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The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, by Claude Debussy [Re: Entheo] #2432371
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freshly tuned piano so i took advantage of it!


Lyric Pieces by Edvard Grieg, Book IX, Op. 68: At Your Feet [Re: Entheo] #2460947
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This piece is one in a collection of lyric pieces by the great composer Edvard Grieg. This particular one, "At Your Feet", struck me as a Bhajan -- an Indian devotional song, one that expresses divine love, and is usually expressed at the feet of the Beloved. Hence the pantheon of Hindu gods, goddesses, and their devotees, such as Krishna, Radha and the Gopis, and Lord Ram, Sita and Hanuman. Hope you'll enjoy...


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with a montage of Claude Monet's paintings of water lilies...


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this happy little scarlatti sonata gave me fits, but because i'm now infatuated with a schumann fantasy it was time to 'get it on the books' and move on...


Schumann Fantasy in C major Op. 17, 3rd Movement, Part 1 [Re: Entheo] #2518020
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Schumann prefaced the work with a quote from Friedrich Schlegel: "Resounding through all the notes, in the earth's colorful dream, there sounds a faint long-drawn note, for the one who listens in secret." He was exiled from his beloved Clara at the time he wrote this fantasy.


Re: Schumann Fantasy in C major Op. 17, 3rd Movement, Part 1 [Re: Entheo] #2518264
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Hi, Entheo! Terrific job on this -- very moving! Schumann wrote this piece as part of a commemoration to Beethoven, 10 years or so after LvB's death -- and the speculation I've read regarding the 3rd Mv of the Phantasie is that Schumann was trying to evoke the mystical/spiritual qualities of Beethoven late music. But, frankly, I don't relate to it that way at all. I hear it as being a rapturous love song; one of the greatest of all time -- and your notes regarding it seem to be aiming in the same direction. Sumptuous sound, in addition to being molto espressivo -- thanks for sharing it!

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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
Hi, Entheo! Terrific job on this -- very moving! Schumann wrote this piece as part of a commemoration to Beethoven, 10 years or so after LvB's death -- and the speculation I've read regarding the 3rd Mv of the Phantasie is that Schumann was trying to evoke the mystical/spiritual qualities of Beethoven late music. But, frankly, I don't relate to it that way at all. I hear it as being a rapturous love song; one of the greatest of all time -- and your notes regarding it seem to be aiming in the same direction. Sumptuous sound, in addition to being molto espressivo -- thanks for sharing it!


thanks tim! the 3rd mvmt came to my particular attention in the documentary "seymour - an introduction" (highly recommended, btw) as mr. bernstein called it out as one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written, and it's hard to argue with that. schumann was exiled from his beloved clara during the period that he wrote this fantasy, and i'm in violent agreement with you in hearing the 3rd as a passionate love song to clara. due to my limited abilities i've split the 3rd into two parts, so pt 2 is coming (eventually!).

i'm fairly happy with the record quality this time. i keep tinkering with the mic locations, record levels, post-processing, etc. it's a very limited studio and i'm a one man band so to speak, so i have to keep reminding myself that the perfect is the enemy of the good. smile

cheers, ed

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finally, part 2 -- only 10 months later... smile


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The culmination of a year’s worth of work (all of 2016), warts and all (and Kip-dog makes his presence known right at the beginning!). My deepest gratitude to my good friend maestro Theodore Edel who, month after month, revealed layer after layer of this beautiful aural flower to me...


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A great listen, Entheo! I know I've said this before, but how anybody can say that this evokes the mystic qualities of late Beethoven has gotta be out of their mind! This is one of the truly great passionate love songs, and it literally brings tears to my eyes every time it's performed in that spirit. And you accomplished this in spades -- what's a few attendant warts among friends?

Thanks for sharing, and a happy New Year to you!

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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
A great listen, Entheo! I know I've said this before, but how anybody can say that this evokes the mystic qualities of late Beethoven has gotta be out of their mind! This is one of the truly great passionate love songs, and it literally brings tears to my eyes every time it's performed in that spirit. And you accomplished this in spades -- what's a few attendant warts among friends?

Thanks for sharing, and a happy New Year to you!


thumb What more can be said? Gorgeous!!!!

J.S. Bach Partita No. 2 in C Minor BWV 826 - Allemande [Re: Entheo] #2632737
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Accompanying photos from our trip to Thomaskirche in Leipzig Germany in 2015. Bach was kappellmeister there from 1723 until his death in 1750. Pictured also is the organ on which he composed and played (in the Bach Museum)...


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Re: Arietta by Edvard Grieg... [Re: Entheo] #2712970
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Ethneo:

This is nicely phrased, and very sensitively played. I enjoyed listening to it. My only thought - and this is personal taste rather than criticism - is that it could move perhaps just a shade faster so that it feels more like two beats to the bar rather than four.

Thank you for sharing.

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Hi, Entheo -- a really long hiatus; welcome back! For me, the emotional quality was just spot on -- I wouldn't change a thing. Thanks for sharing it!

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thanks guys; i appreciate the feedback. i've been playing drums (my first instrument; the one i actually have some proficiency at) in a jazz ensemble and thus my time has been bifurcated. however, i AM working on another grieg lyric piece and the adagio from the Pathétique, so stay tuned!


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Beethoven Sonata No. 8, Op. 13 "Pathétique": II. Adagio [Re: Entheo] #2714276
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as an adult restarter, i get as nervous recording as i do performing in front of a live audience (piano, not drums). that said, i'm pretty happy with this recording of the gorgeous 2nd mvmt from beethoven's sonata pathétique...


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Hi, Entheo!

I listened to both the Grieg and Beethoven --

The Grieg Melodie is for me a statement and then a "note-for-note" restatement of the same material, with a coda that comments on it in conclusion. In that context, I would like to hear more points of difference in the restatement than I heard here. It could be as simple a contrast as playing more softly the second time around (although still intensely!), but something that distinguishes the emotional character from the first statement. I agree with you that this piece is more passionate than pastoral, and very much like the "churning, yearning" approach you bring to it, but I do believe it would benefit from more contrast between the two statements, setting up, so to speak, the coda material.

I agree with your "no-nonsense" rendition of the very familiar 2nd Movement from his Pathetique Sonata. At this stage of his life, he wouldn't have indulged in rubato to any significant degree, and particularly in the context of Sonata form. Admittedly, the music is surprisingly Romantic, and I suppose that's why it's so popular, but it's still Classical in context. My only minor criticisms are that your staccatos are to my taste somewhat overstated, and some of the ornaments and admittedly odd rhythmic figurations feel awkward, but overall I think it's a solid, accurate rendition of Beethoven's thought at the time he wrote it.

Thanks for sharing these!

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My suggestion would be to voice the top melody much greater, i.e. more contrast between the melody and the rest of the 6th notes the RH plays, especially the ones on the beat.

Arabesque No. 1 by Debussy... [Re: Entheo] #2730925
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guys, thanks for your feedback on my previous posts -- sorry, i don't get here as often as i used to!

here's my latest effort...


Brahms Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119... [Re: Entheo] #2779062
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on another recording of this piece, someone commented that it was like..."light filtering into a dark room." i concur and incorporated accordingly...


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Hi, Entheo! Just beautifully voiced throughout -- and this piece pays big emotional dividends when you do that. Personally, I hear the "A" section as "sadder" than what you project, particularly the reprise -- but your rendition is compelling on its own terms. I agree that the "B" section is distinctly different in "feel" than "A" -- for me, it is a fond remembrance of particularly warm periods in the distant past that in "A", well, just no longer exist -- or ever will again. Just a superb reading of this late Brahms piece.

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The word “Gymnopédie” appears infrequently in 19th-century France, to the point where it might have been considered a neologism. It had, however, already been included in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Dictionnaire de Musique (Paris: Duchesne, 1775), where Gymnopédie is described as an "air or chant to which young female Lacedaemonians danced naked." Satie claimed his Gymnopédies were inspired by reading Gustave Flaubert's novel Salammbô (final slide). Also, Puvis de Chavannes' symbolist paintings may have been an inspiration for the atmosphere Satie wanted to evoke with his Gymnopédies (all the other slides).


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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
Hi, Entheo! Just beautifully voiced throughout -- and this piece pays big emotional dividends when you do that. Personally, I hear the "A" section as "sadder" than what you project, particularly the reprise -- but your rendition is compelling on its own terms. I agree that the "B" section is distinctly different in "feel" than "A" -- for me, it is a fond remembrance of particularly warm periods in the distant past that in "A", well, just no longer exist -- or ever will again. Just a superb reading of this late Brahms piece.


thanks for your thoughtful comments, tim, as always. even tho brahms wanted every last bit of melancholy wrung out of this piece, i can't help but hear it as something more akin to nostalgic longing, more sweet than bitter. it's just not dirgey enough for me to find it sad! ha

best, ed

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