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Posted By: outo

Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/16/19 07:32 AM

Welcome to the general discussion thread for the AB Forum Bach Themed Recital!

Please use this thread for any discussion of the pieces in the Bach Themed Recital

Discussions and replies can be posted at-will. Feel free to comment on any or all individual pieces. Some members offer comments on each submission individually; others offer general congratulations. Either approach is appropriate. Feel free to offer more specific, technical feedback if the participant had indicated that technical feedback was welcome.

For those who wish to comment on all pieces, a copy and paste template for offering feedback can be found here:
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Please use this thread only to discuss recital performances. If you have any comments or suggestions about ways to make the recital process better, please start a separate thread.

Enjoy the recital!
Posted By: Greener

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/16/19 02:18 PM

Thank you outo, for setting this up for us. Regrets, Schubertian and hope you are well. I have just done some skimming this morning and immediately impressed. Bach is the cream of the crop and nice to be in your good company while preparing for this recital. So many good works that I was not even aware of and hearing for very first time. Helps keep things in perspective for me of how little I've scratched the surface. Thank you all for participating with these fine performances.

1) Jason Lenthe - Invention #13 in A Minor, BWV 783
Nicely done, clean articulate playing and clear recording. No complaints, but be mindful and try not to rush. I noticed it at about 30 seconds and picks up from there. This is sometimes harder to control when recording or performing with everything else there is to worry about. But will help you sound more confident as it will feel more relaxed and natural. Meanwhile, nice choice and well played.

2) sinophilia – Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
I enjoyed the video. Nice we are in same key and so easy to see the similarities. Also, we chose an almost identical pace when you look at the recorded length. You're not rushed at all and maintain a very solid tempo. Good job with that and better then I did on that front. I'd like to hear the tenor melody stand out a bit more in places, though I think they should color code where they actually want the melody to be. It moves around in this and is not always obvious. Any rate, really good. Would not be a big stretch now for the Hess arrangement if you were ever interested in it. Seems it is just a little fuller in places, but not much in it.

... Time for breakfast break ...
Posted By: sinophilia

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/16/19 02:49 PM

Ouch I hadn't even noticed that we submitted the same piece. It's nice that we chose a similar tempo, and we also have a very similar piano! smile

Thank you for your kind comments. The tenor should be louder, definitely. I listened to the actual Chorale only after my recording (silly!) and only then I noticed that most of the piece is actually an accompaniment by strings. I tried to record again but I kept adding new mistakes.

I had a look at score for the beautiful arrangement that you play, but I don't think it's feasible for me at this time. I actually had a hard time learning this easier one.
Posted By: Ido

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/16/19 03:52 PM

I haven't listened to all the recordings yet, but I just wanted to point out how high the level is!! incredible job everyone, I'm truly amazed!

For now I'll just regard the pieces I've listened to so far:

01. Jason Lenthe - Invention #13 in A Minor, BWV 783

Jason, I really like your channel and your taste in music. You played that piece beautifully. I'd like to hear you play it a bit slower a bit, maybe to give my slow brain some time to comprehend the music and maybe to let the voices ring more time together.

02. sinophilia - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
sinophilia I'll use this opportunity to say I really like your playing. Every time I hear you play a piece you make me want to play that piece myself. It happened with Fuchs, Schumann and Bach already. I like your touch and sound. I'm glad you chose to post this piece and it's a very nice arrangement.

03. Tim Adrianson - Prelude from English Suite #6, BWV811
Tim Adrianson - you are a pro. Really. This is top level. This applies to your other recordings as well.

04. dynamobt/Marilyn - Invention #6 E Major
I really liked the performance. I wasn't familiar with the piece, it is beautiful!

05. Claudemir Medeiros - Polonaise BWV anh 128
Claudemir Medeiros you are ridiculously good for 1.5 years of playing! I listened to other recordings on your channel, very good!

07. SiFi - Simon Finlow - Partita #2 BWV 826, Sarabande and Caprice
Really good! I really liked your sound and your sense of timing and expression! That's how I like Bach to be played.

08. Greener/Jeff - Badinerie
This is a very nice arrangement! You get a great sound out of that piano. I'd bring the tempo down a bit and maybe cut down a bit on the ornaments, in order to keep a more steady rhythm, as it's a very technical piece.

09. computerpro3 - Bach-Busoni Chaconne
Another brilliant performance. Very dramatic. Loved the contrast in dynamics between the repetitions.

10. Peterws - French Suite, 5, Allemande
a VERY pleasing performance to my ears.

13. Michael KK Lam - Minuet in G Major & g minor, BWV Anh 114, 115
This is very nice and the harpsichord sound fit here I think. Please pay attention to the rhythm on the G major minuet.

14. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Menuet In G Minor, BWV 842
Very nice piece. I think you can benefit from playing it in a more relaxed manner (mentally), give specific notes some more space, rubato. I think this piece calls for it. Anyway, amazing level and technique, especially for that short experience.

15. Solfinker - Little Prelude BWV 927
It's illegal to play this good after just 3 years. Nice little piece.

16. Snejana - Snejana Shegheva
Very nice and refreshing piece.

17. cmb13 - Craig - Adagio in D minor, BWV 974
Very nice piece which I wasn't familiar with. It sounds simple but it's very exposed and it's a great challenge to make it really sing. I like the direction you took there with the dynamics and tempo, it makes it dramatic and tells a story. Sure there's work to do to make it more steady but I think it has a lot of potential.

18. Greener/Jeff - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
This is a very challenging arrangement, I think you do it justice. VERY pleasant sounding. It really sings!

19. MeganR - Prelude in D Minor BWV 940
Superb performance. You bring out the voices remarkably well!

That's it for now, I will listen to the rest soon!
Posted By: Claudemir

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/16/19 08:29 PM

Originally Posted by Ido
I haven't listened to all the recordings yet, but I just wanted to point out how high the level is!! incredible job everyone, I'm truly amazed!

For now I'll just regard the pieces I've listened to so far:

05. Claudemir Medeiros - Polonaise BWV anh 128
Claudemir Medeiros you are ridiculously good for 1.5 years of playing! I listened to other recordings on your channel, very good!



Thank you so much. Nowadays are a little bit more than 2 years hahaha.
Posted By: Snejana

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/16/19 08:38 PM

01. Jason Lenthe - Invention #13 in A Minor, BWV 783

I watched the video, and I was very impressed with the dexterity. There seemed to be a lot of motion, so I am assuming it was challenging to play. I generally prefer the faster Bach rhytms, but this felt a tidy bit too fast (especially since I was watching it). I wish I can try it, but this piece is not at the right level for me yet.
Posted By: Snejana

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/16/19 08:44 PM

2) sinophilia – Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

What an elegant play! I can listen to this over and over. I have seen this piece (the title) many times, and maybe even heard it, but I can say that I 100% did not expect it to sound this nice. So beautiful!
Posted By: Snejana

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/16/19 09:02 PM

03. Tim Adrianson - Prelude from English Suite #6, BWV811

Enjoy I did smile An outstanding play all throughout!

The recording had some sound feedback, which I always get on my recordings as well, and I can't figure out how to get rid of them. It sounded like the microphone is too close, but I am not sure if that is fixable. Nonetheless, in your case, that did not take away from your performance. But for those beginners, like myself, it would help to be able to clean the recordings for extraneous sounds smile
Posted By: Sol Finker

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/17/19 07:47 AM

01. Jason Lenthe - Invention #13 in A Minor, BWV 783 (to do)
I love Invention #13. I am still struggling with it. I wish I could play it the way you do. I love it.

02. sinophilia - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (to do)
Great video. Great playing. 7 years. You are my model.

04. dynamobt/Marilyn - Invention #6 E Major (to do)
I didn't know the piece. I love the way you combine both hands.

05. Claudemir Medeiros - Polonaise BWV anh 128 (to do)
1.5 year experience. Bravo my friend.

14. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Menuet In G Minor, BWV 842 (to do)
Very nice. Well played.

16. Snejana - Snejana Shegheva (to do)
I love it. Good work.

17. cmb13 - Craig - Adagio in D minor, BWV 974 (to do)
A long piece, a good inversion of time. My congrats.

19. MeganR - Prelude in D Minor BWV 940 (to do)
Nice piece. Well played.

20. MeganR - Prelude in A Minor BWV 942 (to do)
Very very nice. Well played.

22. PikaPianist - Prelude in D minor BWV851 (to do)
I love your left hand. Great.
Posted By: peterws

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/17/19 11:11 PM

1 Jason Length

Loved this; fine start indeed! Fluently played, but speeds up somewhat as she blows along. It;s hard not to do this, particularly when you're enjoying the ride, and I do it myself often. Nice, man!

2 Sinophilia

You've paid much attention to tempo here, and it sounds great. So easy to rush things; you'll hear me do that twice on this recital. It is a nice piece which rolls along peaceably and is so pleasant to hear. Well done!

4 Dynamobt

This too rolls along splendidly. The dynamics of Bach is what interests me most; it's always there, relentless like an unstoppable train hurtling through the night. This sounds excellent on that M&H of yours.

5 Claudemir Medeiros

Not heard this before, but you handle it well. sounds like you never put a foot wrong. Great work!

7 SiFi

Easy listening pieces which sound well on that B of yours. Some tricky sounding stuff therin; liked the second, which fitted perfectly onto the first, and really noved!

8 Greener

Some lovely, quirky melodies in Bach's stuff, Jeff; this is one of 'em and you do a darned nice job. If I might say, it could use a more mechanical, almost robotic approach to give it a relentless feel with absolutely no emotional content! I doubt whether anybody here would agree with me. . . .

I'll be back! Super recital; have fun, guys!
Posted By: cmb13

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/17/19 11:46 PM

Just a few pieces at random, out of order. I listened through headphones at the beach this afternoon. Bach is so interesting, so difficult as well. So farm it's been quite amazing!


01. Jason Lenthe - Invention #13 in A Minor, BWV 783 That was very good, although I think the tempo was a little uneven, the notes sounded good to me and I enjoyed it.

06. Tim Adrianson - Goldberg Aria -- Aria; "Close In" Variations Amazing, really beautiful!

07. SiFi - Simon Finlow - Partita #2 BWV 826, Sarabande and Caprice Excellent, as expected!

19. MeganR - Prelude in D Minor BWV 940 Great job, Megan!

20. MeganR - Prelude in A Minor BWV 942 Very good, glad you had time to submit two pieces.

21. PikaPianist - Prelude in C major BWV846 Beautiful! The entry level Prelude shines!

22. PikaPianist - Prelude in D minor BWV851 Juat spectacular! Very tastefully done. This is no easy Prelude. I loved the staccato, the triplets were fast and consistent, the dynamics well controlled. I’m a big fan!

25. Peterws - Siciliano I never heard this piece before. I agree, it sounds simple, until you really pay attention, then realize that throughout much of this there are 3 voices going on, each with their own phrasing and dynamics. Then it sounds quite difficult! It actually also sounds like a Romantic piece, like Bach jumped a century ahead, then played a Baroque piece with a touch of Romanticism. I really liked it a lot. Great job!

32. Ido - JS Bach - Invention No.1 in C major Nice playing. I listened to both the audio and video entries. Very consistent.

35. Kalos Piano - Musette in D What a nice, quick piece. Sounded very nice to me, clear and well articulated.

36. AssociateX (Liz) - Prelude - F Minor WTC 2 BWV 881 Three pieces! This final one was my favorite of your entries. A lot of movement, yet cleanly played. I really don’t know any of them though. Thanks for submitting them!
Posted By: Tim Adrianson

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/18/19 12:07 AM

Hi, folks! The first batch of comments -- mainly first impressions, based on a single hearing.

Jason Lenthe -- A very solid, secure performance of the A Minor Invention; I would agree, though, that there is some speeding up as it progresses, which for me does detract slightly in the overall effect. But a great way to start!

sinophilia -- On the slow side; nicely lyrical. Sort of like a chamber choir doing the chorale. Nice attention to details.

dynamobt (Marilyn) -- Clear, focused performance of Invention -- very satisfying.

Claudemir Medeiros -- Overall, very meticulous, clean rendition of the Polonaise; just a slight tendency to rush in spots.

SiFi -- very nice projection of chordal changes in the Sarabande, with exacting ornamentation. Excellent rendition of the Capriccio -- a murderously difficult piece to play effectively.

greener -- A nice dancelike feel to the Badinerie; a light "feel"; need to maintain tempo in 2nd section.

computerpro3 -- Uh...not bad, man, not bad. Normally I'm not a fan of the Busoni "amplification" of Bach, but this all worked brilliantly for me, in no small part because of your complete realization of the possibilities.

peterws -- this rendition of the Allemande was for me chock full of good ideas, loaded with joy; I especially liked the staccato nature of the articulation. I've played this one myself, and quite differently -- it's neat to get another perspective.

Michael KK Lam -- Overall, an effective reading with an interesting sound -- I would check, though, for a couple rhythmic irregularities (misreadings?) in the G Major minuet.

Bsharp(C)cyclist -Dan Overall, a clean rendition at an appropriate tempo, but I would avoid the pauses at various spots because the Minuet is a dance, and IMO needs to flow without interruptions.

Sol Finker -- A very effective rendition of this Little Prelude; it has a skipping quality which is very charming.

Snejana -- A very pretty melody from the Anna Magdalena Notebooks -- well communicated and musical.

cmb13 - Craig -- A very clear, honest, straightforward treatment of this transcription -- I would, however, reduce the L.H. volume slightly and concentrate more on making the oboe"sing", so to speak.

Second batch to follow -- thanks to all for putting in what are clearly committed efforts to bring Bach to life!
Posted By: Sol Finker

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/18/19 07:10 AM


24. AssociateX (Liz) - Invention # 14 - Bb Major- BWV 785
A very good - and difficult - performance.

26. Purrblast - Polonaise in g minor (BWV Anh125)
Your performance is unreachable in a one year journey. I enjoyed it very much. Great technique.
Posted By: Tim Adrianson

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/18/19 02:30 PM

Hi, folks! Here are the rest of my capsule observations on the submissions.[/b]

[b]greener
-- Overall, an effective rendition of Dame Myra Hess's transcription of Jesu, Joy..., I would, though, bring out the L.H. chorale statements somewhat more, particularly in the "B" section. I've played this myself, and it's tricky to bring off properly.

MeganR -- Very forceful, convincing performances of the two Preludes (new to me) -- I agree with you that the second needs to go about twice as fast as you took it, but it's a solid work in progress.

PikaPianist -- The familiar C maj Prelude was interesting for me to listen to -- I normally accent the lowest note of each arpeggiated chord, whereas you seemed to gravitate to the top. The Prelude in D minor was just loaded with good ideas; in particular, the L.H. line was outstanding.

AssociateX (Liz) -- The A Minor Invention was overall effective; slightly overpedaled in spots. I would aim for a lighter, more "notey" feel than what you projected here. I would say the same for the B Flat Invention -- it gets somewhat too loud and heavy at times. The difficult reprise, in canon, was handled quite well.

peterws -- I personally like the outright Romantic feel of this Siciliano arrangement, and it does have an appropriate dancelike quality to complement it. Did you do the arrangement?

Purrblast -- Very musical treatment of the Polonaise, in all ways -- good articulation, phrasing, dynamics.

melchiorblade7 -- Thanks for the multiple submissions -- All of them were well communicated. The G maj Invention established a consistent pulse throughout, very convincing. The F min I found a tad too "academic"; I think it would benefit by being a little more stately -- but well handled technically. The E min was notable for a nice balance between the L and R hands, and trills were exact. The Prelude I found somewhat too "metronomic" in nature, and I would say that the finishing material must be significantly faster than that which preceded it. The Fugue I very much liked -- crisp articulation, and good projection of the main fugal subject troughout.

Ido -- A lyrical, light, pleasing quality on Invention 1 -- nice balance between the hands.

justyna_ewa -- A very appropriate dark, organlike quality of the Busoni transcription -- emotionally powerful, although I believe I would aim for a greater range of dynamic contrast to heighten the drama.

Claudemir Medeiros -- Very well-controlled rendition, but since it is a Minuet, I would aspire to a little more dancelike feel.

Kalos -- Clean, convincing, no-nonsense treatment of the Musette; I particularly liked the phrasing in the chromatic portions of the piece.

AssociateX -- In the first section of the F minor Prelude, I would use somewhat less pedal and insert a little more dynamic contrast to improve the overall effect; also check the rhythm on the last two measures. In the second section, you simply need to learn the musical line and chording better -- this rendition is just too messy as it stands.

dumka1 -- Very nice voicing of the main subject -- and it is not an easy thing to bring off. Otherwise, I'd aim for somewhat more smoothness and delicacy in phrasing than I heard here.

Thanks to everyone for their efforts -- I intend to listen to some of them again!
Posted By: peterws

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/18/19 09:54 PM

Tim Adrianson

Hiya Tim. The arrangement was similar to one received from a fellow ABF member, but with detail differences and no intro. Didn't much care for the intro.
The tune has 3 melodies, as you point out. Most, if not all pianists of standing (!) will highlight the main melody throughout, which sings nicely. But very early on, the volume strongly rises and calls for a more strident, clashing sound imnsho which the written score nicely provides. So, I lose the main melody in a welter of ball-players all striving furiously for possession. It evens out somewhat later. . . .hard to believe Bach only had the harpsichord and organ to play on. Feel sorry for him.
Posted By: scorpio

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/19/19 06:26 PM

Excellent recital. Thank you all. Just listened to them ... very enjoyable.

Peter, which Bluethner setting did you use with Siciliano? I thought it sounded terrific.
Posted By: peterws

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/19/19 07:36 PM

Originally Posted by scorpio
Excellent recital. Thank you all. Just listened to them ... very enjoyable.

Peter, which Bluethner setting did you use with Siciliano? I thought it sounded terrific.


It'll be Chamber. It's quite a dark, pure sound and has great dynamics. Too good for me unfortunately!
Posted By: Melchiorblade7

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/19/19 10:25 PM

I'll be listening to every entry over the week. These are some thoughts so far. (Great job, everyone. Very impressive.)

1. Jason Lenthe - Invention #13 - This was enjoyable to listen to. Your technique shines throughout the Invention. Treble and bass lines are well articulated throughout. You play the tempo so it gets slightly accelerated as the piece goes on, and whether or not this is intentional it might be good to keep a consistent tempo for a piece like this, but that's just my preference I suppose. Good job handling the counterpoint of this piece!

2. sinofilia - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Pleasant and peaceful to listen to. The resonance on your piano and the handling of the pedal are well done here. You project and sustain the harmonies at just the right times. Only thing I would do different is suspend the ending cadence and lower dynamics a slight bit more to give it more satisfying closure. Fantastic playing!

3. Tim Adrianson - Prelude from English Suite #6 - First off, I want to give you a firm round of applause for that performance. This is a very difficult and epic prelude to perform, and you did admirably. I very much enjoyed this performance and felt the profound effect of the masterwork through your playing. The bass has some sustain feedback or bleed-in that obscures some of the lines (only a little bit though), but it's not so muddy that it ruins it by any means (this really can't be avoided on some acoustic pianos of course!). Overall, this is a fantastic performance, and it moved me in some places, then again, this is one of my favorite Bach pieces so I could be biased. Bravo!

More comments to be written later
Posted By: AssociateX

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/20/19 02:08 AM

Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
Hi, folks! Here are the rest of my capsule observations on the submissions.[/b]

[b]AssociateX (Liz)
-- The A Minor Invention was overall effective; slightly overpedaled in spots. I would aim for a lighter, more "notey" feel than what you projected here. I would say the same for the B Flat Invention -- it gets somewhat too loud and heavy at times. The difficult reprise, in canon, was handled quite well.

AssociateX -- In the first section of the F minor Prelude, I would use somewhat less pedal and insert a little more dynamic contrast to improve the overall effect; also check the rhythm on the last two measures. In the second section, you simply need to learn the musical line and chording better -- this rendition is just too messy as it stands.

Thanks to everyone for their efforts -- I intend to listen to some of them again!


Spot on, I had double thoughts about submitting the Prelude. It wasnt ready, the muddyness is because I just didn’t have the fingering solid on those notes...thank you for listening and sharing! I loved the English Suite, it was masterfully played.
I listened to all the submitted pieces and enjoyed them all.. I particularly loved the Chaconne. Will definitely be replaying them during my commute in the car...
Posted By: cmb13

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/20/19 08:27 PM

Few more -


02. sinophilia - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring Very good, nice and steady, goo Page turns!

04. dynamobt/Marilyn - Invention #6 E Major What a relentless piece! I’m about to start the inventions and I’m a little afraid of this one!

05. Claudemir Medeiros - Polonaise BWV anh 128 Nice paying, Claudemir !

08. Greener/Jeff - Badinerie Good piece, like this one - good playing!

09. computerpro3 - Bach-Busoni Chaconne WOW! That sounded wicked hard! And memorized? Congrats - big pice!!

10. Peterws - French Suite, 5, Allemande (to do)

13. Michael KK Lam - Minuet in G Major & g minor, BWV Anh 114, 115 The sound effects were a little distracting but sounds good.

14. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Menuet In G Minor, BWV 842 What excellent control, so smooth, subtle, sounded really nice.

15. Solfinker - Little Prelude BWV 927 Nice fast piece good playing.

16. Snejana - Snejana Shegheva I did enjoy the melody, that was a nice piece.

18. Greener/Jeff - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring Good playing, nice piece I had not heard before.

26. Purrblast - Polonaise in g minor (BWV Anh125) Very nice playing, seemed like you play with ease and confidence. Keep it up!

27. Melchiorblade7 (Matt) - Invention No. 10 in G Major Great playing - I enjoyed the entire collection that you presented. Bravo!

33. justyna_ewa - Nun komm'der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 Nicely played somber piece. My type of music!

34. Claudemir Medeiros - Minuet in Dm Good playing, nicely done.

37. dumka1 - Fugue in D minor, WTC I Good job with the counterpoint! Sounds tough to me.
Posted By: peterws

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/20/19 11:21 PM

13 Michael KK Lamb

You're doing well, man. Decent pieces, both linked, and very well performed. You don't ever forget how to ride a bike . . .

14 Bsharp Cyclist

Great sound on your piano; increase the Pianoteq content and you'll get that slightly out of tune sound, and a great sense of spaciousness too. Very good playing, steady and pleasant sounding.

15 Solfinker

You got a magical number of notes to the minute here. Short, great sounding. Nice piano . .

16 Snejana

Soft, gentle lovely sound, like for a hymn. Loved the peacefulness of this. That digital sounded like it had soft hammers to give it such a perspective.

17 Cmb13

Sounds so un-Bach like. Such music is timeless and the basis for almost everything we do now. Apart from rap. Good work on this tricky piece.

18 Greener

Love this piece. I find it hard to maintain a decent slow pace. You achieve this nicely. The bit at 2.30 is indeed tricky but rewarding when you get through it unscathed! Fine work, Jeff!

19 and 20 Megan R

A double surprise! You get such a fine sound out of that spinet. A little piano that thinks it's a grand. And sounds like one. I want one . . . . .Lovely steady work. Nowt wrong wi those, lass!

I'll attend to the longer ones before long . . . . .you know how it is for time. Thanks all for posting these. It's great fun listening to it all.
Posted By: cmb13

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/22/19 11:50 AM

Thanks for the comments to those who listened.

There really seem to be a lot less viewing, listening and comments on the themed recitals, and I think it could be because they are locked in the subtopic area. I wonder if when they are first posted this should be moved back to ABF for a while (the recital and comment threads).

Will repost this elsewhere also.
Posted By: outo

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/22/19 11:58 AM

I am sorry for not commenting individually...Just have too much to do these days. I listened through them all before the recital went out and they were all wonderful!
Posted By: Kalos Piano

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/24/19 07:56 PM


here's a bunch comments by me:


01. Jason Lenthe - Invention #13 in A Minor, BWV 783
Excellent! You managed to play this fast with each part sounding loud and clear.

02. sinophilia - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Loved the arrangement and loved your playing.

04. dynamobt/Marilyn - Invention #6 E Major
another invention played with great clarity in each voice, well done!

05. Claudemir Medeiros - Polonaise BWV anh 128
Muito bom! smile

08. Greener/Jeff - Badinerie
always been one of my favorites from Bach. It still can use some slow work in order to improve the coordination of each part, but it's a good work in progress and the piece is challenging indeed.

15. Solfinker - Little Prelude BWV 927
well played, sounds like a fun one, gonna try it as well.

19. MeganR - Prelude in D Minor BWV 940
same as above, nicely played and didn't know this one, so now look forward to try it myself

21. PikaPianist - Prelude in C major BWV846
really nice, liked the dynamics and also your choice of playing with the una corda pedal

22. PikaPianist - Prelude in D minor BWV851
loved it! Again, great control of the dynamics.

25. Peterws - Siciliano
one of my favorite from Bach. There's room for improvement but it's already very good nonetheless.

30. Melchiorblade7 (Matt) - WTC Book 1 - Prelude No. 2 in C Minor
31. Melchiorblade7 (Matt) - WTC Book 1 - Fugue No. 2 in C Minor
good technique, very enjoyable performance of both the prelude and the fugue.

32. Ido - JS Bach - Invention No.1 in C major
more slow paced than usual performances but very precise and pleasant to listen to

36. AssociateX (Liz) - Prelude - F Minor WTC 2 BWV 881
didn't know this prelude, very nice discovery, thanks for posting.
Posted By: Ido

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/25/19 11:21 AM

Kalos Piano thank you very much and also to all the people who listened!
Posted By: justyna_ewa

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/25/19 10:06 PM

Thank you for comments, and listening. For me it was a huge step forward. So far I was very afraid to let other people listen to my performances. I am very happy to be here.
Posted By: Chrispy

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/27/19 11:27 PM

01. Jason Lenthe - Invention #13 in A Minor, BWV 783
"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."

There are actually a bunch of videos on YouTube that do exactly this. This was my favorite smile I enjoyed your rendition as well.

Posted By: computerpro3

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/31/19 01:23 AM

Sorry I am late on responding here - work has been crazy. I have listened to a few performances so far and they have all been great! I will begin commenting out of order and will eventually get to everyone over the next week or so.

07. SiFi - Simon Finlow - Partita #2 BWV 826, Sarabande and Caprice

Performed with integrity of the lines, excellent phrasing, and the illusive "flow" that so many performances of Bach just don't achieve for me. This was a great mixture of intellectual respect for the score with a human melodic touch. When I listen to a really good Bach performance I get a physical feeling in my brain and body that is almost a head rush, and this did that for me. Thank you!

11. Tim Adrianson - Goldberg Aria -- Mid-range Variations and 12. - Aria -- Far out Variations

Your performances were my first introduction to these compositional projects, and I thank you for that. I enjoyed them very much. When listening to your performances I was able to focus easily completely on the music and how interesting it was, and enjoy the musicality that you imparted to it. You "got out of the way" as a performer while still keeping a warm human touch and when dealing with Bach and Bach derivative pieces that is something I really appreciate! Nicely done with great sound, articulations, and concepts. I was impressed with your innate musicality.

33. Justyna ewa - Nun kommder Heiden Heiland

I listened to this piece as one of the first performances because I have also played this and love it. You have a very good sense of melody, musicality, and rubato. The only thing I would suggest is to take a bit more time in certain areas to bask in the harmonies and sound, but this is a really solid performance. I thought you did a particularly good job keeping a focus on the right hand melodies even when the texture got a bit dense. I would be curious to know what you think of when playing this work from an emotional standpoint!



Posted By: justyna_ewa

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 03/31/19 03:33 PM

Computerpro3, I am really happy, you liked my performance. As for harmonies, I don't know if I understand well, you mean to give more "temporary" space for resonance? If so you are probably right, I have a general problem of not giving myself enough time during performance just to enjoy the sound. I have impression it would be boring or annoying for listeners. It's stupid, I know. Another issue is I need to be more conscious about the acoustics of the room. What I was thinking about during performance... to bring most of the eternal beauty that is in this music - very demanding expectation from myself, to give this musical logos a proper body, sometimes Bach is like a vehicle to travel beyond time and space, so let's say there were moments, I was out there. Sorry if that sounds crazy. I do not have such connotations with other composers, at least not that often. With this particular piece, as I wrote in commentary at the Themed Recital Website, I suppose the topic of redemption of the sinful world by an intervention of divinity is really present in this piece. It does not necesarilly mean, you have to take it from the religious perspective. It might be also understood as something good, luminous, and caring entering the realm of the fall to begin transformation.
Posted By: dumka1

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 04/03/19 12:18 AM

dynamobt/Marilyn--Great job! This is one of my favorite inventions, too, and I also enjoyed playing it at some point (in fact, it was one of the first pieces my teacher assigned to me when I resumed taking lessons in my twenties).

Overall, a wonderful recital. Sorry it took me so long to respond--our spring break started on March 16th, right after the recital closed, and we traveled some, so I've been listening off and on to a few pieces at a time. Thanks, everybody!
Posted By: lvojnovic

Re: Bach Themed Recital 2019 - General Discussion Room - 04/09/19 09:54 AM

01. Jason Lenthe - Invention #13 in A Minor, BWV 783
It is not only addictive to play, but also to listen smile
Btw. some metal bands do incorporate Bach into their music. For example Symphony X has a fragment of 1052 concerto in their song a fool's paradise.
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