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Posted By: Sam S Rare Gems Themed Recital - Discussion Thread - 10/15/20 10:19 AM
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Sam
Hey, I have the chance to be the first commentator in this highly interesting recital. I just picked here and there.

01 Animisha – Gondolieri (Ethelbert Nevin) I like this calm Barcarolle very much. I think it is the first time I come across a Venetian gondola song in F major, most of those pieces are in G minor, I wonder why…

03 RuthCM – Hommage to Prof Baynov (Woosung Kang) What a nice idea to compose a piano piece as an homage to one’s favourite professor! You are an excellent pianist and I can hear from your recording that you really like this piece. How about sending your recording to the Korean composer to show somebody in this world is really playing this piece?

13 JasonLenthe – In Mixolydian Mode (Bartok) 5/4 time… Like in “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck. Well, I find the Mixolydian melody (G major with an f instead of f#) more interesting than the odd time signature.

16/17 Tim Adrianson – En vacances (Déodat de Séverac) Fantastic music, indeed! I would call this set of pieces an impressionistic reminiscence of Schumann.

21 PianoGrlNW - Forgotten Dreams (Leroy Anderson) This is my kind of music, very romantic and relaxing and very well played.

24/25 Ganddalf – All through the night/The wild hills of Clare (Cyril Scott) Very interesting and with very warm and pleasing chords, but I suppose one must be of British origin to recognize the underlying melodies.

26 Beemer - Forgotten Dreams (Leroy Anderson) Yes, this is definitely my kind of music. I like the sound of your Blüthner.

32 Lanky Pianist - Sonatina in F (Ignaz Pleyel) A happy and nice tune that reminded me of Clementi. Very well played for someone who only had one year of piano lessons.

38 jamiecw – Ariette Op. 12 No.1 (Grieg) This is truly a gem – like many of Grieg’s Lyric Pieces. He wrote 66 of them, I think, especially the later ones are less often performed.

39 Grete99 – Los tres golpes (Ignazio Cervantes) I like this Cuban tune with its tango-like phrasings very much. Just out of curiosity, which three beats does the piece refer to (“los tres golpes” means “the 3 beats”)? Is it just the 3 chords at 0:48 or is there any special story behind the title of this piece?

44 initK – The Moment (N. Sheyko) I have never heard of N. Sheyko nor of this piece, so it must be rare. Truly romantic in D minor, calm and contemplative, and perfectly played. The composer’s name sounds Japanese… The sound quality of your recording is quite good taking into account that you recorded with your cell phone.

47 schinl – Etude on “The Man I Love” (Earl Wild) Having played Gershwin’s own piano transcription of “The Man I Love”, this etude is a lucky find for me. Gorgeous! So many fantastic ornaments…

49 SamS – Minuet D.600 (Schubert) How very interesting! I would not call this a minuet, either. Especially the tempo is not really minuet-like, it would fit a Sarabande, rather, speaking in terms of Baroque music. Well, Schubert was a composer of the early and emerging Romantic era. Maybe he would have changed the title of the piece later, but it seems he had forgotten it existed…
01. Animisha - Gondolieri
I loved this gentle music which to me sounds like a lullaby. Beautifully played but I'm wondering if the wrong file was uploaded. The video shows a complete performance but the audio has restarts at 25s and 45 sec.
02. PikaPianist - Romance Without Words Op.3 No.1
Lush sound played so well much beyond my ability. Interesting about how Filtsch was praised by Chopin and brought to my mind how Chopin was influenced by John Field.
03. Ruth CM - Homage to Professor Baynov
How appropriate to play this lovely music and so well. It is indeed a 'Rare Gem'
04. pianist685 (Constantin) - Preludio en la noche
What a picture this music brought to my mind. All the way through it was taking me on a musical journey. Quite exotic and exquisitely played. (Constantin, as you said I'll keep the splash smile )
05. pianist685 (Constantin) - Song to Elitha
This would be such great music for a film theme. Your own embellishments and trills are a perfect addition. Great slow waltz.
09. Tim Adrianson - Serenade
Very evocative music with a hint here and there if I'm not mistaken of the Star-Spangled Banner? Nicely played!
11. Tim Adrianson - Jeunes Filles au Jardin
What a gem! A can visualise them prancing in the garden. You brought them to life!
12. Tim Adrianson - Cancion y Danza #7
Yet more music to broaden my experience. Each time this happens I am grateful for the post. This was one of them, quite delightful and well played.
01. Animisha - Gondolieri
So pretty and evocative. Wish we could hear a full version without the restarting.

02. PikaPianist - Romance Without Words Op.3 No.1
Beautiful piece, made even more interesting reading your research into it. What a shame he passed so early. You played it so sensitively.

03. Ruth CM - Homage to Professor Baynov
I wonder if you would get in touch with the composer? I bet he'd love that someone made a recording of his lovely piece.

04. pianist685 (Constantin) - Preludio en la noche
Oh so lush and dreamy. Your piano recording set up sounds amazing, though I absolutely do not understand the method.

05. pianist685 (Constantin) - Song to Elitha
Gorgeous. I wish I knew how to transcribe. So many jazz piano pieces I'd love to try.

06. pianist685 (Constantin) - Romance S.169
I always hated left hand arpeggios and my teacher cunningly got me to fall in love with this piece for a recital last year. It helped though. Amazing job on that little right hand trill/turn.. I could never figure it out.

07. pianist685 (Constantin) - Largo Desperado
Very cool. I can totally picture a tense Mexican standoff with lots of flashbacks. Sounds like it ended in tragedy though.

08. Tim Adrianson - Rondel (for a young girl)
You played it so sensitively. Such a lovely piece.

[b]09. Tim Adrianson - Serenade

Very pretty.

10. Tim Adrianson - Nocturne #7
Quite interesting for a Nocturne! I'd call it jazzy...
You can hear the full version if you go to the YouTube link she provided
Ian
11. Tim Adrianson - Jeunes Filles au Jardin
I wonder if he's part of the French Six. This piece is so fun.

12. Tim Adrianson - Cancion y Danza #7
Love this one too!

13. Jason Lenthe - In Mixolydian Mode
It's a bit of a brainteaser isn't it. You made it flow effortlessly.

14. Melchiorblade7 - Prelude No. 7
Your description fits the piece perfectly.

15. Melchiorblade7 - Travel Agency
Always love the music from Final Fantasy. Love this one.
Originally Posted by schinl
06. pianist685 (Constantin) - Romance S.169
[...]Amazing job on that little right hand trill/turn.. I could never figure it out.
I suppose you are referring to the grace notes in measures 42 and 50. Well, if you listen closely you will find that I "failed" both times and did not get the following lower octave notes sounding properly. The higher melody notes are there, though...

Originally Posted by schinl
07. pianist685 (Constantin) - Largo Desperado
Sounds like it ended in tragedy though.
Oh, the ending is quite open. A tragedy might be the outcome but my music does not tell. There is this marching pattern at the end that concludes on the dominant with a final repetition of the triplet motif as an open question like "How will it end?" The rest is left to the listener.
02 PikaPianist – Romance Without Words (Carl Filtsch) Wow! I am speechless. IMO this is the best interpretation in this recital. You have studied the material in depth and created a unique version of yours. Fantastic! And the piece fits the theme of a “rare gem” in a perfect manner. It is hard to believe this piece full of emotion was written by a 13 year old boy who will most likely not yet have had any romance in his life. We only get a very small impression what could have been if he had lived longer. His music seems to be so obscure that there is nothing of it on the IMSLP. He does not even feature in the IMSLP list of composers. What a shame!

08 Tim Adrianson – Rondel for a young girl (Leo Smit) A high quality composition, indeed, and perfectly played – as usual. Still, I find the piece too sad for a young girl – or maybe the composer was sad because he was old and the young girl was out of his reach… I am not that fond of stories about people realizing their life is over and ending up in sheer sadness.

09 Tim Adrianson – Serenade (Danielpour) Very gentle and very well interpreted, but… Sorry to say, this sounds so sad, again. Not the style I would like to play. I wonder if the composition is really meant that way. A serenade is a piece to be played in the evening as some entertainment or for a lady. Your rendition sounds just sad…

12 Tim Adrianson – Canción y Danza (Mompou) I do apologize, I clicked this away after half a minute because it is this very sad genre, again.

14 Melchiorblade7 – Prelude #7 (Freitas Branco) This is a very interesting composition with impressionistic warm chords by a supposedly Brazilian composer (?) The piece reminded me a bit of Debussy who used such chords and harmonies as well, e.g. in “Clair de Lune”.

15 Melchiorblade7 – Travel Agency (Hamauzu) So you are into impressionistic pieces? This one is definitely beyond Debussy. Yes, there is a lot of good music to be found in video games. But I wonder if the travel agency is still open with all those travel restrictions because of the corona virus...

22 Jordan Nylander – The Spruce (Sibelius) Ah, yes, I remember Sibelius wrote a set of pieces about the various trees in his home country. Very beautiful, and you are a fine pianist!

29 Beemer – Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (Stan Getz) I read on Wikipedia Stan Getz was a saxophone player who strongly influenced Cool Jazz. Interesting to hear this contemplative piece that has no elements of cool jazz at all.
Originally Posted by Pianist685
44 initK – The Moment (N. Sheyko) I have never heard of N. Sheyko nor of this piece, so it must be rare. Truly romantic in D minor, calm and contemplative, and perfectly played. The composer’s name sounds Japanese… The sound quality of your recording is quite good taking into account that you recorded with your cell phone.

Thank you for you kind words. I feel I stretched the piece a bit, but I was just trying to keep concentration while my 4 months old puppy was trying to get to my toes. smile The composer is actually Ukrainian - Nikolay Sheyko, but Internet doesn't know anything about him. He lived in last century and was first taught by his mother and then finished musical college. He worked as school concertmaster and vocal teacher. He wrote bunch of patriotic songs and few instrumental pieces (and even one ballet!), couple of his piano compositions were included in Russian children's music school repertoire for 5-6 grades. I find them lovely and very much in Tchaikovsky's style and spirit.
Hi, folks! I decided to go from back to front this time in providing commentary -- and so here are my observations from 34 to 50:

Kevin1116 -- Wow, was that professional! I'm delighted that you provided a Kapustin piece. Although he is now known pretty well within the concert pianist world, he may well be more generally not known at all. Personally, I find it extraordinary that a guy from Russia is able to channel American jazz idioms with such sophistication. And I thought your rendition was just outstanding in so many ways -- I'll give a special shout-out to your being able to compartmentalize the various sections of the Sonata/Fantasy so clearly (at least to my ear). Bravo, and thanks for sharing!

Tyger -- The simpler Clementi Sonatas are so well-known that many don't realize he wrote more difficult ones, both from a virtuosic and a musical perspective. In this F# minor Sonata, the 1st movement seemed very Scarlattian in gesture -- in fact, if I wasn't told who the composer was when listening, I probably would have said Scarlatti. I thought your rendition was very effectively presented throughout. In the 2nd Movement, I heard more of an operatic quality in the writing that I don't hear in your rendition, although you may well be right in "restricting" it to keyboard gestures. The 3rd movement was very exciting, but I would personally dial down the speed slightly to achieve a slightly lighter, more crisp and precise texture to the proceedings. Overall, though, great to listen to!

jamiecw -- A very musical, thoroughly satisfying rendition of the early Grieg Arietta. You certainly demonstrated that it is indeed a "little gem"!

Greta99 -- Thanks for hauling out some Spanish (Cuban) rarities. Your musical sense is very sophisticated, and our technique impeccable for this music. The Cervantes dance rhythms were spot on and delicious, as
was the three-beat surprise at the end of the piece. You projected the elegant harmonies of the Carbajo Waltzes so that they seemed inevitable. The Gribojedow Waltz was straightforwardly and charmingly presented, as the Fanny Mendelssohn Melodie. A most enjoyable mini-recital!

RichD -- I agree that this Scriabin Prelude is generally taken faster; with your rendition, though, I don't I want more speed so much as I want a more decisive singing line -- one that takes you from the beginning to the end, in a passionate outburst. Having said that, your performance is quite effective on its own terms; I enjoyed it a lot!

initK -- I've heard many contemporary (20th century) Ukranian piano pieces which seem to have a common feature of Late-Romantic gestures with a sprinkling of Jazz chords. Certainly this was the case with Sheyko's "The Moment". Given that, I believe I'd provide a slightly more improvisatory "feel" to the piece than you provided. But still -- very solid, very effective.

rwsavory -- For me, the Valenti theme-and-variations piece was very similar in feel to the English Renaissance music, very much informed by the vigorous rhythms and harmonies of a lute. For the most part you captured that quality; I'd just like to hear a little more "lute-ness" and less "keyboard-ness".

selfishplayer -- In spite of your own judgment, there are some quite good things in this performance of Malinowski's transcription of the G Minor Fugue. You had the courage not to bury the various lines and dynamic contrasts with excess damper pedal, and that's important. What I would do first and foremost is set ONE tempo at the outset that you can honor from beginning to end: your introduction of the fugal subject is far too fast for the material that follows. My second recommendation is to mark the subject as it proceeds through the various voices, so that you can project it properly over the other lines. Definitely a "work in progress", but it's doable.

schinl -- Ah, yes -- the swirls and perfumes of Earl Wild in his transcriptions of George Gershwin Standards! Judging from I heard, I would use somewhat less damper pedal -- I believe the elegant curlicues would be heard with more clarity. Easier said than done, though, as you're well aware!

winterflower -- Overall, a very effective, satisfying,projection of Schubert's Hungarian Melody. I would recommend turning up the gain on the recording unit, however -- it was difficult for me to hear irt properly.

SamS -- I agree -- in the Schubert, any resemblance between it and a minuet was purely coincidental. What it did remind me of was an organ setting of a hymn; i.e., nothing we normally associate with Schubert's mature music. And so, it does come across as a piece of juvenilia -- although with Schubert, very well crafted at 16 years of age. I thought the Rag quality was very well presented indeed in the Bolcom piece -- it is his best known Rag, and deservedly so. The G flat "B" section needs more work, but I've played that piece myself, and know how treacherous the harmonic thickets are in that section! Wonderful writing, though, and very well presented.

Thanks for all you do in providing these e-Citals -- I for one am very appreciative of your efforts!

More to follow.
27. Beemer - Isle of Innisfree
I don't usually comment because I don't participate, but when I saw this coming up I couldn't resist listening. I was not disappointed!
Thank-you. It's a song I know from childhood and I really loved your rendition. So much appreciated.
27 Beemer – The Isle of Innisfree (Dick Farelly) This is one of the most beautiful tunes in this recital! It seems familiar to me though I cannot recall where and when I have heard it. The melody kept haunting me the whole day. John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara were such great actors, and that movie was in fact filmed in Ireland where the plot takes place.

28 Beemer – Early Autumn (Burns/Herman) Being a clarinettist myself, I have always liked Woody Herman, especially in his early recordings. I have never heard of this song of his, though, so it must be “rare” and it definitely is a gem with those very romantic, jazzy modulations. The name of the piece fits the season.

30 dumka1 – Separation (Glinka) No, this piece is not too sentimental at all. It is a wonderful piece of programme music and truly a gem as such. It is a shame we only think of Tchaikovsky when it comes to playing Russian classical music…

31 Kepijapa – Confidencias (Nazareth) Oh, I love this slow South American waltz. Pieces on the boarder between classical and light music are quite the style I particularly like. You are a very good pianist and your rendition is perfect. Welcome to the recitals! Please do submit more, maybe in the next regular recital in November. Yes, the discussions in most of the forums are not really fruitful or pleasant, and furthermore, people keep discussing the same things over and over again without ever coming to a conclusion.

34 Kevin1116 – Sonata #1 1st mvmt (Kapustin) Now, there you have chosen a hard piece – but you can obviously do it. I am very impressed. You sound like a professional pianist.

35-37 Tyger – Clementi Sonata You are proving that Clementi was able to compose advanced music of high quality that is so much better than the sonatinas I had to play when I was a young boy. Thanks.

42 Greta99 – Melodie (Fanny Mendelsson) What a nice and pleasant little tune. Though I like it very much, I think it does not do Fanny Mendelsson’s genius as a virtuoso any justice…

43 RichD – Scriabin Prelude Rather beautiful! I have not heard any recording of this prelude before, but just from your rendition I would say you have found the proper tempo. Yes, there are many examples where there is a lot of confusion about the appropriate tempo of a specific piece. Even if the score used bears a tempo marking, it might not come from the autograph and was probably just added later by some editor…

45 rwsavory – Lo Ballo dell’Intorcia (Antonio Valenti) Thanks for this beautiful piece of “ancient” harpsichord music (played on a piano). I do love this ”archaic” style.

48 winterflower – Ungarische Melodie (Schubert) Very sweet and pleasing, indeed, and a true gem. So Schubert wrote Hungarian tunes a lot earlier than Brahms… You know perhaps, Audacity allows you to reduce the background noise in an easy manner. Select some seconds of the background noise, open “noise reduction”, click “determine noise profile” and choose by how many dB you want to reduce it.
Hi, folks! The second batch of comments:

PianogrlNW (Ellen) -- Prior to this recital, I had never heard "Forgotten Dreams" -- unlike a lot of other Leroy Anderson uptempo numbers, all of which seemed to have gotten tons of airplay. Well, he had a gift for catchy melodies and rhythms, and knew how to orchestrate "Classical Pops" to maximum effect. As usual, your rendition was spot-on, evoking just the right sense of warm nostalgia.

JordanNylander -- I have to confess, the Sibelius piece was the biggest surprise of this recital. In general, I got the sense of a 20th century French chanson -- smoky, passionate, darkly complex. The Spruce has a romntic side, indeed! The Bowman Emerald certainly had to compete for attention, didn't she? It was a very effective piece, with some surprising changes in the development section -- but very pleasantly so.

Ganddalf -- I remember only a couple of Cyril Scott pieces -- solo piano, loaded with lush chords requiring large hands to negotiate properly. The two you presented here were what I would call "Soft Jazz" -- they both uncannily sounded like George Shearing, the blind Jazz pianist who in fact specialized in reharmonizations of familiar melodies as part of his repertoire. Fortunately you have what I call "soft hands", very much like Shearing, and so the sense of style was IMO spot-on.

Beemer -- Nice to hear a few American Songbook Standards played in the original arrangements, and an especially pleasing piano sound. What are the chances of picking the same pieces as another, out of the slew of possibilities? I had not previously heard "The Isle of Innisfree" and have never seen "The Quiet Man", although it is regarded as one of the classics from the 1940s. The song itself struck me as in the genre of sentimental Irish songs, like "Sweet Rosie O'Grady" or "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling". "Early Autumn" was a also a new one for me; I suspect it was written as a contrasting piece to the hard-driving Woody Herman big-band sound. Finally, "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" is a Rodgers and Hart piece from their musical "Pal Joey". Stan Getz I'm sure provided a great saxophone cover in the 1960s, but Richard Rodgers composed it.

dumka1 -- Mikhail Glinka is generally regarded as the earliest significant figure in Russian Romantic music, and pieces like "Separation" demonstrate why. There is a passionate, yearning quality that is buttressed by a great sense of craft. That aspect comes through very effectively in your rendition.

Kepijapa -- This was for me one of the highlights of the recital. Nazareth uses a structure similar to American Ragtime: ABACA(DA)... From what I understand, this is also the structure of the "Choros" in Brazil.
Nazareth provided a narrative in a minor key, and it seemed to me that you captured that narrative quality especially well -- it almost seemed semi-improvisatory, although of course it wasn't. Just very well done; thanks for sharing this!

Lanky Pianist -- Well, we were able to get Clementi and Pleyel in the same room -- as composers, not piano salesmen! I suspect this was the first movement of the Sonatina, which sounded close to Haydn but didn't have the same level of invention and wit that Haydn typically provides. You rendition needs a little rhythmic work, but you captured the playful, upbeat nature of the music effectively.

Snejana -- Was "Evening Stroll" from one of the earlier "Mikroksmos" volumes? It struck me that even his simple straightforward pieces have a unique melodic and harmonic movement at various junctures. Your rendition I thought was appropriately atmospheric -- some clouds amidst the tranquility of a stroll.


Last batch to follow.
Hi, folks! Here are my last batch of comments -- great recital to listen to!:

Animisha -- A graceful, lilting rendition of Ethelbert Nevin's "Gondolieri" -- he has a litlle different notion of the boatmen than Mendelssohn, wouldn't you say? AFAIK, Nevin is otherwise known only for a few turn-of-the-century salon pieces -- "Narcissus", and "Amaryllis", featured as an inside joke in the musical "The Music Man".

PikaPianist -- As you say, quite a mature piece for 14 years of age! Just beautifully shaped and voiced throughout -- thanks ever so much for sharing. Some of it sounded uncannily like late Schubert, both in harmonic shifts and musical gestures -- would he have had prior exposure to Schubert's music?

Ruth CM -- Here is another recital highlight -- a wonderfully crafted homage piece, warm and expressive. And your rendition does it full justice -- just a joy to listen to (several times, in fact!).

Pianist 685 -- A really terrific collection of "gems" from different musical worlds! Just an excellent reading of Lecuona's Prelude -- if nothing else, it proves he wrote other things than "Malaguena", a piece which truly is exciting when played well, but typically gets battered and bruised by overeager amateurs. The Prelude is very reminiscent of Manuel Ponce, another pianist/composer from Mexico who created a few gems of his own. The Oscar Peterson Jazz waltz is a very touching tribute to his sister. Although he was unquestionably a Jazz pianist with staggering virtuosity, people tend to forget that he was also an able educator of Jazz theory and techniques, and occasionally a composer. I had never previously heard the Liszt Romance -- I was expecting some over-the-top sentimental effusion, and was both surprised and delighted to learn that he started in minor mode, and retained a straightforward ascetic approach to the development of the piece. Very satisfying throughout! Finally, I thought your own "Largo Desperado" was a thoroughgoing success -- just a slightly humorous take on the Handel Sarabande using Flamenco guitar gestures, but not overly imitative of that genre. Well done -- and, as usual, the pianism was immaculate.

Jason Lenthe -- For me, even the relatively simple Bartok pieces are in fact NOT that simple -- but they are fun to listen to. The 5/4 time signature provides an off-kilter feel that I find bracing. You did a good job maintaining the constant left hand pattern against the changing right hand patterns.

MelchiorBlade7 -- The Branco Prelude was IMO just a wonderful piece, in the spirit of late Debussy -- if they were all of that quality, I would buy the set in a heartbeat! Your pianism greatly enhanced its atmospheric nature -- very subtle use of the damper pedal to provide appropriate resonance. The Hamauzu "Travel Agency" was what I regard as "Smooth Jazz", although I agree that the pentatonic melodic flow evoked the Asian gamelan. A fascinating synthesis of styles, but very satisfying listening. Thanks for sharing!
18 Tim Adrianson – Landscape with Bells (Robert Beaser) Very beautiful! Robert Beaser’s music sounds as if he was “painting” an image with the notes in an impressionistic manner. It is purely amazing what a big variety of less famous music you know.

20 Tim Adrianson – She Moves and Eyes Follow (Jimmy Webb) This is something I rather like, a less famous, romantic composition by one of the really great songwriters of the late 1960s and 1970s. And he is still active.

40 Greta99 – Valsitos para Emilia (Carbajo) When I listened to your fantastic recording I did not expect Víctor Carbajo to be a contemporary composer. He is even younger than I… There’s not only the little waltzes but also little nocturnes for Emilia - according to his website Emilia Sánchez Gallego, whoever that is (?). I have the impression this music was written for a little child but I may be wrong.

41 Greta99 – Waltz E minor (Gribojedow) This lyric waltz complements the valsitos para Emilia in a perfect manner. What a gem! Your rendition is wonderful, not too slow and with a lot of expression. Big surprise: Alexander Gribojedow is not a contemporary composer but was a Russian diplomat who lived from 1795 – 1829.

50 SamS – Graceful Ghost Rag (Bolcom) I agree to 100% - Ragtime is not only Joplin – there are so many other talented composers of rags. I particularly like Joseph Lamb and his “Ragtime Nightingale”. Bolcom is a lucky find for me, thanks for introducing.
Another great recital. You would think, being retired, I would have lots of time to listen - you would be wrong... But i finally got a minute or two to get a start on it today - only to get derailed by looking for the sheet music for some of these!

01. Animisha - Gondolieri Very nice - I confess I know nothing about Nevin...

02. PikaPianist - Romance Without Words Op.3 No.1 Wow - how tragic - at least he left us this wonderful piece to play. Excellent!

03. Ruth CM - Homage to Professor Baynov Very sensitive playing - loved it!

04. pianist685 (Constantin) - Preludio en la noche I love it when performers put their own spin on a piece - Excellent!

05. pianist685 (Constantin) - Song to Elitha Maybe I have been listening to too many tangos lately, but this definitely has a tango feel at times. Loved it!

06. pianist685 (Constantin) - Romance S.169 I don't think I have ever heard this one - thanks for playing it!

07. pianist685 (Constantin) - Largo Desperado What fun! Now that is rare!

08. Tim Adrianson - Rondel (for a young girl) Loved this Tim - and I spent 15 minutes trying to find a copy online with no luck. Looks like it is part of a larger piece called Rural Elegy - can't find that either...

09. Tim Adrianson - Serenade Love the evocative feel of this!

10. Tim Adrianson - Nocturne #7 Back when I was a clarinet player I played some Poulenc - but this sounds very different - thanks for sharing!

11. Tim Adrianson - Jeunes Filles au Jardin Very playful and unexpected!

12. Tim Adrianson - Cancion y Danza #7 Love the dance part especially!

More to come!

Sam
Originally Posted by Pianist685
41 Greta99 – Waltz E minor (Gribojedow) This lyric waltz complements the valsitos para Emilia in a perfect manner. What a gem! Your rendition is wonderful, not too slow and with a lot of expression. Big surprise: Alexander Gribojedow is not a contemporary composer but was a Russian diplomat who lived from 1795 – 1829.

Just wanted to add that Alexander Griboedov was also a talented writer, the author of a highly successful comedy in verse "Woe from Wit," which is still quoted from memory by many Russians.

And I agree that Greta99 did an amazing job with this waltz; all her recordings are a pleasure to listen to.

I'll be listening to more submissions this week and over the weekend.
Animisha - What a fun and lovely start to the recital! Very nice and soothing.
PikaPianist - Rhythmic, dark, gloomy, brooding. It sounds like a fun piece to play. Quite a shame that the composer passed so young.
Ruth CM - You must tell us more about Woosung! This has a very nostalgic feel to it. Impressive flourishing arpeggio in the middle, and great job with the rubato throughout!
pianist685 - Your playing is beautiful, extremely accurate, and keeps the listener engaged throughout. Must say I love listening to your recordings and look forward to hearing more! Thank you for introducing me to Leucona. I'm impressed by your ability to play in so many different styles as well as compose music! You're truly a well-rounded musician!

Whenever I think of Oscar Peterson I fondly hear his record with the Singers Unlimited performing Sesame Street:

I encourage anyone who hasn't listened to the album to give it a play through. It's an impressive collaboration.
Tim Adrianson Set 1 - Thank you for sharing your beautiful playing. I was a bit confused while googling Leo Smit for the first time. Turns out there are two composers by the same name. The American Smit sounds very Copland-esque. The Rondel is certainly heart-wrenching. The Mompou has some very healthy dissonance throughout, you pull it off very well. It's a very nice combination of French impressionism with more modern atonality and newer 20th century piano techniques. I think the Jeunes Filles au Jardin might be my favorite of your set.
Melchiorblade7 - ❤️❤️❤️Final Fantasy X brings back so many good memories. You pull off the vibe of this piece very well; I hope I get to hear more. Any plans to take on more of the Piano Collections? They're beautiful arrangements, and none of them are easy.
Tim Adrianson Set 2 - She Moves and Eyes Follow was quite lyric. I hadn't heard it before so it was nice to be able to watch videos of it for the first time too!

All I got for tonight, I'll be back later for more of the recital!
01. Animisha - Gondolieri

What a lovely little piece to begin the recital! I could just imagine being in Venice.

02. PikaPianist - Romance Without Words Op.3 No.1
This piece is very moving. It is remarkable that Filtsch wrote in such a mature way. When I see what people like this accomplished at such a young age I can’t help but regret how much time I’ve wasted. But I suppose some people are true prodigies. Thank you for bringing it to our attention!

03. Ruth CM - Homage to Professor Baynov
It is always interesting to hear the background to a piece of music. It makes a difference to how we listen. I hope Professor Baynov was pleased by this composition. It has a lovely uplifting feel. I’m sure the composer would be delighted that his piece is being played.

04. pianist685 (Constantin) - Preludio en la noche
I thought I recognised this piece! How great it is to have this community online to get inspiration and ideas for pieces to play. You played the piece beautifully.


05. pianist685 (Constantin) - Song to Elitha
This piece is a lovely, light jazz waltz and is very easy to listen to. Your embellishments make it sound quite impressive.
Greta99
Danzas Cubanas
What jolly music and lovely playing!

Carbajo Waltzes
Very nice!
Gribojedow Waltz no2
I wish I could play as well as you do. Nice music

Mendelssohn
A beautiful gem!

Ian
JamieCW
Grieg - Arietta
New to me but your playing has inspired me to get this music
Ian
Jordan
Sibelius - The spruce
Good choice and well played.

Bowman - Emerald
Oops! spoiled with too loud recording and background noises

Your piano is overdue a tuning!
Ian
Kepijapa
Nazareth - Confidencias
For me very sad music as for a lost love. Beautiful playing!
Ian
Lanky Pianist
Pleyal - Sonatina
Bright jolly music played with spirit, well done!
Ian
Melchiorblade7
Branco - Prelude 7
Dramatic music and your playing was so matched to it.
It made me listen very intently and I enjoyed it.

Hamauzu - Travel Agency
I found this recording rather muffled especially at the bass and mid range.

Ian
Pianist685
Liszt - Romance 169
A beautiful rendition,
thanks,
Ian
PianogrlNW
Leroy Anderson - Forgotten Dreams
I noticed your posting this and as duplicates are allowed I posted my own. Your playing is so much better than mine and it was interesting listening to the differences in interpretation (or maybe more accurately my timing mistakes!)
I need to get the other pieces of his music especially the Water Mill
Ian
Originally Posted by Beemer
PianogrlNW
Leroy Anderson - Forgotten Dreams
I noticed your posting this and as duplicates are allowed I posted my own. Your playing is so much better than mine and it was interesting listening to the differences in interpretation (or maybe more accurately my timing mistakes!)
I need to get the other pieces of his music especially the Water Mill
Ian
Thank you for both versions of Forgotten Dreams. It is one of my favourite pieces to play and finding a copy of a 1954 edition in a hostel where I lived as a student brought me back to playing piano.
Commented on some of the YouTube videos I saw.

21. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Forgotten Dreams

I thought this was really nice. Pleasant and relaxing. Although I can't say I know anything about then 50s, but I guess people ate grilled cheese then too ;0
Originally Posted by Beemer
PianogrlNW
Leroy Anderson - Forgotten Dreams
I noticed your posting this and as duplicates are allowed I posted my own. Your playing is so much better than mine and it was interesting listening to the differences in interpretation (or maybe more accurately my timing mistakes!)
I need to get the other pieces of his music especially the Water Mill
Ian
Oops! The Water Mill is by Ronald Binge not Leroy Anderson.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOew5ROUl34
Ian
I found some more time to listen - there are some great performances here!

13. Jason Lenthe - In Mixolydian Mode I love Bartok - in small doses! This was just the right sized dose!

14. Melchiorblade7 - Prelude No. 7 Very moody and romantic - well played! I have never heard of this composer.

15. Melchiorblade7 - Travel Agency I'm too old for video games, I'm afraid - is that what this is from? But it sounds intriguing...

16. Tim Adrianson - En Vacances (On Vacation) -- Set 1
17. Tim Adrianson - En Vacances (On Vacation) -- Set 2 This music certainly deserves to be better known. Just outstanding - I especially loved the music box. Thanks so much for playing these!

18. Tim Adrianson - Landscape with Bells It does sound like a landscape with bells - lots of bells!

19. Tim Adrianson - Veiled Autumn (Kindertodeslied) So haunting! A sad gem...

20. Tim Adrianson - She Moves and Eyes Follow Tim, you are a treasure - well done!

21. PianogrlNW (Ellen) - Forgotten Dreams Loved it! And I actually had the grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch!

22. Jordan Nylander - The Spruce Well done!

23. Jordan Nylander - Emerald There are so many unknown composers out there writing music like this - very nice!

24. Ganddalf - All through the night (from British melodies)
25. Ganddalf - The wild hills of Clare. From British melodies These are great! In the same manner as the Percy Granger pieces - very nice!

26. Beemer - Forgotten Dreams
27. Beemer - Isle of Innisfree
28. Beemer - Early Autumn
29. Beemer - Bewitched , Bothered and Bewildered I loved all these! Welcome to the recitals!

30. dumka1 - Separation I remember this one! Sounds so Russian - or Ukrainian! Loved it!

31. Kepijapa - Confidencias welcome to the recitals - it sounds very improvised, so I can imagine him playing it for a silent movie. Well done!

32. Lanky Pianist - Sonatina in F major Lots of energy! I have certainly heard of him, but I don't think I have ever heard any of his music. Thanks for playing!

33. Snejana - Evening Stroll If I were playing guess the composer I wouldn't pick Bartok for this - very well done!

34. Kevin1116 - Piano Sonata No.1 'Sonata-Fantasy' Movement I. Vivace Wild and crazy! Loved it!

35. Tyger - Piano Sonata in F# Minor, Movement 1
36. Tyger - Piano Sonata in F# Minor, Movement 2
37. Tyger - Piano Sonata in F# Minor, Movement 3 Outside of the well-worn pieces, Clementi doesn't get much respect - I really enjoyed this!

That's it for now!
Sam
Hi All. Thanks lot for organizing these recitals, and thanks for the comments on my playing. For me it was really very good to get some feedback, apparently it was not too bad. I always thought there was something inherently wrong with my playing that I was unable to hear. So now I feel a lot more secure (can you imagine for a 59 year old man to be insecure like that, truly amazing).

I even signed up for the next themed recital. Something I knew how to play, but I just tried, and it is almost completely forgotten, that’s maybe what happens at 59. So some work to do, but april is far away.

I listened to all entries and really love it all. It is very difficult to say something useful, I don’t consider myself expert enough, so don’t take my comments too seriously. Anyway, it was very inspiring to listen to, and it gave me a lot of ideas for things to play.
So here go my comments, it was the most difficult par of the recital!

1) Animisha, Gondolieri. Happy and tranquilizing music, very nice to listen too. Maybe loosen up a bit on the rhythm.
2) PikaPianist, Romance without words, Flitch
Like it very much, beautifully sounding sad music
3) Ruth, Homage to Professor Baynov, Woosung Kang
Wow, also like this very much, beautiful.
4) Pianist685, Preludio en la noche, Ernesto Lecuona. Very beautiful also, like the style
5) Pianist685, Song to Eltha, Oscar Peterson. Thoughtful waltz.
6) Pianist685, Romance Liszt: Very nice, I used to play that too, long time ago. Very Good
7) Pianist685, Largo Desperado. Very interesting. So, your own compositions are in completely different style. I am very impressed.
8) Tim Adrianson. Leo Smit. Rondel. Very peculiar. Indeed unmistakingly American/western music
9) Tim Adrianson , Serenade, Richard Danielpour. Wonderfull quiet strange sounds and music.
10) Tim Adrianson , Poulenc, Nocturne. Very interesting little gem, nice atmosphere you create.
11) Tim Adrianson, Mompou, Jeune filles au Jardin. Well, all the pieces are incredible little gems, and your playing is exquisite. I certainly must try some of those pieces, very inspiring.
12) Tim Adrianson , Mompou, Cancion y Danza. Calm contemplative playing, no rush, perfect harmony.
13 Yason Lenthe. In Mixolydian Mode, Bartok. An interesting piece to play, sounds difficult rhythmically, caricature of studying.
14) Melchiorblade 7. Freitas Branco, Contemplative music, fascinating and mysterious sounds, very nicely done.
15) Melchiorblade 7, Travel Agency. I like more the other submission, but your playing is excellent.
16,17) Tim Adrianson, En vacances, Deodat de Severac. I lived in Langedoc several years, I can hear the landscape in your playing, very nice.
18) Tim Adrianson , Landsape with Bells, Robert Beaser. You give a lot of ideas for modern pieces that are not too difficult to like.
19) Tim Adrianson , Veiled Autumn, Joseph Schwanter. All you play goes well together in style, perfect rare gems recital on its own.
20) Tim Adrianson , She moves and Eyes follow. Different style, but not too much, also beautiful
21) PiangrlNW, Forgotten Dreams, Leroy Anderson. Very nice playing, storytelling, nostalgic moods, your description is also very nice.
22) Jordan Nylander, The spruce Sibelius. Nice playing, authentic sounds.
23) Jordan Nylander , Emerald, Jennifer Bowman. Recording not so good, but who cares, as long as it has the emotions.
24) Gandalf, All through the night Cyril Scott. Nicely done, yes sounds jazzy
25) Gandalf, The wild Hills of Clare. Beautiful harmonies again.
26) Beemer, Forgotten Dreams. You have it more talking than the previous version, like it a lot, very subtle and nice interpretation, you call it timing mistakes, I like it.
27) Beemer, Isle of Innisfree. Oh,I like those harmonies, your playing very subtle, surprising, I love it. Maybe bit faster though?
28) Beemer, Early Autumn. I like the slow rhythm, the dreaminess, the harmonies.
29) Beemer, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered. I love that tune, your version is beautiful for its simplicity, it doesn’t need much more.
30) Dumka1, Separation, Mikhail Glinka. Yes I love the sentimental and melancholy character.
31) Kepijapa. Very good Kepi.
32) Lanky Pianist. Sonatine, Pleyel. It is a nice piece, some more practicing and it will be perfect.
33) Snejana, Evening Stroll, Bartok. Nice gloomy mood, I like it. Maybe, if you are a upbeat person, you are able to play this kind of music. For me at least, if I am really sad, with reason, I cant stand sad music, but if I am OK, I like it.
34) Kevin 1116, Sonata, Kapustin. Wow, that is some playing, impossible for a normal human being. OK, I don’t want to be a pain in your but, butbutbut, isn’t it a little too slow still, melodies are not always coming out very clear, for a professional that is to say. But otherwise great playing.
35,36,37) Tiger, Sonata, Clementi, Nice playing. Not really my music, but I like the slow 2 movement, and the 3, and the first, in fact I like it all.
38) Jamiecw, Arietta, Grieg. This is beautifully played again, a very nice short little gem
39) Greta99, Los tres golpes, Cervantes, Nice rhythm, very well played.
40) Greta99, Little waltzes, Vigor Carbajo, nice moody waltz, perfect.
41) Greta99, Waltz, Gribojedow. Another nice waltz. A waltz can do anything, king of the dances, and you nail it.
42) Fanny Mendelsohn. More waltz, different rhythm, very nice.
43) Rich D, Scriabin Prelude. Nice Playing, I like Skriabin too, like these sounds.
44) initK, The Moment, Sheyko. This also sounds beautiful, how you have the delayed high notes, very touching.
45) rwsavory. Lo Ballo dell Intorcia, Valenti. Very well played, but not really my music.
46 ) selfishplayer. Looks difficult. I think it needs a steadier rhythm, could even be a little slower.
47) schinl, Man I Love. Very nice version. I once did a transcription of T Monks version, it is the closest to how I like it, so this is completely different, more like Rachmaninov, more like Gerschwin himself.
48) Winterflower, Ungarische Melodie, Schubert. I love Schubert, this one has nice rhythm, a shame the recording is not so good.
49) Sam S, Schubert Minuet. I love Schubert, didn’t know this one. From all the great music posted here, I first of all downloaded sheet music for this. Absolutely need to play this one too. Thanks a lot Sam, your performance got across. I looked around and see it is often combined with Trio D610.
50) Sam S, Graceful Ghost rag. Bolcom. Very Nice Rag, love the harmonies, love the title with explanation. Not so easy to do well.
Thanks for your kind and generous comments
Ian
01. Animisha - Gondolieri So very calm, and it definitely sounds like gondolas in Venice! You played this very nicely.
02. PikaPianist - Romance Without Words Op.3 No.1I love that bass line, too. Wow, to write this at age 13! Usually younger composers don’t have much emotional depth to them, but he did learn from the master. You played this beautifully!
Beemer
Ian I just loved your Leroy Anderson "Forgotten Dreams"., So many different moods in this piece "romantic ,coy, humorous" all in one in one piece ! Your rubato was impressive with really nice phrasing.
Thank you , lovely playing.
I know it's late, but I finally finished listening to the entire recital a few days ago. Thanks, everybody, for such a fascinating variety of great music. I really enjoyed it.
Beemer,
Thank you for playing I really enjoyed all the pieces.Early Autumn like Bewitched Bewildered were both very relaxing background music. The chords in Early Autumn are really interesting. You captured the relaxed mood perfectly. I like your very legato approach to these pieces.Actually I thought , by the
title Bewitched, Bewitched was going be in a totally chaotic mood , so was relieved to hear these gentle sounds.
The Isle of Innesfree was the opposite and became quite passionate. It is a lovely song beautifully played.
Lady Bird,
Thanks for your kind comments. I was pleased that Sam chose 'Rare Gems' as the contributors provided an insight into their musical tastes and emotions.
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