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#2248844 - 03/19/14 11:54 AM Beethoven Sonata no 20 in G-dur (1st movement)
DanL Offline
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Registered: 11/27/13
Posts: 57
Hi everyone! This is one my very first recordings smile. Unfortunately, I think I messed up a little at the beginning.

Please, hear and give me some opinions if you can. I'll post the next movement as soon as I have the time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnvVxNxoynU

Thanks in advance!


Edited by DanL (03/19/14 12:00 PM)

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#2249982 - 03/21/14 02:05 PM Re: Beethoven Sonata no 20 in G-dur (1st movement) [Re: DanL]
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I don't have an Urtext edition of this Sonata, my Schnabel edition is quite highly edited - although most of Schanbel's edits are clearly his. I can give a few comments both on details and on the general performance as a whole.

It's a very small point, but an important one : your playing of measure 2 is not at the same tempo as measure 1, and measure 68 is not the same as measure 67, so it sets the listener off a little bit, not being sure which is your preferred tempo.

Watch that the endings of phrases aren't accented. For example, in measure 4, the B on beat three accented; it should be just the opposite, a sort of lift-off at the end of the phrase.

In measures 13 and 14, the left hand chords are not marked staccato in my edition, although they are in measures 9 and 10. If you decide that you are going to play them all staccato, play them with a much lighter touch; they come across as being too loud.

For my taste, you could use less pedal in sections such as measures 15-20, 37-41, and 76-87; your pedaling takes away from the clarity that I think should be paramount throughout this movement.

Again for my taste, your staccato chords in measures 45 and 48 are too sharp, again in measures 112 and 115; I would suggest a gentler staccato. You can still make these chords detached without making them as abrupt as you do.

I don't particularly like the abrupt staccato on the final two chords, either.

Throughout, I find that your balance between left and right hands needs to be re-visited; your left hand is often much too loud and this takes away from the overall lightness of the very early Classical style of this movement. Some of this may be due to the fact that the camera is very close to the bass end of the piano. Lighten up the left hand and try a different position for your camera to see/hear if you can get a more balanced sound throughout.

One problem that almost always occurs when recording with non-professional equipment is that there is often little distinction in dynamics even when the pianist is playing with sensitive dynamics. The performance comes across at one volume, but this may not be the fault of your playing, but rather that of the equipment which might "levelling" the volume.

I think that you have chosen a good tempo for this movement. I'm also quite impressed that your playing is really quite accurate. I don't mean just playing the right notes, but also observing note values and rests; it's evident that you have carefully studied this work.

I hope that you will find some of these comments helpful; remember that they represent just one person's opinion. You don't have to agree with them all.

Thank you for sharing.

Regards,
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BruceD
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#2254627 - 03/31/14 02:25 AM Re: Beethoven Sonata no 20 in G-dur (1st movement) [Re: BruceD]
DanL Offline
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Registered: 11/27/13
Posts: 57
I'm really sorry for the late reply, I'll certainly pay more attention and behave better next time. Please accept my apologize this one time!

I noticed the tempo changing, too, "keeping the tempo" is one my very weakness, but I'll sure practice more.
All (or almost all) of your comments are great, especially about the pedaling, the "sharp staccato", the tempo,... guess it'll be a long way until I can play it well, but of course I'll have to try hard!

Thank you again for all of your comments and opinions. Once again, please forgive me about the late reply.

DanL

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