Welcome to the General Discussion Room for the AB Forum Recital #27!!!
Please use this room for any discussion of the pieces in Recital #27 that is taking place in the Main Recital Thread.
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57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4) I was scanning through the list and stop to listen to this one. My good fortune... a true gem. Beautifully paced with all of the emotion this piece can evoke. Well done Tiago84, bravo!
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
2. dannylux/Mel - Lyrica So full of melody and beautifully played. This is what piano-playing is supposed to sound like. I loved it.
3. BenPiano - Prelude What a clear, and clearly played, piece. Very delightful and refreshing, like cool, clear water.
4. jazzwee - Invitation I'm afraid my ears don't work so good you could notice anymore so I had trouble hearing the piano, but your band has got to be a blast And I am so impressed by the work you put in, and the results you have gotten, towards improvisation. What a hero!
5. Inlanding- Glen - Warum? I love the delicacy of your touch on this, at times very wistful. Quite appropriately so. It was beautiful.
6. Mr Super Hunky - There is love The perfect tune for your noodling approach. I like it that it was very flowing and beautiful, not sappy like it sometimes is. And what a great recording!
7. SwissMS - Nocturne How lovely! It also had me swaying gently with the music. Great trills, too.
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
8. CarlosCC - Ambers You made the right decision Your dynamics and expression were perfect. This is a performance to be proud of.
10. Recaredo - Piano sonata Well, pretty confidently played, IMO. I can see why you wanted to play it, and good for you. Some great little fast RH pieces, too. Congratulations on your accomplishment.
11. Jazztpt - Lament Yes, for me it depicts someone who's had a great shock, and is lost and random, trying to comprehend, or even just believe, what has happened. This is extremely well-done, and a perfect composition.
12. (Was)True Beginner - Goodnight Kiss I like the "follow-the-leader" of the left hand. And a very pretty melody.
13. kenjazz - A House is Not a Home Great! Very sophisticated, but with a great bounce. I loved it. And the drum part worked well.
14. Amaruk - Sur le fil You played this well. Nicely flowing. I liked it a lot.
I am starting at the end this time. Once again there is an amazing collection of talent and beautiful music.
50. Falmc - Sweet Sereny Your feeling for your girlfriend comes through loud and clear. Beautiful composition
51. Clemente - Andalucia I am not that familiar with Lecuono. The Spanish flair came through well. I like the varying dynamics and tempo. Nicely played.
52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight Welcome to the recital! Nicely played with steady rhythm and good balance between the hands with the melody playing back and forth between.
53. notbach - To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1) This is a piece that looks easy, but isn’t. You gave a beautiful touch and made it sing. Beautiful job.
54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata) I liked the arrangement very much and you played it well.
55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2 I love this waltz too! I played it in a previous recital. It is hauntingly beautiful. I really liked your interpretation. You expressed the B major section nicely. Very well played.
56. Grouchomarx - Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan (no Friska) Sounds very challenging! Beautifully, and very competently played. The runs sounded very confident and you made it sound easy.
57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4) I love this haunting prelude. Very nice balance between melody and accompaniment. Teachers always find things to improve. You played it very well.
58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1 I like the play between the right and left hands- a call and answer. Very nice composition beautifully played.
59. yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes for Piano Beautiful, heart-filled music. It makes me think of personal strength in difficult times. Simply a beautiful composition well played. Your piano has beautiful tone!
60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness Your vocals are always very enjoyable. You have a great voice! I especially liked the rich piano accompaniment you created for this tune. It is an outstanding arrangement.
61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings Beautiful lyrical piece played with heart. Very nice balance with rhythmical left hand accompaniment and singing melody.
Assigned: Bach - Invention in E Major #6 Debussy - Arabesque I Liszt - Consolation #3 Db Major Grieg 38 3 Melody 47 1 Valse Impromptu
To everyone here: As usual, please give me a PM if you want my feedback and play acoustic piano.
This is the format I use:
wouter79 piece: La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, No.12) technical: clipping: no balance L/R: ok noise: very little bass: this music has hardly any bass notes. One somewhere in the middle but it is played pianissimo. depth of field: a tad shallow, but it matches the actual sound in the small room piano sound: very nice. Fast staccato works nice
musical: overall impression, like: I like it. Good speed. Faster might work for the cackling but probably the more complex fragments would get rather muddy on the piano at faster speeds. I can hear a bit of concentration loss at the end: a few missed notes there at the end of the measures, and overall just a bit less tight. Maybe it would help to add a few small pauses at appropriate places - this might help keeping the concentration up and also might work musically, to bring out more of the "suddenly standing still". Left and right hand are sometimes getting slightly out of sync, but you're getting better at that. Phrasing: ok rubato, speed changes: none; and I think that's appropriate although a few small pauses at appropriate places might work. Dynamics: I think harpsichords don't really have a way to play dynamics, apart from just pressing more keys. But I think it's good to add dynamics now you have the possibility. In most places you play the repeated patterns one time loud, one time soft like an echo. I think it works good overall. I also like the soft entrance of the bass sounds particularly at 2:25. You might try to do that more often. The end goes a bit louder, matching the music. articulation:staccato with no pedal, this makes a nice imitation of harpsichord sound. For the bass notes the piano obviously sounds a bit too full; you compensate by playing them softer and more staccato. but at some places I miss that 'twoing' sound that a harpsichord can make so nicely.
Loc: Lisboa, Portugal
57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4) I have to confess that I did a little "push" to Tiago to send a piece. You guys imagine that he was in doubt entering the ABF Recital... Congratulations Tiago, I hope this is the first of many contributions.
Focused on: Life, by Einaudi Self-learning for fun since 12/2009 "Don't play what's there, play what's not there."
Hi Dave, yours was not the first one I listened to, but was close. And is the first one I am responding to. I couldn't help it of course as we are on the same page so to speak.
I'll be listening to all and commenting on many, but will be happy to spend more time with you and have some ideas for you (maybe not great ones) if you are interested. If so, I'll be back later and perhaps use the template.
First off, I would just like to say: FANTASTIC JOB You are 2.5 years in? And, I take it you are reading this from a score? Your expression is really great and brings out the melodic and harmonic greatness of this piece. This is not an easy piece to learn (I know they are all easy once you know them) because of all the 10ths in the left hand. You must have big hands. Hey, do you know what they say about guys with big hands? O.k. we don't need to go there now
If you have a chance please lake a listen also to the recording I have posted here. It is this sound that I was/am striving for. In listening, please observe:
1.) the even tempo from start to end 2.) the clarity and smoothness of the melody particularly on the run ups (arpeggios?) in the last verse on the Ebmaj7, Adim to D. The melody does not loose any tempo or clarity and sings above what is happening in the left hand.
I believe in time we can both give Kristian a good run for his money with all things being equal (recording devices etc.) By the way, your recording is also very good ... clear crisp and loud.
Great job, once again and look forward to corresponding more on this, if you are up for it.
Sam Rose (Shmuel R) (see sam rose's late submission piece:Stoic Theme from "The Shawshank Redemption" technical: clipping: no balance L/R : ok noise: very little 50Hz hum and a little white noise. The hum at 50Hz is a tad louder than I would like, you may want to check where it comes from. I notice that your youtube recording is much softer. Maybe you took a bit too much headroom, boosting the noise level in the post? The damper noise is very small, nice! bass: good depth of field: ok piano sound: very nice. I like the open overall sound.
musical: overall impression, like: nice playing, sounds all right. One small thing, the 4th beat (the one that you play with a short pause) seems a little short/rushed in my ears, like the first beat comes just a bit too soon. This is most noticeable at 1:22 but also on other places. These seem small fluctuations, eg at 1:12 you're spot on. Phrasing: ok rubato, speed changes: no Dynamics: nice gradual crescendo. articulation: ok.
Loc: Virginia, USA
Yeah, love it already! Here's my thoughts on the first 10:
01. wouter79 - La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12) I've been working on Rameau's Gavotte and Variations "forever" - it has a lot of similarities to this piece. I think you've really captured the ideas of this kind of piece very well; I hear massive improvement in your playing over the last while. Perhaps a teeny slower tempo so that some of the faster runs wouldn't end up too rushed? Your phrasing was very nice, particularly on the main theme. Great start to the recital.
02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3 There's a gorgeous rich sound on this piece that is just wonderful. I really enjoyed the phrasing, with the delicate touches of rubato and interplay of the different voices. Beautful.
03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6 Dude, get a ... not going to say it, you don't really need one! This is a beautiful Scriabin piece. I need to know the key, man I really enjoyed your approach to this piece - very simple, very effective with lovely balance.
04. Jazzwee - Invitation I always enjoy these performances and this one is no exception. I'm so impressed by the improvisation - fantastic. I'll try too listen to the full thing soon.
05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3 There is such a sense of questioning in this piece, you really did full justice to it. Schumann can be so deep with so little and that's exactly what you brought out here. Very nice.
06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song) Expertly noodled too. Yes, this is a lovely tune and you brought it out very nicely. I felt like it could have (should have?) gone on forever.
07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2 This is so close to the top of my to-do list, I don't know why I haven't yet! I love, love this piece and your interpretation is beautiful. There is a great balance of the harmony and the melodic lines; I really enjoyed the rubato and dynamic range too.
08. CarlosCC - Ambers It's kind of ironic you moved from Einaudi to this piece because when it started I thought, "ah, Einaudi" and then I looked to see it wasn't. Very nice though - great movement through the piece, I could feel the "ambers" (I'm assuming fire) slowing burning underneath. Great tone.
09. Diana - Raymond - Theme from Overture Beautiful job. You are obviously developing your piano skills very nicely because you gave a convincing account of this piece. I hope you can continue to some longer pieces because I wanted it to carry on! You have nice articulation that brings out the character of this piece. As you develop, work on more dynamic range.
10. Recaredo (Ricardo) - Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement. Ah, the lure of Beethoven! Well I think you managed to bring this movement off very well; perhaps in the middle section it could be a little more "flowing". But it was very expressive and enjoyable.
Loc: Chocolatetown, USA
14. Amaruk - Sur le fil - fascinating piece especially well played - enjoyed this thoroughly - totally listenable - excellent video recording also - very, very nice performance - I can easily see why you enjoy playing this so much & it shows
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. Frederic Chopin
Owner of volumes of sheet music I'll probably never get to...
19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme
First off, let me say how much I enjoyed the Battle of the Schindlers. I thought your performance was great, and it certainly goes to show how 2 people can play the same piece differently. When I initially started playing that song, Kristian’s video was the one that I watched the most. I don’t think your version needs much work to sound like his. I haven’t looked at the sheet music or videos in quite a while since I memorized it, and the way I play it has changed over time...basically it’s slowed down and has more pedal. I guess it’s just how I like to hear it.
Your comment about even tempo is right on. On the bridge part, my music says “moving along” but my hands say “take off”. I actually thought my tempo was pretty good when I was playing it…then I listened to the recording and it’s, um, not. Must be the recording.
I do have big hands. My wife is a much better piano player than I am, but she can’t play 10ths. I like music like this because the chords sound big and they lay under my hands pretty easily. I started 2-1/2 years ago when my kids wanted to quit piano. I played for about 2 weeks when I was 8 years old (I’m 39 now), but I complained enough that my mom let me quit. So…when my girls gave me the “you quit, why can’t we?” line, I said, “watch this.” I signed myself up for lessons and now we all go together. My intention was to maybe learn enough to keep them going and help when they had problems…I had no idea that I would actually enjoy it so much.
I don’t know enough to give you much useful technical feedback, but I thought your recording was very good…especially for an acoustic piano/mic setup. I’m not sure I could pull that off in my house with kids, dogs, and the neighbor’s lawnmower.
Thank you, all for your fine music and thank you to Monica and all involved in putting the e-cital together.
10. Recaredo (Ricardo) - Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement. Very nicely done, Ricardo! This is not an easy piece of music and you played it very well. You play it with such enthusiasm and give it a wonderful richness.
11. Jazztpt - Lament This is one of my all-time favorites of your compositions. It is very dark and pensive, aptly so, as intended. It has a wonderful intelligence to it. You play it with such patience and thoughtfulness. Wonderful.
12. (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss Your compositions have evolved so much over the course of e-citals. I am always curious as to what motivates to you to create such fine compositions. Your playing has improved a great deal. I very much enjoyed this.
13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home Ken, a fine bit of playing with your virtual combo! Your upright sounds so very sweet, and the playing is divine. You are having fun, for sure. The sound is so very upbeat - a great rendition, keeper I'd say. This is one of your best.
14. Amaruk - Sur le fil This is a fantastic bit of playing. You play this piece with a great deal of conviction. This could be a theme for a movie. It sounds like piece that's very tricky to get it sound the way you have. This is as good as it gets. Great work.
15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1 This is a very difficult piece, indeed. There are many subtleties you have managed to bring out and it was no easy task. It must be very difficult to keep the left hand going smoothly. I've tried to play the Bach/Zilotti version of the b-min prelude and it sounds nothing like what you bring here. Good work, Sam.
16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor I always enjoy your playing, Peyton, and this is no exception. This Mazurka sounds so very contemporary, as does many of Chopin's works, but you bring out the playfulness of this fine work. So delicately played - your technique as improved greatly and it shows wonderfully in this piece.
17. ladypayne - A New Change This is by far your best work, ladypayne. Congratulations on the big move and starting anew in Alaska! Your music depicts wonderful scenes in my mind's ear.
18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue You always pick such great music to share, Ed. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue is fantastic. Mrs Calabash would be proud. So much going on. Your playing is solid and expressive. You can always do those hannons and scales…Very interesting and entertaining rendition, Ed.
19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme I love this piece of music! This is one of those pieces that will mature under your fingers over time. The way you play it captures the listener's attention - you play with great expression. It's a very moving melody. You've got one heck of a repertoire. Thank you for this, Jeff. Bravo!
20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree Cheryl - this is such an improvement over previous interpretations. Rigaudon is very well played. I can tell you are listening to the music as you play it, which helps you connect your expression to playing the notes. Entree is very solid and you are playing according to the notations. I always look forward to your music, Cheryl. Each e-cital you bring an improved sense of the music and your technique has improved greatly.
Virtual handshake acknowledged and returned. YIPPEE for the Schindler's ...
Great story with how this all came about, Dave ... and a real family ordeal to boot now ... good for you.
I look forward to hearing more from you. Come out to the monthly bar (currently August Bar thread,) if you are up for it and take the stage with anything you are working on. The folks in here are really great and it is always a hoot.
Another bite from the middle - more wonderful music. So very enjoyable
21. timmyab - Moment musical Nr.2 I have many of the moment musical pieces and attempt to play what you've delivered so well. Schubert's music is so very beautiful and you captured it nicely. I thought your timing was quite fine and you bring the musical moment out very well.
22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1 This is a beautiful piece, Lady Chen. Glad you brought this back into your repertoire. It is very difficult to keep the left hand from going haywire and to keep the flow of 8ths going smoothly in the background. You tied the trills to the music beautifully. Very expressive.
23. MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649 First, let me say how impressed I am with your playing - its even amazing you've been at the piano for only four months!!! I look forward to more of your music. Thank you for joining the fun and sharing your music with the world.
24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale This is the first time I've heard this piece. Any slip-ups are not obvious and the music is divine. Your affinity with this composer is evidenced by your fine interpretation, Monica. Thank you for this.
25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor Congratulations on your first e-cital submission. Great job on this invention! Your sense of time is perfect and you bring out the voices quite nicely. I look forward to more from you in the upcoming quarterly e-citals.
26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms Played like a true professional, Steve. Very polished. The two minutes seems too short for this - I imagine you could take this a few more rounds with your background to expand on the wonderful theme you bring out so well.
27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle) Hard to imagine you've been playing a total of 8 months. Your interpretation of Tchaikovsky is absolutely stunning - you play it with such wisdom and polish. I am interested in what else you have in your repertoire - I am very impressed.
28. joangolfing - The Poet Speaks Ah, another Schumann in the e-cital. Congratulations on your new piano - it sounds beautiful. You bring out so well, the intricacies of this Schumann classic. Your bring romance to the romantic composer really nicely. I like your playing.
29. Mar_red - Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby You are absolutely right - this tune is so very beautiful. Your arrangement is equally as beautiful. This is a piece to have on anyone's playlist. Fantastic, indeed. That ending is perfection!!
30. cscl - Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1 Those Bagatelles look simple - it ends there. This is so sensitively played - you'd make Beethoven proud. This is a beautiful interpretation.
31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag I love the way you play the rags, Cathy. Your sense of time is excellent and you carry the theme very nicely. So upbeat and happy is this Dill Pickle Rag!
32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...") To me, this is your finest e-cital submission by far. It's beautiful and you play it with such care. Thank you for your music, Trap.
Starting randomly mid-list, more to come #11 JazzPT: Dark and brooding, love the mood of this. #12 TrueBeginner: Nice, I like the subtle changes in color. #13 KenJazz: Smooth, what else can I say? #14 Amaruk: Never heard this, parts remind me of Satie in a way. Nice job with the fast runs. #15 SamS: Good job keeping a even tempo with that intricate fingerwork. Also I like the minimal use (non-use?) of sustain. #16 Petyon Such a delicate touch in the right hand, elegant. #17 LadyPayne: Lovely, to me this would make a great score to the movie "Brave."
40. Serge88 - What'd I say Oh, this was fun! I loved your arrangement. It made me want to dance.
41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes I thought your vocal brought out the spirit of this song very well. Very well done. I am sure your Mom will be absolutely thrilled and very proud of her daughter. I loved your Youtube photomontage. It really gave meaning to the song.
42. CMohr - Imagination Beautiful arrangement! Very good listening. What a wonderful gift for your Mom’s 90th Birthday.
43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846 This is such a beautiful prelude. I thought your balance between two voices was very good. I think the break between arpeggios is appropriate for Bach. Great job for less that a year of playing!
44. Ken. - Light Blue This calls for a glass of wine and low lighting. Very relaxing. You have a good touch for this kind of music.
45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List You did a great job of finding the heart in this piece. Very well played.
46. MaryBee - Sonata in C minor, K.457, Mvt.1 Beautifully played Mozart. You have this one mastered. It sounds quite complex with a lot going on, and you make it sound easy and playful.
47. DadAgains_Daughter - Invention in F Major Wow! Beautiful Bach. Good balance between the voices. You have made amazing progress in three years of playing.
48. DadAgain - Prelude and Fugue XX - A minor I thought you played this very well, and it sounded very musical to me. The voices were all clear and well balanced.
49. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits You did this sight reading? Very impressive. You expressed it very musically.
Assigned: Bach - Invention in E Major #6 Debussy - Arabesque I Liszt - Consolation #3 Db Major Grieg 38 3 Melody 47 1 Valse Impromptu
#49. Mike White, Dance of the Blessed Spirits -- did you mean prima vista reading (as in: first time seeing the music) or reading as opposed to memorized (as in: reading the music while playing, but having practiced)?
What a wonderful recital! It's so inspiring to hear everyone progress and especially to hear so many first-time recital entries! My hat's off to you all. And to Monica, who puts in all the hard work to get this up and running every 3 months, and everyone else involved in these amazing productions!
01. wouter79 - La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12) Three of our neighbors are raising chickens which we hear every morning - it's actually a rather soothing sound. Your playing of this piece is definitely evocative of hens. Excellent work on all the close, fast passages. I really enjoyed the dynamics you put into this piece, too. Perfectly appropriate, as if the hens really were chatting back and forth. A fun listen and great kickoff to the recital!
02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3 Absolutely beautiful piece and gorgeous playing! Your affinity for Bortkiewicz is evident in the superb touch and feeling you've put into the piece. I was swept away. I loved it!
03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6 I wasn't familiar with this prelude, and am very glad you performed it so beautifully. I love Scriabin and you've done him justice with just the right touches. (Ha! Doesn't matter what key )Good one, Ben!
04. Jazzwee - Invitation You always play great solo...on top of that your playing (with the band) has taken you to a new level. Great tune, nice groove, fantastic solo! I'm just a little in awe of what all your work has proven. Applause!!
More later - I have a piano lesson and boy do I need it.
Loc: Virginia, USA
11. Jazztpt - Lament Lament is such a perfectly named piece for this work. Just truly impressive. It is touching without being overly sentimental. Simple but, underneath, some great harmonies. And played with such tenderness and care. Wonderful.
12. (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss This reminded me of something but I can't put my finger on it. Very nicely composed and played, a great atmosphere throughout. Perhaps a touch less pedal?
13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home A great beat and some lovely piano playing with it. I love the bass (piano bass) playing, some great touches there.
14. Amaruk - Sur le fil There is such a fantastic warm tone, beautifully pedaled with the melody still clear. And at points it feels you must have three hands. Very nicely done.
15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1 Two voices with Bach are probably worth three or four by another composer! Plus he always seems to have that "hidden" voice. Tackling a prelude & fugue from WTC is quite an achievement. So although you've given us a work in progress, it's still wonderful to hear. The two voices are clear but coordinate beautifully. I really liked the sudden change in tempo by the way.
16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor I find Chopin's Mazurkas, of all his works, the most "puzzling" to me but you manage to straighten this out very nicely. Interestingly, surrounded in this recital by jazz riffs, that's what I hear in this piece. Very nicely played. But I have to wonder who you ever considered this to seem "fairly easy"!!
17. ladypayne - A New Change A beautiful piece, lovingly composed and executed. Good luck in your new home. I'm surprised you didn't perform Simon & Garfunkel's "America": "Michigan seems like a dream to me now".
18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue I'm sorry but that's just undignified Beautifully played, with a warm and inviting tone. I'm not quite sure how slaughter comes into play though - it feels very romantic and lush. The change in the middle is great, with a wonderful tempo change and those tremolos are great. Overall it's fantastic.
19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme I'll be interested to hear how this compares with the other entry. I thought you delivered a wonderfully balanced sound, bringing out the melody clearly but not dominating. There are some lovely timing changes and great phrasing.
20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree Very confident pieces, delightfully played. I particularly enjoyed the articulation and the variation between the pieces.
I'm listening to the recital in reverse order. Here are my first third of comments.
40. Serge88 - What'd I say. I like the rolling nature of this. Played slowly as you play it, it becomes a reflective piece where you can savour every bit of sound and harmony.
41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes. Singing! What fun! I would have liked to hear the sound from your acoustic piano with your singing.
42. CMohr - Imagination. An interesting piece. You said there were mistakes and hesitations, but I didn't hear any. That's lovely to learn songs for your mother.
43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846. I love love love this piece. I wish your piano had a bit more sustain on the first two notes of the arpeggios. They did stand out a bit, but I liked the effect, of setting the low underpinning for the higher notes of the rest of the arpeggio. I think this piece can take many different subtleties in interpretation, and I'm always glad to hear another interpretation. I think the place I'd look to lighten up is on the last note of each half bar of arpeggios. Thank you for bringing this to the recital. You said it is still difficult for you, but it didn't show in your playing, which was even and confident.
44. Ken. - Light Blue. I enjoyed entering into the soundscape of this piece, which is so different from what I usually listen to. What would it sound like if you added a bit of swing to the downward runs?
45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List. I've seen the movie, but didn't remember any of the music from it. Listening to your playing of this theme, brought the movie back to me. Wonderfully emotional rendition.
46. MaryBee - Sonata in C minor, K.457, Mvt.1. Lovely playing, MaryBee. Mozart is so graceful, and you brought that out in your playing. I liked the contrast between the dramatic and the light parts. I would look for even more of that.
47. DadAgains_Daughter - Invention in F Major. DadAgains_Daughter, I only wish I could play as well as you. What a marvelous piece, and marvelous playing.
48. DadAgain - Prelude and Fugue XX - A minor. Bach, what's not to like? I love Bach. It would be interesting to hear this on the harpsichord.
49. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits. Curious coincidence: I heard this just the other night on the radio. Hearing it again from you makes me curious to hear the whole opera, Orfeo ed Euridice, from which it comes.
50. Falmc - Sweet Sereny. A lovely melody, and played with assurance.
51. Clemente - Andalucia. Oooh, dramatic and fascinating from the very first chord! Thanks for sharing this piece.
52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight. An intriguing little piece. Welcome to the recital, and congratulations on stepping beyond Alfred's 1, and on recording! For your next step with this piece, you might want to experiment with the balance of the hands: make the LH softer and let the RH sing out more.
53. notbach - To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1). I keep seeing this piece mentioned all over, and now I finally know how it sounds!
54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata). This piece always brings a smile to my face.
55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2. You play this with a lovely light touch on a lovely piece. I enjoyed it a great deal -- the first Chopin waltz I've heard, and you have me hooked.
56. Grouchomarx - Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan (no Friska). I am completely unfamiliar with Liszt's music! Thank you for introducing me to it.
57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4). I love this piece, and I very much enjoyed your playing of it. Out of curiosity (because I'm learning it myself), what did your teacher point out to improve?
58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1. Welcome to the ABF recital! I enjoyed your composition.
59. yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes for Piano. I am in awe at the skill it takes to compose this. I loved the rich deep sounds of your piano.
60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness. Very restful. I especially enjoyed the flowing accompaniment.
61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings. A reasonable rendtion. I'd like to hear more variation in the first half. Maybe rubato? And/or variation in dynamics? Not sure exactly what, but something.
#1 wouter79: I like the tempo you chose, very lively performance #2 dannylux: Never heard of this composer but really enjoyed the piece & your evocative playing. #3 BenPiano: Love Scriabin & this performance #4 Jazzwee: Cool…wish my church had music like this. I'm in awe of those who can improvise, an ability not in my DNA #5 Inlanding Glen: a tender composition & performance
Loc: Massachussetts, USA
Wow. Where to even start, so much variety of good music.
04. Jazzwee - Invitation No surprise that this was a little bit hard to hear. I fell in love with this tune when I was a big Maynard Ferguson fan as a kid. I also had a memorable experience in a tiny bar in San Francisco chatting up alto player and local legend Andrew Speight right before he got up and wailed "Invitation" as his signature piece. It was memorable for sure. I listened to your rendition of "My Favorite Things" on Soundcloud recently and it is just awesome. Methinks you need to get into the studio soon with Invitation!
33. knotty - Petite Fleur This is just an incredible ensemble effort! The tango character that you create with the chord solos sounds perfect and sets up the rest of the solo elements just right. That certainly doesn't sound like it was recorded on a zoom. Ship it, man!
11. Jazztpt - Lament I wish I didn't read your blurb about this piece first. It was too emotionally gripping. Wonderful jazz composing. The lead sheet for this song deserves to be shared so that you can hear other interpretations of this fine composition. Just sayin...
18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue I never heard this song before. I had to look it up on YT. You did a really nice interpretation! Forgive me if I am not the first to say it, but by the time that big ending comes you must be thinking: "Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are"
05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3 Weil... It is so impressive that you can play any style switching back and forth effortlessly. I wish that I knew more about classical music, but it sounded excellent to me.
06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song) Wow, I remember my sister having this 45! I don't know why a jazz song from the 30's doesn't seem old, but a pop song on a 45 seems ancient. What a beautiful melody. So beautiful that it came out of your memory intact, and with some really nice embellishments too. Well done!
19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme 45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List
It is not fair to put two together, but listen to this: They are both exceptional renditions. Listen to them back-to-back right away and you will be struck by this observation - they come from two distinct parts of the same movie! They each have a decidedly different mood and flavor and you can visualize the different scene (or attempt not to) that each comes from.
For some reason, the countdown I had said that I had until 7PM Pacific time. Perhaps this was due to daylight savings time or something like that, but I'm not sure, since I didn't write the code for it. Anyway, I came to my computer to submit with what I thought was a good 10 minutes to spare, and the countdown even said 10 minutes remaining (yes, my time zone is correctly set to Pacific time). I refreshed the page, and the recital had already been closed
I noticed the exact same thing. I already had my submission in. I saw the count down go from 55 mins. to closed.... So I'm not leaving you out.
I'm a big fan of the movie, too. Really fine job keeping that steady rhythmic beat that carries the theme melody. Short but very compelling. I enjoyed it. Good for you for posting!
61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings Love the melody which you brought out expertly. You have a nice steady flow and touch that captures the somewhat Russian feel. (We had a Great Dane named Ivan and I had images of him while listening - his pace was about the same as this piece. )
60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness I love your "tender" take on this wonderful classic! You've got some really nice nuances in your vocal that are oh, so pleasant! Of course, the accompaniment is perfection. Very cool and very touching!
59. yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes for Piano This is a pretty fabulous composition! Soothing, nice flow and well articulated. I really enjoyed the middle section the most. Beautiful themes you've written and played with conviction.