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#448759 - 04/02/03 09:53 AM Re: Reflections from the Keyboard...
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#448760 - 04/03/03 01:32 PM Re: Reflections from the Keyboard...
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Who managed to catch last night's performances? I thought that the Chopin Waltz performed by Paderewski(Sp?) was slightly more enjoyable than Horowitz's rendition(David Dubal thought that Horowitz's was godly--I didn't perceive it as such). Can you get over the fact that Uchida is slamming! No, she is not "hot"--though a good looking gal--but her playing is steamingly gorgeous. I absolutely loved what she had done with that Debussy eight-finger-piece. Hopefully, someone updates WQXR's website to reflect the latest, Wednesday night, program. They haven't updated since the fifth of March. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the very fact that they have updated that much, so far. I love that station.
Sincerely,
Kenney
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10:00pm, Wednesdays, WQXR.com 96.3FM "Reflections from the keyboard..." If you don't like it, you don't like ice cream(Sinatra).

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#448761 - 04/03/03 03:14 PM Re: Reflections from the Keyboard...
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i caught about half of it, and was very grateful to have been told about the show and how to find it here on this forum. unfortunately the signal kept slipping, so i wasn't able to hear any of the performances in total. it's a great introduction to me of pieces and pianists i was previously unfamiliar with.

thanks again.
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#448762 - 04/03/03 03:54 PM Re: Reflections from the Keyboard...
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Originally posted by pique:
...it's a great introduction to me of pieces and pianists i was previously unfamiliar with.

thanks again.[/b]
That's the genius of this program. It would take big bucks and oodles of time to track down the performances that David Dubal presents us with. And--to think--it costs merely a couple of pennies to turn on your radio for an hour(for those of us lucky enough to be within reach of the frequency). Can you imagine all of the performers that are indebted to this guy, and WQXR? They are, in effect, giving hundreds of performers a second chance at life. Thanks for reading.

Sincerely,
Kenney
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10:00pm, Wednesdays, WQXR.com 96.3FM "Reflections from the keyboard..." If you don't like it, you don't like ice cream(Sinatra).

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#448763 - 04/03/03 11:44 PM Re: Reflections from the Keyboard...
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 Quote:
Originally posted by kenney:
Who managed to catch last night's performances? Can you get over the fact that Uchida is slamming! No, she is not "hot"--though a good looking gal--but her playing is steamingly gorgeous. I absolutely loved what she had done with that Debussy eight-finger-piece.[/b]
Hi Kenney,

I only caught the last half of the program, and I absolutely remember Uchida's performance! Her performance of the Debussy was just like you described, and she put the other performer to shame! Amazingly smooth.

Also in the program were a couple performance's of Gershwin's 2nd prelude for piano (from the set of 3 preludes). It's the slow one in C# minor --- one I've played many times. I can't remember who the first performer was, but he did a nice job, though a little bit on the dry side. The 2nd performer was none other than Leonard Bernstein, who did an awful job (in my opinion) because he played his own improvised, big, emotionally squishy *expansion* of this piece. Gack! Pay attention to the written notes, please!

(Edit: Reminder to folks like myself who don't live near NYC: Use the internet! http://www.wqxr.com)

-- Chris

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#448764 - 04/03/03 11:56 PM Re: Reflections from the Keyboard...
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I finally was able to listen to the entire program from beginning to end and only had to reconnect one time. (I think it helps if you have the minimum number of windows necessary open)
The Etude with No Thumbs was pretty interesting. I would have liked to see a video of it. I fooled around later on trying to play extended passages without using my thumbs and ended up feeling kinda foolish. It reminded me of sociology class experiments where we had to blindfold ourselves and pretend to be blind for 30 minutes or so.

OK, I'm sorry, here's a "Benny Goodman story" I heard. During W.W.II, Goodman had a pianist that was missing a finger.
In spite of the obvious handicap, he was an excellent player and kept a very fast tempo going.
When the other band members would tire of his upbeat tempo they would yell "Hey Charlie, take off another finger"

Somehow I don't think David will use this story in the near future. I like his quotes very much, though.

Off topic a little, how many "Sonatas for Left Hand" exist and who wrote them? (not sure of title correctness either) I think the composer was French but I'm not certain of that.

I listened to the Gershin 2nd Prelude closely since my son played all 3 of them a few months ago as part of his junior recital.

What is D. Dubal's background? Has he performed? How long has he produced this show?

Thanks for the introduction, Kenny.
Bob

Chris, Oscar Levant played the Gershwin before Bernstein.

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#448765 - 04/04/03 06:44 PM Re: Reflections from the Keyboard...
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Originally posted by kenney:
The Piano in Compartive Performance is on, tonight at 10:00pm--WQXR.com or 96.3FM(New York City). It has been a couple of weeks since I had sent all of you a reminder. Hope that you can catch this program, and post your thoughts/reaction. Take care.
Sincerely,
Kenney[/b]
All those posts made me curious,
I actually would like to hear it.
Is there no way someone can tape it ? :-)

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#448766 - 04/04/03 07:38 PM Re: Reflections from the Keyboard...
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Registered: 01/21/03
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Loc: Dallas, TX
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Originally posted by RKVS1:
Off topic a little, how many "Sonatas for Left Hand" exist and who wrote them? (not sure of title correctness either) I think the composer was French but I'm not certain of that.

Chris, Oscar Levant played the Gershwin before Bernstein.[/b]
Thanks for identifying Levant!

I don't know about Sonatas for the left hand, but I have a piece by Brahms for left hand only. It's his transcription of a Chaconne by J.S.Bach. There's no opus number associated with this thing. It's title is, "Chaconne by J.S.Bach (arranged for the left hand alone), Study No. 5". This appears to be the 5th of 5 pieces collectively called "Studies for Piano". I've played it before, and it's pretty challenging.

-- Chris

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