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#1424042 - 04/25/10 05:28 PM Respighi's Notturno
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A few months ago toyboy introduced me to Respighi's Notturno, an amazingly beautiful piece. (You can hear his excellent recording here.).
(Edit: Looks like it's not available any more.)


So I got a copy and worked it up. You can hear my recording of it here. Hope you enjoy it.

I made the recording on my piano (Baldwin L, 6'3", built in 1966 or 1967), using my Zoom H2 recorder placed about 3 ft to the right of the piano (directly to the right of the treble end of the keyboard), and just a little higher than the top of the piano rim. Mics were facing toward the center of the soundboard.

I played this piece at a piano party about a month ago, but made everyone play "guess the composer." A lot of people there were familiar with a lot more music than I, but no one guessed correctly. grin


Edited by ChrisKeys (04/25/10 05:32 PM)

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#1424047 - 04/25/10 05:44 PM Re: Respighi's Notturno [Re: ChrisKeys]
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A very beautiful performance. I first heard this piece in a concert by Earl Wild at Mannes a while ago.

I must confess that I don't like page four nearly as much as the rest of the piece(talking about the composition, not your performance).

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#1424048 - 04/25/10 05:52 PM Re: Respighi's Notturno [Re: pianoloverus]
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Hi Chris,

We don't often hear piano music by Respighi, as he was more of an orchestral composer. This is a gorgeous piece, and you play it thoughtfully and beautifully in a way that's very sympathetic to the composer. Also your Baldwin piano sounds great! Thanks for posting this.

David

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#1424053 - 04/25/10 05:58 PM Re: Respighi's Notturno [Re: RachFan]
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pianoloverus, I agree with you: page 4 doesn't hang together quite as well as one would wish. It's a bit too,..vertical. But overall, I like the piece a lot.

RachFan, thanks for your comments! The Baldwin was just tuned and adjusted (minor) about 3 days ago, so it's in tip-top shape at the moment.

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#1424234 - 04/25/10 11:42 PM Re: Respighi's Notturno [Re: ChrisKeys]
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This is not a piece I had heard before, but I certainly enjoyed your playing of it; it was quite beautiful.

There's nothing like a freshly tuned and tweaked piano, is there? The Baldwin L sounds lovely and was nicely recorded, too.

Thank you for sharing that.

Regards,
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#1424260 - 04/26/10 12:26 AM Re: Respighi's Notturno [Re: BruceD]
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BruceD, I'm happy to have brought it to your attention, and I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. Yes, it's a lovely piece, and not known to me until toyboy recorded it and remarked on it in this forum. And yes, there's nothing like a "fresh" piano!

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#1424282 - 04/26/10 02:06 AM Re: Respighi's Notturno [Re: ChrisKeys]
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Wow, Chris! That was Beautiful! The playing, the piano, the recording--all of it. That was Superlovely! I enjoyed it ALL! That was finely crafted in every way shape and form. I'm going to listen to it again, now... laugh

--CB
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#1424371 - 04/26/10 08:07 AM Re: Respighi's Notturno [Re: Cinnamonbear]
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Thanks, CB.

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#1424397 - 04/26/10 09:08 AM Re: Respighi's Notturno [Re: ChrisKeys]
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I just listened to this again for pleasure this morning (third listening). If Piano World had a greatest hits, I'd want this to be on it.
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