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#2261794 - 04/14/14 09:41 PM Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION
Greener Offline

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Welcome to the General Discussion Room for the AB Forum “Beginners and Beyond” Tchaikovsky Themed Recital.

Please use this room for any discussion of the pieces being performed 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.

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.

Now, find a nice spot and enjoy the music …

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#2261817 - 04/14/14 10:45 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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The Tchaikovsky Themed Recital streamer is at this location:

http://recitals.pianoworld.com/recital_files/Tchaikovsky_Themed_Recital/play-all.html
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#2261818 - 04/14/14 10:48 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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I have already listened to the first twelve of them. Nice job everyone!

Two jumped out at me that make me want to learn them!

The German Song, played by ZRTF90, and Morning Prayer... hey, also played by ZRTF90.

I am very familiar with Opus 39 so the strains of the other pieces are new to my ear. But I have found many of them very intriguing. More comments later.
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#2261823 - 04/14/14 11:07 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Ohmygosh I just listened to number 34 (34. Morodiene - Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 1 Ruins de Chateau) by Morodiene. Incredible pacing, phrasing, and mood. Wonderful!



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#2261940 - 04/15/14 04:48 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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I only listened to a few pieces here and there, but overall this sounds fantastic! Thank you Greener for putting this together.

Richard, I especially liked the fact that you played three of the "easy" pieces from opus 39. You can hear the expert hand and the subtlety, and it makes such a difference. Expression, rich dynamics, and chord notes sounding exactly at the same time... I like it when you say, 'It took less than twenty minutes to memorise and less than twenty days to develop'. It's reassuring to hear that a piece that you can probably sight-read still needs some time to grow - at least if you're a perfectionist. After two years at the piano there are finally some (few) pieces below my level, where I can switch my attention from mere note learning to all the tiny details, and this is where the real fun starts.
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#2261953 - 04/15/14 05:48 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Wow this is great. Here are my first comments.

Op. 37 March - Song of the Lark - SwissMS/Doris
Way to start a recital. What a nice sound coming from your Bechstein. I listened to it a couple of times. Love the Russian sound you project. Nice balance between the hands.

Op. 39 no. 15 - Italian Song - sinophilia (Diana)
I like the tempo. It reminds me of the stupid movies from the 20's! I keep seeing Laurel and Hardy moving the piano!
Thanks for sharing.

Op. 37 No. 10 October: Autumn Song - Andy Platt
Nice atmosphere. You play this nocturne like piece really sensitive. How about that pppp at the end!

Romance Op.5 - Ganddalf
Wow, what a nice piece. I will try it too. Thanks for a considerate execution. (Is that correct English?).

Old French Song. Op 39 No 16. - Recaredo / Ricardo
This sounds familliar in some way. Can't put my finger on it though.
Well played and thanks for sharing.

Valse in F# minor, Op. 40 No. 9 - PikaPianist
Good idea to play it in the agitated way as you say. It contrasts well with the middle section. I like your interpretation a lot.
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#2261983 - 04/15/14 07:28 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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I have listened to the first half of the contributions, and I'm amazed by the quality of the performances. It has also been a real treat to get acquainted with all this beautiful piano music that I didn't even know existed.

I'm going to give individual comments to each piece, but due to the Easter holidays you may have to wait for a few days.

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#2262019 - 04/15/14 08:43 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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I enjoyed the Italian Song's bright and goofy quality. That aspect of the piece is really fun. Thanks Diana.

Andy, you are right about the difficulties of October/Autumn Song. Congratulations on your success especially with the voicing issues.

Ganddalf, what a beautiful and soulful rendition of the Romance. It is wonderful to hear you communicate through the music.
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#2262069 - 04/15/14 10:29 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Op. 37 March - Song of the Lark - SwissMS/Doris:
I really like how you bring such a serious dark mood to this piece. For some reason it invokes a feeling of sounds you may hear in the night. Maybe it's because I got up at 3 am to see the lunar eclipse/blood moon and heard all sorts of birds crying.

On a side note: "Experience: 5 as an adult, a couple as a chile" I just had to chuckle at this typo. laugh

Op. 39 no. 15 - Italian Song - sinophilia (Diana):
How appropriate that you chose this piece smile I think you give it the lively feeling of the folk music in Italy. Nicely done!

Op. 37 No. 10 October: Autumn Song - Andy Platt:
You have a good feeling for this piece, giving it the right sensitivity and rubato. This is has a nostalgic sound to it, makes me wonder what happened to Tchai in the autumn to make him feel this way about it. Well done performance!

Romance Op.5 - Ganddalf:
From my experience in playing Tchai's music, I've noticed there's a lot of layers and intricacy, even in the simpler sounding parts. You handle this complexity very well. I especially like the energy you give to the slower parts.

Old French Song. Op 39 No 16 - Recaredo / Ricardo:
You handle the "round" aspect of this piece very well. Again, it has that layer of complexity that on the surface you don't notice it, but after playing quite a bit of Tchai, I see now how he liked to incorporate that interplay between the hands.

Valse in F# minor, Op. 40 No. 9 - PikaPianist:
I like this tempo a lot. It sounds almost macabre at the beginning, like a Tim Burton movie soundtrack. I love your choice of rubato in this piece, especially in the middle section, giving it time to wind out the melody.

OP 39 10 Polka - peterws/pyotr:
LOL "Pyotr" - is that your Russian side coming out? As always I enjoy the exuberance with which you play. You lend this piece a suitable playfulness. I don't have the music, but did you add a note at the end? smile Well done.

German Song - Richard (zrtf90):
I have this collection and have only taught a few pieces out of it, but I see that there are many others I should consider now, this being one of them. Would you say it's good for learning repeated notes or dotted rhythms?

Chanson triste Op 40. No. 2 - Greener:
This was a piece I fell in love with as a child. We owned a book that had a collection of classic favorites. I don't recall if I ever worked with my teacher on this one, I do remember just loving that opening theme. You give it a stateliness and good attention to the repeated notes in the melodic line. Thanks for playing this!
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#2262116 - 04/15/14 12:46 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Morodiene]
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There is some truly outstanding playing in this recital. Thanks to Greener for bringing this all together. Here are my first set of comments.

Sinophilia -Italian Song: Beautiful, jaunty performance of this nice little piece. You had a nice balance between the melody and the accompaniment. Well done!

Andy Platt – October: You gave this a very melancholy, gentle feel. I like the pacing that you gave the piece. Very nice!

Gandalf- Romance Op. 5: Lovely flow. I love the middle section. It has a definite Russian feel and is very dramatic. Lovely transition out to the returning main theme.

Recaredo- Old French Song: Nice expression and balance in this character piece.

PikaPianist Valse in F# minor: I love the energy that you give this waltz. Wonderful presentation. I can just see the dancers whirling!

Peterws -Polka: I remember playing this sometime back. It is tricky. I like the playful feel that you give it. Really nice pacing!

Richard(zrtf90)German Song: This sounds like a trip to a German beer garden in Bavaria. You gave it a light, lilting sound that fit that vision perfectly.

Greener/JeffChanson triste Op 40. No. 2: I really like this piece, and considered learning as well. I like your take on it. You made it very expansive and paced it well. Great listening.

Richard/(zrtf90)- Morning Prayer: I really like this piece as well. I like your expression in it, with just a hint of darkness in the middle. The Winny the Pooh reference fits nicely as well!
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#2262210 - 04/15/14 03:21 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Originally Posted By: SwissMS
There is some truly outstanding playing in this recital. Thanks to Greener for bringing this all together.


Thank you kindly, Doris and Diana. However, I've just played a small part in "bringing this all together". There has been a team involved and stretching back to October, 2013.

Richard, Sam, Monica, Chris, Cheryl and all the folks that contributed and made it possible before this event. I have a better understanding of how things work now of course and I'll tell you, it is magic. The moderators responded instantaneously when request made at 2:45am today. A smooth sailing ship we have here.

I'm happy to have had the opportunity.

Thank you.


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#2262302 - 04/15/14 06:25 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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This is my first time listening and first time posting. As others have said, I'm impressed by the quality--really humbled by the quality. Even with errors, or still undeveloped dynamics or phrasing. it's obvious that there's thought and musicality in everything I've heard. And like others, I want to learn more Tchaikovsky. Didn't know that even the "easy" pieces were so rich.

I've only listened to a third in entirety--our internet connection is slow today. Like to make comments about the first few.

Doris (Song of the Lark),
Gorgeous. Nice pacing. Lots of layers. Like to learn it (someday).

Diana (Italian Song),
Played the melody nice and jaunty, not overdone which could make the piece comical--the right amount of bounce. Maybe slightly softer left is the only possibility??

Andy (October),
Doesn't sound clinical to me! Nice expression and variety. "Indulgent" is too easy, right? It's hard to back off to subtlety, which is more beautiful. I liked it.

Ganddalf (Norway),
Incredible variety in this piece and good handling of the different sections.


I'd like to write here just more "Additional Info" on "Mama." Being new I wasn't sure of the amount or type of info to post:

I chose Mama because it was one of the few left in the Album for the Young and it didn't look very hard. It was, in fact, a lot harder than it looked. First of all it had to be very even. The subject, Mama, wouldn't lend itself to extreme changes in mood. Getting something even is incredibly difficult, never mind adding accents, dynamic changes, etc. to get some contour to the piece. Again, not too dramatic or extreme. I tried to imagine a brisk benevolence about Mama (I heard a couple professional recordings that were quite fast!) and also some "breaths" or "catching one's breath" and small moments of peace and slowing down. It's not there yet! This is a difficult piece to make interesting and one I'll practice for a long time to improve.

Would like to make more comments about other submissions soon.

Thanks for doing this. This is a great experience.
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#2262406 - 04/15/14 11:06 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
ajames Offline

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I only made it halfway through tonight. Wow! some great stuff here. Thanks to everybody for contributing, its really great to get the opportunity to listen to these performances.

1 SwissMS Op. 37 March - Song of the Lark Love the lilting feel, the bird song is very nicely done. Very pretty song.

2 sinophilia Op. 39 no. 15 - Italian Song Neat little song, sounds like a sidewalk cafe in Naples or something. I like the jaunty feel you gave it.

3 Andy Platt Op. 37 No. 10 October: Autumn Song I can almost see the leaves falling from the trees. I think you did a fantastic job with the voicing of the melody.

4 Ganddalf Romance Op.5 Beautiful piece, and so well played. I hope to achieve your level of piano mastery some day.

5 Recaredo/Ricardo Old French Song, Op 39 This may be the next Op 39 piece I try to play. You make it sound very graceful and musical.

6 PikaPianist Valse in F# minor, Op. 40 No. 9 I love the way you played this, the energy level is great. I really enjoyed listening, thanks so much!

7 peterws/pyotr Op 39 Polka Agree with you about the Op. 39 pieces, Album for the young (at heart). Great tempo, makes me want to dance (the polka, of course.)

8 Richard (zrtf90) German Song, Op. 39 I hope I can knock out a piece like this at this level someday. Thanks for sharing it.

9 Greener / Jeff Chanson triste Op 40. No. 2 Wow, what a great piece. I love the approach you took, it's very sad but not ponderously so. Really great.

10 Richard (zrt90) Morning Prayer Op. 39 Thanks again for another excellent rendition. I love the interpretation, it really has a great positive feel without being too fast.

11 peterws/pyotr Op. 39 Folksong Very upbeat and well played. I loved listening to this. Another of the Op. 39s I have to try someday!

12 AZ_Astro At Church Op 39 I think this sounds great. It has a good stately feel, not plodding at all.

13 peterws/pyotr Impromptu Op 72 1 What a fantastic piece of music! It sounded awesome to me, thanks so much for sharing it.

14 peterws/pyotr Peasant's Prelude Op. 39 I don't understand the title either... Maybe something got lost in translation... Sounded great, though.
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#2262508 - 04/16/14 08:44 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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I'm slowly downloading these to burn onto a CD. I don't really have the time while I'm at the computer to go through the recital on the streaming player and prefer to do most of my listening in the car. As the zip files have not been made here I made an exception and have been through everything just once so far.

I'm thrilled to hear the enthusiasm and work that went into these performances and the stretch it has created in the performers and I'm very proud to have played a part in this marvellous achievement.

What a stunned to hear so much music for the first time from such a famous composer!

The workload from the ABF #33, Joplin, Tchaikovsky and the upcoming ABF #34 means I'm again unable to devote enough time to individual comments but I strongly suspect I will have precious little to offer on top of what is said by others.

I expect most of you already know that this recital has improved your playing and your appreciation of Tchaikovsky's tremendous and largely underestimated output.

I am in awe that these recitals keep getting better. How much more is there to come, I wonder?
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Morodiene, the German Song. I wouldn't have thought of it as being prime material for either dotted or repeated notes. But for a beginner, yes, it offers both and more. It is really easy to enjoy the music, which really helps, and the articulation and phrasing requires great care and precision. I would say that would be its prime challenge.

FWIW, I would offer the second movement from Clementi's Op. 36 nos. 2 or 3 for dotted notes. Scarlatti for repeated notes. I can't think of anything easier than Kp. 149 off hand but I'm sure you won't have to look as far as Kp. 141. smile
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#2262510 - 04/16/14 08:48 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: zrtf90]
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Originally Posted By: zrtf90
I'm slowly downloading these to burn onto a CD. I don't really have the time while I'm at the computer to go through the recital on the streaming player and prefer to do most of my listening in the car. As the zip files have not been made here I made an exception and have been through everything just once so far.

I'm thrilled to hear the enthusiasm and work that went into these performances and the stretch it has created in the performers and I'm very proud to have played a part in this marvellous achievement.

What a stunned to hear so much music for the first time from such a famous composer!

The workload from the ABF #33, Joplin, Tchaikovsky and the upcoming ABF #34 means I'm again unable to devote enough time to individual comments but I strongly suspect I will have precious little to offer on top of what is said by others.

I expect most of you already know that this recital has improved your playing and your appreciation of Tchaikovsky's tremendous and largely underestimated output.

I am in awe that these recitals keep getting better. How much more is there to come, I wonder?
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Morodiene, the German Song. I wouldn't have thought of it as being prime material for either dotted or repeated notes. But for a beginner, yes, it offers both and more. It is really easy to enjoy the music, which really helps, and the articulation and phrasing requires great care and precision. I would say that would be its prime challenge.

FWIW, I would offer the second movement from Clementi's Op. 36 nos. 2 or 3 for dotted notes. Scarlatti for repeated notes. I can't think of anything easier than Kp. 149 off hand but I'm sure you won't have to look as far as Kp. 141. smile

I was thinking of more for using more Tchaikovsky in my teaching. And Clementi, well, he wasn't the greatest. wink
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#2262543 - 04/16/14 10:25 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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I never knew that Tchaikovsky had written so much great music for piano. He certainly has not gotten much attention in the ABF recitals before. But that has been remedied with this great recital!

01 - SwissMS/Doris - Song of the Lark From memory! I'm impressed. Nice changes in touch, with the contrast between legato and staccato and everything in-between. Sensitive playing too - I loved the little tempo fluctuations.

02 - sinophilia (Diana) - Italian Song Perfect oom-pahs! You know what I mean, the left hand rhythm. Loved the ending too.

03 - Andy Platt - October: Autumn Song I can heard your love for it coming through. The section where you picked things up a little was very nice, ending in the rolled chord. Your playing shows that you are listening and adjusting. Loved it!

04 - Ganddalf - Romance Op.5 Very smooth and refined. Your ornaments (turns) were perfect! The middle section was quite a contrast, almost like a military march.

05 - Recaredo / Ricardo - Old French Song A charming piece, very well played.

06 - PikaPianist - Valse in F# minor Wonderful touch - loved your interpretation. Very subtle pedal work work too. Excellent job.

07 - peterws/pyotr - OP 39 10 Polka Your hands keep switching between green and purple in my video - which gives the whole piece a psychedelic quality, like a polka on a trip. But your playing was flawless!

08 - Richard (zrtf90) - German Song Excellent touch and pedaling. These easier pieces really shine when played by someone with skill.

09 - Greener / Jeff - Chanson triste So sad. But Tchaikovsky seemed to revel in it. There are some passages that sound very familiar as if they are similar to another work, but I can't place them. Very well done.

More to come...

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#2262614 - 04/16/14 02:15 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Well, everything`s done and dusted . . . and here we are listening. Great! You lot seem to get better with each recital, which I suppose is how it should be. Well done, all of you. There`s some complex stuff in there which I can`t relate to. All composers display this when their intelligence output exceeds what I can take in and mentally digest . . I blame lead in the water pipes.

1 Swiss Piano Girl

Quite a melancholy piece, if I may say so. This lark is not ascending; he`s pottering around on the ground. As they do. Food is hard to find . . .A lovely work and sound; great recording.

2 Sinophilia Italian Song

I think you enjoy this piece; you play steady and with confidence with a super rall at the end. Well done!

3 Andy Platt

Thought it was Chopin or Mendelssohn. A very sensitive and contemplative work which was well reflected in your playing. Excellent.

4 Ganddalf Op 5 I`m not qualified to pass technical "judgement" supposing I wanted to. It just sounded great on that Digital of yours . . . A recent acquisition? Lovely tone.

5 Recaredo/Ricardo Op 39 15

You do a splendid job n here. I listened also to your Mendelssohn piece on Y Tube; both of these caused me to think "Kawai" for my next piano. Trouble is, I just bought the one I have! Excellent work and great recording!

6 Pika Pianist Op 40 9

Wonderful music! Love your playing and the dound. Dammit, another Kawai . . . ha ha they get everywhere . . Magnificent work! This is a must for me to attempt (cough cough) but I need a bit o` Dutch Courage . . . Who`s the poor schmuck who`s gonna follow this?

7 Peterws/pyotr

Hmmm . . . ..

8 ZRT/Richard German Song

Def. a Teutonic feel to this, complete with Oompah band and German Beer. . . Great job, man!

9 Greener/Jeff

Thanks Jeff for this event, and your team too. We are indebted!
A sad sad song. Your playing was suitably triste. I`d find it hard to get into . . .so much Chopin is similar. But what a good job you did here.

10 ZRT90/Richard Morning Prayer.

I looked at this myself, in the "39" book. It`s very moving, old fashioned Church style typical of the 19/20 Century changeover. Some of the best hymns I heard were similar to this. A child`s prayer. Simple and effective. Lovely playing. Well done.






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#2262640 - 04/16/14 03:07 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: peterws]
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Next Group!

Peterws Folk Song: What a sweet little piece! Very upbeat and playfully played!

AZ_Astro At Church: I love this piece! I play it when I am feeling down. It always gives me a feeling of hope. Your version did that as well. Very well played.

Peterws_ 72-1: Wow, this really sounds like a handful! You did a lovely job of it. You may have pieced it together, but it sounded seamless.

Peterws Prelude– This is an interesting piece, leading somewhere, leaving the listener waiting for more. Nice job of setting up that feeling.

PatH - Impromptu: Wow! This one enters into the realm of virtuoso technique. Very well played!

Gandalf- May: This is a very uplifting, gentle piece. I like the relaxed pacing that you give it. It brings to mind spring flowers waving in the breeze. Beautiful presentation.

Richard(zrtf90) Baba Yaga This sounds like a tricky little number. You give it a playful, bouncy feel that fits the vision of the witch. Very nice.

Hreichgott- January: Lovely flow in this gentle piece. It make me think of sitting by a warm fire looking out at a soft blanket of snow. Well Played.

Hreichgott – February: Living near Luzern, February Carnival is very familiar to me. This piece expresses the irreverant, carefree nature of that celebration. You expressed that well in your presentation. Beautifully played!

SamS- June: I absolutely love this piece. It has such a haunting quality. It is still on my do to list. You do a lovely job with it. Nice expression on the bridge chords.
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#2262666 - 04/16/14 03:59 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: peterws]
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12 AZ Astro op39 2

I like T,`s churchy stuff. Rooted in Russian Orthodoxy, very noving with a certain beauty to it all. This is very very nicely played and interpretated.

15 PatH/Pat Holstein OP 1 2

Good to hear expertise combined with experience; but what a piece! What was in T.`s mind when he wrote it? Can`t attempt that I`m afraid. Fantastic stuff, man. What can I say?

16 Ganddalf "May"

Very lovely and happy music with a hopeful tinge to it imo. You did a wonderful job! As always.

17 ZRT90/Richard Baba Yaga

An unusual vibrant, quirky piece; sounds modern and ahead of it`s time. You did a super job here. One lively witch from Russia . . .

18 Heather W Reichgott op37 1

Peaceful and hymn like; comprehensive piece o` misic which you executed well.

19 Heather W Reichgott op37 2

It`s always good to hear (and hear from) seasoned performers. This would keep anyone on their toes, and put many on their backs. . . Can`t pretend to understand this, unfortunately. You certainly did what sounded like a great job!

20 Sam s op37 6

Big sound, with big chords to go with it! Great job, man. Loads of dynamic stuff here.

21 Gingko 2 Mama

Beautiful piece indeed which you render so well. I hope it`s in the op 39 book . . . I have that! A "must do" . .

`Bye for now . . .


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#2262748 - 04/16/14 07:14 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: AZ_Astro]
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Ohmygosh I just listened to number 34 (34. Morodiene - Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 1 Ruins de Chateau) by Morodiene. Incredible pacing, phrasing, and mood. Wonderful!

Thank you! This one really drew me and originally I was just going to do the one movement, but then thought it would be nice to work on the whole opus. I'm glad you liked it!
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#2262767 - 04/16/14 07:51 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Morning Prayer - Richard (zrtf90) :
Now, this is one I've taught before and just love. I appreciate how you bring out the moving LH line. The reverb you used made it sound as though you were in a cathedral. Very nice!

Op 39 14 FolkSong - peterws/pyotr :
This was a lot of fun to hear. I like the echoes! This almost sounds like something Scarlatti would have written.

At Church Op. 39 No 23 - AZ_Astro :
Very solemn and stately. I love your pacing here, to let those chords ring out like they would on an organ. I can tell you are carrying the thought through these long chords rather than stopping on each one.

Impromptu op72 1 - peterws/pyotr :
I applaud your efforts, and your enthusiasm for the piece and flair shines through. That slow middle section indeed sounds very enigmatic (I can envision the face that must have inspired you), but beautiful. I can see why you picked this. It's almost jazzy in its rhythms - I love it!

Peasant`s Prelude Op 39 13 - peterws/pyotr :
Or maybe suitable for a harmonica too with that back and forth V-I progression? It seems to have a lot of questions unanswered, but maybe that's what makes it a prelude. A prelude to vodka, perhaps, where the questions go unanswered, but they somehow don't matter anymore.

Op. 1 No. 2. Impromptu - patH (Patrick Hollstein) :
Wow, if this isn't Russian music, then I don't know what is! Do dramatic and dark, I love it. You play with the passion to match it, too. All those octaves, this had to be tough. I really like how calm the middle section is. Bravo!

Seasons: May - Ganddalf :
That's an interesting tidbit about the summer nights, I wasn't aware that the birds kept singing. I was up at 3am the other night to see the lunar eclipse, and there was one bird that wouldn't shut up - I think it was a peacock. Not really a pretty sound, more like a yell. Anyways, I really hare the bird-like quality to the moving parts of this piece. I thought I was listening to a professional recording you play it so well! Thanks for this.

Baba Yaga - Richard (zrtf90):
I was curious about this one just because of the Mussorgsky version. Tchai's witch seems much more scheming and plotting than all-out cursing, but no less nefarious. You played the staccato and accents really well to give it that character!

The Seasons, Op. 37: 1. January - Heather W. Reichgott (hreichgott):
It sounds as though Tchai was looking forward to a new year, in spite of the blustery winds blowing at his window. Beautiful playing, my favorite part is how the arpeggios build up in intensity in the middle. Everything you play with an idea in mind as to what you're saying, well done!

The Seasons, Op. 37: 2. February - Heather W. Reichgott (hreichgott):
This one in particular I can really hear the orchestral quality to it. You bring out all the various melodies going on very well. Again, you play with a clear direction as to what each part is saying. Great job!
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#2262819 - 04/16/14 11:09 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Performer SwissMS/Doris
From Switzerland
Piece Op. 37 March - Song of the Lark
Composer Tchaikovsky
I love the dissonance in some of those chords. A mysterious and enchanting piece with some off beat cadences. Nice touch and timing. Hmmm, not the happiest Lark in town, I’m afraid, as the song is pretty sad. But your playing captures the sentiment nicely!

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Performer sinophilia (Diana)
From Italy
Piece Op. 39 no. 15 - Italian Song
Composer Tchaikovsky
Your playing is very energetic! Nice pacing. You could look for places to change the dynamics, I suppose. I like the quick parts. Dramatic finish. Great job!
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Performer Andy Platt
From Arlington, VA, USA
Piece Op. 37 No. 10 October: Autumn Song
Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Oh this is a Fine Piece by Tchaikovsky. Great choice! Some poignant moments and phrases. Love those triplets off the beat. I am hearing the voices so you did a great job bringing those out. Nice change of pace in the middle. Oh that melody sings beautifully @2:30 on – I think you could bring that out even more. Be proud. Beautifully played!
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Performer Ganddalf
From Norway
Piece Romance Op.5
Composer Tchaikovsky
An elegant and charming piece with a lot of depth. Nice transition into the B section. Ooh. And moody too! Your N1 carries the melody nicely and has a lot of tonal body to it. You put a lot of work into that piece and it shows. Super effort!
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Performer Recaredo / Ricardo
From Granada, Spain.
Piece Old French Song. Op 39 No 16.
Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
I fell in love with this piece, too, and have memorized it and played it many times. I thank Tchaikovsky for creating this beautiful song that is approachable by beginners! You play with much more discipline than I do, and I enjoyed the speed and pacing of your approach. I would enjoy hearing it again on an acoustic! Great job with this piece.
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Performer PikaPianist
From Brisbane
Piece Valse in F# minor, Op. 40 No. 9
Composer Tchaikovsky
Sounds professional! Nice brisk timing and dynamics from the very beginning. I was drawn into the recording from the very start and really enjoyed listening to the entire piece. Very sweet transition around 1:15. Oh my, that second part (B?) around 1:32 is most beautifully composed and admirably executed. Dramatic and moving. Wow. I hadn’t listened to this piece before and it’s rare for me to like a piece on first hearing. But this one I certainly did, thanks to great playing and interpretation.
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Performer peterws/pyotr
From N England
Piece OP 39 10 Polka
Composer Tchaikovsky
This would have been a challenging piece for me but you pull it off nicely. It sounded easy for you. Nice clear dual voices in the middle. Ha ha, I am going to have to go check the score to see if that bass note at the end is really in there. Humorous touch. [I just checked the score… you added it!]

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Performer Richard (zrtf90)
From Ireland
Piece German Song
Composer Tchaikovsky

I want to learn this piece now. A very joyous performance. I have heard it played more quickly and it works that way but I really liked your pacing too. It appears to me to be technically demanding to maintain an even beat and you certainly did that. Delightful performance. Thanks.

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Performer Greener / Jeff
From Toronto
Piece Chanson triste Op 40. No. 2
Composer Tchaikovsky

Instrument Heintzman
Additional info
An intriguing and engaging piece. A soul searcher. Your acoustic adds a lot of character and body to the piece which helped me enjoy it a lot. The melody is complex and mature. I’ll have to come back to this piece and listen to it again, probably numerous times. It’s exactly the type of piece that I fall in love with after about the 7th listen! You did a really nice job with this piece.

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Performer Richard (zrtf90)
From Ireland
Piece Morning Prayer
Composer Tchaikovsky

I almost chose this little piece back when we were choosing. It is a very moving and delicate little wonder. Tchaikovsky packs a lot of depth into a minute and fifteen seconds, doesn’t he! A ‘gentle invocation’ is a perfectly apt and beautiful lyrical description. I felt you were very successful in communicating this piece. Fine work!

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#2262946 - 04/17/14 07:23 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: AZ_Astro]
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22 Earlofmar Dolly is ill!

I`m assuning "Dolly" is in fact a doll since these songs were written with youngsters in mind. She doesn`t feel her best, does she? Will the tablets work? The dquack is shaking his head. Grave prognosis . . You enacted a wonderful portrtayal of bed news. *It`s a good day to bury bad news" Jo Moore, 9/11.

23 zrt90 Richard op19 3

I thought Joplin was comin` up again . . Love what ya done here, man.Great job as usual on that super pee-anno o` yours!

24 ajames 39 8

She didn`t recover then. It happens; get over it! be glad it wasn`t the cat. . . (Can`t you tell I was in the funeral business . . ) Seriously, a thoroughly miserable funereal piece which you did a splendid job on. Op 39 is a treasure trove of super short pieces for the impatient such as myself . . Darned good, shame there isn`t a Dolly Heaven . .

25 Jimmyab 40 8

Great interpretation of theis tuneful spirited piece, with lovely dynamics, light and shade. Piano sounded real good, a joy to listen to. A pro performance.

26 jfmartins 39 20

Baba Yaga. Another on my list. Loved it; Played with vigour and strength. I think I`d like Baba a lot . . . short and, well, is "sweet" the word? "Excellent"`ll have to do.

27 MaryBee 72 2

Lullaby? Will rockin` on a boat, drifting between the trees as night approaches do? Constsnt hypnotic LH gives it substance "You are feeling sleepy!" Flows lovely almost in a "Bolero" way. Well done!
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#2262950 - 04/17/14 07:40 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: zrtf90]
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Originally Posted By: zrtf90
I'm slowly downloading these to burn onto a CD. I don't really have the time while I'm at the computer to go through the recital on the streaming player and prefer to do most of my listening in the car. As the zip files have not been made here ...


Sorry to be late with the ZIP files. Here they are now for anyone that prefers and can make use of them smile ...

ZIP 1 SwissMS-Greener

ZIP 2 Richard-hreichgott

ZIP 3 hreichgott-MaryBee

ZIP 4-Ganddalf-Morodiene

ZIP 5-MrPozor-ClsscLib
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#2262959 - 04/17/14 08:06 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: peterws]
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28 Ganddalf 72 5

Sounds like Mendelssohn . . you give this sensitivity and your usual unique touch. Love to hear you. Great stuff, man.

29 Rupak Bhattacharya 19 4

What is ther not to love about this? The tune and your rendition . . a work of art as we now hear every time you play. Imo. It`s down on my list . . .

30 Ganddalf 72 16

Take 5" was never as good as this. The 5-4 rhythm is hardly noticeable insofar as it feels totally at ease with itself. As do you . . .Brilliant!

31 Chopinoholic/Paul de Koning 72 14

Wonderful piano, school hellish (takes me back to my primary school, now demolished . . .) head teacher walking past, me trying to hide behind the pillar . . . Enjoyed this very much. There must`ve been a load o` work gone into it. Beautiful, man.

32 Chopinaholic 72 15

Those runs at 1 50 like Chopion wrote them, beautifully played by yourself. I`m not putting this on my list. No Siree! Love your confidence! Heard ya turning the page . . .

33 jamieVT 39 5

These are fun pieces because they`re short. You handled this well with confidence good rhythm and dynamics, Nice nice!

34 Morodiene 2 1

Dirgey, then,boy, does it liven up! Back to dirge . . Hard to understand let alone comment on; sounded difficult but you gave it loads of life!

35 Morodiene 2 3

Your piano sings on this one. I enjoyed this one greatly. Lovely work with a full sound.
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#2262963 - 04/17/14 08:29 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: peterws]
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10 - Richard (zrtf90) - Morning Prayer The simplest things can sometimes be the hardest. But I love how you shaped the phrases with the hymn-like chords.

11 - peterws/pyotr - Op 39 14 FolkSong OK, now you're just freakin' me out with the video effects! Great playing too.

12 - AZ_Astro - At Church Op. 39 No 23 Church-like, but a very Russian sounding Church. You did a great job with it.

13 - peterws/pyotr - Impromptu op72 1 Don't feel bad - very convincing even if it was simplified. Love the pink car.

14 - peterws/pyotr - Peasant`s Prelude Op 39 13 It is a little odd - not your playing, but the composition - and then it just fades out...

15 - patH (Patrick Hollstein) - Op. 1 No. 2. Impromptu An early, angry piece! So dramatic! You did an excellent job bringing it all out. Loved the transition to the middle section. Those fast downward arpeggios at the end of the middle section were very nice. Then the return to the A section was dramatic! Well done!

16 - Ganddalf - Seasons: May Loved the mood of this. Not many "White Nights" in Georgia, USA! The more lively middle section was very smooth, and the transition aback to the A section was very well done. Loved it!

17 - Richard (zrtf90) - Baba Yaga That's funny about the lullaby - there is so much missing from music notation that it's easy to come up with the wrong interpretation. But I think you've got it right now - well done!

18 - Heather W. Reichgott (hreichgott) - The Seasons, Op. 37: 1. January Loved the harmony shifts in this at the beginning of the middle section. You handled those fast arpeggios very well, and the little ornaments. The transition back to the A section was nicely done. Thanks for sharing!

19 - Heather W. Reichgott (hreichgott) - The Seasons, Op. 37: 2. February Two months in a row! Nice pedal work and great touch on the detached chords. Nice contrast in the middle section and a great buildup.

21 - gingko2 - Mama You're right, it could be a little louder. When recording, as a test play your loudest chord and adjust the recording volume so that it doesn't clip or distort - then you can record knowing you'll have a good level. Sounded great, though. Loved the ending - very smooth and subtle.

22 - earlofmar - Dolly Is Ill Yes, the simplest pieces can be the hardest since your playing is so exposed. You brought out a simple tenderness that was very well done! I can imagine the little girl saying, "Poor Dolly is sick...".

23 - Richard (zrtf90) - Album Leaf, Op. 19 No. 3 Yes, the Album Leafs were intended to be gifts that were left in the albums of a host when you were a houseguest. Just something that the composer would dash off as a thank you note! Loved the way you tapered off the ending!

24 - ajames - Op. 39 No. 8. The Doll's Funeral A funeral march for poor Dolly. Voicing sounds great, and the pedaling and detached chords too. You can learn a lot from playing something like this, and it sounds like you took advantage of it.

25 - timmyab - Waltz op. 40 no. 8 I couldn't tell without the music in front of me that you changed anything. Sounds very convincing. Loved the little tempo changes in the middle section.

26 - jfmartins - Op. 39 No. 20. The Witch Baba Yaga Yes, I can see her prancing around on her little chicken legs. Great job!

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#2262964 - 04/17/14 08:33 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: peterws]
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36 Morodiene 2 2

I didn`t listen in order; I`m a fella . . .Your expertise in this is immediately apparent; another hard one which I certainly wouldn`t have considered! You have an active LH which sounds great. And the ending was quite something . . . tremendous work, and I couldn`t spot the join!

37 Mr Pozor Mazurka

Plenty here to keep your fingers and brain busy. Yes, recording can be hard work . . You did darned well, man! Keep `em coming . .

38 Carlos 88 37 12

Flows like a river. But watching a film as preparation for playing? Tht`s dedication. The racer`s edge, as it were. It shows. Lovely.

39 Clssc Lib 39 6

Lively and bright playing; is this the Doll that gets sick and dies? A delight to the old ears . . .

Well, guys, That`s my lot! Magnificent effort from everybody. I bet there`s loads are having a small break right now . . .I`m just enjoying playing easier stuff from some time ago. I tried to play some of these I played here. they have been almost forgotten now. . . eek
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#2262974 - 04/17/14 09:05 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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I applaud all of you. Excellent performances. I enjoyed listening to your pieces, and I learned a little bit about Tchaikovsky along the way. Bravo!
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#2262987 - 04/17/14 09:40 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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June - Barcarolle - opus 37b/6 - Sam S:
Despite it being in 4, you give it a very lilting quality, like swaying in 2. A very clear melody that sings out above the LH chords. I like how you build things up in the syncopated major section. Wow that tricky ending with those broken chords, you handle that really well! I do wonder why Tchai was so sad in the summer, and happy in the winter?

Mama - gingko2:
You give such tenderness to this piece, like every note is a clear bell. I think I've found another piece I'd like to teach. Excellent job!

In regards to recording, it is better to record a little lower in volume, and then increase the gain afterwards. That way you don't risk clipping. In Audacity it's pretty easy to do this. I can describe it in detail if you wish.

Dolly Is Ill - earlofmar:
Now here is a piece I have taught before. These are great pieces because while "teaching" pieces or intended for the young (or young at heart) student, they offer a lot emotionally. You really connect with this piece, giving it a somber, delicate approach. I agree, no matter how "simple" a piece may seem, there is always more that one can do with it. Congratulations on a job well done!

Album Leaf, Op. 19 No. 3 - Richard (zrtf90):
I really enjoy the pastoral quality of this. And then you get to that chromatic LH - crazy stuff! You give this piece a happy bounce to it throughout. I know about the score issues, my piece was hard to find and so I had to settle for a less-than-ideal score.

Op. 39 No. 8. The Doll's Funeral - ajames:
Definitely a funeral march - every composer's got one I think. You lend this piece the necessary gravity and drama. One recommendation I have is adding a little more pedal so that the dotted rhythm really carries through, and a rit. at the end. Maybe ask what your teacher thinks about that and try it out. Great work on this!

Waltz op. 40 no. 8 - timmyab :
I think everyone of us know what you're talking about with struggling to finish in time. I've learned that we're never really 'done' or 'ready' with a piece, we just get to a point where it'll have to do. Really lovely playing here, though, those running 16s (?) are very graceful. I bet this would sound charming on an acoustic grand. I think I prefer Tchai's waltzes over many of Chopin's.

Op. 39 No. 20. The Witch Baba Yaga - jfmartins:
Your playing adds a ferocity to this witch! Very nicely done and well-paced throughout. I really enjoyed this - great job!

Berceuse, Op. 72, No. 2 - MaryBee :
Such a peaceful work, going back and forth between major and minor. You play this beautifully, now I'm in love with this piece! I will have to teach this to one of my students once they're able to play at this level.

Meditation (Op. 72 no.5) - Ganddalf:
Your playing is so well-done in this, it's such a lush piece! I hear a few parts where I can tell you're not comfortable, but they don't ruin the effect of the piece, I could just sit back and enjoy it. Great work.

Op. 19, No. 4 - Nocturne - Rupak Bhattacharya:
I like your playing at the start of the piece, it has the necessary rubato, and clear melody. I'm sure you felt unprepared, but for those of us who don't know the piece, I really couldn't tell. You fooled me! Musically I think you were very clear. If you felt this bad about it, though, please keep working on it. Perhaps just take your time and work things slowly, unmusically, and get the technical aspects down before adding the musical stuff back in. If you have specific issues, perhaps post a topic about that and we can try to help with more detailed suggestions.
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#2262994 - 04/17/14 09:57 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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OP 39 10 Polka - peterws/pyotr
What a lovely Polka. You play it really playful with a lot of energy and humor. Well done.

German Song - Richard (zrtf90)
Nice modest playing of this German song. Real clean playing with a touch light as a feather, that brings out the melody nicely.

Chanson triste Op 40. No. 2 - Greener / Jeff
Why the sad face? smile You made this recital a success!
Well played with the sadness and the singing voice. fine ending!

Morning Prayer - Richard (zrtf90)
I can see the people walking to the church for their morning service. Good spiritual playing smile

Op 39 14 FolkSong - peterws/pyotr
Love the reverb, it fits this piece really well. Lovely little gem. Thanks.

At Church Op. 39 No 23 - AZ_Astro
I don't think this sounds uneven. I think you did the piece justice. The slowness does not put me of, you play it very movingly. Thanks for sharing.

Impromptu op72 1 - peterws/pyotr
Too bad of the chopped off first note! I like this piece, it's full of energy! I'd think this is a fun piece to play, pretty difficult though. Nice sound from the recording.
I could not spot the joins.

Peasant`s Prelude Op 39 13 - peterws/pyotr
I actually think you played this better then the Impromptu to be honest. The piece is indeed asking something that cannot be answered. Well done. Thanks.
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#2262999 - 04/17/14 10:01 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: peterws]
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Originally Posted By: peterws
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31 Chopinoholic/Paul de Koning 72 14

Wonderful piano, school hellish (takes me back to my primary school, now demolished . . .) head teacher walking past, me trying to hide behind the pillar . . . Enjoyed this very much. There must`ve been a load o` work gone into it. Beautiful, man.

32 Chopinaholic 72 15

Those runs at 1 50 like Chopion wrote them, beautifully played by yourself. I`m not putting this on my list. No Siree! Love your confidence! Heard ya turning the page . . .
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Thanks Pyotr, for your nice words. The "Chant" is indeed a lot of work..... still ahead smile. I love the piece though, it will stick with me probably.
And that darn page, lol. I wanted to print and tape all the different pages together, so I wouldn't need to turn pages. But I never came around doing that.
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#2263024 - 04/17/14 10:58 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: chopinoholic]
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I meant "School Hall-ish" . . . .my schooldays were great. I won all my fights . . . .
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#2263071 - 04/17/14 01:23 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: peterws]
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Next batch:

Gingko2 -Mama: Very nice dynamic control and pacing. This is a peaceful, loving piece and you do a beautiful job with it.

Earlofmar- Dolly is Ill: What a sad little piece. I really like your expression in this presentation. Very nice.

Richard (zrt90) Album Leaf: This piece has such a light feel, like skipping through a spring meadow. I really enjoyed you take on the piece.

Ajames The Dolls Funeral: Poor Dolly. You gave her a very nice memorial. Very nice pacing and dynamics! Truly an axcellent job for nine months experience!

Timmyab Waltz: What a gentle and beautiful Waltz! Beautiful job on the running passages! They stay light and floating. Really nice presentation.

JfMartins Baba Yaga: This one sounds like quite the finger twister! I like the energy that you give it.

MaryBee- Berceuse: I love the rocking accompaniment and the arpeggiated chords. It sets a peaceful mood, interrupted momentarily by some wind and waves. Very beautiful presentation! It sounds like quite the challenge!

Gandalf- Meditation: This piece has such grandeur, and your playing really does it justice. It sounds complex, but it sounds like you were up to the challenge.

Rupal Bhattacharyo Nocturne: This is a truly beautiful piece. I think you did a lovely job with it. Your presentation was very musical. You paced the piece well.

Gandalf - Quintuple Waltz: A 5/4 waltz! How unusual! It still has a classic waltz feel. You do a lovely job of keeping the energy through it, like whirling dancers. Beautiful playing!
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#2263237 - 04/17/14 09:40 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Some more:

15 patH Op. 1 No. 2. Impromptu So much contrast throughout this one, and complexity. Wonderful to hear, although I think most of it went over my head. Begs for repeated listening.

16 Ganddalf Seasons: May Thanks for the great info, now I finally understand the "White Nights" title for this piece. It sounds like plants growing and flowers opening to me. Wonderful playing.

17 Richard (zrtf90) Baba Yaga, Op. 39 I almost picked this one, so I really wanted to hear it played. Your version sounds great.

18 Heather W. Reichgott (hreichgott) The Seasons, Op. 37: 1. January Interesting take by P.T. on January. Beautiful theme, loved the ending. Really enjoyed your playing.

19 Heather W. Reichgott (hreichgott) The Seasons, Op. 37: 1. February Russians going a little stir crazy in the middle of winter? So dynamic, loved listening to this one.

20 Sam S June - Barcarolle - opus 37b/6 Languorous feel, fits with a relaxed summer evening. Very cool job on the ending section. I really enjoyed listening to your version.

21 ginko2 Mama Op. 39 Very sweet piece, you made it sound so flowing and musical. Great job.

22 earlofmar Dolly is Ill, Op. 39 Very tense, you can feel the worry and uncertainty. Good tempo and dynamics, sounded great.

23 Richard (zrtf90) Album Leaf, Op. 19 No. 3 Like the light-hearted feel and spritely tempo.

24 ajames Op. 39 No. 8. The Doll's Funeral There
you go again, bringing down the quality level on another e-cital...

25 timmyab Waltz op. 40 no. 8 Fantastic playing, really enjoyable to listen to this.

26 jfmartins Op. 39 No. 20. The Witch Baba Yaga Great job on this action piece. Very energetic sound.
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#2263254 - 04/17/14 10:18 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Performer peterws/pyotr From N England
Piece Op 39 14 FolkSong
Composer Tchaikovsky

A busy little ditty. I like the way Tchaikovsky spaces the chords in the middle and brings in some order. You kept the pace nicely and captured the spirit of the piece perfectly, I think. Kept you on your toes, indeed! And only 38 seconds long. I bet it felt longer!

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Performer AZ_Astro
Piece At Church Op. 39 No 23
Composer Tchaikovsky

This was my contribution, recorded on my Kawai KG-5. I was able to play this once on a 9’ Concert D Steinway at the local Steinway Dealer and this simple piece really came to life! A thoughtful and graceful work by Tchaikovsky.

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Performer peterws/pyotr
From N england
Piece Impromptu op72 1
Composer Tchaikovsky

An intellectual piece. The A section is jaunty and haunting. Tchaikovsky gives us no rest there. So when the B section arrives, I was more than ready to relieve some tension. Love the phrases that begin in the bass about 30 seconds from the end. Very challenging piece! “…I fell in love with the enigmatic face of the beautiful pianist.” Sigh. We need to see her.

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Performer peterws/pyotr
From N England
Piece Peasant`s Prelude Op 39 13
Composer Can`t Remember

I really liked the melody but then Tchaikovsky didn’t develop it further. I thought this piece called for a B section. Did it feel repetitive to you? Thoughtfully played. More vodka, I think [Tchaikovsky, not you]! Nice work.


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Performer patH (Patrick Hollstein)
From Germany
Piece Op. 1 No. 2. Impromptu
Composer P.I.Tchaikovsky

I’m having some trouble getting my head around this piece. Very chaotic and - impromptu indeed. Then, thankfully, the transition and interlude arrive with some relief. What a challenging piece. I’m impressed that you would select this piece to play; it certainly reflects a maturity in playing and in musicality. Anyway, congrats on tackling this one. A worthy contribution.

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Performer Ganddalf
From Norway
Piece Seasons: May
Composer Tchaikovsky

Listening, I can see a snowy landscape through a frosty window. It’s still cold outside. But there is drama and the world is out there, dynamic and awesome. The piece captures the mood elegantly. I am drawn in by the music, and am not even thinking about your playing here. Well done.

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Performer Richard (zrtf90)
From Ireland
Piece Baba Yaga
Composer Tchaikovsky

A delightful, strange, and most unusual work. You dug deeply into it. It does sound tricky! But I thought you played admirably and gave it a very genuine and honest interpretation. Another one minute wonder by Tchaikovsky.

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Performer Heather W. Reichgott (hreichgott)
From western MA, USA
Piece The Seasons, Op. 37: 1. January
Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky surprises with this piece, doesn’t he? I didn’t expect certain chords, or notes, here and there. A glorious transition around 1:30. I liked the overall mood and color of this piece. You captured many of the complexities and I quite enjoyed it.

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Performer Heather W. Reichgott (hreichgott)
From western MA, USA
Piece The Seasons, Op. 37: 2. February
Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Moving on to February, are we? Tchaikovsky seems to hit his stride with this piece and it sounds orchestral in its voicing and presentation. Complex and mature. Difficult to pull off on the piano, I’d guess! But you succeed, I think, on many levels. The Steinway works here. Great job.

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Performer Sam S
From Georgia, USA
Piece June - Barcarolle - opus 37b/6
Composer Tchaikovsky

Beautiful mood music from the very beginning. I loved the melody, the phrasing, and the pace and it was very easy to ignore the little mistakes because you play through them expertly. I am becoming a big fan of “Russian” music. I don’t exactly know what I mean by that yet but I know it when I hear it! I do know that emotions run deep to the core, as they do in this piece. The Bechstein adds a plaintive voice to the overall music that I quite enjoy. I can see playing this one late at night! Superb interpretation and a lot of fun to listen to. Thanks!

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#2263314 - 04/18/14 02:07 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: AZ_Astro]
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Here she is Astro . . .AND the music! Enjoy . . .

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#2263354 - 04/18/14 05:02 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Great recital - very enjoyable. I must confess to not being too knowledgeable about Tchaikovsky's music for the piano and this was a very inspirational recital. Well done everyone who played.

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#2263435 - 04/18/14 09:43 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Next set:
Op. 1 No. 2. Impromptu - patH (Patrick Hollstein)
Love the piece. Want to learn it too now. My list lengthens.
The middle section is stoically played, until the anger slowly comes back in the reprise of the main theme.

Seasons: May - Ganddalf
Well played Ganddalf. Love the modesty put in the piece. Thanks for sharing.

Baba Yaga - Richard (zrtf90)
Sounds like a which on the prawl smile. Nice piece!

The Seasons, Op. 37: 1. January - Heather W. Reichgott (hreichgott)
What a beautiful piece. Listened to it a couple of times with the sheet music in front of me. The arpeggios in the middle section are well played with lots of dynamics. That last e is a bit out of tune though laugh.
I love this. Thank you for joining the recital.

The Seasons, Op. 37: 2. February - Heather W. Reichgott
Well played. Same goes for this piece as I said for January. But I like January more smile

June - Barcarolle - opus 37b/6 - Sam S
Looks like a tricky piece. I think you played the cantabile convincing. Thanks for sharing.

Mama - gingko2
The sound was indeed pretty soft, but no matter because I turned up the volume. smile You can use audacity to crank up the volume of an mp3 file. Just hit effects -> amplify ->"ok" and the magic happens.
Lovely piece and you played it really sensitive. A perfect gift for all the mamas out there.

Dolly Is Ill - earlofmar
Omg the sadness! Well done. Poor Dolly.
Only thing I want to say though is that some of the notes are not all held long enough (for the whole measure). That's a bit picky maybe, but it may add to the already good sounding of the piece.
Thanks for sharing!
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#2263471 - 04/18/14 11:08 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: peterws]
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Originally Posted By: peterws
Here she is Astro . . .AND the music! Enjoy . . .



Ha! Ah, yes. I see the inspiration now. And I heard a lot of your piece in hers. Thanks!
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#2263489 - 04/18/14 11:47 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: PhilzPiano]
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Originally Posted By: PhilzPiano
Great recital - very enjoyable. I must confess to not being too knowledgeable about Tchaikovsky's music for the piano and this was a very inspirational recital. Well done everyone who played.


Before this recital, I didn't even know that Tchaikovsky wrote for the piano! So it was certainly an exploration for me.
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#2263511 - 04/18/14 12:31 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Performer gingko2
From Central Massachusetts
Piece Mama

The mp3 recording volume seemed fine. Almost a lullaby, isn’t it? This is a very thoughtful piece with some subtle contrasts that you bring out nicely. A mature rendition. You did a fine job in voicing and pacing. Super!

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Performer earlofmar
From Australia
Piece Dolly Is Ill

Very nice! These slow ones look so easy on paper, don’t they? And after you’ve been playing them awhile, the phrasing and dynamics take on a life of their own. I feel like I fought a similar battle with my piece as you did with this. But the glory and drama of this poor sick doll was clearly evident in your playing. Very impressive for 15 months, I’d say! And I thought the Vintage D was outstanding. Well, well done.

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Performer Richard (zrtf90)
From Ireland
Piece Album Leaf, Op. 19 No. 3

What an elegant lilting melody. Uplifting. Discerning. Easy to fall in love with this piece. There are a lot of contrasts and sub-plots. You did a great job with the nuances and I thought your playing was sensitive and steady. Hmmm, yes, I can hear some of the busy-ness of Bach. Great choice and superlative effort.

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Performer ajames
From United States
Piece Op. 39 No. 8. The Doll's Funeral

I can’t help it. I have to sing along with this piece. Doleful. Sorrowful. Nice pacing. I hate it when a funeral march has a catchy melody –makes me want to learn it! I’m sorry about the doll but you did a great job honoring her. I learned a lot with my piece, and I bet you learned a lot with this one.

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Performer timmyab
From UK
Piece Waltz op. 40 no. 8

It’s lovely! I doubt you struggled with it other than trying to bring it up to speed? You seemed to have little technical difficulty with it and the pacing was just right. Really, I think it’s delightful and a fine effort on your part. Very competent work of musicianship. Tchaikovsky surprises me again.

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Performer jfmartins
Piece Op. 39 No. 20. The Witch Baba Yaga

That witch is back again? The little sneak! She seems even more brazen this time and, maybe even a little dainty. I wonder what spells she is capable of? Very enthusiastic and mature rendition. A super job and very easy to appreciate and enjoy.

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Performer MaryBee
From Cleveland, OH
Piece Berceuse, Op. 72, No. 2

Oh my, what a nice piece. I love how it begins. So moving and evocative. I think your Charles Walter acoustic plays a nice supporting role here, giving the piece an added dimension. I love the chord adaptations of the main melody. Nice arpegiated chords in the middle; they sound tough to pull off! They have a nice airy effect. I haven’t heard any other recordings of this before so your tempo sounds just right! You’re right – it’s beautiful. Very sensitive interpretation. Delightful! Thanks! Need to add this to my “to learn” list!

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Performer Ganddalf
From Norway
Piece Meditation (Op. 72 no.5)

The word that comes to mind when I hear this for the first time is: “sophisticated.” Sounds like a bear to memorize, yet playable from the score? (Not me of course, still a junior sight reader here!) Ganddalf, of course, is no beginner and the playing highlights a mature piano background. Thanks for taking on the challenge and bringing it to us to hear. Tough trill! A supreme effort and very thoughtful.

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Performer Rupak Bhattacharya
From India
Piece Op. 19, No. 4 - Nocturne

This is the first time I’ve heard this piece, and I am not feeling any of your concerns. I hear a confident rendition of a most compelling and beautiful work. Two years!? Gahh – you’re amazing! Great timing and nice sensitivity. It surprising that you would choose this thoughtful piece. How did you stumble upon it? Thanks for polishing it up for us. And another successful Vintage D recording! Keep up the outstanding work. I think you’re headed for a wonderful journey with the piano.

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Performer Ganddalf
From Norway
Piece Quintuple waltz (op.72 no.16)

Hmmm, a pentagonal waltz. Works for me, I guess. (If you were dancing, it would be a five-step instead of a three-step?). The melody sounds quirky but how much of that is because we’re not used to this meter? I’m going to have to listen to this one a few times! Great job with this challenging piece.


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#2263579 - 04/18/14 02:49 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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This is enjoyable. Here's a couple of comments to start with:

1. SwissMS/Doris - Song of the Lark I like the care and thoughtfulness with which you play - so unlike me laugh The result is such musicality and gracefulness - very nice.

2. sinophilia (Diana)- Italian Song Another one with great care and preciseness. This tune just trips along - fun.

3. Andy Platt - Autumn Song A lovely start, and it follows thru the piece. Wonderful for listening, especially calming on this day that I'm working for a difficult client :\

7. peterws/pyotr - Polka I used to go to the Wild Asparagus Ball, a costume party, with music by the Mostly Strauss Orchestra. This would have fit right in with their polkas. Lively and delicate. Not like the polkas in ski boots at the Rathskeller laugh

8. Richard (zrtf90) - German Song This sometimes had a mazurka feel, at the beginning, or a menuet feel, the second part. At any rate it made me imagine dancing, which is the highest compliment I can give. I liked it a lot.

I'll listen to more as I go along today, trying to deal with this trying time laugh

Cathy
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#2263695 - 04/18/14 06:00 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Performer Paul de Koning (chopinoholic)
From The Netherlands
Piece Chant elegiaque Opus 72 No.14

It seems like there should be a story that goes along with this one. There is an extravagance to it. One thing is for sure – you put a lot of work into it! It seems to be in a fairly simple AABA format and I liked the B section. Very sweet ending. Nice!

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Performer Paul de Koning (chopinoholic)
From The Netherlands
Piece Un poco di Chopin Opus 72 No.15

This piece has some character to it. Very interesting choice of yours. The song has a flowing and melodic character that you handle easily. Some nice phrasing in the middle! I thought you did a great job interpreting the piece and bringing it off as a performance. Great job!

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Performer jamie_vt
From United Kingdom
Piece Op. 39 No. 5. The Toy Soldiers' March


It sounds like you had a lot of fun with this piece. There were some parts that you played with great confidence and they really spoke nicely. A fine effort!

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Performer Morodiene
Piece Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 1: Ruins de Chateau

The brooding bass chords, perfectly timed, drew me in immediately and I couldn’t leave after that. The piece really speaks musically. I love the chords at 1:00 and the slow crescendo just kind of creeps up on you. Great dynamics. The Petrof shines! Tchaikovsky’s work is a gem, and I thought you took full advantage. The pause at 3:45 is very effective. What a powerful movement! Stellar!

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Performer Morodiene
Piece Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 3 Chants sans parole

This one sings from the start and provides some nice closure to the 1st and 2nd movements. A pleasing performance. Thank you for taking these on and bringing some elegant playing to the recital.

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Performer Morodiene
Piece Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 2: Scherzo

Okay, on to the scherzo. After the drama of the first movement, something light-hearted is needed! Yet it’s still a technically advanced piece, and seems to tell a story too.
Whew – I’ve listened to the scherzo twice now and it has enough complexity to it that I’m not sure how I feel about it! It’s no little joke, that’s for sure. But it is a light-hearted story with a happy ending. Challenging! Great job.

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Performer MrPozor
From France
Piece Mazurka
I didn’t mind the splices, they were hardly noticeable. This piece caught my attention at the start so I was happy to see someone pick it up. It does sound challenging. Yet moody and fun. You did a good job catching the character of the piece. A solid effort!

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Performer carlos88
From Colorado
Piece Opus 37, No. 12 December: Christmas

You play with a joyful abandon and the piece moves along briskly. It’s an elegant interpretation. It’s pleasant to listen to and a welcome addition to your repertoire, I hope! I heard Oreo at 2:22 and thought it was my cat outside my window where she likes to perch. Had to go look! Enjoyed the waltz.

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Performer ClsscLib
From Northern Virginia, USA
Piece The New Doll Op 39 no 6

What an odd little piece. Interesting syncopation and clever. Probably a lot of work for 49 seconds. But you carried it off nicely and I enjoyed listening to it. Great job!
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#2263781 - 04/18/14 08:39 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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And a few more:

9. Greener/Jeff - Chanson Triste You definitely got that Russian feeling right off the bat. Very nice. I liked the way you brought out the bass line, which has a nice melodic feel of its own several times.

12. AZ-Astro - At Church Very much "at church" - for a minute I thought it was Bach. Played with the reverent feel it needs. The pedal tone in the bass was really well-controlled.

20. Sam S - Barcarolle You're right, a sad sound. And if I'd been playing that tricky rhythm with the off beats in the RH it would have been even sadder. Well done. Cool rolling chords and fade out at the end.

22. earlofmar - Dolly is Ill I could see the frown on the child's face about poor Dolly. Played evocatively.

27. MaryBee - Berceuse The quietness of it was entrancing. A perfect way to wind up my work day and transition from exasperation to relaxation.

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#2263848 - 04/18/14 09:55 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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PikaPianist, the waltz in F# is wonderful. Such panache. I've listened a few times smile

Thanks everyone for the kind comments on my Seasons recordings. I had learned some of the other months previously but used this recital as a worthy excuse to pick up Jan and Feb. I think January is musically my favorite of the ones I've played, mix of "warm" and "cold" sections. February is indeed not easy but oddly it's the slower section that I found more difficult to get under my fingers.
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#2263978 - 04/19/14 08:58 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Quintuple waltz (op.72 no.16) - Ganddalf:
I have no idea if Tchai intended any dancers to try this, but the quirky 5/4 time is interesting - I'd think that 3rd "beat" would have to be a quick one! You did a fine job in bringing out the melody very clearly throughout. Maybe work with some contrast in the accompaniment so that it really stays in the background rather than interrupting the melody. Sounded like a tricky little piece, but you handled it well!

Chant elegiaque Opus 72 No.14 - Paul de Koning (chopinoholic):
I love the sonority of your Pleyel - so rich! It does these rich low chords justice. The passion that you play with certainly gives it the forward drive in that middle section, very nice! You give it a very "elegaic" quality. The ending is very orchestral/concerto-like, now I know why you chose this.

Un poco di Chopin Opus 72 No.15 - Paul de Koning (chopinoholic):
Having only recently attempted my first Mazurkas, I can relate to the difficulty of playing these. There is actually a Mazurka in the theme and variations movement of the Tchai trio I'm working on, so he must have had some affinity to this little dance. So do you, it seems. Beautiful playing of the chromatic fast notes - I cannot believe this is after 3 months of lesson following a 17 year hiatus! Great playing.

Op. 39 No. 5. The Toy Soldiers' March - jamie_vt:
I appreciate your attention to the articulations - very crisp staccato just as one would imagine a toy soldier to be. Nicely done!

Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2:
I'm glad I was exposed to this piece. I've learned a lot about a composer that was sorely neglected in my studies in favor of more common ones. I always considered him more of an orchestral composer (despite the famous piano concerto). Now I have an appreciation for what he contributed to the solo piano repertoire, and so much more to discover after hearing all of these submissions!

Mazurka - MrPozor:
Another Mazurka! You give this a real dance-like quality, with that leap one beat one and landing for beat 2. I don't even know what a Mazurka looks like, but that it how it sounds from your playing. Well done!

Opus 37, No. 12 December: Christmas - carlos88:
Well, we all know how Tchai felt about Christmastime from his Nutcracker quite, and this piece for the month of December to me sounds like the excitement coming up to opening the gifts and discovering the Nutcracker under the tree. Masterful playing of this waltz-like piece. Haha, I heard Oreo and thought it was one of my cats or one outside! Of course, she had to make her debut at the quiet moment. Much better to be showcased as is her due.

The New Doll Op 39 no 6 - ClsscLib:
Ah, the prequel to Doll is ill and Doll's Funeral. We get to hear her when she's brand new and not all banged up from little Sally's relentless abuse of her. It sounds like a very joyous occasion. You played this little piece very well in spite of the "red dot".

As for the recording, some suggestions: it sounded as though the unit was too close to the piano. Was it on it? If so, you may want to set it on a nearby table. Also, play around the with recording volume. It's better to record low and adjust the volume higher on Audacity after the fact. With a few minor tweaks like this, you'll find what works and then next time it will be a snap to set up.
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#2264034 - 04/19/14 11:02 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Morodiene]
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Chopinoholic Chant elegiaque Opus 72 No.14: This piece has a sense of grandeur. I really like your expression in the middle section! There is so much going on there, it would be easy for it to lose direction, but you do a beautiful job with it. Love those arpeggios, especially the huge one near the end. Wonderful playing!

Chopinoholic Un poco di Chopin: This is very much Mazurka like. I like the spicy feeling that you give it. Those are some impressive runs!

Jamie_vt The Toy Soldier: I like your nice crisp playing, with a sense of playfulness. Sounds like a fun piece!

Morodiene Souvenir de Hapsal op 2 1: This is to a vacation spot? It opens with a brooding feeling, and then abruptly changes mood to joyfulness in the middle only to brood again. You present this beautifully in your playing. It took me through the contrasting emotions. Very nice!

Morodiene Souvenir de Hapsal op 2 3. This one sings with feeling, and makes a nice closure to the other two pieces. It sounds like quite the undertaking to do all three of these. Truly a beautiful performance!

Morodiene Souvenir de Hapsal op 2 2. This contrasts dramatically with the first piece. It reminds of riders on the hunt after the fox. It has a sense of elegance. Gorgeous playing.

MrPozor Mazurka: This one has a definite Russian character to it. Nice accenting on the up and down slurs! I can see the leaping dancers! I am impressed by your description of the recording process. It sounds pretty seamless!

Carlos88 December: Very nice playing of this festive piece. It has a sense of excitement of the season with upcoming parties and fellowship. It sound like quite a challenge, and you did a beautiful job with it.

ClsscLib The New Doll: This sounds like such a happy piece, to be followed by Sick and Funeral. It is good to know that Doll was once a happy girl. You played this joyous little piece very well!
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#2264044 - 04/19/14 11:26 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Sorry for the dumb Q-- I'm new to recording - but what is Audacity and what does it do for us in recordings? I hope it's intuitive. I find neither piano nor software to be very forgiving to the elderly mind (mine, anyway).

Morodiene, I did have the Edirol recorder resting on the piano and loaded the file to iTunes and from there sent it to Greener. No tweaking. Besides having no knowledge of how to do it, I was out of time.

Many thanks for the encouraging comments! Looking forward to trying this again.


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#2264080 - 04/19/14 01:05 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Thanks for the comments!
Morodiene, I actually had only one lesson 3 months ago. Will have my next coming Friday. In those 17 years I kept on playing, but it was basically always the same stuff I've already played all those years ago. No new pieces.
Since I bought the Pleyel almost a year ago, the fire started to burn again. So I thought let's do a really hard piece and see what becomes of it. It is actually ridiculous that I started learning again with such a hard piece, but it's not going that bad actually. Maybe something for the quarterly recital?
Now I have so much fun playing with you guys, learning new repertoire, hearing others play, and having (hopefully a bit more frequent) lessons. I feel great!
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#2264081 - 04/19/14 01:05 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Here's my morning visitation to the recital room:

33. jamie_vt - Toy Soldiers March This was great! The accents gave just the right air of toy soldiers on parade. Well done.

34. Morodiene - Ruins de Chateau Wow! The contrast between the quiet and the bombast was startling! But I liked this piece, and loved the way you played it. The final quiet chord was perfect.

38. carlos88 -Christmas This was a perfect Christmas waltz - gas lights, candy canes, children watching from the stairs. Very nice.

39. ClsscLib - The New Doll I guess the new doll was a dancer. Perhaps the doll and the human pirouetted together. I liked the tempo on this - lively, but not frantic, always under control. And congratulations on your first recording.

Cathy
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#2264085 - 04/19/14 01:13 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Just stopped by to congratulate everyone on another fabulous PW recital. I've been super busy lately but I'm listening when I get the chance.

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#2264133 - 04/19/14 03:38 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Op. 37 March - Song of the Lark (SwissMS/Doris) - You've kept the grace notes light and easy, nicely evoking the image of a bird singing.

Op. 39 no. 15 - Italian Song (sinophilia) - This is one of the few Tchaikovsky piano piece that I knew of before this recital, so it was fun to hear it again. You give it a playful feeling.

Op. 37 No. 10 October: Autumn Song (Andy Platt) - I can tell you love this piece; I think it is one of your strongest recital performances yet. So expressive, and such lovely phrasing!

Romance Op.5 (Ganddalf) - What a beautiful piece, and your playing is lovely. The mood change in the middle section was surprising and amusing.

Old French Song. Op 39 No 16. (Recaredo) - You play this so smoothly and fluently. I like the left hand harmony in this piece, so I appreciate that you give it just the right balance between the hands.

Valse in F# minor, Op. 40 No. 9 (PikaPianist) - This is the first time I've heard this piece, and I love it! Great ending. Now I have to go listen to a slow version to see how it compares to your interpretation.

OP 39 10 Polka (peterws) - LOL. That video was pretty funky, with your hands changing colors. It fits the music - very fun.

German Song (zrtf90) - So charming!

Chanson triste Op 40. No. 2 (Greener) - I enjoyed your playing. You convey the melancholy tone very well, yet don't let it sink too deep. Thank you for being our host for this recital! I truly appreciate the opportunity to get to know another composer.

Morning Song (zrtf90) - So nicely played. I hear a lot of hope in this piece.

Op 39 14 FolkSong (peterws) - Very nice! I really like the change in dynamics on the repeated phrases -- it adds a lot of interest.
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#2264449 - 04/20/14 01:56 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: ClsscLib]
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Originally Posted By: ClsscLib
Sorry for the dumb Q-- I'm new to recording - but what is Audacity and what does it do for us in recordings? I hope it's intuitive. I find neither piano nor software to be very forgiving to the elderly mind (mine, anyway).

Morodiene, I did have the Edirol recorder resting on the piano and loaded the file to iTunes and from there sent it to Greener. No tweaking. Besides having no knowledge of how to do it, I was out of time.

Many thanks for the encouraging comments! Looking forward to trying this again.


Hi ClsscLib, You can download Audacity here. It's a program with which you edit recordings ( mp3, wav, etc.). You can amplify recordings you made, cut out pieces (like trimming the beginning and end), and lots of other stuff.
It is quite easy to use.
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#2264526 - 04/20/14 10:58 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Happy Easter!

It is difficult for me to explain how much fun I have had contributing to the organization of this recital.

Of course I know I have a propensity to overdo things. Did you like the signature?

Thank you Chris (Whizbang) for this fabulous flare idea.

I actually thought I did a good job of controlling myself for this recital. I had bigger plans … believe me smile .

Thank you all for listening and a special thanks to those providing comments and feedback on my submission. Your kind comments and encouragement, make me want to play better.

What a group of class acts brought together for this recital. Even the stapled and stitched presentations didn't notice on the front end. Rather, a constant steady improvement every time I hear you. And great to see the new folks. I hope to see you in many more to come. Really great job everyone.

For this recital I've decided to comment on all the odd # submissions. I was in the February Quarterly recital, the Joplin, this one of course and will be in the May recital. I can not offer much in the way of constructive critique, accept in a general sense but I have very much enjoyed listening to ALL submissions and congratulations on these fine performances. If I miss you on this round, please do not feel neglected. There is a 50% chance I will get you next time smile.

1) SwissMS/Doris
Thanks for jumping right up on stage with this show opener, Doris. Nicely played. Your enjoyment of this piece shows. It seems to me now, after knowing a bit more about the man, that Tchaikovsky did not lead a particularly happy life. Knowing this, sets me up emotionally for performance. Your performance here brings out the feel I would be striving to achieve. Great job.

3) Andy Platt
This is very good Andy. A beautiful piece indeed that I was not familiar with. I can see why you like it so much. You've taken great care in shaping this. Around the 2:15 and 3:00 marks are just gorgeous. Excellent.

5) Recaredo / Ricardo
Nice choice with this one. Yes, I very much enjoyed listening. My only suggest would be to dig in to those low base notes a bit more. But that is just since I got mention of this last time and am more sensitive to it. Otherwise, good to go. Nice job.

7) peterws/pyotr
You must be an incredibly good reader to take on this many pieces for one recital. At one point as submissions were coming in, I believe you, Richard and Ganddalf made up nearly half the roster. I wish I could come close to this pace of learning new pieces … working on that. Really fine playing and nice choice with this very cute piece.

9) Greener / Jeff
Clean up the bridge and clean up the close (to the score and solid chords.) Otherwise, good to go.

11) peterws/pyotr

Oh my, it is Peter again. This has the same feel as the last one. Light bouncy and happy is what I get from this. Love the brief hesitation on the close. Really good.

13) peterws/pyotr
Can see that this one may beg a little bit more work, but we know it is in the bag with a bit more time. I think it will be worth it. Its a great piece and not far off.

15) patH (Patrick Hollstein)
Wow, is your left hand recovered? A lot going on with the left hand in this, it seems to me. Clearly among the more challenging works to choose. Commendable job you've done here and excellent playing, Pat. Thank you for sharing.

17) Richard (zrtf90)
I would have to say “Morning Prayer” was my favorite among all of your entries here, Richard. All of them though, played with precision and care that shines through. A very cute choice with this one. Similar to a comment I made earlier ... I long to be able read at performance tempo. I'm very motivated to keep working on it, from results like this. Fine playing.

19) Heather W. Reichgott (hreichgott)
Before even looking at your profile, the opening bar tells me we are dealing with a seasoned performer with this, Heather. This was a lot of work I bet. Clearly not insurmountable for you. For listening, my preference was toward the 1st movement over the 2nd. But, that is my beef for Pyotr. Fine playing and excellent job.

21) gingko2
Beautiful piece this is. As you mention, I think the discipline of preparing for and recording for these recitals, is the greatest thing since sliced bread for improving. This is very pleasant listen. Great job.

More to come …
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#2264866 - 04/21/14 08:22 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Thank you very much Paul, Morodiene, Doris, Ajames, Sam, Pyotr, AZ Astro, May Bee and Jeff for your kind comments. They all are extremely appreciated.

I also wanted to thank all my mates in this recital, for making it possible. Three years ago I wouldn’t have believed that I could participate in a Tchaikovsky recital among such talented pianists. Once more I’m very impressed by the high level of this community, speaking of both technique and musicality. Taking part in these work teams is very inspirational to me, and encourages me to keep on practising.

My best wishes to you all.
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#2264939 - 04/21/14 12:11 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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I was away all last week so I'm just starting to listen. Such a wonderful theme!

SwissMS/Doris: Op. 37 March - Song of the Lark What a beautiful start to the recital. I really enjoyed the voicing in this, passing between the hands and the way the accompaniment was present but always quieter. Although the dynamic range is (correctly) limited, you make use of the range really well. Beautiful.

sinophilia (Diana): Op. 39 no. 15 - Italian Song It was over before I could start collecting my thoughts! I loved this, very jaunty, great moody, nice phrasing. Repeat it four times next time wink

Andy Platt: Op. 37 No. 10 October: Autumn Song I like my performance. My teacher says I'm my own worst critic but, in this case, she is more critical! This is what (roughly) she had to say: "It is very nice! Good job!! However your piano is a bit too bright! Maybe the recording from (here she names someone from the studio who hosted a workshop for us) would have been better. I think I liked it a bit more. Your piano doesn't give you justice concerning the phrasing. Also--your tempo was a bit too....free Don't forget we only need one tempo"

Ganddalf: Romance Op.5 You have a wonderful way of making a performance sound so natural, so perfect, it's incredible. I loved the subtle interaction between the hands - the phrasing was nicely done and the melody always clear. Great control of dynamics and tempo, particularly in the transition in the middle of the piece.

Recaredo / Ricardo: Old French Song. Op 39 No 16. There is a great sense of melancholy to this piece, it is very nicely phrased. These short pieces have so much in them and you brought that out very well!
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#2265169 - 04/22/14 03:10 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Op. 37 March - Song of the Lark: SwissMS/Doris

Beautiful piece! I was a bit surprised by the sad mood of it because in our tradition the lark is a symbol of joy. I appreciate your sensitive and nuanced playing. The contrast between staccato and legato was great. And I couldn’t hear that you had any problems with the rhythm.

Op. 39 no. 15 - Italian Song: sinophilia (Diana)

What a fun and enjoyable piece to listen to! You play with humor and elegance and manage to make it sound “Italian”. I’m no expert when comes to technique, but looking at the video I get the impression that you have a very efficient way of playing. I can see no unnecessary movements or waste of energy at all. You are definitely capable of greater challenges.

Op. 37 No. 10 October: Autumn Song: Andy Platt

This piece appears in one album of Tchaikovsky piece of mine. And, yes, I have played through it. But I didn’t realize what a beautiful piece it is before I listened to your performance. I love the delicacy in your playing as well as the dynamics. I also was the owner of a Kawai K3 some years ago, but I never was able to make it sound as beautifully as you do. I’m really impressed.

Old French Song. Op 39 No 16. : Recaredo / Ricardo

Such a beautiful, sad melody! I really enjoyed listening to your performance. You managed to bring out both the “soprano” melodic line as well as the melodies of the accompaniment. Thanks for sharing!

Valse in F# minor, Op. 40 No. 9: PikaPianist

Another example of a great composition completely unknown to me! You performance of this valse-scherzo sounds flawless. Such an agility and elegance of your playing! Clearly your choice of tempo and character (as you say – detached and agitated) suits the piece very well. Just superb!

OP 39 10 Polka: peterws/pyotr

Very charming piece and very convincingly played. You play with great lightness and elegance and I assume that you have given the piece the character intended by the composer. I enjoyed your performance very much.

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#2265175 - 04/22/14 04:37 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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German Song: Richard (zrtf90)

You absolutely succeeded in giving this charming piece the right character. Your performance brings forth images of people enjoying themselves and a brass band playing. Maybe a festival like the “Oktoberfest”? It was very enjoyable listening to it.

Chanson triste Op 40. No. 2: Greener / Jeff


So characteristic a Tchaikovsky piece! I love the beautiful harmonies you bring out with your Heintzman and your rendition of the melodic line. The coda makes me think about a motive in the 7th symphony of Prokofieff who clearly was inspired by Tchaikovsky’s works. I think your interpretation was great.

Morning Prayer: Richard (zrtf90)

This short piece is full of beautiful harmonies, and I can hear from your performance how fond you are of the music. You definitely succeeded in saying what you wanted through your playing. I really like this piece.

Op 39 14 FolkSong: peterws/pyotr

Very effective short composition with lots of folkloristic character! It was very enjoyable to listen to your performance. Particularly I liked the rhythmic finesse and the clear way you made it out.

At Church Op. 39 No 23: AZ_Astro

The harmonies and melodies of this piece make me think about music (always vocal) I have heard in Russian churches. You have captured the right mood and play with the expression and dynamics needed for this piece.

Impromptu op 72 1: peterws/pyotr

The pieces of Op.72 are all technically demanding (I realized this myself – a bit too late, perhaps). The impromptu is so very typical Tchaikovsky, and I think you did a really good job with it. I can’t spot any joints but really enjoyed listening. Particularly I liked the middle part. Very beautiful music!

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#2265205 - 04/22/14 08:00 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Next!

Album Leaf, Op. 19 No. 3 - Richard (zrtf90)
Well played. You hold the beat nicely throughout the piece. It's a really nice piece to play, I'd guess. Very timid atmosphere.

Op. 39 No. 8. The Doll's Funeral - ajames
I like the buildup to the sforzando in the middle and you play the left triad's not to heavy. Well done!

Waltz op. 40 no. 8 - timmyab
Lovely light touch. Which is needed for this piece. Love the "voorslag" (don't know the English word for it. The little notes I mean) notes you played. And the "odd" syncopation in the middle section you played very nice.
Did I say you have a nice touch?

Op. 39 No. 20. The Witch Baba Yaga - jfmartins
Nice to hear the witch again. Thanks for the cheerful witch which is laughing her pants off. smile

Berceuse, Op. 72, No. 2 - MaryBee
Gorgeous piece. I want to learn this too, to play for my daughters.
You played the 3 against 2 section lovely. It sounds like an echo. Thanks for choosing this piece!

Meditation (Op. 72 no.5) - Ganddalf
I think the biggest surprise of this recitel is (to me anyway) the entire opus 72. All pieces are so nice! I might start with op.72 no.1 and work my way through the book. There's a lot that can be learned.
This piece sounds daunting. It needs to be played with confidence and I think you did a really good job. The multiple voices are brought to attention without forcing them. Thanks for sharing.

Op. 19, No. 4 - Nocturne - Rupak Bhattacharya
First of all. The comments you made are not necessary at all. Never apologize for your playing again. I think you did a great job with this hard piece. The rubato in the beginning sounded really natural which is pretty hard to accomplish IMO.
For two years self teaching, you can be proud of yourself. Don't forget that! (preaching mode off)
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#2265215 - 04/22/14 08:23 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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PikaPianist: Valse in F# minor, Op. 40 No. 9 A wonderful performance of this very Chopinesque piece. I think your tempo choice was great - since you were in very good control. There is lovely phrasing and some subtle, but pointed rubato. I loved the transition to the middle section. A great change of mood.

peterws/pyotr: OP 39 10 Polka I think you've really captured the feel of this Polka extremely well. It positively drips with energy and vitality, nice phrasing and good control.

Richard (zrtf90): German Song A little miniature, delightfully played.

Greener / Jeff: Chanson triste Op 40. No. 2 A sad, but hopeful song perhaps - at least, that's the feeling you bring to the piece. You phrase the melody very nicely, particularly at the end of the sections. Very nice but watch the recording level because it clipped a teeny bit.

Richard (zrtf90): Morning Prayer Like some others, when this piece became available again I toyed with taking it on. Never did anything more than read it through but you show there are great depths to this very simple piece. Beautiful, nice tempo, great phrasing and a wonderful finish!
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#2265256 - 04/22/14 10:54 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Final set!
Quintuple waltz (op.72 no.16) - Ganddalf
I enjoyed this very much. Odd meter for a waltz indeed, but after a while you get used to it. I think you played the middle voice clear. It did not sound that you were struggling with it.

Chant elegiaque Opus 72 No.14 - Paul de Koning (chopinoholic)
When I hear this again after a while, I exactly know what I need to improve. The tempo needs to be faster and the arpeggios need more practice to maintain that tempo. And I need to memorize it. So still a lot of work to do.

Un poco di Chopin Opus 72 No.15 - Paul de Koning (chopinoholic)
Same goes for this piece. Need to memorize it (no odd pauses during the page turns D)). And need to ease on the accents here and there. Will keep working on it smile.

Op. 39 No. 5. The Toy Soldiers' March - jamie_vt
Another delicate piece from the opus 39. Nice marching tempo and very playful. Thanks!

Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 1: Ruins de Chateau - Morodiene
Wow, amazing composure. I love the start, a marchlike walk through the ruins, taking your time, thinking over all the worries back home. Good to hear that middle voice played so well.
The middle section was really virtuoso played. I think you balanced the moods really well. This was lots of work I can imagine.
On to part 2.

BTW, here's the music on IMSLP.
http://javanese.imslp.info/files/imglnks...r_de_Hapsal.pdf

Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 2: Scherzo - Morodiene
I did enjoy this, allthough it was pieced together as you say. Shame that you have to let it go though. I think you have something going here. Loved the middle octave voicing a lot. If it is played a bit faster, I think the melody would come out even better.

Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 3 Chants sans parole - Morodiene
On the IMSLP score the title is "Chant sans paroles". Not sure which one is right. Chants or Chant.
I especially liked the question-answer part in this piece, somewhere in the middle. I don't know any Mendelssohn (pardon for that) So I cannot make any comparisons. If he made music like this, then I'll surely check it out.
Thanks for sharing the whole set of opus 2! I liked the first one best. Did you work on that the most?

Mazurka - MrPozor
Great effort to play a mazurka. I think this little dance is pretty tough. Good thing you recorded the piece, despite your doubts. thanks for sharing!

Opus 37, No. 12 December: Christmas - carlos88
Looks like Tchai had some talents. Nice Waltz. Well played.

The New Doll Op 39 no 6 - ClsscLib
Good that you made it in time! This piece was still missing from the "Doll" set. It made it complete.
The recording was a bit loud, but I saw you put it on the piano? It was a decent recording nevertheless. Thanks!
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#2265257 - 04/22/14 11:05 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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peterws/pyotr: Op 39 14 FolkSong I really love the phrasing of the melody with the staccato accompaniment, lovely job on this miniature.

AZ_Astro: At Church Op. 39 No 23 I think you are being too self-critical, you really bring a lovely sense of space to this piece. The performance suits the title beautifully - nice phrasing, good dynamic range and just wonderful "breathing."

peterws/pyotr: Impromptu op72 1 This Impromptu seems very tricky and I think you did a great job, cuts and all. Perhaps if you had got a teeny bit slower it would have been better controlled but I know how difficult that can be when you know what tempo a piece "should" be! There was ovely phrasing of the melody and a good balance between the hands. I think you brought out the feel of this as an improvisation very well.

peterws/pyotr: Peasant`s Prelude Op 39 13 This is a wonderful piece, I think you performed it with great spirit, really attacking it where that was called for.

patH (Patrick Hollstein): Op. 1 No. 2. Impromptu A wonderful performance, very controlled, elegant in the middle part, capturing the improvisational aspect extremely well. Nice control of the dynamic range and tempo, I loved how you built up the climaxes and varied the mood between the sections.
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#2265261 - 04/22/14 11:22 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Thank you so much everybody for commenting my piece! I'm back from a little trip to Germany, neck-deep in work and absolutely dazzled after an overdose of Martha Argerich... but I hope to catch up with the forum and this recital very soon.
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#2265580 - 04/22/14 09:59 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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23) Album Leaf – Richard (zrtf90)
A cool head definitely prevails then. It is very clear and right on the money. Yes, agree a lovely piece indeed and worth the time you've invested, and have yet to. It is very good at this snap shot. Perhaps recycle in a future recital? I know it is hard when there is so much new stuff. Good on you for this many Tchaikovsky performed at a very high level. Excellent playing, Richard.

25) Waltz op. 40 no. 8 - timmyab
If I had come across this piece while listening for possible selections,I'd have tried to grab it. I love the theme, and generally love a good Waltz. I'd hope to have done as well as you have here, timmyab. Just listening I don't notice any deviation from the score. But, if you say so. I do know it is beautifully presented here. Thank you for this.

27) Berceuse, Op. 72, No. 2 - MaryBee

This sounds like a very complex work, MaryBee. A lot of timing challenges throughout. Sure to throw a less seasoned pianist off their game in terms of overall tempo. When I listen at 5:40 and skip back to 0:10 it is spot on. Lovely work in this. Really good, MaryBee.

29) Op. 19, No. 4 - Nocturne - Rupak Bhattacharya
I believe this is my first time hearing you, Rupak.
First of all, you have absolutely nothing to apologize about. Only two years playing? I'd of guessed at least 20. This is very nicely shaped. You are doing extremely well … one of those gifted ones perhaps … good for you. It gets little muddy for me around 3:00. Otherwise, beautiful work.

31) Chant elegiaque Opus 72 No.14 - Paul de Koning (chopinoholic)
A fabulous piece, Paul. I'm hearing it for my first time, with you playing it here and I really like this. What a great theme. I'd be doing similarly, and as as we've also heard others saying ... these are keeper pieces. Nice presentation here, Paul. It is a pleasure listening to this. Thank you.

33) Op. 39 No. 5. The Toy Soldiers' March - jamie_vt
Originally Posted By: jamie_vt
Some of these simpler pieces are harder than they look

I would say … some of these shorter pieces are definitely not simple. But, very cute and clearly worth the effort you've taken. This conveys a very nice feel. One I'd be aiming for, reminiscent of the title. Very nice playing. Thanks for sharing.

35) Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 3 Chants sans parole - Morodiene
I am glad to have landed on this one, Morodiene, as it is my favorite of the movements. This movement feels like a pleasant respite after enduring more troublesome waters. Very well executed and fine playing.
Yes, as you mention it, I've heard of these works sometimes referred to as Songs without words, but had no idea of possible correlation to Mendelssohn. Interesting. Thank you for sharing.

37) Mazurka - MrPozor

Glad you showed us this work in progress, MrPozor. That is what this is really all about and you did the right thing. The stitching isn't noticed on the front end. This is coming along very well and just needs a bit more time. For me, I'm often much happier with my playing of any given work, two-three weeks after I have recorded it. But, it is the discipline of preparing for and actually recording, that made it so. Nice job. Thanks for sharing.

39) The New Doll Op 39 no 6 - ClsscLib
You've done well with the red dot pressure test, ClsscLib. This is nicely performed. Recording gets easier, but is never easy. Thanks for getting in on this great recital theme and for sharing this. Welcome, and hope to see you in more recitals to come.
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#2265685 - 04/23/14 03:12 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Peasant`s Prelude Op 39 13: peterws/pyotr

When I listen to this piece I imagine an early morning with sunrise over the fields. A simple, but charming little piece and I liked your performance of it.

Op. 1 No. 2. Impromptu: patH (Patrick Hollstein)

Very impressive performance! This piece sounds very technically demanding, but it is obvious that you have done a great job with it. Particularly I liked the more lyrical middle section. Your instrument has a beautiful sound.


Baba Yaga: Richard (zrtf90)


After listening to your performance I just had to read the fairy tale about Baba Yaga (To aid my studies of Russian language I once bought a collection of Russian fairy tales). This is not a nice lady. She appears as a witch flying around in a mortar (not on a broom like most witches do) and eats small children. In the fairy tale a small girl is sent to her by her wicked stepmother who wants to get rid of her. However, the girl is smart and escapes her destiny by bribing the maid, the cat and the dog of the witch. The odd melodic and harmonic character of the piece reflects the odd character of Baba Yaga. I like your performance, where you display both elegance and humor. Thanks for sharing!

The Seasons, Op. 37: 1. January: Heather W. Reichgott (hreichgott)

The second title of this piece is “At the fireside”. And really, when listening to your performance I feel like seeing the flames and feel the warmth from the open fire. You play the piece with great sensitivity and perfect dynamics. Flawless performance!

The Seasons, Op. 37: 2. February: Heather W. Reichgott (hreichgott)

This piece also has a second title: “Maslenitsa “ which means something like «Fat Tuesday». As expected you make an excellent performance. I have heard it played a bit faster than you do, but I like your tempo since I can hear clearly more of the fine details in the fast sections. I also appreciate the contrast between the sections of the piece. I’m very glad you presented this piece.




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#2265712 - 04/23/14 05:33 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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June - Barcarolle - opus 37b/6: Sam S

This is one of the very few piano pieces of Tchaikovsky I knew from earlier years. Probably one of the most frequently played Tchai pieces, at least outside Russia. Not so surprising. It is a very beautiful composition. You play with a beautiful tone and give an overall pleasing impression. I enjoyed listening.

Mama: gingko2

I can hear that you have done a nice piece of work with this composition. It was nice and relaxing to listen to your performance. The mp3 was loud enough for me. After all this is not a piece with great contrasts. I enjoyed it.

Dolly Is Ill: earlofmar


Another nice little piece. I think you were able to make a lot out of it. I enjoyed the melodic lines, and also think your dynamics were great. Thanks for sharing!

Album Leaf, Op. 19 No. 3: Richard (zrtf90)

Listening to this piece really raised my mood. You play with great delicacy and draw the melodic lines beautifully. Indeed, you are right when comparing the structure of this piece with Bach composition. Great job!

Op. 39 No. 8. The Doll's Funeral: ajames

Quite a lot of drama in this small piece. You did very well with the dynamics and succeeded in expressing the mood. Very sad, of course, but also very beautiful. I enjoyed listening to it.

Waltz op. 40 no. 8: timmyab

So typical a Tchaikovsky waltz! Pretty demanding technically I think. You give the piece a nice dancing character, and bring out all melodies neatly. For me the performance sounded virtually flawless.

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#2265729 - 04/23/14 07:53 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Sam S]
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This has been a great recital! I never realized that Tchaikovsky had written so much great piano music. Lots of music to explore!

MaryBee - Berceuse, Op. 72, No. 2 - very dreamy and sleepy. You handled the middle section very well and didn't let it spoil the mood. The transition back to the dreamy lullaby was great.

Ganddalf - Meditation (Op. 72 no.5) - I'm jealous of your ability to bring out those inner voices - well done! I can hear how difficult it is...

Rupak Bhattacharya - Op. 19, No. 4 - Nocturne - You are way too hard on yourself - it sounds great and very expressive. You shaped the phrases well.

Ganddalf - Quintuple waltz (op.72 no.16) - Wow, a 5/4 waltz. That's surprising coming from Tchaikovsky. Sounds great - it has that stumbling, rushing quality that fits the 5/4 time.

Paul de Koning (chopinoholic)- Chant elegiaque Opus 72 No.14 - I think a lot of these Tchaikovsky pieces are surprising - more difficult than they seem, more subtle than they seem at first glance. You played it beautifully and sensitively.

Paul de Koning (chopinoholic) - Un poco di Chopin Opus 72 No.15 - A fitting piece for you, given your screen name! It does remind of a mazurka. Good job with the accents, and the sense of touch was great. Nice use of the pedal too. And that was a lot of notes in the middle section!

jamie_vt - Op. 39 No. 5. The Toy Soldiers' March - I think you captured the feel of it very well. I can see the soldiers marching stiffly off.

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Impressive work - Excellent, which is what I have come to expect of you. Everything fit together so well. The contrasts were excellent. You shaped the phrases so musically. Great control of touch and pedal. Just outstanding all around.

MrPozor - Mazurka - Excellent job getting it this far. Nice staccato touch.

carlos88 - Opus 37, No. 12 December: Christmas - For your first waltz, this was great. Wonderful feel of spinning and rushing around the dance floor.

ClsscLib - The New Doll Op 39 no 6 - This is great for your very first recording! And your playing was great too! Welcome to the online recitals!

That's all...

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#2265739 - 04/23/14 08:23 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Ganddalf: Seasons: May A wonderful invocation of Spring, gentle yet with passion. I love the arpeggiated chords near the beginning. There is great space in the second subject and a fine transition into the middle section. Loved it!

Richard (zrtf90): Baba Yaga I could almost hear the witch flying, it was a great performance of this miniature.

Heather W. Reichgott (hreichgott): The Seasons, Op. 37: 1. January You bring across the cold space in this Winter piece very nicely, there is a wonderful control particularly in the runs and transitions. The overall shape of the piece was great.

Heather W. Reichgott (hreichgott): The Seasons, Op. 37: 2. February There is a nice contrast with January, but still feeling seasonal. It is great to hear these back to back, feel the progression. You performed this very nicely, good phrasing and nice dynamic range. I really like the "scampering" in the quick sections, building up to a nice climax. Great performances both!

Sam S: June - Barcarolle - opus 37b/6 Summer comes! I almost chose this piece for the recital, can't remember you might have already picked it or my teacher just steered me to October because other pupil had done June. Anyway, you showed me just why I like it, very simply placed but with great tenderness and control. Nice phrasing and passing of the melody and I loved the climax in the middle section.
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#2266122 - 04/23/14 09:49 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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gingko2: Mama This is a truly beautiful performance, I really feel you took great care with the phrasing and overall shape of the piece. Yes, the mp3 was loud enough! Beautiful, just beautiful.

earlofmar: Dolly Is Ill Poor Dolly. I think you did a good job in general with the dynamics - there were a couple of unwanted accents, but otherwise it was shaped really nicely and you have great interplay between the hands in the sections where that's most important.

Richard (zrtf90): Album Leaf, Op. 19 No. 3 Yes, I can hear the "Bach factor" in this and you did a great job of keeping the voices nicely separated but in sync. I liked the dynamic range, with long and gradual crescendos. Nice control of the rhythm too.

ajames: Op. 39 No. 8. The Doll's Funeral Sigh, the Dolly died. Surely Tchaikovsky knew and imitated (parodied?) Chopin's Funeral march. I think you did a fabulous job of keeping that stately and simple - well played! I really liked the way you did the big crescendo though it did clip a teeny bit in the recording.

timmyab: Waltz op. 40 no. 8 I'm not following along with the score so I don't know where you deviated but it sounded pretty authentic to me! This has quite a different feel than the other waltz, you bring a smooth quality to it, very nice. There is still a good rhythm though, and I felt you shaped the overall piece very nicely.
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#2266246 - 04/24/14 03:16 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Op. 39 No. 20. The Witch Baba Yaga: jfmartins

Another elegant performance of this piece! Sounded spooky to me, and I think this was the composer’s intention. Well played!

Berceuse, Op. 72, No. 2: MaryBee


This is another example of a piece that makes me wonder why Tchaikovsky’s piano pieces are not more frequently performed. I listened twice to you performance, and afterwards I had problems getting the piece out of my head. So much beauty and such a peaceful performance! It sounds very technically demanding. You made a great job with this composition. Any you make your piano sound beautifully.

Op. 19, No. 4 – Nocturne: Rupak Bhattacharya

I think this was a great performance. You phrase all the melodies - also those in the middle voices - very nicely. I’m not bothered with tempo changes at all. In fact you handle them so intelligently that it all seems natural to me. I’m amazed that you can do this after just 2 years of self-learning.

Chant elegiaque Opus 72 No.14: Paul de Koning (chopinoholic)

Studying this piece must have taken a lot of time and effort. It sounds very difficult to me, but you don’t seem to have any problems with the technical challenges. And still you have the energy needed to make beautiful music out of it. Great performance!

Un poco di Chopin Opus 72 No.15: Paul de Koning (chopinoholic)

Another virtuosic performance! I think you succeed giving this piece the right character. It was very enjoyable to listen to it.

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#2266302 - 04/24/14 06:43 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Op. 39 No. 5. The Toy Soldiers' March: jamie_vt

A cheerful little piece! Nice rhythm and fine staccato. I enjoyed listening.

Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 1: Ruins de Chateau: Morodiene

Very impressive performance! The contrast between the main and middle part was great, both in dynamics and character. The middle part sounds extremely difficult technically, but the rest doesn’t seem easy either. I was thrilled by the fine melodic movements in the middle voices.

Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 3 Chants sans parole: Morodiene

Very beautiful singing melody and cheerful mood! Particularly I liked the segment where the voices run in canon. It was very pleasing listening to your playing.

Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 2: Scherzo: Morodiene

Indeed you managed to express the scherzo character of this piece. It is great composition, and I can’t hear any signs of the recording being stitched together. I love the brightness you give to the opening theme. Fine performance!

Mazurka: MrPozor

I enjoy the fine dancing character you give to this piece. It must be something with subtle timing that makes the music so appealing. I enjoyed your performance very much.


Opus 37, No. 12 December: Christmas: carlos88


Indeed you succeeded in giving the right character to this piece. It is just a very fine piece of music beautifully played.

The New Doll Op 39 no 6: ClsscLib

Congratulations with your first piano recording. You gave a very nice presentation of this charming little piece. I enjoyed listening to you.

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#2266620 - 04/24/14 08:35 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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I listened to all the recital pieces. Thank you all very much. I enjoyed it.
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#2266674 - 04/24/14 11:43 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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At Church Op. 39 No 23 (AZ_Astro) - Plodding? No! Let's call it solemn and deep. But I must admit, I do like the relative brightness that's added when the right hand comes in on the high notes.

Impromptu op72 1 (peterws) - I for one am glad that you bit off more than you could chew. Otherwise I never would have heard this great piece. So much of interest here, and I do like that middle section and those rumbly chords near the end. I really enjoyed listening.

Peasant`s Prelude Op 39 13 (peterws) - My goodness -- how many pieces did you prepare for this recital? That's funny; I don't get a sad feeling from this at all. I hear anticipation of something that's about to happen.

Op. 1 No. 2. Impromptu (patH) - Wow, you really show your versatility here. After that powerful opening, you easily slide into that sweet second section, then gradually introduce some tension back in, meanwhile handling all those smooth arpeggios, and finally return to that amazing opening section.

Seasons: May (Ganddalf) - You bring a breath of calm sweetness with a touch of yearning to this piece. Just so like spring.

Baba Yaga (zrtf90) - I was considering doing this piece for the recital. It just has so much character; I love it. The beginning reminds me of a song we used to sing in grade school about a witch named "Sophia". smile
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#2267088 - 04/25/14 06:57 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Just finished listening to all the pieces.

I guess the best I can say is: Good job from all the performers. Thanks for putting this recital together.
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#2267123 - 04/25/14 08:14 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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last group:
27 MaryBee Berceuse, Op. 72, No. 2 Very soft and gentle feeling. I like the rolling waves imagery. Very beautiful job.

28 Ganddalf Meditation (Op. 72 no.5) Fantastically deep piece, really beautifully done.

29 Rupak Bhattacharya Op. 19, No. 4 - NocturneSounded great to me, very sweet and melodic.

30 Ganddalf Quintuple waltz (op.72 no.16) Interesting dance sound, would require some practice to actually dance to this, I think. Loved hearing it.

31,32 Paul de Koning (chopinoholic) Chant elegiaque Opus 72 No.14 & Un poco di Chopin Opus 72 No.15 These are wonderful pieces, and you played them beautifully. Op. 14 is nicely understated, very pleasing melody.

33 jamie_vt Op. 39 No. 5. The Toy Soldiers' March Very good marching feel. I enjoyed this.

34-36 Morodiene Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 1: Ruins de Chateau, No. 2 : Scherzo, No. 3 Chants sans parole Really wonderful playing- very enjoyable listening to this.

37 MrPozor Mazurka, Op. 39 This is definitely one of the more challenging of the Op. 39 pieces. Thanks for submitting it, you have the right feel for the rythmn, nice job.

38 carlos88 Opus 37, No. 12 December: Christmas Love the delicate feel of this dance. Very wintery and celebratory. Hey Oreo, good kitty! (My cat will do that too, sometimes when I'm recording!)

39 ClsscLib The New Doll Op 39 no 6 You conveyed the excitement very well- great tempo. Enjoyed hearing this.

Many thanks to the organizers who did all the work behind the scenes, this was a very fun recital and very enjoyable listening.
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#2267223 - 04/26/14 03:07 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Hello!

Don't want anyone to think I'm unappreciative of their comments about "Mama." I left on the 16th on a trip to China with students and just got back today. WiFi wasn't available as expected, and it was v. busy all day.

It is great when someone says anything--positive or even suggestions for improvement--isn't it? This online recital experience is very rewarding. Thank you for taking the time to listen and post. I worked hard and thought a lot about this piece. Haven't done that to this extent in years. Even though the fingers don't work too well it's gratifying to hear that some of the expression comes through.

Morodiene, Sam S, and chopinoholic, I'll experiment with volume and Audacity and if I need further instructions, I'll ask. Thank you!

OK-I'm very jet-lagged and a little slap-happy. I will listen more this weekend and make some comments later.
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#2267499 - 04/26/14 07:09 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Thanks so much Andy and Ganddalf for your nice feedback!
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#2268243 - 04/28/14 02:46 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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It took a while but in the end I could listen to all the pieces. As usual a fantastic recital, I discovered a lot of great music I never heard before.
No individual comments, but a big thank you to all the participants for sharing this.
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#2268410 - 04/28/14 09:53 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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The next fivesix pieces (I had to keep Morodiene's Souvenir pieces together):

Paul de Koning (chopinoholic): Chant elegiaque Opus 72 No.14 You sent the mood beautifully with the opening. I loved the wonderful tone and really nicely shaped melody, the dynamic range was great. Obviously the middle section is a little harder but I was impressed that you were generally able to keep the melody present, that's a tough section!

Paul de Koning (chopinoholic): Un poco di Chopin Opus 72 No.15 A nice change of mood, well played. I think you handled the rhythm very well. I've always had a hide time understanding Chopin's Mazurkas but this seemed more "natural" to me, not sure if that's the excellent performance, the piece or a combination! There were great changes in here from the fast runs back and forth to the very bouncy rhythmic melody which you brought off really well.

jamie_vt: Op. 39 No. 5. The Toy Soldiers' March I think you got the feel of this piece very nicely. It feels march-like, but at the same time has that necessary childlike simplicity. Perhaps a little more dynamic contrast would give it a teeny bit more life?

Morodiene: Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 1: Ruins de Chateau There is a great atmosphere to the start of this piece, very nicely brought off. I love the pianissmo chords with the very nicely phrased melody on top. The middle section has a wonderful contrast, I actually might have preferred it more legato but there is no doubt it has fantastic energy. You control such a fast passage extremely well.

Morodiene: Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 2: Scherzo A nice change of pace for this "joke" (I think by Tchaikovky's time the meaning of a quick piece in 3/4 time was surely the conventional one?) In any case, I think you did a great job, pasted from multiple takes or not. It is a big piece and you managed to keep an overall structure to it, giving it wonderful energy and depth.

Morodiene: Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 3 Chants sans parole I think Song(s) without words just means, "Can't think of a title!" wink This really completes the triplet very nicely. You have a great solid rhythm, with nice melodic flow, and a wonderful dynamic contrast down to the final fading away. Lovely set of pieces.
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#2268757 - 04/29/14 04:27 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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The last three, sob. This was a great recital. Like many it really opened my ears to Tchaikovsky's piano music. Prior I knew his piano concerto and a couple of The Seasons, but beyond that it was really only his orchestral (including ballet) works. This shows what a wonderful versatile composer for the piano he was.

MrPozor: Mazurka It's difficult to hear where it's pieced together which is good. I think you got the rhythms of the Mazurka down pretty well, the left hand needs better phrasing and that will make the piece really shine. The melody was shaped well, and overall it was an enjoyable listen.

carlos88: Opus 37, No. 12 December: Christmas Finally we have Christmas - you bring across the festive nature really nicely, the waltz rhythm is done really well and I liked how the melody flowed, even when moving quickly. The mood changes were well done, keeping the piece together but providing variety. And a baby cry for added interest (or was that the cat you mentioned?!) - good timing!

ClsscLib: The New Doll Op 39 no 6 Yeah, a new doll. RIP old one! A fitting end to the recital. Delightfully played, there's a great sense of fun and enjoyment. You phrase it very well and, if you felt the red dot, it doesn't show!
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#2268784 - 04/29/14 06:01 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Thanks to all who took the time to listen to and comment on my humble submission.

Like everyone else, I enjoyed playing and listening to everyone else's offerings.

Before this recital, I mostly knew Tchaikovsky through his orchestra music, which I loved as an adolescent, came to hate as a know-it-all college student, and then began to appreciate deeply in a new way later in life.

But his piano compositions, most previously unknown to me, are wonderful, as borne out in this great recital.

Andy, I particularly love the "October" piece you chose, and you performed it beautifully.
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#2268882 - 04/29/14 09:44 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Still listening bit by bit over here smile

MaryBee and Ganddalf, just wanted to say I listened to your Berceuse and Meditation (respectively) and really enjoyed both. The Berceuse played so tenderly and the Meditation with real calm and strength. And both with lots of imagination and technical skill. Great. And Op. 72 is now much more on my radar for good Tchaikovsky piano pieces!


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#2268892 - 04/29/14 10:03 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: hreichgott]
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Originally Posted By: hreichgott
Still listening bit by bit over here smile

MaryBee and Ganddalf, just wanted to say I listened to your Berceuse and Meditation (respectively) and really enjoyed both. The Berceuse played so tenderly and the Meditation with real calm and strength. And both with lots of imagination and technical skill. Great. And Op. 72 is now much more on my radar for good Tchaikovsky piano pieces!
Ditto! Along with several other pieces I've heard on this recital.

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#2270047 - 05/02/14 07:55 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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It has taken me longer than I wanted to get to listening to these wonderful performances. Today with a bit of quiet time available I've made a start - and how I have enjoyed it!

Thank you so much to all the performers for your hard work - and beautiful music.

The first 10 I've heard:

1. SwissMs : March, Song of the Lark - It is very interesting to hear how sombre this piece is at the very beginning how it lightens and becomes more cheerful - just like the dull grey of February gives over to sunnier warmer March! I loved watching your video and seeing your relaxed control (and the flowers) - Your performance radiates tranquility and you really seem "at one" with this music. Complimenti!

2. Sinophilia: Charming! I have never heard this piece played, I've just glanced at the music in one of my books. You did a lovely job on this performance - I hope you are delighted with your progress over the past year, because you've really come a long way and you're making beautiful music. Bravissima!

3. Andy Platt: Seasons, Autumn. Andy, I enjoyed reading about your thoughts and feelings on this piece. Dare I say I think I enjoyed listening as much as you enjoyed performing? You've really brought out some lovely richeness of tone and depth, as well as the delicacy of the right hand. this is indeed a performance to be proud of! Bravo!

4. Gandalf: Romance Op 5: Oh, this is lovely! I like the way it starts, with a hint of melancholy, it makes me think of someone looking back on a lost love - feeling the loss, but cherishing the good memories. Then a real switch in tone and feeling! What a surprise. And then another switch - what a "moody" piece! Every evocative, and most enjoyable to listen to.

5. Recaredo Old French Song. Op 39 No 16. Recaredo, you always put interesting art with your music videos- I think that adds a charming extra dimension to the presentation. It has been a while since I have heard any of your performances and I hear how you've improved. You played this beautifully with excellent control and feeling!

6. PikaPianist: Valse in F# minor, Op. 40 No. 9 What a gem of a piece and performance! I loved watching the video and seeing the fluidity and decisiveness with which you play - It is an elegant piece of music and you played it beautifully - and that finale was simply splendid! Most enjoyable, thank you for the treat!

7 peterws/pyotr OP 39 10 Polka: Charmingly played! A most enjoyable dance. I was smiling from the first notes. I'm sorely tempted to get hold of Op 39.....

8. Zrtf90/Richard German Song: Delightful! You are quite right that it is full of charm. Sweet performance indeed! I really enjoyed it!

9. Greener / Jeff Chanson triste Op 40. No. 2 Thank you for the background story on this piece - that always adds to my enjoyment of a piece. I can see why you were attracted to this music - Though I have to say that it doesn't sound terribly "sad" to me, it is very beautiful. Your enthusiasm for this piece shines through in your performance.

10. Zrtf90/Richard Morning Prayer. Lovely interpretation Richard - I could feel the sun rising, illuminating a new day filled with hope and optimism for what is to come. It is a short piece but you brought out its voice and message beautifully.
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#2270230 - 05/02/14 02:48 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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And my second set..... wow. I am so impressed with the work that has gone into this recital!

11. peterws/pytor Op 39 14 FolkSong: Peter that was great fun! (interesting visual techniques) - I could picture the village maidens dancing in the square with their long skirts swirling. Charming!

12. AZ_Astro At Church Op. 39 No 23 --- We all feel that our pieces could be performed better by someone with more experience..and of course it is true! However, that being said, I think that your performance here is not as leaden as you painted it out to be. I think you brought out the drama and majesty of the piece very nicely. I would suggest that you try it again in about a year and feel the difference after you've got more experience under your belt. What is more than simply "respectable" now, will be even better.

13. peterws/pyotr Impromptu op72 1: Peter , your comments always piques my curiosity! What have I to say on this one...how about "wow". I love the energy you brought to the opening of this piece - it is clear that you're having fun. The second part was charmingly delicate and poetic, (I had visions of elves and butterflies...? smile ) And then the big bass contrasts starting about 3/4 through. It is really clear that you must have put in a great deal of work to pull this off - it was really enjoyable.

14 peterws/pyotr Peasant`s Prelude Op 39 13 - and here you are again! This sounded like "end of a long work day for peasants"....or else ones who were tired from all that dancing about the village square - a more restful and relaxing piece -nicely done sir!

15. patH (Patrick Hollstein)Op. 1 No. 2. Impromptu. Patrick - great to see you performing in this recital. Robin watched your video with me and we both really enjoyed it - the intensity of the first and last sections was a wonderful contrast to the middle section - neither of us is familiar with this piece but we both enoyed listening and watching you play. Looking forward to seeing you in Lisbon.

16. Ganddalf: Seasons: May This piece does indeed "shine" with light - it seems a very optimistic bit of music - peaceful confidence in life unfolding as it should. It is clear that you do indeed understand the feelings that need to be brought out in this piece - most enjoyable!

17. zrtf90/Richard: Baba Yaga --- interesting background info on this one Richard -I had to look up that hut! It sounds full of mystery and magic - I loved your very steady pulse and precision - I think you really caught the mood for this piece perfectly! Bravo!

18. Heather W. Reichgott (hreichgott) The Seasons, Op. 37: 1. January I am really getting an education on T's "seasons". This one made me think of troikas and horses with bells flying over the snow. It sounds majestic - calling to mind the wide open spaces of Russian plains - and at times as delicate as breezy snow flurries. Your performance was a great pleasure to hear. Thank you!

19. Heather W. Reichgott (hreichgott) The Seasons, Op. 37: 2. February ... Sounds like Feburary is a really busy month! Such energy, hustle and bustle - I picture a lively village festival of some sort where everyone is very lively indeed. It seems to me this would be great music for the opening scenes of a stage show. I really enjoyed this performance very much!

20. Sam SJune - Barcarolle - opus 37b/6 Sam, I love that you always provide the score. I can see what you mean by "Russian blues" and at the same time the "boatsong" concept is still very much present, floating gently on little waves. I loved your rolling chords at the 3 min mark. You say it is a work in progress, but even as it stands, it was indeed a lovely listening experience. Bravo!
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#2270433 - 05/03/14 03:35 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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#2270462 - 05/03/14 07:57 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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And the last set....

21. Gingko2 Mama: What a sweet melody. I can picutre a happy Mama cuddling with her little one to sleep. You played with charming delicacy.

22. Earlof Mar: Sick Doll This is a very melancholy piece (followed by the Doll's Funeral if I'm not mistaken....) You definitely captured the mood of the piece, and I hear a lovely leap in control from the previous recording I heard from you. My compliments!

23. Richard (zrtf90) Album Leaf, Op. 19 No. 3 This is indeed a jaunty little piece! It reminded me of some of the Grieg pieces from last September. You did an excellent job on the voicing. I can see why you mention Bach! A most enjoyable listen!

24. AJames, Doll's Funeral: Calvin and Hobbes! Oh, I can picture the cartoon now. You have clearly worked hard because you have made this piece sound easy - you played smoothly and with lovely control and evenness. If this is what you can do after 9 months, I can't wait to hear what you do next year! You're making excellent progress. My hat is off to you!

25 timmyab Waltz op. 40 no. 8 --- Oh! Delightful! Not knowing the piece I have no idea where you diverged from the score - that was pretty clever of you. This was so light and airy - beautifully done - I loved listening to your performance.

26 JFMartins: Witch Baba Yaga - Lovely energy and dynamics - it gave me shivers! Well done!

27: MaryBee Berceuse, Op. 72, No. 2 MaryBee these past two years or so have been really wonderful for your technical development. I'm constantly hearing more control and finess in every piece you present. This was indeed dreamy -and harplike with your rolling chords! You clearly put a lot of effort into mastering all the challenges present to you by this piece - it sounds smooth, rich, and soothing, just as a lullably should be!

28 Ganddalf: Meditation (Op. 72 no.5) I did indeed enjoy your performance of this piece. I can hear how complicated it is - but not because you sound like you're having any difficulty (quite the contrary) - the clarity of your performance presents a delicious spectrum of sound and dynamics. It is quite a splendid piece of music and your performance is truly a pleasure to hear.

29 Rupak Bhattacharya Op. 19, No. 4 - Nocturne My first piece of constructive criticism - before even listening to your piece - is .... Don't introduce your piece by telling us how awful you think it is. That sets us up to expect the worst and be more critical. Of course there are pieces we struggle with and feel that we could have/should have done much better - don't put your listeners off before they've even heard the first note! That being said.... I really don't hear what is so awful about your performance. It seems well balanced, you've paid great attention to the dynamics, it flows smoothly, there are no obvious flubs... You've been playing for 2 years and you play a piece of this complexity this well and deem it your worst submission ever? Well, maybe I set the bar too low, but I'd be really pleased if I could play this piece this well. I'm sure there's room for improvement --- when is there not? But I certainly enjoyed listening to your performance.


My sincere compliments to eveyone who performed in this recital - it was truly wonderful!
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#2270707 - 05/03/14 08:25 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: casinitaly]
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And the last set....


I think you missed the last page of pieces wink
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#2270826 - 05/04/14 04:23 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Morodiene]
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And the last set....


I think you missed the last page of pieces wink


Yikes! So I did! Thanks for flagging that for me. I don't know where my brain was yesterday..I must have been in an enchantment with all the beautiful music!

More treats in store for me now!
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#2272247 - 05/07/14 07:55 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Still listening here...

The Seasons, Op.37: 1. January (hreichgott) - What lovely textures. But the piece seems mis-named; I think it has a very warm feel. Maybe that's the fire in the fireplace that I'm hearing.

The Seasons, Op.37: 2. February (hreichgott) - Now this has a totally different attitude than last month. Very playful, it sounds like a circus might be coming to town.

June - Barcarolle - opus 37b/6 (Sam S) - Oh, I love this one! So melancholic, like someone lamenting over a lost love. Your ending was perfect!

Mama (gingko2) - Very sweet presentation, so gentle.

Dolly Is Ill (earlofmar) - Nice playing; I hear the dynamic changes; your work is paying off.
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#2272952 - 05/08/14 06:36 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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May 7th was Tchaikovsky's birthday. We missed it!

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#2272992 - 05/08/14 09:03 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Morodiene]
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May 7th was Tchaikovsky's birthday. We missed it!



Nice Tchai, but personally a found it a little Pathetique.
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#2273855 - 05/11/14 03:58 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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lol...Good one Andy!

Here is my last batch of comments - I've had a lovely start to my Sunday morning thanks to these performers!

30. Ganddalf - Quintuple Waltz ..That does sound like a tricky rhythm pattern. It is a bright cheery piece of music, and you've certainly played it with energy and spirit! A very pleasant way to start off today's listening session!

31. Paul de Koning (chopinoholic) Chant elegiaque Opus 72 No.14 I loved this music. Very evocative, and beautifully played. There is a wonderful uplifting feel to this music which you've brought out really nicely. I particularly liked the rippling passages and the dramatic middle section. You say you struggled to play it, but this is not obvious - you played very smoothly and dynamically -I did enjoy listening!

32. Paul de Koning (chopinoholic) Un poco di Chopin Opus 72 No.15, -An interesting mazurka. There's a very clear Russian sound to it, and a charming delicacy. I believe it is hard to play, but again, it seems to flow off your fingers beautifully! Well done!

33. jamie_vtOp. 39 No. 5. The Toy Soldiers' March. I think there are a lot of pieces in this recital that - on the surface- seem really simple, but ...they aren't! I think this is a sweet piece, and your toy soldiers marched very crisply and credibly! I enjoyed listening!

34. Morodiene Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 1: Ruins de Chateau - this is a hauntingly beautiful piece of music in the first part- and then the wild horsemen arrive - it seems they have a battle and then we return to the haunting theme- the crumbling castle glimpsed through the mists - played with great feeling. Quite thrilling to hear!

35. Morodiene Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 3 Chants sans parole. I don't know who started the tradition of songs without words, but they are a charming concept and this one is no exception. From what I've heard of Mendelssohn, this could well have been a tribute - charmingly played!

36. Morodiene Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 2: Scherzo. I just learned my first Scherzo recently and it was great fun to finally get it under my fingers. I say that to lead into my idea that you seem to have had fun with this bright, lively piece and you've really caught the spirit of the "scherzo"! Most enjoyable.

37. MrPozor Mazurka This is a very pretty dance, and nicely played. Personally I don't think I could have done 10-20 takes of five sections...:) I think that for your own sanity you may want to come to terms with the idea that few performances are note perfect ! Nicely played - It might be nice to hear it again when you can play it in one sitting!

38. carlos88 Opus 37, No. 12 December: Christmas. I can see a set of Waltzers enjoying a swirling Vienese waltz to your playing - this was just delightful to hear! (I didn't hear the cat....)

39. ClsscLib The New Doll Op 39 no 6 - congrats on getting your first recording under your belt! This New Doll seems to be enjoying her new home very much! Nicely done!

What a great recital!
My compliments and thanks to all who took the time to learn these wonderful pieces and share them with us - it has been a musical feast indeed!
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#2276630 - 05/15/14 06:44 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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I keep thinking that I will get the time to sit down and comment on all the pieces but it just doesn't happen so I just want to quickly say that I really enjoyed listening to all the pieces and thank you all for the kind comments about mine.
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#2276659 - 05/15/14 07:41 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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I also want to thank everyone for the comments. All-in-all, a very positive and encouraging experience. I've even started working on another Op. 39 piece, Old French Melody, and it's really coming along. Maybe I'll post a recording to the Piano Bar...
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#2278634 - 05/19/14 11:29 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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I am so far behind on everything, but I finally had a chance to sit down tonight and listen to the rest of the Tchaikovsky recital. Great job, everyone. I loved hearing all the different types of music that he wrote.

Album Leaf, Op. 19 No 3 (zrtf90) - I like the folk-song feel you give this, with a little bit of nice bounce. If you go to all that trouble to manually mark, copy, cut, and paste the score, I wonder if you might find it easier to just transcribe it into music notation software such as MuseScore.

The Doll's Funeral, Op. 39, No. 8 (ajames) - Oh, that's interesting. This reminds me so much of Chopin's Funeral March. Appropriately dark and lachrymose.

Waltz op. 40 no. 8 (timmyab) - I like this one! After that doll's funeral, I needed to hear something sweet and uplifting. So nicely played.

Op. 39 No. 20. The Witch Baba Yaga (jfmartins) - This just makes me laugh. It is so evocative of the title character. You did a wonderful job with this.

Meditation (Op. 72 no.5) (Ganddalf) - Ganddalf, I was looking forward to hearing this one, and you didn't disappoint. I wanted to learn it for this recital, but it was too much of a stretch for me! You play it with such romantic sentimentality; just perfect. Wow on those ending trills!

Op. 19, No. 4 - Nocturne (Rupak Bhattacharya) - I very much enjoyed hearing your performance here. The music is beautiful, and you play it so sensitively; very touching.

Quintuple waltz (op.72 no.16) (Ganddalf) - 5/4 time signature sure is unusual. That in itself had to present something of a challenge. It makes for an interesting sounding piece. Thanks for taking on the challenge!

Chant elegiaque Opus 72 No.14 (chopinoholic) - Another beautiful piece from Opus 72. Tchaikovsky has some real gems here, doesn't he? Your excellent playing really brings out all the changing moods in this piece.

Un poco di Chopin Opus 72 No.15 (chopinholic) - This is pretty lively. And whew! -- there are some amazing runs in there that sound near impossible. Great job.

Op. 39 No. 5. The Toy Soldiers' March (jamie_vt) - Charming! I can feel the march beat, but it has the lightness of a child's viewpoint.

Souvenir de Hapsal, Op. 2, No.1-3 (Morodiene) - This was an ambitious project, but you pulled it off with great style. The castle ruins sound dark and ominous, except of course for that boisterous middle section! The scherzo is lively and great fun. The songs without words is just simply lovely. Altogether, super impressive and a wonderful performance. Thanks for playing this set for us.

Mazurka (MrPozor) - I'm glad you were able to put together a submission for this recital. It sounds like it's coming along very well. Developing the concentration for playing longer pieces takes some time, but it will come with practice.

Opus 37, No. 12 December: Christmas (carlos88) - Excellent dance feel! I love all the movement in this piece. haha -- I heard Oreo!

The New Doll Op 39 no 6 (ClsscLib) - Very nice. You do a good job bringing out the melody. This piece seems to have a more modern bent to it than some of his other pieces, doesn't it?
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#2278638 - 05/19/14 11:42 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Thank you to Morodiene, peterws, SwissMS, AZ_Astro, jotur, chopinoholic, Greener, Sam S, Ganddalf, ajames, hreichgott, and casinitaly for listening to my piece and for your kind comments.

It makes me happy to know that several people fell in love with "Berceuse" after hearing it here and are now inspired to play it. It's easy to love; I felt the same way when I heard it for the first time. Maybe we'll hear some other performances of it and other Tchaikovsky pieces in upcoming ABF recitals.

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Just listened to your Berceuse again tonight after reading your post. Loved it!
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#2310935 - 08/04/14 10:14 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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So I haven't seen any discussions come up about the next Themed Recital. I know on PC there's the Suites one, but I really enjoy these that are surrounding one composer - perhaps one that I haven't had a chance to explore too much.

So any thoughts? Anyone interested in starting a new one, and which composer will it be?
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#2310948 - 08/04/14 10:59 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Morodiene]
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Originally Posted By: Morodiene
So I haven't seen any discussions come up about the next Themed Recital. I know on PC there's the Suites one, but I really enjoy these that are surrounding one composer - perhaps one that I haven't had a chance to explore too much.

So any thoughts? Anyone interested in starting a new one, and which composer will it be?


There has been plenty of interest and some discussion about it, but no consensus arrived at. We had talked about moving towards the 20th century and various genres discussed, including POP (Beatles or other) Standards/show tunes (Gershwin or other) and the like. The trouble was with adequate choice, interest, and/or limited, or no availability of non-copyrighted material. Each time, the discussion faded away. But, I agree that now (or by September) would be a good time to pick a winner for next March 15th, 2015 recital date.

There is such a broad array of preferences, seems to be part of the challenge too. Why not hit some composers we know many people like to play, with plenty of non-copyrighted material available, and all really great. Like ...

Chopin

The more obscure ones of course can be really great, but tougher to get going it seems.

I would be happy to help get it started, once we know what we want.


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#2310952 - 08/04/14 11:13 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Originally Posted By: Morodiene
So I haven't seen any discussions come up about the next Themed Recital. I know on PC there's the Suites one, but I really enjoy these that are surrounding one composer - perhaps one that I haven't had a chance to explore too much.

So any thoughts? Anyone interested in starting a new one, and which composer will it be?


There has been plenty of interest and some discussion about it, but no consensus arrived at. We had talked about moving towards the 20th century and various genres discussed, including POP (Beatles or other) Standards/show tunes (Gershwin or other) and the like. The trouble was with adequate choice, interest, and/or limited, or no availability of non-copyrighted material. Each time, the discussion faded away. But, I agree that now (or by September) would be a good time to pick a winner for next March 15th, 2015 recital date.

There is such a broad array of preferences, seems to be part of the challenge too. Why not hit some composers we know many people like to play, with plenty of non-copyrighted material available, and all really great. Like ...

Chopin

The more obscure ones of course can be really great, but tougher to get going it seems.

I would be happy to help get it started, once we know what we want.



I think with Chopin we would be excluding a lot of the beginners here since he has very few simpler pieces. Schumann, however, has his Album for the Young and difficulty level goes up from there. I think Schumann is a great suggestion.

Another good choice would be Bartok (and would accommodate the 20th century idea). Perhaps doing ALL of the Mikrokosmos would be a hugely ambitious endeavor - one where I think many people would have to take on several pieces at once, but it's all accessible on IMSLP. I think there are 153 pieces in Mikrokosmos, but even if we got a good representation of them it would be fine. Kind of like what we did for Tchaikovsky, not really able to get everything he wrote completed, but a respectable representation. Perhaps with Bartok we could allow stuff outside Mikrokosmos too.
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#2310958 - 08/04/14 11:25 AM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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Originally Posted By: Morodiene

I think with Chopin we would be excluding a lot of the beginners here since he has very few simpler pieces.

We will never be all things to all people. Is also part of the problem. Some are easier then others I'm sure. I know Bach has some easier stuff, but many people have no interest in learning Bach.

I know nothing about any of these composers you mention. So, for me it is matter of going through a play list in hope I can find something that grabs me, or that I am interested in learning.

Wherever the most interest lies ... seems to be the ticket.
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#2310977 - 08/04/14 12:03 PM Re: Tchaikovsky Themed Recital - GENERAL DISCUSSION [Re: Greener]
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I'm going to temporarily lock this thread (just for a day or two) so that the discussion doesn't continue here.
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