Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room

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Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/14/11 09:33 PM

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Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/14/11 10:18 PM

#1. Ben- Nice start for the recital! A beautiful little waltz and so nicely played.
#2. Wouter- Nicely handled there Wouter. A real nice feel and I especially liked the second part which I think I've rarely listened to.
#4. Mel- wow, I thought it was going to be some kind of umpa Waltz but instead it's this beautiful feeling piece. I think you said it all when you described it as "slow, soft, simple, and elegant."
#5. Yea Sam!! Before you are done you will have an album of Mendelssohn. I really look forward to your playing every recital. I note you say it should be faster but I really like the tempo you play it at.
#6. cgyan- Cool piece. I would not normally like that much reverb but it works. Watched it on youtube.
#7. Keemanan- Imagining I'm at an actual recital this was a nice switch from the other works. I really enjoyed hearing the different voices. Seems to me you handled the left hand exceptionally well.
#8. SH- Well, you really had the crowds in line for this one SH! You didn't disappoint, I almost had flashbacks.. Sounds like you had some fun playing it too... smile
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/14/11 11:02 PM

Oh my gosh! You are all so fast!! I thought it wouldn't be up till tomorrow, but not only is the recital thread up and completed, the discussion thread has already started!

Monica, thank you again for doing all of this!!

I am going to start listening now! Yay!
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/14/11 11:56 PM

1. BenPiano - I really enjoyed this. I think you captured the feeling of this piece very well, or at least it worked for me!
2. Wouter - nice rhythm and groove, overall fantastic job, esp. with the RH and the punchy/frolicky dynamics. perhaps bring out some of the subtle LH melodies (or that could just be my imagination that hears them). exceptional recording and that's an era instrument, right? well done!
3. Peyton - superb playing. Emotions: sad, hopeful, nostaglic, longing, bitter sorrow, ... the high-register stuff in the last minute or so is just too potent. This must have been a moving experience with respect to your friend.
4. D-lux - nailed the first bar, so I know I'm good to keep listening wink You know, I'm not familiar with this piece, so I'm going to have to give it a few listens, but I can tell this is very, very good playing. Oh, also an exceptional recording.
5. Sam Smith - I've really enjoyed these Sam. I'm glad there are so many diverse interests in this group. These Mendelsohn pieces are so beautiful, and very well played.
6. Iain - You are dialing up the gems my friend. Your production is terrific, from playing to recording to the video. A very beautiful piece. The thought that comes to mind is 'timeless.'
7. KeemaNan - outstanding balance and evenness overall and between voices. I don't know what accents you are troubled by, but maybe a more refined ear than mine would be troubled.
8. Mr. Super Hunky - awesome, man. that's exactly why that album is my all time #1. thanks. funny, but at the end, I was waiting for the cash register... wink
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 12:23 AM

28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68 An outtake would have been funny. Nice playing - nice staccato and phrasing, and tinkly meldoy smile

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There Nice job. Very pretty piece.

43. Mike White Oh, I like! Definitely that great dance feel. Nice drama and shifts in the feeling.

1. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor I can see elegant waltzers from the 19th century in my head smile Very nice.

56. ddh - Daniel - les lulus I expected it to be bouncy, but it was very nostalgic. After reading the comment I shouldn't have been surprised. Nicely done.

57. mcasl - Hob XVI This was delightful! I liked your trills.

13. casinitaly - Cheryl - Gypsy Legend I was looking forward to this. You got that Gypsy feel - I liked it a lot.

19. Mateusz 'Mati' - Odin Sphere Lovely! Delicate beginning to kind of triumphant.

29. serge88 - Your Song How cool that you did your own arrangement - it was great. In fact, the whole thing was cool.

27. BillM - Mr. President You know, I almost had your former name memorized - This was terrific. Great swing - I wish I had that kind of swing. Loved it.

I'm going to try listening more tonight, but everything is really slo-o-o-ow on this end - PW and the tune downloads. But onward and upwards!

Cathy
Posted by: liszt85

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 12:39 AM

I've skimmed through all of them.. enjoyed it very much (each and every submission). Keep up the good work everybody, and thanks for sharing your work!
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 01:35 AM

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight This was beautiful - thanks so much for contributing it.

54. TTigg - i Giorni You did a great job on this TTigg. And the black and white photos were perfect - the perfect feel.

6. cgyan - Iain - Aria I think your avatar was bobbing in time with the music smile This had some great sonorous parts in the bass.

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi Oh, very nice - quite nice. One could do a lot of reflecting to this music.

34. Mohan Karthik - So Far Away Nice first composition. You were right in style with your inspiration.

32. Undone - Toccata in D minor Well done! I liked the piano on it - and the big chords made me sit up straight laugh

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley Very accomplished. Dark, smoky bar, black and white movie smile

22. MartinJB - Reflections Beautiful. And congratulations on your first ABF recital.

39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude I thought it was fun! Very lively - great spirit.

36. MaryBee - Sheep I thought it was pretty well balanced. It was also well-paced - an organ kind of stateliness.

More, but probably not until Thursday. Great music so far.

Cathy
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 01:37 AM

9. P-Rex I have a special place for marches. Maybe it's because of the military training, or maybe it's just part of me. For example, I'm working on two marches right now, if that's any indication. Anyways, I was not familiar with the Wiener march before listening to your performance. I rather enjoyed your piece, what a fun and pleasant performance!
10. CarlosCC - I'm starting to see why everyone loves Einaldi. Wow, I'm really enjoying this performance a great deal. I don't think I'm going to be able to resist learning this and I Giorni. Well done!
11. Monica - you keep out-doing yourself. I loved this performance, and I liked the rhythm of the alternating two-note parts.
12. JF - the first thing that strikes me is that the performer has a certain air of confidence and surety, and then guess who it happens to be??? wink excellent choices, they blend / complement well.
13. Cheryl - ooo, that was tasty was my thought the first time through. I like the gypsy feel of this piece. This makes me a tad intrigued about why you sought it out--is there some gypsy in you?
14. CMohr - this I like. I enjoyed this piece very much, I wish it was easier to identify the parts that I thought were exceptional, but I'll just say there were a few moments in which I thought 'mmm. that's how you do it.' And I don't really know 'how you do it', but I knew it was something that caught a certain feeling that usually doesn't get caught.
15. T Vance - For whatever reason, I really enjoy the stuff Chopin does in C# min. This was quite musical and pleasant. I really enjoyed this waltz, I'm going to have to give it more attention. I love Chopin but haven't gotten into the waltzes and mazurkas yet--but I have a new favorite. I'm listening to Joangolfing's piece but the Chopin is still playing!!
16. Joanlgolfing - Ok, I had to take some ear-ginger after Todd's performance to cleanse the palate, because about 2-3 minutes into your piece, I realized I was missing something special. This is a very moody piece, just the kind I really like. I thought your performance was exceptionally musical.
17. Glen - three excellent pieces (or is it one?) I'm really impressed at some of the jazz talent in this recital. I really enjoyed your performance, and look forward to repeated listenings.
18. Ken - Although somewhat spare compared to some of these other performances, yours sticks out as particularly musical. There is something about distilling the essence of the music into the fundamental components that is very satisfying to the ear. I quite enjoyed these two--esp. mysterioso.
19. Mati - Is this from Final Fantasy? I recognize Odin. I loved FF VII back in '97. In any event, you are very talented. excellent recording, and all in 3 days? seriously? this was a real treat.
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 01:44 AM

These are kind of 'first impressions', many of these I'll need to let them marinate, but I'd like to echo l85--this is really an impressive collection of performances (about 2/3 through), and I'm so proud of everyone, and pleased to be in such fine company (even if I'm at the less-musical end of the spectrum).
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 02:57 AM

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3 Just wonderful playing with great feeling, Ben. The balance of the left and right hands was perfect! Charming waltz. Excellent recording, too.

02. wouter79 - the entertainer It's hard to believe you've only been playing 1 year! Great job - you got the perfect feeling down in this piece, especially the first section. It sounded like I was in the room with you - nice recording.

03. Peyton - Angel What a sublime melody - evocative of so many feelings. I know you said it is pretty simple, but that's not a bad thing. Some of the simplest melodies are the loveliest-as this is. I enjoyed this tremendously!

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen Absolutely beautiful piece! You certainly did it justice with your perfect touch. I definitely enjoyed listening!

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1 Oh, this may be my favorite of the SWWs that you've played! I think you did a fabulous job in bringing out the top melody note, while still letting all the others sing. I enjoyed your tempo, also.

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria Another composer who is new to me. I love it! From your description of his works, I think the tone in which you chose to record was perfect. Your playing sounds flawless, moving and dynamic. Very professional! Love the big sound towards the end.

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682) Lovely work on the Purcell! Your ornaments were very well done and appropriate. I enjoyed this very much!

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover) Your description of this as an "inspired cover" is perfect - very inspiring! You absolutely have captured the feeling of the original with the one instrument. I would have never thought "The Great Gig..." could be done solo. This was wicked good!

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch I love a good march! Great work! (Only 13 mos?!) It does sound like a fun piece to play - that's evident in your performance. (I hope you didn't really do 3254 takes grin ?

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi Holy cow! This is an amazing performance! So well played - your touch, dynamics and feeling are sensational! I'm jealous of you memorizing this 5+ minute piece. I loved it. Nice recording, too.

11. Monica K. - The Meadow This is a beautiful piece by another composer who is new to me,. It's very evocative (to me anyway) of unrequited love. Very classy performance!

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D MajorI really like your description of what you did for an intro and how you changed a couple things - it works exceptionally well. I love the Shubert and a very nice segue into the Maykapar waltz. Charmingly played. Made me smile and feel like waltzing! The two waltzes go well together. I really enjoyed this medley!

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend Your new piano sounds wonderful! This is a very "neat" little piece, played smoothly and confidently. I love the gypsy feel. You get better with each recital! thumb

More tomorrow.

I am so impressed with the performances I've listened to so far. Can't wait to listen to the remaining submissions!
Posted by: CebuKid

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 07:36 AM

2.) Wouter - Joplin's Entertainer!

Wouter, I'll always listen to Joplin recordings first so you're first on my list!

I liked this arrangement, and "Entertainer's" one of those pieces that sounds nice in almost any arrangement. Great job with the syncopation, pedaling, and dynamics. Where did you get the sheet music for this by the way? smile
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 07:37 AM

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3 - Ben, fine interpretation and very nice, easy touch on this lovely little waltz. I only wished it had been longer! I might have been strongly tempted to insert a repeat sign at the end. I love waltzes and especially in minor keys - as you will discover - and this is a gem.

02. wouter79 - the entertainer - Fairly good 1st measure - got bored & didn't listen to the rest of the piece - 1st measure might have been better if you had used a DP though. Good overall effort on this Ragtime classic - your piano sounded fine and the recording even seemed like it was from that era - commendable job.

03. Peyton - Angel - Peyton, this is a warm, reflective and thoughtful piece - a lovely composition and very beautifully played - great left hand control - enjoyable video too - is your camera programmed for changes or do you have a videographer?

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen - Mel, yes, slow and simple and elegant, and as you say, exquisitely beautiful - which both describes the piece and your playing! I found it very interesting to know that the vocal part was added to the original accompaniment to create the piano solo. Throughly enjoyab;e performance.


05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1 - Sam, very impressive and lyrical interpretation of 19/1 - these "Songs" are all lovely and engaging works and you've done a great job working your way thru them (when is the CD going to be released?) - I really enjoy your playing on all of them thumb


06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria - cgyan, excellently played (as all of your pieces are) - highly interesting work with a good, listenable feel to it - perhaps it needed just a little more variation? Not sure - But very enjoyable overall - like your camera angle and the soft B&W focus.



More to follow...

JF
Posted by: WiseBuff

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 08:23 AM

I'll keep adding my thoughts each day...
#1 Ben. You made me visualize the dance. Nice.
#11 MonicaK. loved how the music becomes more complex. Your tempo excites and engages.
#21 Riddler. how cool that you did the arrangement. A happy feel to this piece.
#31 Augustina. bright and energetic. Metronome work will help even out that tempo.
#41 jotur/Cathy. This hymn is a favorite of mine too. What a nice arrangement and played well.
#50 Bunneh. A new composer for me. fluid, musical, nice temp.
#51 Hawgdriver. Ah...a fellow Denver person. Beautiful piece played with sensitivity. Chopin must like too..
#52 Bluekeys. Your Bach starts confidently at lively speed...although the speed starts racing it doesn't fall apart. Good work.
#53 Custard apple. nice sound and hand balance. Pretty.
#54 TTigg. what great finger exercise. Musical too.
#55 Copper. love this gentle piece. Good job.
#56 ddh. reminds me of a summer day by the lake. Enjoyed it.
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 09:24 AM

First ten - I really didn't mean to listen to these in one go but I couldn't stop myself - this is one great recital!!


01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3 You made a great start to the February Piano Bar and now you've started this recital off in great style too. Just as with Gymopedie, I think the way your left hand is so smooth is remarkable and gives this waltz a great feel.

02. wouter79 - the entertainer Sorry but I don't listen to recordings from acoustic pianos wink. This was a lovely performance of a classic. I gave up trying to learn this last year so I'm always impressed with those who've stuck with it (I'll do it one year). You struck a really nice tempo and there were some lovely touches with the dynamics.

03. Peyton - Angel That's a lovely tune. I wouldn't worry about embellishing it too much - it's simplicity has a charm and you played it beautifully.

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen Wow ... I was totally drawn into that piece. Suddenly Sam's piece came on (I was using the auto-player) and I got surprised. That was so beautiful!

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1 When I was growing up I always thought there was a single "Song without words" (the one I learnt playing the flute). Imagine my surprise when I found out he wrote thousands wink of them. Of all of them, this is probably my favorite - it has such wonderful melodic an harmonic touches. And your performance brought them all out without misplacing the accents. The dynamic range was wonderful.

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria Very dreamy, it could go on and on and I wouldn't care. You did a wonderful job of just letting the music flow.

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682) The way you kept the voices so balanced and independent - but together was wonderful. Purcell wrote some great music and you did it justice.

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover) I've never been a huge Floyd fan (I'll claim I'm too young) so I didn't know the original well but I enjoyed your performance greatly. It works great as a piano piece - however it started out life. As you note, that bass is something else ... hopefully you didn't get too wet recording it! Perhaps dial down the gain on the H2 a fraction though.

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch I don't know why people give Czerny a hard time. He wrote some great piano music. This is a lovely march and you got a great balance between the TUM-DE-DAs and the melodic lines that are interwoven. I know what you mean about leaving out repeats to get a recording though ...

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi Another lovely dreamy, meandering (in a good way) piece ... definitely living up to the title. You played it so beautifully - very evenly, but with contrasts where needed.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 09:42 AM

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3 A great piece to begin the e-cital. Brahms is one of my favorites and you played this beautiful piece very sensitively as Brahms would have it. Bravo!

02. wouter79 - the entertainer You held a great bass line and tempo throughout. My Dad used to play Scott Joplin all the time. This is one of the greats of truly American music and you did it justice.

03. Peyton - Angel A tribute to your friend, a wonderful composition, Peyton. You are clearly connecting with the music, getting into it. Thanks for sharing this.

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen A very beautiful melody, well played. It tells a wonderful story through your fingers.

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1 You always impress by playing Mendelssohn. You bring out the melody very nicely and your hesitations and dynamics are superbly placed.

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria Simply great! I really like this piece. Such talent you are. Thanks to you, this one gets added to my own to learn playlist.

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682) Very interesting composition I've not heard before. I really like how the bass line interplays with the melody. A great sound to the recording and to your playing. Thanks for sharing this music.

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover) I was having flashbacks listening to your solo piano arrangement. Love those chord changes. Nicely played.

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch Really enjoyed your playing. I'd not heard this before. You held the tempo really well and show great control

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi You played this piece very smoothly. I really like the fact your children picked this music for your e-cital. It is a proud, upbeat, sounding piece and you bring that out beautifully.

11. Monica K. - The Meadow You controlled the dynamics in such a way, it brings the melody to life. Thank you.

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major You definitely can't go wrong with a Schubert waltz and you played it beautifully, plenty of fire. This is a first I've ever heard by Maykapar - thanks for bringing this music to the e-cital. It is a very pretty piece, very well played.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 09:58 AM

#9. Yannick- Sounds like a combination of a nice fun piece and an exercise. I didn't know Czerny could be that much fun.
#10. Carlos- Einaudi can write such dreamy pieces. I really like the way you play this. It's neat that your kids like it too. (I'll be coming back to hear it again.. smile )
#11.Monica- That piece is so "you"... smile You play it as if you wrote it.
#12. Frank- I've played this on occasion and really love it. I agree with what you say.."a delightful piece to listen to and very much a fun piece to play." (And danged if you didn't keep me interested way past that first bar much less the first note or the silence before the first note...! smile ) Your transition between the two waltzes is very neat!
#13.-Casinitaly- very enjoyable. You are playing great for only 13 months.
Posted by: Bunneh

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 10:07 AM

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3
BenPiano,

just lovely as well. Your melody really sings, very very lyrical playing.

Also I sort of forgot about the short Brahms waltzes, thanks for reminding me and giving me a great idea of what to suggest to my teacher next!
I don't have any suggestions that might help you, unfortunately wink

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1
Sam,

lovely rendition! I never noticed this piece in my collection played by Barenboim but I loved what I heard from you - so you must be doing something right!! wink I think this piece really benefits from a really audible bass and middle voice compared to the Barenboim - something you aced.

How would you rate this in terms of technical difficulty compared to 19/6 and similar pieces such as Grieg's Arietta and Von fremden Ländern und Menschen?

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2
Todd,
You sound very certain in your playing and don't overdo the pedal, which gives this a very sophisticated sound. If I were to suggest anything, maybe play the LH quieter in certain parts.

I am usually a big fan of a LH that you can actually hear, unlike many professional recordings, but in some parts here, like the beginning it might give the RH melody some more spotlight if you toned it down. Just my 2 cents!

23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!)

Hoffy,
definitely not done to death. I never learned this and sight-read through it at a painfully slow tempo in my last lesson. Thanks for giving me an idea what it sounds like when you actually play it beautifully and at tempo!

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4
LaValse,

I don't know this piece, but it sounds like Scriabin even before you start - did you hear that static lament it's own mortality? wink
Can never have enough Scriabin, and this is another candidate for that indefinite point in time when I might dare learning some Scriabin as well. Thank you for your melancholy and gentle rendition.

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor
LisztAddict,
A very haunting piece, I'd not have guessed Bach if I listened to it without info! As usual your playing is flawless from where I'm standing!

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop'
hawgdriver:
I'll be honest - from your "time played" and your description I was scared of listening to this. It just started playing after I checked my own submission.

And it's fantastic! I brought up the idea of playing this about a year ago and my teacher told me to be patient and forget about it for now.

If I was able to play it like you do, I'd be perfectly content and I've playing twice as long. This is definitely a huge achievement! Congratulations!

52. bluekeys - Invention #13
Bluekeys,

Don't be so hard on yourself.vI liked your playing a lot! Certainly re-affirms my desire to learn this.
As for critique: You might play the 8th in the beginning a bit more pronounced and detached. They have such a lovely melody and effect.

BachScholar does this brilliantly in his YT video, IMHO.

I definitely don't think it needs to be any faster.

Otherwise I am out of suggestions wink

53. custard apple - A Time for Love
wow - I am really not a jazz person which is why I tend to miss out on a lot of the jazz submissions, but this is really outstanding. And I hope I don't give offense by saying this, but this is a piece that really needs that lovely out-of-tune bar piano sound which your piano has to the fullest. I really need a 3rd instrument! I am sure my SO is thrilled by this realization... Thanks for broadening my horizon.

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni
Lovely Einaudi, I'd have put you at 5+ years of experience from this professional rendition.


This was just my first batch - very well done.

I think this recital really should have a special "kudos" to all people with 1.5 years of experience or less - the quality of submissions in this "bracket" was really exceptionally high this time around and should prove to the world without a doubt that playing the piano gets very rewarding very early if you're as talented and/or hard-working as you guys!
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 10:24 AM

11. Monica K. - The Meadow This just drew me in from the first couple of bars and when the bass kicked in after a minute or so it had me completely hooked. It was so delicately played with a beautiful balance throughout. There was always clear direction too - it could so easily just have sprawled out.

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major That introduction was superb. I listened first before reading your notes on it and thought, "wow - that composer was a genius" ... pat yourself on the back! The waltz's were beautifully played throughout. Mine have a tendency to lurch and twist too much but you kept them nice and steady with variation where needed.

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend Very nice Cheryl! You kept a very nice balance between the hands. Sounds like it's time for your next tuning though!

14. CMohr - I Should Care I could tell it was submitted from a Mac so I didn't bother listening. I could almost smell the cigarette smoke wafting over me as I listened. Very nicely played - and I particularly enjoyed the introduction.

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2 This was one of the two pieces my teacher and I considered for this year - in the end I took the B minor waltz. But if I had done this one I would have been very proud to get it sounding like that. The different sections were nicely contrasted and you got that nice "waltz" feel to the left hand that's so important for Chopin.

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto When this started, I thought - that's wrong, it's been mislabeled. I think you'll agree it's not really allegretto but it was a charming performance and certainly it works at that pace. It was nicely controlled throughout and very musical.

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three Three for the price of one!! "I Remember Clifford" was very nicely done; some lovely shifts in there. I enjoyed your originals too - particularly the wonderful miniature!

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya I went back and listened a second time - they just flew by the first time through. The first piece was nice and mellow and the second was a great contrast; very nice swing partway through.

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme That's a great piece; very dreamy - I'm not often a fan of game music but you might convert me!

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade I feel I'm out on a walk through lightly snowy woods; the sun is just about peeking through. Very delicately and beautifully played.
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 10:49 AM

21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance That's a great piece. I'm not sure what the dolphins were doing but you made the piece dance very nicely. Your arrangement sounded wonderful!

22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em You were definitely "ahead"! The pedalling was very nice and it was a wonderful smooth performance.

23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!) Oh, yeah, I know it. That was a wonderful performance too - I've never learnt it with the ornaments but you make a great case for going back and putting them in. Very nice control in keeping the sound balanced between left and right hand.

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4 It is so nice to have some modern music that isn't jazz or new age in this recital. This Scriabin isn't one I know but it's so beautiful and played with such feeling. Great job!

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are That was a little different jazz to some of the other submissions and made a lovely change. I enjoyed all the mini runs in there.

26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads This took me home alright! It doesn't matter where you live, you'll always have some country roads. This was a wonderfully simple performance of a classic - I enjoyed it very much.

27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man) A wonderful job as always; I don't know how you keep them coming but please keep them coming!

28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust) Schumann is hard. So deceptively simple but full of tricky spots. I loved it and whether it was one take or twenty it was definitely worthwhile!

29. serge88 - Your Song Right from the very first chord I knew what this was! I love this song and you did a great job with it. I just bang out the chords but you had some lovely runs in there. Excellent.

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach I love the idea of taking on Bach inventions but somehow I never manage it. You did a great job with this - the counterpoint was evident throughout and the melodies weaved as they should.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 10:52 AM

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend This is a beautiful melody. I always enjoy listening to you play and it never ceases to amaze how far you've progressed in such a short time. Such an inspiration. Excellent, Cheryl.

14. CMohr - I Should Care You play this piece with such feeling and sophistication. I love the dissonant voices you chose for the chords. The tempo and hesitations give the lyrics even more meaning. A great rendition, extremely well played.

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2 Whenever I hear this music being played, it reminds me of why so many people love the piano and Chopin as they do. There are some tricky parts to this and you did a great job, very musical playing.

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto This sonata is not as familiar to me as many of the others. It is so...Beethoven. So much going on with this piece. You bring out the the subtle complexities very nicely and express the music beautifully.

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three Could have a used a bit stricter tempo with I Remember Clifford and improvised on it a bit more, but seemed the best one of four takes. As for the second piece, it could be developed a bit more. The third piece begins to tell a very nice story.

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya Such a playful piece of music. This is is one of my favorite Monk pieces. It is hard to play and you made it sound so easy. I'd not heard Misterioso before - thank you. Excellent work, Ken.

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme Beautifully executed and fun to listen to. Very sensitively played.

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade I am impressed by the fact you composed this piece. The chord changes are beautiful and your playing is so smooth.

Glen
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 11:43 AM

21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance A very solid, musical, rhythmic arrangement. I'd not heard this piece an a long while. Fanastic, Ed - plain and simple, you got skills...

22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em Martin, that was beautiful. It is hard to imagine you've been playing one year. I look forward to hearing more from you.

23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!) You keep the tempo going and I love your accents.

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4 So much going on this piece. Beautifully and sensitively expressed throughout. This one gets added to my to-learn list. Thank you for music.

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are Great upbeat tempo and hanging on to the melody through your strings of swinging eighth-notes. Great skill, Jazzwee.

26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads Well done on the John Denver song. It brings back memories when I hear this. I like the tempo you chose and the tone of your antique upright.

27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man) Simply marvellous, Bill. You never cease to amaze with your ability to sing so well and expertly accompany yourself. This has to be one of your better ones. Loved it!

28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust) Quite a nice, musical, singing tone I hear from your piano. Schumann is one of my favorites. You bring out the tension and moods of this Schumann very beautifully.

29. serge88 - Your Song I've not listened Elton John in a long time. You play this rendition of yours so very well. I remember many times in the past singing along when hearing it, just like this time. Thank you!!

Glen
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 01:09 PM

First 10:

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3 Very nicely played Ben. Excellent recording as well. I certainly wanted more though.


02. wouter79 - the entertainer I must be honest in saying that I was looking for a reason to slam you for something. ANYTHING!, but I couldn't as you gave me nothing to work with in that respect. SO....., I think you did a very nice job with this piece. Playing, timing, even the recording itself was very good. Keep up the good work.


03. Peyton - Angel I liked it Peyton. I agree with you about the low end muddling but that is probably due to the amount of notes being played within a short span in the lower register. Up an octave could fix that but then it puts your higher sections really high. What to do?. Still, a very nice tune played and received with a nice feel and emotion, especially the ending.


04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen I have to be honest and say that even after just the first bar, I was hooked! Very nice and played very delicately. Your recrding was top notch too.


05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1 As always, a very nice performance Sam. I liked the flowing left hand throughout the piece as well as your dynamics. Well played.

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria Absolutely beautiful piece. Dreamy even. Your performance was one of my favorite so far. I especially loved some of those "grand" chords used.

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682) Excellent finger work (trills) and lovely melody. Recrding quality was also top notch. Don't change a thing!


08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover) Hey Hunky, were you looking for an excuse to bang the bass keys?....I thought so! It would have been a nice recording if you didn't screw up the gain setting....again! Next time: 1.) adjust the gain setting to be more compatible with the tune being played. 2.) Play with much more emotion. 3.) Dammit stop banging the keys!, other than that, nice job, sounded great!!


09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch So this is what even finger control, dynamics and perfect tempo sound like. I'm jealous. A very nice and controlled performance.


10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi Absolutely gorgeous. Wow. Just oozing with delicate emotion and beautiful dynamics. This was simply an outstanding performance.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 01:19 PM

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach So much going on in this invention. You kept the tempo going which is no easy task. You play very well.

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail I like how you play this piece. Thank you for sharing your music.

32. Undone - Toccata in D minor (to do) The first person that comes to mind when hearing this is, E Power Biggs. You bring out some dynamics that are implied when you hear them played on the organ, but with the piano, they are much more clearly stated. I love this Toccata and you played it very well.

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor I practice this piece semi-regulary and wonder if it will ever smooth out and get up to speed. I very much enjoy the subtle dynamics you bring forth. I love this piece of music - thank you.

34. Mohan Karthik - So far away A wonderful original composition, so professional sounding. You played it with such patience and feeling. The quiet and pensive ending really completes this piece.

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee Very excellent work. Your improvisation is very befitting in this piece.

36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze You played this Bach so eloquently. The quality of your ornamentations add a great deal to it. Your tempo is quite good as is your dynamics. The sound of your piano is outstanding and really does add to the music. Bravo!

37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture This is a fairly long piece of music and you expressed each section very well. Such a gift you gave with your performance - Christmas early this year. Outstanding!

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante Most excellent control, Andy. The melody is so pure and simple, and no easy task to play it with the kind of finger control you show. Very enjoyable.

39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935 Outstanding Bach. You bring out the voices quite nicely. This is a great interpretation, Edwin.

40. GlassLove (Christine) - Song of India (arranged) It is really hard to believe you've been playing a little over a year. You play so well. I really look forward to hearing more of your music.

41. jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace Very wholesome. I am a sucker for good harmonies and you bring them out very nicely with this arrangement.

42. PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4 There are many options for playing this piece and I like the ones you chose. I've been playing this one for awhile now and still can't seem to get it where I want it to be. Good work.

43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel Loved how this melody morphs through the piece. A very interesting piece of music with some great changes. Most excellent choice of music, most excellently played - a wonderful picture the notes paint.

44. MegumiNoda - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2 Love Brahms music and I am so glad you played this. Op 117 is on my radar, but just a bit too advanced. You played beautifully.

45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24 Very nicely done. I'd not heard this piece, so thank you for sharing it.

46. ShiroKuro - Sunburst The first time experienced this music is when it was played on a guitar. It is very compelling. Excellent choice. Superb rendition, superbly played.

47. spidaman - A moment lost Never heard of David Nevue before. You play beautifully - the hesitations and dynamics are excellent. A very peaceful melody, indeed.

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement You did great on this piece, Laura! My own preference is a slower tempo and stronger dynamics. It is aptly named, Quasi una Fantasia, meaning it will result in a wide range of interpretations. You tell a good story with it. Glad to hear you playing again!

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto This Beethoven Sonata Movement has so much going on, so many things to consider. I loved the dynamics you bring to your playing. I was going to play this for the Beethoven Birthday e-cital, but injured my hand, so I am glad to be able to hear you play this. Maybe next year...Thank you for playing this very sublime Sonata Movement - good work!
Posted by: ten left thumbs

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 01:22 PM

1. Ben Piano and Brahms - what a lovely start to the recital! As you say, short and sweet.

2. Wouter and Entertainer - OK, I believe you can play this! You're not even afraid of the repeats. You have used your year well.
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 02:05 PM

Ok, I'm start with the folks just before and after me!

45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24 This is a piece I'm not familiar with, but I really enjoyed it! Is this your first time to participate in the ABF recitals? Either way, great job!! I look forward to hearing more recordings from you in upcoming recitals!

47. spidaman - A moment lost Very nice! I am so jealous that you could do this by ear! I have not played this DN piece, but listening to your recording makes me want to add it to my DN repertoire. You did a very nice job with this, so I would definitely encourage you to try some of DN's more difficult pieces too!

11. Monica K. - The Meadow Monica, someone posted above that you play this piece like you wrote it, and that is a very apt description!! I like the part where it sort of slows down, it reminds me a little bit of Joe Hisaishi's music. You really do a very nice job with the entire piece!

So, who is Desplat and how did you discover his music?

Ok, my lunch break is about over. I am looking forward to more listening this evening!
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 02:35 PM

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3
Short but very enjoyable. The quality of your video is first rate as is your playing.

03. Peyton - Angel
Another impressive original song. You have a talent for composing as well as performing. I love the full and varied camera angles – it is great to watch an artist at work.

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1
The only works by Mendelssohn that I have ever listened to are the ones that you have performed here in the ABF recitals. Thanks for broadening my musical experience. You play very well.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 02:37 PM

Originally Posted By: ShiroKuro
11. Monica K. - The Meadow Monica, someone posted above that you play this piece like you wrote it, and that is a very apt description!! I like the part where it sort of slows down, it reminds me a little bit of Joe Hisaishi's music. You really do a very nice job with the entire piece!

So, who is Desplat and how did you discover his music?


Thanks, Shiro! I found out about this piece right here on the forum; somebody posted a thread about Desplat's other work, and when YouTubing it, I discovered "The Meadow," at which point I realized the rest of the entire world already knew about it because it was featured in the "Twilight: New Moon" movie. laugh

...and I suppose I should confess that, er, I don't think the piece was supposed to slow down anywhere. Oopsie. whome
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 02:42 PM

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail That's a beautiful performance. I always enjoy listening to your playing ... and waiting for the page turns to show us you are doing it all properly wink

32. Undone - Toccata in D minor Yeah, this really needs a big ass organ but it was a great job on the piano too.

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor This is a wonderful Bach prelude executed with great skill and feeling. For some of these preludes my teacher says it's really one very long phrase and I could sense that from your interpretation.

34. Mohan Karthik - So far away This is a beautiful composition and played so lovingly. I listened to it a couple of times!

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee That was a lovely performance ladypayne; I didn't hear the airplane but it was very uplifting.

36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze This piece can easily become a little trite but you did a great job of preventing that. Some very nice accents at just the right points.

37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture I already listened and commented in the piano bar but thanks once again!

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante That's the best piece in the whole recital. Oh wait, crap, it's my own. Self-critique - I started off slower and wanted to keep that pace but it sped up. The dynamics on my digital are not good enough. Yeah, I know, blame the tools ... but really, it works better on an acoustic wink

39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935 I make a point of reading the description after listening ... I have no idea why you hate your trills. The whole performance sounded great to me. It sounds like you can play at speed with ease and grace.

40. GlassLove (Christine) - Song of India (arranged) I didn't know the piece but it was a beautiful simple rendition, played very nicely.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 02:44 PM

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria
Nice! You get a beautiful sound from your piano. I like the very cool retro black and white video.

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682)
This sounds like a difficult piece what with all the counterpointing and trilling going down but you pulled this off nicely. I like the way you kept up the tempo and didn’t get bogged down during the tricky passages.

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover)
I don’t think I’ve heard much Pink Floyd done as a piano instrumental but it sounds like you had fun with it. Very creative.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 02:59 PM

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch
You play very well for only 13 months. Camera or not you did a nice job with this.

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi
Your recording sounds professional, both in the quality of your playing and the excellent audio reproduction. You get a great sound from your piano. I’m sure you have made Monica proud with your selection.

11. Monica K. - The Meadow
I did find your excellent video and enjoyed it a lot. You are one of my favorite YouTube Stars.

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major It has been neat to witness the evolution of your playing over the last couple of years. Your playing is now quite confident and musical. Very impressive progress for a fellow self-directed learner. I like the bridge you wrote – fits perfectly.
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 02:59 PM

Originally Posted By: mr_super-hunky
02. wouter79 - the entertainer I must be honest in saying that I was looking for a reason to slam you for something. ANYTHING!, but I couldn't as you gave me nothing to work with in that respect. SO....., I think you did a very nice job with this piece. Playing, timing, even the recording itself was very good. Keep up the good work.


Yeah, I listened a couple more times and I think I was just on edge to be critical (I have no idea what LH melodies I imagined existed)--I'm not sure how this piece could be improved. I'm sure there are things, but beyond my ken. Good job Dubya.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 02:59 PM

Thought I would do my comments by thematic groupings this time, starting off with the most important group, imo: The First-Time Recipients of the Order of the Red Dot, aka the individuals braving their first AB Forum recital.

09– Pianosaurus Rex: I’ve heard a lot about Czerny but never tried to play his stuff myself. I guess I thought it was all mindless exercises, but this march sounds like great fun to play! You keep it nicely bright and cheerful.

22– MartinJB: Ooh, this is such a pretty piece! Did you get it from a method book or something? It definitely appeals to my taste for new age music, and you do a great job of drawing out the melody line so delicately.

23 – hoffy: Anybody who tackles Bach for their first recital piece deserves an extra award. laugh You keep a perfect tempo and your articulation is crisp. Good job!

30 – paquijote: You get the “Bach for the first recital” award, too! I’m still in awe of people who can play Bach; there’s so much going on in both hands that it presents real hand independence challenges that you seem to have mastered.

37 – FarmGirl: Yes, that *is* a busy piece with lots of action going on. I loved the arrangement, though! And a good Christmas song will come in useful for decades to come. So please don’t say goodbye to it, say “Auf Wiedersehen.”

38 – Andy Platt: You bring the melody out nicely. This is a piece where Mozart is sounding a whole lot like Bach, with much busy-ness in both hands.

45 – Wisebuff: For some unknown reason, we don’t get much Tchaikovsky in the recitals. But after hearing this somber, pretty piece, I wish we heard more of his work. I really liked all those delicate floating chords about halfway through.

47 – Spidaman: Oh, I am so happy to see a David Nevue piece in the recital. smile And I think this is one of his prettiest melodies. I am super impressed that you (a) played this by ear, and (b) came up with your arrangement AND got this recording all in one day. wow

53 – custard apple: Impressive job on that Bill Evans piece! I’ve got a book of his (somewhat simplified) sheet music, and much of it is still too hard for me. This one sounds tough to play all those chords over the bass line.

59 – Starr Keys: Great job on playing by ear... I thought the ending was extremely effective, with all those dramatic chords leading up to the delicate closing melody line. thumb

All in all, outstanding debuts from all you recital newbies. Hope you found it to be a rewarding experience, and I look forward to hearing from you in the May recital. smile
Posted by: Undone

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 03:06 PM

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3
A very pretty waltz, nicely played.

02. wouter79 - the entertainer
You managed to get that nice light feel to this piece makes such a big difference in the overall sound. Good job!

03. Peyton - Angel
A very fine tribute to a friend lost. I agree with you that it sounds "kind of muddy" starting off in the lower register, yet at the same time it gives such a nice contrast to the right hand when it comes in. I especially liked the ending.

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen
Beautiful piece, played with very dramatically.

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1
Sam, I think you did an excellent job at "bringing out one not of many". I recently worked on Moonlight Sonata and had one heck of a time dealing with this same thing. Sure feels good once it starts working for you though, doesn't it.

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria
I think your phrasing is slightly off in twelfth measure. Just kidding. I can certainly see the advantages of working on an "interpretive piece" or one with no "definitive version". I like the sound of this piece very much and can't help but feel I've heard it before, but I'm not sure where.

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682)
I enjoyed your playing of this piece and learned a little about Purcell from the info you provided. I like the "mathematically precise" nature of it.

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover)
What can I say? Being a huge Pink fan from way back I was overjoyed to see your selection, and for a piano rendition, I think you did as good a job at this as anyone could hope for. I am also glad that you didn't attempt to do the Clare Torry vocals. smile

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch
Fine job Rex, and I didn't mind the tempo you used one bit.

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi
Come on, you've only been playing a little over one year? Fantastic job!
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 03:08 PM

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2 I love this Chopin waltz. You've given it a dreamy feel, and have some very nice contrasts in there, too! I so admire your confidence in tackling the pieces you choose for these recitals. Completely enjoyable listen!

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto I always enjoy listening to Beethoven and this is definitely no exception! Fabulous control and patience. I think you played this flawlessly.

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three So smo-o-o-th! "Clifford" is such a great tune - it "sung"! Loved those final chords. All three pieces meshed so nicely. I really enjoyed the little bluesy middle. Great touch as always. The last piece is breathtakingly beautiful! I'm in awe.

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya I hadn't heard of "Mysterioso" - pretty cool! Loved "Bye-ya" - got my foot a tappin'. You left me wanting more, though. smile

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme Three days?!! Incredible! (Sounds as though you had a great incentive to learn this). Glorious playing. There's certainly some wonderful game music being composed - beautiful!

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade Such a wonderful composition! Do you write out your compositions? I'm willing to bet that many of us would love to play them. You always title your pieces perfectly, too. This is definitely evocative of winter.

21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance Very cool arrangement! Loved the ending. I'm again in awe-you are so very talented! Thanks.

22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em Congrats on your 1st recital! This is a lovely piece, extremely well played! I can see why it's one of your favorites. Great performance. thumb
Posted by: bluekeys

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 03:21 PM

So I won't be accused of being a comment bogart (if anyone remembers that expression, you're under arrest!), here are a few in no particular order:

2. wouter - Great first bar. I didn't get bored, so I listened to the rest. Nice ragtime pace, smooth transitions. Overall great job, though it would have sounded better on a digital (jus' kiddin').

3. Peyton - Another very fine composition, but you're right. Tune your piano. Just be careful not to break any strings!

8. Mr. Super-Hunky - I know it's sacrilege for my generation, but I've never been a big Floyd fan. I thought your interpretation was very creative and well executed though. That BB is awesome. Good recording job too.

13. CasinItaly - The < 1 year pieces are always my favorites. (Ok, 13 months. Picky, picky.) Very nice interpretation, dramatic sounding. You're making great progress.

22. Martin - A very pleasant composition. Smoothly executed. Builds and resolves tension nicely. Amazing job for < 1 year.

23. Hoffy - Love the trills and the staccato. I still like to play this sometimes for reading practice, but not as fancily as your version. Great job.

25. Jazzwee - It always amazes me how professional you sound for someone only playing a couple years longer than me. The end surprised me though. I'm not sure if the recording was truncated or I'm just not hip enough to dig the jazz ending. Great job anyway, and good luck with the 10/1 project.

30. paquijote - Congrats on surviving a Bach Invention. I haven't tried this one yet but the long trill reminds me of #4. Great job. I hope you participate in the Invention Thread I started recently.

33. LisztAddict - Such precision and attention to detail. I'm in awe.

35. Marybee - Very nice rendition of a very pretty piece. Sounds good on your CW.

39 Sideshow - Very impressive. This is better than your K545. Great job.

41. Cathy - Like I said in the PM, very enjoyable rendition. I like the modulation. Seems like even when you go rubato near the end you keep the rhythm under control.

54. TTigg - Love the video mix. I lived in the Bay Area for many years so some of the location shots brought back memories. The Einaudi sounds wonderful on your Knabe. You've really come a long way. This is one of the most professional presentations in the whole recital.

That's all for now. I may do more later. Who knows?
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 03:28 PM

Originally Posted By: bluekeys
25. Jazzwee - It always amazes me how professional you sound for someone only playing a couple years longer than me. The end surprised me though. I'm not sure if the recording was truncated or I'm just not hip enough to dig the jazz ending. Great job anyway, and good luck with the 10/1 project.


I really liked the ending. It surprised me, but it didn't disorient me. I guess that means I'm hip? Hey, check me out, I'm hip! smile
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 03:29 PM

23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!) What caught my ear first were your wonderful ornaments! You chose a perennial favorite for your 1st recital. Sensational debut! thumb

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4 I love this prelude and you played it perfectly, I think. Scriabin is tricky, but you've got it nailed! Very impressive and enjoyable.

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are I certainly sounds like you achieved what you set out to do! You sound very relaxed and "into it". So pro! cool I really like what you did here. A rather abrupt end, though.

26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads Love "Country Roads". I found myself singing along - nice tempo. Your recording was very good, too. Good job!
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 03:30 PM

50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisi�me Recueil de Chants, op. 65. Great sound coming from your digital piano. So very beautiful are the twists and turns of this music - you bring them out so well. Thank you for sharing Alkan.

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' Is it any wonder why so many people consider Chopin first, at the expense of so many others? Your open letter to Chopin was classic! The dynamics you bring to the piece are very appropriate and you are really connecting with the music - it is a joy to hear! Such power and control. Bravo!!

52. bluekeys - Invention #13 Great sustaining tempo and bringing the various voices to the front. You make a difficult piece sound easy.

53. custard apple - A Time for Love Bill Evans would be proud to hear you play his music the way you did. Simply Bill all the way. Beautifully done.

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni Well executed. Very calming music.

55. Copper - Lullaby One of the most popular, if not the most popular lullaby of all time. Nicely played.

56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails) Thank you for the introduction to a Québec composer/performer. The piece captured my attention the entire time. It tells a very good story through your playing.

57. mcasl - Hob XVI:6, Sonata in G major, 1st mov. Yours is the only Haydn in this e-cital. You play it very well - glad you shared it this time. It is a beautiful sonata and it will be even better when you are more comfortable with it.

58. edtek - Winter Twilight This is great you have added his music as the second David Nevue this e-cital. You play with a great deal of conviction. It is clear you are listening to the music as you play.

59. Starr Keys - Kiss from a Rose Singing along with you as you play...A wonderful arrangement. You've put some time into this to get it to this point and you play it with conviction and purpose. Thank you for sharing your music!

To Monica and Mahlzeit and the other folks who help to put this international e-cital together - Thank you for taking care of all the details and setting it up. Everyone's music shines through and provides an inspirational stage.

Glen
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 03:59 PM

My responses may be a bit slow in coming. I am buried in honey do's. laugh

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3

Nice recital kick-off Ben. Two hands working well together to make for a very pleasant sounding waltz.


02. wouter79 - the entertainer

Wouter, this music suits you well. Light and yet all the dynamics are where they should be. This was your Grotrian?

03. Peyton - Angel
Sorry to hear of your friends passing. I lost one recently as well. It certainly places you in a different perspective as well as frame of mind. I like your composition. I thought the transition from the lower beginning to the higher melody work wonderfully. Perhaps, from a difficult & not so coherent place to more refined and delicately defined place. The ending was very reflective as it should be. Thanks for the post.
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 04:02 PM

41. jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace I really like that arrangement and how you bring out the melody so nicely. Those bass rumbles are really good too. And the ending was something else - great!

42. PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4 I love this prelude. Another of Chopin's that looks so easy but takes a lot to bring it off. I enjoyed your performance a lot - very subtle melodic lines. I would suggest a touch more pedal. The Alfred edition I have has good suggestions for pedalling in this piece.

43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel This is a fantastic piece - loved it! I really enjoyed your playing, that melody was so clear through the accompaniment.

44. MegumiNoda - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2 I didn't think it was a "confused mess of multiple themes mushed together". It was very nicely kept together in a coherent way. Hopefully the piano in the classroom can get tuned soon!

45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24 That's a new Tchaikovsky piece for me but one I enjoyed very much. Great phrasing.

46. ShiroKuro - Sunburst I found myself staring into space listening to this (hopefully nobody saw). That was wonderful - very technical but well executed.

47. spidaman - A moment lost A very dreamy, beautiful piece - I enjoyed your tempo adjustments bringing the themes to a close and nice dynamics too!

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement How can anyone not love this? Well, if it's not done well I guess ... I enjoyed your performance. I would try to bring out the melody a little more but it was very nicely done!

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto No sympathy involved ... I loved it! This is one of my favorites too. I really enjoyed your choice of dynamics and tempo throughout.

50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisième Recueil de Chants, op. 65. Very nicely played ... wish it had been on the Estonia though! I didn't know this piece before so thanks for introducing me to it!
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 04:26 PM

Going backwards this time!

59. Starr Keys - Kiss from a Rose - Hey, this is a great tune, and remarkable that you could play this by ear. The two handed arpeggios are equally impressive. Well done!

58. edtek - Winter Twilight - That was terrific! Especially appropriate for this time of year, and that old Baldwin gave it a nice texture too.

57. mcasl - Hob XVI:6, Sonata in G major, 1st mov. - I'm not familiar with this one, but it's a beautiful piece and you're off to a great start with it.

56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails) - Wow, what a beautiful piece - well played! Your piano sounds great as well - a really top notch recording!

55. Copper - Lullaby - zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Way to keep your streak going! smile

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni - Great job with this piece! I started on this a while ago and hope to record it this weekend, but I can't seem to get through the whole thing without a major meltdown somewhere. You did a terrific job of keeping it together throughout, and I like the video presentation as well with it. I'm jealous that you can reach those monster left hand chords toward the end - I have to improvise and it just doesn't sound the same. Again, great video!
Posted by: ten left thumbs

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 04:40 PM

Many thanks for those who have commented on my contribution.

My cat was put down today, so I am staying well clear of anything that was written in memory of passed friends, or indeed has any emotional content. We'd had him for 18 years.
Posted by: custard apple

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 05:10 PM

Originally Posted By: Monica K.


53 – custard apple: Impressive job on that Bill Evans piece! I’ve got a book of his (somewhat simplified) sheet music, and much of it is still too hard for me. This one sounds tough to play all those chords over the bass line.

All in all, outstanding debuts from all you recital newbies. Hope you found it to be a rewarding experience, and I look forward to hearing from you in the May recital. smile




Hi Monica
Thanks for getting to #53 and for your kind comments.
Yes it was difficult especially because Bill's chords are usually quite "out". It took me 15 min a day for almost 3 months.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 05:13 PM

*First of all, TLT, so sorry to read about your pet. Those days are so difficult. (I've had many just like it). I completely empathize.*


27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man) Your playing and voice are so very well suited for this Randy Newman tune! Boy, I really liked this, and your accompaniment is fabulous!

28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust) Such a sublime performance! Your piano sounds wonderful, too. To me it sounds perfect no matter how many takes it took - nothing lost with your multiple tries. (Oh yeah, an outtake recital extra would be fun - I have tons of 'em blush)

29. serge88 - Your Song This is one of those songs which I can remember exactly where I was when it was first played on the radio (dates me, heh?). Excellent performance - very cleanly played with just the right feeling. It's very evident that you did make it your own. I loved it!

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach Admirable work on this invention. Man, those LH trills - just great! Your tempo is very good, also. thumb

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail Really charming piece and playing! Love the movie music. (I didn't hear the airplane either). I'm beginning to like those page turns - pretty smooth. Nice ending!

32. Undone - Toccata in D minor I like the piano version-very refreshing! (I tried this one years ago, but could never play it this well). Love those big chords. I think you really did this piece justice - rather dazzling!

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor I just love the ringing tone of your piano! I can't give any technical advice because it sounds perfectly performed to me. Such wonderful dynamic control and the perfect touch for Bach. Lovely!

34. Mohan Karthik - So far away Amazing for 11 months to compose and play as beautifully as you do here! What talent. I think you really did capture the feelings that you describe. Very nice variations, and I liked how you brought it to a close.

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee Great going on your own arrangement! You really made this "yours". I'm impressed and enjoyed listening very much!
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 05:21 PM

20 - True Beginner - This is your composition? Terrific. The melody is well written and well presented. I heard some clipping in my recording, is that is yours as well? I didn't notice it before. I enjoyed this performance quite a bit. For your next composition, it would be interesting to see if try some counterpoint in the dominant bass, which was well modulated in this piece. Congratulations on a wonderful creation, well performed.

21 - Riddler (Ed) - Oo, I love the intro. This was very tastefully arranged and performed. I especially enjoyed the quieter passage at 1:10 - 1:22, the way the lines overlapped.

22 - MartinJB - This reminds me of the music I chose for my wedding dance with my then new bride (First Impressions, Edgar Meyer). This is a thoughtful piece, and your playing is exquisite.

23 - hoffy - This was the first piece of classical music I learned to play, but it was on guitar. I really enjoy listening to it--it was on my son's baby mobile, and I'd play along with it. I like the ornamentation, and your playing was spot on.

24 - LaValse - All of my online Chopin mentors are into Scriabin, what does that say? I enjoyed this performance, and recognize the power of the composition, but I'll be honest and say that I'm not fully connected to the Scriabin's music yet. I enjoy it, but with Chopin I can say I'm very "into" it. That's exciting for me, because I have a feeling that in due time I'll be a Scriabin junky, too. I think you did a wonderful job with it, and I'm looking forward to several more listens to let it grow on me. This piece seems to present a high 'degree of difficulty.'

25 - Jazzwee - This was a great performance. Super tasty. I'm especially impressed with the rhythm you pull off. All the accents and stressed note/grace note bits are well played. You need an upright bassist, too, although by itself it's marvelous.

26 - wj3 - Great job! You captured the song perfectly in the melody line. This was a treat to listen to.

27 - BillM - I enjoy your piano/vocal performances from the past few recitals. This one stands out above the others in my opinion. I like the song, and your vocal tone is excellent for the mood of this piece. Oh, and the piano part is terrific, too--especially the changes in dynamics.

28 - Strings & Wood - Lovely piano is my first thought --just looked the description up, ok, that explains a lot--and excellent performance. Great job with the staccato notes, a lot of emotion captured the way you played it. Very well done!

29 - Serge88 - This is very good piano. You evoked the right feeling with your playing. This was very enjoyable to listen to. Nice balance.

30 - paquijote - Very good job with the counterpoint. The LH took over at all the appropriate times. I really enjoy these inventions, and this is a good example why. Perhaps the trill could be a touch more even, but it doesn't stand out too much. That's not a skill I've attempted, and I'm not looking forward to mastering it, I imagine it would take a LOT of practice to perfect. This was a great performance.
Posted by: KeemaNan

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 05:26 PM

Here's my first batch of comments. I've really enjoyed listening to all the submissions - a really high standard across the board.

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3
Nice, confident rendition of this piece. It amazes me how you learn so much repertoire, and to such a high standard of polish. Well done, I enjoyed listening to this.

02. wouter79 - the entertainer
A really nice performance. Phrasing, dynamics and articulation all present and correct. Very impressive for someone who's played only a year.

03. Peyton - Angel
I really liked this - the composition is very much a 'Song without words'. Played very well, and with great feeling.

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen
Another great repertoire find - I enjoyed the York Bowen in the last recital and I enjoyed this. Like the Bowen, this was played flawlessly.

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1
Great performance of a difficult piece. The parts stay distinct throughout which is great. In his comments above, Bunneh asked "How would you rate this in terms of technical difficulty compared to 19/6 and similar pieces such as Grieg's Arietta and Von fremden Ländern und Menschen?" I've played the latter two (Grieg and Schumann) and they are very similar pieces to this in some ways, with three-part writing and an arpeggiated figure shared between hands for the middle part. Having played those I think 19/1 (which I've read through slowly but not tried to learn) is a grade or two harder.

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria
Dramatic stuff this - huge sound with lots of reverb, but it suits the piece. Really accurate and musical playing which is amazing considering how long you have been playing. Great job. The only thing I would say against it is that with that big dramatic sound, it makes my piece which comes after it, with its sparse two-part baroque texture, sound really weedy !

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover)
Good stuff this, the arrangement has a nice impromptu feel to it, and it does a nice job of exploring the musical possibilities of a great sequence of chords. It's a long time since I listened to any Pink Floyd. Probably the last time was when I was an undergrad which was (*cough*) years ago.

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch
Nice to hear some Czerny which isn't a study. Like a march should be, you played this with brio. Well done.

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi
A really good Einaudi performance. Very accurate and very musical - played very expressively with a couple of nice little ritardandos in there, making it very much your own interpretation. Great work and amazing for someone who's only played for a year.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 05:29 PM

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend
Your new piano has a nice, ringing tone. This is very short, but interesting and well played.

14. CMohr - I Should Care
I am sitting here having a glass of Merlot while listening to the recital and your piece is just perfect for this setting. I love the lush chords and the bluesy feel you give this piece. I also love that you are taking your time and letting the melody breath. Very cool performance with an understated ending.

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three
Glen – I am a big fan of your compositions and song stylings. You have a wonderful easy style that, as I’ve said before, would be perfect for an upscale piano bar. Your harmonies and phrasing are always just right – I like the way you just bleed from one song to the next, just like a pro.
Posted by: Augustina

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 05:45 PM

59. Starr Keys- Kiss from a Rose.
This is a new song for me, I really enjoyed it and you did a great job on it.

58. EDTEK Winter Twilight
I love all of David Nevue's Music. You played this very well.

57 Mcasl Hob XV1:6 Sonata in G Major, 1rst Movement

This was a good song to relax me right before bed, Awesome job

56. DDH- Les Lulus The Pigtails.
I'm unfamiliar with this piece, but it was really pretty, and you played it so well.

55. Copper Lullaby-

It's been so long since I heard this song! I use to listen to it all the time. Very well played

54. Ttigg/ I Giorni

Another very pretty piece by Einaudi. Great job on this:)
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 05:48 PM

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya
Your piano has such great sustain. I love the low growl of the bass and the contrasting clarity of the melody line. Thanks for showing us Monk’s and your talent on these two pieces.

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme
I don’t know what else can be said of this – beautiful playing, beautiful piece and beautifully crafted video. Outstanding. I’m sure your female friend will be blown away by your artistry.

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade
I always enjoy your original pieces. You have a real talent for translating moods and emotions into music. Well done.

21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance
Ed - Once again, I’m glad you left the band at home. This piece shines in your unvarnished and precise arrangement. I had to play it several times as I was left wanting more after a very cool 1:36.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 05:56 PM

I left home at 7.20 this morning, and hoped I'd be able to download the music from my cell phone, as the classroom I was working in ...(til 6pm!!) doesn't have internet access. No such luck. All I could do was read the comments and sigh....

Missed my train coming home, then had things to do and FINALLY (after practicing smile ) I arrived and started listening.

What a treat! I only made it through to N14 - but really enjoyed all the performances. I'll be back with more comments tomorrow!

Here's the first batch!

01 BenPiano Waltz in G MinorI’ve never heard this before. It was charming, delicate and rich at the same time, what a great kick off to our recital! Thank you!.

02 Wouter79 – the Entertainer Great first bar! The rest were good too, I wasn’t bored for even a nano-second! You really did a splendid job – your Entertainer is just that – entertaining – jaunty, bouncy and full of energy. It’s quite a long piece too, I’m really impressed you can play like this after one year. Hat’s off to you Wouter.

03 Peyton – Angel, original Compliments. Your piece sounds peaceful – given what you wrote, I could imagine a dear friend who passed away (like yours, from cancer) going through the dark veil, to a peaceful, pain-free bright and joyful homecoming.
You made me weep, and that’s actually a good thing. Thank you..

04 Dannylux Mel - Morgen Another piece I’ve never heard before, thank you for the text, that added another dimension to the listening experience. I love the voice of your piano. This was beautifully played, with great expression.

05 Sam Smith Song without words Sam, lovely work again! I find myself looking forward to your performance of these Songs without words as each recital comes along now. I thought this was really well played, and I think you did master giving voice to individual notes extremely well. Loved listening to your work.


06 cygan Iain – Aria Giovanni Allevi Every time I see this composer’s name I smile, I used to work for a guy with the same name. Ok, kidding apart, this was very interesting to listen to. I should be more familiar with Allevi as he ‘s quite popular over here, but … I’m not! I enjoyed listening to your piece and find it interesting that you made changes to the original ! That was really lovely, relaxing at some points and very dynamic and “surging” at others. It made me think of walking through the woods and then by the sea. Complimenti!

07 Keemanan a New Ground, Purcell I love Purcell! Beautiful little trills, marvelous balance left-hand right hand . A pleasure to listen to!

08 Mr. Super-Hunky Great Gig in the Sky Well, whew, the suspense is over! I got some goose bumps with the lower darker parts – Splendid job!

09 Pianosaurus Rex Wiener Marsch – Czerny! What fun! You have a great touch – very delicate on the “tippy-toe” dancing notes, but firm and decisive on the heavy chords – This is absolutely delightful. I would like to learn this piece! My compliments sir!

10 Carlos CC Einaudi - I due fiumi Carlos, lovely – well done! You have really caught the voice that Einaudi is known for. Complimenti

11 Monica K The Meadow Andre Desplat I liked this piece very much – and it is very much in the style of music that you love, isn’t it? I thought it was interesting how it flowed between the “haunting” tones and the brighter – as though walking through a dark wood, then into dappled sunshine, then into mist….. You played it beautifully. Loved those contrasting chords at the end. Brava!

12 John Frank 2 Waltzes Before even listening to your piece, I was (as before) really interested in the information you wrote up to give us a bigger picture of what you had done. I find I am very appreciative of minor keys at the moment, they call to me. Your first piece was melancholy poetry, the second was cheerier without being precisely cheerful. Somehow I had a sad clown/mime in mind while listening to it. I hope that doesn’t offend you …(Think of Charlie Chaplin maybe!) What a splendid idea to pair them - enjoyed your “bridge work” too.

13 Casinitaly Gypsy Legend … hmmm, listening to the final product here, the “out of tune” aspect of my piano is much more obvious than it was on my own system…darn. I also I know I can those left hand leaps to be smoother, they’re a tad clunky! I’ve got to keep working at it!

14 CMohr – I should Care This is a beautiful piece, and I think the fact you’re playing from a lead sheet is very impressive! I love this sort of music, and you have given a performance that truly captures the voice and style of the period. Lovely work.
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 05:58 PM

31 - Augustina - What a moving and enjoyable piece. Thanks for sharing it. I look forward to more melodic and graceful contributions like this from you!

32 - Undone - I enjoyed it, and I'm not a huge fan of the organ version, although I certainly appreciate it on those big 15' pipes. I think you played the low end superbly. With Bach, proper presentation of multiple voices really determines the quality of a performance, and I think you nailed most of the interwoven melodies quite well. Very well done.

33 - LisztAddict - I didn't know Bach wrote pieces this emotionally complex. This was a terrific selection, thanks for bringing it to my attention. I think letting the LH dominate as much as you did is exactly the right call for this piece. Outstanding performance.

34 - Mohan Karthik - I like this piece. Good job on the delicate re-entry of the main voice 3/4 through. This was well played and very enjoyable. Holy cow, just read that you composed this. Great work, top notch.

35 - ladypayne - You did a fantastic job, your playing was, in a word, joyful. This makes me miss my choir days, and the pure joy that comes with singing praise. Not so pure now, not sure if I could still pull it off wink j/k. Great job, and thanks for sharing your love!

36 - MaryBee - Very well performed. I'm not super familiar with this well-known piece, but your performance allowed me to enjoy it, and I enjoyed it very much!

37 - FarmGirl - I feel your frustration, I tried a similar project for Christmas and it never took form the way I wanted, and I ended up giving up. I think your performance is good, and you are being too hard on yourself. A lot of effort went into this, and you pulled it off very well.

38 - Andy Platt - Best performance of the recital!! Ok, {oops, left off the end} you beat me to the punch wink I really enjoyed this Andy. I could listen to this kind of playing all day long. This is a marvelous piece. I think you did a great job.

39 - Sideshow - This is some excellent Bach, and you are playing it very well. Your dexterity is remarkable. Great trills. You hit all the right counterpoint accents. Terrific tempo. Excellent job, this is how Bach is supposed to be. Oh, YOU didn't like your trills (thought it was another)--c'mon, seriously? If you say so. I didn't notice anything untoward.

40 - GlassLove - I really like this chords. It also has a nice discordant quality that is not a complete departure, but takes you somewhere just off the beaten path. Very pleasant and evocative.

41 - Cathy - This is great music, and you performed it so well. This piece sings of a twinge of sorrow wrapped in joy and harmony, just as it should.

42 - PhilzPiano - I love this prelude, and it intimidates me, perhaps even more than Op.28/15, which is a piece that kicked my butt and humbled me. You did a great job with it, and you'll continue to enjoy it as you may decide to explore everything that's in that deceptive gem. Well done and very musical!
Posted by: Augustina

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 06:04 PM

I can't usually think of comments to say but I thought I would comment on everyone's songs this time^_^.
1 Ben Piano Waltz in G# minor for two hands Op. 39 no. 3
Great start to the recital. You played this piece so well:)

2. Wouter79 The Entertainer. Great job on the entertainer. It was very entertaining:)

3. Peyton- Angel
You did a great job with this piece, was very well played

4. Dannylux/ Mel -Morgen
This was a very pretty piece as well, you played it so beautifully:)

53. Custard Apple A time for Love
I'm unfamiliar with this song, but I enjoyed it.

52. Bluekeys Invention #13-
Awesome.. I can't wait to hear it after you finish it:)

I'll listen to more later:)


Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 06:42 PM

#14-CMohr- If you told me you were a jazz pro I'd believe you. Smokey and dreamy and... just really nice to listen to.

#17- Inlanding- glen, I don't know why I can't get your piece to download and I can't find it on your Youtube channel. I did however listen to your "invention 1". Fantastic. I'll keep trying to get the "Medley of Three".

#27- Bill- Always a delight to hear a new cover by you Bill. You really have the Randy Newman feel.

#28- Strings and Wood- This always seems like such a sad work by Schumann. Well played.

#31- Augustina- Nicely done. You should definitely work on memorizing some of your pieces. You play well and the turning pages really get in the way.

#32-Undone- I learned a bit of this a ways back so I could play it on my synth/organ for a haunted house. Hearing you makes me want to go back and actually learn the danged thing. Great playing!

#33- LisztAddict)- Always a joy to hear you play...anything...you are a master!! Beautiful feel on this one.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 07:28 PM

22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em
What a lovely and delicate melody. You bring out the beauty of this tune without trying to overpower it. It says composer unknown in your submission – what a pity. Excellent first submission – I look forward to more.

23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!) Yes, I know it but don’t know how to play it. I wish I could play it as well as you. Very nicely done.

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4
Both your playing and video are quite crisp. You piano has a very rich tone.

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are
I think you found your groove on this one. A very cool, laidback performance.

26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads
I’m both a huge John Denver and West Virgina fan so this song hits my sweet spot. A very nice rendition.
Posted by: timmyab

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 07:33 PM

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover)
Absolutely loved it!It's my favorite track from one of my all time favorite albums.
I even started to add some of the vocals at one point.Boy was that a mistake.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 08:18 PM

36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze Beautifully done, MaryBee! I love the left hand which you used just right - the right hand melodies really sang out. You have really nice delicate trills. It seems as though you asng your way through this. Very, very enjoyable listen!

37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture This was worth another listen. (Previewed in the Piano Bar). It's just outstanding work for, I think many of us agree, an epic undertaking. You may feel now like you're through with this, but what a wonderful medley to be able to bring out again and know you can play it so wonderfully! Christmas music is great any time.

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante Oh, I liked this very much! (even though it was played on a DP ha). You certainly have a feel for Mozart. The LH & RH balance is perfect. I really enjoyed the expressiveness you put into this. I am familiar with it, and still didn't notice your flubs.

39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935 You're too hard on yourself-we are our own worst critics. Really, this is spectacular! Such wonderful control and touch. I could listen to this kind of playing all day. thumb

40. GlassLove (Christine) - Song of India (arranged) Oh, I'm so glad you played this piece! It's an all-time favorite of mine and my mom used to play it, too. Just a charming performance. Great job!

41. jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace OK, I've been waiting to hear this...with all the build up and intrigue. So PW connections, ah-ha! This is really a gloriously homey version played in just the perfect way! I love those bass notes that went right through me, and the ending was divine. Very touching performance!

42. PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4 I love this prelude. I do like the voice you used on your DP. And your interpretation is really nice, too. I do think some pedal would tie all those good things together for you. Other than that, very admirable work!

43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel I'm going to have to look into Astor Piazzolla! I love this! Romantically and intriguingly played. This is a very cool piece. I really like the different feelings in this. Well done!

44. MegumiNoda - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2This is one of my favorite Brahms works. Your playing of this piece gave me goosebumps from my toes to my face! It's obvious that a lot of feeling went into this performance, and your phrasing is excellent! What more can I say?!
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 08:43 PM

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3 Great start to the recital! I enjoyed listening to your performance.

03. Peyton - Angel I am always jealous of people who play by ear, and people who compose original music. I liked it very much! So, did you write anything down as you were working on it? Or did you memorize it as is was taking shape in your head?

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria So, are you sure you've only been playing 11 months?? (11 months after re-starting?) Anyway, I really enjoyed your performance, and the music is lovely. I'm not familiar with Allevi, but now I am very curious! Thank you for sharing your recording.
Posted by: Edtek

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 09:25 PM

My first batch of comments.

01. BenPiano - I watched the YT vid and besides liking your playing I was very impressed with the excellent video and audio. Your camera angle was perfect.

02. wouter79 - very nice tone and dynamics!

03. Peyton – pretty melody, liked the angelic ending

04. dannylux – very pretty piece

05. Sam Smith – Love Mendelssohn, nice selection well played.

06. cgyan – wow, really pretty song played nicely, listened to it a couple of times. I dl’d the chart from the link you provided and it’s on my list to learn. Really envious that you play so well after only 11 months. I thought the bass was a little overpowering at times. Watching your vid it didn’t seem you were hitting it all that hard, must be the EQ or something.

07. KeemaNan – I thought it very well played, neat ornaments. I used to play a lot of Purcell in a recorder consort, always interesting.

08. Mr Super Hunky – Cool that you can do your own arrangements. Neat song with the BB really rocking the firmament. I liked your emotional involvement made clear in the rendition.

09. Pianosaurus Rex – So Czerny composed actual pieces, who knew? Well done!

10. CarlosCC – I love this song. Always happy to hear it. You might consider adding the La Scala bridge that Monica incorporated so well in her version.

11. Monica K. – Ah MK, another lovely tender piece played with emotion and fine dynamics.

12. John Frank – Interesting arrangement, well done. Envy your ability to play from memory.

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) – Nice song and you did a good with the playing and the recording. I need to improve my recording, it was so much easier with my dp and line out 

14. CMohr – Lovely song, played very well. I am impressed that you came up with such a nice arrangement just from a lead sheet. The intro and outro were really nice too.

15. Todd Vance – Can’t go wrong with Chopin. Nice dynamics!

Ed (out in the West Texas town of El Paso)
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 09:30 PM

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' It seems almost impossible to me that you can pull off a performance of this wonderful prelude after 15 months playing. This was a wonderful, wonderful performance. I'm glad you feel you still have more to "find" - for me it had everything!

52. bluekeys - Invention #13 Oh, so that is what it sounds like (a summer teacher gave me this as an assignment but it was quickly pulled). You did a great job of keeping both melodies separate yet interwoven with perfect balance. I don't think it needs to go any faster!

53. custard apple - A Time for Love Your piano has a lovely tone and you use it wonderfully in this piece, bringing out the melody but keeping the wonderful harmonies strong. Excellent!

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni This is one I watched the video for - I find that Einaudi's pieces often work best with visuals. This was no exception - it was beautifully performed and the video nicely put together (memories of SF!). You managed to keep the piece moving forward the whole way through. Nice! Oh - your piano sounds great too.

55. Copper - Lullaby I was just browsing through my copy of The Piano Handbook and noticed this piece. Beautifully played - keeping it nice and simple, just as it should be.

56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails) At first I thought this would be something more like Einaudi or Nevue but there are some little twists that take it off in it's own direction. I really enjoyed your performance - you seemed to know exactly where the piece was going. There were some beautifully judged crescendos and lovely accents.

57. mcasl - Hob XVI:6, Sonata in G major, 1st mov. I'm glad you submitted this "not polished" ... it is great to have a charming piece by the often forgotten Haydn. There are some wonderful touches already - and it doesn't sound far off completely done. Good job.

58. edtek - Winter Twilight That was beautiful. I'm glad you spent so much time polishing it - it really paid off. And the next piece probably won't take six months! I think you'll have to get a better digital recorder if you want better sound but it sounded pretty good already.

59. Starr Keys - Kiss from a Rose I could hear Seal singing as you were playing (in my head anyway). I already commented on this wonderful piece in the piano bar but I had to listen again to make sure ... fantastic!



Well, that wraps it up for me. Fifty nine fabulous performances. I really enjoyed the mix of everything. I'm not usually into the "new age" pieces but many of them really touched me this time.

Only one problem ... what to play in May?!
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 09:41 PM

45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24 I hadn't heard this before today. I liked it very much! I'm glad you submitted this. Really great playing - nice feeling and touch throughout!

46. ShiroKuro - Sunburst You got me at the first notes! It really does evoke a sunburst. This translates very well to piano from guitar. You play superbly, Shiro, and it did bring many rays of sunshine to my cold, rainy & dreary day! It sounds fun to play and difficult at the same time.

47. spidaman - A moment lost All in one day?! Wow, such a heartfelt performance. Not being too familiar with specific DN pieces, I can't make a comparison (which would be unfair, anyway). This is very alluringly played, and it made me feel good. Very nicely done!

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement Ah, the Moonlight, a favorite. You definitely know this. Although it seemed a tad fast, I think you should play it the way you feel it. All in all, very good work here and completely enjoyable to listen to. Good going!

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto What a great undertaking. There's so much to capture our emotions and you've done some fine finger work here! I haven't listened to this for quite a while. I'm glad you played this movement. You certainly got a great take!

50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisième Recueil de Chants, op. 65. This one is new to me, and I can hear why you fell in love with it - it's a great piece! You've played this fabulously - the voices are balanced and you kept it moving. I love it now, too!
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 09:42 PM

1. Benpiano: That was so delicately played. Very nicely done!
2. Wouter79: Perfectly played! Great job
3. Peyton: It was a very pretty song. Wonderful melody
4. Dannylux: Very pretty. Nicely played
5. Sam Smith: Very enjoyable to listen too.
6. Cygan: This was a neat song! Your piano sounds so nice too
7. KeemaNan: Great!
8. Mr SH: Nicely played! Haven’t heard the song before but enjoyed it. Also on a side note, I did get a laugh out of your “self-review” of yourself lol. Personally banging the keys might be a way of showing you had fun with the piece!
9. Pianosaurus Rex: Nicely done!
10. CarlosCC: Always enjoy Einaudi. Great job on this
11. Monica K: Very pretty song. Never watched any of the Twighlight movies though. Probably never will either lol. Not my thing but liked the song!
12. John Frank: This was a nice piece to listen too. Very pretty waltz.
Posted by: CebuKid

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 09:43 PM

Originally Posted By: hawgdriver
Originally Posted By: mr_super-hunky
02. wouter79 - the entertainer I must be honest in saying that I was looking for a reason to slam you for something. ANYTHING!, but I couldn't as you gave me nothing to work with in that respect. SO....., I think you did a very nice job with this piece. Playing, timing, even the recording itself was very good. Keep up the good work.


Yeah, I listened a couple more times and I think I was just on edge to be critical (I have no idea what LH melodies I imagined existed)--I'm not sure how this piece could be improved. I'm sure there are things, but beyond my ken. Good job Dubya.


LOL, so everyone seems to be needling wouter about something - must've been a comment he made on a thread I didn't read. Sorry folks, been super-busy this month; hence, why I missed this recital. frown

Anywho, the only way he can "improve" this piece is to graduate and play the full 1902 version . He should be able to do this as he improves. smile
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 09:59 PM

01 BenPiano, Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3, Brahms
As you say, short and sweet.

02 wouter79 - The Entertainer, Scott Joplin
Excellent! You keep a nice even rhythm throughout. That's not so easy with this piece. Good dynamics as well. I didn't know Grotrian made digital pianos. smirk

03 Peyton - Angel, P. Higgison
A lovely melody, Peyton. I like the way you echo the melody in a lower register in parts of this. Nice ending, too.

04 dannylux - Morgen, Richard Strauss
Beautiful!

05 Sam Smith - Song Without Words, Opus 19 No. 1, Mendelssohn
You did a nice job bringing out the melody. I think that's the biggest challenge of this piece.

06 cgyan (Iain), Aria, Giovanni Allevi
Nice job, Iain. I haven't heard this one before. You play it with a deft touch and wonderful dynamics. Having not heard the original ending, I must say that yours fits the mood of the piece well.

07 KeemaNan - A New Ground, Henry Purcell
That piece has some really challenging ornamentation. You handled it well. Very fun.

08 Mr Super Hunky (hey - didn't you used to be hyphenated?) - The Great Gig in the Sky, Rick Wright
Your arrangement really highlights the bass of your piano, something that's a bit lacking in mine. I do like what you've done with this classic, Bernie. Wonderful job!

09 Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch, Carl Czerny
I don't know this one. Nice job.

10 CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi, Ludovico Einaudi
Carlos, you play this very well. You have a nice touch. Well done.

Monica K. - The Meadow, Alexandre Desplat
Hmmm . . . I didn't think I'd heard this one before, but I found myself anticipating the next phrase several times. I don't know where, but I have heard it before. A beautiful piece played expertly.

JohnFrank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major, Franz Schubert & Samuel Maykapar
Interesting medley, John. I like your transition. I'm so tired this evening, and you played these like a soothing lullaby. It must be time for bed.

I think that's all for tonight. I'm pretty tired after working 13 hours today. When I'm tired I start to get silly. No need for alcohol.
Posted by: FarmGirl

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 10:10 PM

#1 Ben piano - Liked a lot. Your senstive playing and expressiveness. it sounded very pianistic. You have a very nice touch.

#2 wouter79 - You played it very nice and made me dance. I bet you had a lot of fun playing this one.

#3 Peyton - What a warm and kind piece filled with memory. I hear conversations, saw beautiful sceanary.. perhaps from years past. Thank you for sharing it. You play like a pro by the way. I am sure you know that.

#4 dannylux / Mel - I have never heard of the piece. It is beautiful. Did you play it on the valentine's day? Excellent performance.

#5 Sam Smith - Mendelssohn! You played it very well. I heard all the parts and singing melodies on top. Good job.

#6 cgyan (Iain)- I cannot believe you are only playing 11 months. You seem to have everything. technique, expression and phrazing. keep up with your good work. what more can I say.

#7 KeemaNan - Wonderful rendition of Purcell. I loved it. Did not know he was English.

#8 Mr Super Hunky - You are amazing. I think it's better than the original. At times, it's so powerful that it sounded like coming from 2 pianos. Good job.

#9 Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - I played the piece when I was a child. But it was not anywhere near the quality of your performance. if you can do this in a year, can you imagine what you can do in 2 years. I am really impressed with you - your scale runs are even and smooth. you even addedd expressions. Wow. commenting is becoming a very humbling experience now.

#10 CarlosCC -You played it very beautifully. So this is the famous Ludovico Einaudi that many people are raving about. Believe it or not, I have never heard his piece. Now I feel like I gotta buy one. Thank you.
Posted by: CebuKid

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 10:51 PM

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover)

Very enjoyable rendition, Mr. S-H! I loved the deep bass chords - sounded "thunderous" as it should, and it resonated well.

As a long time Pink Floyd fan (reminds me of High School when I listened in an altered state of consciousness (lol) ), the only thing missing was that gospel lady humming the melody...lol. Other than that, loved it! Kudos to you for composing this yourself as well.

My next request..."Riders on the Storm" by The Doors. Ray Manzarek is one of my all-time favorite keyboardists, and I think you can definitely pull off his piano solo from that song.
Posted by: Mohan Karthik

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/15/11 10:55 PM

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3
Super short and super sweet smile. Loved the melody!

02. wouter79 - the entertainer
Wonderfully captured the feeling wouter. Good job!

03. Peyton - Angel
Just moved me Peyton! I love the melody and the "progression" towards the twinkle. I dint really like the chords when they came in. Felt that they were a little too jaaring for the beautiful melody. But the melody is really stuck in my head. I also love the syncopated LH arpregios. Well done peyton. Beautifully played. Kudos to you for turning a hopelessly sad event into a beautiful art and remembering it thus.

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria
I'm ashamed to say that I've never heard this beautiful piece before. You played it too amazingly. And OMG the YDP sounds soooooo awesome. Really, the opening low register arps are soo "filling". This song is going on my todo list. Brilliantly played Cgyan.

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover)
Oh Shit! Tat was well played. Tat was really well played. Good work Mr.SH smile.

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch
That was fun to listen to as well laugh

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi
Perfectly captured the feel of the song (which I think is the primary goal of anyone playing an Enuadi). Good job!

11. Monica K. - The Meadow
Well, you never let your level go down Monica! And every recital you inspire me to add your piece to my todo list smile. Well done. Beautifully played. Really captured the emotions.

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major
Beautiful piece, and beautifully played JF.

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend
That was unique. Well played Cheryl!

14. CMohr - I Should Care
Excellent jazz piece. Good job on it!

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2
Love the motive. Good job on getting all the intrinsics sounding good smile.

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto
Played with patience and care!

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three
Beautiful moving jazzy piece! Loved the change in tone!

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme
Love the FF themes. Sakimoto does a very very good job! Well played. 3 days is a ridiculously short time for playing this. Brilliant job Mati!

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade
Hehe, I know that its a cliche now, but let me do it once more. Your name is soooo ironic :P. Brilliant composition. Love the melody. But maybe a litle more dynamics can be added to it to add variation?
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 12:41 AM

43 - Yamaha G3 - I liked the petite phrases that ended some of the melody lines. I like how the piece has distinct periods of dominance between the bass and treble motives. Very musical. There is a certain air of discontent and content at the same time, as odd as that sounds. Very interesting and provocative selection, masterfully performed, thank you.

44 - MegumiNoda - I was excited to see this selection among the pieces for this recital. I am new to Brahms, I've only heard a small selection of his body of work. However, one of my favorite pieces for the piano are the Op. 79 rhapsodies. I've been told the intermezzi are a logical next listen. So I was excited to see this.

Not to scare you, but to gain some familiarity, I dialed up a Radu Lupu recording I have to acquaint myself. I realize that set a very high bar, but I have heard your previous performances, so I know it's not inappropriate.

I quickly heard elements and distinct features of the piece that were compelling, and I set to listen to see if you brought them out. One thing that strikes me is that the quality of a recording has an effect on the experience of listening, regardless of the talent of the performer and the quality of the instrument (ok, I'm not too subtle, am I? ;)).

Your performance is really impressive and captivating. Compelling and stirring. Excellent use of the silences to effect the right drama. I can only say that I wish the quality of the recording was a touch better. I can hear all of the delicate features his piece calls for, I just wish I could hear them with the glorious tones you can. Even as this recording stands, it's among the finest of this recital, well done.
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 12:51 AM

45. - Wisebuff - Go AF! Well, not that we would ever play the Buffs... Keep submitting pieces, you have a great touch and this was a fantastic choice. Not familiar w/ the piece, but I see why you chose it. The ethereal blend of faint deep bass and upper register create an unworldly atmosphere. Your playing is very musical, what else can I say? Keep sharing this stuff with us, it's great!

46 - ShiroKuro - Having played guitar, I am intrigued by a guitar transcription to the piano. Here is a piece of music that looks to its neighbors, then looks at the whole neighborhood (whole recital), and says, 'hey, cheer up you mopey wankers!' Terrific chords, moving progression, and the intermediate dialogues a pleasure to hear. This was a great change of pace and a very fun and pleasant performance.
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 01:07 AM

47 - spidaman - very pleasant performance and a great introduction to Nevue, someone I'm not familiar with. You played this very well, and I appreciate the effort you put into this. Also, what a fitting title to the piece...

48 - Laura aka someoNe is stalking me - This was a marvelous performance. This is one of the great pieces in the universe of classical, and what a joy it is that you get to indulge and share it. Thank you for the terrific playing, and my condolences for the loss of your pet of 18 years.

49 - Grotrainer Great recording. Yeah, I would like to learn all the skills you mention and be able to give a clinic like you did with this piece. Holy cow, what was that you did from 2:10 to 2:20? This type of playing is truly masterful. I'm so thankful for your help with 28/15, it's a real blessing for me that you shared your knowledge and insight. I don't know what to think of this piece, it's different somehow. It has a restless and poetic character; the fits and starts, the rephrased passages that rhyme but not exactly. There is an aspect of dialogue, too, as if someone makes a point, and then the response, and so on. Not exactly choppy, that sounds bad, but a series of distinct and discrete musical thoughts. I found it wholly enjoyable, thanks for sharing it.
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 01:26 AM

50 - Bunneh - I agree with what you wrote about this piece. I would be excited to discover it could be approached and tamed, yet be so complex and moving. Never heard of Alkan, but now I am glad I know a bit more than I did before. This is a beautiful piece, and I'm amazed that Alkan successfully defies resolution for as long as he does while keeping the development interesting and suspenseful. A great selection and a great performance, hat's off to you.

51 - Hawgdriver (me) - There's some fun in reading what people write about themselves, so I'll indulge in a kind of post-op debrief. One major flaw is synchronicity of notes between hands. I was too lax with this. I also needed to bring the final fioratura up to par a bit more. I'll definitely continue to build on this foundation, but like all of you, I do feel a touch of accomplishment, and it's a good feeling when I listen to it. I love this instrument and found a lot more than I bargained for with this piece, but it's been a blast giving it a go.

52 - Bluekeys - I love these inventions, I like the balance and the sensitivity to the LH counterpoint and sub-melody. I think sometimes I'd like to hear the LH brought out a tad more, to force me to latch onto it--but don't take that as a suggestion, I have no idea the 'right' way to play this. I appreciate your self-critique, but I don't know how much more you will offer by increasing another 20 bpm, it's very pleasant at the tempo you play. Fantastic job, and please dial up another invention if you would.
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 01:52 AM

53 - Custard Apple - (aside: why am I suddenly craving dessert?) This is a sexy piece if you ask me. I suppose the title is reflective of that? The word that comes to mind: nightcap. This would be a great aphrodisiac I bet. Very sumptuous and smooth playing--great job.

54 - TTigg - You nail the dynamics that cause this piece to pull me in. I just discovered this piece from the last recital, and it has quickly become a favorite. Great performance of this beautiful, compelling, deeply moving piece.

55 - Copper - As a father of a 2 year old, this short and simple piece has special meaning, as it does to all parents. Well done, thanks for sharing it.

56 - Daniel - I've only heard this three times, and it will need more listens before I can go into detail. I think this will end up being one of the gems of this recital that I will revisit on occasion. I have REALLY enjoyed your performance and this new piece. I look forward to listening to this one several more times to get acquainted with it. You did a very good job performing this piece.

57 - Mcasl - I love Haydn's sonatas. Great dynamics. Your balance of LH/RH really stands out. Great job!

58 - Edtek - Ah another Nevue. I like this guy already. This is a terrific piece. The chords are so moving. Great job bringing out the melody. The title is appropriately suggestive for the piece. This is a fine and stirring performance, thank you for sharing it.

59 - Starr Keys - This is a wonderful piece, you did a great job with it. From a technical standpoint (and I'm the last person you should listen to) maybe you could soften the attack of your keystroke a touch for this piece, generally speaking. The softer sections are terrific, like at the end. I think that evokes the emotion of the piece better--but this could be an artifact of the recording. You did a great job with it, and it was a pleasure to listen to. Well done!
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 02:07 AM

General comments on recital and early favorites.

I'm proud to be a player in this recital, this is a very motivated and musical group. The joy from hearing these performances and knowing the effort and labor of love involved makes them special and meaningful. Thank you everyone so much for sharing your wonderful creations. Each and every recording was truly a pleasure to enjoy, and will be enjoyed again and again.

At this point, I'd like to recognize some performances that have special merit in my ears (after 3-4 listens):

BenPiano - this is a killer piece, and I don't know how hard it is to play, but damn it sounds good
CarlosCC - Your kids have great taste, I bet that makes you proud. And a papa that lays down such music must make them proud. Remarkable job, esp. given your experience.
Todd Vance - you had a great head start with a Chopin selection, and you played it very well. I really enjoyed this.
MartinJB - like I said, this reminds me of a similar melancholic piece by Meyer that I really enjoy. Good job.
LaValse - I'm listening to this a lot, and I'm feeling myself getting sucked into the gravity well of Scriabin.
ladypayne - This brought back nice memories of church music I enjoy, it was a treat to my ears.
Sideshow - You rocked the Bach man. I was into it, and this is a great recording and performance.
grotrainer - exquisite playing and a terrific presentation of the whole piece. I noticed every detail you put into it, and it's actually rather remarkable.
Daniel - Les lulus is a standout piece and you did a great job with it. I really enjoy it when someone brings something new (to me) and excellent to the table.

finally, ALL the jazz dudes (Ken, Jazzwee, CMohr, Glen, ...? who am I leaving out?): those were simply outstanding performances.

Thanks for a great recital everyone! ~cheers
Posted by: custard apple

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 02:13 AM

Thank you Inlanding, Andy, hawgdriver and Augustina for your nice comments on my playing of the Bill Evans song A Time for Love.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 02:26 AM


51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' I am almost speechless...this is rapturous!! I can't think of a better word for your performance. And your letter to Chopin...well, you've put it all in this piece. I was very near tears-a truly moving listen. BRAVO!

52. bluekeys - Invention #13 I think this is perfectly wonderful playing! I played this (one of my favorite inventions) many years ago, but not nearly at the speed or as well as you have. You may be being a little hard on yourself, I loved it! Both voices stood out just as they should.

53. custard apple - A Time for Love Wow, really tasty playing there! A Bill Evans tune couldn't have been easy, but you made it sound smooth and melodic with those fantastic voicings.

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni This has got to be one of my favorites of yours, Steve. Your piano sounds wonderful-sounds like you're right here. What a great job you've done with this piece! Nice and flowing, great dynamics. You've done yourself proud with this one. Very lush!

55. Copper - Lullaby I could have used another verse, but just perfectly and beautifully simple. A joy to hear - played the way it should be played!

56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails) What a charming piece! I think you gave it the appropiate flavor fitting your description. I love hearing pieces from composers otherwise unknown to me. You gave it a very nostalgic, playful feel. Thanks for the introduction!

57. mcasl - Hob XVI:6, Sonata in G major, 1st mov. This sounds like it was fun to learn and play. I don't think you have too far to go to get it polished. Man, those trills are pretty darn good, too! I love happy participants and I think it shows through your performance. Keep up the good work!

58. edtek - Winter Twilight This is another great piece of music-what a good job you've done considering you only practiced this 10 mins. a day (wow!). Sounded very good to me. Congrats!

59. Starr Keys - Kiss from a Rose Oh, I'm so happy to listen to this again (after the Piano Bar preview)! You've translated this wonderful Seal song perfectly to solo piano. A very nice arrangement, soft in the right places and full & rich in the other right places. I liked your build up to the ending, too. Great way to finish up this recital! I loved it!


*Another fantastic recital everyone! I truly enjoyed each and every submission. I feel very lucky to be in your company. Thank you all! And huge thanks to Monica, Mr. SuperHunky, Malziet, Copper, LaValse for creating this venue! heart *

I haven't watched any of the youtube videos yet - my computer doesn't like multiple windows open with video going. I'll do my watching later.
Posted by: ten left thumbs

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 03:26 AM

Pianosaurus rex - Czerny - This made me laugh! He only gives you 101 places to trip up, doesn't he? Nicely done.

Cmohr - I should care - Beautiful. I should get to know this one. I trusted you completely as I was listening.

Many thanks for the condolences.
Posted by: custard apple

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 03:40 AM

Thank you C Mohr and Bunneh.
haha Bunneh, you're so right, give me that out of tune piano Bill used in the Iowa night-club smile
Posted by: hoffy

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 06:01 AM

Firstly, thank you very much to all of those who have made comment on my piece and thanks for the encouragement.

I would like to think that I will comment on everyone as well, but please do not hold me to that. Anyhow, I have started in a completely random order:

59. Starr Keys - Kiss from a Rose - I love the arrangement. Really liked the ending. One of my favourite songs from an awesome artist and nicely executed

19. Mateusz Mati Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme - A computer game theme? Who would have thought it. Very nice and to my ears, well played. (I hope you impressed 'her'!)

43. Yamaha G-3 P-80 Mike WHite - Milonga del angel - An interesting tune. Felt like it was telling me a story. Very well played.

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee - Loved how you picked up enthusiasm and gusto around the minute region and ended it nice and softly

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail - Thought you did a good job, especially the feel of the first couple of bars(yes, I heard the plane...added a level of realism!).

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach - You are my ornament guru! Wish my fingers would move like that with those quick notes. Very nicely done!

02. wouter79 - the entertainer - Mr Joplin would have been proud. The base line and tempo also did it for me. Nice and smooth throughout.

36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze - Without comparing it to the suggestion in your fact sheet, I thought you did a really good job. Kept a good tempo through it all. I'd be proud

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky cover - SO that was from scratch? Quite a bit of effort must have gone into getting that to sound as good as you did.

22. MartinJB martin - Reflections Em - Really nicely executed and a nice feel. I'd be proud of that for a first submission. Heck, I'd be proud of that for a tenth submission!

45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24 - Sounds to me you got over the performance anxiety. Love that bass line from 1min to the end.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 07:26 AM

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682) - very nicely played KeemaNan - lovely little piece - we don't get too much Purcell here & I remember some time back hearing some of his work transcribed for classical guitar, where it was always delightful.

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover) - played extremely well Hunky, but since I'm not at all familiar with this piece in particular, or Pinl Floyd in general(didn't they sing something about "another brick in the wall") I can't really appreciate this piece as much as I probably could or should - but the performance definitely has your distinctive and dramatic touch!

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch - nicely done P. Rex - what does "Wiener Marsch" translate to? Vienna March? I'm not sure you'd want to play this any faster.

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi - well played CarlosCC - never get tired of hearing this no matter how many times we've heard it before here in the Recitals - it's always fresh & lovely - played this from memory huh? I can appreciate that effort!

11. Monica K. - The Meadow - if I hadn't known ahead of time I would have guessed that this was a David Lanz composition - lovely piece of music sensitively and expertly played - your usual very high standards in work selection & performance continue unabated.


12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major - not a half bad effort (which means only a half good effort) - decent idea of putting these two little gems together but you're wearing out what's left of your already low reserve of memory cells trying to play these things without the sheets - and as someone recently and wisely informed you in a PM you are in desparate need of a real piano, aka an acoustic! And do you have to be so damn vociferous in the info section - it takes longer to read your writeup than to listen to your performance - come on!


More to follow...

JF
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 07:39 AM

Glen- Thanks for sending that link. the Medley is fantastic, especially loved the second.!! Wish to hell I could play like that....
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 08:52 AM

28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust)
I like the gentle way you sort ease into the piece. You have a light and delicate touch that is perfect for this piece. I was expecting the ending to ring out a bit more but maybe it is supposed to end that way. Well done.

29. serge88 - Your Song
I like this song (I also submitted it as an ABF recital piece last year) and listened to both versions that you did. You really put your personal stamp on this piece. Very nice arrangements.

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach
This sounds tricky. Nice job on a difficult piece.

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail
I was looking forward to hearing you play this. This is a wonderful tune and you did a nice job with it.
Posted by: KeemaNan

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 09:52 AM

Some more from me, starting at the end. I'll end up somewhere in the middle...

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto
Very enjoyable performance. Fantastic recorded sound as well. It easily held my attention for the full 8+ minutes, and it was a joy to listen to (and re-listen to). Lots to be impressed with here. Just picking one thing out, I would say that being able to play some of those really fast runs at an even piano is awesome !

50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisième Recueil de Chants, op. 65.
Very well played, and a nice recorded sound. I saw the score for this in "Pianist" magazine a couple of years back. Now that I've heard it I'll try to dig it out, it's a nice piece. Alkan is better known for super-virtuosic pieces that only the likes of Marc-Andre Hamelin can even think about playing. Nice to know he wrote some pieces for mere mortals !

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop'
I was very pleasantly surprised here, this piece is a massive undertaking after a year and a bit of playing - I was expecting to hear someone just getting through the notes. So I was impressed to find a really genuinely respectable performance of this piece. Actually, amazing. If I'd played this after a year it would have been a train-wreck ! Probably wouldn't be too pretty even now. So, bravo. A lot of hard work and talent has obviously gone into this performance.

52. bluekeys - Invention #13
Great stuff. I think the tempo is about right, I wouldn't want it any faster than that. After listening to this, I put on Andras Schiff's recording - he plays it a shade slower than your tempo.

53. custard apple - A Time for Love
Nice Jazzy stuff. I don't know the tune but it was enjoyable to listen to. It sounded like quite difficult music and it was played with assurance.

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni
Nice performance of a great Einaudi piece. I like his music very much and you played it well.

55. Copper - Lullaby
Short and sweet - a very charming performance. Well done !

56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails)
The opening bars echoed, in a sort of inverted way, the preceding 'Lullaby', which was nice ! A nice piece with a very modern sound, and you played it well.

57. mcasl - Hob XVI:6, Sonata in G major, 1st mov.
Nicely done. Haydn's keyboard music is wonderful. There's a lot going on here, a huge amount of material to learn, and a lot of different rhythmic patterns so well done.

58. edtek - Winter Twilight I wouldn't call that an easy piece - it certainly doesn't sound like it. Given your level of experience, that's a very impressive performance.

59. Starr Keys - Kiss from a Rose Good job on the arrangement. I don't know the original, but I like the final result.
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 10:49 AM

Here's a few comments on some of the classical pieces - more to come.

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3 Short, sweet, and well done. Loved the balance between the hands and the bits of rubato. The ending was nicely done too.

02. wouter79 - the entertainer Simplified version? Very well done for your experience level. Check the original version for the dynamics that Joplin wrote. The first repeated section, for instance, is almost terrace dynamics, alternating between p and f, something you don't do. Also I noticed accents that seemed out of place here and there.

03. Peyton - Angel Very nice Peyton. At times it almost has a Latin feel to it with the parallel thirds in the right hand. Your dynamics were great.

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen Nicely done. Love those Richard Strauss harmonies. Ends on a 6/4 chord too - how odd. If you hadn't told me it was a song transcribed to piano I would have wondered about those repeated notes.

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682) I love the syncopated feel to this. Very nicely done.

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch Cool, Czerny in the ABF recital! Very clear and distinct playing.

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major Nice job JF, and I liked the transition that you came up with.

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend Your new acoustic piano sounds great! Loved your rubato and expressiveness in this piece.

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2 Great job on a difficult piece. Loved your dynamics.

Sam
Posted by: Undone

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 10:49 AM

Another batch:

11. Monica K. - The Meadow
This beautifully played piece is another one which I would say I did not know, yet it sounded strangely familiar. Then I looked Mr. Desplat up on the internet and saw why; I think I've seen and enjoyed almost every English Language film he's written for. Thanks for brining his work to my attention.

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major
I suppose this is what you'd call a "mash-up", well, maybe not quite. Finely played sir, and I thought your transition was particularly well done.

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend
Very well done, and after only one year of playing!

14. CMohr - I Should Care
Indeed, you should care! I thought you did a terrific job on this piece. Playing jazz is quite beyond me, but I love listening to it and I think you did an admirable job of attaining your goal.

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2
Here's one I recognized before the end of the first measure! I think you did a wonderful job on this Chopin Waltz, especially given the amount of time you’ve been playing.

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 AllegrettoBeautifully played as always Joan. Your sforzandos and pianos sounded just fine to me. smile

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three
I really liked the feel your playing has on this piece. Very enjoyable to listen to!

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya
Hey great, a Thelonious Monk selection! I need to get me that book. You did a wonderful job on this, I especially liked the second half.

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme
Twenty years ago, who'd have ever thought that music written for computer games would ever be something worth playing. It sure is now and that was a truly lovely example. The fact that you learned it in 3 days, well that just makes me sick. laugh

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade
I'll forgive you for submitting a month old piece, especially since it was such a pretty little piece and so well played.


Undone
Posted by: MartinJB

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 11:46 AM

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3

I felt like I was right there at a recital, Great performance.

02. wouter79 - the entertainer

Nicely Played had my foot tapping

03. Peyton – Angel

I’m lying in a meadow looking at the sky.

04. dannylux / Mel – Morgen

Just before your piece started playing I was wound up about something I was trying to get into the computer. While it was playing, It calmed down my nerves

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1

I like this one, going on my future to do list, sounded great.

06. cgyan (Iain) – Aria

Very soothing, love those chords you played

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682)

I felt like I was right there at a recital, Great performance.

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky

Concert playing, you just keep banging.

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch

My first feeling that came to me was I felt like I was on a merry go round, fun. Good job.

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi

Bravo, wish I was good enough to tackle some of his pieces

11. Monica K. - The Meadow

I loved this one, you own it and are married to that piece.

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major

I liked it, very entertaining

MORE TO COME
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 12:03 PM

2. wouter79 - The Entertainer This was my first recital piece, and brought my favorite comment of all time - "kind of sloppy octaves" laugh . It was true. I've since, in the right hand, made most of them into 6ths. This was a faster tempo than I can manage in the full version, but nice. You did a good job of keeping the rhythm going. The recording had a little echo to it on my computer but it actually added a good flavor.

33. LisztAddict - Prelude Lovely. It helped put space into kind of a frantic morning smile

30. paquijote - Invention There's always room for Bach. I loved it - light and lively.

Cathy
Posted by: KeemaNan

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 12:20 PM

11. Monica K. - The Meadow
A very enjoyable performance of a nice piece of music. It reminds me of something else, but I can't put my finger on what... Sounds fairly demanding, a good workout for the left hand, and lots of octaves in the right.

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major
Very nice. The Schubert waltz I know, Maykapar is new to me. Nicely spliced together and well played.

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend
Great performance of a very nice piece. It definitely has that Gypsy feel to it. Plenty of work for both hands in this one, so well done.

14. CMohr - I Should Care
Really nice cocktail-style playing. Very accomplished and assured. All it needs to go with it is a nice dry martini.

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2
Wow, impressive. That's a tough piece, so tackling that after 2.5y + 20y gap + 2y is amazing. You pulled it off too, well done.

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto
This is another Beethoven sonata movement that is new to me, and I liked it. Seems there's a lot of material in there, and a lot of it tricky, so you did a great job.

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three
Enjoyed the three contrasting styles, all played beautifully. I particularly liked the middle of the three, which was very bluesy and very much to my taste.

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya
Very nice. Particularly liked the second half, which was characteristically be-bop, which you clearly have a good feel for.

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme
Interesting piece, quite dramatic. Very well played and very impressive from a standing start in 3 days !

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade
Very nice composition. It has a sort of bittersweet, slighltly melancholy feel to it.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 12:21 PM

Round two!
I am so much enjoying these performances. There is such a wide range of what everyone is able to do, and so many different musical tastes - I'm terribly impressed with everyone, learning about new composers and hearing new pieces.... not to mention totally inspired by what a bunch of adult beginners can do!

Thanks to everyone who has been so kind as to give me feedback, I appreciate every single word, and I will write a proper thank you note when I finish listening and giving my appreciation to all.

Here we go!
15Todd Vance Waltz This is one I've heard before - whew... I was getting tired of 'fessing up to my ignorance! I personally have a terrible time doing the 1-2-3- in the left hand and something different in the right, so you impressed me there - I thought you did a lovely job! It was graceful and relaxing to listen to!

16 Joangolfing Beethoven Sonata E Major - I think you were very successful with your crescendos and diminuendos - good for you. For a piece in a major key it still has a minor-ish feel to it in the first part. The second part sounded less "triste", very gentle and it flowed very nicely.

17 Inlanding Melody of Three - Glen, what can I say ? I never tire of hearing your work - I love the voice of your piano - I'm sure that I could pick it out of a crowd by now smile I listen to your music and feel transported to smokey bars (but somehow the smoke is cyber smoke because it doesn't get in my eyes)... I see black and white photo montages, and think .....this should be in a film. My compliments, you make beautiful music.

18 Ken Monk Medley - my husband is a big Monk fan, so I've heard a fair amount of his work. Nice job indeed! You really caught the right sound and feel.

19 Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik Odin Sphere no Theme - a computer game you say? and you figured it out for your friend? That's very nifty. Good for you! It is a very pretty piece of music.

20 True Beginner Winter Serenade Original - Most interesting! - Lovely - seems to me that this piece would lend itself well to having lyrics. Winter Serenate....snowflakes, skating on the canal, perhaps in the moonlight. I truly enjoyed listening to this piece.

21 Riddler (Ed) Dolphin Dance.... this is a very nice piece but I don't hear the dolphins dancing....I would like to go dancing to it myself though!

22 Martin JB Reflections EM- Congratulations on your first recital! Pedals, octaves you say? Well done! This is a peaceful piece, very delicately played. Nice touch you've got on they keys. Compliments!

23 Hoffy Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - by old what's his name,......) I have loved this piece for YEARS. I never tire of hearing it being played and I think you did a great job. You brought a smile to me today. Thank you.

24 LaValse - Scriabin Prelude Op 11, no 4 I haven't heard too much Scriabin, but I did enjoy this. Lots of interesting bits to listen for, nicely dine indeed.

25 jazzwee All the things you are. As you probably already know, I'm not a huge jazz fan, but I did like the tempo of your piece and its "bounciness" I found myself tapping my toes and nodding my head as I listened.... It was enjoyable!

26 wj3 Country Roads -- Ah, and old favourite - I play this on my guitar but haven't gotten around to really giving it a shot on the piano. I sang along with your piece smile Good fun!

27 Bill - Mr. President I just love that you sing with all your performances - This piece was great - loved the piano - great musical power booming out there, and loved the singing - you reminded me a bit of Elvis in a couple of spots.

28 Strings & Wood Schumann Op 68 n. 16. This is one of those pieces that sounds deceptively simple. You make it sound easy. Very smooth and soothing.

29 Serge 88 This is your song. I had the head phones on but wasn't sure what was coming next - how splendid to hear such an old familiar friend singing out. You did a super job on this. I had a great walk down memory lane. My compliments! and Thanks for the treat!

30 paquijote Invention 7 in Em - JS Bach. I hear you on not wanting to keep on doing takes! This is my kind of music - loved the polyphony, I think you did a super job.You've been playing about 2 years? I feel positively inspired!!! Brava,Brava!!!

31 Augustina Somewhere Out There Your piece was pretty and charming (with your signature page turning sound effects smile -- but there was a really strange background noise on the recording, which is unfortunate. You played very well ...I even had some vague recollections of having seen the film and wistful little mice (?) singing.

eidted to add: it was a plane? Sounded like something in the equipment to me.... oh well, it was ..an added dimension of rubato!
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 12:34 PM

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682) wonderful!!! Made me want to play it. Very enjoyable to listen to.

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover) wonderful as always. Nice to
listen to. I have to admit that I don't know the original, but your playing carried the music so nicely that I didn't need to know the original.

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch great job!! It sounds like you really enjoyed playing this and that made me enjoy listening to it all the more! I suspect this has many technical challenges, but you made it sound easy, which I think is especially important.

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi your Einaudi was wonderful!! Very peaceful and calming to listen to. Thank you for sharing this recording -- and making me that much more convinced I need to add Einaudi to my repertoire!!

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major I definitely agree about the waltz in a minor key! I am not familiar with either of these pieces, but I really enjoyed them both. And a very nice transition. Great job!!


13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend This is another piece I am not familiar with, but you did a very nice job! I look forward to your next recital submission!

14. CMohr - I Should Care Ooh, very nice!! You definitely are doing a great job of having interesting harmony without losing the melody. I'm jeaous, I wish I could play from a lead sheet! Really very very nice!!

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2 I can never hear too much Chopin! Very nice, especially considering you're working on this without a teacher. I really enjoyed hearing your performance. And, I notice we have the same piano! laugh

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto Very nice performance! This is a piece I am not as familiar with as some other Beethoven, but I really enjoyed your performance of it.


Monica, I knew I recognized that piece somewhere! Twilight! Good grief, my brain just doesn't always cooperate.

Ok, my lunch break is over. I have really been enjoying spending it with all this wonderful music!
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 12:39 PM

Oh for heaven's sake! I was just scrolling through the streaming thingy to see if there were more pieces I recognized and whether I had the score for anybody's performance. I scrolled down and saw "Sunburst" and thought "oh wow, someone played the same piece as me, what a coincidence, considering it's originally a guitar piece."

Umm, duh, that's me, there. Hello??

Ok, now that I am a little more awake after my own stupidity, my lunch break really is over... grin
Posted by: MartinJB

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 12:49 PM

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend

Nicely done, you had the feel.

14. CMohr - I Should Care

Wow, I like it, good one.

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2

Excellent job, another great entertaining piece.

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto

Don’t take this as a bad comment, but this one made me feel like I was doomed to be assimilated by the Borg Collective (Star Trek reference). I hope this was the feeling the piece was trying to convey.

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three

Nice playing, three cheers for you.

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya

Play this one, twice. I like it. The second part reminded me of playing the old Mario Bros video game, entertaining.

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme

Now I like the one a lot, nice run.

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade

Very, nice. I feel cold now.

21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance

Nice and Jazzy, I like it.

22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em

I’m reading that a lot of people were entertained; I’ve done my job well. I’m happy.

23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!)

Very nice, I was going to try and play this, had to shelve it.

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4

Love this one, good job.

STILL MORE TO COME
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 01:22 PM

13 Casinitaly - Gypsy Legend, Kalman Chovan
I don't think I've heard this one before. A fun little piece, that. Well done, Cheryl.

14 CMohr - I Should Care, Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl & Paul Weston
I remember watching an interview show on CNN many years ago where Sammy Cahn talked about his music and played and sang some of them. Wish I had that on DVD. Having gone off on a bit of a tangent, this is a really nice version of this song, Yes, I like the ending you used. It fits the mood of the song perfectly.

15 Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2, Chopin
This is a difficult waltz. I doubt I could play it as well as you do. This is overall quite satisfying with good dynamics and a nice touch.

16 Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto, Beethoven
A bit slower than one usually hears this piece, but overall quite satisfying musically. You have great control and your dynamics are flawless.

17 Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three, Golson, Glen
Fabulous job on Clifford. The second piece has a fun bluesy swing to it. Quite nice. The third is more atmospheric. I quite enjoyed all three.

18 Ken. - Monk Medley, T. Monk
I am familiar with Monk, and I like what you've done with Bye-Ya. I never cared much for Mysterioso, but you played it nicely as well.

19 Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme, Hitoshi Sakimoto
Three days, huh? Amazing what love can do. Nice job. I don't know the piece, but it sounds quite nice - tremendous dynamic range. I'm sure your friend is pleased.

20 True Beginner - Winter Serenade, T. Beginner
Nice theme. Sounds like it could be the soundtrack for a film. Quite enjoyable.

21 Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance, Herbie Hancock
I've never thought of this piece as atonal, just beautiful. I really don't care for atonal music, but I do like this. Nice job, Ed. Too darn short, though.

22 Martin JB - Reflections Em
A nice performance, Martin. Your piece fits right in with True Beginner's in terms of mood. Well done.

23 hoffy - Minuet In G Major, Petzold
Yes, this piece is played by many. It is still beautiful, though. You played it quite nicely.

24 LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4, Scriabin
Well played. For some reason the recording quality is lacking, though which I found somewhat distracting. One doesn't expect that level of hiss from the Edirol normally. At any rate, I like your dynamics on the piece, and I think you handle the polyphony quite well.

25 Jazzwee = All The Things You Are, Jerome Kern
Nice improv. I prefer to hear more of the original melody along with the improvisation, but that's my problem. I'm a bit of a "square" as they used to say. Nicely done.

26 wj3 / Walt - Take Me Home Country Roads, Bill Danoff, Tally Nivert and John Denver
One of the few Denver songs I liked, this one has been recorded by just about everyone. Nice job. I enjoyed it.

27 BillM - Mr. President (have pity on the working man), Randy Newman
Bill, you really captured the feeling of Newman's original performance with this one. Great job.

28 Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust), Robert Schumann
Beautiful performance. However many takes it took were well worth the effort. Hmm . . . outtakes . . . could be fun.

29 serge88 - Your Song, Elton John
Is there a more prolific composer of hits than John? I've always enjoyed this song, and your version does not disappoint. Wonderful.

30 paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor, Bach
You were brave to tackle Bach inventions after only two years. This really isn't as bad as you think. I enjoyed listening.

31 Augustina - Somewhere Out There, James Horner
Yes, I hear the plane. I really like this piece, and have played it often. It's not easy, as you know. Nice job. You need the Super Hunky patented giant piece of cardboard to which you tape the photocopied sheets - no page turning needed. He posted a pic once. It looks like crap, but it works. Seriously, I nearly always photocopy enough pages that I don't have to mess with page turns. I can't memorize for crap.


Later, gators . . .


Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 01:30 PM

53. custard apple - A Time for Love - A superb quality recording and a beautifully played jazz piece - well done!

52. bluekeys - Invention #13 - You're brave to tackle these inventions - they're real tough! I didn't know #13, but the melody is easily recognizable. Well done with this one!

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' - Very well played. Incredible for such a short period of time!

50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisime Recueil de Chants, op. 65. - You're right, this is a beautiful piece. I would give critique, but I have nothing to offer since it's played well as it is!
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 01:36 PM

#34.-Mohan Karthik- Sweet composition! I like how it builds. (Nice shot on youtube too...)

#35. Lady Payne- Very nice. I know you probably didn't intend it but the recording quality almost makes it sounds really old (fitting for the piece). Almost like something you would hear on a Ken Burns special. smile

#37. Farm Girl- Hey, you may not like it but you did a heck of a job playing it. I love the build up at the beginning. I left a comment on your youtube.
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 01:50 PM

Performances 11-20.

11. Monica K. - The Meadow I love listening to your performances Monica as they are always so predictably beautiful. The "A" sounds incredible as always too. Sometimes I wonder if I should have kept my "A" as the "BB" is just SO powerful. Very nice as always.

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major John this is one if not your best "technical" performance yet. Everything was done just right. Tempo, dynamics, even the recording was spot on. Very enjoyable to listen to.


13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend Cheryl you are exactly where you should be for your ability level. Very nice performance but I would love to hear you performance this same tune using flowing arpeggios in the left hand as it would really fill it out. I'm sure you have the ability to do it as well and the end result would sound fantastic. Keep up the good work and progress.


14. CMohr - I Should Care I'm not sure how to start off your review as while I'm listening to your piece I am comfortably being relaxed listening to the soothing music. Very enjoyable and performed in a very relaxed soothing manner.


15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2 Todd that was a very nice performance of an equally beautiful piece. You did everything right! I couldn't find a single flaw. Just perfect.


16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto Well I'm not familiar with this piece but I can certainly appreciate how well you performed it. A very delicate and emotional performance.


17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three Glen the first piece certainly had a soft "swanky" feel about it. Beautiful relaxing music I could listen to all night. I liked the fancy improvised endings the best I think. I love that stuff.

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya Okay that was interesting, unique even. You certainly kept my attention with the piece going to many different places. Very nice job.


19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme Mati, this was simply an outstanding performance. It reminded me of another video game composer Nobue Umatsu which I'm sure you are familiar with. If this beautiful tune doesn't get the girlie then nothing will. Your playing is simply great! Loved it.


20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade Another beautiful performances I thoroughly enjoyed. Wow, what a lovely piece and your playing made it stand out even further. Very dramatic melodies and execution of them.
Posted by: MartinJB

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 02:06 PM

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are

You played like your name, Jazzy performace.

26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads

Very nice, I’m headin home.

27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man)

Wow, singing and playing at the same time. I was very much entertained. And BTW, Mister P. cut a guy a break.

28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust)

Very nice, I like it.

29. serge88 - Your Song

Concert quality, excellent job. Hey, where did he go?

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach

Wow, that sounded difficult, those fingers really had a work out.

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail

I like this, tune. Horner is one of my favorites. He composed some of the greatest sound tracks. Good job.

32. Undone - Toccata in D minor

Gave me the chills, great playing.

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor

I loved this one, excellent performance. I defiantly have to find me something in this key.

34. Mohan Karthik - So far away

Wow, someone could use that for an ending sound track for a movie.

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee

Praise the lord, good job.

36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze

That was very good, I enjoyed it.

AND STILL MORE TO COME BUT AFTER A BRIEF INTERMISSION. I'M HUNGRY
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 02:08 PM

Originally Posted By: mr_super-hunky
The "A" sounds incredible as always too. Sometimes I wonder if I should have kept my "A" as the "BB" is just SO powerful.


Well, heck, let's just swap 'em, then. ha
Posted by: GlassLove

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 03:06 PM

Having the "WEEK FROM HELL" so I got off to a late start commenting on everyone's contribution. I am grateful for the opportunity to "chillax" for a bit. I am blown away by what every one has done so far.

1. Benpiano: AMAZING (as usual). Your dynamics in this piece are very good. You continue to inspire me to try harder. I put this piece on my "I want to play it some day" list. Just beautiful.

2. Wouter: I really enjoyed this. You played it with great "spunk."

3. Peyton: You brought some peaceful relaxation to my otherwise hectic day. Wonderful composition, beautifully played.

4. Dannylux: I really enjoyed this piece. Really nice smooth playing.

5. Sam Smith: This is one of my favorite Songs without words. Played very soulfully.

6. Cgyan: UNBELIEVABLE!!! What amazing progress you have made in 11 months. The music flowed very beautifully.

7. Keemanan: I loved your ornamentations. I love Purcell too. I played a piece of his as my very first non-method book so I have a soft spot in my heart for him. Beautifully done.

8. Mr. SuperH: This was really great. You pleased my 14 year old son with this too. I had him ID the piece and he got it right away (he and my husband are huge Pink Floyd fans).

9. P Rex: Really beautiful smooth scales in this piece. I really like Czerny compositions. It was a delight to listen.
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 03:43 PM

Some more comments - skipping around - more to come.

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto An excellent job on a difficult piece. I hope to do this someday. Did you notice the measure before the "maggiore" section? The high e which is held? Beethoven wrote crescendo under it. Impossible to do on the piano, of course, but that's Beethoven. You could always lift your left hand up in the air and conduct a crescendo there since you can't do it with the piano!

23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!) You're off to a great start back at the piano. Loved the ornaments and the staccato notes.

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4 Great dynamics. It sounds so difficult...

28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust) So clear and understandable. Nice use of the pedal (or absence of pedal) and contrast with the legato and detached chords.

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach Nice trills! I always shied away from this one because of the trills. I liked your tempo too - Glenn Gould plays this in less than a minute...

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail (to do)

32. Undone - Toccata in D minor It is a little odd to listen to this on piano after hearing it in so many B horror movies on the organ. I think it would sound better with the sustain of an organ on those sustained chords. You did a great job with it - I can imagine how hard it must be.

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor Great touch! I really want to do this someday. Absolutely gorgeous.

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante Mozart is so tough to pull off convincingly, but I think you did it. Nice touch, and contrast with the legato and detached parts.

39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935 What are you talking about - the trills were great and the accents not that noticeable. I think they helped to make sense of the piece, especially for those not familiar with it. Great job.

42. PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4 Great job for only 18 months. A little pedal in this, even though it's not marked, would help it - it's ultimately up to you and the way you think it should sound.

44. MegumiNoda - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2 A great job on a difficult piece - you brought out the melody lines very well.

45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24 Thanks for playing this - I don't think I have ever heard it. You did a great job building the dynamics up and down. Your pp was impressive.

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement Who wants perfect? You captured the mood of it and that's what important. Great job.

Sam
Posted by: MartinJB

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 03:58 PM

For lunch was a turkey sandwich with Chip Ahoy cookies For those that were wondering wink. Now back to the world recital

37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture

Wow, I’m at my next employee Christmas luncheon and in the background you’re playing this.

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante

Another enjoyable performance.

39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935

If it was dance, it sounded like a great dance to me, I enjoyed it

40. GlassLove (Christine) - Song of India (arranged)

Good job, I like that one.

41. jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace

Now that arrangement to me is better than the one in the Alfred’s AIO. Beautiful performance.

42. PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4

Good job, I’d look forward to hearing you play this again.

43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel

Very nice, good one.

44. MegumiNoda - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2

Wow, Very, very good.

45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24

Good job, I’ve heard a few pieces of Tchaikovsky sound like he can be one of my favorites

46. ShiroKuro - Sunburst

It’s raining out here, and I swear I can see the sun now. You pulled it off nicely. Thank you.

47. spidaman - A moment lost

Your playing that made me reflect on a lot of memories. Well done.

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement

One I’m familiar with, great job.

AND THE LAST IS YET TO COME
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 04:07 PM

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto - wow, that's a monster. I didn't get bored with it at all, but I can only imagine the stress induced by the length of concentration required to perform or record this. It's a beautiful piece of music and I enjoyed it a lot!

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement - Well done on a classical standard!

47. spidaman - A moment lost - I'm not familiar with this one but it sounded great!

46. ShiroKuro - Sunburst - That was a neat piece. I could hear the guitar influence for sure. It sounds difficult on piano, but perhaps a bit easier on the guitar since it was written for it. Very enjoyable, thanks for sharing!
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 04:42 PM

I had time to listen to the first page. Next page comes later!

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3

piano sound: nice

musical:
overall impression, like: listened to end. Lovely playing
phrasing: good
use of dynamics: little but ok
articulation: missing due to lot of pedal
rubato, speed changes: yes a lot, nice

technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
noise: none
bass: fair

02. wouter79 - the entertainer

piano sound: nice! beautiful singing treble

musical:
overall impression, like: like it a lot. Some flubs but you get through keeping the tempo
phrasing:nice
use of dynamics: nice. Sometimes an odd single chord too loud
articulation: yes, great
rubato, speed changes: mostly same speed, slight steady speed increase. I like the pushing with notes just a bit early near the end.

technical:
clipping:no
balance L/R: ok
bass-treble balance: not much bass
noise: no

03. Peyton - Angel

piano sound: it all sounds a bit rumbling, treble sounds tinny.
Sometimes I hear a high ring. Might be something loose somewhere somewhere in treble range.

musical:
overall impression, like: fair
phrasing: ok
use of dynamics: I think middle section could use some more dynamic
articulation: little, pedal mostly down.
rubato, speed changes: at the end
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
bass-treble balance: bit too much bass
noise: little

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 1

piano sound: tinny treble.

musical:
overall impression, like: very nice piece by mendelssohn. as said it should be a bit faster.
phrasing: yes
use of dynamics: yes, nice but left hand sometimes is a bit too loud when it gets softer, reducing the dynamic effect
articulation: no.
rubato, speed changes: yes

technical:
clipping: none
balance L/R: ok
bass-treble balance: bass is lacking mostly
noise: little


Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 04:44 PM

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky cover

piano sound: nice full sounding piano!

musical:
overall impression, like: nice . listened to end.
phrasing: yes nice.
use of dynamics: overall pretty loud. I think a bit of varyation in dynamics could make this even better. How about trying some really light parts.
articulation: overall pedal
rubato, speed changes: yes nice
technical:
clipping: yes serious clipping at louder pieces, reduce level!
balance L/R:ok
bass-treble balance: nice, middle range seems a little suppressed
noise: very little


11. Monica K. - The Meadow

piano sound: nice sound

musical:
overall impression, like: nice! like it, sounds relaxed, new age music. listened to end
phrasing: long lines, well done.
use of dynamics: nice
articulation: all pedal
rubato, speed changes: some parts slower
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
bass-treble balance: little bass
noise: little

13. CASINITALY Cheryl - Gypsy Legend

piano sound: Little nasal in the middle register, but pretty good for an upright!

musical:
overall impression, like: yes nice tune! listened entirely.
phrasing: good, some small timing and articulation errors (or maybe I find them illogical) disturb the phrasing a bit
use of dynamics: little
articulation: yes, I like that you don't use pedal. Makes it all so much more interesting. A few weird articulations
rubato, speed changes: yes, getting slower steadily. I would suggest slowing down only when a bit closer to the end.
technical:
clipping: very light in the attacks it seems.
balance L/R:ok
bass-treble balance: ok, could use bit more low bass. Maybe the piece just does not have low bass?
noise: yes. Dynamic compression (auto volume) aggrevates it.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 04:46 PM

14. CMohr - I Should Care
musical:
overall impression, like: Slow dark jazzy piece, lighting up quickly. nice chords at start, gets more predictable after a minute
phrasing: not really
use of dynamics: hardly. maybe not needed?
articulation: mostly pedal
rubato, speed changes: no, bit of deceleration

technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R:ok
bass-treble balance: sounds a bit off, maybe also due to piano sound
noise: bit of hum


17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three

piano sound: very nice

musical:
overall impression: great!, good timing, nice phrasing, sounds so easy and relaxed. listened entirely
phrasing: nice
use of dynamics: nice! Sometimes a bit louder than I would expect for that part but it nevertheless seems to work.
articulation. yes in part 2. I think that's the best part because of the articulation.
rubato, speed changes: yes, great
technical:
clipping:none
balance L/R: ok
bass-treble balance: great!
noise:very little

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso Bye-ya
piano sound: nasal middle, tinny bass

musical:
overall impression, like:Second part is much more interesting than first part. I think the playing is okay but the piano is holding you back and makes it sound rather klunky.
phrasing: not so much.
use of dynamics: in 2nd part
articulation: yes in 2nd part, nice
rubato, speed changes: no, metronomic play,and music needs it.

technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
bass-treble balance: sounds off, may be it's the piano
noise: pretty loud, low frequency pink noise
Posted by: Todd Vance

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 04:47 PM

Originally Posted By: ShiroKuro

[b]15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2
I can never hear too much Chopin! Very nice, especially considering you're working on this without a teacher. I really enjoyed hearing your performance. And, I notice we have the same piano!


Thanks, and I wondered where it got to...wait, did I do that joke before?
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 04:48 PM

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4

piano sound: Pretty nasty nasal mid range, typical for most uprights. But here it gives the downgoing motive an extra dimension that fits the music.

musical:
overall impression, like: beautiful chords, nice playing. listened entirely
phrasing: ok
use of dynamics: yes
articulation: almost pedal
rubato, speed changes: yes, nice

technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
bass-treble balance: ok but hard to judge because of nasal mid range.
noise: yes medium white noise, turning into pink blobs when it gets louder. just acceptable

26. wj3 Walt - Take me home country roads

piano sound: nasal middle

musical:
overall impression, like: Nice playing. I like it that you use no pedal. Helps so much for the articulation . But at the same time it really exposes even the slightest timing errors are heard that way.
phrasing: I think this could be improved to bring out the phrases with much more clarity. You can use the articulation and dynamics to much greater effect. Playing repeated notes without pedal
use of dynamics: little. The melody and chords need more separation imho.
articulation: yes, nice. Repeated notes often are played all the same volume. This gives a klunky effect. The piece needs more grace.
rubato, speed changes
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
bass-treble balance:
noise: little


28. Strings Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 Erster Verlust

piano sound: sounds fine but I always have the impression that this is a digital when I hear your piano. Also the phase sounds really odd to my ears.

musical: nice melody but I am not dragged into it as I would expect from Schumann. Something is missing. Listened several times, I think you play it too sterile.
overall impression, like
phrasing: Not sure, maybe needs work
use of dynamics: little
articulation: only a bit staccato in the middle and end
rubato, speed changes: I would expect much more rubato in Schumann
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R:ok but phasing off?
bass-treble balance: ok
noise: no
Posted by: Augustina

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 05:19 PM

5 Sam Smith- Song Without Words- I enjoyed this very much.

6. Cgyan- Aria by Giovannai Allevi- I've never heard of this composer before. This was very relaxing to listen to. I'm going to have to try some of his music now;)

7. KeemaNan A New Ground - I am also unfamiliar with this piece. I enjoyed it, great job!

8. Mr Super Hunky - The Great Gig in the Sky
Awesome! I don't know this song either. Though it does sound familiar:)

9. Pianosauraus Rex Wiener Marsch- Sounds like it was a lot of fun. Great job. Another piece I'm going to have to try out:)

10. CarlosCC -I Due Fiumi- You did a fantastic job on this piece. Your kids picked out a good piece to play^_^.

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C Movement 2 I'm currently working on the first movement of this piece. Awesome Job

39. Sideshow/ Edwin Prelude- BWV935 Awesome! you played this Beautifully!

41. Jotur/ Cathy- Amazing Grace- This is one of my favorite songs, Thanks for the link for the sheet music. Great playing on this.

32. Undone-Toccata in D minor This is definitely a hard piece to learn. I've been working on it for over a year now. Your off to a great start, and I can't wait to hear it when it's done:)

33. LisztAddict -Prelude in b minorYou played that so well. It was very pretty.


34. Mohan Karthik- So far Away: You composed this? That was awesome!:)
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 05:20 PM

Round three - one more to go.
Again, what can I say? I'm impressed.
What a wonderful bunch of musicians to spend an evening with!

My compliments to:


32 Undone Toccata in D Minor Well, maybe you could have gone with the organ effect - but this was still dramatic and moving on the piano you clearly put a lot of energy into this one! I can truthfully say I've never listened to this piece so closely - it was a real treat.
33 Lisztaddict - prelude in B Minor And another piece that is new to me. This was simply delightful. Your piano sounds splendid and you have a wonderfully refined touch. I really enjoyed this very much.
34 Mohan Karthik - So far away Your own composition - and you've only been playing 11 months? I'm impressed, maybe I'm depressed. wow..No, I won't be depressed, I choose to be inspired. This is charming. I can hear the loneliness and longing - you did a beautiful job!
35 LadyPayne, Nearer my God to Thee You improved the score! I'm very impressed. You had some lovely flourishes and I loved the bass arpeggios. Good for you!
36 Marybee - Sheep May Safely Graze This is lovely! I have a version of it in one of my books and I've never felt confident enough to approach it. I think you did a good job on the left-right hand balance MaryBee - Complimenti! (loved that your husband thought he recognized it....:) )
37 FarmGirl - Christmas Overture Dear FarmGirl - well, thanks for the post-Christmas cheer. This sounds very challening and I can imagine that it was mentally and physically tiring to work on - however, now you've got it and you'll wow everyone next Christmas. I, for one, am wowed now, you had so many of my all time favourite carols in there - - I can't help but hum along with you. I really loved your work.

38 Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C Andy what constitutes an error free performance? Mine had no wrong notes, but I messed up on my timing....sigh... I think a live performance is an unpredictable adventure - no matter how well you practice. Maybe I don't know the piece well enough but I didn't notice the flubs. I enjoyed listening to your piece. I think you played it charmingly.
39 Sideshow-Edwin PreludeBWV935 You hate your trills? aw....I thought they were sweet. I enjoyed your piece.
40 Glasslove -Christine I've been waiting for this!!! Yipeee! Brava my friend. This was lovely - excellent job! You really caught the eastern flavour of this piece and you've got some great dynamics going on throughout the piece. Complimenti! .
41 Jotur - Cathy Turner - Amazing GraceThis is another one of my all time favourites. I can't help but sing along. And how splendid that you're using an arrangement by one of our co-forumists!! I so enjoyed this!
42 PhilzPiano - Prelude in E Minor OP 28 Nice playing Phil. I think playing a simplified version is very satisfying and helps you build up your confidence for moving on to the full version later. You did a great job on this - and I will watch for a future version from you!
Posted by: MartinJB

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 05:23 PM

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto

Hey, I was far from bored. Props, for sticking with it. I know you will get it the way you want.

50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisième Recueil de Chants, op. 65.

I can see why you love it. Lot’s of pedaling, I’ll have to try this one when I get better. Well done.

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop'

Dude, 15 months, you’re pulling my leg. Just between us it’s 15 years, right. Very, Very, moving. Props to you.


52. bluekeys - Invention #13

Hey, I liked hearing what you played. You’ll get it I’m sure.

53. custard apple - A Time for Love

This was an enjoyable performance.

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni (to do)

Bravo, Steve, you nail that ending this time. Congrats. Hope to see you again at the group. BTW, I saw your dog pass by a few times from the reflection on that beautiful piano.

55. Copper - Lullaby

Goooo....d...zzz...zzz job.

56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails)

This was a good one, good playing. You pulled off the feeling.

57. mcasl - Hob XVI:6, Sonata in G major, 1st mov. (to do)

Very nice, I like it.

58. edtek - Winter Twilight (to do)

Hey, 6 month’s at 10 min a day comes out to about a 1.25 days’ worth of work you put into it. Don’t be hard on yourself. Great playing.

59. Starr Keys - Kiss from a Rose

By ear, I’m impressed, great job.

****************************

I’m just a baby compared to most of you guys and gals in the experience so I didn’t feel that I can comment technically. Hell, I don’t think I can comment on myself.

All comments are based on how I felt or thought at the time I listened your piece. With a touch of fun.

Reading all of the comments that I received, I see that I’ve done a good job and you were entertained, so I’ve done what I set out to do, and was very much entertained by everyone’s performance.

Thank you for everyones wonderful comments. Didn't know I did so well. Looking forward to the next one.

THAT’S ALL FOLKS
Posted by: grotrianer

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 05:37 PM

Thanks for your kind comments, Inlanding (hope you recovered well from that injury!) and Andy Platt (that movement seems to be more popular than I had thought), CMohr, hawgdriver (yeah, there is some explicit choppiness put in there by Ludwig. I was instructed not to play it "too beautifully"), KeemaNan, BenPiano and MartinJB!


My first tiny batch of comments in alphabetical order:

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante
You present this graceful piece with nice articulation.

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail What a change in style from your last recital submission! I don't know this song, but it is a beautiful piano arrangement with interesting harmonic progressions. You played it very well with a steady groove.

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3
Short and sweet. Nicely sung melody throughout, even in those tricky final measures. I would have liked to listen to you longer.

27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man) Toe-tappingly cool. I don't understand how anyone can keep the beat while playing AND singing, but you do it with ease and sound very professional.

52. bluekeys - Invention #13 A beautiful perpetuum mobile kind of piece. You play it with great surety. Looking back at the variety of your well-played submissions to earlier recitals, it is obvious that your study of Bach pays off and prepares you well for just about every style of piano music.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 05:38 PM

#51- Hawgdriver- If you had told me you had been playing for "many years" I would easily believe it. That is a fantastic job on the Raindrop. I've played it and know how tough it can be and you just nailed it!
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 05:47 PM

#55. Copper- That was delightful! smile
Posted by: custard apple

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 06:08 PM

Thank you also to KeemaNan, BenPiano and Martin JB for listening to my Bill Evans jazz piece A Time for Love.

I think it's great that Bill Evans can also be appreciated by classical people, he softened the "hard" sound of bebop with his classical influence and techniques IMO.

All these comments from classical people have made me realise just how wonderful Bill was.

A Time for Love is a relatively obscure piece as Bill played it as a solo rather than with his famous trios.
Posted by: MartinJB

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 06:11 PM

Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em You were definitely "ahead"! The pedalling was very nice and it was a wonderful smooth performance.

Andy, what do you mean by "ahead"?
Posted by: kck

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 06:21 PM

Showing my Mozart bias by just jumping in but

38) Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante - lovely! This is a harder piece than it sounds and you did a great job with the articulation and balance! I absolutely love K545. Where are the other movements? wink
Posted by: MartinJB

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 06:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Monica K.
22– MartinJB: Ooh, this is such a pretty piece! Did you get it from a method book or something? It definitely appeals to my taste for new age music, and you do a great job of drawing out the melody line so delicately.
Thank you, I'm not sure where it came from. My former teacher found it for me, she thought it would fit my style of playing. It might have came from a Suzuki Method book since she was Suzuki trained.
Posted by: MartinJB

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 06:35 PM

Originally Posted By: BillM
22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em
What a lovely and delicate melody. You bring out the beauty of this tune without trying to overpower it. It says composer unknown in your submission – what a pity. Excellent first submission – I look forward to more.


I spent time on and off looking for info on the composer, no luck so far.
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 06:46 PM

13. Casinitaly: Very nice!
14. CMohr: Very Pretty. Nicely played
15. Todd Vance: Enjoyable to listen to thanks
16. Joangolfing: Nice tempo and playing
17. Inlanding: Wonderful piece. Very nice playing!
18. Ken: Nice bounce near the middle there. Very nice playing
19. Mateusz: This was pretty. Great playing! Sounds a bit difficult in some areas.
20.True Beginner: Great job. Nothing wrong with putting up an old piece. Nicely played
21. Riddler: Nice song! It indeed as a catchy tune!
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 07:24 PM

32. Undone - Toccata in D minor
Very well played. I suggest you do this in the organ voice for a Piano Bar. You play this very well in any case. You get a huge sound from your DP. I love the resolve at the end.

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor
A beautifully crafted recording – makes me want to rush out and buy a Zoom. You play with a stately grace that reminds me why people like classical music. Nice.

34. Mohan Karthik - So far away
An excellent composition well played. I immediately got the connection to “My Heart Will Go On”.

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee
Interesting how this follows the submission above with its “Heart Will Go On” inspiration. Wasn’t this the song played in the movie Titanic as the ship was going down? I think this piece shows your piano chops better than any of the duets you have done with you sister. Very well done.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 07:33 PM

37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture
I know you said you don’t like this piece anymore but I thought the arrangement and your performance was terrific! It may be a difficult piece to play but it is great fun to listen to. Thanks for sharing.

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante
I don’t know this piece at all and therefore did not catch any of your supposed “flubs”. I do, however, appreciate good piano playing and this piece certainly qualifies.
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 08:16 PM

Originally Posted By: MartinJB
Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em You were definitely "ahead"! The pedalling was very nice and it was a wonderful smooth performance.

Andy, what do you mean by "ahead"?

A little joke - it comes from your recital entry:

Originally Posted By: MartinJB
Surprisingly I made it on the second take with one error. I’m going to quit while I’m ahead.
Posted by: MartinJB

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 08:29 PM

Andy,

Oh, I forgot about that laugh
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 08:32 PM

Hey all!
I just finished watching the videos from the recital. I have to tell you how great they all are. In particular, Hawgdriver- I really liked the B&W video, nice touch. And TTigg-What a great video! I love all the San Francisco photos in there. My husband went to school there (a long time ago)and we are so familiar with all those places! Thanks for bringing back some great memories along with your beautiful music.
LaValse-I don't know if it's just me, but I thought the sound on your video was much better than just the audio here, and I loved watching you play the Scriabin!
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 08:43 PM

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen
Thanks Mel, for the background, a lovely piece indeed. I enjoyed it much.

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1
Nice job of delivering the melody note Sam. The hesitations and bobbles were there, but overall I think the musicality of your piano playing keeps getting better with each recital. I enjoyed listening.

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria

Outstanding playing cgyan.
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 08:57 PM

Originally Posted By: CMohr
LaValse-I don't know if it's just me, but I thought the sound on your video was much better than just the audio here, and I loved watching you play the Scriabin!

I agree, the video offers much better audio quality, but there is one thing terribly wrong--someone stole the rest of his Op. 9/1 nocturne!! Put out an APB, we need to get it back! wink I'm tremendously impressed with the playing, this is where I hope to arrive one day.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 09:30 PM

#58. edtec- Six months well spent. Yea, it is a shame the recording quality was not better but it was good enough to still appreciate your playing. Well done!!

#52. Bluekeys- Hey the way you described it I was not ready for something so nicely played. If you ask me I wouldn't be too concerned with getting it up to 100.. It's quality over quantity and you played it wonderfully. I listened to it on youtube)

#50- Bunneh- I enjoyed that greatly. It had a bit of a dreamy quality. Very smoothly played.

#48- Laura- I can never get enough of the Moonlight. You played it with just the right amount of feeling.

#46- Shiro- Wow, very interesting piece. It sounds really tough to play but you are having fun.

#43. Mike White- Another very interesting piece. I really enjoyed your playing....
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 10:27 PM

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three Very nice! Wonderful to listen to. Your "free-play" is so very nicely put together, and the ideas fit well. It sounds like you had fun playing them too, which makes it fun for the listener. I think I like the middle one best.

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade Great job! (Is it just me, or are there more original compositions with each recital? Or does my jealousy make it just seem that way?)
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 10:31 PM

39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935
I was surprised at how good this sounded after reading your “I hate my …" comments on the submission page. You play very well.

40. GlassLove (Christine) - Song of India (arranged)
This is a very cool arrangement. I’ve only heard the Tommy Dorsey version of this and was expecting something much more uptempo. I like your rendition a lot.

41. jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace
This song always reminds me of the scene in Coal Miner’s Daughter where the men are standing around the fire outside drinking while the women sing this song in the cabin after Loretta’s father’s death. A powerful and moving song that you played with just the right amount of reverence and restraint. Very cool tempo change at the end. Nice
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 10:44 PM

22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em I really enjoyed your performance! A wonderful recital debut! By the way, I love Em smile


23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!) Great job, and another wonderful first-recital submission! This is one the first pieces I remember learning to play-- as an adult! So listening to your performance brought back many nice memories! Thank you for sharing your recording!

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are I really enjoyed this recording, and I am definitely getting some jazz-envy this recital. smile Great job!

28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust) Nice job! I am not familiar with this piece, but I enjoyed listening to it!

29. serge88 - Your Song This is one of my favorite Elton John songs, so I was excited to hear your version of it. And indeed, you don't disappoint!


Random comment-- anybody else notice the folks who have a number in experience but don't say what the number is? 2? 2 months? 2 years? grin

Random comment 2 -- doing a recording and submitting it is like taking a test, you don't *really* know the material until after the test! I've been playing my piece so much better these last few days, now that I'm done recording! :p
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 10:50 PM

P.S. Thank you sooo much to everyone who has commented on my piece so far: Inlanding, Andy Platt, CMohr, Hawgdriver, MartinJB, BenPiano, Peyton, I really appreciate it! I am planning on playing this piece on Saturday at my teacher's studio class, so I will keep all of your positive remarks in my head and hopefully stave off some of the jitters!!

(Stave?? is that a word??)
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/16/11 11:02 PM

Originally Posted By: ShiroKuro
(Stave?? is that a word??)


Yes ... and a pun too since stave is a (chiefly British) alternative form of staff!
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 12:04 AM

32 Undone - Toccata in D minor, Bach
A beautiful piece, and you have played it very nicely with good dynamics and touch (within the limitations of the digital). Quite a satisfying performance overall.

33 LisztAddict - Prelude in B minor, Bach/Siloti
Satisfaction guaranteed. This is perfect. What a wonderful touch you have. This is not my favorite piece, but I haven't heard it played better.

34 Mohan Karthik - So Far Away, Karthik
I can hear the references to your inspirational pieces, but it's definitely not a copycat piece. I love the way you build to a crashing tension level and then the quiet resolution. Nice indeed.

35 ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee, Sarah Flower Adams
Nice arrangement. I particularly like the second chorus. A beautiful rendition of a beloved hymn.

36 MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze, Bach/Petri
One of my favorite Bach cantatas. You play it divinely. Thanks for the link to the Emma Kirkby performance. It is amazing.

37 FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture
Debra, you know I like this from my earlier comments in the piano bar. I continue to be impressed upon revisiting it. A supremely challenging (and long) piece. You play it beautifully with nice dynamics and touch.

38 Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante
Perfection is asking a lot with Mozart, Andy. This performance is musically satisfying and well done.

39 Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935, Bach
Edwin, you're too hard on yourself. A trill or two could use some work, yes, but hate is too strong a word. This is a musical performance and the dance-like accents, though unconventional, seem to work for me.

40 GlassLove (Christine) - Song of India, Rimsky-Korsakov
I enjoyed your performance. Very nice.

41 jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace
Cathy, believe it or not, Amazing Grace was to have been my piece for this recital as well. I like this arrangement by Joe, although it's not the one I was working on. You kept a nice steady rhythm throughout the piece. I found myself singing along. Wonderful job.

42 PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4, Chopin
Phil, that voice makes your Casio sound amazing. I hate the sound of mine. You have the dynamics of this piece spot on. An amazing accomplishment at 18 months of experience.

43 Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel, Astor Piazzola
I always enjoy Latin dance pieces. This is no exception. Well done, Mike. It sounds quite difficult to play well.

44 MegumiNoda - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2, Brahms
I agree with you. The piece is quite beautiful. Chiaki is right, too, though. It is sentimental, and there are a lot of different themes here. Fortunately, I like sentimental pieces. Nice performance.

45 Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24, Tchaichovsky
This is beautiful. You've done more than just overcome performance anxiety. You have a wonderful touch, and you play this with dynamics and feeling. Why do I always think "wisebutt" when I see your name, though? A personal failing of mine, no doubt.

46 ShiroKuro - Sunburst, Andrew York
What an interesting and fun piece. I haven't heard this before. It sounds incredibly challenging to play well. Beautiful performance.

47 spidaman - A Moment Lost, David Nevue
I am unfamiliar with the piece, but it sounds very "Nevueesque". I guess that means you got it right. Very soothing.

48 Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement, Beethoven
Those rhythms are tricky, Laura, but I think your main issue is that you are rushing the piece. The music needs to breathe a bit. Slow down just a little. Most performances of this movement are something over five minutes as opposed to your 4. Overall well done, just a bit on the speedy side.

I shall listen to the rest tomorrow . . .

Posted by: jazzwee

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 02:34 AM

Here's a bunch from the top and a bunch from the bottom. Will work on the middle area next.


01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3
Nice BenPiano. Not bad at all for 1.5 years of piano.

02. wouter79 - the entertainer
Very impressive playing for one year. Very even and nice tone. And yes dare we comment on the recording itself? Definitely good range even on my earphones.

03. Peyton - Angel
Nice soulfull rendition Peyton! Your originals do come from the soul and we can sense it. BTW I was about to say the piano needs tuning smile And then I read the reference. LOL. I guess you knew what we were going to say. I didn't have a problem with the low register but my confusion was more rhythmic. Perhaps you could make that more consistent. As always such excellent piano playing.

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen
Very enjoyable Dannylux! Nice playing.

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1
Good playing sam Smith. The recording seems quite compressed though so that USB mic isn't the best here. I'm sure I would have heard even more wonderful nuances.

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria
Iain, you have a nice rhythmic feel. That sounds really good.

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682)
You played it well KeemaNan. I think though that it's either the digital or a little heaviness in the touch that lends a harsh piano sound. Maybe adjust the piano touch to heavy?


08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover)
Nice tune SH. Recording's too harsh though somehow. Clipping? I sound like Wouter now. But usually your recordings are just perfect.

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch
Hey I recognize that keyboard sound. Sounds a lot like my FP7F. Not bad playing. Good job for 13 months. Maybe lighten up a little on those chords.

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi
That's pretty solid playing there CarlosCC. You've been working hard and it shows.

11. Monica K. - The Meadow
Very nice piano touch Monica. You're really getting there. Even your pedal is perfect. Piano sounds great.

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major
Sounds pretty solid John. Good work. Maybe a little lighter LH Chords would bring it up a notch. You already accomplish a good LH balance at times so I bet you could do it if you're aware.

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend
You're really developing very quickly Cheryl. Tone is really good. I thought perhaps all the time on the forums would take up practice time. But apparently not. Nice job.

14. CMohr - I Should Care
You sound like Bill Evans doing solo piano. What a nice touch on those chords. Really great voicings and really solid arpeggios there. Not cocktail sound at all. Sounds like jazz. I don't think many appreciate that you're coming up with these yourself so your teacher is doing a great job. Certainly one of the best performances I've heard so far in the recital.


15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2
Good work Todd. Nice piece. Just some more evenness to work on there and maybe a lighter touch on those chords would bring it up another notch. Try to play with more dynamics too to raise interest. You're doing great for your time on the piano.


16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto
That sounds pretty good! Nice tone too.


17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three
I envy your touch at every recital smile Solid rhythm this time Glen and you kept your form. Nice! Looks like your moving up in the world!


18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya
Nice Ken, I haven't heard of this before and good to know another jazz lover. Sounds pretty good. it sounds rhythmically difficult and you kept it going.

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme
That was very well played Mati. Nice touch. Impressive to learn that in 3 days (well, you were motivated smile )

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade
You have nice tone there TB so you're really sounding good. The rhythm was a bit uneven though so it was distracting. If you can just solve that, you'd really be moving up fast. You'd got good technique here.


21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance
Gutsy of you to try Dolphin Dance smile I think this took me a whole year to figure out. You did a nice job of figuring out the voicings since this is not that obvious. Did you have a source or just self study?


22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em (to do)
Martin what a great recital debut, and from a SoCal local at that. Pretty good work for less than a year of playing. You're doing great.


23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!)
Another recital debut! Good thing you took the dip. Nice even playing and a solid performance. As advice for future development, you should work on stronger legato playing so there's less gap between notes. Hope to see you again at the next recital. If you keep doing this you'll get better fast.

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4
This is just beautiful. Scriabin has the kind of harmonies that really work for me. You're playing is wonderful. Just keeps getting better. Keep sailing!

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are
You need a lot of work bro'. And everyone thinks your ending sucks so work on it.

26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads







48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement
Very nice! Wonderful tone. A little hesitation on the RH there and the RH seems to be swallowed up sound wise so maybe more dynamic alteration of the LH. Are you just learning this? Otherwise, fabulous playing.

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto
Excellent work grotrianer. Touch and evenness is outstanding on single note melodies. Maybe more balance on some chords where a single note stands out more than intended (just a few instances at the beginning). Very impressive.

50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisième Recueil de Chants, op. 65.
Impressive touch and dynamics! At 2.5 years? Wow. Really good control. You've been working hard.

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop'
Excellent work Hawgdriver and impressive for a short time at the piano. You'll be going places! Time for some 10/1 smile


52. bluekeys - Invention #13
Lovely bluekeys! You've certainly matured with your touch at the piano. It sounds great with your legato and tone and very nicely even on both hands. I myself have not dabbled in Bach but everyone tells me I should. But so little time...

53. custard apple - A Time for Love
Great work! I recognize this arrangement -- from Dave Frank? smile Time to put some solos in there. You have a very nice touch with this.


54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni
Nice sounding Steve! Touch is improving for sure so that means you've been practicing hard. Maybe lighten up a litle on the LH. Think of which voice you want to stand out at each moment and adjust accordingly. Good to have you over here btw.

55. Copper - Lullaby
Nice Lullaby Copper and good tone going there. Nice gentle touch. Watch the pedal at the end.

56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails)
Good work ddh. Maybe soften the LH some more. It would have more contrast.

57. mcasl - Hob XVI:6, Sonata in G major, 1st mov. ]
Sounds good mcasl! I think you need to work on evenning out the rhythm here so it sounds consistent to the listener. Nice touch and really good work for 2 years.

58. edtek - Winter Twilight
Good work edtek. Although you say the dynamics doesn't change, you can tell though because of the different tone of the piano so you were doing it thumb. But try to create a wider dynamic range (exaggerate especially during practice). I like it!


59. Starr Keys - Kiss from a Rose
You just played this by ear? Good ear my friend! As far as playing it, see if you can have a less harsher touch on the piano. Perhaps some technique building could help that. Learn to create contrasts with dynamics. Do this and you'll jump to the next level, I promise you smile
Posted by: FarmGirl

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 03:36 AM

#11 Monica K. - What a beautiful piece. You played it expressively from the beginning to the end. I closed my eyes and totally enjoyed the world you led us in - for me it was a moon-lit ocean and the forgotten beach.

#12 John Frank - I loved your Franz Schubert's piece. You captured the melody very well and I like your sensitive playing style, something I would like to acquire. The second one,Samuel Maykapar's piece, this is the first time for me. It's a really fun piece and you did well. I think you had fun playing this one.

#13 CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Well done. I was worried about your hand. Is it well enough to play? I liked your expressions and dynamics.

#14 CMohr - Like it a lot. You opened my eyes (ears?) to Jazz. It's beautiful and sounds like Jazz allows so much more personal freedom, I am just reading your comments. It's neat.

#15 Todd Vance - BEAUTIFUL. I love this waltz. It's an accomplishment to play this one through. It was very pianistic. I particularly loved the B section.

#16 Joangolfing - You played this piece very well. expertly. I hear plenty of dynamics. Well done.

#17 Inlanding - Glen - You are soooo good. I totally enjoyed it. You are so free. I like your style.

#18 Ken. - Great. You played so smoothly and effortlessly. You are right. It's a fun piece with lots of interesting notes and rhythm.

#19 Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - You learned this in 3 days! It is a very interesting and gougeous piece. I have to put you in the naturally gifted category.

#20 True Beginner - I seriously suggest changing your forum name to TruelyGifted or . You are so talented in both performance and composition. It is incredibly beautiful. Thank you
Posted by: FarmGirl

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 03:38 AM

I would like to thank everyone who took time to comment on mine. I would comment back when I can. I cannot do it now. My report is due tomorrow.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 05:16 AM

Congratulations to all the participations. We spent an enjoyable evening listen all the pieces.

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3 - Beautifull waltz and you played with a great sense of felling. Great start!

02. wouter79 - the entertainer - I learned to play this version after 3/4 months of having started to learn piano. Even today I play it because everyone loves it and is a lively and rhythmic music. I think you made to keep the rhythm of music, but IMHO it seems to lack a little "joy" in interpretation. Nevertheless, you did a good job. Btw: I heard more than the 1st note...

03. Peyton - Angel - I think all those who send originals are very brave! My wife cringed when he heard this song and was thrilled when she realized that you had lost a friend. You made him a beautiful tribute, full of feeling. Well played and felt. Congratulations!

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen - I really enjoyed listening to this piece. Very beautiful and played very surprising. One day I'll try to play this... Well done!

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1 - Very good interpretation. Very beautifull. Nice job!

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria - Wow, I did not know Giovanni Allevi but I was very moved by this music. Very, very good! I love it: great sound, great rhythm, and very well played!

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682) - I'm not a big fan of Henry Purcell, but I liked to listen to this piece. Good job.

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover) - Great music of Rick Wright, and you caught exactly the spirit of it. Well done!

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch - It's always nice to hear a march! You played it very well and you managed to keep the proper rhythm. Congratulations!

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi - Well, that's me smile - I know many of you don't appreciate Einaudi, but I learned a lot from the variations of rhythm and touch with his music. At the same time it gives me peace of mind playing songs of this genre. Thanks for listening.

11. Monica K. - The Meadow - Beautifull melody; I love it. This is very enjoyable. Great job!

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major - What a nice medley you did! The two waltz work well together and you did a great transition. Nice!

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend - Good start with your new acoustic. Very enjoyable. Good job.

14. CMohr - I Should Care - Nice harmony, with a bit of jazz. It's a pleasure to hear that performance. Congratulations.

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2 - And we got to Chopin! This piece is well chosen because, besides being beautiful, it demonstrates the dedication and passion who play it. Nice job.

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto - Very pleasent sonata and you played it very smoothly. Nice job!

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three - Another (almost) original work with lots of free play. Very pleasent and enjoyable. I love the way you play!

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya - I did not knew Monk work, but I like this medley. IMHO is a litle bit repetitive but funny. Nice!

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme - Only 3 days for learning? Wow, that's great! Nice recording, too. (btw: what's the computer game?)

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade - Very nice original piece (another brave!). You played it full of feeling. Congratulations.

21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance - A litle bit of jazz surroundig this piece, but with constrasts that result in a nice harmony. Nice job.

22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em - What a great start for your first recital! Very pleasent and enjoyable. Well done!

23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!) - Amazing for only 4 months of practicing. Keep the good work!

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4 - Wow, this is very impressive. I did not know this piece, but I really enjoyed listening. Thanks.

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are - Another brilliant Jazz improvisation made by you. Very good! I love it!

26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads - Very pleasent to listen. I like this calm version. You made a good job!

27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man) - Your voice is unmistakable! When I saw the name "BillM" I was not recognizing you, but after hearing the first words I recognized you immediately. Good work!

28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust) - Realy nice Schumann piece. I like how you mix the notes without losing the sense of melody. Good job and nice recording, too.

29. serge88 - Your Song - What a pleasent and "clear" version! You take it very well!

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach - I can't imagine how difficult this piece can be... wow, good job and great LH work!

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail - What a charmimg and pleasent song. You play it very good. (where's the airplane...?)

32. Undone - Toccata in D minor - If this is "where you are" then let me say that you are in the right direction. What a work! Congratulations.

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor - I was expecting a different sound from Batch. This is just perfect!

34. Mohan Karthik - So far away - Another original piece, and another impressive work. Very smooth and beautifull. (Please, write it on paper and share w/ us; I'll give it a try.)

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee - Very good arrangement. I like the way you play: full of joy.

36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze - You did a great job, and I think you reach the intention of turning this in a beautifull piano solo piece.

37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture - Lol, your "aditional info" is so funny. In my opinio you did a great job, and the result is a beautifull piece.

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante - This is the kind of pieces that is always enjoyable to listen. Very "fresh" and well played.

39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935 - I like you trills! I'm not a specialist in Bach, but i think that you play it very, very well!

40. GlassLove (Christine) - Song of India (arranged) - I have never heard his piece, and it seams very well palyed and pleasent.

41. jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace - This is a tune that everyone knows, and it was nice to hear it. Good work!

42. PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4 - Very nice played in a dificult piece. I loved hearing it!

43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel - Great pice os Piazzolla. And you did get the Piazzolla environment. Great!

44. MegumiNoda - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2 - Wow, nicely played; full of feeling and very pleasent to listening.

45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24 - This is new for me, and I realy love it. You have a special feeling for this one. Beautifull!

46. ShiroKuro - Sunburst - Wow, guitar to piano arrangement? That's cool. You did a great job!

47. spidaman - A moment lost - Very good for someone playing by ear. Beautifull piece and excelent interpretation.

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement - I'm glade you bring this to PW. For me, it's just fine. You did it very well!

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto - Wow, I believe it's a challenge; full of transitions and diferent melodys, but it works. Great!

50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisième Recueil de Chants, op. 65. - I can see you enjoy it because you play it very, very well. You say "it's so much easier than it sounds"... well, that's easy after you learn it, right? Good job!

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' - Leon, you are a brave. Only 15 months playing piano and you play like this? And the worst is the fact that you "offer" me a problem, because my wife (who is listening the recital with me) already said: "Carlos, no more Einaui! Your next attempt will be Chopin. I LOVE IT!"

52. bluekeys - Invention #13 - bluekeys, that's amazing. And I think you get the exact "tempo". Nice work!

53. custard apple - A Time for Love - You play it very well. Very smooth and enjoyable. Congratulations.

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni - TTig, like me you choose an Einaudi piece. I like your interpretation. Congratulations! ("I Giorni" is in my queue).

55. Copper - Lullaby - This is a very sweet played melody. It remembers me of my kids when they were litle babies. Thanks!

56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails) Thanks for sharing a Alain Lefèvre piece. I have never heard this. It's beautifull and you did a great job. Good recording, too.

57. mcasl - Hob XVI:6, Sonata in G major, 1st mov. - Hola! Beautifull sonata and I think it's "fluidid" enough. Good job!

58. edtek - Winter Twilight - edtek, doesn't matter the time you (we) take to learn a piece. The importante it's the felling you put on it. And you did a great job. Congratulations.

59. Starr Keys - Kiss from a Rose - Very good arrangement! I can play the easy version of this, and this is realy better. Congratulations, it's beautifull.



Posted by: custard apple

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 05:40 AM

Many thanks Carlos and Jazzwee.
Yes, JW, A Time for Love was inspired by the Dave Frank masterclass.
Right now I have realised that I need to work on familiarisation with tonality. Today I improvised over a B maj progression and found this key the most difficult/unfamiliar.
After I become more comfortable with improvising over progressions, I definitely want to start creating my own solos over tunes.
Posted by: LaValse

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 06:43 AM

I deliberately tried not to look at titles and composers, so apologies if original composition and I got something different to intent. I didn't know who was playing either... (honest).

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3 image that came to mind

02. wouter79 - the entertainer image that came to mind

03. Peyton - Angel image that came to mind

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen image that came to mind

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1 image that came to mind

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria image that came to mind

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682) image that came to mind

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover) image that came to mind (sorry!

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch image that came to mind
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 07:07 AM

Originally Posted By: LaValse
I deliberately tried not to look at titles and composers, so apologies if original composition and I got something different to intent.


Very original idea!
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 07:10 AM

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: LaValse
I deliberately tried not to look at titles and composers, so apologies if original composition and I got something different to intent.


Very original idea!


+1
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 07:42 AM

La Valse - what a great idea!
Posted by: LaValse

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 07:44 AM

I'm worried it's revealing to much about what's inside my head - not had to censor anything yet though... smile

Posted by: WiseBuff

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 08:00 AM

And today I enjoyed the thirties...I just can't do the 1-59 order. Thank you musicians for your lovely playing.
#30 paquijote. I admire anyone who plays Bach...deceptive how difficult he is. Love the lively tempo. Nice.
#31 Agustina. Got you on Tuesday. Well done
#32 Undone. LOVE this one and you showed a nice touch with the intense passages and the mysterious ones. It's great on organ.
#33 LisztAddict. Beautiful melody line...your playing is very expressive.
#34 Mohan. What a lovely bittersweet feel you've incorporated into this piece. The rise in intensity in the middle was my favorite. The ending needed something more...maybe more of the fade but seemed too abrupt compared to the whole
#35 ladypayne. this piece is usually so somber. I liked your arrangement that made it happy and uplifting.
#36 MaryBee. Wow. Nice clean thirds. I enjoyed it.
#37 FarmGirl. I usually like Keveren but see what you mean by "busy". He did get carried away with the left hand accompaniment. But YOU kept up with a beautiful melody line and tempo.
#38 Andy Platt. Nice job. Mozart is so challenging and you did it well. When you bring it out the next time...consider trying to bring out the elegance and sweetness of this movement.
#39 Sideshow. Light and expressive. I LIKE your trills...you have the heart of Bach on this one.
Posted by: LaValse

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 08:05 AM

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi image that came to mind

11. Monica K. - The Meadow image that came to mind

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley image that came to mind

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend image that came to mind

14. CMohr - I Should Care image that came to mind

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2 image that came to mind

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto image that came to mind

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three image that came to mind

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya image that came to mind

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme image that came to mind

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade image that came to mind (loch katrin)
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 08:57 AM

Originally Posted By: LaValse
I'm worried it's revealing to much about what's inside my head - not had to censor anything yet though... smile



No, I think you are on to something!! IMO that is what the "comments" should be all about.
Posted by: KeemaNan

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 09:14 AM

21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance
Nice job on the arrangement, and well played. Good, rich, jazzy stuff.

22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em
That's a very nice, new-age style piece with a modern sound to it. Well played, too. Dynamics and phrasing nicely done.

23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!)
Yes we all know it, and love it ! Well played, nice and even with good ornamentation and balance between the hands.

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4
Very nice indeed. Great dynamics and rubato, and the chords were played beautifully.

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are
Great to hear a jazz pianist improvising in full flight. You've obviously packed a lot of hard study into your 6 years and its really paying off. I see elsewhere on the forum that you are tackling Chopin op 10/1, which is testament to how far you have come. Good luck !

26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads
Nice job on a classic song. You kept a good tempo going throughout and brought the melody out well.

27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man)
Nice soulful singing and bluesy piano playing. I particularly liked the instrumental break, which was a top notch bit of blues piano. I enjoyed this a lot.

28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust)
Very nice job on a tricky piece. The contrapuntal part where the theme comes in again repeatedly is very tricky and you handled it well. The only thing I would change is to exaggerate the sforzando chords at the end a bit more. I don't have the score with me. Maybe they aren't sforzando and I should shut up ! I enjoyed your performance anyway, this is a piece I know and love.

29. serge88 - Your Song
Very nice arrangement, well done on that. And smoothly played. An enjoyable performance all round.

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach
Two-part inventions after two years of playing ? I'm impressed. A more than respectable performance too, up to a nice tempo and with nice ornametation. I am just getting around to these pieces now, after a few false starts over the years. The demands they make on your hand independence are pretty extreme.

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail
Yes, I heard the plane. I have to say that I really like the audible page turns ! They allow us to marvel at your reading skills, which are obviously considerable. Seems like the editors put the turns in some really awkward places on this one though... Anyway, a nice piece, and played with style, well done.

32. Undone - Toccata in D minor
Dramatic stuff. You got more into your stride as you got further into the piece I think. Nice job.

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor
I hadn't heard this before but I recognized the prelude from the WTC it is taken from. I generally like Bach transcriptions and re-workings for the piano (especially Busoni and Liszt). It's a very beautiful piece of music and I enjoyed your performance. The rolled chords in the left hand are really nice.

34. Mohan Karthik - So far away
Great composition, and well played. Amazing for 11 months experience. I enjoyed it immensely. Also great to see a contribution from the sub-continent - this is a truly worldwide event.

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee
This was great - I love the way you built up the intensity and then hauled it back in for the ending. Stirring stuff. A shame you cut the recording off and didn't let the last note ring a bit longer !

36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze
That's a tricky sounding arrangement, with lots of parts and lots of tricky playing in thirds. You did a nice job with it and played it very musically.

37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture
This piece was a massive underaking. I'm sure you'll feel better about it when you dust it down next Christmas ! There's a lot of material in there, you could chop it up into several individual arrangements and it would still work. Nice job, a real accomplishment.

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante
I love this movement, I play it myself but have never really got it to the point where I can play through the whole thing without tripping up somewhere. It should be heard more often, all we ever hear of K545 is the first movement ! You played it very nicely, bravo.

39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935
Top-notch Bach. A really nice light, even touch, and the ornaments are superb. Great balance between the voices, and played up to a really nice tempo.

40. GlassLove (Christine) - Song of India (arranged)
Nice work - that arrangement seems rhythmically tricky, so well done. You captured the 'song-like' quality of the right-hand part.

41. jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace
Nice lush arrangement, and well played. Stirring stuff, I would say.

42. PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4
Nicely played. I think most people do pedal this all the way through, changing the pedal with the chords, but it sounds fine without. You sailed through the tricky bit about 3/4 of the way through where it all kicks off - and that's a sticking point for many.

43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel
Very nice tango. Have you heard of a young pianist called Gabriella Montero ? If you like this you would love her playing. Worth checking her out. She plays Piazolla but also has a great line in improvised tango. She also plays the classical repertoire.

44. MegumiNoda - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2
I love the Brahms intermezzos, but the density of notes on the page puts them out of my reach at the moment. I really enjoyed your performance of this one, though.

45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24
Nice piece, and nicely played. Nice resonant piano sound. I'm hearing a lot of Tchaikovsky's op 39 on this forum, and what I've heard so far is very nice. I must get hold of it myself !

46. ShiroKuro - Sunburst
That sounds a tricky piece, which you've executed very cleanly. A very enjoyable performance.

47. spidaman - A moment lost
Great job on working this one out without the sheets ! Sounds great.

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement
Loved this. I actually quite like it at this slightly faster tempo, and I've heard it done like this before. Nice phrasing, with slight hesitations adding to the effect. Also great balance, with the big crunchy chords in the left hand making beautiful soft landings.

I think that's everyone. I've heard a lot of nice stuff in this recital, and as always found some music that I want to look up, and composers I want to learn more about. Thanks to all involved, and thanks to all those who have been kind enough to listen to and pass comment on my contribution !
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 10:01 AM

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend - Cheryl, nicely done and expressive - good first effort thumb I don't know why but this piece reminds me just a little of the beautiful song "Sunrise, Sunset" from "Fiddler on the Roof". Keep up the good, dedicated work - your enthusiasm will reap big dividends shortly.

14. CMohr - I Should Care - CMohr, I should care that you played this wonderful old standard so very well and so thoughtfully - I love these classic tunes from that era and your's is a very introspective interpretation - the intro was perfect and so was the ending. Nice job!

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2 - Todd, one of my favorites from The Master - a slower tempo than I'm used to hearing this at, but still highly enjoyable - some day I may try to tackle this gem myself - very good effort!

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto - Joan, overall a good job - this is long and many of us would struggle with it - I'm not sure you got it up to allegretto speed but whatever one is comfortable with...

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three - Glen, very nicely done - enjoyed that alot - your YT chanel is attractive and full of good stuff thumb

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya - Ken, interesting mix - good job - used to listen to a lot of Monk years ago.


More to follow...

JF
Posted by: Augustina

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 10:15 AM

I thought I would listen to some more songs this morning to get me started for the day:)

Monica-The Meadow This piece was played so beautifully! nicely done.

John Frank- Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major
I am unfamiliar with this piece- you played it so well:)

Casinitaly- Gypsy Legend You've only been playing for 13 months? great job:)

Cmohr-I should care
Another piece I am unfamiliar with- This was very relaxing to listen to first thing in the morning. I enjoyed it a lot!

Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik- Odin Sphere no Theme
I like most music by Hitoshi Sakimoto I am unfamiliar with this song though. You played it so well

True Beginner- Winter Serenade
Awesome! This was so pretty!


For those that have commented on my piece so far thank you for the kind words. I always get a little bit more encouragement to practice more after the recitals:)

Casinitaly If there was a strange background noise it was probably from my camera. I just need to get a new one soon:)

TX-Dennis "You need the Super Hunky patented giant piece of cardboard to which you tape the photocopied sheets - no page turning needed. He posted a pic once. It looks like crap, but it works."

I'm not sure how to quote but Thats a great idea! I'll have to try it sometime! smile
Posted by: Undone

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 10:52 AM

Next set:

21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance
Great arrangement! I like a lot of Herbie Hancock's stuff, but was not familiar with this one. Most enjoyable.

22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em
A big congratulations of your first ABF recital and conquest of the Red Dot! You play with wonderful feeling and dynamics for one who's been at it for less than a year.

23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!)
Very well done! I have played this one myself and always had trouble getting the ornamentation to sound correct. All of you new ABF recital participants are putting the rest of us to shame.

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4
I'm not really familiar with Scriabin, but enjoyed your recording of this work. If you say you found it tricky, I'll take your word for it, but it sure sounded like you had it down solid.

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are
Great improvisation! It reminded me of some swingle singing numbers I did many years ago and it gave me "happy feet" while listening to it.

26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads
Nicely done Walt. Listening to your recording brought back many memories of what I was doing back when John Denver first came out with this song.

27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man)
I'm a big Randy Newman fan (who isn't). I'm always amazed at what some people can do in the way of "play-by-ear" and yours is a case in point. Simply terrific!

28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust)
Hey, Out-takes, I like the idea! You should have done it, it probably would have caught on even bigger than the food thing. But back to the matter at hand; great job on this Schumann piece.

29. serge88 - Your Song
Very nice rendition of this Elton John classic. I learned to play a simple version of this back when it was still relatively new and I was just noodling around on the piano, but I never really learned it well, let alone with the extra feeling you've added to it. I'm sure Elton would approve.

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach
One of J.S. Bach's Inventions difficult? After not even two years of playing? Yep, you got that right, yet you did a wonderful job at it and if it was riddled with errors, you sure did a good job of slipping them by me.



Undone
Posted by: TTigg

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 11:12 AM

WOW just WOW

Amazing stuff from everybody. Thanks so much to Monika, Coop and all who make this possible. It's great to see so many come for their 1st, we know they'll be back. I wanted to also thank everyone for their kind comments, I'll be replying to some of those once I'm done listening and commenting on the recital itself.

First batch, very busy with work etc but I am Home Office for next 1.5days so I'll be able to listen and get my comments down..

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3
Great job Ben, flows nicely, your touch is great and the piano sounds really good too.

02. wouter79 - the entertainer
You’re doing incredibly well for only 1yr under your belt. Sounded great, flowed perfectly.

03. Peyton - Angel
I’m really digging the sound of your piano – great work on this. It’s great to see so many of us branching out into Composition, truly inspiring and amazing stuff!

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen
Sounded great, not like a P140 at all. Lovely calming tune with some great runs & arrangements – very enjoyable

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1
Sam you’ve for sure been practicing hard on the “bringing out notes” I know what you mean and it’s great when it click. Now if I could just get my LH quieter! : )

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria
WOW Iain, just under a year! You’re doing incredibly well indeed. Loved this tune, added to Fav on YT and will probably give it a go sometime, really loved how it flowed and you played it so very well – excellent!

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682)
Your DP sounds fantastic. I love the dynamics of this piece and you played it perfectly - great work!

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover)
I think you need to swap pianos with Monica : ) I really enjoyed your impression of this work and as a Brit of course I have a soft spot for Pink Floyd. I would agree however that the sound is very intense. Your piano sounds amazing and if you are indeed normalizing the sound I would suggest turning the mic down or placing a little further away, other than that – very very good..

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch
You’re doing very well for such a short time, great control and touch, well done!

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi
Another Einaudi fan and piece. You’re doing VERY well for such a short time, really captured the piece, the dynamics, his voicing pretty much perfect. Keep it up, looking forward to much more..

OK Conf calls beckon so I’ll get to the next batch in a bit..
Posted by: GlassLove

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 11:34 AM

Round 2:

10. CarolosCC: Absolutely beautiful. My whole family loves Einaudi too (our musical tastes intersect very infrequently). Your children are lucky to have such a talented family member to play for them.

11. Monica: I really LOVED this piece of music. I could listen to it all day. I didn't find it terribly eerie, however. To me it depicted an existential struggle of some sort. You played it marvelously.

12. John Frank: I love waltzes, but haven't tried to play one yet. My teacher claims the timing is very hard to get. You did a very nice job with these!!!

13. Cheryl: You are obviously not superstitious, having the 13th submission grin . As you know, I think that this piece is really beautiful and hope to play it myself soon. You did a fantastic job. I also really like the sound of your acoustic piano. Excellent new piano debut. Thanks for entertaining me with this lovely piece.

14: CMohr: Smooth, smooth, smooth....like silk. Extremely impressive work, and I loved the ending.

15: Todd Vance: Very nicely done. One of my favorite Chopin Waltzes.

16. Joangolfing: Very beautifully played. I really enjoyed your selection of music too.

17. Inlanding: You never fail to please and impress!! I always look forward to your contributions. You are one talented person!!!! Fantastic job.

18. Ken: I really like Monk. You did a great job with this.

19. Mati: This is a beautiful piece of music and you played it very smoothly. It was a joy to listen to.

20. Truebeginner: Wow, I hope that I can play like this in two more years. Really sublime. I watched the snow melting yippie as I listened to your piece. Apparently, it works as a goodbye to Winter piece too. But, who am I kidding, I live in Michigan. We won't see spring for two more months.

21: Riddler: I love this piece and you played it very well. Excellent job.

22. MartinJB: This is just gorgeous. A very touching piece played beautifully.

23. Hoffy: Love your ornamentation. Very nicely played.

24. LaValse: I am not as familiar with Scriabin as I should be. I had never heard this piece, but it is very pretty. You played with a lot of expression/emotion. Beautiful.

25. Jazzee: So fun! I was tapping my foot and bobbing my head through the whole piece. Just fantastic.

26. Walt: Very nicely done!! It reminded me of my dad (a great Denver fan). I once saw a documentary on John Denver, he was a really lovely soul. I really enjoyed listening. Thank you.

27. BillM: Very nicely played. Your voice fits this song very nicely. I enjoyed listening.

28. Strings and Wood: I LOVE THIS PIECE OF MUSIC. It is one of my husband's favorites too. I am trying to get the notes under my fingers before he returns from Greece. I will repeatedly listen to your version for inspiration. Thank you. You did a beautiful job.

29. Serge88: This was really enjoyable to listen to. You play very smoothly. Excellent.

30. Paquijote: Wow, very nicely done. Such a challenging piece played remarkably well given you have been at this for fewer than 2 years.

31. Augustina: I have always loved this song. Beautifully played. I really enjoyed it.

32. Undone: This is so impressive. You have made absolutely remarkable progress in just three years.

33. LisztAddict: Gorgeous piece of music played beautifully. A true joy to listen to.

34. Monhan: Thank you for this absolutely beautiful piece of music. You are a VERY talented person. I can definitely hear the Einaudi influence.

35. LadyPayne: Very beautifully played. I really enjoyed it and you did an excellent job arranging it.

36. MaryBee: I love this piece of music. As always, you played it beautifully. I truly lost myself while listening to your playing.

37. Farmgirl: This was very fun to hear. I have to admit, I don't like Christmas music nearly as much as most people seem to, I tire of it long before we make it to Christmas day. You know this has to be impressive and beautifully played if I can enjoy it in February. I laughed at your "huffing and puffing" comment because this really is a musical marathon....or an analogue for the Christmas season itself. Excellent job.
Posted by: grotrianer

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 11:47 AM

Thanks for your comments, jazzwee (your critique is spot on. It matches one of my teacher's. I often don't even notice it, I'll have to sensitize my ears) and CarlosCC.

A few more comments from me:

50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisieme Recueil de Chants, op. 65. Haunting piece, which actually sounds a bit new-agey to me. Very well played, too, but you asked for merciless critique, so I'll try to deliver. But I don't know a thing about Alkan, so please take it with a grain of salt: From just looking at the IMSLP score it seems to me that you could interpret some details more courageously, like looking for an appropriate change of sound where it says "con grazvt" (whatever that means, I probably didn't read it correctly, but I'm guessing it has something to do with "gracility"), and observing the shortening of the two high notes immediately after that passage, bringing out the accented bass melody close to the ending, doing a little more of smorzando in the last line. Stuff like that.

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi Your tempo and dynamic fluctuations keep the piece interesting without ever feeling forced. Well done!

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend Congrats to your new piano and the nice recording you got of it with this charming piece. Your playing develops very well!

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria The reverberating sound fitted the piece well. Very pleasant listening, hard to imagine that the same composer likes to go the "abstract art" route as well.
Posted by: LaValse

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 11:49 AM

21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance image that came to mind
22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em image that came to mind
23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major image that came to mind (sorry!)
25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are image that came to mind
26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads image that came to mind
27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President image that came to mind
28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust) image that came to mind (weave)
29. serge88 - Your Song image that came to mind
30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach image that came to mind
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 12:02 PM

Originally Posted By: LaValse
14. CMohr - I Should Care image that came to mind

Me too!
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 12:09 PM

LaValse, this is great! It's got to be much harder doing this than writing a sentence or two of comments for each piece. But I'm loving it!
Posted by: jazzwee

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 12:35 PM

Originally Posted By: LaValse
21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance image that came to mind
22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em image that came to mind
23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major image that came to mind (sorry!)
25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are image that came to mind
26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads image that came to mind
27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President image that came to mind
28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust) image that came to mind (weave)
29. serge88 - Your Song image that came to mind
30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach image that came to mind


Wow. Impressive how you did this. Such commitment. thumb And in my case, so musically descriptive.
Posted by: LaValse

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 12:45 PM

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There image that came to mind
32. Undone - Toccata in D minor image that came to mind
33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor image that came to mind
34. Mohan Karthik - So far away image that came to mind
35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee image that came to mind
36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze image that came to mind
37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture image that came to mind
38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante image that came to mind
39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935 image that came to mind
40. GlassLove (Christine) - Song of India image that came to mind
Posted by: LaValse

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 01:06 PM

@jazzwee - the recursion was strong... smile Re: my audio quality - I created the audio from the vid (which wasn't brilliant itself because I had the mic away from the piano and by a window!) and I think it was the extraction that buggered it - ffmpeg plugin for Audacity - I didn't listen to it at volume....
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 01:15 PM

I am enchanted with LaValse's feedback. Now I want to open one window with the images and listen again! But wait! I still have about 15 pieces to listen to!

Most of your pics don't match my images, but I find them nonetheless fascinating and very entertaining.

I LOVED my wild horses! (oddly enough , the Gino Vanelli song...Wild Horses... is one of my favourites!)

I hope to wrap up my listening tonight! On one hand I can't wait to hear the rest, and on the other, I don't want it to be over. At least I can re-play (not like at one of those "live recitals" where you just get to hear it once! smile
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 01:15 PM

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682)

This was a delight to listen to. You carried the bass well with the left hand. I do not know the "Baroque" period very well, but enjoyed listening to this. Very nicely done.

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover)

Amazed once again at how you are able to k-plunk these type of productions. I must admit I have never listened to this and wondered what it would be like as a piano solo... it works for me, I like it.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 01:37 PM

Hawgdriver, Andy, Glen, BillM, Peyton, Dennis, Jazzwee, JF - Thnak you so much for your comments heart - you guys make it sound like I'm much better than I am. Cheryl, Mohan, TLT, undone, KeemaNan, Shiro, MartinJB, Mr.SuperH, wouter, Ladypayne, Farmgirl, Carlos, Augustina, Glasslove, (holy-moly! I don't think I've ever had so many comments!) tons of thanks to you all. heart I'm touched, really.
And..
Originally Posted By: LaValse

14. CMohr - I Should Care image that came to mind

Your comments, LaValse, are the most innovative! I've been smiling all morning! But, where the heck did you find that picture of me?! wink

Posted by: ten left thumbs

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 02:06 PM

OK, the jazzers -

Jazzwee, AATYA. Very enjoyable, I hear what you say about hard swing. Really, man, you need a band to play with. Or at least you need them to play up a little, because I missed them.

Glen - invention - I'm speechless. You caress those keys and they melt like butter. Also (wolf whistle) nice knees!

Riddler - Dolphin Dance. Ed, I've heard of this tune, but didn't know it. Thanks for playing it - doesn't sound atonal to me.

Edit: wait a sec, Glen, I'm not sure I listened to the right thing.
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 02:07 PM

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch

Dramatic announcements followed by frivolous gaiety. Well done.

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi

I am usually not... in this case I am, jealous- that you are able to play so well after 14 months. Very lyrical, nicely paced and dynamics, CarlosCC.

11. Monica K. - The Meadow

Of course, I had to google to see who Alexandre Desplat was. I see he has done a lot of music for movie composition. Sometimes when I listen to music I will visual movie scenes. Perhaps this is one...it easily could be. I enjoyed listening, Monica.

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major[/b

The good do die too young, don't they? I enjoy a good waltz as well. It is a reminder to me of a time of grandeur, grace and eloquence. You portrayed that quite well, JF.

[b]13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend


The Gypsy does live on. I find after playing my submittal, 20 times or so, trying to get a decent recording, I always get a better one a couple of days after I have submitted. You are playing your acoustical very well. Good job.

14. CMohr - I Should Care

CMohr, beautifully serenaded. I love the expressive music from the forties. You did this really well!
Posted by: LaValse

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 02:18 PM

41. jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace image that came to mind
42. PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4 image that came to mind
43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel image that came to mind
44. MegumiNoda - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2 image that came to mind
45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24 image that came to mind
46. ShiroKuro - Sunburst image that came to mind
47. spidaman - A moment lost image that came to mind (can't explain that!)
48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement image that came to mind (relentless development/evolution)
49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto image that came to mind
50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisième Recueil de Chants, op. 65. image that came to mind
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 02:23 PM

Quote:
28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust)
Very nice job on a tricky piece. The contrapuntal part where the theme comes in again repeatedly is very tricky and you handled it well. The only thing I would change is to exaggerate the sforzando chords at the end a bit more. I don't have the score with me. Maybe they aren't


You are quite correct. My copy says to play those two chords forte, but I think sforzando is a more accurate description.
I need to work on aggression when it come to my piano. smile
Posted by: LaValse

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 02:38 PM

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' image that came to mind
52. bluekeys - Invention #13 image that came to mind
53. custard apple - A Time for Love image that came to mind
54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni image that came to mind
55. Copper - Lullaby image that came to mind
56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails) image that came to mind
57. mcasl - Hob XVI:6, Sonata in G major, 1st mov. image that came to mind
58. edtek - Winter Twilight image that came to mind
59. Starr Keys - Kiss from a Rose image that came to mind
Posted by: LaValse

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 02:41 PM

@CMohr - well now you've said that my mental model of you is kinda fixed... smile

@casinitaly smile
Posted by: Riddler

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 02:51 PM

Picking some entries, more or less at random, to comment on:

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria
Very interesting and very listenable. That's a long piece to memorize, and those descending runs must be a challenge, but you performed it all flawlessly. Great job!

14. CMohr - I Should Care
Great arrangement, interesesting harmonizations. I particularly liked the intro and the ending! And the parts in between were wonderful too. smile

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2
Oh, boy, that was good. I love this piece. Wish I could play some Chopin.but it sounds really hard, and the scores look even harder. Great job.

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three
Glen, great stuff. I Remember Clifford is one of my favorites, and I enjoyed your arrangement. Nice work on the two improvs. You've got some neat $5 chords there at the end that are really interesting.

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya
Ken, it's great to see Monk represented here. That was an especially lively rendition of Bye-ya. Good work!

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are
Cool, light touch, great lines, well done! Interestingly, when I listen to this, in my mind's ear, I also hear a bass player laying down roots on the ones, approach notes on the fours, and so on. Thanks for showing us how it's done!

27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man)
A message that is always appropriate, delivered with soul and feeling and skill. Well done, Bill.

32. Undone - Toccata in D minor
Wow, I really enjoy hearing that played on the piano for a change. Great selection, wonderful performance!

36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze
Wonderful. I've always loved this work but I don't remember hearing a piano version of it before. It was a pleasure to listen to! Well done.

41. jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace
Aha - that's one of the things I love about these forums - we can plagiarize learn from each other! laugh Great arrangement by Joe, with several key modulations and even a time signature change, and a surprise ending to boot. Well played, well done, Cathy.

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement
Very, very beautiful. There is something unusual in the way you play this - perhaps a slight softening or hesitation on the notes that resolve tension? I dunno, it's beyond my pay grade - that makes it very moving, for me. Bravo!

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop'
Love that piece! Lots of fire, lots of beauty. You brought out both. Great playing.

53. custard apple - A Time for Love
Wow, that was simply beautiful! What great harmonizations! You played it superbly. I am bedazzled. Great work!

LaValse You get the prize for original commentary, hands down! Very clever stuff, I enjoyed the humor! laugh

Ed
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 02:51 PM

Omg am I getting bummed out. Not only did I receive numerous comments to the effect of "nice job but you screwed up the recording levels once again" as in way too harsh a recording, but in addition to that, my performance now seems to conjur up images of flamboyant homosexual gay men!

Yikes!!!

Here's the real problem. I listened closely to my own recording and it sounded way too harsh with lots of clipping and now I'm starting to question the images I am getting in my own head!

What to do???

Some type of intervention may be needed!
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 02:57 PM

Originally Posted By: mr_super-hunky
Omg am I getting bummed out. Not only did I receive numerous comments to the effect of "nice job but you screwed up the recording levels once again" as in way too harsh a recording, but in addition to that, my performance now seems to conjur up images of flamboyant homosexual gay men!

Yikes!!!

Here's the real problem. I listened closely to my own recording and it sounded way too harsh with lots of clipping and now I'm starting to question the images I am getting in my own head!

What to do???

Some type of intervention may be needed!



So your recording quality wasn't perfect... who's is? Is was good enough for me to really enjoy the performance. I especially liked the bass notes. I could almost hear an electric bass in there.... In fact... I kept waiting for the big airplane to zoom zooming over my head and explode onto the stage (too many Pink Floyd concerts in my past....). and NOT ONE flamboyant homosexual gay man!
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 02:58 PM

Originally Posted By: LaValse
[38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante image that came to mind


Ah, a photo of my wife! wink
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 03:01 PM

Originally Posted By: mr_super-hunky
Omg am I getting bummed out. Not only did I receive numerous comments to the effect of "nice job but you screwed up the recording levels once again" as in way too harsh a recording, but in addition to that, my performance now seems to conjur up images of flamboyant homosexual gay men!

Yikes!!!

Here's the real problem. I listened closely to my own recording and it sounded way too harsh with lots of clipping and now I'm starting to question the images I am getting in my own head!

What to do???

Some type of intervention may be needed!


...and for what it's worth... I re-listened to my recording this morning and promptly went to the piano and spent my entire morning practice tuning the piano. I can't believe how out of tune it was. I must have been on another planet to have recorded with the piano sounding that bad. eek
Posted by: ten left thumbs

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 03:09 PM

Originally Posted By: mr_super-hunky
Omg am I getting bummed out. Not only did I receive numerous comments to the effect of "nice job but you screwed up the recording levels once again" as in way too harsh a recording, but in addition to that, my performance now seems to conjur up images of flamboyant homosexual gay men!

Yikes!!!

Here's the real problem. I listened closely to my own recording and it sounded way too harsh with lots of clipping and now I'm starting to question the images I am getting in my own head!

What to do???

Some type of intervention may be needed!


OK, what's clipping?
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 03:16 PM



Performances 21-30


21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance Catchy jazzy tune Ed. I could picture your piece being performed along with a steady beat of a snare drum using brushes. Very nice. I want more though.


22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em The beauty of this piece caught me from the start. Very nicely and delicately played.


23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!) Very good hoffy. You may want to try and play this piece using an arpeggio for the first note in every bar in the left hand. It makes for an instant upgrade in the flow of the tune without doing much. What you currently have is a very well executed performance that is ready to go to the next level and I know you can do it.


24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4 That was a very emotional performance using everything I am striving for myself. Dynamics, more emotion and above all the ability to play delicately. You've got it. Nice soft and peaceful performance.


25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are Very nice Jazzwee. I just wish you had a bass guitar or soft drum beat to accompany you along with this piece as I found myself tapping along with it. Your recording was just perfect.


26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads I hope it is okay to sing along as I listen because that is what I ended up doing. I liked it very much.


27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man) Bill it sounds like you don't even have to think about your playing when you perform as it is just second nature to you. Always nice to hear you play (and sing).


28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust) Wow, so that is what a nice piano without the recording levels messed up sounds like. Beautiful Carl. I keep thinking (and wondering) if you really are going to be playing your piano along with me in the middle of the night...(I really do that!). Very nice performance and your recording levels are just perfect.


29. serge88 - Your Song Oh I loved this performance Serge. One of my favorite piano tunes and you did a great job with this.


30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach Nice tricky trills and performance of a difficult piece. Well done.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 03:19 PM

Originally Posted By: ten left thumbs


OK, what's clipping?



Clipping is a form of distortion that occurs when your recorder is pushed beyond its maximum capability. In my program (Metro) you can see the waveform go off the chart and know that you are clipping. You then turn down your levels.
Posted by: LaValse

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 03:22 PM

Sorry Hunk - I think I was trying so hard not to think of Llamas and beautiful wood houses that I probably messed yours up... frown
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 03:29 PM

"What to do???

Some type of intervention may be needed!"

Intervention... manual intervention I suggest laugh Simply turn down the recorder volume or put the mic further away? And always test you have enough headroom (>12dB for pianos) with a loud chord when you start recording.
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 03:29 PM

"Clipping" is when you get so excited that your actually playing the tune somewhat correctly that you tend to get faster and faster as well as louder and louder. Before long you may even find yourself banging the keys because you are getting so pumped and into your performance.

The problem is your performance is starting to get further and further away from the way you originally intended to perform it which includes where you originally set your recorders gain settings.

A nice, relaxed performance goes well with a moderate gain setting on the recorder but if you start banging away much louder than than your original intended recorder gain setting, all hell breaks loose! You end up getting a harsh/brash sound and literally end up cutting off the sounds that exceeded your recording levels leaving distorion/squelch sounds in its place..(NOT good).

The solution: simply relax and play in a manner that is compatible with the original gain settings and don't start going nuts halfway through the piece....(not that I have any personal experience or problems in this area. I'm just sayin'!).
Posted by: TTigg

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 03:42 PM

Second batch…

11. Monica K. - The Meadow
Great stuff Monica. I’m loving the new camera, may have to seriously indulge in that upgrade. I’m currently working on some Twilight stuff also so this was very enjoyable to listen to, great stuff as always!

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major
Excellent work JF, you’ve been a busy boy. You nail the dynamics in this piece very well, really shows the hard work you’ve been putting in

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend
Doing very well indeed for such a short time at the keys, thanks for sharing!

14. CMohr - I Should Care
LOVED IT! Really really good. I confess that I have loved Jazz for many years but I am a long ways off tackling any of this yet so I’ll just enjoy listening instead – thanks for sharing!

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2
Impressive opening! Really powerful tune. You’ve been playing approx the same time as me and your practice and persistence shows – nicely done

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto
Very nicely done, well played, I love the smoothness and dynamics of this piece

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three
A great composition and enjoyable to listen to. Couldn’t find the link on your YT to the video though?

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya
Very nicely played Ken, love the sound of your Spinet!

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme
Great stuff, very enjoyable and yep, funny how learning and or playing for someone special makes it that much enjoyable : )

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade
Your ability to capture moods in your compositions is uncanny. Amazing stuff and you never fail to delivery – great stuff!

More to follow later…
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 03:47 PM

Originally Posted By: LaValse
36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze image that came to mind
Ha! My teacher suggested trying to get a stately mood with the left hand. I guess I did it! grin
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 03:53 PM

#38. Andy Platt- I had to sit at the computer this afternoon and do some Photoshop work. Your's is the first piece I chose to listen to and it's perfect for what I'm doing...



#41. Cathy- this is close.




#16. Joangolfing-




#24. LaValse-

I really don't have an image to do it justice..just beautifully played. but here...


Posted by: TTigg

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 03:56 PM

3rd batch…

21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance
Beautiful playing, and I agree really captures you right out of the gate!

22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em
Hello again Martin and congrats on your ABF recital debut. Well you have been a busy boy indeed. You’ve really picked up speed and I can feel the emotion in your connection to they keys, very well done indeed. Yeah I hope to be able to make the 1yr anniversary, we’ll see, things are crazy at work & home..

23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!)
A classic piece played so beautifully thanks for sharing!

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4
Beautiful stuff, very well played, great touch. GREAT job on the pictures, such a different way of doing things which works REALLY well thumb

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are
You’re having much fun with the new toy aren’t you! However enough of that digital stuff and bring on the Steinway : ) Very well played and just imagined I was out to dinner with my Jazz loving buddy – very enjoyable. Will have to come visit again someday for sure.

26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads
Nicely done Walt, always nice to hear a familiar and favorite tune.

27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man)
I still can’t fathom singing and playing at the same time! Very nicely done and you are having lots of fun with the Roland! ; )

28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust)
Gorgeous sounding piano, god I need to get me a grand!. Lovely piece and played so well, very enjoyable!

29. serge88 - Your Song
I have to say I prefer the MP3 to the video but both sounded great. I will eventually pick up some of his songs, I used to sing his stuff on Karaoke years ago!

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach
A very bright and enjoyable piece!

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail
Love this song and you played it very well indeed, thanks for sharing!

32. Undone - Toccata in D minor
You’ve been playing very well and the practice on this piece really shows. So this is what I have to look forward to at the end of 3 eh? : ) nicely done indeed great expression & dynamics!

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor
Lovely sounding piano, truly soothing, very nice piece played very well, thanks for sharing


34. Mohan Karthik - So far away
11mths of playing and you’re composing like this – amazing!

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee
So many new compositions now I’m getting very jealous. I may have to put something down myself. Lovely stuff Lady very well done, from the heart for sure!

36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze
Sounds much better on the upright, great stuff Mary!

37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture
Well for a piece you didn’t like you played it very well : ) nicely done

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante
Nicely done Andy, love the sound and dynamics!

39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935
Amazing stuff right out of the gate, very nicely done indeed!

40. GlassLove (Christine) - Song of India (arranged)
Very well done Christine, sounded great. Work on the left hand a little and your pedal as it’s a little muddy in places. I to have the same issues with pedal so just wanted to help point that out – very enjoyable piece

Last batch after my next call..
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 04:34 PM

45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24 - I love Tchaikovsky's stuff. I haven't heard this before, but it was really nice and your piano sounded great. If you're looking to decrease performance anxiety, the ABF forum also has monthly "Piano Bars" where members post recordings. Try for one recording a month - it might help a little!

44. MegumiNoda - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2 - A beautiful piece fantastically played!

43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel - I'm not familiar with Piazzolla, but it's a beautiful piece - well played!

42. PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4 - I think pedal is still ok for this one. Even without the pedal I liked your performance. If you've never seen it, Ben Zander did a TED presentation that included insight on this piece. Just search You Tube for "Ben Zander TED" and you should find it. It's an excellent presentation.

41. jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace - Nice playing and nice arrangement!

40. GlassLove (Christine) - Song of India (arranged) - It's neat to experience your progression on piano as you improve - well played!

39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935 - Wow, that was terrific! I thought the trills were fine, but I don't know much.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 04:39 PM

42. PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4
Your recording has a full, rich sound. You play this very well for someone playing such a short time.

43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel
I am also a retired self-teacher but I have not made nearly the progress that you have. This sounds like a difficult piece but you pull it off quite nicely.

44. MegumiNoda - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2
I enjoyed your video very much – even thought I’m not a big fan of the dancing hands camera angle your hand movement is very expressive.
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 04:40 PM

Quote:
28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust) image that came to mind (weave)


Very creative LaValse. I must admit that is exactly what my fingers looked like while trying to record this piece! laugh
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 04:42 PM

Originally Posted By: hawgdriver
Originally Posted By: LaValse
14. CMohr - I Should Care image that came to mind

Me too!


Works for me!
Posted by: Edtek

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 04:43 PM

2nd batch: Lots of really great music to listen to. It takes time but I feel so great when I read the (too) kind comments on my submission that I would feel too guilty not letting others know how much I enjoyed their work.

16. Joangolfing – Your experience shows well in this piece. I liked the sound of your Roland.

17. Inlanding – You are really good at improvising. I wish I had this ability. Nice jazz tunes.

18. Ken. – I need to listen to more Monk. thanks for letting us hear some.

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik – You learned this song in 3 days! Was that 72 hours continuous?  It’s really impressive and amazing the music that’s coming from vid games.

20. True Beginner – Beautiful composition! Ah to be a composer.

21. Riddler (Ed) – Really nice arrangement from a lead sheet. How nice to just be presented with a melody and come up with a nice piece.

22. MartinJB / martin – Nice piece, very well played, and after less than a year! I feel like such a dummy in comparison 

23. hoffy – Well done! This is a required piece for all pianists

24. LaValse – Mumbles? Really? Seriously a nice piece played with very good dynamics and control.

25. Jazzwee – Unusual improv. Lots of good ideas.

26. wj3 / Walt – I like Denver too. And I also play pieces from that book. You might try Londonderry Air. I think it’s a nice arrangement.

27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) – Newman wrote some very cool songs. Your bluesy arrangement is very good and conveyed the feeling very well.

28. Strings & Wood – Always happy to hear a Schumann piece well done.

29. serge88 – A great song and a very nice arrangement, well played.

30. paquijote – Wow, a lot of notes! This must have been kind of exhausting, but you got through it well!

31. Augustina – Pretty song, nicely played. I struggled with a 61 key kb for some time after I started trying to play piano pieces, finally got an 88 key piano, really makes a difference.

32. Undone – This is a great piece and you performed it very well with lots of the necessary dynamics.

33. LisztAddict – I can’t get enough Liszt and this soothed my hunger. Beautiful piece, very well played.

34. Mohan Karthik – Beautiful melody in a beautiful arrangement. Lovely composition Mohan, I hope the sheet music is available.
Posted by: LaValse

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 04:45 PM

Wow, Thank you Peyton smile
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 04:53 PM

Originally Posted By: LaValse
Wow, Thank you Peyton smile


You bet! I listened to yours on youtube and, seriously, it was just excellent!

...and your picture idea has opened up all sorts of possibilities! smile
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 04:53 PM

45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24
Your piece evokes sort of a wistful mood. I don’t normally associate Tchaikovsky with such somber music but this was very well done.

47. spidaman - A moment lost
A lovely piece played with feeling and emotion. A very impressive play by ear performance.

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement
I’m not much of a classical music listener but like most folks I certainly recognize this one. It may not be “perfect” but it certainly is quite good.

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto
What a professional sounding recording. Whatever magic you worked with Audacity payed off as this is a crisp and beautiful sounding recording.

50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisième Recueil de Chants, op. 65.
I assume I did enjoy listening to it as much as you enjoyed playing it as I enjoyed it very much. Nicely done.
Posted by: LaValse

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 04:59 PM

@Peyton,

That's very kind of you thanks.

~Sixty individual Peyton originals - nothing less will do... smile I have a plan for next time too... wink
Posted by: TTigg

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 05:08 PM

and the final batch..

41. jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace
Ahh Cathy, what a great rendition of this, well, amazing song! ; ) thanks for sharing

42. PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4
Very well played Philz, nicely done indeed, keep up the great work!

43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel
Very dynamic piece – enjoyable to listen to, yes indeed thanks for sharing

44. MegumiNoda - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2
Very well done, amazing touch and great sound too!

45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24
I think plenty of justice was done so no worries there. Lovely sounding piano and the piece was very soothing.

46. ShiroKuro - Sunburst
Very technical indeed, played very very well!

47. spidaman - A moment lost
Beautiful stuff! I have this on my list to-do following Wonderland which I really need to re-do. Excellent work, very soothing and played perfectly!

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement
A little fast for sure but very nicely done Laura. I’ll be tackling this soon since it’s at the end of Alfred #3.

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto
Love the sound the melody, the touch, thank you, very well done

50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisi�me Recueil de Chants, op. 65.
Stunning, beautiful, loved it!

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop'
15mths! You’re killing both me and Mark : ) nice work very well played!

52. bluekeys - Invention #13
You wish, Grand version is much nicer :P, jk.. nicely done and very impressive playing. Sub’d and requested on YT also.

53. custard apple - A Time for Love
Very nicely done indeed

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni
Listen to your friends and stop banging on the LH keys will ya! Seriously though nice effort even though you fluffed the ending part but kudos for not having a fit on the keys like you did for the other 10 takes : )

55. Copper - Lullaby
Lovely music, lovely keys (I own the same board) and great playing!

56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails)
A very moving and subtle piece played with great emotion, thanks for sharing

57. mcasl - Hob XVI:6, Sonata in G major, 1st mov.
Great job – nicely done, enjoyed this a lot.

58. edtek - Winter Twilight
It’s a great piece Ed, I think you suffer from the same “ear” as me in that when we listen back to the MP3 we think “what happened there, it sounded different here” but it was still very enjoyable to listen to. Looking forward to more – love these recitals!

59. Starr Keys - Kiss from a Rose
I am so jealous of your “play by ear” skills. One day I hope to be able to do such things – great stuff and such a lovely ending to a great recital!

Well that’s it folks.

Thanks again for all involved and for ALL of you submitting your pieces. I was so mad at myself for missing the last recital so I’m glad I’m back and I won’t be missing anymore for a while..

Cheers thumb
- Steve
Posted by: TTigg

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 05:08 PM

WOW so I guess the video editing whilst time consuming is well worth it (smile)

Originally Posted By: jotur

54. TTigg - i Giorni You did a great job on this TTigg. And the black and white photos were perfect - the perfect feel.
Cathy

Thanks Cathy, I can see a trend coming on the B&W for sure..

Originally Posted By: Bunneh

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni
Lovely Einaudi, I'd have put you at 5+ years of experience from this professional rendition.

WOW thanks, it keeps me on track to know that when I practice and put the time in great things (and comments) happen..

Originally Posted By: bluekeys

54. TTigg - Love the video mix. I lived in the Bay Area for many years so some of the location shots brought back memories. The Einaudi sounds wonderful on your Knabe. You've really come a long way. This is one of the most professional presentations in the whole recital.

You’re gonna make me cry! But thanks a lot, means a lot and I still attribute SO much of my progress and playing to this forum. It keeps centered on the very thing I love doing the most, playing piano (smiles)

Originally Posted By: BenPiano

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni - Great job with this piece! I started on this a while ago and hope to record it this weekend, but I can't seem to get through the whole thing without a major meltdown somewhere. You did a terrific job of keeping it together throughout, and I like the video presentation as well with it. I'm jealous that you can reach those monster left hand chords toward the end - I have to improvise and it just doesn't sound the same. Again, great video!

Thanks so much. So what are you playing for that section? Yep the 10ths are a stretch for sure but I think it can sound quite close with other variations. Send me a PM if you’d like with what notes you’re playing

Originally Posted By: Andy Platt

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni This is one I watched the video for - I find that Einaudi's pieces often work best with visuals. This was no exception - it was beautifully performed and the video nicely put together (memories of SF!). You managed to keep the piece moving forward the whole way through. Nice! Oh - your piano sounds great too.

Thanks so much. My wife and I met in SF (officially) so it’s always been a special place in our hearts. My Knabe does sound pretty sick but I’m just itching or a grand now… (smiles)

Originally Posted By: CMohr

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni This has got to be one of my favorites of yours, Steve. Your piano sounds wonderful-sounds like you're right here. What a great job you've done with this piece! Nice and flowing, great dynamics. You've done yourself proud with this one. Very lush!

Awww thanks – yeah I was pretty chuffed with it,. I may re-do later on with the video in B&W also to match.

Originally Posted By: MartinJB

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni (to do)
Bravo, Steve, you nail that ending this time. Congrats. Hope to see you again at the group. BTW, I saw your dog pass by a few times from the reflection on that beautiful piano.

Thanks Martin, yeah I hope to be able to make it but things are crazy right now. I was wondering if anyone else was going to see my pup Kanan wondering about – he’s a White German Shepherd who is just over 120lbs!

Originally Posted By: jazzwee

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni
Nice sounding Steve! Touch is improving for sure so that means you've been practicing hard. Maybe lighten up a litle on the LH. Think of which voice you want to stand out at each moment and adjust accordingly. Good to have you over here btw.

Thanks,
Yep that dam LH of mine but yes, I am trying to practice smarted and I’ve already completed C and G scales (up and down both directions) and now working on D (grins)

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni - TTig, like me you choose an Einaudi piece. I like your interpretation. Congratulations! ("I Giorni" is in my queue).

Thanks Carlos, we’ll have to sync up to make sure we’re not going to play the same piece in May (smiles)

And of courser to Hawgdriver, Augustina, KeemaNan & everyone else thanks again for the kind comments – I’m glad you enjoyed listening.thumb
- Steve
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 05:32 PM

And the last batch.
What fun, I enjoy each recital more than the one that came before. I think that I'm now able to appreciate what goes into pieces much more than at first. Sure, I could see that a piece was complicated or well executed - but now I'm hearing the patterns in the left and the right hands, the dynamics, the nuances and ...well, I'm just so impressed, and thrilled to be a part of it all!

Here are my remaining comments - thank yous to come - but it is past my bedtime now smile

Congratulations to everyone - I think we have created something very special here, that goes well beyond "simply" music. !


43 Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite Milonga del angel I had some static when listening which was unfortunate - This was a very interesting piece- I must be one of the few who have not heard your other piece smile I enjoyed this one.

44 MegumiNoda Intermezzo Brahms I'm really getting an education with this recital. This was yet another new piece for me and most enjoyable. I think it was suitably romantic for the day smile Very nice work.

45 Wise Buff In the Church OP39 We don't often hear Tchaikovsky in the recitals - what a treat! Some of this piece made me think of the 1812 Overture. I really enjoyed this.- Let me know if your posting here helps you in live recitals! I haven't participated in one of those yet!

46 Shiro Kiru Sunburst Ah, well, the sun has set here in my part of the world, but it popped out again for a few minutes while I listened to your piece. Wow, what great fun - cheery music - lovely! Very enjoyable indeed.
47 Spidaman A moment lost Well, I'm starting to recognize the David Nevue sound! You've certainly captured it very nicely. It almost sounded like harps playing in the background at one point. A very poetic rendition!

48 Laura -Ten left thumbs Moonlight Sonata This is one I'd like to play sometime down the road. While I can sympathize with the "I hear it's not perfect"...well, how often does anyone give a perfect performance? We do our best and honestly, I really enjoyed listening to your piece.

49 grotrianer Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto Ok. I listened to all of it! It certainly sounds like it has a significant number of challenges. I found it quite relaxing and enjoyable. You seem to have done a good job on dynamics - the higher register notes were light, rapid and seemed to ripple smoothly at your fingertips.

50 Bunneh Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisième Recueil de Chants, op. 65. This is charming- absolutely charming! I love it. This is something I would love to try (on that famous "someday" in the future!) - I really enjoyed this - I think your pleasure in playing it shines through!

51Hawgdriver (Leon) Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' 15 months?? I am speechless. My most sincere compliments - you've done a splendid job! Loved those thundering chords, the darker moments clearly reflecting the vicissitudes of life. Once again, I choose to be inspired by a superior newbie pianist rather than daunted !!

52 Bluekeys, Invention 13 Bach I liked the dp sound for this too. (gasp, I hope Wouter isn't listening!) wink - I'm sorry you were so dissatisfied with it - I enjoyed it.

53 Custard Apple A time for love I was expecting the theme song from Romeo and Julliete when I read the title of your piece. So... I was surprised, but certainly not disappointed. What a lovely piece, compliments!

54 TIGG I giorni Einaudi Sounds like Einaudi was refering to good days in this piece. You've done a lovely job with your rendition.

55 Copper Lullaby Brahms I should have saved your piece for last as I'm heading off to bed when I finish these comments! smile Sweetly played. I'm ready for dreamland.

56 ddh Daniel Les Lulus Very interesting to hear a new composer - I loved the little background story to this. I would call this a poetic piece, played very prettily. Lovely work.

57 mcasl Hob XVI:6, Sonata in G major, 1st mov. I love Haydn - I enjoyed this piece! If you record it again when you feel happier with it, I will be delighted to listen to it again.

58 Edtek Winter Twilight Another Mr. Nevue! I know I'd have trouble with his pieces, - you clearly put alot of work into this performance. Nicely done! There is an unfortunate reverb (perhaps from the fan?) - but your piece was nonetheless interesting.

59 Star Keys Kiss from a Rose What a poetic thought, a kiss from a rose. A charming note (pun intended) on which to end the recital. Nice work!
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 06:34 PM

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop'
This is terrific - both the artsy video and the polished playing. Well done!

52. bluekeys - Invention #13
Sounds pretty tricky but you do a good job on this.

53. custard apple - A Time for Love
Another beautiful Zoom recording. I love the sophisticated chord changes and the overall ice cool feel of the piece. Very nice.

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni
Outstanding video production and performance quality here. I love the photos interspersed with the video although I would have preferred to see a wider shot instead of just your hands.
Posted by: TTigg

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 06:43 PM

Originally Posted By: casinitaly

54 TIGG I giorni Einaudi Sounds like Einaudi was refering to good days in this piece. You've done a lovely job with your rendition.

Thanks Cas smile

Originally Posted By: BillM

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni
Outstanding video production and performance quality here. I love the photos interspersed with the video although I would have preferred to see a wider shot instead of just your hands.

Thank you. I'm still "experimenting" with the videos etc and would also like to get a better wider angle. I will choose a different spot next time for sure thumb

- SC
Posted by: KeemaNan

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 06:59 PM

Originally Posted By: jazzwee
07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682)
You played it well KeemaNan. I think though that it's either the digital or a little heaviness in the touch that lends a harsh piano sound. Maybe adjust the piano touch to heavy?

jazzwee, you hit the nail on the head there - I need to use a lighter touch on this stuff. In fact, a good example to follow would be sideshow's bach prelude in this recital, which was a great sound for baroque on piano. I think I need to achieve this with my fingers, rather than adjusting the touch on the piano...
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 07:24 PM

#54.- TTigg- wow...guess I'm saving the best for last. fantastic playing. Beautiful video and recording as well.

#20. Truebeginner (will you change that name!!!)- Always a pleasure to hear your newest creation. This one's no exception. Kind of a European flavor. I could almost hear this as the theme for a movie.

#21. Riddler- What, no band?? Did you fire them and decide to go solo? smile Great playing as always.

#25.-Jazzwee- awesome playing. A real bopper.




"Wild Women, Crazy Dogs and All that Jazz"
Posted by: custard apple

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 07:28 PM

This morning I wish to thank Bill M, Riddler, T TIgg, laValse and CasinItaly for your kind comments on A Time for Love. Much appreciated.
Posted by: TTigg

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 07:48 PM

Originally Posted By: Peyton

#54.- TTigg- wow...guess I'm saving the best for last. fantastic playing. Beautiful video and recording as well.

Thank you, thank you, (takes his bow). Getting praise from members of your stature certainly helps to keep me motivated - cheers smile
- SC
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 07:48 PM

55. Copper - Lullaby
What a lovely rendition. I wish you had played it through twice. You created a soothing mood in only 50 seconds. Nice.

56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails)
Another professional sounding recording. You get a big, full sound from your piano.

57. mcasl - Hob XVI:6, Sonata in G major, 1st mov.
I was looking for your video link before I read your additional info section. You must really be a perfectionist – I was thinking how fluid your playing was on this piece when I read your comment that you are looking for more fluidity. Sounds pretty darn good as is, in my opinion.

58. edtek - Winter Twilight
You must be a near-prodigy if you can play this well after only 1 year @ 10 minutes per day. You are going to be a piano star if you keep at it. Well done.

59. Starr Keys - Kiss from a Rose
This is one of my favorites from the recital. I love your play by ear arrangement and moving performance.
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 09:05 PM

Thanks for all the wonderful comments on my piece. I almost wanted to take it down. I actually looked for a way to delete it but didn't see any lol. It was the first time I really improvised anything so was feeling a bit nervous there but guess it turned out good!
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 09:54 PM

22. MartinJB: Congratz on your first recital piece! Was a very pretty song.
23. hoffy: Very nice! Sounded great
24. LaValse: Good job on this. Nice recording
25. Jazzwee: Great improvisation! I like the rhythm
26. wj3/walt: This is always a fun song. Nice job on this one!
27. BillM: You Changed your nick! I Ididn’t recognize it was you at first until you started singing. You sounded great as always!
28. Strings & Wood: Great tempo and playing. Your recording sounded clear as well. Nice job
29. serge88: This one was really pretty. Very nice making it your own song.
30. paquijote: Sounds a bit difficult piece as you said. It sounded great to me though. Nice trills!
31. Augustina: Beautiful!
32: Undone: I always like the toccata. Very enjoyable to listen to
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 10:11 PM

49 grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto, Beethoven
I am speechless. A fabulous performance!

50 Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisième Recueil de Chants, op. 65, Charles-Valentin Alkan
An interesting piece. I think you played it very well. I am not familiar enough with the piece to comment other than to say that perhaps the left hand arpeggios could be a bit softer in places in order to bring out the melody more. Quite an enjoyable listen.

51 hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop', Chopin
Well done. I love raindrop, and you brought out the dynamics tremendously well. Beautiful.

52 bluekeys - Invention #13. Bach
Nice job, bluekeys. Quite enjoyable.

53 custard apple - A Time For Love, Bill Evans
Nice job. Your hard work has really paid dividends.

54 TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni, Ludovico Einaudi
Nice job. Perhaps a bit more work on dynamics would help bring out more of the emotion in the piece. This has become quite a popular piece here over the past few years. I'm starting to like it. Of course, it could just be your playing.

55 Copper - Lullaby, Brahms
It worked. I'm really sleepy now. grin Very nice job.

56 ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails), Alain Lefèvre
Thank you, Daniel, for introducing this composer and this piece to the wider audience here. Quite an interesting piece, it does sound like children at play. There is little as beautiful as the sound of a child's laughter. Nice job.

57 mcasl - Sonata in G major, 1st mov., Haydn
You have made a great start on this beautiful piece. Your trills are pretty nice for the most part. Those are always tricky for me. A bit more emphasis on dynamics would be nice. Overall very nice for just over 2 years playing.

58 edtek - Winter Twilight, David Nevue
I am not familiar with this piece. Nice playing.

59 Starr Keys - A Kiss From A Rose, Seal
Very nice. I really want to learn to play "by ear" some day. I keep saying that, but I never really try to learn. Must be a serious case of laziness. Very nice arrangement. Quite enjoyable.

Thanks for all the great music . . .
Posted by: TTigg

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/17/11 10:19 PM

Originally Posted By: TX-Dennis

54 TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni, Ludovico Einaudi
Nice job. Perhaps a bit more work on dynamics would help bring out more of the emotion in the piece. This has become quite a popular piece here over the past few years. I'm starting to like it. Of course, it could just be your playing.

Thank you for the honest and constructive feedback Dennis. I'm still struggling a little with the LH loudness and pedaling but hopefully I can improve on them. Well of course it's my playing or maybe the video cool thumb
- SC
Posted by: FarmGirl

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 01:13 AM


# 21. Riddler (Ed) – I cannot believe you arrange it by yourself. Good job expertly done.

#22. MartinJB / martin – I have to put you in a category “Naturally gifted”. A Year! I cannot believe it.

#23. hoffy – Excellent. This is one of the best minuet I have ever heard. I read your comments. I experienced same when I came back to piano after 20 years of non playing.

#24. LaValse – It was very good. Beautiful yet melancholy, full of nuances.

#25. Jazzwee – liked your arrangement a lot. You played it expertly as well.

#26. wj3 / Walt – You got me humming with your piano. Good job.

#27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) – I cannot believe you played this by the ear. You are so talented.

#28. Strings & Wood – Good job. I really like Schumann and liked the way you played.

#29. serge88 – What a beautiful arrangement. Piano performance side is great as well.

#30. paquijote – Great job. Good balance.
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 01:31 AM

3. Peyton - Angel I like the "busy" bass under the calm treble - still waters run deep. This is a lovely piece.

4. dannylux/Mel - Morgen I had no idea what to expect, but it held my attention - twice, even smile I would never be able to pull off a piece like this - I couldn't play oom-pah to it - but you have the sophistication to be able to interpret it well. Well done.

40. Glasslove (Christine) - Song of India Oh, this was cool. It had an exotic feel to it for me. I liked it.

38. Andy Platt - Mozart K545 Terrific. Lightly played, and very Mozartian. I had a request for Mozart today from one of the seniors I play for smirk They'd probably love this, but I'll probably have to take my baby Mozart book and read a couple of short pieces. Unless, of course, you want to be a guest star at one of my gigs?

14. CMohr - I Should Care After reading all the comments I was really looking forward to this. I LOVE IT. You should get the award for coolest piece here smile

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade Very nice, well-composed and well-played.

It'll be after the weekend before I get to more, but I will get to more smile

Cathy
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 02:33 AM

I would like to say that LaValse has no idea how much I appreciated the picture he chose for me. I'd guess that if there's one thing Elvis Presley, Studio Joe, and I have in common it's roots in Southern Gospel smile

Cathy
Posted by: ten left thumbs

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 03:19 AM

Originally Posted By: Peyton
Originally Posted By: ten left thumbs


OK, what's clipping?



Clipping is a form of distortion that occurs when your recorder is pushed beyond its maximum capability. In my program (Metro) you can see the waveform go off the chart and know that you are clipping. You then turn down your levels.


Ahhh - thanks. smile
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 04:32 AM

I think clipping in the old days was caused by speakers reaching their physical end point (the place where the magnet hits the metal and the other end where the paper starts ripping apart), desintegrating your speaker.

Usually it is not that bad these days anymore but it still sounds the same laugh
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 04:39 AM

Originally Posted By: TTigg
Originally Posted By: CarlosCC

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni - TTig, like me you choose an Einaudi piece. I like your interpretation. Congratulations! ("I Giorni" is in my queue).

Thanks Carlos, we’ll have to sync up to make sure we’re not going to play the same piece in May (smiles)


I've some Eianudi pieces almost ready, but I still do not know what to send in May ... btw: my wife is asking me to play Chopin, but I do not know if I'm ready for it.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 04:41 AM

Here's the second page!
28. Strings Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 Erster Verlust

piano sound: sounds fine but I always have the impression that this is a digital when I hear your piano. Also the phase sounds really odd to my ears.

musical: nice melody but I am not dragged into it as I would expect from Schumann. Something is missing. Listened several times, I think you play it too sterile.
overall impression, like
phrasing: Not sure, maybe needs work
use of dynamics: little
articulation: only a bit staccato in the middle and end
rubato, speed changes: I would expect much more rubato in Schumann

technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R:ok but phasing off?
bass-treble balance: ok
noise: no


30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach
piano sound: nasal middle as usual for upright, and a bit of squeaking, not sure but there seems soemthing loose

musical:
overall impression, like: nice playing but I can't make anything of Bach as usual.
phrasing: Bach and phrasing?
use of dynamics: no
articulation: yes
rubato, speed changes: no


technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
bass-treble balance: ok
noise: little

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor

piano sound: nice

musical:
overall impression, like: nice spherical scetch. Nice steady waterfall of notes. Listened to the end
phrasing: Bach and phrasing?
use of dynamics: some
articulation: high notes are staying nicely separated.
rubato, speed changes: no

technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R:ok
bass-treble balance: ok, quite some bass
noise: no


36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze

piano sound: nice sound for an upright! Little nasal but much less than usual for uprights.


musical:
overall impression, like: very nice! listened whole piece . I can hear the organ style
phrasing:nice
use of dynamics: yes but I would like a bit more
articulation: mostly pedal
rubato, speed changes: no

technical:
clipping:no
balance L/R:ok
bass-treble balance:ok
noise: no

Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 04:43 AM

37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture

piano sound: nice

musical:
overall impression, like. Nice different styles, I think you were completely nmistaken, this is no simple christmas song but a brutal kill of the christmas tunes and some others (though I think youstill are too nice for it smile ). Funny to hear you talk through it. What are you saying halfway? Listened entirely
phrasing: nice
use of dynamics. Yes, a lot, it fits the piece, great!
articulation: yes "in excelsis deo" part and organ style and at 3/4 some separated chords.
rubato, speed changes: yes.

technical:
clipping:no except the first chord
balance L/R:ok
bass-treble balance: ok
noise: no

40. GlassLove Christine - Song of India arranged

piano sound: tinny overall and out of tune. But I think some good tuning and voicing could make this a decent piano

musical:
overall impression, like: this sounds weird, so out of tune, gives this tune a very strange dimension
phrasing: little
use of dynamics: little
articulation: mostly pedal
rubato, speed changes: speed increases steadily quite a lot
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R:ok
bass-treble balance: no bass but the music probably has none
noise: no

44. MegumiNoda - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2
piano sound: funny, nasal, needs tuning. Treble sings very well. It even sounds to me like there is vibrato which helps the bass sing but it sounds weird smile Still thanks to use a real acoustic, it still sounds better than a DP to me

musical:
overall impression, like: sounds like a highly romantic flow of sound. But I think Brahms needs a bit more articulate approach. Maybe back off the pedal.
phrasing: yes but gets a bit drowned
use of dynamics:yes
articulation: mostly pedal
rubato, speed changes: yes

technical:
clipping: yes in the loud part halfway
balance L/R: ok
bass-treble balance: very little bass (maybe the piano)
noise: loud high pitch plus some white noise


Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 04:46 AM

45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24

piano sound: fantastic (a Grotrian obviously laugh ).

musical:
overall impression, like:Nice! I like the very light bass note that is repeated from halfway. How do you do that, keep your hand on the string? Listened entirely
phrasing: yes phrasing of parts and overall
use of dynamics: yes very nice
articulation: mostly pedal
rubato, speed changes

technical:
clipping:no
balance L/R:ok
bass-treble balance:ok
noise: yes, little white noise but not disturbing. Noise level seems to drop halfway

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement
piano sound: nasal and bit out of tune

musical:
overall impression, like: Lovely piece You have the notes well down and pedaling is ok. But excuse me for blunt comments- I have been playing this for a long time and have pretty good idea how this can sound and maybe my comments are helpful... It all sounds rather flat. The top voice does not sing. Maybe you can either play the top note louder and/or the middle register softer. You make crescendo in bar 22 (where none is indicated) and none in bar 24 where one is indicated. Bar 44 should return to pp but I don't hear much difference. Same for bar 55-58.
phrasing: little
use of dynamics: too little.
articulation: pedal throughout
rubato, speed changes: bit of acceleration all the way.
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R:ok
bass-treble balance:
noise: no

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto

piano sound: good

musical:
overall impression, like: You do a great job to keep this long piece interesting by outstanding dynamics and nice articulation. Without it I would not even have made it halfway and it still was tempting to skip parts . But I listened entirely!
phrasing: yes, great job with such long lines
use of dynamics: yes, excellent
articulation: yes, good
rubato, speed changes:

technical:
clipping:no
balance L/R:ok
bass-treble balance: ok
noise: little
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 04:48 AM

51. Hawgdriver Leon - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 15, raindrop

piano sound: sterile and smooth, booming bass, but not too bad for a digital.

musical:
overall impression, like: Nice playing! The DP makes it sound all too smooth and sterile though. I would love to hear you play this on an acoustic!
phrasing: great long lines
use of dynamics: over the top surrealistic crescendos wink
articulation: mostly pedal
rubato, speed changes


technical:
clipping:no
balance L/R:ok
bass-treble balance: boomy synthetic bass
noise: no

53. custard apple - A Time for Love

piano sound: good sound for an upright, even middle sound is nice and only very lightly nasal.

musical:
overall impression, like: nice! but the jazzy feel needs to be brought out more imho
phrasing: can be improved
use of dynamics: little
articulation: mostly pedal
rubato, speed changes: I think the piece can use much more
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
bass-treble balance: could use slightly more bass, maybe it's the piano
noise: no

54. TTigg Steve C - I Giorni

piano sound: nice rythm. Sounds very nice for an upright, hardly nasality and very acceptable bass

musical:
overall impression, like: yes nice work. But the intro is very repetitive and needs work to get it interesting. One thing you could try is to bring out the music more and soften the chord-like middle stuff. ALso you can try using more dynamics there, or some articulation variatins.
phrasing: needs work
use of dynamics: yes,
articulation: mostly pedal
rubato, speed changes: some
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
bass-treble balance: ok
noise:no

56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus The pigtails


piano sound: fine

musical:
overall impression, like: needs more speed, this is about kids, right?; I miss a sense of direction in the music, it just keeps a steady direction.
phrasing: can be improved
use of dynamics: little
articulation: mostly pedal
rubato, speed changes: no


technical:
clipping: a little
balance L/R: hangs a bit to the left
bass-treble balance: ok
noise: no
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 04:50 AM

58. edtek - Winter Twilight

piano sound: fair, nasal, little bass;treble gets shrill when played loud

musical:
overall impression, like: the music misses some flow, it 'hangs' briefly frequently. Overall I think it could be lightened up by some more speed, less pedal. I suggest working on 2 pieces at most, and concentrate on a few measures for 10 minutes each time.
phrasing: not so clear
use of dynamics: little. Yes turn off that dynamic compressor if you want to record piano wink
articulation: mostly pedal
rubato, speed changes: some
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R:ok
bass-treble balance: ok but little bass
noise: what is the funny repeating squeaky like sound you hear instead of noise? I rather hear white noise wink

59. Starr Keys - Kiss from a Rose

piano sound: treble is fine but bass is in deplorable state.

musical:
overall impression, like. Melody nicely brought out. Nicely played. I miss dynamics
phrasing: could be improved, I think due to lack of dynamics.
use of dynamics: little but it seems you are trying hearing the noises in e bass. Either the piano does not let you or you have a dynamic compressor on, or both
articulation: mostly pedal
rubato, speed changes
technical:
clipping:no
balance L/R:ok
bass-treble balance: bass is poor
noise: no
Posted by: LaValse

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 05:03 AM

@jotur smile
Posted by: LaValse

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 05:04 AM

@wouter79,

Any idea how to reduce (the effect of) the nasal mid range on uprights?
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 05:12 AM

Let me first thank everyone for listening further than the first bar and not complaining about being bored. I must be doing an acceptable job laugh

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#2. Wouter- Nicely handled there Wouter. A real nice feel and I especially liked the second part which I think I've rarely listened to.


Yes everyone seems to miss that second part for some reason. Maybe the first part is too powerful for that more lyrical part

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2. Wouter - nice rhythm and groove, overall fantastic job, esp. with the RH and the punchy/frolicky dynamics. perhaps bring out some of the subtle LH melodies (or that could just be my imagination that hears them). exceptional recording and that's an era instrument, right? well done!


Thanks! Yes most is um-pha in the left hand but there is some "melody" in left hands. Maybe I could bring them out in the repeat or so. Nice idea

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02. wouter79 - the entertainer It's hard to believe you've only been playing 1 year! Great job - you got the perfect feeling down in this piece, especially the first section. It sounded like I was in the room with you - nice recording.


Thanks! The 'in the room' remark I found interesting. What made you particularly make feel in the room?

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2.) Wouter - Joplin's Entertainer!

Wouter, I'll always listen to Joplin recordings first so you're first on my list!

I liked this arrangement, and "Entertainer's" one of those pieces that sounds nice in almost any arrangement. Great job with the syncopation, pedaling, and dynamics. Where did you get the sheet music for this by the way? smile


This is an arrangement by Marcel Manshanden, www.pianospel.nl, free download.

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02. wouter79 - the entertainer - Fairly good 1st measure - got bored & didn't listen to the rest of the piece - 1st measure might have been better if you had used a DP though. Good overall effort on this Ragtime classic - your piano sounded fine and the recording even seemed like it was from that era - commendable job.


LOL thanks! Recording from that era? In what respect, I did not notice cracks and noise?
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 05:15 AM

LaValse,

"@wouter79,

Any idea how to reduce (the effect of) the nasal mid range on uprights?"

I never tried and I noticed it on all uprights that I heard. So it's somewhere in the design. What I would try first is these two steps.

1. Get the thing off the wall, have at least a meter from the wall and place it at an angle with the wall

2. Remove the fronts, both the upper and lower half. I know it usually does not look so nice but I think the cover plates are a major cause of the problem.

I would love to hear a recording that compares an upright in "normal" condition and with above modifications.
Posted by: LaValse

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 05:19 AM

@Wouter.

What about pulling it right out and put the mic at the back facing the soundboard? Do you think that would work too? I recorded this in that way:-

http://sailwave.com/music/liadovop40.mp3

And as the original .wav (13M)

http://sailwave.com/music/liadov.wav

But I don't like the sound - sounds even more nasally to me. What do you think? Ignore the playing!

Sometimes I hear a sort of 'ring modulation' sound when it's recorded at the wall and I'm sure it's cos of the sound bouncing around in a small space. I'll try recording from the front with all the gubbings pulled out.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 05:35 AM

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02. wouter79 - the entertainer Sorry but I don't listen to recordings from acoustic pianos wink. This was a lovely performance of a classic. I gave up trying to learn this last year so I'm always impressed with those who've stuck with it (I'll do it one year). You struck a really nice tempo and there were some lovely touches with the dynamics.


LOL thanks for listening to my acoustic piano in spite of your preference wink Maybe you can also try the simplified version first. Yes tempo is essential for these rags and the original is really hard with these crazy jumps with the left hand. And I was being creative with the dynamics, in my version there is not much dynamic indications but in fact I mostly ignored the ones that were there also laugh

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02. wouter79 - the entertainer You held a great bass line and tempo throughout. My Dad used to play Scott Joplin all the time. This is one of the greats of truly American music and you did it justice.

As a connaisseur you must know how this should sound, so I'm happy with your compliments smile

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02. wouter79 - the entertainer I must be honest in saying that I was looking for a reason to slam you for something. ANYTHING!, but I couldn't as you gave me nothing to work with in that respect. SO....., I think you did a very nice job with this piece. Playing, timing, even the recording itself was very good. Keep up the good work.


Thanks for listening honestly and for the compliments!

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2. Wouter and Entertainer - OK, I believe you can play this! You're not even afraid of the repeats. You have used your year well.

Thanks!

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Yeah, I listened a couple more times and I think I was just on edge to be critical (I have no idea what LH melodies I imagined existed)--I'm not sure how this piece could be improved. I'm sure there are things, but beyond my ken. Good job Dubya.


LOL thanks!

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02. wouter79 - the entertainer
You managed to get that nice light feel to this piece makes such a big difference in the overall sound. Good job!


Thanks! IMHO the key to light feel is to avoid the pedal.

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2. wouter - Great first bar. I didn't get bored, so I listened to the rest. Nice ragtime pace, smooth transitions. Overall great job, though it would have sounded better on a digital (jus' kiddin').


Thanks for listening the whole stretch and for bearing with my acoustic! Good to hear the first bar was good!

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02. wouter79 - the entertainer

Wouter, this music suits you well. Light and yet all the dynamics are where they should be. This was your Grotrian?


Thanks! Yes this is my Grotrian 189. The dynamics are mostly my design, as the score did not show anything in this respect except for the first page (and those I mostly ignored as well laugh )
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 05:51 AM

Wow, you guys made a lot of comments on my performance! I'm only halfway page 2 now! Many thanks again!



Quote:

02. wouter79 - the entertainer
A really nice performance. Phrasing, dynamics and articulation all present and correct. Very impressive for someone who's played only a year.


Thanks!

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02 Wouter79 – the Entertainer Great first bar! The rest were good too, I wasn’t bored for even a nano-second! You really did a splendid job – your Entertainer is just that – entertaining – jaunty, bouncy and full of energy. It’s quite a long piece too, I’m really impressed you can play like this after one year. Hat’s off to you Wouter.


Thanks for the compliments, particularly about the first bar, we know it's important now laugh

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2. Wouter79 The Entertainer. Great job on the entertainer. It was very entertaining:)


Good to hear!

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02. wouter79 - very nice tone and dynamics!

Thanks!

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2. Wouter79: Perfectly played! Great job

Thank you!

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LOL, so everyone seems to be needling wouter about something - must've been a comment he made on a thread I didn't read. Sorry folks, been super-busy this month; hence, why I missed this recital. frown

Anywho, the only way he can "improve" this piece is to graduate and play the full 1902 version . He should be able to do this as he improves. smile


Yes I made a remark about commenting on the first bar, and on telling if and where you got bored, and that ruffled a few feathers laugh

The full 1902 version looks still pretty hard, I don't want to compromise on the speed and articulation... maybe one day...

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02 wouter79 - The Entertainer, Scott Joplin
Excellent! You keep a nice even rhythm throughout. That's not so easy with this piece. Good dynamics as well. I didn't know Grotrian made digital pianos. smirk


Thanks! Glad that you can enjoy this Grotrian sound grin

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#2 wouter79 - You played it very nice and made me dance. I bet you had a lot of fun playing this one.


Thanks! Yes it is nice to play though after a few hundred times of playing I'm happy to move on laugh

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02. wouter79 - the entertainer
Wonderfully captured the feeling wouter. Good job!

Thanks Mohan!

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02. wouter79 - the entertainer - Mr Joplin would have been proud. The base line and tempo also did it for me. Nice and smooth throughout.

Thanks!
Posted by: custard apple

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 05:59 AM

>>>> Nice job. Your hard work has really paid dividends.

Thanks very much TX Dennis for your compliment on A Time for Love.


>>>> rubato, speed changes: I think the piece can use much more.

I agree Wouter. Knotty on the Join the JOI Jazz Joint thread suggested I play along to the original so that I could hear more clearly how Bill Evans used rubato.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 06:23 AM

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02. wouter79 - the entertainer Simplified version? Very well done for your experience level. Check the original version for the dynamics that Joplin wrote. The first repeated section, for instance, is almost terrace dynamics, alternating between p and f, something you don't do. Also I noticed accents that seemed out of place here and there.


Yes, a version by Marcel Manshanden, downloaded from the web. Thanks for the compliments!

My version has only dynamics on the first page. And yes, I mostly ignored those as well. Well let's say 'enhanced' them grin

Yes some accents were out of place, thanks for the remark, I have to work on that.
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02. wouter79 - the entertainer

Nicely Played had my foot tapping

Thank you!

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2. wouter79 - The Entertainer This was my first recital piece, and brought my favorite comment of all time - "kind of sloppy octaves" laugh . It was true. I've since, in the right hand, made most of them into 6ths. This was a faster tempo than I can manage in the full version, but nice. You did a good job of keeping the rhythm going. The recording had a little echo to it on my computer but it actually added a good flavor.


Ah another expert on the entertainer! You must be playing and speaking of the full version. Not too many octaves in my version. Good to know, I will have to watch for the octaves in the full version.

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"2. Wouter: I really enjoyed this. You played it with great "spunk." "


Thanks GlassLove! BTW you love Glass? Philip Morris Glass that is?

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02. wouter79 - the entertainer
Very impressive playing for one year. Very even and nice tone. And yes dare we comment on the recording itself? Definitely good range even on my earphones.

Thank you!

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02. wouter79 - the entertainer - I learned to play this version after 3/4 months of having started to learn piano. Even today I play it because everyone loves it and is a lively and rhythmic music. I think you made to keep the rhythm of music, but IMHO it seems to lack a little "joy" in interpretation. Nevertheless, you did a good job. Btw: I heard more than the 1st note...


4 months, amazing! Took me a bit longer to get it down. Thanks for your detailed comments! Yes I kept the rythm because this is supposed to be march-like. Mmm lacking joy, any suggestions or more specific what is lacking?

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02. wouter79 - the entertainer image that came to mind


Nice idea to bring in an image instead of text. Interesting, I never associated this piece with the Prohibition. BTW someone here wrote that Joplin wrote the piece in 1910 and Wiki says it's 1902 and that the Rag dance was popular up to 1911. The Prohibition was started in 1920?

Interesting read about Prohibition though. It seems it had just as much adverse affects as good ones!

Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 06:24 AM

LaValse,

This image come to my mind when I hear your piece

Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 06:28 AM

First of all, I want to thank you for having devoted five minutes of your life listening to my piece.

Second, special thanks to Jotur, Hawgdriver, CMohr, Andy Platt, Inlanding, Peyton, Mr_super-hunky, BillM, Undone, KeemaNan, Casinitaly, Edtek, Ladypayne, TX-Dennis, FarmGirl, Mohan Karthik, John Frank, MartinJB, ShiroKuro, Augustina, Jazzwee, Monica K., TTigg, GlassLove, Strings & Wood for your comments on my piece. I am very happy (and proud) of you have all enjoyed so much.

Third, thanks for PianoWorld; I'm very proud to be part of this community.

Generaly speaking: "Dynamics" was the feature I've noticed that many of you pointed out. In fact, it created a (healthy) discussion around here about what was "Dynamics". My wife says it's the "flow" of the melody, but I think it has more to do with interpretation. In Wikipedia says something like: "Dynamics do not indicate specific volume levels, but are meant to be played with reference to the ensemble as a whole."

I'll be honest: I do not know much about "Music theory", I just try to play what I feel.
To all of you, thank you.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 06:51 AM

Hi LaValse,

Nice that you posted a few samples with the same music being played, makes a really interesting comparison! I think it might be even good idea to start a new thread on that.

BTW nice playing. The important part for me is halfway where the middle treble sets in.

To me the two samples sound very much the same.

So that learns us that it is not the back wall causing the problem!

Looking forward to the recording without front panels.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 06:59 AM

Carlos,

Dynamics refer to volume level, or dB if you want to put it really technical. And yes in music it is about changes in the volume, not about absolute volume level.

Flow is about the tempo. With flow, there are no tempo hickups and the tempo changes smoothly. Think about dancing along with the piece: if there is flow you can plan your steps and land at the right time. If there is no flow the rythm is distorted and you have trouble making the right movements. But if it is too metronomic, you start feel like a robot and your movements get stiff.
Posted by: Undone

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 07:09 AM

My next batch:

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail
I must admit, I smiled when I hear the page turns. smile Very nice rendition of the theme song from this Spielberg/Bluth animated classic.

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor
Another fine performance from one who always presents such lovely pieces. The second section sounded particularly challenging (at least to someone of my ability).

34. Mohan Karthik - So far away
Only at this for eleven months and your already submitting your own compositions to a recital, way to go! You put a lot of heart and feeling into this piece, and I thought the ending in particular was very well done indeed.

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee
I can never hear this piece without thinking of the RMS Titanic. You did a fine job and I liked the way you put a lot of added emphasis into the second verse.

36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze
I liked this recording a lot MaryBee. You did a great job with the ornamentation and overall feel of the piece.

37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture
FarmGirl, based on the additional information you provided, I suppose I should simply say "congratulations on being rid of this piece and may you never have to endure such torture again", but I can't help but add that I really liked listening to it and thought you played it wonderfully.

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante
I'm sorry, but I didn't catch the "very noticeable flubs", you'll have to try and make them even more noticable next time smile I enjoyed the mathematical precision of your playing very much.

39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935
I hate it when the recital participants hate their submissions which I in turn love. smile Once again, I really enjoyed this piece and thought you did a great job on it.

40. GlassLove (Christine) - Song of India (arranged)
Very nicely played. I wasn't so sure about this piece in the very beginning, but the more it went on, the more I liked it.


Undone
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 07:13 AM

Originally Posted By: wouter79
Carlos,

Dynamics refer to volume level, or dB if you want to put it really technical. And yes in music it is about changes in the volume, not about absolute volume level.

Flow is about the tempo. With flow, there are no tempo hickups and the tempo changes smoothly. Think about dancing along with the piece: if there is flow you can plan your steps and land at the right time. If there is no flow the rythm is distorted and you have trouble making the right movements. But if it is too metronomic, you start feel like a robot and your movements get stiff.


Thanks wouter, this is a perfect explanation.

About your interpretation, and about my comment regarding with a "lack of joy": the diference between the humans and machines is the "emotion", and I think you can put a litle more emotion in your interpretation (btw: I don't know how...). It's nothing personal, it's just my opinion, and I still think that you did a very good job.
Posted by: WiseBuff

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 07:54 AM

Wouter
My teacher worked with me on making that repeating note soft...the third finger does it best because of the hand muscle structure. Thank you for the specific comments. This has been much more rewarding than I had hoped...very fun.
Posted by: WiseBuff

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 07:58 AM

Hawgdriver
LOL...actually the Buffs used to plan AF.
Posted by: WiseBuff

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 08:18 AM

Wanted to hear a couple more pieces before I leave town (I'm presenting two papers at a conference). Need music before I go. :-)

#2 wouter79. Love this piece and especially your even, relaxed tempo with it. Encourage you to add more contrast between the sections. Nice job on that Grotrian.
#3 Peyton. Sorry about the loss of your friend. What a tribute this piece is though. Wistful and rich with feeling. When you move the right hand up an octave or so...I'd soften that left hand part even more to bring out the difference. Enjoyed it.
#4 dannylux. You have a nice touch on the keys and it creates a soft mood.
#5 sam smith. These are great pieces...thank you for sharing them. Especially liked your crescendo early on in the piece and the variety of moods evoked.
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 10:37 AM

A few more...

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement I think you did a great job with the dotted rhythm. And in bringing out the melody line. Dynamics were good too - the acc. was not overpowering. The arpeggio section was clear and clean. Very nice.

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto Not boring at all - I was amazed at the little fast note passages you slipped in. And your variety of touch was great, as well as the trills and ornaments.

50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisième Recueil de Chants, op. 65. Very smooth and free-flowing. Your balance betwen the hands was great. Loved your interpretation too - your little rubatos seemed just right.

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' Your hard work paid off - absolutely fantastic.

52. bluekeys - Invention #13 Quit beating yourself up! You did a great job. True, some people play it faster. Glenn Gould plays it in 46 seconds. But who cares? I think it sounds great at this speed.

55. Copper - Lullaby This should be the last piece in the recital! Loved it. So simple and so moving.

57. mcasl - Hob XVI:6, Sonata in G major, 1st mov. Thanks for playing this - we don't hear enough Haydn sonatas. Great job.

Sam
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 10:46 AM

Wow! What a wonderful recital this time. Thanks everyone for your kind comments about my Mendelssohn SWW. Someone asked for the difficulty lever - probably a grade 7 or 8 I would think. Buried down in the Mendelssohn Appreciation Thread there is a list I compiled of all the SWWs and the difficulty levels that I could find. In Opus 19 (the first set of six) it is the second hardest. 19/5 is harder - it's in f# minor which then goes to f# major - yikes!

Anyway, I got a lot of satisfaction out of learning it and playing it. It was well worth the effort. I plan to revisit it sometime in the future and learn to play it faster.

What's on my music desk for the next recital? Something shockingly different!

Sam
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 11:06 AM

Originally Posted By: Sam S
What's on my music desk for the next recital? Something shockingly different!


I'm gettin' ready for the shock!
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 11:12 AM

Originally Posted By: Sam S
Wow! What a wonderful recital this time. Thanks everyone for your kind comments about my Mendelssohn SWW. Someone asked for the difficulty lever - probably a grade 7 or 8 I would think. Buried down in the


The graded pieces spreadsheet I have suggests 8. I noted down in my document I keep pieces I would like to play one day (after listening to your performance):

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Mendelssohn - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1 (IT doesn't sound THAT difficult!)


I listened to it today while looking at the score. I have decided that this is a great compliment to your playing because you made it sound easy but looking at the score it obviously isn't!!!
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 11:23 AM

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik- You would have to tell us you learned it in three days!!! That would take me weeks and weeks to learn and I could never play it as smoothly and with such feeling. I especially love the crossovers and the run. Great recording quality too. I watched it on youtube.

15- Todd- This is one of those Chopin waltzes I keep coming back to and never finishing. I don't know why because it's such a lovely one (but then... which Chopin waltzes are not?) You really have it all down. I hope you keep working it, getting it to tempo, because it won't be long until you own it.

18-Ken- Great choices!! I agree with you totally, one of the things that makes monk's music so fantastic was his sense of humor. I'm going to go find that book you are using. It sounds like a ton of fun! Great playing.

22-Martin- A delightful, thoughtful piece. You play it elegantly and with feeling. Congrats on a fine ABF recital debut... smile


Hey, I just want to add my thanks to everyone. I really appreciate all the feedback on my piece. I think for a lot of us this is our only chance to put our playing out there and I know that I really enjoy reading what people have to say, not just about my work but others as well. I've also really enjoyed listening to everyone's work. It's been said before but I'll say it again... I am really impressed by the quality of playing on this forum. It just blows me away.

In a haphazard way I tried to listen to everyone's work and I apologize if I missed a few. I have to leave my computer (and piano) behind and go off to my "ski job"... and will be gone for a while. Cheers again for a great recital!!!


Posted by: Edtek

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 11:34 AM

last batch, please note the link to an amazing midi at 41.

I promise not to procrastinate next recital and get an better recording setup.

35. ladypayne – Very cool that you can do your own improvised arrangements! I wish I had that ability.

36. MaryBee – I thought you did very good job on balancing the LH and RH. I also do miss being able to vary a note’s loudness as I did when playing wind instrument or singing. Unfortunately when we hit a piano note, that’s all she wrote for expressiveness.

37. FarmGirl – I love Christmas songs and it was great to hear this medley played so well.

38. Andy Platt – A flub or even two does not matter as much communicating what you want to the listener which I thought you did very well.

39. Sideshow/Edwin – Wow, this piece is really impressive. You are to be commended for the excellent performance.

40. GlassLove (Christine) – Such a pretty song and played so well.

41. jotur/Cathy Turner – A nice song, arrangement, and playing. You might be interested in this version, I think the best version of Amazing Grace I’ve ever heard:

Amazing Grace Chris Plasch

42. PhilzPiano – I thought you’re doing pretty darn good already with this piece but I guess we always think we can do better.

43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite – I had never heard of this composer but this is a really nice piece played really well.

44. MegumiNoda – Very well played and your hand movements looked so graceful and lovely in the vid.

45. Wisebuff – Very nice and your piano sounded so nice also.

46. ShiroKuro – It’s hard to imagine one hand getting all those notes out of guitar the dots. Great job!

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs – I never tire of hearing this piece. Thank you for letting us experience in such a well played way.

49. grotrianer – I just hope that one day I have enough confidence to take on a challenging Ludwig Van piece like this. Well done!

50. Bunneh – Ok, I’ll be as tough as I can be. This is a beautiful piece and I thought you did a fantastic job with it. Sorry if I offended you.

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) – You being up an interesting point. I have always used chord voicing to mean in what order you play the notes. But I have learned in classical music it can also refer to the emphasis you place on each note in a chord. I think this is what separates the great from the merely good. Anyway you did a fine job with this piece and we even got a short story to read while we listened to it.

52. bluekeys – I like this Bach piece and I thought your playing was very good. And yes, I’ve also found that just learning the notes is just the first stage in a long process of perfecting a piece.

53. custard apple – Someday I’ll have the nerve to tackle a Bill Evans piece. Nicely done.

54. TTigg / Steve C – A beautiful piece and played very well with dynamics well controlled.

55. Copper – Lovely simple piece played very well.

56. ddh - Daniel – I really like that the recital lets us hear pieces we might never hear ordinarily. Thank you for presenting this very nice song and you did a very good job playing it.

57. mcasl – I’ve always liked Hayden but am used to just hearing his string pieces. This was a pleasant change and very enjoyable.

58. edtek – Ok, I’ll get a better recorder setup before the next recital and also make sure I touch up the tuning before.

59. Starr Keys – This Seal song is so nice and your arrangement by ear is really good.
Posted by: LaValse

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 11:53 AM

Thanks for all the comments - going into weekend mode now - 'hic. A few people have expressed interest in the Scriabin piece - PDF is here:-

http://www.sailwave.com/music/op-11-04.pdf
Posted by: Undone

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 12:15 PM

Final batch for me:

41. jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace is one of the pieces we Alfred Adult students must contend with near the end of one of the books. I liked your version much better and the ending was particularly interesting.

42. PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4
For eighteen months of "serious learning", you did a wonderful job on this much loved selection. It's one of those pieces which you can continue to work on and bring more and more to as your own skills and ear continue to grow (I know, I've been doing so with this piece for some time now).

43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel
I love the big full sound you get on this piece. All those key changes must have been fun to work through! A very enjoyable selection, and well played.

44. MegumiNoda - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2
A fine piece for Valentine's Day indeed, and you played it with such great feeling. Lovely!

45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24
I think you most assuredly did this piece justice. I was unfamiliar with this selection by Tchaikovsky and found it most enjoyable to list to.

46. ShiroKuro - Sunburst
That was great ShiroKuro! It reminds me a little of the type of thing Vince Guaraldi might come up with, and it certainly did bring a little sunshine into my day.

47. spidaman - A moment lost
I've never really tried playing anything more than a simple melody by ear, but even from that sort of minor effort, I know I couldn't do the sort of thing you've accomplished here. Very impressive.

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement
I just finished working on this piece about a month ago myself. You did a tremendous job with it. The only technical feedback I would offer is the same thing I have struggled with; keeping the melody (played mostly with the 5th finger of the right hand) more prominent that the constant arpeggios being played with the same hand.

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto
I thought you played this very well, and you sure woke me up on some of those fortissimo entrances! You exhibit a get a great deal of control over the wide range of dynamics in this piece.

50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisième Recueil de Chants, op. 65.
Nicely played! It does indeed sound like it would be a bit of a workout for the left hand.

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop'
You say that you have been playing for 15 months. Has all that time been dedicated to this one piece? That's the only way I can make sense out of your ability to play it as well as you have after this amount of time at the piano. I'm simply amazed, terrific job!

52. bluekeys - Invention #13
One the best known, and my favorite, of Bach's Inventions. It is amazing how much extra work is involved in taking a piece from "I can play it" to "performance level" isn't it. I think you played this very well, and didn't mind the tempo as played one bit.

53. custard apple - A Time for Love
I was not familiar with this selection, but found it quite enjoyable. You play it with a nice rich, room filling sound.

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni
So this is what you've been doing since you left Alfreds, sounds great! I love the pace of the piece and the way it keeps driving forward, pauses for a moment of quite reflection, then moves on again. Wonderful performance!

55. Copper - Lullaby
A fine performance of this seemingly universally known Brahms piece.

56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails)
A baeutiful selection played with great feeling and emotion. Well done!

57. mcasl - Hob XVI:6, Sonata in G major, 1st mov.
A fine jaunty performance, well played! I hope you find participation beneficial and continue to join in on future ABF recitals.

58. edtek - Winter Twilight
It definitely would have been nice to hear this recording without the "automatic gain control" messing with you dynamics. Still I think you did a commendable job on this performance and hope you find your getting the enjoyment out of playing that makes you want to stick with it this time around.

59. Starr Keys - Kiss from a Rose
A fine ending for this recital. I enjoyed the majestic feel you brought to this piece.

A truly amazing (and humbling) set this time around. If I didn’t know otherwise, I’d think the ABF Recitals were something you had to slowly work your way up to.

Undone

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Posted by: Inlanding

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 12:39 PM

Originally Posted By: LaValse
Thanks for all the comments - going into weekend mode now - 'hic. A few people have expressed interest in the Scriabin piece - PDF is here:-

http://www.sailwave.com/music/op-11-04.pdf


Thank you for posting the score. You played the Scriabin beautifully. Very much enjoyed your YouTube videos as well.

Glen
Posted by: MegumiNoda

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 12:50 PM

Hi everyone --

As usual, a round of applause for all performers and then some more for Monica for doing all the organizational work. I'll post more individualized comments later, but for now, I just want to say that I've enjoyed listened to all of you -- the recital never fails to introduce me to new music (or new ways of listening to the well-known classics).

Also, many thanks to those of you who have taken the time to post feedbacks. I really appreciate your comments! Sorry that the recording condition is a bit chaotic. The classroom is sometimes used for percussion storage. To reduce the reverb on the drum set, I dialed the microphone level way down, so the sound is probably quite muffled. But even in the best of circumstances, I noticed that my recording quality just has not been as clear as some of yours. If you have some suggestions as to how to improve my setting (cheaply), I'd appreciate it

What I currently do: I record using a little camera (Sony Zi8) attached with an external microphone. I set the microphone on the piano desk (on the high register side). Afterwards, I upload the video (in .MOV format) to youtube, and then rip off the mp3 from one of those converter websites (I think I used video2mp3.net this time). In the past, I've also tried to record the audio stream directly using Audacity, but it always sounded a tad muffled to me. Is there some kind of post-processing that you guys do?

As for the dancing hands camera angle: that's mostly laziness on my part -- I just sat the camera on the flat space on the far right of the keyboard because there isn't anything else to prop it up. Maybe one day, I'll do a picture story like BenPiano had done when he played Bartok; or perhaps I can use more inspiration from the images LaValse picked :-)

Finally, a special thank to hawgdriver for suggesting the Radu Lupu recording. I also like Helene Grimaud's, though purists might consider her too "individualized." In any case, listening to the greats is always a humbling experience -- a lot more work ahead!
Posted by: GlassLove

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 01:13 PM

Didn't quite make it to the end, but almost......

38. AndyPlatt: That was just marvelous Andy. It was very Dolce sounding! And a phenomenal job playing so beautifully such a long piece. I think my record for piece length with no flubs is two minutes.

39. Edwin: Spectacular. I listened to your submission several times because it was so enjoyable. And....I dream of trilling as well as you do.

41. JoturCathy: Superbly played and a very beautiful arrangement. Couldn't get the LaValse's chosen image for your piece out of my head when I listened smile

42. Philzpiano: I am working on this piece right now. Your 9th measure is really great. I think that it is really trick to get the right hand to sing above the left here and you did it very nicely (I haven't managed that yet). You did a great job. I agree with you that this is a piece we are likely to revisit again and again and again, each return reaping additional rewards.

43: Mike White: I LOVE Piazzolla. I listened to your piece multiple times. Have you ever heard the Carter Brey/Christopher O'Riley Tango CD? I saw them together live and they performed a few pieces from it, phenomenal!!!! You did a beautiful job with this.

44: MegumiNoda: Very beautiful. Your performance gave me a sense of inner peace. Very lovely smooth playing.

45. Wisebuff: One of my favorite Op. 39 pieces. You played it very beautifully and your performance delightfully combined Somber and Sweetness.

46. ShiroKuro: Wow! This sounds just like its title. Your playing was phenomenal. You have a lot of talent!!!

47. Spidaman: How beautiful. You played with great emotion too. As a matter of fact, I prefer your expression to Nevue's. A real joy to hear.

48. Laura: Can't fail to please me with this piece, my all time favorite piano piece. You played it marvelously. I really enjoyed it.

49. Grotrianer: A delightful performance. Very nice expression, wonderful dynamics. And, how could anyone possibly get bored with this?

50. Bunneh: WOW!!! Absolutely Sublime. Truly expressive playing. Your playing is remarkable given the number of years you have been at it. I put this on my "someday" list.

51. Hawgdriver: I cannot describe how impressive your piece is. You are EXTREMELY talented and I am in awe of your playing. It is truly hard to believe how short of a time period you have been playing.

52. Bluekeys: This made me feel so happy (probably, in part, a contrast effect-I listened right after a Chopin piece)You did a beautiful job and I was really entertained by your playing. Thank you.
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 01:30 PM

Originally Posted By: WiseBuff
#51 Hawgdriver. Ah...a fellow Denver person. Beautiful piece played with sensitivity. Chopin must like too..


Thank you.

Originally Posted By: Bunneh
51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop'
hawgdriver:
I'll be honest - from your "time played" and your description I was scared of listening to this. It just started playing after I checked my own submission.

And it's fantastic! I brought up the idea of playing this about a year ago and my teacher told me to be patient and forget about it for now.

If I was able to play it like you do, I'd be perfectly content and I've playing twice as long. This is definitely a huge achievement! Congratulations!


Thank you very much.

Originally Posted By: Inlanding
51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' Is it any wonder why so many people consider Chopin first, at the expense of so many others? Your open letter to Chopin was classic! The dynamics you bring to the piece are very appropriate and you are really connecting with the music - it is a joy to hear! Such power and control. Bravo!!


Thank you, Glen. When I began I didn't think it would require so much effort--it was really to break up my efforts with other pieces that will take longer. Turns out it takes a lot of effort, and it's probably still not quite 'there'. Probably as close as an amateur with my experience could expect.

Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' It seems almost impossible to me that you can pull off a performance of this wonderful prelude after 15 months playing. This was a wonderful, wonderful performance. I'm glad you feel you still have more to "find" - for me it had everything!


Thank you, I'm so glad it was listenable. A month ago I had some serious concerns it would not be so.

Originally Posted By: CMohr
51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' I am almost speechless...this is rapturous!! I can't think of a better word for your performance. And your letter to Chopin...well, you've put it all in this piece. I was very near tears-a truly moving listen. BRAVO!


This piece has moved me to tears. That I might be able to share that feeling brings me the greatest satisfaction.

Originally Posted By: KeemaNan
51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop'
I was very pleasantly surprised here, this piece is a massive undertaking after a year and a bit of playing - I was expecting to hear someone just getting through the notes. So I was impressed to find a really genuinely respectable performance of this piece. Actually, amazing. If I'd played this after a year it would have been a train-wreck ! Probably wouldn't be too pretty even now. So, bravo. A lot of hard work and talent has obviously gone into this performance.


Thank you very much. My wife was wondering why I kept going over it so much ('it sounds great, what are you doing, trying to be a concert pianist?'), so I am gladdened that it might have been worth it.

Originally Posted By: BenPiano
51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' - Very well played. Incredible for such a short period of time!


Thank you.

Originally Posted By: MartinJB
51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' Dude, 15 months, you’re pulling my leg. Just between us it’s 15 years, right. Very, Very, moving. Props to you.


That is a tremendous compliment, thank you.

Originally Posted By: jazzwee
51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop'
Excellent work Hawgdriver and impressive for a short time at the piano. You'll be going places! Time for some 10/1 smile


Geez, don't set the bar too low or anything! wink

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' - Leon, you are a brave. Only 15 months playing piano and you play like this? And the worst is the fact that you "offer" me a problem, because my wife (who is listening the recital with me) already said: "Carlos, no more Einaui! Your next attempt will be Chopin. I LOVE IT!"


Your family has exquisite taste. After listening to your Einauldi, I look forward to hearing your future performances. This one is was more difficult than I expected, so bring some courage to the task if your wife gets her way!

Originally Posted By: LaValse
51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' image that came to mind


The only think I was thinking was, 'please, please, no raindrops.' It's just me maybe, but I don't get raindrops from this work. Rain, while melanchoic, seems too pastoral, and this, while melancholic, is more bittersweet and compelling piece in my humble view. Of course I appreciate and respect everyone's interpretation. Then I saw the your image, men climbing a mountain, and I was surprised. There are many meanings in that image, and I'm choosing to interpret all of the pleasant ones wink The sense of ascent, the cold, the struggle, the closeness to mortality.

Originally Posted By: Riddler
51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop'
Love that piece! Lots of fire, lots of beauty. You brought out both. Great playing.


Thank you.

Originally Posted By: TTigg
b]51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop'[/b]
15mths! You’re killing both me and Mark : ) nice work very well played!


This makes me feel proud, thank you.

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
51Hawgdriver (Leon) Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' 15 months?? I am speechless. My most sincere compliments - you've done a splendid job! Loved those thundering chords, the darker moments clearly reflecting the vicissitudes of life. Once again, I choose to be inspired by a superior newbie pianist rather than daunted !!


It might be that my obsessive disorder is more pronounced than most, which isn't always good! Thank you so much Cheryl, comments like this keep me going.

Originally Posted By: TX-Dennis
51 hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop', Chopin
Well done. I love raindrop, and you brought out the dynamics tremendously well. Beautiful.


Thank you.

Originally Posted By: wouter79
51. Hawgdriver Leon - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 15, raindrop

piano sound: sterile and smooth, booming bass, but not too bad for a digital.

musical:
overall impression, like: Nice playing! The DP makes it sound all too smooth and sterile though. I would love to hear you play this on an acoustic!
phrasing: great long lines
use of dynamics: over the top surrealistic crescendos wink
articulation: mostly pedal
rubato, speed changes


technical:
clipping:no
balance L/R:ok
bass-treble balance: boomy synthetic bass
noise: no


Thank you for the detailed feedback, it's hard for me to find. When I played this on a Steinway my touch was exposed. My Ab's (the repeated note) often did not register because I was playing too softly. I do think the digital masks my technical inadequacy, or perhaps I would adapt to another keyboard quickly. I prefer this on an acoustic, but this is the only solution to playing at 2am with a sleeping wife and 2 year old!

Also, I am self-conscious about my pedal. I clearly do not have the best pedal technique, my G#'s in the middle section get clipped. I try for a moderate, incomplete pedal release to preserve the melody and feel, but the clipped G#'s scream out to me. This is difficult for me to fix at tempo. If I play the whole piece slower, it's do-able, but I don't have the musical muscles to play this at a Sokolov or Pogorelich pace...yet.

Originally Posted By: Sam S
51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' Your hard work paid off - absolutely fantastic.


Thank you, Sam.

Originally Posted By: Edtek
51. Hawgdriver (Leon) – You being up an interesting point. I have always used chord voicing to mean in what order you play the notes. But I have learned in classical music it can also refer to the emphasis you place on each note in a chord. I think this is what separates the great from the merely good. Anyway you did a fine job with this piece and we even got a short story to read while we listened to it.


I can now bring out the upper melody in the two-note bass passages of the middle section, which is an improvement, but articulating single notes with a 4 or 5 finger in the RH four-note chords still eludes me. I think this just takes a lot of time at the keyboard to develop that touch. I'll come back to this piece later, when hopefully I can bring out more.

Originally Posted By: Undone
51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop'
You say that you have been playing for 15 months. Has all that time been dedicated to this one piece? That's the only way I can make sense out of your ability to play it as well as you have after this amount of time at the piano. I'm simply amazed, terrific job!


Thank you. I put a lot of time and effort into Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy (Allegro/ pt 4) early on. It was a contest between me and my best friend to see who could play it first, at least the first two pages. Perhaps I'll submit an incomplete rendition for the next recital, all these pieces I want to play take me so long to bring up to performance level. I also worked up Mussorgsky's Promenade for a previous recital, and that has helped me to pronounce four-note chords more evenly and cleanly. Overall, I've probably put about 1800 hours into the piano at this point, and maybe 500-600 hours on this piece. Some days I'll practice for 5-6 hours, which is less than I'd practice without all of life's other obligations. Yes, I'm obsessed with piano right now!

Thanks again for the compliments and feedback. Jazzwee, thanks for the constructive PM (I do realize it's not all the way there, even if it might be a relatively pleasant performance, but I do need help getting it 'all the way there'). I'm looking forward to the next recital and hearing all the pieces you all decide to perform!
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 01:36 PM

Wouter- regarding your question as to why I thought it sounded like I was in the room with you...

Maybe it's the acoustics of your room? Your recording sounded more like a "live" recording rather than a studio recording. I don't know if I'm explaining it well enough. I get the same feeling when listening to Sam Smith's submissions.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 01:39 PM

I'm going out of town for a week (so glad I got to peruse all the comments, or the bulk of them before I leave!)

Before I go,

THANK YOU so much Carl, Riddler, TTigg, and Cathy heart. You all have made my week!
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 01:49 PM

hawgdriver,

Quote:
Thank you for the detailed feedback, it's hard for me to find. When I played this on a Steinway my touch was exposed. My Ab's (the repeated note) often did not register because I was playing too softly. I do think the digital masks my technical inadequacy, or perhaps I would adapt to another keyboard quickly. I prefer this on an acoustic, but this is the only solution to playing at 2am with a sleeping wife and 2 year old!


Wow if you have a problem with the touch on a steinway then you probably have a problem with all pianos as most steinways have a lighter touch than average. Yes I have noticed also for instance on the N3 that you can play rediculously soft, way softer than on a real acoustic. I have a real acoustic but a light one and I also have problems when switching to a heavier model like a Yamaha.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 01:53 PM

CMohr,

Thanks for the explanation. Yes I try to capture the room acoustics as well, while most others are using close mic'ing which I don't like.

But on my headphones it is still hard to hear and also on my hifi it was. You are using headphones or speakers?
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 02:16 PM

Originally Posted By: wouter79
hawgdriver,

Quote:
Thank you for the detailed feedback, it's hard for me to find. When I played this on a Steinway my touch was exposed. My Ab's (the repeated note) often did not register because I was playing too softly. I do think the digital masks my technical inadequacy, or perhaps I would adapt to another keyboard quickly. I prefer this on an acoustic, but this is the only solution to playing at 2am with a sleeping wife and 2 year old!


Wow if you have a problem with the touch on a steinway then you probably have a problem with all pianos as most steinways have a lighter touch than average. Yes I have noticed also for instance on the N3 that you can play rediculously soft, way softer than on a real acoustic. I have a real acoustic but a light one and I also have problems when switching to a heavier model like a Yamaha.

I changed the settings on my keyboard, which has a decent weighting and feel as far as those go. I really enjoyed playing a Shigeru Kawai a couple months ago, I thought it had better touch than the Steinway, which probably saw a lot of use.
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 02:35 PM

Performances 31-40:

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail Very nice Augustina. I loved the authenticity of the page turn too!


32. Undone - Toccata in D minor This would have been a cool tune for the fall recital as I love this piece. If you have a harpsichord setting you should try it on that as well as it sounds double creepy!. Nice job.


33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor For some reason your recording was extremelly quiet..(gain set to low?) but after a quick volume adjustment everything was fine. Beautiful piece performed extremely well.


34. Mohan Karthik - So far away Nice soft and flowing playing. A very relaxing performance


35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee Did I hear some fancy trills going on? I thought so. Sounded nice for a more difficult piece. nice job.


36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze You did a nice job with this piece MaryBee. Even the trills were clear and timed well. Your piano sounded very nice as well.


37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture Way to attack the piece from the start! Your piano also sounded very nice. Very good control over the entire piece. Did I hear a hint of a page turn?


38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante Nice job with this piece Andy. Your playing is very smooth and natural sounding. You also have a very good ear for proper/accurate timing. I like it.


39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935 Oh wow this was pro level stuff. What's not to like with a performance of this caliber? Great job.


40. GlassLove (Christine) - Song of India (arranged) Christine this was a very nice simple tune which had some lovely haunting melodies. These are always my favorites. Nice job with this piece.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 02:36 PM

Wouter, Headphones.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 02:38 PM

My thanks to all who offered feedback!
I guess you all know how exciting it is to see that people have actually listened to you and want to tell you something about what they heard.

This is the only real venue I have for sharing and getting knowledgeable feedback. (Mom is always willing to tell me how wonderful I am, but you know how moms are!)

I'm thrilled to have been a part of this and look forward to the next session!

Jotour: Glad I didn't disappoint you!

Cmohr: Thanks for noticing my progress!

Peyton: Glad you Enjoyed it!

Andy Platt: I'm glad you think I've made some progress with the balance (left and right!) I'm working hard on that. ..and yup, my piano really needs a tuning -even more than when I made the recording!

Inlanding : I inspire YOU?!!!!! Wow, you made my day :)Thanks for your encouragement!

Hawgdriver: Well, the piece was suggested by my teacher several months ago - but when I first saw it, it intimidated me.Then I came round to it, gradually, and fell in love with it. Unless my mum misbehaved, there is no gypsy background in my life! (Italian, yes, gypsy no).
I loved that you thought it was "tasty"!

BlueKeys: I had great fun trying to create some drama! Thank you for noticing and commenting on it!

BillM: Thanks! I hope one day to sing and play, as you do for your performances!

Edtek: Thanks! I know it is easier with the DP direct line - but I was glad to let people hear my acoutic this time!

Mohan Karthik : Unique! smile love it! Thanks!

Sam Smith: ooh I did rubato and I'm not even sure what that means....lol...I had better figure it out so that I can do it again!

Undone: Thank you! I'm feeling pretty happy about my progress.

ShiruKuru: Thanks! I am already starting to think about what the next piece might be!

TX-Dennis: I thought it was fun too - glad you enjoyed it.

Wouter79: Glad you approved of my upright. I'd love a grand but the budget won't stand it at this point. You're right about the nasal quality - but that is fairly recent and due to the fact that our apartment is way too hot I think (the sound has been shifting over the past month or so - we can't control the heat. You have to love Italy or hate it... I do both on and off, depending on the day.)

I would have liked to have used the pedal in a few spots, but I still have trouble and I knew I could play the piece but would never get it right if I tried recording with pedal...and yes, it was a bit rough in some spots, I 'm still working on it! The piece doesn't have a very wide range so the bass isn't very "bass". Thanks for your feedback- glad you were able to stick it out til the end wink

Glasslove, Christine: Thanks for cheering me on! Your feedback really lifts me up!

Mr. Super-Hunky: Thank you for your vote of confidence and encouragement. I think I can get it too..... I just need more ...patience and practic!
LadyPayne: Merci beaucoups!

FarmGirl: You're sweet to think of my hand- I really cut back after the recordig - seeing a specialist this week! It doesn't hurt when I play, just acts up after - mostly in the a.m.! I'm glad you enjoyed the expression and dynamics!

LaValse: Your feedback was tremendous fun! I LOVED my wild horses -Thank you!

John Frank: It wasn't my first recital - just the first with my acoustic smile I'm so glad you liked my piece. I see why it reminds you of Sunrise Sunset (which is another piece I love!)

Augustina: Grazie Mille!

Jazzwee: I come on the forums when I have to rest - so no worries that it will interfer with piano time smile Thanks for your kind feedback!

CarlosCC: Thanks! I had fun playing, glad you enjoyed it.

Strings & Wood - yes, it was quite a transition to go from the digital to the acoustic - thanks for your encouragement!

TTigg: It was my pleasure to share! Thanks for listening!


I've gathered up all your comments and saved them as a momento of this recital!

Grazie mille a tutti, e complimenti a tutti. Siamo stati veramente bravi!
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 03:38 PM

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme - Mati - lovely tune superbly played as always thumb

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade TB, beautiful as usual & nicely played.

21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance - Ed, interesting piece and yes, slightly atonal - well done - if the dolphins were dancing it must have been at sunset.

22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em - JB, nice, easy piece and very relaxing - good job.

23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!) - hoffy - nice work on this classic.

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4 - LV, I guess Scriabin is a taste I haven't yet acquired but well played.


More to follow...

JF
Posted by: epf

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 04:28 PM

Sadly, I didn't get my piece submitted for this recital (I suddenly found myself unexpectedly retired and had to do a lot of unplanned work). However, I will still comment on the pieces that have been submitted and look farward to submitting in the next recital.

Here's my first batch of comments:

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3 very nice -- good dynamics and touch. A little too much pedal for me -- it tended to blur things and made the phrasing a little more awkward.

02. wouter79 - the entertainer Overall very good job. A couple of slips and pauses here and there. Watch the synchronization between your hands -- they get a little off at times. Ragtime pieces should be a little jauntier -- more bounce. Work on keeping the tempo more even -- there are surges and pauses that shouldn't be there.

03. Peyton - Angel I think the melody is very nice -- and sometimes simple is precisely what you are looking for because that's what sticks in people's heads. I had no problem with starting low, but I think you overused the pedal -- it really blurred the lines.

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen Very nice, delicate touch in the beginning. Really nice phrasing. A few small synchronization issues between left and right hand, but they are hardly worth mentioning. Very enjoyable.

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1 Wow! beautifully played! My only quibble would be with the use of the pedal -- a touch too much.

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria I don't know this piece, but I liked the way you played the arpeggios. A little too even in terms of dynamics, but perhaps that's the way it's written. Good job!

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682) This has a different feel from most of Purcell's work. Well played, and the ornamentation is very crisp and sharp!

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover) Hmmm...maybe it didn't come across, but I didn't hear any "kerplunking." I love the sound of your M&H. Well played -- but the rain appears to be slowly moving into my area (caused by your piano?).

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch With that many takes, I can understand why you skipped lunch! You did a really good job with this. A couple of slips, but nothing major. AS this demonstrates, Czerny could write exercises that are still musical. Thanks for submitting this.

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi Good phrasing on this, nice touch and balance between the hands. Good job!


More to follow...

Ed
Posted by: PhilzPiano

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 07:01 PM

First of all, thank you for all the kind comments on my recital entry at #42. I will take the suggestions for improvements on board and maybe record it again in a year or so.

Here are my comments on the other pieces, split into two or three blocks - see how it goes!

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3

I thought this was brilliantly played, particularly given your 1.5 years of experience.

02. wouter79 - the entertainer

Well I nearly skipped this one as it wasn't played on a DP! But I had a listen anyway and thought it was really well played.

03. Peyton - Angel

Lovely piece, beautifully played. I admire anyone who can compose like this.

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen

Really liked this piece. I thought your Yamaha sounded really good too.

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1

I thought this was very well played. I'm going to look at the sheet music but I think it's currently beyond me!

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria

Extremely well played for someone with 11 months experience! I haven't heard the piece before, but I really liked it.

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682)

I love hearing Purcell and this was excellent. Very nicely played.

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover)

I'm a Pink Floyd fan myself and I thought this was brilliantly played. Superb arrangement. Can we look forward to some more arrangements of rock classics in the future?

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch

I'm not familiar with this piece, but it sounds like fun to play!

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi

You are doing very well to be playing Einaudi after a year and two months! Very well done!

11. Monica K. - The Meadow

I always look forward to hearing your recordings Monica and this piece didn't disappoint! Beautifully played as always.

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major

I'm not familiar with this music, but I enjoyed listening and thought it was well played.

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend

I thought this was a very good performance for someone who has only played for 13 months! Well done.

14. CMohr - I Should Care

Not being into jazz myself, I don't know the piece, but it sounded really good and was beautifully played. I would like to look at some non-classical pieces myself sometime.

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2

I love this piece and intend to learn it myself sometime. I thought you did a great job playing it.

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto

It's always good to hear some Beethoven in the recital and I really enjoyed hearing this.

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three

Nice mellow sound. Very enjoyable.

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya

I can put my hand up and say that I know this music! (Because a friend of mine introduced me to it a while ago). Nicely played.

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme

Nice piece of music and you did extremely well to learn it in 3 days!

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade

Lovely music very well played. You wrote this yourself? Awesome!
Posted by: FarmGirl

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 07:06 PM

Finally I am in my 30's. Hopefully I can complete my listening this weekend:).


#31 Augustina - I love this music. I bet you enjoyed it too. The hope and happiness is warming my heart in this wintry day. I felt like something good will happen to each and everyone of my friends, family and people on earth. Thank you.

#32 Undone – Like it. The dramatic beginning and unfolding drama and mystery. You have nailed it. You played it so well. I will look forward to listening to more of your submissions going forward. It was nearly perfect – note that I never say perfect so this is my highest compliment. Cannot believe you only played 3 years.

#33 LisztAddict - Wonderfuly played. You got wonderful technique something like this. . Your runs are all perfectly even and not once I detected any out of the place accent. The right hand chords are together and the dynamics are effective.

#34 Mohan Karthik – I have to put you too in the naturally gifted category. I cannot believe how you can do this in 11 months!

#35 ladypayne – Awesome. I like your arrangement. Must be nice to compose something like this.

#36 Maybee – It’s a beautiful piece and you played it well. My dog is at my feet and totally enjoying the piece. It has lots of stuff in it which you connected so beautifully. Bravo.

#38 Andy Platt – It is beautiful. Very heavenly, purely Mozart. I wish I could play Mozart like you.

#39 Sideshow/Edwin – I know what you are hating about. It’s beautiful. In fact, it is excellent.

#40 GlassLove (Christine) – I like the piece. You sounded so elegant and pianistic. I cannot believe you play like in a year. Wow.
Posted by: PhilzPiano

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 07:08 PM

Continued.....

21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance

Very inspirational. It's good to hear people playing their own arrangements on here.

22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em

A very high standard for someone who has only been learning for a year. Very well done!

23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!)

Yes I know it! Well played!

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4

A very nice piece. I thought you played it with lot of feeling. Good result!

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are

Nice performance. I must have a go at some jazz pieces sometime.

26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads

I love this song. I know it's a John Denver number, but Olivia Newton John really made it for me! Very nice piano arrangement.

27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man)

Really enjoyed this. It's good to hear some vocals!

28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust)

Very well played and good use of the pedal!

29. serge88 - Your Song

Obviously a well known piece and I have often wondered if it would be possible to play it just on the piano with no vocals, yet retain a melody line. You have shown that the answer is a definite yes! Very nicely played.

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach

Always good to hear a bit of Bach and this was excellent.

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail

Nice piece. Not one I know, but very enjoyable to listen to.

32. Undone - Toccata in D minor

This is one of my favourite pieces and I was wondering whether you would be able to capture the drama and sustain levels normally achieved by an organ. But you did and it sounded terrific. Very good effort indeed and I have added this piece to my list of pieces that I really must learn sometime!

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor

I haven't heard this piece before, but I really liked the the way the left and right hand blended. Your piano sounds terrific too!

34. Mohan Karthik - So far away

How on earth did you manage to compose this with 11 months experience? I thought it was brilliant.

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee

Nicely played piece and a good improvisation.

36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze

Beautifully played and easily the best arrangement I have heard. I would love to learn this piece myself sometime.

37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture

You may not have enjoyed learning the piece, but you did a really good job playing it! The recording is good too - captures the piano well.

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante

Expertly played and again, a piece that I would love to learn myself sometime. Enjoyed it a lot.

39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935

Beautifully played. I hope that I reach this standard in the future!

40. GlassLove (Christine) - Song of India (arranged)

Nicely played and well recorded.
Posted by: PhilzPiano

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 07:15 PM

Continued...

41. jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace

A well known tune and a nice arrangement. I loved the tuneful ending!

43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel

Nice lively piece. Lots of different elements to it and I thought your playing was really good.

44. MegumiNoda - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2

Nicely played. I will come back and watch the video later!

45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24

Nice, moody piece, really well played.

46. ShiroKuro - Sunburst

Interesting to hear a classical guitar piece transcribed for the piano. Expertly played!

47. spidaman - A moment lost

Especially good as it was played by ear. Sounds amazing for one day of practice!

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement

I love this piece and I recorded it myself for the last recital. I thought you made a very good effort.

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto

I really enjoyed this. I find it impossible to be bored by Beethoven. Very nicely played and a high quality recording too!

50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisième Recueil de Chants, op. 65.

I haven't heard this piece before, but if it's playable by a beginner I will take a look at the music! Nice sound from the Roland too.

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop'

This is a piece I aspire to playing myself oneday. You have done very well to crack it with only 15 months playing experience. I enjoyed your letter to Chopin too - he was a talented dude for sure!

52. bluekeys - Invention #13

I thought this was really well played. You may wish it was faster, but at least it is very evenly played and the P155 sounds good too! A great performance.

53. custard apple - A Time for Love

Not a piece I have heard before, but very nicely played.

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni

It's good to hear more Einaudi on the forum recitals. I thought your playing flowed beautifully. Very enjoyable.

55. Copper - Lullaby

A famous piece, very well played.

56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails)

Very nice performance. I will have to check out the composer!

57. mcasl - Hob XVI:6, Sonata in G major, 1st mov.

Very nice piece. I started paying more attention to Hadyn after I saw a competition performance on UK television, but I regard most of it as currently beyond me. You have achieved a good performance level for someone who has only played for a couple of years. Well done!

58. edtek - Winter Twilight

As you say, the recording method needs sharpening, but the playing was really good and it's a nice piece.

59. Starr Keys - Kiss from a Rose

Very impressive for a play-by-ear arrangement. Well done!
Posted by: custard apple

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 08:20 PM

Thank you Edtek, Undone, and Philzpiano. I'm pleased you like Bill's A Time for Love.
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 08:28 PM

First batch for me:

1. Ben -Thank you for introducing me to this lovely little waltz. You made me want to push the furniture against the wall and grab my spouse for a dance with your beautiful playing.

2. Wouter79 - This is such a fun piece. I worked on a very simplified version of it about a year and half ago when I was doing the Legacy course. Later I tried playing the complete Joplin score and I know how hard it is to maintain that tempo throughout but you made it seem easy. I couldn’t believe you could play this well after only one year. Thanks for giving me the feedback on the the deplorable condition of my piano’s bass and clearing up for me that it wasn’t my deplorable playing of it you were referring to. I was concerned about one or two notes that didn’t ring out in the bass when I bought it, but I thought that was only because it needed to be tuned.

3. Peyton - Does “original” mean you composed this yourself or is it just a qualitative description? Because it certainly fits the latter category. It’s beautiful and your playing took it deep into my core.

4. Dannylux/Mel - All I can say is if you are an adult beginner what is an adult Intermediate? I’m not an experienced enough listener of the nuances of classical music. All I can tell you is listening to you play conjured an entire other world and time and the thought that this music was the only way to bring it back.

5. Sam - You sound like a man after my own heart. I’ve had the same amount of total hiatus and over the same struggle. If listening is just as important as playing for the study of an instrument than I just had a great lesson.

6. Iain - If I was doing images, the one I got from listening to you is a great eagle soaring with my heart on its wings. Or maybe it was an angel. Playing only 11 months like this, you must have been touched by one. I’m so flattered that you subscribed to my channel, and now that I’ve heard you play I’m off to subscribe to yours.

7. KeemaNan - I saw the Draughtsman’s Contract and don’t remember the story at all, but I do remember this music. I can’t comment on technique on this level. All I can say is you’ve inspired me to want to revisit the Inventions. Since playing Bach was the most traumatic part of my childhood piano lessons, that’s saying a lot about your playing.

8. Super Hunky - Wow! This may be my favorite kind of playing, large dramatic with huge mood swings between melancholy and manic delight. My husband has always been a fan of PF but I never was till now. Do you give lessons?

9. Pianosaurus Rex - I got the image of that yellow folio with Czerny on the cover from younger days but I know he never sounded this good and I played a lot longer than 13 mos.

10. Carlos - Your kids are so lucky to have this enchanting music to sweeten their dreams. I could listen to you play this all night. It flows beautifully like its name implies and the rubato is like the places where it curves and meets river rocks. Thank you by the way for your kind words on my piece. I got so tired of bad sheet music arrangements of beautiful songs. Never having to be bored and disappointed by one again was my main motivation for learning to play by ear.

11. Monica – I thought you played beautifully. I read in your profile that you are a psychology professor. After listening to you, I believe that you could heal patients with your music as effectively as you could by talking to them. I immediately began to relax and felt calmed listening to this piece even in its minor key, which probably suits the mood of many of those seeking help anyway.

12. John Frank - Very pretty. I can see the room, the wigs, and the people dancing by candlelight. Accomplishedly played throughout and putting me in the mood for a good Jane Austen novel.

13. Cheryl - This is the month for gypsy music. Another haunting and melancholy melody which I thought you articulated very well.

14. CMohr - Image: a smoky dark café in the Village. This is a beautiful tune. Thanks for all the background on it. You’re doing great with jazz for only a year and a half. I know I tried and gave up after almost two years ago. Hopefully I’ll make it this time with people like you to lead the way.

15. Todd - I think I remember being assigned this Chopin piece as a young teen but never learned to play it this well. I just finished a year learning nothing but how to play popular music by ear, but if I listen to much more of this I may take another just learning to play music like this from the sheet and forget everything I learned about the latter.

16. Joangolfing - Wow, I’m going to keep this one on hand the next time I tape myself and find I’m lacking in dynamic contrast. I think you do a great job with that and keeping a food dynamic balance between both hands. Beautiful phrasing too.

17. Inlanding Glen - Wow! You sound like you should be out playing gigs every night. I’d pay to hear you. Thankfully I don’t have to--I’m thankful also for your kind words about my piece here and in the February thread.

18. Ken. - I never had a very good feel for Bebop myself but I know one when I see one. I liked your light touch with this piece meant for children.

19. Mati - Now it was a very wet, cold day in California, which can offer some of the wettest and coldest because often utterly unprepared for, and you feel the chill in your bones that tells you you’re not a kid anymore. Then along came this piece which warmed with its suggestion and evocation of some of the fairytale enchantment and beauty of childhood. And they all lived happily ever after!

20. True Beginner
- I really think it’s time to think about changing your name. I’m sure it was “true” when you chose it but now it really only serves the purpose of making others feel bad. How about keeping half of it and changing the other half, something like “Truly Accomplished” would work for instance.

Posted by: Augustina

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 09:07 PM


Joangolfing- Sonata E major Op. 14 no. 1 Allegretto- I am unfamiliar with this piece. You played it so well smile

Ken- Monk Medley- Interesting Piece:) Well played


Riddler(Ed)- Dolphin Dance
I enjoyed this piece a lot, cool that you wrote the arrangement:) Nicely done


Hoffy Minuet in G Major- Yes this is a very familiar piece. Very well played.

LaValse- I am unfamiliar with this piece- I thought you played it very well

Jazzwee,- All the Things You Are- I started tapping my foot along with the music:) This was very enjoyable to listen to.

wj3/Walt -Take me home country roads- Nicely played!

BillM -Mr. President- I always enjoy hearing you sing, You have gotten so good at it!:) Awesome job on this.

Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16- I haven't played any Schumann music. I might have to dig some out:). I thought you played this well. It would have been interesting to hear your playback though!:)

serge88 -Your Song- I am unfamliar with this song also, but I enjoyed it a lot, nicely done!

Paquijote- Invention No. 7 in E Minor. This sounds like a hard piece, but sounds like it would be fun to play, good job on this:)

LadyPayne- Nearer My God To Thee- Great attempt at making something your own:) Nicely Done.

MaryBee- Sheep May Safely Graze- I was about to say I was unfamiliar with this piece, but it sounds so familiar. Anyways Nicely played!

FarmGirl- A Christmas Overture- This piece does sound difficult, but I thought you did a great job with the different tempo's, and melody changes. Awesome:)

Yamaha G-3 & P-80 Mike White- Milonga del Angel- This is another composer I am unfamiliar with, This was very well played.

MegumiNoda- Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2 Very pretty piece, You played this very well:)

Wisebuff- In Church Op 39 No. 24- ah Tchaikovsky:) I was forced to play a lot of his music when I was in band during highschool. I thought you played this very well:)

Spidaman- A Moment Lost- II lvoe David Nevue's pieces also! You played this piece so Beatuifully!.

Laura aka Ten left Thumbs- Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1rst movement. I enjoyed listening to the piece a lot!, Awesome job.

Grotrainer- Sonata in C-minor Op. 10, no.1: 2nd movement. I don't think I'd have the patience to learn this piece. It was very relaxing to listen to though. You played it so well:)

Bunneh- Barcarolle, No. 6 - I am unfamiliar with this piece, it sounds like it would be fun to learn!. Nice job on this:)

Hawgdriver- Prelude in D-Flat Major- Another very relaxing piece. I haven't tried to play any of Chopin's pieces, I always thought they would be to hard. I might have to give some a try now though:). You played this piece so well.



Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 09:33 PM

Originally Posted By: PhilzPiano
08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover)

I'm a Pink Floyd fan myself and I thought this was brilliantly played. Superb arrangement. Can we look forward to some more arrangements of rock classics in the future?





YES! and I promise (to myself) to submit a clear recording without clipping and distorion.

I recently found a classic rock piece performaed by David Lanz....(Moody blues "Nights in White Satin") that I would love to perform. I want to completely re-compose the piece however not be be a duplicate of what already exists but rather become an original complete cover.

I'll start on it right away hopefully to have it ready for next months piano bar or something.
Posted by: Augustina

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 09:51 PM

Todd Vance- Waltz in C#minor Op. 64 #2
Wonderful!:)

Inlanding - Medley of Three- This was very relaxing to listen to. Nicely played:)

MartinJb/ Martin- Reflections Em- This piece was very pretty! I enjoyed it a lot. Thanks for sharing it:)

GlassLove- Song of India, There seems to be a lot of people from Michigan in this piano forum:). You played this piece so well:)

PhilzPiano- Prelude in E Minor Op. 28. No. 4- Wonderful! nicely played

ShiroKuro- Sunburst- Kind of a bouncy piece:) You played this piece very well

Posted by: TTigg

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 10:18 PM

Originally Posted By: Edtek

54. TTigg / Steve C – A beautiful piece and played very well with dynamics well controlled.
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it

Originally Posted By: Undone

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni
So this is what you've been doing since you left Alfreds, sounds great! I love the pace of the piece and the way it keeps driving forward, pauses for a moment of quite reflection, then moves on again. Wonderful performance!
smile you got me. Yep, been doing this and some others. Really need to mix it up though so I'm polishing off some Twilight stuff so I can then go back to Mr E himself. I'm going to be picking #3 back up though in 2wks so my teacher and I can work on getting it complete thumb
- SC

Originally Posted By: PhilzPiano

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni
It's good to hear more Einaudi on the forum recitals. I thought your playing flowed beautifully. Very enjoyable.
Thank you very much, I'm glad it seemed to flow right it always sounds better away from the red dot, I swear smile
- SC
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 10:27 PM

Bluekeys --FYI I'm listening to your piece again. It's really damn good.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 11:05 PM

Originally Posted By: mr_super-hunky


I recently found a classic rock piece performaed by David Lanz....(Moody blues "Nights in White Satin") that I would love to perform. I want to completely re-compose the piece however not be be a duplicate of what already exists but rather become an original complete cover.

I'll start on it right away hopefully to have it ready for next months piano bar or something.


Can't wait to hear it... I have the sheet music for that arrangement and tackled it once, but for the life of me I couldn't get what came out of my fingers sound anything like the Lanz version, so I've put it away for a few months years.
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/18/11 11:42 PM

What a great recital! Thanks to everyone who participated. I love how many comments people have going here. Maybe all our discussions really helped! smile

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3 You sound very confident with this piece. Good choice and good performance.

02. wouter79 - the entertainer You have such good control on the dynamics. Nice!

03. Peyton - Angel "Dilettante"? Ha ha! I like the melody. I think I agree with you about the intro being a little muddy, but I love how it moves to those upper registers toward the end. I'm so sorry about your friend. Cancer sucks. My friend just had a tumor removed and will be starting chemo soon.

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen What a cool wedding gift! Interesting -- the music seemed a little melancholic, and yet the poem has a promising feel. You play it very expressively.

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1 How nice to hear this again. Wonderful! Yes, I've heard it played faster, but I actually like this tempo better. Good job brining out the melody. I know how difficult that is.

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria This composer is new to me. I like how you build up the energy as the piece moves along. And those high notes are so delicate!

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682) I especially like the left-hand part. It really supports the piece. The offset rhythm (syncopation?) at the beginning was cool.

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover) I hate to admit this, but I don't know the original. Sounds like you got creative with it, though. It must have been fun to explore what you could do with it.

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch What a nice little piece! Well-played. You give it that majestic march feel in the right places.

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi I'm impressed with the playing, the memorization, and your teacher! smile Your pauses and sense of timing are just right.

11. Monica K. - The Meadow Beautiful piece -- your playing is so smooth and soothing.

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major Nice idea in putting these two pieces together. The second has a bit of a lilt that I really enjoyed.

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend Good job, Cheryl! You're bringing out the melody nicely. It has a yearning feeling to it that really comes out in the high notes.

14. CMohr - I Should Care I really like what you're doing with your jazz work. You must be inspired. Be sure to thank your teacher!

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2 I love this piece. Thanks for playing it! Chopin's music is amazing, isn't it? This one is on my list to learn.

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto Good work on the dynamics. Nice playing.

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three Your improvising is really enjoyable to listen to. I liked #2 especially. And I learned a new word -- "threnody".

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya I like that second part. You're getting some nice movement there.

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme Wow -- three days to learn? You must have been inspired. I enjoyed listening. Hope your friend did too. smile

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade I always like your compositions. Nice playing.

21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance Nice arrangement! Quite interesting.

22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em Thank you for playing! Very nice. Welcome to the ABF recital. Glad you joined us.

23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!) This piece cannot be played too many times -- it's a classic! smile Sweet. Love your ornaments.

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4 Wow, that's complex! Very interesting piece. I like how you shape the phrases to help it make sense to the listener.

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are I like how light those chords are. It really lets you hear the right-hand work.

26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads "Almost heaven…" I love John Denver. Thanks for playing this! smile

27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man) Enjoyed your performance! I admire your ability to play this by ear and sing while you're playing.

28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust) Nice playing, Carl. I wonder if it would be more melancholic if you slow it down a bit, or maybe add more rubato?

29. serge88 - Your Song You sound really comfortable with this, like you've made it your own. That made it fun to listen to.

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach This sounds like a tough one! You have the hand independence down.

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail I like your interpretation of this song. I prefer the tempo that you were working up to toward the end.

32. Undone - Toccata in D minor I would love to hear this as an organ piece. It just has that organ feel to it. But I certainly like your piano version too.

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor Mezmerizing… the more I listened, the more I liked it. What did you do about 1:10 in? Switch to emphasizing the left hand? It suddenly starts sounding more romantic somehow. I liked that.

34. Mohan Karthik - So far away I like the way you vary the dynamics to move the piece along.

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee Nice phrasing. You build the music nicely throughout the piece. And then I like how you return to the simple melody at the end.

37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture Wow, this was a project! That's some tricky Christmas music. When I play Christmas music, I stick to the basics -- simple chords in the left hand, and single notes in the right. That's one of the things with medleys -- it can be difficult to connect the different parts. You did well, though.

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante Andy, I love it. You have such a nice touch for Mozart. I played the first movement of this sonata a couple recitals ago but haven't worked on this movement yet.

39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935 Oh, no… If you tell us what you hate, you have to also tell us what you like! I like: the nice even tempo, the light trills, the way you make it sound so easy.

40. GlassLove (Christine) - Song of India (arranged) That's a real interesting piece, with some unexpected note combinations. I like it.

41. jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace You have such a strong beat in your playing, it really gives your music strength and a signature.

42. PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4 There are so many ways to play this piece. You've got the notes down, which can be a challenge, especially towards the end. For more drama, I think it would be cool to hear it slower and with even more dynamics. Maybe varying the dynamics is difficult on a digital. This was the piece I was working on when I switched from a digital to an acoustic, and I couldn't believe the difference!

43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel This piece takes you through so many moods. Very interesting and nicely played.

44. MegumiNoda - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2 Very romantic! I liked it better and better the further along it went. You draw me into it.

45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24 Solemn and grand. Nice playing.

46. ShiroKuro - Sunburst Wow. Super job! It sounds like you're up to the challenges of this piece. Lots of energy and a happy feeling.

47. spidaman - A moment lost I'm impressed with your play-by-ear ability! Very dreamy.

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement Laura, this is really nice. And inspiring, since I've just started working on this piece myself.

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto So pretty! You've got some fast finger action going on there in places. Sounds like a challenging piece. I enjoyed listening. How could anyone be bored? It's Beethoven!

50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisième Recueil de Chants, op. 65. I can't hear anything to critique! It's a really nice performance -- I enjoyed listening!

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' Great job! This piece is on my list to learn... soon, I hope! You said, "The deeper I get, the more I find." I've been discovering that about Chopin's music, too. That's part of why I love it so much. Thanks for sharing what you hear in this piece.

52. bluekeys - Invention #13 I really like the tempo the way you play it -- it's slow enough so you can still hear all the notes! But good luck with your work on speeding it up. I like your DP for this one -- nice and light.

53. custard apple - A Time for Love Thanks for playing. This was nice to listen to.

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni Sounds great -- very expressive! I really like the sound of your piano here, especial those sweet high notes.

55. Copper - Lullaby Ahhh, so sweet. My mom used to sing this song to me at bedtime. Thank you for playing it.

56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails) Very pretty piece. You play it with such feeling, it takes me on a journey through time.

57. mcasl - Hob XVI:6, Sonata in G major, 1st mov. Haydn's music always makes me smile. I like the way you play this -- it has such a delicate feel. Fun to listen to! I want to play a Haydn sonata one day.

58. edtek - Winter Twilight You're doing fine! Nice playing. Keep up the practicing, and you'll probably find it easier and easier to learn new pieces.

59. Starr Keys - Kiss from a Rose Those chords sound complex and full. It all works great with this piece. Nice job!
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 01:25 AM

Quote:
Starr Keys: Great job on playing by ear... I thought the ending was extremely effective, with all those dramatic chords leading up to the delicate closing melody line.


Thanks Monica. Finding a way to end it probably was the biggest challenge I had with it, so I appreciate the feedback. I also appreciate your going out of your way to make us newbies feel comfortable and remind people who we were so they wouldn't be too rough on us. thumb
Posted by: jazzwee

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 04:15 AM


My Final Batch ...the ones in the middle.

26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads
Nice job Walt. Know this tune well. It you play the melody legato it will bring it up a notch. Thanks for sharing.

27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man)
Very nice performance Bill thumb I love the rhythmic feel between your two hands. Very full sounding and impressive. Your singing really fits this tune well.

28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust)
Sounds really good Strings & Wood. Nice job. A little more legato would bring it up to the next level.

29. serge88 - Your Song
Very well done Serge. Love this tune. I play it only by ear. You really made it your own. Sounds like the real deal.

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach
Pretty impressive for 2 years. Keep it up!

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail
Nice job Augustina and such a nice tune. I enjoyed it.

32. Undone - Toccata in D minor
Not bad Undone. You're doing well. Very enjoyable performance.

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor
As always, wonderful playing and beautiful touch. I want to play like you when I grow up. Such a delicate sound.

34. Mohan Karthik - So far away
Your own composition! Sounds really nice. Good work. Very 'New Age'

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee
You're improvising too? Wow great job.

36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze
Success at bringing out the melody! Beautiful.

37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture
Beautiful rendition. I was a little surprised at the loud opening. It looks like your
recorder took a second to adjust. But sounded very good after. Very nicely balanced chords. You should have submitted this at the last recital (for seasonality's sake smile )

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante
Very nice playing Andy. I liked it a lot. Volume was a little low. This one was so good

that I wished I could hear with more range. Now I see why, this is a DP. With your
skill you should enjoy playing this on an acoustic. Surprising nice sound for this

digital. Shows how much control you have.

39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935
Wonderful playing. Too much reverb though. You don't need that. You play very well. The
evenness of your notes is outstanding and just brilliant notes. Very enjoyable.

40. GlassLove (Christine) - Song of India (arranged)
Not bad at all Christine. You're doing well in your piano journey. Time to learn some jazz? It least it's great to know another jazz fan!

41. jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace
Well done Cathy! You can safely add this to your repertoire and I'm sure it will be often requested. You keep sounding better and better each recital.

42. PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4
Sounds great Philzpiano. I think you can safely add pedal here. It can be assumed even without it being stated on the music as long as you lift up for every change in harmony. Beautiful tune, and of the few classical tunes I play. Make the RH completely

legato as well. Not bad for 18 months!

43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel
Pretty piece and enjoyable playing Mike. Looks pretty challenging rhythmically. Good work.

44. MegumiNoda - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2
Very nice! I'm sure there's more to appreciate here but recording quality and piano

was a little on the lower quality side. Perhaps some lighter touches in some spots would bring it up a notch. Fun listen!

45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24
Lovely piece and lovely playing. Very nice touch. Obviously not a beginner

46. ShiroKuro - Sunburst
Nice peppy piece Shirokuro. A fun performance and I liked it!

47. spidaman - A moment lost
You played this well spidaman. I always appreciate those who can play by ear. Great work. You're doing well in your piano journey.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 06:12 AM

I'm lagging behind the fast stream of feedback!

Quote:

02. wouter79 - the entertainer
You’re doing incredibly well for only 1yr under your belt. Sounded great, flowed perfectly.


Thanks TTigg!

Quote:
#2 wouter79. Love this piece and especially your even, relaxed tempo with it. Encourage you to add more contrast between the sections. Nice job on that Grotrian.

Thanks WiseBuff. Yes I think you suggest that the third part might be even more lyrical. But I'm not sure how to pull that off. The bass keeps the same umm-pah pattern most of the time. Any suggestions?

Quote:
02. wouter79 - the entertainer Overall very good job. A couple of slips and pauses here and there. Watch the synchronization between your hands -- they get a little off at times. Ragtime pieces should be a little jauntier -- more bounce. Work on keeping the tempo more even -- there are surges and pauses that shouldn't be there.


eps, thanks for the very detailed comments! You did not even play, so all the more thanks for taking all the effort to make comments here

Yes I take just a little time between the 4 parts, not because it's written but it allows me a brief recovery and to think how the next part is starting smile

And the sync issue, yes thanks, it's an issue I'm aware of but I'm not sure yet how I want to deal with it. I want to keep the hands a bit free in order to play rubato independently with both hands.

And the pauses, yes these are minor flubs... Not thinking ahead far enough I think.

For the bouncyness, I'm all in for it! But if I play it like that now I usually screw up badly after a few minutes because I get over-enthousiastic laugh I think I'll eventually get to that.

Quote:

02. wouter79 - the entertainer

Well I nearly skipped this one as it wasn't played on a DP! But I had a listen anyway and thought it was really well played.

Thanks for listening anyway! Glad that you liked it.

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2. Wouter79 - This is such a fun piece. I worked on a very simplified version of it about a year and half ago when I was doing the Legacy course. Later I tried playing the complete Joplin score and I know how hard it is to maintain that tempo throughout but you made it seem easy. I couldn’t believe you could play this well after only one year. Thanks for giving me the feedback on the the deplorable condition of my piano’s bass and clearing up for me that it wasn’t my deplorable playing of it you were referring to. I was concerned about one or two notes that didn’t ring out in the bass when I bought it, but I thought that was only because it needed to be tuned.


the Legacy course?
Yes there is some issue with your bass. Maybe a technician can fix it?

Quote:
02. wouter79 - the entertainer You have such good control on the dynamics. Nice!

Thanks Mary!
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 07:39 AM

02. wouter79 - the entertainer
This is a very competent and jaunty rendition and all this after only playing one year! Wow! You kept a good balance between hands which can be pretty tricky on this one.

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen
I enjoyed this beautiful piece very much. Your phrasing brings out the beauty of this melody.

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2
Your self-teaching is very effective. This is a very impressive performance of a classic work.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 09:04 AM

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto
This piece has a quiet beauty. Your performance is appropriately understated and quite good.

36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze
This is a lovely recording and performance – suitable for framing. Your piano has a ringing treble that does, in fact, bring out the soprano part in this transcription.

46. ShiroKuro - Sunburst
I am not familiar with this work or composer. Your comment is correct – this does bring out a bit of sunshine to a dreary day. An interesting piece.
Posted by: mom3gram

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 09:39 AM

I tried taking notes after listening to the first 10 pieces, but after looking at some of the comments by others I realize that being a complete beginner hack, I don't have the listening or playing experience to make worthwhile individual comments. So I'm just going to say that everyone did a great job. Some of the pieces made me want to dance, some were beautiful and relaxing, and I really admire those who composed original pieces. You've all done a beautiful job and I hope to be as good some day. Bravo!!!!
Posted by: TTigg

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 10:32 AM

Originally Posted By: MaryBee

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni Sounds great -- very expressive! I really like the sound of your piano here, especial those sweet high notes.

Thanks Mary!
- SC
Posted by: epf

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 11:01 AM

Here's my next batch of comments...

11. Monica K. - The Meadow Very nicely played. There is a haunting beauty to this piece, and the sudden shifts to the minor key add tension. The piano sounds good, too!

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major John, an interesting medley. A few minor slips, but nothing major. There were some hesitations that seemed too long, but they did not bore me into not listening wink Nice bridge between the two pieces. The second waltz seems jauntier and is a great way to conclude the Schubert. Very nice.

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend From a technical standpoint, you are overdriving the recorder -- set the volume lower or move it further from the piano. The playing seems very controlled but the touch seems heavy (again, could be the recorder). Thanks for submitting this.

14. CMohr - I Should Care The ballodic approach to this is interesting, but the piece still carries a jazz feel -- nicely done. It may just be me, but I'd prefer to see the pedal cleared a little more often -- there is a lot of blurring in the left and right hands as you carry it over so much. You played this with a nice touch.

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2 This is one of my favorite Chopin pieces! Overall you played this well. Some major slips in the middle and the tempo seems a little slow. Still, and overall good effort! I did listen to all of it!

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto Nice control of the dynamics, good overall touch. Well played!

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three Very mellow jazz sound. Thanks!

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya boy, you couldn't ask for two more different feeling pieces to put together, yet it works. Very nicely done.

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme Hmmm... when I saw "Odin" I expected some Norse sounding piece. This is a very delicate piece and you played it well -- nice phrasing and touch!

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade A couple of initial things hit me: 1) too much pedal -- clear it more often and, 2) the hands seemed out of sync at times. The piece is interesting and you played it well. I'm not sure if there are supposed to be more dynamic changes in it, but you might consider that.

More to follow.

Ed
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 11:55 AM

Just some more random comments. My school work is starting to catch up to me so I won't be able to do many more for the time being.


LisztAddict: really pretty. Your piano sounds great too. One of these days I’ll get around to playing some classical music.
GlassLove: Perfectly played! Very nice and pretty song too.
Jotur: Very nice job. I thought I heard a key changing could be wrong though? Sounded nice
Spidaman: Wow great job on doing this by ear. I also love David Nevue’s pieces!
Copper: Always enjoy this piece. It is pretty. Nice job.
Edtek: Another david nevue piece! Very nice. Your hard work paid off!
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 04:07 PM



Performances 41-50

41. jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace Very nice playing Cathy. I enjoyed the evenness of the tempo and relaxed control you have over the entire piece. The slowed down ending was the best part.


42. PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4 Lots of dynamic control and gentle emotion went into this performacne. Very nice.


43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel Mike I always look forward to your performances as they are so well played and usually come from within. (fellow noodler!) You have such a smooth flow that I try to emulate when I can control myself! nice job.


[b]44. MegumiNoda - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2
I love the classic sound of your piano as it works extremely well with this performance. Nicely played.


45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24 Another crisp and clasic sounding piano along with a top notch recording. I loved the high end delicate right hand chords used best. Nice job.


46. ShiroKuro - Sunburst Shiro the first thoughts while listening are wow, she's gotten pretty darn good and jazzy too!. You cosmopolitan women you. One of my recital favorites for sure. Keep up the good great work.


47. spidaman - A moment lost Oohh a beautiful and gently flowing piece. Who doesn't love that?, especially played with so much emotion as you have. Very nice indeed.


48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement This piece is so nice it's almost like cheating! Good thing your performance lived up to the beauty of the tune. Excellent performance.




[b]49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. Wow. Make that a Super wow!. I loved the rolling chords used as well as the incredible sound of your perfect recording. Only useful tip....just a bit less silence in the begining as I thought my stereo stopped working until the music finally came. Nice trills too btw.


[b]50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisième Recueil de Chants, op. 65.
Okay this was top notch stuff. I would even go as far as saying professional sounding. Great playing, great sounding piano, great recording. Tough to beat this!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 04:36 PM

Here’s my second set of comments, again grouped thematically. This time it's the new age-y performances:

03 – Peyton: This is one of your prettiest melodies, I think. I watched the video and kept looking at your left hand to see what pattern you were playing; it looks rather tricky. I really liked the last minute or so when you shifted up an octave.

06 – cgyan: That’s a gorgeous piece, and you play it well. It suited well my mood on this carefree weekend day with a hint of spring in the air. The video itself was terrific. I’m going to have to try to duplicate that camera angle.

08 – mr_super-hunky: I think this is one of your most creative arrangements yet. And those really low bass notes show off your BB at its best… wow Say, weren’t you going to swap it for my A? wink

10 – CarlosCC: I am, as always, delighted to see Einaudi represented in the recitals, and you have chosen my all-time favorite piece to play. You do a wonderful job of conveying the feeling of flowing water, and I’m impressed at how you’re able to jump down and hit those low G’s in the bass without any hesitation whatsoever… I *still* can’t do that!

19 – Mati: Anime music just keeps getting better and better. Your performance was outstanding. I was enjoying the piece so much I thought maybe I should download the sheet music, right up until 1:32 when you started doing those bass tremolos and that wicked fast run. eek The video quality was top-notch, too; what did you use to record it?

20 – TrueBeginner: I always enjoy your compositions, TB. If it weren’t for your login name, I’d think you were a long-time pro.

34 – Mohan: I think your composition shows an impressive depth and complexity, especially when you consider it’s your FIRST composition! This is one of my favorites of the recital.

47 – spidaman: previously commented on.

54 – Ttigg: Yay! Another Einaudi piece! Hope it’s just the first of many from you. I loved your video; seeing the photos from SF interspersed with your playing reminded me of the first Einaudi concert I went to there. smile

56 – ddh: I wasn’t sure how to classify this piece, but since the composer is still living and performing, I figure it’s close enough to new age. laugh I enjoyed the image of a long string of preschoolers from a daycare walking down a street roped together; your playing captures well the innocence and delight of the scene.

58 – Edtek: Nevue is an amazing composer who manages to squeeze a lot of beauty into very spare arrangements. You did a great job of controlling the very slow tempo effectively. As you pointed out, though, the memo recorder was not kind to the dynamics of the piece.
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 05:13 PM

Originally Posted By: wouter79


the Legacy course?



http://www.learnandmaster.com/piano/


Posted by: KeemaNan

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 05:27 PM

Originally Posted By: Starr Keys
7. KeemaNan - I saw the Draughtsman’s Contract and don’t remember the story at all, but I do remember this music. I can’t comment on technique on this level. All I can say is you’ve inspired me to want to revisit the Inventions. Since playing Bach was the most traumatic part of my childhood piano lessons, that’s saying a lot about your playing.

Starr Keys, thanks for your kind words... if you are revisiting the Bach inventions, be sure to check out bluekeys' Bach Inventions thread.
Posted by: Riddler

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 05:45 PM

Originally Posted By: jazzwee
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21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance
Gutsy of you to try Dolphin Dance smile I think this took me a whole year to figure out. You did a nice job of figuring out the voicings since this is not that obvious. Did you have a source or just self study?


Thanks. In this case I didn't have any help on the voicings. Recently I've been practicing spread voicings and upper structures, and I'm really obssessed with those 11th voicings where RH plays b3, b7, and 11, and I managed to work these things into the arrangement.

TO OTHERS WHO COMMENTED ABOUT MY BAND:
They are alive and well, laugh and I will pass on your greetings and concern for their well being. I've been taking a break from using Band In A Box and other backing tracks, to concentrate on arranging standards and jazz songs for solo piano. It's fun and interesting, and I'm definitely learning useful stuff so I think I will continue on this course for a while.

Thanks to all for the comments.

Ed
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 05:46 PM

Originally Posted By: Monica K.
08 – mr_super-hunky: I think this is one of your most creative arrangements yet. And those really low bass notes show off your BB at its best… wow Say, weren’t you going to swap it for my A? wink



Yes Monica I will swap, but only for the winter months. My BB is incredible and easily fills a massive room with lots of sound. When I move it into a much smaller setting I tend to blow the roof off quite easily. I don't really have a compatible setting for this tank of a piano when we are in Phoenix for the winter so I will be happy to swap with you until May.

Of course it goes without saying that all moving/shipping costs will be incurred by you (cross country and back....ongoing basis) as this was your idea but we also know it will be worth every penny.

Please p.m. me regarding the details, move dates etc and thanks again for such a great suggestion and offer.
Posted by: FarmGirl

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 06:23 PM

This my last batch.

41. jotur/Cathy Turner – From the clear and steady beats, I can tell you are really good with beats.. No wonder you played for dancers. That’s neat.

42. PhilzPiano – Good job. You captured the melancholy in the piece very well. I have never played this until I saw it on the PW as one of the Chopin pieces to play. I think you got the notes down, right hand dynamics and phrasing very well. It is very good the way it is but if you are looking to improve further, perhaps making this one as your repertoire, watch some spots where left hands chords are not together.

43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite – I love the piece. I always respect anyone who can pay music by the ear so well. Naturally talented. Keep up your good work. Wow, I am hearing a kinda jazzy section right now. You really possess beautiful and warm sound quality. I like it.

44. MegumiNoda – Wow. Your Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2 is very beautiful. I was listening to it like in a dream. Thank you for the beautiful music.

45. Wisebuff – What a beautiful piece. Your played it expertly as well. I did not know any of Tchaikovsky’s piano music before. Thank you for expanding my music horizon.

46. ShiroKuro – Incredible. Lot’s of sunburst indeed. You’ve handled the complex Guitar strum type of the chord and fast notes runs very well. I really like it. It almost sounded like two instruments - a duet of guitar and piano. Excellent.

47. spidaman – Beautifully played capturing that delicate feeling that seem to escape as you get close to it. Have never heard of David Nevue. Now I gotta go out and get one.. Thanks.

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs – Beautifully played. I can close my eyes and see a scene of serenity. Moon lit ocean with flickering waves … Great performance.

49. grotrianer – I think you are too modest. You got all the notes down and played this long piece very smoothly. From your note, it sounds like you are still in the process of polishing this piece. It’s gonna be sooooo awesome since it’s already very good. Please post it after you incorporated your teacher’s comments. I am so looking forward to it.

50. Bunneh – Wow, you played Alkan so well. I heard his pieces are very difficult. You played it incredibly well. I wonder how anyone can play better than this. I loved the piece.

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) – You have done marvelous job on the Prelude. It is such a beautiful piece. You wonderful playing and your comments are very fitting to such great piece.
52. bluekeys – I love your invention. You played it incredibly well. Good balance between left and right. I played this piece in a recital when I first came back to piano (Note - I then quit and for 10 years and restarted 2 years ago). It wasn’t nearly as good as yours. I had a hard time finding spot to breathe. You seem like breathing well since you neither hurried up nor lost balance.

53. custard apple – What a beautiful piece. You sounded very pianistic.

54. TTigg / Steve C – You played it very well. Your playing makes me really appreciate Einaudi. I love the way both sweetness and crispness present in his piece. I can listen to this music forever. Thanks.

55. Copper – I love this piece. It’s so warm and sweet. You played it very musically. Excellent.

56. ddh - Daniel - I love this composer of Les lulus, Alain Lefèvre. I have never heard of him before. What a free and enchanting piece! I cannot believe I have never heard of him. Maybe it’s only me who was not knowledgeable. I am now listening to his music on his website. Wow.. Thanks for expanding my music horizon.

57. mcasl - Oh, what a wonderful Haydn. You gotta all the notes down. I appreciate most of all that you possess incredibly beautiful tones. I heard somewhere that each one of us has different tones. The lightness of touch and your beautiful trills will shine through once you bring this one up to performance level. It’s incredibly good the way it is but I added the comment since I know you are polishing this one up further.

58. edtek – You wrote “I can't believe it took me about 6 months to learn this very simple piece”. Gosh, I cannot believe how anyone can master this in 6 months. I was barely playing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” with 30 min practice everyday. I love your expressions, dynamics and phrasing. It’s great performance. I can see that you are naturally talented.

59. Starr Keys – Wow you arranged it play by ear! Boy, this listening to ABF is becoming really humbling practice. I cannot ever do what you can. Great job. Keep at it. I look forward to your next piece. Thanks.
Posted by: Mike White

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 06:33 PM

I would like to thank everyone who made comments and also compliments on my Piazzolla piece. The kindness of the folks in this group is overwhelming.
Mike White
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 07:09 PM

Another batch, I sure am enjoying everything I hear!!

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach Great job! It's been several years since I've worked on any inventions, and i never played No 7, but your recording reminded me of how much I enjoyed them! Very nice!

32. Undone - Toccata in D minor I love it!! Waaay before I ever dreamed I would one day play the piano, I used to listen to the Tocatta and Fugue album I had, on organ of course, and was always just transported to another place by them. Your recording brought me back to those day, and I really enjoyed it!
Also, I really enjoyed hearing it on piano, although if I played, I bet I'd want to play it with the organ sound too! So, pardon my ignorance, but is this basically the original version, or is it simplified? (ShiroKuro's brain furiously wondering whether she can play this piece...)

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor This is another piece I am not familiar with, but I really enjoyed it, for the starkness or simplicity of it (not to imply that it's simple to play, which I highly doubt!) Anyway thanks for a great recording!

34. Mohan Karthik - So far away Ooh, very nice! I really enjoyed your original piece. If you ever make sheet music, let me know! smile I could also hear the inspiration you mentioned. I enjoyed the transition from the middle part into the end also.

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee Great job with your own arrangement! And congratulations on your first improvised piece! Some day I may join you, but I'm not holding my breath! smile

36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze I am actually not familiar with this music, but hearing your lovely performance of it, and then reading your description of other versions of it, I want to listen to those too. (But only after I listen to the rest of the ABF recital smile P.S. I had to laugh at your husband not recognizing the flute version! My husband recognizes all my pieces, when I play them of course. But he said it's a little weird since most of them he doesn't know the name or composer etc.

37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture Great job at perservering through a piece you didn't like! Wow! I have to admit, I hope you'll return to this piece, after you've forgotten the whole thing, and then play it again. Of course, partly that's because I just love Christmas music, and you are clearly up to the demands of this piece. But also, there's a pianistic reason as well. The second time around, the difficult parts probably won't be so difficult, and you may discover that the "busy" parts are what makes the piece fun! In the meantime, congratulations on recording it before you took it off your play-list!
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 08:54 PM

Originally Posted By: ShiroKuro

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee Great job with your own arrangement! And congratulations on your first improvised piece! Some day I may join you, but I'm not holding my breath! smile

Thanks for the compliment! I highly recommend joining me in this new journey of improvisation though! I found it more enjoyable and more fun than any piece I've played before and I was more proud of the work because it was something I created. I just really don't know where to go with this improvisation now. My music theory isn't that great so not sure really what to do. smile
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 09:19 PM

Just wanted to let everyone know my abf21 CD is getting a lot of airplay in the car. When I turned on my car, Todd Vance's piece was playing, and I thought to myself, "which cd is this?"--figuring it was one of my Argerichs or something like that, it didn't occur to me it was the effort of a so-called beginner.

Also, been listening a lot to Bunneh's piece and the Scriabin (LaValse) is really growing on me as I know what to anticipate. These recitals are one of the coolest things evah. Also, Grotrainer, although your playing was obviously quite refined, one realizes that on initial inspection, your piece is much more compelling than one realizes at first blush.

I want to give a whole new round of compliments, but I fear I'm stretching the policy limits of ABF netiquette on gratitude. grin
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 09:30 PM

hawgdriver: I Don't think anyone is going to mind if you want to compliment someone again or a group of people 3 or 4 times. It just encourages people to play more! I wouldn't worry about policy limits :)People will know you really enjoyed the hard work they put in the song!
Posted by: custard apple

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 09:42 PM

This afternoon I wish to thank FarmGirl and MaryBee for your nice comments on A Time for Love.
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 10:02 PM

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante Great job! This is not a piece I am very familiar with, but I enjoyed listening to your rendition of it!

39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935 You included some criticisms of your playing in your introduction of this piece, but I really enjoyed it!! I thought it was just wonderful to listen to, and it ended much too soon! Great job!

41. jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace Great job! I can see why you wanted to play this arrangement. It's neat to play an arrangement by someone you know (even if it's internet-know). Also, I didn't know you were doing a tune-a-month, that is fantastic! And you certainly are off to a fantastic start with January's piece! I hope we'll hear more!

42. PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4 YOu have a very solid performance here. When I played this, I used more pedal than you are. I suggest that you do a search on You Tube and listen to all the different performances of this prelude. You'll notice a wide range of tempos (ok, tempi for the grammar-police), and widely differing interpretations. Pick the one you like the most, and the one you like the least (that part's actually important too!) Listening to those two should help you figure out how [i]you[i] want to play it. And just because something's not written on the score (e.g. pedal or expressive elements) doesn't mean you can't add them yourself. Follow your ear and you should get even better results than you have right now! And definitely share another recording with us in the future! Keep up the good work!

43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel Very nice!!! I don't know nearly as much Piazzolla music as I'd like to, so thank you for adding to my collection. Really interesting piece and great playing!

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement Good job with the recording. It sounds like you have this music in a really good play, so that is something to be proud of. My personal preference is for this movement to be played much more slowly. You may not agree with me, but I would recommend you try to slow it down and see whether you like what you can do expressively with the music at a slower tempo. Also, if you find parts of the melody difficult, try to do some comparative listening on YouTube, or any recordings you might own. As you listen, follow along with your sheet music, and this should help you feel the melody better. You clearly have the notes in your head, and in your fingers. That means you are ready to make the music your own.

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto I was definitely not bored, I loved every minute of your playing! A very, very nice performance. I didn't know this was called the Little Pathetique. Maybe I should try it, although I have no doubt it's very challenging. I recently heard someone play the 2nd movement of the Moonlight Sonata (yes, the one that's Presto). She didn't play it presto, but it was still impressive and the music is just so compelling. But I have no doubt that I am no where near the level needed to play that movement. So maybe I should start here. What do you think? Erm, so I'm using my comments on your recording to ask advice for myself. That's got to be a major breach of etiquette!! It's just that you have inspired me tackling this piece, which has its own challenges, and which you are clearly able to conquer. I hope you'll share another movement or another piece by Beethoven with us soon!

50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisième Recueil de Chants, op. 65. Wonderful performance! I can see why you fell in love with the piece, and your love of the music comes through in your playing. Very nice!!

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' Very nice performance! I can hear that you really love the music and love playing it. I have to confess that I didn't all of your comments, because I was just enjoying your playing, which was really very nice. I look forward to more recordings from you in the future!

52. bluekeys - Invention #13 Wonderful performance of this Invention! I have really enjoyed all the Bach in this recital. Your command of the Invention is really nice and just so pleasing to listen to. And it certainly didn't sound too slow. Though I never got my Inventions up to the speed I hoped for. You mentioned fingering, and I found that to be of upmost importance with Inventions. (Actually it was part of the reason I changed teachers way back when, because a former teacher was just horrid at teaching fingerings, and the teacher I found to replace her with was amazing. I learned so much from her, and I thought her approach to teaching the inventions was fantastic. sorry for the digression!) Anyway, are you working with a teacher? I never worked on an Invention without the guidance of a teacher, and I always checked my fingerings with my teacher before I commited them to memory. Teacher or no, you might find that the tempo jumps up if you forget it and re-learn it later. In anycase, I thought you played this invention very well!


54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni Ooh very nice performance of this fabulous Einaudi piece! Wonderful! Also, your recording sounds really nice! I haven't watched your YouTube video yet, but am looking forward to it given how great your performance is and how nice the recording sound is. Listening to you play this piece just carried me away. Sigh. smile

55. Copper - Lullaby Perfect! Really nice job!

56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails) I am not familiar with this composer or his music. But I really enjoyed your performance and especially enjoyed reading the composers introduction of the music. Thank you for sharing this with us!
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 10:22 PM

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante - I'm so familiar with the first movement of this because of its popularity, I don't think I've ever heard the 2nd movement! So, thanks for getting me up to speed on what I've been missing out on. Great job too, we're always our own worst critic, and I honestly didn't notice anything off - you must of just rolled right thru those without missing a beat. It sounded great - yay Zoom H1! grin

37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture - Great arrangement and playing. You have a great dynamic range on your piano. I think I can only get between ff and f on my upright, but some parts of this piece you played so delicately and other times you were jammin' - excellent!

36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze - I don't know where I've heard it, but parts of this sound familiar to me too. And forgive your husband - us guys are pretty dense most of the time. It's a beautiful piece. I enjoyed listening, thought you really balanced the left hand very well, thought and your piano sounds great!

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee - Great arrangement and use of rubato. It shows that you really enjoyed playing this!

34. Mohan Karthik - So far away - Excellent composition. Amazing that you're doing this sort of stuff in such a short period of time!

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor - You always play so beautifully. No technical feedback from me - just slack-jawed appreciation of your ability. Your piano sounds terrific!
Posted by: ddh

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 10:39 PM

My first comment for this recital will be for #51 Hawgdriver (Leon);

One word: STUPENDOUS. Then again, I'm sure you spent the entire 15 months on that piece to be able to play it this well. Bravo Leon!

Keep this to yourself: "I'm jealous"

Cheers
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 10:41 PM

32. Undone - Toccata in D minor - The local classical radio station's DJ always refers to J.S. Bach as "the big guy". No doubt - he was ahead of his time. You really captured the essence of this masterpiece well!

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail - Hehe, a blast from the past. I'll have to get this movie for my kids. Great job!

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach - Man, those inventions are tough. I always get distracted with other pieces when trying to learn one (my way of copping out). I thought you did terrific with this one, and your piano sounds great. Yay Zoom H1!

29. serge88 - Your Song - Great job - I was tapping my foot throughout!

28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust) - I keep saying at these recitals that I'm not a big Schumann fan, but you folks keep bringing out stuff that I've never heard and really like from him - this one included. Really beautiful, and great recording quality!
Posted by: TTigg

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/19/11 11:04 PM

Originally Posted By: Monica K.

54 – Ttigg: Yay! Another Einaudi piece! Hope it’s just the first of many from you. I loved your video; seeing the photos from SF interspersed with your playing reminded me of the first Einaudi concert I went to there. smile

Thanks Monica! I'm glad you liked it, yeah I was kind of thinking of San Francisco since that's where me and wifey met and also where we saw Einaudi too (2nd time). Since you've had first hand experience playing this I'm glad I did it justice smile

Originally Posted By: FarmGirl

54. TTigg / Steve C – You played it very well. Your playing makes me really appreciate Einaudi. I love the way both sweetness and crispness present in his piece. I can listen to this music forever. Thanks.

Thanks, yep he's very addictive for sure!

Originally Posted By: ShiroKuro

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni Ooh very nice performance of this fabulous Einaudi piece! Wonderful! Also, your recording sounds really nice! I haven't watched your YouTube video yet, but am looking forward to it given how great your performance is and how nice the recording sound is. Listening to you play this piece just carried me away. Sigh. smile

(makes me smile inside) thanks so much!
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 07:38 AM

Originally Posted By: Jazzwee
As far as playing it, see if you can have a less harsher touch on the piano. Perhaps some technique building could help that.

Thanks for the advice. I know I have a lot of work to do on my technique and hopefully I’ll slip some exercises in from time to time, but part of the reason I play the way I do is having been so traumatized by traditional piano lessons as a child.

When I was 7 or 8--just before I started taking lessons—I had the most joyful experience of my life at the piano when I composed a score for an entire musical and then staged it for the neighborhood. But I got the message after that that my piano teachers and father didn’t want me to play by ear and I guess forgot that I ever could and never tried again. I feel it was something I was always meant to do but missed the boat on since, the kicker is, I grew up in a house listening to someone do it for hours every day. My father played entirely by ear. He always felt he missed out never having the opportunity to take lessons (a less naturally gifted sibling got them instead) and he probably believed the teachers that it was no substitute for a proper musical education because of his own sense of inadequacy about it.

I’m finally starting to get back to it and so right now the most important thing is to be able to use the piano as a creative outlet. Maybe one of the reasons my touch is so harsh is that I was so angry most of time I was taking those lessons and once I get some of my own creative ideas out of my system, it will begin to soften of its accord.:)

Starr
Posted by: ragnhildK

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 09:38 AM

Just two comments :
19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme
Lovely piece - and your playing is exquisite.
43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel
I love this Piazolla tango - even if the piano version can not compare with the original for violin, bandoneon etc. Seems like you enjoy to play it too. Where did you find the sheet music for piano solo ?

Ragnhild
Posted by: cgyan

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 09:50 AM

Finally had a chance to get some serious listening done. As usual the standard is just terrific so well done everybody that took part and gratitude to those few people who make this recital possible. smile
First batch of comments:

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3
A charming piece, it's clear the amount of work that went into it from how comfortably and confidently you played it.

02. wouter79 - the entertainer
What would an ABF recital be without a bit of Joplin ....? Nice clear recording made the phrasing and dynamics pop out.

03. Peyton - Angel
A touching and moving piece, I really felt the emotion you were trying to convey. The last 90 secs or so played in the higher octaves really touched me.

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen
A delightful and elegantly performed piece.

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1
Wonderful performance, I completely got drawn into it and lost in the melody so much so that I was disappointed when it finished.

More to come...
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 11:03 AM

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2

Playing any Chopin Waltz is a major accomplishment in my book and you picked a good one, so my hat is off to you. You have this pretty well in hand, so now refinement is all that is left to do and you can do that as you enjoy this one for many years to come. Good work Todd.

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto

There is much to Beethoven that I still need to explore. I was listening to this and was surprised to see it was composed by Beethoven. Nicely done and thanks for the intro.

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three

Very pretty playing Glen. I liked the upbeat swing of the second idea, although the third idea was pretty special.

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya

I like the first part of the medley. It has a resounding bass line and it is one of those tunes that will run though you head for the rest of the day. Good job.

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme

Interesting music Mati. Amazing you were able to learn it such a short period of time. The flourish toward the end sounded really good with the Garritan Steinway Standard (is that the software replicate sound you are using?)
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 12:28 PM

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade

Not much winter going on here right now but this was very easy to listen to just the same.


21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance]

That first chord grabs your attention and your play keeps it the rest of the way. Nice job Ed.

22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em

Welcome to the ABF recital JB,very pleasant playing. However, getting this at the second take will hardly qualify for "paying your red dot dues." None the less, congratulations- well done!

23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!)

Ahh yes, I remember it well. Perhaps a bit more simple version than the one you are playing here. Delightful, just the same. Good job!
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 12:53 PM

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4
So hauntingly beautiful, LaValse. I have never ventured toward Scriabin, perhaps I should. I enjoyed this very much.

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are

I tried to anticipate the direction you were going with this, and must admit I got left in the dust a couple of times. Some nice runs Jazzwee.

26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads

Walt, good job on this JD song, I enjoyed listening.

27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man)

Bill, I was looking forward to listening to this when I saw the lineup. You rocked it! Very nice piano playing as well.
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 01:17 PM

29. serge88 - Your Song
I like this arrangement of and old favorite of mine. Very nice!

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach

Intense. I can see how getting a clean recording could be difficult. This was certainly acceptable in my book.

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail

Nicely done Augustina. As you point out tempo needs a bit of work. Perhaps, the page turning slows you down and you are compensating by speeding the tempo.

32. Undone - Toccata in D minor

Undone, this was very well done. (did I just say that) Very dramatic piece. Sounds to me like someone has been practicing. I think piano was the right choice, excellent!
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 01:44 PM

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor
Wonderfully paced and expressed, LA. I very much enjoyed listening to your performance.
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 02:51 PM



And finally the last batch. I must say that the "10 a day" method is very easy and not burdensome at all. Maybe next time I'll try 20.


51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' Leon this was a very special performance in that I could feel how well you intended to play this (which you did). The dynamics were absolutely fantstic, especially that you didn't have any clipping in the forte sections. Bravo.


52. bluekeys - Invention #13 Way too tricky for me to ever play but I enjoyed your performance nontheless. I was impressed with your technical ability on this piece. Great job.


53. custard apple - A Time for Love That was a lovely performacne custard apple and I especially loved the classic sound of your piano as well. Very warm and mellow. Nice job.


54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni I'm going to subtract a few points as this piece is so beautiful it's almost cheating. Good thing you played this at a level that is compatible with the beauty of the piece. Nothing short of excellent!


55. Copper - Lullaby Wow Cu, let's be honest, your performances have always sounded good; but not this good! Everything was done perfectly so how about next time a little more? Your progress is very noticeable but as I've said I'm wanting a bit more.


56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails) Nice performance Daniel. I can hear how carefully you are hitting each and every note trying to submit a beautiful performacne and it worked. Keep up the good work as it is showing in your performances


57. mcasl - Hob XVI:6, Sonata in G major, 1st mov. Nice job with this piece, especially the technically tricky parts. You seem to have very good control overall. Those trills are not easy to do.


58. edtek - Winter Twilight Hey way to go edtek. I'm not familiar with this piece but you certainly played it well. Looking forward to hearing more from you in the future.

59. Starr Keys - Kiss from a Rose Kudos to you for even attempting this piece as it sounds pretty tricky; especially the spreads between the highs and lows. Your pianos upper reigister sounded especially nice. Good job.
Posted by: ddh

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 02:57 PM

It seems that every recital is better than the previous; thanks to all that organize it; it means a lot to me and helps me stay focused on my pianistic goals.

Some more comments: i listen in iTunes on random so...

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto You, sir have a very musical touch, which is necessary to make me appreciate music from that period. I applause your dexterity as well. Well played indeed.

52. bluekeys - Invention #13 Ah, Bach ! I love to hate him; your rendition was quite precise; one could discern the different voices all the time and your rhythm was impeccable. Beautiful job.

42. PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4 Chopin always offers a variety of ways in which one can stumble and a truly rewarding music experience to he who can avoid them. Well done.

22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em Martin, you have a well controlled and soft touch; this makes your music very enjoyable; well done indeed.

43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike WHite - Milonga del angel Thanks Mike for bringing more Piazzola to the recital. You capture so well the mood of his music. Beautiful rendition. Muchas gratias amigo.

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3 Sweet indeed and very well played. Bravo and thanks for sharing.


More to come
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 03:06 PM

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are - decent improv jazzwee - interesting take - would like to have heard the song's melody just a little more though.

26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads - Walt, nice interpretation on this classic from JD.

27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man) - good job Bill - excellent accompaniment as usual.

28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust) - pretty nicely done S&W - enjoyed this 7 may try it myself someday.

29. serge88 - Your Song - one of my favorite EJ tunes - sweetly done & throughly enjoyable - liked this alot!

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach - sounded almost jazz-like - interesting interpretation.


more to follow...

JF
Posted by: ddh

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 04:09 PM

Cathy Turner, WiseBuff, Inlanding (Glen), BenPiano, Augustina, Andy Platt, Leon, CMohr, KeemaNan, MartinJB, jazzwee, CarlosCC, LaValse, TTigg (Steve C), casinitaly, Cheryl, BillM, TX-Dennis, Wouter79, Edtek, Undone, PhilzPiano, MaryBee, Monica K., FarmGirl, ShiroKuro, Mr. Super Hunky.

Thank You all for taking the time to comment on my modest offering. Even though I am well aware of all my shortcomings, your comments fuel my desire to continue and improve to better my contribution to the next recital.

A few thing:

FarmGirl, don’t feel bad about not knowing Alain Lefebvre; he is mostly known for his carreer as a concert pianist. He has produced only two CDs as a composer and is mostly known in Quebec (the province).

Cathy, when played at tempo it is bouncier. My slow fingers just could’nt do it justice, this time around but I will keep on trying.

Monica and Andy; I will not tell Alain Lefebvre that You might consider his music «New Agy» this time. But beware if it happens again.

Thank you all again; handshakes for the boys, hugs and kisses for the girls.
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 04:33 PM

21. Riddler/Ed - Boy, your parents sure did get their money’s worth with those piano lessons. Classic arrangement. Very cool jazz reminiscent of the first I ever heard in early 60’s films arranged by people like Peter Nero. I don’t write down my arrangements, but maybe I should. Do you have a program write them out from a midi or digital recording. What program do you use?

22. Martin - Very nice piece. Flowed well with lovely contrasts of dynamics. I think you’re very talented. Seems like another case of lesson money well spent.

23. Hoffy - I don’t usually hum classical pieces after I hear them but I found myself absentmindedly doing just that this time. I don’t think I ever did that when I was assigned things like this as a kid. Maybe I should have. It might have helped with the trilling which I never seemed to master. Think I’ll try this by ear just as in exercise in improving my trilling technique. Yours doesn’t need any improvement [thumbs up]

24. LaValse - Well, you certainly live up to your name. Beautiful Scriabin! Felt like I was being swept into a spiraling vortex coming to rest like a leaf on the void. Think you’ve got a handle on that polyphony. Looks like an interesting Blog. If I ever finish commenting on the submissions, I might revisit it.

25. JazzVee - “the idea was to be more melodic while maintaining a good rhythm and groove.” Since I actually found myself singing and nodding to rhythm at the same time, I’d say you succeeded.

26. Wj3/Walt - You clearly can play and read music, but I wasn’t sure, since I’ve heard some people play phenomenally well here after less than a year, whether “4+” meant you’d been playing four months or four years. If the latter, and you favor popular music over classical, IMO, it’s time to move on from truly bad sheet music arrangements and try to harmonize songs yourself. If that's what you're doing here, kudos to you for beginning to venture out. If not, you could use the sheet as a base, then listen to some other piano players do the song on Youtube and see if you could improve it using your ear, because no matter how well you learn to play, you’re never going to sound very good if the arrangement is terrible.

27. BillM - I always dreamed of being able to sing and accompany myself this way, instead of by playing sheet music which 1) makes it hard to concentrate on the vocal production and phrasing because of the preoccupation with reading and 2. The bland generic style of most pop sheet music doesn’t usually foster a heartfelt interpretation of the lyrics. Also, the way you’re able to do a piano solo in the middle of the song is like singing with a group or orchestra, and you do it so well and so freely. I’m not sure if you are improvising as you read a chord chart or whether you are reading music you’ve arranged and filling out what you see on the sheet but either way it feels fresh and perfectly supports your vocal style and interpretation.

Originally Posted By: BillM
This is one of my favorites from the recital. I love your play by ear arrangement and moving performance.


Thank you. This says it all about my feeling about your performance as well.

28. Strings & Wood A lovely piece. The image I got listening to it was of a fall leave swirling and twirling on the wind. Very nice tone and articulation of the melody for me. Thank you.

29. Serge 88
Originally Posted By: serge88
I started with simple sheet music and made it my own.


You certainly did! And still did justice to the original. I really enjoyed it and taking the trip down memory lane with you. Thanks.

30. Paquijote Wow, just under two years? Seems amazing to me that you could master Bach at that speed so quickly, but then this whole recital has been a series of amazements for me.
Posted by: TTigg

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 06:25 PM

Originally Posted By: mr_super-hunky

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni I'm going to subtract a few points as this piece is so beautiful it's almost cheating. Good thing you played this at a level that is compatible with the beauty of the piece. Nothing short of excellent!

Thank you very much Mr S&H - although now you've got me pondering what points you subtracted smile
- SC
Posted by: Riddler

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 07:39 PM

Originally Posted By: Starr Keys
21. Riddler/Ed ... Do you have a program write them out from a midi or digital recording. What program do you use?...


For the solo piano arrangements I've been doing lately, I've been writing them out, note by note, on the computer screen, using software called Noteworthy Composer. It's not very sophisticated, but it's cheap and user-friendly and prints out a very readable copy. Best of all, it plays back in midi, so if I make a mistake with accidentals or timing, I hear it and correct it.

Writing out an arrangement is a bit tedious and time-consuming, but I've found it to be quite educational.

Ed
Posted by: MartinJB

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 07:48 PM

Originally Posted By: Strings & Wood
22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections EmWelcome to the ABF recital JB,very pleasant playing. However, getting this at the second take will hardly qualify for "paying your red dot dues." None the less, congratulations- well done!
Thank you. I know that’s not fair, I’ll probably pay for it big time on the next one.
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 07:53 PM

Originally Posted By: Ed
I've been writing them out, note by note, on the computer screen, using software called Noteworthy Composer. It's not very sophisticated, but it's cheap and user-friendly and prints out a very readable copy. Best of all, it plays back in midi, so if I make a mistake with accidentals or timing, I hear it and correct it.

Writing out an arrangement is a bit tedious and time-consuming, but I've found it to be quite educational.


Thanks, Ed, I started writing out cadences for my self-directed voice leading study, and I've also found it to be helpful but tedious, so a program like this will probably be good for that. However, since I already have a couple of arrangements on recordings all ready worked out, I am hoping to find something that could transcribe them automatically from a recording should I forget what I did on them.

Starr
Posted by: Serge88

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 10:20 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments, I'm listening to the recitals right now, my comments will follow tomorrow. I can't believe we're getting so good.

Serge
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 10:30 PM

27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man) - What an appropriate song for these perilous economic times!

I know I always tell you that I'm amazed at your ability to play and sing at the same time, but this time, I have to say, although your singing is great, you have some serious piano chops! The fact that you did this by ear, and that solo in the middle was brilliant. Us mortals are in awe!

26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads - Great restraint throughout this piece to maintain the relaxed tempo and not rush it. Well done!

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are - I don't know how you do it, but I like it. You get better and better every time I hear you!

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4 - I finally got to this one - I've been chomping at the bit! I heard someone I subscribe to play this on you tube, and I had to learn it as a result, and then a recital entry no less - what a popular piece.

But wait, it was your you tube channel that I heard this on! You really play this beautiful piece well. So well, that you inspired me to sort of learn it when you first posted it - thank you!

23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major) - No, it's not overdone here. Excellent pacing throughout, with trills and everything. Really well done - welcome back to piano!
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 10:54 PM

22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em - Fortunately for us beginners there is beautiful piano music at all levels - this is one of them. Excellent playing and great first recital submission!

21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance - Excellent arrangement Ed, loved it!

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade - How appropriate - I just got a bunch of snow dumped on me today! Hopefully the warmth from your piece will help melt the snow a little faster. Well done on this creative composition!

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme - Learned this piece for a woman? I guess there is no better motivation than that! smile That big arpeggio is sick - you nailed it! Well done, I hope your female friend enjoyed your hard work!

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya - I especially liked Bye-ya, very groovy. Great playing!
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 10:58 PM

Help!!!! It's taking me hours to listen to the recital because I can't get stuff downloaded, or it downloads so slowly! Sometimes I can get two or three, slowly, before I have to sign off the internet and sign back on to get anything to download.

I'm on a PC with Windows XP, and, don't laugh, internet explorer. Any ideas?

Here's a few more I've had the luck to hear in the last couple of hours:

5. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Lovely. You get better every recital, and more musical.

8. mr super-hunky - Great Gig Love that bass smile

21. Riddler - Dolphin Dance This was a real pleasure to listen to. Nicely felt and presented. I listened twice, just to give myself a nice break.

37. FarmGirl - Christmas overture I really enjoyed this. I hope by next season you feel you can come back to it - it's perfect music for a party!

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee I was looking forward to this other old favorite hymn. Congratulations on doing your own arrangement - I enjoyed it.

12. John Frank - Waltz Medley You are another who is getting better all the time. The second waltz was my favorite - it had a lightness that was closer to making me want to waltz.

18. Ken. - Monk Medley You have the groove, man. The first peice was "cool", and the second terrific - you have a great sense of rhythm.

Thanks everyone, I'll try to get more in, but I get pretty discouraged waiting for the load frown

Cathy
Posted by: TTigg

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 11:03 PM

Originally Posted By: jotur
Help!!!!
Cathy

Cathy,
Can you not just listen to them on the online "streaming" player? I've never downloaded the songs just used the player but of course this would only work if you're planning on not listening to them offline.
- Steve
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 11:04 PM

Originally Posted By: jotur
Help!!!! It's taking me hours to listen to the recital because I can't get stuff downloaded, or it downloads so slowly! Sometimes I can get two or three, slowly, before I have to sign off the internet and sign back on to get anything to download.


Have you tried downloading the zips? I used the streaming player which worked fine for me ... both at home (relatively slow broadband) and work. FYI, no laughing over IE ... I use it by choice.

Andy.
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 11:06 PM

Originally Posted By: jotur
Any ideas?


Road trip! Travel the globe and hear everyone live - it might consume less time! grin
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 11:13 PM

ABF Road trip = best idea ever! grin
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 11:18 PM

Originally Posted By: ShiroKuro
ABF Road trip = best idea ever! grin


Dibs on hosting Colorado! laugh
Posted by: Augustina

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 11:19 PM

I love Colorado!:)
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 11:20 PM

Well, I do like the road trip idea!

I can try the online streaming - I've just been so wedded to the idea of not having to listen in sequence that I hadn't tried it laugh Nothing like being close-minded, huh?

But I'll give it a try tomorrow evening - do you have to keep track of whose piece is playing so that you can comment? (That's the Luddite in me asking. . .)

Andy - thanks for the IE reassurance smile

Cathy
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 11:26 PM

But I'll give it a try tomorrow evening - do you have to keep track of whose piece is playing so that you can comment? (That's the Luddite in me asking. . .)

Yes, it will save you embarrassment when hacking complimenting the wrong person's piece.
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/20/11 11:28 PM

Cathy..(disclaimer, I'm a computer dummy)

Do you have your computers automatic settings to defragment and empty your temp internet files on a regular basis? I didn't and after changing that I noticed a big difference.

If you need top notch anti virus protection you may want to read the reviews of Kaspersky as they seem to be the best of the best.

Also, I always keep my restore disc handy when things get really bad. I'm not sure if it is bad to use it many times but I've restored a computer (back to all factory original settings) several times before with complete success.

Remember I am basically computer illiterate but these things have always worked for me.
Posted by: MartinJB

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 12:09 AM

Originally Posted By: jotur
Help!!!! It's taking me hours to listen to the recital because I can't get stuff downloaded, or it downloads so slowly! Sometimes I can get two or three, slowly, before I have to sign off the internet and sign back on to get anything to download.


(1) Download a program call "winutilities", it's free for 30 days. Run the disk cleaner, registry cleaner and defrag.

(2) Which virus protection program you have? Have you updated and run a scan lately?


(3) Also how much hard drive space you have left. If it's almost max out this will slow your system up, you will need to delete a lot stuff to make room.


If it's still slow let me know.
Posted by: bluekeys

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 12:14 AM

Cathy,
Very slow downloads are more likely to be a problem with your ISP or internet connection than something with your PC, especially if it's a problem that just started recently.

I would suggest going to a site that tests your download speed, such as PC Pitstop. Find out what your actual download speed and see if it makes sense for your internet connection type (DSL, Cable, FIOS, etc). If you have something totally out of whack, such a 50K download speed on a FIOS connection that's supposed to be 15 Megs, you need to call your ISP. It's possible it's just a temporary problem such as an outage in their network, but if it persists, they have the tools to troubleshoot and fix it. Good luck with it!
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 12:19 AM

Thanks everyone for all the input! I'll see what I can do over the next couple of days, but I really appreciate all the advice.

I use AVG Anti-virus, the free addition, and the virus scans run regularly.

I'll check out the other stuff, too. Live and learn - the ABF technical department is a marvel smile

Cathy
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 12:27 AM

I recommend you get Kapersky Internet Security. It might not solve this problem but it will protect your computer from virus attacks and unwanted traffic. Plus it makes it alot safer to purchase items online as well. If you do buy Kapersky in the future, make sure it is Kapersky Internet Security not the Anti Virus version.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 02:20 AM

Road trip eh? So, who's coming over here smile ?
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 04:34 AM

Originally Posted By: BenPiano
Originally Posted By: jotur
Any ideas?


Road trip! Travel the globe and hear everyone live - it might consume less time! grin


You are welcome here in Lisbon, Portugal! smile
Posted by: custard apple

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 05:24 AM

Hi Hunk
I'm happy that you liked the beautiful Bill Evans song and the sound of my piano.
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 07:30 AM

Originally Posted By: jotur
But I'll give it a try tomorrow evening - do you have to keep track of whose piece is playing so that you can comment? (That's the Luddite in me asking. . .)


You can start at any performance ... but, yeah, it will continue into the next piece. There were a couple of times where there were some wonderfully dreamy pieces where I got a shock when it moved on.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 07:47 AM

59- Starr Keys- I enjoyed listening (and watching). That is a great start to your piano journal.

57-mcasl- Ahhh...such a nice start to the morning. there is something so "greeting" about Hayden. As you played I walked around my office, drinking coffee and getting ready for the day. Perfect! Very nice playing!

56- Daniel- What an interesting piece. Very dreamy. I enjoyed it immensely.

53-Custard Apple- Great melody! You sound like yu really have it under your fingers. Another one I could walk around with my coffee listening to all morning.
Posted by: cgyan

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 07:50 AM

Another quick batch...

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682)
I’ve been listening to a few baroque style pieces this last couple of weeks so this really stood out for me. I’m not sure sure how it could have sounded better, I loved the continuous bass line throughout.

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover)
Not being that familiar with Pink Floyd’s catalogue (only listened to Dark Side of the Moon album a couple of times) I have to say that was a sterling performance which you’ve fleshed out from the original really well. The way in the which the chord progression moves from dark to light really helps visualize the title. The resonance picked up on the recording is top notch too (I like resonance maybe a bit too much...).

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch
What can I say? That sounded perfectly played to me. I do like the crisp bass the Roland gives on the low notes. And, wow, you’re one on the lucky ones that gets a take in as little as 3254 attempts....! laugh

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi
Being a self-confessed Einaudite (does that even work? laugh ) I can never hear too many submissions like this. Great work on the dynamics, the easing into and out of sections were fluid and gentle. I know that second section is a bit tough to pull off with both hands having to stretch more than an octave to play their respective parts at different ends of the keyboard but you pulled it off with grace and consistent timing. Would love to maybe see you on YouTube? Yeah, I liked it .... laugh

More to come ...
Posted by: ddh

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 08:10 AM

Originally Posted By: Peyton
56- Daniel- What an interesting piece. Very dreamy. I enjoyed it immensely.


Thank You Peyton, glad you liked it.

Cheers
Posted by: Undone

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 08:16 AM

Originally Posted By: ShiroKuro
32. Undone - Toccata in D minor I love it!! Waaay before I ever dreamed I would one day play the piano, I used to listen to the Tocatta and Fugue album I had, on organ of course, and was always just transported to another place by them. Your recording brought me back to those day, and I really enjoyed it!
Also, I really enjoyed hearing it on piano, although if I played, I bet I'd want to play it with the organ sound too! So, pardon my ignorance, but is this basically the original version, or is it simplified? (ShiroKuro's brain furiously wondering whether she can play this piece...)


Thank you very much for your kind comments ShiroKuro. In answer to your question, I have both the “full original organ version” and the one that I played here which was from Alfred’s Book 3. It would be impossible to play the original version on piano as it calls for both hands and feet (and the separation of notes does not allow for the “foot pedal” section to be simply “doubled up” with the left hand. That said, I think this is a very good and accurate transcription of the organ piece. It’s just a shame that it didn’t go on to include the Fugue.

Undone
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 08:19 AM

Originally Posted By: cgyan
Another quick batch...
(...)
10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi
Being a self-confessed Einaudite souns good smile (does that even work? laugh ) I can never hear too many submissions like this. Great work on the dynamics, the easing into and out of sections were fluid and gentle. I know that second section is a bit tough to pull off with both hands having to stretch more than an octave to play their respective parts at different ends of the keyboard but you pulled it off with grace and consistent timing. Would love to maybe see you on YouTube? Yeah, I liked it .... laugh

More to come ...

Cgyan, thanks for your comment. Believe me that this performance is not as good as I usually get (when I press the button "rec", nerves increase ...).
Youtube: I am seriously thinking to give this "giant" step, just gotta get the camera and time to do so. Thanks for the encouragement.

edit: Einaudite sounds good smile
Posted by: cgyan

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 08:34 AM

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC

Believe me that this performance is not as good as I usually get (when I press the button "rec", nerves increase ...).
Youtube: I am seriously thinking to give this "giant" step, just gotta get the camera and time to do so.


Yeah, you should definitely give it a go, it does kind of get easier every time you record something. I think it was Mr SH who gave a great piece of advice once about just pressing record and then noodling for a while until you kind of 'forget' you are recording. It's just too hard to press record and then expect perfection on take 1. Sometimes I leave mine recording for up to an hour during which time I've popped off to make a cup of tea etc and then I capture an ok take. Works for me ... smile
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 09:47 AM

Originally Posted By: cgyan
Originally Posted By: CarlosCC

Believe me that this performance is not as good as I usually get (when I press the button "rec", nerves increase ...).
Youtube: I am seriously thinking to give this "giant" step, just gotta get the camera and time to do so.


Yeah, you should definitely give it a go, it does kind of get easier every time you record something. I think it was Mr SH who gave a great piece of advice once about just pressing record and then noodling for a while until you kind of 'forget' you are recording. It's just too hard to press record and then expect perfection on take 1. Sometimes I leave mine recording for up to an hour during which time I've popped off to make a cup of tea etc and then I capture an ok take. Works for me ... smile


Great advice! Thanks!
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 10:02 AM

Originally Posted By: ddh
Originally Posted By: Peyton
56- Daniel- What an interesting piece. Very dreamy. I enjoyed it immensely.


Thank You Peyton, glad you liked it.

Cheers


Daniel, how do you like your Pramberger? I have the PG 185 and love it.
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 10:12 AM

Undone, thanks for responding! Re the full organ version, I forgot about the feet!!! I agree with you about the Alfred arrangement, it really does a good job of recreating the organ piece on the piano. I may try to play it myself someday, there's just something so compelling about this piece! Maybe it's because I fell in love with it so long ago, when piano was only a distant dream...
Posted by: ddh

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 10:27 AM

Originally Posted By: Peyton
Originally Posted By: ddh
Originally Posted By: Peyton
56- Daniel- What an interesting piece. Very dreamy. I enjoyed it immensely.


Thank You Peyton, glad you liked it.

Cheers


Daniel, how do you like your Pramberger? I have the PG 185 and love it.


Overall, Peyton, I just love it; the middle section could be a tad smoother to my taste but the high and low sections are perfect for me. I actually bought it for two reasons: the depth and roundness of the bass and the fact that the soundboard was made here in Quebec by Bolduc Piano (OK, the price too wink ). When I first played it, in the store, it was next to a 7' Bosendorfer which I also played. I was so very impressed by the similarity in sound. Of course, the Bosendorfer's sound was a bit rounder but no way worth the 100k$ difference to me.

So, on top of the sound quality, it's a great value. Last weekend, for the second time now, we had the annual recital of my teacher's adult students here, in my piano room. I just love to hear someone else play it. It really sounds even better when you sit on the side, a bit away.

Hope you enjoy yours as much. They are good instruments.

Cheers

Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 10:38 AM

Originally Posted By: ddh
Originally Posted By: Peyton
Originally Posted By: ddh
Originally Posted By: Peyton
56- Daniel- What an interesting piece. Very dreamy. I enjoyed it immensely.


Thank You Peyton, glad you liked it.

Cheers


Daniel, how do you like your Pramberger? I have the PG 185 and love it.


Overall, Peyton, I just love it; the middle section could be a tad smoother to my taste but the high and low sections are perfect for me. I actually bought it for two reasons: the depth and roundness of the bass and the fact that the soundboard was made here in Quebec by Bolduc Piano (OK, the price too wink ). When I first played it, in the store, it was next to a 7' Bosendorfer which I also played. I was so very impressed by the similarity in sound. Of course, the Bosendorfer's sound was a bit rounder but no way worth the 100k$ difference to me.

So, on top of the sound quality, it's a great value. Last weekend, for the second time now, we had the annual recital of my teacher's adult students here, in my piano room. I just love to hear someone else play it. It really sounds even better when you sit on the side, a bit away.

Hope you enjoy yours as much. They are good instruments.

Cheers



LA has a Young Chang/Pramberger grand piano JP-208 and his sounds very good in his recital piece as well.
Posted by: ddh

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 10:56 AM

Originally Posted By: Strings & Wood
LA has a Young Chang/Pramberger grand piano JP-208 and his sounds very good in his recital piece as well.


Yeah but LisztAddict could make a $39 DP sound great laugh
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 10:58 AM

I thought LA had a Pramberger.

A few years ago I had new hammers put into mine. It had been a touch too bright for me and the new hammers softened up the sound quite a bit.

Overall I love it but there are the occasional problems. Right now I'm getting a high harmonic somewhere and sometimes when the top is down I'll get a vibration.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 10:59 AM

Originally Posted By: ddh
Originally Posted By: Strings & Wood
LA has a Young Chang/Pramberger grand piano JP-208 and his sounds very good in his recital piece as well.


Yeah but LisztAddict could make a $39 DP sound great laugh


+1 smile
Posted by: ddh

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 11:05 AM

Originally Posted By: Peyton
I thought LA had a Pramberger.

A few years ago I had new hammers put into mine. It had been a touch too bright for me and the new hammers softened up the sound quite a bit.

Overall I love it but there are the occasional problems. Right now I'm getting a high harmonic somewhere and sometimes when the top is down I'll get a vibration.


When you changed the hammers, did the technician re-voice the piano and soften the hammers or leave them as they where ?

Last year, I had a vibration on the center C. My tech found the trouble in the locking mechanism of the cover, tightened it and no more vibration, thank god.
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 11:06 AM

34. Mohan Karthik - So far away (to do)

Very nice composition. Inspirational influences were there to hear. I enjoyed listening.

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee

This took me back to my boyhood and the old church by the highway. Quite often walking up on a Sunday morning sounds such as this could be heard drifting out into the morning air. That was very nice ladypayne.

36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze

It is a very pleasant sounding piece MaryBee. I thought you did a really good job with this piano version and your piano sang it quite well. I enjoyed listening very much.I did listen to the link (which I agree is beautiful).
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 11:16 AM

Originally Posted By: ddh
Originally Posted By: Strings & Wood
LA has a Young Chang/Pramberger grand piano JP-208 and his sounds very good in his recital piece as well.


Yeah but LisztAddict could make a $39 DP sound great laugh


laugh Without a doubt!
Posted by: epf

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 11:22 AM

Here's my next batch of comments:

21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance Nicely developed accompaniment. Unusual syncopation, interestingly discordant chords -- I'm not sure that this rendition would would be atonal; I'd put it more in the "progressive jazz" category. Nicely done!

22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em This is a great first entry in the recitals! Well done; nice touch, good phrasing and the pedal use seems just right.

23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!) Nice ornamentation! Very jaunty and enthusiasm. Good job.

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4 Well, I'm still not a Scriabin fan. That notwithstanding, you played this very well. Excellent dynamics and pace, there's never a sense of rushing or holding back. I really appreciate the control needed in the final decrescendo.

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are AS soon as this started I felt I was sitting in a jazz bar. Great touch and feel for the piece. This is how I envision jazz, bouncy, nice improvisation around a clear melody. I enjoyed listening to this very much.

26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads Very cleanly played. The only suggestion I would make is to watch the balance between left and right hand. Either make the left hand softer or the right hand harder -- playing them at the same level muddies the piece a little bit.

27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man) Oh, yeah! I liked the piano playing, especially since you picked it out by ear. The jazz riffs are great!

28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust) Hmmm...I must have missed the muttering wink Good job on this. I know it's harder than it sounds, but you played this very well.

29. serge88 - Your Song Wow, it certainly is better than the last effort. This was really good. I liked how it all fit together so nicely.

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach I applaud you tor taking on the Inventions. This requires focus to keep the hands playing different melodies. Very good job.

More to follow...

Ed
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 11:23 AM

Originally Posted By: ddh


When you changed the hammers, did the technician re-voice the piano and soften the hammers or leave them as they where ?



Actually the hammers were so soft we had to voice some of them a bit the other way.
Posted by: cgyan

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 11:31 AM

Boy, can't believe what a talented and diverse bunch we have here.
Some more ....


11. Monica K. - The Meadow
Alexandre Desplat is a name I’ve heard mentioned a couple of times but as yet had not heard so this was a great intro to his music. Some of those chord changes are sublime and the last minute or so with the high notes were achingly beautiful. Thanks, Monica, I think I’ve found a new artist to add to the ever growing list of composers in my jukebox smile

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major
Both pieces were a joy to listen to and always the detailed introduction to the pieces helps us non-classical types better appreciate what we are listening to.

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend
Good solid performance there, Cheryl, that eastern european quality to it is very striking. The Yamaha sounds terrific too, I’ve got my eye on the P, U or B series for the next upgrade (although I would settle for just the pub laugh )

14. CMohr - I Should Care
Such a soothing performance, I listened to this one more than a couple of times. I think you achieved what you hoped to in your description.

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2
A triumph! From only listening I would have guessed you were one of our long term players as you sound so natural with the phrasing and timing. Congrats on a fine submission. smile
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 11:57 AM

37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture

That was quite a production. Did I hear you whisper a "Hail Mary" just as you sat down to play? smile I enjoyed it and please do not say "goodbye" forever to this accomplishment. I would love to hear it again in December when we hold our informal Christmas recital.

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante

Having not the score to follow or the familiarity of the piece to rely on, I was at a loss to find your "flubs". The minor hiccups, did not at all, overshadow the beauty of the piece. Well done Andy.

39. Sideshow/Edwin - Prelude - BWV935

I am not a student of Bach and I am not familiar with this piece but enjoyed listening just the same- accents and all.

40. GlassLove (Christine) - Song of India (arranged)

This sounded vaguely familiar, although I am pretty sure I have not seen the opera. It is a pretty melody and you did a good job with it Christine.

41. jotur/Cathy Turner - Amazing Grace

Very Nice Cathy. I like the harmonizing chord progressions with this arrangement. It has that ole timey gospel feel to it. This will be a keeper for your various playing spots.

42. PhilzPiano - Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4

I know all too well of the pitfalls that this wonderful Chopin piece has to offer. Sometimes I can pull it off and sometimes it is a train wreck. I continue to try and improve this melancholy piece. The fact Chopin liked it makes me want to explore it further. You do a good job of softening the downbeat note. I like the pace. Perhaps a bit more drama @ the climax.
Posted by: Augustina

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 12:54 PM


Originally Posted By: WiseBuff

#31 Augustina. bright and energetic. Metronome work will help even out that tempo.


My metronome on my keyboard doesn't work very well. Before I would listen to the music I was playing before I would actually play it and try and follow the tempo from whatever song I listened to. I just looked up a metronome on Google and found one online:). I'll have to give it a try.
Posted by: ddh

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 02:00 PM

Next up:

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1 Sam, I’ve got to say when I look at your avatar, I see you more like a Grateful Dead/ZZ Top type. But, when I listen to your music, I really feel the heart of a classical musician. One of the more heartfelt pieces of this recital. Bravo and thanks.

Stay tuned for more...
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 02:00 PM

31. Augustina - Nice job! You play well and chose a cool song, but I agree with the poster who said the page turning is getting in the way. Did you know there is a foot pedal that can automatically turn pages working in conjunction with a digital sheet music music program for a little less than $200? -$35 for the basic music reader program and around a $160 for the foot pedal and page turner. I think you’d enjoy yourself much more and so would your listeners if the music flowed without the turning distractions.

32. Undone - Very Impressive! The mistakes were barely noticeable, at least to this adult beginner. You must be a real perfectionist to have even considered not submitting it. Very enjoyable to listen to and inspiring to see so much progress from only three years.

33. LisztAddict - That’s a lovely piece. It sounds like rain, both literal and spiritual. Thanks for sharing. I thought you played it beautifully.

34. Mohan – That’s a beautiful piece and you played it with so much feeling. I see you’ve been at it for less than a year. I’m often struck by how people who write or arrange their own music can progress so quickly with their playing skills. You seem to be a good example of someone like that. I think you have a lot of talent.

35. Ladypayne - That was great LP! You played it with a lot of emotion and I really responded viscerally. Songs like this are great for working on by ear – simple structurally but powerful and with great rhythms and melodies. I don’t know if you did any of modification of the sheet arrangement you used, but I liked what you did whoever arranged it.

36. MaryBee – You’re right this is an absolutely beautiful piece. I like it for Christmastime. I’m not sure I would chose this transcription, however, because of the lack of variety in the left hand. It would be nice to see some of those relentless hymnal-style chords broken up into short arpeggios . Your right hand is very agile with those melodies, though, and I enjoyed listening to you play.

37. FarmGirl – I loved this piece . So much so, I think it would be worth memorizing and/or learning to play by ear. Do you know where I can get the sheet music online? I am very impressed by your playing. I also want to thank you for your generous comment about my arrangement. But I beg to differ about your inability to put together a comparable arrangement. With your playing skills and experience, I think you would just have to take a year or so to learn to use your brain a little differently when you play. If you’re interested , you might check out Learn Piano with Rosa . She was a church pianist for over twenty years so she might suit your target style, and she has tons of videos using different approaches to convey basic ear-playing skills. http://www.learnpianowithrosa.com/

38. Andy Platt - That was delightful, Andy. You must have a good teacher to be able to play an andante Mozart piece like this so well after only 9 months of study. And I’ve heard the piece before but still didn’t notice the flubs. Thank you also for your kind remarks about my piece and for listening twice.

39. Sideshow/Edwin - Wow! This recital is really turning into a Bach Fest! You’re very good and I enjoyed hearing you play such an intricate piece.
Posted by: Augustina

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 02:14 PM

Originally Posted By: Starr Keys
31. Augustina - Nice job! You play well and chose a cool song, but I agree with the poster who said the page turning is getting in the way. Did you know there is a foot pedal that can automatically turn pages working in conjunction with a digital sheet music music program for a little less than $200? -$35 for the basic music reader program and around a $160 for the foot pedal and page turner. I think you’d enjoy yourself much more and so would your listeners if the music flowed without the turning distractions.


Glad you enjoyed my song!Thanks for the tip The foot pedal thing sounds sweet! unfortunately I just can't afford programs like that at the moment. So I'll go with the good ol fashioned Card Board Box suggestion, or tape it to the wall.... I think it was Tx-Dennis that mentioned it to me:) I'll be looking around at those music reader programs though, they sound interesting:)
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 02:19 PM

Hi starr keys! Thanks for the compliment. I actually didnt use any sheet music or a lead sheet. I arranged everything on my own smile
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 04:02 PM

Originally Posted By: Starr Keys
38. Andy Platt - That was delightful, Andy. You must have a good teacher to be able to play an andante Mozart piece like this so well after only 9 months of study.


I do have a great teacher ... but nine months of study understates it because I have played around for years and years. I just never tried to "improve" before ... but it's not nine months from scratch!
Posted by: mcasl

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 07:07 PM

I'd like to thank the rest of participants for their wonderful performances and, specially, those that wrote a comment on my performance.
The recital has been a boost to my motivation once again and your feedback reinforces the effect :-)
I've had a great time listening to you all. Those pieces are the result of many many hours of hard work and you deserve the medals! Congratulations and my compliments!
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 10:14 PM

A few more, and then I'm going to go play my piano smile

7. KeemaNan - A New Ground What a great piece! I love the left hand - you give it just the right amount of emphasis.

11. Monica K. I liked the melody here. And everyone's right - you just keep getting more and more musical.

59. Starr Keys - Kiss I've heard this before, but where? You did a great job picking out the chords and their voicings. Way to go.

24. La Valse - Prelude What a sophisticated little piece this is. I can see it being played at a 1940's soiree, in a black and white movie. Very nice.

23. hoffy - Minuet in G Major One of my all-time favorites. Nicely done, and I really like the definitive ending.

This is my busy time of the year, so keep this thread open, everyone, and I'll post more later in the week!

Cathy
Posted by: LisztAddict

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 11:28 PM

Originally Posted By: ddh
Yeah but LisztAddict could make a $39 DP sound great laugh


That's absolutely the best compliment I've ever received!!! LOL laugh

Thanks ddh!!!
Posted by: ddh

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/21/11 11:51 PM

Well deserved maestro thumb
Posted by: custard apple

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/22/11 05:31 AM

Thank you Peyton. I'm glad Bill Evans could warm up your cold morning in Maine with A Time for Love.
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/22/11 05:46 AM

Originally Posted By: ddh
Next up:

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1 Sam, I’ve got to say when I look at your avatar, I see you more like a Grateful Dead/ZZ Top type. But, when I listen to your music, I really feel the heart of a classical musician. One of the more heartfelt pieces of this recital. Bravo and thanks.

Stay tuned for more...


Thanks. My avatar is a closeup of the Charles Ives stamp. He was a 20th century composer, a real individualist that wrote eclectic music. I can't play any of it, and he's not exactly high on my playlist, but I admire his attitude....

And I sort of look like him when I wear a hat that covers my bald head.

Sam
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/22/11 06:42 AM

Peyton: Thanks for the encouraging words, coming from a master like yourself (at arranging/composing), they made my day.

Originally Posted By: Ladypayne
Thanks for the compliment. I actually didn't use any sheet music or a lead sheet. I arranged everything on my own


LP: I had a feeling this was the case, but I never heard you do it before, and I didn't know you did. In that case it was really great!

Augustina: I can't afford one either, but if I could I'd be afraid it would make it too easy for me to depend on the sheet so I probably wouldn't get one. But if you really enjoy reading, I'd imagine you'd enjoy it a lot more with one of these.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBNQhfCAdCw

Andy, Well that should make a lot of people feel better, me included since I always felt I could never get that much better if I studied ninety years.:)

Jotur: Thank you. You never know if you got it right until someone tells you. I appreciate it.
Posted by: Augustina

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/22/11 10:01 AM

Starr Keys wow that is kind of cool:) ... now I want one;)
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/22/11 10:08 AM

Yup I want one of those page turner things too. lol. Maybe some day :p
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/22/11 10:51 AM

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail - lovely tune & played very nicely with lots of feeling - memorizing will definitely help with smooth execution.

(32. Undone - Toccata in D minor - You make me almost like Bach! Excellently played - lots of controlled drama and well paced - would like to hear you tackle this on a big concert grand.

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor - soft and thoughtful - superb interpretation - why is it with Bach I keep waiting for the main melody to start?

34. Mohan Karthik - So far away - Not bad at all for your 1st composition - you show good promise.

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee - good job on this old, old favorite - well played!

36. MaryBee - Sheep May Safely Graze - MaryBee, very, very nicely done - you did a great job with the melody - this was quite an undertaking for you I can tell and you pretty much kicked it's butt! And thanks much for the video - I have a CD of Emma Kirkby singing Handel arias which is just superb - she has a wonderfully listenable voice.

37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture - commented on this in the Piano Bar.

38. Andy Platt - Mozart Sonata in C (K545) Movement 2 - Andante - Andy, what's not to love about Mozart's work and you did a good job - nice to hear the 2nd movement - only 3 flubbs? Not even worth mentioning.


More to come...

JF
Posted by: grotrianer

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/22/11 04:51 PM

14. CMohr - I Should Care This moody piece immediately transported me from my commuting bus to a lounge in a fancy hotel. Thanks for sharing. Oh, and I am hearing a lot of progress in your playing!

55. Copper - Lullaby Another one of your little gems. Thanks for sharing!

53. custard apple - A Time for Love Back from the bed room to that hotel lounge with that well-played contribution.

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen I always look forward to your pieces, as they often expose me to a composer I am rather unfamiliar with (I do love Strauss as an opera composer, but didn't know much of his other work) and are extremely well played, interesting and entertaining. This time, I am not sure if I should thank you, though, as you inflicted an addiction on me. I spent days checking out all the versions of "Morgen" available on youtube and already tried to convince my chamber music friends to do an arrangement.

56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails) I wouldn't have associated this with children's celebration, strawberry and chocolate. Sounds nostalgic to me, maybe an adult trying to remember how all that felt, but not quite succeeding. I enjoyed it nevertheless!

58. edtek - Winter Twilight I enjoyed this while walking in the twilight of a winter evening. Six months at 10min/day sounds reasonable to me to learn a piece of this level so well with your background. Can you really stand working on only one piece at a time? I know I couldn't. If you find six months too long, maybe the solution is working on simpler pieces?!

37. FarmGirl - A Christmas Overture A very entertaining holiday piece. While some Christmas songs seem to be quite international, others are not, so I had additional fun in finding and naming tho tunes that are more obscure over here. I didn't know that "Greensleeves" is a Christmas song. And the last one ("Oh holy night") will forever conjure up Eric Cartman from "South Park" for me, as his "interpretation" of this song was the first one I heard.

40. GlassLove (Christine) - Song of India (arranged) Nice oriental feel to this song. Thanks for sharing!

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop' I enjoyed the final product as much as witnessing the evolution of your interpretation. After revisiting your "Promenade" from recital 19, I have to say that, while that may have been, in some way, an even more remarkable achievement (as you handled the numerous technical difficulties of that piece, after only a few months of playing, just as well as I remember handling them myself in my late teen years, after close to ten years of playing), I applaud the effort that you put into improving the musicality of a piece with less obvious technical hurdles this time.

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three Thanks for introducing us to your improvising side. An enviable skill, that, and a well-balanced set of pieces.

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are Cool ending! Your talent for improvisation leaves me nearly speechless. I enjoyed this - like your earlier contributions to ABFR - immensely.

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto Really lovely movement, as a listener I prefer this a lot to the movement I tried to play (though to be honest I don't like the first movement of 14/1 too much). Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: grotrianer

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/22/11 05:29 PM

Thanks to LaValse (loved your approach to commenting!), BillM, TTigg, casinitaly, mr super-hunky, ShiroKuro, TX-Dennis, wouter79, Sam S, Edtek, Undone, GlassLove, PhilzPiano, Augustina, MaryBee, FarmGirl, ddh for your attention and your friendly comments.

Originally Posted By: mr_super-hunky

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. Only useful tip....just a bit less silence in the begining as I thought my stereo stopped working until the music finally came.


I'm really sorry about my lazy editing job :-(. You seem to be an impatient guy, though, it's less than two seconds of silence!

Originally Posted By: ShiroKuro

[b]49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto I didn't know this was called the Little Pathetique. Maybe I should try it, although I have no doubt it's very challenging. I recently heard someone play the 2nd movement of the Moonlight Sonata (yes, the one that's Presto). She didn't play it presto, but it was still impressive and the music is just so compelling. But I have no doubt that I am no where near the level needed to play that movement. So maybe I should start here. What do you think?


I'm happy that I could inspire you to want to try that movement. While I can imagine that the Moonlight sonata Presto played slowly is still beautiful - if it's really slow, I think it sounds very much like a paraphrase of the first movement - I think it's better to try something that you can at least hope to get to standard performance speed. That said, I can't think of any Beethoven sonata that doesn't have at least one movement that I'd find easier than the Moonlight Presto. So I guess you have a lot of choice. Starting with the slow movement of 10/1 has the advantage that, once you've mastered it, you stand a good chance of being able to master the complete sonata. Here (http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthrea...ite_id/1#import) is a list with all sonatas, ranked by difficulty.
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/22/11 05:38 PM

Originally Posted By: mr_super-hunky
49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. Only useful tip....just a bit less silence in the begining as I thought my stereo stopped working until the music finally came.


I'm really sorry about my lazy editing job :-(. You seem to be an impatient guy, though, it's less than two seconds of silence!



That's weird. Your right. I even double checked your intro and now it plays fine.

Sorry, my apologies. I just wanted to let you know about the long silence in the begining of your piece but now it doesn't exist. Ooops.
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/22/11 06:09 PM

Grotrianer, thanks for the link! I was mistaken BTW about the Moonlight, the movement I heard was the 3rd movement, not the second. And although she didn't play it presto, it certainly wasn't "slow." But you're right, you wouldn't want to play something that you had no hope of getting to a reasonably close tempo of the standard tempo.

I wonder if playing the first and second of that sonata will prep you for the third the way you describe the sonata you've shared with us... Anyway, between your recording and the performance I heard, I'm sufficiently motivated that I want to talk with my teacher about what she thinks, and how I might structure my practice to work in that direction.
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/22/11 07:10 PM

45. Wisebuff - In Church Op 39 No 24

Nicely played Wisebuff. Grotrian makes a fabulous piano.

46. ShiroKuro - Sunburst

ShiroKuro, sounds like a fun piece to play and a workout to boot. Good job!

47. spidaman - A moment lost

I would say you got your money's worth from a one day effort. Nicely done.

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs - Moonlight Sonata, Op 27 no 2, 1st movement
When I saw your record time I was curious to see how well you kept it together. Tempo stayed pretty consistent. Obviously at this tempo any minor stub will be magnified. Dynamics become harder to control as well, but interestingly, easier to identify. I will sometimes play at this tempo but up an octave. It's fun and gets the fingers loose. Good job, Laura.

49. grotrianer - Sonata in c-minor op.10, no.1: 2nd mvt. - Adagio Molto

To play this sonata with it's many finger pitfalls, error free, would be an accomplishment for sure. Those accelerated runs would be my demise. No need to take sympathy here, I enjoyed listening to you play. Your Sauter is well suited here.

50. Bunneh - Barcarolle, No. 6 from Troisi�me Recueil de Chants, op. 65.

Bunneh, it is a lovely piece and you played it very well. I enjoyed listening.

51. Hawgdriver (Leon) - Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28 #15, 'raindrop'

I have been anxious to hear this one. I know that you spent a lot of time with it, not to mention, recordings- as I watched it slide from position to position as the pre-recital submissions were entered. You have done very well. This is a Chopin favorite for me and someday I will play it.
I like your letter to Chopin and in many ways feel the same. I am amazed that you were able to bring forward the many dynamics of this piece as well as you did, given the severity of your handicapped instrument. wink
Its a keeper- enjoy it for a long time to come.




Posted by: ddh

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/22/11 07:17 PM

Originally Posted By: grotrianer
56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails) I wouldn't have associated this with children's celebration, strawberry and chocolate. Sounds nostalgic to me, maybe an adult trying to remember how all that felt, but not quite succeeding. I enjoyed it nevertheless!


When played at tempo, it is more joyous but retains some nostalgia. My slow fingers don't allow me to do it justice just yet. frown
Thanks Grotrianer, for listening and taking the time to comment.

Cheers
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/22/11 09:23 PM

45. Wisebuff - In Church Oh, very nice, and it has a feeling of reverence.

53. custard apple - A Time for Love very cool, and I love the chords. It's nice to have jazz be a big part of this recital.

9. Pianosaurus Rex - March I love the big chords and the picolo sound of some of the melody. Took me back to marching band smile

25. Jazzwee - ATTYA Sigh. I will have to say you've entered a realm of jazz that I don't understand. On the other hand, you seem to have become pretty fluent! Your hard work is obviously paying off. Congratulations.

26. wj3 - Walt - Take Me Home Country Roads Great selection smile And I enjoyed this version, too.

Before everyone checks out of this thread, thanks to all who commented on my piece. When I've finished listening I'll go thru those thoroughly. But they are much, much appreciated smile

Cathy
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/23/11 12:28 AM

I believe this is my last batch:


42. PhilzPiano - Prelude Very haunting. I like the shading attempts in the left hand - very hard to do in a piece like this. Nice ending, too.

46. ShiroKuro - Sunburst Put a smile on my face from the first bar! Great piece, and played with a lot of confidence. Some fast stuff in the left hand there!

50. Bunneh - Barcarolle Very hypnotic and soothing. Well done.

51. Hawgdriver - Prelude Well done. Nice contrasts in dynamics.

44. MegumiNoda - Intermezzo A larger piece than I can attempt. Nice.

47. spidaman - A moment lost Lovely, lovely. Very soothing.

52. bluekeys - Invention This was wonderful! Faster would have lost much of its charm. Terrific!

55. Copper - Lullaby The perfect ending. Beautifully played. I also like your selections and your playing.

Thanks to the usual crew of originators and implementors of these recitals. One of my favorite times of the year is when these are posted.

Cathy
Posted by: custard apple

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/23/11 06:17 AM

Thank you Grotrianer. Bill Evans' jazz songs seem perfect for the hotel lounge and the small rooms rather than concert halls.

Thank you Jotur. How any human could think of those cool way-out chords is amazing.
Posted by: cgyan

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/23/11 12:34 PM

Some more ...


16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto
This did not sound like an easy piece to play and your years of playing really shone through to provide us with such a good performance.

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three
I’m not a jazz person so I always look forward to hearing these jazz submissions as they are a little different (to me). I really enjoyed the second one, my foot was tapping away smile and the mental imagery I got for the third one was a twig being lashed around in stormy water... strange! Ah, lentil soup and hot tea, a man after my own heart smile

18. Ken. - Monk Medley - Misterioso & Bye-ya
I can see how the first piece could work really well as an exercise. My foot was tapping away again on the second one (Bye-ya), really liked the feel of it. I always assumed I didn’t like jazz but more often that not you guys and gals that submit it are bringing me around one tune at a time smile

19. Mateusz 'Mati' Papiernik - Odin Sphere no Theme
A friend on YouTube recently introduced me to the world of anime and game music and I had no idea there was as much beautiful music in these genres as there is. Well done, Mati, flawless performance and loved how it built in the middle section. Cool reverb too smile Got the sheet dl’d too, thanks for the link.

20. True Beginner - Winter Serenade
Some super chord changes there, just enough complexity to make it interesting but not too much that it becomes confusing. Great title, too, think you were spot on with the mental imagery.

More to follow ...
Posted by: cgyan

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/23/11 06:36 PM

21. Riddler (Ed) - Dolphin Dance
Nice one, Ed, you really brought the melody alive there with that one. Couldn’t fault it in any way.

22. MartinJB / martin - Reflections Em
What a sweet tune, put me in a real melancholic mood. Great stuff for your first recital, Martin, you should be very proud of that.

23. hoffy - Minuet In G Major (BWV Anh. 114 - come on, you all know it!)
I also remember this piece from childhood and always enjoy it hearing it performed especially when done right like this. I liked how you actually performed it, not just playing all the right notes in the right order but injected some feeling into it. Great work on your first recital but now you need to keep the standard up for the next one grin

24. LaValse - Prelude Op 11 No 4
Sounded great, LaValse, there seems to have been a lot of Scriabin knocking around on the forum recently and I’m enjoying them all. You might find some of this piece challenging but it didn’t show, you sounded in full control all the way through smile

25. Jazzwee - All the Things You Are
Performances like this make my head spin (in a good way smile ) as the control of the keyboard was incredible for such a complicated sounding piece (to me anyway). Hats off to you, Jazwee, we’re not worthy.
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/23/11 08:39 PM

52. bluekeys - Invention #13
I dunno sounds pretty fast to me. I guess I just don't get Bach. Just as well, at my age I will never get my fingers to move that fast. Sounds like this is something you want to do, I wish you success in getting there.

53. custard apple - A Time for Love

Some pretty chords and tones there, custard apple.

54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni

Steve you have Einaudi figured out pretty well. Very nice playing.

56. ddh - Daniel - Les lulus (The pigtails)
Daniel, I enjoyed listening to this unfamiliar piece. It's a keeper.

59. Starr Keys - Kiss from a Rose

Starr Keys, this is a great song. If I had an improvisational bone in my body, this is one I would like to tackle. You did quite well with it. Nice job.

55. Copper - Lullaby
Copper, Like jotur I thought this the perfect ending for the recital. Very nicely done!


Thanks to all for their contributions to this 21st recital, it was a great one.
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/24/11 07:49 PM

I'd like to thank Studio Joe again for the arrangement of Amazing Grace I played in this recital. Indeed, the bass notes rumbled! and were one of the many reasons I fell in love with his arrangement. I loved the modulations from F to Bb to Eb (you were right on, ladypayne), and, as several of you noted, the ending.

I have yet to play this piece in public without botching it nearly in its entirety smile I'm going to try again, however, at a charity music marathon Sunday evening. I'm hoping that the fact that it's evening, and not morning (boy, are mornings not my strong point) will make a difference.

Thank you all for your comments on the harmonies and the rhythm and timing, and, much thanks for the pictures smile . A couple of people said they had downloaded the arrangement, so maybe we'll have more in a piano bar or a recital down the line!

Cathy
Posted by: TTigg

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/24/11 09:02 PM

Originally Posted By: Strings & Wood
54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni
Steve you have Einaudi figured out pretty well. Very nice playing.

Thanks smile i've still got some polishing to do but i'm glad to have been able to make it sound good
-SC
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/24/11 09:10 PM

Quote:
I have yet to play this piece in public without botching it nearly in its entirety smile I'm going to try again, however, at a charity music marathon Sunday evening. I'm hoping that the fact that it's evening, and not morning (boy, are mornings not my strong point) will make a difference.


You will get it worked out... break a leg. smile
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/24/11 09:12 PM

Originally Posted By: TTigg
Originally Posted By: Strings & Wood
54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni
Steve you have Einaudi figured out pretty well. Very nice playing.

Thanks smile i've still got some polishing to do but i'm glad to have been able to make it sound good
-SC


Perhaps a duet from you and Monica soon?
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/25/11 12:18 AM

17. Inlanding - Glen - Medley of Three - I always love your jazz. I don't know what else to say! Perhaps, this is like a jazz sonatina, in 3 movements? Something like that. Thumbs up!

16. Joangolfing - Sonata E Major Op.14 No.1 Allegretto - I always love getting a dose of Beethoven's music. Thanks for sharing that with us!

15. Todd Vance - Waltz, in C# Minor Op. 64 #2 - This is a piece I've always wanted to play. Great job tackling this monster!

14. CMohr - I Should Care - Great job with this one. To me, you didn't lose the melody, and I really enjoyed listening!

13. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Gypsy Legend - Wow, that's a great piece! I haven't seen the score, but a lot of folks tend to slow down when the music gets softer and here you slowed as the music got louder, which I think is the proper thing to do. Which is difficult, because we want to do the opposite, but what you did must be proper because it sounded terrific!

12. John Frank - Two Waltz Medley : Waltz in B Minor & Waltz in D Major - Great medley - these two fit nicely together. Great playing and combining - for our enjoyment!

11. Monica K. - The Meadow - Yes, very hauntingly beautiful. Well played - and I'm glad I heard it here because I don't ever think I'll see the movie!
Posted by: TTigg

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/25/11 03:36 AM

Originally Posted By: Strings & Wood
Originally Posted By: TTigg
Originally Posted By: Strings & Wood
54. TTigg / Steve C - I Giorni
Steve you have Einaudi figured out pretty well. Very nice playing.

Thanks smile i've still got some polishing to do but i'm glad to have been able to make it sound good
-SC


Perhaps a duet from you and Monica soon?

smile thumb
- SC
Posted by: custard apple

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/25/11 06:08 AM

Strings & Wood
Thank you for listening to A Time for Love and for commenting.
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/25/11 08:29 AM

40. GlassLove (Christine) – You did a good job of sustaining the tempo; now the next step is to try to shape the phrases with some rubato, which I think of as stealing and making up time, and also by contrasting more soft and low in the dynamics. For 15 months, though, IMO you've made good progress since you made me want to play this beautiful piece.

41. jotur/Cathy Turner I can see how you would be asked to play dancing accompaniment. This is a great arrangement for that and you played it very well.

42. PhilzPiano You play very expressively. Your articulation is good enough so you really don’t need a lot of pedal but my own preference would have been for just a little more – sheet music indicators or not.

43. Yamaha G-3 & P-80 / Mike White You play not only well technically speaking but emotionally, which doesn’t always happen, especially with classical training, IMO. And you are wise enough to chose a sheet music arrangement of a non-classical composer that is actually pretty good. Thanks for the treat!

44. MegumiNoda You make me wish I’d practiced more as a kid. I agree, this is a very lush piece and you are up to its intricacies, but is it my imagination or could that piano use a little tuning? And what is a Chiaki?

45. Wisebuff I’ve never heard this before that I remember, but I haven’t listened to a lot of classical music in years. Even without noticing the title--I just saw the composer--it evoked a sense of reverence and the sacredness of dreams. So, if that affect isn’t doing it enough justice, would you please tell me what would?

46. ShiroKuro This was pure joy to listen to. I think you could play in a theater orchestra. What are you doing in a Beginner’s forum??? I’m not complaining, I don’t want you to go away, I’m just wondering. Thanks for your wonderful music.

47. Spidamann Not usually a big fan of new age music, especially when it’s entirely in a minor key, but you and Monica could convert me. Beautiful phrasing. Thanks.

48. Laura aka ten left thumbs I’ve played this but never at this tempo. Thank you for showing me how its done. Beautiful! I don’t know why there are so many misnomers around here but I guess since the entire forum seems to have one, its kind of an Alice in the Looking Glass world where things are the opposite of what they're called. In the real world you’d be called Ten b-right fingers.

49. Grotrianer I didn’t get bored at all. I think you’re amazingly accomplished for just 2-1/2 years (I mean to have sustained the quality of a performance of a piece like this for 8-1/2 minutes!!!!). And if you are always as careful about choosing pieces for their challenge and ability to stretch without overstretching and then rise as well to the challenge as you did with this one, I can see the reason why.

50. Bunneh - Okay, I see I’m going to have to move Germany because IME I simply don’t see us getting this quality from 2-1/2 years of studies with our teachers here. And what an unusual and wonderful piece! It so impressed me, I looked the composer up in Wikipedia—a Frenchman. God bless Europe!
Posted by: grotrianer

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/25/11 08:43 AM

Originally Posted By: Starr Keys

49. Grotrianer ... I think you’re amazingly accomplished for just 2-1/2 years

grin
Thanks a lot! I should have made more clear in my descripton though that I played a lot in my youth. 2.5 years is just after restarting.
Posted by: Mati

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/25/11 09:21 AM

Hey!

I'd like to personally thank all of you for listening and commenting on my piece smile Thanks, jotur, hawgdriver, Andy Platt, Inlanding, CMohr, BillM, Mohan Karthik, hoffy, Undone, KeemaNan, casinitaly, MartinJB, TX-Dennis, mr_super-hunky, jazzwee, FarmGirl, CarlosCC, TTigg, Edtek, John Frank, PhilzPiano, Starr Keys, MaryBee, epf, cgyan, LaValse, Augustina, GlassLove, BenPiano, Peyton, Monica, String & Woods! I hope I haven't missed anyone smile I really enjoyed your comments and - once again - it really inspires me and encourages to work harder.

To answer some questions that have been brought up along:

Originally Posted By: Peyton

That would take me weeks and weeks to learn and I could never play it as smoothly and with such feeling.


You must be kidding me smile You are, and always have been, technically far beyond me. This piece isn't that hard!

Originally Posted By: Monica K.

The video quality was top-notch, too; what did you use to record it?


I used my Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 17-55/2.8 IS lens, recorded on the tripod with as much lights lit I could come up with in the evening.

Originally Posted By: String & Woods

(...) The flourish toward the end sounded really good with the Garritan Steinway Standard (is that the software replicate sound you are using?)


Thanks! It's Garritan indeed. I must honestly say I begin to dislike this library. Whenever I play on an acoustic piano everything sounds SO much more natural and breathing.

Originally Posted By: BenPiano

Learned this piece for a woman? I guess there is no better motivation than that!


You are spot on. I can't even imagine learning it that fast if it wasn't for that reason.

Originally Posted By: Many have asked

What's the game?


It's not Final Fantasy. The game is called "Odin Sphere" and it was the main theme from the game.

Thanks again!

Unfortunately, I am stuck to a mobile internet connection for a while so I still haven't been able to listen to all your contributions frown I can't wait to download the recital and listen to all these wonderful performances. I promise to comment on each and every one as soon as I will be back on a normal internet connection!


Best wishes,
Mateusz
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/25/11 09:24 AM

51. Seriously, Hawgdriver, 16 months??!! You make me want to shoot myself.

52. Wow, Bluekeys. Now I understand why you’re the one KeemaNan said to see about Bach. Fantabulous (had to make up a new word)!.

53. custard apple If I were going to transcribe anyone, it would be Bill Evans, and this is a particularly gorgeous song from someone who makes every song gorgeous. I loved the harmonies and how you wrung them bells. Very nice job!

54. TTiggs – This reminds me of that old adage about writing: “Write about what you know. “ Translated to music, it would be “Play what you love”…. because doing so has certainly made you a virtuoso. I can’t imagine it being played any better. Great!

55. Copper I recognize that Carl Humphries guy as having written a comprehensive book on how to play and think about piano. Please don’t tell me you are another one of those totally self-taught people, because I don’t know how much I can take.

56. ddh - Daniel Wow, over seven minutes and you maintained your smooth flowing performance! Very lovely piece. Thanks for sharing it.

57. Mcasl – Anyone who can trill as well as you (not only in the right hand but in the left ) while playing multiple notes in the other hand has got to have my respect. I know how much patience this takes trying to learn as a child so I can just imagine how hard it is learning the first time as an adult. You should be very proud of yourself. (Two thumbs up!)
Posted by: TTigg

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/25/11 10:16 AM

Originally Posted By: Starr Keys

54. TTigg – This reminds me of that old adage about writing: “Write about what you know. “ Translated to music, it would be “Play what you love”…. because doing so has certainly made you a virtuoso. I can’t imagine it being played any better. Great!
Just got back from a week long business trip in Dallas & Houston, makes me smile - thanks thumb
- SC
Posted by: cgyan

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/25/11 10:40 AM

Slowly getting through everybody's fine submissions.

26. wj3 / Walt - Take me home country roads
Love a bit of John Denver! You sounded really confident with your rendition so I would guess you have worked hard to learn this smile Good stuff.

27. BillM (formerly b528nf7) - Mr. President (have pity on the working man)
Your submissions are always ones that I look forward to, Bill, I think a lot of us would aspire to have half the ability you possess. Your sound system sounds incredible and is probably even finer in person. Looking forward to the next one smile


28. Strings & Wood - Op. 68, No. 16 (Erster Verlust)
What a wonderful clear recording, I felt every note played smile
It might have taken 20-odd takes but you would never have known, it sounded as fresh as a first take. You clearly knew this piece well as it flowed from beginning to end without hesitation. Nice one smile

29. serge88 - Your Song
Wow, this sounded terrific, a whole band! Nice easy listening feel to it, I could see my myself starting the day listening to this. I also use Garageband to record the audio for the recitals but haven’t tried making a multi-track recording. You might have just inspired me to try ... smile

30. paquijote - Invention No. 7 in E minor - J.S. Bach
I think we’ve all been there when ‘almost good enough’ becomes ‘good enough’! laugh
I listened a couple of times and marveled at your control and, while I’m not a big classical buff, I couldn’t hear any obvious difficulties in your playing so congrats on a fine (and demanding...!) submission smile
Posted by: cgyan

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/25/11 01:47 PM

31. Augustina - Somewhere Out There from an American Tail
This brought back some nice memories from childhood so thanks for doing that! I was humming along all the way through smile

32. Undone - Toccata in D minor
Wow, tough one! Kudos for deciding to do this one. Hmm, piano or organ, that’s a tough one to decide too. A lot of it sounded incredibly powerful with the piano (the crushing bass chords) which I really liked whereas maybe the organ would have suited the other sections where the unsustained keystrokes maybe lost some presence. Am I right in saying Bach was composing before the piano as we know it existed and he composed on the harpsichord or organ? I think the sustain pedal was after him, right? All in all, I think the piano was the right choice and a big pat on the back for submitting it smile

33. LisztAddict - Prelude in b minor
Beautiful, your timing, touch and feel for this music is inspiring. Thank you.

34. Mohan Karthik - So far away
I always love it when a piece of music strikingly tells a story and your piece certainly told the story of the title, Mohan. It was beautifully done, and very much in the style of Einaudi. You’ve set a standard now and can’t wait to hear your next piece smile

35. ladypayne - Nearer My God to Thee
Very nicely done, ladypayne, loved how it built in the middle with the grand crescendo and then tailed off for the ending.
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/25/11 10:48 PM

10. CarlosCC - I Due Fiumi - I have the sheet music for this one, but haven't even looked at it because the cd I have does not have this piece on it. You convinced me to give it a shot. Thanks, and great playing!

09. Pianosaurus Rex / Yannick - Wiener Marsch - Great job with this one. Good to hear it was a big help for you. And yeah, recording is a pain in the butt!

08. Mr Super Hunky - The great gig in the sky (cover) - Wow, yeah, your bass is awesome. And your ability to noodle is inspiring. I listened to the end. grin

07. KeemaNan - A New Ground (Z. T682) - A beautiful baroque piece, I gotta put this on the list! Fabulously played!
Posted by: custard apple

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/26/11 08:25 AM

Starr Keys
Your kind comments are much appreciated. I totally agree with you: A Time for Love has to be one of the greatest of Bill's great songs, and that he could make chords ring like bells with those awesome triads.
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/27/11 02:17 AM

06. cgyan (Iain) - Aria - I couldn't get it for this one, but for your early submission to the piano bar this month, I listened to your entry and your kitty avatar bobbed its head to the time - try it!

Your recital entry is very beautiful, and well played. I know I keep saying it, but it's amazing what you're performing after such a short time. Please, keep it up!

05. Sam Smith - Song Without Words Opus 19 #1 - If this is your fifth M. submission to the recitals, then that would explain why I associate you with these pieces because this is the fifth recital I've participated in.

These really are tough pieces technically, and you keep coming at us every recital with more. You've done a fabulous job with them, and this one is no exception. Well done!

04. dannylux / Mel - Morgen - What a beautiful wedding gift. Well done, and thanks for sharing!

03. Peyton - Angel - Wonderful composition, Peyton!

02. wouter79 - the entertainer - Great job with this one - I listened to it's entirety!

01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3 - Dude, get a teacher.
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/27/11 03:44 AM

Originally Posted By: BenPiano
01. BenPiano - Waltz in G# Minor for Two Hands Op. 39 No. 3 - Dude, get a teacher.


whatever...:rollseyes:

You inspired me to learn a few of these waltzes. That's about the highest compliment I can think of. But yeah..I need a teacher, too.
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/27/11 03:44 AM

^learn=want to learn
/clarity
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/27/11 11:27 PM

Originally Posted By: hawgdriver
You inspired me to learn a few of these waltzes. That's about the highest compliment I can think of. But yeah..I need a teacher, too.


As complements go, that's a pretty good one - and really is much appreciated! smile
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/28/11 02:59 PM

58. edtek – I didn’t mean to leave you out, especially as I wouldn’t have missed your piece. I enjoyed it very much, not only for its own sake, but because listening to it taught me something important. That is, I think I like New Age music better when it is played with large block or open chords. I don’t like it with the overdone flowery arpeggios that so often characterize it because they often overshadow the melody. This brought out the melody while not taking away anything from the harmony which was beautiful. I read that you played only chords with your jazz group. Well, I think you’ve become a master at voicing them. That was majestic.thumb
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 02/28/11 03:32 PM

Just got back into town...

Thanks so much to Philzpiano, Starrkeys, MaryBee (I will thank my teacher, definitely!), Cgyan, & BenPiano! heart Your comments really help make this journey worthwhile!

epf, Thank you to for your comments and insight. heart I agreee that I used the pedal too much or for too long. Something that hasn't come up during my lessons. (Maybe I don't do it until I'm recording? I'll be asking my teacher about this, this week.)

Grotrianer, Thanks so much for letting me know I may possibly be getting better at this! I'm glad you enjoyed it. And a heart for you, too!
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 03/01/11 10:32 PM

jotur, Inlanding, Andy P, bluekeys, hawgdriver, CMohr, hoffy, MartinJB, cas (in italy), TX-Dennis, CarlosCC, WiseBuff, KeemaNan, GlassLove, LaValse, Riddler, TTigg, wouter, Undone, Edtek, super-hunky, FarmGirl, PhilzPiano, Augustina, jazzwee, BillM, ShiroKuro, BenPiano, Strings & Wood, Starr Keys, and JF -- THANK YOU all for listening to my piece and for the encouraging comments you made. What an ego boost! After five recitals, this is the first one where I really felt comfortable with performing my piece. There were bobbles, of course, with nerves from recording, but I knew how I wanted to play this, and I found that I could actually make it sound the way I heard it in my mind. What a cool feeling! As usual, I shared the comments I received with my teacher, and he enjoyed reading through them too, and we talked about a couple of them. You guys are the best!

jotur, LaValse - you both (in different ways) referred to the stately aspect of the music. My teacher was having me work toward getting that to come out. Thanks for noticing!

FarmGirl, that's funny about your dog listening to the music with you. Mine either lies under the piano bench or on the back of the couch behind me to keep me company while I play.

Several people had nice things to say about the sound of my piano. It was recently-tuned at the time of the recording, and that always makes such a difference. I do love my piano's tone.
Posted by: Wavves

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 03/12/11 04:29 PM

Hey everyone new hear....I like to rap and produce, some of my influences include but are not limited to Justice, Daft Punk, Animal Collective, Kanye West, Radiohead, Mount Kimbie, The XX, N.E.R.D., and Odd Future (OFWGKTA) I absolutely love odd future! Anyway I'm kind of learning piano, there's also a piano player in our camp with 10 years experience she's pretty good.
Posted by: LisztAddict

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 03/16/11 12:06 PM

First I want to say thank for the comments on my recording. I like some of the new clever ways of providing feedback. smile

I think I am only qualified to comment on the classical pieces here.

1 – Brahms Waltz op 39 no 3 played by BenPiano. It’s a short piece but very enjoyable to listen to.

3 – Peyton Angel played by the composer himself. Sorry to hear the loss of your friend. I can really hear the sadness in your music. I know this is not a classical piece, but I want to say something.

5 – Mendelssohn Song without words op 19 no 1 played by Sam Smith. Other than some hesitations here and there, I think the tempo is fine. Some places the accompaniment was a little loud. This is a rather difficult piece, and you played well.

7 – Purcell A New Ground played by KeemaNan. Very good articulation and nice execution of the ornaments.

9 – Czerny Wiener Marsch played by Pianosaurus Rex. This must be the first Czerny piece in the ABF recitals. I like it!!! Would love to hear more Czerny from you next time.

15 – Chopin Waltz Op 64 No 2 played by Todd Vance. For a self-taught of only 2 years, you play the B section very well. I am sure you already know the piece would go a tad faster, and the A and C sections need more of a waltz rhythm.

16 – Beethoven Sonata Op 14 No 1 second movement played by Joangolfing. Good tempo and flow of melody. When you play those sforzandos, hold the fingers firm and press firmly and deep into the keys for a solid sound and more distinction between sf and p.

20 – True Beginner Winter Serenade played by the composer himself. Beautiful melody!!!

23 – Bach Minuet in G major played by hoffy. Good job on the come back.

24 – Scriabin Prelude Op 11 No 1 played by LaValse. Sounds dark like the usual Scriabin.

28 – Schumann Op 68 No 16 from Album for the Young played by Strings & Wood. I heard a few little pauses, but didn’t hear any wrong note. Banana & yogurt are good for you!

30 – Bach Invention No 7 played by paquijote. VERY GOOD!!! Nice and even left-hand trill.

32 – Bach Toccata in d minor (transcription for piano by unknown transcriber) played by Undone. Techniques in playing organ is different. I think you made the right choice with using the piano sound.

36 – Bach Sheep May Safely Graze transcribed by Egon Petri, played by MaryBee. Excellent! I really enjoy your performance.

38 – Mozart Sonata K545 second movement played by Andy Platt. Nice touch for Mozart; very refreshing. I’d prefer a little less pedal in certain places.

39 – Bach Prelude BWV935 played by Sideshow. Another good performance for Bach!

42 – Chopin Prelude Op 28 No 4 played by PhilzPiano. Sometimes sheet music leaves it to the pianist to decide on how to apply pedal, but you must use pedal in this piece.

44 - Brahms Intermezzo Op 118 No 2 played by MegumiNoda. Nice phrasing, and you also brought out the melody well. I think you would sound 10 times better with a better piano.

48 – Beethoven Moonlight Sonata first movement played by ten left thumbs. Almost note perfect. If you play a little slower and give yourself time to hear the melody, I am willing to bet you can play at least twice better.

49 – Beethoven Sonata Op 10 No 1 second movement played by grotrianer. This movement is so slow that it’s difficult to play and keep it steady, and you handled the tempo very well. Measure 6 to 7, I think you held the chord slightly too long. Measure 17, 19, 21, the descending arpeggios need to be more even.

50 – Alkan Barcarolle No 6 from Op 65 played by Bunneh. This piece sounds familiar to me but I can’t place it where I last heard it. Beautiful playing!!!

51 – Chopin Prelude Op 28 No 15 played by Hawgdriver. Only 15 months huh? That’s very impressive!

52 – Bach invention No 13 played by bluekeys. I think your tempo is perfectly fine. Don’t try to play it any faster. Even slightly slower would be fine too.

55 – Brahms Wiegenlied (transcription for piano solo) played by Copper. Nice playing. Also good to see you venture into classical music!

57 – Haydn Sonata in G major first movement played by mcasl. Good to have your participation and play what you can play. Can’t wait to hear your better version on youtube.

Thanks to all participants and organizers!!!
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #21 --- General Discussion Room - 03/16/11 01:13 PM

Originally Posted By: LisztAddict
38 – Mozart Sonata K545 second movement played by Andy Platt. Nice touch for Mozart; very refreshing. I’d prefer a little less pedal in certain places.


Thanks ... blame my teacher for the pedal wink I didn't have any for a long time but she thought it needed it and I liked it better that way. But my digital, which was all I had at the time, doesn't support half-pedal. I think it sounds better with my K3 now I can control the amount of pedal somewhat. Although that's one of the differences I'm still struggling with - it's hard to get just the right amount of pedal.