Mongo recital! I'm loving it!
I started about half-way through, and was glad to see that that was jotur's piece because she's always so nice to me. I missed a couple in the middle and so will circle back to them with the others in due course.
38. jotur - Cathy Turner - Stone's Rag[/b]
Your pieces are always fun, and this one doesn’t disappoint. I’m very interested in your morphing rehearsed variations into improvisation. I guess if you have some riffs in your “vocabulary” then you can throw them in when you like. I’m not good at this, but I do find if I know a piece well enough to be well and truly sick of it, I can take a lot more liberties than if I’m still struggling with my memory. And I hear you about those rags being murder on your hands! Anyway, sounds great. Thanks for sharing it.
39. Euphonatrix - Album for the young Nr. 26 *** (untitled)[/b]
Pretty piece. I have a parrot too, so I had to laugh at your description of the vocals! I’ve been hearing about this suite of pieces from a friend, so I was glad you chose it. Nice.
40. Daren - Le Onde[/b]
Congratulations on your first recording. Very pretty piece and playing. I especially liked the way you bring out the right hand melody over the bass accompaniament. I do that too with the memorizing—I get it almost all the way there, and then when I record I put the music in front of me to keep me from panicking!
41. Pixie's friend - BWV Anh 131 (Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach, n 32, untitled)[/b]
This was awesome, Pixie’s friend. You keep the temp even and really understand the importance of the melody. You’re doing really well. You must be very proud of your first recording.
42. WJ3 - Walt - Minuet in G Major[/b]
Goody, more Bach! You have a nice touch. I love this piece and you play it very well. Nice even rhythm. Your piano has a lovely tone as well. Congratulations on your first submission!
43. mahlzeit - After Watching A Sentimental Movie[/b]
Very moody and pensive. I admire your creativity immensely. Love that last chord.
44. Eighty8 - My One And Only Love[/b]
This is my kinda music. I love old torch songs, although I don’t remember this one. You give it kind of a dark and mysterious sound. Makes me want to learn the lyrics.
45. MarkL/Mark Leininger - Le Coucou (The Cuckoo)[/b]
I think you’ve got it exactly right. I think of my grandparent’s cuckoo clock. Precision and humor—you’ve got both.
46. Manndrew - You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To[/b]
Cole Porter. Hmmmm. I do like the rhythmic, syncopated bass line you’ve chosen. It gives the piece movement.
47. Greywullf - Trois Nouvelles Etude No. 3 in Ab[/b]
Wow, love those 2 against 3 rhythms. Those and your dynamics stood out for me. I enjoyed this piece at the Chopin Etudes recital as well, but this is even better.
48. Undone – Jim - Theme from Etude Op. 10, No 3.[/b]
Nice work Jim. In the future, don’t worry about duplicates with others. That’s part of the fun of the recital! But I’m glad you submitted this very musical version of a beautiful theme. I think your pedal work really made this sing for me.
49. RobM - Giorni Dispari[/b]
Sounds great. Don’t know what you have left for “someday”. Nice even tempo and the hands work together well.
50. GregF - Brahams's Lullaby[/b]
I think your chord additions were my favorite part of this piece. The second variation sounds just like a music box. Nice.
51. grotrianer - Prelude 28/17 A flat major[/b]
Wow, this was great. Only back at it for a month, huh? I predict great things. In addition to your exquisite playing, you’ve got a nice bass sound on your piano. I thoroughly enjoyed this and look forward to hearing many more submissions from you.
52. Deep Elem (aka Buck) - A House Is Not A Home[/b]
Relaxed and jazzy. I know what you mean about the chords. Crunchy and delicious. I love listening to your pieces.
53. babama - Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, 18th variation (Rachmaninov, arrangement Pochacco)[/b]
Such a pretty melody. I’m embarrassed to say it always reminds me of one of my favorite movies, Groundhog Day
. Very romantic rendition.
54. Always Wanted to Play Piano - Ombre[/b]
This was lovely. If I were you, I wouldn’t point out mistakes. We all make them, but sometimes they slip by unnoticed to those who don’t know the music as well as you do.
This was an ambitious undertaking for someone who has been playing for less than a year, and you rose beautifully to the challenge.
55. mlr1899 - Swipesy[/b]
Fun! Nice lilting tempo. Makes me want to hop on a carousel. I love me a good rag, and this is a good rag. Love that moving bass part on this one. Congratulations on your first recital. Can hardly wait for your next one.
56. rustyfingers - Sentimental Journey[/b]
Spent each dime I could afford…
57. DragonPianoPlayer - Allegro[/b]
Fancy fingerwork there. You brought the tune out nicely.
58. Ozor Mox - The Portrait[/b]
This is a beautiful recording. Your father must have been so pleased that you learned it for him. It is a lovely piece.
59. Schubertian - Prelude #13 (F# Major)[/b]
Pretty, romantic, and with lots of feelings. The rubato is just right. Lovely.
60. Babs - Prelude in B Minor (op28,no.6)[/b]
I found your recording of this piece very moving, Babs. You did indeed do a nice job of bringing out that left hand melody. Funny how composers are coming in pairs in this recital!
61. Oxfords Gal - Clowns OP 39 No. 20[/b]
What a lively change of pace! You played it very well with humor and energy.
62. bluekeys - Sonata in C (K545)[/b]
I love this piece, and you did a great job on it. Nice even tempo, good trills and even interplay between the left and right hand parts.
63. Euan Morrison - Vesper (from Casino Royale)[/b]
Evocative, moody. Great pictures by the way.
70. Hisalone (Joel) - Bumble Boogie[/b]
Whee! How fun is this? You have a great sense of rhythm!
71. Mark... - Spooky Story & American Hymn[/b]
Ooh I especially like Spooky Story. This was fun.
72. Mar_red - Moon River[/b]
Very singable. I loved your story, and I can tell by your playing you’re enjoying being back at the piano. I especially liked your steady tempo and the way you bring out the melody over your triplets.
73. IPIBAHN - Sandy - Tarantella - Prokofiev[/b]
Fun to play, and fun to listen to as well. Dancing, dancing.
74. bruceee - Prelude Op 28, No 20[/b]
Such a sad piece. Lovely. I was first introduced to it when I heard it as the intro to Barry Manilow’s “Could it Be Magic.” That’s how unsophisticated I was. Lovely.
75. etorrales - Nocturn in Eb Major[/b]
This was lovely. From the beginning to the end, the relaxed tempo had me spellbound. Thanks for submitting it. One of my favs.