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#2231710 - 02/14/14 09:23 PM Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room
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Welcome to the General Discussion Room for the AB Forum “Beginners and Beyond” Recital #33!!!

Please use this room for any discussion of the pieces in Recital #33 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.

For those who wish to comment on all pieces, a copy and paste template for offering feedback can be found here:

Recital #33 Response Template

Please use this thread only to discuss recital performances. If you have any comments or suggestions about ways to make the recital process better, please start a separate thread.

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#2231717 - 02/14/14 09:33 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I'm here to apologize for my submission. I did not take the opportunity to listen to the recording once I uploaded it. And come to find out, the unedited versions made it into the recital. There are two false starts before I play the 1st movement through. So sorry. I hope you can put up with the two false starts to make it listening to the piece.

I don't know what happened. I edited the false starts out in Audacity. But somehow they remain. Well, you get the full effect of my nerves and then sorting them out to play through to the end. Next time, I will listen to my uploaded recording. In my defense, I could not listen to the Mp3 on iTunes on my computer to catch the error. I listened to it on Audacity. iTunes has developed a problem on my computer and will not play recordings at all. I hope to get this fixed. I really am sorry. A bit embarrassed too. But it's done now.


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#2231765 - 02/14/14 10:51 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: dynamobt]
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Originally Posted By: dynamobt
I'm here to apologize for my submission. I did not take the opportunity to listen to the recording once I uploaded it. And come to find out, the unedited versions made it into the recital. There are two false starts before I play the 1st movement through. So sorry. I hope you can put up with the two false starts to make it listening to the piece. ...


If I've often wondered if other people have some choice words so say to themselves between each restart, but you don't have any incriminating sentences in there :-)

You played the sonata wonderfully emotionally, from the first sharp attack gently slowing down, to the wonderful dynamics, subtle accompanying Alberti bass, wrapping up with an emotional ending.
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#2231829 - 02/15/14 01:23 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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The Entertainer by paul1971 I was entertained. Especially with the little subtle color you put at the end of the piece. I think you play well, The Entertainer is not an easy piece to get under the belt. Speed is fine , I rather like this piece err on the slow side than faster as I feel it is more authentic sounding that way. Only thing key to work on (for future rag time; not sure if you looking to play more ragtime) is rhythm. But looking forward to more Joplin smile


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#2231836 - 02/15/14 01:41 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Monica K who played Lamentations of the Heart. I know why you choose these pieces. I dont have to explain it. I think we just know. Very good serene playing. Gentle and heartfelt. Music pieces like this I can listen to driving long distances while I have time to ponder on my life. Eerily takes me back to childhood feelings and life situations I have been through. It is music about hindsight. About what if I have done it differently. I can get lost in it. M
onica you are sweet from your posts and your video. I can see it touches you .. You play well and hopefully I can play that well after a short 9 years. I am maybe 7? 8 ? years and have nowhere the sense of touch and understanding of dynamics as yours in your piece. (That is why i just stick to Joplin lol )
Other youtubes I hear I am a bit impressed and such, but a lot of times I dont look into their other recordings. I am looking at your other piano pieces hoping you have more.
Only thingI can suggest , and it may not really be piano or technical, but this is a piece you can get lost in it emotionally, maybe bring that more through, perhaps videotaping or publicly playing one can hold that back due to shyness, but perhaps you already do that fully when playing it in your own personal time so maybe Im preaching to the choir.
I can tell at the end of the video, this piece is dear to you.


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#2231851 - 02/15/14 02:51 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: briansaddleback]
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This a great line up of pieces, many of which are new to me. I am really enjoying listening!

First batch of reviews:

01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2 I really like this Sonata for its cheerfulness. You bring out that character well. Very smoothly and expressively played. Nice contrast between the first second movement.

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart I can see why you fell in love with this piece. It is very haunting and beautiful. You play it with a nice balance between the constant arppegiated accompaniment and the singing melody. Nice!

03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8 You do sound very relaxed and confident with these pieces. I like the idea of presenting “old friends” in this recital occasionally. Your playing is very polished and expressive with these pieces that you have matured over time. Invention 8 is one of my favorite, and you gave it a bouncy light feeling.

04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3 This is a side of Brahms that I had not heard before, somewhat strident, and forceful. It does sound quite difficult. You handled the urgency of it well, giving it lots of character. Well played!

05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major What a gorgeous nocturne! Your version is quite rich, and the tone of the Bosendorfer is warm and exquisite.

06. George Schiro - Heartache Nice, soul searching improvisation, with a feeling of lost love or disappointment. Nicely done.

07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2 This sounds like a lovely love song. Your balance between the hands turned out very nice, with the melody singing above the heaving chorded base. You gave the piece drama without becoming overpowering.

08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette Your description of the recording process had me curious about how this would sound. It worked well! Your expressive playing comes through beautifully. I don’t know the original piece, but your final result is lovely.

09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939 This such a pretty prelude. You handle the mordents quite well. The slow pace gives it a stateliness and fits the piece well. Well done.

10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6 As my piano teacher says “Keep working, it is getting there.”
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#2231864 - 02/15/14 03:51 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Everyone playing acoustic, as usual please give me a PM if you want my feedback
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#2231865 - 02/15/14 03:57 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: SwissMS]
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Originally Posted By: SwissMS

04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3 This is a side of Brahms that I had not heard before, somewhat strident, and forceful. It does sound quite difficult. You handled the urgency of it well, giving it lots of character. Well played!



Thanks SwissMS! Yes Brahms more common style is a bit less forceful. And yes, in fact a bit too difficult for me at this moment
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#2231870 - 02/15/14 04:23 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: wouter79]
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Originally Posted By: wouter79
Everyone playing acoustic, as usual please give me a PM if you want my feedback


I'll "defend to the death" your right to review only acoustic - but exactly what I would base that defense on I haven't the slightest clue...

You're missing a lot of excellent performances of some really great music, and doing somewhat of a disservice to that group of hard working, dedicated participants who would otherwise like to have your usual experienced, educated and thoughtful analysis of their submissions.

But, as I said, you have my support of your right - although it's a support without foundation...
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#2231877 - 02/15/14 04:57 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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John, thanks for your concerns. But relax, I'm not missing anything, I just do not want to attempt commenting on a DP performance.

Also let's keep this thread focused on the recital instead of this old discussion. You can always PM me on this or refer to the earlier thread.
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#2231881 - 02/15/14 05:13 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: wouter79]
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.... Other than feeling like having been slapped and spat on my face because I use a digital, nothing happens...

Thanks
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#2231887 - 02/15/14 05:40 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: evamar]
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14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9 I really liked your part. The quicker sections sound tricky (from my humble beginner perspective). Although, In the slower sections it felt as though the notes trailed off a little too abruptly from what I heard though. Have you tried using the peddle to sustain those notes? I am a bit of a pedal whore though, so maybe it sounds too abrupt because I am used to hearing long sustains haha.

But all in all I liked it! Going to check that piece out actually.


Also I agree with the others. We shouldn't be differentiating digitals and acoustics. Digitals might be slightly different to acoustics, but no two acoustics are alike either.


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#2231889 - 02/15/14 05:43 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Wish I had an acoustic but best option was to get a dp, considering I have only just started playing, less outlay, no space etc. Being a beginners forum I would guess the majority here have a dp though I could be wrong. Looking forward to listening to some of these recitals when I finish work.

Briansaddleback: thanks for the constructive comments, I think the color at the end of entertainer was me panicking when I realised I was close to the end wink

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#2231899 - 02/15/14 06:25 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Jayden]
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Originally Posted By: Jayden
14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9 I really liked your part. In the slower sections it felt as though the notes trailed off a little too abruptly from what I heard though. Have you tried using the peddle to sustain those notes? I am a bit of a pedal whore though, so maybe it sounds too abrupt because I am used to hearing long sustains haha.



Thanks for listening to my submission Jayden. I did try the second theme with pedal as written in my book but I didn't like the sound so I omitted it. I guess I like the crispness it gives but the downfall of the digital is it can be a bit too clean cut.

Listening to your piece you are showing remarkable ability for only two months. I am sure you are going to have a very bright piano future ahead of you.
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#2231900 - 02/15/14 06:29 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: evamar]
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Originally Posted By: evamar
.... Other than feeling like having been slapped and spat on my face because I use a digital, nothing happens...

Thanks


I don't think the OP intended to offend those of us who use dp's.
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#2231906 - 02/15/14 07:14 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: earlofmar]
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Originally Posted By: earlofmar
Originally Posted By: evamar
.... Other than feeling like having been slapped and spat on my face because I use a digital, nothing happens...

Thanks


I don't think the OP intended to offend those of us who use dp's.


Sorry, it felt like that. Intended or not. I don't mind technical criticism, I'm not touchy about that as I'm only starting and know that I have to improve a lot. But discarding the efforts that a lot of people have put into learning simply because of the instrument they used (with or without choice in many cases) does seem offensive.

It would have been better to simply do not make any mention of this separation and for him to simply comment on the pieces he want to comment.



Edited by evamar (02/15/14 07:32 AM)
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#2231907 - 02/15/14 07:15 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Jayden]
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Originally Posted By: Jayden
14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9 ... I am a bit of a pedal whore though, so maybe it sounds too abrupt because I am used to hearing long sustains haha.



Is this defined in the "Urban Dictionary"?

I'm pretty much of an 8va whore myself, especially on repeats of the bridge...

Edit: all emphases mine after initial..


Edited by TrapperJohn (02/15/14 07:17 AM)
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#2231908 - 02/15/14 07:20 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Didn't make it to this recital, though I wanted to, hope to put something up in the February (or March) bar instead.

Evamar, since you've been slapped and spat upon, because of using a digital, I'm going to even the odds and start with your performance. I namely am also among the unclean ones, the digital piano owners, and we ought to stick together. cool Besides, my DP is not as good as yours, at mimicking the feel of an acoustic.

Your Kawai CA65 sounds just great and if I hadn't known better, I wouldn't have been able to answer if asked whether you were playing an acoustic or a digital.

Enough of the technical issues, here is the review.

39. evamar - Pelagia's Song - With Sausage Fingers Remix Your performance was simply excellent. I don't know this piece, but I enjoyed your interpretation of it. Keep up the good work.
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#2231910 - 02/15/14 07:25 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: earlofmar]
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Originally Posted By: earlofmar
Originally Posted By: evamar
.... Other than feeling like having been slapped and spat on my face because I use a digital, nothing happens...

Thanks


I don't think the OP intended to offend those of us who use dp's.


Young Wouter has got a way with words. Got away with `em for too long! smile grin


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#2231914 - 02/15/14 07:47 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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It's quite exciting to listen to all entries and see how huge a gap we have in styles and techniques.

As a beginner myself, I would like to comment on real beginners' entries, around 6 months. Unfortunately not a lot, but quite a few, which is brilliant. Cannot really comment on technique, but I can see all the effort you guys have put into them, thanks for participate and sharing our first steps!

22.- Newbert. Although you've only been playing for 6 months those 2 years learning as a kid still show! Really nice piece and very well played. I really like some of Brickman's pieces, and I was very happy to hear this one, thanks.

23.- ajames. I tried that same song from the same book. I found that the pedalling and phrasing are quite tricky, as well as managing to make the melody sound clear. Well done!

30. corysold. Less than a month playing and there you are! You can be proud!

32. StevenB. Amazed at what you have achieved in only one month! I know that you have musical background, but still very good! Bach is closer every day.

34. paul1971 . Fantastic, it's a really difficult piece. I have only given it a fast try to realise that I still need to work a lot before having a chance with it. You make it sound very good, I was humming with your playing. Keep them coming!

42. Jayden . Love it! Very airy piece that I'll be very happy to learn myself. Thanks for this discovery, it's absolutely lovely to hear and very well played.

I'll continue listening to all the rest of entries, love the variety in styles!
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#2231918 - 02/15/14 07:59 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: TheodorN]
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Originally Posted By: TheodorN
Didn't make it to this recital, though I wanted to, hope to put something up in the February (or March) bar instead.

Evamar, since you've been slapped and spat upon, because of using a digital, I'm going to even the odds and start with your performance. I namely am also among the unclean ones, the digital piano owners, and we ought to stick together. cool Besides, my DP is not as good as yours, at mimicking the feel of an acoustic.

Your Kawai CA65 sounds just great and if I hadn't known better, I wouldn't have been able to answer if asked whether you were playing an acoustic or a digital.

Enough of the technical issues, here is the review.

39. evamar - Pelagia's Song - With Sausage Fingers Remix Your performance was simply excellent. I don't know this piece, but I enjoyed your interpretation of it. Keep up the good work.


Thanks for your -too kind- feedback, TheodorN. The CA65 is a very good digital piano, quite a monster at my level, though.

Lots of hesitations, not synchronised hands and a few clunkers. But it was only a week's work, so still decent...

Looking forward to listening to your work next recital!

Yes, we the unclean ones need to stick together! We should only look at the effort we put and our willingness to improve our playing. We all love piano music here, I thought that was the main thing.




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#2231931 - 02/15/14 08:53 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I was gonna pick a few favorites because I can't comment intelligently on all of these lovely submissions, but I decided to try to at least say something to each member individually.

01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2
Lovely, as usual Andy!

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart
I always enjoy your playing, and your M&H. And thanks for all the hard work you do putting this together. You don't get enough thanks.

03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8
Great idea waiting and doing a piece that's under your fingers already. I should do that more, so my recordings sound more like this. So clear and musical. Great job!

04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3
This stuff is so hard and dense, that I honestly couldn't make heads or tails out of it on one listen. Not to say you didn't play it well, but I'd need many listens to really get this piece and say something intelligent about it. I can say, however, that I enjoyed listening to it very much.

05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major
Despite the iPhone recording limitation, you can make out the lovely Bosendorfer tone, and your very nice playing of this beautiful piece. Really nice!

06. George Schiro - Heartache
Cool improv stuff laugh

07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2
Another dense and very difficult sounding piece. Nice job bringing out the melody!

08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette
I miss the BB smile
But you still sound great.

09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939
I listened to the acoustic one (I always prefer acoustic where available). Nice job! I've only been playing a bit longer than you, and I really need to do more Bach to develop better rhythmic discipline and articulation. You're wiser than I am smile

10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6
Love the Bechstein, but does it need a tuning? Nice piece of music, and nice playing! I really enjoyed it.

11. Jazzwee - Wave
I'm still not a jazz guy, but I think it's very cool what you can do with a group of musicians, while I have to play solo. By the way, we should meet again so I can play on your lovely Steinway O. I think I've improved very much since last time!

12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4
I've never heard this piece before. I would never know it was Chopin without being told! It sounds nothing like the usual Chopin I listen to (Ballades, nocturnes, waltzes, etudes, preludes). This sounds almost like jazz! But Petyon's playing Chopin, so I'm in!

13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin
Debussy on a Bechstein! What's not to love? Lovely! smile

14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9
Congrats on learning to use the pedal! It's really hard, but brings with it great rewards. I'm still learning. Sounds great!

15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1
You sound fantastic. Your playing is so clear and crisp! I like your ornaments too. Lovely smile

16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro
Sounds great, and very cool video too! I like what you did with the performance of it on the Fazioli. You almost had me fooled there for a minute wink

17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78
Lovely piece, which you really keep moving throughout! Some of the ornaments (I think they are trills) are kinda sluggish, probably because of your piano's ability to repeat notes quickly. But the overall feel of this piece if lovely, as is your performance.

18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell
LOVED this performance, and your video was also really touching. Congrats on the 1st grandchild, and I hope he brings you and your family much joy in the coming years!

19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez
I'm unfamiliar with the music, and I decided not to listen to any other performances of this, but I thought your attempt was far from feeble, and was quite dramatic. I very much enjoyed listening to it.

20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major
I love this piece. I think you could slow it down a bit (as you suggested), but just playing this whole thing is quite a feat in itself. The quality of the recording is a bit muddled (not sure why; maybe wouter can help with that), but I still enjoyed listening to it. And this is the kind of piece that will definitely mature over time, so keep at it.

21. MaryBee - Sarabande (Pour le piano)
I like the tone of the Charles Walter piano. It suits this music nicely. I definitely wouldn't call this easy listening. It's very moody, but you capture that moodiness very well.

22. newbert - Rocket To The Moon
Ahhhh nice and easy listening. And an interesting contrast to the piece that came directly before yours. Very well played, and congrats on your first submission! It's amazing that you dropped it for 45 years and then came back to it. I'm inspired laugh

23. ajames - Laura
Another newbie! Congrats on getting over the fear of posting a recording of yourself. It will only get easier from here on. I enjoyed listening to your performance, and I hope we'll hear you again in the next recital so we can watch and listen as you get better and better!

24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse
Only one Einaudi piece in the recital? Is the world about to come to an end? wink
If only one member could represent Einaudi in the recital, I think you'd probably be his first choice. You always manage to make Einaudi both beautiful and interesting, even though his melodies are usually very simplistic. Great job, as usual smile

25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves
What a happy tune! This was a pleasure to listen to. I wish I could do that off the top of my head.

26. ladyaugustina - Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3
Sounds great, despite the cell phone recording. I should listen to and play more of this kind of upbeat music.

27. dynamobt / Marilyn - Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvt
Your recording is clean (unlike mine), your piano is beautiful and in tune, and did I mention your playing is fantastic? What's not to love!! I'm happy you had that false start in there, or else I'd have nothing to temper my jealousy with. I think I'd pay to hear you play this live.

28. Jake S - Chopin Prelude no.6 in B minor
You're taking this piece slower than I've heard it in the past, but it sounds like you're more in control of each note because of that. Nice job!

29. Coldsalmon - Sonata in D minor K 32 L 423
Beautiful piece of music, delicately and sensitively played. I agree that your U3 sounds great too!

30. corysold - Cory Hallahan - Greensleeves
You just started playing less than a month ago and you're already participating in the recital?? You're very brave! Tell me more about what got you started playing piano. I'm always curious about what gets an adult to take on this fun and frustrating hobby. Your recording was really nice, especially if you've been playing under a month!! Your rhythm and evenness is really good for such a new player. I'm impressed, and I hope we get to see you again next recital laugh

31. Sand Tiger - Tracks in the Snow
Sorry to hear about your dad. frown I liked this piece as a tribute, because it has happy and sad themes, just like life does. I hope your positive memories of him will keep him alive inside you.

32. StevenB - Old German Dance
Another beginner taking the plunge with only a month of experience smile
You're doing really well for a month, and I enjoyed listening to your submission. I hope we'll see you next time!

33. Yamaha G3 & P-80 / Mike White - Zamba No. 10
I enjoyed this. Part of it reminded me of that FAO Schwartz tune "welcome to the world of fun." It reminded me of going there as a kid.

34. paul1971 - The Entertainer
Nice job! You're doing really well at 3 months. It sounds like you're really having fun, and that made this fun to listen to. I've gotta learn this one of these days.

35. JimF - Sung Outside A Prince's Door
Lovely performance. I can hear the wistful quality you were going for, and the Estonia sounds lovely.

36. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sonatina Op 36 N2 3rd movement
Hey Cheryl!! I haven't been on the forum much lately, so I haven't been seeing all of the achievements on your favorite thread, but it's clear that you've been practicing. I love how linear your progress is. Every single recital there's a noticeable improvement. This was no exception despite the couple of flubs in the performance. See you in four months smile

37. copper - Scenes From Childhood, The Poet Speaks
Nice job! Oh gosh, I'm running out of things to say here smile
I enjoyed listening.

38. lyricmudra - Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2
As I commented on your youtube video, you are a wonderful pianist. I love this nocturne. Thanks a lot for contributing it.

39. evamar - Pelagia's Song - With Sausage Fingers Remix
Kudos to you for sticking with it. I know how frustrating piano can be at times. I liked your "sausage fingers remix." Hilarious laugh

40. BenPiano - Dahlonega
This is so cool! I love your compositions. They always sound so rich and full. After listening to this, I went back to listen to "The Secretary," which is still a favorite little melody of mine. I think you're just so natural at this.

41. jotur/Cathy turner - A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet
Fun, fun, fun!! No technical comments wink

42. Jayden (Jayden Traynor) - Locke'd Out Again
So many newbies this time around. I love it smile
Very cool effects with the keyboard. Nice job!

43. Ganddalf - A piece for me to play
Not boring at all! It grabbed me right away, so you certainly have achieved the effect you were looking to achieve without having to play those monstrous Chopin or Rachmaninoff pieces. I love the sound of this!

44. TrapperJohn - Beauty and the Beast (from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast")
Another piece I don't know, but should. I don't think I've ever seen the movie (I was a deprived child, I know). Well played!

45. Pathbreaker - Capriccio in F-sharp minor, Op. 76 no. 1
I've never heard this before, so I can't really say anything about the tempo. But I like how you've played it, if that counts for anything. It sounds quite difficult!

46. Inlanding - Glen - Four Threads
Very nice touch, and the O sounds wonderful!

47. (Was)TrueBeginner - Purity
Sounds lovely! Sounds like you also have the problem of other people making noise while you record. So cool that you can just sit down and bang out some music on demand. Go you!

48. joangolfing - Gavotte and Variations (Suite No. 14)
Sounds good, but it sometimes felt like a bit too much to handle. Get it? Get IT?? Seriously though, nice job smile

49. Ken. - Monk's Dream
I keep hearing a train whistle! hahaha is that just me, or is supposed to sound like that?

50. Mar_red - Theme from Schindler's List
Love this soundtrack and this movie. I like your performance of it too, and your piano sounds great. My only complaint is that it sounds too happy for such a sad movie. Make it sadder wink

51. ShiroKuro - Midwinter Memories
I was at NAMM recently, and I played the Ravenscroft piano. When I was done, I listened to a woman play a piece on the piano, and then when I looked at her name tag, it said "Michelle McLaughlin!" So then I told her I knew who she was and played a teeny bit of one of her pieces that I had planned to learn but never did. It was pretty cool! That said, nice job playing an entire piece of hers, which is much better than I was able to do when sitting in front of her smile

52. barbaram - Tequila Sunrise
Very cool piece, and you played it very well!

53. Ohio_Mark - Red Rose Rendezvous
I guess it can always be better, but I thought you sounded really good. Keep it up!

54. MrPozor - Prelude in E minor - BWV 941
Don't those voices get even harder to do when you're recording yourself? It's so hard! Keep up the good work, and thanks for reminding me I should play more Bach.

55. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Nocturne in C-Minor, No 21 (Posthumous)
Get a grip, dude. Piano is clearly not for you. Try the xylophone maybe?

56. carlos88 - Bach's Italian Concerto, First Movement
This piece is so happy! It makes me just want to dance! And the lessons you've been taking really show in your playing. Great end to this wonderful recital.


And there it is! I may have been one of the last to submit my recording to the recital, but for the first time ever, I'm the first to finish listening to and commenting on the entire recital. Yay me! laugh
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#2231943 - 02/15/14 09:22 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Wow, Sam, you're fast! Thanks for listening and commenting! How neat that you met Michele McLaughlin!


To everyone else, congratulations on submitting a recording! I've just started to listen and it's really making my morning lovely! smile
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#2231944 - 02/15/14 09:23 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Wow...Sam, you should get some kind of medal... smile But I think you were too rough on #55.
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#2231945 - 02/15/14 09:24 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I've only listened to a few so far. I was very much impressed by Monica's piece, simply beautiful piece and played very well!

Evamar, since you asked, nicely played for 14 mos!

Now Im disappointed in myself that I didn't post one ;( But anyway, I'm looking forward to listening to them all today.
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#2231948 - 02/15/14 09:38 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez.

The Concierto de Aranjuez brings me so many special memories that listening to your playing actually brought tears to my eyes.

Really special piece for any Spanish person with a few years on his back, so full of intense feelings and passions, and such a sad background story. Excellent playing, you really transmitted both the happiness, sadness and acceptance of it all.

Thank you. heart
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#2231954 - 02/15/14 10:04 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2 Very good, a long piece and doesn't sound easy.

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart That was wonderful, very well played.

03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8 Well done, nice flow in your playing.

04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3 A lively piece and you played it excellently.

05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major Well done.

06. George Schiro - Heartache Very good.

07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2 This was very well played.

08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette This was very well played, the glissandos added a nice flavor to the piece.

09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939 I really enjoyed this prelude.

10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6 This was beautiful, fluid hand movements. Your grand piano is very elegant.

11. Jazzwee - Wave Great samba (or bossa nova?) Nevertheless, very well played.

12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 Good job with the mazurka. I like the tempo changes, how the piece suddenly picks up speed. Your piano is also elegant.

13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin Nicely done, played with feeling.

14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9 Very well done, you played the right hand arpeggios seamlessly. The Yamaha P105 and Galaxy Vintage D seems a great combo.

15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1 Don't know what words to use to describe your song without words, except simply splendid.

16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro As always with your pieces, wonderfully played and the video a work of art, actually the playing also.

17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78 Nice job with this one.

18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell Very good, loved the baby photos, and congratulations with your first grandchild.

19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez Don't know this piece, but you played it vey well.

20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major My favorite Chopin piece, and you played it perfectly, in my opinion. From a technical point of view, the recording sounded a little muffled.
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#2231963 - 02/15/14 10:15 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Thanks for the kind words Sam.

My mother-in-law is retiring as a music teacher and piano instructor. She offered my daughter (and later other children as they age) free piano lessons. I've always wanted to try the piano, so I asked if I could have lessons too. She obliged, we purchased a piano and here I am!

My main goal in playing is to keep my kids motivated to play. I wish I had the opportunity as a child to play, but never did. I want them to have that chance. I don't force it upon them, but I do make them practice, subtly. I figure they'll be more inclined to keep playing if they see me playing as well.

That reason aside, I'm really enjoying it! I had no music background prior to starting, so everything is new to me, but I love that kind of thing.

I figured the "Beginner's Recital" needed a few true beginner's, so I joined. Can't wait for the next one, hoping to have a rousing version of the Star Wars main theme ready by then.

As an aside, I had a chance to listen to many of the recordings this morning. I've no basis to critique, but I appreciated the musicality and effort of everything I heard. Truly an inspiration to see where everyone is at varying points along their musical journey. Nice to have some "milestones" to look forward to along the way.


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#2231972 - 02/15/14 10:35 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Think I'll start somewhere in the middle this quarter...


30. corysold - Cory Hallahan - Greensleeves Great job with the right pace and a nice musical feel for the phrases. Amazing work for only 3.5 weeks of playing experience.

31. Sand Tiger - Tracks in the Snow At 100 weeks you are showing major improvement, Sandtiger. Liked the way you returned to the main theme in your composition. And I'm sure your father was listening and smiling.

32. StevenB - Old German Dance Great job bringing out that left hand countermelody. Another quick starting beginner.....it won't be long at all till we hear that first Bach.

33. Yamaha G3 & P-80 / Mike White - Zamba No. 10 What a beautiful piece of music and equally wonderful performance. Quite sure I have never heard this before, although I found myself singing it by the end. What is its source, Mike? Nice work.

34. paul1971 - The Entertainer Boy, do we have talented beginners in this recital. Nice balance in the hands and a good steady pace. You make the syncopation in this piece look easy. thumb

35. JimF - Sung Outside A Prince's Door Ugh. Missing notes, misplaced emphasis. At least the tacos were good.

36. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sonatina Op 36 N2 3rd movement Cheryl, you have such a nice musical feel for these classical era pieces. It comes through very clearly in this sonatina where the mood changes a number of times. There's an awful lot of notes in this thing...I would be amazed if anyone got them all. Great job, especially given the circumstances with unneighborly neighbors. thumb

37. copper - Scenes From Childhood, The Poet Speaks What a hauntingly beautiful piece. Schumann always ties me in knots, but you made this sound easy...which I'm sure it is not. Great voicing.

38. lyricmudra - Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2 Wow. You have absolutely nailed this fantastic nocturne. It has been ten minutes since I listened and I'm still smiling and hearing that beautiful theme. I thought your tempo was perfect. Bravo.

39. evamar - Pelagia's Song - With Sausage Fingers Remix Are you serious, evamar? That was terrific. So musical and sensitively played with excellent phrasing and a nice touch of rubato. No need to get silly at the end, this is work to be proud of.

40. BenPiano - Dahlonega Yep those are the usual super-relaxed BenPiano hands I've admired for four years. Wonderful dynamics that go perfectly with the history you've provided. What a beautiful original work. Man, the ABF sure has a lot of talented folks. wow
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#2231979 - 02/15/14 10:48 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I'm going to jump all around with my comments but want to start with Monica.

#2. Monica- Monica, what a beautiful piece and so well played. That seems like quite a job to memorize, how long did it take? I love that opening bass. Are you usng the middle pedal to sustain it?
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#2231980 - 02/15/14 10:52 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Well, I was going to start listening last night, and I swear to you, the minute I clicked submit on that post my internet crapped out. But it's back morning, so I'm over there!

Cathy
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#2231991 - 02/15/14 11:16 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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BTW, does anyone know of a way to listen on an iPhone without downloading everything into iTunes? It seems like the streaming doesn't work, and I can't see an alternative. I didn't get very far with the zip files either.
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#2232012 - 02/15/14 11:34 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: ShiroKuro]
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Batch two:
11. Jazzwee - Wave I love these live performances! Your improvisation is very free-flowing, but it also holds together very well to express a relaxing mood. With your comment on the difficult chord changes, I listened for that. It does sound difficult, but you executed them well.

12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 This is my favorite Chopin Mazurka. I like your take on it, a little faster and more jazzy, than I have heard before before. It has a feel of free improvisation. You gave it the “spice” that sets Mazurkas apart. Beautifully played.

13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin You made me want to go back and relearn this! It is such an uplifting piece. You gave it the emotion it deserves, restraining the tempo to give it majesty. Very nice!

14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9 I thought you paced the piece well, and there was a nice balance between the melody and accompaniment. Great job for 14 months!

15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1 This a gorgeous piece. I guess I have another SWW to learn… The left hand Arps are nicely subdued under the singing melody, and I like your phrasing, and well placed retardandos. Very nicey played.

16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro I am blown away by your creative videos. How did you turn your Roland into a Fazioli?? I think your chosen tempo worked very effectively, making a sweet love song. Very nicely played!

17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78 Scarlatti has such a variety in his many Sonatas. I like this one, and you give a proper baroque feel. These transparent pieces require great attention to detail. Nicely played.

18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell Very fitting feel to accompany the wonderful baby pictures. Congratulations on your handsome grandson. Beautifully composed and played!

19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez This is a powerful piece, full of determination. You did a great job with the arrangement.

20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major Very nice take on this gorgeous Nocturne. I like your pacing, and use of rubato. Nice runs on the 2nd page, and a nice lyrical finish.

Thanks for the review Sam Rose!
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10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6
Love the Bechstein, but does it need a tuning? Nice piece of music, and nice playing! I really enjoyed it.
And yes, the Bechstein is might need a little tuning. We have been having unusually warm weather which seems to have changed its colour a little lately. I guess I need the tuner sooner than I thought.
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#2232032 - 02/15/14 12:21 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: ShiroKuro]
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Originally Posted By: ShiroKuro
BTW, does anyone know of a way to listen on an iPhone without downloading everything into iTunes? It seems like the streaming doesn't work, and I can't see an alternative. I didn't get very far with the zip files either.


ShiroKuro, I just uploaded all the pieces to my BOX.NET account.
I think you can now use any mobile device (iphone, android, ...) to listen ABF Recital #33.

Link: ABF Recital #33 - alternative player (for PC and mobile devices)

(Sorry for the delay...)
Enjoy!
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#2232034 - 02/15/14 12:24 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Yay!!! Thank you!!
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#2232065 - 02/15/14 01:28 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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56. Carlos- I REALLY enjoyed listening to your Bach. In fact, I listened twice. There were some ornaments you fumbled but all in all you really felt in command of the piece. I wish I could keep time like you do... it seemed right on. Just great work.
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#2232076 - 02/15/14 01:51 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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21. MaryBee - Sarabande (Pour le piano) That was wonderful. 37 seventh chords in a row, don’t know where I would be after that.

22. newbert - Rocket To The Moon Very nice, the DGX-640 and Pianoteq sound great. I’m surprised how well you play this, I suppose the foundation as a child stays with you for a very long time.

23. ajames - Laura Very well played.

24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse Great, you make the Grand Piano 2 sound so good, I never felt it was any good when I had my P85.

25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves Love it how you jazzed up the leaves, leaves me dumbfounded. When you’ve become that good, you can put your own mark on pieces, I look forward to it.

26. ladyaugustina - Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3 Nice playing, a fun sonata.

27. dynamobt / Marilyn - Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvt Well done, that sonata sounds demanding. Some of the pauses seemed a bit long, though there may be long rests in some works, according to the sheet.

28. Jake S - Chopin Prelude no.6 in B minor You played that prelude nicely.

29. Coldsalmon - Sonata in D minor K 32 L 423 Well played.

30. corysold - Cory Hallahan - Greensleeves I liked your playing of Greensleeves. It’s a popular beginner piece, you did a good job on it.

31. Sand Tiger - Tracks in the Snow Nice job.

32. StevenB - Old German Dance Well played, and a lively piece.

33. Yamaha G3 & P-80 / Mike White - Zamba No. 10 A lovely piece and a good job on it. Thought I recognized the beginning, maybe some contemporary music has borrowed it.

34. paul1971 - The Entertainer Nice job on that claccical piece, it’s on my to learn list and I hope to do it as well as you.

35. JimF - Sung Outside A Prince's Door Nicely done.

36. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sonatina Op 36 N2 3rd movement Well done, your playing flows nicely.

37. copper - Scenes From Childhood, The Poet Speaks A good job on that one, a very soothing piece.

38. lyricmudra - Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2 Beautiful playing of a beautiful piece.

39. evamar - Pelagia's Song - With Sausage Fingers Remix Nicely done, as said before!

40. BenPiano - Dahlonega As usual, great job with a demanding piece.
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#2232102 - 02/15/14 02:54 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Let me start off with a congratulations to everybody contributing for another wonderful recital!! I particularly like the wide range of playing experience and repertoire that's represented this time. That's exactly what these recitals were designed for! thumb

First group of ten:

01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2: I love the jaunty first movement; your runs didn’t sound sloppy to me. Instead, I thought you sounded very confident and in control.

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart: Speaking of sloppy runs... wink I need to work on not slowing down when I’m doing my runs... help

03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8: Every recital I express my awe toward people who can play Bach; the nonstop action coupled with different voices/hand independence challenges would put me in conniptions. You pulled it all off well. I particularly enjoyed the Invention.

04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3: This does sound like a tremendously challenging piece. I also liked the quieter B part the best, especially the rolling (muted) thunder of the bass accompanying it. Nicely played.

05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major: What an achingly poignant, pretty little piece. Beautiful performance and sound, and the recording quality of your iPhone is surprisingly good.

06. George Schiro - Heartache: I wish I could improvise. I really enjoyed this piece, which had an almost jazzy feel, and seemed more intense than sad. I really liked the sudden introduction of the deep bass at 2:24. I might have titled it “Anguished Heart” rather than “Heartache.”

07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2: I find voicing the melody in chords to be quite difficult, so I understand the challenges in this piece. You succeeded admirably with this take, however. The dynamics were particularly effective.

08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette: I’ll have to look up the original “Violette” to compare, but I loved what you’ve done here. It has a memorable and inspirational melody; I found myself humming it well after the piece was done. p.s. “Hack-o-Noodling,” I love it!! grin

09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939: Another brave Bach performer! Yes, a little slow, but I’ll take precise slower playing over sloppy error-laden playing any day, and you play this in a precise and controlled manner.

10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6: I don’t play classical, but when I hear Mendelssohn in these recitals, I get tempted... this is a lyrical, beautiful piece, and your video makes those trills look so easy!
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#2232115 - 02/15/14 03:10 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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41. jotur/Cathy turner - A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet Nicely played.

42. Jayden (Jayden Traynor) - Locke'd Out Again Well done, True Keys American sounds great

43. Ganddalf - A piece for me to play An enjoyable piece and enjoyable playing.

44. TrapperJohn - Beauty and the Beast (from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast") This piece is not easy to play the right way, but you captured the feel of it very well.

45. Pathbreaker - Capriccio in F-sharp minor, Op. 76 no. 1 Nice work on this piece.

46. Inlanding - Glen - Four Threads As usual from you, great and steady playing.

47. (Was)TrueBeginner - Purity A nice composition and well played.

48. joangolfing - Gavotte and Variations (Suite No. 14) Well done.

49. Ken. - Monk's Dream Nicely done, you made it swing.

50. Mar_red - Theme from Schindler's List This is a beautiful piece, from a great movie, and you captured the essence of it, in my opinion.

51. ShiroKuro - Midwinter Memories Very beautifully played.

52. barbaram - Tequila Sunrise I enjoyed it, very well done.

53. Ohio_Mark - Red Rose Rendezvous Nicely played. I can’t tell if it was too fast, since I don’t know the piece, but I enjoyed it.

54. MrPozor - Prelude in E minor - BWV 941 Well done.

55. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Nocturne in C-Minor, No 21 (Posthumous) I liked your performance a lot, didn’t notice anything wrong with it. No, forget about the xylophone. grin

56. carlos88 - Bach's Italian Concerto, First Movement Nicely played, I enjoyed it.
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#2232123 - 02/15/14 03:21 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I will probably do these in groups of two or four as I work through all the selections.


01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2 What a great opener! It really takes me back to hear you play this piece that I once dabbled in. My teacher assigned it to me but I never did get it to a point where I was confident to play it in the group recital. I really enjoyed your performance, nice job!

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart
I know this piece VERY well - as a listener. I have a Pandora station called "George Winston" and it's completely new age solo piano. There is a streaming Pandora device in pretty much every room of the house and this is the station for the late evening. Actually my wife requires it playing at certain times ( ha) This piece comes on all the time and I really like it. Your version is lovely! The recorded sound of your piano is also quite beautiful. I hope to do something New Age soon, maybe for the next recital. Either George Winston or Philip Aaberg if I can ever get the sheet music.

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#2232161 - 02/15/14 04:44 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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11. Jazzwee - Wave: I could close my eyes and pretend I’m in a crowded nightclub with this live recording! I really liked the Latin feel of the rhythm. Not to mention that improvising is difficult enough itself, but doing it in front of an audience? wow

12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4: I’m not one to second-guess Rubinstein laugh but I like the faster tempo on your rendition. This piece starts off deceptively easy (relatively speaking), but when you got to the dramatic part around 1:15, my jaw dropped. Bravo!

13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin: I’m glad I clicked on the video link, because you make this piece *sound* so easy that it wasn’t until I saw the sheet music (loved how you did that in the video, btw) and saw the gruesome six-flat key signature and all the tricky runs and voices going on in it that I realized just how difficult it was. I'm impressed!

14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9: What a lilting and joyful piece, and you play it with such a nice light touch. I wish it had lasted longer. smile

15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1: You do a good job of making the melody sing clearly through a lot of different and interesting chord progressions.

16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro: Okay, I’m only on #16, but I’m guessing you’re a shoo-in for the Best Video prize of the recital–creative and entertaining! thumb Lovely arrangement of a beautiful aria, too.

17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78: I like the tempo you’re playing this; it comes across as joyful but not frenetic. Nice job!

18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell: Well, heck, if I hadn’t already given “Best Video” to Amaruk, I’d be tempted to give it to you, simply for those adorable new baby pics of little Russ. And what a beautiful composition to commemorate his birth by. smile

19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez: What a beautiful, somber piece. Your description of it as “fate knocking at the door, and the triumph of the human spirit” is apt. I heard it as the anguish of someone who sees a great war looming yet feeling powerless to do anything about it. You play it with wonderful emotion, and you’ve inspired me to look up and listen to the orchestra version.

20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major: All those trills would be insurmountable for me, yet you pull them off with aplomb. Very impressive!
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#2232244 - 02/15/14 07:37 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: dynamobt]
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" I did not take the opportunity to listen to the recording once I uploaded it. And come to find out, the unedited versions made it into the recital. There are two false starts before I play the 1st movement through. So sorry. I hope you can put up with the two false starts to make it listening to the piece. "

THAT was the fun bit. . . Do you think we do any different? We all knew what happened from experience, believe me. No need to apologise! Like a breath of fresh air! grin Thanks for leaving that in . . .
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#2232268 - 02/15/14 08:56 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I'm just wondering what this place is going to sound like in a few years. The mixture and level of 'beginner' talent here just amazes me every time. It's starting to get harder just to keep up, but at the same time, these recitals are such an incredibly powerful motivator that I'm glad to participate in them.

So here we go. 1st group:

01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2 these sounded great Andy. Your technical proficiency keeps improving with every performance.

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart Ahh,... my kind of music here. From the deep opening bass to the flowing melodies (with authoritative bass notes mixed in} all the way to the expressive ending. This is what I love. And the Mason sounded great once again..(I miss mine).

03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8 Richard, this music may be old hat to you but it's new to me and I'm glad you brought it back out. Nicely done.

04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3 Wow Wouter, you impressed the pants off me with this one. And I don't even listen to music like this. Your soft entries into contrasting chords were terrific. I can clearly see the effort you put into this. Be proud of this one.

05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major This was very nice and relaxing for me. I'm so glad you decided to tailor this piece to your own likings as the performance sounded like you really enjoyed playing it.

06. George Schiro - Heartache Nicely done George. I love hearing the music that comes from within best as it's basically 'musically you'. Nicely done.

07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2 I did like it Mel! I love chords so what's not to love about this piece? Very professionally performed and sounding as always.

08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette Crap are you cheap. I just don't get your logic;... headphones taped over the Zoom! Next time when your back on the Mason, how 'bout a decent sounding recording to go along with it?

09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939 This sounded really good to me and it's nice to know that things are going well for you and you are happy with your progress. That enthusiasm can get infectious you know! Keep it up.
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10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6 Yes, I can certainly hear(and feel) your expressive playing. And I liked the way you introduced the trills just a micro second ahead of time. Wonderfully done.

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#2232272 - 02/15/14 09:04 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Let me get this posted quick, before my intermittent internet strikes again!

8. Mr. Super-Hunky – Beyond Violette This was terrific! I love your styling – all those years of noodling have paid off! I’ve only got a couple of tunes I can noodle on, and I admire the time and attention you’ve put in to your progress. Great results. This one’s a keeper.

13. Sam S – Preludes Wonderful! Your interpretation was so organic, like you just sat down at the piano and played exactly what you felt. This recording is now a favorite of mine.

7. dannylux/mel – Three Fours I can actually hear this as part of my repertoire, which isn’t usual unless it’s old popular stuff. But this moved so well, and your interpretation is great – great dynamics and authority, and very successful at bringing out the melody. Congratulations on your successful at doing that!

10. SwissMS/Doris – Venetian Boat Song Nicely done! Great dynamics, and trills. Confidently played, too.

17. torquenale/Alessandra – Sonata I loved it! I like this ear anyway, your was a sprightly and fun performance, perfect for this piece.

21. Mary Bee – Sarabande That series of 7 chords is something I should get my head around. How cool that it’s a piece you can keep finding more depth in. And very well played.

Now let's see how much more I can listen to before I'm shut out again!

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#2232282 - 02/15/14 10:03 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I am overwhelmed with all the great submissions this time!!!

01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2
That was great! It does not sound simple at all to me. Well played and I really like how light your touch is. Great job!

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart
Very impressive Monica! What a dramatic opening and big contrast to Andy’s piece. I loved your performance! It is easy to tell that you worked out all the quirks in the piece to end up with this great flow in your playing! Your MH piano sounds really great and your recording quality with the H4 is top notch! You look really relaxed when you play! Great job!

03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8
Fantastic! I think your idea of letting pieces mature works great! It sounded like a professional recording to me!

04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3
Amazing! This piece sounds extremely difficult to me but you pulled it off great! Well done!

05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major
What a great performance! And recorded in a piano store too! That in itself is amazing! You must not have any red dot syndrome at all! Well done! May I ask if they extended you an extra sweet deal on the Bosendorfer after that performance? I think they should…

06. George Schiro - Heartache
What a great original! Well played! Did you write it down or is this all from memory?

07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2
I really enjoyed this piece. Extremely well played! Great job!

08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette
Your are a very talented composer and piano player Mr SH! Loved it!! I like your hack of recording from actual headphones…

09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939
Great job! Well played and I like how you bring out the dynamics in this piece so dramatically! I always like it when I see a pen and an eraser on the music desk! Your lovely piano sounds great!

10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6
What a treat! This was played with great emotions in a very musical way!! Your grand piano sounds and looks great too!



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#2232286 - 02/15/14 10:19 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8
The invention is one that I've always wanted to learn. You really have polished this one and it sounds great! I took a similar approach with my submission because I've known my piece for a very long time. It feels good to revisit something and see how you have grown. Good work.

04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3
Very nice! When it comes to Brahms I'm pretty sure I'm his biggest fan. You have a great sound for this music and I wouldn't worry about the tempo. A lot of music by Brahms does fine at a moderate tempo because the thick textures have more space to come out.
Regarding the difficulty, Brahms is always quite difficult to play, I think. From your playing of this piece I think it was a good level for you. It has great potential and you will enjoy it more over time. The one I played has always been too hard for me but now it's a little less too hard than it used to be ha

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#2232288 - 02/15/14 10:21 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2 this not a piece I'm familiar with but I enjoyed hearing your recording of it.

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart Monica, as always your taste in piano music speaks right to my heart! I don't recognize the composers name, but I feel like I've heard this before. Anyway, I think you've done a wonderful job with it, your love of the music really comes through. I'm trying to pretend I don't want the sheet music, too much in the pipeline as it is! laugh

03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8 wonderful! I love this music and your recording, you clearly have it in your fingers confidently, so I think your strategy of playing something that has matured worked well, and the result was a real joy to listen to!

05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major your iPhone?? Really? I'll have to remember that, what app on the iPhone did you use? Did it result in an mp3, or did you do something to it after the initial recording? I don't know this piece, but it sounds just lovely! And the piano! How lucky to play such a amazing instrument!

07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2 I enjoyed that very much! I also liked listening to it and listening for the chords and melody knowing that you re-recorded it to bring out the melody.


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#2232289 - 02/15/14 10:23 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Amaruk]
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Originally Posted By: Amaruk

05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major
What a great performance! And recorded in a piano store too! That in itself is amazing! You must not have any red dot syndrome at all! Well done! May I ask if they extended you an extra sweet deal on the Bosendorfer after that performance? I think they should…


Thanks! And no, they didn't offer a sweet deal on the Bosendorfer, but I did find it quite amazing that the piano dealer there allowed me to play to my hearts content. (A lot of dealers hover around you and only let you have a little 'taste' of it). Oh and I definitely still have red dot syndrome, but in this recording I felt a lot more relaxed simply because I'm playing on such a gorgeously soothing piano!
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#2232301 - 02/15/14 10:40 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: ShiroKuro]
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Originally Posted By: ShiroKuro

05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major your iPhone?? Really? I'll have to remember that, what app on the iPhone did you use? Did it result in an mp3, or did you do something to it after the initial recording? I don't know this piece, but it sounds just lovely! And the piano! How lucky to play such a amazing instrument!


Thanks! I used Voice Record Pro, a very handy app which allows you to record to mp4 (or m4a) and convert it to mp3.
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#2232367 - 02/16/14 01:13 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major
I've never really listened to Field's music but now I will have to take a closer listen. You've done a great job with this and the piano sounds amazing.

06. George Schiro - Heartache
I really enjoyed this feeling you captured. Thanks for sharing!

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#2232381 - 02/16/14 01:49 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Pathbreaker]
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I am really enjoying listening to these. There is so much growth in the abilities of the "regulars" and I am delighted to hear the work on new players!

21. MaryBee - Sarabande (Pour le piano) This is certainly a brooding piece. I really like your interpretation, and I think the slower pace fits it well. You gave it a lot of feeling. Your image of a stormy relationship fits well. Beautifully played!

22. newbert - Rocket To The Moon You play with a lot of heart for someone with just 6 months back on the bench! This is a very pretty piece. Great job with it.

23. ajames - Laura Very nice beginning for seven months playing piano. You are very musical. The melody sings and the accompaniment is nicely subdued.

24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse This does sound like a difficult piece to interpret, but I think you did a wonderful job finding its soul, as usual. Wonderful, expressive playing!

25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves What a nice, fre-flowing improvisation. This is so rich, expressing so much variation, yet it holds together very well. You had all of that on top of your head? I am impressed!

26. ladyaugustina - Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3 I really love this Sonatina. It is so playful. I end up dancing on the piano bench when I play it. You play it with that playful feeling, letting it freely flow. Nice job on the runs. Fun!

27. dynamobt / Marilyn - Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvt I like your crisp, clean ornamentation, use of dynamic range for effect, and restrained use of the pedal. Very competently played. Beautiful.

28. Jake S - Chopin Prelude no.6 in B minor This is one of my favorite Chopin Preludes. It is so brooding, yet has a sense of hope in it. I like the tempo you chose, to bring out those feelings. Good pacing and dynamics. Nice job.

29. Coldsalmon - Sonata in D minor K 32 L 423 Congratulations on your new piano! Nice job with this sonata. Nice ornaments and even playing.

30. corysold - Cory Hallahan - Greensleeves 3 ½ weeks? You are doing great. You show good musicality in this piece, and your chords sound quite even. Good job!

31. Sand Tiger - Tracks in the Snow What a wonderful memorial to your Dad. You have written a very nice melody, with a subdued accompaniment so that it can sing. Nice job.

32. StevenB - Old German Dance This is an outstanding job for one month on the bench. Your rhythm is good, you show some dynamic variation, and there is a good balance between the hands. Very nice!

33. Yamaha G3 & P-80 / Mike White - Zamba No. 10 I like the latin feel of this piece. You give it a very expansive feeling overall, and it reminds me of ‘40’s era movie themes. Powerfully played. Fun!

34. paul1971 - The Entertainer Great job for only three months! You are off and running. You give this the bouncy feeling it calls for. Nice job!

35. JimF - Sung Outside A Prince's Door This is an interesting, melodic piece. You pace it well. The melody sings above the accompaniment, and you handled those rolled 10ths easily. Well played!

36. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sonatina Op 36 N2 3rd movement You have a good feel for classical era music, giving it the lyrical, lilting feel it needs. You have a great start on this. I like your pacing of the piece. Good job!
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#2232398 - 02/16/14 03:30 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Starting from the bottom half. I'm only a beginner so cannot really comment in technique. However, just like any ignorant person I feel that I can give some comments! "I might not know about Art, but I know what I like!" grin


29. Coldsalmon - Sonata in D minor K 32 L 423
Congratulations on your new piano and your playing. You make it sound beautiful.

30. corysold - Cory Hallahan - Greensleeves
Excellent, go on and bring us more!

31. Sand Tiger - Tracks in the Snow
So sorry about your dad, he'll be enjoying the finished piece. Very nice melody with different moods, just like life.

32. StevenB - Old German Dance
As per my first review, a great job.

33. Yamaha G3 & P-80 / Mike White - Zamba No. 10
Gorgeous! I hadn't heard this before and it's a really lovely piece. At first it reminded me of a bolero. It got me interested in finding more about other Pignoni's works, so thank you for opening my eyes to a great name.

34. paul1971 - The Entertainer
Really good job, specially for a beginner!

35. JimF - Sung Outside A Prince's Door
I hadn't heard this piece before, really sweet and not simple to play at all. Got me very interested, it sounds really well and connected nicely.

36. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sonatina Op 36 N2 3rd movement Very cheerful piece, very well played. Yes, some mistakes here and there but it's a hard one to play and you were very conscious of your neighbour. I loved the piece, your playing and the sound of your piano.

37. copper - Scenes From Childhood, The Poet Speaks
Good that the poet won! Very well played, great job.

38. lyricmudra - Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2
One of my favourite Chopin's pieces. Absolutely loved your playing. Don't care if Chopin himself said it should be faster, it is gorgeous the way you play it, so full of expression and feelings. Sentimental, maybe, but why not? Music should transmit something, and this one played like that definitely does. Simply beautiful, Darby would have been happy listening to it: my cats would definitely like me to be able to play like that and stop scaring them, so would I!

39. evamar - Pelagia's Song - With Sausage Fingers Remix
Happier with it now that I don't have the pressure of recording and did some more work. My fingers still now and then go the wrong way, hence more cursing from my part, but I have noticed that they tend to do that while I'm reading from the music sheet, normally not when I play something that I have memorised and am not reading it. Looking forward to the next one!

40. BenPiano - Dahlonega
Really lovely work, very expressive and I can imagine the story developing with the music. Congratulations both on your composing and playing. Very nice sounding piano!

41. jotur/Cathy turner - A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet
I had never heard this one before, but I was la-la-la-la-laing it very soon! Nice!

42. Jayden (Jayden Traynor) - Locke'd Out Again
As per my first comments, I loved it!

43. Ganddalf - A piece for me to play
Wow, brilliant, not bored at all. I got lost in your theory explanation, I must confess, but I can say that I love how it sounds, exactly how it is. Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff??? I want to learn YOUR pieces!

44. TrapperJohn - Beauty and the Beast (from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast")
Disney's songs are terrific. Really lovely playing, thank you so much for the lyrics, I was singing along! Very sweet and full piece, excellently played.

45. Pathbreaker - Capriccio in F-sharp minor, Op. 76 no. 1
What a contrast from the previous entry! Very agitated and restless piece, but brilliant too and obviously so hard to play. Amazing work. I had not heard it before and it put me to the edge.

46. Inlanding - Glen - Four Threads
We have some great composers here! Very different moods, all gorgeous.

47. (Was)TrueBeginner - Purity
I love to listen to original compositions, I never have a clue where they'll go. Very nice and sweet piece, thanks

48. joangolfing - Gavotte and Variations (Suite No. 14)
Very playful piece, airy and light. Nicely played.

49. Ken. - Monk's Dream
I had heard this one for saxo. Very nice piece, good job!

50. Mar_red - Theme from Schindler's List
Gorgeous piece, a pleasure to listen, a great rendition.

51. ShiroKuro - Midwinter Memories
Lovely piece, nicely played, what do you mean "not a specially good performance"?

52. barbaram - Tequila Sunrise
I like Pam Wedgewood, very cool pieces just like this one. You had a lot of fun playing it once it came together, didn't you? Well done!

53. Ohio_Mark - Red Rose Rendezvous
Jazz, jazz, jazzy! I enjoyed listening to it, one more for me to learn one day.

54. MrPozor - Prelude in E minor - BWV 941
Personally I don't believe that any of Bach's pieces is actually easy, not on paper nor in reality. But you do make it sound easy, your 10 fingers are completely independent and create gorgeous music. I hope I'll be able to learn this one in a couple years.

55. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Nocturne in C-Minor, No 21 (Posthumous)
What a lovely piece and performance. Really expressive and musical, where were your mistakes exactly??? Your piano sounds beautifully, but it is you who makes it sound so lovely. Nice special effects!

56. carlos88 - Bach's Italian Concerto, First Movement
What an uplifting piece, fantastic end to the recital. Brilliantly played, coughing and all (if it was actually you the one coughing, extra congrats for not losing the rhythmic!)


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#2232420 - 02/16/14 05:05 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I had the pleasure and comfort of listening to some lovely music throughout the night with an upset tummy.

As always, I am impressed with the range of styles and skills demonstrated in our recitals. I love that we have several new comers - and participants ranging from folks who've played for just a few months, to "old timers" who've played for years.


Mr. Super-Hunky..did you ever imagine how this on-line recital concept would grow and how long it would last when you suggested it? What a wonderful idea! Thanks!

Thanks to Monica for pulling it together!

Thanks for Copper for maintaining the roll for our Order of the Red Dot and to Sam S. for marvellous resource of the ABF Recital Index. To mahlzeit for the programming.
And of course to LaValse who supported and hosted us for so long, before passing it on to Frank....whom we can thank not only for hosting the recital but for the whole site!

Last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you and round of applause to everyone who took the time and energy to practice, record, and participate. I look forward to these recitals so much!

On to some feedback

01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2 Andy - that was most enjoyable. I don't know this particular piece, but you certainly know how to present the Beethoven flavour! The "defects" you mentioned weren't distracting - and I was particularly charmed by the little contrasts in tone and dynamics throughout the piece which I think you handled adroitly. This was a great kick-off for the recital!

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart Monica, this really is your type of music - you handle it with the grace and elegance I've come to expect from your performances. You truly make your piano sing eloquently. I particularly loved the delicacy of the final bars- beautifully played!

03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8 Ah - Bach! This music enchants me - I love the interwoven threads, the voices, the echoes and passes back and forth - How lovely to have this in your repertoire and be able to delight your audience with the crisp exactness Bach demands! Truly music for the soul - complimenti!

04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3 I always enjoy reading the background information you supply with your pieces - I like knowing details about what I'm going to hear. This ceratinly is a rich, sophisticated score - I can understand you may have felt intimidated at taking it on, but I'd say you've done a really impressive job on performing. It sounds complex and challenging, yet you've worked the magic of making it flow off your fingers so that we don't say "oh, that sounds hard"- we say " that sounds lovely".

05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major What a great piece of music - tender, sweet, bittersweet - elegant. Your performance was charming.

06. George Schiro - Heartache Improvised mood music...I was curious from the start! Do I detect a bit of Spanish influence here ? This has the feel of an opera "dialogue" between tormented lovers - most interesting and delightfully dramatic!

07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2 What a shock you must have had with your first recording! This one was certainly a pleasure to listen to. What a rich tapestry of sounds, dynamics, nuances - most enjoyable!

08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette I'm always blown away by what you do with your "noodling" - I am not familiar with Violette, so I have no idea where the original ends and your additions come in, but this was lovely - parts of it seemed to me to be someone looking back to the past, wistful, longing, yet happy to have had the experience... really a pleasure to listen to!

09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939 Diana! Well done!!!! You really are showing splendid progress and I love the confidence that shines through in your playing here! Bravissima! Complimenti!

10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6 Doris - I love this piece and you really do it justice. It is such a pleasure to watch you play too - you are so relaxed and "at one" with your piano. This performance is simply lovely - rich, elegant. In my mind's eye I can see the light glistening on little waves in the Venetian lagoon, and imagine floating along in the serentiy of La Serenissima (Venice's nickname). Complimenti!

11. Jazzwee - Wave Well that was fun! I love your live performances. Hearing the background murmers of the folks in the audience made me feel like I was right there. It was very clear that you were in the groove with this piece - great improv! Bravo!

12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 I don't often hear mazurkas - but I do dance them on Monday nights ! smile (hubby and I are taking ballroom dancing lessons). This is not quite the kind of music we dance to.....this is much nicer. I know Chopin based his mazurkas on country dances but this is so much more elegant than what I think of when I hear mazurka. This speed doesn't sound too fast. What I find interesting is that though it is clearly Chopin there are little flashes that sound quite jazzy to my hear. Most enjoyable! Thank you !


13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin A quintessental Debussy - I love having the video with the score - it is lovely to follow along. You've really got a great handle on bringing out Debussy's style, lovely pace and flow, beautifully played Sam! Bravo!

14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9 Excellent pedal work - this is a charming challenge which you have managed beautifully - what a pleasure to hear your performance! My compliments!

15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1 I first learned about these "songs without words" here in ABF, from Sam_S 's performances. I find them absolutely charming, and this one is no exception! Wonderful listening treat! Thank you !

16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro Your video was fun !... and your performance really enjoyable. I think you fixed on a good tempo in this recording - it captures the feeling in the piece very well. Bravo!

17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78 Oh! Wonderful!!!! I love this! Your piano's voice is perfect for this kind of music. Absolutely delightful! I like the tempo too! Complimenti!

18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell Aw, that was a really sweet video - and the music was straight from the heart, joyful and full of love and hopes for the future. Beautiful, just beautiful!

19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez Ed- the background notes you provided were great. -The music stands on its own as a wonderful piece, but knowing some of the background gives that extra insight that enriches our experience. Your arrangement is realy splendid - this is a really moving piece and you did it full justice. I'm blown away.

20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major Jeff - I can never get enough Chopin. This is a little faster than I usually hear this piece played, but you hold it together confidently without making it sound at all rushed. As I've mentioned before I enjoy the information notes very much - they are so useful. This is one of my favourites and I'm glad to have had the chance to hear it again today! Thank you!

21. MaryBee - Sarabande (Pour le piano) MaryBee, reading your information notes made me extremely curious to hear this piece of music! It really is a very interesting pieces - at times it seems "classic" Debussy - delicate and harp-like - and then it gets so much darker and mysterious - your performance is really spectacular. You've grown in leaps and bounds the past couple of years - It is quite exciting to hear what you're able to do and the range of expression you're so confident with. Bravissima! Complimenti!

22. newbert - Rocket To The Moon Welcome to the recital! I am not familiar with this piece or composer, but it was certainly a pleasure to listen to this music. It sounded like a movie soundtrack to me - with wonderful arial views over autum forests. Reading the title I guess it should perhaps have stirred other mental images, but oh well... I really enjoyed listening- great performance!

23. ajames - Laura I find using the pedal is a big challenge - some folks seem to get the hang of it in a flash. Very nice performance of this Mercer piece. You're doing really well - only seven months? Wow! My hat is off to you!
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#2232425 - 02/16/14 05:22 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: evamar]
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Hi guys! Certainly enjoyed listening to you lot, and your pianos . . . .A vast array of variety here; Great music.

Andy Platt I love Beethoven (apart from Eroica) and you have captured that fella`s personality in your playing. Precise stuff here, man. And it`s all great grounding for the future. Well Done!

Monika That is one BIG sounding pee-anno you have there, lass. Great recording job here (so many bad ones on Youtube) and the playing was good too! Have fun.

Zrt90 I can see why Bach is so popular. It fair rattles along like a goods train. Relentless. Great for technique (though not necessarily nuances) - This stuff ain`t easy, but it is rewarding. Very well done on that great piano of yours . .

Wouter79 Great intro, slips into a melodious section 1.30 or so in. This all sounds strong and involved, with a quick finish nicely handled.

Pika Pianist Pretty good recording on the hoof as it were; captured the "sitting up close" aspect of playing the piano which you did so well. Glad you could share this unusual experience with us!

George Schiro Mood music indeed! You need a stiff drink, my friend, after that! Very expressive stuff here.

Dannylux Your work as a youngster wasn`t wasted! Lovely sound from your outfit; a big excellent sound due in no mean measure to your playing!

Mr Super Hunky Great recording bfrom headphones! Bit of extra bass and you`ve cracked it . . I can`t guess what you`ve done to this song which I don`t know, but it sure sounds good to me . . .

Sinophilia LOVE the pencil and rubber! I have the same, in the same position on my big music stand. I also have correcting fluid. You can never trust these composers . .
Your Bach, like all his stuff, is great study well performed. It`s relentless often; I like that. For concentrating on notes rather than expression which comes with other stuff usually. I had a listen to both versions of this. Excellent!
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#2232426 - 02/16/14 05:30 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: peterws]
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Dammit, forgot the numbers! Here we go again

10 SWwissMS Unusual style for Mendellssohn; thought he was a happy chappie. This is more Chopin-y sounding to me. Great expression, well handled!

11 Jazzwee Do most jazz pianists find "D" difficult? Bet sax players and trumpeters do too . . .Nice Latin feel to this one and rings the changes from classical.Wonderful stuff as usual. Always love to hear ya, man!

12 Peyton A French feel to this imo.Despite it`s intricacies, it is very relaxing to listen too, and it`s great to see the player! Splendid!
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#2232433 - 02/16/14 06:05 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: peterws]
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13 SamS Not easy, methinks. Sounds Scottish but it isn`t of course. I love it and will be doing it. The piano sounds soft and very melodious for a Bechstein; maybe because you`re in front of it. Great job!

14 Earlofmar So much good stuff here; terrific rendition of a short piece. The "tools of your trade" sounded super.

15 Timmyab This flowed so well and sounded so good. Mendelssohn certainly has the "feelgood factor" the other composers often lack. Whoah! I feel good . . .I knew that I would . . .
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#2232435 - 02/16/14 06:10 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: peterws]
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16 Amaruk The usual excellence we expect from you, man! A night at the opera. A complete job. We expect no less and you always deliver!

17 torquenale You get to hear all sorts of piano on this site. Yours was bright and happy as is the music. Well played!

18 Jazztpt Your compositions are at a higher level than some of us can aspire to . . . Superb! Money should change hands . . .we get it for free!
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#2232438 - 02/16/14 06:28 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: peterws]
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19 Riddler A classic indeed, and worthy of the piano. You play with expression and conviction. Great job!

20 Greener Don`t worry about the faster timing you employ. I played it 6-4 time because there was too much "hanging about" . . some fellas are like that . . .! Very nice job indeed. It`s there.

21 Marybee Sounds like Grieg; majestic playing of a deep piece o` music! Debussy could be my next port of call . .

22 Newbert Great sounding piano you have. Played with consummate ease and dexterity . .

23 ajames A good tune to play slowly. Romantic and relaxing; keep `em coming .
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#2232440 - 02/16/14 06:31 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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My second batch!

24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse This is indeed different from the other Einaudi's we've heard from you - somehow it makes me think of solitude, in some high mountain refuge- peaceful but with the drama of majestic mountains - beautifully played - I look forward to hearing you live at the EPP !!!

25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves I think you had fun with this one Peter - and that's what it's all about, isn't it? Did I hear a hint of the James Bond theme slipped in there? This was a fun version of an old favourite - I enjoyed it very much!

26. ladyaugustina - Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3 I really like this Clementi collection and I rarely hear this one performed - it is a pity you had to do so much on your own. You didn't sound bored - your rendition has the cheery, spritely tone that I associate with these sonatine. Very nicely done!

27. dynamobt / Marilyn - Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvt The fact that you somehow managed to have the parts you clipped made this an endearing listen - very honest. Once into the actual performace I was really delighted with the precision and energy in your performance - One of the highlights of my morning - no doubt about it! It is really wonderful to hear with folks who have a few more years of piano experience can do - I find it inspiring!

28. Jake S - Chopin Prelude no.6 in B minor One of my favouite Chopin pieces - you did a lovely job - your tempo really brings out the melancholy nature of this piece. Nice delicacy where it is required and good work on bringing out the fuller dynamics too.

29. Coldsalmon - Sonata in D minor K 32 L 423 Congrats on the new piano- it sounds lovely! I loved your choice for this recital. It is a more sombre Scarlatti than what I have heard in the past, but just as charming - I love this period and your performance was a pleasure to listen to (and watch)!

30. corysold - Cory Hallahan - Greensleeves Congrats on your first recital - I love Greensleeves! You've been playing less than a month? Good for you for joining in right away! You're off to a flying start!

31. Sand Tiger - Tracks in the Snow What a lovely tribute to your dad. It is a lovely metaphor - there are some parts that make me think of the sunshine sparkling on crystals of pristine snow, and others that make me think of how difficult it is to walk in deep freshly fallen snow --- metaphors for life indeed. My sympathies on your loss, my compliments on your music.

32. StevenB - Old German Dance Another newcomer to the recital! ... and to piano! Even given that you have some musical background I am very impressed by what you're able to do after such a short period! Congratulations! I look forward to hearing your future performances.

33. Yamaha G3 & P-80 / Mike White - Zamba No. 10 This composer is completely new to me - this is a lovely piece - it sounds like a love song, I love the rolling chords and the rich depth.

34. paul1971 - The Entertainer and another new comer! What a delightful energetic Entertainer! If you're this good after just three months, imagine where you'll be in 3 years! Well done indeed!!

35. JimF - Sung Outside A Prince's Door Giacomo, I've enjoyed hearing your MacDowell pieces. You did indeed capture the wistful elements of this piece and nice job on the rolled chords--- bravo! This is soothing, charming music that really does speak of fairytales. I wish it had been longer!
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#2232443 - 02/16/14 06:42 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: peterws]
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24 CarlosCC Your Yammie sounds lovely with just the right echo and reverb to enable that contemplative feel. Almost bell like, excellent. All you need is a film to go with it . . .

25 Lady Augustina Great sounding happy music, played with aplomb and character, congrats on your finals result!

26 Dynamobt Wifey played this years ago; she cant play now unfortunately. Time will smooth out the early wrinkles; recitals will NEVER wait will they? 9 minutes in one take is darned impressive. I only do short pieces . .

Gotta listen to some more. Cherrio; Sun Morning = Glass of sherry for the ole man! heh heh
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#2232461 - 02/16/14 08:08 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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#55. Sam Rose- I greatly enjoyed listening to your Chopin. I think you have a great feel for the piece, especially the slower careful parts (the quicker runs seem a bit stilted like you just don't yet have them comfortably under your fingers). I had to listen twice... and if this keeps happening I will never get through over 50 works... smile
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#2232494 - 02/16/14 09:23 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Peyton]
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Next Batch:

37. copper - Scenes From Childhood, The Poet Speaks This seems like such a poignant, searching sort of piece. Your slow, measured tempo really brought out this character. Nice job.

38. lyricmudra - Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2 Wow! Absolutely gorgeous playing. This is such an exquisite nocturne and you just make it sing. Lovely.

39. evamar - Pelagia's Song - With Sausage Fingers Remix Really nice job for such a short time playing. You have a good feeling for the music. I like you addition of “sausage fingers”. It makes it real!

40. BenPiano - Dahlonega Wonderful composition and a very interesting story to go with it. Very enjoyable listening.

41. jotur/Cathy turner - A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet Really nice little waltz dance number, well played! It sounds like fun and you had me swaying with the music.

42. Jayden (Jayden Traynor) - Locke'd Out Again This is a very interesting, New Age type piece. You do an excellent job with it for only 2 months experience! Well done!

43. Ganddalf - A piece for me to play This a beautiful piece, Gandalf! You have impressive composition skills. Very enjoyable listening.

44. TrapperJohn - Beauty and the Beast (from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast") I completely agree with you on the Disney songs. They are beautiful and timeless. The book you listed as the source of this piece is one of my “sit down in the evening and just Play” books. Such a joy! You do a wonderful job with this one, expressing the joy and determination of the theme. Nice job!

45. Pathbreaker - Capriccio in F-sharp minor, Op. 76 no. 1 This definitely has a restlessness about it. I like the tempo that you chose. I would think it would sound frenzied at a faster tempo. It is such a complex piece, and the tempo you chose allows the listener to experience it all. Very nicely played!

46. Inlanding - Glen - Four Threads I love your soft, pensive improvisations. This is quite an interesting mix of different thoughts and feelings. Very nice!

47. (Was)TrueBeginner - Purity Very nice composition! It has a very uplifting character, full of hope. Good listening!
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#2232527 - 02/16/14 11:04 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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So much good work in this recital....another batch in the middle.


19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez Loved it, Ed. I was flooded with images of struggle and hope so beautifully expressed in you playing.

20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major Great job on this nocturne. Your ornamentation was fantastic, particularly the long trill at the end leading into that descending run. So sweet. thumb

21. MaryBee - Sarabande (Pour le piano) I listened with great interest because my teacher has hinted that a Debussy will be on my plate soon. You handled those big chords beautifully, and I loved your decrescendos, they are so smooth and expressive. Really wonderful work here.

22. newbert - Rocket To The Moon Nice steady rhythm, good balance of the hands and a nice musical feel to the phrases. Not a fan of the music either, but very well played.

23. ajames - Laura Ah, an old favorite. You keep it moving along and I thought your pedaling was nicely done. As you keep playing this it will mature under your fingers. thumb

24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse Not much of a Einaudi fan but I knew our resident tv star would bring something special to the party. You are just plain musical, CarlosCC, and I think you could make anything sound interesting. I wasn't disappointed. thumb

25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves Really admire your nice relaxed touch and little stylistic transitions in this submission. I love the spontaneity.

26. ladyaugustina - Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3 I like the way you clearly and evenly enunciate all the notey right hand runs. You just keep getting better and better each recital. Nice job on this one.

27. dynamobt / Marilyn - Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvt I have never played anything nine minutes long, but when I do I hope it is half as good as this submission. Very expressive playing. I especially loved the middle section where you have a very nice touch with the underlying left hand. And the great, powerful ending.... wow

28. Jake S - Chopin Prelude no.6 in B minor Like your interpretation, Jake. At two years you are doing very well with this beautiful Chopin prelude.

29. Coldsalmon - Sonata in D minor K 32 L 423 Congrats on the new piano....it sounds great with this Scarlatti. I loved the harmonies here and you managed the little ornamental elements nicely. thumb
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#2232532 - 02/16/14 11:10 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Oh Lord this came so quickly, and I already have reviews!
Thank you so much SwissMS, Sam Rose, Monica K., TheodorN, Mr. Super-Hunky, Amaruk, Casinitaly, and peterws for listening and commenting. I enjoy your kind words even if I know it's more than I deserve. And thank you for putting up with my slow tempos. I really need to improve my speed but my brain is already full with all the other things that need to be taken care of.

I see there are so many beginners of only a few months or even weeks this time! I'm in awe of these performances. I have a lot to learn from you all.
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#2232539 - 02/16/14 11:15 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I didn't fully cover the last recital and won't do this one in its entirety either but I do want to congratulate everyone on their submissions. It's great to see, and hear, so many new additions, not just to the recital but to the piano as well. It's a very brave thing to do with such a short career behind you but you can look back at this later and if you're still playing there WILL be improvement.

Good to see regular friends again and the return of recent absentees, too, as well as those from as long ago as Recital IV!!

Thanks again to those responsible for this very beneficial opportunity to interact with, contribute to and enjoy the variety of music from fellow travellers on this long, difficult and often lonely road.

I have listened to and enjoyed all submissions and will again, I'm sure, but my comments I'll restrict to a few pieces, though not necessarily a few words, for those that I hope know me well enough now that they won't be alarmed!

01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2
Good job, Andy. Nice control of dynamics and careful observance of the articulation marks. The hours of work come through in it.

I don't want to detract from the performance because you've done well here and either four or eight minutes is hard enough with only as many years behind you and I know this isn't fresh fare for you but if you were thinking of improving this in the near future I'd prefer to hear a little more contrast between the Pianos and Fortes that Herr B. is quite fussy about. In the Minuetto particularly I'd like to hear more of a difference between the Forte of M19, the Piano of M21 and the cresc. of M27. Dynamics aren't easy to remember when a piece has been dropped from daily exercise and recalling the notes themselves is often hard enough.

There's a tricky section from M36-M47 that's a touchstone of timing. This may well be the result of it not being in your daily practise for a little while so you may choose to ignore it but the quavers into triplets into dotted notes work better, I think, if the bar's metre is brought out more. You might discuss this with your teacher. And I would try and separate the last two chords if I were doing this myself.

Overall a fine job and I gave it several listens. You only have to listen to the first few bars of this and compare it with any passage you've submitted in the last year, I went back to Invention 4, to see just how much you've developed in the last quarter.

09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939
I'm so glad I decided to watch the video before I posted my comment! This is a really disciplined performance and I enjoyed it very much. The dynamics are much better on the video than the mp3.

I know you have a digital and the bass dies quickly but nothing Bach would have used except a church organ would have sustained that opening chord for three measures. I've not actually played a clavichord either so I don't know how that would respond and I don't know whether your Casio has 'string resonance' but the initial chord is held more to bring out the sympathetic resonance from the RH than with the expectation of sustaining the sound for that time so a loud bash at the beginning isn't needed.

In fact a softer strike would give the impression of lasting longer than a loud note because the fading away would be less distinct but loud notes fade very quickly from audibility. This would allow you to build up to a forte in M4. I wonder if a more obvious crescendo might work well through M8-12? Certainly I can feel increasing tension in the mp3 version where it seems you're straining to bring out more volume as you move along and the instrument isn't responding well enough - I enjoyed that. I don't get that from the video as clearly but it might be easier to pull off if you start with a softer tone. Just an idea.

It's as an afterthought, after re-reading your notes, that I thought I'd mention your tempo. What you're doing is fine. I never even noticed the tempo! Bach's preludes aren't awfully reliant on tempo so 'slower than required' is a lot slower than this! If you continue to play this piece it will grow with you and the tempo pick up from familiarity. If you always aim to play it at this speed it will always sound as in control as this even though you'll be playing it faster.

The pencil and eraser is a good idea but I'd lift the page off the music rack to erase and brush the rubbings on the floor rather than risk them getting between keys. I used to take the piano apart every year or two and vacuum under the keys and elsewhere when I had acoustics - my wife wishes I'd think about doing the house that often smile . It's surprising how much the dust accumulates and insulates the sound. I have a desk next to the piano now and use that or my knee as support for erasure.

20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major
This is good, Jeff, and it's great that you can put yourself into it and make it your own. A lot of players just can't do that. And it's fabulous how much you've improved your reading ability.

I know you've read it correctly in M1-6 but you introduce a semiquaver (sixteenth) instead of a quaver (eighth) in M7 that continues through the piece and I don't know if it's a deliberate interpretive idea or something that's developed below your conscious hearing but there are places, in particular M12, M20 and the penultimate measure, where it stands out more and might just detract a little or come over perhaps as an affectation in such a well known piece.

Your trill at the end is well controlled and as you can play so well you might consider slowing down deliberately just for the fioriture in in M16, M24 and elsewhere without compromising your preferred tempo too much. I don't know how well it might work but I'd prefer to hear all the notes under control. What do you think?

36. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sonatina Op 36 N2 3rd movement
Cheryl, it's been very distressing reading about your recent neighbour issues and I know you're a little disappointed with this submission yourself but in all honesty you do have reason to cheer. I know you like to hear your progresss and this Allegro is a very good example of how your tone, discipline and control have grown under your new tutelage and it's a difficult piece to articulate well. There's a sureness in your touch that's not been present since your Sneakin' Round, a while back, but it's now accompanied by a depth of tone and deliberate articulation you've not had before and this is a much harder piece. And all this amid a troublesome period with less opportunity to practise and record than you'd have liked.

You've observed the phrase marks well and made a good distinction between legato, non legato and staccato even if you've overlapped the legato here and there (e.g. the start of M3, I know I'm nit-picking) and maintained a good tempo, certainly fast enough to bring out the spirit of the piece and you've added a nice piano for M41 and following (though you might try and reduce the LH a little if you get the chance), which gives a nice contrast, and got some lovely ritards in there too showing your true command of the piece.

This is really a sound addition to your stable of submissions. Well done or brava e complimenti as you'd prefer!

Oh, and thank you for your thought at Christmas wink it was very much appreciated despite my negligence to respond.
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#2232543 - 02/16/14 11:28 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2 - Sweet, well played, very accurate and very musical. Well done!

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart - Thanks for bringing this piece to us. The 1st minute reminds me a well known piece of the portuguese composer Rodrigo Leao. And then, all the arrangement has many conincident sounds with Mr Super Hunky's work. So, here are two artist I admire. Well done!

03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8 - Richard, I think you did a clever choise. You gave me an excelent example about playing in a relaxed way. I'm not a Bach admirer, but I think you did o very good work!

04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3 - Nice ballade.

05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major - A unique nocture played in a unique way. This is real, real good. Thanks for sharing.

06. George Schiro - Heartache - George, I love original compositions. This one reminds me some spanish music sounds which I'm familiar with. Good job!

07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2 - I loved the echo work you did in the LH. Beautifull!

08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette - My friend, this piece has all the qualities I've come to expect from your playing. It's a delightful work, and I can immediately realize it's you because your playing style is unique. Very good!

09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939 - Diana, although I’m not really into the Bach style of composing, I think you did a solid job on this piece. Congratulations!

10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6 - Doris, what a surprise. This Mendelssohn piece is beautifull and I can see why you love it. Very, very good. Looking forward to hearing you live in Lisbon!
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#2232550 - 02/16/14 11:34 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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My third batch.....


37. copper - Scenes From Childhood, The Poet Speaks Schummann's works are so lovely. This piece suits its title - it is poetic, as is your performance. Your dynamics and phrasing are beautifully done.

38. lyricmudra - Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2 Ah....more Chopin. Thank you for the backgroun notes - I love this sort of info - both on you as the performer and on the piece! This is the perfect music for a grey Sunday afternoon - soothing to the soul, calming for the spirit. Your performance is rich, graceful, elegant - your piano singing under your fingertips is a real delight to listen to (and the video was great- loved the spotlight! ). Complimenti!

39. evamar - Pelagia's Song - With Sausage Fingers Remix Sounds like you're meeting and overcoming some significant challenges with music reading - good for you. This is a wonderul piece of music - I saw the film but it was a while ago and I don't recal hearing this piece. I think you've given a splendid performance. The Saussage Fingers Remix was entertaining smile

40. BenPiano - Dahlonega What a splendid orgininal composition! I enjoyed reading your background info...I had heard about the Trail of Tears but had no idea it was connected to a gold rush! I love the drama in your piece, it calls up the imagery of mist laden hills, and sadness, there is a melancholy undertone and yet as the finale comes up I feel that the message is one of optimism and hope. Beautiful music indeed.

41. jotur/Cathy turner - A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet What a delightful period piece! You've definitely got the feel for this type of music and your piano voice really suits the music. Did you use a particular setting? I love that people sing along with you when you play ...if I knew the words I'd sing too! Absolutely charming!

42. Jayden (Jayden Traynor) - Locke'd Out Again Welcome to the recital ! I like this piece - It makes me think of the raindrop scene in an old Disney Film - (Fantasia or Bambi..I'm not sure which) - for someone with only 2 months under their belt you've got really good control over your dynamics! Nice work!

43. Ganddalf - A piece for me to play Inge, you are too modest! This is a really beautiful piece of music! I can't imagine being able to play so well, nevermind being able to compose something this beautiful. Bored???? Please - if this is boring, feel free to bore me as often as you like. I thoroughly enjoyed this - I hope you'll play it for us live at the EPP!

44. TrapperJohn - Beauty and the Beast (from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast") TJ - I just love this theme of music from films and stageshows you've been delighting us with these past several recitals! This was one of my favourites from the moment I first heard it. You have really found "your" style - this is a simple tune, but oh, it does speak to the heart - and so does your performance. You've really let the music swell richly with power and emotion and I'm listening with a huge smile and a feeling of peace in my heart. I'm charmed.
(I haven't seen Saving Mr. Banks yet, but I can't wait. It will be released here this month) I particularly love the opening of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. When I get up early to take the train to the "big city" , I have to walk through our little town, technically a city, but with the soul of a village....and I see, and greet, the shopkeepers sweeping the sidewalks in front of their storefronts, rolling up the blinds and letting down the awnings, the waiters setting out the tables in front of the cafés....I often feel I'm living in Belle's world...though I think I'm more content that she!

45. Pathbreaker - Capriccio in F-sharp minor, Op. 76 no. 1 Well, it is an undisputable fact that I know very little of Brahms work. I was surprised at how modern this sounds. I was also interested to note your tempo while looking at the score. I would never have imagined that tempo with those 16th notes, but in my (uneducated, I confess) opinion - it works very well! There's a lot of drama and I love the rich bass thorughout the piece. You've worked the magic of making it sound effortless - which we all knows means you've worked very very hard on the piece. Bravo indeed!

46. Inlanding - Glen - Four Threads Glen - I always love hearing your music. You have such a distinct style - and your piano has one of the most beautiful sounds we hear in these recitals. There is a quality to your music that immediately cuts through stress and anxieties and creates a sense of well being - I am unfailingly willing to just sit back and lose myself in your music. Wonderful, wonderful stuff!
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#2232567 - 02/16/14 12:11 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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11. Jazzwee - Wave - I'm Portuguese so I've solid connections to Brazilian culture and I'm an admirer of their style of music. So, I'm in a good position to say that you kept that "Brazilian" spirit and soul with this work. Your improvisation is awesome. I love the background sound btw. Thanks!

12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 - Ah... Peyton. What to say? Your tempo is just right and your playing is wonderful, as usual. Great job!

13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin - Sam, thanks for bringing this Debussy piece. I love peaceful music and I love this one. I was very calm after listening it. Thanks for sharing.

14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9 - Wow earlofmar, Beethoven..? I think this is brilliantly played for someone with 14 months of experience. Good, good job!

15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1 - timmyab, this is so, so beautiful! I am amazed. Thanks for sharing.

16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro - Great job making it sing. I love it!

17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78 - Alessandra, I really like your Scarlatti. I think your tempo is perfect. Looking forward to hearing you live in Lisbon!

18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell - Jazztpt, my friend... I feel fortunate to be able to hear your music and to know you. The rest of the world should also be able to say the same.

19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez - Ed, you captured the mood of the piece perfectly. Very good!

20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major - Ah, Chopin! I love Chopin and I never get tired of hearing it. Good job!

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#2232573 - 02/16/14 12:23 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Amaruk]
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Originally Posted By: Amaruk

06. George Schiro - Heartache
What a great original! Well played! Did you write it down or is this all from memory?

Thank you Amaruk. To answer your question, neither actually. I remember the main phrase and then the rest flows from there. If I had the ability to write it down, I might. But for now it's all just in the fingers. I'm not even sure how they do it.
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#2232580 - 02/16/14 12:52 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: zrtf90]
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Richard, thank you for taking the time to comment my piece in depth. I will definitely try different dynamics. The music says forte all the way through but the climaxes sort of came out by themselves without me really thinking about it - and yes there was no more "loudness available" for me at one point. I want to start working on preludes 999 and 941 soon but I will keep trying to improve on this one for a long time.

The sustain on my piano is actually much better than I thought it would be on an upright, and that first chord can be heard for its full duration, although not so much in the recording. A note in the middle of the keyboard goes on for well over 20 seconds even if it's not very loud to begin with.

I won't say anything on your sinfonia and invention, except that I loved them and your piano sounds so much like an acoustic one. A delightful listen!


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#2232621 - 02/16/14 02:36 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: casinitaly]
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Wonderful recital! Still a few more to listen.

Another batch

01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2
Lovely sonata, happy that it didn't get lost! Very cheerful and enjoyable first part and I have to confess that I was singing to the second part as it was the theme used for the French cartoon series "Once Upon a Time... Life, Human Body", etc, which I watched when I was an "old" kid. Both lovely played, very nice contrast.

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart
Gosh, Monika! Thank you so much for this piece, it is really flooded with feelings! In just 2 seconds it got me completely hooked. Your playing is so emotive and expressive, it really touched my heart. And then you said "please don't be too hard!" That IS hard! Not only technically, it is very hard being able to transmit all those feelings and you made it so effortlessly, every single phrase is so passionate. I want to play like that!!!!

03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8
Fantastic clear rendition, both hands and all fingers do their job in perfect flow. Lovely to hear, particularly the Invention.

04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3
Very hard and complex piece! I like the different moods in it, lovely softer part and a huge contrast with the strong parts. Really enjoyed listening to it.

05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major
Absolutely gorgeous piece and what a fantastic version of yours. And played on a Bosendorfer, not less. I can imagine all mouths open in the music shop!

06. George Schiro - Heartache
Very expressive, with lots of passion. Hot blooded Spanish touches and a very dark sad part still with a rebellious feeling, loved it. Gorgeous composition and rendition.

07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2
Another surprise as I hadn't heard this before. Fantastic playing, very clear melody and great control of the left hand heavy chords. I really enjoyed it and will put it in my list to learn... maybe in 10 years or so...

08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette
Out of curiosity I have listened to the original version too. Really lovely piece and what a great cover/version/new piano solo of yours! But PLEASE get the sound right, I feel that I might have lost a lot by your choice of recording, it does sound tinned. Many thanks for introducing this composer btw, I'll keep an eye on his work.

09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939
Lovely Bach little piece, by no means easy. Very well played with lots of confidence.

10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6
Another new piece to me (I'm very ignorant!). Simply beautiful piece, lovey flow and great playing.


11. Jazzwee - Wave
Just want to get a martini and relax with this one! How easy you make it sound! Love live improvisations when everybody complements and support each other like this. Let's make it 2 martinis...

12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4
Another completely new piece to me. Sounds extremely difficult, exactly how many fingers do you have? Really enjoyed this one, but not a clue how to dance it, though!


13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin
What a lovely piece - again completely unknown by me, I really should make an effort as I'm missing a lot of great pieces. I had a look at your video... I couldn't fix my eyes on the notes, they were far too many of them, moving and flying around like crazy! How easy you make it sound, and what a difficult piece it really is! Loved it. As it has an Oriental touch I was curious enough as to google it a bit, so I learned a lot thanks to your entry, thanks.

14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9
Lovely piece, really well played. Wish it were longer!



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#2232639 - 02/16/14 03:08 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I should be practicing but can't stop going back for more... think I'll listen to end of the list before turning to the eager-beavers at the front.


41. jotur/Cathy turner - A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet I liked it, Cathy, and I did feel like waltzing. You have great rhythm...so steady throughout. Nice job.

42. Jayden (Jayden Traynor) - Locke'd Out Again Very interesting and quite nice, especially for the short time you have been playing. Some elements of this piece would normally be very challenging for a beginner, but you handled them beautifully.

43. Ganddalf - A piece for me to play I figured this would be a treat and I figured right. Your playing is always beautiful, but this time we get treated to your lovely composition. Reminds me in parts of Ravel or Debussy, and could be part of a movie score. If this is crap, I'll carry your bucket any time grin

44. TrapperJohn - Beauty and the Beast (from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast") That was quite a performance TrapperJohn. Your love of the music comes through loud and clear. Thank you for sharing it with us. thumb

45. Pathbreaker - Capriccio in F-sharp minor, Op. 76 no. 1 I wouldn't know where to begin describing my reactions to a work of this difficulty. Just following your beautiful playing with the score was as much as I can manage. I enjoyed it very much.

46. Inlanding - Glen - Four Threads Glen-fans like me have come to expect smooth jazz stylings whenever you put something up...no disappointment here. As usual the S&S sounds fantastic too. thumb

47. (Was)TrueBeginner - Purity Amazing what a talented person can do with a few simple broken chords and a nice little melody. Really nice work, especially if you just knocked it out a day before the recital.

48. joangolfing - Gavotte and Variations (Suite No. 14) I like it. Great job bring out the countermelody in the left hand. It would sound even better on your grand. Very nice.

49. Ken. - Monk's Dream I find it difficult to get a good feel for Monk's music, but you seem to have no problem with it. Yes it really does swing. Nice job thumb

50. Mar_red - Theme from Schindler's List Really admire your ability to take a lead sheet and make a full sounding arrangement out of it. Very lovely music and so well played.

51. ShiroKuro - Midwinter Memories Wasn't familiar with this song before. Has a new-agey kind of sound and feel. You play very expressively.

52. barbaram - Tequila Sunrise Don't look now but your teen years are showing, barbaram. Loved the smooth legato left hand under the right hand melody. With just nine months back at the bench this is really good work. thumb

53. Ohio_Mark - Red Rose Rendezvous For some reason when I read the title I pictured something from a John Wayne western, so that was the images that came to me when I listened. Horses and sunsets and yippeeeiokayay, ride-um coyboy. Nice playing.

54. MrPozor - Prelude in E minor - BWV 941 Boy are you tough on yourself, MrPozor. I thought that was a terrific Bach performance.... both voices coming through clearly articulated and with nice balance. Very, very well done. 3hearts

55. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Nocturne in C-Minor, No 21 (Posthumous) Any of you first timers listening should know that Sam is the one in a million guy who can take up piano and start playing advanced literature right from the start. This has your usual great ear for a good phrase, Sam. You are just so talented it defies description. Very nice indeed.

56. carlos88 - Bach's Italian Concerto, First Movement I don't remember hearing this work before....very charming. Three voices? Sounds very difficult. Your work on the ornaments and phrase endings comes through loud and clear. Just the thought of playing Bach at this tempo exhausts me, yet you make it sound easy. Very fitting that I be completely blown away by the last submission for this recital. wow
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#2232642 - 02/16/14 03:14 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Wow! My internet's been up all day today! So here's a few more:

25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves I've tried several times to put this into my repertoire, but it doesn't lend itself to the dance beat I play smile You did a great job with it as a ballad, as it should be. Nice.

16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbing Caro This was truly lovely. You did justice to Puccini's melody. Wonderful.

27. dynamobt/Marilyn - Piano Sonata What a great piece! I love the way the left hand comes out in those deep sonorities. Well done.

23. ajames - Laura Yea! Johnny Mercer! This had a nice kind of wistful feeling to it. I like the tempo, and the balance between the hands.

32. StevenB - Old German Dance This made me tap my foot, which is good, since it's a dance! Your musicality is transferring from your guitar playing. Well done.

40. BenPiano - Dahlonega Thanks for the history. I grew up in OK so I was aware of the Trail of Tears. But one's knowledge of history expands as one grows/ages, eh? This was nice.

Cathy
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#2232684 - 02/16/14 04:11 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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26. ladyaugustina -
piece: Clementi,Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
noise: yes a little low frequency noise
bass: fair, low notes could sound a bit fuller but sufficient for this piece
depth of field: ok
piano sound: fair

musical:
overall impression, like: Nice. Good speed and overall the runs are flowing pretty good. Nice job for two allegro parts of a long sonata.
Here are some detail remarks. Trills need a little faster IMHO, you play them now like melody notes which sounds weird. You miss or add a beat sometimes, eg around 0:43 and in a similar place at 2:15 or so. You might want to check it.
End is a bit abrupt. Maybe little slowdown?
I missed the adagio part, and because you stop so briefly only between the 1 and 3 part, it all sounds now like 1 big piece which is a bit confusing. Funny that you couldn't get the rythm right, as this should be the easy part of the piece smile
Phrasing: ok
rubato, speed changes: mostly pretty constant. in a few places speed drops down unexpectedly, particularly in 3:50.
Dynamics: Overall fine. The melody needs to stick out a bit, so maybe you can try to make the LH softer than the RH overall. For example right at the start, try playing the LH mf or even p and only the RH f. I find the cadence at 2:50 too heavy but the score says f there. Weird, not sure if I would follow that
In the allegro part, you could do more with the fz/p. Stay p also after the fz/p
You make very nice p sound just after 2:30, I would like to hear this p at the other p places as well.
Note that after 3:55 the section is marked pp and p. fz is only an accent for 1 note.
articulation: I like it.
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#2232686 - 02/16/14 04:12 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Thank you for listening and for commenting. The piece is a bit out there and sometimes (e.g. the introduction) there isn't even any tune at all, just an energy. For a bit more context, on my first attempt at appreciating Brahms solo piano I purchased a double CD set of all his late piano solo pieces. I don't know how else to put it but I did NOT like any of it at all. I didn't really bother with Brahms after that until my teacher assigned me a piece. Everything changed after this.

The complex relationship between Brahms and Clara Schumann is often referred to in profiles of Brahms. For an interesting story involving the F-sharp minor Capriccio and the Op. 76, read here: Yale University Library

From the link:
Originally Posted By: Yale University Library
Scholars have devoted a great deal of attention to the relationship between Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann. The two first met in 1853, when Brahms visited the Schumanns in Düsseldorf and played many of his compositions for them, eliciting Robert Schumann’s famous article “Neue Bahnen,” which is also on display in this exhibit. After Robert was hospitalized in 1854, Brahms took over many of his responsibilities in the Schumann household, helping with the family and managing their business affairs. (He also regularly visited Robert in the hospital; the doctors did not permit Clara to do so.) Brahms was certainly in love with her, and she may have reciprocated his feelings, but after Robert’s death made it possible for them to marry, they chose not to do so, perhaps because of Brahms’s concern about maintaining his independence. Over the course of the ensuing forty years, they remained close friends and musical collabora­tors, but their relationship was never simple, and they had several quarrels.

One such dispute occurred in the late 1860s, and Brahms’s gift of the manuscript displayed here may have been part of their reconciliation. It is written on paper with a printed decorative border, and bears the inscription “Cl. Sch.” as well as the date “12. Sept. 71.” Sep­tember 12, 1871 was the 31st anniversary of Clara’s marriage, and September 13 was her 52nd birthday. For most of the decade, the piece seems to have been known only to her, but in 1879, Brahms published a revised version, without a dedication and now bearing the title “Capriccio,” as the first in a set of Klavier­stücke, Op. 76. Clara, who may have had proprietary feelings about the original, complained that the new version was marred by hidden parallel octaves.


I think it would be possible to consider that this Capriccio (and the set) refers to their relationship in some way.

I hope to record a final (for now) version which has a much more rapid tempo. I did a check yesterday and recorded one at a 3:16 duration. I didn't mean to play it that fast and it's anything but clean. I was going to put it in the piano bar but I'm going to give it another day or two and try one more. The introduction or recapitulation ruin most of my attempts! mad

In case you're curious, my favorite versions are by Dinorah Varsi and Julius Katchen. Much faster tempo especially for Varsi. But Pogorelich still has his version at over 6 minutes out there. Makes me feel better even if it's kind of eccentric.

Originally Posted By: Sam Rose
I've never heard this before, so I can't really say anything about the tempo. But I like how you've played it, if that counts for anything. It sounds quite difficult!

Originally Posted By: TheodorN
Nice work on this piece.

Originally Posted By: evamar
What a contrast from the previous entry! Very agitated and restless piece, but brilliant too and obviously so hard to play. Amazing work. I had not heard it before and it put me to the edge.

Originally Posted By: SwissMS
This definitely has a restlessness about it. I like the tempo that you chose. I would think it would sound frenzied at a faster tempo. It is such a complex piece, and the tempo you chose allows the listener to experience it all. Very nicely played!

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Well, it is an undisputable fact that I know very little of Brahms work. I was surprised at how modern this sounds. I was also interested to note your tempo while looking at the score. I would never have imagined that tempo with those 16th notes, but in my (uneducated, I confess) opinion - it works very well! There's a lot of drama and I love the rich bass thorughout the piece. You've worked the magic of making it sound effortless - which we all knows means you've worked very very hard on the piece. Bravo indeed!

Originally Posted By: JimF
I wouldn't know where to begin describing my reactions to a work of this difficulty. Just following your beautiful playing with the score was as much as I can manage. I enjoyed it very much.


I have more feedback coming a bit later.

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#2232710 - 02/16/14 04:33 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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47. (Was)TrueBeginner - Purity Ah nothing like a freshly tuned piano! I really enjoyed your composition. It was very peaceful and I think the title you chose suits it very well.

48. joangolfing - Gavotte and Variations (Suite No. 14) I love this type of music - and very much enjoyed your performance. Your non-legato is quite appropriate and gives just the right sound to the works. Most enjoyable!

49. Ken. - Monk's Dream I am never sure what to expect when I see "Monk". There have been a few pieces that I just couldn't get my head around. This one, however, was easy to sit back and groove with! Nicely done - I especially liked the finale!

50. Mar_red - Theme from Schindler's List This is a piece I never tire of hearing. I loved the film and this music stirs up so much emotion. The recording seems to have a bit of a buzz in it - but it is still pretty and you've played it with the emotional overtones that it needs. Bravo!

51. ShiroKuro - Midwinter Memories Welcome back! I'm not familiar with this composer but always enjoy being introduced to someone new. I liked this - a lovely gentle beginning - that upper register is sweet and delicate. Your digital is very impressive. I like the crispness of the sound. The first part seemed to me to be open rolling fields of pristine snow, the second part I felt I was in a wood with tree trunks dark with winter wet, - the whole piece was very evocative. A very pleasant listen. I look forward to hearning more from you !

52. barbaram - Tequila Sunrise Sounds pretty jazzy to me...with a Spanish flair - good fun! I enjoyed it.

53. Ohio_Mark - Red Rose Rendezvous I have this book ! I really like Martha Mier materials. Your tempo certainly does change the feel of the piece, but that's not a bad thing. I like the upbeat feel you've given it. Nice performance!


54. MrPozor - Prelude in E minor - BWV 941 Oh, you can make yourself crazy doing multiple takes! This one was an elegant rendition. I know what you mean about even the simplest of Bach pieces being tricky - those voices! They are a puzzle to work out indeed. The only problem with your performance was that it was too short! I was just starting to get into it and it was done! Well done!

55. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Nocturne in C-Minor, No 21 (Posthumous) Hi Sam, nice to see you back! It is easy to see that you've developed a real affinity for Chopin- this was really a delight to hear - your technique seems to be improving in leaps and bounds. I hear more control in this piece- both for tempo and dynamics. Good for you!


56. carlos88 - Bach's Italian Concerto, First Movement What a pleasure to wrap up the recital with Bach! I really enjoyed listening to your performance, you really had super balance between the left and right hands - and the intermingling of the voices was just great - your trills and gracenotes were very pretty indeed, and your timing was a treat indeed. Complimenti!!!


Thanks again to everyone for dedicating the time and energy necessary to present such a feast of audible delights!
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#2232714 - 02/16/14 04:41 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2
Wow, thank you for introducing me to this composer! A really beautiful piece and your playing is very sensitive and lyrical. I will have to take a look at this composer when I get the chance. Great choice!

08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette
Your recording method is definitely unorthodox but I think it worked out okay. Honestly it sounded better than ok but maybe I just don't have an ear for this type of thing. I would definitely like to hear you on the MH sometime so that I can see the difference in your playing.

Another great piece that I've never heard. It's even better because you added your own material. I think this is always good to hear and you've done a great job. I can't say I know where the original ends and your noodling begins but the performance was great.

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#2232728 - 02/16/14 05:30 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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The internet demons are still holding off, so here's some more:

36. casinitaly - Sonatina Love this. I like the way you kept in moving, and the trill! Delightful. I can imagine passing by outside your window and hearing this and going on with a smile on my face smile

44. Trapper John - Beauty and the Beast Oh, this was wonderful. Your piano touch is so lyrical. Bravo!

51. Shiro Kuro - Midwinter Memories Very nice! Like water rippling in a brook, and someone sitting beside it just being in the moment. Not a very winter-like vision, I'll admit, which just goes to show that interpretations are often in the ears of the listener. But this is lovely.

1. Andy Platt - Sonata Wow! Well done! This sounds like one of those pieces for which I'd see the sheet music and immediately move on, but you obviously see and hear music, and play it with such musicality. Really nice.

9. sinophilia/Diana - Little PreludeI love it! I'm a Bach fan, and you did this so well. You had the bass/treble interplay down pat.

55. Sam Rose - Nocturne A charming and lyrical piece as you have played it. I think you put your heart in this.

Cathy
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#2232741 - 02/16/14 05:59 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: jotur]
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28 JakeS Enjoyed your harmonious music which also displayed 2 years productive work; sympathetically played. Great, mate!

29 ColdSalmon Nicely tuned piano with a good ring to it. Steady as she goes, so to speak, with precision which shows you aren`t about to cut corners. It`d sound good on a harpsichord, too. Nice, nice!

31 Sand Tiger Lovely composition for your dad. I did one for mine (passed on 3 years ago) . . poignant moments,but in a sense, therapeutic too.Excellent for someone so new to the business!

30 CorySold This was clearly played; a simple arrangement of Greensleeves which will enable you to go on to greater things. 3 and a half weeks? Wow!! Keep `em comin`

32 Steven B That really sound like an acoustic. More than just about any other software I`ve heard. Wonderful coordination for someone so new. Bach is NOT far away . . . . at all at all .
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#2232744 - 02/16/14 06:06 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: peterws]
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33 Mike White Does anyone get a better piano sound than this? What on earth did you do to that P80? Sounds fantastic.. . . .A hard piece o` music with some difficult complex chords which you handled with ease . . Well executed!

34 Paul 1971 Wonderful playing! Always enjoy listening to beginners; they display their own style before the teaching has somewhat formalized things . . unavoidable when you learn. There`s plenty of development taking place here.

35 Jim F McDowell`s stuff is very appealing. "To a Wild Rose" is one I used on occasions. It`s strong on appeal and pleasant on the ear. A great job!
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#2232745 - 02/16/14 06:09 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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11. Jazzwee - Wave Great sound once again Jazzwee. I can always listen to your music over and over as it's so smooth. My wife walked in as this was playing and we started groovin' together so thanks for the intro buddy.

12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 I'm glad you decided to be a true artist Peyton and not just play by the numbers. The piece and your performance of it now better and more accurately describes and represents -you. My favorite part was the subtle descending half steps along with how delicately you played them. [Especially the first note].

13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin "sans rigeur" - without exactness I'm stealing that one Sam! And of course, I couldn't be happier that you played it that way. Excellent control over this delicate piece as I know how hard it is to perform on the softer side. (My weakness). Well done.

14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9 Wow, now this piece just jumped out and bit me. This was outstanding playing and execution. The first minute is just a beginning; now that you're warmed up....take off with it. This piece has so much that can be added to it. This was one of my recital favorites so far, but I'm wanting more so keep playing like this and try to improvise upon it if you desire.

15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1 Absolutely beautiful playing. You have the experience and it shows. I could listen on and on...and on.

16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro I watched the video and then listened to your version. I must say you did an outstanding job with it. Very realistic and accurate. Great music selection too. I enjoyed it.

17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78 I really loved the sound quality of this performance. So clear, it sounded like I was a foot away. I especially liked how well you performed the technical sections of this piece. Great trills. Well done.

18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell I love how melodic and dramatic this original from you is Russ. Some of those low descending chord progressions gave me goosebumps. Especially the unexpected ones. Great once again.

19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez Yes, this piece has a deeply dramatic sound. the booming bass introduction midway really brought this piece to life and captured my attention. Excellent finish too btw. Another recital favorite of mine.

20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major Great playing from you Jeff. It sounds like you've put a lot of time into those trills and chord inversions as they are what stood out for me. Very smooth and timely playing as well. You are sounding very comfortable and confident playing this as it should be. Nicely done. Crazy finish too, I loved it.

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#2232757 - 02/16/14 06:38 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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It is such a treat to have a working internet that I've eschewed practice in order to indulge in the recital smile Much fun, eh?

11. jazzwee – Wave well, I’m a jazzwee and band groupie, so I thought this was great. I’d be at your gigs, along with all my friends, if I lived in your neighborhood. It also seems, in my not-so-educated opinion, that your solos have gotten a lot more sophisticated over the years.

19. Riddler/Ed – Aranjuez – another person for whom I am a groupie. This was so well done. After reading your comments the first thing I thought when I heard the opening chords was “Ask not for whom the bell tolls…” And you played with such thoughtfulness and clarity. Bravo, bravo.

52. barbaram – Tequila Sunrise Wow! Great! All of me was moving. I love the stop time, and you’d come back in right on the beat. Terrific.

43. Ganddalf – A piece for me to play This made me laugh after your description. It was very nice, and it did exactly what you wanted it to do – made me think it was hard, and definitely in the style of your favorite composers. Good work.

38. lyricmudra – Nocturne Very well played – polished, musical, competent. Well done.

2. Monica K. – Lamentations From the first chord that put a smile on my face this was the moving piece that is your hallmark. So well interpreted and played with feeling.

14. earlofmar – Bagatelle How cool! This was charming, and you played it at such a high level! Very nice!

Cathy
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#2232769 - 02/16/14 07:31 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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#51. ShiroKuro- Welcome back and what a pleasure to hear you play again. I love it! What a dreamy piece.

47. Wastruebeginner- Did you just do that at the spur of the moment? I would not be surprised if you did. You always come up with such interesting melodies.

44. TrapperJohn- Played with great touch and feeling John. Such a pretty and moving song.
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#2232773 - 02/16/14 07:37 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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34. paul1971 – The Entertainer Great fun. Always nice to have more Joplin. Keep it up!

2. Richard/zrtf90 – Bach I felt like I was in cathedral listening to an afternoon concert – what a delight! Takes all the cares of the day and replaces them with cheer.

46. Inlanding/Glen – Four Threads I like, I like. I like the way it develops to the snappy part and then backs off to the laid back again – like someone was kind of just ambling down the street, broke into a snappy dance, and then goes back to ambling laugh You can just see the other pedestrians wondering what was going on. A Fred Astaire movie, maybe.

12. Peyton – Mazurka I liked the changes in feel thru this piece, and the delicate little ornaments, and sophisticated touch. Well done.

45. Pathbreaker – Capriccio Isn’t it nice to have a piece you can revisit time and time again and find something new in? I can hear how this piece would be one of those. Very nicely played.

18. Jazztpt/Russ – For Russell I don’t usually watch the videos, but I’m a sucker for baby pictures. What a cutie! And when he got old enough to start laughing I had to laugh, too. And the music was perfect.

42. Jayden – Locke’d Out Again – and it’s 2:00 AM laugh Standing on the stoop, patting one’s pockets, looking for the keys laugh I see that it’s not *that* kind of “locked” but that’s the image that came. Nice little piece.

Cathy
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#2232789 - 02/16/14 08:14 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I just wanted to take a few minutes to extend my sincerest appreciation to everyone for all of the hard work you've done. I'm nearly finished listening to all of these wonderful submissions.

I'm not one to do much with regards to individual comments. However, I will say that I was very pleased to hear Richard's Bach performance. My teacher has me working on the same Invention. I'm glad to have heard your performance because it inspires me.

Thanks everyone for all of this enjoyable listening! smile
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#2232799 - 02/16/14 08:26 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: griffin2417]
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I still haven't listened to all of the recital yet (about half way through....), but I must say that I'm quite impressed with all of the talent on display! This was my first time at participating in a recital, but it won't be my last.

I'm so glad that I've found this forum. It's supportive atmosphere is great!
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#2232810 - 02/16/14 08:37 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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20. Greener/Jeff – Nocturne I *like* this tempo - it’s got a majesty to it that I haven’t heard in other interpretations, a grandness, a wider scope. And very well played.

39. evamar – Pelagia’s Song I had no idea what to expect when I started listening to this. A very nice surprise. Very comtemplative. And a great sense of humor 

22. newbert – Rocket to the Moon Nicely played. Stick around the ABF and recitals!

37. Copper – The Poet Speaks So delicate, and expressively played. I’ve always liked your submissions, and this one fits right in.

24. CarlosCC – Time Lapse Well, that took the tension right out of me. Beautifully played.

30. corysold – Greensleeves Nothing like saving the best for last. This was lovely. It’s such a beautiful tune, and you used the simplicity of the arrangement to good advantage, and let the melody sing. Wonderful.

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#2232823 - 02/16/14 08:56 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I'm still listening to the recital. Everyone is to be congratulated for their efforts; a special thanks to Monica and all who make the recitals possible.

Words fail me as.. what hasn't been said? A few thoughts:

MonicaK This piece moved me emotionally and was a superb performance as usual.

Sam Rose Lovely as always; you have a true intimacy with the piano methinks.

SwissMs Very nice and relaxing, invoked some seductive memories for me too. Not Venice but a river cruise to Nawlins long ago.

Sinophilia Not a big Bach fan but this was well played. I much preferred the acoustic one. It's the luddite in me. grin

Ben Piano This also moved me emotionally as I pictured my ancient reletives on this trail. Excellent job nevertheless.

Greener I keep getting a 404 error. Maybe later...

Hope to get to hear all the rest of them tomorrow. Must sleep!
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#2232869 - 02/16/14 11:05 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Thanks to all for yet another wonderful recital.

A few comments:

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart
Excellent. This is really remarkably beautiful in places. It seems to me that your touch is just right for this type of piece, which is so mournful. Good work on those left hand patterns - they look really difficult.

10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6
A beautiful piece, played with grace and skill and real feeling. Great work on those trills and complex left hand parts.

11. Jazzwee - Wave
A really difficult tune to improvise on, IMHO, but it sounded really professional to me. I love those Jobim tunes, but I can never get the rhythms right without a struggle. Hard to believe you guys pulled that off with no rehearsal!

16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro
One of my favs! Well done, played to perfection. I really love Puccini's operas, have seen many of them several times, though never this one. You have inspired me to want to play this myself some day. Loved the video humor, too!

20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major
One of the most beloved piano pieces of all time. I really enjoyed it. Well done!

25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves
Great left hand work, Peter, especially those little 5 +5 6 fills. Cool ending!

27. dynamobt / Marilyn - Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvt (to do)
Beautiful, I enjoyed it very much. Yes, the false starts had me confused for a few seconds, then I remembered your post. Nevertheless, your playing is quite excellent, full of energy and feeling, and very precise. That's a heck of a lot of notes! Very impressive!

More later.

Ed
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#2232870 - 02/16/14 11:10 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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To everyone who has said "welcome back," thank you so much! It's fun to participate in another recital afer such a long hiatus. smile

TheodorN and JimF, thank you for listening and commenting!
Evamar, thanks for listening! I meant "not an especially good performance" but I can't type smile (i wasn't satisfied with my playing but didn't have time to do another version)

PikaPianist, I'll have to look for voice record pro, thanks!

Castinitaly, thanks for your kind words, about my playing and my digital! Your image is a lot like the one I have in my head when I play.

Jotur, thanks for listening! I like your image (and I like that it was different from casinitaly's, that makes things fun!)

Peyton, dreamy, I like that! Thank you!

Ok, I am a lot slower than many of you, but here are a few more that I listened to:

08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette I don't know the piece you based your re-nooding on, but (as usual) I really enjoyed your playing! (Also, "re-noodle" is an awesome verb!) And, as your last recording, this recording set-up (the headphones thing) is awesome. I look forward to hearing your acoustic again, but for a digital recording, this is perfect.

09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939 Great job! Bach is really wonderful, and even when the tempo might be slower than how it's often played, it's still great to listen to.

10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6 Ahhh, I forgot how much I love this piece! I have the score somewhere, hearing your lovely rendition makes me want to get it out and try it myself! Also, I can hear the depth and character of your acoustic, especially the bass (which I so miss when I play my digital!)
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#2232872 - 02/16/14 11:28 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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A few more (what a lovely way to wind down after a busy Sunday! smile

11. Jazzwee - Wave I love it! Although I can tell that the recorder was not close to the piano, your playing sounds wonderful! I wish I could have heard this live! Did you just use the Zoom's built-in mics? If so, wow, sounds great!

12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 I very much enjoyed your recording, and I was interested to read about your process of playing along with the recording, but finding it difficult to play at a slower tempo. If you are not satisfied with your performance (and I say if because I think it sounds wonderful) then perhaps you should no longer listen to Rubinstein or anyone else's recordings and figure out how you want to play your version. Clearly it's in your fingers and ready to go whereever you want to take it.

13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin Sam, how lovely! Your performance of this was really wonderful!

14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9 Great job, there are so many Beethoven pieces I don't know, so thank you for introducing me to this one.
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#2232878 - 02/16/14 11:46 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939
Nice work with this one. I remember playing this one and being too lazy to work on the mordents in the left hand. Glad you did a better job with that! I love Bach too, have you considered doing the c minor Little Prelude (BWV 934)?

10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6
I love this piece. I thought I might work on it this year but it's looking like I won't fit it in. I can tell how much you love this music, you're playing is very expressive. There is some real potential there and I'm sure it will get better as you have more time with it.

11. Jazzwee - Wave
Great atmosphere for this recording. I definitely prefer live recordings because I can really get that in the moment feeling. There seems to be a good chemistry within your group. I think it's refreshing that this was a collaborative piece. I don't know how often that happens in these recitals but I like it.

12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4
I like your "smiling through tears" description. This is really artistic playing on a beautiful instrument. I like your tempo and can't see any reason to play it any slower.

13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin
Another great selection that I wish I could play. Lots of freedom in your playing, I think you used it to great effect in this piece. The crescendo at the top of pg. 22 moving up to mf I think this part I personally like to have more of a feeling of forward movement. Sorry if that makes no sense at all. The free sense of wandering, I think, should be interrupted at this point in the piece where there is a sudden sense of purpose and direction. Anyways, I liked your playing!


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#2232894 - 02/17/14 12:54 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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First set. I have to say that the group as a whole has upped the ante. The regular ABF players have improved dramatically. I'm so impressed!

01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2
Wonderful performance Andy! Super advanced piece for you. You did so well with those fast runs. You’ve come a long way! Too bad with the tuning, my ears were complaining a bit. LOL. But your performance shined through anyway.

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart
Such a powerful sound and smoothness in your playing! We started piano close to the same time and you can see how those getting the hours in are getting such a beautiful sound. Wow! Really pretty tune!

03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8
Beautiful sound and beautiful playing and shows off your super piano skills in a fantastic way.

04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3
Such a difficult sounding piece! You did it so well. Very nice contrast in dynamics. Super job. Maybe start introducing a bit of gentleness in your playing, even fortissimo.

05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major
Very beautiful playing PikaPianist. You’ve got great skills! Obviously lots of experience.

06. George Schiro - Heartache
Beautiful composition! I always admire anything improvised. Bravo!

07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2
Such beautiful playing of this block chord style. Very legato and perfect use of pedal. Very delicate sound with such a nice balance of the hands. Excellent!


08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette
I was expecting the Mason and had to read up on the recording to learn it was on a digital. But regardless, this is outstanding playing! Super quality!

09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939
Super job Diana. So evenly played and shows such excellent progress after 2 years. Well done!

10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6
Beautiful playing with the melody standing nicely out and excellent balance with the rest of the voices. Very nice touch!

12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4
Whoa! Is Horowitz in the house? Such a beautiful sound and so well done! I was told to try this but haven’t had the opportunity. Fantastic!

13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin
You’re getting such a beautiful tone here Sam! Really making excellent improvement every time I listen. Great job!

14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9
Very difficult to be doing this after 14 months and done so well. Definitely within your skill level! Proud of you!

15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1
Beautiful touch and tone as usual! SWEET!

16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro
Nicely done! Beautiful sound. So smooth and even! Maybe bring out the melody more than the left hand. But you bring out a nice tone here.

17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78
Very well done on such a complex piece. Perfect evenness and smoothness!

18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell
I always look forward to hearing you play because your chops are just incredible. Can you lend me some? Beautiful sounds. Is this written out? This is an outstanding composition. Did I say your piano touch is incredible?

19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez
This is amazing to hear this because I started playing Spain just recently. Tried it at a jam and the Cellist started off with Aranjuez. So perfect timing to hear this now. So beautiful and well done! I never knew this was a separate piece. I just thought it was Chick’s thing. After the piece, I was waiting for the opening riff to Spain…

20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major
Such excellent progress Jeff. Just like everyone else who’ve been doing the recitals here, great improvements can be heard. Congrats on a great job!
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#2232902 - 02/17/14 01:28 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Thank you to SwissMS, Sam Rose, CarlosCC, PeterWS, Jotur, TheodorN, Monica, MrSuperHunky, Casinitaly, Evamar, Riddler, ShiroKuro, Pathbreaker for listening and saying such nice words! I appreciate it. I skipped some recitals and am glad to be back.

Some more, but out of order

24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse
What an interesting piece. Love that rhythmic effect of that offbeat bass line and you kept it going smoothly all the way. Super job. Love the sound. And thanks for your nice words. Love the Brazilian sound. My singer (who’s not singing in Wave, but just playing guitar), really sings in Portuguese and even gigged there. So I expect will do more of these.

25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves
A finally a tune so familiar to me, though I only play it as a jazz tune. Great solo piano stylings here. You’re introducing so many solo piano styles. So wonderful. Thanks for your nice comments man!

36. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sonatina Op 36 N2 3rd movement
Hi Cheryl! As you can see I’m back in the recital. You’re always the one making me feel so welcome. And glad to be listening in again to your progress and as always you’re always non-hesitating and confident and it shows in your playing. You’re doing a super job. Now it’s time to go the next level and start to lighten that touch (comes with a release of tension). Doing great! Thanks for the nice comments Cheryl!

41. jotur/Cathy turner - A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet
What a fun tune to listen to! I’m sure the audience really appreciated it. I’m so glad to hear of your gigging escapades my friend! This is what learning piano is for! Awesome. And thanks for your super kind words!

45. Pathbreaker - Capriccio in F-sharp minor, Op. 76 no. 1
Wow, what a complex piece rhythmically and harmonically with chromatic chords which you made sound so perfect. Excellent playing!

46. Inlanding - Glen - Four Threads
Of course you are one of my favorites both in style choice and playing chops. And this is another beautiful performance with your super tone and perfect touch. Beautiful blowing as usual and always with a touch of blues! Top notch as expected. The recording BTW is outstanding.


55. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Nocturne in C-Minor, No 21 (Posthumous)
When can I buy tickets to your concerts? Very nice Sam. Excellent voicing of the melody of the RH and perfect balance on the left. Very beautiful tone. And I don’t detect any unevenness. It’s also good that you’re not working on those impossibly difficult pieces so we can really see how well you sound here. Piano sounds wonderful BTW. Definitely very nice progress here my friend. And obviously this is extraordinary for 3 years. Sounds more like 10.
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#2232920 - 02/17/14 02:53 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: ShiroKuro]
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Originally Posted By: ShiroKuro

Evamar, thanks for listening! I meant "not an especially good performance" but I can't type smile (i wasn't satisfied with my playing but didn't have time to do another version)


Sorry, I live in the UK and now and then some of their characteristic irony rubs on me. You know, bad things are quick to spread (see, again! grin) I only meant that it sounds fantastic to my untrained ear and that I really enjoyed it, so it is a good performance. Of course we all are our worst critics.

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#2232922 - 02/17/14 03:01 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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At last I had the opportunity to start listening to the contributions to this recital. I’ll try to give comments to all of you starting from the beginning this time.

01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2

So nice to hear this Beethoven sonata again! Your performance was very enjoyable. Particularly I noticed your consciousness about phrasing and shaping of the themes.

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart

Beautiful performance of a fine composition! You must have spent a lot of effort to bring it to this level of performance.

03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8

At last a performance of one of Bach’s “sinfonias” or “three-part inventions”. I love this music and frequently play some of these pieces myself. Knowing every note of the first sinfonia I can say that you play it flawlessly and do it with great delicacy. I also enjoyed the following two-part invention. Good job!

04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3

I’m impressed that you are able to play this Brahms piece so well. I know how difficult it is even when played slowly. I think that your choice of tempo was good, and you were, indeed, able to make it sound good.

05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major

I was very pleased to find a Field nocturne on the list, and I was not disappointed by your performance. You shaped the piece so well and played very beautifully.

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#2232942 - 02/17/14 05:23 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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And one more batch.

06. George Schiro - Heartache

Your music is very expressive, and you show lots of creativity in your improvisation. I really liked listening to it.

07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2

Wow, what a beautiful piece! You managed bringing out the melody very well, not only the first voice, but also the imitations in the middle voice. The recorded sound was very nice, and you demonstrate excellent technical skills.

08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette

Very enjoyable improvisation. I don’t know the initial melody so I can’t tell exactly how much of it was your own creative contribution. But playing was very nice listening to.

09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939

You really capture the brightness of this piece. The performance was very good, and I noticed particularly the trills in the second voice. I can hear that you have been working a lot on this piece.

10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6

It is so nice to hear that you were inspired by the Mendelssohn recital. I hope that we will hear more of his Songs without Words in future recitals. You managed to capture the mood of this piece, and chose a very good tempo. I was really carried away by your performance.

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#2232947 - 02/17/14 06:07 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: evamar]
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Last batch! Really enjoyed this recital, let's do it all again. Ah, yes, we will, great!!!


15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1
Very sweet piece, the melody is really singing through it, lovely touch.

16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro
I was humming to myself while listening to it. Fantastic, perfect tempo, really well played and such a fun watching your video! Love both your playing and your video skills! I'll be watching a few more...

17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78
Great piece, fantastic Baroque feel, and I think it has the best tempo. Love it

18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell
What a gorgeous piece for a gorgeous little boy! Congratulations to all the family. How cool having your own piece, specially when it's so nice as this one.

19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez
What can I say other that thanks for this. It's a very special piece for my maternal family and it brings a lot of memories. Very nicely played, you brought up all the emotions.

20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major
One of my favourite pieces, so thanks for bringing it! You have done a great job, it's faster than I'm used to but I have enjoyed it. Hard one to play well, congrats.

21. MaryBee - Sarabande (Pour le piano)
I had never heard this piece before (surprise!) and found it a very complicated one. Like conflictive relationships. I do need to attach emotions to music, cannot make the jump to simply hear music, at least yet. Brilliantly played, I really enjoyed it.

22. newbert - Rocket To The Moon
I really like this piece, you play it so well, lots of confidence. Lovely sound too.

23. ajames - Laura
Tricky pedalling, phrasing and hard to get a clear melody for this one at our level, well done!

24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse
Einaudi, Einaudi. Much harder to play well than it seems, and you make it. Great control and expression, I got lost to the world listening to this piece. Brilliant.

25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves
I simply love the song and because I've heard it so many times I was very surprised by your version. Lots of personal touches, you just let it develop and then it does get together. Amazing.

26. ladyaugustina - Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3
As the ignorant person that I am, being the first time I heard this I didn't miss any part that you skipped, it sounds complete and well linked. My legs were dancing with it while I'm sat, I just couldn't make it too obvious! Very well played, the A was well deserved.

27. dynamobt / Marilyn - Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvt
Great control of yourself, just a hint of a sigh between starts! Fantastic piece, very hard to play controlling all the changes in dynamics and you make it sound very clear. Absolutely love it, it didn't feel long and then I looked and oops! almost 10 minutes gone, which only adds to your merit of playing it and recording one take.

28. Jake S - Chopin Prelude no.6 in B minor
I hadn't heard this piece before (at least not knowingly) and it's really lovely. It felt so sad but still hanging with hope for things to change. Really well played.
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#2232954 - 02/17/14 06:33 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: evamar]
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Here is my final batch of reviews. Congratulations to all participants on a job well done, and as always, thanks to all the organisers that keep this recital going. The is a wonderful opportunity that is offered to us piano learners and re-learners.

48. joangolfing - Gavotte and Variations (Suite No. 14) Nice presentation with proper Baroque feel. I like your voicing and the pacing. Nice job!

49. Ken. - Monk's Dream Great, easy listening jazz! I love the free-form feeling of this piece. Well played!

50. Mar_red - Theme from Schindler's List You have created a very nice, full arrangement from the lead sheets, and captured the emotion of the piece. I love the use of trills in it! Beautifully played.

51. ShiroKuro - Midwinter Memories This beautiful piece is new to me. It seems to have lots of moods. You gave it a haunting character that really fit. Very nicely played.

52. barbaram - Tequila Sunrise Nice jaunty, Latin piece. You gave it a nice playful touch. Well done.

53. Ohio_Mark - Red Rose Rendezvous I really like Martha Mier’s Jazz series. You play this well, giving a good contrast between sections. Fun!

54. MrPozor - Prelude in E minor - BWV 941 I really like this Prelude. You played it very well, with good voicing. Each voice was shaped well.

55. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Nocturne in C-Minor, No 21 (Posthumous) This is an amazing effort after only a few weeks. You have really good control in the runs, and the phrases are shaped well. Very nicely done!

56. carlos88 - Bach's Italian Concerto, First Movement Very nice Bach playing! This is a great conclusion to the quarterly recital. I thought your ornamentation was quite good, and complex voicing was handled with finesse. Well done!
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#2232987 - 02/17/14 08:10 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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11. Jazzwee - Wave

It must be very fun to play with a band like you do. Although I’m no jazz musician I recognize the melody. The performance sounded quite professional to me.

12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4

This is definitely one of Chopin’s most difficult mazurkas. With all the embellishments and difficult rhythm it requires rubato playing – but not too much. I think you manage to keep the right balance. I’m also impressed by your dynamics. Very nice performance.

13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin

Another piece where the rhythm must not be too stringent. Although it doesn’t contain any fast passages it is difficult to play well. Using the pedal the right way is challenging. Too little, and the piece sounds dry, too much and you get mud. I think you did very well, and with your piano the sound was very authentic.

14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9

This was a fun little piece to listen to. It is by no means simple and I’m impressed of the way you do it after relatively little experience.

15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1

Flawless performance! I enjoyed it very much. Sound and dynamics were perfect in my ears.

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#2232998 - 02/17/14 08:30 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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45. Pathbreaker- Wow!!! Great playing. I like the slower pacing. I'm not much of a Brahms fan but your playing and being able to follow the music made for a new appreciation of his music.

43. Gandalf- Another "Wow!!". A little Rachmaninoff, maybe a little Gershwin? Just a really interesting piece and so well played.
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#2233005 - 02/17/14 08:58 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Congratulations everyone! Exceptional talent on display once again. A couple of comments....

11. Jazzwee - Wave
Oh, now you’ve done it. You put one of those Jobim ear worms in my head. Wave is a particularly infectious one. Kudos for doing this in the original key of D. As a hack, I find this to be a really hard key for jazz players (except guitarists). You’d have to be woodshedding in it regularly because there are so few jazz tunes written in this key. Better you than me smile It sounded smooth as silk anyway!

18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell
A beautiful song and video tribute for sure. With each song, I’m gaining more understanding of the Jazztpt composition style. I see that you use a major 4th chord of some variety after you’ve resolved to the root a lot, which just sounds so elegant. Just a tremendous overall sound.

19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez
Ed, “Concierto”, by Jim Hall featuring Sir Roland Hanna on Piano, Paul Desmond on Sax, Chet Baker on Trumpet, Steve Gadd on Drums and Ron Carter on Bass is one of my all time favorites. I wore out the grooves on the album, and then when albums were passé, had to get it on CD. Many argue that it is the best ensemble jazz recording ever made. I might have to agree. What an undertaking for solo piano! And what a great job you did capturing the spirit and the relentless driving flow. Wonderful!!

23. ajames - Laura
Nice job after such a short time playing! Have you listened to many other recording of this song? Keep listening to how other people play it slow, and as you get more and more comfortable you’ll start taking one or two little things that you’ve heard and work them in to your own playing.

25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves
This is really a brilliantly full arrangement. You are able to give it so much movement without a walking bass line. It is hard to parse out all of things that you are doing in there. That is what makes it a fun listen. I love the touch of echo that you put in the post recording too.

46. Inlanding - Glen - Four Threads
My son has been asking me about Pythagorean tuning (A=432), and I had to admit that I didn’t know anything about it. Looking into it a little, and listening to the four beautiful mood pieces that you created, got me thinking that these would be the perfect resonance for A=432 if anything would. Hmmm. Also really loves those tasty blues licks in there

49. Ken. - Monk's Dream
Keep the flame alive baby! This was your most Monk-ish one yet. I was waiting for the horns to come in on that next verse. Darn.
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#2233038 - 02/17/14 09:43 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: kenjazz]
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Firstly thanks so much to Monica for managing such a marvellous recital, and to everyone who has taken the time to listen and comment.

My headphones have just conked out so here is my batch for today and hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with more. I've listed to 1-3 and 39-end so far - the Box uploads were presented in reverse order so it was easier to go that way!

01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2
Lovely & flowing. I particularly enjoyed the minuet movement

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart
Oooh. What an atmospheric opening. Beautiful chill out piece, really enjoyed it

03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8
I love Bach. I’m working on the Invention #8 at the moment myself, I’d underestimated the challenge involved as it looks deceptively simple on the page. With a bit of discipline it’s all coming together but I’m a long way away from playing it as well as this

39. evamar - Pelagia's Song - With Sausage Fingers Remix
I was halfway through this when my headphones ran out of charge! I was really enjoying it, so will be back to relisten later/tomorrow. Disappointed not to have made it as far as the “sausage fingers remix” :-)

40. BenPiano - Dahlonega
Another original composition, fantastic! A lovely piece, I really enjoyed it

41. jotur/Cathy turner - A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet
Lovely old timey feel, I bet this makes your assisted living audience feel really nostalgic

42. Jayden (Jayden Traynor) - Locke'd Out Again
Super impressive after only 2 months! Confidently played and it really conveyed the mood, great job

43. Ganddalf - A piece for me to play
Bored!? No chance! Very impressive composition, thoroughly enjoyable. I for one would love to hear more of your own pieces in future recitals!

44. TrapperJohn - Beauty and the Beast (from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast")
This is a lovely song, and with 3 young kids it’s one I’m very familiar with. This was a beautiful rendition.

45. Pathbreaker - Capriccio in F-sharp minor, Op. 76 no. 1
Wow! Beautiful piece, really well played. I was just thinking as I set this up to play that I didn’t have much of an idea what to expect - even though Brahms is such a familiar name, I can’t back that up with any knowledge of the music. That’s something I’ll have to remedy as I enjoyed this very much.

46. Inlanding - Glen - Four Threads
Very nice, evocative

47. (Was)TrueBeginner - Purity
I’m so impressed with the original compositions in this recital. This flows really nicely and is very enjoyable to listen to

48. joangolfing - Gavotte and Variations (Suite No. 14)
Very good, seemed very precise and true to the style of the era

49. Ken. - Monk's Dream

I really enjoyed this. I want to expand my own jazz repertoire, so I’ll check out “Thelonious Monk Easy Piano Solos” – sounds like a good source of material!

50. Mar_red - Theme from Schindler's List
I love the original, it’s nice to hear another version of it.

51. ShiroKuro - Midwinter Memories
Lovely piece. Really nice voicing I thought, the melody stood out so nicely over the LH flowing accompaniment. It’s something I don’t always succeed in myself!

53. Ohio_Mark - Red Rose Rendezvous
Really conveys the mood well and flows with a lovely rhythm.

54. MrPozor - Prelude in E minor - BWV 941
Great job, particularly for only 2 years playing! As I’ve said elsewhere here, I’m currently working on Invention #8 so I know *exactly* what you mean about it being far more challenging that it looks on paper.

55. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Nocturne in C-Minor, No 21 (Posthumous)
Gorgeous. You are WAY too hard on yourself. I plan to tackle a Chopin Nocturne this year. I got the sheet music for one a couple of months ago but decided it was a bit too daunting and should wait 4-6 months. I’m inspired again after listening to your performance.


56. carlos88 - Bach's Italian Concerto, First Movement
I’m a big Bach fan and really enjoyed this

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#2233047 - 02/17/14 09:59 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Another great recital - so far everybody sounds great! Here's my fir st 10 comments:

01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2 I tried the other op 49 sonata (the one in the minor key) a few months ago and gave up in disgust at my own ineptitude. So I know the challenges that you faced. You did a great job - yeah there was some unevenness, but more often than not it was very good.

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart Another outstanding performance Monica - just what we have come to expect from you. And you did it from memory too!

03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8 So smooth! I love the way that the sinfonia flows along. The invention is a nice contrast, since it has more energy. Well done.

04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3 Outstanding work - I can tell you spent a lot of time on it. Hinson ranks this as moderately difficult in his guide to the repertoire, his next to the highest level.

05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major I admire your creative approach to combining the sheet music. I'm willing to bet the composer would approve. Well done.

06. George Schiro - Heartache I always admire the performers who can sit down and improvise something and have it sound great! Thanks...

07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2 It's funny how what we think we are playing doesn't always mach the recording. We hear it the way we want it to sound, whether we are actually playing it that way or not. You're right, this take sounds great - clear melody.

08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette Love your recording method. I don't know the original, so your take on it sounds professional to me!

09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939 Short and sweet - I loved it!

10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6 I've played this too - which reminds me, I need to play some more Mendelssohn! Loved your dynamics. And the trill was great, much better than I ever played it.

More later...

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#2233119 - 02/17/14 12:06 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Well, we have raised the bar again it seems;
A testament to accomplishment, from dedication and practice.
Originally Posted By: zrft90

Thanks again to those responsible for this very beneficial opportunity to interact with, contribute to and enjoy the variety of music from fellow travellers on this long, difficult and often lonely road.

Nicely said Richard. A great idea this recital venue is. Thank you to those who's efforts make it work so well.

Tremendous appreciation for all the performances.

lyricmudra
This connected with me immediately. I was familiar with it, but from a far distance. What a gorgeous nocturne and particularly so being played at this caliber. You still have it, or it is coming back in spades. I really liked this, and an excellent recording to boot. Very good performance.

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… started with a tune by Stephen Moccio called 'Violette' and re-noodled it by adding my own sections and improvisations. I'm not exactly sure at what point a 'cover' becomes an entirely new piece but I'm just about at that point.

This is very clever arrangement Mr. SH. It has resemblances of familiarity, but that is about all. I really like the flow of it and the evolving theme. The LH accompaniment blends very nicely to RH. Well played. A very pleasant listen.

Jazztpt
And a terrific composition indeed, Russ. This is very gentle listen and portrays a very nice family feeling about it. Great series, and very well done.

A quick acknowledgement and kind thank you for listening and generous comments directed my way. I am not at capacity to offer technical help for others, unfortunately, accept at most basic level, but am very appreciative to those that can offer same for me ...
Originally Posted By: Sam Rose

I love this piece ... The quality of the recording is a bit muddled (not sure why; …)

Yeah, darn it. I thought it was OK in isolation, but as soon as I began hearing the other performances I knew I was in trouble. The raw version was too noisy to me, and I ended up over treating it with the high and low pass filters I guess. I think this may have been the problem. I've had better and will be more careful in the future.
Originally Posted By: zrtf90

I know you've read it correctly in M1-6 but you introduce a semiquaver (sixteenth) instead of a quaver (eighth) in M7 that continues through the piece and I don't know if it's a deliberate interpretive idea or something that's developed below your conscious hearing but there are places, in particular M12, M20 and the penultimate measure, where it stands out more and might just detract a little or come over perhaps as an affectation in such a well known piece.

This is an issue I am having with current method of learning these pieces that are way beyond my reading. I've tried to learn the notes, put them straight to memory, but then quickly rely more on how I remember hearing it, it seems. I did not go back and QA this one well enough when getting it ready for the recital. Also, had you not pointed it out here it would never get fixed of course.
Originally Posted By: zrtf90

I don't know how well it might work but I'd prefer to hear all the notes under control. What do you think?

Yep, sounds like a good plan to me. Thanks for taking the time to point out this out, Richard and provide this valuable critique.

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#2233128 - 02/17/14 12:20 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Latest batch:

21. MaryBee - Sarabande (Pour le piano): I actually liked this piece “at first listen” more than I do most classical, perhaps because it was more romantic/jazzy in tone (although, as you note, there is an anguished/stormy aspect to it, which you bring out well). You had wonderful mastery of the dynamics; I especially liked the dramatic progression from about 0:35-0:41.

22. newbert - Rocket To The Moon: Congratulations on your first submission to the recital! With a gorgeous piece like that, I hope it is only the first of many. I am a big fan of Brickman but have not had much luck trying to play any of his pieces; I’ve discovered to my dismay that he’s more complicated rhythmically than the music sounds. Nice job!

23. ajames - Laura: This is such a pretty melody. smile The pedal didn’t sound too muddled to me, but then again, I’m the worst offender of the pedal, so I’m not a good one to ask. ha Extremely impressive performance for somebody who’s only been playing 7 months!!

24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse: Oh, I was so looking forward to hear this! And your rendition is simply gorgeous. I’ve fooled around with that piece several times and got absolutely nowhere with it; I found it impossible to make all those off-beat rhythms sound anything other than clunky and awkward. But you capture Einaudi’s spirit wonderfully, and it comes across as haunting and mysterious, as it is supposed to. I really like that Grand Piano 2 sound on your Yamaha, as well. Those deep bass notes really resonate. smile

25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves: As I noted on your YouTube video, music is rarely meant to be tackled “logically.” I think your ‘top o’ the head’ improvising was highly successful; the result was a smooth, flowing performance with just the right amount of delicate ornamentations.

26. ladyaugustina - Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3: I kinda liked that first part and didn’t find it boring at all; it had a happy, jaunty feel. You play this with admirable precision. I can see why you got an A in the class!

27. dynamobt / Marilyn - Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvt: One take on a nine and a half minute piece?! wow You just earned the “Bravest Tackling of the Red Dot” award for the recital. I can tell this is a piece you’ve put serious bench time into; your trills and ornamentations flow so smoothly and delicately.

28. Jake S - Chopin Prelude no.6 in B minor: You do a great job of recreating the somber mood of this piece. Nice job!

29. Coldsalmon - Sonata in D minor K 32 L 423: Scarlatti is one of my favorite classical composers, and I really liked this sonata. You do a great job of communicating the poignancy of the piece.

30. corysold - Cory Hallahan - Greensleeves: Congratulations on your first ever recital submission! I hope you will continue to play and participate. smile And I have to say that your playing is *extremely* impressive for only having been at the bench 3.5 weeks. Half notes? Chords in the bass? wow Greensleeves is such a pretty melody, too, so this is something you can keep in your repertoire to play for friends and family.
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#2233132 - 02/17/14 12:23 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Second round:

11. Jazzwee - Wave You mean you have to put up with a singer? I'm so sorry. (just kidding). Would love to hear you in person some time, but I guess you are way over on the other coast. Sounds great!

12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 Beats me how you can do those runs - your fingers just seem to float and they effortlessly come out. Not to mention the polyrhythm. I'm impressed.

14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9 This was very well done - very sensitive touch.

15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1 Very impressive - very cohesive and well put together.

16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro Very creative - loved the video. The only thing that would make it better is to actually wear the goggles while you play!

17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78 Loved the different types of touch that you used. It made it very interesting.

18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell Wonderful slideshow - cure grandkid - and the music is nice too!

19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez Yes, I've heard this before, in some other form, and always wondered what it was. Great playing - thanks for sharing.

20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major Excellent job with the runs, ornaments, and polyrhythm. Loved it!

More to come...

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#2233138 - 02/17/14 12:29 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I am basking in the glow of comments for my Bach, for which, much thanks. It's uplifting to hear other views on what we ourselves may undervalue seeing only the flaws that separate the realisation from the idea in the mind.

12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4
Great idea to play something you're already familiar with! wink

This is a wonderful rendition with a very personal and individual interpretation built up over time. You've added a good deal of yourself in this without forsaking Chopin and you've also maintained the free spirit of the mazurka. I really enjoyed this. Keep listening to Artur for inspiration but don't forget who's gonna be playing. Really enjoyable, Peyton, thanks.

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart
From that first, rich, sonorous chord I was held spellbound by the layers of sound and timbres from your instrument, the sentiment of the music and your wonderful command of both. I needed several listens to satiate myself. I'm going to need several more.

And I've given in to the urge and ordered George Winston's Solos to catch a bit of this new age malarkey for myself.

You're an inspiration, Monika. Fabulous performance!

10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6
This was such a tender interpretation it's like you inhaled the score and breathed it gently over the piano and captured the magic of Mendelssohn effortlessly.

You have combined your exceptional accuracy with a remarkable control of dynamics to bring out the cantabile without forcing the tone even in the climax nor ghosting a note in the luxurious, soft accompaniment.

Superb!

39. evamar - Pelagia's Song - With Sausage Fingers Remix
Your performance:
After your posts in the call for submissions thread I didn't know what to expect from this but I would never have expected what I got. For the first 2:15 smile there were no obvious wrong notes, no jarring forte's, no serious breach of tempo...nothing to disturb the mood of the piece. You have a very sensitive touch, a fondness of the piece and a promising future at the piano. You need no excuses for your playing. Write a bit about your piece next time and leave the criticism to us!

Your piano:
I have the CA95 which has the extra volume and the soundboard. Still the CA65 is capable of delivering more volume than many of its rivals. This is a superb instrument for practising on and developing a touch suitable for any acoustic instrument from the finest grands to worn out old uprights. The default settings are not the best for recording (either PM me or start a thread in the main ABF forum and we can discuss the settings) but you don't need Audacity to increase the volume. When you plug in the USB stick for recording, press the F2 key and increase the Gain setting, F3 to go back and then hit record. You can use Audacity to delete excess lead in time - and excise sausage finger remixes at the end!

This is an excellent first submission and if it were my remit I'd insist it wasn't your last. Your natural sensitivity for the instrument takes many people years to develop. Well done.
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#2233182 - 02/17/14 01:49 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: zrtf90]
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Thanks for the commentsm so far, guys! Greatly appreciated. Here`s some more o` mine . . .

36 CasinItaly Very frustrating situation you find yourself in. And having to record something you know can be improved, if only . . . .She might have to move, you know . . . happened to me once with a troublesome neighbor! (spelt thsat wrong didn`t I?)
Darned good attempt at this if I may say so. Very tricky stuff in there to trip over. But from what we hear, it`s all there working. Well done!

37 Copper Super melody, sweetly played! Not too sure how it relates to childhood mind! Great job.

38 Lyricmudra Your piano sings beautifully, the playing flows in what I think is one of Chopin`s best. Not being a Chopin lover, I`m glad others have agreed with me. Wonderful!

39 evamar You`ve done so well with so little time under your belt . . No compromising on those notes! Well Done!
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#2233195 - 02/17/14 02:12 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: peterws]
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40 Benpiano Love itman; great interaction and fluidity on a lovely piano. Keep `em comin` .

41 Jotur I don`t remember this . . .must be older than me . . .good ole War Time stuff very pleasantly played and totally enjoyable. "When your old wedding ring was new* There`s one I do know . . . .

42 Jayden This is NOT a simple song; you have NO RIGHT to play this at only 2 months . . . .Seriously, excellent. Great job. Loved it.

43 Ganddalf This 100% your own work. It`s complex, there`s nothing lame about anything here; the modulations between keys etc are magnificent. Top Notch stuff.

I think we`ll all want more
Out of that top drawer. . . .
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#2233224 - 02/17/14 02:41 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart - lovely piece - reminds of David Lanz standard fare - nicely & effortlessly (at least you make it seem so) played - I've sometimes wondered, given your sensitive approach, what you could do with some of the more beautiful and extended Broadway pieces, say those from Phantom or Les Mis - worth a try as a change of pace in an upcoming Recital?


08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette - delightful effort Hunky - you always intrigue and often surprise - really enjoyable and completely listenable!


10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6 - great job on a gorgeous little classical work - enjoyed this immensely!


More to come...
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#2233231 - 02/17/14 02:57 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Firstly many thanks to Sam Rose,TheodorN,SwissMS,Monica K,casinitaly,Peterws ,CarlosCC ,Mr Super-Hunky,Jotur ,Jazzwee ,evamar, Kenjazz, Greener & Sam S for listening and for your kind comments, they are really much appreciate.

Jazzwee - It's not written out as yet, I have some scibbled notes for the middle section because I couldn't ever remember it lol.
Your very kind about my playing but my admiration goes to you for actually getting out there and playing, you are way ahead of me.

Kenjazz - now you know all my tricks I will have to learn some new ones :-) Seriously though , thanks for that.

I have only just got started with listening to the recital so hope to give some feedback shortly.I must admit I didn't get to complete my comments last recital and I feel bad about that.

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#2233234 - 02/17/14 03:04 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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My first batch:



[01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2 – I am continually impressed how well you play with only a few years of lessons. From my own Beethoven submission this recital, I know how difficult these pieces are. I don’t think there is such a thing as an “easy” one. I also know how easy it is to miss that peak performance window by letting recording go a bit late. But, besides all this, your playing is improving by leaps and bounds. You should be very proud of yourself!

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart – This is quite beautiful. And nicely played. I’m generally not a fan of this “new age” stuff. But, I can appreciate all the work that went into this to make it sound effortless. You make it really flow quite lovely.

03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8 – I’m not as familiar with the Sinfonia as I should be. But I love Bach and I really like your playing of him. I know the Invention well. Many little places to screw up! And you move it right along too. Very enjoyable to listen to!

04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3 – Brahms is not easy. So I know that this was quite the undertaking. Your playing is confident and musical. I’m unfamiliar with this piece. Your piano is sounding very nice with a lovely clear bell quality to it. Quite beautiful.

05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major – Another piece I’ve never heard before. It’s very pretty. You play it quite well. I’m not familiar with the Bosendorfer sound so this was a treat too. It’s “different” but quite beautiful.

06. George Schiro – Heartache – As usual, I’m in awe of you composers! I’ve been asked why I don’t compose. Well, my knowledge of theory is not what it should be! This may be just a “feeling” but it’s really beautiful and heartfelt.

07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2 – Well, you’re right in that you’ve brought out the melody beautifully. You’ve created a very nice balance between accompaniment and melody. This is another piece I have not heard. Your playing is quite sensitive and conveys the intensity in the music quite well.

08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette – You “doodlers” are impressive!!! I can’t tell where the original lets off and you begin. So, you’ve created a seamless musical event. As for your digital, no offense, but bring back the BB!!!!!!!!

09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939 - Very mature playing after only 2 years! Yes, once you get a little taste of Bach it’s hard to let go. Very nice job!

10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6 - Your playing is improving each recital. You play more musically and with confidence. Quite lovely. I really enjoyed this.

11. Jazzwee – Wave – Huh, really sounds like we are in a café full of people! Kind of an interesting effect. Wish the piano was a little louder because you play this with quite the beat and enthusiasm. You got my toe tapping with this one. Very nice.

12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 - I too look to Rubinstein for Chopin interpretation. I thought your tempo was fine in this. Your playing is very crisp and clear. All the ornamentations come through quite nicely. A very nice performance.

13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin - I’ve so often wanted to learn this. Debussy just scares the heck out of me!!! The music is so “open” and left to the poor pianist to figure it out. Well, you figured it all out quite nicely!! You too are improving with each recital. I think Summerkeys agrees with you. The key signature is too scary!!

14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9 - Ahh, something I have played. Your first attempt at the pedal goes very well. You too are improving like crazy!!!

15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1 – The quality of playing continues!! This is getting ridiculous. We’re getting good folks. I mean it. Your playing is very musical and mature. I can’t get over how improved people are sounding! OK, you have some experience under your belt. But, I don’t care. You sound great in this!

16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro – Very familiar aria. Never heard it played on piano before. Too bad your digital doesn’t have the sustain of an acoustic. Your playing would sound even better. A very measured, contained performance. But just what was called for.

17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78 – Love me some Scarlatti!!! I think the tempo is just fine. You do a very nice job with this. You attack everything with just the right finesse. Sounds great!

18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell - I really can’t get over you composers!! This flows very nicely with very melodic modulations. If you told me some professional wrote this, I’d believe you! This is some good stuff!!

19. Riddler (Ed) – Aranjuez – I am familiar with the guitar orchestra composition. Very hard to get that orchestral effect on piano. Still, I think you do convey some of the intensity in the original version. The full chords underneath the melody plus your added runs “flesh” this out nicely. Played on guitar this will bring tears to your eyes.

20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major – A not so easy Nocturne as it’s so easy to have the left hand lead where the right should lead and the left follow. I think you do a fairly good job overcoming that pitfall. I take this just slightly slower. You might try that. Your playing just has a bit of a sense of rushing. Take your time and enjoy this! You play quite well. Enjoy yourself a little more! Nice job on the ending. Faster than I can play those repeated notes!!!!

21. MaryBee - Sarabande (Pour le piano)- Debussy is not for the faint hearted with its open to interpretation style. This may be a reach for you. But you have certainly risen to the challenge. Your playing is musical and evocative. Just as Debussy should be. Well done! This is by far the best I have heard you play. Really well done!!
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#2233250 - 02/17/14 03:26 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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55. Sam Rose Shmuel R -
piece: Chopin, Nocturne in C-Minor, No 21 Posthumous
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
noise: very little. Some sharp metallic rings on the first few notes and at few places. Some noise like sliding feet over the ground. Cracking newspaper at the end. Sharp sound like plates being stacked, someone at work in the kitchen I guess :-)
bass: nice
depth of field: ok
piano sound: very nice

musical:
overall impression, like: lovely playing Sam! You can make this music really sing. We hear a lot of Chopin from you , are you going to record the complete works :-)
Just a bit of nitpicking:
The last note of the upward run at 1:35 sounds a bit clipped timewise.
At 2:40 the run up is bit weird the LH suddenly needs to double the speed. Guess this is the 'wonky rythm at places' ?
Phrasing: good
rubato, speed changes: Yes there is rubato and it works fine. But I feel the RH is having the lead in the rubato, breaking the flow of the left hand. Did you try what happens if the LH is taking the lead instead if you want rubato? I hope this makes sense :-)
Dynamics: nice
articulation: mostly pedal. Works fine for this.
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#2233272 - 02/17/14 04:02 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: barbaram]
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Originally Posted By: Sam Rose

54. MrPozor - Prelude in E minor - BWV 941
Don't those voices get even harder to do when you're recording yourself? It's so hard! Keep up the good work, and thanks for reminding me I should play more Bach.


Yes, recording really creates a lot of pressure. A few days after the recording I played through the piece perfectly and wished that this had been my recording. Despite all the repetitions I'm still fond of the piece though, which is a good sign.

Originally Posted By: evamar

54. MrPozor - Prelude in E minor - BWV 941
Personally I don't believe that any of Bach's pieces is actually easy, not on paper nor in reality. But you do make it sound easy, your 10 fingers are completely independent and create gorgeous music. I hope I'll be able to learn this one in a couple years.


Thank you very much. I'm sure you can play the prelude as well. I put a lot of effort in it and at time thought that I will not be able to do it. I think even my teacher was relieved when it suddenly made "click". Btw, I played a lot with Synthesia as well. It is what made me finally start playing the piano.

Originally Posted By: JimF

54. MrPozor - Prelude in E minor - BWV 941 Boy are you tough on yourself, MrPozor. I thought that was a terrific Bach performance.... both voices coming through clearly articulated and with nice balance. Very, very well done. 3hearts


Thank you for the kind words. I'm glad you like the performance. I AM happy with the result but there is still a lot of room for improvement. But that's true for everything in life.

Originally Posted By: casinitaly

54. MrPozor - Prelude in E minor - BWV 941 Oh, you can make yourself crazy doing multiple takes! This one was an elegant rendition. I know what you mean about even the simplest of Bach pieces being tricky - those voices! They are a puzzle to work out indeed. The only problem with your performance was that it was too short! I was just starting to get into it and it was done! Well done!


I always wonder how many takes others do. Is 30 takes excessive? I'm not counting full runs but also aborted trials. And you're right about the length of the piece. I don't realize it while I'm playing but seeing the final recording time of less than a minute is always a bit shocking. I guess endurance and keeping playing accurate over a longer time is something that I will learn in the future.

Originally Posted By: SwissMS

54. MrPozor - Prelude in E minor - BWV 941 I really like this Prelude. You played it very well, with good voicing. Each voice was shaped well.


Thank you SwissMS. I was very moved by your piece btw. A very powerful and emotional performance!

Originally Posted By: barbaram

54. MrPozor - Prelude in E minor - BWV 941
Great job, particularly for only 2 years playing! As I’ve said elsewhere here, I’m currently working on Invention #8 so I know *exactly* what you mean about it being far more challenging that it looks on paper.


Thank you for the kind words. I've heard of the Bach Inventions but never listened to them so far. Will do so immediately.
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#2233361 - 02/17/14 06:45 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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And now the final batch...the early-birds at the front of the list..... probably an indication that they are well prepared with their pieces.

01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2 As usual I love your work Andy. The beautiful tone in your runs is so clear and even, and the phrases always nicely shaped. Any minor slips just make you human. A submission fit for starting off the recital.

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart Yikes, Monica, has Einaudi run out of music? laugh (ducking, running, and just kidding....really blush )I Never heard of Wesley before this... but you seem to play it like it was written for you...so expressive and musical...very nice,very pretty, sort of haunting melody. Thanks for sharing it with us.

03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8 This sounds just so solid under your fingers Richard, sounds like you are in that comfort zone where you can devote most of your attention to the nuances of interpretation. Really nice to hear what this sounds like under experienced fingers. thumb

04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3 I don't really know how to comment on a piece this densely difficult. The tone was extra beautiful in the melodic section...the Grotrian sounds wonderful. You have obviously put a lot of hours into this virtuoso piece. Nice job.

05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major Oh my, what a lovely nocturne...made even sweeter by the Bosi. When I shopped pianos the only thing I like better than the Estonias was the Bosi's...and buttery smooth action was exactly my description too. Not being too familiar with this work...your amalgam works just fine for me.

06. George Schiro - Heartache Your improv reminds me of Granados in the beginning, almost a guitarlike sound to it. I liked it a lot and could picture it being played somewhere like Spain or Argentina.

07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2 Mel, you always come up with the most interesting music. Thanks for introducing me to another composer that I should know. Such a beautiful piece....you seem to have a great feel for it...I found the music very emotional, and your playing to match. So nice. 3hearts

08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette I always enjoy your submissions, Mr SH. You have given us so many images to work with over the years...from your little paradise homestead, roadbuilding on the lower 40, the llamas...and now...probiotics coming out the nose...? cry No wait, that doesn't go with this pretty music you have created. I liked it a bunch.

09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939 Good for you that you are willing to keep coming Bach (groan sick ) for more... it is apparent you are getting better at these, Diana. You can almost see the developing hand independence, plus you seem nicely relaxed. Really good work here.

10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6 Melody really sings out beautifully with a nice quiet left underneath it. Beautiful legato. All that work on technique is paying off in spades, Doris. Even more amazing for having just started it in December. 3hearts

11. Jazzwee - Wave I should have saved this for when I was home and could enjoy it with a cocktail...Always enjoy your live submissions Jazzwee. You have come so far in such a short time. Barkeep, another round on me!

12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 I'm so accustomed to hearing your originals that it was quite a delight to hear you playing Chopin. I'm glad you put your own interpretation on it, because the result is very easy on the ears. Sometimes I lose interest halfway through one of the mazurkas, but you kept it moving in a way that held my attention throughout. Sweet.

13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin Loved this beautiful Debussy that I'd never heard before....now on my "please, someday, please list". Played so sensitively and cleanly....which must be very hard with it being so quiet in character. Just wonderful playing.

14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9 loved the intro screen humor..LOL.. You are obviously musical and have a nice feel for the phrases. Can't call yourself a pedal-noob after playing this so well. Great work. thumb

15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1 I have been thinking of taking on this piece in the future, so it is nice to see one of our most experienced members put it up in the recital. I love the way you sustain the energy throughout the piece, something I have trouble with. And your pace just sounds so relaxed and introspective. Thank you, I enjoyed it very much.

16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro As you can see I have had this beautiful aria in my working sig line for a long time. A different arrangement, so it will be fun to put it up some day if I ever feel that I play it as well as you do your version. Loved your steady pace and expressive playing. I wish more people would play the Puccini arrangements that are available. O Mio is my fourth one and it will not be my last. Thanks for sharing.

17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78 It is great that you stayed with this after the difficulty of the recital. Shows your determination. This performance came off beautifully. Scarlatti leaves you so exposed but you handled it like a pro. Nice job.

18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell Russ, I'm so glad I saved one of my favorite PW jazzers and your wonderful composition for last. Your playing perfectly expresses the love, joy, and wonder of this new addition to your family. Thank you for putting so much into your music and then graciously sharing it with us. wow
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#2233379 - 02/17/14 07:12 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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36. Casinitaly- Nice going. It sounds like a tough little piece but you are really starting to get it.

35. JimF- What a nice choice to play. I have never heard this piece before and it's quite lovely. Well done.

27. dynamobt- Wow, what an undertaking! I'm really impressed by your playing. That's a lot to get under your fingers and you do an admirable job in not only just getting through it but putting some great feeling into what you are playing. I really enjoyed listening.
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#2233415 - 02/17/14 09:11 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9
Glad you played this one. I haven't really listened to the Bagatelle's at all (feels like a confession). You've done great work on this, especially for starting it only 8 months in!

15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1
Wow, this is nice! It really sings and your phrasing is great at creating a narrative. Dynamics are also very classy. Very well played, thanks for sharing. Can't believe the SWW recital was deprived of this performance. Not sure how I've gone this long and still haven't played any Mendelssohn because I love his music so much.

16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro
Most entertaining video yet! Well you really had me going there with the piano label but you are kind enough to spoil it in the description (the sound gave it away just a bit ha ha). What a great selection and I enjoyed your playing.

17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78
Ah, Scarlatti! I don't know this one but thanks for sharing it and bringing it to my attention. I always like Scarlatti but almost never hear his music. Seems that you are making good progress on this one, I'm sure it will only get better in time.

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#2233416 - 02/17/14 09:12 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Next round of amazing performances:

21. MaryBee - Sarabande (Pour le piano) This is a great melodic piece. You performed it with much care and introduced every new chord in a soft, controlled manner. Nicely done.

22. newbert - Rocket To The Moon I enjoyed this tune and your performance of it very much. I am a Brickman fan and as such am familiar with his music. You really did a nice job with this one.

23. ajames - Laura You have a delicate touch which further enhances a piece like this. Your doing great, keep up with it.

24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse Carlos, I get it. The word you are looking for is 'immersion'. complete and total immersion. It can include some or all of the senses, depending on your focus. This was a fantastic piece and performance in which to implement this total immersion. Great job as always.

25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves Peter, I'm going to be honest. It's almost scary watching and listening to you play. I am pre-thinking the melodies along with what you are playing....and we are BOTH going to the same musical place. I'm not kidding. It's like thinking what I would do next, and then just watch you do it. You obviously 'get it'. Another recital favorite of mine.

26. ladyaugustina - Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3 Yes, I enjoyed your performance very much. Very 'poppy' and alive. Your playing is so crisp and played with clarity. Well done.

27. dynamobt / Marilyn - Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvtA 9 minute piece performed on a Mason BB....I've got all day to listen as what could sound better? Great playing, great sound, even great recording. That's a trifecta if I've ever seen one! Really, this was top notch at all levels.

28. Jake S - Chopin Prelude no.6 in B minor This certainly was gentle, dramatic, moody and broody all at the same time. What I'd expect from a Chopin performance. Very nicely performed by you Jake.

29. Coldsalmon - Sonata in D minor K 32 L 423 Well this certainly was a top notch sounding recording. You made a good choice. I especially liked the subtle fade at the ending. Nice touch.

30. corysold - Cory Hallahan - Greensleeves Congratulations on your first ABF recital participation. After just a few weeks, you're already on your way to creating your own musical performances. Keep up the good work as we all would like to hear more from you in the future.

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#2233446 - 02/17/14 10:31 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I listened to a few more, I am really enjoying everyone's performances!

15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1 very nice, thanks for sharing this recording!

16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro I am not familiar with this piece, but your performance brings out its lyrical quality quite nicely!

17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78 Great job! I've only attempted on piece by Scarlatti and found it much too difficult!

18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell that was lovely! I really like the musical color your playing created!

19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez I've never here this piece before, but I really enjoyed it! I thought it sounded very melodramatic, which is something I often like in music! smile

And with that, you have all inspired me and I am off to pick out which piece to start next!
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#2233554 - 02/18/14 05:50 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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New batch from me. More to come.

16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro

One of the most beautiful of Puccini’s melodies. I liked the piano arrangement and the way you performed it. I also enjoyed your video. Thanks for sharing.

17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78

I love Scarlatti’s sonatas, but I never heard this one before. I think your tempo is good, and you shape the phrases very well. Fine performance!

18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell

What a beautiful composition! So elegant, emotional and sensitive and with lots of creativity! Your playing style is very relaxed, and this also makes me as a listener to relax.

19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez

Fine arrangement of this famous composition! You succeed in bringing out the drama of the piece. God job!

20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major

I enjoyed your performance of this nocturne. Good tempo and not overdoing the rubato. I can hear that you have spent much time studying this piece. I was really impressed by the long trill near the end.

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#2233596 - 02/18/14 08:22 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Second and last thoughts. I did listen to all of the submissions but will not comment on each one due to time constraints this coming week.

cas(Cheryl)
I thought your piece was very nicely played. I heard a few tiny hesitations but they did not harm your overall performance or my enjoyment of it at all. Well done indeed.

TrapperJohn
Very good performance of this theme. Lots of feeling and flow came through. Found it relaxing and mellow.

peterws
What a great improve of an old standard peter. It must be so rewarding to do this sort of thing "off the top" Nicely done.

PikaPianist
A beautiful nocturne and an AWESOME piano. How very fortunate for you to be able to use this fine instrument for your recording. Just lovely!

Jazzpt
For Russell was so sweet a tribute for this precious grandchild. Your video was great as well, it's apparent that those stunning blue eyes came from daddy. heart

jotur(Cathy)
A lovely old time waltz. I pictured a summer festival and people dancing under a pavilion. Well done.

Mar red
A very touching performance of a great theme song. Each time I hear it my mind sees the little girl in the red coat. A fine job of playing.
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#2233643 - 02/18/14 10:06 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I finally managed to start listening!

01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2 I think I said everything I meant to say in my recital submission but, yuck, yes the piano really really needs tuning! Thanks to those who've listened and provided valuable feedback.

02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart That crashing chord at the beginning hooked me too. In fact the opening few measures were just pure magic. I really enjoyed this performance - your hard work has really paid off. 100% professional, but in a good way! Lovely control throughout with a very polished performance.

03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8 A beautiful performance with the sinfonia, very clear presentation of the different voices and a nice tempo. Perhaps even double for the invention, which came off really well, loved the different touches between the left and right hands. Beautiful Bach!

04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3 Wonderful control of the big chords but letting the melody come out clearly. Very difficult to achieve and you did wonderfully. And very nice tempo changes in the slower section with a great transition back to the main theme. As for the official difficultly, I believe this is labelled "freaking difficult!" Wonderful performance!

05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major A beautiful performance of whatever version of this nocturne you want to call this! Yes, a beautiful tone on the piano but you did a really wonderful job of making it sing, the ornamentation and runs are especially nicely done, with great timing and delicate phrasing.

06. George Schiro - Heartache A beautiful composition, lovingly played. I would suggest you try to introduce more of a theme to tie it together.

07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2 Beautiful, just beautiful. Without us hearing your original recording we'll have to take your word that it was horrible - I doubt it! But you really did do a wonderful job of making the melody stand out and keep the thick chords very well voiced and controlled. Lovely phrasing and rubato with wonderful forward movement. Fabulous!

08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette Oh I miss your "real" piano! Since I don't know the original tune, I'll assume it's a SH original and wonderful it is too. There is a wonderful overall feel to the piece, which nice phrasing and tempo adjustments. I found myself humming along, very enjoyable!

09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939 A lovely performance; you brought out the theme very nicely and it was wonderfully controlled. The tempo didn't sound slow to me and that's the main thing. Bach, even simpler Bach, is very difficult and this is a great performance!

10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6 Ah, a piece that's on my "to do" list. I think you did a wonderful job of capturing the "rocking" feel and letting the melody soar; nice trills too! There is a great shape to the entire piece but the details are nicely contoured too.
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#2233646 - 02/18/14 10:14 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Fantastic recital! Thank you all for sharing your music.
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    #2233658 - 02/18/14 10:43 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    Thanks to all who commented on mine. I know it must be harder when I mark "no technical feedback" but I'm one who needs some space between a performance and that kind of feedback. Decompression or something laugh But I so appreciate *all* the comments - I read them all for tips, and for understanding other pieces better. And they really put the participation in participation!

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    #2233668 - 02/18/14 11:07 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    It's not hard jotur, if users don't want the technical feedback, it's their choice. Besides it's one less thing to worry about for the ones giving comments.

    Not sure though what is meant by this phrase. Does it mean technical feedback about the recording process, or the playing technique? Think I gave hardly anyone comments about the latter, since I'm far from being an expert on that. On the other hand I gave a few comments about the recording process, for those who asked for it.
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    #2233673 - 02/18/14 11:15 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    I think she may have meant that it can be hard for a listener to comment on a piece when the performer has specified "no technical feedback."

    As for "technical feedback" I believe it means feedback about the performance and/or interpretation of the piece, and is not related to the "technical" aspects of the recording process. I also think this is how most other interpret the phrase, but you know what they say about assuming. smile
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    #2233676 - 02/18/14 11:16 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    Thanks, TheodorN. It's actually both. I'm in a whole different space when I want to work on technique of any kind. As for the recording, other than watching it for clipping, which I still get some of, it is really not a priority for me. That may be annoying to some folks here laugh but it's a huger time sink than I want to spend. I don't mind if I might lose listeners because of that sense smile It is what it is.

    Thanks again for your comments - it's nice when you know people are paying attention laugh .

    Oh, Shiro Kuro, we cross-posted. Yes, that is what I meant. Thanks!

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    #2233741 - 02/18/14 01:00 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    Thanks so much to everybody who posted comments on my piece. I really appreciate you listening and taking the time to comment.

    I did listen to the recital in it's entirety and wow, so much great music and so well played! I hope I can rise to a level even a tenth as good as some of you. Sorry I don't have individual comments, I will try to do that next time.

    Overall a great experience. I will try to do better next time, maybe take more time to get a piece in shape before submitting. grin
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    #2233745 - 02/18/14 01:10 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: ajames]
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    I also would like to thank those who took the time to comment on my contribution to the recital. I've listened to the entire recital now and was so impressed with its quality. Well done, everyone!

    This was my first participation on one of the recitals, and it was a last-minute decision to participate. I'm already looking forward to the next one, and am already giving thought to which piece to work on and really try to perfect. Knowing how long each participant has been playing piano, and then listening to their piece is so useful in gauging one's own progress. It inspires me to get back to the piano and practice!
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    #2233747 - 02/18/14 01:16 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro - tasteful interpretation of this nearly century old aria - one of the music world's most beautiful and recognizable pieces - very nicely done!

    The superimposed scenes from the movie version of "Phantom of the Opera" in which the young Christine makes her singing debut were used creatively by you for your own "debut"!

    For those unfamiliar with "O Mio Babbino Caro" (Oh, My Beloved Father") here's how it should always be sung:


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    #2233753 - 02/18/14 01:32 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    Thank you ShiroKuro, I thought that was what it meant, maybe goes without saying, since this is a piano forum, not an audiophile forum. They can go to head-fi.org. grin And of course the digital piano forum, where I spend quite a lot of time, myself.

    Again, it does not annoy me, jotur (I can't speak for other users), I don't like to give playing tecnique feedback anyway, since I know so little about it.
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    #2233757 - 02/18/14 01:48 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    second batch. Got to say that there's some really good playing this recital!!!

    22. newbert - Rocket To The Moon – Congratulations on your first ABF recital effort!!! We all know how difficult it is to jump in where you’ve never been. You are playing very musically for such a short time back at the piano. I hope to follow along with more recordings as you journey onwards!

    23. ajames – Laura – A very pretty piece played very well for your short time at the piano. Well done! Hope you too make more recordings as you move along.

    24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse - This free form type of music is much more difficult than it seems. I think you do a great job holding this all together making it something coherent. Dare I say this type of music is growing on me?!

    25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves – Improvising is something I envy. Wonderful to listen to! Very enjoyable!

    26. ladyaugustina - Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3 - I give you a ton of credit for taking advantage of the resources you have. Not an easy thing to do to record during a break at work. Your playing improves with every recital. Good for you for taking a course! Keep up the good work!!

    27. dynamobt / Marilyn - Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvt - Ahhh, my monumental effort!! Still completely embarrassed the false starts made it into the recital. Oh well!!! I truly appreciate everyone’s comments. I probably worked harder and longer on this than on any piece I have ever played! And it’s LONG! So I really thank people for listening to the whole thing!

    28. Jake S - Chopin Prelude no.6 in B minor – I think this piece is quite the undertaking for only two years experience!! Played a little slower than the norm. But, a very contemplative experience listening to you. You too are improving like crazy!!

    29. Coldsalmon - Sonata in D minor K 32 L 423 – Congratulations on your new piano!! It sounds great! I’m not familiar with this Sonata. Kind of melancholy for Scarlatti! Very nice to listen to.

    30. corysold - Cory Hallahan – Greensleeves – Three and a half WEEKS?? Aren’t you courageous to be recording yourself so early on in your musical journey!! Heaven only knows what I sounded like at only 3 weeks!!! You are doing great! I really mean that. Keep up the good work! You are going to get to be fantastic!!

    31. Sand Tiger - Tracks in the Snow – Another composer!! I’m in awe! Your musical skills are beyond my comprehension! Great work!

    32. StevenB - Old German Dance – Another truly brave performer at only 1 month experience!!! I can’t tell you how great you sound! You should go far. This is fantastic playing for such a short time!

    33. Yamaha G3 & P-80 / Mike White - Zamba No. 10 – I can’t think of anything more difficult that teaching oneself! You are playing very well. You are clearly listening to yourself and not just playing notes. Great work!

    34. paul1971 - The Entertainer – Another one I think very brave to be recording themselves so soon in their musical endeavors! You too are doing very well. I have nothing to offer but encouragement. Keep at it. You are only going to get better and better.

    35. JimF - Sung Outside A Prince's Door – It takes a special add on program to get Audacity to convert to mp3 on exit. Sorry don’t have the link. But do a search and you should find it. A very pretty piece and you certainly do it justice.

    36. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sonatina Op 36 N2 3rd movement – We are all too critical of ourselves. These recordings are a great accomplishment. Your playing is improving too. Sometimes we are so close to the work we don’t see our improvement. But it is there!! Keep it up!!

    37. copper - Scenes From Childhood, The Poet Speaks – Love me some Schumann!! I think this piece is tricky to interpret. You do a credible job with it.

    38. lyricmudra - Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2 – Sorry about your kitty. I’ve looked at this Nocturne. It’s not so easy! I think your tempo is just fine. This is really beautiful and sensitive playing. Nice job!

    39. evamar - Pelagia's Song - With Sausage Fingers Remix - Ah, the fingers going the wrong way syndrome!! We all experience it at times!! You are doing extremely well to stick to the piano with the challenges you have faced. Good work! Just stick to it! The Sausage fingers do get better!

    40. BenPiano – Dahlonega – ANOTHER composer!!! Quite the story that goes along with this work. I’ll just say again that I am in awe!
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    #2233771 - 02/18/14 02:10 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    05. PikaPianist
    piece:John Field, Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major
    technical:
    clipping: no
    balance L/R: ok
    noise: slight low noise, hiss when moving the dampers . Some cracking around 1:30
    bass: ok. Phone is limiting the bass a bit I think.
    depth of field: bit shallow
    piano sound: nice. A keeper!

    musical:
    overall impression, like: Great playing! Sings well, flows well. Sections connect good. Playing a Bösendorfer also helps a lot of course smile I don't even hear anything to nitpick on !
    Phrasing: clear
    rubato, speed changes: yes, nice
    Dynamics: not extreme, fitting a nocturne
    articulation: mostly pedal per measure. Released properly for some runs
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    #2233777 - 02/18/14 02:20 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: TrapperJohn]
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    Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
    16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro - tasteful interpretation of this nearly century old aria - one of the music world's most beautiful and recognizable pieces - very nicely done!

    The superimposed scenes from the movie version of "Phantom of the Opera" in which the young Christine makes her singing debut were used creatively by you for your own "debut"!

    For those unfamiliar with "O Mio Babbino Caro" (Oh, My Beloved Father") here's how it should always be sung:




    ejem... always... well... maybe professionally... but please let people like me, who can't carry a tune in a bucket, "sing" this too! grin
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    #2233888 - 02/18/14 06:30 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    25. Peterws- I love your approach to this. Your touch is so light and lively. And tell me... do you have a little 007 in there (a number of places but .57 for example)??? I really enjoyed listening.

    24. CarlosCC- What a perfect name for this... "Time Lapse". I love the echoing theme throughout. It sounds like you are really enjoying playing it and that comes out in the piece. REALLY well played!! Thanks for sharing it.

    18. Russ- What a great tribute to your grandson. Sweet piece and wonderful playing.

    16. Amaruk- Boy you had some real fun with this one. The playing is great and the video is a hoot. Bravo!

    13. Sam- Great playing Sam. I always enjoy your youtube vids as well. Being able to follow along as you play is neat.
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    #2233889 - 02/18/14 06:42 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Peyton]
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    Originally Posted By: Peyton
    25. Peterws- I love your approach to this. Your touch is so light and lively. And tell me... do you have a little 007 in there (a number of places but .57 for example)??? I really enjoyed listening.

    24. CarlosCC- What a perfect name for this... "Time Lapse". I love the echoing theme throughout. It sounds like you are really enjoying playing it and that comes out in the piece. REALLY well played!! Thanks for sharing it.

    18. Russ- What a great tribute to your grandson. Sweet piece and wonderful playing.

    16. Amaruk- Boy you had some real fun with this one. The playing is great and the video is a hoot. Bravo!

    13. Sam- Great playing Sam. I always enjoy your youtube vids as well. Being able to follow along as you play is neat.


    You`re the second to say that! That little 007 run is used in a number of songs, and lends itself to loads more. . . fills in a bit of time so you can think about what comes next!
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    #2233895 - 02/18/14 06:47 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: evamar]
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    Originally Posted By: evamar


    ejem... always... well... maybe professionally... but please let people like me, who can't carry a tune in a bucket, "sing" this too! grin


    Sure - go ahead - knock yourself out - just make sure the shower is running at full speed and that all doors are closed laugh
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    #2233897 - 02/18/14 06:53 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: peterws]
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    Originally Posted By: peterws
    Originally Posted By: Peyton
    25. Peterws- I love your approach to this. Your touch is so light and lively. And tell me... do you have a little 007 in there (a number of places but .57 for example)??? I really enjoyed listening.

    24. CarlosCC- What a perfect name for this... "Time Lapse". I love the echoing theme throughout. It sounds like you are really enjoying playing it and that comes out in the piece. REALLY well played!! Thanks for sharing it.

    18. Russ- What a great tribute to your grandson. Sweet piece and wonderful playing.

    16. Amaruk- Boy you had some real fun with this one. The playing is great and the video is a hoot. Bravo!

    13. Sam- Great playing Sam. I always enjoy your youtube vids as well. Being able to follow along as you play is neat.


    You`re the second to say that! That little 007 run is used in a number of songs, and lends itself to loads more. . . fills in a bit of time so you can think about what comes next!


    Good, that means it wasn't my imagination! I haven't posted my comments yet for the next group, but I was listening to your performance and I was wondering if I was losing my mind or if there actually was a little bit of .. Bond, James Bond, going on!! Anyway, Peterws I loved it!
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    #2233918 - 02/18/14 07:54 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    Bouncin' around a bit now with some more.

    31. Sand Tiger - Tracks in the Snow How incredibly special this original tune must be to you. I 'm glad you shared it with us, along with your story. Very moving, your dad would sure be proud of you.

    35. JimF - Sung Outside A Prince's Door This sounded very nice Jim. I love the warm-rich sound of your Estonia as well.

    36. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sonatina Op 36 N2 3rd movement This was very nice Cheryl. Your technical abilities are getting noticeably more complex and your confidence is always beaming. Flub or not, who cares? haha, I love it. Your performances always bring a smile to my face.

    40. BenPiano - Dahlonega Wow, I really enjoyed this performance AND history lesson. Your tune was the perfect musical backdrop to this engaging story. I'm glad I read it and listened to your musical presentation of it. Outstanding.

    41. jotur/Cathy turner - A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet This was very impressive Cathy. Listening closely, all those chords with the subtle inflections sound pretty tricky. I liked the Waltz tempo, but agree a quicker version could be fun too. Well done as always.

    43. Ganddalf - A piece for me to play I was thoroughly impressed with both your performance and composing skills with this piece. An absolute joy and pleasure to listen to.

    44. TrapperJohn - Beauty and the Beast (from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast") This sure is a beautiful piece Trap and the feeling and emotion you put into it seems to be increasing all the time. That's what it's all about right? It's nice to observe someone improving as a result of their passionate efforts. This is one of those examples. and I agree, I love the Disney tunes too.

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    #2233921 - 02/18/14 08:02 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    Second batch:

    11. Jazzwee - Wave As ever I just love these live performances, so natural, so evocative. I'm not sure if you've submitted a piece with a samba feel before but I loved the vibe. And there's a lot more piano on this than some. Really nice runs, great variety. Awesome. Oh, but I'm intrigued as to your comment about D being a difficult key?

    12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 These Mazurkas are part of Chopin's work which I think are so difficult to understand and, even harder, make an audience understand. You totally did. And, man does this sound way ahead of it's time. In fact when it started I thought Jazzwee might still be playing. You kept the overall feel solid while performing those wonderful runs. There was a great balance, particularly in the forte moments. Terrific!

    13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin I love this piece too and you brought it off very nicely. There is a great calmness but with a hint of passion as needed. The timing was perfect and the dynamic contrasts wonderfully done.

    14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9 This is a great performance. You sound totally controlled which, in this tempo is very commendable for a relative beginner. The phrasing is wonderful with precisely the correct weight to it. Wonderful!

    15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1 Another superb Mendellsohn piece, another superb performance. I really liked the sense of longing you brought out of some of the phrases from subtle tempo and dynamic shifts. There's a beautiful balance to the piece. Great!!

    16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro This is a lovely transcription of this song. You really captured the vocal element in it, soaring aloft. It was a well judged tempo - I can't imagine it too much faster so I'm glad you slowed it down. I really enjoyed the tempo shifts, particularly at the end.

    17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78 This is a great performance of a Scarlatti sonata, you really got the voices controlled nicely. The tempo was good and the dynamic range just right.

    18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell Russell will hopefully grow to appreciate fine music like this. It has a lovely theme, nicely played and I really enjoyed the harmonic shifts and runs in the second section. Beautiful!

    19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez I loved this, could almost feel the Spanish breeze blowing over me. I think you got the melody to soar nicely, particularly when it moved up the keyboard. Gorgeous, didn't want it to end!

    20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major This is a piece I have learnt in the past; I think you did a lovely job with it. It sounds a teeny bit muffled which is a shame, the melody needs to shine a little more. Nice tempo adjustments, delightful trills and good dynamic shaping. Very nice!
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    #2233937 - 02/18/14 08:43 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    Thank you to the organizers, again, for setting things up and making it such an enjoyable platform where we can share and enjoy each other's music. Welcome, all newcomers, and thank you for sharing your music. There is a great deal of talent here and so many wonderful piano pieces.

    01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2 Andy, superb work with this Beethoven Sonata. You hold the tempo for each movement so very well. The dynamics are great, too. It’s exciting to see how much improvement you’ve made in all areas of playing. Look forward to more of your Beethoven - you play this one so well.

    02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart Beautiful piece of music and you played it very well. You play with a great deal of patience and your expression and carefully placed dynamics add a great deal to it. Very relaxing music.

    03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8 Very excellent, indeed! It’s great to hear Bach played with such enthusiasm and articulation. You’ve got some serious skills and they shine through with this Sinfonia!

    04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3 Brahms is near the top of my list and I am glad you chose this piece to play. Your teacher picked a good one for you to learn, for sure. This one is a keeper and I look forward to hearing this one again after it’s matured under your fingers.

    05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major I enjoyed this piece a great deal - it’s a very refreshing melody and you play it with a smile on your face - it shines through. Glad you were able to pick the best parts, put them together and make them your own!

    06. George Schiro - Heartache You had some good ideas going when you sat down to play your feelings. I am always curious as to what might have been your motivation for such an interesting melody. Thank you for your music.
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    #2233968 - 02/18/14 10:33 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2 Andy, what a nice performance of this sonata -- delicate, clean, and precise. I haven't learned any Classical period pieces in a while; this makes me want to.

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    02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart Matthew says, "It was very good and it made me very tired." I'd say relaxed.

    03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8 Matthew says, "Very energetic and lively." After learning a few sinfonias, I appreciate the challenge of balancing the independence and interaction of the multiple voices. You obviously handle that quite well.

    04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3 Matthew says, "It sounded like the part in a play when the villain comes in." smile Oh, yes, that does describe it well!

    05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major Matthew says, "It sounded kind of like a lullaby." I loved the smooth, gorgeous sounds you got from this piano.

    06. George Schiro - Heartache Matthew says, "Very sad." I agree.

    07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2 Matthew says, "Made me think of walking through the forest in the fall." I loved the melody. I'm glad you were able to rework it and bring that out so well.

    08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette Matthew says, "It sounded very, very, very happy." To me, it sounded reminiscent of happiness.

    09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939 Matthew says, "Everything all at once." I disagreed; I liked it's calm simplicity.

    10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6 Matthew says, "One word to describe it: sad". I love this piece and enjoyed hearing your beautiful performance of it. You handle those long trills wonderfully.

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    #2234011 - 02/19/14 01:31 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: TrapperJohn]
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    Originally Posted By: evamar


    ejem... always... well... maybe professionally... but please let people like me, who can't carry a tune in a bucket, "sing" this too! grin


    Sure - go ahead - knock yourself out - just make sure the shower is running at full speed and that all doors are closed laugh


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    #2234021 - 02/19/14 01:59 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: evamar]
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    I would like to thank all of you who have listened to my contribution to this recital, and a very special thanks to those of you who have been as kind as to give me your comments. heart

    Trying to play piano with dyslexia is yet another difficulty to add to the already difficult learning of this gorgeous instrument. But well, we all have our own issues and simply go on.

    I'm quite new to recording and this was my first recording for strangers to listen, so it has been quite stressful for me. The added "Sausage Fingers Remix" was made from serious attempts at recording this quite simple piece. As the well educated Spanish person that I am, I "decoratively compliment" my dear piano -although they are really directed to me- every time I make a mistake, but as I was recording directly on the USB I didn't have to remove the swearing grin ... I simply added the effects instead to show my frustration.

    Saying that, I have really enjoyed taking part in this recital and listening to all the entries. I look forward to the next one and to enjoying again all the different techniques and experiences of fellow players, as it is precisely having all the different levels in one place what makes it so welcoming and interesting.

    Thanks again to all the organisers and to all the participants!

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    #2234033 - 02/19/14 02:39 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: MaryBee]
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    04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3 Matthew says, "It sounded like the part in a play when the villain comes in." smile Oh, yes, that does describe it well!



    Yes, pleaded guilty. But are we talking about the piece ? :-D
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    #2234035 - 02/19/14 02:40 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: MaryBee]
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    09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939 Matthew says, "Everything all at once." I disagreed; I liked it's calm simplicity.


    But I think Matthew nailed the essence of Bach's music and counterpoint in general wink Everything all at once but (hopefully) everything clear and transparent. Simplicity in complexity. Thank you for the insight!
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    #2234045 - 02/19/14 03:35 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Andy Platt]
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    Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
    Second batch:

    11. Jazzwee - Wave Oh, but I'm intrigued as to your comment about D being a difficult key?


    Hey Andy, the answer to your question is that in jazz, it is hard to improvise in D. This is not about knowing a D scale. But since it is an uncommon tune in Standards, one cannot immediately visualize all the scales and triads, and relationships as one can in the Flat keys. Flat keys are the best ones in Jazz. Sharp keys past G are kind of a pain.

    Pretty much all the keys favored by guitar players are bad for Jazzers, E, A, D, B. Guitar players like them because they can use open strings. For piano players, it's a reverse of our favorite positions (Eb, Ab, Db, Bb) which means the white keys turn into black and it's very disorienting.

    But if one practices these keys, one gets over this as demonstrated by my playing in D.

    As long as it's not blues. These keys preclude the "slide" from black key to white key (another reason we don't like them).

    The other difficulty in the tune I played is that several of the chords are chromatic (though changing chord qualities). So this is a tune often avoided for that reason.
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    #2234065 - 02/19/14 06:29 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    21. MaryBee - Sarabande (Pour le piano)

    Very beautiful music! It must have given you great pleasure to study and play this piece. You have succeeded in expressing your feelings through your playing. I enjoyed very much listening to you.

    22. newbert - Rocket To The Moon

    Welcome to the forum recital! You selected a piece that was very fun to listen to. I look forward to following your progress and listening to future contributions from you.

    23. ajames - Laura

    Impressive that you can play such harmonically complex music after just 7 months! It was very relaxing to listen to your playing.

    24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse

    Good tempo and even rhythm throughout the whole piece. Flawless playing, really! I enjoyed listening.

    25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves

    Elegant and impressive playing by ear! Wish I could play jazz the way you do.

    26. ladyaugustina - Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3

    I have to admit that I know too little about the works of Clementi. The piece you played was very charming, and I didn’t find any of it boring. You play with delicacy and clarity. I enjoyed listening to it.

    27. dynamobt / Marilyn - Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvt

    You did a tremendous job with this sonata movement. It is quite hard technically, but you have the skills necessary to play it well. Thanks for sharing.

    28. Jake S - Chopin Prelude no.6 in B minor

    This is a very beautiful composition. You have succeeded in bringing out the melody in the left hand. Nice to listen to your playing.


    29. Coldsalmon - Sonata in D minor K 32 L 423

    Congratulations with your U3. You made it sound very nice. You play very well and really capture the special character of this sonata. Very fine embellishments and trills.

    30. corysold - Cory Hallahan - Greensleeves

    This melody was a favorite of mine when I was young. It was therefore very nice for me to hear it again. Impressive that you could play that well after so very little experience! Look forward to hearing more from you later.


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    #2234087 - 02/19/14 07:52 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    Right, I'm back with batch 2. This is everyone from #3 - #39

    04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3
    A really impressive piece, interesting to read your comments on the difficulty. You sound totally in command of it.

    05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major
    What a lovely piece. The way you have combined two sources works seamlessly for me. The sound is surprisingly good, hard to believe you captured it on an iPhone! The piano itself sounds gorgeous (I need to be careful as I can’t afford to get dissatisfied with my Roland DP).

    06. George Schiro - Heartache
    Improvised – amazing!

    07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2
    I wasn’t familiar with this composer (and would indeed have confused him with the poet if not for your note!).
    I very nice piece, and very well played –the melody very clear, so your efforts on that paid off


    08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette
    “Variations on a theme by <>” has a long and proud history. I don’t know the original so I can’t comment on your version v that, but I thoroughly enjoyed this

    09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939
    I love Bach too, and really enjoyed this. You had it completely under control, with a lovely even tone throughout. Great job

    10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6
    Beautifully played.

    11. Jazzwee - Wave
    Well this was quite a change of pace! Interesting what you say about the key being difficult (and your addl explanation as to why in the discussion room thread). I hadn’t thought of that but I can see why it would have a big impact.
    Anyway, I liked this a lot, but felt cheated that I was listening in work while writing process documentation instead of being live at the gig

    12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4
    Very nice, I certainly wouldn’t have said it was too fast

    13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin
    Gorgeous

    14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9
    Really well done, hard to believe this is after 14 months of playing, it sounds much more musically mature

    15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1
    This flows beautifully, I almost wrote “effortlessly”, as that is the impression conveyed, but it wouldn’t do justice to the effort needed to create the “effortless” effect!


    16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro
    This is such a beautiful aria, how lovely to hear a piano version

    17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78
    Very nicely done, I have a Scarlatti sonata that might make an appearance in another recital

    18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell
    Such a lovely idea to develop compositions for members of your family? And this is simply gorgeous

    19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez
    This is definitely a contender for my favourite piece of music in this whole recital. I loved both the piece itself and your performance of it. Thanks!

    20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major
    This is a real favourite of mine and you do a great job on it

    21. MaryBee - Sarabande (Pour le piano)
    This is a very complex piece, great performance

    22. newbert - Rocket To The Moon
    Congrats on the first upload, fellow newbie! A lovely piece, very well played

    23. ajames - Laura
    Nice job for only 7 months, well done

    24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse
    So atmospheric! Not a surprise to me that you have captured the “einaudi-ness” of the piece, but as a fan myself I know just how hard that can be to achieve

    25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves
    I have downloaded and played through the lead sheet of Autumn Leaves and got no further (so many piano projects, so little time!). So I’m particularly enjoying hearing what the output of the process can be. Something for me to aspire to. Really enjoyed it, thanks

    26. ladyaugustina - Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3
    Well done on your A grade! Nice job

    27. dynamobt / Marilyn - Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvt
    Wow, a 9+ min piece recorded with only one take!? This was super, well done

    28. Jake S - Chopin Prelude no.6 in B minor
    Lovely job, particularly after only 2 years playing.

    29. Coldsalmon - Sonata in D minor K 32 L 423
    This is very different to the other Scarlatti pieces I am familiar with. With the minor key there seems to be so much more mood and emotion than in your typical baroque keyboard piece (even as I write that I can think of loads of exceptions though). Very enjoyable

    30. corysold - Cory Hallahan - Greensleeves
    Top marks for submitting a piece after 3.5 weeks. This has a musicality that players with months more experience than you would wish for (specifically, my daughters!)

    31. Sand Tiger - Tracks in the Snow
    This is lovely, it’s evocative and really conveys the mood. I’m just so impressed with the original compositions in the recital.

    32. StevenB - Old German Dance
    Wow! Superb, hard to believe you are so new to the piano. I can see your prior musical training has helped you to progress unusually quickly

    33. Mike White - Zamba No. 10
    I like your additional info, “This piece was more difficult to learn than it seemed at first”. Frankly I think I could say that about just about every piece I’ve tackled since coming back to the piano last summer.
    That said, I think you did a lovely job with this.

    34. paul1971 - The Entertainer
    The ragtime rhythms can be quite tricky, you did a great job with this. Amusingly (to me at least), the version I learned was a bit different so I kept getting surprised by this one!

    35. JimF - Sung Outside A Prince's Door
    Very nice, good job

    36. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sonatina Op 36 N2 3rd movement
    Bah humbug to those “extra stresses”. This was a lovely performance!

    37. copper - Scenes From Childhood, The Poet Speaks
    Schumann is another composer who I should really go back and explore. I know the name so well and yet when I saw it coming up here I realised I had no idea what to actually expect.
    This was very nice, well played

    38. lyricmudra - Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2
    Gorgeous! Wow, such a beautiful piece and performance.

    39. evamar - Pelagia's Song - With Sausage Fingers Remix
    Back again with charged headphones! A lovely, musical, sensitive performance.

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    #2234113 - 02/19/14 09:04 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2 Mel, I always enjoy your playing, and this is one of my favorites of all. Thank you for introducing this composer. Beautifully done!

    08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette A very pretty melody, MSH! Regardless of who wrote the original and which parts, you’ve made this one your own. I really like your playing style, always full and energetic.

    09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939 I think your Bach is fantastic, Diana. The slightly slower interpretation adds much to the sensitivity with which you play this Prelude.

    10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6 Doris, you are connecting with the music so beautifully. The is very impressive an inspiring. The way you play it, this is spot-on for how I think this piece should be played. Bravo, bravo!!

    11. Jazzwee - Wave It’s been a long time since hearing this tune and I used to play it all the time! Your improvisations are fantastic and I am huge fan of your playing. The way you play it, one would think you know the melody like the back of your hand. Your improvisations and comping over the changes are wonderful. Really good, Jazzwee!!

    12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 Mazurka, Peyton. The two go hand in hand. When watching you play, it appears you are at ease, connecting with the music. You have such a wide range in your playing and this further exemplifies how well you do this. Excellent, excellent!
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    #2234148 - 02/19/14 10:06 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    Next 10:

    21. MaryBee - Sarabande (Pour le piano) "Not easy listening?" Well, depends on how much of a Debussy fan you are! I hadn't actually looked at what was about to play but that first chord told me the composer - the way you voiced the chords, the dynamics, the phrasing, everything was Debussy. And you made the music move forward, telling a story and not just random tone splashes. Fantastic!!

    22. newbert - Rocket To The Moon A wonderful first submission to ABF recitals! You had good control, nice phrasing of the melody and the accompaniment was kept nicely in the background but still present.

    23. ajames - Laura A lovely performance, nicely controlled with good phrasing. It's good when you realize that too much pedal is muddy and it didn't sound like there was too little in this performance.

    24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse A beautiful dreamy piece, I loved the control on the fading repeated notes and the nice counterpoint in the accompaniment. Very nice.

    25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves Although you say there's no logic, it feels very natural and I liked the little glimpses of tunes like the Bond theme and Sting's Bourbon Street. How many did I miss I wonder? Very enjoyable, wonderfully played.

    26. ladyaugustina - Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3 I love these Clementi sonatinas - not sure how you could find them boring but I mostly skip the repeats too! There is a nice tempo, good dynamics and phrasing - I think for the big chords you might want to start a little softer and build to the forte. Did you start the ritardandos at the end as marked (if there were markings) - they seemed a teeny bit early to me. Over all I really enjoyed this; my teacher thinks I've moved passed sonatinas but perhaps I can persuade her to let me do this one? Amazing control, for the entire sonatina - didn't notice any mistakes!!

    27. dynamobt / Marilyn - Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvt Ah, this is a tricky sonata but you've pulled it off very well, though I'm sure you realize it's a little slower than "normal" but it was a reasonable tempo. For the "big picture" of the piece, it can do with a little more movement so it's worth keeping this piece active till it moves more. The open phrase (Manheim rocket!) is nicely done and there is a nice "echo" on the repeats, with a good contrast with the minor version. Overall I really liked it and it's commendable for something this long and tricky!

    28. Jake S - Chopin Prelude no.6 in B minor A beautiful version of this prelude, very warm tone, with beautiful quiet notes, particularly on the repeated notes. So hushed and still yet with great energy. Fabulous.

    29. Coldsalmon - Sonata in D minor K 32 L 423 This is a lovely "quiet" sonata of Scarlatti, and you bring out the dynamic contrast effectively. It is wonderfully controlled, but has good forward movement.

    30. corysold - Cory Hallahan - Greensleeves Excellent! A lovely performance. One thing you are doing really well is keeping the melody in the forefront and there is some nice phrasing and dynamic range in there. Keep going onwards and upwards!!
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    #2234247 - 02/19/14 01:25 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    I thank people for all the comments on my submission. Andy, I know it should be faster. This is about as fast as my skill set will allow me to play it. And when played at a decent tempo you start to feel the "drive" in the piece. I know I'm just barely there feeling it. I spent so long a time on it that I have set it aside for now. I imagine my teacher will want me to play it for my evaluations in May so I will be working on it more soon.
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    #2234341 - 02/19/14 03:45 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: barbaram]
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    [quote=barbaram]

    08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette

    “Variations on a theme by <>” has a long and proud history. I don’t know the original so I can’t comment on your version v that, but I thoroughly enjoyed this


    Thanks for this suggestion barbaram. I've struggled with what to call my musical creations for a long time now as they usually contain..a little bit of 'mine', and a little bit of 'everyone else s'.

    What that means is that I seem to have some kind of photographic memory that applies to both facial recognition, and sounds. That translates into...I NEVER forget a face (or a comment), or a particular melody. These images (and sounds) just somehow get locked up into my memory for future reference. The problem with this is that many times I can 'recall' a particular sound that fits perfectly into a musical performance (kind of what Peterws did with the quick James Bond theme in his recital piece) but this musical section is not my own, but rather 'inserted'.

    The 'entire piece' IS my own original creation, but many times I will rely on my memory to pull out musical sounds that I've collected (in my mind) to fill different areas of the tune as needed. These 'musical sounds' are many times mini 'snippets' of other pieces that appealed to me in a way that I wanted to expand upon and include in an entirely new piece. So this is what I do.

    I'm still not entirely sure what to call it. ('Hack-job', or complete bastardization could possibly apply!), I'm not sure, but "variation on a theme" sounds appropriate and acceptable so I think I may just take that advice and run with it.

    Thanks for the advice.

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    #2234369 - 02/19/14 04:13 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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    Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
    [B]
    I'm still not entirely sure what to call it. ('Hack-job', or complete bastardization could possibly apply!), I'm not sure, but "variation on a theme" sounds appropriate and acceptable so I think I may just take that advice and run with it.


    I really like "re-noodle" but yeah, "variations on a theme by..." is probably better. whome
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    #2234453 - 02/19/14 05:50 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    Sigh, will nearly be at the end frown

    31. Sand Tiger - Tracks in the Snow A very nice composition; I think the quieter sections work best; the louder ones need a teeny bit more dynamic range in them. But it was a very touching performance.

    32. StevenB - Old German Dance The speedup is not noticeable and I wouldn't have listened for it if you hadn't mentioned it. This is a great performance - stately as it demands, with good contrast been the melody and the different sections. Very nice.

    33. Yamaha G3 & P-80 / Mike White - Zamba No. 10 This is a beautiful piece; I'm not surprised it was harder to learn than you thought - there is a lot going on, with different rhythmic shapes, interplay between voices and harmonic shifts. I think you brought all of that out really nicely. It has a very laid back feel but carries forward motion all the way through. Lovely.

    34. paul1971 - The Entertainer Even though this is a simplified version of the piece, it is full enough to give the feel of the piece really well. You did a fantastic job keeping up with quite a fast tempo (note ragtime can be slower). The rag feel was there, you kept the melody out front very well and it was totally enjoyable.

    35. JimF - Sung Outside A Prince's Door Such a beautiful, dreamy piece - you play it so well, the rolled chords were perfect, exquisite phrasing and a lovely sense of the rhythm. Wonderful!

    36. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sonatina Op 36 N2 3rd movement Ah, a sonatina I've tackled, very nice. I think you know the main flaws so I won't repeat them. There are some really nice things in it - the rocking octaves. The main theme is very nicely phrased, some great rubato. Work on it some more, make your neighbor move out first, and it will really shine!

    37. copper - Scenes From Childhood, The Poet Speaks Schumann is always tricky to bring off but you did a very nice job with it. The starts and stops within the piece were well handled; the themes were nicely presented without too much crashing in the accompaniment. There is delicate phrasing and wonderful control of the tempo and rhythm.

    38. lyricmudra - Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2 Gorgeous, you make this sing; the melody is so exquisite while the accompaniment is just right. The dynamic range is lovely, the rubato touching. Excellent performance all around! Regarding the tempo - it seems perfect to me, whatever the metronome mark might say!

    39. evamar - Pelagia's Song - With Sausage Fingers Remix Who can't resist sausage fingers? The frustration doesn't come across in the performance which is confident, assured and quite beautiful. The long slow melody is carefully phrased and dynamic contrast keeps the interest going. OK, got to the sausage fingers ... I'm reversing my decision on that. I can resist and fast forwarded!!

    40. BenPiano - Dahlonega Nice story, nice composition. I loved the themes in it and you play it with wonderful control. Next time say someone famous composed it, I'll believe you. There's gold in that there music. Lovely!
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    #2234464 - 02/19/14 06:17 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Andy Platt]
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    Penultimate batch comin up!

    44 Trapper John Lovely song, enigmatic and reminds me strongly of a certain Billy Joel number which I have the music to. Your piano sounds ,ike my old Clav which I regret selling to this day . . . Sensitive playing from yourself; great job.

    45 Pathbreaker blimey, not easy. Made my headphones rattle . . .I have a hate relationship with arpeggios right now . . . I learned something tonight; this is full of `em! Don`t envy you doing this; well done. Sounded wonderful.

    46 Inlanding Glen has a surprise up his sleeve tonight! Pianoteq? 1 and 2 seemed deep, deep passages. 3 totally different; bluesy jazz in an intimate setting. 4 - you`re now on a different planet man! A tad too abstract for my poor head . . . I`d like to see you mix those different styles; Lovely stuff!

    47 Was True Beginner Steady folksy tune. Can imagine an Irish singer with his violinist, accordion and penny whistle player having fun. Can imagine beer. Keep `em coming man! Ya doin` fine!

    48 Joan Golfing Most pleasant and typical period music well rendered. Your piano rang out wonderfully.

    49 Ken Most unusual quirki fun piece. SWeems heavily influenced by alcohol. Not you, I mean the composer . . the title might give us a clue. Think "Mead". I think you had fun with this . . .

    Thank you guys, for all your hard work! Fun isn`t it?
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    #2234475 - 02/19/14 06:42 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    11. Jazzwee- Fantastic playing as always. I'm left amazed and envious that you can play like that. My only complaint is that the keyboard is just not load enough... but that's understandable considering the way it's recorded.

    10. SwissMs- Very nicely played. Such a mysterious piece. And you really have "immersed" yourself in it. Bravo!

    8. Mr. Super Hunky Oh Hack-Oh-noodling- Well...well done my friend!! A very dramatic interesting and well played piece. You have obviously taken (once again) someone else's piece and re-noodled and doodled and made it your piece. It has Super hunky written all over it. You own it! And..yea, the recording has much to be desired. I read all your previous stuff on how you recorded this through headphones but frankly my ADDHD kicked in and there was no way I could follow it. But still, not as bad as I thought it might be. What next? Recording through your electric razor? Could be interesting.

    3. Richard- I like how you say this has been a "wonderful companion". That's how I feel about Bach. There are a few Bach pieces that I can always come back to (The Goldberg Aria for one) and they just give me peace. You play this so well. It sounds easy off your fingers. I listened a number of times! And the Invention was great!! Thanks.
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    #2234564 - 02/19/14 10:52 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin Amazing, simply amazing. Such wonderful voicing and and clarity. The modern harmonies so nicely played. I really like your expressive interpretation.

    14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9 Very fine playing, earlofmar! My only wish is that this Bagatelle were longer. You’ve motivated me to want to learn this piece of music.

    15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1 This is beautiful Mendelssohn, timmytab. He created this play on words, song without words, which is interesting with this piece as it is so very lyrical to my mind’s ear. You bring out the beauty of those lyrics, just as Mendelssohn most likely intended.

    16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro Such a beautiful Aria, Amaruk. You always play with a great deal of sensitivity and this is no exception - the accompanying video you created is very well done, but stands a close second to your wonderful playing.

    17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78 Alessandra, as well, I prefer the slower tempo you chose. You play with great patience and that certainly helped you to bring out the dynamics and wonderful melody of this Sonata.

    18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell Top shelf, Russ! Your grandson has got quite the wide-open eyes, taking in everything he sees and experiences. The composition you created creates the same sensation - it’s an eye opener, so very beautiful. This is by far my favorite composition I’ve heard from you. Everything came together and this one is spectacular.

    19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez You picked a very powerfully written piece of music, Ed. Your attempt was not feeble like you say - you play with power when it’s called for and softly when it’s called for. It sounds to me like you are strongly connecting with the music - thank you for this, Ed.
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    #2234650 - 02/20/14 02:55 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    31. Sand Tiger - Tracks in the Snow

    Nice piece to listen to. You show considerable creativity through you your work. Well done!

    32. StevenB - Old German Dance

    Very steady playing, and actually flawless performance. I’m impressed that you are able to play that good after just one month.

    33. Yamaha G3 & P-80 / Mike White - Zamba No. 10

    So many beautiful harmonies in this piece! You really manage to make your piano sound beautifully.

    34. paul1971 - The Entertainer

    You must have developed your skills very fast since you are able to play so well after 3 months. Very good!

    35. JimF - Sung Outside A Prince's Door

    So much beauty in this mall piece! I’m really getting more and more fond of MaxDowell’s music. I’m so glad you shared this music with us.

    36. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sonatina Op 36 N2 3rd movement

    This is a pretty challenging piece to play. Some tricky passages and the whole music so transparent that every detail. I think you managed very well, and I don’t think you need to worry about the tempo.

    37. copper - Scenes From Childhood, The Poet Speaks

    This piece is much more difficult than it actually sounds. You have done a good job with it.

    38. lyricmudra - Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2

    This nocturne is extremely technically demanding. At the same time it needs a great level of musicality to bring out the message in the music. I’m highly impressed by the way you play it.

    39. evamar - Pelagia's Song - With Sausage Fingers Remix

    Beautiful melody! You show lots of progress in a very short time, and you also manage to make your piano sound nice. Good job!

    40. BenPiano - Dahlonega

    Very nice performance! Particularly I noticed how well you make the two-against-three rhythm. And you make your K5 sound very beautifully.

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    #2234675 - 02/20/14 04:42 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Andy Platt]
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    Andy Platt Ta for the comment!

    "I liked the little glimpses of tunes like the Bond theme and Sting's Bourbon Street. How many did I miss I wonder? Very enjoyable, wonderfully played."

    I`m beginning to wonder myself; you pick up stuff as you go along; unavoidable at my age, it`s part of your brain. Just listened to a new recording. A dead ringer of the old tune "I love my dog more than I love you" or something similar . . . form the 60`s . . .remember? Does anyone remember that one? Terrible isn`t it?
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    #2234749 - 02/20/14 09:32 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    #1. Andy- Well...I made the mistake of reading Richards comments on your playing and I'm left wondering how I can even begin to comment after his thoughtful and educated review. How about...I agree with everything he says. smile But seriously, I know so little about this work and have such little confidence in my ability to offer advice all I can say is...I really enjoyed listening. I know what it is like to take such a monumental work with so much going on in the piece and play it to your satisfaction. (How do the pros do it??) But man, you are really getting good! Bravo!
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    #2234886 - 02/20/14 01:49 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Peyton]
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    Last lot. Great listen. Even Carlo`s cough . . .
    (never stopped him in fact he got faster . . !)

    50 Mar-Red Fluid playing of a sad theme; You never put a foot wrong. Sounded wonderful and full of atmosphere. Big finish too!

    51 Shirokuro Haunting melody on a great sounding Yammy; Very full and melodic; hope you record some more.

    52 Barbaram `Tis a bit different; Latin -y feel and fun sounding; great job particularly on the harmonics. Well done!

    53 Ohio Mark Love the rhythm, almost 5-4 feel to it, with a blues feel for good measure. Great ending, Keep at it!

    54 Mr Pozer Could almost hear the hammers plucking at the strings. Now, THET tell me Bach is good for the soul. I`d argue it`s even better for the fingers ,. . All too short. Enjoyed.

    55 Sam Rose An intimate sounding piece fit for the drawing room (or smoking room) of a large country house . .log fire, lab on the floor, a place where the Port flows freely and the fog thickens . . .Loved it, man!

    56 carlos88 This keeps tour fingers well oiled. Nice, nice. I`m a tad scared of stuff like this. Bach does train- like stuff; no time to think about what`s coming next. You know it or you don`t! You know it well. Right up to tempo and crisp on that great sounding piano you have. Excellento . . .

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    #2235047 - 02/20/14 06:23 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell
    You've really captured the spirit of the gift of your first grandson in this composition. The piece is warm and comforting to listen to and adventurous (harmonically, as best as I'm able to describe) at the same time. Magic!

    And your Roland sounds great, wish I had one of those...

    19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez
    Great choice! I love this piece but haven't heard it in so long. This does sound like a song when you play it and so I think you've succeeded in getting a nice singing tone. The only thing I could say is that maybe you could create a greater sense of expansiveness, like an endless yearning for something. I don't quite know how to describe this, but maybe somehow through your dynamics and making the rhythm as steady as possible throughout...Just some random thoughts for down the road. It's possible that some of what I'm missing is that you are playing this somewhat 3rd hand (strings to vocals to piano) and so some of the sounds I'm expecting are just not going to be possible. Maybe try to expose a greater dynamic range if possible. Just minor quibbles because the performance was really great. Technically I think you nailed it and those right hand runs really sparkled.

    Your recorded sound is very good, but I'm not sure if your dynamic range is fully captured? I'm going to have some questions for you sometime about pianoteq. I've been really thinking about trying it.

    20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major
    Nicely done! I think this tempo is just fine. Not at all too fast. For some feedback, I think you might want to focus your efforts on a more steady rhythm so that the accompaniment doesn't get in the way of the melodic flow. Similarly, your ornamentation can be overemphasized at times as you are working on making it more effortless. You're probably already aware of this. I have always had trouble with that personally but getting better at it. Maybe try some Bach and Mozart pieces that have lots of mordents and trills? As these get better they will be less likely to interrupt your rhythmic flow. But in the mean time you can always cut them short or even cut them out completely while you work on incorporating them with a steady rhythm. I do it all the time! smile
    The rhythm and fundamental structure is pretty much always more important than the ornaments. (just my amateur opinion of course)
    Great work, thanks for sharing.

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    #2235079 - 02/20/14 07:15 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    I listened to all of these recording.
    I enjoyed them all.
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    #2235110 - 02/20/14 08:04 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    Another very fine collection of works, my congratulations to everyone who is brave enough to sumbit. Thanks to the organisers for taking time out of their own playing to bring us this recital and a special thanks to the creators. For someone like me this is the only chance I get to hear other amateur pianists. I find it very inspirational when not terrifying.

    01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2 An impressive start to the recital. This piece sounds wonderful (but I do love Beethoven), but an easy sonata I think someones pulling your leg, I can hear how difficult it must have been to learn, great stuff

    02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart Your piano always sounds so good you really have a special one there. Very moving piece and as ever sounds very natural under your fingers.

    03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8 When I was a wee boy in Glasgow Bach sounded dull compared to Pink Floyd. Now many, many years and another country away, when I hear it played expertly as it is here, it’s just joyful listening to it

    04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3 Only 4.5 years playing and doing a grade 11 piece, you are one of the silent achievers of PW, or is that over achievers, lol. Very powerful piece, played very well I get inspiration from works like this and a little hope for my own future.

    05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major The iphone didn’t miss much, I still can tell I am listening to a gifted pianist. This is great stuff and even better knowing how you translated two versions into an original.

    06. George Schiro - Heartache What a special piece, I am amazed at the complexity I hear but the overall flowing nature of the work. That is all due to your ability which is top notch.

    07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2 11/10 for this one. If I sold my soul to be a great piano player I would want to sound like this.

    08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette I like how your improvised recording method actually adds something unusual to the piece, almost like I am watching from a distance. My eyesight isn’t great these days but my hearing says this is a master at work.

    09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939 I know this piece so well because I am attempting to learn it at the moment. It is beyond me for the moment but you have nailed it.

    10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6 I have listened to a few of your recital pieces now and they are always rich with emotion. This is a beautiful piece, any more refining it may become sublime.

    11. Jazzwee - Wave If I were at one of your gigs I wouldn’t be talking I would be sitting with dropped jaw in envy and wonder.

    12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 Not knowing any other versions I will of course in the future refer to this as the “Peyton” standard we all should aspire to.

    13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin “sans rigeur” describes my playing but definitely not this gem. This is perfection and that’s not the sort of praise I use often.

    14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9 Why can’t you play like this all the time?


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    #2235121 - 02/20/14 08:19 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major With Chopin and all other composer’s music, there is no question there are things to be done differently, but the way you own the melody and the way you deliver it is exactly as you wanted. No question, on further iterations of this piece, and as your technical vocabulary increases you’ll play it differently with other influencing factors coming into play. I very much enjoyed your expression of this Nocturne - great playing, Jeff!!

    21. MaryBee - Sarabande (Pour le piano) Very rich sounding chords and the melody shines through the way you play it. I am very impressed with this and I’ve listened to it several times already. That Charles Walter upright sounds fantastic, too!

    22. newbert - Rocket To The Moon Welcome to the ABF recital. Your first-ever submission was very excellent. I don’t know Jim Brickman’s compositions specifically, but you picked a very nice piece, for sure. I hope to hear more of your playing and thank you for sharing your talent.

    23. ajames - Laura The slow tempo you chose for this piece works very well with the melody and it’s clear you are listening to yourself play. Very good work!

    24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse I always look forward to your submissions and this one proves why. You clearly understand the abstract nature of this piece, Carlos. You paint wonderful images with this piece. Bravissimo!

    25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves This is one of the most refreshing expressions of this tune I’ve ever heard, Peter! I like how you mix a few of the stereotyped harmonies into the melody and created your own tune. A great arrangement, well, played, indeed!

    26. ladyaugustina - Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3 That was very well done, ladyaugustina. Clementi’s music and tempo you very well showcased. Nicely done.

    27. dynamobt / Marilyn - Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvt You played this movement so very well, Marilyn. This is such a fun piece to hear and the way you play it, so very playfully with a sense of humor and seriousness mixed together.
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    #2235149 - 02/20/14 09:00 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    52. Barbaram- Sounds pretty jazzy to me! Your teacher must be pleased.You did a great job with it.

    46. Inlanding- WAY COOL! Times two.

    42. Jayden- Pretty damned good for only two months on the piano. Very dramatic playing. You have a great feel for the piece.
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    #2235201 - 02/20/14 11:26 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    I am supposed to be working today but this is so much better than that:

    15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1 Don’t know why it wasn’t needed at the other recital but it’s needed here as it raises the bar. Such fine work drives us all on to be better than we currently are.

    16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro Watching the video is an experience in itself which, artfully matched to the music this is a unique and significant work.

    17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78 Great playing, very expressive and a confident performance. For only a couple of years back playing this is exemplary work.

    18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell This one really tugs at the heartstrings with the baby video, but that doesn’t take anything away from a very well crafted original work you should be proud off. How lucky is young Russell having such a present.

    19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez This brings back memories when I first heard it as a pop hit in the 70’s (go figure). I like your arrangement and as the theme builds and flourishes you cannot help but be moved.

    20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major In my youth we have a slang phrase “not too shabby at all” which describes this wonderful performance. From the normally door and not easy impressed Scottish this is high praise

    21. MaryBee - Sarabande (Pour le piano) Loved the description, almost as much as your performance. This made it a treat to listen to and at the same time think of the search to find your own interpretation. If there were accolades at this recital I would be nominating this one.

    22. newbert - Rocket To The Moon After a 45 year gap and a 6 month start this is great playing. Yes I liked the piece but was more captivated with your command of the piano. Might be changing your name soon to “exbert” (that’s “expert” in case it’s not obvious)

    23. ajames - Laura Less pedal is always good and none at all even better, so I think you made the right choice there. Really well played for 7 months, flowing very nicely kept me engaged to the end. What more can one ask for than that.

    24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse It’s a great piece and played solo, bare and without distraction is a nice experience. You have given us another great performance and your playing cannot be faulted conveying all the depth, thoughtfulness and charm of this piece.

    25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves “off the cuff” brilliance is what I say. A piece can be ruined by to much polish, so I appreciated the performance better knowing it might never be played the same way twice.

    26. ladyaugustina - Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3 This is on my to do list when and if I get better. You already got an “A” for it so it just confirms my opinion you played this piece wonderfully.

    27. dynamobt / Marilyn - Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvt I would like to be unkind just to be unusual but that’s not me. This is such good stuff played with gusto. Quite a lot going on in a piece like this which you pulled off beautifully.

    28. Jake S - Chopin Prelude no.6 in B minor A very solid performance, well above what you would expect from 2 years playing.

    29. Coldsalmon - Sonata in D minor K 32 L 423 I am learning this piece at the moment and I just love it. Your performance is exceptionally good,(way better than mine will ever be), everything just right. The new piano sounds great as well.

    30. corysold - Cory Hallahan - Greensleeves Good stuff for 3.5 weeks, some early indicators there of things to come. Smoothness of playing, lightness of touch, etc. Most beginners will play the left hand chords to heavy but you got the balance just right. Keep it up.
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    #2235289 - 02/21/14 04:34 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    final batch, so pumped up with enthusiasm after listening to everyone can't wait to get to the piano

    31. Sand Tiger - Tracks in the Snow Creating original music is a fantastic gift. I liked this piece very much and am eager to hear more.

    32. StevenB - Old German Dance This is just great for only one month, shows great promise. There are easy Bach pieces and with progress as good as this I am sure it won’t be long before you are into those.

    33. Yamaha G3 & P-80 / Mike White - Zamba No. 10 Love the sound of your piano, very warm. It is hard to play pieces like this and keep the audience attentive but I was glued to this little gem. Thanks for sharing.

    34. paul1971 - The Entertainer this is really good, confident playing. Not that easy (even the simplified versions) to play so your are showing early promise at only three months.

    35. JimF - Sung Outside A Prince's Door Any improvements will be for the purist, to my ear it was just beautiful, well played and full of emotion.

    36. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sonatina Op 36 N2 3rd movement Such is the nature of these recitals they don’t wait for a piece to be a 100% ready. But as you know I am also learning this one so I have heard it one or two times (more like several hundred actually) and I hear a very solid piece coming through. Very impressed with the trill which was spot on, I do hope we get to hear the full sonatina at some point.

    37. copper - Scenes From Childhood, The Poet Speaks I like this one so much I listened a few times, cannot give a better compliment than that.

    38. lyricmudra - Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2 Despite some self criticism, this is a remarkable piece of music to listen to. As a performance you get my top descriptive “wondrous”.

    39. evamar - Pelagia's Song - With Sausage Fingers Remix Only four months and playing a 3.5 minute piece is a great achievement no matter how easy you think the piece may be so well done. The statistics aside you gave a very musical & emotive rendition.

    40. BenPiano - Dahlonega (to do) What a well written original work, very beautiful and haunting piece and also comes with a history lesson as well, what more could one ask for.

    41. jotur/Cathy turner - A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet Sorry I didn’t want to dance to this but not much can. Would happily be a wall flower and just sit and listen to this wonderful playing all day.

    42. Jayden (Jayden Traynor) - Locke'd Out Again Great musicality here and even more remarkable for only two months. The left and right hand interplay is a treat.

    43. Ganddalf - A piece for me to play Bored was definitely not my state, more like stunned by beauty. You are being very hard on yourself in your description. Isn’t the aim of music to entertain and delight which does this admirably. As a piece of song writing alone this is high quality, never mind the playing which is simply gorgeous.

    44. TrapperJohn - Beauty and the Beast (from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast") I can’t disagree with a word you said, your performance is exquisite and the arrangement is a joy. Such wonderful music of course but your delivery of this is a “hey, stop and smell the roses” moment.

    45. Pathbreaker - Capriccio in F-sharp minor, Op. 76 no. 1 It’s always dangerous to compare yourself to another but could I being playing like this in another eight years. Probably not, but there is no harm in having a little fantasy. Brilliant so happy you shared this.

    46. Inlanding - Glen - Four Threads It is wonderful to hear someone improvising at this high level. Each one of those small parts has the potential to be expanded into a large piece and you get the feeling you heard it first.

    47. (Was)TrueBeginner - Purity Liked the piece very much and another original work, I just can’t believe the composing talent in this forum at times.

    48. joangolfing - Gavotte and Variations (Suite No. 14) Loved your work here. I find that pieces I may once have considered dull have a new sound to my ears now I am musically maturing. So now I want to learn some Handel.

    49. Ken. - Monk's Dream A bit of a misnomer calling it an easy piano solo, but you are right it does swing.

    50. Mar_red - Theme from Schindler's List Takes me months to learn a recital piece and you two days, life is so unfair. None the less it can’t be denied you did a marvellous job here.

    51. ShiroKuro - Midwinter Memories It’s a long time between recordings and what a comeback. Beautiful piece played with great consideration and feeling.

    52. barbaram - Tequila Sunrise This is a fun sounding piece but also sounds hard. For only nine months you pulled it off rather well not only entertaining me but bringing a smile to my day.

    53. Ohio_Mark - Red Rose Rendezvous Another gem you only find when listening to what others are playing. I think you did a great job here, quite lively and I bet it’s quite a hard one that sounds simple enough.

    54. MrPozor - Prelude in E minor - BWV 941 Well done, I listened to this one over and over I was so captivated. I can’t quite get how the hands are playing two different pieces at once with only one brain but I would like to give it a go.

    55. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Nocturne in C-Minor, No 21 (Posthumous) Only three weeks to learn in your third year of learning, just stunning. A natural talent, very rare indeed.

    56. carlos88 - Bach's Italian Concerto, First Movement The best is generally saved for last especially if you like Bach and I certainly do. Sounds quite an accomplishment to play quite a large chunk of Bach, he is so demanding, I was certainly was entertained and enthralled with your technical mastery here.
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    #2235332 - 02/21/14 08:13 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    41. jotur/Cathy turner - A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet You've captured this perfectly - both the piano sound and the playing evoke the past. I thought the tempo was wonderful, I can't waltz but I was swaying. Although it's in a relatively minor dynamic range, you made the most of that in the phrasing.

    42. Jayden (Jayden Traynor) - Locke'd Out Again Two months? I demand a recount! You create a wonderful feel, the piece is totally in control, very evocative and wonderfully played. Congratulations!

    43. Ganddalf - A piece for me to play Fabulous. I was incredulous when I saw this was an original after listening to the first part. Of course very evocative of Romantic composers; nice themes, wonderful playing and a very strong progression. Very difficult too ... I loved it!!!

    44. TrapperJohn - Beauty and the Beast (from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast") A very wistful, beautiful performance of this lovely tune. I'm not quite as enamoured with Disney tunes as you are but, yes this is lovely. You keep the melody strong with a wonderfully controlled accompaniment.

    45. Pathbreaker - Capriccio in F-sharp minor, Op. 76 no. 1 I'll address the tempo question first. This appears to be a somewhat flexible piece - I really enjoyed the tempo: You gave the piece room to breath, there was a beautiful weight to it. I can see how it would work quicker but when played as beautifully as this, the extra time works. This sounds very it would be a challenging piece but you make it sound easy. It is phrased very nicely, the climaxes and points of relaxation are well done but it never sags. Great job!

    46. Inlanding - Glen - Four Threads A wonderful set of improvisations; separate yet joined. The first two had some calm serenity; what a wonderful juxtaposition the third jazzy movement is. I could have listened to these all day - wonderful!

    47. (Was)TrueBeginner - Purity A very simple tune, very nicely played. Perhaps a teeny bit more of a variation in the harmony?

    48. joangolfing - Gavotte and Variations (Suite No. 14) Very nice statement of the main theme - straight forward. I would play around with the legato/non legato more see how that works. I liked the variations, the theme was clearly present but the variation self-evident.

    49. Ken. - Monk's Dream While it lasted it was great, lovely last run. It swung and was played with great control. Just too short!!!

    50. Mar_red - Theme from Schindler's List Beautifully played - very touching. Nice touches to it with trills and turns, brought a little extra. But the theme was clear and beautifully phrased!
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    #2235337 - 02/21/14 08:32 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    21. MaryBee - Sarabande (Pour le piano) - Very nice, great movement through the piece, I can feel the images you draw. Really well done. Thanks for sharing.

    22. newbert - Rocket To The Moon - Never heard of Jim Brickman until you played this piece. It reminds me Helen Jane Long work - check my submission to Recital #27-. Enjoyed your performance, well done!

    23. ajames - Laura - Laura, I don't know this piece, but it is quite beautiful. Very soothing and enjoyable to listen to. Great work for someone who has only played for 7 months. Congratulations!

    24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse - I really need to improve some details... Yes, Mr-SH, "immersion" is the right word. Thanks for your comments.

    25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves - I don't know how you do it... one thing is to use a sheet as a guide, other completely different is to improvise around a theme like you did. Great job!

    26. ladyaugustina - Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3 - What a nice sonata. I hadn't heard this before, and found it to be very moving. Congratulations for this work and, of course, for your achievements!

    27. dynamobt / Marilyn - Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvt - Wow... Beethoven. You do a wonderful job with it. I enjoyed very much your performance of this beautiful (and far from easy) piece. Very, very good!

    28. Jake S - Chopin Prelude no.6 in B minor - Jake, It's so very impressive you've been playing for only 2 years. Truly remarkable!

    29. Coldsalmon - Sonata in D minor K 32 L 423 - Your piano has beautiful sound, I love it! I'm not a big admirer of Scarlatti but this piece is... heartfelt, rich in emotion. Well done!

    30. corysold - Cory Hallahan - Greensleeves - Let me check again: "Experience: 3.5 Weeks"... yes, it's right. Wow, you've played it well!
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    #2235363 - 02/21/14 09:42 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    That's all folks! See you in May! wink

    51. ShiroKuro - Midwinter Memories I have to take issue with your statement that this isn't a good performance! Stop being a tough critic. This is a wonderful, flowing, controlled performance. The accompaniment gently ripples with nice phrasing of the theme above. Very nice.

    52. barbaram - Tequila Sunrise I thought it was going to be the Eagles! You give this a really nice laid back feel, it's drenched in sunshine. You handle the syncopation nicely, it swings and dances along. I liked it!

    53. Ohio_Mark - Red Rose Rendezvous I wouldn't worry too much about the performance - sure it's good to play around with the tempo but the upbeat version works well. It had great rhythm and you handled the melody really nicely.

    54. MrPozor - Prelude in E minor - BWV 941 This was wonderfully controlled - the voicing of the parts was very well done and nicely phrased.

    55. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Nocturne in C-Minor, No 21 (Posthumous) Why did Chopin keep these wonderful pieces until after his death? Sigh ... anyway, I really liked this. You kept the tinge of melancholy needed for it; the runs were excellent, nice sense of the shape of the piece and lovely phrasing.

    56. carlos88 - Bach's Italian Concerto, First Movement
    This is a difficult piece that you handle wonderfully. There is great interplay between the voices, the ornamentation is well done, there is a nice sense of rhythm and phrasing. A wonderful bookend to the recital.
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    #2235505 - 02/21/14 01:50 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: CarlosCC]
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    Thank you for the kind words, Carlos. I listened to your performance from Recital #27, and the Helen Jane Long piece indeed sounds a lot like a Jim Brickman song. Very nicely played too!
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    #2235524 - 02/21/14 02:23 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    My last batch. I want to thank the organizers and anyone who has done work so the rest of us can have these recitals. Playing for the rest of you is a wonderful opportunity. I'm so glad so many take up the challenge!! So, thanks again everyone. Really good playing in this recital. A great listen!!


    41. jotur/Cathy turner - A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet – Lovely to listen to. I don’t know squat about the tempo. Sounded good to me!

    42. Jayden (Jayden Traynor) - Locke'd Out Again – Another true beginner! Welcome to the recital!! This is really fantastic playing for such a short time at the piano! Keep it up, and hope to hear more from you as you progress!

    43. Ganddalf - A piece for me to play – Another composer!!! This is really some advanced stuff!! Very mature writing. Your playing is always a joy to listen to. I can’t get over how beautiful this piece is! In awe again!! Certainly NOT boring. Not hardly!! Really good stuff!

    44. TrapperJohn - Beauty and the Beast (from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast")- Not a follower of movies or Disney. So all these pieces you play are new to me. I enjoy that you include the lyrics. Compelling stories these. Your playing always tells a story too. You put such great feeling into it.

    45. Pathbreaker - Capriccio in F-sharp minor, Op. 76 no. 1 – I think we all know how family can get sick of hearing us. It takes a lot of work to bring a piece to this level. I find Brahms sort of dark and mysterious. I’m not familiar with this piece to comment on tempo. You’ve played it beautifully. So, no issues with tempo at all. I can’t actually imagine it faster. This seems perfect! Play it like this all the time! Ha ha!!!

    46. Inlanding - Glen - Four Threads – You composers need to stop. You are putting all of us who depend on someone else’s writing to shame!! This reminds me of Debussy in the first part. And not knowing all of his music, you would have fooled me if you said he had written it!! I can’t say how impressed I am by those of you who write music! This is really wonderful work. And very nice playing too. Very evocative and sensitive. Enjoyed the first part better than the jazzy part. For me, write more like that!! I liked the ending too.

    47. (Was)TrueBeginner – Purity – Not another composer!! You people are killing me! I continue to be incredibly impressed. And that’s about all there is to say about that!! Simple as this sounds, most of us could not write it. But you did!! So, congrats!!!

    48. joangolfing - Gavotte and Variations (Suite No. 14)- Would have sounded great with harpsichord sound on your digital. But even as piano, I enjoyed listening very much. Nice job!

    49. Ken. - Monk's Dream – Not familiar with Monk’s music. It’s like he’s playing a joke on you. Or, something like that. Not my usual stuff, but I liked this very much. Must be fun to play!!

    50. Mar_red - Theme from Schindler's List – One of the ice skaters last night used this theme. I find it very emotional to listen to it. You might find taking it at an even slower tempo would add more intensity to it. My opinion is more melody less embellishments. But, that’s just me. Really quite impressive considering you are self taught!

    51. ShiroKuro - Midwinter Memories – Not going to say anything but “Welcome back”!!! Hope you can start to contribute more regularly again.

    52. barbaram - Tequila Sunrise – Also going to say nothing but “Welcome back to the piano”!! The more the merrier in these recitals!! Thank you for your submission. Hope there are more to come!!

    53. Ohio_Mark - Red Rose Rendezvous – Definitely jazzy!!! I think with jazz you are allowed a bit of variation in tempo. So, nice job!!

    54. MrPozor - Prelude in E minor - BWV 941 - Short, but not simple. None of Bach is simple. A tiny hesitation in a couple of places. Otherwise, very nicely done!

    55. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Nocturne in C-Minor, No 21 (Posthumous)- Chopin is open to interpretation if any composer is. I think you play this very beautifully. If anything you could use more rubato is some places. I always love listening to Chopin. You do a very credible job with this. Very nice!

    56. carlos88 - Bach's Italian Concerto, First Movement – I know how hard this is, because I’ve looked at it. I say “looked”. I got no further!!! I can hear all the work you have put into this. Yes, more metronome earlier is a good motto for Bach!! I thought your ornaments sounded very even and well done. Maybe needing a tiny bit more work on the trills. But otherwise, really good. This is long and lots of places to screw up. You did great!! I really enjoyed listening. A great finish to another really great ABF recital!!!
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    #2235738 - 02/21/14 09:54 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    I'm on Day 2 of a three-day long speech tournament with my son. (Those of you who have been on speech teams, or parents of kids on speech team, know just how much a time suck those tournaments are.) So I've had to slow down a bit on my comments. Here's the next batch of five:

    31. Sand Tiger - Tracks in the Snow: I’m always impressed by the people who can compose AND play, and the story behind your piece is very touching. I especially liked the quiet section starting around 0:50-1:07.

    32. StevenB - Old German Dance: I wish I could have played this well at one month! wow I think your guitar background must have helped a lot. Congratulations on your first recital piece. I hope it is the first of many to come. (to do)

    33. Yamaha G3 & P-80 / Mike White - Zamba No. 10: I wasn’t familiar with this composer, and I find this piece intriguing. It started out sounding new age-ish, but then it got jazzy. You do a great job of setting a mellow, relaxing vibe.

    34. paul1971 - The Entertainer: I’m really loving all the contributions from people fairly new to piano! This is an impressive performance for somebody with only three months on the bench. I like the Alfred’s arrangement, too; it (and you) captures all the perkiness of the piece.

    35. JimF - Sung Outside A Prince's Door: The only MacDowell piece I knew of is the famous “To a Wild Rose.” This one has much the same gentle romanticism, which you do a great job of communicating. (p.s. there’s a learning curve to Audacity, but don’t give up; it’s just so much easier to edit in it than on the Zoom software.)
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    #2235746 - 02/21/14 10:56 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    21. MaryBee - Sarabande (Pour le piano)
    Quote:
    In fact, it was definitely not love-at-first-listen for me. But because it came highly recommended by my teacher, I decided to give it a try. Funny thing was, after the first play-through I was intrigued. And even after six months of work on it, I think I can still say that it is the most interesting piece I've learned yet.

    I've taken this journey too. I learned this one last year and found it to be quite rewarding.
    Quote:
    On the technical side, there was a tough challenge in the middle: a section of 37 consecutive 7 chords with various roots and inversions. Learning that was fun! Tempo-wise, the performances that I listened to vary widely, with most taking it somewhat faster than I did, although there were a few that were much slower. I like the slower tempo because it allows time for all those full, rich chords to sink in, so I can really savor them. I still haven't mastered rolled chords, and there are several of them to be found here. This is something I'll be working on for quite a while yet, since they're starting to show up more often in the pieces that I'm learning.

    I tried to learn this one years back and got fatigued with learning that middle section and gave up. I came back to it only just last year and got through it this time. I actually liked your rolled chords. I could tell it was something you are working on, but your strategy for getting through them was quite good IMO. There was a way that you break them up, especially the larger ones, that had a convincing effect. I guess this was a good piece for your technical growth.

    For another piece to work on those rolled chords, well within your level and probably easier than this one, try Bach's prelude in E-flat minor (from WTC book 1 no. 8). A similarly breathtaking piece, I think you will like it. Here's Schiff: http://youtu.be/2OCe2QbsqKQ
    (keep in mind those trills are actually notated as mordents so not so bad on that front)
    I really enjoyed your Debussy, thanks for sharing.

    22. newbert - Rocket To The Moon
    A very nice first entry, I like this one. You've made quite a bit of progress in those 6 months, I'm looking forward to seeing your progress. I'm not a huge fan of Brickman but I agree this is a nice tune.

    23. ajames - Laura
    Not familiar with this one but it is a nice tune. You get a great recorded sound out of that piano. The thing with pedaling is that it often gets better with lots of experimentation. There are so many variables that will have an effect, you really just need to use your ear and decide if it sounds good to you. And in this case I think it sounded quite good with no pedal. Nicely done!

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    #2235759 - 02/21/14 11:51 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse
    There's been talk of this composer but I haven't been able to investigate. I'm glad you chose this one because I like this kind of contemplative or abstract work, to use your words. It's a really fascinating piece because it does appear straightforward initially but there is an elusive quality expressed by the chord progressions. After listening I can't say I really understand it but your playing made for an enjoyable experience. Nice job.

    25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves
    A real salon feel to it, but also somewhat of a character piece. I assume this must be the piece that brought the '007' comments, but I feel a lot of the other subjects in this piece are also really evocative and charming. Thanks for sharing.

    26. ladyaugustina - Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3
    Thank you for the description. Wow, sounds familiar. I was assigned a Clementi sonatina once and it was just agonizingly boring LOL. I had trouble getting through it. I think maybe I just didn't give it a chance. Listening to you play this, it is quite refined and well played. You have clearly put some work into this piece because if I was bored by a piece I would not play it anywhere near this well! Hope that comes across as a compliment because it's meant to be. While I will forever despise Clementi for making me suffer I can still enjoy your playing. smile

    27. dynamobt / Marilyn - Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvt
    Not accepting your apology. It's just not necessary! Glad you shared the entire process and did this in one take. Not easy at all. I've performed live and done much worse! I think in this type of situation, the listener is fine with a do-over and your recovery is more than fine. The playing and piano sound are quite good. I've never heard this sonata but I enjoyed your performance of it.

    I should mention that it does seem your do-overs occur when you miss a note (could be wrong on that). I always did this too but you will want to start letting those missed notes just happen and continue sometimes. A missed note here or there is just guaranteed. There's definitely a few in my performance. But still, this is one take and I can't say the same for mine. (Well mine was one take but it was an accident so that was just dumb luck haha. I've been trying to re-record it at a different tempo for over a week now and haven't got a single take yet.)

    Your playing is refreshingly assertive in places and I think you play this music quite well. Thanks for sharing.

    28. Jake S - Chopin Prelude no.6 in B minor
    Love this prelude. I don't know why everyone goes for the E minor, I much prefer this one. Your piano sounds wonderful. I think you have done some good work on this. There are many things that you do well in this but if I was to give feedback I would focus on your rhythm. Have you tried doing a check with a metronome? (I wouldn't if it were me so sorry to be a hypocrite)

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    #2235774 - 02/22/14 01:32 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    56. carlos88 - Bach's Italian Concerto, First Movement - Excellent playing, and a terrific end to the recital this quarter! I've drifted away from classical, but hearing this makes me want to return - but perhaps to something less challenging! (although, this is too beautiful to pass up) Again, well done, and very inspiring! smile

    55. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Nocturne in C-Minor, No 21 (Posthumous) - Excellent job recording this in such a short period. I spent weeks (months) on this and could never get it to the recording level. This is such a beautiful and short piece, I just have to recommend to keep it fresh to play on the spot (in case you ever run into another piano on the sidewalk!) - I stopped working on it, and now it's completely foreign to me frown Again, well done on this beautiful piece!

    54. MrPozor - Prelude in E minor - BWV 941 - comment on your channel smile


    53. Ohio_Mark - Red Rose Rendezvous - a great rendition of a standard we all love - keep it up!

    52. barbaram - Tequila Sunrise - Nice work with the funky rhythms on this one for such a short time back at the piano. Stick with it and keep learning, you'll never be sorry! smile

    51. ShiroKuro - Midwinter Memories - Well, it's good to hear you back in these recitals. After how awful this winter has been, your selection is more than appropriate for a lot of us. I've personally been toying around with one of Einaudi's Snow Preludes, but this has such a different feel, and I really enjoyed this beautiful reminder that winter is almost over.

    50. Mar_red - Theme from Schindler's List - I think you really captured the intent that Williams was trying to project with this piece, which is not easy to do - well done!

    49. Ken. - Monk's Dream - Even on your spinet, I think you're able to make this sound just as it was intended to sound - it sounds good no matter what it's played on as long as it's played well!

    48. joangolfing - Gavotte and Variations (Suite No. 14) - Love Handel! Very well done and happy to hear some classical again!
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    #2235833 - 02/22/14 06:52 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: peterws]
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    Originally Posted By: peterws


    44 Trapper John Lovely song, enigmatic and reminds me strongly of a certain Billy Joel number which I have the music to.


    "Beauty and the Beast" reminds you strongly of a Billy Joel song?

    I'm curious - which one?
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    #2235834 - 02/22/14 06:56 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: dynamobt]
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    Originally Posted By: dynamobt


    44. TrapperJohn - Beauty and the Beast (from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast")- Not a follower of movies or Disney...


    So, you're the one laugh
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    #2235837 - 02/22/14 07:24 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: TrapperJohn]
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    Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
    Originally Posted By: peterws


    44 Trapper John Lovely song, enigmatic and reminds me strongly of a certain Billy Joel number which I have the music to.


    "Beauty and the Beast" reminds you strongly of a Billy Joel song?

    I'm curious - which one?

    Me too.......

    Maybe "I love you just the way you are?"
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    #2235889 - 02/22/14 10:22 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: casinitaly]
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    Originally Posted By: casinitaly
    Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
    Originally Posted By: peterws


    44 Trapper John Lovely song, enigmatic and reminds me strongly of a certain Billy Joel number which I have the music to.


    "Beauty and the Beast" reminds you strongly of a Billy Joel song?

    I'm curious - which one?

    Me too.......

    Maybe "I love you just the way you are?"


    Don't go changing, to try and please me. Beauty and the Beast.

    Hmm, don't see it myself!
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    #2235902 - 02/22/14 10:48 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Andy Platt]
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    Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
    Originally Posted By: casinitaly
    Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
    Originally Posted By: peterws


    44 Trapper John Lovely song, enigmatic and reminds me strongly of a certain Billy Joel number which I have the music to.


    "Beauty and the Beast" reminds you strongly of a Billy Joel song?

    I'm curious - which one?

    Me too.......

    Maybe "I love you just the way you are?"


    Don't go changing, to try and please me. Beauty and the Beast.

    Hmm, don't see it myself!


    Maybe "Uptown Girl"...or "She's Always a Woman"...

    Nah...
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    #2235931 - 02/22/14 11:38 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    More thanks to dynamobt ,JimF ,ShiroKuro ,Ganddalf ,Ragdoll ,Peyton ,Andy Platt ,barbaram ,Inlanding ,Pathbreaker, earlofmar , as ever you are all very kind.

    01. Andy Platt - Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2
    "one of Beethoven's simpler sonatas", is there really such a thing ?
    A wonderful start to the recital, I am not a Beethoven fan by any means and I don't play "classical" piano at all but I really enjoyed your performance here. Any mistakes (which everyone makes especially when recording) and the tuning go unoticed as they are obscured by the rest of the performance. Eight minutes of music by Beethoven, you have my admiration right there, wish I could do that.

    02. Monica K. - Lamentations of the Heart
    I had to listen twice to this, you have mastered the new age piano genre, really quiet beautifully played with fantastic control of the dynamics and the piano sounds gorgeous.

    03. Richard (zrtf90) - Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8
    Sounds like expert playing to my ears, very crisp and in control,great technique.
    The Kawai sounds great , I thought it was an accoustic.

    04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3
    I imagine this piece to be extreemly difficult to bring to life which you did quiet well, again Brahms is not usually on my listening list but I found this interesting none the less.

    05. PikaPianist - Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major
    Not familiar with John Field and thought of Chopin as the music started. Very nicely played and I like the idea that you felt you could choose the bits you like from different versions and make it your own.

    06. George Schiro - Heartache
    I really liked this original piece, the music perfectly conveys Heatache, a lost love one? And when you go into the high register near the end, well you had me.

    07. dannylux / Mel - Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2
    All I can say is that was quiet lovely and beautifully played, this had me over to Wikipedia to find out about the composer. Superb playing.

    08. Mr Super Hunky - Beyond Violette
    I don't know the muisic you refer to but for me this is one of your best, the melody has a strong hook and you play so fluidly.

    09. sinophilia (Diana) - Little Prelude BWV939
    Very well done, Bach sounds so difficult to me,very good hand independence and balance.

    10. SwissMS/Doris - Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6
    Beautiful relaxed playing Doris,you make the piano sing.

    11. Jazzwee - Wave
    Yes it's a hard one but seeing as you play Giant Steps I doubt its too difficult for you.
    Like the left hand stabs , really drives the music forward and a very tasteful solo with nice phrase lengths, it all flows beautifully. D is a hard one for trumpet players because they would be playing in E and of course Alto sax would be playing B , yikes !

    12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4
    I am more familar with Chopin(not from playing it though) and this sounds fiendishly difficult , all those runs and turns ,you do a wonderful job of making them flow, I can't do this stuff so I am quiet envious and how do you remember it?
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    #2235943 - 02/22/14 12:04 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin So much of jazz harmony stems from Debussy so this really appeals to me, lovely gentle playing.

    14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9
    Well for 14 months playing that is impressive I must say.

    15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1
    Your 20 years shows here, pretty expert playing I would say.

    16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro
    I always enjoy your music and videos and this must be one of the best, great fun indeed and as usual lovely sensitive playing.

    17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78
    If this was faster not sure how you would get all the notes in, lovely lively playing you really caught the spirit of the piece.

    19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez
    Fantastic Riddler, not heard this before on solo piano and you really carry it off. The section where you add the arpeggios really starts to build the tension and then your full chords at the end ,wonderful.

    20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major
    One of the classics, wish I could play it, little bit faster than I have heard it before I think ,maybe you could lay back a bit, but what do I know anyway , very well done.
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    #2236088 - 02/22/14 05:38 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Andy Platt]
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    Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
    Originally Posted By: casinitaly
    Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
    Originally Posted By: peterws


    44 Trapper John Lovely song, enigmatic and reminds me strongly of a certain Billy Joel number which I have the music to.


    "Beauty and the Beast" reminds you strongly of a Billy Joel song?

    I'm curious - which one?

    Me too.......

    Maybe "I love you just the way you are?"


    Don't go changing, to try and please me. Beauty and the Beast.

    Hmm, don't see it myself!


    WASN`T THAT ONE, Was the one about his dead child.
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    #2236099 - 02/22/14 06:02 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: peterws]
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    Originally Posted By: peterws
    Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
    Originally Posted By: casinitaly
    Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
    Originally Posted By: peterws


    44 Trapper John Lovely song, enigmatic and reminds me strongly of a certain Billy Joel number which I have the music to.


    "Beauty and the Beast" reminds you strongly of a Billy Joel song?

    I'm curious - which one?

    Me too.......

    Maybe "I love you just the way you are?"


    Don't go changing, to try and please me. Beauty and the Beast.

    Hmm, don't see it myself!


    WASN`T THAT ONE, Was the one about his dead child.


    Um...Billy Joel doesn't have a dead child. He has one daughter, Alexa (with Christie Brinkley) who has attempted suicide but...she is still alive.
    He wrote a song "You're only Human" in response to her attempt and to discourage other teens from trying - but it is very jazzy, nothing like Beauty and the Beast.... He also wrote "Lullaby, Good Night My Angel" - and "Downeaster Alexa" for her....I suspect that the Lullaby is the one you're thinking of.
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    #2236100 - 02/22/14 06:05 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    #5. PikaPianist- Nicely played. Field's nocturnes, although I Never feel as deeply for as Chopin's, are still quite lovely. The piano recording sounds pretty darned good considering it was recorded on your i-phone. Wow, go figure!

    7. Mel- Wow... I don't know what your first recording sounded like but this one is great. What a dramatic piece and you play it really well. Really nice recording quality too.

    14. Earlofmar- Short, sweet and great pedaling... smile Seriously, very nicely played especially in that you have only been playing a little over a year.

    21. MaryBee- Mary, you really worked hard on this one. Wow. It sounds wonderful. I just love some of the bass work... low and grumbling.
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    #2236118 - 02/22/14 07:12 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: casinitaly]
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    Originally Posted By: casinitaly
    Originally Posted By: peterws
    Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
    Originally Posted By: casinitaly
    Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
    Originally Posted By: peterws


    44 Trapper John Lovely song, enigmatic and reminds me strongly of a certain Billy Joel number which I have the music to.


    "Beauty and the Beast" reminds you strongly of a Billy Joel song?

    I'm curious - which one?

    Me too.......

    Maybe "I love you just the way you are?"


    Don't go changing, to try and please me. Beauty and the Beast.

    Hmm, don't see it myself!


    WASN`T THAT ONE, Was the one about his dead child.


    Um...Billy Joel doesn't have a dead child. He has one daughter, Alexa (with Christie Brinkley) who has attempted suicide but...she is still alive.
    He wrote a song "You're only Human" in response to her attempt and to discourage other teens from trying - but it is very jazzy, nothing like Beauty and the Beast.... He also wrote "Lullaby, Good Night My Angel" - and "Downeaster Alexa" for her....I suspect that the Lullaby is the one you're thinking of.


    Yes. It is "Lullaby". I played it at the Crem regularly; But it was the guitarist wi glasses who`s child died. He wrote a song called Tears from Heaven , or something. Can`t remember his name . . . Eric Clapton!! Got it!
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    #2236193 - 02/23/14 12:13 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: earlofmar]
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    Originally Posted By: earlofmar
    40. BenPiano - Dahlonega (to do) What a well written original work, very beautiful and haunting piece and also comes with a history lesson as well, what more could one ask for.


    Thank you for your comment, and using a word to describe this that I couldn't quite put my finger on, but conveys succinctly one major theme I was trying to express through this - "haunting". Thanks again for listening! smile
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    #2236195 - 02/23/14 12:28 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    11. Jazzwee - Wave I just got back from an evening at a wine bar, but no live music there. So it was nice to come home and hear this. Improvising for 5+ minutes sounds like an impossible task to me, but you do great with it.

    12. Peyton - Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 I really like the intensity that comes across in your playing. This piece is a perfect showcase for that. Loved it!

    13. Sam S - Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin Ahh. Love those beautiful chords! I remember this piece as being very difficult to learn, but you've nailed it, with a performance that is just lovely.

    14. earlofmar - Bagatelle Op 119, No 9 LOL about the "Virgin Pedallers". Even with the pedal, you keep if very clean-sounding where it needs to be. Very nice.

    15. timmyab - Song without words op 53 no 1 Such a pretty piece! And beautifully played. I haven't heard this one before, so thanks for bringing it to the recital.

    16. Amaruk - O Mio Babbino Caro The video was great! Looks like you had fun putting that together. Oh, and nice playing too. smile

    17. torquenale (Alessandra) - Sonata in F Major K78 Definitely no butchering here! Very nice performance, with a crisp melody line that stands out well against that fancy left hand work that pops up in a couple places.

    18. Jazztpt (Russ) - For Russell Oh wow. Baby has amazing eyes. So expressive -- just like your music. What a wonderful gift you have made for him.

    19. Riddler (Ed) - Aranjuez Oh yes, dramatic indeed, but beautiful too. Your performance brought out both those aspects so very well.

    20. Greener / Jeff - Nocturne in Eb Major I enjoyed listening to this piece, as it is moving closer to the top of my to-learn list. I'm currently working on one of Chopin's easier Nocturnes before attempting this. There's lots to deal with here, and you handle it very well.
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    #2236197 - 02/23/14 12:57 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    47. (Was)TrueBeginner - Purity - After 5 years, you might need to change your name! I liked listening to your piece and your freshly tuned upright as well. (I had my upright tuned recently as well, and that brief period where it's in tune is heaven!)

    46. Inlanding - Glen - Four Threads - Glen, I don't know what to say. Perhaps this came easy to you, but as a bystander, I still don't know how you do it. Different keys, different styles - four threads I'm in awe of. Amazing.

    45. Pathbreaker - Capriccio in F-sharp minor, Op. 76 no. 1 - thanks for slowing this down - I usually speed up when recording because of nerves, but your selected tempo seemed very apt and appropriate. I'm amazed that you can slow down on cue - when I try, I begin slowly, then zoom right into a frantic pace I can't sustain. I like your description of this, I don't know what Brahms had in mind, but you brought it to life - well played.

    44. TrapperJohn - Beauty and the Beast (from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast") - A well played Billy Joel song - that was him, right? smile Really, a nice listen, great playing!
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    #2236232 - 02/23/14 05:03 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    21. MaryBee
    piece:Debussy, Sarabande Pour le piano
    technical:
    clipping: no. Well done, with this stuff it's tricky to avoid clipping.
    balance L/R: ok
    noise:A little white noise. Interesting vibrato sound at 2:33, what happens there?
    bass: the piece could use a lot more bass (deeper bass I mean).Good job using what you got :-)
    piano sound: I like how the piano sound changes when you go for fortissimo. Nasality in the tenor.
    musical:
    overall impression, like: very nice playing. Interesting sounds. At first I did not notice this is by Debussy and I had written down "sounds like Debussy" LOL. Nice singing parts. Octaves close to the end are slightly broken , on purpose?
    Phrasing: very long lines. Nice. But the phrasing and overall line gets a bit hard to track because of the long lines. Some extra seems needed now to clarify the phrases. Also maybe you could bring in some smaller, easier to grasp sub-phrases to bring more detail in the piece. At a few places, I would play repeated figures slightly different when they repeat.
    rubato, speed changes: bit slower and faster parts, and a bit rubato. Sounds all well judged. You can exaggerate these a bit to bring it out more.
    Dynamics: great!
    articulation: lots of pedal. Fits the piece. But maybe you could bring out the melody even more if you use a bit less pedal in places.
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    #2236243 - 02/23/14 06:41 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    21. MaryBee - Sarabande (Pour le piano)
    Actually I found this very easy listening , lovely chords and you play them very well , a beautifully paced interpretation.

    22. newbert - Rocket To The Moon
    6 months back , you play with an assurance of someone playing 6 years, great recording too.

    23. ajames - Laura
    Another amazing performance from a real beginner, very good control and you laid back nicely on what is a pretty hard tune to play, well done.

    24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse
    You play with such sensitivity and dynamic control over each note,I can't see how you could improve this performance.

    25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves
    This shows off your experience of playing all sorts of music, great fun, loved the James Bond insert and just about everything else :-)


    Edited by jazztpt (02/23/14 08:20 AM)
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    #2236399 - 02/23/14 02:18 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    I spent a week away after several frantic days and I completely forgot the recital. Now I have to catch up: 56 pieces to be listened (well, 55 because I can skip mine), and 7 pages (so far) of comments to be read... I'm panicking!
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    #2236400 - 02/23/14 02:18 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Sam S]
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    Had some time today to listen to the rest of the recordings and comment. So much great playing this time, from the absolute beginners to the seasoned veterans!

    21. MaryBee - Sarabande (Pour le piano) It is complex and difficult - I can hear that. You've done a great job with it, especially if it has taken six months so far. Isn't a sarabande a dance from the baroque period? Slow and triple meter? I wander if he had something like that in mind.

    22. newbert - Rocket To The Moon Welcome to the ABF recitals! I had about a 30 year hiatus, so you've got me beat with 45 years. You picked a good piece for your debut - loved it.

    23. ajames - Laura This is wonderful for just a few months at the piano - keep up the good work!

    24. CarlosCC - Time Lapse It wouldn't be an ABF recital without an Einaudi piece - sounds very mysterious. Wish I could join you for the party!

    25. Peterws - Autumn Leaves This is probably the best rendition of this I have heard in the online recitals. Very creative and full of energy.

    26. ladyaugustina - Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3 Nice dynamics! and the tempo changes fit very well. Loved it!

    27. dynamobt / Marilyn - Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvt Well, you're doing better than I am if you can play Beethoven. I've tried and didn't get very far. Don't worry about the pauses and restarting. It sounds just like my own recording sessions!

    28. Jake S - Chopin Prelude no.6 in B minor Sounds great for only 2 years experience! I love this piece, played it myself.

    29. Coldsalmon - Sonata in D minor K 32 L 423 Love the new piano - sounds great! Your playing is great too - I don't think I have ever heard the Scarlatti sonata before.

    30. corysold - Cory Hallahan - Greensleeves Welcome to the ABF recitals! Only a few weeks playing? That's great - you're brave!

    31. Sand Tiger - Tracks in the Snow This is a great tribute to your dad. I hope that composing and playing it keeps him in your memory.

    32. StevenB - Old German Dance Welcome to the ABF recitals! Only 1 month playing? That's very impressive - keep up the good work!

    33. Yamaha G3 & P-80 / Mike White - Zamba No. 10 Another stellar performance Mike. You have quite an impressive string going!

    34. paul1971 - The Entertainer Welcome to the ABF recitals! Impressive job with so little experience. Keep up the good work!

    35. JimF - Sung Outside A Prince's Door MacDowell is one of those composers I would kie to explore someday - I've played "To a Wild Rose", but everybody plays that. This was great - very sensitive playing.

    36. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Sonatina Op 36 N2 3rd movement Loved it Cheryl. The tempo was nice, and the small bobbles made it seem all the more real. You're always improving!

    37. copper - Scenes From Childhood, The Poet Speaks Interesting piece Copper. One of the introspective ones from Scenes from Childhood. I've always wanted to tackle a suite like this and play them all. You did a great job with it - thanks for sharing!

    38. lyricmudra - Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2 Gorgeous playing! Loved the video with the "spotlight" in the center too!

    39. evamar - Pelagia's Song - With Sausage Fingers Remix Very sweet and simple - and a little sad. Played very well!

    40. BenPiano - Dahlonega I know Dahlonega well - go through there all the time on my way to the AT. So is the music sort of sad and nostalgic for what was lost? Very impressive...

    41. jotur/Cathy turner - A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet You really know how to find these old songs - from the golden age of songwriting when there was a piano in every parlor. Loved it!

    42. Jayden (Jayden Traynor) - Locke'd Out Again Anoterh beginner! Welcome to the ABF recitals. This is great for just a few months of experience!

    43. Ganddalf - A piece for me to play We always have a handful of original pieces in the recitals, and I have to say this is one of the best ones I have heard. Outstanding effort!

    44. TrapperJohn - Beauty and the Beast (from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast") I love the way you love this music - it really comes through when you play. Now if you could just learn to sing along!

    45. Pathbreaker - Capriccio in F-sharp minor, Op. 76 no. 1 Very interesting - and difficult - outstanding job!

    46. Inlanding - Glen - Four Threads Love that bouncy feel. Wonderful bit of improvisation.

    47. (Was)TrueBeginner - Purity Very impressive that you can come up with something on such short notice - loved it!

    48. joangolfing - Gavotte and Variations (Suite No. 14) This was a treat - we don't hear much Handel in the ABF recitals. Great job!

    49. Ken. - Monk's Dream Cool! The ending was interesting...

    50. Mar_red - Theme from Schindler's List Not familiar with this one, so thanks for introducing me to it. Loved the tremolos (is that what they are called?) Great job.

    51. ShiroKuro - Midwinter Memories Welcome back! A very haunting piece - nicely done.

    52. barbaram - Tequila Sunrise You're doing a great job for only a few months back. You're really getting into the rhythym! Loved it!

    53. Ohio_Mark - Red Rose Rendezvous Nice swing feel - very jazzy and bouncy. Good job!

    54. MrPozor - Prelude in E minor - BWV 941 Short and to the point! Loved it!

    55. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Nocturne in C-Minor, No 21 (Posthumous) You have improved Sam - I can hear it very well!

    56. carlos88 - Bach's Italian Concerto, First Movement I would love to learn this sometime, but it's very intimidating. Great job!

    That's all folks!

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    #2236453 - 02/23/14 04:52 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    Thanks to everyone for listening to my attempt at Brahms' Ballade :-) I'm glad that you all seem to like it, even though I believe it could use some more work

    Originally Posted By: Sam Rose
    04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3
    This stuff is so hard and dense, that I honestly couldn't make heads or tails out of it on one listen. Not to say you didn't play it well, but I'd need many listens to really get this piece and say something intelligent about it. I can say, however, that I enjoyed listening to it very much.


    Oops, glad you still liked it but could I have played it to sound more simple?

    Originally Posted By: TheodorN

    04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3 A lively piece and you played it excellently.


    Thanks!

    Originally Posted By: Monica K.
    04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3: This does sound like a tremendously challenging piece. I also liked the quieter B part the best, especially the rolling (muted) thunder of the bass accompanying it. Nicely played.


    Yes it was challenging. I am going to pick some easier pieces for a while. The quieter B part indeed sounds nicer, Brahms dropped the aggressive sound there and gives more possibilities to develop a nice melody.

    Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky

    04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3 Wow Wouter, you impressed the pants off me with this one. And I don't even listen to music like this. Your soft entries into contrasting chords were terrific. I can clearly see the effort you put into this. Be proud of this one.

    Thanks Mr Super-Hunky! Soft entries into contrasting chords, this the amazing chords in the B section? yes there are some very nice harmonies there. I love to play these slow (like half speed) but Brahms asks for allegro...

    Originally Posted By: CarlosCC

    04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3 - Nice ballade.


    Good. But it seems you prefer something else?

    Originally Posted By: evamar
    04. wouter79 - Ballade, op.118 no.3
    Very hard and complex piece! I like the different moods in it, lovely softer part and a huge contrast with the strong parts. Really enjoyed listening to it.

    Thank you evamar!
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    #2236461 - 02/23/14 05:11 PM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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    Originally Posted By: jazzwee

    Such a difficult sounding piece! You did it so well. Very nice contrast in dynamics. Super job. Maybe start introducing a bit of gentleness in your playing, even fortissimo.


    Jazzwee thanks for the feedback and compliments! Is the sound too agressive in the fortissimos? Or are you talking about timing?


    Originally Posted By: Sam S
    Outstanding work - I can tell you spent a lot of time on it. Hinson ranks this as moderately difficult in his guide to the repertoire, his next to the highest level.


    Good to hear Sam that all my work on this worked out smile

    Originally Posted By: dynamobt
    Brahms is not easy. So I know that this was quite the undertaking. Your playing is confident and musical. I’m unfamiliar with this piece. Your piano is sounding very nice with a lovely clear bell quality to it. Quite beautiful.


    Great to hear that you like my playing and the sound of my piano. Seems I made the right choice removing the rug

    Originally Posted By: JimF
    I don't really know how to comment on a piece this densely difficult. The tone was extra beautiful in the melodic section...the Grotrian sounds wonderful. You have obviously put a lot of hours into this virtuoso piece. Nice job.


    Jim, thanks for your compliments. Yes it's dense and difficult but I hope that doesn't bother the listener. If it sounds good, I must have done the right way laugh

    Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
    Wonderful control of the big chords but letting the melody come out clearly. Very difficult to achieve and you did wonderfully. And very nice tempo changes in the slower section with a great transition back to the main theme. As for the official difficultly, I believe this is labelled "freaking difficult!" Wonderful performance!


    Great to hear that I managed to squeeze out at least a tiny bit of melody smile And also good that the performance overall worked. Indeed that transition back is tricky, you really need to pick up speed well in time otherwise it will sound really odd. Yes, it seems Brahms' trademark is 'freaking difficult'...

    Originally Posted By: Inlanding
    Brahms is near the top of my list and I am glad you chose this piece to play. Your teacher picked a good one for you to learn, for sure. This one is a keeper and I look forward to hearing this one again after it’s matured under your fingers.


    Thanks Inlanding for the feedback!

    Originally Posted By: barbaram
    A really impressive piece, interesting to read your comments on the difficulty. You sound totally in command of it.


    Good to hear this!

    Originally Posted By: earlofmar
    Only 4.5 years playing and doing a grade 11 piece, you are one of the silent achievers of PW, or is that over achievers, lol. Very powerful piece, played very well I get inspiration from works like this and a little hope for my own future.


    Yes, these grade 11 pieces are just way too nice to skip but wish they weree easier Glad that you like my attempt laugh

    Originally Posted By: jazztpt

    I imagine this piece to be extreemly difficult to bring to life which you did quiet well, again Brahms is not usually on my listening list but I found this interesting none the less.

    Jazztpt, thanks for listening and your nice words!
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    #2236612 - 02/24/14 12:16 AM Re: Recital 33 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Sam S]
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    Originally Posted By: Sam S
    40. BenPiano - Dahlonega I know Dahlonega well - go through there all the time on my way to the AT. So is the music sort of sad and nostalgic for what was lost? Very impressive...


    Thanks for the comment, Sam. It wasn't meant to be nostalgic, necessarily.

    I was captivated by the history of this place - to go from a small town, to being overrun for roughly 20 years where some great things and some really awful things happened, to eventually reverting back to this tranquil retirement community 150 years later.

    I've never been there, but I created this piece with the thought that the history of this place must certainly be reverberating along the streets and sidewalks, trying to tell its story - good or bad.

    One day I'll visit, and try my luck at panning the creeks for some Dahlonega gold.
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