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#2033331 - 02/14/13 09:20 PM Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room
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Welcome to the General Discussion Room for the AB Forum Recital #29!!!

Please use this room for any discussion of the pieces in Recital #29 that is taking place in the Main Recital Thread.

Discussions and replies can be posted at-will. Feel free to comment on any or all individual pieces. Some members offer comments on each submission individually; others offer general congratulations. Either approach is appropriate. Feel free to offer more specific, technical feedback if the participant had indicated that technical feedback was welcome.

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#2033419 - 02/14/13 10:27 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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The last couple of recitals I've been too busy and never managed to finish doing all my comments. (Sorry, all of you I never got to!!! eek )

This time I was determined to do better, so I decided to do the only thing I could think of to help me get through everybody in a timely manner: I cheated. laugh I shamelessly abused my admin privileges and started listening to the recital pieces a couple of days early. So here's my first installment, and with luck, I'll get through the others by the end of the weekend.

01 – mr_super-hunky: I’ve known you were a talented arranger of music since the very first recital. And now you have shown yourself to be a talented composer of original music. I had goosebumps listening to this piece and thinking of apple,* and missing her. You have set an extremely high bar for the rest of the recital!

02 – Inlanding: I know what you mean about those deceptively easy melodies. It’s hard to play the chords softly while bringing out the melody, but you do that well. An enjoyable, jaunty song.

03 – dannylux: Oh you make those ornamentations sound so easy and effortless! Beautifully played.

04 – Plowboy: This may be my favorite Chopin prelude. You do a good job of conveying the brooding feel of the piece.

05 – slpianoproject: You are right to be proud of this recording! It’s very impressive. I have to say that I enjoyed your video and having the hammers of your piano exposed. I think it would probably distract me too much while I was playing, myself. ha

06 – CarlosCc: I haven’t had the courage to tackle “Julia” yet myself. You do a great job of voicing the melody over those endless arpeggios. And an Einaudi piece will always make it into my “Best of Recital” list. smile

07 – sinophilia: Oh, this made me nostalgic big time. My mother used to sing “Frankie and Johnny” all the time when I was a little girl. It was nice to hear it again. And it fit the second piece well in terms of style. Thanks for the memories....

08 – wouter79: I would never be brave enough to play without the pedal, but you pull this off wonderfully.

09 – SwissMs: You also get a medal for bravery, for playing Bach. I like how you give this a pleasant, lilting air. smile

10 – casinitaly: This is one catchy tune! Very enjoyable to listen to. I’m also pleasantly surprised at the quality of the recording given that it was a digital camera.

11 – Andy Platt: Another brave soul tackling Bach! I don’t know enough to arbitrate a disagreement between you and your teacher, but I will say that your playing sounded excellent to me.

12 – Amaruk: I wish I could play be ear like that. It is a pretty song indeed, and you do a great job of arranging it. I’m even more impressed by your video... the multiple camera angles and the double exposure with the Christmas imagery made it look like it was professionally produced. thumb I’m going to go back to the “video production” thread and pay close attention to everything you say.

13 – Peyton: I really liked this tune, especially the deep bass notes around the 1:35 mark. And you do some wicked runs up the keyboard, too.

14 – Joangolfing: I wasn’t familiar with this piece. I liked its ambiguous, mysterious ending. Well played.

15 – Greener: I wasn’t familiar with this piece, either, but I can see why it grew on you. Good job on a long and demanding piece.
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#2033439 - 02/14/13 11:09 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
jotur Offline
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Registered: 09/16/06
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Here's what I had a chance to listen to this evening as I was finishing up some work. They were wonderful to keep me from getting grumpy laugh

35. zrtf90 - Notturno Like a stream in the moonlight, covered and uncovered by clouds.

36. Mike White - Album Leaf Very nice. An airy piece.

22. (Was) True Beginner - Us Lyrical.

42. windywindy - Waltz nice, delicate ornaments.

29. timmyab - Allemande nicely played.

21. Teodor - Donnie Darko It keeps moving nicely.

44. Sam S - Arabeske It has that lively quality I'd expect of an arabeske at the beginning and ending parts. Very nicely done. I could never play a piece of that length as well as you played this one.

41. Saranoya - Menuett A nice dance feel.

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#2033486 - 02/15/13 01:32 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: jotur]
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OK ... got up at five to find the Recital up ... have been listening and writing down comments for 2.5 hours. I have to go to work now, but here's the first batch. I'll do the other half tonight.

Mr Super-Hunky -- Your playing sounds really, really lovely. Self-taught since 2004? I should hope I can get to this level of playing (especially in terms of expressiveness and fluidity) *with* a teacher in eight years! Once you get started on the second theme, I can really *hear* the new beginning of which you speak -- I imagine an eagle, or some other mighty flying beast, soaring through the mountains, and discovering new things in each consecutive valley. Well played, sir! And, I'm sure, a tribute worthy of your friend Apple, whom I never knew, but have read only great things about around here.

Inlanding -- Although I wouldn't have recognized this piece from the title and composer alone, it isn't the first time I've heard it. I can see why you use the word 'magic' in your description of the second time you heard this melody, and I think you manage to get your own sense of wonder about it across pretty well in your rendition of it. Nice!

Dannylux -- Thank you for exposing me to a piece of music that, to me at least, proves that Czerny's erstwhile reputation for being a 'boring' composer was at least somewhat undeserved. I do hear a bit of Beethoven in here, and I'm a huge Beethoven fan, so that's always a plus.

Plowboy -- This piece gets the hairs in my neck to stand on end every time I hear it. It's clearly the work of a soul in turmoil (Chopin), and you manage to get that across pretty convincingly, in my book. 'Ragged' is certainly not the word I would use to describe your dynamic range here! I think I know what you mean about not liking the chords, but (at least according to my teacher), getting rid of that unevenness is just a question of playing every day, and then having some patience for the fine-tuned control over individual fingers within a triple or quadruple grip to come. In the mean time, the fact that it wasn't 'perfect' (whatever that means to you) didn't detract from my enjoyment of listening to it. Thank you!

slpianoproject --A Chopin Nocturne! There are few things you could have played to get me to pay closer attention to you than this. I recently set myself the goal of learning to play all 21 Chopin Nocturnes in my lifetime (it is likely that I will, indeed, need an entire lifetime to do it), and I must say, if I ever find myself being able to play this one the way you do, I will be mighty pleased. I think it would be even better if you could give your piano a good tuning, though! No doubt you are aware of this wink.

carloscc -- I had never even heard of Einaudi before I found this forum, but everything of his that I've heard since, I've liked. It helps that the people here who play him and post recordings (BenPiano, Monica, and you, among others) always seem to play him with much feeling and great expression. If you say you were 'not in the right mood to play this with the right expression', I am very curious to hear your rendition of this when you are! The dedication to your wife gave me goosebumps. Thank you for an enjoyable, relaxing listening experience!

Diana --Alfred's Book Two, huh? Ah, welcome to a fellow (relative) n00b. I'm glad there are others like me hanging around here! You're right that these could use a little more 'swing' and fluidity in them, but don't be too hard on yourself. You braved the Red Dot! I'm sure you can play them twice as 'swinging' when there's not a microphone in the room.

wouter79 --Hi! As I said above, I'm one of the most n00bish players taking part in this recital, and the piece you are playing here is far beyond my reach for the time being, so take everything I write with a serious grain of salt. That said, I think you need to work on getting your left hand to 'flow' more. It sounds choppy to me right now. Think in phrases, rather than a string of individual chords, if that helps at all. I believe that once you get the flow into the left hand, expression and fluidity on the melody side of the piece will be much easier to accomplish. You may be on to something, too, when you say that the left hand is a little too overpowering. But still. The fact that you managed to record this (Red Dot Psychosis and all) after only three years of playing gets you my respect all by itself.

SwissMS --Ah, Bach! I tend, usually, to think of Bach's keyboard music as dry and a bit soulless -- pure math, almost. But that's not the feeling I get after listening to your rendition of this, at all! Perhaps the story behind it, and your gratitude to Herr Bach for giving you back the piano (which I understand, perhaps better than you know) is what's shining through here. In any case, a very good rendition, I think, even with its technical imperfections!

casinitaly -- Um, am I right in thinking that this is another piano that could use a tuning? wink. That aside, though, I can hear you had a lot of fun learning this piece. You've definitely got a good groove going! Thank you. I enjoyed listening.

Andy Platt -- I think I would like to be a fly on the wall when you and your teacher are having one of your arguments about this piece! To my mind, having a consistent take on a piece, and then executing it well, is what makes an artist! If it weren't for that, we'd all be better off having a pianola (or these days, a Disklavier system, I suppose) than a real piano in our house! As you note, there's still some work to be done on the trills, but outside of that, I like your take on it!

Amaruk --Like Mr. SH, you are another one of those pianists whose expression and fluidity I admire, and would like to have myself some day! I would have not problem at all listening to an entire afternoon of this! Good on you for managing to transcribe it on your own!

Peyton -- Lovely melody indeed! You do speed up significantly as you progress through this piece, but I think that in most places, the speed-ups are not out of place. Perhaps you need to sit down and figure out a few more specific spots where you need to slow back down again. But definitely do not kill *all* of the speed-ups. They suit the piece, I think. Nice work on composing this!

joangolfing -- OK, now I need to go find some sheet music for Grieg Waltzes. I like it! It's probably still out of my reach, but thank you for getting me acquainted with it.

Greener --Oh, so that's the noise in the background ... a squeaky damper pedal! Nice, how you first discovered it here on the forum, and then actually got through learning to play it, to the point that you were able to confront the dreaded Red Dot with it! wink. I gather that you are another one of the self-taught wonder boys around here? laugh. Nicely done!

Riddler -- I can definitely hear your 'lifetime of noodling' in your playing. Can I say that I'd like to be (like) you if I ever grow up? wink. Your expression, and obvious technical command in the chord progressions here, some of which are anything but simple, are admirable. Thank you for sharing!

Monica K. -- As you no doubt know, technical complexity is by no means a pre-requisite for beauty. And beautiful, this certainly is -- mainly because of the way you play it. You are one of those people who seem to be able to cram a thousand words into a single measure of music. And you have my admiration all the more because you are self-taught, so it's all you I'm hearing. No teacher to steer you in this or that direction, and yet, a beautiful, telling result. Nice!

ladypayne --It's great, right? To just sit down at the piano and play whatever comes? I can hear you being 'in the zone', here, and I sort of envy you. What tends to come out when I am 'in the zone' has nowhere near this level of sophistication. Thank you for sharing!

Jake S -- I think we set ourselves an extra hard challenge when we choose to perform a piece like this one -- one that everyone has already heard a thousand times before. I know, because I'm working on the Moonlight Sonata for the April in-class recital right now! I must say, you pull it off beautifully. This is one of the more sensitive and delicate amateur performances of this piece that I've heard. Nicely done!

Serge88 --Huh. GarageBand. Instant drum kit! It fits, here. Plus, I bet it was a ton of fun mixing this up! Memo to self: try it some time. I sort of admire your ability to play with a drum kit (which means you stayed in time consistently throughout). That is something I know I would have major trouble with.

Teodor -- Pretty good, for a piece you just went and revived after two years of not playing it at all! It's a beautiful piece of music, too, so I enjoyed it. Thanks. And get your piano tuned when you have a chance! wink.

(Was)TrueBeginner -- Self-composed. Nice! I think your microphone might have been a little too close to the piano (or perhaps the gain levels just weren't optimal), which distorts the recording a bit. But I enjoyed it. Thanks!

MusicaMusique -- I like this performance. It flows nicely. Sounds quite effortless, even though it no doubt isn't. Nicely done!

MrPozor -- Two months of lessons? Wow. That's all I'm going to say about that! wink

Jazztpt -- Practice makes perfect. You are a case in point. The 37+ definitely reveals itself, here. Still, I hope I will be able to play half as well as you in forty years! If you were a bit closer to my neck of the woods, I might book you for my upcoming housewarming party! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing!

Sand Tiger -- This is a surprisingly sophisticated piece, being composed as it was by a person with just eleven months of keyboarding experience. I think your technique is lagging behind your imagination a bit, but I'm not surprised by that, at eleven months. Definitely keep at it, you've got talent, sir!

Philzpiano -- I love, love, love this piece! Played it at Christmas with my grandmother, who sang Gounod's 'Ave Maria' over it. It is surprisingly tricky, for looking and sounding so simple. And you manage to play it quite expressively. The tempo seems inconsistent, but I'm wondering if that's not a problem with the recording, rather than your playing. It seems like it might be a case of something getting lost in the upload!

Daren --As you say, a simple but very expressively rich piece. You do it great justice, and I think you're a great example for those adult beginners here who might want to know where they could be in ten years. Thank you!

timmyab -- Well, it's Bach. My teacher from ten years ago would have considered that the end of the discussion. There was no damper pedal in Bach's time, so we don't use it when we play his music now. That said, I think a lot of Bach's music could do with some well-considered pedal use, and you make a great case for that here (although, I also quite like your playing of it without pedal!).
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#2033492 - 02/15/13 01:50 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I had to triage due to limited time, so these are roughly in order of how well I've gotten to know people through AOTW and/or prior recitals.

10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round

Wow! Big smile on my face as I'm listening to this from you... So much to love here (except the length -- more please!)

I just love the different voices, pearly at the top, rumbling bass, honky-tonk'ish in the middle. Lots of toe-tapping going on here. The last couple notes cap it perfectly.

Most of all, played with total ease and command, it sounds completely natural with no hesitations and great joy. So much fun! I listened to it three four times in a row, and then watched the YouTube video for good measure.

Great job Cheryl!

38. FarmGirl - Brahms 118 #2

I thought you played this with a lot of spirit. It was warm, smooth, mellow, with a subtle hint of peat. The middle section had a pleasant bouquet without being fruity, flowery, or smoky. You've really raised the bar with this performance. It's proof of how hard you've been working. smile

OK, OK... honestly, this is quite a bit better than I would have surmised based on your descriptions in the Mr. S-H Speedo thread... Oh wait, that was the "Call for Submissions" thread, I keep forgetting. Anyway... I just looked it up and you said: "it sounds horrible".

Ummmm... No. It does not sound horrible at all. Sure, I detected a couple slips and hiccups here and there, but I really liked the interpretation and the overall flow of the dynamics seemed to fit perfectly -- i.e. not trying too hard, letting Brahms do the talking.

But, if you don't like it, then I am dying to hear what it would sound like if you performed it to your level of expectations!

I love the mini-piano under the Baldwin. Is it functional?

26. Sand Tiger - Shadow

Ah... now I can hear (what I told you previously that I couldn't hear) what we've been missing. You're really use those extra keys to maximal advantage! Congrats on the new setup.

This sounds like another interesting exploration.

I'm looking forward to hearing your future submissions, particularly as your skills develop and you explore the possibilities of what you can do.

44. Sam S - Arabeske Op. 18

That is indeed quite a bit of contrast as you pointed out. Thanks for sharing the personal context in Schumann's life at that time.

It is funny to think of classical music being composed with a particular target market in mind. When this is done with pop music we think of it as base & crass commercialism. Artists have written plenty of angry diatribes against their record labels over this -- and sometimes these songs have been quite ironically successful -- Hall & Oates' "No Can Do" or Rush's "The Spirit of Radio" come to mind. But, all of these guys were doing it from back to whenever, just to put food on the table.

Oh, it's done now... I can stop typing smile

Where do I pick up my gold star?

Very nice performance... I love the tone of your piano.

09. SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936

Nice! Just looking at you play, it definitely looks like it could fall solidly into the "deceptively difficult" category. The fact that you were able to play something this intricate coming from where you were a few months ago is really impressive. I'm glad you are feeling and doing better!

11. Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D Minor

I'm no expert, but I have ears and opinions (ask anyone who knows me re: the latter), and I would say that your teacher is nuts. There are so many rushed performances out there (see #54 in this recital, for example) where I just want to beg the person to sloooow dooowwwn... what is the big rush? I did not feel like that even a little bit while listening to your submission!

I've not had to deal with trills yet at all, let alone those in the left hand, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be a big struggle. The heavy hammers and heavy strings down there can't make it easy to have a delicate sounding trill.

41. Saranoya - Menuett in F

A fine entry into the pantheon of "very nice performances under conditions that are very far from optimal".

I'm looking forward to hearing Moonlight on the Boston in May!

30. Peterws - Regrets. I have a Few . .

Very nicely done. It gave me chills at the beginning, made me think. It would be good to hear that full version. Maybe you could post to the piano bar.

Was this multi-tracked, and did the sax (sounded like Kenny G!) come from the DGX-620 as well? It sounded much better than I would have imagined could come from a keyboard, certainly better than the DGX-500 that I use.

31. MaryBee - Waltz in C# minor, Op.64 No.2

I love the background that you give us on selections and what they mean to you. The image of you and your son pretending to play this is very cute.

It sounded very good to me. It must be deeply satisfying to be in this spot that you never even dreamed was possibly so long ago!

17. Monica K. - Just Because I Love You

This is beautiful, very thoughtfully rendered. I like pieces like this that are "easy" because they give a chance to really focus on the "basics" that are so difficult to really do well. Very well done.

And thank you for all your work on making this happen for all of us. You make it look easy (with the help of that phone booth), but I'm sure there is quite a bit of prep work that goes into making the gap between 9pm and "woohoo, here it is!" be so amazingly short!

32. BenPiano - All of These Things For You

This is one of my favorites so far. I love love love the bridge. And the final verse, uh yeah -- that's my life too, especially the "children that always fight" part... I swear, if I said to them, "listen, you have a choice to go out for ice cream, or go to a movie, or go swimming, or fight", they'd pick the fight every time. Or so it seems.

Back to the song... The arc of the song from the fantasy at the beginning, to the bridge that is actually taking us somewhere (unlike so many songs where the bridge is there because a song is supposed to have a bridge, so they stick something in there and call it a bridge even though it isn't actually serving the purpose of a bridge at all -- i.e. taking us from one place to another where we couldn't go otherwise).

So your bridge takes us to reality, and when we get there I'm chuckling. But then, we get to the end, you jump up an octave and we're into this sweet, music box like quality. To me, it says "this reality, unromantic as it might be on the face of it, is real and..." the part after that I can't even really put into words. It's a feeling that the reality is ultimately so much more satisfying and rich than the plastic fantasy at the beginning.

You have something here... a real talent (I'm saying this also based on hearing "The Secretary" a couple times today, and finding it to be quite moving given its context) that involves creating something that goes way beyond assembling chords and a melody. It's fun and yet profound at the same time. That's impressive.

24. MrPozor - Un poco adagio

A nice followup to Doll's Funeral last time. Very delicately interpreted and with a lilting rise and fall to the tempo and dynamics that suits this so well.

I'm going through Piano Handbook as well (very slowly). This will be a piece that I look forward to now.

46. Kenjazz - My Romance

I always love your recordings. They just sound so warm and intimate. The band-in-a-box works nicely.

For this particular song...

Slower?
Check.
Love it.

Less is more?
Check.
Love it.



I'll to get to others on another day... It's pretty late here (nearly 2am), but well worth spending the last couple hours listening, watching, and thinking.
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#2033499 - 02/15/13 02:12 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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07. Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues - Well done - I can hear the swing and timing you've got in your blood - and combined with last recital, for sure. You're well on your way, just keep going! smile

24. MrPozor - Un poco adagio I'm familiar with this piece, and can say that you're so relaxed and at ease with playing it - well done, I enjoyed listening!

54. aTallGuyNH - Just The Way You Are - Despite your misgivings, I think you played this extremely well for your experience. You've got serious potential - don't let experience inhibit your playing!
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#2033512 - 02/15/13 03:16 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: BenPiano]
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What a wonder recital, once again. Here is my first batch of reviews.


01. Mr Super-Hunky - A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning Beautiful composition and performance! What a great way to start this recital. This does have a stary feeling, sort of gentle and floating. It is a wonderful and touching tribute.

02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie What a beautiful melody. You give it a haunting, searching feeling. Very nicely played.

03. dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755 Boy, this is not the Czerny that I had been introduced to. This is a beautiful, rich Romance. Your playing gives it the full, rich sound that it calls for. The ornaments are crisp and clear. Very nicely played!

04. Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4 I really like how you handled the dynamics, giving the piece drama and brooding. The steady rhythm of the subdued left hand staged the right hand melody well. Nicely played.

05. slpianoproject - Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1 That Piu Mosso section looks very challenging! You handled it very well. I think you have a pretty good mastery of this, if you did this in your first take. You gave it a wonderful interpretation. Nice job!

06. CarlosCC - Julia I can understand what you wife is saying of this reminding her of home. It has a warm, cozy feeling. What a wonderful tribute to dedicate this to her! You may have been away from the piano for a while, but it does not show. You play this like you were made to play it. Very beautiful!

07. Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues Nice job after only 11 months. You are progressing well! These are fun pieces.

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 Very nicely played, especially considering it is without pedal. The right hand sings and the left hand paces the piece. It does have a nervous quality to it, with the syncopated left hand. Perhaps that is what the composer intended. Maybe a more subdued left hand and a slower pace would reduce the tension. Still, nice job!

10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round Great job! This sounds like a lot of fun. You handled those cascades very well!
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#2033530 - 02/15/13 05:00 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
Allard Offline
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Registered: 03/27/12
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Loc: Netherlands
First few. Listening to so much new music is too taxing to do while working, so I'll save the rest for the weekend.

01. Mr Super-Hunky - A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning
Beautiful. I like listening to this kind of music. Did you improvise while playing or do you sit down and plan ahead? How do you remember all the music you've thought up without writing it down? I never knew Apple either, but hearing this music she appears to be a wonderful person who was always around.

02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie
Nice and slow. I didn't spot any glaring mistakes in your youtube video. Sound like a pretty good take to me!

03. dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755
Definitely like it. Seems knowing only about Czerny's etudes is a glaring hole in my meager classical education.

04. Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4
It also sounds easy, but it probably isn't smile

05. slpianoproject - Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1
Chopin Nocturnes are so beautiful. You bring it out very well.

06. CarlosCC - Julia
Ahhh, Einaudi. Looking forward to his concert next month. You play it very well.

34. beechcraft409 - Ombre
More Einaudi, wonderful. This piece feels different from Julia, which is a good thing. I must confess I'm only familiar with two of Einaudi's albums and that does not include either of these two songs. There seem to be a bunch of hesitations in the accompaniment a few minutes into the song, but despite that it sounds pretty good. It's surely going to be a great piece when you play it a bit more than just a month.

42. windywindy - Waltz in A Minor KK IVb/11
My teacher suggested I learn to play this piece. Nice to hear you play it! The left hand sounds simple indeed; right hand not so. The run with the triplet and 5-let (how do you call that?) seems particularly tough.

55. Aimee O - Sonatina in G
Nice that you could get in just before the deadline! The recording is rather loud for my poor earphones.
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#2033537 - 02/15/13 05:41 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Oh Lordy Lord. I listened to the few people who have also begun about one year ago, and I want to die right now! They can play complicated, lovely pieces with expression and keep them up for 3 minutes or more! I was blown away by Jake S (please tell me it's not you playing!! After 1 year!), MrPozor, Pavel.K, Allard, and aTallGuyNH.

Before listening I was almost happy about my progress so far. I know I'm an impatient, rushed person and I have a hard time polishing things, still I thought what I was doing was sufficient. Not anymore. Will have to practice until my fingertips are worn out this year. Sigh frown
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#2033540 - 02/15/13 06:03 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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sinophilia, I can't speak for the others you mentioned, but the piece I played is one I love to bits and practised for a ridiculous amount of time. I'd say it's still beyond my level.

Thanks, though smile
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#2033543 - 02/15/13 06:32 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: sinophilia]
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Originally Posted By: sinophilia
Oh Lordy Lord. I listened to the few people who have also begun about one year ago, and I want to die right now! They can play complicated, lovely pieces with expression and keep them up for 3 minutes or more! I was blown away by Jake S (please tell me it's not you playing!! After 1 year!), MrPozor, Pavel.K, Allard, and aTallGuyNH.

Before listening I was almost happy about my progress so far. I know I'm an impatient, rushed person and I have a hard time polishing things, still I thought what I was doing was sufficient. Not anymore. Will have to practice until my fingertips are worn out this year. Sigh frown

Please don't feel that way on my account. I've been playing for about one year and that's all I can play... one song. Not even counting the time to arrange it, I've probably put in 100+ hours on the bench for this one song. Over the past 6 months what I've accomplished is to get diverted trying to do pieces that are way over my head, forgetting "Just The Way You Are" entirely in the process, which I then had to re-learn.

So, 6 months and nothing new to show for it. Some random skills have been developed, to a degree, but nothing coherent in terms of a method. Not good!

Originally Posted By: Allard
sinophilia, I can't speak for the others you mentioned, but the piece I played is one I love to bits and practised for a ridiculous amount of time. I'd say it's still beyond my level.

Thanks, though smile

+1 to Allard's sentiments. (I actually started typing this above before he posted)

Like Allard, I would say that my song is definitely substantially above my level. I won't be doing anything else that difficult for quite some time.

You are way ahead of where you think you are! You are focusing on the right things and building a solid foundation.
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#2033551 - 02/15/13 06:56 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: sinophilia]
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Originally Posted By: sinophilia
Before listening I was almost happy about my progress so far. I know I'm an impatient, rushed person and I have a hard time polishing things, still I thought what I was doing was sufficient. Not anymore. Will have to practice until my fingertips are worn out this year. Sigh frown


Hi sinophilia,

I'm sure you are doing fine! Impatience is certainly the worst idea to improve any skill. Everyone progresses differently but for my particular piece I can tell you that I must have tried at least 30 times to record it without errors. So it was a big challenge for me. I had to give it up completely for some time because even the correct notes started to sound wrong in my head.

The best motivation for me is when I actually like a piece. Luckily my teacher is very flexible and I can choose my pieces freely.
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#2033558 - 02/15/13 07:17 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: sinophilia]
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Do not hang up, sinophilia smile
I see you are at Alfred's Adult All-In-One Course book 3 already + playing some studies. I would say You will be far ahead soon with all those foundations. I have stopped in the middle of AIO1 which I am regretting now. I feel I am missing a lot.
Also I am unemployed second month now so I had a lot of time to practice :-)
Yeah, and it tooks me at least 40 takes for last week to make this loosey recording. I am becoming paralyzed in last fourth of the piece during recording :-)
I am looking forward your participation in the next recital. smile


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#2033562 - 02/15/13 07:32 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Everyone on acoustic, as usual please give me a PM if you want my feedback!


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#2033568 - 02/15/13 07:44 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: wouter79]
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Here is the next batch. Wonderful music, everyone.

11. Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D Minor Nice job! I think your interpretation was great. This is such a difficult song to practice because it is so discordant. I think your speed worked very well, and brought out the right amount of tension.

12. Amaruk - The Christmas song from 'An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf' I really like your arrangement! It sounds like it was a fun project. I like the sensitive touch that you give it. Very nice.

13. Peyton - After All This is absolutely marvelous – a beautiful, original composition, beautifully played. Those are some amazing runs up the keyboard. The piece is very searching, very fitting to the poem you wrote for it. I loved it.

14. joangolfing - Grieg Waltz Op.12 What a playful piece. I like the lilting feel that you gave it. Well played.

15. Greener / Jeff Green - Moments Musicaux - A flat major; Opus 94 No. 6 This piece sounds like it takes some thought to develop an interpretation. Its character has a constancy coupled with varying emotions. I like how you brought that out. Very nicely played.

16. Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D I like the mood that you gave it. Beautiful arrangement! It reminds me of a quiet evening with a nice glass of wine.

17. Monica K. - Just Because I Love You I really like your interpretation of this. The dynamics are really quite nice. Very well played. The delicate playing of the ending is especially nice. I love that rich Mason Hamlin sound as well!

18. ladypayne - Improv in G minor Very beautiful! It sounds like it is going somewhere. It made me think of cantering my horse across a meadow in the spring – with a few jigs and bucks thrown it. I really enjoyed this composition.

19. Jake S - Fur Elise Very sensitively played. This piece never gets old. This is amazing for only one year of experience!

20. Serge88 - Fly Me To The Moon Nicely played. You gave it a nice relaxed feeling, perfect for quiet evening of reflection.
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#2033573 - 02/15/13 08:02 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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What an impressive line up ... I got as far as #20 last evening before my backup laptop crashed and told me time for bed.

Every time I'm blown away with the performances coming out of "Adult Beginners Forum". Really, Adult Beginners? The quality here is beyond what I expect and usually get with most local live performances. Yes, the so called pros.

I am most impressed with the starters here, with just up to 3-5 years on the bench and producing amazing results. Sinophilia, you are doing great and nothing to feel bad about. A common reaction I think and one we all have from time to time. Don't worry it...it will swing. It is coming and it will swing ... The important thing is you are working on the right stuff and getting great results. Keep at it, you're doing fabulous.

I did have a peek at a few select others (Richard and the new Kawai - sounds fabulous, Richard. Congrats.) I will get through listening to all today, but not likely commenting until next week as off to the Nations Capital this weekend for some ice skating ...

Meanwhile, I look forward to listening to more and congratulations to everyone on really fine performances.
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#2033595 - 02/15/13 08:36 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: sinophilia]
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Originally Posted By: sinophilia
I have a hard time polishing things, still I thought what I was doing was sufficient. Not anymore. Will have to practice until my fingertips are worn out this year. Sigh frown


Don't worry, we're probably all thinking that and doing that.... But (deliberate) practice makes perfect so they say... we all keep hoping :p


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#2033641 - 02/15/13 10:27 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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ATallGuyNH - thank you for your kind comments. Once I polish it I will upload it to my YouTube channel and our Pianobar. I am intending to perform it on Sat in my party so I'm not changing it much except for the dynamics at the beginning to P instead of MF. There were some other issues in the middle section that requires metronome work which I don't even try before the party. The little piano is for one of my dogs - Emma showed strong interest in playing (banging) the piano when she was a puppy. But the problem was she also liked digging and her paws were often muddy. Our dogs has a doggie door to get in and out of the house to their fenced in poop-land. As soon as I played the pieces she liked, I heard the sound of doggie door flaps, she'd rush in and stay right behind me. She'd start breathing audibly in an excited manners until I reached to the climax of the piece. She'd then jump up and bang her paws on the keyboard. Anyway, that's why I bought this used toy piano for her. The funny thing is she does not like the sound of it. She looked at me dispicably. So she is using it mainly for "calling parents attention" devise now.
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#2033686 - 02/15/13 11:54 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Well, I have spent a very pleasant time listening to a number of performances. Actually, for the most part WATCHING the performances.

We have wi-fi on the tv, so I was doing a combo of listening and watching, using both the youtube versions and the streaming- when I realized that the streaming was cutting off before the end of pieces. So I stopped with the streaming and just went ahead with those which have videos.

As always, I'm so very very impressed with what the ABFers are able to do - such s great variety of music, such enthusisatic participation and dedication to presenting the best we have to offer at this point in our piano journeys. It is as exciting to listen to the new folks as it is inspiring to hear those who have been around longer.

Thanks to everyone who makes this recital possible - in particular to Monica who gets it rolling and set up each and every time!

Here is my first batch of comments...
1. Mr Super-Hunky - A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning What a splendid start to our recital Mr. Super-Hunky. I thoroughly enjoyed your music (as did Mr. Casinitaly who tuned in with me for a while). You create some simply marvelous sounds that carry us on waves…or to the stars rather! I’m sure that Apple is listening every time her song is played. A beautiful, eloquent, touching tribute, and a joy to hear.

02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie Glen, most enjoyable. We watched the video and Mr. C particularly liked the left-hand cross over at the end smile We both liked the delicate, somber but not sad, quality of your performance - and the way you make your piano sing, bringing out such nuances in its voice... you're positively inspirational.

03. dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755 Mel, this is a delicious delightful performance, it sparkles like prosecco in places. I have only known Czerny through some first year exercises, and I am so pleased to hear more of his work, especially when it is presented so well!

04. Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4 One of my favourite preludes. We were driving in the car earlier today and had a Chopin CD playing and this came on. I said to Mr. Casinitaly “I bet that will be in the recital today” I’m so glad I was right! Chopin – in my mind – is never easy. If it sounds easy, you can bet there are layers and layers to discover as a player –if it looks easy then there are layers you have to bring out in nuances. You’ve done a great job here and it was a treat to listen to how well your efforts have paid off

05. slpianoproject - Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1 what a rich performance. It was interesting to watch your hands – lovely delicacy and lightness of touch. I love the mysterious sound of this piece- I find there is just hint of an Eastern sound to it in spots. What a great idea to open up the piano – I thought you did very well with the drama and intensity at the middle portion. Gorgeous sound on the left hand solo, - and all without the sheet music. Bravo, Bravo indeed!

06. CarlosCC - Julia So glad you made it to the recital Carlos! I know it wasn’t easy this time. I enjoyed this Einaudi – In my mind it had a “western” (as in American Pioneer) sound to it. You’ve really mastered the style and it is clear that you put a lot of love, attention and time into bring your skills up to the current level. Complimenti. Most enjoyable.

07. Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues Diana, you are off to a great start. It is just as hard, if not harder to play in front of the dreaded red dot as it is to play in front of a live audience. You’re Frankie and Johnny was good fun – you really have got that left hand swing down pat – I was toe-tapping while listening along. Your Space Shuttle Blues were sweet – great control over the rhythm --- I can’t wait to see what you present next time! Great work!

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 Thanks for the history behind your piece – it was interesting to read. I like being educated on the music I am about to listen to. I’m not sure if it is important to memorize music or not. I think that sometimes the memorization happens naturally, sometimes we have to work at it. I don’t feel I know enough to make suggestion on how you can improve, but I certainly did enjoy your performance and I greatly admire the ability you’ve developed over the past three years. I am really blown away every time I listen to your performances. I know you aren’t completely satisfied with the piece, but I think you have played it very well indeed.

09. SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936 Simply delightful! I watched the video and really enjoyed watching the fluidity of your performance. You’ve really made a stunning recovering, and I’m so very very happy for you. I am working on a Handel piece right now, and I look forward to the time when I feel up to taking on a piece such as your “little” prelude and I hope to do as well as you have done! Bravissima! Complimenti

12. Amaruk - The Christmas song from 'An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf' I can see why it was love at first “listening” – and I’m so impressed you could figure it all out without the sheet music. Your video was really sweet - I loved the floating Christmas decorations. Very enjoyable – thank you!

13. Peyton - After All Piano and poetry – magical combinations. This piece has some dreamy sections and then more “wide awake” jazzy parts Great fun.….were you inspired by the work you did on the Satie piece? Your music is very “involving” I felt drawn in and I was waiting with bated breath to see what was going to come after the pause at mid point! I very much enjoyed this piece. Thank you!

17. Monica K. - Just Because I Love You I can see why you like this piece – It seems to capture the imagination and take you away – sailing through clouds, over valleys, rivers, hills, lakes – it is extremely peaceful and I imagine it feels very calming to play. It is indeed charming to listen to the last part become softer and softer – what great delicacy you have in your fingertips to achieve it!

22. (Was)TrueBeginner - Us This is a beautiful piece of music. As it is called “Us” I think perhaps it is a romantic tribute to a special relationship – it certainly sounds romantic. I picture walks hand-in-hand on a path beside a lake, swans swimming by, birds and butterflies- all things tender and delicate. Charming, just charming!
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#2033717 - 02/15/13 12:48 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Such kind words, as always! I'm sorry I won't be able to listen to the entire recital until Monday, but from the first bite I took it's clear that everybody did an amazing work. I'll have to take the next recital more seriously and start preparing something for it... now!
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#2033743 - 02/15/13 01:25 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: sinophilia]
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Here is another batch of reviews. The rest tomorrow. I am blown away by the talent on this forum!

21. Teodor - Donnie Darko - The Artifact and the Living You do a good job of giving this a dark, brooding feeling. Nicely played!

22. (Was)TrueBeginner - Us It sounds like a love story, like a special memory. Very beautiful! I really admire your gift for composition.

23. MusicaMusique - Keresem Az Utam This is a very nice arrangement especially played by ear. Great job.

24. MrPozor - Un poco adagio Great progress in 9 months! This was very sensitively played. You have great sense of dynamics and rhythm.

25. Jazztpt (Russ) - Another Song + Maya I like the relaxed, Jazz style that you present. It is very nice to listen to. I especially liked Maya. It was very fitting for a new grandchild!

26. Sand Tiger - Shadow This piece sounds very playful, but full of determination. It is a really nice composition. You have come along way in 11 months!

27. PhilzPiano - Prelude no. 1 in C major This is such a beautiful piece. You certainly do it justice. The blend from left hand to right is seamless. Nicely played!

28. Daren - Quanta Qualia You played this beautifully, with a very sensitive interpretation. Very well done.

29. timmyab - Allemande from French Suite no 4 The slower pedaled version is more dreamy. The faster, no pedal version is more “Bach”. It has more of a baroque feel. (In my humble opinion!) Both are beautiful. This sounds very intricate. Very nice job!

30. Peterws - Regrets. I have a Few . . This is a very nice composition. I like the lead with the wind instrument. It is a very contemplative piece. I enjoyed it very much.
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#2033744 - 02/15/13 01:30 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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51. Pavel.K - Nocturne 21 in C minor posth. This is great. Well played. I haven't heard this one of Chopin before, so your rendition is the only one I've heard so far. I really enjoyed it, and appreciate the playing since I'm also at the same period of experience and wish I could play like that!
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#2033777 - 02/15/13 02:44 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Here comes my second and final batch. It was a great listen, guys! Thank you all.


peterws -- This is certainly ... different. Have you ever tried your hand at composing film music? Because I think you'd be good at it. I'm trying to picture you as I listen to this, and I find myself wondering whether you are one of those centipedes capable of playing three or four keyboards all at once (or rather, timing your recordings and loops to make them play themselves in the right sequence), or whether you mix it all in post-production. Either way, I'm impressed!

MaryBee -- It's amazing what a lifelong dream to play a particular piece can do to one's zeal while practicing, isn't it? I am genuinely happy for you that you've finally achieved your dream.

BenPiano -- Hi, Ben! Do you know that I actually discovered PianoWorld through you? I was watching one of your YouTube videos, in search of new music to tackle, and it said in the description that you had recorded it for an ABF recital at PianoWorld. Which brought me here. So thanks! Also, I'm in awe of your YouTube piano diary. The number and level of pieces you have on there would in itself be impressive, given that you haven't even been playing four years, but on top of that, all of your performances are polished to a very high degree. This will be another fine addition to the list. And if *I* was getting goosebumps listening to this, your wife must have been positively floored!

Ganddalf -- Thanks for the lovely introduction to Haydn sonatas! Now watch me go and buy a compilation of them on iTunes! ... No, not really. I just bought the complete set of Beethoven sonatas. I'll be busy with those for a while yet. But Haydn is looking interesting too. If I ever play a Haydn sonata, it will be thanks to you!

beechcraft409 -- Who cares how good you *should* be, three years in? I'm sure you are way better now than you were when you started, and in the end, that's all that counts. Besides, to my ears, this here sounds pretty decent. I'm sure your mother doesn't just like it because she's your mother.

Richard -- You're a smart man, not revealing exactly how many years you've been playing for. Because if it's anything less than ... oh, twenty years of consistent daily practice ... then man, why the heck are the rest of us mere mortals even trying? You could sell this as a professional recording, and I'd buy it in a heartbeat. And listen to it over and over in the dark. It's that good.

Mike White -- I don't particularly care for this specific piece of music, so I won't comment on your performance as such. I don't know that I wouldn't think you were God's gift to piano music if you'd played anything other than this. But if you got that by ear off a YouTube video, then wow. I'm impressed.

Ken. -- I think I like this Monk fellow! I was missing some of the 'effortless flow' feeling that I usually associate with this kind of jazz, but that just made it clear to me that playing this music is anything but 'effortless'. Good on you for tackling it!

FarmGirl -- Well, I have no idea what you sound like when you're breathing right and sober, but absent evidence of the opposite, I'd say you're making a great case here for recording while slightly out of one's mind. Maybe I should try that some time. Nice performance!

Mar_red -- Well, what do you know. This is the kind of 'effortless flow' jazz I was talking about earlier. When executed well (and this was, very much so), I could listen to it for hours on end. And, like Monica and Mr. SH and a few others here, you get my admiration by default, because you're self-taught and still this good!

Jazzwee -- ... And another contender in the same category. Everything I wrote above applies to you, too. Except you get a couple extra points, because this sounds like a live recording and if it is, that's impressive. With a live audience in the room, you only get one take, and this one sounds darn near flawless. My hat goes off to you, sir!

windywindy -- Oh wow. You so opened the floodgates of nostalgia for me! My mother is a classical ballet teacher. When I was little, I used to spend hours and hours sitting in a corner of the room, behind the mirrors, watching her as she taught. It was cozy and safe there. This particular Chopin Waltz came back often during the slow 'plié' and 'ronde jambe' exercises. You brought a lump to my throat that I'd forgotten was ever even there. Wonderful sensitive performance. Thank you!

lyricmudra -- Unfortunately, this recording is really much too quiet for me to pass proper judgement on it. But based on the few strains of it I could hear, I'm sure it's lovely. And even if I'm wrong, well ... it motivated you to get back to playing, which makes everything else about it pale in comparison wink.

Sam S -- Recently, I read a comment somewhere on these boards, where someone said of you: I aspire to be as awful as you are, one day. Let me now slightly amend that statement: I aspire to one day be exactly as prone to mistakes in long pieces as you are. And I will consider that a major accomplishment, if it ever happens. It is great that you are a perfectionist. That will only help you on your piano journey. But once in a while, you have to sit back, relax, and pat yourself on the shoulder for a job well done. Now seems like an especially good time for that. Well played, Sam!

Copper -- You managed nicely to capture the nostalgic quality that has made this song into such a timeless classic. Thanks for sharing.

Kenjazz -- Less is more, indeed. I think your greatest strength here lies in the fact that you know your own weaknesses, and work nicely around them to create something quite beautiful. I wish I could be a little bit more like that!

PianoStudent88 -- Ah, another piano for the 'could do with a tuning' bin! But that aside, thank you for the introduction to Khachaturian! It was lovely, and a little off the beaten path, which I always appreciate. This music sounds interesting. Worth exploring further!

carlos88 -- Pity that your lessons were discouraging and just ended for that reason. But it sounds to me like you already have a very solid foundation upon which to build further on your own, should you not wish to find another teacher right now. Definitely keep at it. You have what it takes.

GrouchoMarx -- Ah, another incorrigible perfectionist, I see. You do realize what it means when you submit a piece like this, up to that standard, after three years of playing, and then add that you don't particularly like your interpretation of it, right? It means the rest of us are chumps for even trying. But I realize you probably don't see your own talent, and you likely never will. So: congratulations, Groucho. You are really something!

BillM -- And here comes the effortless jazz again. That's a win by default, for me. But as an added bonus, you have a lovely, charming singing voice as well. Thanks. That was fun!

Pavel. K -- Really? 13 months on the bench, and you're playing this? That's it. Now I'm definitely doing one, too. Look for me to submit Nocturne number 1 in the August recital wink. Oh, by the way, Pavel: while you're right that it can still use some spit and polish here and there, it's really quite enjoyable to listen to already. Good job!

Allard -- Hartstikke goed, man! (For those uninitiated: that was me, a Dutch-speaking girl from Belgium, doing a rather cliched impression of what I imagine someone from the Netherlands might sound like when telling someone else from the Netherlands that he did a great job.) Which you did, Allard. A great job, I mean. I'm even more impressed than I otherwise might be, given your relative lack of experience. You have great dynamic range here. I loved it!

MileHi Steve -- I apologize for this, but I really can't stand that Stage Rhodes sample (I suppose that's what it was?). Didn't listen to the end. But that's no reflection on your abilities. Just ... wrong sound for me. Ack! Keep on keepin' on, I'm sure others will love it!

aTallGuyNH -- I really wanted to give you an epically awesome review, in exchange for your kind words about my meager entry, but alas. I can't hear you. Will try again Sunday, with better headphones. Sorry!

AimeeO -- I didn't think 'Beethoven' and 'cute' were words I'd ever use together in the same sentence. You proved me wrong. Thank you! I enjoyed listening to that.
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#2033786 - 02/15/13 03:09 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Answer to floydthebarber71:
Thanks a lot for your kind comment. I am glad you enjoyed my recording. I think you will like this piece a lot because my version is the worst I have heard :-D
This piece was played for example by pianists:
Idil Biret
Claudio Arrau
Daniel Barenboim
Vladimir Ashkenazy

Answer to Saranoya:
Thanks for your comment too and I wish you good luck with Nocturne No.1. :-D But instead I would choose No.2. it looks more approachable. I know it is overplayed but in Wiener-Urtext edition (red covers - That one Valentina Lisitsa is using now :-)) there are a lot of variations you can spice it up.
Btw. I skipped listening and jump to your recording. I like it a lot, it sounds as it should sound. (which is my problem with my pieces they never sound as I would like to sound :-))
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#2033789 - 02/15/13 03:19 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: FarmGirl]
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Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
The little piano is for one of my dogs - Emma showed strong interest in playing (banging) the piano when she was a puppy.

Which begs the question...

Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
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#2033796 - 02/15/13 03:25 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I'm impressed, great work all of you.
I've listened to everything once, and happily plan to listen a few more times.

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#2033881 - 02/15/13 06:05 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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What can I say? You`ve all been playing for a shorter time than me probably; The character shines through it all, I loved listening. I`ve written down comments, but it`s gettin on now in Dear Ole Blighty. I`m a bit naughty tonight; I made a list of those using DPs against APs. Here we go!

DPS - (All the rest AP`s though a few I`m not sure of.)

1,2,3,9,11?,16,19??,20??,26,27,28,29??,30,32,33,34.

The double Q marks indicate strong poss of AP! How did I do?
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#2033962 - 02/15/13 09:21 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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peterws, you missed a lot of DPs, and mistook at least one AP (a Steinway, no less) for a DP. Most people list the model of piano they're using, so no need to be guessing DP or AP.
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#2034002 - 02/15/13 11:04 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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My first round of comments.

02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie Nicely performed glen. This sounded like it had some tricky holds/ghost notes that you handled well.

03. dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755 (Yes I did like it Mel. Your playing was both delightful and exquisite with those high trills. Very nice ending too.

04. Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4 This is a dramatic and challenging piece in which timing is crucial in certain spots. I thought you did a great job with it. I especially liked the deep brooding ending.

05. slpianoproject - Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1 Wow, very impressive, especially for the first take. Very nicely and expressively performed.

06. CarlosCC - Julia This is a very beautiful piece Carlos and I seemed to enjoy it even more knowing that you occasionally play it for your wife just to make her feel good. The pwer of music is amazing isn't it?

07. Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues Your off to an absolutely fantastic start for just under a year.. Great timing and rhythm. Keep up the good work.

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 Nicely done Wouter. Don't be so hard on yourself because you are playing at quite an advanced level, especially given your experience. I hear some of the things you have mentioned so I can't suggest much other than to try another piece with a melody and rhythm that appeals to you more.

09. SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936 Wow SwissMS, what a story. Playing piano IS a magnificent physical therapy aid as I can personally attest to myself. Your playing sounded absolutely wonderful to my ears without so much as a hiccup. Well done and I'm proud of your amazing quick recovery.

10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round Oh I loved that last 'flarp' note to end this fun piece. How fun. It sounds like you're having a lot of fun playing this slinky -sneaky piece Cheryl. You always seem to pick the fun stuff which is always refreshing to listen to.

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#2034054 - 02/16/13 01:18 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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My apologies but I will comment on everyone after the party. "Muy occupado" now.
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#2034058 - 02/16/13 01:26 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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19. Jake S - Fur Elise - Oh my goodness, I hear you about cliche (long story, don't ask). But I eventually caved and gave this one a go as well (with much more than 1 year exp., by the way shocked ) The theme is fairly straight forward, but the rest of the piece is what is difficult. I liked the brightness and crispness you brought to the faster passages, something I couldn't achieve. Really, if you're playing this piece this well at 1 year, then don't hesitate to keep going. You've got a bright piano future!

26. Sand Tiger - Shadow - I'm glad to hear you expressing yourself, and liked the quote you added from Coltrane. The piano is a marvelous instrument that lets us express ourselves - well done!

41. Saranoya - Menuett in F - This is so much more appropriate than any Moonlight sonata than I can think of. You clearly have this under your fingers, and the way you played this nice piece contrasted so well with the bustle in the background - like a slice of heaven lighting an ordinary world. I would love to learn this piece, but I would just need to find an unmarked piano in a noisy place to record it on! smile

42. windywindy - Waltz in A Minor KK IVb/11 - Holy cow! I'm familiar with this but am blown away with your tempo and clear articulation on the trills and the technical stuff. 1 year? - wow!

51. Pavel.K - Nocturne 21 in C minor posth. - Wow - 1 year? Well, you've inspired this old dog to at least try this one out, you play it beautifully! But I'm not sure I can get it to this level. Good luck and good fortune on your piano journey - you clearly have a talent for piano that should not minimized!

52. Allard - To Zanarkand - Well done playing this difficult piece on an unfamiliar piano in a piano shop! So, what's next? grin
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#2034083 - 02/16/13 03:06 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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49. GrouchoMarx - Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 Really cool. Haven't heard this one before and like it, so I've penciled it in on my 'to-learn' list when I am capable! It sounds very tricky to balance, I think you did a decent job and can only be more polished with a bit more experience? Nice work.

I must say, I am more and more impressed with the Roland sound everytime I hear a new recording. It does sound fantastic.
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#2034092 - 02/16/13 03:40 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Blimey, I thought it stopped at 34 . . . Now I have something to do tonoght . .
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#2034095 - 02/16/13 03:44 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: PianoStudent88]
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Originally Posted By: PianoStudent88
peterws, you missed a lot of DPs, and mistook at least one AP (a Steinway, no less) for a DP. Most people list the model of piano they're using, so no need to be guessing DP or AP.


Now then. I`ll have to look up who`s playing the Steinway! (I used the quicklist and let the computer take the strain. It goes up to No 34 only . . . )


Edited by peterws (02/16/13 06:11 AM)
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#2034099 - 02/16/13 04:05 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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54. aTallGuyNH -
piece:Just The Way You Are
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
noise: yes, seems computer related fluttering white noise. Maybe a cable problem or bad contact in the connections. Maybe using the wrong audio input on the compu.
bass: DP bass
depth of field: DP echo
piano sound: DP

musical:
overall impression, like: The melody and chords are there and the atmosphere is appropriate. Overall relaxing sound.
I'm not into this kind of music but I'll try to give some suggestions. There are others around here that should be able to give you more detailed suggestions.
I think the rythm is way too free and the melody should be brought out better. The version of this that I know (Billy Joel, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjCoBTzrN9E) has a very steady rythm. I'm missing the drive and clarity of Billy's version. Don't be fooled by the apparently smooth, free sound of Billy's version at the start (no drums and the organ sound), actually you can hear his timing is dead on right from measure 1.
Now making it sound more like Billy Joel's version probably will be hard. Nothing to do with this particular piece, IMHO pop music generally works poorly on piano only. For one, you don't have drums and bass guitar to tighten up the rythm. Second, the singing is the main part of most pop. So I guess you have to somehow do both yourself.
I'm not sure if you deliberately took this freedom of rythm but if you want something that sounds more like Billy Joel's version I suggest to play with metronome and make sure you know which (melody?) notes you want to play off time and play the rest right on the beat. Playing with the timing of the melody only works if the basic beat is very clear.
My suggestion would be to play the organ part in the intro with LH legato with very little pedal (just too smooth out large jumps in LH if necessary) and put the melody in more voice-like (or trumpet-like somewhere halfway) articulations on top of it. Then later on the LH could get a bit less legator to get the 'beat' feel. The bass also can be much softer if you time it better, making it more balanced. Try playing both hands (voice and bass) separately and see if you can make each one interesting/spot on without the other one.
Again, pop is hard on solo-piano and this is not my style so take this all with some spoons of salt smile
Phrasing: not so clear, probably due to little dynamics and articulation. Bass is too loud, while the timing is off.
rubato, speed changes: lot of speed changes
Dynamics: little.
articulation: only pedal. Sort of suits the mood but you loose clarity and prasing due to this.
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#2034152 - 02/16/13 08:24 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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01. Mr Super-Hunky - A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning
A pretty tune. I like your delicate touch and phrasing – it has a new age feel to it. Very nice dynamics especially in the beginning. Cool ending.

02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie
I remember this performance from last year. This is an elegant and compelling recording – I enjoyed it very much.

06. CarlosCC - Julia
A bright and energetic performance. I like this uptempo piece – you do an excellent job maintaining the tempo throughout.
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#2034153 - 02/16/13 08:24 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I'm going to do my usual skipping around. It's pretty random.


Mr. SH- Absolutely beautiful SH. One of your best. A very touching tribute.

Monica- Nevue really comes up with such nice chords and simple but sweet melodies. You have become a Master Nevue player!

Was True Beginner- I always look forward to hearing your latest original composition. This one has a sad and sweet feeling (as many of yours seem to) . I can really picture some scene from a movie as the two principles waltz through a dreamy landscape.
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#2034156 - 02/16/13 08:35 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: BillM]
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07. Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues You give both of these pieces a swinging, jazzy charm. You play remarkably well for someone so new to piano. You have a good sense of rhythm.

09. SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936
I’m so glad you are able to get back to the piano. This is really a fine rendition of Bach. You give this kind of a jazzy, jaunty feel that I really like.

10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round
You really nailed this one. This is my favorite of yours so far. A really fun, funky performance.
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#2034157 - 02/16/13 08:36 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: Peyton]
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Another Batch:

31. MaryBee - Waltz in C# minor, Op.64 No.2 Very nicely done! I love this piece as well. It is so hauntingly beautiful. I like you interpretation of the Piu Mosso. Nice touch!

32. BenPiano - All of These Things For You What a touching gift for your wife! You have real talent. It is a very touching song well played and sung!

33. Ganddalf - Sonata A-flat major (Hob XVI - 46) first movement Very nicely played. It sounds quite intricate, and you made it sound easy.

34. beechcraft409 - Ombre Very nicely done. You captured the Einaudi feeling well. Very nice dynamics

35. Richard (zrtf90) - Notturno Op. 54 No. 4 This is beautiful nocturne, and you did it justice. Thank you for introducing me to it. It is now one more piece in my “to do some day. I like the light airy feel that you give it. Wonderful job.

36. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Album Leaf You captured the Debussy sound very nicely. Your playing had nice clearity, which his music requires. Nicely played.

37. Ken. - Let's Cool One Nice “kick back and relax” jazz. I like the restrained approach to this. Well played.

38. FarmGirl - Brahms 118 #2 This is your “lame” attempt? It sounded fantastic! I would love to hear what you sound like when you are not sick. This is gorgeous! Outstanding job.

39. Mar_red - The Shadow of Your Smile & Misty - Medley. Very nice, relaxed approach to these songs. Very nice arrangements! I like your trills in Shadow. It is a nice touch. I hear your key change, If gives it sort of an upbeat feeling after that. I really enjoyed this medley!

40. Jazzwee - Stella by Starlight Sounds like you were having fun with this! Nice arrangement with the drum accompaniment. Nice improv!

41. Saranoya - Menuett in F I am impressed with your ingenuity in finding a piano to play this on. Very nice job under less than ideal conditions. Well played! I look forward to your Moonlight when you get it ready!

42. windywindy - Waltz in A Minor KK IVb/11 I love this waltz. It has such a haunting melody. You did a great job highlighting this in your interpretation. Nice job, especially for only one year back on the piano bench!

43. lyricmudra - Melodie from the Opera 'Orfeo' Beautifully played! You have come a long way in three years. Congratultions. This is such a sensitive piece of music, I can see why it lured you back to the bench!

44. Sam S - Arabeske Op. 18 Very nicely played, Sam. I am impressed with the ability to perform 10 minutes of music as well. The contrasting sections added interest, and the repeating Arabeske held it together. Great job!

45. Copper - Greensleeves I love this song. You gave it a lot of feeling. Nicely played.

46. Kenjazz - My Romance What a wonderful tribute to the one that you love! I like your slow approach to this song. It gives it just the right romantic feeling. Well done.

47. PianoStudent88 - No Walk Today A very interesting piece! It is mysterious and serious at the same time. I thought your interpretation worked well. Your variations in tempo worked well, and you kept the piece moving. Nice job!

48. carlos88 - Sarabande (from Pour le Piano) I find Debussy difficult to figure out pedaling, because his work calls for clarity and clear slurs. I thought you did a good job with this. You managed to keep the airy sections singing. Very nice!
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#2034169 - 02/16/13 09:13 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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11. Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D Minor
I admire you for taking on a piece as difficult as this one. A spirited performance. I like it at this faster tempo.

12. Amaruk - The Christmas song from 'An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf'
You never disappoint. Once again you have selected a beautiful piece and performed it to perfection. I am just loving tone of your new piano. It has such a deep and powerful bass without booming.

13. Peyton - After All
This is a fine piece of writing – your piano playing is always first rate. I always enjoy your original work. The two handed runs are very impressive.
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#2034192 - 02/16/13 10:12 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: BillM]
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Last Batch! Congratulations to all the participants, and a big thank you to Monica and all the others that make this possible. It is a great asset!

49. GrouchoMarx - Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 Impressive performance! This looks and sounds quite technically difficult, and you made it seem effortless. I like your interpretation with restrained power. Very nice!

50. BillM - Georgia On My Mind I love your vocals and accompaniment. You nailed this one. Nice, soulful presentation. You have a great voice and I love your full, rich accompaniments.

51. Pavel.K - Nocturne 21 in C minor posth. This a wonderful performance for just a year of study. You have a nice balance between right and left hands. The melody sings very nicely. Great job.

52. Allard - To Zanarkand This is a very dramatic piece, full of heart. You played it very well, especially considering only 15 months experience. Nicely done.

53. MileHi Steve - Stagg Brew The electric piano sound brings out the characteristics of a Harp, so I think it works well for this piece. You have created a very rich arrangement that fits the pieces well. Beatiful music!

54. aTallGuyNH - Just The Way You Are It sounds like you ended up with a very nice arrangement! Very well played. You have learned a lot in 11 months. You are on your way to great jazz!

55. Aimee O - Sonatina in G The clarity of Beethoven’s sonatinas make them deceptively difficult. You did a very nice job with this. There is a good balance between right and left hand. I especially like the second movement. You gave it a nice dancelike feeling.
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#2034200 - 02/16/13 10:23 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: BenPiano]
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I just listened to ten or so pieces in this recital and I must say I was impressed and humbled at the display of talent/accomplishment. All the selections I listened to were good but I'd hardly describe many of you beginners!!! I can't wait to hear the rest of them tonight. Good job everyone.
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#2034211 - 02/16/13 10:59 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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01. Mr Super-Hunky - A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning Nice improve. Like the flow of the piece. Could have had a bit more dynamic range. The piano sound wasn't the greatest, is that an older Roland that you played on?

02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie This sounds very familiar, even though I've never heard of Jules Massenet. The left and right hand are nicely balanced, and you bring out the melody well.

03. dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755 Nice short piece that keeps the listeners interest. Overall well played though I myself would play the left hand more softly.

04. Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4 I love Chopin and this is a really nice prelude. I think you played this really well. I personally like a faster tempo but that's just preference. Nothing wrong with your dynamics. Only problem with your performance is the late middle part (forte) where the otherwise consistent tempo is disrupted. Try playing it at same tempo as rest of the piece and you'll have a nicely interpreted piece at your disposal.

05. slpianoproject - Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1 More Chopin, I like. I think you played this really well, considering the difficulty of the piece. Left and right hand is nicely balanced, though at some parts the right hand could be a tiny bit louder... but that's trivial all things considered. There could be more dynamic contrast in the middle section (from p to fff, If I see fff I try to destroy the keys ;D). Non the less, you can be very proud of your performance, congrats.

06. CarlosCC - Julia I've played some Einaudi music myself but never hear this one, so thanks for introducing this well-performed piece to me. I like your dynamics and pace. Like many of Einaudis pieces this one is also quite repetitive, which is why I often shorten his pieces. But I take it that you play as the sheet music dictates so can't take anything away from your performance because of personal opinions.

07. Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues Well played for under one year experience. Keep up the good work.

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 I could probably learn a great deal from you about pedaling, something I over use. "Unpedalled" music often sounds dry and harsh to my ears, but not in your case, so you must be doing something right in that department. Needless to say everything is really clear and clean because of your choice to not use the pedal.
You are probably right, the left hand could be a tiny bit softer, but otherwise you balanced the two hands well. In addition I like your dynamics. All in all really well played my good sir.

09. SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936 I've never been a big fan of Bach, and have never learned a single piece written by him. Might tackle parts of the Goldberg variations when I'm older though. My lack of understanding/appreciation of Bach makes my comments on his music somewhat irrelevant but regardless I don't see any obvious faults with your playing.
You keep a super steady tempo, which I take is the proper way of playing Bach? Are there any dynamic variations within the piece or is it mp all the way? Is this piece a pure technical exercise? What am I rambling on about? No need to answer those questions just wanted to showcase my ignorance when it come to Bach.

10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round Very enjoyable piece in equal measure from great performance and good source material. The piece flows nicely. You could probably try to add more dynamics but in addition to that the only other problem is the duration of the piece, it's way too short =).
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#2034217 - 02/16/13 11:11 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Got through `em all now. I`m not able to respond to all postings but I thank those who have; Its very encouraging.

There are a vast array of talents and piano sounds here! I`ve been impressed and very surprised. Digitals and Acoustics, not DPs v APs! We`re all in it together (WHO said that?) and it`s obvious to me that I can`t easily spot the difference even if you lot can!

This had made me consider Chopin`s nocturnes, Debussy and Haydn as essentials in my collection.

I might have to get a new piano . . . .Might be a Roland!
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#2034228 - 02/16/13 11:35 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Saranoya Thanks for your feedback. And you're probably right about my too harsh self criticism, it's just that I know that with a bit more effort and discipline I could do a better job(I realize that sounds stupid, 'cause that's true with just about everything). Also, one shouldn't let the progress of others affect(or effect? never learned the difference) ones own motivation of playing, quite the contrary it should motivate you further.

floydthebarber71 thanks - you are right one, of the harder parts is balancing the sound, you have to relax the right hand while maintaining fast tempo to get a softer sound.

SwissMS Appreciate the positive feedback. I commented on your performance as well. Hopefully you're not offended by my blunt comments. Your playing is very good but I just don't understand the music.
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#2034235 - 02/16/13 11:47 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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26 Sand Tiger - Shadow Bach like with the left hand counterpoint to the right. I'm a Bach fan smile

20 Serge 88 - Fly Me to the Moon Terrific. The styling was just right, and the garage-band mix tasteful and perfect. Bravo.

09 SwissMs - Little Prelude I could have been in a cathedral. Wonderful.

07 Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie and Johnnie/Space Shuttle Blues You and casinitaly are the epitome of cool. I love it.

05. slpianoproject - Nocturne Great drama.

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#2034245 - 02/16/13 12:07 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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16. Riddler - Reflections in D Thanks. I needed that.

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#2034278 - 02/16/13 01:55 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: jotur]
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51. Pavel K. - NocturneTruly lovely.

47. Pianostudent88 - No Walk Today Very calming.

30. Peterws - Regrets Also lovely.

27. Philz Piano - Prelude Ah, Bach smile

13. Peyton - After All I love the left hand here.

04. Plowboy - Prelude Very nice.

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#2034341 - 02/16/13 04:30 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Great stuff everybody.. I'll try to finish listening in the next couple of days but here's what I got to so far:

01. Mr Super-Hunky - A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning
What a beautiful tribute! I’m sure Apple would agree. I especially love the New Beginning part. Great job.

02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie This is one of those pieces that I’ve heard but didn’t know what it was. I love your rendition, and great job with the dynamics.


03. dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755 That is gorgeous! It reminds me of a Disney song. Well played!

04. Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4 I never get tired of hearing this piece. I think you better than you give yourself credit for, because that piece can be hard to control. Good job emoting, too.

05. slpianoproject - Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1 That tone is awesome! Wonderful performance.

06. CarlosCC - Julia Doesn’t it feel great when you set out to play something and you think it’s going to be a bear and it turns out not to be? Beautiful playing. I understand what your wife means by it feeling like home.

07. Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues Frankie and Johnnie is so much fun! I enjoyed it a lot! Not familiar with Space Shuttle Blues, but I like it too. You’re progressing well!

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 It sounds great without the pedal(this means you didn’t have to cheat hehehe). This seems like it would be difficult to pull off, but you did so convincingly. I like it.

09. SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936 Wow, what a comeback from November! Great job voicing. I’m always jealous of the Bach players, because I want to play him too but his trills make me very afraid. Well done!

10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round It’s so catchy and fun! You’re becoming quite the musician!

11. Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D Minor Andy, those trills sound tough. Another Bach player for me to be jealous of!

12. Amaruk - The Christmas song from 'An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf' Wow, great job putting that together. Well done.

13. Peyton - After All Amazing piece. You’re a talented composer.

14. joangolfing - Grieg Waltz Op.12 That’s a neat little waltz – never heard it before. Nicely played.

15. Greener / Jeff Green - Moments Musicaux - A flat major; Opus 94 No. 6 I adore that piece! It almost sounds like there are other instruments playing with you.

And I had to skip ahead to this one:
38. FarmGirl - Brahms 118 #2 Well, I suppose I should start shooting whiskey and chasing it with wine. Then I'll go hang out with sick people. Maybe I’ll play half as well as you. I thought you did an excellent job!

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#2034347 - 02/16/13 04:41 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Allard: Sorry about the loudness! This was my first recital entry so I'm still figuring it out. I might have flipped on of the Zoom's switches on accident too, because at one point thought I flipped a switch to turn it off, and I didn't.

Saranoya: Thanks! Actually, I read several places that it may not even be Beethoven at all. It was published after his death, and some think that his name was put on it to sell copies. So maybe it is too cutesy to be Beethoven!

SwissMiss: Thank you!!

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#2034361 - 02/16/13 05:12 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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15. Greener / Jeff Green - Moments Musicaux - A flat major; Opus 94 No. 6
Good job on this – your rendition is stately and elegant. The recording has a full sound, almost like it was recorded in an echo chamber.

16. Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D
I’m not familiar with the Duke’s version of this so can’t make a comparison, but yours is just outstanding. I love the mood you have created with this – quiet, contemplative and introspective. Not only is your playing up to your usual high standard but the recording is professional quality. Super

19. Jake S - Fur Elise
One year??? Really?? You have major talent. This is a lovely piece of work. You have such a wonderful natural touch and your phrasing is just right. I am deeply impressed.
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#2034378 - 02/16/13 05:34 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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25. Jazztpt (Russ) - Another Song + Maya
This is fine submission. I always enjoy your work. You have such a smooth playing style and your recording is crystal clear. Love the sound of your piano – it complements your talent nicely. Of the two I think I prefer Another Song but actually like them both very much.

28. Daren - Quanta Qualia
You are right – this is a very nice piano piece and you play it with confidence and style. A lovely recording – love the powerful right hand.

30. Peterws - Regrets. I have a Few . .
Outstanding production. Not only is this a fine composition but I’m blown away by the quality of the audio production. Clearly you have spent some time bringing this to completion. The waves at the end are a nice finishing touch.
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#2034408 - 02/16/13 06:17 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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31. MaryBee - Waltz in C# minor, Op.64 No.2
I enjoyed your playing as much as your heart-warming story. This is a fine accomplishment.

32. BenPiano - All of These Things For You
This was fun! I just wished the vocal was a little louder. I’m sure you got major points for this.

33. Ganddalf - Sonata A-flat major (Hob XVI - 46) first movement
You are certainly an accomplished pianist. Your trills and runs are beautifully executed and precise. I love the sound of your piano and the overall “crispness” of this recording.
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#2034411 - 02/16/13 06:23 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Thank you for your encouraging comments on my submission! Thank you to all who work to put this e-cital together each quarter and to everyone who submitted their fine music. I look forward to listening to more of it.

01. Mr Super-Hunky - A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning A fantastic song with wonderful twists and turns. What makes this one even more special is the fact you dedicated it to a PW friend. Great work, MSH!

02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie Nice going with the melody, so much so that you added another measure just to make sure. Keep this one in your repertoire and keep thinking of the subtleties.

03. dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755 Nicely played, indeed. I'd never taken the time to listen to any Czerny pieces, but instead did practice in the past using Czerny exercises. Great mood and dynamics you bring to the fore. Beautifully done.

04. Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4 Very interesting you utilized the chords in the left hand in somewhat a march style. Good work on this. It's a keeper and under your fingers it will mature over time quite nicely.

05. slpianoproject - Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1 What a fine interpretation! You kept my attention the entire time and expressed fine variance to the theme throughout. Good work!

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#2034443 - 02/16/13 07:29 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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35. Richard (zrtf90) - Notturno Op. 54 No. 4
Very well played. Your performance and your Kawai sound fantastic – the middle registers sound particularly strong. Excellent trilling at the end.

37. Ken. - Let's Cool One
This is a cool one. Short but nice.

38. FarmGirl - Brahms 118 #2
The whiskey seems to have worked – a fine performance.

40. Jazzwee - Stella by Starlight
Now this is a toe-tapper! I always like hearing your latest opus and this is a real treat. You play with a cool, laidback hipness that is very easy on the ears. If I could play like this I’d quit my day job (if I had a job).
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#2034444 - 02/16/13 07:30 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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16. Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D: Those are some very cool chord changes!! And I love your flourishes and runs. Just the song I needed to hear after a long, frazzled day.

17. Monica K. - Just Because I Love You You had to hesitate on that super-easy measure right near the end of the piece, didn’t you?! mad

18. ladypayne - Improv in G minor: This has a lovely, slightly sad Slavic flavor. This may be my favorite of your compositions to date.

19. Jake S - Fur Elise: This song became a cliche because it was so appealing through the years, and your rendition is no exception. And you played the complicated middle part to boot quite expertly. smile

20. Serge88 - Fly Me To The Moon: I used to play this on accordion, so it has a soft spot in my heart. You could be a cocktail pianist in any swanky hotel. smile

21. Teodor - Donnie Darko - The Artifact and the Living: Good job on a brooding piece that captures well the darkness of the movie. And even though it’s “not complicated,” it’s still hard to keep that bass rhythm even and steady, and you do so commendably.

22. (Was)TrueBeginner - Us: This is such a pretty, almost plaintive, melody. Very impressive! And the video quality from your Flip camera was terrific.

23. MusicaMusique - Keresem Az Utam: I was confused at first, when I hit the “video link” and got the original song, but it helped when I listened to your cover of it. grin I think I prefer your solo piano version of it, actually. Very catchy melody, well played.

24. MrPozor - Un poco adagio: Very nicely played! I wasn’t familiar with this piece, but it has a nice Baroque air. And I was very impressed by your video; the camera angle seemed perfect. How did you set that up?

25. Jazztpt (Russ) - Another Song + Maya: Wonderfully smooth and dreamy to begin with, and then smooth and lilting. Love that baby photo! smile
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#2034450 - 02/16/13 07:43 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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41. Saranoya - Menuett in F
I admire your perseverance and pluck in getting this recorded and submitted. The background noise gave it a real authentic recital feel. Well done!

42. windywindy - Waltz in A Minor KK IVb/11
What an interesting description of this piece. You have obviously given the structure a lot of thought. Your playing is equally expressive. A very fine and confident performance. The abrupt ending caught me a little off guard.

43. lyricmudra - Melodie from the Opera 'Orfeo'
You are a fine pianist. What a masterful performance. An appropriately high quality video to accompany your fine submission.
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#2034482 - 02/16/13 08:49 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: BillM]
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44. Sam S - Arabeske Op. 18
This is a real accomplishment. I can’t imagine being able to play a 10+ minute piece of this complexity. You Da Man!

46. Kenjazz - My Romance
What a fine performance! I’m a big James Taylor fan (I almost did one of his songs for this recital) but never heard him do this. After hearing your excellent rendition I’ll have to look it up. An absolutely beautiful melody played with your patented style and charm.

49. GrouchoMarx - Prelude Op. 32 No. 12
Bravo! This is very well done. I enjoyed watching your video as much as listening to your masterful performance – your hands seem to float over the keyboard. Wow!
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#2034554 - 02/17/13 01:44 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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55. Aimee O - Sonatina in G - Yes - a piece I'm familiar with! smile I couldn't help but hum along as you played. I'm glad you made it in under the wire and could share with this with us. This is relatively "easy" but terribly difficult to pull off both movements in a single take because it's so long. I never could and had to record each separately. Bravo, well done, and on to the next project! smile

47. PianoStudent88 - No Walk Today - Well done, you nailed this one! I hear a lot about Khachaturian but have never tried a piece - perhaps next recital? smile

43. lyricmudra - Melodie from the Opera 'Orfeo' - um, it's hard for me to comment, or offer anything of importance, on something so beautifully played like this. This sort of thing is in the realm where I take a step back, shake my head up and down for yes, and just shut up and listen. wow.


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#2034559 - 02/17/13 02:10 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: GrouchoMarx]
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Originally Posted By: GrouchoMarx

[b]SwissMS
Appreciate the positive feedback. I commented on your performance as well. Hopefully you're not offended by my blunt comments. Your playing is very good but I just don't understand the music.


No offense taken! People are either into Bach or they are not. This was written as a teaching piece and the steady rhythm is expected, as it is in much of Bach's work. The dynamics vary in each voice as they take the lead and rescind, but the overall piece is pretty steady. Think 17th century church choir. At least that is my interpretation. smile
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#2034564 - 02/17/13 02:27 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Well its 2 AM, I'm hopped up on double espressos and packing up for my second funeral of a close relative this month. It has been a real roller-coaster. I'm not sure when my next time will be to post some comments, so I want to get some out now. I've listened to everybody's entry at least once, and am just stunned by both the talent and the advancement that is evident.

As usual, I will start where I think I might have something useful to say. I so wish that I had more to contribute to the classical players other than awe...

07. Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues (to do)

You are really getting the hang of it. It is going to be swingin’ really soon if you keep it up!

10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round

This piece was a lot of Fun. You’re definitely getting the bass working for you. This is a style where you either keep it up and bring in many new bass patterns, or it will fade away. If you commit to this solo style there is a lot that you can do with it!

13. Peyton - After All

I like how this is so hard to characterize. It ought to be new age, but also has little R&B-ish licks, parts that sound like jazz with an eastern flavor. Love the big runs in there. Very cool

16. Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D

Truly gorgeous, Ed. A word to the wise, no need to tell anyone what you are not playing. I doubt that Ellington would even know. People say that most famous players would never recognize their own transcriptions, nor be able to play them the same way again.

I went back through your whole catalog of recital performances, and I must say that I just love all of your choices! I believe that every single one of them is somewhere on my learn it list.

To me, this was by far your most tasteful and elegant treatment. Just really good. Now I am obsessed with finding this transcription.

17. Monica K. - Just Because I Love You

I don't know what to say about this, other than I loved it. You had such a wonderful touch to this that it really resonated.

20. Serge88 - Fly Me To The Moon

really nice job. I like the use of octaves throughout. It adds a lot!

25. Jazztpt (Russ) - Another Song + Maya

Another song. Another masterpiece in the making. Maya, just a beautiful composition. Sigh. Please explain to me why you are not scoring movies!?

39. Mar_red - The Shadow of Your Smile & Misty - Medley.

I definitely do catch the strumming sense of the rhythm on Shadow of your Smile. A lot of nice runs in there too!

40. Jazzwee - Stella by Starlight

I Love your little excursions from "inside" to “outside” soloing. It is so tasteful when it is not obvious that it is happening. You've generated –lots- of rhythmic excitement with those runs towards the end of the solo. Really great, and inspirational for me.


45. Copper - Greensleeves

Love this song. It can be played so many ways. Keep up the progress

50. BillM - Georgia On My Mind

A soulful performance that hit my emotional mood just right. I had to listen to it twice. Love the reverb on this one, and the solo in the middle - well done!

52. Allard - To Zanarkand

Can’t believe you have this sound after 1yr and 3 mos! Your finger control use of space and dynamics seems amazing.

54. aTallGuyNH - Just The Way You Are

It is pretty great that you have so much chord fullness and richness in what you are playing after only 11 months. This is what we call a “one take wonder.” It is kind of hard to hear the recording, the volume definitely needs to come up. If you listen to the heat that the rest of these cats are bringin’ on these recitals, my major recommendation would be to make several recordings to get your volume levels where you want them, and get the jitters out of the first few takes.
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#2034572 - 02/17/13 02:56 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Thank you for the comments. The biggest thank you's go to the organizers, especially Monica K aka PianoMonica on YouTube, who is also quite the pianist.

As always, I am humbled when I listen to the many marvelous performances. Just as humbling are all those that take the considerable time and energy to listen, and write comments.

I don't have much intelligent to say, other than well done everyone, keep up the good work. You all amaze me. The quality is quite high, and I tend to be finicky when listening to recorded music (I much prefer live music.)
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#2034575 - 02/17/13 03:02 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: Monica K.]
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Thanks to everyone who has commented on my piece so far.

Originally Posted By: Monica K.

09 – SwissMs: ...You also get a medal for bravery, for playing Bach.
Believe me, by the time I managed to get a good take, I felt like I earned one. Thanks for reviewing!

Originally Posted By: Saranoya
Ah, Bach! I tend, usually, to think of Bach's keyboard music as dry and a bit soulless...
I am glad my rendition gave you a different feel and you found it pleasing. It was hard to get this piece sound musical! Thanks!

Originally Posted By: ATallGuyNH
...The fact that you were able to play something this intricate coming from where you were a few months ago is really impressive.
Thankyou! This piece was a real confidence builder.

Originally Posted By: Casinitaly
... I watched the video and really enjoyed watching the fluidity of your performance...
Wow! Thanks! Now if my teacher would just say that...

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
...Well done and I'm proud of your amazing quick recovery.
Thanks! It is good to be back to piano.

Originally Posted By: BillM
...You give this kind of a jazzy, jaunty feel that I really like.
I am glad you liked it! Jazzy Bach- I like the sound of that!

Originally Posted By: jotur
I could have been in a cathedral.
That is the feeling I was going for! Thank you!

Originally Posted By: AimeeO
...Great job voicing...
Thank you very much. Voicing took a lot of work.
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#2034582 - 02/17/13 03:52 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Round 2 -- working from the computer this time, and getting both the videos and the mp3s.

What a great collection! and I'm only about half way through.

11. Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D Minor I liked the pace – it sounded fine to me. How much more slowly does your teacher want you to play it? I thought you were very even in the pace throughout and I know how tricky it can be to keep the voices running, even though the baroque pieces I’ve played are much simpler! I hope you can find a way to get more comfortable and fluid with the trills – that would give you great satisfaction and increase the listening pleasure factor on a piece that is –as is- a significant achievement.

14. joangolfing - Grieg Waltz Op.12 I really Grieg, and love to hear pieces of his that are new-to-me! I think it is quite neat that you’ve got your own theme going in consecutive recitals. I enjoyed the change in tempo and mood throughout this piece , -nicely captured!


15. Greener / Jeff Green - Moments Musicaux - A flat major; Opus 94 No. 6 Thanks for the background story on your selected piece. To date I haven’t listened to a lot of Schubert – This music paints a picture – to me it seems like a court scene- folks in elaborate costume mingling, bowing, curtsying, with underlying tensions of plots and conspiracies under the polite exteriors. I always love listening to music that takes my imagination on a little voyage! Thank you for the listening treat!

16. Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D So…Now I know Duke Ellington’s full name. Not being familiar with the piece you started from, I can only say that what you did play, howevermuch it resembles the original or not, was a very pleasant bit of music. Loved the rippling notes- and the range you covered on the keyboard. Good stuff!

18. ladypayne - Improv in G minor You really are doing some lovely inventions! This is beautiful – rich, flowing, dynamic—it makes me think of country landscapes, fields, forests, rivers and streams, horses galloping, eagles flying – you have some lovely contrasts of delicacy and richness. How exciting to be able to create music like this. Like your other pieces, there is tremendous energy in your work and it is really quite thrilling to hear. Complimenti!

19. Jake S - Fur Elise How nice that you have memories of your Dad playing this piece. Maybe it is a piece that “everyone” plays, but it is not played well by everyone, that’s for sure! With a year of playing under your fingertips you’ve done more than just a respectable job on this and I hope you’re feeling pleased with your efforts! Very nicely played indeed.

20. Serge88 - Fly Me To The Moon I love this piece and have been working on it a bit myself but haven’t reached a satisfactory level yet. I see you’re working with a lead sheet – another challenge I haven’t been able to meet! You’ve really inspired me Serge! (I liked your “band” too) What a treat to hear your performance!

21. Teodor - Donnie Darko - The Artifact and the Living ooooh, this is dark and mysterious isn’t it? You’ve done a lovely job with the dynamics to highlight mood and the feeling of “light” or lack of it in this piece. Well done!

23. MusicaMusique - Keresem Az Utam I went to the video first and was quite puzzled about where the piano was  oops. Interesting video though. I liked your piano version better  - I am glad I made the mistake, it gave me a chance to understand what you were working from. I think you did an excellent job. There was a bit of a hiss in your recording that sounded like running water – if you could find a way to eliminate that for your next recording it would really let us hear the beauty of your playing more clearly.

24. MrPozor - Un poco adagio I LOVE this little piece. I’ve played it too, and yes, it is a bit tricky – I started smiling as soon as I heard the first notes and didn’t stop til the end. Charming! Well done! Beautiful delicacy and even-ness.
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#2034612 - 02/17/13 07:00 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Batch 3!
I'm having quite a musical feast this Sunday morning!

25. Jazztpt (Russ) - Another Song + Maya Loved the peacefulness of Another Song – even though it is only 10.30 in the morning here, I’m mellowing out. As for Maya – how wonderful to have written a song to celebrate her birth – it is full of hope and joy and love and wonder. I hope you play it often and often for her! Both pieces were pure pleasure to listen to - and Maya is beautiful!

26. Sand Tiger - Shadow I’ve been waiting to hear this – after the talk in AOTW, - and I’m not disappointed. I had an image of a ground hog lumbering down a path, moving out of shadow into the sunlight. Tiptoe-ing, dancing, hesitating, -


27. PhilzPiano - Prelude no. 1 in C major Well, if this is what you can do when you haven’t been practicing all that much, I can’t wait to hear what you do when you DO practice regularly! This was wonderful.
This is music to sooth the heart and soul. Thank you so much for this.

28. Daren - Quanta Qualia Another new piece of music and composer for me. I can see why you like this piece. The difference phases it moves through seem to tell a wistful, thoughtful story. There is a hint of bittersweetness. Another piece that feeds the spirit. Lovely playing indeed. Thank you.

29. timmyab - Allemande from French Suite no 4 More Bach! I love it. It is hard to have too much Bach, isn’t it? I very much enjoyed your playing – with and without the pedal smile I think the second version, without the pedal sounds “familiar” in terms of what I expect for Bach, but there is a charm to the first version that is undeniable. Lovely listening experience.

30. Peterws - Regrets. I have a Few . . Peter, sounds like you’ve been through something pretty difficult recently. I liked the distinct voices in your piece, and smiled at the waves at the end. Though you talk about the sense of loss, bereavement and regret, I can’t help but hear notes of optimism and moving forward, toward a brighter place in this. Beautiful music.

31. MaryBee - Waltz in C# minor, Op.64 No.2 More Chopin! Marybee, I am enchanted with your performance! I love this Waltz and it is just delightful to hear how well you play it. You are really developing a wonderful repertoire – it is a joy to hear how much you have matured musically in what seems like the blink of an eye. You inspire me! A wonderful dream you shared with your son, and a dream come true! Maybe in 20 years I’ll be playing it too!

32. BenPiano - All of These Things For You Ben how can you call yourself a shlub? Seriously. I bet your wife is delighted with her song! I enjoyed this, especially about half way through where the bass started “rockin’” a bit more. Most enjoyable!

33. Ganddalf - Sonata A-flat major (Hob XVI - 46) first movement wow. You really “get” Haydn. I have to say I’m really glad that we write the number of years experience, otherwise I’d be intimidated beyond belief! I’m really happy that we have Adult “ahem” beginners such as yourself to play for us. If there are flaws, I certainly can’t hear them. I am just delighted as I sit here listening to the notes tripping gently off your fingertips. Wonderful!

34. beechcraft409 - Ombre Yah, Moms have to say they like our stuff, but I know you’ll be getting the attention of the die-hard Einaudi fans here! Ombre means “shadows” in Italian. This gives me the idea of watching the shadows of leafy trees dance over the ground as the wind gently stirs the branches. Nicely played beechcraft!

35. Richard (zrtf90) - Notturno Op. 54 No. 4 Ok, now that’s the second time I’ve seen you comment on your age…Pretty soon I’m going to ask for a specific number! I appreciated all the notes you added to your submission – I like having an idea of what I should listen to.
I loved the crystal tinkles of the trills – the charming dream-like quality of the music – I wonder if it is every danced as a ballet – don’t you think it would work beautifully? You really know how to make your piano sing delightfully. You make it sound effortless, but we all know how much work goes into making it sound so. Complimenti, e grazie mille.

36. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Album Leaf Debussy is always an interesting composer to listen to. I am pretty sure this is the first time I’ve heard this piece. You can hear the imminent shift from the one style of music into a more modern voice – nicely played indeed, you really caught the spirit of the music.

37. Ken. - Let's Cool One I was a bit nervous when I read “one of Monk’s more obscure works”….:) This was certainly more “mainstream” in comparison to some of his pieces you’ve played! (I confess, easier for me to relate to!) Nicely played!

38. FarmGirl - Brahms 118 #2 Well, if this is what you can do when you don’t feel well – please let us hear you again when you are feeling top notch! I know you are not completely satisfied with this, but from my perspective it is really lovely and very enjoyable. Grazie mille e complimenti bella!

39. Mar_red - The Shadow of Your Smile & Misty - Medley. Good stuff! – are you ready to play in a piano bar near home? Love the rippling notes – very poetic renditions of two really great pieces. I don’t think I spotted where you did your key shift – but I did love your bass-line work. I think your performance is really wonderful in these pieces – the sound is lush, rich, full. A complete pleasure to listen to. (lovely cascade at the end there! Wow)

40. Jazzwee - Stella by Starlight and here we are with the Jazzwee ensemble. Love it. I am ready to get up and dance. I picture a sea-side spot – big terrace overlooking the water – perhaps along the Amalfi coast? – Marble floors, evening dress, sparkling chandeliers and sparkling wine – total class – delightful music, delightful dreams!

41. Saranoya - Menuett in F Well, if this is what you can do in a bar, with all the distractions and concerns about folks coming in and making a racket – my hat is off to you and I can’t wait to see what you bring us when you have your own piano set up in your home! It is a sweet piece of music and the background noises just add an interesting dimension to the listening experience. Well done!

42. windywindy - Waltz in A Minor KK IVb/11 This is one of my favourite Chopin pieces. I’ve worked at playing it but haven’t managed to get it up to anything like tempo yet. It was a joy to hear you playing it. I’ve been told that it was one of Chopin’s favourites too and he liked to play it for his friends! You really have captured the Chopin spirit in your performance. Well done.


43. lyricmudra - Melodie from the Opera 'Orfeo' Sorry to hear about the problems your cat has been having health-wise. It is not easy to deal with a little friend being very ill. Your efforts on this piece are obvious – you’ve presented us with a performance that is really a pleasure to hear. I don’t know this music – but you’ve made me curious enough to go an do more research on it! Thank you very much!

44. Sam S - Arabeske Op. 18 Sam, that was wonderful! I’m working on my first Schumann now, and it is really exciting to hear a more advanced player performing a much more sophisticated and challenging piece. You say you missed a lot of notes…well, to my ear they weren’t obvious. I liked the contrast of the heavy bass between the lighter passages. Thanks for the history behind the piece, it is always interesting to get the “scoop” and fit the music into a context of what was happening in the composer’s life when it was written. (oh, and may I have my gold star please? smile )
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#2034634 - 02/17/13 08:27 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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47. PianoStudent88
piece: Aram Khachaturian: No Walk Today
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R : ok (but mono recording)
noise: yes, white noise, pedal clicking, someone working in background
bass: little (not bass notes in the piece)
depth of field: ok (but mono recording)
piano sound: ok

musical:
overall impression, like: Nice piece. well played. Good use of pedal (I suppose they are written out and played as indicated?). Dynamics work nice. The staccato run sticks out too much, seems you play it too loud. Maybe you can make it a bit softer to better fit the rest.
Overall increase in speed, I think this was not intended?
Maybe you can bring out that melody just a little more. Nice dynamics particularly between 0:30 and 1:00.
Phrasing: overall clear. The more detailed phrasings and measures are sometimes less clear, eg in the staccato run and the end (after 1:25).
rubato, overall speed changes: gradually faster, a few slowdowns. The slowdowns are nice, the overall speedup makes less sense to me.
Dynamics: yes, nice
articulation: most with pedal, staccato run without.
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#2034637 - 02/17/13 08:34 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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51. Pavel.K - Nocturne 21 in C minor posth.
A very sensitive and emotional performance. You have a light touch and produced a lovely interpretation of this beautiful piece.

52. Allard - To Zanarkand
Are you playing standing up in the video? This is an interesting piece and you do a fine job with the varied dynamics. I listened to both versions and prefer the MP3 done on the digital – the piano in the video sounded harsh and slightly out of tune to my ears. Both were well played.

54. aTallGuyNH - Just The Way You Are
I was looking forward to hearing this one as I’m a big Billy Joel fan. I don’t think I’ve heard this one done as an instrumental before but it worked well. You have captured the mood of the piece nicely and took your time with this pretty melody.

55. Aimee O - Sonatina in G
Nice job on this one. You do a good job of maintaining the tempo throughout the faster passages. A very enjoyable listen.
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#2034687 - 02/17/13 10:41 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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01. Mr Super-Hunky - A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning

Hands down, this has to be the best piece I have ever heard on these PW recitals. The music is very soothing and it has great harmonics and a lovely melody. The performance is flawless and on top of that, this is an ORIGINAL piece! The fact that it is dedicated to our late PW member Apple is very touching.


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#2034693 - 02/17/13 10:51 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Final batch!
wow... what a wonderful day I've been having!

45. Copper - Greensleeves An all-time favourite of mine. Lovely arrangement and very well played!

46. Kenjazz - My Romance Romantic indeed, just the right kind of music to cozy up with. Poetry. I liked your "back-up guys" too – beautiful mellow music, which I greatly enjoyed.

47. PianoStudent88 - No Walk Today Interesting piece – it was very clear that you’d worked on the dynamics. I think it is really neat that you are planning to present us with all the works in this collections. Well done!

48. carlos88 - Sarabande (from Pour le Piano) –There is a definite majesty to this work and you have really given voice to the different elements of the dark, mysterious parts, as well as the lighter dream-like sequences. This is another piece that I can easily envisage as a ballet. Lovely performance!

49. GrouchoMarx - Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 That was quite something! 3+ years? I’m very impressed. I watched the video and enjoyed watching your hands, and the cross over. I really enjoyed your performance – thank you for introducing me to another work I was unfamiliar with.

50. BillM - Georgia On My Mind Wonderful Bill. Mellow, rich, full and haunting. I could listen to you play and sing all day. Your version definitely calls to mind Ray Charles. Bravissimo!

51. Pavel.K - Nocturne 21 in C minor posth. This is simply beautiful – you’ve really got the right touch for Chopin – I enjoyed your performance tremendously! Thank you for the treat!

52. Allard - To Zanarkand I chose to watch the video – nice piano! Poetic music too. I think your performance is spectacular for the amount of time you’ve been playing!

53. MileHi Steve - Stagg Brew What an interesting idea – the music is really beautiful and it must be very satisfying to have worked on the transposition from harp to piano. I think you did a super job with both the arrangements and the performance. The finale was particularly pretty! Well done!

54. aTallGuyNH - Just The Way You Are The long awaited Billy Joel piece! Did your wife like it?? I certainly hope so! I am particularly impressed that you were able to “cobble together” different arrangements. This piece has been a favourite of mine since…um, well, since it was released! You took me on a wonderful walk down memory lane! Definitely played in a romantic voice and with feeling. Thank you so much for this! Complimenti!

55. Aimee O - Sonatina in G I’ve been looking forward to hearing this since I saw your submission on the list! I worked on this with my teacher last year but never got it up to polished performance level. You did very well with keeping up the tempo and excellent working through the really tough parts. I particularly enjoyed the second part. I think it is more fun to play than the first part, especially the rippling expanded chords. I never even came close to playing it this well – you’ve inspired me to give it another try! Thank you so much.

And that brings me to the end of another marvelous recital.
Thank you so much to everyone who contributed – I heard new music, original compositions, much beloved music, golden oldies, and best of all, performances from those I have come to consider good friends and piano buddies.
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#2034699 - 02/17/13 10:59 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie

Loved it! I like that how you slowed it down here. I could not spot any problems so to me this is very error free take… A great performance as always Inlanding!!


03. dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755
Rare sheet music? It sounds like I have heard this piece many times before but I am sure I am confusing it with something else. Great playing here as this sounds like a very hard piece to master this well!


04. Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4
This piece I am very familiar with and I know what you mean that it sounds (and looks) easy. Loved your rendition of it. Great recording too!
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#2034700 - 02/17/13 11:05 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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And some thank-yous:

Monica and Saranoya - so glad you enjoyed the piece!

Monica, I'm also pleased with the way the camera delivers good sound! Saranoya, yes, the piano could use a tune up, but I couldn't get it done before the recital - and I chose to go with it rather than the digital because the acoustic just knocks the socks of the digital for this kind of music!

ATallGuyNH -wow - I feel like I have my own fan club! Thanks for such an enthusiastic response!

SwissMS - Thanks! The cascades were one of the best parts of learning this piece!

Mr. Super-Hunky - I think you invented a new word flarp'! I'm delighted you enjoy my "fun stuff" smile

BillM - Your reply delighted me! I think it is really wonderful that you remember other submissions well enough to say this one is your favourite!

Groucho Marx Thanks so much - you are quite right about getting more dynamics in - especially at the end....I am working on it! Glad you liked it as it was though!

Jotur...the epitome of cool? wow. Thank you!

AimeeO Thanks, I do feel I'm making some progress in developing musicality!Nice to see it noticed.

KenJazz So glad you had fun with listening - and thank you so much for the encouragement. I do plan to continue with this genre, it is such a kick playing - and so NOT strssful compared to the classics.
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#2034718 - 02/17/13 11:42 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Glen- Very nicely played. You have a great feeling for the piece. (I enjoyed watching your youtube.)

Sinophilia- Only 11 months? Fantastic! I really had fun listening.

SwissMs- I always look forward to any Bach on these recitals. You did not disappoint! It's nice to hear how Bach has helped you regain some of that lost dexterity. (Watching you play one would never know you ever had a problem).

Casinitaly- I'm really enjoying these youtube videos.. Cheryl, It's fun to watch you do those little crossovers. A really neat piece and you do it so well.

Amaruk- Nice. Even better knowing that you transcribed it. I really like your editing on the youtube. I noticed that you had headphones on for the right to left shot. Did you use two cameras or perhaps replace the camera go back and overdub?

Riddler- I always enjoy your playing Ed. I just sat back with my coffee and relaxed listening. Wonderful.

Marybee- this is one of my favorite Chopin waltzes. It does just "swirl". I loved listening to you play.

BenPiano- Great Ben! I bet your wife loved it.

Farmgirl- Well done. Especially considering how poorly you have been feeling.

KenJazz- What a great version. Nice editing (or what ever it is called) too. The drums and bass are very tasteful. Just wonderful playing.

Bill- Bill, I can't believe you haven't done this before. It's so "you". Hey, I don't think you need so much reverb. I always love your voice and it seems to get in the way a bit.

GrauchoM- Wow. Very impressive especially considering you have only been playing 3 years. That is just great playing. Blew me away.
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#2034727 - 02/17/13 12:00 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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07. Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues
Frankie and Johnnie are swinging! Reminds me that I really need to start practising the blues song to play duet with my sister - I'm so bad at the genre. You, on the other hand, seem to be doing fine.

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2
Music without pedal can sound a little empty, but you play it so well.

09. SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936
Kein tag ohne Bach! So good to hear you recovered and managed all these difficulties.

10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round
A fun piece. I doubt the effectiveness of that bass sneaking at the start, but as the song comes along it makes more sense and I feel that brick wall at my back while I peer around the corner and sneak up to the piano.

11. Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D Minor
As has been noted before, you can hear every glitch with this kind of music. Trills need work; without your description I wouldn't even have recognized them as such.

12. Amaruk - The Christmas song from 'An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf'
Aww, it's so short frown

13. Peyton - After All
The melody comes in a bit too fast compared to the opening. Very nice how soft you keep those bass notes.

14. joangolfing - Grieg Waltz Op.12
The hesitations and cut-off notes in the melody at some points make for a bit of a weird waltz to dance to, but it does give something of an ancient feel to it.

15. Greener / Jeff Green - Moments Musicaux - A flat major; Opus 94 No. 6
The squeaky pedal is really audible and distracts from the beautiful music you play, but it probably annoys yourself more than any of us listening.

16. Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D
Don't know the original, so everything you changed, cheated, or whatever you want to call it, works fine smile

17. Monica K. - Just Because I Love You
New age music may not be that difficult technically, but it's so beautiful. Your piano has a wonderful sound.

18. ladypayne - Improv in G minor
It always amazes me how people can just sit down and improvise a song. Well done.

19. Jake S - Fur Elise
Happy piano anniversary wink Look what you've done; now I'm trying my hand at Für Elise too and you just nail the part that seems too hard to me (first intermezzo).

20. Serge88 - Fly Me To The Moon
Excellent background music for a nice dinner or reception. Hm, maybe at my friend's wedding next month. His lady is a rocket scientist. Flying the the Moon would be appropriate. Can I have the pianist in that box as well?

21. Teodor - Donnie Darko - The Artifact and the Living
This could be the soundtrack for a game and... oh, it's from a movie? Cool.

22. (Was)TrueBeginner - Us
I must say I don't really like the piano's sound, especially the high notes. Or is it from recording? Something's not right with the sound. It's not your playing; your song is quite nice.

23. MusicaMusique - Keresem Az Utam
Nope, never heard of this song. The recording quality doesn't do right to your playing. Too much noise.

24. MrPozor - Un poco adagio
I can imagine how hard it was to get this one right. A true Knight of the Order of the Red Dot!

25. Jazztpt (Russ) - Another Song + Maya
Another Song seems like a fine name for a jazzy tune, honestly. It's at least as descriptive as something like "Adagio in G." Happy birthday to Maya and belated congratulations becoming a grandparent. Here's hoping the child will be as beautiful as your song.
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#2034751 - 02/17/13 12:52 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Just a General Thankyou to you all and the comments coming my way. Have to admit I haven`t had a bad time; was just playing around with the deep chords on my piano then I thought of Dad who died nearly 2 yrs ago now. Not the esiest guy to get on with, (I`m no different lol) I guess it became more a prayer. . . .
So there! Now then you guys; The General has spoken.

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#2034823 - 02/17/13 03:26 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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26. Sand Tiger - Shadow
This is very different from other the other recital pieces. I like what you're doing.

27. PhilzPiano - Prelude no. 1 in C major
Didn't Weiyan play this one recently in one of the monthly piano bars? You play it just as well. Maybe too much pedal.

28. Daren - Quanta Qualia
Very soothing. Which is kinda bad, because I need to stay awake and listen to many more recital pieces tonight.

29. timmyab - Allemande from French Suite no 4
Uhm... I didn't notice a difference between the two versions. Were there even two? The whole thing sounded so nice I didn't notice.

30. Peterws - Regrets. I have a Few . .
The piano and strings are very nice. I thought the non-piano melody voice sounded rather harsh.

31. MaryBee - Waltz in C# minor, Op.64 No.2
Your playing here gives hope to every one of us with similar dreams. One day, even I can play such beautiful music! Thank you for sharing.

32. BenPiano - All of These Things For You
Nope, can't understand your mumbling laugh Or rather, your voice is too soft compared to the piano. Nothing a little technology can't fix. Nice song.

33. Ganddalf - Sonata A-flat major (Hob XVI - 46) first movement
Don't worry, it's not boring! Haydn may not be the style I'd like to play, but listening, sure. It sounds difficult.

35. Richard (zrtf90) - Notturno Op. 54 No. 4
You should be pleased for sure! This is very easy on the ears.
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#2034834 - 02/17/13 03:52 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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My first batch offers nothing but praise and gratitude.

I find myself continuing to make the same comments over and over for each of these performances. You are all well able to play the material you've chosen to present and play it well. You've brought something of yourselves and as I see many of your names in the forums and earlier recitals it builds a picture over time that enhances the listening pleasure. Many of you have selected material, many of them gems, that I would not otherwise try to find the time for. I'm grateful for these pieces to enrich my journey to and from work for the next few weeks. Thank you.

01. Mr Super-Hunky - A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning
A touching gesture. Kudos!

02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie
We don't often hear Massenet on piano. This is a welcome change. Your contributions to the piano bars have generated an impression of you and your personality comes through in this piece. You make it yours.

03. dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755
Well chosen and well played. It's nice to hear a Romantic offering from this man. I hope this doesn't breach the 'no technical feedback' request.

12. Amaruk - The Christmas song from 'An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf'
Another wonderful piece of music I wouldn't have gone out my way to hear but have profited from. Thank you for this.

13. Peyton - After All
There are some cool rhythmic patterns here, like 2:22 and it's repeat at 3:39. I love it. The beat isn't easy to follow around the two minute mark but the overall effect is really enjoyable.

16. Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D
Another piece I wouldn't have sought but am glad to have found.

25. Jazztpt (Russ) - Another Song + Maya
Very experienced fingers capitalising on and bringing out the best of that Roland sound.

28. Daren - Quanta Qualia
Another well chosen piece that hits the heart and would draw buckets of tears at the end of a romantic movie.

36. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Album Leaf
Debussy by ear! I wonder how much is you and how much is the intermediary but there is experience coming through them anyway.

40. Jazzwee - Stella by Starlight
You can't knock a live performance but o, how easy you make it sound. Just reward for the hours of sheer dedication and hard work you've put in.

46. Kenjazz - My Romance
Very romantic, Ken. A nice easy swing with a classic jazz touch showing more years of attentive listening is enough to overcome a shorter time playing.

49. GrouchoMarx - Prelude Op. 32 No. 12
You have captured the spirit of this piece and have both the ear to pick out weaknesses and the technique to fix them. This piece needs little more than time and maturation.

53. MileHi Steve - Stagg Brew
And another rewarding piece I wouldn't have heard anywhere else.

06. CarlosCC - Julia
17. Monica K. - Just Because I Love You
You both continue to shine in this sphere and demonstrate that you have all the technique you need for this music. Very accomplished, soothing and easy to listen to.

39. Mar_red - The Shadow of Your Smile & Misty - Medley.
A couple of classics there and handled with ease.

20. Serge88 - Fly Me To The Moon
A very polished sound and restrained tempo.

30. Peterws - Regrets. I have a Few . .
Interesting use of timbre but fine finished sound and overall presentation.

50. BillM - Georgia On My Mind
Another classic with a tasteful interpretation. You keep 'em coming, Bill. Roll on.

Those that have used their own composition or arrangement have my admiration and respect but you have all contributed more than just your playing. Each of these recordings can stand side by side with what we hear every day from professional sources and they need no excuses for being amateur.


And with some extra comments:

05. slpianoproject - Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1
Welcome to the recitals. This is a favourite of mine also and I have slated this loosely for this time next year myself. This piece is not above you and you play it with wonderful passion and an awareness of its expanse yet with the restraint needed to allow improvements to work their way in over time. You exude Chopin through it and I can't even tell you how many times I've listened appreciatively to this recording already. Fabulous. Thank you.

33. Ganddalf - Sonata A-flat major (Hob XVI - 46) first movement
One of the wonderful things about Haydn is his rhythmic diversity. It's engaging and the difficulties practically beckon you to tangle with them. You're quite right, too, about the delicacy. It's quite clear from the recording that you're having a ball playing this piece and your enthusiasm is infectious.

Playing Mozart needs a perfect touch and some divine inspiration and the breathtaking, elemental force of Beethoven requires a technique developed from hard graft. Clementi needs double thirds - I think you have them or you don't; after all these years my aren't improving enough for his work. But Haydn just needs playing with a joy for life and engagement with the music. You don't "work" at Haydn, you just smile and try again. I can sense you've done a lot of smiling with this piece.

Well done and thank you. I've smiled too.

29. timmyab - Allemande from French Suite no 4
I learnt this myself last summer (and from the same source) and am really enjoying listening to both your versions. Unfortunately I can't offer an opinion on which is better. I experiment with Bach a lot myself and can play with a Romanticism he'd not have known. I would keep both going and allow for the addition of a third.

Thanks, everyone.
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#2034837 - 02/17/13 03:54 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Another wonderful recital!

Picking some recordings more or less at random to comment on:


02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie
Nicely done, Glen. It felt downright elegiac, which I suppose is the best one can say for this piece!

04. Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4
Isn't this a beautiful piece? You play with wonderful expression and feeling!

05. slpianoproject - Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1
Very impressive!! It started out simply enough, but quickly into a much more complex piece. Did you memorize the entire thing? In any case, I wish I could play that smoothly and expressively, especially the left hand stuff. Well done!

09. SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936
Wonderful! They say these Bach pieces are great for developing hand independence, and I can see why. I thought you did especially well on the turns and the intricate left hand phrases that occur here and there. Nice work overall!!

10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round
Very enjoybable to listen to, and I'm sure it was fun to learn. I was quite impressed by the RH/LH interactions.

13. Peyton - After All
Wow, that was spectacular! Those left hand patterns were especially cool - it's great that you can execute them, but even more impressive that you created them and integrated them so well into the piece. Let me give you fair warning about your snazzy runs - I am into transcribing runs these days (it's actually fun), and I have transcribed several of yours and figured out the best fingering for me. Some day, Peyton, when you least expect it, and with no warning whatsoever, you are going to hear them again!!! You'll be saying - hey, this guy's stealin' my stuff!! I'll be saying - hey, how do you expect me to learn if I don't steal from other guys?

More later.

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#2034862 - 02/17/13 05:08 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Ed, do me a favor and when you transcribe those runs and play them back.... give me the right fingering will you? smile
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#2034869 - 02/17/13 05:22 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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My second batch of comments.

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2
The melody _can_ go slower but does need to be lifted more where it shares the same register as the accompaniment. Melodies don't have a set speed. They have different speeds when played on different instruments or with different touches or timbres. This is a song without words and it must sing. The accompaniment must accompany and as soon as it gets distracting the melody must glare at it with the look of a coloratura whose pianist is getting above himself. With only three years it's a tough ask but once you get the balance right between the 'singer' and the 'band' when playing slowly you can develop the speed until it feels right and your playing has no issue here with the speed.

It would have been nice to get this in the themed recital - I wouldn't have an issue with duplicates or missing pieces but it's not my project. Thanks for letting us enjoy it here.

09. SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936
So many times I would hear this piece emanating from practice rooms at university and seldom heard a completely clean performance. The piece has a knack for bringing out the weakness of 3, 4 & 5 in M8 and M10, or losing the firm E in M31. Maintaining the legato in M27 was long an area of difficulty for me and you manage all these things well. It is played cleanly and steadily throughout, I'm getting used to this from you. It is no mean feat and doesn't come without dedication and perseverance.

I'm not familiar with the ornaments in the first few measures - they sound quite tricky. It is a common practise to add extra ornamentation on the repeat; unless these have been added for pedagogical reasons you might want to consider that.

Have you heard Ton Koopman's version of these on harpsichord? When I learnt these pieces I was frustrated that he threw ornaments in at the hardest places but it did give me the resolve to overcome them.

Glad to hear you're back at the piano. I'm enjoying this performance, it's nice to hear it without having to concentrate on the fingering!

10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round
Wow, Cheryl, is that really you? Your confidence and dynamic range on the instrument is unrecognisable. The rolled chords at the start are sweet, the pulse never dropped a beat even when you were skirting the edges of it and the phrase ending licks are smooth and articulate especially that final plump. I can imagine you sitting there with a look of intense concentration while playing this but the time will come, and it may not be far away, when you pull out pieces like this at the drop of a hat. You go very well together.

Are you still working on the Blues book, too? You've clearly benefitted from the addition of blues and jazz to your repertoire - and now so have we! Brava!

11. Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D Minor
You, too, Andy are showing a growing command of the instrument. I'm impressed with your shaping of the piece as a whole and glad to hear you maintaining your integrity with your teacher. I revere Bach as one of the greats but I bend his music to suit my tastes as long as I'm the one that plays it.

You play this with a good balance between the hands, careful shaping of each phrase and a disciplined performance throughout staying true to the spirit of the music and not foisting preconceived ideas onto it. This will reward you in time with a vehicle you can use to inject the feeling of the moment and thus never get bored with it however often you air it either publically or just for yourself.

14. joangolfing - Grieg Waltz Op.12
It can be tricky to pick up the rhythm in Grieg but you do a fine job here of finding the Norwegian accent and Grieg's quirky syncopation. The start of the second half where the hands just want a little more personal space is more a logistical problem than a technical one but one we still have to overcome it and it seems to present no obstacle to you here. The whole of this book is open to you now and I find it's his most characteristic and his most accessible in terms of listening as well as playing. I expect you'll be glad to get back to the Yamaha smile

15. Greener / Jeff Green - Moments Musicaux - A flat major; Opus 94 No. 6
Knowing you've been playing by ear for many years and have just started reading recently I have tremendous admiration for your achievements in these last two recitals.

Now that you can analyse the score you can bring your own findings to the discussion and your voice is just as important as Brendel's or Rubinstein's even if they may still be a little more articulate.

But you can also capitalise on your aural skills and make sure you're aware of the differences between M8 & 43 vs. M33 & 36. A great, sustained effort, Jeff, not easy with a piece of this length, thorough, marked and detailed.

31. MaryBee - Waltz in C# minor, Op.64 No.2
This is a wonderful piece that most of us have either in our repertoire or on our to-do list. I notice it decorates the front cover of the Alfred books. Your playing continues to improve and it's wonderful to read how much this piece means to you. You play the first section and the piu lento with accomplished ease but my preference would be to use a touch more control over the tempo or to reduce the pedal somewhat in the piu mosso to prevent the swirl of energy from becoming a maelstrom.

The little accelerando at the start of each entrance is wonderful but the increase in speed a little too much for me. The ritard at the last measure is a deft finish and the piece might work better if the very last iteration were to accommodate all that extra speed.

44. Sam S - Arabeske Op. 18
When you take on a piece of this size you need more than just the technique to play it. You need some kind of long term strategy for presenting it. More carefully worked out climaxes are required that the music can aim for and drive towards before starting again on the next one and in this way maintain the audience's attention and the phrases drawn out over longer periods with very measured rises and falls.

It's not your playing that needs improving here, Sam, but your strategy. I've been having just this problem with a Schubert Impromptu. I have, as yet, no solution but I can offer you empathy. smile

47. PianoStudent88 - No Walk Today
You need have no fear of your technique falling apart while you're 'between teachers'. There are clear signs of continued progress. Your dynamic range has improved, I'm not sure how much you need to vary the speed. The pedal might be your next area of focus. I know once we start using it that pedalling becomes semi-automatic but it's worth paying attention to it after learning the notes and starting to introduce pedal to the mix.

There's a point at which the dampers are on and the pedal starts to take effect and there's a point at which the dampers are raised from every string. It's a small range of movement on most pianos and the only movement needed. It doesn't hurt to spend at least a short time on each piece working out exactly where the pedal goes on and off and practising the movement for co-ordination. Many times it isn't necessary but sometimes it can rescue a difficult passage and the change can be almost unnoticeable in damping strings while the current ones ring on and maintain an unbroken 'wall of sound' without disturbing or clouding the harmony.

I think you may be ready for better things before you get to presenting as much of this oeuvre as you're planning. Great job!
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#2034883 - 02/17/13 05:51 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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My final batch - it's been a long weekend...

07. Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues
I'd like to comment on your submission but also address your despondent little comment earlier.

The first few bars of each of your pieces are enough to show that not only have you a good independence of hands but you have an innate sense of rhythm and phrasing.

You have thus far tackled easy pieces and have probably resisted the urge to devote six months to one relatively enormous piece. This has given you a greater breadth of playing experience and technique.

You haven't just bashed out a few even notes but have given each note its own dynamic quality as part of a phrase. You can't buy that skill and it doesn't come from Alfred's. After one meagre year's playing, it is innate. It's a part of your musical sense and you won't ever lose it or be short of it. It will instil itself into every piece you play, quite naturally, and lift whatever morsel you choose to work on above the level of the average player.

You technique will develop with time and tackling gradually harder and more diverse material. After three years or so most beginners have progressed to early intermediate. At about that time they start to develop a greater range and control over their tone. You're already there. All you need now is the technique and that comes just from playing more technical pieces and from playing the piano every day.

We don't get better by playing harder pieces. We get better by playing better. We should worry not about the length of our pieces nor their technical demands for they change with each piece. We should concern ourselves rather with the quality of our playing - and your playing is not short on quality.

Your playing of the Bb and Ab as a layover with the thumb has a slurred quality that doesn't detract from the piece. But if you do want these notes to sound simultaneously, and it may be awkward with small hands, you "just" have to practise moving from 2 on D to 1 on these two black keys every day, slowly enough that they sound together. In time it will happen at playing speed.

As you can probably surmise from others we all look forward to hearing more from you in future recitals.


04. Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4
This is a very controlled performance keeping good time. Even when you slowed down for the difficult passage you maintained the slower tempo. This is a very useful skill. You haven't smothered the piece with emotion and this will benefit you in years to come. Here you have a musical template that can grow with you and into which you will filter both Chopin and yourself as your technique progresses.

19. Jake S - Fur Elise
It always amazes me that the man who wrote the Ninth Symphony and the Hammerklavier Sonata could pour out so much emotion in his bagatelles. I learnt this in 1977 and since then it has always been the first piece I turn to when I when I want to just play on a Sunday afternoon and when I start my repertoire cycle.

I've played it more ways than you can shake a stick at including the infamous shuffle rhythm but as time marches indefatigably on I find myself searching closer and closer for the finer details. I hope you continue with this piece for as long as I have and I hope you enjoy wheedling.

Excellent playing for a year in and a fine choice to play alongside your E min prelude. Keep it up.

24. MrPozor - Un poco adagio
This piece brings back fond memories. It is nicely played and an excellent start for your first year of playing. The time taken to make sure it's right for a recording is not wasted. That is how we're supposed to practise all the time.

27. PhilzPiano - Prelude no. 1 in C major
Your lack of practise may not be helping but there are two ways you can improve this piece without much practise at all. Firstly, slow it down and keep each measure in strict rhythm. Bach has very cleverly added a 'secret' rhythm to this piece using the highest two notes of each iteration of the pattern, notes 5 and 8, playing a syncopated tap-tap twice every measure. Without the whole pattern being played evenly this is lost.

Secondly the repetitious nature of the piece practically begs us to mark out some bars more than others. For the first half feel how the piece breathes in as the LH fingers get closer together and how it exhales as they separate. In the second half there is a definite climax at M29, the return of the tonic major, built gradually from M20 and from the climax the remainder of the piece is a gentle climb down to the end.

Compare your tempo around 1:30 with your starting tempo. The tempo for the climax can even broaden with the added dynamics.

This is a noble effort for someone self taught and you have no issue with facility here but it's time to give your head an equal share of the load with your fingers. Get the words right and their meaning will become clear without you having to add any extra expression. As you're returning to practise I look forward to seeing you in the forum, the next best thing to a teacher.

41. Saranoya - Menuett in F
Even in the difficult circumstances in which you find yourself your earlier tuition has not been wasted. There's a distinct quality to your touch and your ability to shape a phrase and the piece is well chosen to bring that out. I look forward to hearing more from you when you're back in regular practise on your own piano.

Oh, and I also look forward to more of your comments on my own efforts but you may be sick, I fancy, from sycophancy! smile

42. windywindy - Waltz in A Minor KK IVb/11
One year, no matter how serious, is not enough to impart the confidence of touch and tone and the facility you have in the ornaments so your many years of off and on have accumulated such that now might be a good time for many years on. Very nicely played.

51. Pavel.K - Nocturne 21 in C minor posth.
Very good for a year. You have a good ear, you don't play like that from reading alone in a year, and it will be of great benefit for you in the future.

52. Allard - To Zanarkand
Thank your sister. Music is a very uncompromising art. You have bags of tone under your fingers for a year's playing and have brought out the melody with ease and lots of expression. Nice sudden changes of dynamics too.

54. aTallGuyNH - Just The Way You Are
I think that bringing out the melody is the most important job when presenting a song. You have a rogue note at 0:39 that shows how much dynamic range you have left on that instrument. It would help to use more of this range of volume for the melody. When you manage to reduce the left hand consistently you can soften the melody again without losing it. This again is a good showing for less than a year. Have years been extended recently?

55. Aimee O - Sonatina in G
Delightful, effervescent playing in this piece, Aimee, and a lovely change of mood for the Romanze. Welcome to the party. You're ready for bigger things but before you leave this piece there are a couple of things I would look at more closely.

In the Moderato the phrasing marks in M2, 7, 18 and 23 aren't being brought out consistently. Are you with a teacher? These tiny details are so easy to overlook if you're self studying. Also in the Romanze the left hand in M3&4 and M24&25 uses dotted notes that are also easy to overlook on your own.

You play with lots of charm and it comes through the recording. I was smiling throughout and I look forward to more from you in future recitals.

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Commenting on all these pieces over a short period is an exhausting process however much we may enjoy it and I don't know if I could manage it four times a year.

I know I have missed a few. Some of you didn't want technical feedback and some, unfortunately, were recorded in a "live" room where the reverberation reacts adversely with my tinnitus and prevents my hearing clearly. Others were beyond my ability to offer anything helpful beyond the usual pat on the back that each and every contributor has deserved.

Like many others I am in awe of the range of talent here, am surprised at how much progress can be made in the first year - Lord knows, it slows down enough after that - and I am surprised at how easy and enjoyable it is to listen to and appreciate music that might not be heard anywhere else.

This recital experience is a first class opportunity not just for us to gauge ourselves against our peers but to acquaint ourselves with the vastness of what the piano offers and what it can do in amateur hands or where we might want to go ourselves in time to come.

Not all of us are beginners and some are surprised at the professional level of some of the recordings, particularly in the jazz section, but we all began as adults or returned as adults after time away. I had played in my teen years but was in my mid-twenties before I took it seriously and began lessons and I also had fifteen years away after that. What we can take away from this is that age is not a barrier to learning this versatile, demanding, frustrating, idiosyncratic and ultimately rewarding and lovable instrument.

Best of all it gives us the opportunity to really do what we know we should in order to improve - listen to ourselves critically and objectively and after all that have someone without bias offer a positive view, some helpful advice and encouragement to continue. Just knowing people have listened can be reward enough, for some of us it may be the only outlet for creative expression. Thank you, PW.

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#2034901 - 02/17/13 06:21 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Richard, I'm impressed by your thoughtfullness and attentionto each piece. I agree...it's tough to put that kind of attention to so many pieces four times a year.
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#2034944 - 02/17/13 07:37 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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1. Mr. S/H - it was breath takingly beautiful. You bring out incredibly rich sound from a piano. It's like swelling and vibrating ocean with a touch of sadness. It shows your musical maturity and sensitivity that I'm privileged to see in action. I love this one best so far.

2 inlanding - beautifully shaped and executed. This is a composer I recently knew about through the Pianist magazine. You captured the melancholuc and yet nostalgic pathos of the piece very well.

3. Dannylax - what a great piece for a piano party! You seem to be having lots of fun. You are clearly having good time. Good for you.

4 Plowboy - You are right, no its not that easy to play it well. For one thing to play those darn chords together not so loudly and for another to shape the melody line sing. I think you've done great job for both that you must be really happy with.

5 Slpianoproject - In spite of soreness on the left hand you have done quite a job. It's a beautiful piece but I don't think I can take the tons of dark emotion contsined in the piece since I get influenced by it. Does it affect you?

6. CarlosCC - good job. You have an incredible musicianship. My husband loved it. He is no so easily pleased with music.
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#2034946 - 02/17/13 07:39 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: Peyton]
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Originally Posted By: Peyton
Richard, I'm impressed by your thoughtfullness and attentionto each piece.


+1

Originally Posted By: Peyton
I noticed that you had headphones on for the right to left shot. Did you use two cameras or perhaps replace the camera go back and overdub?


Great observation! The reason I am using headphones in this video is that I wanted to be quiet that evening so I decided to record without any sound in the room (single take, two cameras).
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#2034955 - 02/17/13 07:53 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: Amaruk]
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Two cameras. Nice. And excellent editing.
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#2035014 - 02/17/13 10:05 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Second group:


11. Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D Minor Andy don't be so hard on yourself as I heard a whole lot of really nice things in this piece. I liked the very last note the best as it had a certain harpsichord sound I love. Your doing great.

12. Amaruk - The Christmas song from 'An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf' This piece grabbed from the very first second. Beautiful-flowing melodies will do that to me and your performance of this piece was equally nice. Your the one who presented it to me in such a nice, flowing manner so you deserve the credit as well. nicely done.

13. Peyton - After All This was nicely done Peyton. I could hear a musical conversation between the two hands throughout the piece talking and answering each other. At times even talking over one another but in a harmonious way that complemented and blended the sounds together. There was two 'celestial' runs that were truly magical. The two hands joining together as one in the end was probably the most beautiful part of all.

To me, this piece is the musical equivalent of a strong marriage/bond between two people.

14. joangolfing - Grieg Waltz Op.12 Very nicely played and expressed in an elfy-poppy way. I also like the attention you spent on the dynamics of the piece as it is evident.

15. Greener / Jeff Green - Moments Musicaux - A flat major; Opus 94 No. 6 Jeff, what impresses me most is the obvious amount of effort and attention to detail you spent on ... EVERYTHING. It shows. The recording was outstanding and the effort put into your playing is noticeable. My only suggestion would be to relax and enjoy the music you are now creating as doing that will enable you to refine the piece even further over time.

16. Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D Ed I'm glad you couldn't resist and made this piece your own. It payed off as the end result was dreamingly beautiful. I'm melting listening to this right now!

17. Monica K. - Just Because I Love You I enjoyed the beautiful melody in this piece Monica as well as the delicate way you played it. Finger gymnastics is amazing to watch but I'll go for the simply beautiful melodies every time. This is the type of music I play and listen to when no one is lookin'. This is why I am enjoying your piece so much.

18. ladypayne - Improv in G minor I always love your improvised melodies and direction you go with your music. Lots of diversity and dramatic chords to keep me actively participating in listening. Well done.

19. Jake S - Fur Elise 'A+'. Not for choosing the most overplayed piece on earth but for the incredibly talented way you played it. Incredible control of dynamics with an absolutely perfectly flowing rhythm. For only playing a year I should give you a speeding ticket of sorts. Extremely well done.

20. Serge88 - Fly Me To The Moon This is beautiful music Serge presented in a flawless/professional way. I'd love to hear more from you and less of the band in a box accompaniment however as we all know you've got the talent.

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#2035055 - 02/18/13 12:07 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Here is my first batch of reviews. I wont be able to do everyone simply because first of all...: English isnt my main language so i lack the words to describe all the performances, it would be repetitive! Secondly, I'm playing only classical so i have a hard time judging jazz/blues/pop etc... I've listened to all the performances once and i'm starting to listen to it again as i'm making my reviews. I'll only make comments when i find its pertinent but i assure you all that everyone did a very fine job on those performances and no offense to the people i don't review. Thanks to you all now i have a ton more pieces i want to learn!

01. Mr Super-Hunky - A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning Great composition! It amazes me to hear this since i simply don't get the process of composing music. You have talent! I particularly like that 2nd theme that starts around 2:20sh! Good work!

02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie Very nice touch! You say you cant make a take without errors, this one seems pretty golden to me! You just hit a wrong note around 1:45 thats it lol. The sound is very good, how did you record it? Also, is this sheet music in the public domain? Thanks for sharing! smile

03. dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755 Nice performance! A pleasure to listen to! Also this DP sounds gorgeous! Looking forward to hear more from you!

04. Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4 AAmmaazziinngg. You play with alot of emotions and its what makes this piece shine. I heard so many failed amateur attempts at this piece and this is certainly not one. Just a little critic tho, the images in the video and the piece don't fit lol. Those are nice photos but to me they just dont go togheter... Awesome performance tho. Thanks.

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 Here i have alot to say ..: First of all congratulation for this very fine performance. For only 3 years of piano experience you have a wonderful touch. You are able to bring out both melodies very well and that is impressive. I totally agree with your choice of not using pedal in this piece, it gives it a juggling feeling wich sound appealing to my hears. It also makes the left hand melody shine alot. As for you not being satisfied with the performance well... I've listened to your performance several times, even followed with the sheet music and your left hand is perfect. There is a clear distinction when its a quaver + its rest and a crochet. You use clear legato when its indicated. I'm highly impressed.

I can't really help you about the main theme being repetitive. Some mendelssohn pieces tend to make me feel the same way when i play it. I've recently made a recording of Op.30 no.1 on youtube and the theme repeats alot more (you can look it up on youtube... just search slpianoproject). 8 times to be precise with almost no variation. At the very end it comes back briefly and it always gives me the feeling the listener must think "OMG not again, will it end already".... But eh... what can we do... we play what is written.

Anyways i assure you that you should be proud of this performance its really impressive. Especially with 3 years of experience... I've played longer than you (although its hard to gauge how long i've been playing since i'm very casual) and i don't think i would do better than this. Awesome job!

By the way, are you using a special tuning on your piano? Or its just out of tune? Cause it fits perfectly with the piece.



Thats it for my first batch... i'll do more of it tommorow.

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I still wanna take time to thank everyone for the comments they made on my performance (Nocturne Op.27no.1)

@Monika K : I'm using omni capsules on my microphones (ones that captures the whole room instead of just in front of the mic) so the hammers are exposed just because by opening the piano i get a better sound. My piano is also moved away from the wall and the bottom pannel is also removed lol.

@saranoya : Thanks for comment. I indeed know my piano is out of tune smile . At first i wanted to tune it but since its winter here and the change of season coming i didnt want to spend 100$ on tuning and waste it in april :S . I promise for the June (?) recital it'll be tuned! Thanks again smile

@Grouchomarx : I agree with you about the contrast needed in the middle section. I have been playing on DPs for a while and i'm still struggling with some dynamics on my accoustic. On top of it... i'm not able to play fast so that middle section was vvveerrrryyy challenging to me. Wish i could bash those octaves louder but at the moment i cant lol. Give me 2 more years! Thanks for comment smile

@zrtf90 : Glad you enjoyed the piece. Such encouraging comments! smile

@Riddler : Thanks for comment. Yes all the pieces i learn are played without the sheet music. I guess i'm lucky but memorizing comes to me naturally. It comes with repetition and muscle memory (i prolly rely on it too much wich is a problem). Usually the piece is memorized wayyyy before i enter into the polishing phase.

@farmgirl : It is indeed quite a dark piece. I also show the youtube video on my facebook and sometimes i'm scared ppl think i'm depressive because the piano pieces i prefer and play are almost all sad and dark. Its what appeals to me. In real life i'm actually quite a happy fellow, so i dont think it affects me actually i think its quite the opposite. Guess i vent on the piano! smile

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#2035067 - 02/18/13 01:01 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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34. beechcraft409 - Ombre - Yes, I have this one in my best of Einaudi book - totally gonna learn it now. First, terrifically done, second, thanks for sharing and introducing me to it! smile

27. PhilzPiano - Prelude no. 1 in C major - Well done on this classic piece! As far as advice, my qualifications are lacking, but I would recommend slowing down just a tad - and I say this only because I speed up when I record myself - I play too fast because I'm nervous! So, perhaps, practice future pieces even slower knowing that you might speed up a bit when recording. And if your nerves don't bother you, then slow and deliberate practice is always beneficial as well. Did I mention my qualifications were lacking? smile

21. Teodor - Donnie Darko - The Artifact and the Living - I hope your studies are going well! I can appreciate that you brought this piece back after forgetting it from 2 years ago. Sometimes these pieces are hard to learn, easy to forget, and not so hard to remember.

11. Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D Minor - Nice job tackling this one! This is by far my favorite of Bach's inventions, and also the most intimidating. Secretly, I'm glad you learned this one and not me because it's crazy hard. grin I'll join with you in this one some day in the distant future!
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#2035079 - 02/18/13 01:37 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round -
That was awesome! (I don't think I could get my fingers to move that fast)

You've come a long way since first your first debut on the ABF forum - a trajectory that continues to point up and holds much promise. :-)

09. SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936 - That didn't sound nor look like a little prelude - wow! That looked terribly complex, and you played it so well, bouncing off the keys where appropriate - nicely done!

06. CarlosCC - Julia - I love your playing, and your reason for playing this beautifully - for your wife. When we can play for someone else besides our own ears, then we bring a little purpose for what we do. I'm glad you found your purpose for this piece, and could share it with us. smile
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#2035096 - 02/18/13 02:51 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: zrtf90]
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Richard, thank you so much for taking the time to listen and comment, your insight is so precious!

I will certainly be in the next recital and I already know what to play smile
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#2035097 - 02/18/13 02:53 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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11. Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D Minor As a said before I'm not a big fan of bach so take my comments with a grain of salt. I actually quite like this piece, especially the overall drive. This piece is probably great for practicing trills, so you should definitely keep at it. Try relaxing more, and try different finger combinations if you have't already(2-4 instead of 2-3 or vice versa). You can even practice trills away from the piano against any surface.

12. Amaruk - The Christmas song from 'An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf' An easy piece to listen to and enjoy. No faults in your playing.

13. Peyton - After All I wish I could improvise like you and compose my own tunes and pieces. I like the soft touch of your left hand and think it's well balanced with the melody. You play with a great deal of control and produce a very nice sound from your piano.

14. joangolfing - Grieg Waltz Op.12 Never played any Grieg myself but have the sheet music for March of the trolls. Not familiar with the piece you played so hard to give any constructive feedback. It sounds good thought, with varying dynamics.

15. Greener / Jeff Green - Moments Musicaux - A flat major; Opus 94 No. 6 A very solid performance with good dynamics. You've probably put a lot of work into this piece, which shows. Well done and keep up the good work.

Thanks for all the positive feedback, you guys inspire me to work harder... @BillM, you are too kind.
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#2035099 - 02/18/13 02:58 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Originally Posted By: jotur
A nice dance feel.


Well, I hope so, since that's what it is supposed to be (a dance) wink. But, in hindsight, I think if I were going for a true dance feel, I should have played it a little bit faster. The Maelzel Metronome, alas, is from after Haydn's time, so no unequivocal markings on the score with regards to tempo. I went with what came naturally to me. Still, glad you liked it.

Originally Posted By: aTallGuyNH
A fine entry into the pantheon of "very nice performances under conditions that are very far from optimal."


Thanks! I plan to re-record this once the Boston has been delivered, just to see for myself if I can do substantially better under supposedly 'optimal' circumstances. But I'm actually not sure that I can. I knew I had only one chance to get this right: it was the first time in three weeks that the room was that quiet, and I've never found it that quiet again since. I think, in a way, that forced me to make the very best of it. Kind of like when I couldn't play the Mozart Menuett error-free even once in class, but at the Christmas recital, when it *really* mattered, it came out more or less the way I wanted it to.

Originally Posted By: Pavel.K
Thanks for your comment too and I wish you good luck with Nocturne No.1. :-D But instead I would choose No.2. it looks more approachable.


Perhaps you are right about number two being more approachable. However, when I took music lessons the first time around, there was a girl in my music theory class who played Chopin Nocturne #2 for her third-year piano exam, and she got a perfect score with it (yes, apparently, that really does happen). I'm a little weird this way, and I know that if I try to take on this particular piece, but then don't get it up to a very high standard, I will lose motivation to do more Chopin Nocturnes in the future. With #1, I don't have this memory of a little girl with three years experience playing the socks off most other pianists (including our music theory teacher at the time!), and therefore I will probably be more easily satisfied with whatever level I manage to play it at.

Originally Posted By: Pavel.K
Btw. I skipped listening and jump to your recording. I like it a lot, it sounds as it should sound. (which is my problem with my pieces they never sound as I would like to sound :-))


I think you are being far more critical of yourself here than of anyone else you've been listening to. Which, I suppose, is true of most of us here. So you're forgiven wink. However, I re-iterate what I said earlier: yes, the piece you chose to submit can still use some spit and polish (did you really expect to be able to play that up to the standard of, say, Yundi Li, with barely over a year of piano playing experience?). But it's really quite enjoyable to listen to already. Just go with the flow and take that as the compliment it was intended to be wink.

Originally Posted By: BenPiano
This is so much more appropriate than any Moonlight Sonata than I can think of. You clearly have this under your fingers, and the way you played this nice piece contrasted so well with the bustle in the background - like a slice of heaven lighting an ordinary world. I would love to learn this piece, but I would just need to find an unmarked piano in a noisy place to record it on!


Yes. More appropriate, perhaps. I'm beginning to think (as, no doubt, are you) that maybe I'm trying to jump higher than I really can, in choosing the Moonlight Sonata as a recital piece (first for the live in-class recital in April, and then for the ABF recital in May). We shall see what April brings. The 'slice of heaven' comment is nice, though. Thank you! And, at the level you are at, I'm sure you can pick this piece up by ear from my recording, and learn it in maybe two hours of concerted practice. Then you just ask Google where your nearest pub with a piano is. No big deal wink.

Originally Posted By: SwissMS
I am impressed with your ingenuity in finding a piano to play this on. Very nice job under less than ideal conditions. Well played! I look forward to your Moonlight when you get it ready!


It wasn't all that ingenious, really. As I implied above, I just did a Google search to find the nearest pub with a piano, and then I was lucky to arrive there at a relatively quiet time four days before the recital. All the same, my colleagues and friends think I'm nuts for going out each night to practice in a public place, on a piano that isn't mine, nearly half an hour by tram from where I live. I tell them I'm not crazy, just determined. This is the last chance I'm giving myself. I'm not going to let anything stand in my way this time, and I'm *not* going to quit, no matter what happens. I hope I don't disappoint you with my rendition of Moonlight in May.

Originally Posted By: GrouchoMarx
Also, one shouldn't let the progress of others affect (or effect? never learned the difference) ones own motivation of playing, quite the contrary it should motivate you further.


Affect, in this context wink. You could have written 'effect' if you'd modified the sentence a bit to something along these lines: "Also, one shouldn't let the progress of others have an effect on one's own motivation for playing." They mean kind of the same thing, but affect is a verb, and effect is a noun smile. Either way, my rational mind knows that you're right. The only yard stick that really counts is the one measuring my progress between where *I* started and where *I* am now, or where I will be in ten years. But still, when I hear people like you play, sometimes I can't help but think I'm wasting my time on something I will never be any good at.

Originally Posted By: AimeeO
Thanks! Actually, I read several places that it may not even be Beethoven at all. It was published after his death, and some think that his name was put on it to sell copies. So maybe it is too cutesy to be Beethoven!


Huh. That's interesting. Not even 9 AM yet, and I've already learned something new today. A day without learning something is a day wasted, I think. So thank you!

Originally Posted By: BillM
I admire your perseverance and pluck in getting this recorded and submitted. The background noise gave it a real authentic recital feel. Well done!


I don't know what 'pluck' means, but perseverance is one thing I have in abundance. I don't need your admiration for that: the rewards will hopefully show themselves in what I manage to accomplish in my life because of my perseverance. But thanks anyway, and thanks for the nice comment on my performance as such!

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Well, if this is what you can do in a bar, with all the distractions and concerns about folks coming in and making a racket – my hat is off to you and I can’t wait to see what you bring us when you have your own piano set up in your home!


High praise! Thanks. I do hope so very much that I won't disappoint you (and myself) with my next recording!

Originally Posted By: zrtf90
There's a distinct quality to your touch and your ability to shape a phrase and the piece is well chosen to bring that out.


Another bout of high praise. Thank you very much. My piano teacher says pretty much the same thing about me, so I guess it must be true. Hopefully, I can live up to it in my next recording.
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#2035101 - 02/18/13 03:02 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Never mind. Accidental double post!


Edited by Saranoya (02/18/13 06:47 AM)
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#2035150 - 02/18/13 08:21 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I promised everyone who listened to my 10+ minute long piece that they would get a gold star. Here you go:



Many thanks to jotur, aTallGuyNH, Saranoya, SwissMS, BillM, casinitaly, zrtf90.

I can't believe you listened to the whole thing!

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#2035156 - 02/18/13 08:42 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: Sam S]
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Originally Posted By: Sam S
I promised everyone who listened to my 10+ minute long piece that they would get a gold star. Here you go:



Many thanks to jotur, aTallGuyNH, Saranoya, SwissMS, BillM, casinitaly, zrtf90.

I can't believe you listened to the whole thing!

Sam



Thanks! as you can see, I'm wearing my star smile It was actually a great pleasure to listen to your piece Sam, you're the one who deserves a star for being able to play such a long piece so well!
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#2035163 - 02/18/13 09:07 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I've listened to it all as well and very enjoyable it is too.
In fact I've listened to everyone's.I'm not going to make individual comments though because for a start it's very time consuming and also because one person's constructive criticism is another person's insult which narrows down what you can say quite a bit.
I do think the standard overall is very high.I worry though that it might be putting off some genuine beginners which is a shame.

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#2035174 - 02/18/13 09:30 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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An excellent recital! Here is my first set of comments.

By the way, I am listening to this on my new Sonos music player. I can stream the recordings from my laptop to the speaker. Look Ma, no cables! And no headphones! Everybody sounds great, with piano sounds booming through my kitchen.

01. Mr Super-Hunky - A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning This is outstanding, Mr. S-H. Very moving. Loved the transition to the middle section. A moving tribute and professionally done.

02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie I love this melody, and I never knew where it was from. Thanks for playing it. You did an excellent job of bringing out the melody and keeping the other voices quiet.

03. dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755 What a surprise! I always associated Czerny with boring exercises. While it's certainly not the same level as his teacher, it is intriguing and I can see i being popular in the drawing rooms. Thanks for playing it.

04. Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4 Excellent job. I thought the dynamics were great. My only suggestions are to get over the slight hesitations I hear every now and then. I do the same thing, a tiny pause while I search for the right chord or next note. Thanks.

05. slpianoproject - Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1 Impressive. My teacher wants me to pick a nocturne to do - I love this one and love how you play it, but it looks too hard for me!

06. CarlosCC - Julia That's a great story Carlos, about this being your wife's favorite piece of yours. Your memory is good! Hope you are feeling better.

07. Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues "Frankie and Johnnie were lovers" - I used to play this with a bluegrass band (on banjo). Sounds great, and you did get plenty of swing going.

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 Great job. You asked for suggestions, so - Yes the accompaniment parts are too loud. They should be a couple of levels softer than the melody. Difficult to do, but that will make it sound much more musical. On the use of the pedal, even though the bass notes have the little dots, it is the style of the period to use pedal throughout. As one of my teachers once told me, the pedal is not an on/off switch. There are many levels. Just barely touch it in some cases or use what is called quarter pedal. Think of the dots on the bass notes as little accents, not as staccato. Think of pizzicato strings. There is a loud pluck, but it also rings and sustains. If you make the bass notes too short you lose that effect. So use the pedal, even if it is just barely depressing it. Anyway, you have the notes down now, it just needs some fine tuning.

09. SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936 So sorry to hear about your health problems. But you can't tell it by listening to this - you did an excellent job.

10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round You have certainly come a long way. Great swing, and I loved the "cascade" of notes. And that low note at the end made me laugh.

More to come...

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#2035180 - 02/18/13 09:45 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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It has been a wonderful day listening to this recital. We're enjoying it.

01. Mr Super-Hunky - This is a beautiful tribute, Mr SH. It has your distinctive "touch". Wonderful, as always.

02. Inlanding - Glen - Glen, this is a very, very nice rendition. You keep the mood along the entire piece. I can listen the "memories" you put on this. Congratulations.

03. dannylux / Mel - Mel, I agree. This is a delightful and exquisite piece and I enjoyed the rhythm of dance in some parts. You show all your brilliant technique in this work. Nice job!

04. Plowboy - I love Chopin, but I never had the courage to play a piece of him... I really believe that this is very difficult, but your rendition is great. I don't know why you are not happy... this is great.

05. slpianoproject - This is your first ABF recital, right? Wow, what a great start! As I told to Plowboy, I love Chopin and it was a pleasure to listen this Nocturne. Bravo!

07. Diana (sinophilia) Diana, I think this is nicely done and I could fell the swing on both pieces. The "Red dot" may be scary but it is an excellent help to improve our habilities. Congratulations!

08. wouter79 - I don't know why you're not satisfied with your work... I have 3 years of experience and I can't imagine myself playing this. Wonderful job on this (far from easy!) piece.

09. SwissMS - I never tried to play a piece of Bach just because... I'm not able to understand his music, yet. Thus, I admire those who can play like you do. For a true listener, I think this is a very solid interpretation. Nicely done.

10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Cheryl, this is the funniest piece of the recital! I can feel the fun you had playing it. very good!, and thanks for raising my mood.
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#2035193 - 02/18/13 10:20 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Slpianoproject- You should be really proud of this performance. Just beautiful playing and what a nice gently touch you have. Great sounding piano and recording as well. For the life of me I cold not figure out whatI was seeing with those hammers. I'm glad you showed the full piano at the end.

Saranoya- that's so funny you had to go to a pub to record this. That given... wow, what nice playing.
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#2035222 - 02/18/13 11:23 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: timmyab]
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Originally Posted By: timmyab

In fact I've listened to everyone's.I'm not going to make individual comments though because for a start it's very time consuming and also because one person's constructive criticism is another person's insult which narrows down what you can say quite a bit.


timmy,

Don't be scared to insult me, please give me your comments if you feel it's worth your time and you have anything that might be useful for me.
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#2035227 - 02/18/13 11:30 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: Sam S]
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Sam,

Thanks for the feedback but I have a quick question (I come back to all suggestions in detail later when I have more time)

Originally Posted By: Sam S

On the use of the pedal, even though the bass notes have the little dots, it is the style of the period to use pedal throughout.


Regarding the non-pedaling, I was talking about the explicit rests in the bass lines. Not about the dotted notes in the bass line at the end. How about these explicit rests, you can't play these if you use pedal?
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#2035288 - 02/18/13 01:42 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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It is always so exciting when the recital is about to open ... all the work that has been put in to the - who knows how many - months of practice, plus the dreaded red dot recording step ... all about to be on display ...

I'm a bit behind and have some catching up to do:

01 Mr Super-Hunky A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning
This is really a delightful opener for the recital. Unfortunately I didn't have the opportunity to get to know or correspond with Apple. I've heard only very nice things.

This is a very clean sound, fine playing and nice touch with this timely and lovely tribute Mr. SH. Thanks for sharing this.

02 Inlanding - Glen - Elegie
It is nice to see you back and regularly active in the piano bar, Glen. I find it hard to keep up with you all, along with the recitals, but I am always lurking and enjoying if not actively joining.

This is a gorgeous melody. This is the first I'm hearing this piece and I really like it. I think it is like another one of those pieces (I have a few of them now) that sticks in your head and then you just have to learn it. Beautifully performed, Glen.

03 dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755
Already I'm finding it a challenge, not to start sounding redundant. From the moment I start listening to this, it grabs me. This is a very pretty melody. Most of the prettiest melodies I know are tragically sad, but this one is not. I'll be looking more at Czerny now. Hadn't heard of him before. Great recording and performance, Mel. Nicely done.

04 Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4

Now this one I am a bit more familiar with. I remember hearing my Dad play this as a child and it always made me melt. The harmonic shifts are fabulous. Often, less is more and that is what I get from this piece. But, as simple as this may look on paper, or sound, it is far from simple. If I had to choose only one classical work to learn in my lifetime, this would probably have been the one. Excellent choice in my book. This is not one to put away now, though. Rather, let it grow with you for a lifetime. Nice playing, Plowboy.

05 slpianoproject - Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1

Fabulous debut performance and glad to see you here and many more to come I hope. I'm working on a ton of Chopin myself of late. This is not one I was familiar with. It's lovely. I really like it. Some very fine playing and nice recording too. Well done s1pianoproject and welcome to the forum.

06 CarlosCC – Julia
What a fun piece. Sounds to me like this would be a lot to memorize. Good on you for deciding to take this on and doing such a fabulous job with it. Sounds tremendous and some very fine playing. Hope it brings the cheer you were hoping for your wife as well. It is an uplifting melody and nice choice, I think. Well done.

07 Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues
Glad you have braved the red dot and nice to see this fine debut performance from you, Diana. Very nicely done. As you can see, everyone is rooting for you (and each other) and looking forward to seeing you grow with us. We are all in this together it seems. For me this has motivated me to practice more. I think you are also, in the right place. You will and are getting much better advice from experts that can really help you, then any I can offer here. Tremendous job, thanks for sharing this and please keep em' coming.

08 wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2
This has a lot of familiarity to another Mendelssohn piece (102 no 1) I am currently working on. There is clearly a lot to this and you are doing a nice job of allowing the melody to sing cleanly above and throughout it all. An ambitious undertaking for just 3 years on the bench. You clearly have what it takes though. Good for you, very nicely done and great recording.

09 SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936
I was very pleased to see this one in the line up and was looking forward to hearing it. You've done a very nice job with keeping an even tempo with this very challenging little prelude. I am a Bach fan. I can't say I love them all, but I like this one, very much. It is a tricky piece that you make sound simple. Very well done.

10 CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round
This really sounds like it would be a whole lot of fun to play. You bring a very nice swing to it. It does indeed sound like some tricky business in a few spots. You've done really well with it. Good for you and nicely played.

11 Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D Minor
When the recital first opened I was listening to the streamer from start to end (until my machine crashed) with the headphones on, without paying much attention to what, or who was next. When this one came up, it was unmistakeable well played Bach and then I saw … ah yes. Really well done, Andy. I didn't know the piece but do now, and will likely add to my Bach to do list. It is a classic Bach sound to me and very nicely played, indeed.

12 Amaruk - The Christmas song from 'An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf
Quite an undertaking for transcribing this on your own, Amaruk. Good for you. I know the feeling though, sometimes there are ones you come across that you just want to learn regardless and do your best to find the way. You found the way nicely here and with a fabulous result. A lovely piece and performance, and nice addition to your repertoire now. Well done.

13 Peyton - After All

This is a clever composition. I've not tried to do anything original since getting back in the saddle. But, as I see more and some really great creative works being presented in these recitals, I'm starting to think maybe I should give it a go. The to-do list just gets bigger. Thanks for sharing this fine composition, Peyton. Great job.

14 joangolfing - Grieg Waltz Op.12
I was not familiar with Grieg at all, but see a couple in this recital. It is fabulous getting exposure to these excellent works in this venue. I love a good Waltz and now include this one. Some really fine playing.

16 Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D
Really terrific changes in this, Ed. I think you've done a fabulous job with the arrangement. It make me realize I need to get back to some of this type of material. My Dad was a jazz man and was huge on Ellington. Hearing pieces like this being played well, explains why. Really good … it's lovely.

That's all for now … back to some practice.
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#2035327 - 02/18/13 03:15 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: Greener]
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A few more thank you's to reviewers!

Peyton - I am glad my Bach was pleasing to you! Thanks

Allard - Genau! Ich spiele Bach Musik jeden Tag! Bach ist der beste Lehrer.

Riddler - quote "I thought you did especially well on the turns and the intricate left hand phrases that occur here and there" Thanks! This piece was a real challenge for me.

zft90 - Thank you very much for your detailed response. It is nice to have a review by someone who has played the piece and knows its difficulties. I agree with you that the ornamental trills would have been better on just the second time through. Less nerve racking too! Those are 4/3 trills generally white to black or black to white.

BenPiano- Thank you! This is a deceptively intricate little prelude. Glad you liked it.

SamS - Thanks for your well wishes!

CarlosCC - quote "I think this is a very solid interpretation" Thanks! That is what every Bach player wants to hear!

Greener - quote"It is a tricky piece that you make sound simple" Thanks! That was the goal. It was a challenge.
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#2035346 - 02/18/13 03:50 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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A few more comments:

20. Serge88 - Fly Me To The Moon
Niceley played, laid back rendition of a great old standard. Well done.

25. Jazztpt (Russ) - Another Song + Maya
Those are some very hip compositions, Russ, very interesting, very sophisticated. Nicely done!

31. MaryBee - Waltz in C# minor, Op.64 No.2
I too am in awe of this piece, and wish I could play it. Excellent performance, I really enjoyed it.

37. Ken. - Let's Cool One
OK!! Three cheers for keeping the unique Monk tradition alive here at the PW recitals. Bravo!

39. Mar_red - The Shadow of Your Smile & Misty - Medley.
re your question, I'd say at about 5:42, but you recovered quickly. At least you did not switch to completely different song as I do. Anyway, those are some hefty, full arrangements of great songs, played with gusto and skill. Nice trills. And nice G major 7 and Bb7 runs, too. Well done.

40. Jazzwee - Stella by Starlight
Excellent playing as usual, JW. This is one of my favorites, and yours too, I'd say, since you have recorded it many times. It seems to me that nowadays your lines are more complex and tell a story better than in the old days. Also, you are integrating those strings of sixteenth notes very smoothly. Well done!

43. lyricmudra - Melodie from the Opera 'Orfeo'
That is some superb playing of a beautiful piece of music, very well done. You have a very graceful, elegant style of playing that I really envy (I pretty much pound the notes with sledgehammer fingers). You pass back and forth between RH and LH very smoothly. Nice trills!!!

More to come.

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#2035361 - 02/18/13 04:21 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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05. slpianoproject
piece: Chopin, Nocturne in C minor Op.27 no.1
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok, RH channel is slightly louder but I don't really notice on the headphones.
noise: no, only a slight metronome like sound, is that your pedal?
bass: good for an upright
depth of field: ok
piano sound: good for an upright. I checked then the video and saw you removed the front of the upright. Seems to help! Just curious, how far is it from the back wall while you made the recording?
musical:
overall impression, like: I like these nocturnes. excellent playing and recording. I even removed my (softly clicking) clock from the room to get the silence behind the music. As someone here said, this is one of the pieces here that could be in a local concert. 7 years "in and out", no lessons, first take? Nice job! I checked the score to see what's about the piu mosso and saw that Chopin indicates a bit faster there. And yes a few wrong notes, but nothing disturbing.
Phrasing: clear (well maybe I know the phrasing since it's quite popular here and I know it already much longer). Measures also stay clear even through Chopin's long lines.
rubato, speed changes: Yes, and sound all fine. Keeps flowing nice too. Piu mosso not at speed indicated by Chopin (54) so I understand what you're saying but still nice.
Dynamics: yes a lot , very nice.
articulation: all pedaled ok. After all the force of the middle section, all calmness returns nicely. I'm often using no pedaling at all, so my ears are missing that final bit of calmness there, but that's Chopin's choice laugh
I noticed your LH is rotating a lot in the first measures. Might be related to your soreness, I would check that with a teacher if you didn't already.
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#2035386 - 02/18/13 05:17 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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ATallGuy- It's good but I need it to be a bit louder (I'm pretty deaf in one ear and don't have headphones for my computer.) So I think I'm missing some of your playing. I would like to hear more of the melody. I can tell this much however... for only playing about a year, that's pretty fantastic.

Carlos- You have really only been working on this for three weeks? That makes me very jeolous. You have a really nice command. Not my favorite Debussy but you made it enjoyable to listen to.

Sam S- Gold star for me!!! I listened all the way through. I also really enjoyed following the music on youtube. I'm really glad you do it that way. Great playing.

ZRTF90- Richard, have I said you are becoming one of my favorite pianists to listen to on the recitals? This is just fantastic. I love the trills and that ending is just too good. Bravo.
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#2035412 - 02/18/13 05:59 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: wouter79]
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Originally Posted By: wouter79

timmy,
Don't be scared to insult me, please give me your comments if you feel it's worth your time and you have anything that might be useful for me.

Well I'm not sure if it's worth my time but the opportunity to insult you is too good to pass up. smile
Seriously though it's very good for three years being such a tough piece and all that.
I'm not in the slightest bit fundamentalist when it comes to following the score so I would probably pedal every half bar on this.Maybe drop it on the second quaver and lift it just before the end of the forth to give a slight gap between bass figures.I think it's especially helpful for tying the second and third notes of the bass figure together.Without it you'll tend to get a bit of a jolt there which may account for some of the nervousness you mentioned.
The most important thing here is to subdue the accompaniment.The syncopated parts should be so subdued that exactly what's going on is mostly hidden by the singing melody anyway.This is a difficult skill to learn but probably one of the most important things to bring the piano to life.Practice on very simple pieces and, for the purposes of getting a feel for it, play around with very exaggerated differences between different hands and fingers of the same hand.
I wouldn't drop the tempo any.The melody will start to lose coherence if you do.

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#2035415 - 02/18/13 06:13 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: wouter79]
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Originally Posted By: wouter79
Sam,

Thanks for the feedback but I have a quick question (I come back to all suggestions in detail later when I have more time)

Originally Posted By: Sam S

On the use of the pedal, even though the bass notes have the little dots, it is the style of the period to use pedal throughout.


Regarding the non-pedaling, I was talking about the explicit rests in the bass lines. Not about the dotted notes in the bass line at the end. How about these explicit rests, you can't play these if you use pedal?


Yes, I would pedal every chord change for the most part, which is every beat, disregarding the eighth rests in the bass line. I would probably try to use less than full pedal too. It moves along at a pretty fast tempo, which makes the pedal even less noticeable. I think that's totally in keeping with the style of the period. If you want to get really confused, look at measure 24. Same melody, same chords, but why does he change to quarter notes in the bass? Because it's forte instead of mf? Or does he want a different feel there? I think maybe he means for the beginning acc. to be lighter in character and quieter, then more robust at m 24.

Bottom line, I would use pedal, otherwise it will sound too dry and not the correct style for that period. But ultimately, the decision is yours...

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#2035484 - 02/18/13 08:41 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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A few more comments.

44. Sam S - Arabeske Op. 18
Sam, I am astounded that you have mastered such a long and difficult piece! It is quite beautiful and easy to listen to. I bet you are ready for a break now! Well done.

46. Kenjazz - My Romance
Very, very well done. Loved the intro. Very professional and musical throughout, I enjoyed every minute of it. Good recording, too.

49. GrouchoMarx - Prelude Op. 32 No. 12
That was a breathtaking performance, Groucho. What a complex piece!!! I'm in awe!! And like you, I absolutely love the Rachmaninoff preludes. Well done, indeed!

50. BillM - Georgia On My Mind
Yeah, I love that old song too, Bill. Great job as usual, you have really mastered this genre.

51. Pavel.K - Nocturne 21 in C minor posth.
Pavel, that sounds like an extraordinarily difficult piece for a person with only one year of experiene, but you did a very credible job. I too love the Chopin Nocturns. Well done.

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#2035507 - 02/18/13 09:27 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Thank you so much for taking the time to listen and comment! To answer a couple of questions about Elegie: Yes, the music is available on the internet. As for capturing the audio/video I used a Zoom connected directly to the computer.

06. CarlosCC - Julia This piece dedicated to your wife is spectacular. It's great she feels at home with it. A wonderful connection.

07. Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues A fantastic boogie line you've got going there! You were really swinging and getting some good hand independence going. I really enjoyed your playing.

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 Very nicely played is your Mendelssohn!

09. SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936 Thank you for celebrating your recently regenerated dexterity and strength with such a fine Bach interpretation. You bring out the voices really well. Loved it!

10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round What fun to watch and hear! I was tapping my foot the entire time. If it could have been a bit longer! Each recital, you bring something new and improved from the previous year - it's so great to see you improve.

11. Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D Minor This is a wonderful pace for this Invention and you articulate the voices quite nicely. This is an excellent interpretation.

12. Amaruk - The Christmas song from 'An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf' What fine skill it is to transcribe and play a tune with which you identified so quickly and strongly! It must be so enjoyable to accompany your son as he sings along. Great work!
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#2035547 - 02/18/13 11:16 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Some more...

21. Teodor - Donnie Darko - The Artifact and the Living I liked the dark and brooding sound of this piece. The melody matched your pianos sound perfectly. I also like the dramatic chord changes in this tune. Nicely done.

22. (Was)TrueBeginner - Us I really enjoyed your original composition. It had a subtle sadness throughout it like a fond memory of times gone by. Keep up your excellent composing and playing of these original pieces. You don't need to follow a set of instructions!

23. MusicaMusique - Keresem Az Utam Very nice ear technique in playing this by ear. I like your even time and rhythm in this piece. My suggestion would be to replace repetitive notes with a slight variation of that note as to not have to play any single note 3-4 times in a row. I am currently working on this myself.

24. MrPozor - Un poco adagio I enjoyed listening to this performance. You sound great and I'm hearing all kinds of correct techniques, tempo and even dynamics. Continue doing what you're doing as for only 9 mos you sound much more advanced.

25. Jazztpt (Russ) - Another Song + Maya This is beautiful music Russ that I could listen to for a long time. It never gets fatiguing but rather just the opposite. I heard a few cool runs too. Very nice.

26. Sand Tiger - Shadow Of course you get extra points for an original composition. I heard an Irish flair in this piece that matched the pace of the tune nicely. Keep at it.

27. PhilzPiano - Prelude no. 1 in C major Wow, what a beautiful piece. One of my favorite melodies of the recital. The fingering pace sounds difficult to keep up with but it sounds like your keeping up with it nicely. Daren - Quanta Qualia[/b] (to do)

28. Daren- Quanta Qualia This is an expressive piece in which you conveyed the delicate mood perfectly. You put a lot of emotion into this piece as it shows. An excellent and very gentle performance.

29. timmyab - Allemande from French Suite no 4 I liked the first slower version as I thought it would be smoother and more flowing than the faster one. Until I heard the faster one! Now I changed my mind. The 'sweet spot' of this particular piece (with YOU playing it) is the faster paced one as it seems smoother and more flowing than the slower one. I enjoyed them both however. Impressive performance.

30. Peterws - Regrets. I have a Few . . Wow, this was a beautiful composition Peter. I normally don't like added instruments as it can take away from the piano but this was just too nice of a melody and composition to change in any way. You could sell music like this. I'd buy it.

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#2035586 - 02/19/13 12:45 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Thanks to all that have participated in this recital, from the pianists to the listeners to the tech people behind the scenes, and everyone else. It is always a highlight of my year (that comes around 4 times a year) to be a part of this. Sometimes I don't have access to my laptop to do and give thorough feedback nor do I have the vocabulary to do justice reporting on every recital submission.

So thanks to all that listened to my entry, and in particular gave feedback. I totally agree there is something rather annoying about the electric piano sound used for the piece. I think what I'll do is just re-perform and re-record it on an acoustic.

I always thoroughly enjoy listening to every recital piece, usually more than once, and in all cases there is always one or two entries that are so splendid that I end up parking them permanently on my Android to listen to in the years to come. And better than that I discover one or two pieces in each recital that I end up adding to my 5' 10" stack of sheet music to learn before death, or in the next life, or in the life after that.

This go around I absolutely adored Daren's Quanta Qualia and Dannylux's Czerny Romance in E Op.755. Also very personally enjoyable to me and very well done were Glen's Elegie, Mr. Super Hunkman's New Beginning, SLpianoproject's Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1, Riddler's Reflection's in D, Monica's Just Because I Love You.

Cheers!
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#2035657 - 02/19/13 04:19 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: Peyton]
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Originally Posted By: Peyton
Carlos- You have really only been working on this for three weeks? That makes me very jeolous. You have a really nice command. Not my favorite Debussy but you made it enjoyable to listen to.


OMG, I'm... I'm crushed... I'm going to quit...
Did I play so badly that I could transform an Einaudi piece in a Debussy piece...? Or did I invented a new style, like Debunaudi or Einaussy???
I'm speechless. frown
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#2035685 - 02/19/13 06:53 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Originally Posted By: Saranoya
Originally Posted By: GrouchoMarx
Also, one shouldn't let the progress of others affect (or effect? never learned the difference) ones own motivation of playing, quite the contrary it should motivate you further.


Affect, in this context wink. You could have written 'effect' if you'd modified the sentence a bit to something along these lines: "Also, one shouldn't let the progress of others have an effect on one's own motivation for playing." They mean kind of the same thing, but affect is a verb, and effect is a noun smile. Either way, my rational mind knows that you're right. The only yard stick that really counts is the one measuring my progress between where *I* started and where *I* am now, or where I will be in ten years. But still, when I hear people like you play, sometimes I can't help but think I'm wasting my time on something I will never be any good at.

Thanks for clearing that up
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#2035690 - 02/19/13 07:22 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: CarlosCC]
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Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: Peyton
Carlos- You have really only been working on this for three weeks? That makes me very jeolous. You have a really nice command. Not my favorite Debussy but you made it enjoyable to listen to.


OMG, I'm... I'm crushed... I'm going to quit...
Did I play so badly that I could transform an Einaudi piece in a Debussy piece...? Or did I invented a new style, like Debunaudi or Einaussy???
I'm speechless. frown


Sorry Carlos, didn't mean to crush you. My fault for not putting down numbers. That was for Carlos88 who played Sarabande by Debussy.

I hadn't planned on listening this morning before practice but did just listen to your Einaudi. It's very lovely. A really sweet melody.


Edited by Peyton (02/19/13 07:31 AM)
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#2035691 - 02/19/13 07:25 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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some more comments

16. Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D Nice playing. You have good control and produce a lovely tone in this recording. Your playing is even and a pleasure to listen to.

17. Monica K. - Just Because I Love You You performed this peace to a very high standard. Nice dynamic range, especially the very quiet section at the end.

18. ladypayne - Improv in G minor Very enjoyable improvisation. Did you record this in one go with no preparation, playing just the first thing that came to mind or had you played around with the melody beforehand? Either way hats off for a nice recording. Only minor negative I can think of is the piano sound.

19. Jake S - Fur Elise Nice performance. Even more impressive for someone who's been playing for just one year. Even if there's a few slowdowns at some of the harder parts you can be very proud of your achievement. There's a good amount of dynamic range and your digital piano sounds lovely. Well done.

20. Serge88 - Fly Me To The Moon Even though I'm not a big fan of accompanimented music it works quite well in your performance. Nothing wrong with your playing and you actually create a nice atmosphere.

21. Teodor - Donnie Darko - The Artifact and the Living I remember seeing this movie and even though I can't recall this particular music from it, it does bring back memories from watching it. It does sound simple, did you sight read it?

22. (Was)TrueBeginner - Us I'm always impressed when someone has the courage to submit his/her own composition. You keep a steady tempo with your left hand but the right hand could be smoother at parts. Would have liked to hear more variations in dynamics and maybe a bit more variation in general.

23. MusicaMusique - Keresem Az Utam I have no idea what I listened to, is this your transcription of some pop song that plays on MTV? Regardless I actually quite enjoyed your performance. The quality might not be the best but you get your musical ideas across well enough. Nice flow but not a whole lot of dynamics, but I blame that on the sub par recording quality.

24. MrPozor - Un poco adagio I quite like this short piece. You keep a nice steady tempo and play very well for your experience level.

25. Jazztpt (Russ) - Another Song + Maya Nice musical compositions. I like that you've put some thought into these pieces. THe fact that there's two compositions to listen to makes the listening experience very pleasant. It also helps that there's a good amount of dynamic variation too. Well done sir.

That's it for now.


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#2035698 - 02/19/13 07:55 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: Riddler]
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Originally Posted By: Riddler

49. GrouchoMarx - Prelude Op. 32 No. 12
That was a breathtaking performance, Groucho. What a complex piece!!! I'm in awe!! And like you, I absolutely love the Rachmaninoff preludes. Well done, indeed!

Thanks, if you like his preludes you'll probably also like his etudes. Here are some of my favorites Op. 33 No. 4, Op. 39 No. 4, Op. 33 No. 2
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#2035700 - 02/19/13 07:56 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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My next batch:

11. Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D Minor The tempo sounds good to me (other than the hesitations that you mentioned, and you do slow down a little at times), It doesn't take much effort to discover that tempo choices for the inventions, especially among the pros, are all over the place. There was an Alfred's edition that listed a range of tempos from various performers - I have it somewhere. Since Bach left no indication, it's entirely up for debate. I once had a teacher who said that every piece had an inherent tempo, that you could find that tempo by living with the piece for awhile. I would add that that tempo is also very subjective. I think you do have the "feel" of it, too. Very good job.

12. Amaruk - The Christmas song from 'An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf' That's great that you could arrange this yourself! I'm impressed.

13. Peyton - After All You just keep getting better and better Peyton. This sounds so professional. It's captivating...

14. joangolfing - Grieg Waltz Op.12 Very nicely done. Thanks for playing these Grieg pieces - I have never heard them before.

15. Greener / Jeff Green - Moments Musicaux - A flat major; Opus 94 No. 6 Excellent job. It's tough to keep this from sounding boxy and clunky, since it is so repetitive, with the same rhythm repeated over and over (and over), but you did well.

16. Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D You've got an excellent attitude about the music! Loved it.

17. Monica K. - Just Because I Love You I love David Nevue. And I love your performance of David Nevue. And yes, the fading out at the end was cool.

18. ladypayne - Improv in G minor Wow. Doesn't sound improvised at all! Very impressive.

19. Jake S - Fur Elise The true test of Fur Elise is whether you can play the middle section, especially keeping the same tempo. Anybody can play the beginning and ending. You did great!

20. Serge88 - Fly Me To The Moon Groovy...

More to come...

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#2035705 - 02/19/13 08:13 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: Peyton]
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Originally Posted By: Peyton
Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: Peyton
Carlos- You have really only been working on this for three weeks? That makes me very jeolous. You have a really nice command. Not my favorite Debussy but you made it enjoyable to listen to.


OMG, I'm... I'm crushed... I'm going to quit...
Did I play so badly that I could transform an Einaudi piece in a Debussy piece...? Or did I invented a new style, like Debunaudi or Einaussy???
I'm speechless. frown


Sorry Carlos, didn't mean to crush you. My fault for not putting down numbers. That was for Carlos88 who played Sarabande by Debussy.

I hadn't planned on listening this morning before practice but did just listen to your Einaudi. It's very lovely. A really sweet melody.


Ok, I'm relieved. thumb
I'll wait for your more detailed comment to my piece (I take special attention to your comments).
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#2035766 - 02/19/13 10:33 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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More comments:

11. Andy Platt - I think you should play as you like. I'm not an expert of Bach but, IMO, this rendition is great. Nice job!

12. Amaruk - Beautiful sound, beautiful music, beautiful arrangement. Bravo!

13. Peyton - Hey Peyton, your Debussy is great! wink Just kidding, of course. Now, seriously: I like the left hand base melody and I can see how much work you put on this. You have a high technical level and great control of your hands. I (still) do not have the courage to send "original" pieces for this recital. Congratulations.

14. joangolfing - I think you got to play this - far from easy - waltz with a nice rhythm and timing wich, I think, it's important in this type. I wish I could listen this in your Yamaha grand. Nice work!

15. Greener / Jeff Green - Jeff, not only the open chords are very nice, but all the piece is very nice. I can fell the time and effort you did for this rendition. This piece is (was) new to me. Thanks. Very good!

16. Riddler (Ed) - Ed, I'm glade you were not able to play note-by-note the sheet music, because... your arrangement is great! You always have kept a link to the original melody that clearly shows your quality as a musician. Congratulations.

17. Monica K. - Just because I love... this piece. What a lovely melody. You're still being a reference in these recitals. Good, very good.

18. ladypayne - Wow, I've heard your other compositions in past recitals, but I think this piece is... "richer". It has more variations and larger amplitude. It shows that you are achieving a nice level of maturity. Congratulations!

19. Jake S - Jake, this is a very good rendition for only one year of experience. I loved the flow you put on this, you're very musical. My sincere congratulations.

20. Serge88 - What a great production! The piano sound is great and your rendition shows you are enjoying your playing. Nice job!

More later.
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#2035803 - 02/19/13 11:18 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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My first set of comments - I was away for the weekend so I just started listening. What a fantastic recital again!

01. Mr Super-Hunky - A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning Such a beautiful tribute; wonderfully played and extremely touching. I loved the forward motion you generated throughout the piece and subtle varations on the motifs. There is a wonderful change to the more positive "New Beginning!" A fabulous start to the recital.

02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie Poor Massenet - everyone only knows the Thais or the Elegie! And why not - when it's played as beautifully as this. There was a great presence to the melody; it was completely engaging. But where there were a couple of voices, there was great interplay. Excellent.

03. dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755 I have played more Czerny pieces than any other composer's but hearing this makes me realize that I need to move from his studies! This was delightfully played - I think you brought out the direction heading towards Romantic music - particuarly Chopin, but still keeping it grounded in a late Classical space. Anyway, it was an incredibly beautiful performance; I loved the runs in the upper octaves, I loved the accompaniment - just great.

04. Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4 I think your notes are spot on - this is a very hard piece to get all the pieces together on. This is a wonderful start; I think the tempo is a teeny bit too slow - that makes it harder to really shape the repeated chords which need subtle variation to not be so horizontal. But you shaped the melody beautifully and it soared where needed. The stretto section needs a little more work though to fully bring out the agitation in the piece - this needs to be an absolute peak.

05. slpianoproject - Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1 This just grabbed me from the very start. There is a wonderful feel to this piece. There is heavy pedalling - some (my teacher, ha!) would say it should be a little lighter but for me it gave a great feeling of openness to the piece. I think you are way too hard on yourself for the piu mosso section - it was fantastic. There is wonderful phrasing of the melody throughout - just a great performance!!

06. CarlosCC - Julia Half of what I'll say is meaningless ... oops, not *that* Julia! I'm often at a little bit of a loss with Einaudi but not here - this is delightfully played and the long phrases are wonderfully shaped. The momentum is present, but not overwhelming and it just works very nicely.

07. Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues I think these are very nicely played - with that little swing that they need. The phrases are well shaped and I think you are doing really excellently for 11 months. Great job!

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 There is a nice legato on the melody without the pedal - perhaps a sneaky bit of half pedal would have smoothed the left hand that your notes indicate you aren't sure about. I don't know, the contrast seemed well done to me. Perhaps very slightly quieter on the left, not sure myself. But overall it was a really nice performance - I really liked the phrasing, particularly where the melodic line has slight repetitions. The dynamic range was well judged and the overall feel was great.

09. SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936 Why do we torture ourselves with this Bach - well, you showed us that played well it just sounds great. All Bach looks easier on the page than in practice anyway! I felt you had the handle of the counterpoint very nicely. Each hand had some phrasing which is hard to do. It's a wonderful prelude very well played!

10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round Your performances have become so accomplished now, they are wonderful to listen to. I really liked the strong bass with the syncopation brought out well. The triplets and little jazzy elements in the right were very well executed and overall it was the feel of the entire piece that grabbed me!
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#2035861 - 02/19/13 01:04 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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11. Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D Minor Said it all in my comments really. I like the performance a lot when I listen back to it which is the main thing!

12. Amaruk - The Christmas song from 'An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf' No Elf on the shelf in my household! This is a beautiful performance, very wistful. The accompaniment is very smooth and the melody shaped very nicely. I don't know the original but it sounds like a very nice arrangement to me.

13. Peyton - After All A very nice composition - sounded quite Einaudi-ish to me. That "little tap" sounded natural and, at first, I thought it was deliberate. I really like how you build the piece through the middle section and those runs are great.

14. joangolfing - Grieg Waltz Op.12 These Grieg pieces suit you. I might prefer a slightly smoother feel which would allow the melody to be a little more phrased but you certainly capture that slightly quirky sense of rhythm that Grieg employs. There is nice dynamic contrast in the piece.

15. Greener / Jeff Green - Moments Musicaux - A flat major; Opus 94 No. 6 Schubert has this way of demanding big chords with gentle melodies and, for the most part, you bring that out. This is a big piece but you gave a convincing idea for the whole. I enjoyed the dynamic range and some of the more subtle phrasing. Yes, I didn't enjoy the squeak but having suffered through that myself you have my sympathies.

16. Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D Ah, you are too honest. If you had said, it was just your arrangement because you wanted it to be, I would have cried, "superb!" OK, still do - it was wonderful; the mood sounded just perfect to me. I loved the incredible warmth of the piece allowing the runs to float upwards. Great job!

17. Monica K. - Just Because I Love You No, we love you! This was a great piece - I loved the way you managed to control such a long ending with gradual fading of both tempo and volume. The whole piece was beautifully played, very graceful and full of expression.

18. ladypayne - Improv in G minor Nice improvisation - I loved those big crashing chords leading into a more delicate melody then building again. This had a very natural feel with great expressivity.

19. Jake S - Fur Elise This is a hard piece to tackle after only a year. The main theme was beautifully conceived with lovely phrasing and subtle ritardando. The second section was pretty well controlled - obviously there are a few slips but mostly it was well done. The third section with the big chords good have a little more agitation - there was one chord that was definitely wrong but I wasn't sure if it was just a slip or was something you've misread? Anyway, wonderful interpretation - thanks!

20. Serge88 - Fly Me To The Moon This has a wonderful laid back feel. You shape the melody very nicely and there are some small rhythmic changes which work out very well. Overall you played it extremely lyrically which is perfect for a song.
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#2035871 - 02/19/13 01:25 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: GrouchoMarx]
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Originally Posted By: GrouchoMarx
Thanks, if you like his preludes you'll probably also like his etudes. Here are some of my favorites Op. 33 No. 4, Op. 39 No. 4, Op. 33 No. 2


Thanks for those! Feel free to shoot more suggestions, in a PM since it's a bit OT smirk And if you have time.
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#2035904 - 02/19/13 02:28 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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26. Sand Tiger - Shadow: I am always impressed by the folks who can compose as well as play. I was listening to your piece while reading your description, and I noticed you had years of experience on the whistle and Irish flute. I think this piece would sound great as a piano/whistle duet, with the whistle taking the cheerier melody line and the piano adding the more brooding bass line.

27. PhilzPiano - Prelude no. 1 in C major: This is the only Bach piece I have ever played (as part of Ave Maria), so I know firsthand how damned aggravating ultimately rewarding it is to play it. You make those endless arpeggios sound so smooth and easy.

28. Daren - Quanta Qualia: One of the things I like best about the recitals is being introduced to new music and artists. I wasn’t familiar with Hawes, but I really loved this piece; it’s an interesting blend of new age/light jazz/old standard themes. Beautifully played, with a delicate touch.

29. timmyab - Allemande from French Suite no 4: I really enjoyed hearing your two different approaches to the Allemande. It will come as no surprise to anybody here that I preferred the slow, dreamy, pedal-laden Bach, though I’m guessing that it would make most traditionalists blanch.

30. Peterws - Regrets. I have a Few . .: I was expecting something else from the title, but I like your piece even better than “My Way.” Your recording sounds amazingly professional; I would’ve willingly paid for it.
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#2035919 - 02/19/13 03:00 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Here's another batch:

21. Teodor - Donnie Darko - The Artifact and the Living Very interesting - I have never heard this before. There were some unexpected harmonies that were very pleasing. Thanks for sharing.

22. (Was)TrueBeginner - Us Interesting melody - very well done.

23. MusicaMusique - Keresem Az Utam I have never heard this piece or the composer. Played very well.

24. MrPozor - Un poco adagio Wow, you've been playing less than a year? This is outstanding after such a short time.

25. Jazztpt (Russ) - Another Song + Maya Very smooth on the first one, then lots of groovy licks in the second one...

26. Sand Tiger - Shadow You've only been playing 11 months? Excellent work.

27. PhilzPiano - Prelude no. 1 in C major Very smooth. One suggestion - the bass notes stick out more than they should sometimes - it got better as you went on though.

28. Daren - Quanta Qualia Never heard of the piece or the composer, but you played it very well. I liked the middle section best, and then you handled the transitions very well, especially the way you tapered off the volume.

29. timmyab - Allemande from French Suite no 4 Very interesting juxtaposition of the two styles. Of course, most experts would insist on a minimum of pedal, just for adding color. They really sound like different pieces. But I prefer the livelier version. Excellent playing.

30. Peterws - Regrets. I have a Few . . Very interesting - and entertaining. Loved it!

31. MaryBee - Waltz in C# minor, Op.64 No.2 That's a great story - who knew that one day you could play the "demo" piece. Loved it!

32. BenPiano - All of These Things For You You have a great voice! What do you mean you just "learned how" to sing and play at the same time? I've been trying to do that for years but failing miserably. Great job.

33. Ganddalf - Sonata A-flat major (Hob XVI - 46) first movement Very nicely done. Wish I could play so easily and fluently...

More to come...

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#2035951 - 02/19/13 04:01 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I`ll start from the end!

55 Beethoven sings for me, and so do you, girl!

54 Tall Guy - One o` my faves. Good easy listening style which you can and will develop. More please!

53 MileheSteve - Yam EP sound like from "The Bodyguard". Great tune clearly played.

52 Allard - Lovely pensive music, well chorded and played!

51 The Moon`s shining through the windows. Well executed!

50 Bill - Georgia; many folk`s fave. You make it flow like a black man (oh bloody `ell, what `ave I said? The Thought Police`ll be after me . ..)

49 Who`s raising a high bar then? Love the piano! I shall look at some Rolands. Soon . . .

48 Somebody feels Debussy (You know wat I mean . . .) and so dows your piano!

47 A nicely done Pedestrian Piece . . .

46 Ken - "Cocktail Bar turn left, sir! Meet Ken. He`s good isn`t he?"
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#2035970 - 02/19/13 04:28 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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45 Copper - Henry VIII`s original I believe. You get to keep your head! He`s happy, the fat ole b*****!
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#2035976 - 02/19/13 04:36 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Monika, thanks, glad that you like it!

Originally Posted By: Saranoya


wouter79 --Hi! As I said above, I'm one of the most n00bish players taking part in this recital, and the piece you are playing here is far beyond my reach for the time being, so take everything I write with a serious grain of salt. That said, I think you need to work on getting your left hand to 'flow' more. It sounds choppy to me right now. Think in phrases, rather than a string of individual chords, if that helps at all. I believe that once you get the flow into the left hand, expression and fluidity on the melody side of the piece will be much easier to accomplish. You may be on to something, too, when you say that the left hand is a little too overpowering. But still. The fact that you managed to record this (Red Dot Psychosis and all) after only three years of playing gets you my respect all by itself.


Saranoya, thanks for the detailed comments! Left hand flow? Could be something, I have a hard time though to think of how to make this flow more in the left hand. Something to think about if I pick up this piece again.

Originally Posted By: SwissMS

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 Very nicely played, especially considering it is without pedal. The right hand sings and the left hand paces the piece. It does have a nervous quality to it, with the syncopated left hand. Perhaps that is what the composer intended. Maybe a more subdued left hand and a slower pace would reduce the tension. Still, nice job!


Thanks for the compliments and suggestions! Well, I did hear something in the piece and I think it was not coming out clear enough.

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 Thanks for the history behind your piece – it was interesting to read. I like being educated on the music I am about to listen to. I’m not sure if it is important to memorize music or not. I think that sometimes the memorization happens naturally, sometimes we have to work at it. I don’t feel I know enough to make suggestion on how you can improve, but I certainly did enjoy your performance and I greatly admire the ability you’ve developed over the past three years. I am really blown away every time I listen to your performances. I know you aren’t completely satisfied with the piece, but I think you have played it very well indeed.

Glad that you like the history part too. I think it's good to know a bit about the backgrounds of the piece and it's nice to hear that it's appreciated.

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 Nicely done Wouter. Don't be so hard on yourself because you are playing at quite an advanced level, especially given your experience. I hear some of the things you have mentioned so I can't suggest much other than to try another piece with a melody and rhythm that appeals to you more.

Thanks! Ah, you know my perfectionism for the pieces that I love. I'm not like just switching to another piece if it does not work.
It feels bad to work months on a piece and not being able to get that thing out that made it so special in my ears.
And to start hearing things that I did not hear before, that make it seem not so good after all.


Originally Posted By: GrouchoMarx08
. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 I could probably learn a great deal from you about pedaling, something I over use. "Unpedalled" music often sounds dry and harsh to my ears, but not in your case, so you must be doing something right in that department. Needless to say everything is really clear and clean because of your choice to not use the pedal.
You are probably right, the left hand could be a tiny bit softer, but otherwise you balanced the two hands well. In addition I like your dynamics. All in all really well played my good sir.


Thanks for the compliments on balance and dynamics!
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#2035981 - 02/19/13 04:45 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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44 - Sam S Beautiful; - `Nuff said!

43 - Lyric - If the AP`s in our shop sounded like that! Excellento.

42 - Windy - Lots o` nice runs and trills here. Good work, man!

41 - Saranoya. Love Haydyn. Love this.

40 - Jazzwee - Havin` fun! It shows; excellent AP. (I sometimes get the last bit wrong . . .might be a DP. No matter!

39 - Confidently ans well played. One o` my faves!

38 - Nice nice piano. Bit o` relaxing music before the fun starts? heh heh . .

37 - An old standard? Well performed, man!

36 - Debussy ain`t easy. man. Well done you!

35 - Very fluent and accomplished. I`ll hae ta gi that one a miss . . . too darned hard . .

34 - Beechcroft - Ludovico`s done well here tonight!

33 - Gandalff - you had fun, we had fun! Good stuff!

32 - Ben piano - You always please. This occasion too, man!

31 - Marybee - My wife`s fave, played on an old Broadwood years ago. It`s tricky, you did it flowingly! (Is that word in the Dictionary?)

30 - Time for a strong drink, Peter. Everything sounds better after a strong drink . .

Bye for now guys. Thank you one and all . . .
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#2036044 - 02/19/13 06:30 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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AndyP- I thought it worked very well. Yea, those trills really need some work and you lose the "fluidity" at times but overall it was very enjoyable. I like the pace..it got me tapping my foot. And I do think you have the feel!

ladypayne- Very dramatic. I love the way you start it with those descending notes. A real sweet melody, it almost has an Irish feel to it.

Jazztpt- Russ, just wonderful compositions and fine playing. I could listen to that first one over and over.
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#2036147 - 02/19/13 11:18 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Next group:


31. MaryBee - Waltz in C# minor, Op.64 No.2 Wow MaryBee, how cool is it to be able to play this piece as opposed to just dreaming of playing it? That's a fantastic accomplishment. I don't know a lot of classical pieces but I instantly recognized this one when I heard it because of its beauty. Very nicely done.

32. BenPiano - All of These Things For You This was great Ben. Your description made this tune even better. I applaud you for having the courage to sing along and must say you should ABSOLUTLY continue to play and sing together because this tune was very well received. It sounded like the nice theme music that you hear on tv shows and the quality was equally as good. I'm VERY impressed with this performance for all kinds of reasons.

33. Ganddalf - Sonata A-flat major (Hob XVI - 46) first movement I'm always open to listening to new, previously unheard music because the payoff can be great. Thanks for doing such a wonderful job with this performance and exposing me to something totally new. It was sure worth it.

34. beechcraft409 - Ombre Performing Einaudi takes a lot of sensitive input from the performer to pull off for maximum dramatic effect. You are doing an excellent job with this as I personally know it is not easy to do. Beautifully played.

35. Richard (zrtf90) - Notturno Op. 54 No. 4 This is a beautiful piece Richard that sounded like you absolutely nailed it. Your playing skills are very impressive. Excellent sound on your DP too. Nicely done.

36. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Album Leaf This was a very unique piece with some unusual note combos. I love that as it is totally unexpected and keeps the piece engaging. I liked it a lot.

37. Ken. - Let's Cool One I'll agree with this piece not being the standard but that that's what makes it so unique. Nice job with this.

38. FarmGirl - Brahms 118 #2 You requested 'NO' feedback but it didn't say anything about not being able to reply with compliments, sooooo... this was absolutely beutiful. I've now seen and heard you play both in person and recorded. Same results either way. Fantastic. p.s, your a fun girl Farmgirl. I'm glad we met.

39. Mar_red - The Shadow of Your Smile & Misty - Medley. This was such a great performance you should be very proud of what caliber music you are producing 'completely' on your own. [I loved the 'completely' part of the description. That was classic]. Please keep playing like this for both your sake AND ours.

40. Jazzwee - Stella by Starlight I was on page four listening and commenting on the last performance on that page and then this tune started playing next. Without looking I said to myself "I bet that's Jazzwee and it was! Great stuff as always from you. I'm always in a bouncy/groovy mood after hearing your music.

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#2036210 - 02/20/13 02:26 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
40. Jazzwee - Stella by Starlight I was on page four listening and commenting on the last performance on that page and then this tune started playing next. Without looking I said to myself "I bet that's Jazzwee and it was! Great stuff as always from you. I'm always in a bouncy/groovy mood after hearing your music.


Isn't it neat how we get to know the style of certain regulars and recognize them right off the bat?

I've had the same sort of experience and it always makes me smile.
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#2036234 - 02/20/13 05:32 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: casinitaly]
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Some more thank you's to reviewers:

Inlanding- Thanks! I worked hard to get the voices to get along together.

Andy Platt - We torture ourselves with Bach because we think it is good for us. I imagine him looking down at all of use intermediate players, and chuckling and shaking his head. Thanks for the compliment on my counterpoint!
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#2036270 - 02/20/13 08:17 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: Riddler]
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Originally Posted By: Riddler


44. Sam S - Arabeske Op. 18
Sam, I am astounded that you have mastered such a long and difficult piece! It is quite beautiful and easy to listen to. I bet you are ready for a break now! Well done.



Unfortunately, I can't shelve that piece yet. I have to play it in an actual live recital March 15th. Wish me luck!

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#2036301 - 02/20/13 09:16 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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My last batch of comments. Everybody did such a great job, especially all you people with only one years experience...

34. beechcraft409 - Ombre I think you captured the mystic, ethereal quality of this. Your control of the dynamics was good too. Well done.

35. Richard (zrtf90) - Notturno Op. 54 No. 4 I love this piece and have wanted to play it ever since I heard it, like you said, in that old recital. But the trills scared me off. You did a great job with it. I loved your control of the dynamics, and your transition back o the first theme after the middle section.

36. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Album Leaf I think you have the style figured out. Such lush chords! Excellent playing.

37. Ken. - Let's Cool One Smooth...

38. FarmGirl - Brahms 118 #2 I am working on this too, of and on. You did a great job, considering how sick you were. I loved how you were able to bring out the inner voices at m 65. Also, how you, on the repeat of the section at m 49, emphasized the tenor voice. Those are all things that I struggle with in this piece. I also cannot keep the chords straight starting at m 57 - you did an excellent job there. My only suggestion is to taper off the dynamics more at phrase endings. The end of the piece was one example where I thought you could do that. But that is a minor thing - excellent work!

39. Mar_red - The Shadow of Your Smile & Misty - Medley. You definitely made this your own. Very impressive. Nice transition between the songs.

40. Jazzwee - Stella by Starlight Jazz clu! Sounds great...

41. Saranoya - Menuett in F You get the prize for recording under the most difficult conditions ever! Outstanding!

42. windywindy - Waltz in A Minor KK IVb/11 Excellent job, and you have only been back at the piano for a year? I'm jealous...

43. lyricmudra - Melodie from the Opera 'Orfeo' Wow, you have improved. Isn't it great to be able to go back to older recordings and see how you have progressed? You can be proud...

45. Copper - Greensleeves Sometimes the simplest melodies are the best. Loved it!

46. Kenjazz - My Romance Excellent arrangement. Loved the bass and percussion too.

47. PianoStudent88 - No Walk Today I think you are definitely improving. The dynamic changes were great, especially the ends of the phrases.

48. carlos88 - Sarabande (from Pour le Piano) Sorry to hear about the discouraging lessons, but your playing is great. I like that idea of this sarabande. You definitely conveyed the mood.

49. GrouchoMarx - Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 This sounds extremely difficult, but you played it with such ease. Very well done.

50. BillM - Georgia On My Mind It's not an ABF recital without your singing and playing. Excellent!

51. Pavel.K - Nocturne 21 in C minor posth. This is great for only a year at the piano - I'm impressed.

52. Allard - To Zanarkand Only a year at the piano! Wow, we have a talented bunch of newcomers in this recital. Excellent work!

53. MileHi Steve - Stagg Brew Nice improvising and arranging. The piano sound was different and went well with this piece.

54. aTallGuyNH - Just The Way You Are Only 11 months experience? Are you kidding me? This is great!

55. Aimee O - Sonatina in G I played this once, but the left hand just killed me. I think you are doing a much better job than I ever did. Thanks for playing for us!

That's all folks!

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#2036344 - 02/20/13 10:47 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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My next set:

21. Teodor - Donnie Darko - The Artifact and the Living I think you've captured the exact feel that this piece needs. It's very dark and brooding. The phrasing is nicely done which sounds hard given the intensity of the melody.

22. (Was)TrueBeginner - Us This is a lovely composition; sounds a little French - like a movie set in Paris perhaps. Anyway, very simple but a lot of variety and you keep a clear direction through the piece.

23. MusicaMusique - Keresem Az Utam This piece was a little repetitive for my tastes. But I feel you did a good job at bringing out the melody and rhythmic elements well.

24. MrPozor - Un poco adagio This is a great performance for 9 months playing. Don't sweat the playing it without errors so much. I really liked your phrasing; you had good interplay with the hands and kept a great tempo. Very nice!

25. Jazztpt (Russ) - Another Song + Maya The mood in Another Song is just wonderful; a rich tone combined with delightfully conceived harmonization. As usual I love the runs and subtle touches. Maya too had a very rich sound, more dreamlike and beautifully played. I really feel these pieces could go on forever and I wouldn't care!

26. Sand Tiger - Shadow Nice composition! At first I wasn't sure - seemed a bit jumpy but the more it went on, the more I got into it. And you shaped the piece and individual phrases well.

27. PhilzPiano - Prelude no. 1 in C major Beautiful performance, very simple but each phrase was done well and there was nice "space" between the bass and the rising arpeggios. Perhaps a teeny bit more variety in the dynamic range (don't get me wrong, there was variety but I was searching for that absolute pianissimo in some parts.)

28. Daren - Quanta Qualia Yes, this is a beautiful piece; very wistful. You played it with great tenderness and brought out the melody very nicely. The repeated notes were very nicely played in the middle section and the loud high notes were just right - not too much. Overall, just delightful!

29. timmyab - Allemande from French Suite no 4 Oh man, this is hard but you make it sound so easy! My teacher urges the little / no pedal school of thought for Bach but you made it so convincing with .... You play it with great tenderness, the long phrases are very nicely controlled. Where there is counterpoint you bring out the interplay very well.

30. Peterws - Regrets. I have a Few . . This is a beautiful piece. Usually I'm not convinced by the non-piano instruments in this recital but it worked well here. Your piano accompaniment was delicately played and allowed the melody to soar. Not a fan of the synth strings though ...
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#2036354 - 02/20/13 11:05 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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21. Teodor - Teodor, this is new for me and I found it very introspective. It has a kind of "special movement" along the entire piece wich turns it in a very interesting piece. Nice job.

22. (Was)TrueBeginner - I don't know where you're going to get so much inspiration to share so many original pieces with us. And this piece seems to have been very well worked. Nice job!

23. MusicaMusique - I can imagine the work you had to hear the song on TV and passing it to piano. The music is spectacular and your arrangement is very good. Congratulations!

24. MrPozor - Only 9 months??? Wow, that's very good. I bet you must have a lot of dedication to the piano. Good job!

25. Jazztpt (Russ) - Russ, I'm jealous... I wish I could say I have 37+ years experience, and be able to play (and compose!) like you. You rule these 88 keys with mastery on both pieces. Not much to say. Congratulations!

26. Sand Tiger - I have no doubt that your previous experience with music influenced you in this composition. Nice work.

27. PhilzPiano - Prelude no. 1 in C major This is the only Bach piece that catches my attention. You say you have not played piano lately, but I did not notice that. Congratulations.

28. Daren - This is a really sweet composition of Patrick Hawes and you did a "clear" and consistent rendition of it. Very nice!

29. timmyab - I like more the second version because the melody flows "better" along the entire piece. But, who am I to decide which is better? It's just a matter of taste. I liked your work, good job!

30. Peterws - This is a really nice mix of sounds and melodies. I liked the way you were joining different instruments along the work. A professional and intelligent choice!
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#2036520 - 02/20/13 04:24 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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36. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Album Leaf
What a strange piece! I'm not sure what to write.

37. Ken. - Let's Cool One
I've never heard of this musical monk. Pretty obscure indeed!

38. FarmGirl - Brahms 118 #2
Wine does wonderful things to music, doesn't it? Ah, and I think I remember this song.

39. Mar_red - The Shadow of Your Smile & Misty - Medley.
The Shadow of Your Smile is quite pretty. Good inclusion. (But isn't two songs cheating?) Then, Misty is also very nice. I like the ponderous bass and playful high tones.

40. Jazzwee - Stella by Starlight
Stella by Starlight... brings back memories. She was such a wonderful lady. Now the years and oceans separate us. Ah... frown

41. Saranoya - Menuett in F
Sara, it's amazing how you went out of your way to find that bar with a decent piano to get your recording in, and just play it, unfazed by the generally unappreciative crowd at such establishments. Lucky there was only one customer at that time. It may be too bad you couldn't submit the sonata, but this Menuet is a pretty little gem, and it conveniently leaves us something great to look forward to next recital. I hope your new piano will be great and inspire you to keep playing wonderful music. Applaus!

43. lyricmudra - Melodie from the Opera 'Orfeo'
The recording is very soft, but nothing that can't be fixed by cranking up the speaker volume. It sounds pretty good. One month to relearn isn't too much, is it?

44. Sam S - Arabeske Op. 18
Not just for you; I bet most of us (well, except Jazzwee of course) would have trouble playing note perfect for more than ten minutes straight. Fortunately, I don't know the piece and probably won't even notice the errors. *eBays gold star*

45. Copper - Greensleeves
This is a pretty easy song, but it's known and loved by everyone.

46. Kenjazz - My Romance
Eh... Valentine's... You play well, though, and your song fits right in that cozy restaurant.

47. PianoStudent88 - No Walk Today
Sounds vaguely familiar. Maybe just the main theme. Does the streaming player normalize away your changes in dynamics?

48. carlos88 - Sarabande (from Pour le Piano)
Discouraging lessons? Such a shame. I hope you'll continue as a self-motivated soloist smile

49. GrouchoMarx - Prelude Op. 32 No. 12
Love the trills right at the start, and it keeps going on. Wait, three years? Wow.

50. BillM - Georgia On My Mind
When is your album coming out?

51. Pavel.K - Nocturne 21 in C minor posth.
Working on harder pieces isn't a bad idea, as long as it doesn't it up all our time. While I believe you can acquire technique from the hard stuff just as well, one might spend more time on just the same bit, neglecting other important skills. But with proper balance, why not? I'd say you play this one very well. Got to love Chopin.

53. MileHi Steve - Stagg Brew
The alternate voice works fine in saying "this is actually a harp, not a piano". I like the second part of the medley best.

54. aTallGuyNH - Just The Way You Are
I think the bass becomes a bit blurry at times, though that may be intentional. Overall a very nice job.

55. Aimee O - Sonatina in G
Listened to your song again, this time with better equipment. Much better! I totally neglected to say that I love this piece and want to learn it too, some day. It's so merry.
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#2036582 - 02/20/13 06:28 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Sorry if not providing any technical feedback you may seek. I don't feel much qualified for it, so my comments are slanted towards approval and appreciation.

17 Monica K. - Just Because I Love You
Another I've never heard, to now. Very enjoyable, easy listening and pretty piece. I can appreciate how tough it would be to get not only a clean take with this, but also one you can be happy with expression and presentation. You've done it in spades. Good for you. Very nice, Monica.

18 ladypayne - Improv in G minor

Some very interesting contrasts in this creation. If I hadn't seen the “original” tag, I'd have been guessing which famous composer produced this. I've much respect for this and the other very fine original compositions I've been hearing. Good job.

19 Jake S - Fur Elise
A classic classical and fine presentation. “I think every pianist probably plays Fur Elise at some point”. I play a sippet of it, but have never tried to tackle the tricky parts. I'm convinced now it will be worth the effort. It is indeed a lovely piece when played well. Some really fine playing and presentation, Jake.

20 Serge88 - Fly Me To The Moon
I love these old crooners. I'm picturing Blue eyes about to make his entry at any time. I attempted sketching out an arrangement of this last summer, but never got it to the point I was completely happy with it, and then got distracted. I'll definitely want to get back to it now. I love these tunes. Nicely done, Serge. Very full sound with the bass and drums. Is that all just from the Kawai? Hmm … think I'm missing out on something here ...

21 Teodor - Donnie Darko - The Artifact and the Living
This sets the stage of a very dark mood, which is my understanding of the context of the movie. It won't be high on my list of pieces to work on next (just preference.) Seeing the reviews, there was sort of a like a cult following and many likes. Good on you thus, for playing it and presenting so well. Good job, Teodor.

22 (Was)TrueBeginner – Us
Another I was trying to guess who the great composer was before realizing “original”. This is very pretty and brilliantly done. It's lovely, well done.

23 MusicaMusique - Keresem Az Utam
Sounds like this would be some challenge to pick up and arrange completely by ear. I've done a bit myself by ear, but usually manage to find a way to cheat a bit if I can. Good for you and nice job with this.

24 MrPozor - Un poco adagio
You've done really well with this, MrPozor. Clean, crisp and very fine presentation. I didn't know much about Clementi at all until coming across in the sonata analysis thread. I really need to get something of his in my line up now. This one may be a good choice. Thanks for sharing it and really well done.

25 Jazztpt (Russ) - Another Song + Maya
I really like Maya, Russ. The other is nice too, but Maya really appeals to me. Lovely changes and a very pretty melody. Really good stuff. Nice playing and great recording too.

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Just realizing I am running out of much to say in terms of approval and appreciation. I really think everyone has done a fabulous job.

I'm going to start skipping along more briskly now. If I happen to miss you (there is a good chance I may if you are still coming up) it is of my own shortcomings of endurance and not any lack of interest. I have listened and very appreciative of ALL. I will need to rethink my review strategy for future recitals though, as my approach to date is a challenge for me and I don't think adding much value.

27 PhilzPiano - Prelude no. 1 in C major
I really like this prelude. Be careful with the tempo, which I am sure you know about and which anyone who plays Bach is challenged with. Nicely done, Phil and great choice of material.

28 Daren - Quanta Qualia
Very pretty, fine playing and terrific recording, Daren. I really like this.

29 timmyab - Allemande from French Suite no 4

A really lovely Bach piece, Timmyab. You play it beautifully. “I couldn't decide how to play this … I hope this isn't against the rules” There are no rules as far as I know. If there are I'm in trouble too. I hear you, and often have the same issues with Bach. Very fine playing.

30 Peterws - Regrets. I have a Few
I thought we may be about to see Franky enter stage left. This was a better surprise ... Really nice, Peter. A very quality composition, arrangement and presentation. Very good.

31 MaryBee - Waltz in C# minor, Op.64 No.2
Isn't this a fabulous piece, MaryBee. I'm just working on this one myself. I really like this Waltz. Congratulations for tackling it and doing such a fabulous job with it.

33 Ganddalf - Sonata A-flat major (Hob XVI - 46) first movement
Fabulous. I'll be very pleased if I can play anything classical this well one day. Very polished and great performance.

34 beechcraft409 - Ombre
This is coming along very nicely beechcraft. You have nothing to worry about … I would have thought much longer on the bench with more experience, but it really isn't about that of course anyway. For the years I have been dabbling I am forever frustrated, but it is what it is, and it is fabulous to be making music. You are doing really great. Nice playing.

35 Richard (zrtf90) - Notturno Op. 54 No. 4
I know you asked for technical feedback, but I won't be offering any practice tips here, Richard. I think you have that covered quite well already. Wondering if we might be looking at Greig anytime soon in the analysis thread? You've piqued my interest now. Some really lovely elements to this and some very fine playing of course too. The new board is sounding quite excellent I must say. I'm very much looking forward to hearing much much more to come. Thanks for sharing this one and with a terrific performance. I'm glad you're fully back to the bench now – and strongly committed it seems with the beautiful new Kawai – and helping us all out so much. I know you know, but will say again anyway ... it is appreciated very much.

That's all for now …
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#2036624 - 02/20/13 09:04 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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01 Mr Super Hunky - A Star Named Apple
Amazingly beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady. Bernie, you are very talented.

02 Inlanding Glen - Elegie, Massenet
Nice job, Glen. I play this one, and while the notes are relatively simple, the expressiveness required by the piece is not.

03 dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755, Czerny
Lush and romantic - you capture the essence of the piece with your expressive dynamics and light touch.

04 Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4, Chopin
As is usually the case, you have been too hard on yourself in the comments. Nicely done rendition of one of my favorite Chopin preludes.

I regret not being able to participate this time due to time constraints. I regret as well not being able to listen and comment sooner, but it's been a rugged time at work recently with a full remodel and today's grand re-opening celebration. I am too tired to go on. I do want to hear them all, but I must sleep now.
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#2036631 - 02/20/13 09:24 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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31. MaryBee - Waltz in C# minor, Op.64 No.2: The fast parts on this sound so incredibly difficult, yet you pull this off with ease. I loved the back story about the piece, too.

32. BenPiano - All of These Things For You: This is one of my favorites of the recital, but not because of the piano. (Though, I rush to add, I enjoyed the piano part of it a lot.) It’s the lyrics, though, that stand out to me: The first couple of mushy romantic verses, followed by the punch line of real-life love and marriage (“Children that always fight/ Pizza on Saturday night”). Sheer comic genius!

33. Ganddalf - Sonata A-flat major (Hob XVI - 46) first movement: I wasn’t familiar with this piece, but it sure sounded like a nightmare to play– so many trills and runs and such a blistering tempo. You were steady and in control throughout it all, though. Very impressive!

34. beechcraft409 - Ombre: Welcome to the beauty that is Einaudi! “Ombre” is full of tragic beauty, and you do an excellent job of conveying it. The dynamics make this piece, and you nailed them.

35. Richard (zrtf90) - Notturno Op. 54 No. 4: Ohmigosh. If Cooke calls this one an “easy starter,” I sure don’t want to hear what he considers to be a difficult piece. I think your comment that “extended trills can be troublesome” should be nominated for the greatest understatement of the year. laugh You pulled them off expertly to my ears. Bravo!

36. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Album Leaf: I’m beginning to think Debussy should be reclassified as jazz, because this sounded more jazz than classical to me. Loved all those rolled chords.

37. Ken. - Let's Cool One: There were some interesting discordant chords in there. I guess with a name like “Thelonious” he’s entitled to come up with some weird names for his songs. wink

38. FarmGirl - Brahms 118 #2: I would never think to mix whiskey and wine (shudder!), but I’d be tempted to give it a try if it made me play as well as you. And I have to say that I loved your video and seeing the baby piano cuddling under its mommy. grin

39. Mar_red - The Shadow of Your Smile & Misty - Medley: Yes, I can hear the trio in your playing. Your arrangement was so rich and complex that I am amazed you did it all from a lead sheet. Lovely!

40. Jazzwee - Stella by Starlight: Your recordings always make me think I’m sitting in the lobby of some swanky hotel, dressed in a glittery cocktail dress and sipping a martini, waiting for a mysterious handsome gentleman to sweep me away. You play with a confidence and ease I’d expect in a professional pianist.
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#2036635 - 02/20/13 09:44 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Sorry I'm a little late in my comments. I've had a gig every day and I was too pooped. Outstanding work by all and it's really great to track everyone's progress. Here's the first half.

01. Mr Super-Hunky - A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning So smooth Mr. SH! Recording is awesome and your touch so even. Well done!

02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie Such lovely playing as always Glen. Fabulous balance and touch. The recording is a little tough on the ears. I get this too when I have the mics so close and it sounds to overwhelming. Anyway something to figure out for both of us.

03. dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755 Very nice Dannylux. Your playing is always something to look forward to in these recitals being one of the better players. Recording quality is outstanding as well.

04. Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4 No this is not easy. It is easy to learn the notes but to create the perfect touch and balance is very difficult. You're doing a very good job here. Timing is very good. LH probably can be less which is tough to control (very advanced). Quite a good performance IMO.

05. slpianoproject - Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1 Lovely playing slpianoproject. Maybe lay back on the LH a little (but you already know that) and a little muddiness on the low notes to consider. Very nice tone overall and a very solid performance. I would say that the Forte section sounded fantastic. Great work!

06. CarlosCC - Julia Progressing so well Carlos. You're achieving that evenness that's so important in this genre and it sounds great. Great balance between the hands. Fabulous.

07. Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues What a wonderful performance for 11 months! I'm so proud of you. Keep it up! Progressing fast.

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 Great work Wouter as always. Now you encounter the need for finger legato. Tough thing to master and this is way too fast anyway to implement easily. But you are doing a great job here. Maybe lighter on the LH. Rhythm and evenness has improved greatly. Definitely a quality performance.

09. SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936 I'm sorry to hear about your relapse. I'm so happy to hear that you're able to go back to the piano and play this well after such an event. Congratulations on your excellent performance and keep at it!

10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round Nice! Switching to blues now I see smile and doing a great job at it. Really getting a nice tone for this genre so once again, a great job and excellent progress.

11. Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D Minor Very nice tone Andy and fantastic evenness in playing. Great facility in handling the complex rhythm. Fantastic!

12. Amaruk - The Christmas song from 'An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf' Very pretty performance and such a nice tone and balance between the hands. Such gentleness to the sound. Great stuff!

13. Peyton - After All Beatiful playing as always and the recording quality is awesome. Proud of you for both composition and performance skills. Always looking forward to your work every recital. You put so much into it and I get so much enjoyment from listening.

14. joangolfing - Grieg Waltz Op.12 Lovely performance Joan! Always looking forward to your playing and your enthusiasm shows in your performance. Great work.

15. Greener / Jeff Green - Moments Musicaux - A flat major; Opus 94 No. 6 Beautiful sound and very nice performance. You did a great job and really nice tone. It would be easy to make this sound harsh and you obviously had the great skill to make it not so.

16. Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D When you play solo piano, it shows off your technique more and clearly you've improved a lot over the years. Just love the sound and tone you make. The balance of the sound on the clustered chords is BEAUTIFUL. This is an excellent transcription (regardless of your changes to it). And it never hurts that we like the same kind of music!

17. Monica K. - Just Because I Love You Wonderful playing! Of course I wouldn't expect anything less. Just steady improvement that keeps showing up in the end product. Lovely music and lovely piano sound. So enjoyable to listen to.

18. ladypayne - Improv in G minor Impressive ladypayne. You are showing more confidence and control of the instrument. Clearly improved evenness and tone. Fantastic!

19. Jake S - Fur Elise Beautiful tone Jake. I couldn't believe what I was reading about 1 year on the piano. Just outstanding touch for such a short time. You're making excellent progress. Way ahead of the curve actually.

20. Serge88 - Fly Me To The Moon Excellent Serge. Great tune choice, great sound and great tone. So entertaining.

21. Teodor - Donnie Darko - The Artifact and the Living Wonderful job. Great evenness and nice tone. Nice balance between LH and RH. Pedalling was good too. Recording was a little muffled to appreciate the fine points but what I could hear was fantastic.

22. (Was)TrueBeginner - Us Great sound! Another talented composer! To improve the sound a bit, lessen the LH a touch and less pedal. Instead shoot for more finger legato to get a melody that stands out more clearly. Overall so nice to listen to. Really nice job.

23. MusicaMusique - Keresem Az Utam Is this your first recital MM? Glad you can join us. You didn't say much about your background so it's hard to judge. But for a play by ear and just overall performance, it sounds really good. Great time and tone is good too.

24. MrPozor - Un poco adagio Well done MrPozor. Your hard work has paid off and it is excellent. Your progress is very good for 9 months! Keep doing these recitals and you might be surprised at how you are judged (better than you think).

25. Jazztpt (Russ) - Another Song + Maya One of my favorite pianists on the recitals and the forum! And another where musical tastes always intersect mine. Your playing is just amazing. Such a wonderful and complex composition with such lush voicings. Great touch and tone. It's really beautiful. Can I play like this when I grow up? When's the next gig?

26. Sand Tiger - Shadow Great job Sand Tiger. Making good progress and it is excellent that you are venturing into composition. Fantastic!

27. PhilzPiano - Prelude no. 1 in C major Beautiful sound for self-teaching! Nice tone and hand balance. Need to work on evenning out that rhythm more. Don't rush that RH. Excellent progress.

28. Daren - Quanta Qualia From the first chord, I heard an advanced player! Great sound with such high quality touch and tone. Beautifully recorded too so that we can hear the nuances. Outstanding.

29. timmyab - Allemande from French Suite no 4 Enjoyed listening to another advanced player on this forum. I always look forward to your work. Really beautiful playing. So enjoyable!

30. Peterws - Regrets. I have a Few . . What a wonderful production. Obviously no beginner. Great touch and rhythm. Just enjoyed the whole production with the extra instrument sound. You composed that melody? Wow. Amazing. Very advanced melodic sense. Fabulous talent.

31. MaryBee - Waltz in C# minor, Op.64 No.2 Very nice MaryBee. Really great improvement since you've had a teacher. A little muddiness there to consider. Otherwise very nice tone and cantabile melody. Beautiful effect on the RH melody.
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#2036669 - 02/20/13 11:45 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: jazzwee]
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01. Mr Super-Hunky - A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning

An absolute pleasure to listen to. I didn't realize it was original the first time I heard it. It sounds professional... Thank you for sharing.

02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie

Very beautiful piece. I didn't notice the mistakes you claim to have made laugh Has an almost haunting quality to it. Well played.

03. dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755

This is my first time actually hearing Czerny, with the exception of some of his drills. I agree it is both dleightful and exquisite. You play it very nicely. I like some of the higher pitched runs in the final minute.

04. Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4

I am a big Chopin fan. I love the chords he uses. You play with a nice tempo. Don't beat yourself up on this one it sounds great! Thanks for sharing.

05. slpianoproject - Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1

Yes. More Chopin! I love this. The middle part after the 2:20 mark is just fantastic. Don't worry about it not "Being perfect". It sounds great and you have every reason to be proud of it.

06. CarlosCC - Julia

I am one minute in and already having a blast listening. You have done a great job with this. I have only heard it once or twice in the past, so I am not too familiar with it. I recently discovered Einaudi myself, probably in 2011. I bought my mom the 'Le Onde' album for Christmas that year, I don't get to see her much and she responded similarly to Einaudi as to how your wife did to this particular piece, that it has a feeling of warmth. I think you expressed that emotion perfectly. Sorry to hear of her loss.

07. Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues

For 11 months you are doing great. Recording can definitely be a pain, but I think you got some good takes here. Keep up the good progress!

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2

I don't have any suggestions to your questions, but I think you've done very well with it. It is impressive you are not using the pedal.

09. SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936

Sounds good. I have not played Bach, or even really heard much of his music, honestly, but I like you rplaying it was a pleasure to listen to.

10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round

Bravo Cheryl! As others have said, you can really hear the fun you're having, it is even projecting on me. You did very well with the longer strings of notes. Sounds great, I knew there was a reason I was looking forward to hearing your submission. Next time I sneak around, ya know because I tend to sneak around quite a bit, I will have this in my headphones laugh

11. Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D Minor

Although I haven't heard a slower version of it, I think the pace works just fine. How long have you been working with this? Trills are a sticking point for me, as well. Most of the time I can play them decent enough with my right hand, could definitely improve, but LH trills? No way.. I can't do it.

12. Amaruk - The Christmas song from 'An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf'

The first thing I noticed is how smoothly you play. I have never heard this before but it was pleasurable to listen to. It definitely has a "Christmas-y" feel to it. Very impressive that you transcribed it on your own. I don't think I would be able to do that.

13. Peyton - After All

I absolutley love your original work. I remember when you submitted 'Coffee for Breakfast', i thought the same thing. This piece is just great, I love the runs up and down. I envy your skill at writing, I think I have mentioned to oyu in the past that I would like to be able to write.

14. joangolfing - Grieg Waltz Op.12

You play it well, nice even tempo, although I am not particularly drawn to the music itself. Perhaps I need to expose myself to more Grieg. Anyhow, a good performance! Keep it up!


That's all I got in me for tonight. Great job, everybody!
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#2036678 - 02/21/13 12:08 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I must say, I really like doing the 10 a day method. It gives me a chance to thoroughly listen to each piece without getting over repetitive in my comments which is easy to do with my dodgeball command of the english language.

Next group:



41. Saranoya - Menuett in F You must have great concentration as well as great confidence in yourself to be able to practice AND perform in a pub in front of others. Thats really incredible. The thing is, it's seems to be working out well as your playing sounds great. Carry on.

42. windywindy - Waltz in A Minor KK IVb/11 Wow I was very impressed with how smooth and flowing your playing is. You handled the tricky technical sections well too. Nicely done.

43. lyricmudra - Melodie from the Opera 'Orfeo' This was a very delicate piece that sounded so nice the way you played it. Your control of the trills was outstanding as well.

44. Sam S - Arabeske Op. 18 Sam, I'm not sure why, possibly the length of this piece, but I listened to this performance both casually and critically. I must say I am impressed with how much attention you are putting on everything. This piece sounds beautiful but also I want to say 'correct'. Your efforts are obvious in your playing.

45. Copper - Greensleeves It's great to hear you play again Copper. I've always wondered if you're playing the music in your head while flying. A beautiful tune like this I could humm or sing all day. Some of my best stuff is composed while riding my lawn tractor cutting the grass as there is nothing else to do.

46. Kenjazz - My Romance Wow, you've got a bunch of really cool broken chords leading into a classic groove. This is good stuff. Very professional once again.

47. PianoStudent88 - No Walk Today " I am learning to go beyond the bare notations of the score into musical interpretation and bringing the piece to life. " I couldn't possibly agree more. Very nicely done.

48. carlos88 - Sarabande (from Pour le Piano) This is a beautiful piece and some of the deep brooding chords really worked for me. Very dramatic. This is also top notch playing from you. Well done.

49. GrouchoMarx - Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 Okay, this was nothing short of insanely good. Your opening trills are phenomenal. You should be so proud to be able to play like this. Just incredible.

50. BillM - Georgia On My Mind Bill this was enjoyable as always to listen to. As feedback, I'm hearing 55% vocals with 45% piano volume mix. It sounds great or you could sing just a bit further away from the mic to get at 50/50. Either way, your still around your sweet spot. Very nice.

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#2036686 - 02/21/13 12:27 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I've listened to most of the more inexperienced here (except a few I'm unsure about using that description! laugh )

Now onto the rest, based on genre: Contemporary


01. Mr Super-Hunky - A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning - Participating in 13 recitals now, I'm sure I can pick your stuff out of a line-up. You've your own style that's unique to my ears, and probably everyone's here. A very high bar set with this first piece of the recital.

3 things that I really liked and appreciated about this:
- It's definitely your style, but I hear some new ideas incorporated that really sets this apart
- It's a personal creation of yours that makes this alone in comparison and stand out
- That you dedicated this to Apple, whom I knew very little of but knew enough to appreciate her contributions and adore her cute avatar

First class, start to finish.

12. Amaruk - The Christmas song from 'An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf' - Nice work both transcribing and playing this piece!

13. Peyton - After All - Let me get this out of the way first - great playing and originality, as always! I appreciate the musical interpretation of the space above our heads that defies comprehension - It's so vast - so old - so seemingly desolate - and yet here we are.

Movin' and a shakin' - like there's nothin' out there at all. But that empty space is incredibly remarkable when thought upon, or reminded about with your piece.

17. Monica K. - Just Because I Love You - Very nice, I loved this - you brought the right sort of gentleness to the keys that this piece required. smile

18. ladypayne - Improv in G minor - I liked the intensity you brought to your creation!

23. MusicaMusique - Keresem Az Utam - Nice job playing this from ear!
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#2036699 - 02/21/13 12:52 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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28. Daren - Quanta Qualia - A very nice piece well played!

30. Peterws - Regrets. I have a Few . . - Way to bring out your regrets in your piece, I could hear them.

32. BenPiano - All of These Things For You - Dude, get a... nevermind - just don't do this ever again.
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#2036706 - 02/21/13 01:43 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Second Half!

32. BenPiano - All of These Things For You Very pretty song and your voice fits perfectly for it. Such a treat and absolutely enjoyable!

33. Ganddalf - Sonata A-flat major (Hob XVI - 46) first movement Lovely Ganddalf! Obviously difficult from the tempo (a little struggling there with evenness -- I can tell). Nice tone and touch. Great job and a tough piece!

34. beechcraft409 - Ombre Well done beechcraft! Don't be so hard on yourself. You sound good and enjoy the journey.

35. Richard (zrtf90) - Notturno Op. 54 No. 4 Another advanced player I look forward to hearing. This was done so nicely. That RH melody was so mesmerizing with the rubato and fantastic legato. Balance between LH and RH is outstanding. Tone, especially on the chords was perfect. Dynamics fabulous. Great work!

36. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Album Leaf Very nice Mike and I like how the melody stands out on your RH. Good hand balance.

37. Ken. - Let's Cool One Here's our Monk expert once again! I get you confused with the other Ken but you're the true Monk guy and it's fascinating how you find these most obscure tunes and manage to play them so well. Great work as always and so enjoyable to share liking the same kind of music.

38. FarmGirl - Brahms 118 #2 Very nice Farmgirl. Beautiful piano tone you bring out. Really great listening to it. Some subtle muddiness from the pedal and maybe a lighter LH. Nice!

39. Mar_red - The Shadow of Your Smile & Misty - Medley. Very nice production. Wonderful sounding fills on your RH very solid cocktail sound. Enjoyed it a lot (will be playing this tune at my next gig too!)

41. Saranoya - Menuett in F Nice job! Sounds great. What a commitment to have to run to a pub to get a recording. Amazing.

42. windywindy - Waltz in A Minor KK IVb/11 Nice tone and touch for 1 year! That's great. You should be proud of yourself. Making progress.

43. lyricmudra - Melodie from the Opera 'Orfeo' Beautiful! Absolutely wonderful performance here. So delicately played with mesmerizing tone. All your recital submissions have been top notch.

44. Sam S - Arabeske Op. 18 Very nice Sam! Definitely been improving since you've done those piano camps. Nice tone and good rhythm. Very fun listen!

45. Copper - Greensleeves Our old timer on the recitals! Still creating great music and always fun to listen to your submissions.

46. Kenjazz - My Romance Very unique arrangement of this standard. Imaginative intro and lush sound and harmonies. How did you time that bassline beginning? Or did you have to cut and paste? It was so smooth. Very lovely. Of course I have a special appreciation for the jazz guys and know how hard it is.

47. PianoStudent88 - No Walk Today Very nice performance! Really enjoyable to listen to. You had a very even rhythm and really drove the music forward nicely. Maybe a little less pedal would sound better (relying more on finger legato).

48. carlos88 - Sarabande (from Pour le Piano) Nice tone Carlos. First thing that hit me. Great touch and balance on those hands. The chords sounds great. Fabulous work. Didn't lose chops from absence!

49. GrouchoMarx - Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 Amazing to be doing this as a beginner. Sounds great. Excellent progress. A lot of evenness in notes that would be unexpected for this stage. Well done.

50. BillM - Georgia On My Mind What would a recital be like without your playing and singing Bill? What is amazing is that you don't run out. Combined with Piano bars, you're just a musical jukebox! Excellent accompaniment to your singing as always. It's always a treat to listen to you.

51. Pavel.K - Nocturne 21 in C minor posth. 1 year? Are you serious? That is beautiful tone for 1 year. Such a wonderful touch. I would have thought 5 years! Congratulations.

52. Allard - To Zanarkand Very nicely done my friend! Really nice and you are doing very well. Just be conscious of over pedalling. A little muddiness once in a while.

53. MileHi Steve - Stagg Brew Beautiful production Steve! I admire the work you put into creating the full sound of this recording. I like the EP effect. Really fits.

54. aTallGuyNH - Just The Way You Are Great performance of a cover (my era). The chords are nice and lush. It sounds wonderful. Just working on solidifying the rhythm next time. You need a very strong pulse for these types of tunes. And watch out for the occasional muddy pedal.

55. Aimee O - Sonatina in G Enjoyed it Aimee! Is this your first recital? If I'm not mistaken, please accept my congratulations on making the move the submit and I thoroughly enjoyed your performance.
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#2036733 - 02/21/13 02:39 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: GrouchoMarx]
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21. Teodor - Donnie Darko - The Artifact and the Living I remember seeing this movie and even though I can't recall this particular music from it, it does bring back memories from watching it. It does sound simple, did you sight read it?



Yes I read it from the notes, I have no recollection from playing it before at all and can't play it without the sheet music.
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#2036737 - 02/21/13 03:06 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: Sam S]
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Whoever it was with that Einaussi submission, you did a great job.
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#2036800 - 02/21/13 07:43 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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joangolfing- What a great way to start my day. This is one of those pieces I used to play occasionally and then forgot all about. It is so lovely. I really like lively the way you play it.

Greener- forgive me for the "really nice playing" typical response but... hey, what can I say. You do a really nice job with this.

peterws- I get so used to hearing straight acoustic piano it was a bit of a shock to hear the other voices. Very nice composition. The horns are used very tastefully. I especially like the section about 2/3rds of the way through just before the strings come back in. Very tender piano and the horn.

Jazzwee- Always a treat my friend. When you guys come a touring here in Maine please let me know!!
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#2036841 - 02/21/13 09:24 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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some random comments on performances I really liked

Ganddalf I've never much cared for Haydn but this sonata sounds very good, of which a great deal of credit must go to you. Your performance is really good. I especially like how even it sounds, and your trills are excellent. Would have liked to see a video.

BillM Well performed. I like your voice and think your playing is very expressive. All in all a very compelling performance.

Pavel.K Never heard this nocture before. You play this very well for someone of your experience level, it actually sounds quite mature. Nice dynamics and tone, and I love the sound of the piano. There are some slow downs that disrupt the over all flow somewhat that you should try to fix.

Allard Damn this piece sounds good, should probably learn it myself. You play with a lot of intensity and emotion, which is of outermost importance. I'm sure you'll play this piece to the highest standard with a bit more experience and practice.


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#2036855 - 02/21/13 09:58 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Some more comments. I'm just loving this recital!!

31. MaryBee - Waltz in C# minor, Op.64 No.2 Are you sure you haven't turned professional on us? You have completely nailed how this waltz needs to go. I love the left hand, just in it's place and at such a tempo! The ornamentation is just beautifully judged. The phrasing of the melody is excellent. I am super super jealous! And a sweet story about you and your son too!

32. BenPiano - All of These Things For You Wow, another professional. So forget about taking lessons, I think you need to give them. This was an amazingly well crafted song and beautifully performed song. Very nice playing, just a perfect accompaniment. Wonderful, simply wonderful.

33. Ganddalf - Sonata A-flat major (Hob XVI - 46) first movement This is a beautiful performance. You have judged the tempo extremely well, giving space to the music to breath but allowing it to move at a good space. With these long pieces it can be hard to keep things moving in the right direction but you have accomplished that easily. Overall I think you've made this sound a lot easier than it probably was!

34. beechcraft409 - Ombre Such a tender interpretation, beautifully shaped. You let the subtle variations in the left hand show through without dominating. The melody is nicely phrased too and there is great dynamic range.

35. Richard (zrtf90) - Notturno Op. 54 No. 4 Well, you may hear / feel those hesitations but they do not come across to the listener at all. This sounds wonderful, full of color and wonderful tone. The tempo is perfect, with wonderful rubato as needed. The interplay of the hands with those typical Grieg syncopations is fabulous. Beautiful.

36. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Album Leaf This isn't a Debussy piece I know at all. I let it wash over me; nicely played. Perhaps dampen it down just a little bit to make even more of that Debussy atmosphere?

37. Ken. - Let's Cool One I think you got the laid-back feel of this pretty well; you brought out the wonderful harmonies very nicely.

38. FarmGirl - Brahms 118 #2 Another very professional performance. I'm not usually sold on Brahms piano music but this was just fabulous. I loved the tone, the pedalling was excellent and it was wonderfully shaped. If you asked me how long this was I would have said three minutes tops!

39. Mar_red - The Shadow of Your Smile & Misty - Medley. I hadn't looked to see what this was before it started playing but it was instantly recognizable. Both of these are favorites of mine and this was a gread medley. The left hand chords are fabulous - yes, quite guitar like. The arrangement was great and delighfully played; nice ornamentation and little touches. The tremelos / trills are outstanding! I will admit I prefer Misty a little less adorned and slower, but for the style you chose I can't fault the performance - you got it to swing and there were great touches.

40. Jazzwee - Stella by Starlight There is almost nothing to say, this is just wonderful. I simply switched off, relaxed and enjoyed the cool sounds running over me. There was nice piano work all the way through, very enjoyable.
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#2036900 - 02/21/13 11:22 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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More comments:

31. MaryBee - Beautiful. I love "your" Chopin.

32. BenPiano - I bet your wife is very proud! It is a beautiful declaration of love. I do not know how you can do it composing, writing and singing ... I think this is all very difficult. Good job!

33. Ganddalf - I'm a pure amateur and I don't think I could play this (or other) piece of Heyden... It seems very hard, to me. I like the way you play this piece and I don't agree about this being boring. On the contrary, your playing is beautiful. My sincere congratulations.

34. beechcraft409 - One more Einaudi smile . I saw this piece when I bought the "The Best of Ludovico Einaudi" book but did not pay much attention to it. After hearing your interpretation I changed my mind and I'm glad to have another pianist playing Einaudi. I know it's not easy to "get" the sound of Einaudi because it takes a lot of abstraction ability, but I think you got to keep the "environment" throughout the entire piece. I like it! And thank you!
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#2036975 - 02/21/13 01:34 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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41. Saranoya - Menuett in F That's brave playing in a pub! Very nice, except for the ambient noise. You phrased it with great care and I got an impression you had thought through the piece.

42. windywindy - Waltz in A Minor KK IVb/11 I love this Chopin waltz - I stumble through it and you show how it should be played. You gave it enough tenderness without making it sloppy. I liked the way you phrased the very long melodic lines. Perhaps try to make the chords on the second and third beats a little quieter?

43. lyricmudra - Melodie from the Opera 'Orfeo' This sounds like a challenging piece - which you allude to in your notes. I really felt the passion in it. The melodic lines soared and I admired the way you kept that very much on top of the accompaniment. The piece sounds like it could be too "busy" but you were able to keep the attention where it was needed. Very nice.

44. Sam S - Arabeske Op. 18 First off, where's my star? wink Secondly, this is a wonderful achievement. Even though the sections help break the piece up, to keep a single movement going for that long is commendable. I thought you were able to do a great job of tying the whole piece together while giving each section it's own flavor. I think you were at your best on the more lyrical sections so perhaps if you bring some of the lyrical flavor to the more "robust" parts, it will improve the piece even more?

45. Copper - Greensleeves Very simple, very elegant, nicely done. Henry VIII would have approved wink Though I think this was a piece where and acoustic piano was needed ... it was a little too electronic for a 500 year old tune in my humble opinion.

46. Kenjazz - My Romance You coax a wonderful warm tone from the piano / piece. The Band in a Box really helps with this mood, but it's your playing, with the broad brush strokes of sand and then subtle splashes of color that really make it special. Loved it. (That Gershwin knew what he was doing, huh?!)

47. PianoStudent88 - No Walk Today I think your tempo adjustments sound very natural and overall the piece works very well. You shape some of the phrases carefully and retain a warmth even where there are a lot of repeated chords.

48. carlos88 - Sarabande (from Pour le Piano) There is a beautiful warmth to this piece and I loved the pedalling, giving that Debusseyesqe feel necessary. I think you probably good have done even further with that in some of the thick passages with deep bass notes. There was a nice separation of the different voices in some sections.

49. GrouchoMarx - Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 This is simply crazy good. Not only all the notes played at great speed, but a wonderful warmth to the big chords so they don't end up bangy. And a great dynamic range. Just terrific. And I'm forgetting what you say about "more accessible" ... this is stupid hard and you nailed it!

50. BillM - Georgia On My Mind I keep thinking, Bill can't find any more tunes out there he hasn't done and each time you come back with the perfect one. I loved the tenderness in the playing and your singing, as always, just perfectly suits it.
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#2037046 - 02/21/13 04:08 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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27. Philzpiano

Unfortunately this file appears to have been corrupted during the upload. My fault for not listenng to it all the way through! For anyone that's interested I have uploaded the MP3 again to the Box file sharing website - link below. I shall be back to comment on all the other marvellous performances later!

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#2037243 - 02/21/13 10:19 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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05 slpianoproject - Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1, Chopin
While not one of my favorites, this is a beautiful and challenging nocturne. Good job with it.

06 CarlosCC - Julia, Ludovico Einaudi
I haven't heard this one before, Carlos. I can see why your wife likes to hear it. Very calming and pretty. Well done.

07 Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues
Nice job, Diana. Both pieces flow pretty nicely. You are doing wonderfully for only 11 months at the keyboard.

08 wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2, Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Yes, I think you're too picky. To my ears the melody flows nicely throughout the piece. Another great performance.

09 SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936, Bach
Wow. Your health challenges sound daunting indeed, yet you have persisted in the face of great odds and triumphed with this wonderful performance. Great job!

10 CASINITALTY Cheryl - Sneakin' Around, Dennis Alexander
Cheryl, this is a really fun little piece. I was left wanting more - the sign of a great performance.

11 Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D Minor, Bach
Nice job, Andy. This is quite challenging, and you play it well.


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#2037252 - 02/21/13 10:50 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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51. Pavel.K - Nocturne 21 in C minor posth. Wow, this performance was absolutely gorgeous. And for just over a year playing is quite an accomplishment. Keep up the great work.

52. Allard - To Zanarkand This was probabably my most anticipated piece of the recital. I love this tune and you did it justice with a wonderful performance of it. I may suggest you try a gentle rolling chord on a few of the main initial chords in a way that extends the beauty of these chords. It sounds very nice. Great job with this beautiful piece.

53. MileHi Steve - Stagg Brew First off Steve, you get DOUBLE extra points for taking the music of another instrument and recomposing it into your own. I do a ton of this. Heck, triple extra points. Why not. I'm glad you pre-explained the sound before I heard it as it clarified some initial confusion. I loved the tune and the way you played it, however I would personally prefer to hear a piano sound (even on a digital) as opposed to a laser beam-spacey one. You know what I mean. This piece played by you right now on any decent piano sound signature would sound fantastic.

54. aTallGuyNH - Just The Way You Are Okay tallguy, straight to it. First off, great song selection. I will support saying that by looking at my very first recital submission. Same song. Next up is your playing. You have the main beauty and melody of this piece down. But you have it down in blocky sections. All of your 'sections' that make up this piece are complete and contain all the correct melodies in the correct time. My advice is to do two things. First I would suggest removing the tiny spaces or gaps between these musical block sections and simply connect the blocks. But connect them in a gentle and flowing way. The second thing would be and experiment with a few notes around any one single note that gets constantly repeated. You can't play a melodic piece in Morse code. Sometimes you get make a creative buildup around a note only to really emphasize that note when you finally play it. This is an advanced skill but you are at the point in which you could start doing that with this piece and your performance of it. Overall, all things considered I would give you and A.

55. Aimee O - Sonatina in G Hi Aimee. I don't often get a chance to listen to Beethoven so it is always nice when I do. This sounded like a very fun piece to play with an uplifting tempo. You did a nice job with this.


Well that's it. I have no idea how the level of talent in the ABF is sustainable when you have performances like a lot of the ones in this recital. We'll see.

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#2037277 - 02/22/13 12:38 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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44. Sam S - Arabeske Op. 18 - Yes! - I got my first ABF badge. smile



Silliness aside, Sam, seriously impressive! This is an entire brain consuming amount of music to learn and play.

I've never had any doubt of your musicality. Now I'm equally impressed with your patience and focus to put this on a recording.

I think you deserve a special badge of your own for playing this so well!
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#2037283 - 02/22/13 12:57 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Round two..some more heaps of praise:
16. Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D I’ve never heard Reflections in D. Your version is beautiful! I’m willing to bet that your transcription can stand next to the original.

17. Monica K. - Just Because I Love You I’ve always seen the name David Nevue around here, but I never sat down and listened to his work. Now I see what the hype is about.. wonderfully done.

18. ladypayne - Improv in G minor What a powerful opening! Very passionate piece, and I like it a lot.

19. Jake S - Fur Elise I can’t believe you’ve only been playing a year! Great job. This piece has some tricky places, and I thought you did well with them.

20. Serge88 - Fly Me To The Moon I am such a sucker for this song! Thanks!

21. Teodor - Donnie Darko - The Artifact and the Living Your piano gives it a nice haunting feel. Thanks!

22. (Was)TrueBeginner - Us Very pretty! I am really starting to get jealous of all of you composers.

23. MusicaMusique - Keresem Az Utam Unfamiliar with this one also. Thanks for the introduction! I’ll have to check it out based on your awesome rendition.

24. MrPozor - Un poco adagio I appreciate your hard work in playing without errors! That is not one of my strong points, especially if I think anyone can hear me. Great job... I think you brought out the spirit of the piece well, too.

25. Jazztpt (Russ) - Another Song + Maya Stunning! I liked both of them. Maya seems like a jazzy lullaby! Brilliant!

26. Sand Tiger - Shadow Wow, great job, and after only a year of playing to boot! I can hear a flute or whistle influence in there for sure.

27. PhilzPiano - Prelude no. 1 in C major Beautiful. No matter how many times I hear it I still love it, and your performance reinforces that.

28. Daren - Quanta Qualia I never heard of Patrick Hawes, but I’m going to have to look him up now. Thanks for exposing me to this piece. Your performance was just gorgeous.

29. timmyab - Allemande from French Suite no 4 Thanks for both versions! I enjoyed them. I think I like the fast one the best.

30. Peterws - Regrets. I have a Few . . Amazing job with the arrangements! You’re a talented composer.

31. MaryBee - Waltz in C# minor, Op.64 No.2 My favorite Chopin piece. Congratulations not only on playing one of your dream pieces, but also on playing that piece beautifully.
32. BenPiano - All of These Things For You Wow… you can sing and play at the same time. That alone puts me in awe of you. That song is just fantastic. Your wife is a lucky lady!

33. Ganddalf - Sonata A-flat major (Hob XVI - 46) first movement I am extremely bored with the fact that you didn’t play the rest of it! What a performance! Everything sounds so clear and perfect.

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#2037290 - 02/22/13 01:23 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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On to the classical submissions:

03. dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755 - Ok, my only experience with Czerny has been boring and dry beginner's learning type stuff.

This blew away that preconception! So rich and wonderful. I really liked the way you played that massive run on the keys toward the end. It's no doubt that it took some practice to get down, but it sent a shiver down my spine!

04. Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4 - One of my favorite Chopin Preludes. Well done, and a fist bump for sticking with it until you were ready to share it here on the ABF!

05. slpianoproject - Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1 - Amazing performance, something us noobs dream of performing!

14. joangolfing - Grieg Waltz Op.12 - I know this piece, and gladly hummed along with your playing!

15. Greener / Jeff Green - Moments Musicaux - A flat major; Opus 94 No. 6 - Well played!
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#2037304 - 02/22/13 02:14 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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And some more thank yous:
Originally Posted By: BenPiano
55. Aimee O - Sonatina in G ...This is relatively "easy" but terribly difficult to pull off both movements in a single take because it's so long...

Yes, I was cursing myself for that very reason! Especially since I wasn't used to practicing with all of the repeats. I sure am learning things for next time! And thanks for your kind comments smile
Originally Posted By: BillM

Nice job on this one. You do a good job of maintaining the tempo throughout the faster passages. A very enjoyable listen.

I have been practicing more with my metronome.. glad it's paying off in noticeable dividends!
Originally Posted By: casinitaly
..I particularly enjoyed the second part. I think it is more fun to play than the first part, especially the rippling expanded chords. I never even came close to playing it this well – you’ve inspired me to give it another try!

You're too kind! I hope you do try it again.. I bet it would sound fantastic!
Originally Posted By: zrtf90

...In the Moderato the phrasing marks in M2, 7, 18 and 23 aren't being brought out consistently. Are you with a teacher? These tiny details are so easy to overlook if you're self studying. Also in the Romanze the left hand in M3&4 and M24&25 uses dotted notes that are also easy to overlook on your own...

I appreciate your thoughtful critiques, along with the praise:) The dynamics were admittedly a pain in this piece. I have 3 different versions with conflicting markings, and spent time working out of at least two of these books(the original had the piece spread out over 4 pages and it was extremely annoying to read from). So I kind of got off track with the markings. Some of them, admittedly, I was hoping I would correct in a better recording. But the Romanza ones definitely weren't in the one I mainly learned it from, although both other editions agreed on them, so maybe I should have used them. I do have a teacher who has consistently pointed out my laziness over the ones in measures 2 & 18, however! I will try harder next time smile
Originally Posted By: peterws

55 Beethoven sings for me, and so do you, girl!

Thanks! Hopefully you never actually have to hear me sing.. When I was a teenager, I was belting out a song with the windows open, and a neighbor called to make sure I was okay hehehe


Originally Posted By: Sam S
I played this once, but the left hand just killed me. I think you are doing a much better job than I ever did. Thanks for playing for us!


I can't imagine you ever having a hard time with a piece like this, especially after being able to record a 10 minute Schumann piece! The few little Schumann pieces I've played have turned my left hand into a train wreck. But thank you! I can't wait to sit and listen to yours.
Originally Posted By: Allard

Listened to your song again, this time with better equipment. Much better! I totally neglected to say that I love this piece and want to learn it too, some day. It's so merry.

I'm glad it was easier on you this time 'round!
Originally Posted By: jazzwee
Is this your first recital? If I'm not mistaken, please accept my congratulations on making the move the submit and I thoroughly enjoyed your performance.

It is! I barely got it in on time, but I managed. Thanks for your welcome.. hopefully I will be a regular contributor to these as I've gotten a lot out of the experience.
Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky

Hi Aimee. I don't often get a chance to listen to Beethoven so it is always nice when I do. This sounded like a very fun piece to play with an uplifting tempo. You did a nice job with this.

I appreciate the compliment!


And also thanks to anyone else who has made it down to listen to #55! I am flattered that you all take the time to listen smile

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#2037369 - 02/22/13 07:50 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Sob, my last set. When's May?! wink

51. Pavel.K - Nocturne 21 in C minor posth. This is a beautiful performance, and all the more commendable for someone who has played for a short time. I think you created a wonderful atmosphere and any slight rough spots can get easily ironed out as you progress. It sounded like a very relaxed performance; the left hand was very well controlled which is difficult to do when the right is making the tricky runs. I loved it!

52. Allard - To Zanarkand It's funny how you can tell instantly that this is from a video game. Great performance! I think you have controlled this beautifully; there is delightful phrasing of some of the arpeggios and little flourishes and there is steadiness that allows the moments of intensity to really break through.

53. MileHi Steve - Stagg Brew I think you got some of the harp feel in these pieces. I would prefer a piano rather than electronic piano personally but I can tell what you were going for. You played them beautifully, it was an incredibly serene and straightforward (in a good way) performance.

54. aTallGuyNH - Just The Way You Are "My name's Andy and I'm addicted to Bill Joel." Perhaps not but I've been playing his stuff for years. You've been playing for a few months and have done a great job. You will get much better at smoothing things over. Make the melody "shine" a little more; if you don't already hear the words in your head, try to - it will help the phrasing. But as it stands it's a really nice performance, very controlled, smooth and enjoyable.

55. Aimee O - Sonatina in G Of course I'm going to listen all the way to #55. My only problem is this is the last one. This was one of the three pieces that got me started on trying to play classical (and led me to lessons thank goodness.) I counted up the other day - I think it's in four books I own! You did a very nice job controlling the piece; I would work on getting more dynamic range into it - where you did, it was great! I liked the clear contrast between the two versions but you tied it together well.
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#2037389 - 02/22/13 08:36 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I want to express my gratitude to all of you giving comments to my performance of the Haydn-sonata so far. This week I'm staying at my mountain cottage with very limited internet access, and therefore I didn't have the opportunity to give any feedback neither to your performances nor to your comments, but I have listened to all of you and realise that there is lots of nice playing and interesting pieces. Next week I'll start giving individual comments.

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#2037428 - 02/22/13 10:14 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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PhilzPiano- I saw what you were playing for the recital and thought it might make a nice way to start my morning. Such a wonderful little piece and nothing like to set you right for the day. Very nicely done!! Thanks.

timmyab- Might as well keep going with the Bach. What wonderful command you have of this piece. It just flows and with just the right amount of feeling. I really enjoyed listening to you play. I loved both versions but I am leaning towards the faster one. They really are like two totally different pieces. The various voices "sang" to me and pulled me in more in the faster one. I'm glad you put them both in.
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#2037550 - 02/22/13 02:35 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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BenPiano, SwissMS, jotur, BillM, casinitaly, zrtf90, Riddler, peterws, Sam S, Allard, jazzwee, GrouchoMarx, Mr Super-Hunky, Andy Platt, Thank you so much for your kind comments, it is a great reward for me. smile
I would like to thank to all who listen my recording too.
And of course thanks belong to all organizers of this wonderfull recital which is a great experience and fun smile
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#2037576 - 02/22/13 03:41 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Ah finally a weekend where I have some time so I can spend some time to reading all comments in more detail laugh

Originally Posted By: AimeeO

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 It sounds great without the pedal(this means you didn’t have to cheat hehehe). This seems like it would be difficult to pull off, but you did so convincingly. I like it.


Thanks!

Originally Posted By: Allard

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2
Music without pedal can sound a little empty, but you play it so well.
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Thanks for the feedback!

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08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2
The melody _can_ go slower but does need to be lifted more where it shares the same register as the accompaniment. Melodies don't have a set speed. They have different speeds when played on different instruments or with different touches or timbres. This is a song without words and it must sing. The accompaniment must accompany and as soon as it gets distracting the melody must glare at it with the look of a coloratura whose pianist is getting above himself. With only three years it's a tough ask but once you get the balance right between the 'singer' and the 'band' when playing slowly you can develop the speed until it feels right and your playing has no issue here with the speed.

It would have been nice to get this in the themed recital - I wouldn't have an issue with duplicates or missing pieces but it's not my project. Thanks for letting us enjoy it here.



Richard many thanks for your detailed review. Amazing how much attention you give to all performances here!! Seems I'll have to try to play LH softer here.

I will check the possibility to have it added to the themed recital.

Originally Posted By: slpianoproject


08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 Here i have alot to say ..: First of all congratulation for this very fine performance. For only 3 years of piano experience you have a wonderful touch. You are able to bring out both melodies very well and that is impressive. I totally agree with your choice of not using pedal in this piece, it gives it a juggling feeling wich sound appealing to my hears. It also makes the left hand melody shine alot. As for you not being satisfied with the performance well... I've listened to your performance several times, even followed with the sheet music and your left hand is perfect. There is a clear distinction when its a quaver + its rest and a crochet. You use clear legato when its indicated. I'm highly impressed.

I can't really help you about the main theme being repetitive. Some mendelssohn pieces tend to make me feel the same way when i play it. I've recently made a recording of Op.30 no.1 on youtube and the theme repeats alot more (you can look it up on youtube... just search slpianoproject). 8 times to be precise with almost no variation. At the very end it comes back briefly and it always gives me the feeling the listener must think "OMG not again, will it end already".... But eh... what can we do... we play what is written.

Anyways i assure you that you should be proud of this performance its really impressive. Especially with 3 years of experience... I've played longer than you (although its hard to gauge how long i've been playing since i'm very casual) and i don't think i would do better than this. Awesome job!

By the way, are you using a special tuning on your piano? Or its just out of tune? Cause it fits perfectly with the piece.


wow, thanks slpianoproject for the extra large review. It's really interesting to see how some people here say I should use pedal while others are really happy that I did without smile Also it's good to hear that you also have this feeling with Mendelssohn.

Piano out of tune? You're the first to mention that. Check.... No, it was tuned a few weeks before I recorded so it should be well tuned. What exactly do you hear?
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#2037585 - 02/22/13 03:58 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Originally Posted By: Sam S


08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 Great job. You asked for suggestions, so - Yes the accompaniment parts are too loud. They should be a couple of levels softer than the melody. Difficult to do, but that will make it sound much more musical. On the use of the pedal, even though the bass notes have the little dots, it is the style of the period to use pedal throughout. As one of my teachers once told me, the pedal is not an on/off switch. There are many levels. Just barely touch it in some cases or use what is called quarter pedal. Think of the dots on the bass notes as little accents, not as staccato. Think of pizzicato strings. There is a loud pluck, but it also rings and sustains. If you make the bass notes too short you lose that effect. So use the pedal, even if it is just barely depressing it. Anyway, you have the notes down now, it just needs some fine tuning.


Thanks for the detailed feedback Sam! So far to me the pedal seems an on/off switch: I sometimes try to smoothly dampen a chord by carefully partially releasing the pedal but I usually end up with a sudden cancellation.... And it also sounds like a booster pedal, making everything twice as loud once pressed... Oh well there's some stuff to learn with the pedal here smile

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC

08. wouter79 - I don't know why you're not satisfied with your work... I have 3 years of experience and I can't imagine myself playing this. Wonderful job on this (far from easy!) piece.

Thanks!

Originally Posted By: Greener

08 wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2
This has a lot of familiarity to another Mendelssohn piece (102 no 1) I am currently working on. There is clearly a lot to this and you are doing a nice job of allowing the melody to sing cleanly above and throughout it all. An ambitious undertaking for just 3 years on the bench. You clearly have what it takes though. Good for you, very nicely done and great recording.


Thanks Greener, I'm looking forward to your piece for the themed recital !

Originally Posted By: timmyab

Well I'm not sure if it's worth my time but the opportunity to insult you is too good to pass up.
Seriously though it's very good for three years being such a tough piece and all that.
I'm not in the slightest bit fundamentalist when it comes to following the score so I would probably pedal every half bar on this.Maybe drop it on the second quaver and lift it just before the end of the forth to give a slight gap between bass figures.I think it's especially helpful for tying the second and third notes of the bass figure together.Without it you'll tend to get a bit of a jolt there which may account for some of the nervousness you mentioned.
The most important thing here is to subdue the accompaniment.The syncopated parts should be so subdued that exactly what's going on is mostly hidden by the singing melody anyway.This is a difficult skill to learn but probably one of the most important things to bring the piano to life.Practice on very simple pieces and, for the purposes of getting a feel for it, play around with very exaggerated differences between different hands and fingers of the same hand.
I wouldn't drop the tempo any.The melody will start to lose coherence if you do.


Timmyab, thanks for the detailed comments. Mmm, interesting suggestion, but yes I could try to apply pedal only after releasing the bass note. Kind of reverse stride effect. It's also interesting to see different ideas about the importance of the tempo here. Reducing the LH power seems something most here would like to hear.
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#2037587 - 02/22/13 04:00 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Thanks again to all those who worked behind the scenes create the recital.

16. Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D Very nicely played. I enjoyed listening to your rendition. Your changes didn't detract from the piece at all.

35. Richard (zrtf90) - Notturno Op. 54 No. 4 Very well played. Excellent!

37. Ken. - Let's Cool One Keep practicing

41. Saranoya - Menuett in F Surprisingly good recording quality using just your iPhone on the piano

43. lyricmudra - Melodie from the Opera 'Orfeo' Every time I listen to someone in this recital who has played as a kid and returned as a adult I marvel at the advantage one has by starting young. Very nicely played.

48. carlos88 - Sarabande (from Pour le Piano) Another one that started as a kid. Very nicely played. Increasing discouraging lessons? Your teacher must have been too critical.

49. GrouchoMarx - Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 3 years? Unbelievably advanced. I would not call you a relative beginner.

54. aTallGuyNH - Just The Way You Are Very well played for just 11 months. Were you using the pedal? It sounded like a lot of the notes were sustained. The only suggestion I could think of was to have less of that.
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#2037613 - 02/22/13 04:54 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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13. Peyton - After All I really like what you did with this piece, Peyton! It's takes one on a very pleasant journey, then back home. Thank you for your music!

14. joangolfing - Grieg Waltz Op.12 At first, this sounds like a simple piece, but there are so many details to manage - there's lots going on and you played it beautifully.

15. Greener / Jeff Green - Moments Musicaux - A flat major; Opus 94 No. 6 Schubert was a very fine choice for you. You play it with such confidence and conviction to give it life.

16. Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D Ed, this is spectacular. I've heard this piece only once before. You've done some very tasty, rich voicing with it. Really a great tune and a even more well-played.

17. Monica K. - Just Because I Love You You play this as though you are listening very carefully to the melody. This is a beautiful piece and you bring tenderness to it.
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#2037714 - 02/22/13 08:40 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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05. slpianoproject - Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1
Well played and a great video to go with it! It is always fun to see the action in videos like this.

06. CarlosCC - Julia
Loved it! Einaudi's is a great composer and you a great piano player Carlos!

07. Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues
Sounds like a fun pieces to play. I think that you managed to capture the swing in your performances. Well done!

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2
No pedal? Amazing! A really great performance and your recording is top notch too.

09. SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936
I love Bach's preludes and your performance here is stellar. I like your technique too with the curved fingers and your steady rhythm. Well done!!

10. CASINITALY - Sneakin' Round
This piece also seems like a lot of fun to play. Great job! I really liked your playing on the fast sections with your fingers dancing over the keys!!

11. Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D minor
I don't understand your teacher. It sounds lovely to me and I also like the fast pace. Great job!!

13. Peyton - After all
Fantastic and it is an original piece too! Loved it. It seems quite hard to play but you nailed it like a pro! Great poem too!! Great job Peyton.

14. joangolfing 0 Grieg Waltz Op. 12
Great piece and great playing too!

15. Greener - Moments Musicaux
Loved it! Those pedals… I know exactly how it feels but your playing is so good here that I didn't hear the noise after a few seconds.
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#2037731 - 02/22/13 09:21 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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12 Amaruk - The Christmas song from 'An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf', John Timothy Roberts
Nice job, Amaruk. A very pretty arrangement.

13 Peyton - After All
Another impressive composition coupled with a vituosic performance. Bravo.

14 joangolfing - Grieg Waltz Op.12, Grieg
An excellent performance, Joan. Just plain enjoyable to hear.

15 Greener / Jeff Green - Moments Musicaux - A flat major; Opus 94 No. 6, Schubert
That squeaky pedal is a bit annoying, Jeff. Otherwise this is a very well done effort. You captured the essence of the piece with your somber moody interpretation. It's quite an enjoyable listen.

16 Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D, Duke Ellington
Impressive, Ed. As an Ellington fan I enjoyed your interesting arrangement. As a bonus, it sounds like I could maybe play your version whereas pretty much all Ellington transcriptions are out of reach for me. Great music!

17 Monica K. - Just Because I Love You, David Nevue
Beautifully played, Monica. You show really excellent control in the fade out section at the end. Well done indeed.

18 ladypayne - Improv in G minor
You are becoming an excellent composer. This is really pretty. Well done, ladypayne, well done.

19 Jake S. - Fur Elise, Beethoven
Great job, Jake. This piece is one of my favorites. You play it well. Yes, you have definitely moved into the "intermediate" ranks.
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#2037743 - 02/22/13 10:02 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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7. Dianna - good job. Smooth playing with steady beat. Look forward to your next piece

8. Woter79 - you said you aren't satisfied but I think it's fairly decent. It will be excellent if you keep the left hand volume down. I know it's easy said than done. It will give you an instant inprovement. The shaping of the piece is already there. Once you get the balance of the voices, I think you enjoy being totally expressive.

9. SwissMS - you are a fine piano player. I really enjoy listening to your performance. It does not show any trace of the trouble you had last year. I assume you have many years of classical traing as a child. It just shows.
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#2037754 - 02/22/13 10:26 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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#10 Cheryl - wow, it's incredible. I did not listen to the last recital since I was so busy. I'm stunned with the progress you made. This seriously sounds good. Does not sound like a beginner any more. Like it a lot.

#11 Andy Platt - I'm not the one to express opinions on your playing of Bach inventions. I hated them. It is totally twisted my personal opinion. I don't think the inventions are not his best works. For the purpose of finger independence, we all have to play them. I had to do 7 out of 12! I think you have done good job. Trills will come if you practice. Bach pieces get better and better. Let's persevere.

#12 Amaruk - excellent touch. It's a very beautiful song. Your son is lucky to have music to grow up with.
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#2037796 - 02/23/13 01:26 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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29. timmyab - Allemande from French Suite no 4 - Goodness, this is so rich. It's amazing how full and creative music was once. You've inspired me to learn this, but this just sounds so complicated and deep that I'm not sure I could get to this level. I can't offer any suggestions, but I can say that I enjoyed this very much - I love this place! Well done!

31. MaryBee - Waltz in C# minor, Op.64 No.2 - *Pushes open jaw back into place* Wow, that was awesome!

33. Ganddalf - Sonata A-flat major (Hob XVI - 46) first movement I wouldn't necessarily say that many of Haydn's sonatas are within the grasp of amateurs. Yours is a perfect example - this sounds terribly difficult! I had the chance recently to learn part of a Haydn sonata - yes, terribly difficult!

Your submission was long and very complex - I'm in awe of your ability to not only learn this while practicing, but to put it out there and play it, start to finish, with the recorder on.

Not only is this a wonderful piece from Haydn, you played this brilliantly as well. I loved each note!

35. Richard (zrtf90) - Notturno Op. 54 No. 4 This doesn't sound like any "easy starter"! Very nicely played!

36. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Album Leaf - I hear you about not many versions to listen to. I don't know how I happened on this piece, but I struggled as well trying to figure out how this should sound. Well done, I like your interpretation!
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#2037800 - 02/23/13 01:49 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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13. Payton - another master piece with profound enlightenment! You really should publish your compositions

14. JoanGolfing -What a pretty piece. Good job

15 Greener - I love the piece. You play very well.
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#2037851 - 02/23/13 08:36 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Aimeeo- You are obviously still working on this. But wow, quite an undertaking and accomplishment so far. I really like your pacing and general feel for the piece. I really enjoyed listening.

Allard- I know that feeling of having a piece you have to learn even if you know you are not quite ready for it. But it's that desire that drives us sometimes to new heights. You may not have nailed this piece technically but emotionally... right on! My only technical thought would be to ease up on the pedal a bit. But just great playing especially for only a year inthe saddle.

Copper- Always nice to hear you play. This is such a short version but still very evocative. I really enjoyed hearing the way the bass notes worked along side the right hand. Almost a little Bach like.
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#2037907 - 02/23/13 11:00 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Sorry , a little late to the party , work keeps getting in the way.

Many thanks for all the encouraging comments on my pieces, the best I can say is it gives me a great deal of pleasure that you enjoyed them.

Thanks to the organisers of this fun and enjoyable event and thanks to all the performers who took part. What really stands out to me is that every performance , no matter the level of experience , was musical,making music that means something , with feeling and emotion.

And now some comments, time constraints will restrict me from commenting on all performance so please forgive me if I miss you out.As essentially a "jazzer" and writer of tunes I may stick more to my style area.

01. Mr Super-Hunky - A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning A heartfelt tribute beautifully played, nothing short of excellent.

02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie Glen that was just lovely, instantly recognisable as French music as soon as you started , wonderfully expressive playing and control in the left hand. Not sure why I am not familiar with Massenet, so many wonderful composers and so much music! This had me searching out the music which also led me to Meditation de Thais, so thanks for your
performance and also for introducing me to some new music.

03. dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755 Another charming piece, such a sweet little melody and played with a Wonderfully relaxed style, a pleasure to listen to.

04. Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4
Boy , you get a lot of emotion into this performance which far outweighs any technical issues, very nice performance.

06. CarlosCC - Julia
Another example of your fantastic memory. Lots of emotion in this which is fitting for the dedication of the performance, very well done.

07. Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues Very well done , you really brought these simple little pieces to life.

09. SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936 So glad you are back playing and isn't it great that music can help recovery. A very good performance too of a piece that looks and sounds
difficult.

10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round
A jolly piece very well played, love those jazzy sounds.

11. Andy Platt - Invention No 4 in D Minor
Too hard for me Andy, well done, just those trills to work on.

12. Amaruk - The Christmas song from 'An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf'
A simple but very pretty melody and as usual a nice video to go with it.

13. Peyton - After All
Another great composition Peyton, great work on the left had pattern which avoids the obvious. Great writing, improvisation , groove and technique, what more can I say I loved it.

16. Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D
What great playing and arrangment, that amateurish fancy stuff sounds Professional to me, reminds me more of Stan Kenton ( only better Piano playing) those chords, just rich & lush.

17. Monica K. - Just Because I Love You
Control ,control , control, from start to finish, congratulations on a fine performance.

20. Serge88 - Fly Me To The Moon
Wouldn't sound out of place in all the bars in all the world, very relaxing.

22. (Was)TrueBeginner - Us
I rather liked this, I can hear it as the music to a film, maybe a French film noir , lovely melody.

26. Sand Tiger - Shadow
You have good ideas and you seem passionate about composing so keep at it and I look forward to hearing your progress in composing and playing, well done.

30. Peterws - Regrets. I have a Few . .
Conjures up pictures of the rolling hills of the north of England , in spring when it’s a bit warmer :-). Takes a lot of talent to put an arrangement like this together, nicely paced with some tasty string pads. Did you keep changing the lead voice , sounds alternately like oboe , pan pipe or soprano sax? And then we have the sea. Great stuff keep em coming.

32. BenPiano - All of These Things For You
Loved the feel you get on this Ben, reminded me of Simon and Garfunkel,the vocal was a tad quiet though but I could a hear a good in tune voice there, a very enjoyable listen.

33. Ganddalf - Sonata A-flat major (Hob XVI - 46) first movement To my ear pretty much expert in every way.

37. Ken. - Let's Cool One
You seem to have really grasped Monk's music, well done.

39. Mar_red - The Shadow of Your Smile & Misty - Medley. Well you certainly covered all the styles here though sometimes less is more. Touch of the Errol Garners in Shadow and you sounded like you had lots of fun with Misty.

40. Jazzwee - Stella by Starlight
This sounds really together with some nice note choices in your solo, you have a swinging little group there. Everytime I hear you Jazzwee you have improved and I think you have just taken a bit of a leap forward. I also picked up your latest version of Solar on the study group thread and you were steaming, live playing with an audience, wonderful.


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#2037942 - 02/23/13 12:11 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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26 Sand Tiger – Shadow
I see from your Blog, ST that you have been very busy with composition. Good on you, for this focus so early in your piano development. It will only get better from here of course. You've done well with this and I look forward to seeing the progress.

32 BenPiano - All of These Things For You
This is very easy and pleasant listen. You have a nice voice. Nice job in keeping the accompaniment interesting without interfering with the vocal. Nice recording and well done.

36 Mike White - Album Leaf
Not familiar with the piece. Some very interesting elements to it. Clearly very competently played. I don't care for the piece, but I like your playing. It would likely grow on me though, there are many I play now, that I wasn't so keen on in the beginning and some Debussy I really like, of course. Nice work.

37 Ken - Let's Cool One
Fabulous changes in this. I love pieces with chord change iterations on every beat. This is one that could really swing. You are on your way with it. Nice choice and some fine playing, Ken.

38 Farmgirl - Brahms 118 #2

I think I may need to take up drinking again. I don't recall ever getting this good of results though. I somehow thought I was better, but my neighbours never did. Really fine production you have with this, Farmgirl. Beautifully played.

39 Mar_red - The Shadow of Your Smile & Misty - Medley
These work very nicely together as a medley. Who knew. I have both of these buried somewhere in my line up. Time to dig em up and perhaps do likewise with them. Very cleverly done, love the trills. Nice arrangement and some great playing.


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#2038102 - 02/23/13 05:38 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: jazztpt]
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Hi Jazzpt; English Horn and Soprano Sax only used as solo. I suspect the English horn and Oboe are bedfellows . . . .according to Yamaha that is!
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#2038120 - 02/23/13 06:42 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I just want to thank all you folks that commented on my piece...

Monica- Your comments are always highly valued by me. Yea, I really like getting down into those bass notes.

Saranoya- I suppose if i actually wrote it all out I could intentionally write in accel and retards. But, yea, some of those really were not intentional. I just have a bad habit of speeding up as things get louder and more dramatic. I really need to work on that.

SwissMs- the runs up the keyboard are fun but not too complicated. That said...the second time I did it it didn't quite end up right. Thank you for seeing the connection of the music to the poem. It really is supposed to be "searching".

Casinitaly- Again, I'm really pleased you saw the connection of the poem to the music. And it's really neat that you were waiting to see what would come next. Yes, the Satie has really helped inspire the pieces I'm working on right now.

Bill- Always nice to get a favorable comment from you. For you to say my piano playing is first rate means a lot to me.

jotur- Yea, most of the pieces I've been writing have a left hand pattern that is pretty consistent. Maybe it's my bass playing roots...

Aimeeo- I would love to really be a talented composer. However I'm all too aware of my shortcomings. (Music theory or lack thereof being a major one...)

KenJazz- interesting you hear some "eastern" flavor. I didn't mean for that to be but have been playing around with that sound. I don't see my works as "new age" either. I think you put it well.. a little R&B, new age, eastern... Hopefully just my own thing.

Allard- Yea, I really need to work on my speed consistency.

zrtf90- That beat is hard to follow in the middle because I probably lost it.... I do have fun with the rhythmic patterns.

Ed- Your comments really cracked me up. I answered you earlier but I'll say it again... If you ever do transcribe some of my runs by all means please let me know what you come up for fingerings.

Mr. SH- I'm really glad you read it as you did... I was pleased with the ending. I just wanted those chords to say "After All".

GrauchoMarx- I'm glad you felt the hands were well balanced. That is certainly one of the great challenges in this piece.

Greener- I know I really enjoy hearing what other folks here compose. It adds another whole element to listening.

SamS- Cool! I know I don't feel like I sound professional but to hear it from you means a lot.

CarlosCC- I only WISH I could even begin to write like Debussy. (And yes..if I could only play Debussy as well as you. smile )

AndyP- When I was studying art an instructor told me once that the secret to good work was to make mistakes look intentional. Sooo I should have just said that "tap" was there on purpose!!

Jazzwee- What can I say? Coming from you that really means a lot!

Beachcraft- Yay, someone remembers my Coffee for Breakfast! You should just try writing. A couple of shots of Makers Mark (the 90 proof, not that other stuff they tried to put out there), some lights down low... sit at the piano and just play.

Ben- Thank you. you really hit it for me. "vast, old and desolate. yet..here we are".

Inlanding- "a pleasant journey, then back home" I like that.

Amaruk- I'm glad you liked the poem. I thought it might be a little silly putting it there but it really did explain a bit about what I was trying to say with the piece.

TXDennis- thanks as always Dennis. Not sure it's exactly "virtuosic" but hey, that doesn't hurt my self esteem.

Farmgirl- I just wish I could really write out music. If I could I would at the very least write all these to paper. I'm counting on my memory and... that's not good.

jazztpt- Hey you cover all the bases smile More great self esteem builders.
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#2038160 - 02/23/13 08:53 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: Peyton]
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Originally Posted By: Peyton


Ed- Your comments really cracked me up. I answered you earlier but I'll say it again... If you ever do transcribe some of my runs by all means please let me know what you come up for fingerings.



Peyton,

Actually, I saw your previous comment. Sorry, I did not mean to ignore you, it's just that I interpreted it as a joke! grin

BTW, I don't write these runs down on paper, I record them in midi, and sometimes capture the fingering in text that displays in the lyrics window when I play it back on the Vanbasco player.

Anyway, here is what I captured.

Two handed ascending run an interval of a third apart:

  • Both hands follow the standard Eb (Hanon) fingering.


One handed Eb descending run in thirds, starting with C and Eb:

  • Top note finger - 3 5 4 3 2 4 3 2 5 4 3 2 4

    Bottom note finger - 1 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 3 2 1 1 2

Wierd, huh?

One handed Eb run with scale notes 3 4 2 3 1 2 7 1 etc (where 3 = G, 4 = Ab, etc).

  • RH fingers 4 5 3 4 2 3 1 5 3 4 2 3 1 2 1 5; in other words, I switch to 5 on Ab and Eb.


BTW, methinks I am not a good person to ask about fingering; I tend to start ascending arpeggios and runs with fingering 2 1 (index then thumb), and I often cross 1 over 5 going up, 5 over 1 going down. Us old guys have our habits and there is nothing you can do to change us! smile

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#2038188 - 02/23/13 10:18 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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20 Serge88 - Fly Me To The Moon, Bart Howard
A nice mellow take on an old favorite. Great job, Serge.

21 Teodor - Donnie Darko - The Artifact and the Living
Interesting piece and well played, Teodor. I haven't seen the movie, so I am not familiar with it, but I find it quite enchanting.

22 (Was)TrueBeginner - Us
A beautiful composition. Great job, WTB.

23 MusicaMusique - Keresem Az Utam, Akos
This is another piece I haven't heard before. It has an interesting lyrical quality which your performance captures nicely. Great job.

24 Mr Pozor - Un poco adagio, Clementi
First piece in a while that I know. You do a nice job with it, Mr Pozor particularly in light of your limited experience at the keyboard. you've made tremendous progress thus far.

25 Jazztpt (Russ) - Another Song + Maya
Impressive, Russ! Your arrangements are lush and full. You make the runs seem effortless. A pair of very professional sounding pieces.

26 Sand Tiger Shadow
Your composition is pretty, and your playing is getting better all the time. Nice work.

27 PhilzPiano - Prelude no. 1 in C major, Bach
Nice job, Phil. This little prelude is beautiful, and your performance lets the melody shine through.

28 Daren - Quanta Qualia, Patrick Hawes
Beautiful, Daren. This is another piece I don't know. I really enjoyed your performance.

29 timmyab - Allemande from French Suite no 4, Bach
I like both versions. Perhaps the faster one is a bit more authentic for Bach, but the slower version is pretty in its own way. Great playing on both versions, Timmy.
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#2038201 - 02/23/13 10:40 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: Riddler]
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Originally Posted By: Riddler
Originally Posted By: Peyton


Ed- Your comments really cracked me up. I answered you earlier but I'll say it again... If you ever do transcribe some of my runs by all means please let me know what you come up for fingerings.



Peyton,

Actually, I saw your previous comment. Sorry, I did not mean to ignore you, it's just that I interpreted it as a joke! grin

BTW, I don't write these runs down on paper, I record them in midi, and sometimes capture the fingering in text that displays in the lyrics window when I play it back on the Vanbasco player.

Anyway, here is what I captured.

Two handed ascending run an interval of a third apart:

  • Both hands follow the standard Eb (Hanon) fingering.


One handed Eb descending run in thirds, starting with C and Eb:

  • Top note finger - 3 5 4 3 2 4 3 2 5 4 3 2 4

    Bottom note finger - 1 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 3 2 1 1 2

Wierd, huh?

One handed Eb run with scale notes 3 4 2 3 1 2 7 1 etc (where 3 = G, 4 = Ab, etc).

  • RH fingers 4 5 3 4 2 3 1 5 3 4 2 3 1 2 1 5; in other words, I switch to 5 on Ab and Eb.


BTW, methinks I am not a good person to ask about fingering; I tend to start ascending arpeggios and runs with fingering 2 1 (index then thumb), and I often cross 1 over 5 going up, 5 over 1 going down. Us old guys have our habits and there is nothing you can do to change us! smile

Ed


Ed, I was kind of kidding... but that is very impressive. Wish I could do that midi thing with my grand. Alas.
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#2038209 - 02/23/13 10:57 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: Peyton]
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Ed, I was kind of kidding... but that is very impressive. Wish I could do that midi thing with my grand. Alas.

If you have the financial means, it is possible to add MIDI to an acoustic grand (or an acoustic anything else): http://www.midi9.com/
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#2038243 - 02/24/13 12:37 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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38. FarmGirl - Brahms 118 #2 - Gosh, I don't know what to say. Even ill, you're awesome. You bring a passion to this instrument that is very admirable. It's great to have experienced pianists around here in the ABF - to not only show us what is considered the "Farm Team" (ahem), but to lead us less experienced players toward our goals.

48. carlos88 - Sarabande (from Pour le Piano) - Nicely done! In 10 years, I might be ready for something extravagant like this.

49. GrouchoMarx - Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 - Wow, that's insane! I might offer some instruction here, but that would be silly and only drag you back a year or two. Amazing that you can play this!
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#2038300 - 02/24/13 06:56 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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46. Kenjazz - My Romance
Another fine arrangement, excellent intro to this and you pace this perfectly. Hardest things to do when playing jazz (IMO) are to play fast - technique and speed of thought required - and play slow where there is a temptation to rush and fill in all that space , you also need to create new melodies rather than just run the changes. So on that basis this is a fine fine performance Ken, a keeper, I really enjoyed it, congratulations. I am going to dust off my iReal app and have a go at some standards myself, you've inspired me.

49. GrouchoMarx - Prelude Op. 32 No. 12
3 years ? Simply amazing.

50. BillM - Georgia On My Mind
As always I enjoyed your piano style and arrangement , perfect fit to your vocal. I always have to have a play and sing myself after listening. Thanks for your performance.

54. aTallGuyNH - Just The Way You Are
I sometimes play this one and it’s not the easiest song to play, very well done indeed after just 11 months.
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#2038476 - 02/24/13 02:39 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I have time for a few more listens… I promise I will get through them all soon.

34. beechcraft409 - Ombre Congrats on your first Einaudi piece.. I think it sounded great, and you emoted well. You should definitely follow up with more of his pieces!

35. Richard (zrtf90) - Notturno Op. 54 No. 4 ooooh look who’s showing off on his new digital! First of all, congrats again on that. It’s got a great tone. I can see why you went for it! Anyway. The piece sounds great. Those trills are awesome! I’m not familiar with the piece, so I didn’t know where any of your hesitations are. It just sounds like a really thoughtful piece. If those where due to the hesitations, then you should just say they are editorial!

36. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Album Leaf Debussy can be beastly. I don’t know the piece, but it sure sounded like Debussy to me. That’s half the battle right there. Sounds good to me!

37. Ken. - Let's Cool One That sounds like so much fun to play! Well done!

38. FarmGirl – Brahms 118 #2 I know I already commented on this piece but it came up next on the stream and it’s sooooo purty… waaah I wanna play that!

39. Mar_red - The Shadow of Your Smile & Misty - Medley. I love the trilly parts especially! You nailed ‘em. I felt like I was out somewhere listening to great piano music when I listened to this performance. Awesome. And self-taught to boot! I have a Roland FP-7 and it never sounded that good.

40. Jazzwee - Stella by Starlight Wow. This easily rivals anything I’ve ever heard while out and about here in New Orleans. Are we on Frenchman right now? ‘Nuff said.

41. Saranoya - Menuett in F Great job, especially finishing it off in a bar. Red dot and in public! I really enjoyed that Menuett!

42. windywindy - Waltz in A Minor KK IVb/11 Gorgeous and crystal clear.

43. lyricmudra - Melodie from the Opera 'Orfeo' I’ve always liked this but never knew where it came from. Well done, and your emoting in this one is fantastic.

44. Sam S - Arabeske Op. 18 You get a gold star and so do I!  His pieces can be so frustrating to play, but the outcome is worth it. As you’ve proved. And this is a straight take? Very impressive.

45. Copper - Greensleeves Great work! That one leaves no room for flubs and you nailed it!

46. Kenjazz - My Romance Oh, Kenjazz, I do hope you get to play with more than a band in a box. I think you would do well with a real one! Great arrangement! You’re very talented.

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#2038526 - 02/24/13 03:59 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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01 Mr Super-Hunky - Beautiful composition and great playing underlining character of the piece, beautiful. Have you any webspace where your works are available? If not, have you been thinking about soundcloud profile? Btw. cool avatar :-)

02 Inlanding - Glen - I have never heard anything from Jules Massenet before. Thanks for this introduction, I have enjoyed your gentle play.

03 dannylux / Mel - What a surprise for me that Czerny wrote something else than studies :-) This piece is really lovely and also lovely played. Thank you.

04 Plowboy - I feel shred on pieces after listening your performance - Good job!

05 slpianoproject - Excelent video, sound, performance. I love this Nocturne too. Dramatic piu mosso! Looking forward to next Nocturnes.

06 CarlosCC - This is the first time I listen to Einaudi. Thanks a lot for this beautiful experience and your performance. Einaudi is on my long to-do list now too :-) Oh and what a lovely story. :-)

07 Diana (sinophilia) - I hear You are playing by heart. I have enjoyed your performance a lot, thanks!

08 wouter79 - Very nice and clean play. Maybe you will never be happy with this piece because I see its nickname - Lost Happiness :-)
Here is what Maurice Hinson wrote about this piece:
"Lost Happiness - This plaintive and yearning melody is beautifully spun throughout the piece. The syncopated accompaniment figure must be carefully controlled to support but not interrupt the melodic line. A canon between the bass and soprano voices appears at measures 61-64. The bass then becomes ostinato-like while the soprano sings final farewell. Mendelssohn carefully controls the three-level texture (melody, bass and accompaniment) from beginning to end. Study each part of the texture separately, then combine melody and bass, accompaniment and melody, and bass and accompaniment before practicing the entire piece."

09 SwissMS - Very nicely played Bach. I am becoming bored usually when listening to Bach but not at all during you performance. I am glad you are playing again. You are a fighter!

10 CASINITALY (Cheryl) - What a refreshing jazzy performace. I have enjoyed it a lot. Thanks.

11 Andy Platt - I think it definitely sounds like Bach. :-) I would by proud of myself to play Invention like you.
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#2038771 - 02/25/13 01:21 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie - I must say, I was a little surprised by your submission as featured on the recital page - while listening, I was waiting for you to bust out and go all "Glen" (TM) on this at some point! laugh I can respect your holding back and pouring your feelings into this, for what this piece needs - you brought just the right touch for this!

16. Riddler (Ed) - Reflections in D - Nicely done! - I appreciate your tweaking an original piece to fit your style and ability. I don't know this piece, but whatever you did, you made it sound great!

25. Jazztpt (Russ) - Another Song + Maya - Excellent pieces - well done!
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#2039019 - 02/25/13 01:22 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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PavelK~ Thanks for the kudos! So glad you liked the Massenet. His melodies are quite lyrical - a very unique composer, for sure.
BenPiano~ ha! You almost got me there. I actually thought about creating an improvised version, but the original is so beautiful, I had to go with it. Thanks for the encouragement to hold back. wink

18. ladypayne - Improv in G minor Very solid, driving repetitive bass line. I like the staccatos you used to create emphasis and drama. A very fine composition, very nicely played.

19. Jake S - Fur Elise So amazing how you well you play after one year! It's great you play this with fond memories of your Dad. It'll be interesting to hear it again after several years and it's matured under your fingers. Great work!

20. Serge88 - Fly Me To The Moon In Other Words, you played this marvelously with your virtual combo. Great left hand bass lines you added to the mix.

21. Teodor - Donnie Darko - The Artifact and the Living I really like the left hand and the pulse it gives to the music. It's a nice, melancholy melody with lots of sustain pedal. Nicely done.

22. (Was)TrueBeginner - Us The three note arpeggios in the left hand keep a nice pulse as you make your way to create a beautiful melody. I am always curious as to your motivation/inspiration for your original compositions.

23. MusicaMusique - Keresem Az Utam Very interesting music. I must be out of it, as I don't watch MTV and miss much of what is being created. At times, your electric piano reminds me of a guitar sound. I like the slow, patient way you bring out the melody as though you are carefully listening to what you are playing.

24. MrPozor - Un poco adagio Congratulations on getting a fine take on your Clementi, Un Poco Adagio. You play with very relaxed hands and wrists, especially at this point in your playing. Excellent control of the melody and accompaniment. Thank you for your music and I look forward to hearing more from you!

25. Jazztpt (Russ) - Another Song + Maya What a joy, Russ. You are making some good music these days, aren't you? Very sophisticated and soothing to the soul, for sure. I loved that ending on "Another Song". Recall you launching for the first time, Maya, at the Piano Bar. This rendition is so nicely played, so sensitively expressed. Russ, I always look forward to your music and so glad you brought us these two pieces.
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#2039046 - 02/25/13 02:08 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I want to thank everyone for their comments. I hope to be able to respond individually in the next couple of days when I'm at my computer; it's just too awkward to do all the cutting and pasting on my iPhone in an airport!

Thank you to everyone for your dedication and bravery in sharing your music with us. I particularly adored Peyton's composition, and GrouchoMarx's Chopin Prelude. Peyton, you have inspired me to want to compose, and then I think of all the technical and music theoretical deficits I have that would stand in the way of making anything as glorious as your music. I'm thinking an extremely angular 12-tone serial self-composition would be a better cover for my lacks! Or maybe I should submit John Cage's 4:33 for the next recital wink .
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#2039085 - 02/25/13 03:03 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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12 Amaruk - Wow, your arrangement by ear is very impressive. Nice positive piece without any enforcement. And you played it like a pro. Aren't you a pro? :-)

13 Peyton - This was blast! (I am not sure whether it is a correct word :-) What a nice musical poetry in action wrapping. I have enjoyed it enormously. Thanks.

14 joangolfing - You have created great mood with you playing. I feel a little avant-garde - I would change to a fancy dress and start dancing :-) Thank you.

15 Greener / Jeff Green - I have enjoyed great musicaux moments during your play. No problem with squeaky pedal - your fellow accompanist :-)

16 Riddler (Ed) - Very interesting piece/arrangement played with bravura.

17 Monica K. - Beautiful piece beautifully played. It touched my soul.

18 ladypayne - Cool improv 8-)

19 Jake S - Pretty impressive to tame Elise like you did only after one year of experience. :-) Congratulation for this milestone.

20 Serge88 - Ahh, feel like dancing in Las Vegas with my fatal love ... Beautiful.

21 Teodor - Low quality of the recording (via phone) created wonderful frame for this dramatic piece. Nice play.

22 (Was)TrueBeginner - At first let me point out that you have a great nickname and true lovely avatar :-) Next I would like to point out that you have composed beautiful piece and executed it with bravura.
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#2039111 - 02/25/13 03:35 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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41. Saranoya - Menuett in F: Congratulations on your first recital entry! This minuet is so jaunty and lively, and I would not have believed it was recorded in a pub. Actually, I can’t think of many better places for battling the Red Dot than a pub... laugh

42. windywindy - Waltz in A Minor KK IVb/11: If this is the easiest Chopin piece to play, I won’t be playing Chopin in this lifetime. I loved how you made those trills and ornamentations sound so delicate.

43. lyricmudra - Melodie from the Opera 'Orfeo': I wasn’t familiar with this piece, but I really enjoyed its dark mood. And the picture quality of your video was terrific. The audio level seemed too low; have you tried using the “hi” or “auto” gain setting on your H4?

44. Sam S - Arabeske Op. 18: It’s the hallmark of a skilled pianist if you can make the music sound easier than it looks. When I saw the sheet music on your YouTube video I went pale. eek I can only begin to imagine what it took to master all 10:31 of this. Very beautifully played.

45. Copper - Greensleeves: This is one of my all time favorite melodies, and you do a great job of capturing its wistful plaintiveness. I just wish you had made it longer. smile

46. Kenjazz - My Romance: Oh, this song mellowed me out completely. I love the slow pace. Hubby’s at work while I’m listening to this, otherwise I’d make him dance with me.

47. PianoStudent88 - No Walk Today: This one also has a plaintive air, almost sad and mysterious. I’m beginning to think Khachaturian didn’t have a very happy childhood!

48. carlos88 - Sarabande (from Pour le Piano): Congratulations on your first recital entry! I could hear that “idle king” when you were playing all those deep bass notes. Sounds like it was quite a bit of fun to play. smile

49. GrouchoMarx - Prelude Op. 32 No. 12: You may win the “technically most challenging” piece for the recital... wow Very impressive playing!

50. BillM - Georgia On My Mind: Great job on a timeless standard. I’m ready to buy an album of all your covers.

51. Pavel.K - Nocturne 21 in C minor posth: Congratulations on your first recital entry! Your Nocturne was beautiful; you’re setting a high standard for yourself to beat in subsequent recitals. I need to add that I think your Ivory II piano sound is amazing. thumb

52. Allard - To Zanarkand: Nice job on a beautiful piece. I’m also pleasantly surprised at how well the iPad records.

53. MileHi Steve - Stagg Brew: I really like how you arranged this medley–the pieces flow well together. Very professional sounding!

54. aTallGuyNH - Just The Way You Are: Congratulations on your first recital entry! I prefer this as a piano solo (Joel’s lyrics always annoyed me a bit), and your arrangement is very pleasing. The volume was rather low, however, and I’m surprised you had trouble with hiss using a digital; you may want to check out some of the resources on recording in the archives to see how it can be improved.

55. Aimee O - Sonatina in G: Congratulations on your first recital entry! Talk about sneaking in under the wire. grin You do a good job of communicating the playful spirit of this sonatina.

Congratulations to everybody who participated in this, and the earlier, recitals! Can’t wait for #30. smile And I wish to thank everybody who took the time to listen to, and comment on, my piece.
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#2039150 - 02/25/13 04:26 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
CarlosCC Offline
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Dear friends,
I've heard all the pieces several times, but I've been very busy. I'll do the comments soon.
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#2039321 - 02/25/13 10:01 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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30 Peterws - Regrets. I have a Few . .
You obviously put a great deal of work into this recording. Nice tune and nice playing.

31 MaryBee - Waltz in C# minor, Op.64 No.2, Chopin
Nice, MaryBee. I love the backstory you shared. This is a real dream come true performance.

32 BenPiano - All of These Things For You
Ben, I am impressed. This is a really nice song with great lyrics and a really nice melody. Well done.

33 Ganddalf - Sonata A-flat major (Hob XVI - 46) first movement, Haydn
Despite what you say, this is a very challenging piece. Your performance is delicate, lyrical, flowing, and entirely delightful.

34 beechcraft409 - Ombre, Ludovico Einaudi
You do a great job with dynamics on this, beechcraft409. It's a really pretty performance of a beautiful piece.

35 Richard (zrtf90) - Notturno Op. 54 No. 4, Grieg
A thoroughly enjoyable performance, Richard. The trills are really rather well done despite your protestation to the contrary.

36 Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White -Album Leaf, Debussy
Well done, Mike. Another enjoyable listen.

37 Ken. Let's Cool One, Thelonious Monk
Thanks for covering one of my favorite Monk tunes. Well done, Ken.

38 FarmGirl - Brahms 118 #2
I am struck not only by the beauty of your performance, but also by the lovely tone of your piano (but I've always been fond of Baldwins). A very fine performance indeed.

39 Mar_red - The Shadow of Your Smile & Misty - Medley, Johnny Mandel / Erroll Garner
This is a fun recording. I really enjoyed the variety you put into both pieces.
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#2039420 - 02/26/13 03:27 AM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Finally I had the opportunity to give my first comments to this recital. I generally enjoyed the music, and am amazed by the high level. Even more impressive is the fact that many of you have been playing only for a very short time. Like many others I give my comments in batches. Here are the first 10.


01. Mr Super-Hunky - A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning Thank you for sharing this beautiful tune. You can be proud of this composition and play very well.

02. Inlanding - Glen - Elegie So nice to hear a piece of Massenet. I enjoyed your performance, and I really would consider learning this piece myself.

03. dannylux / Mel - Czerny Romance in E Op.755 Another great surprise. I have to admit that I always had a negative attitude to Czerny, but this was based on things I heard from others, and your performance really convinced me that Czerny’s music deserves more attention than it gets. I can hear that the piece is quite tricky, but you do it very well.

04. Plowboy - Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4 As you indicate yourself, there is potential for improvement, but you have already done a lot of good work with this Prelude. It is much more difficult than it sounds.

05. slpianoproject - Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1 I spent some time on this Nocturne myself, but gave up because I was never satisfied with my performance. I’m highly impressed by your playing, not only how you manage the difficult climax, but also the rest of the piece that requires great musicality. You really understand Chopin.

06. CarlosCC - Julia You definitely put a lot of emotion into your playing, and I enjoyed very much listening to your performance.

07. Diana (sinophilia) - Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues A simple, but very entertaining piece. Despite the fact that I’m a die-hard classical player I enjoyed listening to it.

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 Good job with the Mendelssohn piece. Your performance was very transparent and clear, maybe because you played it without pedal. This is one of the SWWs I do not play myself. If I did, I would definitely use some pedal, but very carefully.

09. SwissMS - Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936 I’m a great Bach lover, but I have not heard this piece before. I liked your performance very much. Sorry to hear about your health problem. I can’t hear any effect of it on your playing, though.

10. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sneakin' Round I’m always impressed by people being able to play Jazz music with elegance. Thank you very much for sharing this piece with us.

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#2039667 - 02/26/13 02:26 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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23 MusicaMusique - By ear? Wow - I envy your talent :-) Very nice.

24 MrPozor - Very well played. And the video is excelent!

25 Jazztpt (Russ) - I liked both compositions, thanks for sharing. And many congrats to Maya! I am sure you are a proud grandpa :-)

26 Sand Tiger - Great composing exploration. Looking forward for next.

27 PhilzPiano - Well Done! You kept speed and rhytm for the whole piece. One can get lost pretty fast here.

28 Daren - Very nice piece played sensitively. I have enjoyed it.

29 timmyab - Two different versions?? You are the king of the red dot :-D I am a romantic guy so the first version is better for my taste. But the second one is excellent too.

30 Peterws - I would say very professional composition and sound.

31 MaryBee - Beautiful waltz played with elegance. Love it. It has about 190 measures I think....impressive!

32 BenPiano - Wow, what a lovely song, you are a great poet, composer, player, singer. Iam sure this was valentine a lot of women dream of :-) And it is the first time I hear iPad 2 in a song :-))) Instant subscription of your channel!

33 Ganddalf - It has to be pretty hard work to record such long piece. I am not listening sonatas yet, but I have enjoyed your recording enormously! Thanks for opening my eyes.
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#2039719 - 02/26/13 04:13 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Originally Posted By: Sam S


Yes, I would pedal every chord change for the most part, which is every beat, disregarding the eighth rests in the bass line. I would probably try to use less than full pedal too. It moves along at a pretty fast tempo, which makes the pedal even less noticeable. I think that's totally in keeping with the style of the period. If you want to get really confused, look at measure 24. Same melody, same chords, but why does he change to quarter notes in the bass? Because it's forte instead of mf? Or does he want a different feel there? I think maybe he means for the beginning acc. to be lighter in character and quieter, then more robust at m 24.

Bottom line, I would use pedal, otherwise it will sound too dry and not the correct style for that period. But ultimately, the decision is yours...


Sam, thanks for the details! Generally I think he's looking for a different feel. For the quarter notes in the bass I guess you're talking about m. 20. Actually these quarter notes make a lot of sense to me: exactly at these places the bass notes gets too low to play the following chords with the same hand and without pedal you can only interrupt the bass line. Now if Mendelssohn was using pedal, these make no sense. So we could take these as an indication that mendelssohn WAS playing as written, without pedal.

Curious that your remark gave evidence for NOT using pedal shocked

Originally Posted By: Inlanding

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 Very nicely played is your Mendelssohn!


Thanks!

Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 There is a nice legato on the melody without the pedal - perhaps a sneaky bit of half pedal would have smoothed the left hand that your notes indicate you aren't sure about. I don't know, the contrast seemed well done to me. Perhaps very slightly quieter on the left, not sure myself. But overall it was a really nice performance - I really liked the phrasing, particularly where the melodic line has slight repetitions. The dynamic range was well judged and the overall feel was great.


Good to hear that phrasing and dynamics are good and that it feels all right. That gives me another vote for just trying a bit softer with the LH but not change too much otherwise.

Originally Posted By: jazzwee
08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 Great work Wouter as always. Now you encounter the need for finger legato. Tough thing to master and this is way too fast anyway to implement easily. But you are doing a great job here. Maybe lighter on the LH. Rhythm and evenness has improved greatly. Definitely a quality performance.


Thanks jazzwee!
Ah yes the micro timing issues, I followed your suggestions a few weeks but after that I had holidays and never picked them up after that. Maybe I should re-check that. Still good to hear that it is working out.
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#2039726 - 02/26/13 04:24 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
wouter79 Offline
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Originally Posted By: beechcraft40
08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2

I don't have any suggestions to your questions, but I think you've done very well with it. It is impressive you are not using the pedal.


Thanks!

Originally Posted By: TX-Dennis

08 wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2, Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Yes, I think you're too picky. To my ears the melody flows nicely throughout the piece. Another great performance.

Thanx Dennis for your feedback!

Originally Posted By: Amaruk

08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2
No pedal? Amazing! A really great performance and your recording is top notch too.


Good to hear, thanks Amaruk smile

Originally Posted By: Pavel.K
08 wouter79 - Very nice and clean play. Maybe you will never be happy with this piece because I see its nickname - Lost Happiness :-)
Here is what Maurice Hinson wrote about this piece:
"Lost Happiness - This plaintive and yearning melody is beautifully spun throughout the piece. The syncopated accompaniment figure must be carefully controlled to support but not interrupt the melodic line. A canon between the bass and soprano voices appears at measures 61-64. The bass then becomes ostinato-like while the soprano sings final farewell. Mendelssohn carefully controls the three-level texture (melody, bass and accompaniment) from beginning to end. Study each part of the texture separately, then combine melody and bass, accompaniment and melody, and bass and accompaniment before practicing the entire piece."


Aha, interesting, lost happiness, I didn't know, but that explains it all :p I never saw the comments of Maurice Hinson, yes he's right

Originally Posted By: Ganddalf
08. wouter79 - Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2 Good job with the Mendelssohn piece. Your performance was very transparent and clear, maybe because you played it without pedal. This is one of the SWWs I do not play myself. If I did, I would definitely use some pedal, but very carefully.

Thanks for your suggestions and feedback!
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#2039740 - 02/26/13 04:42 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
CarlosCC Offline
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Registered: 12/06/09
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35. Richard (zrtf90) - Richard, first of all, your new Kawai has a magnificent sound. Then let me tell you that I loved your piece. Your technique is at the top of the best of this recital. Very, very good. My sincere congratulations.

36. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Mike, I think this is a great rendition. I loved the sound of your Yamaha, and you did a real nice job in this Debussy piece. Very "clear" and well played. Congrats!

37. Ken. - Ken, I did not know this piece and I was expecting something more "obscure"... And I did not feel the music "obscure." I even think it should be fun to play. Nice job.

38. FarmGirl - I do not drink alcohol, but if I need to drink whiskey and wine to play like you, I'll get drunk all night. Very pleasing to hear. Very good!

39. Mar_red - Quote: "As a completely self-taught aspiring pianist I like to treat every piece as an exercise". I know exactly what you want to mean. I'm in the self-taught side too, and I use to select pieces that I know will "give" me some new technic.
I understand why you fell in love with "The Shadow of Your Smile". It's a lovely, calm, and happy melody. "Misty" is diferent, but also very pleasent. You're a great piannist. Good job!

40. Jazzwee - I love the way you play jazz. All the different notes combined together in a perfect shape. So cool!
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#2039761 - 02/26/13 05:28 PM Re: Recital #29 -- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
CarlosCC Offline
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Registered: 12/06/09
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Loc: Lisboa, Portugal
Thank you for your comments on my piece.
It has been a pleasure listening to this recital.

41. Saranoya - Nice to know that you play this at a bar - very funny - and I was expecting to hear some applause at the end of your interpretation. So, one of two things may happen: either you cut the applause in MP3, or the bartender and the other client were deaf. I loved your work. Nice job!

42. windywindy - You should keep this piece for many and many years, it's a realy beautifull Waltz. You are in the right way. Congratulations.

43. lyricmudra - I loved to watch your playing. It's so "natural" that it seems "easy"... Your hands slide down the piano in a wonderful way (it's an example to follow). The result is a piece played very well. For me, it has a professional sound. Congratulations.

44. Sam S - Sam, It is with great pleasure that I accept the medal. But it was not necessary because I would hear this piece without any offer. You were very brave in playing it, and I imagine the work and dedication which are necessary for doing this excellent work. Very good. Sam.

45. Copper - Copper, this is a well known traditional English folk song and I was waitting to listen it because I also submited an +500 years old piece for the last ABF Recital. Music is eternal, right? Good job!


> More comments tomorow.
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