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#2277336 - 05/17/14 04:45 AM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: wouter79]
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23. N17 - Dance in G You have made great progress in 5.5 months. You have nice articulation in this piece, and the ornaments sounded natural. Nice performance!

24. Mar_red - Love Story You created a very full, rich arrangement. Great job!

25. joangolfing - Arietta This is probably my favorite from the Grieg Lyric pieces. I like your take on it. Really nice phrasing and nice balance between the hands. Lovely!

26. Sand Tiger - Pancakes You captured the feeling of wistful, happy memories. I like the balance between the melody and the supporting chords. Very nice!

27. (Was)TrueBeginner - Blame Your sadness and concern comes through in this piece. This is really a beautiful and haunting melody. Gorgeous job!

28. ajames - Just a Day Away Outstanding job for 10 months! Your playing is very expressive, and the melody rings clearly over the accompaniment. Nice job.

29. jotur/Cathy Turner - Second Hand Rose Love this! Your submissions always have my toe tapping, but this one truly put a smile on my face. I like your use of detached and legato to give it a bouncy feel. Really fun!

30. PikaPianist - Sonata in F minor, K466 Your expression in this is wonderful, giving it a longing, melancholic sound. I agree pedaling in Scarlatti is very challenging, but your restrained usage here was very nice.

31. Sam S - Suite from the Victorian Kitchen Garden - Prelude and Summer - Clarinet and Piano Truly wonderful! Laurie did great, on what sounds like a challenging piece. You were a great accompanist staying in the supporting role, but I could tell the piano part was not easy- but you made it sound easy! I think it is great the two of you can play together!

32. outo - Fantasia no. 4 E-minor, Allegro Nice dramatic presentation. The voices are well balanced, and the feeling of urgency is maintained throughout. Sounds like it would be fun to play!

33. noobpianist90 - Minuet in G major BWV Anh 114 Your hands look very relaxed! You did a nice job with the expression in this little piece, and I like your ornaments. I think this piece sounds best without pedal, and it assures that you can play a good legato, which you did!

34. Piano_Primo_1 - "Back at One" 5 12 14 1 session You sang this song well. Nice expression and balance between melody and accompaniment.

35. Ganddal - Gratulation What a charming piece! It is full of happiness and spring sunshine after a long winter. Really beautifully played!
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#2277349 - 05/17/14 06:43 AM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: SwissMS]
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Registered: 01/28/07
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Loc: Louisiana
Ok, here's batch 2, well done gang:

14. George Schiro - Nice improv, I enjoyed it!

15. peterws/peter - To me, this tune has a Beatles "Norwegian Wood" flavor in it, thanks for introducing it to me ... nice work!

16. sinophilia (Diana) - Your chords sounded pretty perfect in my ears Diana, well done!

17. Mike White - You sight readers are pretty amazing ... absolutely no way I'd live long enough to do that.

18. earlofmar - Yep, sounds like you and Bach quaffed a few Coors Silver Bullets, great job!

19. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Hey, nice sounds while enjoying the pics ... live steam is music to my ears too.

20. Newbert - Nice work! I would just say use your eyes to learn it and your ears to swing it.

21. MaryBee - Great work Miss Bee!!!

22. Mr Super Hunky - That "Killer BB" has to have talent on the bench to play it, and it does; great job MSH!!


Next batch coming out of the gate around Preakness time.







Edited by Rerun (05/17/14 07:24 AM)
Edit Reason: left out a B : )
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#2277364 - 05/17/14 07:42 AM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Loc: Connecticut, USA
Excellent recital! Thank you all.
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#2277384 - 05/17/14 08:58 AM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: SwissMS]
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Originally Posted By: SwissMS

32. outo - Fantasia no. 4 E-minor, Allegro Nice dramatic presentation. The voices are well balanced, and the feeling of urgency is maintained throughout. Sounds like it would be fun to play!


Thank you for such kind words smile

I think now that I have gotten over the worst embarrasment of my first recital submission, I will commit to taking part in the next one as well. Which should be perfectly timed. I have no lessons during the summer so I have all the time in the world to work on the pieces from this spring. I should be able to record one of them before August.

I only need to figure out why my recordings sound so bad when I use one of my two Olympus recorders (LS-5/LS20M). The bass sounds like it's coming from a tomb and the higher sounds are lifeless. (That's why I used the digital camera this time, the quality is not good, but at least it reminds me of the real sound.) There's probably something badly wrong with the mic settings. Or maybe it's the poor room acoustics. Other people seem to get very good recordings with these devices frown


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#2277453 - 05/17/14 12:24 PM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Registered: 03/01/10
Posts: 5023
Loc: Italy
What better way to spend the late afternoon after a super busy work week, than relaxing with a cup of tea and an ABF recital.

Wonderful music, thanks so much to all the performers for such a pleasant interlude!

22. Mr Super Hunky - Everybody Hurts What a gorgeous piano - and you've really made it sing. I don't know this music, but I loved it - especially the rippling higher notes. I liked it so much I went to look up the lyrics-and really liked them too. I think this performance was simply splendid Mr. Super-Hunky. I would love to be able to listen to music and then play it back from the heart the way you do.

23. N17 - Dance in G Dear N17, we all feel we can improve (and of course it is true!) - But you've been playing 5.5 months and turned out a very pretty Haydn Dance - I thought your tempo was quite good and you've definitely caught the flavour of this period piece. You also kept your staccato notes nicely crisp. I love Haydn and it was a pleasure to hear your first recording - I look forward to your next submission!

24. Mar_red - Love Story Who indeed doesn't know this piece? Your intro was great your performance overall was most enjoyable. The wistful melancholy of the music sings out sweetly.

25. joangolfing - Arietta I first heard this piece in the Grieg retical and it was one of the onesI thought I might like to try sometime but haven't yet felt up to managing. I listened carefully to the voices and, sure, there's always room for improvement - but this is already in excellent shape and is really a treat to hear. Lovely work!

26. Sand Tiger - Pancakes Very sweet! This is a charming little piece, and the sentiments are heart warming. It seems to me that your dedication and focus to your compositions is paying off and each one has a bit more depth and colour.

27. (Was)TrueBeginner - Blame This is a beautiful composition, played with feeling but without being overly sentimental. The fragility of our parents is a difficult thing to deal with, knowing that your loss is approaching is heartbreaking. This music is a beautiful tribute.

28. ajames - Just a Day Away No more dolls! smile This is a very pleasant piece of music - it makes me think of a walk in a park, or cycling beside a river. Very soothing, restful. Nicely played James!

29. jotur/Cathy Turner - Second Hand Rose Sweet!!!! One take! Bravissima. One take when you were feeling a bit sick....extra-bravissima! I don't know this music but I like it. Parts of it sound on the edge of ragtime, there's definitely a bit of old-time western feel to it too - the flubs you mentioned weren't obvious to me, they certainly didn't detract in any way from my listening pleasure. Loved that little cheery finale! Well done indeed Cathy!

30. PikaPianist - Sonata in F minor, K466 Scarlatti wrote so much really pretty music. I was surprised (but pleasantly) by how modern the second half of this piece sounded. You have great control and expression - and you made it seem easy - it flowed beautifully and I thoroughly ejoyed listening to your performance!

31. Sam S - Suite from the Victorian Kitchen Garden - Prelude and Summer - Clarinet and Piano Sam I couldn't see the video..? This was just great! - I loved it - or as there were 2 movement, "them"- beautiful music, and the fact that you're playing a duet with your wife - wow - that's so much fun. I played clarinet/bass clarinet and I can only imagine how hard it was for Laurie to get her embouchure back after 30 years. Ouch. This was a pure delight to sit back and enjoy - congratulations to both of you. And best wishes for your big walk! - and on your 34th anniversary! (We're celebrating 29 years in June)
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#2277459 - 05/17/14 12:42 PM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Thanks, Cheryl, and those who have commented. It's too bad I can't sing, because the words are so clever. This is a piece from the movie Funny Girl, about vaudeville star Fanny Bryce, and starring Barbra Streisand. Her dad owns a second hand store, and she wears "second hand clothes, that's why they call me Second Hand Rose." "Even the piano in the parlor father bought for ten cents on the dollar." smile

Some more great listening this morning:

15. peterws/Peter - Gymnopedies I needed this this morning, beautifully executed, peaceful.

16. sinophilia (Diana) - In Church and this is the perfect follow up! This was beautiful.

21. MaryBee - Nocturne and three in a row. This was very delicate and lovely.

01. dynamobt/Marilyn - Symphony What fun! I tried some simple duets with WiseBuff recently and was totally flummoxed. What a great job you guys did! Brava! Brava!

05. CarlosCC - Quietness I love this - contemplative, with hope.

Cathy
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#2277479 - 05/17/14 01:29 PM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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03. ShiroKuro - Big My Secret A beautiful and flowing piece. Nice interpretation.

08. 8 Octaves - When River Flowed on Mars Wow! This was great! What a technical challenge, and you met it exceptionally well.

49. Pathbreaker (Tarik) - Intermezzos The first was majestic, and the second reminded of a stream babbling down the mountainside. Very well played.

16. Mike White and his pianos smile - Torna A Surriento This definitely is people with memories, looking out over the sea from a balcony with wind in their hair.

35. Gandalf - Gratulation What a delightful piece, and your "tinkling" was great!

Cathy
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#2277492 - 05/17/14 02:06 PM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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04. Anne H - Discovery at Night Thanks for this. I don't think I'll ever play Einaudi, but the music many of you make from it is wonderful.

12. Greener - Moonlight, mvmt 2 I liked your interpretation and the light feel you have the technical skills to give it.

39. Ataru074 - Fugue Oh, nicely done. Very nice movement and flow. Bravo!

42. carlos88 From a sketchbook How atmospheric. You might be right about the sea and the moonlight - that's certainly what your playing evoked. Excellent.

50. Valencia - Sonata What a great idea to focus on the theme! I love hearing works in progress and the thoughtfulness people put in to their playing. I learn so much. Thanks for this!

Cathy
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#2277509 - 05/17/14 02:39 PM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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18. earlofmar - Minuet I played this many years ago and it made me smile to hear it. Yours was like a dance in a dream sequence. Very nice, with a sweet ending.

23. N17 - Dance in G Wow. I know the feeling about performance and recording. It's a whole nother ball game. You had the "dance" down pat - this had just the right lift to it. Terrific!

30. PikaPianist - Sonata Yes, your "slow" gave this a very lovely, lyrical quality. I think it's cool when people explore different interpretations of a piece. This was perfect.

32. outo - Fantasia This was cool! Very jaunty and playful. Well done!

45. tourquenale (alessandra) - Dance This is great, and you are so "at home" with it - really wonderful.

48. Richard (zrtf90) - Waltz What a nice lively, lovely waltz! You did a terrific job on it. It'll leave me waltzing all afternoon smile

Another wonderful recital. Thanks to all who work behind the scenes to put this on, and to all those who record and submit. I look forward to these each quarter.

Cathy
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#2277569 - 05/17/14 05:33 PM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: jotur]
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22 Mr Super Hunky

Great sounding piano and song. Many songs employ only two chords and utilise that self imposition to excellent effect eith variations on the chords and associated melodies. Makes for good road music . . and heavy metal. Now I`m puting ideas in your head . . . nice work, man! Super Jazzy . .

23 N17

Excellent progress for the time spent; I heard a fluent, competent expressive piece which was well within your capabilities. Great stuff.

24 Mar-red

You play this with your own developed style, and why not? It`s adaptable to many songs and is unique. Well done!

25 Joan Golfing

Modern sounding and lovely not without it`s difficulties. Very nicely and expressively played for our enjoyment!

26 Sand Tiger

It`s good to hear originals. Yours had the feelgood factor and was a great listen. Keep `em coming!

27 (Was) truebeginner

French sounding; moodwise we`ve almost all been there. And this is a thoughtful piece well executed.

28 ajames

Modern flavour which will appeal to many. Einaudi next? GET IN THERE!! Relaxed, easy as Sunday Morning. And it will soon be . . .

29 jotur

Loved the intro. Typical of the era and beyond; "The loveliness of paris . . . " You know the one? Your dancing tempo still comes through. I played for dancing years ago but can`t dance. Chucked all my old stuff out . . as you do. Very nice work, especially memorable for me.

I missed some out here cos I`m babysitting and using a different computer . . . back on track tomorrow!
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#2277576 - 05/17/14 05:46 PM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Registered: 04/07/13
Posts: 674
Loc: NH
I want to thank everyone who has listened to and commented on the Mozart duet. I've read some the comments to my sister over the phone. She's relieved that the comments are kind. Well, as I knew they would be. The people on the ABF are always generous and kind with their comments. This effort would have improved with time. But, we didn't have that luxury. We just wanted something to remember the fun we had during her visit. So, I appreciate your willingness to listen through a rather long recording. And I sure like the compliments!! Thanks!

I hope to start listening soon. I have two live recitals coming up. And I'm playing different pieces in each. So, I'm a bit distracted. I really hope to find some time to start listening soon. From the comments I've read, this recital is varied and interesting. I always look forward to the ABF Quarterlies!!
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#2277591 - 05/17/14 06:43 PM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: dynamobt]
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Registered: 01/28/07
Posts: 604
Loc: Louisiana

Jeepers, I love to watch horses run. Well done CA Chrome ... next stop the Belmont!! Ok, batch 3, nice work everybody:


23. N17 – Nearly six months in?? Wow, well done!!

24. Mar_red – Nice work MR! I think it could work well a little slower too.

25. joangolfing – I’ve never heard this tune but enjoyed your playing of it!!

26. Sand Tiger – Nice work ST!!

27. (Was)TrueBeginner – You did a nice job with this TB.

28. ajames – 10 month?? Another prodigy … well done AJ.

29. jotur/Cathy Turner – It’s played a lot better than you think … wish I had a fraction of your talent.

30. PikaPianist – Another classic tune I’ve never heard, nice work!!

31. Sam S - Nice work you two, and I enjoyed watching y'all perform it. Those Nikes are gonna miss those pedals.
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#2277600 - 05/17/14 07:05 PM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Registered: 04/25/07
Posts: 7086
Loc: So. California
I got everyone here! Congrats on again more improvement from the regulars. What's this recital going to sound like in 10 years? LOL.

01. dynamobt/Marilyn - Symphony No. 40 1st mvt
A duet? How fun! I’m just learning organ so I understand the dynamics problem. smile It’s a fabulous performance with such perfection in time. Amazing!

02. Whizbang (Chris) - Milonga del Angel
Chris, what a superb piano sound you’re making here. Amazing touch and such fine ability to balance those voices. And this piece sounds jazzy. Love it!

03. ShiroKuro - Big My Secret
Now I’m so curious I have to find out where that edit took place. LOL. Couldn’t hear it though. Lovely sounds and the melody stands out very nicely. Great work!

04. Anne H - Discovery At Night
Very nice piece and well played! Probably best to soften the LH when the RH is playing. It’s also quite difficult to play this with perfect evenness. Great job!

05. wouter79 - Kinderszenen, Op. 15, "Von fremden Ländern und Menschen" and "Träumerei".
Lovely flow of dynamics in the phrasing. Very nicely done. This is a well chosen piece and perfect for working on what you need at this moment. For the next level, probably need a little more range in dynamics and perhaps notch it down a tad to improve the tone and be conscious about each and every note in the chord (balance). This is very subtle now. You’ve developed very nicely here. Congratulations.

07. AZ_Astro - Seventh Street Blues
Sweet sound! Your tone is superb for 2 years on the piano. Very advanced sounding. Amazing! Love it.

08. 8 Octaves - When River Flowed on Mars
This is mostly right hand? Wow. That’s impressive! Would be difficult to control dynamics there but would be next level to pursue. Wonderful!

09. SwissMS/Doris - Sonatina in C Major Opus 20 #1 1st Movement
Lovely Doris! Such a familiar piece that I’ve heard my children play. Great work here.

10. CarlosCC - Quietness
I thought it was an Einaudi piece! I had to do a double take. Wonderful composition and great introspective sound!

11. Peyton - Escape
That was a surprise to hear you do New Age. I don’t recall ever hearing you play any before. In your hands this music is like putty. Great balance of voices and that ever so gentle bass note is such a nice contrast. And you’re the one with great chops. Not me. Beautiful!

12. Greener/Jeff - Moonlight Sonata, Mvt 2 - Op. 27, No 2.
Very nice performance Jeff. The recording was a bit compressed so it unfortunately took away a little from the wonderful performance.

13. Riddler (Ed) - Love Walked In
I’m always going to find new tunes when I listen to you. I don’t this one once again. Great tone, touch and voicings. Beautiful performance. You’re quite a treat to listen to Ed. Awesome!

14. George Schiro - Ambivalence
Always impressed with anyone that improvises because I know it is not easy. This sounds pre-composed. Well done!

15. peterws/peter - Gymnopedies 2 & 3
Always impressive chops Peter. Such a fine performance with such finesse in tone and touch. Very nice!

16. sinophilia (Diana) - In Church - Op. 39 no. 24
I can tell you’ve improved a lot! I can’t believe you’ve been at this only 2 years. Keep up this great progress. Your touch is definitely much better. Congrats!

17. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Torna A Surriento
Beautiful sound. Certainly the best I’ve heard so far from you. Great progress here.

18. earlofmar - Minuet in C Minor BWV Anh 121
You’re definitely developing a very nice touch here. I would not have thought that you’ve only playing a little over a year. Fantastic progress. Tone is nice and balance between LH and RH is superb.

19. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Fughetta
Has it really been 4.5 years? My — time has gone by fast and your playing has progressed wonderfully. This delicate playing is really wonderful. Such a nice tone and great control between hands. A+!

20. Newbert - New York State of Mind
Great tune! Brings back memories. Some tips to improve your playing. Concentrate on creating a legato sound. The sound is too detached (empty space between notes) on both LH and RH. But at least you were smart not to overuse the pedal or it would ruin this. Very enjoyable listen Newbert!

21. MaryBee - Nocturne in C minor, No. 21
Such noticeable improvement ever since you’ve had a teacher, and the improvement is constant. This is very beautiful playing. Some over pedaling perhaps at points. Truly a wonderful performance and played so expressively (nice rubato) and nice balance of voices.


22. Mr Super Hunky - Everybody Hurts
Such a powerful piano sound wow! And surely your recording quality is amazing. Played with such skill and experience now! Can’t believe we started almost at the same time 9 years ago! Great tone!

23. N17 - Dance in G
What a great performance! You’ve done so well at 5.5 months! Building your skills very well here. Very nice.

24. Mar_red - Love Story
Great rendition to a wonderful pop tune! Very enjoyable.

25. joangolfing - Arietta
Lovely! Great touch and tone and wonderful balance of voices. What a wonderful listen!

26. Sand Tiger - Pancakes
Already composing tunes? Very nice Sand Tiger? Sounds great. Try to play more legato though, the breaks in the piece makes the time seem un-even.

27. (Was)TrueBeginner - Blame
Beautiful! So many composers here lately. And this is another amazing one. Truly a treat and played wonderfully.

28. ajames - Just a Day Away
Nice tune. Very familiar sounding but I just can’t place it right now. Played wonderfully.

29. jotur/Cathy Turner - Second Hand Rose
Such beautiful playing Cathy! This would have been a great treat at one of your gigs. Sounding better and better! Truly a treat listening to you my friend.

30. PikaPianist - Sonata in F minor, K466
Great chops! Such a delight to listen to such superb piano tone in a very delicate piece. Amazing.

31. Sam S - Suite from the Victorian Kitchen Garden - Prelude and Summer - Clarinet and Piano
Wow this is a truly special event here. First of all, a first for you Sam to have such a submission. Next is the beauty of listening to two wonderful instruments. Your wife plays beautifully and needs to sit in on my gigs! And the accompanying pianist is playing perfectly with perfect time. Doesn’t sound easy at all with those block chords. Congrats on such a great job for the duet!

32. outo - Fantasia no. 4 E-minor, Allegro
Fun listen. Outstanding performance and excellent progress!

33. noobpianist90 - Minuet in G major BWV Anh 114
Very nice! Beautiful tone and very well played.

34. Piano_Primo_1 - "Back at One" 5 12 14 1 session
Hey, a one-take performer like me! Awesome! Way to do it. Sounds great. You’re doing very well here. I would suggest playing this with a metronome though to get the time solid and avoid the empty spaces by playing more legato.

35. Ganddal - Gratulation
Very nice touch on the piano! Obviously many, many years here. Amazing.

36. Ohio_Mark - Beach Buggy Boogie
Great tune! And great sound. Love it. You might want to practice with a metronome to solidify the time since you were wavering quite a bit there. Enjoyable!

37. Monica K. - Scarborough Fair
The player got ahead of me and I haven’t read yet who was performing and I was impressed to see it was you Monica. This is just a great performance. Superb tone and evenness. Years of Einaudi must have solidified that time! Beautiful and loving that growl of the bass.

38. gingko2 - Ivan Sings (Andantino)
Very nice tone and you’re very successful in achieving great balance between the voices. If there’s any banging there (which I couldn’t hear) then I have a long way to go myself then. LOL.

39. Ataru074 - BWV 866 Fugue
Beautiful! Good legato sound. Done so precisely and evenly.

40. Copper - To a Wild Rose
Played so nicely Copper! And for a self-taught pianist, I can assure you I can hear improvement as well. And congratulations for continuous participation in the recitals.

41. Andy Platt - Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56
Lovely Andy! Great piece and lovely performance. To bring it up a notch, I would sit down and practice those triplets for awhile though to get them completely even. Maybe start slow. Great variety here and lovely change in dynamics.

42. carlos88 - From a sketchbook (D'un cahier d'esquisses)
You’re getting great tone here Carlos. Great sound. Not sure you need to be concerned about mistakes. The capability is all quite visible (and audible). Wonderful work.

43. Jazztpt (Russ) - Pictures
Here’s my tone idol right here! Always looking forward to listen to you play so I can get a few tips. Such awesome sounds you get from the piano. You picked up the tempo from the start. Going faster and faster. Was that intentional? Must be because it was too deliberate.

44. wimpiano - Telemann - Fantasia in E Minor
Congrats on your first recital! And you should be proud of your work for someone that just started. Welcome and keep up the great work. Glad you participated.

45. torquenale (alessandra) - Dance (from Four Rondos op. 60)
Sounds great! Love those chromatic lines done so perfectly legato! Nice tone and great evenness.

46. rerun - Tipitina 5 14 14
Don’t worry about anyone else rerun. Just enjoy yourself and submit. Great sound and very enjoyable. Your piano tone sounds very good. I can’t imagine Longhair playing like this though. There’s something missing rhythmically I think. But don’t know for sure. Just something to pay attention to, to bring it up a notch.

47. TrapperJohn - Ashokan Farewell
Really enjoyable piece! Played so emotionally. Very nice!

48. Richard (zrtf90) - Waltz in D flat, Op. 64 No. 1
Very nice! Quite a capable pianist here. Wonderful sound of the melody standing out. Great tone and expressiveness.

49. Pathbreaker (Tarik) - Op. 118 Intermezzo 1 & 2
Another single-take guy like me! That’s the spirit! Beautiful performances here. Lovely tone on those chords.

50. Valencia - Sonata Op. 109 3rd mvt -Theme only!!
Fun and beautiful! Good thing you submitted even last minute. Very nice and well done. The tone is really nice so you’re succeeding in your endeavors. Super!
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#2277630 - 05/17/14 08:47 PM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I finally got a few moments to listen to everyone's pieces. Wonderful. And thanks everyone for commenting on my submission. I wonder why so many put what they had for lunch in the description of their music?

01. dynamobt/Marilyn. Mozart Symphony No. 40 1st mvt

Unmistakeably Mozart. One of my favorite symphonies. It's funny you mentioned the pounding, but I thought it worked. It even sounded a bit orchestral. I haven't heard Mozart symphonies on piano before. It's like the Beethoven / Liszt transcriptions, right? I enjoyed it.

02. Whizbang. Piazzolla Milonga del Angel.
Not familiar with this genre but it sounded like you've played the piano forever. Thanks for playing for us beginners. I particularly liked the middle part of this piece. It sounded like three pieces of music merged into one.

03. ShiroKuro. Nyman Big My Secret.
Participant requested no feedback

04. Anne H. Einaudi Discovery At Night.
I recently saw a film on Netflix by Schwartzberg called Ocean with music of Einaudi. When you music came on, I immediately started seeing all those beautiful scenaries of oceans and forests. Great!

05. wouter79. Schumann Kinderszenen, op. 15.
Only 4 years on the piano and you play this? I think I need to go back to practicing. Nevermind, I will never catch up. I might as well just enough listening. Great job too.

06. Jazzwee. Jazzwee All the Things You Are Improv.
Wow. You compose and play. Sick. I don't know much about jazz but it sounds good. Amazing.

07. AZ_Astro. Mier Seventh Street Blues.
Very serene. I didn't know you can record Ivory 2 without a DAW. I need to PM you. Great sound.

09. SwissMS. Kuhlau Sonatina in C op. 20 mvt 1.
This has got to be my absolutely favorite Kuhlau sonatina. I always perk up when I hear it, and having heard it 500 times this year, I still really like it! Actually like it even more.

10. CarlosCC. CarlossCC Quietness.
Wow another composer. I am really impressed. Speechless. So amazing.

11. Peyton. Philip Glass Escape.
I really like Philip Glass. I think you have captured his style well. Glass is unique and unmistakeable. I think I started working and forgot I was listening to the recital thought it was the radio. Love 2:23 in this piece.

12. Greener. Beethoven Sonata #14 in C# minor, op. 27, no. 2.
I agree the 1st movement is really over played, so very refreshing to hear the 2nd movement. I got into it so much when the end came I was expecting the 3rd movement to begin but then, oh, it's over!

13. Riddler. Gershwin Love Walked In.
I must admit, I don't really seek out Gershwin to listen to. I find This piece very pleasant hearing it for the very first time. Thanks for choosing to play it.

14. George Schiro. Schiro Ambivalence.
What's with all the talent here? This piece of music sound a bit like anime music at first, then a bit jazzy, then back to anime. It's very interesting and cool. Thanks for writing and performing it.

15. peterws. Satie Gymnopedies 2 & 3.
OK. Back to classical music. Very true to Satie's intentions and mood. Nice playing.

16. sinophilia. Tchaikovsky In Church, op. 39, no. 24
Really nice playing. Hard piece. Nice coda.

17. Yamaha G3 & P-80. de Curtis Torna A Surriento.
Nice mood. You found it just the other day? Pretty amazing.

18. earlofmar. Bach Minuet in C minor BWV Anh 121.
Bach is earth shattering in my book. Not sure which other piece you planned that would be more flashy, but Bach is very flashy and always hard. Nice job here.

19. Casinitaly. Pachelbel Fughetta.
I thought this guy only wrote the Canon in D. Kidding. Nice piece. I haven't heard this before. Thanks for treat.

20. Newbert. Joel New York State of Mind
Did you see that YouTube vid of that kid at school asking Joel if he could play with him on stage. This was the song. Nice playing.

21. MaryBee. Chopin Nocturne in C minor, no. 21.
This sounds to me like a properly played nocturne. Good job.

22. Mr Super Hunky. REM Everybody Hurts.
I wonder why so many rock groups write stuff in major sunny bright happy key then give it some horribly sad title and lyrics. Coldplay seem to do that for every song. Anyway, if you didn't tell me what this song was called, I would guess "A Wonderful Day at the Beach". Nice playing; wrong title. Haha.

23. N17. Haydn Dance in G.
Hey that's my first Haydn from Fundamental Keys. I recognize it from anywhere. Hey you even played the repeat. Good for you. Thanks for choosing this and bring back the memories. Good work!

24. Mar_red. Lai Love Story.
Love this Shirley Bassey song from the 70's. My parents used to play this song on the stereo all the time when the movie debut. Good job.

25. joanjolfing. Grieg: Arietta.
Lovely melody. Really expressive. Thanks for playing this RCM Level 6 piece. Now I know what it sounds like.

26. Sand Tiger. Sand Tiger: Pancakes.
Another composer, amazing. Very cute song. Love the title. Very inspirational and wonderful story.

27. (Was)TrueBeginner. (Was)TrueBeginner: Blame.
Very very sad song. It's like the piano is crying. Amazing composition.

28. ajames. Crosland: Just a Day Away.
Alfred can be kind of stuffy and this is a perfect break. Nice piece, very relaxing. Like.

29. jotur. Hanley/Clark: Second Hand Rose.
Paticipant requested no feedback.

30. PikaPianist. Scarlatti: Sonata in F minor, K. 466.
Very nicely done. I really like this piece, heard from Pandora many times, and you captured it perfectly with very subtle expressiveness. Really great job.

31. Sam S. Reade: Suite from the Victorian Kitchen Garden.
Very great job playing and accompanying. A really awesome job following the clarinet. Great duet.

32. outo. Telemann: Fantasia no. 4 in E minor, Allegro.
I really like baroque, and there's just not enough Telemann around. Thanks for choosing this. I enjoy listening to it.

33. noobpianist90. Bach/Petzold: Minuet in G major BMV Anh 114.
All the pieces from Anna M. Bach album are awesome. Never tired of this. Very nice phrasing. Good job.

34. Piano_Primo_1. McKnight/Bradley: Back at One.
Nice. There's some element of Elton John in this. Good playing.


35. Ganddal. Peterson-Berger: Gratulation.
Really interesting piece, hearing it for the first time. Thanks for sharing and playing for us.

36. Ohio_Mark. Mier: Beach Buggy Boogie.
Really interesting guitar effect. Not sure how Boogie Woogie should be but it's cool.

37. Monica K. Nevue: Scarborough Fair.
Great job. Nevue has a certain unique style. I hear it here. Very nice playing.

38. gingko2. Khachaturian: Ivan Sings.
What is wrong Ivan? Why is Ivan Busy, Lazy, Sleepy, and Crazy. Ivan Sings too? Nice. The other Ivan piece are just as awesome amazing music that's funny at the same time. You played it well.

39. Ataru074. Bach: Fugue BWV 866
Really good live recital without trying for second take. Very brave. Good playing.

40. Copper. MacDowell: To a Wild Rose.
Nicely done, expressive.

41. Andy Platt. Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56.
I've recently grown to appreciate Bartok after learning a few of his pieces as well. His stuff isn't really melodic and you captured the essence here. Technically hard hard hard.

42. Carlos88. Debussy: From a sketchbook.
Participant requested no feedback.

43. Jazztpt. Jazztpt: Pictures.
Amazing. This is a wonderful composition. Not a jazz person myself, but it's very inspiring. Thank you for performing it.

44. wimpiano. Telemann: Fantasia in E minor.
Nice playing, nice use of color. Having played this as well, definitely partial to it. Good job!

45. torquenale. Kabalevsky: Dance (from Four Rondos, op. 60)
Kabalevsky is torturously hard. I'm impressed by all the finger twisting here. Good job.

46. rerun. Prof Longhair: Tipitina.
A nice job with this. Pretty smooth playing. I enjoy it!

47. TrapperJohn. Ungar: Ashokan Farewell.
Good rendition of this classic. Nice melodic playing. It's stuck in my head now.

48. zrtf90. Chopin: Waltz in D flat, op. 64. no. 1.
The waltzing part is really well done at around 0:56. Really good effort.

49. Pathbreaker. Brahms: Intermezzo 1 & 2, op. 118.
I really need to get into Brahms more. Great music. Good job.

50. Valencia. Beethoven: Sonata #30 in E major, op. 109, 3rd mvmt.
Love this! What a perfect coda for the recital. More more.
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#2277650 - 05/17/14 09:55 PM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
gingko2 Offline
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Thank you, thank you, Ataru074, Cathy, Jazzwee, 8 Octaves for your nice comments and encouragement. Well, we all know we certainly have a long way to go--but the journey is worth it.

I’ve listened to most but will start with the second half.

I’m impressed at the quality of these performances.


25. joangolfing - Arietta (to do)

Lovely! Nice shaping of the phrases, pauses and retards in the right places.

26. Sand Tiger - Pancakes (to do)

Nice even, thoughtful playing. With simpler pieces some tend to just “blow it off.” This performance has weight. Good job.

27. (Was)TrueBeginner - Blame (to do)

Original? Nice piece and expressive performance.

28. ajames - Just a Day Away (to do)

Very clear. Nice tempo and expression. I enjoyed it. Good job!

29. jotur/Cathy Turner - Second Hand Rose (to do)

Cathy, your piece shows such love and comfort in playing. Wow! I so much respect your public playing and ability to put your audience at ease. Wish I could do it and you’re a good role model. Very nice, I loved it.

30. PikaPianist - Sonata in F minor, K466 (to do)

Beautiful piece and performance. I enjoyed it very much.

31. Sam S - Suite from the Victorian Kitchen Garden - Prelude and Summer - Clarinet and Piano (to do)

I would think marital musical duets could be stressful-even with the best of relationships. Well done and thank you.

32. outo - Fantasia no. 4 E-minor, Allegro (to do)

Nice piece and even performance. The voices are very clear. Well done!

33. noobpianist90 - Minuet in G major BWV Anh 114 (to do)

I enjoyed listening to your performance. Nice tempo, ornaments were just enough.

34. Piano_Primo_1 - "Back at One" 5 12 14 1 session (to do)

Enjoyable performance and neatly done.

35. Ganddal - Gratulation (to do)

Nice and playful.

36. Ohio_Mark - Beach Buggy Boogie (to do)

OK! At first surprised, but got into it. Nicely done!

37. Monica K. - Scarborough Fair (to do)

Lovely version of this traditional piece.

38. gingko2 - Ivan Sings (Andantino) (to do)

Another six months and this might sound like something. More dynamic contrast ‘cause Ivan has a bit of melodrama to his personality.

At least you posted!

39. Ataru074 - BWV 866 Fugue (to do)

Nice control and shape to this! Enjoyed it very much. One take? You have nerves of steel.

40. Copper - To a Wild Rose (to do)

Lovely piece. Thanks for not rushing it. Good expression, very beautiful.

41. Andy Platt - Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 (to do)

I had listened to a version of Joc cu Bata a while ago which was very hard and fast--took all the grace out of it. I like your tempos of all the pieces and the mix of dance and song--that is, there’s expression and a little poignancy. Something else is going besides foot-stomping.

I want to go back and take another look at Joc cu Bata (and someday the others). Thanks for the inspiration!

What was your favorite?


42. carlos88 - From a sketchbook (D'un cahier d'esquisses) (to do)

I love Debussy--but he’s never easy! Enjoyed your performance very much.

43. Jazztpt (Russ) - Pictures (to do)

Great! Very impressive. I enjoyed it very much. I toy around with simple jazz sometimes but this is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

44. wimpiano - Telemann - Fantasia in E Minor (to do)

Even, with clear voices. Good job.

45. torquenale (alessandra) - Dance (from Four Rondos op. 60) (to do)

I love Kabalevsky. Very playful yet solid. Good performance with just the right amount of humor.

46. rerun - Tipitina 5 14 14 (to do)

Nice even performance!

47. TrapperJohn - Ashokan Farewell (to do)

Nice rendition. Good expression and control which doesn’t get melodramatic. Enjoyed it.

48. Richard (zrtf90) - Waltz in D flat, Op. 64 No. 1 (to do)

Good control with nice expression, some few nicely placed pauses make it sound like music and not an exercise!

49. Pathbreaker (Tarik) - Op. 118 Intermezzo 1 & 2 (to do)

Brahms is tough! I’ll never play his works myself.) Impressive performance. Thank you!

50. Valencia - Sonata Op. 109 3rd mvt -Theme only!! (to do)

Lovely, just lovely! Hope you don't mind that I can't say more.
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#2277682 - 05/17/14 11:21 PM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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A cool (almost wintery), quiet Sunday and what a great way to spend it listening to the recital. Thanks for all the comments on my piece (you know who you are), I find the encouragement so valuable.

01. dynamobt/Marilyn - Symphony No. 40 1st mvt Glad you and your sister had fun. I really enjoyed listening to this despite all the warnings and I thought what a wonderful relationship you have to be able to share something so magical. I believe there is a time and place to just bang out a bit of music and this was it, well done to both of you.

02. Whizbang (Chris) - Milonga del Angel Glad I watched the video to see the complexity of this wonderful piece. Reading the detail you supplied was also very revealing. I really loved the drama of the piece and your playing, such a delight.

03. ShiroKuro - Big My Secret No technical feedback, good because I doubt I will ever have that skill. You have every right to be proud of this piece for to my ears this was a sensational listen.

04. Anne H - Discovery At Night Wow, this is only 1.5 years back in the saddle. Very expressive and powerful I loved it. Also had the great pleasure of seeing the man in concert this year with was awe inspiring.

05. wouter79 - Kinderszenen, Op. 15, "Von fremden Ländern und Menschen" and "Träumerei". Didn’t they also say Beethoven’s metronome was broken, I thought the good old days everything was made to perfection. Anyway whatever the speed this is a beautiful performance, totally in command, I particularly enjoyed the longing of the piece piece.

06. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are Improv Your one take improvisation is my idea of what makes a great pianist.

07. AZ_Astro - Seventh Street Blues So nice, gave a sense of restrained elegance, I can hear why you found it so attractive and what a great achievement to get it sounding this good in only a month.

08. 8 Octaves - When River Flowed on Mars Alas it was over all too soon, so nice to listen to, the voicing was first class.

09. SwissMS/Doris - Sonatina in C Major Opus 20 #1 1st Movement Your playing was delightful, I have listened to this many times being part of the repertoire I will be learning next year. You made it look to easy lol.

10. CarlosCC - Quietness Great art is usually born of suffering, unfortunately. You have created an exceptional homage and original work. I was very moved by this piece.

11. Peyton - Escape I love the recitals because I get to listen to so much variety. Loved the piece, loved the playing and as always left wanting more. Got distracted and also listened to your Gnossienne #1 which was very good indeed.
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#2277689 - 05/17/14 11:45 PM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I'm still listening and will keep posting comments little by little, but I wanted to explain to 8 Octaves and anyone else who might not know the thing about "no technical feedback." There are that many of us who select it, so I think some people don't even notice it, and some don't realize what it means.

Just to be clear, the request is for "no technical feedback" not no feedback at all. This option was added a long time ago because some people don't want technical feedback on our recital submissions.

I can only speak for myself, but the request for no technical feedback is not because I think my playing has no room to improve, but because I work with my teacher on my playing, and when I submit something to the recital, I have it as polished as I can get it and I just want to share the finished version regardless of how much room there still is for improvement.

Personally, I love to know that people listened and if they enjoyed it that makes me very happy.

So just so you know for future reference smile

Oh, also, not everyone comments on everyone's recording, so you can just erase parts of the recital template for pieces that you don't comment on.

Again, just FYI. Don't feel obligated to comment on my or anyone else's recordings! smile
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#2277692 - 05/17/14 11:55 PM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Cathy, thank you for listening! Interpretation is always challenging, but definitely moreso with this piece than others that I've played recently, so thank you for noticing that.

Jazzwee, I was waiting for someone to say that! smile Anyway thanks for listening and I'm glad you liked it.

Earlofmar, thank you for your kind words! I still hear so many areas that need improvement, but I'm really happy I could share it with everyone here and I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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#2277695 - 05/18/14 12:01 AM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Ok, here are a few more, I am really enjoying everyone's recordings!!

15. peterws/peter - Gymnopedies 2 & 3
Peter, very nice! Soothing and relaxing, you play beautifully. I know what you mean about discipline, I've felt that to be hard with Satie's Je te veux and the first Gymnopedies. Have you considered (or played) any of the Gnossiennes? I played the first, and I really want to add the 4th to my repertoire. They are very quirky IMO.

16. sinophilia (Diana) - In Church - Op. 39 no. 24
I can't tell anything wrong with your chords, I think it all sounds great! I can't comment too much about dynamics since I don't know this music, but I will say I always find my digital to be limiting in terms of dynamics, so I try to keep the image of how it sounds when I play an acoustic, or at my lesson piano and that does help when I'm on the digital. In any case, very nice job!

17. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Torna A Surriento
Very cool that you heard this on the radio and then were able to go and find the score! That's great. I guessed from the title that's Italian, but wow, does it ever sound Italian, I can tell why you wanted to play it.

18. earlofmar - Minuet in C Minor BWV Anh 121
Great job! You're doing very well! Bach is always harder than it looks and although yes, he does make us work hard, there's a lot to be gained there and I think you're really getting it!

19. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Fughetta
Wonderful! You know, poor Pachelbel, his other piece is so famous that I think it's often forgotten that he actually composed a bunch of other pieces. Your playing in this recording is very good and can tell you enjoyed playing this! Those little puzzles are quite tricky and I thought you did them quite well!

20. Newbert - New York State of Mind
Nice! The piece builds nicely as it goes along. I couldn't tell which parts you added (which is a good sign because it shows how well they fit). Great job!

21. MaryBee - Nocturne in C minor, No. 21
Oh, wonderful! I've been thinking I might try a nocturne myself (I was thinking the E minor, 72-1 IIRC) but maybe this would be a good one to start with. Those "random number against random number" passages are so intimidating, but yours sound lovely! And you do capture the mysteriousness which is what I always find most compelling in Chopin's nocturnes. You've inspired me to go and find the score for this now! Wonderful recording!

22. Mr Super Hunky - Everybody Hurts
Awesome, I love that we get to hear REM/MSH/The Coors after Chopin! I don't know the Coors cover (I don't think) but I sure do know the original, and you nailed it! Great playing and great arrangement!

Ok, time for bed, looking forward to more tomorrow smile
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#2277733 - 05/18/14 02:09 AM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: ShiroKuro]
8 Octaves Offline

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Registered: 04/20/14
Posts: 318
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: ShiroKuro

I can only speak for myself, but the request for no technical feedback is not because I think my playing has no room to improve, but because I work with my teacher on my playing, and when I submit something to the recital, I have it as polished as I can get it and I just want to share the finished version regardless of how much room there still is for improvement.


Thanks for the clarifications. Being new to the recitals, I wanted to take the safe path just in case. I did enjoy your piece from The Piano. I've had this CD since seeing the film in the cinema long ago. It brings back memories. Thanks for playing it on the recital. smile
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#2277760 - 05/18/14 03:47 AM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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My day of listening has been very enjoyable so far but I got to stop and get some practice in soon:

12. Greener/Jeff - Moonlight Sonata, Mvt 2 - Op. 27, No 2. Certainly very different from Movement 1 & 3 but you brought out a very lovely melody which I would agree is under rated.

13. Riddler (Ed) - Love Walked In I don’t know much about this style of playing other than it sounds effortless which I am sure it isn’t by a long shot. You obviously have a great feel for this style well done.

14. George Schiro - Ambivalence Always love a self composition, especially one with such depth and character. Perhaps the title is a misnomer though, for that is the last thing it evoked in me.

15. peterws/peter - Gymnopedies 2 & 3 Definitely not music to yawn to, much more introspective which I am glad you have captured so well. These pieces evoke so many feelings depending on the mood of the listener I have to marvel at the tender restraint and I think perfect execution.

16. sinophilia (Diana) - In Church - Op. 39 no. 24 Italians eating pizza, has the world gone mad? I see what you mean by the tempo change but your version sounds even more stately played this way. No hint of chord difficulty and dynamically, was very moving.

17. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Torna A Surriento Brilliant on so many levels a mere beginner like me can only sit back and appreciate, thank you.


19. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Fughetta Pachelbel and steam engines a match made in.......somewhere. What a little gem, played well (as always)with a fine balance between both hands. One has to listen to this type of music attentatively and remember this is the music that inspired Bach.

20. Newbert - New York State of Mind In my opinion not an easy piece to bring off, especially since many of us having grown up with Billy think we know it so well and in my case it’s quite close to my heart. You did the piece proud, very well played and evocative.

21. MaryBee - Nocturne in C minor, No. 21 You set a high standard in a previous recital with Chopin’s “Raindrop” which I seem to remember you writing took a year. That’s maybe why you thought this one easy and were able to just fly through the learning process. None the less it’s an impressive performance many of us would give our left arms to be able to play if we did not really need them.

22. Mr Super Hunky - Everybody Hurts Variety is the spice of life, you need to change your lunch menu. You don’t have to change your playing though you really have a gift there, wonderful.

23. N17 - Dance in G This is very fine, controlled playing for just over five months and it’s always nice to see someone’s first recital. Yes it’s daunting but you rose to the challenge and gave us a great first piece and perhaps a glimpse of you future works. Look forward to that.

24. Mar_red - Love Story A well worn favourite but with your own special touch and arrangement. Gave the piece a new breath of fresh air, very impressive and now I want to see the movie again.

25. joangolfing - Arietta Managing three voice’s can’t be easy but you made it sound like it was. So short I wanted more, that and to be able to play this good.

26. Sand Tiger - Pancakes A very nice melody, so jealous of them members that can compose such original work. Glad you included the lyrics which I could follow along with and hear someone sing (I am no singer either).

27. (Was)TrueBeginner - Blame Another beautiful self composition with a very solid melody. It is emotionally difficult to listen and read the backstory you have given us. The title also seems charged with feeling, but at the same time I appreciate that is what good music should do.

28. ajames - Just a Day Away Understand about the dolls - was it just a phase we were going through? Ten months sound like they have been well spent this was just excellent. Well controlled and beautiful timing made it very easy to listen to.

29. jotur/Cathy Turner - Second Hand Rose I think you have it very together now, never mind in the future. I love when a pianist brings out the life within a piece that makes you just need to tap your feet.
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#2277764 - 05/18/14 04:01 AM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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32. outo - Fantasia no. 4 E-minor, Allegro I really like Telemann, I had never heard this piece before, but I really liked it. There is a lot going on in it -you've got the different voices singing very clearly , great trills and articulation. I can see why you wanted to keep working on this piece. You sould be proud of this result - I loved it.

33. noobpianist90 - Minuet in G major BWV Anh 114 If I'm not mistaken, you are actually not supposed to use the pedal at all in pieces from this period, so your decision was perfect. This was charmingly played! Most enjoyable.

34. Piano_Primo_1 - "Back at One" 5 12 14 1 session I am not familiar with this piece, but I certainly liked it. I like the mood it creates, you played it with a feeling that transmits a great sense of happiness and optimism - very enjoyable listening- thanks!

35. Ganddalf - Gratulation Ganddalf, thanks for the history of your piece and the composer. You're right, this music isn't familiar to me, but it reminded me of Grieg. This makes me think of a happy spring scene, with maidens dancing through fields of flowers enjoying the first blooms of the year. This is really delightful music that brings a smile to the heart, I loved listening to this! Thanks for introducing me to Mr. Peterson-Berger, - I'll watch for the others in the next piano bar!

36. Ohio_Mark - Beach Buggy Boogie Martha Miers is so much fun - I have this piece in my collection too. You've done a great job here and I liked your sound effects! Very nicely done, you've got the flavour of the piece shining brightly and you really do boogie very well. Bravo!

37. Monica K. - Scarborough Fair I've loved this music since I was a child. This version is really beautiful - as is your performance. Sweet but never cloying, gorgeous depths of tones. I liked the contrasts of the sharper staccato notes here and there between the rippling flow of smoother parts. Lovely precision and fluidity, you've made your piano sing wonderfully. Loved it.

38. gingko2 - Ivan Sings (Andantino) Ivan sings very nicely! It seems to me that Ivan is at point in his adventures where he isn't sure of what to do and has to have a conversation about the options with himself. This is very expressive, with lovely expression. I enjoyed listening!

39. Ataru074 - BWV 866 Fugue Love Bach, love fugues, loved your piece. Congrats on a one-take presentation! Yes, there were a couple of little fumbles, but you recovered well and they were quickly forgotten in the face of the overall performance. I enjoyed this very much.

40. Copper - To a Wild Rose I love this piece - you played it beautifully - a lovely treat in my morning listening session.

41. Andy Platt - Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 I rarely hear any Bartok - I have a few pieces in some of my books but they don't appeal to me at all. THESE however really got my attention! I had different images of the dancers in each part - there's a nice blend of playfulness and sobriety, heavier stomps and delicate ballet "pas" - a very nice venue for demonstrating how much you've refined your skills and technique. Bravo!
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#2277769 - 05/18/14 04:49 AM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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14 George Shiro

A decent complex arrangement minor key based, melancholy mood with a bit of panic inbuilt. Like - "My g/f`s left me. And she`s on her way to tell my missus . . " Good stuff, man!

15 Peterws

Any slower and you`ll topple o`er . . .This is not good practice for any forthcoming heavy metal aspirations we know you have . . .

16 Sinophilia

You`ve surprised many with this. A mature execution of a lovely contemplative piece. Excellent all round; I honestly couldn`t fault, and your piano sounded tremendous. Bet you`re glad you hung on to Cas . .. The ending was very well done.

17 Yamaha G80 and P80

This music has a sensitive feel which you give it. Now then. Was the last chord an improvisation? smile

18 Earlofmar

Finger twisting stuff. My Bach is definitely worse than that of my dog. Definitely relentless at times is Bach, the father of Jazz as some would say. Don`t look for emotion; rather, technical expertise and consistency. Well played!

19 Casinitaly

Loved the Italian steam engines; so far ahead of their time. I don`t know what a fughetta is (a female fugue maybe) but yours sounded harpsichord - ready and had a lovely preciseness to it.

20 Newbert

There`s some good rythms here, and chords too which will help on this joirney we`re all making. A good listen man!

21 Mary bee

Love the piano; plenty of expression here Well nailed and displayed. Great dynamics, excellent work all round.

Have fun, everyone! Got to clean out the caravan and car this morning. The Wise And Wonderful One has decreed it. And she must be obeyed . . . . frown
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#2277779 - 05/18/14 05:33 AM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: peterws]
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Here is my last batch of comments. I am really impressed with the variety presented this time, and with the progress that everyone has made. Thanks to everyone that took time to comment on my piece. Your feedback is very appreciated, and helps my keep striving to improve!

36. Ohio_Mark - Beach Buggy Boogie This was really fun! I like your use of the steel guitar for the melody. Nicely played.

37. Monica K. - Scarborough Fair This is a beautiful arrangement, and you really give it a lot of emotion. There is a lot going on here, and you make it sound effortless. Beautifully played!

38. gingko2 - Ivan Sings (Andantino) Your balance between the melody and the accompaniment was very good. Nice playing!

39. Ataru074 - BWV 866 Fugue I admire you for getting this in one take! Nice balance among the voices. Great job on some difficult Bach!

40. Copper - To a Wild Rose I never get tired of hearing this piece. It is so soothing and there are so many subtleties in it. You do a great job with it! I like your pacing, giving it time to breathe. Very nice.

41. Andy Platt - Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 I love this set! I told my teacher that I didn’t like Bartok, so she introduced me to these. I changed my mind. You do a beautiful job with them. I like the contrast you make between the dances. You have captured the essence of Bartok’s eclectic style. Very nice!

42. carlos88 - From a sketchbook (D'un cahier d'esquisses) This is a new piece to me, but it is full of the ethereal feel of Debussy’s music. Your image of the ocean and moonlight is very fitting. Nicely played!

43. Jazztpt (Russ) - Pictures This a beautiful, relaxing composition. Beautiful, expressive playing! It sounds like you were having fun.

44. wimpiano - Telemann - Fantasia in E Minor A very stately performance. You are off to a good start!

45. torquenale (alessandra) - Dance (from Four Rondos op. 60) I have only recently discovered Kabelevsky. He has a lot of playful work like this. You gave it great, bouncy carnival like feel. Great fun! Nicely played!

46. rerun - Tipitina 5 14 14 This is another fun piece! I like your arrangement. Nice playing!

47. TrapperJohn - Ashokan Farewell Very nice playing of this classic. Your melody really sings, and the phrasing is very nice. I love Dan Coates arrangements, too!

48. Richard (zrtf90) - Waltz in D flat, Op. 64 No. 1 Beautiful job on this “minute” waltz. I really like your phrasing. It really gave this piece life and vitality. The well planned retardandos worked very well. Nice!

49. Pathbreaker (Tarik) - Op. 118 Intermezzo 1 & 2 Impressive, full rich performance. That you did these as a set in one take is testament to your abilities. Brahms is hard! Wonderful job.

50. Valencia - Sonata Op. 109 3rd mvt -Theme only!! This is truly lovely. Since you mentioned trying to play simultaneous notes cleanly, I was listening. They sounded very precise! You did a beautiful job with this, and it was a fitting end to this recital!
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#2277790 - 05/18/14 06:35 AM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: SwissMS]
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Thanks to all who participated in this recital, listening is how I learn tunes and techniques and I learn a lot from you guys. Thank you for listening to my submission and critiquing, makes me look forward to this event again with something new to push the envelope a bit further. Well done all in this last batch:


32. outo – First time to hear this tune too, well done!

33. noobpianist90 – Now this tune I recognize Noob, nice job!

34. Piano_Primo_1 – Nice work, it sounds like a recent pop tune hit with a different title.

35. Ganddal – Very well played!

36. Ohio_Mark – I haven’t heard this tune before but like what you’re doing with it!!

37. Monica K. – I’ll tell you what, you are getting really skilled on the 88 … I really enjoyed your version!! Thanks for all the work on this recital too!!

38. gingko2 – You want to hear banging, I’ll trot out one of our grand kids … Good work!!

39. Ataru074 – Haven’t heard it before but well done!!

40. Copper – Hey, there’s something about your work I really like a lot, love listening to it!!

41. Andy Platt - #2 sounded familiar; #3 sounded like someone from Romania wrote it. I only counted 4 but you played ‘em great!!

42. carlos88 – Yep, sounded like waves here too, nice work!

43. Jazztpt (Russ) – Wow, I couldn’t do that in 76 years JP.

44. wimpiano - Telemann – Sounds like the pace is just right … well done!!

45. torquenale (alessandra) – Really nice work Alessandra!

47. TrapperJohn – I remember that one from Burns’ docu. Has a “Waltzing Matilda” flavor to it … very well done Trap!!

48. Richard (zrtf90) – I remember hearing this one too, nice work!!

49. Pathbreaker (Tarik) – Well done Tarik!!

50. Valencia – It didn’t stomp on my ears, pretty work!!


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#2277803 - 05/18/14 07:53 AM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: SwissMS]
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Originally Posted By: SwissMS


47. TrapperJohn - Ashokan Farewell ...Your melody really sings...




No matter what else could be said - pro & con - about my playing, to me there is no higher compliment...

Thanks much!
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#2277807 - 05/18/14 08:37 AM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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01. dynamobt/Marilyn - Symphony No. 40 1st mvt
I love it. Didn't know a piano arrangement did exist but I think it's brilliant. The playing of you and your sister is very nice.
Of the Mozart symphonies I like this one and the Allegro con Brio out of the 25th the best. (These are probably also the most popular but they're just very good).

02. Whizbang (Chris) - Milonga del Angel
Very Nice. Our Queen would love it as she's Argentinian and is a fan of Piazzolla.
Haven't heard a piano arrangement of a bandoneon piece yet but I think it translates very well to the piano.
Your touch is very good.

03. ShiroKuro - Big My Secret
Your hard work has certainly paid off. Very pleasant to listen to.

04. Anne H - Discovery At Night
For me it captures the athmosphere of a city at Night. Very nice.

05. wouter79 - Kinderszenen, Op. 15, "Von fremden Ländern und Menschen" and "Traumerei".
I would love to be able to play this. The "Von fremden Landern und Menschen" is my favourite piece of Kinderszenen and you play it beautifully.

06. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are Improv
Not only do you compose but you do it while you play.. Incredible. Like it!

07. AZ_Astro - Seventh Street Blues
Sounds so nice and calm..

08. 8 Octaves - When River Flowed on Mars
Very nice! I like the sound of your piano a lot as well. And brilliantly played.

09. SwissMS/Doris - Sonatina in C Major Opus 20 #1 1st Movement
I love it. This is the Sonatina you talked about in the AOTW right? I don't hear even the slightes unevenness in it an it sounds just great!
Very beautiful.

10. CarlosCC - Quietness
Beautiful, very calm and peaceful. It is great to have good memories of the ones you love when they're no longer with us.

11. Peyton - Escape
Just perfect, yealous of your playing wink

12. Greener/Jeff - Moonlight Sonata, Mvt 2 - Op. 27, No 2.
Love the moonlight sonata. It's one of those pieces that never bores me.
I usually only listen to the complete sonata's so it's not unfamiliar to me. You play it very well.

13. Riddler (Ed) - Love Walked In
This is one of the nice things of open recitals. Unexpected music. As others said, very relaxed smile

14. George Schiro - Ambivalence
Being able to make good music all by yourself must be really fun.. Good job!!

15. peterws/peter - Gymnopedies 2 & 3
I am a fan of Satie's work. The slower the better and you pull it of to play it just perfect.

16. sinophilia (Diana) - In Church - Op. 39 no. 24
Sounds almost like a penitential psalm, would fit right in a church. You have captured the atmoshpere just as it should be!

17. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Torna A Surriento
Agree with piano_primo, very passionate and would fit right in a movie..

18. earlofmar - Minuet in C Minor BWV Anh 121
I like how you play the right hand so softly.
It's just how my teacher says this should be done and judging from how this sounds he's right!
On our classic radio they always say: "Geen dag zonder Bach" (No day without Bach) and I couldn't agree more. Very well done.

19. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Fughetta
Nice to hear the theme develop, it's indeed like a puzzle unfolding. The pictures in the video made me smile smile

20. Newbert - New York State of Mind
Don't go to "off" again wink You play to nice for that! The title made me fear of the Alicia Keys song which I don't like. This is way better.


Ok, that's the first set. I've heard all recordings a couple of times now but writing something about them takes more time.


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#2277847 - 05/18/14 10:34 AM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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08. 8 Octaves

piece:When River Flowed on Mars
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
noise: no
bass: ok,
piano sound: Pretty good. For a moment I thougth this was a Yamaha DP. I'm missing a bit of color when you start to play louder.

musical:
overall impression, like: Smooth playing. it rolls on without any hickups. Melody comes out nice. Great work considering you use the RH only. This must be a good exercise for practicing voicing and training the pinky smile I'm not too impressed with the piece itself though, as you say it is like an etude.
Phrasing: ok
rubato, speed changes: slowdown around 0:40 and at the end.
Dynamics: yes, when I listened specifically for it I was surprised that there is actually a lot more dynamics than I would think just from the changes in timbre, Maybe this is why I thought it was a DP.
articulation: pedal per measure. The articulation could definitely benefit from less pedal but I'm not sure how much is really possible with only 1 hand.
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#2277850 - 05/18/14 10:43 AM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Thank you Ataru074, jotur, SwissMS, jazzwee, 8 Octaves, gingko2, casinitaly, Rerun for your kind words. I'm glad you found it enjoyable (excuse me if I missed someone).

This was my first recital and I had a great time. Thanks everyone! I was exposed to a lot of different music and I enjoyed every moment of it.
Please consider my comments only as my own opinions and suggestions and not as criticism.

01. dynamobt/Marilyn - Symphony No. 40 1st mvt
Nice! The K550 is one of my favorites and I enjoyed the four hand version. I actually like it in this tempo. You had such little practice and still managed to do
such a wonderful recording!

02. Whizbang (Chris) - Milonga del Angel
I have played parts of Milonga del angel on the classical guitar, but the arrangement you've played sounds very different from that. Your playing captures the mood of the piece brilliantly! I thoroughly enjoyed this performance!
There is so much more depth to this piece while performed on piano (or maybe its your playing). On classical guitar, it sounds soft and pleasing and the sliding is nice, but its so intense on the piano. I'm definitely learning this one day.

03. ShiroKuro - Big My Secret
Very soft and pleasing. I'm very happy that you entered this piece. It sounds wonderful and as long as I like how it sounds, I'm not in the tiniest bit concerned about how you recorded it. Very well played!
Is the movie "The piano" worth watching? I don't watch a whole lot of movies.

04. Anne H - Discovery At Night
This is really great! I haven't listened to much of Ludovico Einaudi. I had only heard Divenire and Primavera before listening to this. I should check out more of his work. I found the variation in tempo very interesting and unanticipated, which in my opinion, gave a lot of energy to the performance, however, I would have liked to hear the beginning start off at a lower tempo and then built up to speed. That's just my opinion though, I'm not sure how as to how this piece should be interpreted.

05. wouter79 - Kinderszenen, Op. 15, "Von fremden Ländern und Menschen" and "Träumerei".
Very clear and expressive playing. In Von fremden Ländern und Menschen, I would have preferred to play it a little bit slower and the left hand a bit softer (just me smile )
Träumerei was beautiful! You captured the feel of the piece perfectly. Gives me the impression of floating undisturbed among the clouds laugh

06. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are Improv
It was very enjoyable! Thank you for sharing. I always enjoy improvised performances because they are so spontaneous and fun!

07. AZ_Astro - Seventh Street Blues
Wow! It was really great! This was my first time listening to this piece. I must say, it has captured my imagination immediately. I went on to YouTube and listened to many recordings, I still enjoy yours the most! laugh

08. 8 Octaves - When River Flowed on Mars
It was too short! I really wanted to hear this music for a much longer time. Very well played! It stirred something in me that was long forgotten. I had to put it on loop and listen to it at least 4 or 5 times before I was satisfied smile

09. SwissMS/Doris - Sonatina in C Major Opus 20 #1 1st Movement
This is my first time listening to a piece by Kuhalu. Very clear expressions and free playing. Thank you for sharing. I found the rhythmic part in the section around 1:00 very interesting, something very different and refreshing from the usual scale runs. Very well executed. I would love to watch more of your videos.

10. CarlosCC - Quietness
A very beautiful and moving composition. Your playing complements the composition and fits it perfectly. I sincerely hope your best listener and admirer feels this music. I felt sad that the music had to end.

11. Peyton - Escape
Well played. The beginning was very mellow and soft and lured me into a lazy, comfortable mood and the stark contrast at 2:18 snapped me out of my reverie and broke the spell. I found it thoroughly refreshing! Thank you so much for sharing. The only Glass I had listened to before this was Metamorphosis.

12. Greener/Jeff - Moonlight Sonata, Mvt 2 - Op. 27, No 2.
I agree completely that this piece deserves much more recognition than it gets. You pull it off quite well.
I have a few suggestions. Generally, this piece sounds very good as a contrast with the first movement. I would have liked it more to have heard it brisk and energetic with less pedal and more popping.
You've crossed the hard part in this piece. Now all that's left is the fun part. Really listen to some recordings of this piece, I suggest Barenboim and Kempff. You will truly enjoy polishing this piece.

13. Riddler (Ed) - Love Walked In
Very nicely played. This is one of the few Gershwin pieces I have listened to, and you do a great job on it. I found it very enjoyable.

14. George Schiro - Ambivalence
I would never have guessed this was improvised. Improvised performances impress me as I know how difficult it is to just play and sound good. You do a really good job of it.

15. peterws/peter - Gymnopedies 2 & 3
Nice, slow, reflective, soothing music. Very well executed. The difficulty of playing slow music is often underestimated, and I realize they are not as easy as they sound. Very well done! The video was excellent, complemented the music perfectly.

16. sinophilia (Diana) - In Church - Op. 39 no. 24
Well played! Sounds very mature and polished. Especially the part after 1:55. I enjoyed listening to this piece.

17. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Torna A Surriento
I had not heard of this piece or composer before. Good find, it sounds really great.
I have a suggestion, try rolling the chords more smoothly. Not that they don't sound good, but with a little more polish, they would sound fantastic. I'm talking about 00:30 - 01:06.

18. earlofmar - Minuet in C Minor BWV Anh 121
I usually hear this piece played much faster, and I must say, I enjoyed your tempo choice. Very well played!
Please spend a little more time polishing this piece. It sounds good now, but has the potential to sound wonderful, especially the ornaments.

19. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Fughetta
The only Pachelbel piece I've heard is the famous canon in D. This fughetta is a real gem of a piece. You execute it brilliantly, nice legato and good balance and control between the voices. Very well done!
I have a small suggestion. The ornament towards the end sounds like it was accented. I would have preferred it to be more subtle. Just my opinion.

20. Newbert - New York State of Mind
Well played. Kept me engaged till the last note. I haven't listened to the original, so I have no feedback to offer. I have only hard a few songs by Billy Joel, like pianoman and we didn't start the fire. I should check him out

21. MaryBee - Nocturne in C minor, No. 21
Nice! Finally, some Chopin! I am an avid listener of Chopin and enjoy any and all of his music.
I'm sorry but I must disagree with you when you say it's one of Chopin's easiest. In my opinion, there is no such thing as an easy Chopin piece. They are all extremely challenging. I used to be able to play parts of this nocturne, and I used to play it a bit faster. It's easier to play this nocturne faster rather than slower. Playing this piece slowly makes the pedalling more challenging and this piece becomes harder to play. You do a good job with this piece, and there is potential for this to truly shine brightly.

22. Mr Super Hunky - Everybody Hurts
Lol authentic double cover! Very well played. Sounds like a professional performance. Flawless! I would have loved to listen to the raw audio. The compression kinda clipped out the high tones.

23. N17 - Dance in G
This a nice little Haydn piece. I haven't come across it before. Any chance someone knows the Hob. number for this piece? I would love to learn it (without buying the Humphries book).
Your playing is excellent for 5.5 months! I would never have guessed.
I have some suggestions. I sense that this piece needs to be played with more staccato. If its a dance, then in my opinion, it should be very lively and energetic. I suggest a lot more staccato and perhaps a little faster on the tempo will definitely give this piece the kick it needs to sound really polished. Alternating staccato and legato will be good practice as well.
Please keep in mind this is only my opinion and I may be right or wrong. You should confirm before agreeing or disagreeing with what I'm saying smile

24. Mar_red - Love Story
You did succeed. I love the embellishments and harmonies accompanying the main melody. The melody seemed to weave in and out and I found myself losing myself in this piece and listening to it again and again to completely feel it.
Very well done. I have always thought this piece was overplayed. I'm proven wrong by how a different arrangement can make it sound so wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing.

25. joangolfing - Arietta
This doesn't sound like its easy to play. You do a very good job of it. As you've said this is a WIP I'm looking forward to the end result if it already sounds so good.

26. Sand Tiger - Pancakes
I love the composition, I tried to imagine how the lyrics would fit in, but I'm having a hard time. Please sing along and post the recording. I'm sure we would all enjoy listening to it.
Also, I think some more legato would really make this composition appear smooth, buttery and fluffy the way I think you mean for it to sound.

27. (Was)TrueBeginner - Blame
Wow so many composers here! I suddenly feel like composing. Very nice playing and beautiful, soulful, haunting melody. It expresses how you are feeling. Excuse the slang, but dem feels...

28. ajames - Just a Day Away
Nice piece and well played. I enjoyed it. It was short and sweet and you pulled it off very well.

29. jotur/Cathy Turner - Second Hand Rose
I thought it sounded wonderful. It sounds like its being played by a very skilled and polished pianist and I could not hear the hesitations or the wrong notes. Very well played!

30. PikaPianist - Sonata in F minor, K466
Very nicely played! You're choice of tempo and soft playing gives it great depth and gravity and I was absorbed by your performance. Sounds truly exquisite. Especially the part after 03:20.

31. Sam S - Suite from the Victorian Kitchen Garden - Prelude and Summer - Clarinet and Piano
That was a real treat. I haven't listened to much of clarinet music and I really enjoyed this duet. You do a beautiful job of supporting the clarinet and I'm sure it was quite a bit harder than it sounds (and it doesnt sound easy). I particularly enjoyed the last movment.

32. outo - Fantasia no. 4 E-minor, Allegro
I'm in a baroque place right now and I'm enjoying everything baroque and you give a brilliant performance, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Well played.

34. Piano_Primo_1 - "Back at One" 5 12 14 1 session
This reminds of a song I heard long ago, I can't quite put my finger on it. Arghh! This is going to prick me till I get it.
Well played! Very soft and nice phrasing.

35. Ganddal - Gratulation
This is a nice piece and you play it very well. This is my first time listening to Wilhelm Peterson-Berger. I look forward to listening to more of his work.

36. Ohio_Mark - Beach Buggy Boogie
Nice! Good use of the steel guitar tone. It has a very free feel to it, almost like it was improvised. Well played. Good luck for your upcoming recital! Have a blast! smile

37. Monica K. - Scarborough Fair
I enjoyed this arrangement of a very memorable melody. You give it great depth and emotion. I listened to the original recording, and I disagree that the original is vastly superior. Both versions are different and I can't say that one is superior and one is inferior. Yours was a lot more soft and pleasing.

38. gingko2 - Ivan Sings (Andantino)
Nicely done. Very expressive and smooth playing. The part around 1:00 sound tricky to pull off. Good job.
I did notice in a couple of places that the music got slightly murky. Maybe you could consider pedalling a little less?

39. Ataru074 - BWV 866 Fugue
Wow! Nicely done. This is superb. I really enjoyed your performance and tempo choice where I could really listen to what's going on. Some people play it really fast with the idea that the faster the better. This was really good.
I am very impressed that the fumbling didn't slow you down at all and you kept playing through. Respect! I think I'm going to do the one take from the next recital. Your performance was quite inspiring.

40. Copper - To a Wild Rose
Beautiful playing. It must have taken a lot of control and concentration to maintain the tempo so well. Excellent performance!

41. Andy Platt - Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56
Fun pieces and nicely played! I'm still a complete Bartok newbie. I'm still on Mikrokosmos vol. I, but listening to these pieces make me very happy that I'm progressing towards some great music.
I particularly enjoyed music at 01:14 - 01:45. Which dance is this?

42. carlos88 - From a sketchbook (D'un cahier d'esquisses)
Yes it does capture the calm of the ocean quite well. Nicely played. Debussy is a lot harder than he sounds, and you play his music very well. I particularly liked your playing at 3:45 till the end, very well executed.

43. Jazztpt (Russ) - Pictures
Very nice! It was a very enjoyable performance. I particularly enjoyed the part around 1:27 and the rhythim variations after that. It has a nice feel to it. I so want to explore jazz more right now!

44. wimpiano - Telemann - Fantasia in E Minor (to do
I don't think it needs to be faster. It sounds perfectly good right now, but playing it faster would be easier to control the flow and the rhythm of the piece. Good job!

45. torquenale (alessandra) - Dance (from Four Rondos op. 60)
I've just started getting into Kaabalevsky music, and I found your performance very enjoyable. This doesn't sound easy to play. You play it very well.

46. rerun - Tipitina 5 14 14
I'm very impressed with your ear skills. Excellent playing. A very soft and pleasing piece. Thank you for sharing.

47. TrapperJohn - Ashokan Farewell
Very expressively played and nicely phrased. Nice performance!

48. Richard (zrtf90) - Waltz in D flat, Op. 64 No. 1
Ah Chopin. Nice! I always enjoyed this waltz but found it a bit intimidating to play. You do a very good job of it.

49. Pathbreaker (Tarik) - Op. 118 Intermezzo 1 & 2
These are really nice pieces and you play them very well. Recording two pieces back to back must not have been easy. Nice, clear playing and smooth phrasing and you maintained control till the end, which is really impressive.
I feel little bad that I've completely ignored Brahms so far. I'll definitely start listening to more of his works.

50. Valencia - Sonata Op. 109 3rd mvt -Theme only!!
Very beautiful. The notes do sound together, you did a good job on it. If I'm not mistaken, this is the cantabile section. Or am I mis-remembering? Anyway, it sounds really nice!

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#2277861 - 05/18/14 11:12 AM Re: Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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06 Performer's name: Jazzwee Title of piece: All the Things You Are Improv Composer: Me
I listened through twice, once to get the overall feel of the piece and the second time to pay closer attention to the left hand chords. Interesting phrasing and I thought the left hand had more interesting phrasing than the right! I have never played jazz so this type of piece gets my attention. The lack of a distinct melody makes these pieces challenging, I assume? In any case, fine job!

07 This was my piece and I have appreciated everyone's comments to date. Thanks!

08 Performer's name: 8 Octaves Title of piece: When River Flowed on Mars Composer: Nancy Telfer
Aah. My kind of piece! Mysterious. Eloquent. Wonderful chords. An impressive piece of composition and it sounds like a blast to play. Your rendition really brought it to life for me. Great!

09 Performer's name: SwissMS/Doris Title of piece: Sonatina in C Major Opus 20 #1 1st Movement Composer: Kuhlau
Very dainty and elegant. I would have guessed it was Mozart and I loved the scales. Sweet!

10 Performer's name: CarlosCC Title of piece: Quietness Composer: CarlosCC
It's a poignant and very beautiful expression of sorrow and remembrance. I loved its free form and spontaneity. Beautifully done and a wonderful tribute.

11 Performer's name: Peyton Title of piece: Escape Composer: Philip Glass
I'm going to have to look into works by Glass. This piece was very tense with a lot of mood to it. The Pramberger sounded great, loved the bass! At this early stage in my piano journey, I think I prefer the simpler pieces that are dramatic like this one. Well played!

12 Performer's name: Greener/Jeff Title of piece: Moonlight Sonata, Mvt 2 - Op. 27, No 2. Composer: Beethoven
Great job on a very challenging piece! I slaved over the slow movement and have never given this one a second thought before, but I will re-think that now.



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