it all in perspective.

43. Alpha Terminus (Jim Henderson) - Rondo Alla Turca

I have somewhat followed your journey with this piece and I champion your efforts with this performance!

44. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 - Por El Sur
Nice melody, although I am not familiar with this one, presented well.

45. MaryBee - Clair de Lune, from Suite Bergamasque
I don't know if I will ever be able to tame this one. I start with a teacher in September, so who knows... maybe so.
Marybee, you are well into this one. And, the part that side tracked me- you have well under hand. It is a beautiful piece. Stay with it.

46. Starr Keys - The Last Time I Saw Paris

Recording was distorted and did not project your true potential. I know there is a swan there somewhere.

I’m really enjoying listening intermittently and, in some cases, repeatedly to everyone’s submissions. I am disqualifying myself from commenting on people’s classical performances since I have little aptitude for this type of playing and don’t feel qualified to comment on it except when the progress and accomplishment is so stark and in your face since the last recital that even I get it--which just from my initial impressions seems to be the case with Wouter79 and Inlanding this time around, by the way.

I’ll weigh in later on some of the more contemporary and improvisational pieces. But right now, I just want to thank everyone who commented on it for your kind remarks about my piece. Peyton, as perhaps the greatest improvisatory composer (not to mention one of the best players) at Piano World, you particularly made my day with your comments about my improvs. Alpha Terminus and Jazzwee, I’m sorry about the confusion with the youtube video link. I was rushing because I missed the deadline last time and I guess I thought I was being asked to give the link to my Youtube videos so that people could check out other pieces if they liked the submission download, not a link for the video version of the submission itself. Sorry about that:)
The next 10 from me (last for tonight):

31. GracieCat - Wonderland It sounds very smooth to my ears and I don't know the piece well enough to detect much in the way of "random" errors but I know what you mean!! I thought you did a great job keeping a nice pace, giving great dynamic thrust when needed. Good job. P.S. Does this piece remind anyone else of the classic "Stand By Me?".

32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden This is a very beautiful piece - you do a wonderful job of having the melody balanced just right with the accompaniment. Actually, I kept returning to the accompaniment as I was listening - it had some slightly "different" parts and I enjoyed how you brought it out.

33. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - When I'm Sixty-four One of my favorite McCartney tunes - and luckily for me, sixty four is a little ways off. You really brought out a melancholic feel to this piece (which is, obviously perfect for it). And you created a truly imaginative arrangement - fantastic job. "Oooh!" too!

34. Strings & Wood - Op. 28 No. 20 Not a hint of Barry Manilow wink I love this prelude and you did a great job with it. There is a wonderful progression through the piece that prevents it becoming static. And it sounded pretty fortissimo at the beginning to me. Wonderful!

35. Griffin2417 (Griffin) - Prelude in G minor (BWV 558 ) This is great Bach playing - very nice and clear, great direction and good balance. I'm particularly impressed if this is your own transposition!

36. Teodor - Madder Sky (Code Geass) It sounds like this is a wonderful piece to play - lots of tremelos and great chords. Very nice playing - and wonderful picking it up without sheet music too.

37. Copper - Moon River The synth strings came as a nice surprise part way through! You brought a lot of pathos into your interpretation of this. I could feel the river drifting down - extremely romantic. Nice job!

38. Bluekeys - Waltz in A Minor No Chopin is easy. I assumed I would be able to knock this one out without too much problem but boy was I wrong so it's gone onto my study seriously one day. You did a fantastic job with keeping a nice rhythm but allowing the right hand melody to breath and flow.

39. jotur/Cathy Turner - When My Sugar Walks Down the Street You'll have them dancing at the festival with this - my foot was tapping all the way through. Very nicely played and you have a strong left hand going without overwhelming the melody. Great!

40. anthonyb - I Giorni Hmm, this seems strangely familiar ... I wonder where from?! wink This was so smoothly done, great flowing melody and a wonderful sense of balance to it.



Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 01:51 AM
30. BenPiano - I Giorni Just fabulous, Ben! You obviously are connected to the music - no mistakes detected here. A wonderful piece to keep in your repertoire.

31. GracieCat - Wonderland Pretty smooth playing to my ears! I think it's an admirable performance. I don't know if it's just the recording, but maybe just lighten up the left hand a tad and it will be perfection. It flowed and it sang!

32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden Oh, so dreamy! Really nice playing on this one, Augustina! A beautiful song.

33. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - When I'm Sixty-four Loved it! You've put your stamp on yet another classic. Just a great performance! Loved your "whoo", too!

34. Strings & Wood - Op. 28 No. 20 Man, I love the bass on your piano! I can't think how this could be done any better. Pretty enthralling for 1:47!
Posted By: Cohenfan Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 02:03 AM
Wouter79 : I am very impressed by your performance. Great playing, you really had a great feel for this piece. Congratulations.

Mr.Super Hunky : Beautifully played, great stuff. You are very talented.

Laura Joffe aka ten left thumbs : I did not expect the harpischord, but that was truly good.Loved it.

Timmyab : Bach can be very challenging but you really nailed this one. Great performance all over. Bravo

Monica.K : Wonderful. I loved the way you played this. Tiersen wrote so many great pieces, thank you.
Posted By: Lain Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 02:46 AM
01. Andy Platt - Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2 This is a very impressive live performance, excellent job! What nerves? I love your natural rubatos and confident tempo throughout this delightful waltz.

02. Jazzwee - Naima Wow, another one-shot recording. Your improvisational skills are phenomenal, thanks for sharing.

03. Mohan Karthik - Quest for Greatness Mohan, this could be used for a movie! The arppegios do convey a sense of questing and journeying. The gradual buildup and layering leading to the abrupt ending, however, leaves me wondering if greatness has been obtained.

04. dannylux / Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8 *jawdrop* Mel, this is definitely one of my favorite pieces in this recital. First, I learned about a new composer, thanks. I've been missing out. Second, you bring out the "sensuous, luscious" qualities of this piece so well, it seems as if you are dancing with Venus herself and plucking stars out of the sky to entice her. I can definitely hear the Chopin and Scriabin influences in this piece. Finally, I can't really hear how difficult this etude is, unless I'm looking at the score, meaning that your technical execution is close to perfect. Can't wait to hear your unsung heroes submissions.

05. Alleykatt - Cathy - Dietro l'incanto Cathy, the C B A B C B/A mini-resolutions are so beautiful. Your phrasing cannot be improved, and it does sound like you are truly enjoying playing the music. Great video, too! I've subscribed!

06. Ken. - Blue Monk Ken, you sound like a mini jazz ensemble! Go woo the masses now!

07. wouter79 - Maple Leaf Rag Classic.

08. Mr Super Hunky - Dream With Me Mr. Super Hunky, you've led me into a state of reverie...and now I must force myself back to reality to praise the magical effect your work has brought upon me. Thank you.

09. Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs - Two-part Invention no 4 in D min Laura, every now and then I'll play this piece, which I've memorized as a child. It brings back such fond memories. Thank you for going the extra miles to bring us a period rendition.

10. timmyab - Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881 Wonderful, two sensitive playings of Bach in a row! Now, where are my Bach scores!
01. Andy Platt - Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2 Very well played. Nice and fluid. I don't listen to much classical but this was very enjoyable.


02. Jazzwee - Naima Very smooth and slinky. I liked it. I could listen to that all night long.


03. Mohan Karthik - Quest for Greatness This is such a delicate piece that you performed so nicely. Well done.


04. dannylux / Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8 Very nicely played Mel. You have such nice control in the way you play the keys. Top notch stuff here.


05. Alleykatt - Cathy - Dietro l'incanto I loved the powerful intro transitioning into the softer body. Very nicely done.


06. Ken. - Blue Monk (Phunky monk at that!. Nicely played. Exellent timing too.


07. wouter79 - Maple Leaf Rag Exellent job with this piece Wouter. Exellent recording as well. One of the best-cleanest recordings I've heard actually. Not much too improve at your level.


08. Mr Super Hunky - Dream With Me I liked it but I'm a little biased.

09. Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs - Two-part Invention no 4 in D min Okay that was super cool. I loved it. Harpsichords rule!


10. timmyab - Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881 I love this piece and your playing of it was so enjoyable to listen to. One of my favorites so far.
Posted By: TX-Dennis Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 03:39 AM
Aww crap . . . I had replies all typed out through BillM's piece. Then I did something flakey while typing and they all vanished. Now I've got to start all over.

Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 03:53 AM
Originally Posted by TX-Dennis
...through BillM's piece...


And just how close to 64 are you?

smile

Cathy
Posted By: BenPiano Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 04:06 AM
Originally Posted by TX-Dennis
Aww crap . . . I had replies all typed out through BillM's piece. Then I did something flakey while typing and they all vanished. Now I've got to start all over.


I feel for you man. Done that a few times myself - now I limit my replies to about 10 submissions to minimize disaster when it strikes.
Posted By: BenPiano Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 05:04 AM
01. Andy Platt - Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2 - Bravo! Way to open the recital with a *real* recital performance. Hats off to you for braving the ultimate red dot! And I liked the way you played this. That's the difference between having a teacher and me warping a piece so much over 1.5 into something that no longer sounds like a waltz! wink

02. Jazzwee - Naima - Impressive jazz!

03. Mohan Karthik - Quest for Greatness Nice - I like the way it built up throughout.

04. dannylux / Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8 - Wow, now that's some serious piano! Just awesome - picking my jaw up off the floor right now.

05. Alleykatt - Cathy - Dietro l'incanto - This is the first time I've heard this. I have the songbook, but shame on me. Wonderfully played - I absolutely loved it!

06. Ken. - Blue Monk - A classic - well played!

07. wouter79 - Maple Leaf Rag - Well played - great dynamics.

08. Mr Super Hunky - Dream With Me - Nice, SH - the title was very appropriate and I like the shifts in key you took this too. Glad to hear you're to the point where you would rather discover melodies - but on a side note, I hope next recital you're to the point where you set aside the two minutes it takes to trim the front and back of your audio to delete your zoom juggling performance. grin

09. Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs - Two-part Invention no 4 in D min - wow and cool, a real harpsichord! Very authentic sounding, and of course, well played - the real deal!

10. timmyab - Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881 - Love to hear Bach in these recitals. It sounds terribly difficult, but you played it well and I loved it!

Posted By: IRPRONI Congratulations everybody!!! - 08/16/11 06:26 AM
This is my first recital and I can say one thing for everybody, all the members did a great job, I would like give a comment for each one, but I don't have enough knowledge about music theory and I can't give a good feedback crazy

However I want you know... I listened all the pieces one by one and really any piece sounds like a beginner pianist wink all of you are very talented wow

I don't know much about classic music, but really sounds so good and make me feel really quiet, maybe someday I'll try to play that kind of music smile

Congratulations for them who share with us their own compositions, they have a really good sound laugh Monica you did a nice job with Le Matin really I envy your piano and your songbook ha

Alpha Terminus, Clemente, Andy Platt, jazzwee, CMhor, thanks for comment my performance I really appreciate it grin you did a great job with your pieces too, I can see I have so much to learn whome

I have a conclusion after this recital... I'm taking some interest in Ludovico Einaudi and the funniest moment was when I listened "Rondo Alla Turca" performed by Alpha Terminus, this song brings to me very very nice memories of my childhood although I have 23 years old I like so much the toons and enjoy watch it together my little sister (she is 11 years old)...!!! laugh

Well... thanks everyone for read my comment and if you want to talk with me is easier for me talk through a PM because I can check the new messages directly in my e-mail and I can response quickly wink

Happy recital #23 it was big success...!!! smile
Posted By: CarlosCC Re: Congratulations everybody!!! - 08/16/11 11:08 AM
Unfortunately I had no chance to participate in this recital, but I just hear all your beautiful interpretations. Congratulations to all, you were all great!!
Posted By: Peyton Re: Congratulations everybody!!! - 08/16/11 11:24 AM
42. Lain, what a great way for me to start my morning (and a very dreary, rainy morning here in Maine). It's a beautiful piece and you play it so professionally (seriously). And so well recorded. My favorite performance so far.

41. CMohr, such a delightful, moody piece. You have a great feel for it. I can definitly see it being a soundtrack for a movie.

40. AnthonyB, I know I sound like a broken record but.... wow, that is great playing! Excellent performance.
Posted By: Cohenfan Re: Congratulations everybody!!! - 08/16/11 11:24 AM
Peyton : Brillant. Creative. Professionnal. That is some serious talent. Bravo.

Riddler Ed : Cool piece, I really liked your rendition. Great job.

Inlanding : Excellent playing and I have to say that Sun Up is the one I prefer the most. Impressive considering it is your own composition. Congratulations

Cscl : Thank you for playing those lovely Schubert's waltz. It was very well played, liked it a lot.

ToddVance : I have tried to play this a few times but it is kind of over my head right now. You did a great job with it, it is such a lovely piece and so difficult to play it right. Excellent job.

WasTrueBeginner : Wonderful. I really enjoyed this lovely piece of music, great stuff.Thank you.
Posted By: Recaredo Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 11:43 AM


01. Andy Platt - Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2

Andy, you made an impressive live recording. Clearly it’s not the same making a home recording and a live recording. I wish do this some day. Your performance is really inspirational for me.

28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep

Wayne, your performance develops firmly the song’s dynamic. You manage to express your feeling toward this music. Well done!

35. Griffin2417 (Griffin) - Prelude in G minor (BWV 558 )

Griffin, while I was listening to your performance, I forgot the piece is original for organ. Your playing is very convincing on this transcription.

Posted By: Cohenfan Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 12:18 PM
SamS : What can I say ? It's Mendelssohn, you are playing 38/6 and you played it beautifully. Thank you for sharing this.

Cebukid : I am no Joplin specialist but I enjoyed your rendition very much. It was fun, excellent dynamics and I loved your interpretation.

Casinitaly : What a lovely piece of music. I think you played it with lot of emotion, excellent playing. I enjoyed that very much.

Cgyan (Iain) : I can't believe you are playing since only a year and a half. There is something about your playing, I do not know if it's in your touch or sound or emotion, but I am always impressed with your performances. Great stuff. Bravo

Serge88 : I had fun listening to this, great playing, very well done.

Joangolfing : I did not know this particular Handel's Sarabande, great piece. Excellent playing, great dynamics.

Clemente : Wow. Beautiful, beautiful piece of music. You played it very well with great touch. I loved it.

Wisebuff : Gorgeous piano sound, you played this very, very well and with great feeling.






Posted By: Peyton Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 01:06 PM
28- Wayne, when I saw that you were playing Creep I had to jump ahead (or behind as I'm reviewing backwards...). Such a great Radiohead song!! Nice job on it but I'd cut back a bit on the sustain pedal. You really pick some very cool things to play.

"I wish I was special..... " smile
Posted By: WiseBuff Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 01:50 PM
Good morning. I've really enjoyed the recital. Here's what I've listened to so far. Thank you to each of you for sharing your talent and passion. Awesome work.

01. Andy Platt - Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2 wow...what an accomplishment, Andy! Chopin for the recital is courageous and you made beautiful music here. Maybe less on the left hand because your right hand sings the piece so well. Nice tempo too.

02. Jazzwee - Naima One take huh? Niiiicccce. Very moody...you really become part of this rhythm and it DOES replicate a "live" feel. I always want a bar drink and conversation when you play. :-)

03. Mohan Karthik - Quest for Greatness I agree...the arpeggio is lovely and I love the way you build the depth of melody in the right. Haunting. With that title...found myself wanting a grander finale.

04. dannylux / Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8 Sergei Bortkiewicz
is new to me. The piece seems to wrap the listener in its sound...warm and complex. You do it justice with your sensitive and accurate touch. I do like it.

05. Alleykatt - Cathy - Dietro l'incanto Great to listen to your music...thoughtful and expressive playing of a beautiful piece.

06. Ken. - Blue Monk Makes my foot tap...you're moving that right hand very well to make this bluesey. Nice playing.

07. wouter79 - Maple Leaf Rag Ok then...great rag tempo and feel for this piece. Seems like you're relaxed and having fun with it. Just found a version of this piece (mine is an "easy" version) and realize it's so much more difficult than it seems like it should be. Enjoyed yours a lot.

08. Mr Super Hunky - Dream With Me An impressive composition with a rich right hand melody. Open meadow I think on horseback...sunny day. No hurry. A pleasure to listen to.

09. Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs - Two-part Invention no 4 in D min Love your story of recording this piece. :-) Great tempo and energy AND you got the ornaments in there too...I'm really impressed. I find the easiest Bach to be difficult. Very authentic recording it on harpsicord.

10. timmyab - Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881 YES!! More Bach. How can he make it look so simple and yet be so challenging? Love the prelude...gentle and flowing in all voices. I like your fugue too...I know some play it at breakneck speed but yours is crisp and musical. Did you get a little tense on the fugue? Sounds like when you trust yourself with it you will fly. Are you working for the ABRSM exam?
Posted By: Augustina Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 02:08 PM
Originally Posted by Clemente

32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden Oh, how lovely is this! It made me think of a movie soundtrack. You played it beautifully.
Clemente

Thanks!:P

Originally Posted by jazzwee

32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden
Augustina, this was one of the best songs I've heard from you. Great work!

Thank you!


Originally Posted by Andy Platt

32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden This is a very beautiful piece - you do a wonderful job of having the melody balanced just right with the accompaniment. Actually, I kept returning to the accompaniment as I was listening - it had some slightly "different" parts and I enjoyed how you brought it out.


Thank you Andy. I did add a few changes little changes:P

Originally Posted by CMohr

32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden Oh, so dreamy! Really nice playing on this one, Augustina! A beautiful song.

Thank you:P

Posted By: Sam S Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 02:33 PM
16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365) These are delighful, and they go together so well. Were they intended to be played one after the other? Excellent job.

17. Todd Vance - Clair De Lune One of my favorites. It is tough to count - the tendency is to play it the way we hear it, not the way it is written, but I didn't notice any big counting problems. Well done!

18. (Was)TrueBeginner - Little Waltz The left hand could be softer, but that's an impressive original composition.

20. Cebu Kid - Maple Leaf Rag Bouncy! Great job...

21. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Verde Smeraldo I agree with the 6 year old girl *CLAP* Well done!

22. cgyan (Iain) - Along The Codorus Excellent job, especially the right hand.

23. Serge88 - Someone saved my life tonight Lose the drums - but that's just my opinion, since you asked. Your playing sounds great without the drums!

24. joangolfing - Sarabande in F Major I can hear the dynamic changes. Very stately and elegant.

25. Clemente - Milonga Very interesting. I never heard this before - thanks for sharing it with us.

26. Wisebuff - Late Train Another piece I would love to play - great rendition.

27. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Heal Our Land For not being prepared this was wonderful. Very moving.

28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep Nicely done, I loved the buildup in dynamics.

29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades I can hear your connection with this piece coming through - great job!

30. BenPiano - I Giorni I can see why you like this so much. One of these days I'll have to try some Einaudi, because of the wonderful playing I hear from you and others here.

31. GracieCat - Wonderland Glad to hear some David Nevue. I think you did a great job!

32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden Very nice - i never heard this before - thanks for sharing.

33. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - When I'm Sixty-four Bill, you performances are always my favorites. I wish I could play and sing like you - it looks like so much fun and sounds great. And I am fast approaching 64...

34. Strings & Wood - Op. 28 No. 20 Loved the dynamics, and the balance of the chords between the hands.

35. Griffin2417 (Griffin) - Prelude in G minor (BWV 558 ) Good job with the performance and the transcription.

36. Teodor - Madder Sky (Code Geass) Another piece I have never heard before. Excellent job. Thanks for sharing.

More to come!

Sam
My last batch of comments:

41. CMohr - Summer Night Very nice - perhaps move it along a tad faster in spots (that's probably the polish you were talking about). Very good control and dynamic changes were well thought out.

42. Lain - Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake Autumn - I thought this was the summer recital?! wink This is such a beautiful piece, played with such control and gentle touch. The melody and accompaniment were in perfect balance and those fast runs are sublime! Awesome performance!

43. Alpha Terminus (Jim Henderson) - Rondo Alla Turca Who doesn't love this rondo - such a wonderful, happy tune? I liked your choice of tempo - it gave a very controlled performance. I particularly enjoyed the grace notes that are so important to this piece.

44. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 - Por El Sur This is a lovely piece that you move along with great pacing. The begining sections are really beautiful; the forte sections strident - though perhaps a little too much?

45. MaryBee - Clair de Lune, from Suite Bergamasque Hmm, another piece that reminds me of one in this recital! wink Anyway, this was a very beautiful performance, I just sat back and left it drift over me. Great control - at first I thought it was a little slow but I've changed my mind after the whole piece - it moves along at just the right pace. Very nice.

46. Starr Keys - The Last Time I Saw Paris What a beautiful ending to the rectial. I didn't really notice the hesitations - you did a great job of making the piece sing. And your last minute changes give it an improvised (in a good way!) feel.


Thanks everyone for recital #23 .... November 15th, here we come.
Posted By: Riddler Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 03:43 PM
Picking a few more or less at random to comment on:

02. Jazzwee - Naima
Love that song! In fact I have always loved it, since I heard Coltrane play it at some little place in NYC back in pre-historic times. Naima must have been some woman; she will be remembered forever, like Elise! The song is really hard to improvise on, though; I remember how totally bewildered I was the first time I looked at the lead sheet, with all those pedal points. I really enjoyed your improv - relaxed, easygoing melodic lines that clearly express the underlying beautiful harmonies. You captured the sense of mystery, but kept it accessible. Not easy. Great job!


06. Ken. - Blue Monk
Don'cha love those rhythmic displacements? Monk's tunes seem so easy, till the first time you try to play them. But you've got it down pat, nice work!

09. Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs - Two-part Invention no 4 in D min
What a treat! I really enjoy the sound of a harpsichord played at the right tempo and with all the ornamentation that the great composers worked into their pieces. And actually, I did not hear any missing notes (uhm,...., well I suppose that's a tautology, but you know what I mean). And you're definitely the queen of trills! Wonderful performance!

Back later with more.

Ed
21 - CASINITALY (Cheryl) - very nice, applauds from me also.

22 - cgyan (Iain) - I genuinely mean it when I say you are a great player!

23 - Serge88 - Played very well, congrats!

24 - A nice piece, played beautifully.

25 - I never noticed a mistake, you played well.

26 - Wisebuff - Really great!

27 - TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Another piece played beautifully, well done.

28 - Wayne32yrs - (Oh that's me lol)

29 - IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - nearly watched the wrong vid lol, your first particiption, very well done!

30 - BenPiano - honestly brilliant, loved it!
Here’s my first batch. As I stated earlier, I’m generally avoiding critiquing the classical pieces since, compared to my playing in this field, everyone sounds accomplished to me and I’d hate to unwittingly mislead anyone.

BillM I love the combination of styles, honky tonk, blues, Broadway, cocktail piano and maybe even a little silent screen style music thrown in, not to mention your fabulous vocal. Greatest showcase yet for your amazing talents!

Copper – I liked the combination of block chords and strings for this piece. Nice playing.

Jotur – Great honky tonk piano! I can see why you specialize in dance accompaniment. This one made me want to do a little shuffle and soft shoe.

anthonyB - I generally try to avoid comparisons, but I can’t help wondering what it is about this composer that inspires such great playing and wonderful performances. Seems like I’ve never heard anyone here play him badly. That was great!

CMohr - You always choose songs I’d love to play and express them in ways I like and can draw inspiration from. I love the melancholy lushness of this and other things you’ve done. Keep um coming.

Lain – Your parents should be thanking you for making such a wonderful return on their investment after only five years (and “six months”). Beautiful piece and execution!

Yamaha G-3 & P-80 – This has the quality of light, innocence, elegance and beauty that made me fall in love with piano as a kid. Reminds me of the feeling I used to get listening to some of Bill Evans waltzes. You’re terrific!
Posted By: Cohenfan Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 04:27 PM
Tx-Dennis : Even if you took some weeks off, your playing is still great. Beautiful piece.

Wayne32yrs : I love this song and I really liked your playing on this one.

Irproni : What a treat. 2 Tiersen pieces into the same recital. You play very well.

BenPiano : Well, you did it again. You always have that gentle touch in your playing, you are very talented.

GracieCat : I know this piece very well since I played it a few months ago and I can tell you that you did a great job with it. Nice playing.

Augustina : What a nice piece of music. It has a nice, dreamy feel. Great job.

BillM : Great stuff again. Lovely tune, your playing and singing are always entertaining. Excellent.
Posted By: Inlanding Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 04:58 PM
07. wouter79 - Maple Leaf Rag ~ One of the all-time classics of American music you played so well! This piece is pretty physically demanding and you brought through good dynamics while keeping a strong tempo. This one's a keeper.

08. Mr Super Hunky - Dream With Me I enjoyed your composition very much. You were playing as though you were singing the melody under your breath. The twists and turns were very nice and your playing with sense of space helped to create additional depth to the music.

09. Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs - Two-part Invention no 4 in D min That was so great to hear you play this on a harpsichord! Your notes were quite even and you did a great job on maintaining the tempo. You intermingled the voices quite nicely. Excellent, excellent.

10. timmyab - Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881 This is a beautiful prelude and you played it so well. It sure must take a great deal of endurance to keep the pace, intention, and mood. Well done, indeed.
25. Clemente - Milonga

Welcome to the ABF recital and thanks for the detailed information on "Milonga". It conjured a nice story to accompany your playing. Well done!

26. Wisebuff - Late Train

We got a little preview of this a few weeks ago and I must say, you have polished it up quite well. Your piano voices the somewhat lonesome story very well. I enjoyed listening, Wisebuff.

27. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Heal Our Land
No qualifier needed. Nice Dennis. Very reflective piece.
Posted By: Inlanding Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 05:25 PM
11. Monica K. - Le Matin I thought you did a fine job of keeping the LH going while working the melody in the right. You picked a good, contemplative piece for the e-cital and expressed it very nicely. It was quite relaxing.

12. Cohenfan - Traumerei This is one of my favorite Schumann works. Superbly done from start to finish. Lovely sound from your keyboard.

13. Peyton - Message From Space As intended, your piece sends the attentive listener on a little journey. Last night, right before listening to your composition, I as well witnessed one of the space lab orbits overhead on a clear, bright, waning moon sky. A fine combination and a most excellent composition, Peyton. Thank you for your music.

Glen
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 05:38 PM

09. Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs - Two-part Invention no 4 in D min What a great recording! Very clean. How fortunate that you could record this on the harpsichord. Man, this is played just great - perfect tempo (I think), crisp, and your long trills are amazing! A joy to hear - thanks!

08. Mr Super Hunky - Dream With Me A wondrous composition, no kidding! It made me reminisce....Really nicely put together - makes for a timeless melody. At the heart of it, don't we all on some level just want to make beautiful, meaningful music? You succeeded exceptionally! Loved it.


07. wouter79 - Maple Leaf Rag What a treat to hear two Maple Leaf Rags in one recital! Excellent control, great dynamics (especially) and pace. This is pretty dazzling - I agree with another commenter, great recording!


06. Ken. - Blue Monk Oh yeah, very cool indeed! Great tempo with a little laid back feel. Had me smiling all the way. Loved your ending!


05. Alleykatt - Cathy - Dietro l'incanto Excellently performed! There's a tenderness (the best word I could think of to describe how I felt while listening) conveyed in your playing. I really enjoyed hearing this piece. Oh, and great photo on the YouTube video - perfect, in fact!

Posted By: Inlanding Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 05:53 PM
14. Riddler (Ed) - Jump Monk Very good improvisation and accompaniment to it. You did give a prancing feel to it, much like your description. That was really entertaining and it sounded like you were having fun improvising. You have such a great, listenable style - I always enjoy your playing, Ed.

15. Inlanding - Glen - Prelude, Everything Happens to Me, Sun Up Keep focusing on controlling proper dynamics and maintaining a solid sense of time.

16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365) You played Schubert with such grace and control. Your piano sounds quite nice and you bring out its tonal characteristics reall well. This is a fantastic recital piece. Very well-done.

17. Todd Vance - Clair De Lune Such a difficult piece to play with meaning throughout and you do! You bring so much character and expression to it. You really listen to the music when you play - very sensitive playing, for sure. Thank you!

18. (Was)TrueBeginner - Little Waltz I love the melody you bring to the waltz. It tells a wonderful story. It is always a curiosity to know what, if any, motivation you have for creating and playing such a wonderful piece of music. It was so good.

19. Sam S - Song Without Words Opus 38/6 As always, I look forward to hearing your Mendelssohn renditions. You portray the back and forth really nicely. Such a play on words and melodies is this piece of music. He's really good at writing it and you are really good at expressing it!

Glen
Posted By: Cohenfan Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 05:58 PM
Strings & Wood : A great performance for a great piece of music. I really loved your interpretation. Thank you.

Griffin2417 : Bach's music can be sooooo difficult to play it right. I enjoyed your playing very much, lovely piece of music and great transcription.

Teodor : I did not know this piece, you did a very nice job with it.

Copper : Great playing here. I just could feel the emotion in your interpretation. Very nice.

Bluekeys : I just can't get enough of Chopin. Excellent playing, you kept the melody flowing all the way, very good job.

Jotur : Another piece of music I did not know before. Very entertaining, very good playing, really liked it.
Posted By: Sam S Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 06:22 PM
As usual, it was great fun listening to everyone's playing. So many different styles, so much wonderful talent and skill. Can't wait for the next one.

37. Copper - Moon River Moody! and strings too!

38. Bluekeys - Waltz in A Minor Nice balance between the hands. Someday I will get to Chopin - hopefully I can do as well as you.

39. jotur/Cathy Turner - When My Sugar Walks Down the Street Sounds great Cathy - good luck in the contest! Keep us posted...

40. anthonyb - I Giorni Nice video. Great touch and expressiveness.

41. CMohr - Summer Night It is very moody. Sounds like a dark summer night. Well played!

42. Lain - Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake Wonderful! The mood you produced seems to fit the title perfectly.

43. Alpha Terminus (Jim Henderson) - Rondo Alla Turca Great job for your first submission. Bravo! It's coming along, too, keep up the good work.

44. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 - Por El Sur Nice contrasts - very interesting piece.

45. MaryBee - Clair de Lune, from Suite Bergamasque That's so great that you learned this to play for your sister-in-law. Sounds great and very smooth. Loved the tempo too.

46. Starr Keys - The Last Time I Saw Paris I am envious that you can arrange this by ear. Great job!

That's all!

Sam

Posted By: Teodor Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 06:24 PM
Thanks for all the good comments. Either everyone is too nice or I am being too self-critical.

About my piano... I stopped hearing the difference between it and a new/tuned piano on the 5th day of having it here... To me it sounds just like any other piano that is in tune. Weird, eh? Of course I can hear it is severely out of tune but only if I record and listen. Why would that be? I think I would not stand to play it if I noticed this constantly so my brain adapted somehow. A tuning wouldn't hurt but no money after buying it.
Posted By: wouter79 Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 07:02 PM
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Aww crap . . . I had replies all typed out through BillM's piece. Then I did something flakey while typing and they all vanished. Now I've got to start all over.


Same happened to me on the first recital comments I gave frown. Now I always first type my comments in MS word or so and then copy the text to the posting form...
Posted By: wouter79 Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 07:07 PM
Teodor, everyone here is always very nice in their comments. That's nice of course but at the same time it is very hard to get a true feeling of what they really think; and furthermore they often run out of superlatives when they find it really good laugh I'm actually a bit too direct and too critical for many of them and that's why I only give feedback on request.
wouter79 - consider it requested! smile
Posted By: CebuKid Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 08:19 PM
Originally Posted by wouter79
Teodor, everyone here is always very nice in their comments. That's nice of course but at the same time it is very hard to get a true feeling of what they really think; and furthermore they often run out of superlatives when they find it really good laugh I'm actually a bit too direct and too critical for many of them and that's why I only give feedback on request.


wouter, as a fellow MLR player, I very much welcome you to publicly give your feedback to me here. I'm a 41 year old grown man, and my ego can take it. smokin Trust me, my playing and technique have been publicly lambasted here before. One time, someone screen captured my poor technique. I can take it!!!

PS-I take these comments to heart, and have implemented many suggestions from others. smile
31 - GracieCat - I can't find fault with that, don't be too hard on yourself, you did great!

32 - Augustina - Brilliant, another one that sounds really professional, good job.

33 - BillM (formerly b528nf7) - I found this very amuzing, lol, lol again, Great!

34 - Strings & Wood - not familiar with this one, but I thought you played it well.

35 - Griffin2417 (Griffin) - excellent Griffin, not just saying it, I mean it!

36 - Teodor - I clicked the YT link, but it say's it's been removed by the user? No matter I just listened to the mp3, i must say, it's very different, a style I've never tried, well done! You've given me some ideas!

37 - Copper - A song I know, I like how you play it slowly, nice!

38 - Bluekeys - Really good job here Bluekeys, perfect! I'm very impressed.

39 - jotur/Cathy Turner - a fun piece, liked it.

40 - anthonyb - beautiful, a real nice job, bet your proud of this!
Posted By: wouter79 Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 08:38 PM
41. CMohr - Summer Night
technical and piano sound: see my comments in previous recital

musical:
overall impression, like: A slow jazzy, bit sad pieces that slowly rolls along without clear phrases. Interesting to listen to, I had to shift 3 gears back to listen to this and I'm still not on the right speed for it. Not something I use to listen to and hard for me to interpret. It sounds all fine but I miss a message. Maybe because there is no message? smile

phrasing: It took me a few plays to recognise the prases. Maybe the phrases could be brought out more but I'm not sure if that would fit the music.

use of dynamics: Yes some, I think appropriate for this kind of music (though I prefer more, see phrasing). There also is a very slow crescendo starting piano at the beginning and going to mezzoforte or so about halfway, and then sticking with mf. Not sure if this was intended this way but I guess you wanted to stay piano on average?

articulation: I notice that you worked on the pedaling. I think this really helps in the articulation, it makes the sound much more transparent and interesting. Good job!

rubato, speed changes: yes and I think the right amount
Posted By: bluekeys Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 09:00 PM
There's lots of stuff that cheeses me off, but criticism of my piano playing is not one of them. Wouter: consider a critique asked for.

Tons of great tunes this time. I should get to my first batch of comments later tonite. thumbthumbthumb
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 09:05 PM
Originally Posted by Strings & Wood
41. CMohr - Summer Night

I am thinking there lies within you a moonlighting piano player soothing all who would spare the time to listen. I am basking... thank you!


Thank you, Carl! blush You were certainly waxing eloquent last night.
Posted By: Recaredo Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 09:26 PM
09. Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs - Two-part Invention no 4 in D min

Laura, I liked your interpretation of this invention on piano. But your playing on harpsichord is even more impressive. Listening to your recording has been a real pleasure. Thanks for taking your time for this recital.

10. timmyab - Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881

Oh Timmy, your playing is absolutely beautiful. The prelude is consistent and the fugue is very well drawn up. The voices sound clearly. Very good technique!


16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365)

Cscl, you manage to maintain a good rhythm while the melody and variations sound delightfully. It has been a great job on this marvellous music. Congratulations.


15 Glen - Prelude, Everything happens to me, sun up.

Glen, the prelude is as you say a real test of finger control. There are some complex rhythms there and you handled them nicely! Everything does happen to you, but in this song we heard all the lovely glen-notes, sorry, grace notes that we know you for. Thanks for sharing Sun up with us. I hope you're back on your feet and you fingers soon. smile

36 Teodor - Code Geass

I wasn't familiar with this composer, so thankyou for sharing this with us. You would like some criticism? I hope this is constructive. As you say, your piano could do with tuning, possibly you don't notice while you are playing because your concentration is focussed on what you are doing. It is really difficult to record under stress and we can congratulate you for contributing to the recital! You clearly have a good grasp of this piece by ear. For my taste, I would like to hear some sections as much lighter (maybe softer, maybe less or no pedal), but in some way different from the rest of the music. I wish you the very best with your studies next year. Keep playing for us! smile
Originally Posted by Wouter79
everyone here is always very nice in their comments. That's nice of course but at the same time it is very hard to get a true feeling of what they really think; and furthermore they often run out of superlatives when they find it really good I'm actually a bit too direct and too critical for many of them and that's why I only give feedback on request.


Speaking just for myself and trying to be as nice as possible while still saying what I really think, it’s not that I think you’re too direct and critical, it’s just that I have no use for your directness and criticism since I can’t benefit from them. I found out a long time ago I won’t play at all if I have to conform to the traditional standards of the academy. The only thing that keeps me playing is the creative enjoyment I get from discovering my own music and playing it in a way that makes me happy. Fortunately, enough people seem to find it interesting enough and connect enough with it to make me comfortable sharing it with them. I know everyone doesn’t, but not everyone wants to play classical music or evolve in a predetermined way.

I see now you clearly know what you are talking about since your own progress has been so stellar and accelerated. It’s obvious you are as rigorous in critiquing yourself as you are in critiquing everyone else and its clear by the amount of requests you’ve been getting that you are providing a useful service for members. It’s just that I never was, no matter who my teacher was, ever any good at playing classical music or playing anything I had to play a certain way that others told me I had to play it.
Posted By: jazzwee Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 10:05 PM
Wouter79, I am not afraid of criticism. I always like tons of it. However, since the very first time you've critiqued recitals, you have deliberately excluded everyone with a DP. That's pretty disconcerting that I've been exempt from your reviews. Now I have always listened and reviewed your submissions.

Now why is that exactly?

So if you can handle a DP, go for it.

Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 10:24 PM
35. Griffin2417 (Griffin) - Prelude in G minor (BWV 558 ) This is beautifully played prelude! You've translated this to the piano very well - Good balance and evenness throughout. I like this very much!

36. Teodor - Madder Sky (Code Geass) A somewhat grand and stirring short piece. You played skillfully - I wish your recording was a little better so the nuances could be discerned. Bravo for 1 take and with your family as an audience! I liked it!

37. Copper - Moon River First off, I really like your intro - nice flow through the melody - oh, and then the strings for a smooth orchestral touch! I like how you kept the melody singing above. Nice ending, too. Lovely!

38. Bluekeys - Waltz in A Minor Oh, very nice! Great first Chopin! You kept a perfect tempo with just the right amount of rubato, and your ornaments are quite well done. I liked this a lot! (Wish I could play it as well as you have.)

39. jotur/Cathy Turner - When My Sugar Walks Down the Street I could have listened to a couple or more minutes of this smile. So jaunty - made me think of 1900's ladies strolling with their sun umbrellas and batting their eyes at all the men they pass. Nice stride! You've got to make this longer for the festival. (If they'll let you.) Super!
Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 10:59 PM
Thanks for the good wishes everyone! I really appreciate them.

CMohr - I have to have two pieces, and combined they can't run more than 6 minutes. The other one at the minute is at 3:40 (it's a 3-part rag with all the repeats) so I'm close, given that I also have to get the keyboard on/off "stage". If the rag comes up to a little higher tempo I'd have a little more time, but I'm not going to guarantee it laugh I also think if I was going to go thru, say, the whole chorus again I'd need to have something different to say, and while I'm sure I can think of something, I'm not yet good enough to not have to practice the heck out of it, and I'm not sure I have enough time left before the contest laugh It's an experiment, for sure! But thanks for the compliments - and yes, were I a little more ahead of the game I'd go for something a little longer.

Cathy
Posted By: Peyton Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/16/11 11:23 PM
39. Cathy, CMohr used the word "jaunty".... I like that. A very "jaunty" stroll down the old street feel.

38. Bluekeys, a great choice for your first Chopin. I'm no expert (by any means) but my feeling is that when it comes to Chopin...rubato is important. For me, Chopin is just so full of feelings and the occasional pause, speeding up... whatever feels right, only adds to the piece. You did a really wonderful job!!

37. Copper, who was it that used to sing Moon River as his theme song? I hadn't heard that song in so long and your playing reminded me of that.

36. Teodor, not the greatest recording but I could hear well enough to appreciate the piece. You learned that all from just listening? It sounds like a very interesting work.

35. Griffin, ahh, lovely Bach. Knowing that it was written for organ I could really hear those big chords at the end. Nicely done my friend.
11. Monica K. - Le Matin Who doesn't love the warm subtle tones of a M&H with that deep bass. Very nice Monica.


12. Cohenfan - Traumerei A Very clear and crisp recording. Your control was very nice too. Nice job.


13. Peyton - Message From Space I really enjoyed the sequence of your chosen melodies. Like you were on a magic flight. Very nice.


14. Riddler (Ed) - Jump Monk Groovy, Phat & Pfunky all wrapped in one. If only you could add the steady beat of a bass or drum kit. That would complete this piece. Nice job


15. Inlanding - Glen - Prelude, Everything Happens to Me, Sun Up Wow, now those were some incredibly beautiful opening melodies. The whole piece actually. Gorgeously performed as well. One of my favorites.


16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365) Very nice performance. I liked the even and steady flow of this piece as well. Nice job.

17. Todd Vance - Clair De Lune Very nice job with this piece Todd. I've played it before and it is very difficult. You did great with this piece.


18. (Was)TrueBeginner - Little Waltz Well you had me tapping my toes after just a few seconds. Catchy tune. You did a nice job with keeping an even beat throughout. Well done.


19. Sam S - Song Without Words Opus 38/6 Very nice Sam. Your playing is very even with noticeable volume modulations. Nice job.


20. Cebu Kid - Maple Leaf Rag Wow, this tune jumps out at ya! Very impressive performance of a tricky piece. Sounded great (and difficult).
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 12:33 AM
01. Andy Platt - Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2 One of my favorite Chopin waltzes. A true recital entry! Just wonderfully played, Andy. If your hands were shaking, it wasn't detectable on the recording. Standing "O" to go with the applause!

02. Jazzwee - Naima This is outstanding, JW! A favorite. Your improv is so melodic - and, I don't know if it's just this tune, but you sound so relaxed and cooly confident in your playing. Obviously, playing your gigs has taken you to new heights here! The recording sounds professional and it does sound like a live performance. (While I had this playing, I heard from the other room, "Download, download!".)

03. Mohan Karthik - Quest for Greatness Another fabulous composition from you! I think you've conveyed a feeling of optimism and contentment with this. You have the perfect touch for this style of music. Great job!

04. dannylux / Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8 Breathtakingly beautiful! (The piece and the performance). This has everything; it's lush, a little haunting and heart poundingly delicious....A virtuoso performance!
Posted By: bluekeys Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 02:22 AM
My first handful....

Andy Platt - That was beautiful. And you get lots of bonus points for doing it live. This piece is in my Chopin book, and I plan on attempting it soon. Your version will be an inspiration.

Jazzwee - Very cool. I admire anyone who can improvise against even simple progressions, much less anything that complex. I do hear what you mean about difficulty establishing a theme, but you still keep it interesting with variations and changes in intensity. You also get bonus points for doing it in one take with no serious flubs.

Wouter - Nice clean pace. Could be bumped up over time, but not at the cost of errors. I like the subtle dynamic changes throughout. Ragtime sounds quite good on the Grotrian. If you learned this since the last recital, you've made amazing progress.

Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs Just wow! Your trills are amazing! I've done this piece for a few years, and still can't do them that fast or smoothly. The harpsichord is very cool, but I also liked your piano version. Great work!

Monica - Ok, I guess I'll break down and comment on one of those, whadayacallem? "New Age" pieces? But only because this one is by someone I've heard of, and whose name I can pronounce. grin Seriously though, very nice job. I especially liked where the RH goes into the fast high part. Great tone, both from the piano and the touch.

Cohenfan - I know this is a famous piece, but coming from a misspent youth in the rock n roll era, I've only recently become familiar with it. I thought you did a very nice job, especially for playing less than 2 years. I hope you keep it in your rep for a few years. I believe it will grow with you and become something even more beautiful.

Peyton - Another inimitable Peyton classic. Quite beautiful, and surprisingly interesting for "spacey" music. I usually get bored by stuff like this, but I actually listened to it twice. I felt as though it had an organized and coherent musical message. I'm not sure what it was, but it held my attention. Fine job as always.




Posted By: Riddler Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 03:10 AM

15. Inlanding - Glen - Prelude, Everything Happens to Me, Sun Up
What a unique recording! I must say, I enjoyed all three pieces. Not many could play a difficult composition, an improv on a standard, and a free improv, and make them all sound so perfect. Your music never sounds like you are struggling, it always sounds like you could play ten times faster or louder if you so chose. Great recording.

34. Strings & Wood - Op. 28 No. 20
Loved it! This piece has such magnificent harmonies, and your playing brought them out so well. Great playing.

38. Bluekeys - Waltz in A Minor
You play with a nice touch, it sounded wonderful to me. Looking forward to more Chopin from you in the future.

39. jotur/Cathy Turner - When My Sugar Walks Down the Street
Oh, you're having lotsa fun with that honky tonk piano style, and it really sounds authentic! You'll knock 'em dead in the competition.

45. MaryBee - Clair de Lune, from Suite Bergamasque
Beautiful, smooth arpeggios, played with real feeling. I can tell you love this piece as much as I do. (Wish I could play it!) Well done.

Ed
Posted By: TX-Dennis Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 03:11 AM
14 Riddler (Ed) - Jump Monk, Charles Mingus
Nice arrangement, Ed. Well played as always. A fun piece.

15 Inlanading - Glen - Prelude, Everything Happens to Me, Sun Up, Glière, Adair, Me
I haven't seen the music, but that little Glière prelude sounds difficult to me, and you play it very well. Of course I enjoyed Everything Happens to Me. You really know how to fill out a lead sheet. Great job. Your Sun Up is a relaxing feel good piece. Fantastic on all three.

16 cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365)
Nice job, cscl - I keep wanting to say Cecil, but that's probably not your name. You play all three with a delicate touch and great feeling.

17 Todd Vance - Clair De Lune, DeBussy
Nice job on a perennial favorite, Todd. Everyone loves this piece. Despite its easy appearance it is difficult to play with the proper feeling and dynamics. I enjoyed listening to your performance.

18 (Was)TrueBeginner - Little Waltz, W. T. Beginner
What a jaunty little waltz this is. Fun, fun, fun to listen to, and I would imagine it's fun to play as well. Excellent composition and a wonderful performance.

I shall break these up this time so that if I do something stupid again I won't lose them all.


Posted By: TX-Dennis Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 03:26 AM
19 Sam S - Song Without Words Op. 38/6, Mendelssohn
Yes, Sam, I can hear the two distinct voices in your performance. I listened to the mp3, and I have to say I do not hear a single error.

20 CebuKid - Maple Leaf Rag, Scott Joplin
Another Maple Leaf. This one's a bit faster. you keep a good tempo throughout. Nice job on the dynamics, too. I don't know if I'd want to hear this any faster. I certainly wouldn't want to play it faster. What a finger twister this one can be.

21 CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Verde Smeraldo, Vinciguerra
I haven't heard this one before. It's an interesting little piece, and you play it well.

22 cgyan Iain - Along The Codorus, Greg Maroney
I haven't heard this one either. I love this piece. Beautiful, melodic, and soaring. You enhance the mood of this piece with your dynamics and your wonderful touch.

23 Serge88 - Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Elton John
Few singer/songwriters have had more hits over more years than has Elton John. His works are destined to become standards. I love this song, and you play it with feeling. A very enjoyable listen.
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 03:36 AM
Time for a few thank-yous...thanks all for listening and commenting!

Originally Posted by Peyton

41. CMohr, such a delightful, moody piece. You have a great feel for it. I can definitly see it being a soundtrack for a movie.
Thanks Peyton! My husband has been saying that this tune reminds him of music for a detective movie.

Originally Posted by Andy Platt

41. CMohr - Summer Night Very nice - perhaps move it along a tad faster in spots (that's probably the polish you were talking about). Very good control and dynamic changes were well thought out.


Thank you, Andy! Yes, my teacher said that the first part needed a little more direction. Gotta work on my counting & tempo.

Originally Posted by Starr Keys

CMohr - You always choose songs I’d love to play and express them in ways I like and can draw inspiration from. I love the melancholy lushness of this and other things you’ve done. Keep um coming.

Thanks Starrkeys! I think we both have an affinity for similar music. I'm glad you liked my tune.

And thank you too, Sam! It's so nice to receive your comments.

Originally Posted by wouter79
41. CMohr - Summer Night
phrasing: It took me a few plays to recognise the prases. Maybe the phrases could be brought out more but I'm not sure if that would fit the music.
articulation: I notice that you worked on the pedaling. I think this really helps in the articulation, it makes the sound much more transparent and interesting. Good job!

rubato, speed changes: yes and I think the right amount

Thanks for the honest assessment, Wouter. I definitely need to work on phrasing. Thanks for noticing my work on pedalling - I have been very aware of that issue and tried to rectify some of it.
Posted By: Lain Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 03:38 AM
10. timmyab - Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881 Wonderful, two sensitive playings of Bach in a row! Now, where are my Bach scores!

11. Monica K. - Le Matin Monica, your playing is sensible and mature, never rushed. A true pleasure to listen to you.

12. Cohenfan - Traumerei One can't help but feel a little envious of Clara after listening to this timeless piece. Thank you for sharing.

13. Peyton - Message From Space The haphazard runs in the lower register towards the end are my favorite; along with the upper radio transmitter-like motif, I'm thinking, this is some serious ET business.

14. Riddler (Ed) - Jump Monk Catchy.

15. Inlanding - Glen - Prelude, Everything Happens to Me, Sun Up What a treat, a mini recital within a recital! Great programming, the prelude sets the mood immediately.

16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365) Fun, too bad I can't waltz.

17. Todd Vance - Clair De Lune Well played, Todd!

18. (Was)TrueBeginner - Little Waltz Feels like a merry go round!

19. Sam S - Song Without Words Opus 38/6 I like it. Didn't know that Mendelssohn was so sweet to his wife, thanks for the background info.

20. Cebu Kid - Maple Leaf Rag Classic.
Posted By: TX-Dennis Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 03:43 AM
24 joangolfing - Sarabande in F Major, Handel
You've succeeded admirably with the dynamics, Joan. A stately and elegant performance.

25 Clemente - Milonga, Alberto Ginastara
I love this beautiful moody piece. This is a wonderful performance. Your piano sounds a bit like my little Kawai - perhaps just a tiny bit mroe mellow. I guess they are cousins.

26 Wisebuff - Late Train, Eugenie Rocherolle
I haven't heard this one before. Your performance is blue and moody and fits the piece well. Nice dynamics, a nice touch, and interesting rubato in the right places. Well done.

27 TX-Dennis - Heal Our Land, Sen. Orrin Hatch & Janice Kapp Perry
The question was raised as to whether Sen. Hatch wrote the music or the lyrics. The credit does not specify, so I assume they collaborated equally. Hatch is a fairly prolific composer of patriotic music and some hymns. One of his pieces entitled Souls Along the Way was featured in the movie Ocean's Eleven. Ms. Perry is primarily a hymn writer. Please excuse the four rather blatant errors I notice upon relistening to this recording. It would seem that a third take was in order.

28 Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep, Thom Yorke
This one is new to me. It really sounds like fun to play. You did a great job improvising the arrangement. It sounds like you may have been a bit overzealous with the pedal, but perhaps that is the fault of the instrument. I have played some older instruments with rock hard dampers that don't seat properly.

Posted By: FarmGirl Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 04:04 AM
20. Cebu Kid - Maple Leaf Rag (to do)
Well done. This sounds like a vey challenging pice. Good job.

22. cgyan (Iain) - Along The Codorus (to do)
You are very talented. I cannot believe you get this far in such a short amount of time.

23. Serge88 - Someone saved my life tonight (to do)
I was waiting for you to come in and start singing... It was a good music. Drums? sure why not.

24. joangolfing - Sarabande in F Major (to do)
Beautifuly done. Yes, I did hear the dynamic changes. Good job.

25. Clemente - Milonga (to do)
My first Ginastera. Nicely done. It was a treat. I like the story of the forgetful tree was interesting. Your piano sounds very nice by the way.

26. Wisebuff - Late Train (to do)
My first Eugenie Rocherolle as well. When I heard it, I like the pieces like this. Full of nuances, shades and flickering light, so French somehow. Your piano seems to suit perfectly with this piece.

27. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Heal Our Land (to do)
My gosh. It's soooo beautiful. I am impressed that Hatch composed this piece. Wow. Your playing is wonderful.

28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep (to do)
Wayne, you are so musical. What a beautiful piece and you played well.

29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodr刕uez) - Rue Des Cascades (to do)
What an interesting compositon. You played very well. So musical. It's hard to believe you have been playing only 2 years.

30. BenPiano - I Giorni (to do)
Nice Einaudi. I did not notice any mistake. It was very beautiful and musical. I was drawn into the music. Excellent.

31. GracieCat - Wonderland (to do)
Blavo! You are talented. I cannot believe it's only 1.5 years.

32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden (to do)
It's very romantic. It will be a great music to play after wine - oh well, it may not be easy...Ok. I will just listen to your beautiful rendition of the piece instead.

33. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - When I'm Sixty-four (to do)
Ironically, it was a very young sounding rendition of the song. Every one will be blessed if they can sing and play like you(energetic and musical).

34. Strings & Wood - Op. 28 No. 20 (to do)
Ahhh, Chopin. I love it. Thank you for playing beautifully.

35. Griffin2417 (Griffin) - Prelude in G minor (BWV 558 ) (to do)
Wonderful. I think we have a similar piano back ground. i too come back 20+ years of break. But I only did 7 years as a kid. I haven't experience really good stuff. No wonder you play really good. I enjoyed your performance. I can't believe that you transcribed this piece.

36. Teodor - Madder Sky (Code Geass) (to do)
You are incredible. Learned by ear! Wow. Only 1 year and some. I look forward to more of your recording.

37. Copper - Moon River (to do)
I started singing with this. Good job. People would love this. I like the background music too.

38. Bluekeys - Waltz in A Minor (to do)
Oh, fianlly the piece I know. This was my first piece of Chopin as well. I know what you mean. It looks easy but it's not. You've done a good job controlling the left hand volume. My goal of the piece was to learn how to play musically. I don't think you need to worry about musicality. It is already very good. I just wonder what if you emphasize the dynamic and experimented with rubato a little tiny bit more?

39. jotur/Cathy Turner - When My Sugar Walks Down the Street (to do)
I like the beat of the piece. I started tappin with the music.

40. anthonyb - I Giorni (to do)
There is something magical about Ludovico Einaudi. What a beautiful music. And you played it very well.

41. CMohr - Summer Night (to do)
It did not sound like summer night in Arizona for sure. It is a decent summer night with full of short lasting loves and drinks.. Beautiful. You played it very musically I bet it's more difficult than it sounds. I enjoyed it.

42. Lain - Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake (to do)
Lain, it's beautiful. I have never heard this but loved the piece immediately (love at first hearing). You are so acomplished as a pianist. I think you can play anything.

43. Alpha Terminus (Jim Henderson) - Rondo Alla Turca (to do) Welcome to the forum. Very nicely done. I'm amazed that you can play this within a few years of starting piano. You even sounded better than when I played it. I wish you could see my two dogs listening to you with approving eyes. My dogs used to bark at me when I was playing the piece. But they are enjoying yours.. I turned the volume up but they are still in here without barking. It's so unfair.

44. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 - Por El Sur (to do)
One of so many benefits of the ABF recital is that you can get to hear some composers you have never heard of. I like this piece. I may try this some time. I don't think I need to tell you (I bet you already know) Your playing is wonderful.

45. MaryBee - Clair de Lune, from Suite Bergamasque (to do)
You know this is one of my favorite pieces. I enjoy playing and listening to it. I am writing this while listening to your performance. I knew it was going to be great when I heard the first 3 chords. I like the way you build the dynamics like, starting with almost whispers, expanding and swelling water.. It gave me goose bumps. Ahhw, thank you for not neglecting the ending. Now I feel the water receding.. still indicating the current underneath. I LOVE THE LAST TONE!!!! Blavo. Thanks.

46. Starr Keys - The Last Time I Saw Paris (to do)
So you rearranged it on the fly...Wow, you are talented. I like your dynamics. Good job.

Posted By: TX-Dennis Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 04:06 AM
29 IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades, Yann Tiersen
This piece is new to me, Ismael. I can see why you like it. It's a really turbulent emotional piece. You play it well, and it sounds quite a challenge. Your improvised solo is quite interesting, and what a turbulent and difficult sounding ending that is.

30 BenPiano - I Giorni, Ludovico Einaudi
I have come to love this piece after hearing it innumerable times in these recitals and in the piano bar over the past few years. I have yet to attempt playing it, It sounds challenging but playable, You, with only 2 years playing under your belt, handle it with aplomb. I certainly do not hear any "meltdown."

31 GracieCat - Wonderland, David Nevue
Everything I play has random errors. The trick is to make them sound intentional. Now, I'll grant you that it doesn't always work, but . . . I really think you're being too hard on yourself, but most of us do that. This sounds really nice, and any errors are really not noticeable in the ebb and flow of this beautiful music.

32 Augustina - Song From a Secret Garden, Rolf Løvland
Young lady, you have made great strides in your playing. I think this is the best recording I've heard from you. Now, you've really outgrown your current little keyboard. You really must start saving your pennies for a better digital piano. grin

33 BillM - When I'm Sixty-four, John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Bill, this is another admirable performance. Yup, 64 once seemed impossibly old, but it's getting closer and closer all the time. Your singing is strong on this as is your accompaniment. Fun listen.

Well, now I'm back to where I lost my original replies. That wasn't so bad, and I got to listen to all these pieces again.
Posted By: Lain Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 04:22 AM
21. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Verde Smeraldo *clap* *clap* *clap* smile

22. cgyan (Iain) - Along The Codorus This sounds like the town music theme of an RPG! Your playing is always so flawless, and so are your video production skills. Bravo!

23. Serge88 - Someone saved my life tonight You really take advantage of the expressiveness of the FP-7F! smile I like it with the drum track.

24. joangolfing - Sarabande in F Major You sure you didn't turn down the volume knob? (: Superb control of dynamics!

25. Clemente - Milonga Thanks, I just heard the Argerich version on YouTube -- terrific!

26. Wisebuff - Late Train Wisebuff, your piano has such a warm, rich timbre. *jealous* Thanks for introducing me to Rocherolle.

27. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Heal Our Land A timely message for our troubled nation, don't you think?

28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep Seems fun to jam to popular songs, I'll have to try this someday.

29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades IRPRONI, what an outpouring of emotions in this piece. The word that comes to mind is: phantasmagoria.

30. BenPiano - I Giorni I like this sort of contemplative music; it calls for repeated listening.
Posted By: TX-Dennis Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 04:26 AM
34 Strings & Wood - Op. 28 No. 20, Chopin
I agree with you on the dynamics, but it's hard to capture FF properly in a home recording. Either you get clipping on the FF part or the quieter parts get boosted too much when it's normalized and compressed for the mp3. Your performance is just about perfection.

35 Griffin2417 (Griffin) - Prelude in G minor (BWV 558 ), Bach
Your performance is flawless. Nice job transcribing this for piano, too.

36 Teodor - Madder Sky (Code Geass), Nakagawa Koutarou
I haven't heard this one before. I don't think I like it, but that doesn't mean you didn't play it well. I know what you mean about the quiet environment. That is always a challenge for me, too.

37 Copper - Moon River, Henry Mancini
I really dislike hearing this played too fast. Your tempo is just right for the melancholy mood of this song. No errors whatsoever. Nice job working from a fake book, too.

38 Bluekeys - Waltz in A Minor, Chopin
Nothing by Chopin is easy to play well. Nothing. All those trills are a real challenge. It may have taken more work than you expected, but you turned in a first class performance of this beautiful piece.
Posted By: Lain Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 04:50 AM
31. GracieCat - Wonderland It sounds smooth to me. Beautiful music.

32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden Before the recital went live, out of curiosity, I checked out Secret Garden, and boy, was I impressed with them. Thank you for introducing me to such a talented duo.

33. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - When I'm Sixty-four Sounds like you're having fun! smile

34. Strings & Wood - Op. 28 No. 20 Finally, Chopin. Strings & Wood, thank you for presenting this gem in the repertoire for us. One cannot be unmoved by such harmonies.

35. Griffin2417 (Griffin) - Prelude in G minor (BWV 558 ) Griffin, I greatly enjoyed listening to your Bach. Kudos for transcribing it for piano.

36. Teodor - Madder Sky (Code Geass) Suffice it to say that I have a crush on C.C.

37. Copper - Moon River Hey, another piece with moon and water! Dreamy playing, and the strings effect adds to the ambiance nicely.

38. Bluekeys - Waltz in A Minor Easiest Chopin piece? It's certainly not easy to play it as well as you, with your steady LH, clear runs, and sparkling ornaments. Bravo, look forward to more of your Chopin!

39. jotur/Cathy Turner - When My Sugar Walks Down the Street Cathy, I feel like dancing! laugh

40. anthonyb - I Giorni Poetic playing from beginning to end, anthonyb. Didn't mind hearing the same piece again.

41. CMohr - Summer Night CMohr, thank you for prefacing my autumn piece with your relaxed summer piece! Jeez, all this jazz in this recital makes me want to take jazz lessons, too! I love the rhythmic bounces in the middle section!

43. Alpha Terminus (Jim Henderson) - Rondo Alla Turca You play classical well. Please play more! smile

44. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 - Por El Sur Well, now I've learned about a new composer, too. Thanks. Beautiful playing.

45. MaryBee - Clair de Lune, from Suite Bergamasque I went back and listened to all your Debussy piece. Wow, you are becoming quite the Debussy expert now! Impressionistic music resonates strongly with me; if only I could persuade my teacher to work on Debussy and Ravel nonstop, haha. Your sister-in-law is in for a treat!

46. Starr Keys - The Last Time I Saw Paris Thank you, Starr Keys, for concluding this recital with such a musical and creative performance.
Posted By: jazzwee Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 07:53 AM
TX-Dennis, AlphaTerminus, Farmgirl, Andy Platt, Clemente, Wayne32Yrs, Inlanding, TLT, SamS, CohenFan, CebuKid, BillM, Lain, Mr SH, BenPiano, WiseBuff, Riddler, CMohr, BlueKeys...

I'm overwhelmed by the nice comments. Thank you so much.

Dennis - I think I may hurt my reputation by being in the Smooth Jazz camp...although the word Smooth was used by so many...But Coltrane's music is pretty hardcore. I just changed the groove.

Riddler, I believe you gave me the idea for 'Naima' when you did this same tune for a recital!

When my teacher listened to this same recording a couple of weeks ago, he gave me the grade of "so-so" smile , so I do appreciate the encouragement.

I feel like I'm such great company, particularly with such high quality submissions from all at this recital.
Posted By: WiseBuff Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 10:37 AM
APPLAUSE!!! Pianists...you're all fine pianists and getting better all the time. I have a long way to go and you all are my role models.


11. Monica K. - Le Matin Tierson is also new to me. I totally know what you mean by deceptively easy. As you suggest the left hand does want to drum out the lovely right hand melody but the arpeggios are nicely done and overall the piece is a pleasure for the ear. What a morning...le matin

12. Cohenfan - Traumerei Love this work. Another one that looks easy but has rich subtleties that draw you back to it time after time. Although the tempo might be increased just a bit, your nice balance between the hands and expressive touch made it musical and dreamy. Keep this one fresh for company.

13. Peyton - Message From Space My DSL line is not staying connected this morning. Second try. Love the feeling of stars becoming whirling stars in the opening. At first I thought your rhythm was off between the hands but then the deliberate change in tempo and intensity were clearly a message...maybe space is like that. The message feels temporal not relational. Intriguing piece.

14. Riddler (Ed) - Jump Monk Bright and energetic...you have great finger dexterity and this piece exudes personality and fun. A happy one!

15. Inlanding - Glen - Prelude, Everything Happens to Me, Sun Up Whew...I can hear why a teacher would assign the prelude for finger control. The arpeggios are beautiful and you move them nicely. Well done. "Everything happens to me" sounds petulant as the title suggests...just a bit of poor me. Great feel of melancholy tapped with some hope for a better day. "Sun up" is lovely. You do make it sound easy. Thanks Glen.

16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365) And now we dance... You bring out the tones so clearly and cleanly with such relaxed sound...I like it. Very nice

17. Todd Vance - Clair De Lune Always a favorite piece at any party. You will be impressive...your rendition is confident with nice tempo and expression. You have room to fine tune with more of the nuances this piece contains...it's one of those that discloses new riches with every performance.

18. (Was)TrueBeginner - Little Waltz More dancing...yea. That left hand structure is such a challenge...it just wants to pound. Your melody is confident and true though and just a bit more relaxation on the left will make it just that much better. Nice playing.

19. Sam S - Song Without Words Opus 38/6 I love Mendelssohn and this one is new to me. How do you stay relaxed with those rolling chords? He sounds strong and capable and she sounds like an independent woman...they both have their own say but lots of togetherness as well. Enjoyed it.

20. Cebu Kid - Maple Leaf Rag AWEsome! I admire anyone who can pull this one off and your tempo and touch make it fly. Bow to you.
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 12:25 PM
15. Inlanding - Glen - Prelude, Everything Happens to Me, Sun Up
This was a great way to start my day. I love everything about your music – the original compositions, the standards, and even your forays into classical music like Prelude. You are a very talented pianist and composer.

16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365)
Your performance and excellent recording have an understated elegance that is perfect for this piece.

17. Todd Vance - Clair De Lune
You are an accomplished pianist for playing such a short time. You handled the big jumps and octaves nicely.

18. (Was)TrueBeginner - Little Waltz
Love the black and white video. The video, coupled with the styling of the piece give this performance an interesting and compelling old-timey feel.

19. Sam S - Song Without Words Opus 38/6
I so admire the courage and confidence you display in this video to say nothing of the excellent performance. You look and sound completely at ease with this piece even when you were experiencing slight hiccups. Sounds like the audience enjoyed it as much as I did. Great work.
28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep
I can pretty much count on you to introduce me to something I have not heard before, and I mean that in a good way. Well done Wayne.

29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades
Welcome to the ABF recital. You handled those up tempo parts well. There were a couple of "Spanish guitar" sounding parts that I enjoyed. Nicely done.

30. BenPiano - I Giorni
Very nice playing, Ben. You interpret Einaudi well. It is a keeper.

31. GracieCat - Wonderland

Very pretty GracieCat. Nice flow and you handle the dynamic change well. Well done.

32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden
You presented this very well Augustina. I enjoyed the soft touch. I enjoyed listening to this.

33. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - When I'm Sixty-four

Not there yet... but old enough to know this song well enough to sing along with you, smiling and appreciating your talents.

35. Griffin2417 (Griffin) - Prelude in G minor (BWV 558 )

Bach nicely done, Griffin.
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 01:28 PM
20. Cebu Kid - Maple Leaf Rag
I like the way you maintained the tempo throughout the piece. A very entertaining rendition of an ABF Classic.

21. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Verde Smeraldo
An interesting piece – it almost sounds like an intro to a longer work. I can see why the little girl in the hallway applauded.

22. cgyan (Iain) - Along The Codorus
Your piano sounds fantastic as does your playing on this beautiful piece. I find myself looking forward to your submissions. Another winner! You serve as a great example of what can be accomplished in 1 ½ years.

23. Serge88 - Someone saved my life tonight
I'm a big Elton John fan and was looking forward to this submission. You did not disappoint. Since you asked in your comments, I would ditch the backing track. If you are going to do this as an instrumental I would suggest that the simplicity of a unaccompanied piano would capture the mood better. You play this beautifully.

24. joangolfing - Sarabande in F Major
I hope you are as accomplished a golfer as you are pianist. This is very well played.
Posted By: Peyton Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 02:04 PM
#1. Andy, What a great job on that Chopin piece. I love your rubato and general approach... And in a live recital yet. You must have been some nervous. The only time I really detected nerves as there at the end.

#2. Jazzwee, I always know that when I listen to one of your recordings I will be blown away by your talent. Another very professional sounding performance. One thing comes to mind as I listen... that sometimes its what you don't say/play that is important. You don't rush and every note sounds like it's exactly where it belongs.

3. Mohan, I'm very partial to original compositions.... A very gentle sounding piece and a sweet melody. It builds nicely which fits your purpose I believe in the "Quest..." bravo!

4. Dannylux/Mel, a really wonderful piece. I like your description of the composition as well. I've never heard it before but it reminds me a bit of Rachmaninoff. I love it. You play it (in all seriousness) like a pro. You seem to have such command and ease. Just a tremendous performance. A double Bravo!!!
Posted By: Riddler Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 03:12 PM
04. dannylux / Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8
Mel, that was truly awesome, a masterful performance. And thanks for introducing us to this composer.

Ed
Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 04:43 PM
32 Augustina – Secret Garden
You sure played it like the title – very wistful and peaceful.

31 GracieCat – Wonderland
David Nevue has sure been a boon to the ABF. Lovely arrangement, and you played it beautifully. Nice touch.

30 BenPiano – I Giorni
Oh, nice. Another Einaudi expert here smile

29 IRPRONI – Rue Des Escades
Boy was I surprised! I expected slow and mellow, and this is in-your-face right off the bat! Well done.

28 Wayne32years – Creep
I had no idea what to expect here, but I’ve heard a lot of music that was new to me, and some old favorites that you’ve posted over in the “serious” thread, so I appreciate your broadening my horizons. This was lovely.

Cathy
Posted By: Inlanding Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 04:47 PM
20. Cebu Kid - Maple Leaf Rag This is a fantastic rendition. It is a pretty physically demanding piece and requires a great deal of control. You play it as though you are having fun with all of that and with the music itself. It is full of energy and very uplifting - Joplin at his best. Bravo!

21. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Verde Smeraldo Cheryl, that was a completely fine rendition and a beautiful piece of music. It is great to note how much you've improved your playing over past several e-citals. Thank you for sharing your first piano piece where you felt good about it. I really enjoyed it.

22. cgyan (Iain) - Along The Codorus Iain, It is a beautiful, thoughtful, melody. I am always impressed by your music choices and your playing. One and a half years? Completely amazing. This piece is a bit more involved than some of the others and you bring out its personality and express it so well.

23. Serge88 - Someone saved my life tonight I used to listen to Elton John a great deal - brought back some fond memories. Your rendition derived from sheet music was excellent. You play it with a great deal of patience. As for the back track, no doubt it helps you to keep time - I like that you used it sparingly and kept it in the background to your excellent playing.

24. joangolfing - Sarabande in F Major I love those Handle Sarabandes. You bring out the dynamics very well and play it as though you are listening to the music, rather than playing the notes - simply beautiful.

25. Clemente - Milonga You chose such a pretty tango to play and you demonstrate a wonderful touch. It has a sense of longing to it and the tempo you chose adds so much to the mood.

26. Wisebuff - Late Train The chord changes are beautiful. You play it with a great deal of care and give it a pensive mood. Never heard of this composer until now. Thank you for the introduction, and a fine one it is!

27. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Heal Our Land Dennis, you always pick such good music and I am glad you brought this one back from an old recital. You play it so very well. Such a befitting title.
Posted By: CebuKid Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 05:22 PM
28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep

Wow, over 17 years later, I actually still know the lyrics to this...lol. Ah, Radiohead..one of the self-loathing grunge bands of the '90s..brings back memories. I found myself singing along to this very nice instrumental version. smile

As others stated, work a little on your pedaling technique. Pedaling is something I continue to work on, and you kind of have to have an ear for when to pedal and when to let go, etc. I can not technically explain this....

Also, Wayne, try some classical pieces, like Fur Elise for example, and the skill that you gain from these will transfer over to your rock piano instrumentals. Here is a very good example of this, one of my favorite pianists on YouTube. She is a classically trained musician and you can hear it in her piano covers of well-known rock tunes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxEkm_96qfM&feature=channel_video_title




Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 05:51 PM
40. anthonyb - I Giorni You have such an affinity for Einaudi - lovely playing! I enjoyed watching you video (those long fingers make the big chords look easy :)) This is played sensitively and perfectly - always a class act!


42. Lain - Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake I love the recitals because I get to hear pieces I would never have heard...Oh man, this is just glorious playing! I liked everything about it. Your performance exactly matches the piece - calm, controlled...awesome!

43. Alpha Terminus (Jim Henderson) - Rondo Alla Turca Congrats on your recital debut! I like the tempo you're playing here. I don't think it needs to be any faster. Good for you, and great for us, for sticking with it! It is very nearly perfect - improved much from the earlier piano bar entry. I liked your video with the 2 views of you playing, too. A big thumb

44. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 - Por El Sur What a beautiful melody! The lilting sections are particularly well played. I really like this piece - it sounds somewhat familiar. Another composer I have to look into. Extremely enjoyable! Thank you.

45. MaryBee - Clair de Lune, from Suite Bergamasque Wow, Marybee, just wow! You kept the melody just right. Wonderful work on this, and one you can keep in your repertoire forever. Absolutely lovely playing, I'm jealous smile. Your sister-in-law's going to love it - I did!

46. Starr Keys - The Last Time I Saw Paris I'm glad you made it in the recital! I think you captured the "Paris" feeling in this. What an interesting and creative arrangement. I like this a lot, and those jazzy notes and chords interspersed add to the interest. I can definitely imagine a vocalist with this arrangement. Great tune to wrap up the recital!
Posted By: wouter79 Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 06:23 PM
jazzwee,

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since the very first time you've critiqued recitals, you have deliberately excluded everyone with a DP. Now why is that exactly?


Sorry to annoy you. I have explained this before. The sound of DPs in almost all cases bores me to death within half a minute. Even if banged relentlessly and/or played to perfection these DPs keep making a sterile sound. In such conditions I do not even want to start making comments on someone's playing.

Oh, and I will check out your playing. Maybe I can get through the DP sound this time wink
Originally Posted by CebuKid
28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep

Wow, over 17 years later, I actually still know the lyrics to this...lol. Ah, Radiohead..one of the self-loathing grunge bands of the '90s..brings back memories. I found myself singing along to this very nice instrumental version. smile

As others stated, work a little on your pedaling technique. Pedaling is something I continue to work on, and you kind of have to have an ear for when to pedal and when to let go, etc. I can not technically explain this....

Also, Wayne, try some classical pieces, like Fur Elise for example, and the skill that you gain from these will transfer over to your rock piano instrumentals. Here is a very good example of this, one of my favorite pianists on YouTube. She is a classically trained musician and you can hear it in her piano covers of well-known rock tunes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxEkm_96qfM&feature=channel_video_title




Thanx for this great feedback, and everyone who's contributed. I certainly need to pay attention to pedalling, as advised by many of you. I don't actually know what I'm doing with the pedal ha ha, all I know is that the right pedal creates like an echo/loudness. I use it most the way through songs, and release it only really when I hear it's too much. I've never used the other one lol.

I have started a few classical pieces already, but use the pedal in the same way as with the other stuff I play. Any tips/advice here would be great, infact I'm gonna make a new thread about this. Thnx again to everyone who has left me a comment. I've just got 6 left to listen to, should get around to them tonight.

smile
I have been on the road and usually don't have Internet where I'm staying so I haven't been as quick to respond as I'd like. So, finally, here's a new batch:

3. Mohan Karthik –
I always enjoy your compositions and this is no exception. I like the way it starts slowly and builds momentum and then ends suddenly with only a few rubato notes to put on the breaks. I’m also very impressed with your skills after such a short time.

5. Alleykatt – Cathy
I loved the combination of modern and classical effects in this piece which seemed perfectly suited to your skills. Beautiful!


8. Mr. Super Hunky –
Love the spacious feeling of freedom this composition evokes. Felt like sailing at a smooth rapid clip while looking out at the endless blue and trailing foam. You never disappoint.

13. Peyton -
I’m writing this in my car on a two-hour drive, so I’m not on line and am not sure I’m remembering accurately that this piece was your original composition, but as always I was surprised by its startling originality which is what I’ve come to expect from you more than anyone else. Like Mr. Super Hunky and BillM, you never disappoint me.

17. Todd Vance
Since Clair de Lune was a childhood favorite of mine, I’ll make an exception to my new rule just to say how much I enjoyed hearing you play it a hundred times better than I ever did.

22. cgyan (Iain)
Do you have a magic piano that censors out all imperfection and turns everything you play into a seamless performance? I can’t find any other explanation for how you could have come so far in such a short period of time. Another example of someone who never disappoints.

23. Serge88

I think you’re ready for professional gigs. You have an easy way with a popular song that makes your playing seem very smooth and effortless .

28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep

I remember sometime back you said something about how you felt you should have come further for the amount of time you’ve been playing. I think someone in this thread mentioned how they connected with your music and I feel the same way. I think this is the most important quality in a good musician as exemplified by your idol Lady G. No one connects with their audience more and you may have learned something about it from her. So, my advice for whatever it’s worth is keep listening to and playing what you love.

Thnx so much Starr Keys smile
Posted By: wouter79 Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 07:53 PM
20. Cebu Kid - Maple Leaf Rag

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Isn't "The Trio" hard, bro? This is a very fine job considering your level of experience. Like myself, you should really keep this piece in your rep. This piece made me depressed, and I worked on it on and off for many months, this, despite my experience and obsession with Joplin. This took me longer than all the others to learn. You, however, now have it under your fingers. IMO, this is a piece that takes years to refine, and most pianists agree it's a tough, tough piece. Keep it up, Wouter! Hope you consider Joplin more in the future. He's got lots of hidden gems.


Oh yes, this is a pretty difficult piece. Definitely harder than the Debussy piece I submitted last time. I worked on this for a long time, mostly just to get it up to speed. Trio, you mean the third part? Well they say the jumps are hard but to me the hard part of the third part is the last two bars. The motion is very unnatural there and I keep messing up there.

I'm not really keeping a repertoire, it takes too much time to maintain pieces but you don't really improve from that. It has been fun but for now I have played this piece enough smile I found with other pieces that you can bring them back without much effort if you need to, and that's much less work. Joplin has more nice pieces but I have some other composers on my agenda that are also have great pieces. I prefer to move on now!

Now for the review!

clipping: yes a lot right at the start, not after that

balance L/R: ok.

noise: no

bass (of piano). poor. Might be the recording.

depth of field: small

overall sound: the volume seems to be fading in and out, like the piano is floating away and towards you all the time. All dynamics seem screwed up.For example it starts excessive loud, drops to normal in a few seconds, and suddenly drops to pianissimo after 6 seconds; then it sudden gets louder at 12 seconds. I guess you had auto volume on?

piano sound: hard to judge with above recording issue.

overall impression, like: You do a pretty good job. You keep a tremendous speed here! Great that you can play it that fast and I can imagine that getting it to this speed alone takes loads of time. The piece can take it as well. Pedaling sounds good. Also amazing is your capability to keep playing even when you miss a part. When I flub I usually can't get my hand in the right position anymore...

But I feel your interpretation stays a bit superfluous. The notes are there but at the expense of dynamics, articulation etc. Overall I get a bit flimsy feel here, the note seem not solid in place, many missed notes particularly at the end of phrases where you also make a decrescendo, and lacking fine details

phrasing: You generally seem to start phrases louder and then drop off. It's a bit like getting out of breath at the end of each phrase, also due to the missed notes there. I miss some more variation in the phrasings, likeaccents and playing with the repeats. There are so many possibilities here for accents, articulation, dynamics.

Use of dynamics: only at a few places, much more is possible. Sometimes inappropriate notes get accentuated. Might be related to the auto volume problem that I suspect.

articulation: articulation and using the pedal seems good. Maybe you can vary the articulation a bit more.

rubato, speed changes: I'm happy you resisted the common 'effect' of speeding up at the upgoing notes in bar 8-9 and similar smile. But you are making quite some acceleration at 0:51-1:07, I think that does not fit the music. Funny ending smile
Posted By: Inlanding Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 08:05 PM
28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep I've not heard this tune in a long time. Perhaps a more economic use of the sustain pedal would bring out the music you are trying to express. My recommendation is to avoid using the sustain pedal altogether, then learn to add it when necessary. Let your fingers do the walking and the talking. Yes, easier said than done - it does take discipline. Regardless, you got me singing along with this tune as you played - good one. You definitely play to your heart and this is one of the keys to musicianship.

29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades There are lots of little subthemes in this piece I think you can bring out with more clarity by controlling dynamics to give it a wider range.

30. BenPiano - I Giorni Ben, you play with such a fine touch. It is clear why you enjoy playing this genre of music and I hope you continue to mature it under your fingers as it is a keeper, for sure. Thank you for your music. I like the sound of your Kawai.

31. GracieCat - Wonderland Never heard of David Nevue before - thanks for bringing his music to the recital. I think you played it quite smoothly and did a good job of expressing emotion by careful use of dynamic changes and rubato. You were definitely connecting with the music.

32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden Augustina, thank you for Song From a Secret Garden. I'd only heard it one time before and the melody is catchy. I always enjoy the not-so-common music you bring to the piano bar and to the e-citals. You played this one very well.

33. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - When I'm Sixty-four Bill, once again, you hit a home-run. Love the Beatles and love the way you so easily bring out joy of the lyrics and the music. You are so talented to be able to accompany yourself so well while having fun with the lyrics and visa-versa. Such a treat!

34. Strings & Wood - Op. 28 No. 20 That was a mighty fine Chopin 28-20, Carl. If I were to make any suggestion regaring this piece, it would be to bring the second half repeat to an even softer pp, then as it draws to the conclusion, bring it to ff on the final chord. You really know how to make your piano ring out. Good work, indeed.

35. Griffin2417 (Griffin) - Prelude in G minor (BWV 558 ) Bravo! You made playing Bach sound simple, relaxed, and controlled while bringing out the subtleties very nicely.

36. Teodor - Madder Sky (Code Geass) I'd never heard of this composer before today. You play with conviction and purpose. Thank you!

37. Copper - Moon River My folks used to play Moon River quite a bit when I was growing up. I like the tempo you chose in which you deliver it.

38. Bluekeys - Waltz in A Minor Beautiful interpretation. I struggle to play this, and all Chopin works. Your careful use of rubato and dynamics really helps to enhance the mood. Great work!

39. jotur/Cathy Turner - When My Sugar Walks Down the Street My Dad used to play this piece all the time. I so much enjoyed your playing, the walking bass line, the upbeat and downbeat stride-style, and melody fills of this oldie, but goodie. Cathy, it just seemed too short. Your playing is so engaging, so upbeat.

40. anthonyb - I Giorni Thank you for your Einaudi. You play it with care and grace. It sounds that way, too.

41. CMohr - Summer Night What a treat! You give it a great sense of space. The tempo is just right for this arrangement. The heartbeat of bass notes keeps it flowing and your choice of leading notes and dense chords is exquisite. I like the style you are developing - each e-cital you add more and more variety and spice to your improvisations. This is a great rendition - good ending, too! Go glad you picked this tune.

42. Lain - Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake A very delicate melody. You did a wonderful job with the voiced arpeggios in the left while maintaining wonderful accompaniment in the right, then switching back. Great use of the trills - superbly executed and the space you created at the ende. Such a fine piece to dedicate to your parents - a class act!

43. Alpha Terminus (Jim Henderson) - Rondo Alla Turca This piece seems easy to play when you hear someone else play it. No way is it easy. Mozart is very specific with the notations. You are really making great strides in getting this under you fingers. I like this version much better than the first time I heard you play it. Much more in control and much more feeling. This one's a keeper for your repertiore. Great work, Jim.

44. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 - Por El Sur What a fine introduction to this composer. You bring out the melody quite beautifully. You play with purpose and sensitivity, and that is another thing I find captivating by the piece - your playing. Fantastic - Thank you!

45. MaryBee - Clair de Lune, from Suite Bergamasque This is such a beautiful piece of music. You bring out the Impressionistic intent and give it the color it deserves. Such a thoughtful gift you give to your sister-in-law by playing her favorite music. If this is any example, you will do extremely well playing it for her. Thank you for your gift of Debussy.

46. Starr Keys - The Last Time I Saw Paris Such a wonderful song you chose for the e-cital! Your arrangement is very good. I've heard this song played much more upbeat, but I like your slow, contemplative take on it. Very good work!

Thank you, everyone, for your music and encouraging comments on mine. It is great to be able to have a wonderful platform to share our music with each other.

Thank You, to Monica and others that work in the background to help make these e-citals so enjoyable.

Glen
Posted By: wouter79 Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 08:10 PM
28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep

technical and piano sound: see my comments in previous recital. Yes it's still out of tune but I don't hear the rattle anymore smile

musical:
overall impression, like: I hear a lot of progress ! This has a much better build-up and structure than your previous submission. I'm glad to hear that you took a bit more melodical piece this time. It's just so hard to play a bass+beat driven piece on a piano...

phrasing: There is a nice big phrase. The individual subphrases can be brought out in more detail I think.

use of dynamics: Nice gradual crescendo. I think the left hand could be a bit less loud to give some more space to the melody.

articulation: all pedal. You might try to see if this can be played without pedal, that might allow to develop the melody line further.

rubato, speed changes: gradual speed up, and then slowdown a t end
Posted By: Clemente Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 09:17 PM
THANK YOU, THANK YOU... Andy Platt, Jazzwee, CMohr, IRPRONI, Cohenfan, Sam S, wayne32yrs, Strings & Wood, TX-Dennis, FarmGirl, Lain, Inlanding... You were very kind with your words. I appreciate that. I must confess that I was very apprehensive about jumping in and join your recital... I just did not know what to expect. blush You all made that first jump a pleasant one and well worth it. I am now looking forward to future recitals. cool I do thank you very much!
41 - CMohr - same composer of "I only have eye's for you", I can tell, your playing was flawless, i liked it.

42 - Lain - Roll on the day I can play like that lol, really good playing there.

43 - Alpha Terminus (Jim Henderson) - I like this alot, I like the way you shot your video, It's helped me being able to properly see how you play certain bits, and the amount of time you've been learning piano, your racing forward, congrats indeed!

44 - Yamaha G-3 & P-80 - very interesting hearing another self learner, really enjoyed this, nice playing.

45 - MaryBee - your sister's gonna love it! Great!

46 - Starr Keys - couldn't find your vid on YT, so listened to your mp3, good job!
Posted By: Recaredo Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 10:23 PM
12. Cohenfan - Traumerei

Cohenfan, you can be satisfied with the final result. It’s not an easy piece, but you create the atmosphere that the piece demands. Good playing.

19. Sam S - Song Without Words Opus 38/6

Sam, I see that your interpretation has clear ideas, since you transmit energy and forcefulness, maybe product of a strong personality alongside a fine technique. And it’s a live recording! Enormous.

21. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Verde Smeraldo

Cheryl, we can find beauty in the naturalness. When I listened to your performance, I understood that little girl.


Posted By: timmyab Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/17/11 10:23 PM
Well I've just had a very pleasant day listening to every performance.What a great idea this is with abilities ranging from raw beginners to accomplished musicians and all are welcome.
Thanks to everyone that listened and made comments, it's much appreciated.
I'll keep my inane comments to a bare minimum.
04. dannylux Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8
This is a really great performance.I love Bortkiewicz.
42. Lain - Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake
Amazing performance and a beautiful piece.I can understand why it's popular in China.
19. Sam S - Song Without Words Opus 386
I was particularly interested to hear this because I've been picking it up and putting it down for a few months now.Well done bringing the voices out and well played through the octave section which is the bit that's been giving me the most trouble.
I'm not usually one for hearing a narrative in music but with this piece it's just unavoidable.The part just before the octave section where she appears, to my ears at least, to declare her love for him is very touching.

Thnx inlanding and wouter79.

I've taken so much from this recital, and hope I can move forward now, and it's all thanks to everyone's comments, thankyou everyone so much, It's been great!
Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/18/11 12:21 AM
27 TX-Dennis – Heal Our Land
Beautiful piece, and contemplatively played – maybe the offertory? 

26 Wisebuff – Late Train
I’ve been looking forward to this, after hearing you play at the piano party. Cool piece! And well-played, too. I like your repertoire.

25 Clemente – Milonga
I love the rhythm, and the lonesome feeling of the way you played this. Nice work.

24 joangolfing – Sarabande
I like this a lot. A little of the same hymn-like flavor of Dennis’s piece. Church-like, anyway. Very nice.

23 Serge88 – Someone Saved My Life Tonight
I liked this arrangement very much, the left hand fit really well. I didn’t mind the drum track, but I don’t think it was needed – you had a very nice piano arrangement.
22 cgyan (Iain) – Along the Codorus
Nice piece! I like the way it starts out very charmingly and graduates to something still beautiful but more substantial. Well done.

21 casinitaly – Vinciguerra
Delightful  It does indeed have a feeling that invites applause at the end – kind of triumphal. Hope you’re having a great time on vacation.

20 Cebu Kid – Maple Leaf Rag
I may never play this because of all the notes in between the octaves. It’s a good temp, I think, tho it’s hard at that tempo. But you kept it up! Made me tap my foot, too. You’ve come a long ways with your rags, tho. Fun show off piece 

21 Sam S – Song Without Words
You have the affinity for Mendelssohn that anthonyb has for Einaudi. Lovely.

18 (Was) TrueBeginner – Little Waltz
What a nice little waltz! I could see it being on recital programs all over the world. Reminds of the book of Schubert waltzes I have.

17 Todd Vance – Clair De Lune
From the opening notes one is compelled to smile, knowing there’s beautiful music coming. You did a fine job on this.

16 cscl – Schubert Waltzes
And here’s the real article laugh These are so much fun to play, I should get my book out again. Very nice! The last one sounded Scandinavian, sort of mazurka like – cool. How did your competition and recital go?

15 Inlanding – Glen – Prelude to Everything Happens at Sun Up laugh
2 and 3 are vintage Glen – a good thing! Laid back and cool. I haven’t been able to get that feel in my playing – possibly a different personality thing laugh

14 Riddler (Ed) – Jump Monk
I love it. Classic. What an up piece, and you nailed it and the feel for it. Whoo!

13 Peyton – Message from Space
I love it. Put a smile on my face from the minute I recognized the opening. Well done.

12 Cohenfan – Traumerei
What a sensitive interpretation of this piece. Beautiful – you were inside it.

Cathy

21. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Verde Smeraldo Very nice Cheryl. Clear recording too. Keep at it.

22. cgyan (Iain) - Along The Codorus Very nice even and flowing tempo. I always enjoy your performances so much. always great song/piece selections too. Wonderful.


23. Serge88 - Someone saved my life tonight sounded great. Even and polished.


24. joangolfing - Sarabande in F Major I'm not familiar with this piece but can appreciate how well it is played. nice job.


25. Clemente - Milonga A Very nice job on a very warm sounding piano. Well played.


26. Wisebuff - Late Train Wow, I loved the many dramtic chords used in this piece. Very nicely played with feeling as well. Great.


27. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Heal Our Land great job with his Dennis. Very smooth chord transitions. Flowed very nicely.


28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep You did a nice job with this Wayne. You had me singing right along with the melody.


29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades Okay this was really cool. Woke me the heck up!. I loved it!


30. BenPiano - I Giorni Very nice performance of an incredibly nice piece. Recording was very good too.
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/18/11 01:00 AM
A few more thank yous to all who have given me comments and inspiration......

Farmgirl - thank you for the nice words!

Originally Posted by Lain

[b]41. CMohr - Summer Night
CMohr, thank you for prefacing my autumn piece with your relaxed summer piece! Jeez, all this jazz in this recital makes me want to take jazz lessons, too! I love the rhythmic bounces in the middle section!


Lain - thanks! I believe you can play anything you put your fingers to!

Originally Posted by Inlanding

41. CMohr - Summer Night What a treat! You give it a great sense of space. The tempo is just right for this arrangement. The heartbeat of bass notes keeps it flowing and your choice of leading notes and dense chords is exquisite. I like the style you are developing - each e-cital you add more and more variety and spice to your improvisations. This is a great rendition - good ending, too! Go glad you picked this tune.


Glen- Thank you so much for the nice comments! I really never know if I'm improving, so the recital input is pretty much my guide.

Originally Posted by wayne32yrs
41 - CMohr - same composer of "I only have eye's for you", I can tell, your playing was flawless, i liked it.


Thanks Wayne! Am glad you liked my tune. It really wasn't flawless, but if you say so..... laugh

Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/18/11 02:24 AM
25. Clemente - Milonga
Interesting website. I enjoyed your piece very much.

26. Wisebuff - Late Train
I’m not familiar with the composer or the piece but enjoyed your performance. Your piano has a full, rich tone.

27. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Heal Our Land
A lovely piece. I’m glad you resurrected this one.

28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep
I like this song a lot. I’ve never heard it done as a piano instrumental before but it seems to work. Nice.

29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades
Wow! Another prodigy! This is a wonderful piece of work for someone only playing 1 year and 7 months. You are very talented.
Posted By: TX-Dennis Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/18/11 02:43 AM
39 jotur/Cathy Turner - When My Sugar Walks Down the Street, Gene Austin, Jimmy McHugh and Irving Mills
Cathy, I really like this song. Thanks for reminding me of it. Very nice playing with a good steady rhythm. Fun ending, too.

40 anthonyb - I Giorni, Ludovico Einaudi
Another terrific rendition of this beautiful piece. Yours seems a bit slower in tempo, but no less enjoyable. I hear zero errors. Nice dynamics, too.

41 CMohr - Summer Night, Harry Warren & Al Dubin
This is a really pretty song. You fill out that lead sheet really well. Your performance sounds relaxed and it's very pleasant listening.

42 Lain - Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake, Chen Peixun
Here is another piece I haven't heard before, and what a lovely piece it is. Those fast arpeggios sound harp like, and they must be a real challenge to play smoothly. You show excellent dynamics and a really delicate touch throughout this lovely performance.

43 Alpha Terminus (Jim Henderson) = Rondo Alla Turca, Mozaart
This is not an easy piece to play well. You still need to work a bit on the dynamics, but you certainly have the notes under your fingers. The tempo seems pretty good, too. It's definitely not 20bpm. Sure, there are a couple of places where some notes are uneven, but you're pretty darned close to perfection here. Overall a very nice performance.

44 Yamaha G-3 & P-80 - Por El Sur, Remo Pignoni
This is yet another piece with which I am unfamiliar. This is a really fun piece. Your dynamics are quite nice, and a nice touch. Enjoyable performance.

45 MaryBee - Clair De Lune, DeBussy
This is a nice tempo, MaryBee, and your dynamics are ultra wonderful. Using two pedals at once becomes a bit of a challenge, and I think you over used the sustain pedal in a few places. It's tough to remember to clear it as often as we should. Other than that I think it's just about perfect.

46 Starr Keys - The Last Time I Saw Paris, Jerome Kern
Another wonderful standard. I admire that you put this together by ear, and I'm amazed that you managed to rearrange it and record it the same day. Nice job, Starr Keys.

What a fine recital this has been. I am somewhat embarrassed to have submitted my recycled and ill prepared piece among all this musical goodness.

Congratulations to all!
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/18/11 02:43 AM
30. BenPiano - I Giorni
One of the benefits of participating in the ABF recitals is the opportunity to be exposed to good instrumental music. I enjoyed this piece very much – I can see why you plan to keep this part of your permanent repertoire.

31. GracieCat - Wonderland
I dunno – sounds pretty smooth to me. I like the growling bass you get from your piano.

32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden
I love this song - you play it very well. The pictures in the video are quite complementary to your performance. You have really stepped up your YouTube game since the dancing hands videos with your sister. Did you take the pictures?

33. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - When I'm Sixty-four
Yes – I’ll still need you and feed you when you’re sixty-four.
Posted By: Augustina Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/18/11 05:41 AM
Andy Platt- Chopin Waltz in B Minor- you played this piece so well, Fantastic Job!:P

Jazzwee- Naima A nice relaxing piece first thing in the morning. Nicely played:)

Mohan Karthik- Quest for Greatness- Very Pretty, Great job!^_^

Dannylux/ Mel- Etude in D Flat Op. 15 No.8
I've never heard of this piece before, I really enjoyed it!
Posted By: BenPiano Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/18/11 05:51 AM
11. Monica K. - Le Matin - Very nice, Monica! Just you don't hate those pieces that seem deceptively simple only to drive you crazy as you try to learn them?! I think you handled it well, and surprisingly, I think you handled the more difficult sounding parts better than the easier sounding areas. Perhaps the result of targeting the difficult areas in practice and taking the easier areas for granted - I do this all the time, so it's not by any means unusual! wink - Very nice - I hope to get to this one someday!

12. Cohenfan - Traumerei - You did a beautiful job with this one. It's hard to know how difficult this is without trying it. I've tried it and failed. I especially appreciate how "youthful" you are on the piano, yet seem to capture the essence of this piece just right. Very well done - you should be proud of yourself! wink

13. Peyton - Message From Space - I'm a space nerd and also a wanna be pianoist - I thought this was very cool! You have some great originals flowing out of you! (I liked the camera work on this one better than the first version) Nanu-nanu-

14. Riddler (Ed) - Jump Monk - I came. I pranced around. I liked. laugh

15. Inlanding - Glen - Prelude, Everything Happens to Me, Sun Up - I love that Gliere piece - and yes, it's super difficult. You make it sound so easy- but it's so luscious, I gotta get this one under my fingers! I liked the mix you offered in this recital: late romantic, jazz, and new age glen. Very cool and diverse!

16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365) - that was awesome! I've got one (only one) Schubert waltz under my belt. These three really flowed nicely together. A great recording!

17. Todd Vance - Clair De Lune - Goodness, this sounds like a terribly difficult piece. Well done, and congrats on tackling it!

18. (Was)TrueBeginner - Little Waltz Nice waltz!

19. Sam S - Song Without Words Opus 38/6 - Hats off to a true recital performance! Great piece and playing, and I'm seriously jealous of your environment at the time - bravo!

20. Cebu Kid - Maple Leaf Rag - Dude, you rock!
Posted By: WiseBuff Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/18/11 12:50 PM
Such and interest mix of musical genres in this recital. A pleasure to listen to them. Some more comments.


21. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Verde Smeraldo So glad you submitted a piece to make this recital complete. This sounds like a fun piece with good workout for the left hand. well done.

22. cgyan (Iain) - Along The Codorus Just discovered Greg Maroney last recital and am working on a piece by him (Addie). What is/are the Codorus? This happy piece just sings under your touch...I feel like I'm out for a summer walk. You bring out the joy and the wonder in the music.

23. Serge88 - Someone saved my life tonight Gotta love Elton John and I do like the drum track to support your piano line. Gives it the sense of a band playing on stage. You played it well with a steady confident feel.

24. joangolfing - Sarabande in F Major Nice playing. Will you play them as a set? I enjoyed it.

25. Clemente - Milonga Love the rhythm of this piece that accents the sadness of the mood. You play it with tender emotion. Very nice.

26. Wisebuff - Late Train hard to go back and listen to your own piece. OUCH. Still like this piece. Need to get the little nervous hesitations out of my playing.

27. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Heal Our Land The title is still appropriate Dennis. The music is hauntingly beautiful and you play it with care and sensitivity. Easy on the ear.

28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep The recording didn't come through to me very clear...the strings were ringing some out of tune. What I did get was engaging...loved the intense middle section...it was powerful.

29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades The way you describe your relationship to this music is compelling. I feel the bravery and courage emoted in the piece. You play with passion.

30. BenPiano - I Giorni Ah...what a lovely piece to share with others and you play it with tenderness and yet abandon. I like it a lot and don't notice mistakes with your fluid playing. These recitals introduce me to contemporary composers I've not been familiar with. This is a keeper for you for sure.

31. GracieCat - Wonderland Cool! I just downloaded some of his pieces and hope to add them to my play list. Love your wistful tone in this one...maybe it needs just a bit less left hand (that's so hard on this kind of music). You do a nice job and I liked it a lot.

32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden Are you playing with a track? It is a beautiful melody...you played it well.

33. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - When I'm Sixty-four I remember when 64 sounded old...it's not sounding so old now. LOL. Love your singing and playing Bill. You rock! Thoroughly delightful entry to the recital.

34. Strings & Wood - Op. 28 No. 20 At last a Chopin. I can picture you playing this on your magnificent grand. The opening feels resolute and ff. Beautiful...just too short. Could listen to you play much longer.
Posted By: cgyan Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/18/11 08:38 PM
Oh, darn it! I forgot to fill in the description section for my piece this recital. [Linked Image]

Ah, well, in response to Andy and Wisebuff that asked here is what I would have said in the description. This is probably my favourite piece of Greg Maroney's although it is a few years old now. At the time I got the sheets from him at his site I took the opportunity to ask what the Codorus was since we were 'going along' it.

He replied that the Codorus is a park and lake in Pennsylvania where he lives that used to be beautiful but recently has fallen into disarray and has become polluted. He was asked to be part of a benefit event organised by a conservation group and he imagined the river back to its natural state and decided to compose a piece of music that reflected that. His internal image was of a tree lined lake with green grass growing along the banks and families having picnics on it.

Before I knew this my image of the song always felt like a warm, leisurely Sunday afternoon walking through the countryside (something I like to do in real life when I get the chance).

Wisebuff, so you and me both agree then on the summer walk imagery, then? [Linked Image] Cool!

Great to know there are other Maroney fans too. Addie is lovely tune, very sweet melody. I believe it was written about his dog if I'm not mistaken .... I've had a go at it too but those runs with the right hand near the end are killers!
Posted By: wouter79 Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/18/11 09:09 PM
38. Bluekeys - Waltz in A Minor

clipping: no

balance L/R: ok.

noise: no

bass (of piano). fine.

depth of field: sounds ok

piano sound: good.

overall impression, like: very nice job. very relaxing, Good balance of bass and melody, I think perfect to dance a walz on (but my dance knowledge is minimal). Flows well. Some nitpicking: a few notes are just slightly off the flow and in the last measure I feel the slowdown a bit too abrupt. Even your hickup near the end is caught smoothly (though I suppose dancers will have a small problem there). For dancing I think it would be more appropriate to keep the beat and drop a few notes there.

Stupid question: why do you keep the sustain so long at the end? Is it intended? And why do you then just cut it off in the edit?

phrasing: clear

Use of dynamics: little. Fits the music

articulation: mostly pedal.

rubato, speed changes: slowdown on on figurations. Rest is pretty steady beat Sounds all natural to me.
19. Sam S - Song Without Words Opus 38/6
Sam I admire your resolve to play this at the camp. The voices come through quite nicely in this update recording and the touch sounds pretty even. Nice job!

20. Cebu Kid - Maple Leaf Rag
Well, this grabs you right away now doesn't it? Very nice playing Cebu.

21. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Verde Smeraldo
Hope you are enjoying your holiday Cheryl and thanks for leaving us something to listen to. A pretty piece indeed.

22. cgyan (Iain) - Along The Codorus
Lovely Iain. Played beautifully.

23. Serge88 - Someone saved my life tonight
Drum track works for me. An extra dynamic that helps to complete the song. Good job.

24. joangolfing - Sarabande in F Major
Very nice Joan you handled the forte/piano very well. Good control of the left hand without over bearing.
Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/18/11 11:17 PM
11 Monica K. – Le Matin
What a nice melody! And let’s hear it for your finger dexterity in this piece – worked well. As usual, you played this well.

10 timmyab – Prelude & Fugue in F minor
I agree with you about how much the recitals are motivators – I wouldn’t have a repertoire without ABF recitals. I like Bach, and I thought this was quite good – a delicacy to it that I liked a lot.

09 Laura Joffe aka Ten Left Thumbs – Two-Part Invention
I loved it! I used to play harpsichord and fiddle duets of old Scottish dance tunes with a friend who has built a couple of harpsichords, and it was just exquisite. But I could never play like you do! You must have had another life in 1750 or something laugh

08 mr super-hunkyMesmerizing piece, actually. Nice composition.

Cathy
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/19/11 12:29 AM
34. Strings & Wood - Op. 28 No. 20
Liked the big beginning and the big chords. I give this a big thumbs up!

35. Griffin2417 (Griffin) - Prelude in G minor (BWV 558 )
The piano you used has a very unusual tone – almost harpsichordy. Just right for your excellent performance. You really brought it home at the end.

36. Teodor - Madder Sky (Code Geass)
Neat piece. It sounds like it could come out of a 1930s’ horror film soundtrack. I agree with the earlier comment that the piano could use a tuning but your playing is quite good with excellent dynamics.

37. Copper - Moon River
I wasn’t expecting the strings on the last verse – I think it works great on this song. Andy Williams would be proud.
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/19/11 12:53 AM
38. Bluekeys - Waltz in A Minor
Your phrasing and tempo brought out the contrasts between the melancholy and uplifting themes in this piece. Your piano has a wonderful tone.

39. jotur/Cathy Turner - When My Sugar Walks Down the Street
This piece fits you like a glove – bouncy, jaunty, fun and full of life. You obviously took some time to get the voice on your piano just right for this style. A real treat!

40. anthonyb - I Giorni
Another fine performance of an ABF standard. Very crisp video and audio.

41. CMohr - Summer Night
What a lovely and haunting melody with just a hint of jazz. I love the way you let this develop and caress the listener. A wonderful performance – quite enjoyable and cool ending.

42. Lain - Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake
This certainly takes the cake for most original video. What a neat idea to graphically display the music. Quite mesmerizing. Your playing is excellent.
Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/19/11 01:06 AM
06 Ken. - Blue Monk
YES! Really cool, classic styling – really well done 

05 Alleykatt – Cathy – Dietro l’incanto
The trills came out nice, though. You played it really expressively – very nice.

04 dannylux/Mel – Etude in D flat
Your description was perfect – lush and romantic it is. In places it was reminiscent of cocktail piano, even. Great piece, and well-played.

03 Mohan Karthik – Quest for Greatness
Nice composition – sort of Einaudi like in the left hand. Very pretty.

02 jazzwee – Naima
Well, *I* think you did justice to it, but I don’t know much  You are so at ease, at least to my ears, and it’s just the right feel for jazz.

01 Andy Platt – Waltz in B Minor
I love waltzes like this – so cool that you played this live for an audience! I would have wigged out. Truly lovely, and, for me, a nice way to complete this recital 
Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/19/11 01:13 AM
Thanks to all who commented on my piece. I really appreciate it.

Carl - hm. Maybe you know something I don't know (insert wiggling eyebrows icon here) ? BillM - I worked pretty hard at making sure the melody in the right pinky sounded above the chords in the right hand, and that I mostly wasn't over-pedaled. I'm getting more musical little by little, I think laugh

And thanks to all those whose work and inspiration has made this and the other recitals possible.

Cathy
Posted By: CebuKid Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/19/11 02:27 AM
13. Peyton - Message From Space What talent here on the ABF. What a nice composition, Peyton, and interesting YouTube video too! Yes, you created the desire effects of a science-fiction type instrumental. It reminds me of aliens (friendly ones) coming to our earth, and that'd be the musical greeting that they hear. It's not music of any one genre or era, but rather music that an alien species can enjoy along with humans. That's my interpretation of this composition and what I think you achieved. smile Also, if I composed something myself, I would've made it easy so I wouldn't make mistakes...lol.

14. Riddler (Ed) - Jump Monk Nice, catchy, bluesey, piano-barrish....me sitting in front on a small table enjoying a glass of wine and a stogie...sometimes, I wish you guys can come to my house and play on my piano...lol. I love hearing my Yamaha being played by others.... live. Great performance, Riddler!

15. Inlanding - Glen - Prelude, Everything Happens to Me, Sun Up
Prelude by Reinhold Glière: Wow, Inlanding, this sounded challenging and beautiful. I so wish I had the desire to play more classical because I love listening to it. This sounds like a finger twister, and you combined technical fluency with musicality.

Everything Happens to Me by Tom Adair and Matt Dennis : and he switches to something jazzy! Wow, you actually improv'd parts of this? Jeez. That's another skill I don't have...lol. Another piano-barrish, free-wheeling piano piece. Great job!

Sun Up: wow, what'd you mean by "free play?" Did you make this up/improv on the fly? If so...great job, but great job regardless! Sounds New-Agey. Liked it a lot!
Thanks for this trio, Glen. Enjoyed the listening experience very much. smile


16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365)
What a nice waltz, cscl... smile I was confused with your description, though...did you mean you played these in June, or are going to play these June of next year? If next year, you have lots of time to refine this already nice version. I've always enjoyed Schubert pieces - he seems to write lots of "happy sounding" music which I like.
PS- I am from the Windy City too (a suburbanite). smile

17. Todd Vance - Clair De Lune
Todd, you and I have very similar backgrounds....I was from the school of John Thompson too, and vaguely remember when I actually quit - all's I know, I remember a few pieces I played in the Grade 4 book. Ahhh..Clair De Lune another ABF (and highly scrutinized) favorite. That said, you played overall with nice technical proficiency, but some areas sounded "rushed" and could've used a little rubato...this is based on other familiar interpretations I've heard. I am no expert at all in classical music either, so take it with a grain of salt. smile Otherwise, I liked your interpretation...It's awesome that you can play this famous piece, a piano-player's favorite! You are an inspiration to other re-starters of piano!

18. (Was)TrueBeginner - Little Waltz
Well played, (Was)TrueBeginner . I know what you mean...it's tough to play without pedal because you can't "blur out" mistakes and bad phrasing..hahaha. I used almost no pedal on my submission which was appropriate for the piece. I'm trying to decide if this piece you played here could use pedal....hmmmm..the more I listen, I would've pedaled the first beat of each measure to add some bass and resonance. I'm a little confused why the left hand bass cleff prevented the pedal (did the score call for you not to use it)?? Overall, you achieved the phrasing you desired with a nice right hand melody, but again, I think it could've used a little pedal at the beginning of each measure. I liked also how you kept a nice and consistent 3/4 tempo...my ear is very tuned to that (I'm an ex-drummer). smile

19. Sam S - Song Without Words Opus 38/6 (to do)
I love Mendelssohn! He's another composer of happy pieces, which I love. This is a very great performance under the tremendous pressure of an audience! I listened to your audio too for a clean(er) recording. Bravo SamS!

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I had time for some other listenings tonight....

39. jotur/Cathy Turner - When My Sugar Walks Down the Street I listened twice! I love this tune! It's stride piano at its best. I liked how you went down to that deep bass register. ..would've liked to see a video, as I enjoy watching the left hand leaps. smile Very enjoyable performance, Cathy. I like how your Casio Privia sounds as well (I have one too).

30. BenPiano - I Giorni

I noticed those YouTube b@$t*rds put ads in your video. Copyright violator? Me too..lol They've done that to my last 3! LOL. I don't get it....Anyway, great production quality on your video and audio. You played this piece well, and your vast repertoire of classical music comes through in this very well-known Eunidi new age classic. Duuude, you rock too! smile
Posted By: MaryBee Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/19/11 03:26 AM
My first set. I'm hoping to get to listen to the rest this weekend. I'm so impressed. Everyone is just getting better and better!

01. Andy Platt - Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2 I enjoyed this very much. I can really feel the waltz rhythm. Hearing you play this inspires me to want to learn another Chopin piece. Great job in front of a live audience.

02. Jazzwee - Naima Sorry, I'm going to use the "S" word too: very smooth! All I know about jazz is what I read in what short thread in this forum, so I don't know what it takes to improvise on chord progressions or what makes it "successful". But what you did sounds real nice to me.

03. Mohan Karthik - Quest for Greatness I liked your composition! Well-played, too. You do a good job with gradually building up the intensity and then resolving it at the end.

04. dannylux / Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8 Wow! Very cool piece, and what great playing! Thanks for the detailed description of what is going on in it too.

05. Alleykatt - Cathy - Dietro l'incanto Played with such feeling! Sounds like you overcame all those technical challenges to give a passionate performance.

06. Ken. - Blue Monk I liked it! You got some good bass going there.

07. wouter79 - Maple Leaf Rag Very nice! I really like your changes in dynamics throughout. I was glad to hear that, because you don't always find that in performances of ragtime music. It adds a lot of interest.

08. Mr Super Hunky - Dream With Me Nicely played, and some very pretty chords. It's good that you're taking your piano playing in a direction you want to go. There's no better way to keep growing.

09. Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs - Two-part Invention no 4 in D min Nice change to hear the harpsichord here. Thanks for sharing your experience on a different instrument with us.

10. timmyab - Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881 I don't know what you're doing, but somehow you keep your Bach from sounding "mechanical", like it sometimes can. You play it with an unusual warmth which I really like.

11. Monica K. - Le Matin I think your left-hand/right-hand balance was fine. Your work on that paid off. Very pretty music.

12. Cohenfan - Traumerei love the dramatic phrasing. Great job!

13. Peyton - Message From Space How fun and unusual! This is just excellent! You keep impressing me more with each recital. The beginning sounds almost electronic. How'd you do that??

14. Riddler (Ed) - Jump Monk nice and bouncy. Cool arrangement.

15. Inlanding - Glen - Prelude, Everything Happens to Me, Sun Up Your playing, as always, is so expressive. I especially like Prelude and Sun Up. I tried to think of this at a 3-movement piece, but each part was so different, I felt like it needed some kind of transition to tie them together.

16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365) Very light and sweet -- I like your style. This is the 3rd Schubert piece that I've heard in the past 2 days, and I'm thinking I like him. I'm going to have to see about learning one of his pieces.

17. Todd Vance - Clair De Lune so good to hear another interpretation of this. I really like the second and third sections a lot. I had trouble with the "En animant" section, too. It helped me to work it in small sections, and then put it back together with the rest of the piece. This also helped me to work toward keeping the the pace a little more consistent throughout.

18. (Was)TrueBeginner - Little Waltz what a nice little piece. I know what you mean about playing without the pedal. I'm working on a piece right now that doesn't use the pedal, and it's somewhat of a challenge. Oh, I just saw that this is an original composition. Very nice!

19. Sam S - Song Without Words Opus 38/6 Sam, this is absolutely beautiful! I have another piece to put on my to-learn list. Great job on the voicing. I think you can consider your piano camp a success. smile

20. Cebu Kid - Maple Leaf Rag Whew! You keep that fast tempo going! I like that you're working on the dynamics.

21. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Verde Smeraldo You're really putting some feeling into this -- very nice! I like the changes in tempo that you have going there too. Great progress!

22. cgyan (Iain) - Along The Codorus Your playing is amazing after only a year and a half. And what a pretty piece! I don't know the piece or the composer, but why does it sound familiar to me? I would love to play this; I'm going to have to look up the sheet music.

23. Serge88 - Someone saved my life tonight Nice playing. Now you just need some vocals to go along with it! wink (I think I'd prefer it without the drum track. It might let you be more flexible with the tempo.)
Posted By: MaryBee Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/19/11 04:05 AM
Originally Posted by Strings & Wood

45. MaryBee - Clair de Lune, from Suite Bergamasque
I don't know if I will ever be able to tame this one. I start with a teacher in September, so who knows... maybe so.
Marybee, you are well into this one. And, the part that side tracked me- you have well under hand. It is a beautiful piece. Stay with it.
S&W, there were so many difficulties I ran into while learning this piece: everything from fingering, to voicing, to rhythm, and more. So you will understand that I am not exaggerating when I say that I could not have done this without my teacher. He will look at something that is causing me so much trouble and frustration, quickly identify what the problem is, and then suggest several ways of trying to correct it. Not to mention pointing out all the troublesome spots that I don't even recognize as being wrong. If you're already learning this on your own, I bet that with a good teacher to guide you, you'll be well on your way to perfecting this. Good luck with your new teacher, and let us know how your lessons go!

I'm so glad that people are enjoying my submission, and thank you to everyone for your feedback. Special thanks to TX-Dennis, jazzwee, Peyton, and wouter79 for your comments on the sustain. You and my teacher are on the same wavelength. At yesterday's lesson, I played this for him, and he said essentially the same thing. So we spent some time looking at ways to improve the pedaling. I think with a few more weeks of work, it's going to be close to where I want it. Thanks so much for your close listening and thoughtful comments.
Posted By: BenPiano Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/19/11 05:03 AM
Originally Posted by CebuKid
[b]30. BenPiano - I Giorni

I noticed those YouTube b@$t*rds put ads in your video. Copyright violator? Me too..lol They've done that to my last 3! LOL. I don't get it....


Yep, that's it.

Although, I have to admit, I think this is a good compromise for folks playing more modern stuff that's still under copyright protection. The alternative isn't quite as appealing!

I would think that with your Joplin rags you could dispute the copyright claims.

I've had to dispute several of the copyright claims on pieces I've put on YT and have been successful (public domain pieces). The sound matched studio recordings done recently that have signed up for the content ID program. (I am *not* tooting my horn here - I think that the content ID match casts a *very* wide net! ha )

If you've put something up that's well within the public domain, dispute it! Otherwise some chump is making money off of your recording even though they didn't write the piece and it's in the public domain!

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Duuude, you rock too! smile


Rock on, my friend!
Posted By: BenPiano Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/19/11 05:55 AM
21. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Verde Smeraldo - Very well done - it's a treat to hear you grow on the piano!

I had a very similar experience to the one you described in the description. I have two young boys that are both good friends with our neighbor boy whose age falls right in between the two. This kid was over one day with his older sister (about 11 or so) to play. The kids were playing together great in the basement, so I took the chance to play on my upright (it happened to be the piece I submitted for this recital).

They left for the night when their mother arrived, and on the way out, the older girl made the effort to say to me, "Mr. Ben, you play the piano beautifully". This has been the best compliment I've ever received!

Although not verbal, I'm sure the compliment you received from your young listener will be one of your most memorable as well. smile

22. cgyan (Iain) - Along The Codorus comment on UT

23. Serge88 - Someone saved my life tonight nice!

24. joangolfing - Sarabande in F Major - A lovely piece, thanks for sharing!
I have listened to every performance of all of you several times by now, and enjoy them very much.

Thanks for not going too hard on me. Rondo Alla Turca is obviously a work in progress and the more I practice the more the previous recordings sound terrible to me, which I guess is a good thing as I'm getting an ear for it. Now part of me wishes I had waited until November to submit this but I guess the positive thing is the learning experience and from now on you will have a baseline reference to say, "wow you've improved since that August 2011 piece!"

I was unable to play it after recording it several times on August 4th because of a stress injury to my thumb from practicing the broken octaves too much! I was hoping to play a better version prior to the 15th but alas my thumb said "no!". But I've played again starting today and listening to the recording I submitted I'll say the following:

1: No dynamics, which I just started incorporating today.
2: Reviewing the sheet music I detect some wrong memorized notes that are harmonically ok but not for a discerning Mozart ear. Ten Left Thumbs was right even though I could not figure out what she was referring to at the time. This is a result of sight reading while learning the piece and then playing entirely by ear/memory.
3: Choppy 16ths which I knew at the time but weirdly are smoother after taking 2 weeks off?! Also some timing errors on the non-16th section which I didn't hear then, but I detect now.

I'm playing it in a live recital in November/December so appreciate your patience and constructive criticism.

Truth be told though I have been working on it since April I've only been able to play the whole thing by memory about 2-3 weeks prior to the recital recording.

In the meantime, you all are added to my Ipod next to Horowitz, Men Without Hats, Sugarland, and Depeche Mode so thanks for the free music ;-) There is not one I don't enjoy listening to, except my own because I'm like "no that's an E!" "no that was wrong timing" etc!
Posted By: Peyton Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/19/11 11:46 AM
I'm going to jump around a bit in my comments....


5- Cathy, a very intriguing work. You play it masterfully.

8.- SH,I always look forward to hearing your latest. Excellent composition. I really like the major/minor switches (I think that's what I'm hearing). You definitely convey the dreamy feeling you want.

9.- laura, WOW, what a treat to hear you on the harpsichord. I had to listen twice it was so enjoyable.

10- Timmytab,another "WOW". What a fantastic interpretation. No pedal? I've been trying (if you have a chance please listen to my interpretation of the aria from the goldberg on my youtube) but I don't do it nearly as well as you do. I hope you continue to participate in the recitals in the future. As you can see, it's not just for beginners and it's a real treat to hear you play.


11.-Monica, you are another one of my "favorites" that I always look forward to hearing. This work is quite different from so many of the more dreamy pieces you pick. I can see what you mean by it being deceptively easy. It's too bad we can't follow along reading the music as I would love to be able to see what you are doing. It's a very interesting piece.

12.-Cohenfan, Ahhh, one of my favorites. Yes, I agree, difficult to play "right". Although "right" is probably debatable. I think, given your experience, you do a very nice job. You have the notes and the feel but I think I would like to hear just a little more "flow". Your pause at the end was perfect. BTW...I've been playing this for 10 years and I'm no where close to being satisfied. But I think that's what's so great about music, it's never "finished". It's a constant journey and it's the discovery that is so much of the fun.
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/19/11 12:33 PM
43. Alpha Terminus (Jim Henderson) - Rondo Alla Turca
Ah - the Turkish March! I didn't recognize it by its' proper name until you started to play. Good articulation and tempo. I like the way you strum the left hand. Another outstandingly produced video.

I appreciate a musician who is comfortable in multiple genres – anyone who can go from Taylor Swift to Mozart in succeeding postings is certainly versatile. Well Done!

44. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 - Por El Sur
You get a wonderful full sound from your piano. I am not familiar with this piece but enjoyed listening to your performance.

45. MaryBee - Clair de Lune, from Suite Bergamasque
Sounds like you have this completely under your fingers in time for your sister-in-law’s birthday. What a thoughtful and personal gift. You handle the complex dynamics of this piece very well.

46. Starr Keys - The Last Time I Saw Paris
I love Jerome Kern and this is one of his finest. It was a real treat to hear your version of this great tune. A wonderful way to conclude the recital. Well Done!
Wow! So many lovely comments, thank you all from the bottom of my heart. However, some of you sound like you are under the impression that my improvisational skills are far more advanced then they are. While not the only thing I played, I worked on this for months and, although I did change things a lot along the way, sometimes ditching portions entirely and replacing them with something different, at least 2/3 of it was exactly what I had wound up with for the piano solo in the middle of my vocal version. I just moved it to the beginning and created a very short intro to weave into it and changed one run for symmetry, which I did not play smoothly in the recording. For the rest, mostly accompaniment, I just added a few notes as filler where my voice was before and changed the register in one place to make it more interesting as an instrumental.

But thank you for your generous thoughts about my abilities. They make me want to raise the bar on my improvisational skills so I might someday live up to them.
31. GracieCat - Wonderland I could tell this was a lovely piece from the opening line. Very dramatic chords (which I love). You played this very well. Nice work.


32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden I'm so glad to hear someone else play this piece as it is so beautiful. Very nice job with this piece. I liked the "dreamy" strings too.


33. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - When I'm Sixty-four Wow Bill, that was great. You really have a nice touch and superb timing. You are always in perfect time/beat with your performances. (not easy to do when singing along as well).


34. Strings & Wood - Op. 28 No. 20 Finally, the long awaited chopin performance. What a treat. Played beautifully and such dramatic chords. Loved it.


35. Griffin2417 (Griffin) - Prelude in G minor (BWV 558 ) Very pretty piece Griffin. Next time increase your gain control just a bit as it was a little quiet. Performance wise it sounded fantastic. I just had to turn up the volume a bit to hear it. Nice job.


36. Teodor - Madder Sky (Code Geass) Cool tune Teodor. I loved the opening bass rumble. Very powerful piece.


37. Copper - Moon River Well Cu, time for our quarterly correspondance. Glad to hear you are keeping up with your piano studies. Your playing is sounding very nice and I loved the addition of the strings half way through.


38. Bluekeys - Waltz in A Minor a very delicate piece you played beautifully bluekeys. Nice trills too. (they are not easy). Nice work.


39. jotur/Cathy Turner - When My Sugar Walks Down the Street Very catchy piece that got me tappin' along. I liked your even steady tempo throughout as well. I think your ready for some ragtime now! Nice job with this.


40. anthonyb - I Giorni Performing anything by Einaudi is almost like cheating since his compositions are always so beautiful. Then again, you can ruin one of the most gorgeous pieces if you don't play it correctly; especially without feeling. You did a wonderful job as always with this piece and I am always looking forward to hearing more Einaudi from you. Great job.
Posted By: Peyton Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/19/11 11:15 PM
14. Riddler, Yea...if you had asked me I would have said that was a Monk tune. I'll just say this...I am very jealous!!! I would love to be able to play that. What lead sheet did you use? (not that that would help me...)

15. Glen, beautiful!! I tried to find this on your Youtube channel so i could comment but failed. And..no, it does NOT sound easy.

19. Sam, I got nervous just watching you play. You did great!!
Posted By: timmyab Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/20/11 01:30 AM
Originally Posted by Peyton

No pedal? I've been trying (if you have a chance please listen to my interpretation of the aria from the goldberg on my youtube)

Thanks for the comments Peyton.The prelude is quite liberally pedalled but there's just the odd dab to help me out here and there in the fugue.
Your Goldberg aria is really impressive.It's one of those holy grails, a bit like the Hammerklavier, that I feel it would be sacriligious for me to even look at so I don't know it first hand at all.Your tempo is perfect I think and well maintained throughout.Trills are good.The only thing I would prefer to hear for my own taste would be flatter dynamics, similar to the way you play the first few bars.In fact if it was me I'd be tempted to play it almost completely flat throughout, not sure about that though.
Posted By: Cohenfan Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/20/11 02:00 AM
First of all, thanks to all of you that took the time to listen to my piece, I really appreciate all of your comments.

Again, congratulations to everybody for another great recital, I am really looking forward for the next one.

Thank you

Regards









Posted By: BenPiano Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/20/11 05:57 AM
25. Clemente - Milonga - a beautiful piece, well played! (loved the description)

26. Wisebuff - Late Train - It's a great composition and well played. I've never heard of Rocherolle before, so thanks for sharing!

27. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Heal Our Land - Glad to see you back and as good as ever! I would normally make a bad comment about politicians in general here, but one of the reasons I love this forum is that politics is not discussed. They seem to ruin everything, except this piece - a fine product from a politician! (for once!)

28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep - I won't add anything here about peddling since it's been discussed and you started a thread on it - but, I think you should explore some classical music along your piano journey. It really is fascinating, and I think you might get addicted to it in a way like I have! grin I really like hearing this piece here in this recital - it brings back a lot of memories, thanks!

29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades - you're doing a fantastic job in such a short time - keep it up!

30. BenPiano - I Giorni - Dude, get a teacher!
Posted By: wouter79 Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/20/11 10:31 AM
02. Jazzwee - Naima

clipping: no

balance L/R: ok

noise: no

bass (of piano). not used

depth of field: little

piano sound: fine, blends great with the synthesizer

overall impression, like: Flows smoothly, nice overall sound. This kind of sound I picture as muzak for something like a restaurant or shopping mall. Great for a backdrop but not for listening to deliberately as there seems no message, build-up or melodic line, just a filling in of chord progressions. I'm not into improvisation, you are suggesting you could do more with this piece?

phrasing: yes, clear.

Use of dynamics: hardly, and that fits muzak. Sometimes I hear a in my ears random note sticking out, eg around 4:30 I hear a few of them.

articulation: good

rubato, speed changes: yes proper within the limits of the synthesized beat in the background.

Posted By: wouter79 Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/20/11 11:36 AM
I finally have time to read the many comments and I'm overwhelmed again by the many replies. Many thanks for that!

AlphaTerminus
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A good pace. I’m still in the process of learning this song and really have a hard time keeping that left beat solid. You are articulating well and have a good rhythm. Actually amazing for 1.5 years of experience! I can tell you’ve really worked hard on this. Well done!


Thanks, glad that you like it!

FarmGirl
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You must have a very good sense of rhythm. I think it gets very challenging if I try to play this, it's very fast too. You started out great but sounded a bit tired in the middle. Just a little. I think it's because many things are going on in this piece and it probably takes lots of energy to play this. When I played a busy piece like this, I remember having to put breath mark to avoid getting out of breath. That might help. Please ignore my silly advise if I am not on point:) Overall, I think you have done an excellent job again.

Thanks for the compliments. For the 'tired in the middle' I think you are referring to the third part, which is just over the middle (4 parts in total). In general it's a bit harder than the other parts and I still have some troubles at the end of that part, on the first repeat I do it by slowing down a little on the troublesome meaure but still it does not go perfect. The second repeat it goes better.
Yes an breath mark seems a good idea, thanks for the suggestion . That worked well for me with my previous piece (Debussy), where phrasing actually imrpved by that as well. Unfortunately I did not find too many natural breathing places in Joplin. I need to think about that.

Andy Platt

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Excellent job - especially at some of the "unexpected transitions" that are in that piece - sudden pianissimos, etc.


Thanks! The original piece has hardly any indications so I interpreted that as being free to mess with dynamics. This messing around is IMHO where the 'making music' starts so I'm glad you like it!

Clemente
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You did a wonderful, wonderful job with a very, very difficult piece!

Thanks!

wayne32yrs
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I’m actually familiar with this one, you did great!

Thanks wayne!

jazzwee
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Nice work on this. I'm just imagining the difficulty of the stride. Must have been lots of work. A little harsh on the tone so maybe ease up on the touch a little. Not bad at all for so little time on the piano. You're doing very well.

Thanks! The stride is not the problem for me, but the jumping around between bass and chord note in the left hand are more of a problem. Luckily the right hand is pretty basic, so I have my eyes available for my left hand.
Regarding the harsh tone, I understood from previous recitals that this happens only occasionally, right? Someone suggested that it may be occasional misplacement of the hand and that I need to put my hands firmer in place before hitting the chord. Or are you referring to something else?

Sam S
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I think you're improving - I can hear the dynamic changes - great job.

Thanks Sam!

BillM
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A jaunty and playful rendition of a classic piece. Well done.

Thank you!

CebuKid,
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Isn't "The Trio" hard, bro? This is a very fine job considering your level of experience. Like myself, you should really keep this piece in your rep. This piece made me depressed, and I worked on it on and off for many months, this, despite my experience and obsession with Joplin. This took me longer than all the others to learn. You, however, now have it under your fingers. IMO, this is a piece that takes years to refine, and most pianists agree it's a tough, tough piece. Keep it up, Wouter! Hope you consider Joplin more in the future. He's got lots of hidden gems.

Thanks again for the compliments! (I already replied to your comments above).

Tx-Dennis
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Impressive! You play at a nice steady tempos throughout, a necessity for ragtime, and what a lovely tone your piano has. Fabulous.

Thanks! I did a lot of effort to get a piano that sounds good and also to make a good recording setup. So I'm glad to hear that it is appreciated.

Starr Keys
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I’m really enjoying listening intermittently and, in some cases, repeatedly to everyone’s submissions. I am disqualifying myself from commenting on people’s classical performances since I have little aptitude for this type of playing and don’t feel qualified to comment on it except when the progress and accomplishment is so stark and in your face since the last recital that even I get it--which just from my initial impressions seems to be the case with Wouter79 and Inlanding this time around, by the way.

Thanks! Yes I have found some here are disturbed by people without much playing experience make comments. IMHO you don't need to play a piece to make comments, what you need is good ears and understanding. Both can be trained to some extent. In fact, being able to play it may make you focus too much on the 'wow, this is technically so difficult' which is not really what music is about. And, for myself, when commenting on a piece I piece myself I hear every wrong note which also is distracting in fact from the performance.

Cohenfan
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I am very impressed by your performance. Great playing, you really had a great feel for this piece. Congratulations.

Thanks Cohenfan!

Lain
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Classic.

I take that in the interpretation "judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind ". Thanks!

mr-super-hunky
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Exellent job with this piece Wouter. Exellent recording as well. One of the best-cleanest recordings I've heard actually. Not much too improve at your level.

Thanks for the compliments!

BenPiano
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Well played - great dynamics.

Thanks!

WiseBuff
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Ok then...great rag tempo and feel for this piece. Seems like you're relaxed and having fun with it. Just found a version of this piece (mine is an "easy" version) and realize it's so much more difficult than it seems like it should be. Enjoyed yours a lot.

Thanks! With your years of experience I'm sure that there is a simplified version that you can learn pretty quick. Or why not go for the full version, the piece is worth it?

Inlanding
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One of the all-time classics of American music you played so well! This piece is pretty physically demanding and you brought through good dynamics while keeping a strong tempo. This one's a keeper.

Thanks inlanding!

CMohr
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What a treat to hear two Maple Leaf Rags in one recital! Excellent control, great dynamics (especially) and pace. This is pretty dazzling - I agree with another commenter, great recording!

Thanks for the compliments, particularly with dynamics and recording! Buying a good mic and placing it carefully has payed off!

bluekeys
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Nice clean pace. Could be bumped up over time, but not at the cost of errors. I like the subtle dynamic changes throughout. Ragtime sounds quite good on the Grotrian. If you learned this since the last recital, you've made amazing progress.

Thanks for the positive comments on the dynamics. See my reply to Andy above. I could already play this at the previous recital. But I thought it was not yet good enough and decided to work on it further and submit debussy. Yes at this point I don't want to push the speed further. Maybe if I pick this up again at some time in the future.

MaryBee
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Very nice! I really like your changes in dynamics throughout. I was glad to hear that, because you don't always find that in performances of ragtime music. It adds a lot of interest.

Thanks, yes I agree that these dynamics make this a lot more interesting. See my reply on Andy above
01. Andy Platt - Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2
Only three Chopin pieces this recital...far too few. Andy, what a nice performance, and live no less! Very impressive. You kept a nice flow, which is hard to do when your brain is racing. Very well done. I was applauding at the end as well. thumb

02. Jazzwee - Naima
Excellent Jazzee! I can sometimes hear those runs in my head when I play...I just can't find the corresponding keys! smile


03. Mohan Karthik - Quest for Greatness
Very pleasant melody building and layered with pleasing harmonies. I enjoyed listening to your composition.

04. dannylux / Mel - Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8
Mel, thanks for the detailed description of this piece followed by perfect articulation of your playing.



Posted By: Riddler Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/20/11 01:32 PM
Originally Posted by Peyton
14. Riddler,.... What lead sheet did you use? ...


Peyton,

I used the Hal Leonard Real Book, 6th edition, page 232. Since I was creating a standalone piano arrangement (I'm not sure it has ever been played that way), I made up a little intro (leveraging off of a quirky phrase in the tune) instead of playing the vamp indicated on the lead sheet, and where it says "collective improv" I did my best to make up some Monkish/Mingussy lines.

Thanks for you comments!

Ed


Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/20/11 03:25 PM
Originally Posted by Strings & Wood

I can sometimes hear those runs in my head when I play...I just can't find the corresponding keys! smile


The story of my life laugh

Cathy
Jazzwee -- I read in the thread re how many songs people remember that you can play for hours improvising. Wow! If you can play at this level for hours, you've reached my idea of ear-playing nirvana. Really lovely dynamics and melodies.

Ken -- you do a great job of maintaining the rhythm while giving it expression and pizazz. Nice touch too.

Monica - If it wasn't "easy", you made it look that way. Love those waterfall runs.

Riddler - Wow, you sound so professional. I can't believe you came up with this all from just a lead sheet! It's one of a handful of my favorites of the recital.

Inlanding - Another from the handful and more waterfall runs. Three different styles all played to perfection as far as I can tell. You are so amazing, you leave me almost speechless. The only word that comes to mind is "virtuoso." The only image(s), a bird taking flight and on the wing.

(Was a) True Beginner -- Wow, there are so many waltzes I'd like to play this way (and this well) let alone write them. Very nice.

Clemente - I love the melancholy and mystery of this piece and you played it beautifully.

Wisebuff -- This is very familiar. I'm pretty sure I have heard it in a movie. It makes for a great solo. Lots of transitions, some of which still need some work but, over all, I think the tempo was good and that, if you were reading it, you did a good job and still played very expressively.

Texas Dennis-- You have a really nice touch and play with a lot of feeling. You hear hymns so often played with mostly block chords, it's wonderful when they really flow like this one does. Very nicely done!
Posted By: BillM Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/20/11 10:50 PM
My sincere thanks to AlphaTerminus, Clemente, jotur, jazzwee, Andy Platt, CMohr, Sam S, Starr Keys, Cohenfan, wayne32yrs, FarmGirl, TX-Dennis, Lain, Strings & Wood, Inlanding, WiseBuff, and mr_super-hunky for taking the time to listen to and comment on my ABF Recital submission.
Posted By: Clemente Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/21/11 12:36 AM
Starr Keys, BenPiano, WiseBuff, BillM, Mr Super Hunky, jotur... Thank you so much for taking the time, not only to listen to Milonga, but also to comment on it. I know that Milonga could sound 100% better than what I did with it; so, thank you for being so kind with your comments. smile
BillM, thank you for visiting my website! I am sorry that you had to enter ID and PW. blush I am a high school teacher and, although my students are a nice bunch of preppies, I did not want the boys to have access to my personal information. eek Again, than you! smile
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/21/11 12:48 AM
Big thank yous to TX- Dennis & BillM for your great comments! Bill, I like that, "caress the listener" - Thank you so much!
Posted By: jazzwee Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/21/11 03:05 AM
Originally Posted by wouter79
02. Jazzwee - Naima

clipping: no

balance L/R: ok

noise: no

bass (of piano). not used

depth of field: little

piano sound: fine, blends great with the synthesizer

overall impression, like: Flows smoothly, nice overall sound. This kind of sound I picture as muzak for something like a restaurant or shopping mall. Great for a backdrop but not for listening to deliberately as there seems no message, build-up or melodic line, just a filling in of chord progressions. I'm not into improvisation, you are suggesting you could do more with this piece?

phrasing: yes, clear.

Use of dynamics: hardly, and that fits muzak. Sometimes I hear a in my ears random note sticking out, eg around 4:30 I hear a few of them.

articulation: good

rubato, speed changes: yes proper within the limits of the synthesized beat in the background.



Thank you Wouter79, you really have good ears because I would agree with a lot of what you said. In a jazz combo, BTW, dynamics is more about LH vs. RH. The RH is just trying to get heard.

As far as what can be done with the tune, it's an advanced topic but it's about telling a story and having a development with highs and lows. It takes a lot of skill to bring that out and I'm just now getting to that point.

On your question about tone harshness -- the issue as you get more advanced is balance between all fingers in both hands. You start to hear how each note stands out against the other. It takes a while to develop that control. Being that you're so successful in your development, I'm bringing it up to you now so you can listen for it.

Play pieces like Chopin's Em Prelude where you are forced to listen to this balance. The particular tune I played doesn't call for it but it would be very important when I play solo piano.
Posted By: jazzwee Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/21/11 03:17 AM
Originally Posted by Starr Keys
Jazzwee -- I read in the thread re how many songs people remember that you can play for hours improvising. Wow! If you can play at this level for hours, you've reached my idea of ear-playing nirvana. Really lovely dynamics and melodies.


Thank you, Starr Keys. Playing melodically for hours would require so much concentration smile So I don't want to suggest that it's such an easy thing to do. Trying to make it not sound repetitive is quite a challenge. But it's true that as a matter of course, I practice improvising on a single song continuously, for a very long period.

Like anything else, it's a craft. It takes time to learn. But it is really nirvana when you're able to do it consistently well. I'm not there yet but getting closer. smile

Posted By: BenPiano Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/21/11 05:39 AM
31. GracieCat - Wonderland - It's great to hear you playing such beautiful music after such a short time at the piano- isn't it so fun?! smile I've never heard this piece before, but it sounded great as a listener - you must have played through the mistakes because as a first time listener I didn't hear them at all - well done!

32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden - Wherever did you find this piece?! Really nice and well played. And on a side note, I gotta get one of those ø's in my name somehow!

33. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - When I'm Sixty-four - Great performance!

34. Strings & Wood - Op. 28 No. 20 - Brilliant! Your piano sounds great, and your playing as well. Just perfect!

35. Griffin2417 (Griffin) - Prelude in G minor (BWV 558 ) - The local radio classical station always refers to Bach as "The Big Guy". No doubt, since he was a genius. A nice piece and well played - the audio was great!

36. Teodor - Madder Sky (Code Geass) - Nice, it's great to hear so many different genres here in the ABF recitals!

37. Copper - Moon River - the backing track was a nice touch. It's good to see you again in the ABF recital!

38. Bluekeys - Waltz in A Minor - Nicely played! Yeah, those trills are killer! I like the evenness you bring to this!

39. jotur/Cathy Turner - When My Sugar Walks Down the Street - Honky Tonk on! The festival you're participating in sounds like a whole lotta fun!

40. anthonyb - I Giorni - Great minds think alike! smile comment on you tube.

41. CMohr - Summer Night - Your Wellington sounds great, as well as this piece - well done!

42. Lain - Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake - A beautiful piece played well - it sounds terribly difficult! Glad to hear you're back at the piano!
Posted By: wouter79 Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/21/11 05:49 AM
Thanks jazzwee for the clarification! Could you give a particular exemplary section where I can hear best what you are referring to and what to listen for?
Posted By: CebuKid Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/21/11 06:00 AM
26. Wisebuff - Late Train (to do)

Wisebuff, yes, I enjoyed this jazzy, bluesy number very much! Thanks for playing this. Very nice. smile

27. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Heal Our Land

Great job, Dennis for not having played this in awhile! I didn't know Sen. Hatch could compose music. This is a pretty somber piece which reminds me of "our land", the USA. Nice take, and glad you were able to share this!

33. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - When I'm Sixty-four (to do)

Bill, as usual as the resident vocalist/pianist here, great work on this Beatles cover! Loved it. smile

34. Strings & Wood - Op. 28 No. 20

You're really getting good at Chopin! Bravo, S&W on this very well known Chopin favorite. I know this is widely scrutinized, and heard this one lots. Now that you have it under your fingers, I know you'll improve it some more. And do I know how that goes... smile

45. MaryBee - Clair de Lune, from Suite Bergamasque

MaryBee, I really liked your interpretation! I can tell you've put a lot of work into it and liked your subtle dynamic changes. Again, I don't really know too much "what to listen for" with classical pieces, but have heard this one lots, and I enjoyed this a lot! Thanks for sharing. smile

38. Bluekeys - Waltz in A Minor

Great first stab at Chopin. I started this piece too last year (got through the 1st page), but I couldn't play it "sadly" like this. Maybe one day I'll learn. But, you, on the other hand, achieved this effect. You kept a nice waltz tempo throughout, which as a player of Bach and Joplin I would expect.

42. Lain - Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake

Nice little piece that sounded very challenging. Reminds me of a Japanese garden and Koi pond. I could see myself sitting there eating Sushi and listening to this. smile Your childhood background and nimble fingers really come through in this piece. Very nice and interesting video too.

43. Alpha Terminus (Jim Henderson) - Rondo Alla Turca

Love this classic from Mozart, and you played this great considering your level of experience. Now that you "know the notes" this is something that you can refine for sure. Great job, and what a talent to take on this piece after just a couple years. Also, great production quality on your video.


Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/21/11 06:11 AM
mr super-hunky - I'm playing Black and White Rag as my other piece - also a former ABF recital piece - but I can play it faster now, by quite a bit - so I hope you're right!

BenPiano - the festival is fun, alright. Roaring Jelly had a 2 1/2 hour rehearsal today for the band contest, and I think we sound pretty good - particularly our vocalist. Our fiddler sounds great on old-time - his first time thru Angeline the Baker is to die for laugh , as is his Growlin' Old Man and Grumblin' Old Woman. Fortunately, we're about having a great time, so I think we'll at least not embarrass ourselves. Plus, my niece designed us some nice business cards - "Roaring Jelly - Best Jam Trad" they say - so now we not only have to explain our band name, we have to explain our motto! (Roaring Jelly - a tune name - alternate name for the tune is Smash the Windows - folk etymology is that it's a nickname for gelignite - blasting gelatin used in mining. Best Jam Trad - we're a jam band playing trad(itional) music - mostly you hear trad with traditional Irish music, which we kind of play. So now you know laugh ) She also did us a banner design with a Celtic knot behind that, but we haven't voted to spend money on a banner yet. Maybe before our Sept and Nov gigs.

So - we'll see!

Cathy
Posted By: CebuKid Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/21/11 06:29 AM
Andy Platt Clemente CMohr wayne32yrs jazzwee Sam S mr_super-hunky TX-Dennis Lain FarmGirl WiseBuff BillM Inlanding Strings & Wood MaryBee jotur wouter79 BenPiano ....thanks all of you for watching/listening, and thanks for the feedback!

20. Cebu Kid - Maple Leaf Rag - a retrospective

First off, who says adult beginners/restarters "can't play fast?" smile
Tempo Di Marcia is what Joplin indicates and I wanted to play a honky-tonk, cartoonish (as wayne32 indicates), western-saloon-sounding rendition. To achieve this, I wouldn't have performed this piece any slower. I did a lot of metronome work on this, and fell a little short of 96BPM (which I think is the ideal tempo for this piece). There are other Joplin pieces where "slow and expressive" works, but IMHO, not this one.

Eventually, I want to combine speed with fluidity and grace (and not as many missed and duffed notes, slow-downs and mistakes..lol) - something that I was NOT able to do this go-around. As I stated, I plan to keep this in my rep. forever, and will improve it some more, and eventually re-play it in a piano bar...
My dynamics fell flat in some key spots - especially in the 2nd strain, where I struggled a lot with tension due to stretching for octaves and unstretching. I worked hard to overcome tension and still have enough energy to play the rest of the piece, but I'm glad I was able to perform this "version 1.00". This piece will continue to be a work-in-progress for me.

Thankfully, my next Joplin piece (which is actually an intermezzo and not a rag) will be slow and expressive, and not as difficult or "over-my-head" as this one was...(I read somewhere before that MLR is in the Grade 8 ABRSM syllabus)...

Anyway, thanks again everyone!

41. CMohr - Summer Night A very soothing and relaxing tune. You played it very delicately with such a nice touch. Very nice.


42. Lain - Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake What a beautiful piece and your finger control with your rolling chords was excellent. great dynamics too.


43. Alpha Terminus (Jim Henderson) - Rondo Alla Turca I love these spunky tunes as it's a nice break fron the serious stuff. You did a nice job with this; especially the fast trills.

44. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 - Por El Sur Beutiful piece Mike. Your playing is very smooth and relaxed. Flowing even. Keep it up.


45. MaryBee - Clair de Lune, from Suite Bergamasque Very nice job with this piece MaryBee. I've played this before and know it is not easy. You've got the complicated chords down pat. Very nicely played; especially the flowing melodies throughout the main body. Bravo. Very well done.


46. Starr Keys - The Last Time I Saw Paris I'm not familiar with this tune but your performance of it was very nice. Very delicately played. Keep up the good work.
Posted By: CebuKid Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/21/11 08:15 PM
21. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Verde Smeraldo (to do)

Nice job Cheryl! This is a nice little piano-esque piece so I can see why the little girl applauded you. Have a nice vacation, and hope to hear your "project piece" next time. smile

22. cgyan (Iain) - Along The Codorus


Very nice production quality, cgyan, on this video. I love this piece, and it was well-played! I haven't heard this before. This piece reminds me of nature, rainbows, and "being happy." That's what I love about these recitals. Not everyone plays the whiney or tragic stuff..lol. Hmmm..this composer, Maroney...I'll have to look this one up. I'm liking it even more as I listen. smile



[b]23. Serge88 - Someone saved my life tonight



Very nice cover, Serge88, and excellent production quality on your video.


24. joangolfing - Sarabande in F Major

This is a very nice sombre piece, joangolfing. You definitely brought out the dynamic changes that you were after. Great job!

40
Performer's name: anthonyb


What a treat to have 2 I-Giorni's in one recital. I love this piece the more that I listen to it. Your video had great production quality too!


25. Clemente - Milonga


Hey I went to your website to view your video. What a unique way to privatize the viewing - less invasive than YouTube..lol. Anyway, if you did put this on YouTube with this excellent performance, you would've defintiely gotten great reviews! Great piece. It reminds me a lot of Ernesto Nazareth.


31. GracieCat - Wonderland

I've heard this one before. I'm really starting to love and appreciate this new age music from a wide array of composers. A few years ago, I had only known of Yiruma. This interpretation was very emotional and expressive, Graciecat, with just the right dynamics. You're doing great so far. smile


32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden

Very nice production quality on your video, Augustina, and great performance of this relaxing piece. smile


36. Teodor - Madder Sky (Code Geass)


Dude...what happened to your video? Well audio will do for now. Very nice Teordor. You are definitely improving and it's great to see and hear the progress that you've made, as I have listened to your earlier performances. It's tough to record when rushed and under "durress." lol. I've been there before. Anyway, nice submission and hopefully we'll get to hear a "big project piece" the next go-around.




37. Copper - Moon River


Nice! Another ABF recital favorite. Nice job.

46
Performer's name: Starr Keys


Very nice arrangement and composition, Starr Keys, and nice video too. Great job.

41
Performer's name: CMohr


Very relaxing jazzy number! Loved it! I can tell you have the jazz in you and definitely enjoy yourself when playing. Again, this has the feel of a piano bar, and I can see myself relaxing to this piece while enjoying a cocktail. Good work CMohr. smile

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Performer's name: IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez)


Wow, this is great considering you've been playing only a year or so! Great performance of this dark sounding tragic piece. smile

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Parting thoughts:

What a great recital. There were lots of double entries and familiar ones at that from ragtime, classical, and new age genres! It was fun to hear different interpretations of the same piece. I also enjoyed the jazzy-bluesy numbers, original compositions, and of course Bill's vocals. It was fun, and I hope I reviewed everyone this time.

Some other comments: It's been brought up before to have more "video perfomances." Since this is an e-cital, and with technology readily available, I am actually one that wants to see all of you playing - observe your technique, etc. so that I can learn too and at the same time, enjoy the performance from both an audio and visual perspective. That's just me, and just a suggestion.

I'll see you all in November (hopefully). smile



Posted By: Clemente Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/22/11 02:08 AM
Originally Posted by CebuKid

25. Clemente - Milonga

Hey I went to your website to view your video. What a unique way to privatize the viewing - less invasive than YouTube..lol. Anyway, if you did put this on YouTube with this excellent performance, you would've defintiely gotten great reviews! Great piece. It reminds me a lot of Ernesto Nazareth.


CebuKid... Thank you for your visit!! laugh Yes, I learned the hard way that my website should not be totally opened to the world. Back in the days when I bought my domain name, it was, indeed, open to the general public. It remained so until 2002 when my students "stumbled" upon it. shocked My mistake was to use my real name as the domain name.

About YouTube... Well, my original idea was to link to YouTube. I tried it, but the way that the video showed on the page at my site was not very pleasing (to me). It was probably my fault. When I started designing web pages in 1996 (I was solely a Windows user at the time) smirk I was using FrontPage and I got to know the program inside-out. Then Dreamweaver appeared and I jumped on the bandwagon. It had a steep learning curve, but I managed to learn it quite well. Once I switch to Apple three years ago and got an iMac, I continued using Dreamweaver. Last month I updated to OS X Lion, which rendered my Dreamweaver software unusable! I Screamed to put it mildly. cry I had no other choice but to use iWeb... which s**ks. sick iWeb is very limited in what it can do... for my taste, though. ...for example, embedding YouTube videos the way I wanted. Anyway, I just purchased new website authoring software and I am enjoying this one. I shall see what happens once I update my website again... And that is the whole story (more or less), for privatizing and for not using YouTube. crazy

About Milonga and Nazareth... Well, Alberto Ginastera was from Argentina and Ernesto Nazareth was from Brazil... that is close enough. wink As a matter of fact I have a little clip on the "Notice" page on which I try frown to play a waltz written in 1924 by his son Diniz Nazareth. I am willing to bet that "Dad" had something to do with it as well. whistle

Again, CebuKid, thank you for your visit and for your comment! I am looking forward to November's recital. This was lots of fun. smile

Posted By: Peyton Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/22/11 11:09 AM
20. Cebukid- I agree with inlanding, you really do look like you are very relaxed and having fun.

21. Cheryl, I can see why you like this piece so much. It has a real "drama" and sincerity about it. Very nice.

22. Cgyan, you play this with great ease and flow. If you told me you wrote it I would believe you. (It's hard to believe you have only been playing less than two years! Bravo!!)
Mr. Super Hunky and Cebu Kid, thank you both for your gracious remarks about my piece.

Here's another batch of performance comments:

CebuKid - You really love your Joplin, and you make us love it too. I consider Ragtime part of academy's repetoire, especially at such a quick tempo, so I won't say much, except that I'm always amazed that people can sight read so well on this level!

IRPRONI - Welcome, Ismael. You, like CebuKid, are a velocity-oso. I really enjoyed the pulse and drama of this, although I felt it could benefit a little bit from more concentration on dynamics and a little more rubato.

Ben - Wow,! 6 + minutes of beautiful playing. I am so impressed by your focus and the realization of your talent in such a short period of time. I don't know how you do it!

GracieCat - Very nice New Age/Asian piece. You play very well.

Augustina - I think you are making terrific progress on your little keyboard. Hope you get a chance to do some recording of your playing on the acoustic at work. I've found you really see your progress with technique when you play an acoustic. I especially enjoyed the creative use of music and visuals.

MaryBee - I just have to say ditto what I said to Todd Vance who played the same piece since its equally true in your case: I enjoyed hearing this favorite played 100 times better than I ever played it.

Starr Keys (Me) -- The video version (now available on YouTube) is more cohesive and flows much better.
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/22/11 09:44 PM
Thank you Ben, Mr. Super-Hunky, and Cebukidfor listening and giving me such nice comments! I appreciate them all!

Starrkeys - I just watched your video of "The Last Time I Saw Paris" - The only difference I noticed was that you seemed to be much more relaxed in your playing, hence the better flow, as you stated. Nice video!
Posted By: crescendo Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/22/11 10:21 PM
A+ stuff guys.


I'm interested to participate in the next Recital. I've read it's going to be 15th November.


When starts the period of sending the recordings, and when is the deadline?


I see there are some info you have to fill too. Where's all this, is there going to appear a new thread in November?


sorry, I just joined this week.
Originally Posted by crescendo
A+ stuff guys.


I'm interested to participate in the next Recital. I've read it's going to be 15th November.


When starts the period of sending the recordings, and when is the deadline?


I see there are some info you have to fill too. Where's all this, is there going to appear a new thread in November?


sorry, I just joined this week.


This thread pretty well explains the process and one like this will go out Nov 1st.

Recital call
Posted By: crescendo Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/22/11 11:04 PM
Originally Posted by Strings & Wood
Originally Posted by crescendo
A+ stuff guys.


I'm interested to participate in the next Recital. I've read it's going to be 15th November.


When starts the period of sending the recordings, and when is the deadline?


I see there are some info you have to fill too. Where's all this, is there going to appear a new thread in November?


sorry, I just joined this week.


This thread pretty well explains the process and one like this will go out Nov 1st.

Recital call


Thanks, that's all I needed.
Posted By: CebuKid Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/22/11 11:05 PM
Originally Posted by Starr Keys
Mr. Super Hunky and Cebu Kid, thank you both for your gracious remarks about my piece.


CebuKid - You really love your Joplin, and you make us love it too. I consider Ragtime part of academy's repetoire, especially at such a quick tempo, so I won't say much, except that I'm always amazed that people can sight read so well on this level!




Starr Keys, thanks for these kind words, but let me clarify - I am an absolutely horrible sight-reader. I can sight-read comfortably at around Level 2 (on a good day...lol). I learned this piece measure-by-measure, through brute force and my "chunk and repeat" method. Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed it. smile
05. Alleykatt - Cathy - Dietro l'incanto
I thought the change in dynamics were handled very well. Nice piece- played well, Cathy.

06. Ken. - Blue Monk
I must have been a blues player in a past life because it sure resonates well with me. Good job Ken.

07. wouter79 - Maple Leaf Rag
You have a good feel for the rags, Wouter. Dynamics are good. A few finger twisters, but overall a very nice performance.

08. Mr Super Hunky - Dream With Me
I just had a not so pleasant dream the other night so this is a bit of salve on the wound, so to speak. The melody is very nice, although it does not necessarily sound easy. I was visualizing hand over high notes being played there. Very nice playing, MSH.

09. Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs - Two-part Invention no 4 in D min
Outstanding! Thanks for the opportunity to hear you play this
harpsichord. Well done.

10. timmyab - Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881
I have to admire your discipline with playing this piece. Good job.

11. Monica K. - Le Matin
Monica, lovely piece- lovely playing. I would think that your MH is a left hand beast anyway. You tamed it well.

12. Cohenfan - Traumerei
Of course, this is one dear to my heart. Nice job of letting the harmonies lingering in the air to settle like a fly on water. I think it is important to not rush this one and you played it as such. Very nice Cohenfan!

13. Peyton - Message From Space
That last note and chord says it all. Sounds like movie track material. Nice Peyton!
Posted By: CebuKid Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/23/11 01:13 AM
Originally Posted by Peyton
20. Cebukid- I agree with inlanding, you really do look like you are very relaxed and having fun.



Peyton and Inlanding, you guys were absolutely correct! My mindset during this recording was to ignore the red dot...in fact, the Zoom was stuffed inside the piano, so literally, I ignored it..lol. I figured I've prepared this piece enough where I could ignore thoughts like, "uh-oh...here comes the hard part." I just wanted to really get into the performance, and I'm glad that you guys could tell that I was into it. Again, I did this in 2 takes, and I knew if I kept scrutinizing the recording and "trying harder", the recordings would only get worse.

Thanks again! smile
Originally Posted by CMohr
Starrkeys - I just watched your video of "The Last Time I Saw Paris" - The only difference I noticed was that you seemed to be much more relaxed in your playing, hence the better flow, as you stated. Nice video!


Thanks a lot for taking the time to watch it, and for the feedback. It's very nice to hear:)
Posted By: Peyton Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/23/11 01:57 PM
I'm not done commenting but wanted to take a little time to give thanks to all that listened and commented on my piece. It always means a lot to me but especially when it's a piece I wrote. I would be lying if I said it was not an ego stroke to hear such great responses but that's just what I love about these recitals. Everyone is so positive and supportive. Thank you!



Originally Posted by AlphaTerminus


13. Peyton - Message From Space
One of my favorites of the whole recital. It’s now on my music list on my cell phone. I fricking love this song! Live long and perspire.


What can I say... you just make my day with comments like that!

Originally Posted by FarmGirl

13. Peyton - Message From Space (to do)
Payton, this is excellent. I heard it first time in the piano bar. Did not have time to comment on it at that time. Now I do. I think you are amazing. I like the way you build up the piece like that. Someone may commission this piece. It would be great if I can create something this beautiful and original someday. You are my inspiration.


I wish I was "amazing.." but I really appreciate your praise. I did try to build it up and then diminish so the "signal" goes out the same way it came in.. smile Thank you!!

Originally Posted by Andy Platt


13. Peyton - Message From Space I have alien voices in my head! Brilliantly contrived and wonderfully played.



smile Nanu nanu.

Originally Posted by Clemente

13. Peyton - Message From Space This is a very serious composition... very professional. Somehow it reminded me of Philip Glass. It is always pleasant hearing a composer playing his own music. smile



Thanks. I have not listened to much Glass but I am definitely influenced by the reptiveness he uses throughout much of his work. I find it mesmerizing and that's what I was looking for in my piece.

Originally Posted by wayne32yrs

13 - Peyton - Seriously brilliant, my favorite so far.


No one has ever called me "seriously brilliant" before. I'm sending this to that french teacher that flunked me and sent me to summer school!!!

Originally Posted by jazzwee

13. Peyton - Message From Space
Of course I already heard this and commented before. I just admire your creativity. Now that I've heard it a second time, I just noted the polyrhythmic nature more. Very interesting how you do that.



Coming from one of the "masters" of the recital i really appreciate your comments. yea, those polyrythms were brutal to try to keep consistent.

Originally Posted by Sam S

13. Peyton - Message From Space Earth to Peyton: Great job! Loved the video too, with the closeup of the piano tuning pins in the beginning that looked sort of like stars, then the strings and moody lighting, etc.


Thanks Sam. I was really hoping folks would see "stars and the universe" in those close up shots of the strings and tuning pegs.

Originally Posted by BillM

13. Peyton - Message From Space
I’m a big fan of pretty much everything you post. This is inventive, creative and down-right fun to listen to.


Right back at you. Thanks.

Originally Posted by CMohr


13. Peyton - Message From Space This is seriously fabulous! This piece along with last recital's would make me think you're someone else....Another genius work! Great video, too.



Thanks! Yea... I'm taking a big break from classical and really trying to do slightly more serious compositions. I know I'm no "genius" (I can't even write this stuff out..) but I am having some serious fun.

Originally Posted by TX-Dennis


13 Peyton - Message From Space, Peyton H.
Beautiful and impossibly difficult sounding.



Thanks Dennis. I probably made it sound more difficult than it is. smile

Originally Posted by Cohenfan
Peyton : Brilliant. Creative. Professional. That is some serious talent. Bravo.

Thanks. Now if only I could write like L. Cohen... smile

Originally Posted by Inlanding


[b]13. Peyton - Message From Space As intended, your piece sends the attentive listener on a little journey. Last night, right before listening to your composition, I as well witnessed one of the space lab orbits overhead on a clear, bright, waning moon sky. A fine combination and a most excellent composition, Peyton. Thank you for your music.

Glen
Thanks. I hope it was a good journey...:)

Originally Posted by mr_super-hunky


13. Peyton - Message From Space I really enjoyed the sequence of your chosen melodies. Like you were on a magic flight. Very nice.



Coming from one of the "masters" himself I really appreciate your comments.

Originally Posted by Lain


13. Peyton - Message From Space The haphazard runs in the lower register towards the end are my favorite; along with the upper radio transmitter-like motif, I'm thinking, this is some serious ET business.



Nanu, nanu

Originally Posted by WiseBuff

13. Peyton - Message From Space My DSL line is not staying connected this morning. Second try. Love the feeling of stars becoming whirling stars in the opening. At first I thought your rhythm was off between the hands but then the deliberate change in tempo and intensity were clearly a message...maybe space is like that. The message feels temporal not relational. Intriguing piece.



thanks. Actually... my rhythm probably was off... smile I had a heck of a time trying to keep the polyrythms.

Originally Posted by Starr Keys


13. Peyton -
I’m writing this in my car on a two-hour drive, so I’m not on line and am not sure I’m remembering accurately that this piece was your original composition, but as always I was surprised by its startling originality which is what I’ve come to expect from you more than anyone else. Like Mr. Super Hunky and BillM, you never disappoint me.



Thanks. No, the first one you heard up on Youtube I pulled early on. I thought it was too long and just too badly played. I've never played this as well as I would like to hear it.

Originally Posted by BenPiano


13. Peyton - Message From Space - I'm a space nerd and also a wanna be pianist - I thought this was very cool! You have some great originals flowing out of you! (I liked the camera work on this one better than the first version) Nanu-nanu-



Thanks. Yea, the first one was just me playing. I was too lazy to film it again so did the strings and tuning pegs. It turned out a lot more interesting.

Originally Posted by CebuKid
13. Peyton - Message From Space What talent here on the ABF. What a nice composition, Peyton, and interesting YouTube video too! Yes, you created the desire effects of a science-fiction type instrumental. It reminds me of aliens (friendly ones) coming to our earth, and that'd be the musical greeting that they hear. It's not music of any one genre or era, but rather music that an alien species can enjoy along with humans. That's my interpretation of this composition and what I think you achieved. smile Also, if I composed something myself, I would've made it easy so I wouldn't make mistakes...lol.



I like your interpretation! Yea... I made it tougher than I could play. but at least it gives me something to aspire to. smile


Originally Posted by MaryBee


13. Peyton - Message From Space How fun and unusual! This is just excellent! You keep impressing me more with each recital. The beginning sounds almost electronic. How'd you do that??


I thought the same thing. I think it was just holding that sustain pedal as much as I did.

Originally Posted by Strings & Wood

13. Peyton - Message From Space
That last note and chord says it all. Sounds like movie track material. Nice Peyton!


Throughout the whole piece I anticipate getting to that last note...
Posted By: MaryBee Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/24/11 05:13 AM
Here's the second half of my comments:

24. joangolfing - Sarabande in F Major I like those stately chords. I can hear the changes in dynamics that you worked on. Very good!

25. Clemente - Milonga I like that left hand accompaniment - not overpowering, but enough to move it along. Pretty piece. Very nice how it picks up midway and then recedes at the end.

26. Wisebuff - Late Train You bring out the melancholy feel in this quite well. Nice job.

27. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - Heal Our Land Interesting background on the music. Your playing is so expressive, Dennis - a real joy to listen to. Very nice, especially for just "dusting off".

28. Wayne32yrs - Radiohead - Creep I don't know this song, but you sound like you're really getting into it -- lots of energy! Cool ending.

29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades You play this with passion. It sounds like you've poured yourself in to it.

30. BenPiano - I Giorni Yes, this is a great one to have in your repertoire. So pretty, and you've done great with it. You played it with such confidence, I didn't notice any mistakes.

31. GracieCat - Wonderland Very nice, bringing out the melody in the right hand. You're doing great!

32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden Interesting choice on the strings accompaniment. It works well with this piece. Thanks for sharing this.

33. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - When I'm Sixty-four Lots of fun to listen to! But I don't know whether to applaud or curse you: I listened to this yesterday, and now it's in my head and I've been singing it all day!

34. Strings & Wood - Op. 28 No. 20 Very majestic tone; the chords are sounding nice and full. Don't be afraid to play those sections as ff when called for -- Play it like you mean it!

35. Griffin2417 (Griffin) - Prelude in G minor (BWV 558 ) Very dramatic ending! It sounds great on the piano, but now I think I want to hear it on the organ too -- especially that ending.

36. Teodor - Madder Sky (Code Geass) You're getting some cool and unusual effects in the bass with those fast repeating chords. Very impressive that you could learn this by ear.

37. Copper - Moon River Oh, I love this song! Thanks for playing it for us!

38. Bluekeys - Waltz in A Minor Just lovely! Really great job with your first Chopin. And pretty trills -- so delicate!

39. jotur/Cathy Turner - When My Sugar Walks Down the Street Fun, bouncy, catchy -- all the things that make it a great tune and so enjoyable to listen to.

40. anthonyb - I Giorni great job on what sounds like a difficult piece. Nice changes in the character between sections, yet you tie it all together so well.

41. CMohr - Summer Night The title is perfect -- it's slow, warm, and dark. You did great with this, especially with only a month of prep!

42. Lain - Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake It sounds like gentle rain on the lake -- so pretty! How neat, that you dedicated this to your parents. What a great gift they gave you, and you are putting it to good use!

43. Alpha Terminus (Jim Henderson) - Rondo Alla Turca Congratulations on two "firsts"! So glad you joined us for the recital. I like the light touch you use with this piece. I think it's great that you're planning to continue working on this. I still go back and work on my first ABF recital piece from time to time; there's always room for improvement!

44. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 - Por El Sur Nice playing on this very appealing piece. The rhythm and melody really stand out.

46. Starr Keys - The Last Time I Saw Paris Very cool that you're doing your own arrangements. That must be fun to change it up so that it ends up being what you really want to play.


Thank you everyone who participated in this recital, and to those who made it possible (Monica, et al.). Lots of great music and a chance for everyone to show off their progress and share their challenges, experiments, discoveries, and successes. I'm already looking to the November recital!
Posted By: Peyton Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/24/11 02:36 PM
25. Clemente, I love that piece! Especially the beginning. Sort of a lamenting tango. Thanks

26. Wisebuff- Man, we really hear some very interesting works in this recital. You would think it wold be all Chopin, Brahms and Schubert instead of so many interesting modern works. Your piece is intriguing and you play it as if you wrote it. Bravo.

27. Dennis-Well I guess time has gone by because I don't remember you playing this before. It reminds me a bit of the piano works used in a recent Civil
War documentary (I think the Burns one). It has a very melancholy feel. Quite beautiful and you play it with much feeling.

30. Ben- You are right..., what's not to like with this piece. You play it as well as I've ever heard it played.
Posted By: IRPRONI Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/25/11 06:18 AM
Hi!!!

Sorry me!!! I haven't had so much time these days to write about the recital, but is better late than never grin

Well thank you so much for everyone who leave a comment about my performance, I really appreciate so much your words, is an honor for me and is important because is my first recital blush

Alpha Terminus
29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades
I always love Yann Tiersen and enjoyed your version. Well done!


Thanks!!! I did a better version especially for this event, for that reason in my video on youtube the version is a bit different smile

Clemente
29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades Love this! Great interpretation!


Thank you so much!!! I wish play it so much better smile

Andy Platt
29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades This is a wonderful performance, there is such passion and energy in this piece, although you aren't just "hammering it". Great!


Thanks for your words, I love this piece, that's the reason for put all my feelings in it smile

jazzwee
29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades
Wow. Fast fingers there which would be quite a challenge to someone someone new on the piano. You did great.


Thanks!!! You are right!!! it is a great challenge, but I can't play it perfect yet, in fact, the end is a little trouble for me grin

CMhor
29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades Quite the impressive piece, played with passion! Two words - excelente y bravo!


Gracias!!! smile This is my favorite one, for that reason I express all my feelings in it!!! blush

Sam S
29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades I can hear your connection with this piece coming through - great job!


Thanks!!! I'm really happy because you can detect my passion coming out when I play this piece!!! laugh

wayne32yrs
29 - IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - nearly watched the wrong vid lol, your first particiption, very well done!


Yes this is my first recital laugh About the wrong video ha sorry, I posted the link to my youtube channel, but there in you can find my first video of this song, but I recorded a special version for the recital, is just a bit different, but I think is much better... Thanks for comment my performance!!! smile

Cohenfan
Irproni : What a treat. 2 Tiersen pieces into the same recital. You play very well.


I hope you like Yann Tiersen's music, believe me, he is an excellent musician, thanks for write me!!! smile

FarmGirl
29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodr刕uez) - Rue Des Cascades (to do)
What an interesting compositon. You played very well. So musical. It's hard to believe you have been playing only 2 years.


Thank you so much, you make me feel pleased blush I just try to give the best as I can, but I have so much to learn yet laugh

TX-Dennis
29 IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades, Yann Tiersen
This piece is new to me, Ismael. I can see why you like it. It's a really turbulent emotional piece. You play it well, and it sounds quite a challenge. Your improvised solo is quite interesting, and what a turbulent and difficult sounding ending that is.


Thank you so much!!! I never imagined I could transmit exactly what this song makes me feel, the solo is part of the liver version I just added some notes grin and about the ending, it is played by someone called Dave Thomas, his ending is perfect, I need to practice it so much yet... smile

Lain
29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades IRPRONI, what an outpouring of emotions in this piece. The word that comes to mind is: phantasmagoria.


Thanks for comment about my performance, yes I know, it is charged of all kind of emotions and feels so good that's the reason to be my favorite one grin

Strings & Wood
29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades
Welcome to the ABF recital. You handled those up tempo parts well. There were a couple of "Spanish guitar" sounding parts that I enjoyed. Nicely done.


Thanks for the nice welcome, I practiced so much this piece for do it the best possible, I'm happy because everyone found something nice in this piece laugh

jotour
29 IRPRONI – Rue Des Escades
Boy was I surprised! I expected slow and mellow, and this is in-your-face right off the bat! Well done.


But it was a nice surprise or not??? ha Yann Tiersen has all kind of songs you should listen others like "L'absente" o "Sur le fil" this last one in violin version is perfect!!! Thanks for comment smile

Inlanding
29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades There are lots of little subthemes in this piece I think you can bring out with more clarity by controlling dynamics to give it a wider range.


Thanks for the feedback, I'm agree with you, but I don't have a sustain pedal, I just play with the button of sustain of my keyboard but maybe someday I'll do a so much better version ha

mr_super-hunky
29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades Okay this was really cool. Woke me the heck up!. I loved it!


Hey!!! I'm happy because this song gets different reactions in everyone, I'm sure if you listen the original live version, you love it so much more!!! wink Thanks for comment!!! smile

BillM
29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades
Wow! Another prodigy! This is a wonderful piece of work for someone only playing 1 year and 7 months. You are very talented.


Thank you so much for these words, that kind of things invite me to put all my effort in try to do it better, I'll continue practicing for play another good piece in the next recital blush

WiseBuff
29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades The way you describe your relationship to this music is compelling. I feel the bravery and courage emoted in the piece. You play with passion.


Is amazing how the people can feel the things I want to express with this piece, this is my favorite Yann Tiersen piano song and I put all my effort in play it the best as I can, thank you so much for your words!!! smile

BenPiano
29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades - you're doing a fantastic job in such a short time - keep it up!


Thank you!!! I'll try to practice one hour everyday at least, I think the effort and the practice are the best things to get something!!! smile

CebuKid
29
Performer's name: IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez)


Wow, this is great considering you've been playing only a year or so! Great performance of this dark sounding tragic piece.

Thank you so much, I have been practicing this song since the beginnings of this year and at first I use to have some troubles, but thanks to the practice, actually I'm able to play so much better than my first video of this one blush

Starr Keys
IRPRONI - Welcome, Ismael. You, like CebuKid, are a velocity-oso. I really enjoyed the pulse and drama of this, although I felt it could benefit a little bit from more concentration on dynamics and a little more rubato.


Thanks for the welcome and for the feedback, maybe the reason for limit my performance is the absence of the sustain pedal, I don't have one and I have to use the sustain button in my keyboard, maybe with this detail and much more practice I could do it better smile

MaryBee
29. IRPRONI (Ismael Rodríguez) - Rue Des Cascades You play this with passion. It sounds like you've poured yourself in to it.


Thanks for comment about my performance, this is my favorite one and for that reason I put all my feelings in each note blush

Finally:

I expect don't forget give thanks to someone, I really appreciate all your words, I'll take in mind all the good things I'm receiving from all you, I hope in these days have some time to give a comment on each piece!!! grin

See you later!!! smile
Posted By: Peyton Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/25/11 11:16 AM
32. Augustina, I'm not a huge fan of synth strings but you added them well. A sweet tune.

33. Bill, I'm surprised you haven't covered this before. Great song and you do it like a master.

34, S&W, I love this prelude. It's so full of drama and feeling. Excellent job!!! Bravo.
14. Riddler (Ed) - Jump Monk
Good toe tapper for sure. Nice playing Ed.

15. Inlanding - Glen - Prelude, Everything Happens to Me, Sun Up

Wow Glen! Loved the prelude. It sounds like a good finger workout. I may have to give that one a look.

I like the other two as well but the "Everything Happens to Me" was especially nice. A bit of melancholy sole searching there.
Hope the leg is feeling better.

16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365)
The older I get the more I seem to like the waltzes and this one is right up near the top. Excellent performance cscl.

17. Todd Vance - Clair De Lune
I have spent some time with this one and you and MaryBee have inspired me to visit it again, maybe I can get a little deeper into it. Todd, it sounds like you are pretty close with this one. My only critical observation would be to let the harmonies in the beginning, bloom a bit more. They are really beautiful and I feel you cut them a bit short. Overall a very nice job!
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/26/11 03:49 AM
Originally Posted by MaryBee

41. CMohr - Summer Night The title is perfect -- it's slow, warm, and dark. You did great with this, especially with only a month of prep!


Thank you so much, MaryBee! I appreciate you listening and taking the time to comment, too!
Posted By: Clemente Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/27/11 05:25 PM
MaryBee and Peyton, thank you so much for giving a listen and for your feedback. I appreciate it. Thank you!!
Posted By: Augustina Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 08/28/11 11:45 PM
Wouter73- Maple Leaf Rag- Awesome! I almost wanted to start dancing:P

Mr.Super Hunky- Dream with me- This is a really pretty song. Very relaxing, and you played it so well

Ten Left Thumbs- Two part invention no. 4 in D minor- Sounds like fun to play. I liked the sound that you used, kind of made it sound more exciting:p

TimmyAB Prelude & Fugue in F Minor BMV 881- you played this song very well:)

Monica k- Le Matin- Yann Tiersen- I am not familiar with this song, but it is a very beautiful song, and you play it extremely well.

Cohenfan- Traumerei- Very well played. I really enjoyed listening to this song.

Peyton- Message from Space- The first few notes got me curious, I was wondering how the peice was going to sound. This was very cool, you did a fantastic job with this!

Riddler- Jump monk- Awesome!:)

Inlanding- Prelude- Everything happenes to me, sun up- I am unfamiliar with this piece, I enjoyed it a lot, and you played really well:)

Oscl- Schubert Waltzes- Very well played, I really like the sound of your piano also^_^

tod Vance- Clair De lune- You played this piece so well!

Was Truebeginner- sounds fun:) - nicely done!

Sam S- Song without words- Very well played.

Cebu Kid- maple Leaf Rag- Awesome! I can never get tired of listening to this song:)
Serious "Thank You" to Clemente, jotur, jazzwee, Andy Platt, CMohr, Sam S, Cohenfan, wayne32years, Riddler, FarmGirl, TX-Dennis, Lain, Inlanding, WiseBuff, BillM, MSH, BenPiano, CebuKid, MaryBee, Peyton for listening but most of all for taking the time to comment.

We all want to play well and please our fellow players, at least that is my goal. Why else would I stare down the red dot ten times? So your words are appreciated very much and have kept me returning for ten times in a row. I have enjoyed listening to the over 500, entries in that span. And have been introduced to countless new pieces. It has been a great ride.

In a week I will begin lessons and it is not without apprehension. Since my return to piano I have had a free will and have practiced (or not) at my leisure. I have chosen to play what I wanted... whether or not in my best interest.

Still, I have weighed the pros and cons for months now and I have decided trading free will for organized structure and a partner (why does my run and flee instinct kick in to the word commitment?) to guide the way, will benefit my play in the long run.

I suspect, a certain amount of retreat will be in order to correct the shaky foundation I have built in the past three years and with that in mind I doubt that I will participate in the coming recitals. No doubt though, I will return to show off my newly acquired skills. Keep playing... I'll be listening.
Carl
Posted By: Augustina Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 09/03/11 08:55 PM
I apoligize for being a little slow with commenting on everyone's pieces. I am enjoying this recital a lot!:P

Here's some more comments.

Casinaitaly- Verde Smeraldo
That was indeed enjoyable:) great job

Cygan- Along The Codorus- I am unfamiliar with this tune, but I really enjoyed it!

Serge88- Someone Saved my life tonight- Awesome!:P

Joangolfing- Sarabande in F major- I would have a hard time with out trying to speed up on this piece. Nice job!:P

Clemente- Milonga- I have never heard this before or of the composer. This is a beautiful piece, and you did play it so well.

Wisebuff- Late Train-another composer I am unfamiliar with. I found this peice to be very relaxing. Wonderfully Played.

TX- Dennis- Heal our Land- Beautiful!

Wayne32yrs- Radiohead-Creep- great job!

IRPRONI- I really enjoyed this piece! exellent playing:P

BenPiano- I Giorni One of my favorite Einaudi Pieces. beatiful!:)

Posted By: Augustina Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 09/03/11 09:35 PM
I really Appreciate everyone commenting on my piece. I always get some encouragement after the recitals to practice more.
So thank you
Sam,Cohenfan, wayne32yrs, FarmGirl; Strings & Wood, jotur, Inlanding,mr_super-hunky, CebuKid, MaryBe, Peyton, for commenting on my piece.


Originally Posted by TX-Dennis

32 Augustina - Song From a Secret Garden, Rolf Løvland
Young lady, you have made great strides in your playing. I think this is the best recording I've heard from you. Now, you've really outgrown your current little keyboard. You really must start saving your pennies for a better digital piano. grin



thank you so much TX-Dennis. I will indeed start saving some money for a larger digital keyboard:P I actually got so annoyed with my little keyboard right before the recital that I put it in the closet for a few weeks. But well; I started to miss the piano so I took it back out of the closet:)
Originally Posted by Lain


32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden Before the recital went live, out of curiosity, I checked out Secret Garden, and boy, was I impressed with them. Thank you for introducing me to such a talented duo.

Your welcome!

Originally Posted by BillM


32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden
I love this song - you play it very well. The pictures in the video are quite complementary to your performance. You have really stepped up your YouTube game since the dancing hands videos with your sister. Did you take the pictures?

Thank you. And yes I some of the pictures, so did my sister and my brother:)

Originally Posted by WiseBuff

32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden Are you playing with a track? It is a beautiful melody...you played it well.
I am not playing with a track, just on my keyboard, and used pianostrings for the tune:P

Originally Posted by BenPiano


32. Augustina - Song from a Secret Garden - Wherever did you find this piece?! Really nice and well played. And on a side note, I gotta get one of those ø's in my name somehow!

I was listening to Pandora Rado one day and they played this song. So I thought I'd see if there was a piano piece for it:P As for the ø in your name.. Copy and paste?:P
Finally!!!! I am home and able to start listening to the recital. I had a great time visiting with family and friends, but wow, it was killing me to not be able to join in here!!!

Here is my first batch of responses - I am SO enjoying this listening treat!!!

1. Andy Platt, Chopin Waltz, 69N2 Well done Andy! What a great kick off to the recital. You make this sound so easy, it flows beautifully. You say there are some weak points, but my overall impression is that you did a super job. Complimenti !

2. Jazwee, Naima, Coltrane You are definitely one of my inspirations on this forum. I am not a huge jazz fan, but this piece I found soothing and very pleasant to listen to. I congratulate you on going for the single take against the red dot!

3 Mohan Karthik, Quest for Greatness I don’t feel qualified to critique compositions in an intelligent fashion, but I can say honestly that I enjoyed the relaxing simplicity of your piece. I could picture dancers moving gracefully, slowly at first and then more dramatically as the piece progressed.

4-Dannylux /Mel – Etude in D flat Op 15 N. 8 Wow. What a rich piece, absolutely delicious. I didn’t “like it”, I LOVED it.

5 –Alleykatt, Cathy, Dietro l’Incanto I can see what you were talking about with regards to the challenges with the dynamics. Beautifully executed!

6 Ken – Blue Monk Well done! I enjoyed that!

7 Wouter79 – Maple Leaf Rag You really are getting into Joplin aren’t you? You seem to have a great affinity for this type of music. I am really impressed with how well you are doing after just a year and a half.

8 Mr. Super Hunky – Dream with me If I were able to just play melodies as you do, I would go for it too! This was most enjoyable – I had visions of soaring through the air and being distant from the things of the earth.

9 Laura Joffe, 10 left thumbs – Two Part invention What fun that you were able to play this on a harpsichord! I am so glad you “struggled” through it!

10 TimmyTab Prelude and Fugue in F Minor Ah, Bach. This was simply delightful to listen to. So glad you decided to join in!

11 Monica K Le Matin Well, though your piece may not have been easy, you made it sound so. What a happy peaceful choice!

12 Cohenfan – Traumerie I love this piece. For some reason I never recognize the name, but as soon as I hear the first few notes, I say “Ah! Of course!”. Charmingly played. Thanks for the treat.

13 Peyton – Message from Space I have been looking forward to hearing this since you posted about what prompted you to compose it! I was not disappointed!!! That was great. Loved your “teaser” opening.

14 Riddler (Ed) Jump Monk It is so hard to type while I prance about the computer…..This was great fun – it really sounded like you were having a great time playing this piece.

Back with more soon!
Second set !

15 Inlanding- Glen Prelude, Everything Happens to me, Sun Up I always look forward to your pieces Glen, whether you are playing someone else’s work or you own. The first piece required great precision and finger control, I can see what your teacher was after. I think you did a splendid job. The second piece was more in the “piano bar” style I associate with many of your performances: relaxing, with that tonality that makes me think of comfortable leather bench seats, cigarettes and scotch. (and I don’t even smoke!). It does seem like the last three months “everything happens to you”… I hope you are truly on the mend now. Your third piece – heart lifting is what I would call it. I see the sunrise over golden meadows, piercing brightness, the glory and freshness of a new day and optimism reigning. Your music enchants me.
p.s. your lunch sounds tasty too.

16 cscl Shubert Waltzes A waltz is generally a pretty piece to listen to – your “tris” showed the time and effort you put into studying and practicing. Absolutely charming.

17 Todd Vance – Clair de Lune This is a piece I’ve always enjoyed. Isn’t it splendid to be playing a piece that caught your attention so many years ago? Complimenti indeed!

18 (Was) True Beginner – Little Walz Congratulations on playing your original piece for the recital! You have captured an Old World sound – I could picture a black and white film of early 20th Century daily life. Marvellous.

19 Sam S Song Without Words 38 /6 –Sam, you are single-handedly (or rather, double handedly?) introducing me to the Songs without Words. Thank you for the background info on this particular Song. Wonderful intertwining conversation. I loved it.

20 CebuKid Maple Leaf Rag Well, I for one am very impressed with your rags. I am no where near even thinking about tackling something like this, so I am glad to see that you are brave enough and managed so well with this one. And only 2 takes. Good for you!!!!! Your piano sounds PERFECT for this music.

21 CasinItaly Verde Smeraldo… well, there is always room for improvement, and I really should get to using the pedal, but short as this piece is, I’m pleased with it and happy to have played it as smoothly as I did. 

22 Cygan, Iain - Along the Codorus I am totally unfamiliar with this composer/piece. I found it delightful, light, wistful, playful, rich and definitely poetic – a really beautiful piece. It is something I would love to be able to play. Another addition to my “someday I will” list! Thank you introducing me to this music.

23 Serge 88 Someone Saved My Life Tonight Well, I will be dating myself, but I do indeed remember this song when it first came out  I liked it then and I like it now. Excellent rendition.

24 Joangolfing – Sarabande in F Major, Handel I love it that you are working through a group of Sarbandes ! I think you managed to bring out the forte and piano really well – I really enjoyed listening!

25 Clemente - Milonga Very interesting piece. There is a lot of drama going on there, for sure. You really brought out the emotions in the music. Well done!

26 Wisebuff – Late Train What a wonderful piece. Tranquil but with some interesting underlying tensions. You played beautifully – and on an empty stomach too! Complimenti.

27 TX Dennis – Heal Our Land The title suits the music very well. It is very soothing, comforting – a musical dose of optimism. Lovely.

28 Wayne32yrs Radiohead - Creep Improvised score? Wow. I don’t think your recording equipment does you justice, but nonetheless this sounded pretty darn good. I was a bit nervous about the title “creep”, but it was not at all creepy  Very interesting piece, I very much enjoyed it.

29 IPRONI Rue Des Cascades I’ve only started to learn about Tiersen on this forum and so far I really like everything I’ve heard. Great job on this piece, I can see what attracted you to it! It is a lot more “tense” than other pieces I’ve heard, but I enjoyed the vibrant voice and the strong dynamics.

30BenPiano – I Giorni Well, I know I would have a serious melt down with Einaudi, and I heartily congratulate you on avoiding one in your piece! You captured the Einaudi voice beautifully. Very nicely done!

More tomorrow!
Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 09/04/11 05:14 PM
Welcome back, cas! Sounds like you had a full vacation smile and you're piano-hungry.

Cathy
I can't wait to get some time today and sit down to listen to all these beautiful recital pieces - I'm always so impressed by what our members come up with.

I do think that, unlike this last go around, I'll stop being shy and make a recording for the next recital. No more wimping out and staying on the bench for me blush
Thanks Cathy - I did, and I am smile

Thnx Augustina and Casinitaly, and to everyone else who left me feedback, much appreciated.

Casinitaly, yeah improvised score, if I do use sheet music, then I normally just use it as a reference, as for the recording, I know I got to sort that out, I'm using the iphone 4, which I'm sure records in high quality, I think it may be a combination of things ie: piano's out of tune, (gonna get this sorted, maybe a christmas present for me off someone lol), the piano is in a really small room, does that make a difference?, and my muddy pedalling lol, working on that aswell.

I see some people "normalise" their recordings in audacity, does that help the quality in sound? I'm gonna have a go at this next time!

Any tips or suggestions for me would be much appreciated smile
Posted By: wouter79 Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 09/05/11 08:23 PM
Casinitaly, thanks for the feedback and compliments!

These two pieces (maple leaf and entertainer) were on my wish list and they seemed to fit in here. In fact I started with Maple leaf as a joke, not even believing that I would be able to play it. But I kept at it and eventually got through smile But I have no other Joplin pieces on my wish list. I think life's too short to check them out :-(

>7 Wouter79 – Maple Leaf Rag You really are getting into Joplin aren’t you? You seem to have a great affinity for this type of music. I am really impressed with how well you are doing after just a year and a half.
Posted By: Clemente Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 09/06/11 01:10 AM
Agustina and Casinitaly, thank you both for taking the time to listen to Milonga, and thank you for your kind words. If you "YouTube" this piece you will find out that it can definitely be played much, much better than what I did to it, so I do thank you! Casinitaly, you are right about the drama. Plácido Domingo said that this type of Argentinean music (tango, milonga, etc.) are like mini operas in themselves. crazy Agustina, Ginastera is (was...? He died in 1983.) a great Argentinean composer... the best Argentinean composer? He is definitely an unsung hero. His music is very challenging (except for the one I played) and very modern... dissonant! I do love playing his music, though. I meant to enter one of his pieces for the "Unsung Heroes" recital at Piano Corner, but I was deathly afraid that they would boo me out that place. blush
And the last installment.

31 GracieCat Wonderland It seems to me that you manage to get this piece rolling very smoothly. Charming!

32 Augustina – Song from a Secret Garden I always look forward to your pieces Ms. Augustina. Interesting background effect you chose to add to your work. It sounds very romantic. Nicely done.

33 Bill M – When I’m 64 Nope, 64 doesn’t seem that old now……..scary, but true! I am always on the watch for your submission – I love that you sing as well as play! Such a pleasure to listen to you! Love the bouncy-ness of this !

34 Strings&Wood – Chopin Op28, 20 Well my dear, you are on your third Chopin and I have not even yet wandered into that territory. I am full of admiration for you. This is such a serious piece – a bit dark and broody….Nicely done.

35 Griffin - Prelude in G Minor A handsome piece of music. Beautifully played – you really caught and held my attention.

36 Teodor – Madder Sky I am totally unfamiliar with this music – but you did a great job of presenting it. Very somber, serious and dramatic. Very interesting.

37 Copper - Moon River An old time favourite, I could listen to it over and over.

38 BlueKeys, Waltz in A Minor I love this piece! It delights and charms me. Lovely playing!!!!

39 Jotur, Cathy When My Sugar Walks down the street That was great fun Cathy! What great energy and enthusiasm flowing through that piece! I enjoyed it!

40 Anthony B– I Giorni Well, if a piece is well played, as this is, I see no problem with 2 submissions in one recital…. In fact, given the passion for Einaudi on this forum, I am surprised it doesn’t happen more often! Well done!

41 CMohr - Summer Night What an interesting background story – and what a lovely piece. Very soothing, very calm. Lovely, just lovely.

42 Lain - Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake Lain, your parents invested wisely. I am sure they are very proud of the skill you have developed, this was simply beautiful. Complimenti indeed, that was splendid, absolutely splendid!

43 Alpha Terminus Rondo Alla Turca Congratulations on participating in your first ABF recital! Your performance sounded joyful. I for one am impressed that you were able to play it as quickly as you did – after reading all the comments about the speed I didn’t expect such fluidity – what a delightfully pleasant surprise! I very much enjoyed your playing!

44 Yamaha G-3 & P-80 Por El Sur This piece was new to me - I found it most interesting and very, very pleasant to listen to. It has a very positive feel to it.

45 Mary Bee, Claire de Lune MaryBee - I am speechless. I got goose bumps listening. I think this is my favourite performance in the whole recital. Your sister-in-law will be over the moon. Marvelous, absolutely marvelous! Wow.

46 Starr Keys – the Last Time I Saw Paris A very interesting piece, - I have never heard it before, so I am not sure about what your reference to the solo ending is, but it all seemed to fit together. Nicely played!

And last but not least, thank you everyone for taking the time to listen to my piece (well, in fact, this time it didn't take too long, did it ? wink )

I always appreciate the support and encouragement I find here, and I'm thrilled to be able to participate in these recitals.
Thanks to everyone who contributes to pulling it together and to submitting to make it such a listening pleasure!!!

Originally Posted by FarmGirl
Good job. You are definately making incredible progress. I can hear your phrasing. Aren't you proud of it?


:)Thank you! Yes, I do feel a little bit proud of this one!

Originally Posted by Clemente
Very nicely played! I do not know if it is, but it sounds like a study in triplets. Great stuff!
Thanks! Not triplets, but definitely a sort study piece. Vinceguerre writes a lot of material that is didactic, and yet terribly fun to play. The pieces tend to be short, focusing on specific skills, and exploring a range of keys. This one has 4 sharps smile
Originally Posted by jazwee
Cheryl, I can feel that energy on the piano. What I really sense is a good letting go and you don't hold back. Shows up even in a short piece. Next time you've got to submit something longer! smile Good work!


Thank you! I just need to get my jitters under control better to do a longer piece – I really would love to do that!!!

Originally Posted by Andy Platt
Very nice Cheryl! It had some nice touches of rubato in there and good control all along. I think you should try it with some pedal and see what happens.

You are quite right Andy, I should be using the pedal….. Next time, I promise! Thanks for the encouragement!

Originally Posted by Cmohr
You've put some nice emotion in this, Cheryl! You really are playing - nice evenness and definite progress in your piano journey. A lovely little piece and some applause, too!

Your feedback is most appreciated! Thanks!

Originally Posted by Cohenfan
What a lovely piece of music. I think you played it with lot of emotion, excellent playing. I enjoyed that very much.


Thanks! This was the first piece I ever managed to put emotion into – I’m glad it shows, and very happy you enjoyed it!

Originally Posted by Sam S
I agree with the 6 year old girl *CLAP* Well done!

smile smile Thank you!

Originally Posted by Wayne32yrs
very nice, applauds from me also.

Well, thank you sir!

Originally Posted by Tx-Dennis
I haven't heard this one before. It's an interesting little piece, and you play it well.

Thank you - I’m glad to have played something new for you!

Originally Posted by Lain
*clap* *clap* *clap* smile

smile smile smile Merci!


Originally Posted by BillM
An interesting piece – it almost sounds like an intro to a longer work. I can see why the little girl in the hallway applauded.

I wish it were longer – so many of the pieces I love seem to end just as they get interesting. Maybe one day I’ll be able to add some extensions to them! (I can dream, right?)

Originally Posted by Inlanding
Cheryl, that was a completely fine rendition and a beautiful piece of music. It is great to note how much you've improved your playing over past several e-citals. Thank you for sharing your first piano piece where you felt good about it. I really enjoyed it.


Thanks so much Glen, after all the wonderful music I’ve listened to from you, it really puts a smile on my face to know you enjoyed mine! Thanks for all your support and encouragement!

Originally Posted by MaryBee
You're really putting some feeling into this -- very nice! I like the changes in tempo that you have going there too. Great progress!


Thanks so much for the encouragement MaryBee, I am glad you liked it!

Originally Posted by Recaredo
Cheryl, we can find beauty in the naturalness. When I listened to your performance, I understood that little girl.

Recaredo, you always have the nicest things to say! Thank you very much.


Originally Posted by jotour
It does indeed have a feeling that invites applause at the end – :)Delightful kind of triumphal. Hope you’re having a great time on vacation

I certainly felt triumphal getting through it smoothly! Thanks very much Cathy (and yes the vacation was great, though it drove me nuts having to wait to listen to all the submissions!!!!! :))

Originally Posted by Wisebuff
So glad you submitted a piece to make this recital complete. This sounds like a fun piece with good workout for the left hand. well done.

It is a fun piece! Thank you for enjoying the fact that I participated! You put a smile on my face!

Originally Posted by Mr. Super-Hunky
Very nice Cheryl. Clear recording too. Keep at it.
Thanks Mr. Super-Hunky, I will!

Originally Posted by Strings and Wood
Hope you are enjoying your holiday Cheryl and thanks for leaving us something to listen to. A pretty piece indeed.

Thank you – and yes, I did have a really great holiday!

Originally Posted by BenPiano
Very well done - it's a treat to hear you grow on the piano!


Thank you Ben – and thank you for sharing your wonderful story too! Isn’t is just a treat to get such an honest, spontaneous reaction to music you have played?

Originally Posted by CebuKid
Nice job Cheryl! This is a nice little piano-esque piece so I can see why the little girl applauded you. Have a nice vacation, and hope to hear your "project piece" next time. smile

Thank you CK, the vacation was lovely, even though it was largely piano-less…. I have been practicing the “project piece” and it may even be ready BEFORE the next recital! …hmm, maybe a trip to the Piano Bar..??? Who knows smile

Originally Posted by Peyton
I can see why you like this piece so much. It has a real "drama" and sincerity about it. Very nice.

Thank you – that’s how it strikes me too.

Originally Posted by Augustina
That was indeed enjoyable:) great job
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it
Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 09/06/11 11:02 PM
Thanks so much for the kind words Cas!

I also want to thank everyone who, again, put together a great recital! Thanks to Monica for all your work, Copper, Malzheit, and Mr. Super Hunky for starting it all! And to all the performers, Bravo!

My teacher doesn't hold live recitals, so this is my venue, thank you, all.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to each and every piece in this recital. And I look forward to the next. Everyone did stupendously!
Posted By: MaryBee Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 09/08/11 06:53 PM
Originally Posted by casinitaly
45 Mary Bee, Claire de Lune MaryBee - I am speechless. I got goose bumps listening. I think this is my favourite performance in the whole recital. Your sister-in-law will be over the moon. Marvelous, absolutely marvelous! Wow.
Oh, cas, you don't know how nice that is to hear! I have to work hard on learning the technical aspects of playing, but even more difficult for me is trying to reach toward that elusive goal of playing "musically" -- figuring out what I want to convey with the music, and then trying to communicate that. So knowing that my playing could give someone goosebumps is more than I could ask for!
Posted By: cscl Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 09/10/11 12:31 AM
Thank you to FarmGirl, Andy Platt, Clemente, wayne32yrs, jazzwee, CMohr, Cohenfan, Sam S, Inlanding, Recaredo, mr_super_hunky, TX-Dennis, Lain, WiseBuff, BillM, jotur, BenPiano, CebuKid, MaryBee, Strings & Wood, and Augustina (I think that gets everyone) for taking the time to comment on my submission. And to everyone who comments for taking the time to give feedback. It's especially fun to read these to my wife, who has to suffer through all of my practices and probably always hears me like I'm three weeks into studying a piece. smile

Originally Posted by Sam S
16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365) These are delighful, and they go together so well. Were they intended to be played one after the other? Excellent job.

Good question. My teacher says he brings this book along sometimes when he does gigs and plays them through. For learning, these were really nice, because they're all in Ab major, and so some of the left hand chords are similar in each. They come from Op. 9, 36 Tänze. The middle piece actually has a name as well, "Trauerwalzer". The first 13 are all in Ab major, then various keys follow.

Originally Posted by Inlanding
16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365) You played Schubert with such grace and control. Your piano sounds quite nice and you bring out its tonal characteristics reall well. This is a fantastic recital piece. Very well-done.

Thanks for the comments on the piano! I love it too and it's been with me now for four years.

Originally Posted by TX-Dennis
16 cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365)
Nice job, cscl - I keep wanting to say Cecil, but that's probably not your name. You play all three with a delicate touch and great feeling.

No, not Cecil, just a cryptic, but bland set of initials. Maybe I'll change my name on the forum someday!

Originally Posted by BillM
16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365)
Your performance and excellent recording have an understated elegance that is perfect for this piece.

You can't go wrong with a Zoom, can you? (Probably you can, but I've been pretty lucky with it!).

Originally Posted by jotur
16 cscl – Schubert Waltzes
And here’s the real article laugh These are so much fun to play, I should get my book out again. Very nice! The last one sounded Scandinavian, sort of mazurka like – cool. How did your competition and recital go?

The last one is a bear (and so are the second and the first, for that matter). It does have a rollicking feel to it and the thirds still tie my fingers up in knots.

Originally Posted by BenPiano
16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365) - that was awesome! I've got one (only one) Schubert waltz under my belt. These three really flowed nicely together. A great recording!

Yeah, I'm glad my teacher and I decided to do three at once. Being in the same key helped and at the end of it all, I have three pieces I can play, but they are so short, it's a bit frustrating to have them over with so quickly after all the work.

Originally Posted by CebuKid
16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365)
What a nice waltz, cscl... smile I was confused with your description, though...did you mean you played these in June, or are going to play these June of next year? If next year, you have lots of time to refine this already nice version. I've always enjoyed Schubert pieces - he seems to write lots of "happy sounding" music which I like.
PS- I am from the Windy City too (a suburbanite). smile

To clarify, I already played them in our June recital and then again in a June competition, the Granquist, which is local to you in the Chicago suburbs. You should look it up. There are a few adults that play in it each year.

Originally Posted by MaryBee
16. cscl - Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365) Very light and sweet -- I like your style. This is the 3rd Schubert piece that I've heard in the past 2 days, and I'm thinking I like him. I'm going to have to see about learning one of his pieces.

And from here, I look forward to whatever my next Schubert is, because I really like his music a lot.

Originally Posted by Augustina
cscl- Schubert Waltzes- Very well played, I really like the sound of your piano also^_^

Thanks!

Originally Posted by cscl from my submission...
Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365). I played Nos. 1 and 3 for my June Recital and added 2 for a June competition. Here they are at present. I may have a new story about them around the time the recital goes live. And I'm trying an early submission instead of five minutes after the deadline which is my usual submission practice!

To follow up on this, I got my submission in early this time because I was traveling in Russia when the recital went live. I was there with some people who could really play. I had these waltzes ready to go in the event it would have worked out to play in an informal concert there at the Rimsky-Korsakov museum, but 1) I'm really not ready for the pressure of that kind of venue (although I did play the first Schubert waltz after the concert!) and 2) my 3 minutes of Schubert wouldn't have fit in with people playing 10-15 minute compositions! When I asked them what one does to conquer the nerves and pressure of performing for an audience, I'm told you just have to keep doing it and that everyone tanks from time to time. So, I'll keep going, maybe in the future I won't be too shy or amateurish to play.

And thanks again to all of you who commented! Onwards to the next recital.
Posted By: Plowboy Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 09/10/11 02:41 AM
These recitals are always wonderful. Congratulations to everyone. Each piece wa truly enjoyable.

Mary Bee, your Debussy is out of this world.
Hey everyone, these recitals are great to listen. I have them playing at my workplace today. Really enjoy them..
Posted By: Augustina Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 09/12/11 03:49 AM
GracieCat- Wonderland- I love all of David Nevue's piano music, It sounded great to me:)

BillM- When I'm Sixty-four- I never heard this song before. You did a great job with it, Thanks for sharing!:P

Strings and Wood op. 28 No. 20 - Nice job!:)

Griffin2417 Prelude in G Minor- I really enjoyed this piece, great job on it.

teodor- Madder Sky - another one of my more favorite anime shows. Awesome!

Copper- Moon River- I didn't recognize this piece at first, but it sounds so familiar. I especially liked how you added in that other voice in the middle of the piece. you played it so well.


BlueKeys-Nice job on first chopin piece. I thought you played it very well^_^.

Jotur/ Cathy Turner- When My Sugar Walks Down the Street- A nice bouncy Song! Sounds like fun to play. great job! grin

anthonyb- I Giorni- Such a pretty piece:) You play it so beatiful!

CMohr- Summer Night- I am unfamliar with this piece, it was very enjoyable to listen to:) You played this piece so well:)

Lain- Autumn moon Over The Calm Lake- What a pretty piece as well. It sounds relly hard to play. I really enjoyed listening to it:)

Yamaha G-3 & P-80 - Por El Sur- I really liked this song. Awesome job:)

MaryBee- Clair de Lune-Fantastic!:)

Starr Keys- Its awesome that you can come up with the arrangement from listening to it. Great job with this piece.
Posted By: jotur Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 09/12/11 05:10 AM
Originally Posted by Augustina
BillM- When I'm Sixty-four- I never heard this song before. You did a great job with it, Thanks for sharing!:P


OMG


laugh

Cathy
Originally Posted by jotur
Originally Posted by Augustina
BillM- When I'm Sixty-four- I never heard this song before. You did a great job with it, Thanks for sharing!:P


OMG


laugh

Cathy


Ditto....oh my.

Man, 64 somehow feels a whole lot closer right now!
Posted By: WiseBuff Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 09/12/11 11:35 AM
Greetings PW colleagues,
Don't give up on me...I will finish my listenings and share my appreciation for your music. I think I was half way through. It has been a crazy chaotic month so far.
Originally Posted by jotur
Originally Posted by Augustina
BillM- When I'm Sixty-four- I never heard this song before. You did a great job with it, Thanks for sharing!:P


OMG


laugh

Cathy


I can't believe it either!! One of my favorite movie quotes:

Originally Posted by Sliding Doors (movie)
Everybody's born knowing all the Beatles lyrics instinctively. They're passed into the fetus subconsciously along with all the amniotic stuff. Fact, they should be called "The Fetals".

Posted By: CMohr Re: Recital #23 -- General Discussion Room - 09/12/11 05:33 PM
Originally Posted by Augustina

CMohr- Summer Night- I am unfamliar with this piece, it was very enjoyable to listen to:) You played this piece so well:)


Thanks so much, Augustina! Glad you enjoyed it.

Casinitaly 46 Starr Keys – the Last Time I Saw Paris A very interesting piece, - I have never heard it before, so I am not sure about what your reference to the solo ending is, but it all seemed to fit together. Nicely played!

Thank you. I just meant the end was vocal accompaniment only and I had to flesh it out a little so it didn't sound like it didn't belong to the rest of the song which I'd already arranged as a solo. If I knew so many people didn't know the tune (and even some jazz players didn't) and therefore probably wouldn't know the difference, I might have have saved myself the trouble grin .

[b]Augustina 46 Starr Keys - Its awesome that you can come up with the arrangement from listening to it. Great job with this piece.


Augustina I always appreciate your enthusiasm for my arranging. It's not just from listening that I can come up with it though -- I have neither a good enough ear or playing skills for that. It usually takes me a month of trial and error and practice until I can see how my ideas hold up next to each other, that I come up with something that actually sounds like arrangement. Bless you though for your kindness and support and thank you for subscribing to my channel.:)

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