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Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019

Posted By: outo

Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:31 AM

Please do not post in this thread - use the discussion thread!

Welcome to the Bach Themed Recital!

A separate thread has been created for discussion:
Bach Themed Recital discussion thread


A template has been created for those who wish to provide individualized feedback:
Bach Themed Recital Response Template


There are three ways to listen to the recital:

You can listen to individual performances below. Each one has it's own post.


You can use the Online Streaming Player



Or you can download the zip files:
bach1.zip
bach2.zip
bach3.zip
bach4.zip
bach5.zip
bach6.zip
bach7.zip


You can also listen to previous ABF recitals through the ABF Recital Index

Many thanks to everyone who participated in this recital.

DO NOT POST ON THIS THREAD!


Time to listen!
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:34 AM

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Performer's name:Jason Lenthe
From:Philadelphia area
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/5YoxsLHUrlQ
Title of piece:Invention #13 in A Minor, BWV 783
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:01:04
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P22
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I chose to learn this piece because I like the speed and energy of it and arpeggios are kind of my strong point. It also has that distinctive Bach sound (although which of his pieces doesn't?). After getting through the initial pain of learning the counterpoint, I have found this piece highly addictive to play.

I do much of my practice on a digital piano with headphones when the kids are asleep and I have to admit I've had a lot of fun playing this piece on all the harpsichord, organ, electric piano, voice, glass celesta, and so on settings that I have available. It's especially fun to play with a drum track and base line. It would probably sound great played by a heavy metal band on distorted electric guitar.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:36 AM

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Performer's name:sinophilia
From:Italy
Experience:7 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdbtpqHFoWg
Title of piece:Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:04:07
Source of music:Pianist magazine
Instrument used:Yamaha W110BW
Recording method:iPhone 7
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is an arrangement of cantata BWV147 by Sean Montgomery, and it's a lot easier than the one by Myra Hess. It still took me forever to learn, because when I started it I was unable to follow the score and play without looking at my hands without major mishaps, and only with time it got better.
In this recording I started out a bit faint and uncertain and there are a couple of near misses, but I think it's an acceptable take, being 4 minutes long and all.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:36 AM

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude from English Suite #6, BWV811
Composer:Johann Sebastian Bach
Duration:08:28
Source of music:Sheet Music (Dover)
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 400
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I took on the 6th English Suite as a project in the fall of 2018. The English Suites were thought to have been written in 1715, when Bach was still in Weimar, but the entire set of 6 were published a few years later. It is not clear why the Suites are called "English", because unlike the French Suites, they don't conform much to the English style of Suite composition at the time. One common feature is the presence of looooong Preludes to introduce each Suite, and the 6th is the longest. After an extended recititavo introduction at a relatively slow tempo, it launches into a relatively fast fugue-like moto perpetuo -- 8.5 minutes worth in total. Enjoy
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:37 AM

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Performer's name:dynamobt/Marilyn
From:NH
Experience:Many years as a child with not a lot of progress. Self taught through adult years. Now with teacher 6 years.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Invention #6 E Major
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:04:10
Source of music:Henle sheet music
Instrument used:1918 Mason & Hamlin BB fully rebuilt in 1999
Recording method:Zoom H2n then Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I enjoyed learning this piece. It's fun to play with the answering voices back and forth. I played it as accompaniment in a Bach/Ballet recital. The dancers wanted it played more slowly than I play it in the recording. It's more fun faster. I think this may be my favorite Invention now. I really had fun learning it and playing it.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:37 AM

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Performer's name:Claudemir Medeiros
From:Brazil
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:1,5 year.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrvfHIsJA8c
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqwWYKElq9qNRtVPHpwsTSQ?view_as=subscriber
Title of piece:Polonaise BWV anh 128
Composer:Johann Sebastian Bach
Duration:03:04
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Casio Privia PX-860 Digital Piano
Recording method:Digital to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I liked so much this piece and I think this is not so common so I decided to upload it wink
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:38 AM

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Goldberg Aria -- Aria; "Close In" Variations
Composer:J S Bach/Lukas Foss/Fred Hersch
Duration:08:29
Source of music:Sheet Music (Peters, Dover)
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 400 -- MP3, 256 bytes)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is the first installment of three submissions: In 2004, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, as a special project, invited 13 contemporary composers to provide one variation apiece on the famous Aria theme of the Goldberg Variations. Pianist Gilbert Kalish then
provided a performance of the entire set at the Festival, under the title "Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Goldberg". What I elected to do was choose six that I liked, grouping them into three sets of two -- "close in"; mid-range"; and "far out" -- based on their relative proximity to the musical quality of the Aria. In this first installment, I'm providing the Aria itself (Dover, a richly ornamented version), then variations by Lukas Foss and Fred Hersch. Foss called his contribution the "Goldmore Variation": IMO, it uses the language of Jazz, but without any cornball attempt to "swing". Foss was in his 80s then, and has always had a sensitive and thorough command of "the American sound" -- this is solid evidence of it. Hersch is better known as a Jazz pianist, but has "Classical" compositions as well: he calls his variation "Melancholy Minuet", and as the name implies, it is a statement of the Aria in minor mode; and danced, not sung.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:38 AM

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Performer's name:SiFi - Simon Finlow
From:Washington, DC
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:58 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMtX-YmETT4
Title of piece:Partita #2 BWV 826, Sarabande and Caprice
Composer:J. S. Bach
Duration:04:32
Source of music:Published score and original manuscript
Instrument used:Steinway B
Recording method:Not sure, but it resulted in .AIF files?
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is raw unedited audio from a video recording that I made for an audition for an amateur competition. (Apologies for the few seconds of general noise at the beginning and end.) The two movements go very nicely together IMO. The Caprice is, also IMO, among the finest single pieces in Bach's entire keyboard oeuvre.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:39 AM

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Performer's name:Greener/Jeff
From:Snowbelt, Ontario Canada
Experience:On and off it is close to 50 years now.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/XxRAsM_ehOM
Title of piece:Badinerie
Composer:Bach
Duration:02:36
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Yamaha UX-1
Recording method:3 mics, CuBase
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my 2nd venture with this piece. It was recorded as a work in progress on first attempt, I think in 2014, but it didn't progress much further after that. The piece didn't grab me enough to stay motivated with it at the time. When I started looking at it again for this recital it was almost like starting anew, though some parts felt familiar. Thought I'd give it another chance rather then starting another that could face a similar fate. Glad I did, as I now quite enjoy rehearsing it and it is a good little exercise piece for trying to play smoothly and not rushed, with lots of jumps and quick moving parts. Of course, all of this part remains forever in progress.

Thank you for listening.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:39 AM

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Performer's name:computerpro3
From:Cincinnati
Experience:12 years of serious study
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Bach-Busoni Chaconne
Composer:Ferrucio Busini/J.S. Bach
Duration:14:35
Source of music:Memorized
Instrument used:Kawai Novus NV10
Recording method:Digital to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is one of my favorite works of music, and I have struggled since first hearing it to decide on an architecture that works for me personally. This is closer to the architecture I would ultimately like to wind up with, but I am frustrated I rushed too much especially towards the beginning and I feel I need to let the chaconne form breathe a bit more towards the beginning of the performance. I also could have done a better job defining the melodic line of the left hand octaves.

It is extremely difficult to keep the chaconne form in the front of your mind during the entire performance due to the sheer variety of the variations. My goal was to state the theme in a straightforward manner and try to keep it present until the middle of the work, where the strictness begins to give way to emotion. And then, it gets rebuilt and put back together again for the end, but with a new perspective because of all it has gone through.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:39 AM

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Performer's name:Peterws
From:Northern England
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Lots. No improvement for a long long time!
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:French Suite, 5, Allemande
Composer:Bach
Duration:01:43
Source of music:Sheet
Instrument used:DGX 630
Recording method:Audio extracted from video. Not the highest quality . . .
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Having listened to the pros playing this, I felt like pulling out. But if everybody felt like that, there wouldn't BE a recital! Now, it's just over a minute, without repeats.
Doing stuff without repeats means you only get half the mistakes, and half the chances of a crash.
So you lot got lucky!
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:40 AM

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Goldberg Aria -- Mid-range Variations
Composer:J S Bach/David Del Tredici/Fred Lerdahl
Duration:10:22
Source of music:Sheet Music (Peters; Dover)
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 400 (MP3; 256 MB)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Here is the second installment of the 2004 Gilmore International Piano Festival project, in which 13 contemporary composers provided one variation apiece to the famous Aria of Bach's Goldberg Variations. These two I called "mid-range" because they depart somewhat from what we normally think of as a variation. David Del Tredici called his contribution "My Goldberg (Gymnopedie #1"). To quote him: "(My Goldberg) was inspired by the theme of Bach's monumental "Goldberg Variations" -- not the lovely soprano melody, as one might expect, but rather the stepwise, descending bass line. Above this bass, I have composed a bittersweet melody that ranges freely. At the very end, Bach's soprano theme is briefly quoted.". Fred Lerdahl calls his amusing variation "Chasing Goldberg". The theme is first presented as 16th notes, scampering up and down the keyboard, the LH "chasing" the RH. In the repeat, the same material is presented in canon, the LH four 16th notes behind the RH
-- again, "chasing", but in a different sense. REALLY difficult to play -- sorry about a few obvious screw-ups in these sections -- but a heckuva lot of fun to play and to listen to! I preceded this set with Bach's Variation #13, rather than the Aria itself.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:40 AM

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Goldberg Aria -- Far Out Variations
Composer:J S Bach/Mischa Zupko/Stanley Walden
Duration:09:54
Source of music:Sheet Music (Peters, Dover)
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 400 MP3 256 MB
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Here is the final installment of the Gilmore project -- two variations that I consider far afield from the Goldberg Aria. Mischa Zupko calls his contribution "Ghost Variation". He provided extensive notes on how to play it -- to quote a few things: "This variation is based directly on the aria from the Goldberg in that it utilizes motives and sometimes entire phrases from the opening movement, albeit somewhat displaced by a new harmonic formula...the (repeat) is meant to be heard as a 'phantom' representation of the immediately preceding material; a striking diversion, yet eerily familiar." Stanley Walden calls his contribution "Fantasy Variation", and his commentary is more succinct: "In this variation I have fractured and condensed time, so that the harmonies and rhythms of the original Bach Aria form new shapes and sounds. This is a cubist approach to sound, akin to what the painters Picasso and Braque had done with space." I provided Bach's Variation 7, with repeats, to precede these two -- it felt a tad short with no repeats in this case.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:41 AM

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Performer's name:Michael KK Lam
From:Hong Kong
Experience:Obtained RCM Grade 3 20 years ago, just restarted piano for 5 months
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/Yh0wFEwaIUM
Title of piece:Minuet in G Major & g minor, BWV Anh 114, 115
Composer:J. S. Bach / C. Petzold
Duration:03:03
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Korg C1 Air
Recording method:Digital piano line out directly to digital camera
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I was feeling a little bit nervous to have myself recorded under camera.
This piece is preformed using harpsichord sound from my digital piano.
The major and minor minuets are played in ABA format, and repeats are not preformed.
I thought that there should be an ornament in bar no.8, Anh 114.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:41 AM

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Performer's name:BSharp(C)yclist (Dan)
From:California
Experience:3 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/Q_Pcd5MSAn8
Title of piece:Menuet In G Minor, BWV 842
Composer:Johann Sebastian Bach
Duration:01:11
Source of music:RCM Repertoire Level 5, List A Section
Instrument used:Yamaha AvantGrand N2.
Recording method:Same as usual. Audio out from the AvantGrand N2 into microphone of Sony FDR-AX33 HandyCam, producing an MP4 file. The audio file is then extracted and noised removed using Audacity. Instead of using ffmpeg this time to replace audio, I used Cyberlink PowerDirector. I can unlink audio/video in that application, and then replace the audio with the noise removed version.

Also, the sound of the N2 is blended with Pianoteq Model B.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I learned this piece a year ago I think, but did a new recording for this recital. I was hoping to also submit BWV 999, but things have been busy lately. Maybe next time smile
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:41 AM

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Performer's name:Solfinker
From:Spain
Experience:3 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Little Prelude BWV 927
Composer:W.F. Bach
Duration:00:49
Source of music:Sheet music: Urtext with fingering - Vitta Publications
Instrument used:Yamaha CLP-645
Recording method:Digital
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I intended to submit Two Voice Invention #8, but I haven't got the hang of it yet. Maybe next year.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:42 AM

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Performer's name:Snejana
From:United States
Experience:about five years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Snejana Shegheva
Composer:From Notebook for Anna Magdalena
Duration:01:34
Source of music:The Young Pianist's Library: From Bach to Bartok, Book 1A
(memorized)
Instrument used:Casio PX-700 Digital Piano
Recording method:GarageBand on Mac
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I love the idea of themed recitals, and, since this one is so special (eh...Bach), I did not want to miss a submission. When I saw the call for submissions about half a year ago, my immediate choice was Prelude in C minor. I knew it was not at my level, but I figured I may have enough time to prep. After a month of working on it, I came to conclusion that it will not work, and I have to pick an easier piece. Finding one at my level appeared to be quite a challenging task. I went through multiple candidates - mostly from the Notebooks for Anna Magdalena, and Prelude in C major from the Well Tempered Clavier. About a month ago I landed on this short piece - Dance Song from the collection "The Young Pianist Library: From Bach to Bartok". I have had this book for a long time - a friend who is a professional musician recommended it to me. This collection is a gem - it includes several pieces that are hard to find anywhere else. Speaking of which, I could not find a recording for the "Dance Song" anywhere, so I do not know how it actually sounds. If someone has across it, I will appreciate a link to it (perhaps it goes under a different name). Now, about the piece itself. It is in binary form (as one would expect), very pleasant on ear, deceptively simple to play. For a piece of this level, it took longer than anticipated to learn. It requires some hand independence and it does not have an obvious chord structure to help memorize the base and the melody. It was more like a melody in both hands. There is room for improvement, of course, but I hope you enjoy it, and I look forward to hearing the submissions from everyone else.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:42 AM

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Performer's name:cmb13 - Craig
From:Florida
Experience:5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/bYESt0yXhkg
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIXgv7Gl8Cb5SgqeqsQZNMQ?view_as=subscriber
Title of piece:Adagio in D minor, BWV 974
Composer:Bach
Duration:03:47
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Steinway A3
Recording method:Macbook Pro, Quicktime, Logitec C920, Blue Yeti
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The Adagio in D minor, BWV 974, is Bach's transcription of the Oboe Concerto by Marcello. The transcription was written in approximately 1715, just over 200 years before the manufacture of this piano in 1917, and 300 years before the recording presented today.

I began work on this piece a year ago, let it rest for a while, and upon returning found some tricky sections. I know there are at least 4-5 mistakes, but I was happy with the flow, dynamics, tempo, so I'm submitting this take. I could spend all weekend getting it perfect, but it's just too frustrating!
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:43 AM

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Performer's name:Greener/Jeff
From:Owen Sound, Ontario
Experience:Years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/r6zRLF3-gbo
Title of piece:Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Composer:Bach/Hess
Duration:04:06
Source of music:Sheet Music
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This Bach chorale is one I've not let decline too badly, since I initially recorded it in 2013. It is a sophisticated and large enough arrangement for me, that it will always require more development. This recital has provided a worthy motivation to get it fresher again and even a little further along hopefully.

While practicing for this recital, I'd set out for all the notes in the arrangement. In the end I dropped about half of the 10ths. that are called for as I was only at about a 40-60% success rate at a reasonable tempo. Still when I rehearse it, I'm trying for all of them. When I think past them I seem to be able to hit them clean more frequently. Anyway that aside, of course there are other issues too. It's a great piece though and I'll try not to ever lose this one.

Thank you for listening.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:43 AM

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Performer's name:MeganR
From:Near Yosemite, California
Experience:4
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude in D Minor BWV 940
Composer:JS Bach
Duration:00:41
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Everett spinet
Recording method:Zoom H4N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I just love Bach, this was a fun piece to learn. I picked it because it was short and I wanted to have *something* to submit for this recital. (As it turned out, I had enough time for another piece, coming up...)
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:44 AM

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Performer's name:MeganR
From:Near Yosemite, California
Experience:4
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude in A Minor BWV 942
Composer:JS Bach
Duration:01:51
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Everett spinet
Recording method:Zoom H4N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece is definitely not close to tempo, but I intend to enjoy getting it there. I have a couple of favorite spots in this one, including the ending.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:44 AM

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Performer's name:PikaPianist
From:Brisbane, Australia
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/N7nUjq7Pa9o
Title of piece:Prelude in C major BWV846
Composer:Bach
Duration:02:36
Source of music:IMSLP
Instrument used:Estonia L210 (2018)
Recording method:Zoom H5
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This prelude really demonstrates how beauty can be found in simplicity. This piece often puts me in a bit of a trance and I'd have to be mindful not to lose the pulse.

I wanted to give this Prelude an ethereal quality and thus played all of it with Una Corda pedal, except for the climax towards the end. The Estonia piano's Una Corda is especially gorgeous, bringing out many lush overtones whilst still maintaining that signature crystalline clarity.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:45 AM

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Performer's name:PikaPianist
From:Brisbane, Australia
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/GLNa6TK2ng8
Title of piece:Prelude in D minor BWV851
Composer:Bach
Duration:01:28
Source of music:IMSLP
Instrument used:Estonia L210 (2018)
Recording method:Zoom H5
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Love it or loathe it, I seem to have a penchant for playing Baroque pieces in an aggressive staccato style (Examples that comes to mind are my Bach Invention 13 in A minor and Scarlatti K64 Sonata). This little gem is a prelude of turbulent relentless triplets. Many interpretations have a rather slow tempo with a calm, soothing nature. A good example being Andras Schiff. On the other end of the tempo spectrum we have good old Glenn Gould with an almost robotic precision.

I personally feel that this prelude is best suited to be played with more agitation and turbulence in the dynamics, with a bit of playful variation in phrasing. Furthermore, when I looked at the score closely I found numerous ways of bringing out some hidden lines. HJ Lim does this to an extreme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfCUwpKs86s). However, I am only human and can only focus on one hand at a time. Attempting to bring out multiple counterpoint voices simultaneously really does break the brain.

Thus, in the end I mostly stuck with the main melody in the bass line. Some triplets could be a lot cleaner and the tempo could be more consistent with more practice, but I am pretty satisfied with the expressions I managed to convey.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:45 AM

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Performer's name:AssociateX (Liz)
From:Long Island NY
Experience:Childhood lessons age 10-17, on and off until now (40s)
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNj0Yha5exOWuJMTezV3t8Q
Title of piece:Invention # 13 (A Minor)
Composer:J.S Bach
Duration:01:13
Source of music:Alfred - J.S. Bach Inventions
Instrument used:Steinway Model 0
Recording method:My iPhone 6s
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I learned this piece in high school and dreaded playing it because I could never play it "clean". This recording is probably a 2nd take but I use this as a soft warm up for playing other Bach pieces, and starting longer practice sessions. I feel like there are some dirty notes in the beginning, but I think it was sticky fingers..I am playing staccato and keeping pedalling to a minimum, I personally like using the pedal in Bach just to help with musicality.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:46 AM

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Performer's name:AssociateX (Liz)
From:Long Island NY
Experience:Childhood lessons from age 10-17, then on and off playing sporadically for years until early 40s (now) where I started up formal lessons again
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Invention # 14 - Bb Major- BWV 785
Composer:J.S Bach
Duration:01:24
Source of music:Alfred Bach 2 Part Inventions
Instrument used:Steinway Model O
Recording method:my iPhone 6s
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is another invention I learned in HS. I struggled with keeping this even, and there are a few awkward pauses here and there but overall, I tried to keep a steady tempo/rhythm and to make it sound musical (which explains the generous pedaling in some parts) Hope it is enjoyable!
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:46 AM

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Performer's name:Peterws
From:Northern England
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Loads but I've forgot most of it.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Siciliano
Composer:Bach
Duration:02:16
Source of music:Sheet Music.
Instrument used:Roland FP50 with Bluthner from pianoteq
Recording method:Straight from pianoteq to computer file.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Lovely piece I heard from another member, so I resolved to play it myself. It took a long time . . . .Now, it doesn't seem too difficult when listening. But it took me over a year of spasmodic practice (I had a lot on my plate, and still have) to lick it into shape.
Yes. It's a tad crude, when you compare it to the likes of Beatrice Berrut, but I am, after all, primarily an ageing Rocker.
Out of my depth as usual, but . . . who cares? Not me, obviously!
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:46 AM

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Performer's name:Purrblast
From:Warsaw
Experience:Just passed 1 year of piano journey.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/wkd_dlvz6cU
Title of piece:Polonaise in g minor (BWV Anh125)
Composer:C.P.E. Bach
Duration:01:18
Source of music:Little Compositions for Piano - J.S. Bach (PWM)
Instrument used:Kawai CA78, Pianist Mode (no modifications)
Recording method:Saved from piano onto usb stick, then normalized to -1dB in Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This was my most advanced piece so far and I learned a lot while working on it. There were quite a few concepts new to me like polonaise rythm with its specific accents, legato thirds (with interesting fingerings), playing deep into black keys, executing subito piano and different dynamics within slurs and others. It's great piece for honing technique.

In the recording I made an awkward pause before last passage, but it was my best take so far, so I decided to go with it as my hands were shaking more and more with every try.

I hope you'll enjoy listening to it anyways.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:47 AM

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Performer's name:Melchiorblade7 (Matt)
From:Seattle, WA, USA
Experience:9 years on and off
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqDbaCgPEeU
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoZZZyIUTb_Kw2-DIS41waA
Title of piece:Invention No. 10 in G Major
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:01:13
Source of music:Alfred Masterwork Edition: Edited by Willard Palmer
Instrument used:Yamaha Arius YDP 143
Recording method:Presonus audio interface to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I really like the playful nature of this Invention: bubbly and excitable, yet intellectual and disciplined. The compound triple meter can be tricky to accent and control properly, but other than that this Invention isn't one of the more difficult ones (unless played very fast). I wanted to play some parts detached and more melodic lines legato, but most people play it all detached.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:47 AM

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Performer's name:Melchiorblade7 (Matt)
From:Seattle, WA, USA
Experience:9 years on and off
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsOJUWjSP7k
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoZZZyIUTb_Kw2-DIS41waA
Title of piece:Invention No. 9 in F Minor
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:01:14
Source of music:Alfred Masterworks Edition: Edited by Willard Palmer
Instrument used:Yamaha Arius YDP 143
Recording method:Presonus to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:A hauntingly beautiful piece. I really like how the detached 2 notes at the end tail of the subject kind of give it a dance quality despite the introspective atmosphere. The implied swing rhythm influenced the tempo I chose.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:48 AM

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Performer's name:Melchiorblade7 (Matt)
From:Seattle, WA, USA
Experience:9 years on and off
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoZZZyIUTb_Kw2-DIS41waA
Title of piece:Invention No. 7 in E Minor
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:01:59
Source of music:Alfred Masterworks
Instrument used:Yamaha Arius YDP 143
Recording method:Presonus to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I found this one to be a bit more confusing to both understand and perform than some of the others. For one thing the beat in the countermelody starts while the main theme ends, and to add to that there are lots of different trill values throughout. I spent a lot of time coming up with this interpretation and gained a new appreciation for the piece.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:48 AM

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Performer's name:Melchiorblade7 (Matt)
From:Seattle, WA, USA
Experience:9 years on and off
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoZZZyIUTb_Kw2-DIS41waA
Title of piece:WTC Book 1 - Prelude No. 2 in C Minor
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:02:16
Source of music:Schirmer: Edited by Carl Czerny
Instrument used:Yamaha Arius YDP 143
Recording method:Presonus to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is the second prelude from book 1 of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. This set from the well tempered clavier has always been a favorite of mine due to the urgency and drama of it. The prelude starts out as a kind of perpetual mobile and then dives into a fantasia coda. I love how the last descending line of this prelude briefly outlines the main theme of the following fugue. I debated for a while whether to play the notes detached or legato; in the end I chose an in between that I thought flowed well.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:48 AM

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Performer's name:Melchiorblade7 (Matt)
From:Seattle, WA, USA
Experience:9 years on and off
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoZZZyIUTb_Kw2-DIS41waA
Title of piece:WTC Book 1 - Fugue No. 2 in C Minor
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:01:56
Source of music:Schirmer - Edited by Carl Czerny
Instrument used:Yamaha Arius YDP 143
Recording method:Presonus to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Bach's Fugue No. 2 in C Minor from Book 1 of the Well- Tempered Clavier. The fugue subject (main theme) draws from the closing motif from the coda of the Prelude in C minor. This is one of my favorite fugues. I decided to start off the opening fugue subject quiet and hushed without staccato accents, and gradually increase the volume and staccato as the piece goes on and gets more dramatic with the added cacophony if voices.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:49 AM

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Performer's name:Ido
From:Israel
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:~2
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bucyoA-Ye64
Home page link:https://soundcloud.com/ido-moshe
Title of piece:JS Bach - Invention No.1 in C major
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:00:53
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Casio Privia 160
Recording method:My phone (sorry for the quality)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I submitted both a video and an mp3. The YouTube video was taken in November 2018 and is currently the only video I have of me playing. The MP3 I recorded just now, for the sake of complying with the recital...

I tried to bring out the conversation between the voices. I found out that the more I play the piece, the less ornaments I use, because I found them distracting from the ideas conveyed in the piece.
Somewhere in the future I might be able to do this piece some justice, and then I'll probably use different ornaments in some chosen places.

Thank you very much for listening!
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:49 AM

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Performer's name:justyna_ewa
From:Poland
Experience:13 years of formal education, 3 years as autodidactic after 16 years of break.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nun komm'der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
Composer:Bach Busoni
Duration:04:13
Source of music:Breitkopf und Haertel 1898 public domain, available at IMSLP
Instrument used:Upright piano Kawai DS65 Special Made
Recording method:Samsung A5 2017 voice recorder converted online from m4a to mp3 at 192 kbps
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I selected this piece for this recital when I decided to join in the last moment - it was polished during one week of rather short sessions, after being put aside for more than 1 year. I am still not satisfied with the version, but I hope it manages to communicate the profound meaning of this chorale. For me it is either like a voice of humanity asking for redemption, that stands both in Ambrosian, and Lutheran text, or like a voice of divinity mourning over human condition.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:49 AM

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Performer's name:Claudemir Medeiros
From:Brasil
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:2
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYRw4SovcmA
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqwWYKElq9qNRtVPHpwsTSQ
Title of piece:Minuet in Dm
Composer:Johann Sebastian Bach
Duration:01:09
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Yamaha CLP-645.
Recording method:Digital to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Revisiting this beautiful piece wink
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:50 AM

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Performer's name:Kalos Piano
From:Italy
Experience:almost 4 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz5My0Ks8jA&feature=youtu.be
Title of piece:Musette in D
Composer:J. S. Bach
Duration:00:46
Source of music:http://hz.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/4/41/IMSLP169662-PMLP301429-JS_Bach_BWV_Anh_126.pdf
Instrument used:Roland FP30
Recording method:Pianoteq
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:50 AM

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Performer's name:AssociateX (Liz)
From:Long Island NY
Experience:Childhood lessons 11-17.long hiatus for college/law school- but started lessons again in 9/2018
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaKGfOW6O4s
Title of piece:Prelude - F Minor WTC 2 BWV 881
Composer:J.S Bach
Duration:05:13
Source of music:Henle Urtext
Instrument used:Steinway Model 0
Recording method:my iphone 6s
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is not perfect, there are bobbles here and there. the 2nd repeat for the second half, it is a bit sloppy as I was getting tired. This was not 1st take, it was between this version and another take that sounded more musical but there were more awkward pauses so trashed that other copy. I only learned this 2 months ago so there is room for improvement, but I love playing it.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:51 AM

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Performer's name:dumka1
From:Illinois, USA (originally from Ukraine)
Experience:8 years as a child, on and off as an adult, resumed regular lessons 3 and a half years ago.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Fugue in D minor, WTC I
Composer:J.S.Bach
Duration:03:19
Source of music:Henle edition
Instrument used:Yamaha upright
Recording method:Zoom H2N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:So, I picked the prelude and fugue in D minor for this recital a while ago but was busy with other pieces (+life) and didn't start working on them nearly early enough. Unlike many people, I strongly favor fugues over preludes, and even though I started learning this fugue much later than the prelude, it came together more quickly. I'm glad to see that the wonderful Pika Pianist has submitted the prelude. In any case, this is far from being ready, it has some hiccups and is slower than I would have liked to play it but this is what I've managed in this relatively short time. I just love, love working on Bach's fugues, and it's been a while, so I enjoyed it and will continue working on it.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital – March 16th, 2019 - 03/16/19 07:53 AM

Time to listen!

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