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Enjoy the recital!
This was a big recital with quality submissions. I don't know if and when I have time for individual comments, but I am very impressed by all of you!
Thanks to all for being able to participate in this recital. I've started listening and the sheer amount of great playing and great music is simply astounding. I can't wait to hear them all.
Sam,

Your prelude was the first I’ve listened to. It’s really interesting to me that there are so many composers that I still have not heard of. That, of course, was well played. It made me think that it would be nice to have an exercise in block chords that increased skills in rapid transitions. Maybe this was just such an exercise, maybe there are others about which I don’t know, or maybe I should compose one (lol).

Thanks again for sharing this.
Morodiene,

I like the Bach piece. I’m starting to get more into Bach also, so I understand where you’re coming from about adding it to your rep. It’s addictive. So tricky, though, but so good for you!
Tyrone,

More Bach! I’m glad you’re embracing the pain with me! I just learned that one last summer, as I began my journey to the center of the Bach! Keep it up, you’re doing great!
Wisebuff,

More Bach! Very good. I think when you get it a little farther along, I’d increase the tempo. One more thing is I wonder if you can increase the gain setting on your microphone, as it’s a little hard to hear.

Great job, Karen!
Anyone else have trouble listening to Tyrone's piece via the online streaming player. All others seems to work fine. Only the youtube video works.
Dumka,

Finally, some Chopin! I wasn’t familiar with this one but I can see why you like it. It’s very powerful, with rich chords and a melody that leads to each chord. Great. Thanks for sharing it with us.
I'll comment on others later.

painogrlNW

I am becoming your fanboy. I've always enjoyed your playing, but it is also your selections of pieces that I enjoy and this really does not disappoint. I love the mood you give this and how you ever so slowly wind this piece down to its end.
PianogirlNW

I’m with Kevin. I always enjoy hearing your selections. This one does not disappoint. Another composer that I was not familiar with. Thanks for playing this.
lvojnovic

The Chopin prelude in Emin is of my favorites. Keep this one. I come back to it once in a while and always love it. It’s so emotive.
PianogrINW,

I'm with Kevin and cmb13! :-) It's a fabulous piece and you played it wonderfully. I love how steady and calmn you keep it, and build the mood with dynamics and layering of the different voices. I adore your great command and control on the last page where the big chords are!

I've played this piece last year but never really finished it, the chordal part threw me off guard and I put it back on the shelf to come back to it when I'll be more ready. You certainly inspire me to get back to that one. It's a gem :-)


Mateusz
Originally Posted by KevinM
Anyone else have trouble listening to Tyrone's piece via the online streaming player. All others seems to work fine. Only the youtube video works.

It works for me. What kind of trouble do you have? No sound?
Greta99

Excellent Bach prelude, very uptempo, clear and fluid. You played that so nicely.
Originally Posted by outo
Originally Posted by KevinM
Anyone else have trouble listening to Tyrone's piece via the online streaming player. All others seems to work fine. Only the youtube video works.

It works for me. What kind of trouble do you have? No sound?

I watched the video so had no problem.
Originally Posted by Mati
Thanks to all for being able to participate in this recital. I've started listening and the sheer amount of great playing and great music is simply astounding. I can't wait to hear them all.


I agree, a lot of great music here. I've been listening in the background while working here this morning.
Originally Posted by outo
Originally Posted by KevinM
Anyone else have trouble listening to Tyrone's piece via the online streaming player. All others seems to work fine. Only the youtube video works.

It works for me. What kind of trouble do you have? No sound?


The loader never starts loading the track and so never starts to play it. No problem with any of the others. This is on macOS 10.14.6 and Safari.
Snejana

This was my first Bach piece also; then I went back to the Little Preludes, and now I'm on the Inventions. I still use this as a warmup piece and play it at least every 3-4 days. It's so rich, so nice. Your dynamics were good, there were some nice crecendos and decrescendos where they should be, your tempo was even, and the sound quality was good.

I've been letting this piece mature, using it for proper arm weighting, arm rotation, tempo, etc. It's such a nice piece that it led me along a journey whereby I'm looking more Bach to use as exercises / warmups like I use this one. So far, the little prelude in C min is a good candidate, as is the invention 13; I love these also. But I'm going to continue on my Bach journey before returning to those for good.

Anyway, long response to your well played piece, but I felt it was relevant to your story of how this piece got you started on your piano journey, which is inspiring and excellent!
Pianist685 (Constantin)

Beautiful piece. I haven't heard it before. It's nice to have a short one once in a while.
Originally Posted by KevinM
Originally Posted by outo
Originally Posted by KevinM
Anyone else have trouble listening to Tyrone's piece via the online streaming player. All others seems to work fine. Only the youtube video works.

It works for me. What kind of trouble do you have? No sound?


The loader never starts loading the track and so never starts to play it. No problem with any of the others. This is on macOS 10.14.6 and Safari.

I am using firefox (on PC) and it works fine. I thought it could be the track or file name, but there's nothing special in it...Sorry that I cannot help.
Originally Posted by outo

I am using firefox (on PC) and it works fine. I thought it could be the track or file name, but there's nothing special in it...Sorry that I cannot help.


Thanks for responding outo. I was able to listen from the youtube link without a problem so I am not missing out. It is just odd.
CMB 13, Thanks so much for listening to my piece and I agree, it needs a bit more tempo (although I don't like this one galloping too fast). Thank you for pointing me to the gain setting. It's been a while since I recorded on the Zoom Q3 and I was clueless as to how to increase the sound. Sorry about that.
Jordan Nylander
Second time I've heard Bach's WTC in C maj today. Very good.

I've also learned and recorded La fille aux cheveux de lin for a previous recital; what a beautiful piece! I've let it slip a little. I enjoyed hearing your rendition. You played it at a slower, more deliberate tempo than I've heard before. This gives it a slightly different feel. Less urgency, more of a relaxed feel. While I think I prefer it a little higher tempo, I enjoyed your interpretation. Thanks for sharing it.
PikaPianist, I can't stop listening to your piece, it's so beautiful, and wonderfully played, I can't remember when I last heard anything as lovely as this smile
Originally Posted by Jytte
PikaPianist, I can't stop listening to your piece, it's so beautiful, and wonderfully played, I can't remember when I last heard anything as lovely as this smile

PikePianist - It really is beautiful. Why would you want to hear that any faster. Just the right tempo.
Pianist685

I love this piece, starts with such a melancholy feel, but there is something bright and uplifting in there as well.
Calavera

Wonderful. Such good control of the dynamics.
Originally Posted by cmb13
Dumka,

Finally, some Chopin! I wasn’t familiar with this one but I can see why you like it. It’s very powerful, with rich chords and a melody that leads to each chord. Great. Thanks for sharing it with us.


Thanks! I'm glad you appreciated the prelude. I remember seeing a discussion of Chopin's preludes on one of the forums (maybe Pianist Corner?), and this one was consistently voted as the least favorite, which made me kind of mad. I know I could have done more with it (I lost the melody in the right hand a bit when focusing on the trills in the left), but I didn't have much time to revive and record it.
Thank you KevinM, cmb13, and Mati for commenting on my Franck submission. It’s still a work in progress and I look forward to some day increasing the tempo.

I have listened to most of the submissions and am impressed with the dedication everyone is making to increase their pianistic skills. Thanks Outo for putting this recital together. Lots of Bach, Chopin and other composers represented here.
Tim, excellent playing all around, thanks for introducing us to some music we might not know!
Originally Posted by cmb13
Jordan Nylander
Second time I've heard Bach's WTC in C maj today. Very good.

I've also learned and recorded La fille aux cheveux de lin for a previous recital; what a beautiful piece! I've let it slip a little. I enjoyed hearing your rendition. You played it at a slower, more deliberate tempo than I've heard before. This gives it a slightly different feel. Less urgency, more of a relaxed feel. While I think I prefer it a little higher tempo, I enjoyed your interpretation. Thanks for sharing it.



Thank you!

I enjoyed preparing these pieces for my first time on this site for recitals.
I'm looking forward to preparing Beethoven for the next recital as well!
Calavera,

I enjoyed the Final Fantasy Prelude! Thanks for sharing

Sam S,

I recognized this song but I'm not sure from where. Great playing and nice song choice.

PikaPianist,

I really head the nostalgia in your interpretation. Nice job.
I jotted some of my comments below for those pieces I was able to listen to while I was at work yesterday and today (had it running in the background).

02. Jason Lenthe - Little Prelude in F Major, BWV 928 (to do)
- very even notes and playing, good job!

03. Snejana - Prelude in C Major

- love the tempo and the note accuracy is wonderful!

04. Tim Adrianson - Preludes, Op. 11, Nos. 3, 6, 9, 12, 15
05. Tim Adrianson - Preludes, Op. 103, Nos. 3, 4, 5
06. Tim Adrianson - Three Preludes for solo piano
11. Tim Adrianson - Six Preludes for Piano
12. Tim Adrianson - Preludes 3, 4 for Guitar (trans. Piano)
13. Tim Adrianson - Preludes #s 5, 6, 8
19. Tim Adrianson - Childhood Memory; Elegy
20. Tim Adrianson - Mysterious; Sprightly

I grouped all your submissions together as this recital should probably renamed “The Tim Adrianson Recital: Selected Works”. The playing is amazing and inspiring as always! I particularly enjoyed the sensitive and tender way you played the Preludes. I also was not familiar with these composers and they were a joy to listen to. The dark moodiness and melancholy natire of the Sprightly piece..it was a real joy. I will listen to some of these again as there was much to enjoy in every single piece.

08. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Prelude Op. 2 No. 2

This was played very beautifully and expressively. I could not hear technical glitches or anything that interrupted the flow.

09. Calavera - Prelude

I would love to hear this piece on an acoustic piano, the dynamics would sound incredible. The runs were well executed and even.

10. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Prelude In D Flat Major

The first 3 notes did sound a little harsh in tone (I am guilty of harsh playing so now I am always aware of this) but the rest of the piece was just wonderful and I could hear all your musical ideas. I liked the tempo and I could hear dynamic variations. Fantastic job!

14. Jason Lenthe - Little Prelude in E Major, BWV 937

I loved the brisk tempo and you didn’t miss a beat (or note from what I perceived!), was this piece played on the Harpsichord setting of the digital piano or a real Harpsichord? I liked the distinct sound.

16. Jordan Nylander - La fille aux cheveux de lin
I kept thinking about the rhythm, tempo, note values, intonation and dynamics in this piece- I felt the tempo could have been a little faster in some spots but the general idea was conveyed well.

17. Sam S - Prelude to a Fairy Tale
Good dynamics and I liked the slow decrescendos and ritardandos in this pieces. The parallel chords did come across just a tad loud/harsh but that may be an effect of the MP3 format. It is a cute piece!

18. facdo - Little Prelude in E Minor - BWV 941
Lovely short piece!
I am always impressed by your succinct articulated summaries of your own performances and interpretations. The fact that you memorized this is an accomplishment as Bach is so difficult to really execute from memory. I usually trip up somewhere and confuse a phrase with another one later or earlier in the piece.

As far as technical feedback: I agree w/ much of what you noted- esp where you perceive there were RH syncopations in lieu of a polyrhythm. It takes a sharp ear to distinguish the subtle difference in how the finger strikes the key to execute a proper accent on the right note, and overall play a passage with the correct 2:3 rhythm. I also struggle with this!

Great job!

21. Morodiene - Prelude in G Major BWV 860 (WTC 1)

You really went into this w/ a bouncy jaunty approach and I loved that a lot. A lot of Bach pieces are played very dry and this is definitely not dry. The tempo is impressive! I now want to learn this Prelude.

35. Morodiene - Prelude (of course) from Tombeau de Couperin

I find Ravel so difficult to play because of all the musical demands he imbues in his music, but you executed this to almost flawless perfection for overall effect. I really liked this and have listened to it 3x already. Sure there may be a missed note here or there but the articulation and dynamics are fantastic.

22. PikaPianist - Prelude Op. 10, No. 1 in Db major
Wow, I am impressed! This sounded professionally played. Quality of sound was excellent and the overall flow was beautiful. I’ve been watching your YouTube channel and your progress is evident. Great job!

23. barbaram - Three Little Preludes BWV 939, 940, 941
Thoughtfully and deliberately played.

25. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Prelude No 5 in D major (The Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1) (BWV 850)
Very nicely played!

28. facdo - Bachianas Brasileiras No.4 - I. Preludio
Thank you for sharing this composer's work, I was not familiar with this and I liked it.

29. lvojnovic - Prelude in e minor

One of the great things about developing your ear is realizing when a recording on playback sounds different than what you thought you were playing as you were performing. It is an eye opener, isn’t it? This piece has a lot of potential, I think you are getting there.

33. Jordan Nylander - Prelude in E major
I listened to this twice and then realized it was the same Prelude posted by dumka (# 38) below- both versions appear to be identical so I hate to be making distinctions between the 2 performances on purely technical aspects but I enjoyed both immensely and can’t really offer anything to fix or improve because this performance sounded flawless to me.

36. PianogrlNW - Prelude from Op. 18 Prelude, Fugue and Variation I am always amazed at your musicality and inability to play a wrong note. Great playing!

37. nardobrown - Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue No.24

I would love to hear this is on an acoustic. This is a challenging endeavor! I am not familiar with this particular prelude but I have a Shostakovich Preludes CD (Ledeyva as the pianist) which I can prob listen to and double check how closely this resembles that but given time constraints, I won’t do that and probably won’t need to because what I hear sounds absolutely lovely and expressive. There is a lot of complexity in this music, you executed nice flowing passages in fast tempo, and I feel you were able to capture and convey that convincingly.

38. dumka1 - Prelude in E major op. 28 no. 9

I listened to this twice because I was not familiar with this Prelude and love the inner harmony lines. I also have realized it was the same Prelude posted by Jordan Nylander (# 33) a- both versions appear to be identical so I hate to be making distinctions between the 2 performances on purely technical aspects but I enjoyed both immensely and can’t really offer anything to fix or improve because this performance sounded flawless to me.

39. Wisebuff (aka Karen) - Prelude 934
- I had to crank up the volume because it sounded low but from what I was able to hear, it sounded really lovely and a beautiful melody.

40. selfishplayer - prelude op.28 no.4
- LH notes too staccato and there are parts where it does sound awkward as you stated in the description. I would keep working on it to smooth it out even more but this is a good start.

41. Tyrone Slothrop - Little Prelude, BWV 939
- good effort, the RH sounded a bit struggling-like but you kept the flow and tempo which was great. Keep it up!

43. winterflower - BWV 861's prelude, in g minor
This had a strong quick stard but it mellowed out very nicely. Look forward to hearing it again!
Originally Posted by AssociateX
I jotted some of my comments below for those pieces I was able to listen to while I was at work yesterday and today (had it running in the background).

02. Jason Lenthe - Little Prelude in F Major, BWV 928 (to do)
- very even notes and playing, good job!

14. Jason Lenthe - Little Prelude in E Major, BWV 937

I loved the brisk tempo and you didn’t miss a beat (or note from what I perceived!), was this piece played on the Harpsichord setting of the digital piano or a real Harpsichord? I liked the distinct sound.



Hi Liz,

Thank you for listening and commenting. Its very interesting that you wondered whether I played the E major prelude on a harpsichord setting or an actual harpsichord. It is actually an acoustic grand piano, a Cunningham Parlour Grand to be exact, which does have a somewhat distinct sound. I also played with fair amount of separation between the 16th notes for clarity which is something I've been working on with my teacher. It is perhaps a tad bit too staccatoish but maybe that's giving it a more percussive and more harpsichordish sound.
Hi, folks! My thanks to all the contributors on this Themed Recital -- as usual, one can feel the effort expended to provide the best "take" on the varied submissions. Here are my short comments on each submission:

selfishplayer -- You had said you were an adult beginner, but this is definitely NOT a beginner Prelude! You had also indicated that this is a work in progress -- I agree, and would recommend two general things for improvement:

1. Slow it down, rather considerably -- right now, I consider your tempo to be slightly beyond even a "performance-ready" rendition. Right now, the tempo careens out of control at several points, and these fluctuations are unpleasant to listen to.
2. Pay more attention to the left hand -- right now, you're counting on the right hand ttoo much to "carry you through", but Bach simply demands more integration of both hands -- certainly in this Prelude. And it certainly would serve to address tempo irregularities.

Having said that, the musical flow was sometimes quite good, and as I say, this is not an easy piece to achieve that.

Jason Lenthe -- Not much to criticize on either of your Bach submissions, Jason -- tight as a drum rhythmically, and you have the guts not to rely on any pedal at all. A joy to listen to -- bravo!.

snejana -- I used to play this famous Prelude the same way you do: accenting the top note in each arpeggio -- but I've changed my mind about that. Fortunately, you have another rendition of the same piece by Jordan Nylander for comparison: he and I accent the root note of each arpeggio rather than the top note. That changes the "feel" of the musical line, but I think it better exhibits the character of the piece. Just a personal opinion. Otherwise, well done, except -- check out the ending; it's not as improvisatory as you played it.

seeker -- Your friend Mr. Bellak had a sophisticated sense of Jazz harmony and rhythm -- loved the virtuoso flourish at the end!

Pianist685 -- Even at 17, Scriabin had an acute sense of melodic flow. He was IMO the finest "Chopin wannabe" ever, in his early years. As usual, you presented it with full musical understanding.

calavero -- I'm not typically much of a fan of Games music, but I thought Uematsu provided a very logical, well proportioned Prelude. I especially liked the change in cadence in the final statement. And very nicely performed.

BSharp(C)yclist -- Again, a rock solid performance of a very pretty piece by Catherine Rollin, one of the many teacher-composers who operate in the piano education realm. Very enjoyable; very nice piano sound.

Jordan Nylander -- For the Bach, see notes for snejana above. In the Debussy, besides being very slow, I believe you are misreading some of the intended rhythmic movement at various junctures in the piece -- more specifically, some of the segments are going half as fast as they should go relative to the entire flow. To my ear, you clearly nailed all the sometimes quite subtle harmonies, meaning that the rhythmic irregularities cannot be attributed to improvisatory rubato. I mention this only because Debussy notated everything quite precisely, and it does him a disservice not to honor his directives "to the letter".

Sam S -- Ah, yes -- Denes Agay! I believe I owned his collection of pieces once upon a time, and knew that he contributed a couple of his own. Well, I'd say he was a Bartok "wannabe", without the spikes and thorns that Bartok provided, even in his educational pieces. For me, a very effective piece, very solidly presented, both technically and musically.

facdo -- For a relative beginner, you really have a good musical sensibility for the piano. You play Bach very "romantically" -- so do I; be prepared for criticism in that regard! I very much enjoyed the Villa Lobos Preludio to the Bachianas Brasileiras #4; i've played the whole Suite in the past, and I completely agree with your conception of how the piece should move. I hope you have occasion to listen to my rendition of the two Guitar Preludes transcribed for piano by Luis Brandao -- would love to hear from a "real Brasilian"!

Morodiene -- A very secure rendition of the G Major Prelude from WTC 2, in all ways. I personally play it somewhat faster, but your approach worked for me across the board.

Pika Pianist -- Now here's a perfect example of what I consider a "Rare Gem" -- a beautifully crafted melody, developed to perfection within a 2 minute timeframe -- loaded with charm. And as usual, presented to perfection, complete with the finishing flourish. Bravo!

More comments to follow, probably later today (7 inches of snow to shovel, first!)
Here some of my comments:
some of recordings to me are perfect , beyond my beginner level ability to give comments, just enjoyed listening to them. like Tim's huge collection ,21,22,24,25,26,30,32 and several more.
39.Wisebuff - Sound volume is a bit too low. But its a very beautiful playing. the piano sound is pretty good.and you played so elegantly.
29 ivojnovic - very good playing , well expressed emotionally, at 1:25 , you played quite smooth while I found it's a bit challenging for me. after listened to your version, I found my version is just not right,
34 AssocaiteX - Your progress is amazing. This recording is very well played with only a few minor mistakes near the end.But you just got it right overall. Compared to some of your previous recordings on YT like the Chopin valse op64n2 , it totally felt like 2 different players. Keep progress!

Tim's collection - Great performance , surely I will listen to them often . Can't imagine they're played on a Kawai baby grand 5'5, even smaller than my RX2 .but it sounds like from a much larger piano.Now I have no excuse to link my poor playing to piano's problem, just my skill poor.
And thank you for your feedback on my recording of eng suite 2 prel , I should really slow down especially in practice to spot and solve all potential problems but not rush for an unpleasant recording .
Part 2 of the comments of the various submissions:

barbaram -- Very nice traversal of the Bach Preludes -- well proportioned; good sense of musical line.

Pathbreaker -- Beautifully expressive rendition of the Prelude from the 1st Partita -- the fun really begins after that!

Mateusz "Mati" Papernik -- Very clear, precise rendering of the Bach Prelude. Look forward to hearing more of you in the future.

Greta99 -- Again, a very solid, precise rendition of the Bach. Interesting to listen to the various Arens Preludes -- essentially an introduction to the simpler progressions of various contemporary pop and folk songs.

Ivojnovic -- A very solid rendition of the Chopin Prelude, although I would aim to shape the line of the elegant progressions in the left hand even more than you did, and perhaps smooth it out a little. It is such a mournful, beautiful statement!

Ganddalf -- Both Preludes are new to me, although the composers aren't. Blumenfeld is aiming for charm here, and I thought you captured that aspect very effectively. Bortkiewicz strikes me here as openly emulating early Rachmaninov, particularly his Elegy, with an elaborate rolling bass against a very pronounced and elegant melodic line. It's great to hear pieces like this from lesser known composers -- "forgotten", so to speak, but still consummately professional.

Jordan Nylander -- Solid and well-considered renditions of both pieces, similar to your earlier submissions. Hope to hear more from you in the future! You get a chance to compare your Chopin against another submitter, which I've always found intriguing

AssociateX -- A nicely expressive rendition of the F Minor WTC 2 Prelude -- which to me is important, because I admit to finding it a tad dull without the expressive touches. OK, a few, uh, creative rescues here and there, but overall very enjoyable.

Morodiene -- Once I got used to your choice of tempo, I found the Ravel very compelling on its own terms. Why not slow it down some to capture all the elegant figurations and the totally satisfying harmonic surprises? I've never been satisfied with my own efforts on this piece -- your rendition gave me some new insights (although I'll still play it faster!).

PianogrlNW -- A rich, completely realized rendition of the Franck Prelude -- I've never heard this piece before, but you certainly make me want to hear the Chorale and Variation!

nardobrown -- Again, I've never personally visited the Shostakovich P&F's, but I have noted that participants in the Amateur Competitions have occasionally programmed the last one. Well, I can now see why! I find the set just too dour by half, and certainly the Prelude here is sombre and somewhat tortured, but it certainly sets the tone for the powerful Fugue that concludes the set. Many thanks for including it!

dumka -- A very solid presentation of what I call the "Organ Hymn" Prelude within the Chopin set. To be frank, I've never found that Prelude to be terribly convincing -- it just needs, well, more development before the ending. But your rendition was well considered, throughout.

Wisebuff -- A very precise rendering of section "A" -- congratulations on negotiating the chromatic demands of section "B".
The quiet sound was quite interesting -- sort of like one was listening to a clavichord!

selfishplayer -- As i mentioned to Ivojnovic, the left hand is by far the most interesting feature of the piece, and should not IMO be presented merely as a 1-2-3-4 accompanying figure to the right hand melody. It needs to be shaped such that we hear a "song" of its own, somewhat countering and supporting the mournful statement in the right hand. It's an effective little "mini-drama", in other words.

Tyrone Slothrop -- Overall a nice, clean rendition of the Bach Prelude, although I believe that I disagree with you on the left hand ornaments -- yours I hear more as grace notes, whereas I suspect that they are mordents instead. But, nice effort -- keep at it!

winterflower -- On the B Minor WTC 1 Prelude, I hear more of a "walking bass" -- meaning almost a jaunty quality that never changes tempo from beginning to end, in spite of the changes that occur in the right hand. I find your approach to be a tad too morose in character. On the G minor, I see the trills as being more precisely integrated with the rhythmic movement of the entire Prelude; i.e., they are more than just ornaments in this context. I typically take them at double the speed of your rendition -- that might actually help in achieving a consistent flow, although I admit that it's technically difficult to balance that against the slower melodic line.


Finally, just an overall comment on my own submissions -- my intention was to provide samples from the enormous profusion of different 20th century perspectives (one even 21st!), none of which I regard as particularly challenging or forbidding to the ear. There is just an infinity of quality 20th century compositions that are virtually never heard, and I've in general made it my mission to bring a few of them to light. I do have to LIKE them, find them compelling -- I do not provide renditions for "academic interest" alone.
All of the recordings are very beautiful and perfectly played. I particularly liked the following preludes.

Prelude in Db major by Catherine Rollin (Bsharpcyclist/Dan) Although this is educational stuff and easy to play I find this piece very pleasing with those calm chord inversions and warm bass notes. It must be fun to play.

Prelude 10/1 by Lyadov (PikaPianist) What a most beautiful melody! Such a gem! I am playing your recording over and over.

Prelude by Richard Bellak (Seeker) Nicely catchy and modern, most interestingly in 5/4 time.

Prelude by Blumenfeld (Ganddalf) So beautiful, another real gem – could be something for the rare gems recital.

Prelude by Sergei Bortkiewicz (Ganddalf) Very touching.

Tim’s impressive collection of less-known20th century preludes is outstanding, but may I say most of those pieces are not really my kind of music... You will understand what I prefer when you look at the above list of preludes I like best.
01. selfishplayer - English Suite no.2 Prelude
Many years ago, I worked on this prelude myself, but I was never able to play it fluently. I enjoyed your performance and was not at all annoyed by any “mistakes or snags”.

02. Jason Lenthe - Little Prelude in F Major, BWV 928
Your performance shows me that you have an eye for the small details of this composition. Your phrasing is excellent giving the right baroque character of the piece. Flawless playing.

03. Snejana - Prelude in C Major
I don’t like to speak about “favourite” composers or pieces, but Bach’s music is something I always return to. I like playing his pieces as well as listening to them. I think you have been successful in your work with this prelude and I enjoyed listening to your performance.

04. Tim Adrianson - Preludes, Op. 11, Nos. 3, 6, 9, 12, 15
I made my first acquaintance with this set of preludes a couple of years ago, and immediately fell in love with this music. I played a couple of them myself, but I have to face the fact that not all of them are within my capability range. I’m impressed by your performance and really enjoyed listening. Particularly I liked your interpretation of No.12.
05. Tim Adrianson - Preludes, Op. 103, Nos. 3, 4, 5
Faure is one of my favourite composers, but I admit that I never paid much attention to his late compositions. The first time I listened to his preludes I didn’t really get much out of them, but listening to your performance really opened my eyes. Particularly I liked the way you played No.3. Very expressive interpretation of the whole set.

06. Tim Adrianson - Three Preludes for solo piano
The last year I have discovered some of the 20th century British composers, particularly Cyrill Scott, York Bowen as well as John Ireland. Too bad that their music is so neglected. I never heard these three preludes before, but your performance gave me a very good first impression of them.

07. Seeker - Prelude #2 in D Minor from Fugal Dreams
This was something quite different from most of the other contributions here. A well written piece excellently played.

08. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Prelude Op. 2 No. 2
This was a real gem, and very well played. You manage to make out the fine details of the piece and perform it with great expression.
09. Calavera - Prelude
A fun little piece. As far as I can hear, your performance is flawless.

10. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Prelude In D Flat Major
This prelude is well composed and with a cheerful character that I appreciate very much. Very well played.

11. Tim Adrianson - Six Preludes for Piano
I took some time to get into the musical universe of this composer, but after listening some time everything started to make sense. Still I consider this kind of music to be demanding even for the listener, and I’m impressed that you were able to play this music so well.

12. Tim Adrianson - Preludes 3, 4 for Guitar (trans. Piano)
A pity that I didn’t have the time to find and listen to the guitar version. Clearly the piano version is “amplified” as you indicate. Nice music with a clear latino character.

13. Tim Adrianson - Preludes #s 5, 6, 8
While Mompou uses few notes, he manages to compose music with rich expression. Very relaxing music to listen to.
I've really enjoyed this recital. I can't do individual comments this time, but a few that really caught my ear include Seeker - how wonderful that you are recording your friend's music, PikaPianist, Morodiene's Couperin, Gandalf's Bortkiewicz, PianoGrlNW
Tim, what a fantastic and varied range of submissions. A lot to love here, I particularly enjoyed "Childhood Memory - Elegy"
Facdo, I really enjoyed your Bach BWV 941, it's always especially interesting to hear someone else's interpretation of a piece I am also working on
14. Jason Lenthe - Little Prelude in E Major, BWV 937
Excellent staccato playing and good voicing. I never heard this piece but found it very enjoying listening to. Thanks for sharing!

15. Jordan Nylander - Prelude in C major WTC
While this piece is mostly played with some air between the notes You chose to play this piece legato and using some pedal. I’m not competent to judge what is right or wrong when comes to this. I enjoyed your interpretation.

16. Jordan Nylander - La fille aux cheveux de lin
This was a very slow interpretation of this piece. It is probably easier to get the rhythm correct if it is played faster. Thanks for sharing your interpretation!

17. Sam S - Prelude to a Fairy Tale
This composition is quite original with an unusual form and many surprising harmonic turns. It was enjoyable to listen to it, and I was not annoyed by any mistakes.

18. facdo - Little Prelude in E Minor - BWV 941
I play a lot of Bach myself, but still there are a lot of pieces by him I never heard played. I did not find your tone too harsh, and dynamics sound fine to me. I enjoyed your performance.
The prelude theme turned out really great and it has been quite a joy to listen to the variety of performances! I'm still listening to everything and will comment again later.

Thanks to outo for organizing this recital.
Tim, just amazing that you can present so much music so well. I listened to them all, and indicated my favorites below, but really, they were all outstanding. We are lucky to have you contributing to our recitals!

04. Tim Adrianson - Preludes, Op. 11, Nos. 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 #15 was my favorite of these.
05. Tim Adrianson - Preludes, Op. 103, Nos. 3, 4, 5 The middle one of these was really great.
06. Tim Adrianson - Three Preludes for solo piano Loved the middle one - English folk song influence?
11. Tim Adrianson - Six Preludes for Piano These sound like they should be by Oscar Levant!
12. Tim Adrianson - Preludes 3, 4 for Guitar (trans. Piano) I can see how a guitar transcription would be problematic - they really don't have much bass range, and these transcriptions do. Do you mean that he wrote odd chords for the harmonics?
13. Tim Adrianson - Preludes #s 5, 6, 8 Loved #6 - left hand alone - very interesting!
19. Tim Adrianson - Childhood Memory; Elegy I've heard of Danielpour, but his music is beyond me, I'm afraid.
20. Tim Adrianson - Mysterious; Sprightly Loved Mysterious!

Sam
Excellent recital - I expected a lot of Bach and Chopin in a "Preludes" recital, but there were also a lot of other composers that were interesting to hear, and many that were new to me. Thanks Outo!

01. selfishplayer - English Suite no.2 Prelude Yes, Bach takes time and perseverance. Keep at it - sounds good!

02. Jason Lenthe - Little Prelude in F Major, BWV 928 Very well done!

03. Snejana - Prelude in C Major My first "real" piece ages ago. Well done!

07. Seeker - Prelude #2 in D Minor from Fugal Dreams Loved it! Wonderful jazzy prelude.

08. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Prelude Op. 2 No. 2 Early Scriabin is so much easier to listen to. Short and sweet!

09. Calavera - Prelude I don' know much about game music, but this was interesting.

10. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Prelude In D Flat Major Catherine Rollin is a favorite of my piano group - well done!

14. Jason Lenthe - Little Prelude in E Major, BWV 937 I just realized you memorized these. Outstanding!

15. Jordan Nylander - Prelude in C major WTC Another C Major prelude - like I mentioned before, my first "real" piece. Keep up the good work!

16. Jordan Nylander - La fille aux cheveux de lin One of my favorites - well played!

18. facdo - Little Prelude in E Minor - BWV 941 You teacher is full of it - this was great!

21. Morodiene - Prelude in G Major BWV 860 (WTC 1) It sounds so happy and joyful!

22. PikaPianist - Prelude Op. 10, No. 1 in Db major This is just wonderful!

23. barbaram - Three Little Preludes BWV 939, 940, 941 Well done! I love these little preludes...

24. Pathbreaker - Prelude from Partita No. 1 in B-flat Very well done! Loved it!

25. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Prelude No 5 in D major (The Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1) (BWV 850) I tried to learn this and gave up in frustration since I had to memorize it! You're doing better than me!

26. Greta99 - Little Prelude in e minor, BWV 938 My teacher would love your playing - very good baroque style.

27. Greta99 - Preludes I, III, IV, V, IX Barbara Arens is another favorite of my piano group - I loved these!

28. facdo - Bachianas Brasileiras No.4 - I. Preludio I loved this - you have obviously taken a lot of time and care in learning it!

29. lvojnovic - Prelude in e minor Well, when we play we are hearing the piece in our head the way we want to play it, and not actually listening to the sound - so sometimes the recording is surprising. Happens to everyone. This is well done though - I hared plenty of dynamics!

30. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.12 No 2 Never heard of Blumenfeld - Well done little gem!

31. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.6 no.1 Yes, he was one of the late romantics - Your fingers don't wound stiff to me - sounds great!

32. Jordan Nylander - Prelude in e flat minor Very dramatic - sounds like an opera recitative - Well done!

33. Jordan Nylander - Prelude in E major Nice voicing of the chords and dynamics!

34. AssociateX (Liz) - Prelude # 12 - F minor - BWV 881 (WTC 2) Nice touch! Loved your piano room too!

35. Morodiene - Prelude (of course) from Tombeau de Couperin One of my friends has been working on this off and on for years - it is not easy, as you know. Excellent playing!

36. PianogrlNW - Prelude from Op. 18 Prelude, Fugue and Variation Very interesting - I can hear the organ in this, if you know what I mean. Well done!

37. nardobrown - Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue No.24 Very grand and majestic - loved it!

38. dumka1 - Prelude in E major op. 28 no. 9 Love this prelude - and you playing!

39. Wisebuff (aka Karen) - Prelude 934 I can't remember ever hearing this one - well done!

40. selfishplayer - prelude op.28 no.4 Well done! Love your room too!

41. Tyrone Slothrop - Little Prelude, BWV 939 This was very good - ornaments were snappy and on the beat - very much in the right style.

42. winterflower - Prelude from WTC 1 BWV 869, number 24 in b-minor. No audio on the video? The mp3 is fine though. Well done!

43. winterflower - BWV 861's prelude, in g minor This video has audio - nice trills and ornaments!

Sam
Finally have a moment to sit down and listen to the recital! Overall I'm impressed with the level of playing presented here as well as the variety. Congratulations to everyone who participated!

01. selfishplayer - English Suite no.2 Prelude Bach is tricky and well worth the effort to master, and this piece is a tour de force. Thanks for playing!

02. Jason Lenthe - Little Prelude in F Major, BWV 928 I love the “little” preludes - they are so musically satisfying, and certainly not easy because they’re short. Great playing!

03. Snejana - Prelude in C Major I love your tempo choice and dynamics in this. Perhaps the pedal could be a bit more clear on the changes, but definitely keep it in.

04. Tim Adrianson - Preludes, Op. 11, Nos. 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 Scriabin is one of those composers that I’ve not played enough of (I think I’ve only played one of his pieces). Thanks for bringing him back to the forefront of my mind - this is beautiful!

05. Tim Adrianson - Preludes, Op. 103, Nos. 3, 4, 5 I’ve tried a Faure piece once and found it pretty challenging. These later pieces are very chromatic and musically more complex. Thanks for sharing them.

06. Tim Adrianson - Three Preludes for solo piano I’m not familiar with John Ireland, although I know his music inspired Chopin. I can see why!

07. Seeker - Prelude #2 in D Minor from Fugal Dreams What a fun piece! I look forward to hearing more of your performances of his music.

08. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Prelude Op. 2 No. 2 I love the tenderness you play with. And please don’t hate me. wink

09. Calavera - Prelude I think you played this very well - I really didn’t hear anything that makes you think you didn’t give it “loving care” - thanks for playing!

10. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Prelude In D Flat Major I really enjoy Rollins’ compositions. You give this piece a sense of grandeur, very nice playing!

11. Tim Adrianson - Six Preludes for Piano The first prelude is invocative and I enjoyed the moments of polytonality.

12. Tim Adrianson - Preludes 3, 4 for Guitar (trans. Piano) From how you played, I could imagine what this would sound like on guitar. But had I not known it was a transcription, they hold up well as solo piano pieces.

13. Tim Adrianson - Preludes #s 5, 6, 8 I immediately thought a bit of the Tempest first movement with the 2-note slur parts LOL - like a happier sort of storm - a light sprinkle. laugh My favorite was No. 8, it seemed to have the clearest affect.

14. Jason Lenthe - Little Prelude in E Major, BWV 937 Another well-done performance of Bach!

15. Jordan Nylander - Prelude in C major WTC A nice tranquil rendition - I especially liked the ornament at the end.

16. Jordan Nylander - La fille aux cheveux de lin I was hoping someone would play this piece for this recital - it is definitely one of the more popular preludes. I think you may have missed a few flats here and there, and the timing at the beginning may just need some review. Still you played this with feeling and conviction.

17. Sam S - Prelude to a Fairy Tale I’m very familiar with Denes Agay as a pedagogue, but I didn’t know he composed as well. Very well-played.

18. facdo - Little Prelude in E Minor - BWV 941 I enjoyed how you played it!

19. Tim Adrianson - Childhood Memory; Elegy Another new composer to me, thanks for sharing these. I really liked the Childhood memory and the explanation that comes with it helped me understand what was going on. The Elegy needs no explanation, and it was absolutely beautiful - not a lament, so much as recalling fond memories that are affected by the loss.

20. Tim Adrianson - Mysterious; Sprightly I loved the Mysterious prelude. How do you find so many new and interesting pieces? On a general note, I’m always amazed at the sheer volume of music that you play so well. Thanks for your contributions to this recital smile

21. Morodiene - Prelude in G Major BWV 860 (WTC 1) It seems my recording volume was lower than others - I’ll have to keep that in mind next time.

22. PikaPianist - Prelude Op. 10, No. 1 in Db major I love the tempo you chose for this, and the rubato you used was tastefully done.

23. barbaram - Three Little Preludes BWV 939, 940, 941 I enjoyed your playing on all 3! Ornaments are tricky and are a part of what makes Baroque music difficult to play. I think you managed these very well, however.
I've listened to the first half of the performances.I'll just comment on a few of them, but needless to say, they're not the only ones I enjoyed listening to.

1. selfishplayer
I don't know how accurate your performance is, but it sounds really good to me! While you mention that a lot of work is required to achieve satisfactory playing of this piece, your performance makes for satisfactory listening as far as I'm concerned.

4-6. Tim Adrianson
It sounds flawless to me, both in terms of technique and expressiveness. Learning to play all these preludes with such precision must have taken quite a lot of work.

7. Seeker
Fun and enjoyable!

10. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan)
Well done! A pleasant and soothing performance.

14. Jason Lenthe
You play this with great movement and accuracy.

16. Jordan Nylander
Gentle and pretty, which is exactly how I expect this Debussy piece to sound.

17. Sam S
Amazing performance, Sam!

19. Tim Adrianson
I really like the variety of the submissions in this recital, and your performances alone already provide so much variety. I particularly enjoy the second half of this piece.


A big thank you to the folks who offered comments and feedback on my performance. I'm glad I bothered to submit it despite its flaws.

I look forward to hearing the remaining pieces. laugh
24. Pathbreaker - Prelude from Partita No. 1 in B-flat This was played with great sensitivity and while a bit faster tempo could be attempted, I actually like this so you can hear at the subtle harmonies.

25. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Prelude No 5 in D major (The Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1) (BWV 850) I like your non legato touch on this and you give it a sense of drama at the fantasy-like ending.

26. Greta99 - Little Prelude in e minor, BWV 938 Nicely played, I especially liked your ornaments - they were very crisp and didn’t interrupt the flow.

27. Greta99 - Preludes I, III, IV, V, IX I’ve heard of Arens, but I’m not familiar with these preludes. They’re very accessible musically, however, and I think would make great pieces for students. Thanks for sharing!

28. facdo - Bachianas Brasileiras No.4 - I. Preludio A dark and brooding piece, well played!

29. lvojnovic - Prelude in e minor I’m surprised there weren’t more Chopin Preludes represented here, so I’m glad that you played this one. You achieved a nice balance between the LH chords and RH melody, which needs to played a bit louder than one thinks in order to hold out against the more active LH.

30. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.12 No 2 Lovely piece! I’ve only played one piece by Blumenfeld, (an Etude for Left Hand) and this one is just as enjoyable. A great one to look into for something to submit on the Rare Gems recital wink

31. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.6 no.1 I’m not sure what you feel was wrong with this, you played it beautifully, IMO. I definitely want to learn this!

32. Jordan Nylander - Prelude in e flat minor This is one of my favorite Bach preludes - so emotional! Thanks for playing.

33. Jordan Nylander - Prelude in E major Very good distinction between the 16ths and 32nds. Nicely played.

34. AssociateX (Liz) - Prelude # 12 - F minor - BWV 881 (WTC 2) I like your tempo, actually. Some feel Bach should be played as fast as possible, but I think you have to listen to the music and let it dictate the tempo - too fast and you miss out on a lot of great expression. I didn’t hear your other recording, but I think this was a great take.

35. Morodiene - Prelude (of course) from Tombeau de Couperin I almost didn’t submit this piece at all because it’s a much slower than I’d like to do, but I’ll keep working on it to improve accuracy and tempo.

36. PianogrlNW - Prelude from Op. 18 Prelude, Fugue and Variation I was trying to imagine it on organ and was having trouble hearing that - I think it sounds great on piano. I love the tenderness you played this with!

37. nardobrown - Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue No.24 I’m mostly familiar with Shostakovich from his symphonies and chamber music, but I should explore his Preludes and Fugues. I really enjoyed your playing.

38. dumka1 - Prelude in E major op. 28 no. 9 I love how you play the lh trills in this! You have a great sense of drama here.

39. Wisebuff (aka Karen) - Prelude 934 Very nicely played! I recommend that you increase your recording volume quite a bit more - don’t be shy! laugh

40. selfishplayer - prelude op.28 no.4 It’s always interesting to hear different interpretations of pieces - I usually like a bit more pedal, but I think what you did worked in its own right. I especially liked your ornaments!

41. Tyrone Slothrop - Little Prelude, BWV 939 I think your mordents are really well-done and right on the beat and crisp as they should be! Great work smile

42. winterflower - Prelude from WTC 1 BWV 869, number 24 in b-minor. I love the sensitivity in your playing for this, rather than it being played metronomically which I often hear. There’s room to “breathe” in this.

43. winterflower - BWV 861's prelude, in g minor Your trills are very nice! I can see why you think of it as a trill etude smile
I am a bit late and I won't be able to comment individually, but I have kept a web-tab with the recital playlist and I have been listening to it for a few days. I must say that the overall quality of the recordings is very impressive and it is very interesting to see so many pieces that I didn't know. This recital opened my eyes (or ears) to many new compositions and I am very grateful for that.

I am also very grateful for all the kind words regarding my two submissions. The Villa Lobos prelude I prepared specifically for this recital. I thought about sharing something different from the best-known composer from my own country. Considering the dark times my country is facing now, in a moment of political insanity and diplomatic embarrassment, it is good to remember something good that came from Brazil, and I think Villa Lobos's music is one of those things.
21.Morodiene
Your love for the piece shines through in this fun, lively recording.

22. pikapianist
Fantastic playing. It feels like walking on clouds.

27. Greta99
It sounds perfect to me. A very soothing recording for the most part, with the brisker second piece providing a refreshing mood change. Thanks for sharing.

31. Ganddalf
I really like the sensitivity of this recording. You absolutely nailed the part around 2:30 where the opening theme starts again.

34. AssociateX (Liz)
A beautiful melancholy performance.

35. Morodiene
Beautiful recording with a majestic ending!

41. Tyrone Slothrop
Short and sweet. This is basically like eating a chocolate candy. Nice performance Tyrone!


I had a great time listening to this recital. Thanks everyone!
I finally finished listening to the entire recital, which I did over a couple of weeks in bits and pieces. Really, really enjoyed it! I did expect more Chopin submissions and feel a little guilty not relearning one or two more preludes. Also, I somehow missed the fact that somebody else submitted the same E major prelude until other participants pointed this out smile. Good to know it's more popular than I thought.

Out of Tim Adrianson's amazing submissions, I think I enjoyed the Scriabin and the Faure preludes the most. Also, a lovely Scriabin prelude by Pianist685.

Lots of wonderful Bach: Greta, Jason Lenthe, Morodiene, AssociateX, and many others. Mateusz, great job with a very difficult prelude (my daughter played it, along with the fugue, for a local competition, and my understanding is that this is one of the trickier preludes in WTC I); another piece familiar to me from my daughter's repertoire is the Prelude from the beautiful Partita I--very well done, Pathbreaker.

A great Slavic selection, in addition to Chopin and Scriabin, by PikaPianist and Ganddalf (it was very nice to hear a composer from my native Ukraine, what a moving piece; I'm tempted to look at Bortkiewicz myself). Gorgeous Ravel by Morodiene; and yes, I'll join other fans of PianogrlNW, such a musical and sensitive rendition of a piece by a less-known composer. Villa Lobos was very enjoyable, too, thanks, Tim and facdo.

I can't comment on each individual submission but will just say that it was a very impressive recital in terms of both its breadth and quality.
19. Tim Adrianson - Childhood Memory; Elegy
Very interesting composition. In spite of some dissonant chords in both movements there is always an underlaying harmony. Playing this music can’t be simple. Just impressive.

20. Tim Adrianson - Mysterious; Sprightly
Mysterious indeed. I found these pieces to be the most difficult for me as a listener. The first one contained a lot of elements with different character. I even thought I heard a small section with a Bach-like imitation. The second one was a bit more extrovert and entertaining. Well played as always.

21. Morodiene - Prelude in G Major BWV 860 (WTC 1)
This piece I tried to learn myself during my younger years, but wasn’t successful in my attempts. I understand very well what you mean when saying that it is tricky to play. Your performance really encouraged me to look into the WTC again.

22. PikaPianist - Prelude Op. 10, No. 1 in Db major
Beautiful piece. Wonderfully played and excellent sound quality.

23. barbaram - Three Little Preludes BWV 939, 940, 941
I have listened to your submissions for the themed recitals as well as the quarterly recitals for some years and I think you have improved a lot. I enjoyed listening to your performance of these Bach preludes.

24. Pathbreaker - Prelude from Partita No. 1 in B-flat
I’m very fond of the Bach Partitas and have played three of them but never No.1. You play the prelude with clarity and handle the difficult embellishments in both hands very nicely. Enjoyable performance.

25. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Prelude No 5 in D major (The Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1) (BWV 850)
I think you play this prelude with nice flow and smoothness. And the tempo is fine. Nice performance.
26. Greta99 - Little Prelude in e minor, BWV 938
Very delicate playing. Nice trills in both hands. Very enjoyable to listen to.

27. Greta99 - Preludes I, III, IV, V, IX
This music was new to me too. You play everything with clarity and very steady rhythm. Thanks for sharing.

28. facdo - Bachianas Brasileiras No.4 - I. Preludio
Interesting composition. You play with great dynamics and I can hear that you understand the music and enjoy playing it.

29. lvojnovic - Prelude in e minor
Good voicing and fine dynamics. Your performance gives a very good overall impression.

32. Jordan Nylander - Prelude in e flat minor
It was a real treat to listen to this performance of the Bach prelude on your acoustic piano. Your playing is very clear and transparent and you obviously pay a lot of attention to the details of the composition.

33. Jordan Nylander - Prelude in E major
Nice to hear one of the less frequently performed Chopin preludes. Your dynamics are fine and the sound of your piano is great.

34. AssociateX (Liz) - Prelude # 12 - F minor - BWV 881 (WTC 2)
The first time I heard someone play this prelude I thought it was something written by Brahms. It is a very beautiful piece and I think it is one of the more emotional of Bach’s piano works. I particularly noticed your phrasing which gave the right baroque character to the music. I enjoyed your performance.

35. Morodiene - Prelude (of course) from Tombeau de Couperin
Very interesting piece. Definitely impressionistic character, but containing baroque elements as would be expected, of course, from a “hommage” to Couperin. You make the music to flow nicely and it’s very enjoyable to listen to your performance.

36. PianogrlNW - Prelude from Op. 18 Prelude, Fugue and Variation
I can hear many elements from Franck’s organ music in this piano piece. To begin with it sounds quite simple, but the composer develops the material and makes the music build up towards the end. Very good performance.

37. nardobrown - Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue No.24
Shostakovich is always interesting to listen to when the music is played well like you do. Lots of nice polyphony here both in the prelude and the fugue. Actually a composition that needs closer study to fully appreciate its depth. Impressive performance.
38. dumka1 - Prelude in E major op. 28 no. 9
So nice to hear one of the less frequently played Chopin preludes. Although this is a short piece it contains so many exiting and unexpected harmonic turns. Fine performance.

39. Wisebuff (aka Karen) - Prelude 934
Very appealing Bach playing. Like all Bach pieces this is very transparent. You absolutely do not need to increase the tempo. It was enjoyable to listen to your playing.

40. selfishplayer - prelude op.28 no.4
You don’t need to play this piece any faster than you do. Many masters do it considerably slower. Your voicing is good. Thanks for sharing.

41. Tyrone Slothrop - Little Prelude, BWV 939
Your sound file didn’t load, but fortunately I could open your YouTube video. You have managed to learn a lot in 23 months and made a nice performance of this prelude.

42. winterflower - Prelude from WTC 1 BWV 869, number 24 in b-minor. and 43. winterflower - BWV 861's prelude, in g minor
These are both quite long and difficult pieces and takes a long time to study. I suspect that you had some technical problems with the recording which is a pity.
Originally Posted by Ganddalf


23. barbaram - Three Little Preludes BWV 939, 940, 941
I have listened to your submissions for the themed recitals as well as the quarterly recitals for some years and I think you have improved a lot. I enjoyed listening to your performance of these Bach preludes.



Thanks Gandalf, this made my day!
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