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Loc: Ireland (ex England)
What? No interruptions so far from Wayne? Has even that stalwart vacated the premises?
Delighted to hear you're able to get back to the piano, Recaredo, though we may miss you in the forum (as we did in the ABF recital) and thank you for the Fingal's Cave.
I'm going to resist the urge to post all four movements of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade. As it's my final entry for the day I'll stick with the fourth movement that brings together all the themes so far in the work.
A classic and popular orchestral work, I'm sure you're both familiar with it already.
Thanks Richard for a delightful morning of Sunday classical music! The Scheherazade takes me back to my early college days in the 1960s. It was the first time I was introduced to the music of Rimsky Korsakov.
I shall be listening to the other postings a bit later. I've been listening to a sampling of them and really eager to have my alone time tonight to listen without interruption.
It is interesting that you've been posting Russian compositions today. I've been listening to a number of selections lately by Rachmaninoff when I'm not working on Satie!
Thanks Richard! I will be sending you a PM later today.
Loc: Southeast of Spain
Wayne, I’m pretty sure your performance for the Satie recital will be finally marvellous . Hey, that girl has a beautiful voice! Is she a contestant?
Griffin, I hope you’re doing well. I’m also enjoying these Sunday postings (thanks Richard!). I hadn’t heard that symphonic poem by Balakirev before; what a pleasant surprise!
Btw, Richard, I wanted to congratulate you for your victory over the red dot. I listened to your performance for the ABF recital, and I did love your phrasing in every passage. That was really a fantastic rendition on Fauré’s music. My compliments!
Loc: Ireland (ex England)
Recaredo, you are too kind! It wasn't really the red dot that I was worried about as I was too busy overcoming technical problems. I must find a way of monitoring what's being recorded as on tape the feedback is instant but on the PC there's a delay of a bout a quaver which really throws me so I have to have the sound off.
Still, I've put paid to the shenanigans and I'll be able to start preparing for the Mendelssohn once I decide which piece I'll be going for though it looks like the next ABF recital will be next so I won't need to decide before December.
Time for the vocal entry. This is German born, but of Russian ancestry, Ivan Rebroff, he of the four and a half octave compass. Tom Jones eat your heart out. He was often on UK TV during my youth. This is gorgeous.
WOW!!! I haven't finished all of my listening yet. However, this one skyrocketed to the top of my favorite list today! This dude's voice blows my mind! I agree with Richard. "Tom Jones eat your heart out".
Brilliant postings Richard! Thanks for the exploration of Russian music. I particularly appreciated being introduced to the music of Balakirev. Thanks!
I had planned to PM you by now. However, this is the first time today I've had a chance for some time to listen to your postings free from interruptions. Since it is getting near bedtime here, I will be in touch on Monday.
I loved your selection Recaredo. Thanks for sharing it. I'm hoping I'll be able to share some posts very soon. Right now, I'm trying to get a decent recording of my Satie piece. Once I get that behind me I'll be able to get back to sharing some music.
Tomorrow is a holiday and we have visitors coming. It's been another hectic day with cleaning, cooking, and rehearsing. I must be off to bed!
Loc: Ireland (ex England)
Why do I feel uncomfortable posting a solo piano video on a piano forum? This is the first solo piano piece I've offered in all the Sunday Classicals I've done. Odd!
No-one writes slow movements like Beethoven but this is a special contribution to the canon from Mozart. It has taken years to grow on me and in the hands of Mitsuko Uchida has taken a step closer. I'm still working on the Fantasy in D minor and was unsure which of this or the Rondo in A minor I will be tackling next but this looks like getting the nod now.
There's a remark on YT that Uchida is the greatest Mozart interpreter of all time. I'm uneasy about such thoughts. On a philosophical note I don't think Uchida plays this piece like Mozart did. We know that Beethoven wasn't terribly complimentary of Mozart's ability at the keyboard, whose technique developed in the era of the harpsichord, even though he was impressed by his compositional skills.
Rather than thinking that we hear Mozart through Uchida, I think we hear Uchida through Mozart. When I play, I'm not interested in trying to sound like Bach, Beethoven or Brahms but like me. I think that if it wasn't this way we wouldn't give so much attention to the great performers and credence to their interpretations.
Absolutely wonderful postings everyone! There are a few that I have to use my desktop PC to view, however. My handheld device won't display PJ's Abba posting, or Richard's posting of Uchia's piano performance. I'm looking forward to viewing them a bit later.
Richard, I could relate to your comments of posting a piano performance for the first time doing Sunday classical postings. I had that same odd feeling when I posted the first piano performance many months after I had started posting the Sunday classical music here on RST! Right now I'm getting on with trying to get a decent recording of my Satie piece for the upcoming themed recital!!
Richard, thanks again for doing all of the Sunday classical music which allows me the time to participate in the Satie.
Loc: Southeast of Spain
Richard, these Sunday postings have been a real pleasure. I knew nothing about Franz Sussmayr, but I really enjoyed the “Turkish Symphony”. I agree with your comments about Uchida’s performances, only the great musicians can offer a personal point of view from master works, and that woman is really one of them.
Thanks again for these outstanding postings, Richard.
I heard this on classic fm today.It's a recording I own but haven't listened to for years. The piece itself is a bit overblown for my liking really but I just love the piano entries.Great playing from Alexeev and the ECO.
Loc: West Bengal, India
I'm having a lot of work pressure and, consequently, missing all the beautiful musics posted here in the last 2-3 weeks Got some bit of time today but can't decide where should I start to listen to!
BTW, Richard, congratulations and thanks a lot for giving us the opportunity to enjoy your beautiful passionate performance on this month's ABF recital! The level of expressions you extracted out of that old digital piano is quite amazing! I'm looking forward to enjoy and learn from more of your performances!
I'm getting excited as our themed recital is getting closer! Can't wait to enjoy all the beautiful performances!
Good morning everyone! Finally, I've finished my Satie recording for the themed recital. Now I can spend a little more time sharing some music and catching up on my other activities! I'll be back to my Sunday classical postings this weekend.
Today I've got some blues to share. Here is a great combination -- John Lee Hooker and Carlos Santana performing "Chill Out." Enjoy!