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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...

Sam

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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.


Edited by GrouchoMarx (02/19/13 07:27 AM)
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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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