Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room

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Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/14/12 09:28 PM

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Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/14/12 09:44 PM

Wow! Monica got this one up and running fast.

57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4)
I was scanning through the list and stop to listen to this one. My good fortune... a true gem. Beautifully paced with all of the emotion this piece can evoke. Well done Tiago84, bravo!
Posted by: knotty

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/14/12 09:46 PM

02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3 Fantastic. Did not know the piece but love it. What beautiful harmonies and melodies. Very well played. And the piano sounds great.
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/14/12 11:18 PM

2. dannylux/Mel - Lyrica So full of melody and beautifully played. This is what piano-playing is supposed to sound like. I loved it.

3. BenPiano - Prelude What a clear, and clearly played, piece. Very delightful and refreshing, like cool, clear water.

4. jazzwee - Invitation I'm afraid my ears don't work so good you could notice anymore frown so I had trouble hearing the piano, but your band has got to be a blast laugh And I am so impressed by the work you put in, and the results you have gotten, towards improvisation. What a hero!

5. Inlanding- Glen - Warum? I love the delicacy of your touch on this, at times very wistful. Quite appropriately so. It was beautiful.

6. Mr Super Hunky - There is love The perfect tune for your noodling approach. I like it that it was very flowing and beautiful, not sappy like it sometimes is. And what a great recording!

7. SwissMS - Nocturne How lovely! It also had me swaying gently with the music. Great trills, too.

Cathy
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 12:09 AM

8. CarlosCC - Ambers You made the right decision smile Your dynamics and expression were perfect. This is a performance to be proud of.

10. Recaredo - Piano sonata Well, pretty confidently played, IMO. I can see why you wanted to play it, and good for you. Some great little fast RH pieces, too. Congratulations on your accomplishment.

11. Jazztpt - Lament Yes, for me it depicts someone who's had a great shock, and is lost and random, trying to comprehend, or even just believe, what has happened. This is extremely well-done, and a perfect composition.

12. (Was)True Beginner - Goodnight Kiss I like the "follow-the-leader" of the left hand. And a very pretty melody.

13. kenjazz - A House is Not a Home Great! Very sophisticated, but with a great bounce. I loved it. And the drum part worked well.

14. Amaruk - Sur le fil You played this well. Nicely flowing. I liked it a lot.

Cathy
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 04:36 AM

I am starting at the end this time. Once again there is an amazing collection of talent and beautiful music.


50. Falmc - Sweet Sereny Your feeling for your girlfriend comes through loud and clear. Beautiful composition


51. Clemente - Andalucia I am not that familiar with Lecuono. The Spanish flair came through well. I like the varying dynamics and tempo. Nicely played.

52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight Welcome to the recital! Nicely played with steady rhythm and good balance between the hands with the melody playing back and forth between.

53. notbach - To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1) This is a piece that looks easy, but isn’t. You gave a beautiful touch and made it sing. Beautiful job.

54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata) I liked the arrangement very much and you played it well.

55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2 I love this waltz too! I played it in a previous recital. It is hauntingly beautiful. I really liked your
interpretation. You expressed the B major section nicely. Very well played.

56. Grouchomarx - Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan (no Friska) Sounds very challenging! Beautifully, and very competently played. The runs sounded very confident and you made it sound easy.

57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4) I love this haunting prelude. Very nice balance between melody and accompaniment. Teachers always find things to improve. You played it very well.

58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1 I like the play between the right and left hands- a call and answer. Very nice composition beautifully played.

59. yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes for Piano Beautiful, heart-filled music. It makes me think of personal strength in difficult times. Simply a beautiful composition well played. Your piano has beautiful tone!

60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness Your vocals are always very enjoyable. You have a great voice! I especially liked the rich piano accompaniment you created for this tune. It is an outstanding arrangement.

61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings Beautiful lyrical piece played with heart. Very nice balance with rhythmical left hand accompaniment and singing melody.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 04:48 AM

To everyone here: As usual, please give me a PM if you want my feedback and play acoustic piano.

This is the format I use:

wouter79
piece: La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, No.12)
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
noise: very little
bass: this music has hardly any bass notes. One somewhere in the middle but it is played pianissimo.
depth of field: a tad shallow, but it matches the actual sound in the small room
piano sound: very nice. Fast staccato works nice

musical:
overall impression, like: I like it. Good speed. Faster might work for the cackling but probably the more complex fragments would get rather muddy on the piano at faster speeds. I can hear a bit of concentration loss at the end: a few missed notes there at the end of the measures, and overall just a bit less tight. Maybe it would help to add a few small pauses at appropriate places - this might help keeping the concentration up and also might work musically, to bring out more of the "suddenly standing still". Left and right hand are sometimes getting slightly out of sync, but you're getting better at that.
Phrasing: ok
rubato, speed changes: none; and I think that's appropriate although a few small pauses at appropriate places might work.
Dynamics: I think harpsichords don't really have a way to play dynamics, apart from just pressing more keys. But I think it's good to add dynamics now you have the possibility. In most places you play the repeated patterns one time loud, one time soft like an echo. I think it works good overall. I also like the soft entrance of the bass sounds particularly at 2:25. You might try to do that more often. The end goes a bit louder, matching the music.
articulation:staccato with no pedal, this makes a nice imitation of harpsichord sound. For the bass notes the piano obviously sounds a bit too full; you compensate by playing them softer and more staccato. but at some places I miss that 'twoing' sound that a harpsichord can make so nicely.

Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 08:08 AM

57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4)
I have to confess that I did a little "push" to Tiago to send a piece. You guys imagine that he was in doubt entering the ABF Recital... Congratulations Tiago, I hope this is the first of many contributions.
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 08:13 AM

45 Dave in Denton

Hi Dave, yours was not the first one I listened to, but was close. And is the first one I am responding to. I couldn't help it of course as we are on the same page so to speak.

I'll be listening to all and commenting on many, but will be happy to spend more time with you and have some ideas for you (maybe not great ones) if you are interested. If so, I'll be back later and perhaps use the template.

First off, I would just like to say: FANTASTIC JOB You are 2.5 years in? And, I take it you are reading this from a score? Your expression is really great and brings out the melodic and harmonic greatness of this piece. This is not an easy piece to learn (I know they are all easy once you know them) because of all the 10ths in the left hand. You must have big hands. Hey, do you know what they say about guys with big hands? O.k. we don't need to go there now laugh

If you have a chance please lake a listen also to the recording I have posted here. It is this sound that I was/am striving for. In listening, please observe:

1.) the even tempo from start to end
2.) the clarity and smoothness of the melody particularly on the run ups (arpeggios?) in the last verse on the Ebmaj7, Adim to D. The melody does not loose any tempo or clarity and sings above what is happening in the left hand.

I believe in time we can both give Kristian a good run for his money with all things being equal (recording devices etc.) By the way, your recording is also very good ... clear crisp and loud.

Great job, once again and look forward to corresponding more on this, if you are up for it.

Anyway, back later with more.

Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 08:19 AM

Sam Rose (Shmuel R) (see sam rose's late submission
piece:Stoic Theme from "The Shawshank Redemption"
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R : ok
noise: very little 50Hz hum and a little white noise. The hum at 50Hz is a tad louder than I would like, you may want to check where it comes from. I notice that your youtube recording is much softer. Maybe you took a bit too much headroom, boosting the noise level in the post? The damper noise is very small, nice!
bass: good
depth of field: ok
piano sound: very nice. I like the open overall sound.

musical:
overall impression, like: nice playing, sounds all right. One small thing, the 4th beat (the one that you play with a short pause) seems a little short/rushed in my ears, like the first beat comes just a bit too soon. This is most noticeable at 1:22 but also on other places. These seem small fluctuations, eg at 1:12 you're spot on.
Phrasing: ok
rubato, speed changes: no
Dynamics: nice gradual crescendo.
articulation: ok.
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 09:27 AM

Yeah, love it already! Here's my thoughts on the first 10:

01. wouter79 - La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12) I've been working on Rameau's Gavotte and Variations "forever" - it has a lot of similarities to this piece. I think you've really captured the ideas of this kind of piece very well; I hear massive improvement in your playing over the last while. Perhaps a teeny slower tempo so that some of the faster runs wouldn't end up too rushed? Your phrasing was very nice, particularly on the main theme. Great start to the recital.

02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3 There's a gorgeous rich sound on this piece that is just wonderful. I really enjoyed the phrasing, with the delicate touches of rubato and interplay of the different voices. Beautful.

03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6 Dude, get a ... not going to say it, you don't really need one! This is a beautiful Scriabin piece. I need to know the key, man wink I really enjoyed your approach to this piece - very simple, very effective with lovely balance.

04. Jazzwee - Invitation I always enjoy these performances and this one is no exception. I'm so impressed by the improvisation - fantastic. I'll try too listen to the full thing soon.

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3 There is such a sense of questioning in this piece, you really did full justice to it. Schumann can be so deep with so little and that's exactly what you brought out here. Very nice.

06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song) Expertly noodled too. Yes, this is a lovely tune and you brought it out very nicely. I felt like it could have (should have?) gone on forever.

07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2 This is so close to the top of my to-do list, I don't know why I haven't yet! I love, love this piece and your interpretation is beautiful. There is a great balance of the harmony and the melodic lines; I really enjoyed the rubato and dynamic range too.

08. CarlosCC - Ambers It's kind of ironic you moved from Einaudi to this piece because when it started I thought, "ah, Einaudi" and then I looked to see it wasn't. Very nice though - great movement through the piece, I could feel the "ambers" (I'm assuming fire) slowing burning underneath. Great tone.

09. Diana - Raymond - Theme from Overture Beautiful job. You are obviously developing your piano skills very nicely because you gave a convincing account of this piece. I hope you can continue to some longer pieces because I wanted it to carry on! You have nice articulation that brings out the character of this piece. As you develop, work on more dynamic range.

10. Recaredo (Ricardo) - Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement. Ah, the lure of Beethoven! Well I think you managed to bring this movement off very well; perhaps in the middle section it could be a little more "flowing". But it was very expressive and enjoyable.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 09:37 AM

Random Reviews...


14. Amaruk - Sur le fil - fascinating piece especially well played - enjoyed this thoroughly - totally listenable - excellent video recording also - very, very nice performance - I can easily see why you enjoy playing this so much & it shows thumb
Posted by: daveindenton

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 10:32 AM

19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme


First off, let me say how much I enjoyed the Battle of the Schindlers. I thought your performance was great, and it certainly goes to show how 2 people can play the same piece differently. When I initially started playing that song, Kristian’s video was the one that I watched the most. I don’t think your version needs much work to sound like his. I haven’t looked at the sheet music or videos in quite a while since I memorized it, and the way I play it has changed over time...basically it’s slowed down and has more pedal. I guess it’s just how I like to hear it.

Your comment about even tempo is right on. On the bridge part, my music says “moving along” but my hands say “take off”. I actually thought my tempo was pretty good when I was playing it…then I listened to the recording and it’s, um, not. Must be the recording. smile

I do have big hands. My wife is a much better piano player than I am, but she can’t play 10ths. I like music like this because the chords sound big and they lay under my hands pretty easily. I started 2-1/2 years ago when my kids wanted to quit piano. I played for about 2 weeks when I was 8 years old (I’m 39 now), but I complained enough that my mom let me quit. So…when my girls gave me the “you quit, why can’t we?” line, I said, “watch this.” I signed myself up for lessons and now we all go together. My intention was to maybe learn enough to keep them going and help when they had problems…I had no idea that I would actually enjoy it so much.

I don’t know enough to give you much useful technical feedback, but I thought your recording was very good…especially for an acoustic piano/mic setup. I’m not sure I could pull that off in my house with kids, dogs, and the neighbor’s lawnmower.

Great job. I’m extending a virtual handshake!
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 11:38 AM

Thank you, all for your fine music and thank you to Monica and all involved in putting the e-cital together.

10. Recaredo (Ricardo) - Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement. Very nicely done, Ricardo! This is not an easy piece of music and you played it very well. You play it with such enthusiasm and give it a wonderful richness.

11. Jazztpt - Lament This is one of my all-time favorites of your compositions. It is very dark and pensive, aptly so, as intended. It has a wonderful intelligence to it. You play it with such patience and thoughtfulness. Wonderful.

12. (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss Your compositions have evolved so much over the course of e-citals. I am always curious as to what motivates to you to create such fine compositions. Your playing has improved a great deal. I very much enjoyed this.

13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home Ken, a fine bit of playing with your virtual combo! Your upright sounds so very sweet, and the playing is divine. You are having fun, for sure. The sound is so very upbeat - a great rendition, keeper I'd say. This is one of your best.

14. Amaruk - Sur le fil This is a fantastic bit of playing. You play this piece with a great deal of conviction. This could be a theme for a movie. It sounds like piece that's very tricky to get it sound the way you have. This is as good as it gets. Great work.

15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1 This is a very difficult piece, indeed. There are many subtleties you have managed to bring out and it was no easy task. It must be very difficult to keep the left hand going smoothly. I've tried to play the Bach/Zilotti version of the b-min prelude and it sounds nothing like what you bring here. Good work, Sam.

16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor I always enjoy your playing, Peyton, and this is no exception. This Mazurka sounds so very contemporary, as does many of Chopin's works, but you bring out the playfulness of this fine work. So delicately played - your technique as improved greatly and it shows wonderfully in this piece.

17. ladypayne - A New Change This is by far your best work, ladypayne. Congratulations on the big move and starting anew in Alaska! Your music depicts wonderful scenes in my mind's ear.

18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue You always pick such great music to share, Ed. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue is fantastic. Mrs Calabash would be proud. So much going on. Your playing is solid and expressive. You can always do those hannons and scales…Very interesting and entertaining rendition, Ed.

19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme I love this piece of music! This is one of those pieces that will mature under your fingers over time. The way you play it captures the listener's attention - you play with great expression. It's a very moving melody. You've got one heck of a repertoire. Thank you for this, Jeff. Bravo!

20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree Cheryl - this is such an improvement over previous interpretations. Rigaudon is very well played. I can tell you are listening to the music as you play it, which helps you connect your expression to playing the notes. Entree is very solid and you are playing according to the notations. I always look forward to your music, Cheryl. Each e-cital you bring an improved sense of the music and your technique has improved greatly.
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 12:23 PM

45 Dave in Denton

Quote:
Great job. I’m extending a virtual handshake!


Virtual handshake acknowledged and returned. YIPPEE for the Schindler's ...

Great story with how this all came about, Dave ... and a real family ordeal to boot now ... good for you.

I look forward to hearing more from you. Come out to the monthly bar (currently August Bar thread,) if you are up for it and take the stage with anything you are working on. The folks in here are really great and it is always a hoot.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 12:35 PM

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Posted by: Inlanding

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 12:36 PM

Another bite from the middle - more wonderful music. So very enjoyable

21. timmyab - Moment musical Nr.2 I have many of the moment musical pieces and attempt to play what you've delivered so well. Schubert's music is so very beautiful and you captured it nicely. I thought your timing was quite fine and you bring the musical moment out very well.

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1 This is a beautiful piece, Lady Chen. Glad you brought this back into your repertoire. It is very difficult to keep the left hand from going haywire and to keep the flow of 8ths going smoothly in the background. You tied the trills to the music beautifully. Very expressive.

23. MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649 First, let me say how impressed I am with your playing - its even amazing you've been at the piano for only four months!!! I look forward to more of your music. Thank you for joining the fun and sharing your music with the world.

24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale This is the first time I've heard this piece. Any slip-ups are not obvious and the music is divine. Your affinity with this composer is evidenced by your fine interpretation, Monica. Thank you for this.

25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor Congratulations on your first e-cital submission. Great job on this invention! Your sense of time is perfect and you bring out the voices quite nicely. I look forward to more from you in the upcoming quarterly e-citals.

26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms Played like a true professional, Steve. Very polished. The two minutes seems too short for this - I imagine you could take this a few more rounds with your background to expand on the wonderful theme you bring out so well.

27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle) Hard to imagine you've been playing a total of 8 months. Your interpretation of Tchaikovsky is absolutely stunning - you play it with such wisdom and polish. I am interested in what else you have in your repertoire - I am very impressed.

28. joangolfing - The Poet Speaks Ah, another Schumann in the e-cital. Congratulations on your new piano - it sounds beautiful. You bring out so well, the intricacies of this Schumann classic. Your bring romance to the romantic composer really nicely. I like your playing.

29. Mar_red - Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby You are absolutely right - this tune is so very beautiful. Your arrangement is equally as beautiful. This is a piece to have on anyone's playlist. Fantastic, indeed. That ending is perfection!!

30. cscl - Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1 Those Bagatelles look simple - it ends there. This is so sensitively played - you'd make Beethoven proud. This is a beautiful interpretation.

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag I love the way you play the rags, Cathy. Your sense of time is excellent and you carry the theme very nicely. So upbeat and happy is this Dill Pickle Rag!

32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...") To me, this is your finest e-cital submission by far. It's beautiful and you play it with such care. Thank you for your music, Trap.
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 01:04 PM

Thanks so much for the kind comments, Glen. Coming from you this means a lot.

Wow, you are clipping right along with the reviews. I think will take me the full month. Do you do any freelance work? I could sure use a hand with some EE performance appraisals smile

I'll get to your piece soon and I'm looking forward to it. But, when I can pay full attention and which I do not think is going to be today by the way things are shaping up.

Meanwhile, see you back in the Bar. I don't drink anymore, but I'm sure enjoying the entertainment.

Jeff
Posted by: AndyMc

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 01:10 PM

Starting randomly mid-list, more to come

#11 JazzPT:
Dark and brooding, love the mood of this.
#12 TrueBeginner: Nice, I like the subtle changes in color.
#13 KenJazz: Smooth, what else can I say?
#14 Amaruk: Never heard this, parts remind me of Satie in a way. Nice job with the fast runs.
#15 SamS: Good job keeping a even tempo with that intricate fingerwork. Also I like the minimal use (non-use?) of sustain.
#16 Petyon Such a delicate touch in the right hand, elegant.
#17 LadyPayne: Lovely, to me this would make a great score to the movie "Brave."
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 01:18 PM

22 - Lady Chen

I had a feeling you were going to be really great Lady Chen, and I was right.

Wow, what a lovely piece and fine interpretation.

I know you have asked for it, but I can not offer any technical advise or anything to improve. I sure you may hear it, but not me. It just sounds terrific to me. Thanks for it.

GOAL for CANADA yeh!
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 01:22 PM

Random Reviews...


06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song)

Beautifully done Hunky - you "dance" wonderfully all over and around the melody with a sparkling and very nimble touch - a unique and delightful interpretation of Paul Stookey's heartfelt song!
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 01:56 PM

Second Batch:


40. Serge88 - What'd I say Oh, this was fun! I loved your arrangement. It made me want to dance.

41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes I thought your vocal brought out the spirit of this song very well. Very well done. I am sure your Mom will be absolutely thrilled and very proud of her daughter. I loved your Youtube photomontage. It really gave meaning to the song.

42. CMohr - Imagination Beautiful arrangement! Very good listening. What a wonderful gift for your Mom’s 90th Birthday.

43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846 This is such a beautiful prelude. I thought your balance between two voices was very good. I think the break between arpeggios is appropriate for Bach. Great job for less that a year of playing!

44. Ken. - Light Blue This calls for a glass of wine and low lighting. Very relaxing. You have a good touch for this kind of music.

45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List You did a great job of finding the heart in this piece. Very well played.

46. MaryBee - Sonata in C minor, K.457, Mvt.1 Beautifully played Mozart. You have this one mastered. It sounds quite complex with a lot going on, and you make it sound easy and playful.

47. DadAgains_Daughter - Invention in F Major Wow! Beautiful Bach. Good balance between the voices. You have made amazing progress in three years of playing.

48. DadAgain - Prelude and Fugue XX - A minor I thought you played this very well, and it sounded very musical to me. The voices were all clear and well balanced.

49. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits You did this sight reading? Very impressive. You expressed it very musically.
Posted by: PianoStudent88

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 02:02 PM

#49. Mike White, Dance of the Blessed Spirits -- did you mean prima vista reading (as in: first time seeing the music) or reading as opposed to memorized (as in: reading the music while playing, but having practiced)?
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 02:42 PM

What a wonderful recital! It's so inspiring to hear everyone progress and especially to hear so many first-time recital entries! My hat's off to you all. And to Monica, who puts in all the hard work to get this up and running every 3 months, and everyone else involved in these amazing productions!

01. wouter79 - La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12) Three of our neighbors are raising chickens which we hear every morning - it's actually a rather soothing sound. Your playing of this piece is definitely evocative of hens. Excellent work on all the close, fast passages. I really enjoyed the dynamics you put into this piece, too. Perfectly appropriate, as if the hens really were chatting back and forth. A fun listen and great kickoff to the recital!

02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3 Absolutely beautiful piece and gorgeous playing! Your affinity for Bortkiewicz is evident in the superb touch and feeling you've put into the piece. I was swept away. I loved it!

03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6 I wasn't familiar with this prelude, and am very glad you performed it so beautifully. I love Scriabin and you've done him justice with just the right touches. (Ha! Doesn't matter what key )Good one, Ben!

04. Jazzwee - Invitation You always play great solo...on top of that your playing (with the band) has taken you to a new level. Great tune, nice groove, fantastic solo! I'm just a little in awe of what all your work has proven. Applause!!

More later - I have a piano lesson and boy do I need it. laugh
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 02:52 PM

11. Jazztpt - Lament Lament is such a perfectly named piece for this work. Just truly impressive. It is touching without being overly sentimental. Simple but, underneath, some great harmonies. And played with such tenderness and care. Wonderful.

12. (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss This reminded me of something but I can't put my finger on it. Very nicely composed and played, a great atmosphere throughout. Perhaps a touch less pedal?

13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home A great beat and some lovely piano playing with it. I love the bass (piano bass) playing, some great touches there.

14. Amaruk - Sur le fil There is such a fantastic warm tone, beautifully pedaled with the melody still clear. And at points it feels you must have three hands. Very nicely done.

15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1 Two voices with Bach are probably worth three or four by another composer! Plus he always seems to have that "hidden" voice. Tackling a prelude & fugue from WTC is quite an achievement. So although you've given us a work in progress, it's still wonderful to hear. The two voices are clear but coordinate beautifully. I really liked the sudden change in tempo by the way.

16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor I find Chopin's Mazurkas, of all his works, the most "puzzling" to me but you manage to straighten this out very nicely. Interestingly, surrounded in this recital by jazz riffs, that's what I hear in this piece. Very nicely played. But I have to wonder who you ever considered this to seem "fairly easy"!!

17. ladypayne - A New Change A beautiful piece, lovingly composed and executed. Good luck in your new home. I'm surprised you didn't perform Simon & Garfunkel's "America": "Michigan seems like a dream to me now".

18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue I'm sorry but that's just undignified wink Beautifully played, with a warm and inviting tone. I'm not quite sure how slaughter comes into play though - it feels very romantic and lush. The change in the middle is great, with a wonderful tempo change and those tremolos are great. Overall it's fantastic.

19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme I'll be interested to hear how this compares with the other entry. I thought you delivered a wonderfully balanced sound, bringing out the melody clearly but not dominating. There are some lovely timing changes and great phrasing.

20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree Very confident pieces, delightfully played. I particularly enjoyed the articulation and the variation between the pieces.
Posted by: GrouchoMarx

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 02:53 PM

Downloading the recital now. Will listen to some of it today and hopefully the rest of it at work tomorrow.
Posted by: PianoStudent88

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 04:01 PM

I'm listening to the recital in reverse order. Here are my first third of comments.

40. Serge88 - What'd I say. I like the rolling nature of this. Played slowly as you play it, it becomes a reflective piece where you can savour every bit of sound and harmony.

41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes. Singing! What fun! I would have liked to hear the sound from your acoustic piano with your singing.

42. CMohr - Imagination. An interesting piece. You said there were mistakes and hesitations, but I didn't hear any. That's lovely to learn songs for your mother.

43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846. I love love love this piece. I wish your piano had a bit more sustain on the first two notes of the arpeggios. They did stand out a bit, but I liked the effect, of setting the low underpinning for the higher notes of the rest of the arpeggio. I think this piece can take many different subtleties in interpretation, and I'm always glad to hear another interpretation. I think the place I'd look to lighten up is on the last note of each half bar of arpeggios. Thank you for bringing this to the recital. You said it is still difficult for you, but it didn't show in your playing, which was even and confident.

44. Ken. - Light Blue. I enjoyed entering into the soundscape of this piece, which is so different from what I usually listen to. What would it sound like if you added a bit of swing to the downward runs?

45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List. I've seen the movie, but didn't remember any of the music from it. Listening to your playing of this theme, brought the movie back to me. Wonderfully emotional rendition.

46. MaryBee - Sonata in C minor, K.457, Mvt.1. Lovely playing, MaryBee. Mozart is so graceful, and you brought that out in your playing. I liked the contrast between the dramatic and the light parts. I would look for even more of that.

47. DadAgains_Daughter - Invention in F Major. DadAgains_Daughter, I only wish I could play as well as you. What a marvelous piece, and marvelous playing.

48. DadAgain - Prelude and Fugue XX - A minor. Bach, what's not to like? I love Bach. It would be interesting to hear this on the harpsichord.

49. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits. Curious coincidence: I heard this just the other night on the radio. Hearing it again from you makes me curious to hear the whole opera, Orfeo ed Euridice, from which it comes.

50. Falmc - Sweet Sereny. A lovely melody, and played with assurance.

51. Clemente - Andalucia. Oooh, dramatic and fascinating from the very first chord! Thanks for sharing this piece.

52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight. An intriguing little piece. Welcome to the recital, and congratulations on stepping beyond Alfred's 1, and on recording! For your next step with this piece, you might want to experiment with the balance of the hands: make the LH softer and let the RH sing out more.

53. notbach - To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1). I keep seeing this piece mentioned all over, and now I finally know how it sounds!

54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata). This piece always brings a smile to my face.

55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2. You play this with a lovely light touch on a lovely piece. I enjoyed it a great deal -- the first Chopin waltz I've heard, and you have me hooked.

56. Grouchomarx - Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan (no Friska). I am completely unfamiliar with Liszt's music! Thank you for introducing me to it.

57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4). I love this piece, and I very much enjoyed your playing of it. Out of curiosity (because I'm learning it myself), what did your teacher point out to improve?

58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1. Welcome to the ABF recital! I enjoyed your composition.

59. yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes for Piano. I am in awe at the skill it takes to compose this. I loved the rich deep sounds of your piano.

60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness. Very restful. I especially enjoyed the flowing accompaniment.

61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings. A reasonable rendtion. I'd like to hear more variation in the first half. Maybe rubato? And/or variation in dynamics? Not sure exactly what, but something.
Posted by: AndyMc

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 05:41 PM

batch 2:

#1 wouter79: I like the tempo you chose, very lively performance
#2 dannylux: Never heard of this composer but really enjoyed the piece & your evocative playing.
#3 BenPiano: Love Scriabin & this performance
#4 Jazzwee: Cool…wish my church had music like this. I'm in awe of those who can improvise, an ability not in my DNA
#5 Inlanding Glen: a tender composition & performance
Posted by: kenjazz

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 06:39 PM

Wow. Where to even start, so much variety of good music.

04. Jazzwee - Invitation No surprise that this was a little bit hard to hear. I fell in love with this tune when I was a big Maynard Ferguson fan as a kid. I also had a memorable experience in a tiny bar in San Francisco chatting up alto player and local legend Andrew Speight right before he got up and wailed "Invitation" as his signature piece. It was memorable for sure. I listened to your rendition of "My Favorite Things" on Soundcloud recently and it is just awesome. Methinks you need to get into the studio soon with Invitation!

33. knotty - Petite Fleur This is just an incredible ensemble effort! The tango character that you create with the chord solos sounds perfect and sets up the rest of the solo elements just right. That certainly doesn't sound like it was recorded on a zoom. Ship it, man!

11. Jazztpt - Lament I wish I didn't read your blurb about this piece first. It was too emotionally gripping. Wonderful jazz composing. The lead sheet for this song deserves to be shared so that you can hear other interpretations of this fine composition. Just sayin...

18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue I never heard this song before. I had to look it up on YT. You did a really nice interpretation! Forgive me if I am not the first to say it, but by the time that big ending comes you must be thinking: "Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are"

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3 Weil...
It is so impressive that you can play any style switching back and forth effortlessly. I wish that I knew more about classical music, but it sounded excellent to me.

06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song)
Wow, I remember my sister having this 45! I don't know why a jazz song from the 30's doesn't seem old, but a pop song on a 45 seems ancient. What a beautiful melody. So beautiful that it came out of your memory intact, and with some really nice embellishments too. Well done!

19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme
45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List

It is not fair to put two together, but listen to this:
They are both exceptional renditions. Listen to them back-to-back right away and you will be struck by this observation - they come from two distinct parts of the same movie! They each have a decidedly different mood and flavor and you can visualize the different scene (or attempt not to) that each comes from.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 07:39 PM

*62
Performer's name: Sam Rose (Shmuel R)

Originally Posted By: Sam Rose
For some reason, the countdown I had said that I had until 7PM Pacific time. Perhaps this was due to daylight savings time or something like that, but I'm not sure, since I didn't write the code for it. Anyway, I came to my computer to submit with what I thought was a good 10 minutes to spare, and the countdown even said 10 minutes remaining (yes, my time zone is correctly set to Pacific time). I refreshed the page, and the recital had already been closed frown

I noticed the exact same thing. I already had my submission in. I saw the count down go from 55 mins. to closed.... So I'm not leaving you out.

I'm a big fan of the movie, too. Really fine job keeping that steady rhythmic beat that carries the theme melody. Short but very compelling. I enjoyed it. Good for you for posting!


61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings Love the melody which you brought out expertly. You have a nice steady flow and touch that captures the somewhat Russian feel. (We had a Great Dane named Ivan and I had images of him while listening - his pace was about the same as this piece. smile )


60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness I love your "tender" take on this wonderful classic! You've got some really nice nuances in your vocal that are oh, so pleasant! Of course, the accompaniment is perfection. Very cool and very touching!

59. yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes for Piano This is a pretty fabulous composition! Soothing, nice flow and well articulated. I really enjoyed the middle section the most. Beautiful themes you've written and played with conviction.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 08:08 PM

#61- pianostudent88- A short and sweet little piece. well done.

#60- Bill- A fun one Bill. Always great to hear you play and sing a new one.

#59. -Larry- Very interesting piece. When you say it's an original with three themes, do you play it the same way every time? Or is there a lot of improv? It's such a long piece I'm guessing a lot of improv? It has a great feel. A fun listen.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 08:11 PM

I'm going up and down the list this time....


05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3 This is my personal favorite Schumann piece. There's so much going on in a short space, not to mention the tricky rhythm. I love the echoing enigmatic questions and the bitter sweetness you've brought out with your signature verve. For me it is perfection. Wonderful touch, as always. Lovely! (I swear you can play anything!)

06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song) A beautiful song, beautifully "noodled" to say the least! You've played with just the right touch and feeling the song calls for. Really nice arrangement.

07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2 Fabulous playing on this nocturne! Very clear and clean touch with really very nice dynamics - perfect for this piece. A complete pleasure to listen to!

08. CarlosCC - Ambers Having not heard the orchestral version, you've made this into a beautiful solo work! Very appropriate feeling throughout. I love the last section where the bass comes back in and leads to that perfect ending. A touching performance.
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 08:39 PM

15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue The presto really was a surprise! You did a nice job of keeping this all moving. The fugue was delightful.

16. Peyton - Mazurka I know what you mean about going back to "easier" pieces and finding them not so easy - your ear has changed laugh But this had some nice dynamics and some great light trills, so I think you learned from those harder pieces.

17. ladypayne - A New Change This was great! How sophisticated you've become, and your recording is way cool.

18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue I love it - especially the "strutting your stuff" part with the syncopation. But all of it will capture an audience. The only thing I think might hold you back in a recital is that you're not the cute little kid you used to be. Bro. smile

19. Greener/Jeff Green - Schindler's List I was looking forward to this, and I wasn't disappointed. I like the way you kept it moving, and I like the phrasing on the opening.

20. casinitaly (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree My favorite piano era. I love the defined, confident, stately ending of the first one, and the second was a delight.

21. timmyab - Moment musical Nicely done! The opening was almost organlike, and the lyrical and forte parts were nice contrasts.

Cathy
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 08:42 PM

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3
A very interesting venture this melody seems to take you on. It is certainly not easily predictable, but very pleasing with interesting hormonics and shifts in mood. I am not familiar with Schumann's works, but more so now. Nice touch and expression with it. You clearly have quite an interesting mix of selections in your line up. Actually when I first went to your submission, I went to your youtube channel by mistake and listened to "Blame it on my Mouth." A cute little jazzy piece ... and an interesting contrast to Schumann. Always fun to see what you've got next. Great job, Glen.

16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor
First of all Peyton, I really relate to your comments re: mastering stuff you may already know vs. trying to solve world hunger. Did you say that? Anyway, I relate entirely and am working in same space. I am not familiar with this piece at all, nor qualified to offer any help. It is quite a dramatic piece with some lovely melodic twists ... I would say. You play very well ... its beautiful.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 08:55 PM

Cathy, Andy, AndyMc, kenjazz, CMohr, Greener thank you so very much for listening and your very encouraging comments!

Glen
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 09:11 PM

34 Andy Platt
Now this piece just makes me melt. Could there be anything more beautiful than these chord changes? Seriously Andy, I remember hearing my Dad playing this when I was in bed as a kid and it really had this affect on me. To be honest I did not recognize the name "Prelude in E minor." But, I will remember it now. In fact I am going to go out, get the score and learn it. I do not read well, but this seems as good as place as any to start learning to read better. Who knows, maybe I will enter it in a later recital. If I come remotely close to your performance I will be pleased. Great job Andy, and great selection. It sure worked for me.
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 09:59 PM

9. Diana Raymond - Theme from Overture
This is a really cute piece and sounds very familiar. You are just 5 months in? Outstanding. Thanks so much for sharing. It may be fun for you to come back to this one in a couple of years. Not sure what style or genre you are heading towards, but you could really make a production out of this. Jazz or otherwise. Of course, it is already great production I just mean really great. This is the type of melody I could have pictured Oscar Peterson or Andre Previn taking a liking to ... Fabulous work, Diana.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/15/12 11:10 PM

A few random comments:

06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song) Where is that CD of yours you mentioned making a while back?!? I want an autographed copy! I am a huge fan of the super-hunky method, and this piece is no exception. I remember singing this song way back in my junior high chorus, and it was a pleasant romp down memory lane to hear your arrangement.

08. CarlosCC - Ambers Love the melody, and I thought the arrangement was fine as a piano solo, better in fact than the arrangement of "Release" that I did last recital. You played it beautifully, and this is one that I think I'll add to my "to do" list.

29. Mar_red - Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby I loved the book and the movie. I love how the theme starts out slow and plaintive and then becomes more urgent and desperate. Very nice!

32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...") A beautiful song from one of my favorite musicals, and the arrangement was terrific. Nicely played.

35. Newman - Desperado Congratulations on your first recital submission! You've got a great voice, well-suited to the material. That's one of the Eagles' saddest songs, and you capture the emotion well. Hope this is the first of a long series of recital contributions from you. smile

36. Copper - Ave Maria I'm not as familiar with this version of 'Ave Maria' as the Bach/Gonoud one, but I enjoyed the delicacy with which you played this.

38. Augustina - Touched This is my favorite of all your recital pieces so far. So melodic and moving. smile

51. Clemente - Andalucia Oh, this one really took me back. "Andalucia" was my signature solo piece back in my long forgotten accordion days. I had no idea there was a piano solo version of it. The piano version sounds even tougher than the accordion version, and that was tough enough. I'm impressed. thumb

60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness You note that it's been covered a lot, but this was a new song for me. As I said on YouTube, this is sadder and slower than your usual material, but I liked it a lot.

More tomorrow...
Posted by: MrPozor

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 04:35 AM

Originally Posted By: Inlanding

23. MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649 First, let me say how impressed I am with your playing - its even amazing you've been at the piano for only four months!!! I look forward to more of your music. Thank you for joining the fun and sharing your music with the world.


Hi Inlanding. Thank you very much for your kind words.
It it really exciting for me to get feedback on my playing. I will definitely try to take part in these recitals regularly.
Hope that I can get some more feedback into how to improve this piece or whether there are any mistakes in my playing.
Posted by: sinophilia

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 04:57 AM

First of all, thank you Andy Platt and Greener for the kind words! I had such a hard time taking a single decent recording of that tiny piece. And I've learned that I need to turn the volume higher on my DP if I want to manage dynamics better! I'm actually focusing on learning the building blocks rather than polishing a single piece from start to end, but it would be nice to build a bit of a repertoire even at this stage.

I'm in the process of listening to the recital, beginning from others who have started just a few months ago like myself, and I was already blown away but some performances.

MrPozor (23)... that's such a charming piece and you're so smooth and soft on the keys! I can't believe you've only been playing 4 months.
Bobpickle (27)... simply amazing! Makes me want to practice more!
Sand Tiger (39)... I could never play for two minutes straight with the red dot glowing beside me... outstanding job.
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 05:07 AM

30. cscl - Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1 Very nice clarity and balance. Beautifully played.

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag I love these rags! It just makes me want to dance. Your playing is full of fun and happiness.

32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...") This is my favorite song from “Phantom”. It is one of my evening “Play for fun” pieces (an easy arrangement). You presented a lovely version of it, very well played. You gave it the heart that it requires. Loved it!

33. knotty - Petite Fleur Very professionally done. All the instruments solos were impressive. Very fun!

34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4) This prelude has such a haunting sadness. Your dynamics were perfect to express its quiet anguish. Wonderful playing.

35. Newman - Desperado You have a great voice and you did a really nice job on this. Your piano accompaniment is nicely subdued to support you vocal. Well done!

36. Copper - Ave Maria Very clean, even playing with well voiced chords and clear voices. Nicely done.

37. Jake S - Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman Very well done! You gave it the clarity that Mozart requires. Every note counts in Mozart and your performance is near perfect. Truly outstanding.

38. Augustina - Touched This a beautiful song, and you have a nice touch for it. I thought your dynamics and tempo were very good.

39. Sand Tiger - Ashokan Farewell You have made remarkable progress in only five months. I liked your dynamics on this piece. Nice job!
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 06:23 AM

First batch:

01. wouter79 - La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12) - Very solid and clear interpretation. It's amazing how did you reached such level with only 2,5 years of experience. Very good!

02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3 - Thanks for bringing Bortkiewicz again to us. It's real beautifull and I can see (ear) how you love this kind of music. Congratulations.

03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6 - What a lovely and romantic piece. I love the way you play it, full of emotion and with a constant rhythm along entire piece. Well done.

04. Jazzwee - Invitation - Jazzwee, I was transported to a live concert! I loved it! It must be really good play in a band as you do. Congratulations to you and your fellows.

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3 - It is a beautifull piece. There is, in fact, a dialog along it, and you did an excellent interpretation with the delicacy that the piece requires. Congratulations.
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 08:21 AM


20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree Both pieces sound like two voice inventions. You did a good job of bringing out each voice. They are like puzzles. Very nice job! Bach here you come!

21. timmyab - Moment musical Nr.2 Beautiful piece. I am not very familiar with Schubert, and this is a great introduction. I thought your tempo and dynamics sounded great. The FF was a surprise, but worked beautifully well. I really enjoyed this.

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1 This is such a beautiful nocturne and you play it perfectly, expressing the tension that plays throughout. A very powerful performance. Wonderful job.

23. MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649 Very even playing. Very well played for such a short time at the piano.

24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale Fairytale is a good title for this. It has a light, floating, magical feel. You gave it that effect very well. The arpeggios sounded very even and nicely subdued beneath the floating melody. Lovely job!

25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor Welcome to the recital! Nice job on this invention. The voices were even, the trills sounded easy. Well played.

26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms Beautiful arrangement of this classic hymn. I really enjoyed the character that you gave it.

27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle) Your interpretation of this piece was lovely, expressing the changing mood as the piece advances. This is an outstanding job for only 8 months experience. Wonderful playing.

28. joangolfing - The Poet Speaks Congratulations on your new grand! It has a wonderful voice. You showed it off well with your playing of this piece. I enjoyed your interpretation of this piece very much.

29. Mar_red - Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby Beautiful arrangement! I like the underlying tension that you create in this piece. The arpeggio accompaniments in the right hand have a wonderful lilting character that sets the melody off well.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 09:20 AM

More 5:

06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song) - I agree, it's beautifull and you did a wonderful work. It's amazing how you can play an entire piece just because you've heard it... I wish I could do that, too. Congratulations!

07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2 - I never get tired of listening this piece, no matter how many times I've already heard it. You did the right decision about relearn it, because it's b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l-l. You are very lucky to make it part of your repertoire. Congratulations.

08. CarlosCC - Ambers - Oh, this is familiar to me... smile

09. Diana - Raymond - Theme from Overture - Diana, I wonder what will be your progress. If with only 5 months you play like this, what will happen when you have more time of experience? It's a very solid and "clean" interpretation. Very good!

10. Recaredo (Ricardo) - Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement. - Ricardo, you did a good decision. First, no matter how difficult is a piece (even the pieces that are above our level) for sure you learned some new technique you will apply later. Second, it's a sign of maturity recognize that one is below a piece level. For that, my congratulations. No matter your thoughts about it, I liked a lot.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 09:36 AM

Random Reviews...


24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale

Light and delicate - played with a finely honed and soft and nimble touch - so easy to listen to and enjoy - "musicboxesque" to coin a word...

I missed seeing you and your sturdy M&H...
Posted by: yohyrral

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 10:02 AM

Hello Peyton and thank you for the kind words. The "composition" is actually an improvisation on three different concepts that I have been working with that may or may not become actual songs at some point. We were experimenting with my son's new recorder; I sat down to play,this came out and I thought it was worth saving. I was nervous about sharing it and I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it.
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 10:14 AM

21. timmyab - Moment musical Nr.2 You grabbed me from the first chord. This is simply so beautiful and expertly played. The phrasing is delicate and delightful; the dynamics are excellent. Those chords which could sound so vertical, move along naturally and are shaped magnificently. Just wonderful.

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1 I'm glad you decided to revisit this - it's delightful. You give a wistful, but grounded performance. The melody sores while the accompaniment is perfectly balanced against it.

23. MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649 This is a piece I learnt from the same source (The Piano Handbook) that you did. I thought you did a great job, very straightforward. I would suggest that you repeat it (because it's so short) and vary the dynamics the second time through. Perhaps a little softer, more wistful?

24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale Beautiful. I know exactly what you mean about pp arpeggios, grrh. You kept them smooth and nicely phrased though. It was a very tender performance.

25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor One of my favorite Bach inventions. You took it at a great tempo - and held it steady very well. The trills could be a little smoother (one of my many problems too). I could hear the interplay between the voices clearly with neither dominating but both clear. Very nice.

26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms You bring out the hymn qualities very nicely; there is a great choice of tempo (and tempo changes) and it's nicely harmonized which must be your doing if you played by ear.

27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle) These Tchaikovsky pieces aren't that easy and for eight months it's amazing playing. You get great dynamic range and lovely phrasing. Very impressive!

28. joangolfing - The Poet Speaks I could almost hear this was Schumann from the first chord. Beautifully played, nice control over the tempo changes and phrases.

29. Mar_red - Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby This is a lovely performance of the movie theme. I think you captured the atmosphere really nicely. I enjoyed the phrasing, particularly at the end of the piece it worked very well.

30. cscl - Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1 We often think of bagatelles as throwaway pieces but you show that Beethoven's are anything but. This was a beautiful performance, nicely controlled with a nice balance between the hands.
Posted by: jazztpt

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 10:34 AM

My fourth recital and its a priveledge to be part of once again. Its surprising how the excitment builds the days before the 15th. Thanks to everyone involded in setting it up.

Thanks also to Glen,AndyMc,AndyPlatt,Kenjazz & Jotour for your wonderful comments so far.
Kenjazz , I am flattered that you want to try my tune, there was a lead sheet many moons ago but since then its been in my head. I'll knock something up for you.

01. wouter79 - La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12)
I very much enjoyed your performance of the this piece , quiet a busy piece and you do a remarkable job after only a couple of years of playing. Well done.


02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3 I loved this and it had me googling the composer and what a life he had, Russian revolution and two world wars and through it all writing beautiful music. Loved your performance, super piano playing.

03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6
My, I loved this too, such lovely harmonies and played so cleanly they really ring.

04. Jazzwee - InvitationYou get a nice feel on this Jazzwee, your band is sounding great and really together, difficult to pick out your solo though as the sounds a
bit boomy ( as you say). When I lsiten to you and knotty It always makes me want to get the trumpet out again.

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3
Fine performance Glen, you played the melody beautifully and with heartfelt feeling. Really hope you get back soon to what must be a huge passion for you.

06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song)
Don't know this one but you have good ears Mr Hunky, very nice.

07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2
Lovely sensitive rendition of this Chopin classic, I enjoyed it very much.

08. CarlosCC - Ambers
Not sure why you would be disappointed with this arrangement it sounds perfect to me, wistful and languid and as someone who can't remember my own name half the time I wonder at the ability to memorise written music so well.

09. Diana - Raymond - Theme from Overture
After 5 months that if marvelous, nice tempo and even touch, well done.

10. Recaredo (Ricardo) - Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement.

If you wanted to play it why not and I am sure will have got a lot from learning it anyway. Well done, after a year and half that is a performance to be proud of.

12. (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss
Some unexpected melodic twists make this interesting as well as relaxing to listen to, congratulations on a fine composition.

13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home
Familair with this from the Piano bar, as I commented before the band really swings along with nice solos that retain the interest throughout, not a mean feat by any means. Very impressed with your arranging skills too Ken.

14. Amaruk - Sur le fil
Your piano is beautifully recorded and the sound is really alive. You have a sure touch and and the joy you have playing this piece comes through in your performance.


15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1
I couldn't play Bach to save my life so I am full of admiration for those that do, it sounds fiendish but very well done and I loved the presto section.
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 11:04 AM

10. Recaredo (Ricardo) - Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement. This is a very powerful piece, powerfully played. It will simply continue to mature under your fingers. Very good job for a mere 18 months of playing! Your interpretation brought out the music’s character very well.

11. Jazztpt - Lament The feeling of loss comes through in this very well. I like the restrained quality that you give it. It is sad, touching.

12. (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss I like the clear melody line with echoing accompaniment. Very nice! The melody is uplifting and haunting at the same time.

13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home The drummer and bass are a nice accent to the piano arrangement. I enjoyed the piano improvisation. Great job.

14. Amaruk - Sur le fil The beginning is music box like. It makes a great opening. I am unfamiliar with the piece, but it sounds quite challenging. You played it well and I love your interpretation. You gave it the slow, unrushed sound that it needs.

15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1 “Only two voices” in the fugue means that there is a lot going on with those two. This sounds devilishly difficult. You pulled it off very well. The voices are well balanced and clear. The fugue is especially beautiful.

16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor The Mazurkas always sound like the precursors to Jazz to me. You played this with the freedom to let that quality shine. There is tremendous variety in this piece. Absolutely beautiful!

17. ladypayne - A New Change I like the sense of adventure and determination in this piece. There is a strength in it that is very uplifting. It is a very touching and beautiful composition. Thanks for sharing!

18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue I like the steady walking beat in the left hand against the free melody in the first part, which transitions to a more upbeat chorded second part, returning to the beginning and then finshing strong. Great arrangement! Very well done.

19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme This is such a beautiful piece. Your gentle touch to it worked will
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 11:15 AM

More five:


11. Jazztpt - Lament - Thanks for sharing the story beyond this music. I was looking for this "Lament" -I keep attention for those who send original pieces-, and man, let me tell that I was amazed with this composition. I think that only someone with your level of experience and felling can do something like that. As you wonder my ability to memorize, I wonder and admire your ability to compose.

12. (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss - I like the contrast and the "game" between LH e RH. Nice job!

13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home - Wow, what a rhythm! Congratulations on this composition. Very joyous!

14. Amaruk - Sur le fil - Ah, Yann Tiersen! Well Amaruk, I think you captured exactly the Tiersen's mood. One more entry to my "to-do" list. Thanks for that!

15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1 - Sam, two different teachers, two diferent opinions... And what about YOUR opinion? Play as you wish, look for your feelings. For me this "version" is very solid and if it this a "work-in-progress", I can imagine the final result. Good job!
Posted by: Tiago84

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 11:24 AM

Wow, thanks for all the kind words and positive feedback, I wasn't expecting it.
It was a battle against the red dot but in the end I think I kicked his ass.
A special thanks to CarlosCC who made me participate.

To PianoStudent88:
- The second note (B) is played a bit too soon (not like it's written), although she said that it's not wrong, it's just that I should know that what I played is not what's written. Mine make it sound more soft/"ballady" which sounds good to me.
- 13rd measure: the D# is too loud. It's even louded that the accented C.
- 17th measure: I should play the gruppetto more slowly and then stretto AFTER the G note.
- 19th measure: I should start the diminuendo at the F note not 3 notes before at E.
- 22th measure: I should crescendo a bit before smorz. so I can "smorz" better.
- Last two measures: I did very long pauses eheh. I should have played more pp.

Lately I've been playing it with a bit of rubato, but I'm still looking for the sweet spot, not too much and not too little.


Some random pieces:

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3 - I didn't know this piece, it is beautiful, well played. I've got to check other works from Schumann.

07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2 - Simply lovely. There are times I wished you went louder, but that's just preference and intrepertation. Well done. This piece is on top of my "must learn pieces" list.

08. CarlosCC - Ambers - Like I told you before, I really liked your performance. It's has a beautiful melody, a pleasure to listen to.

19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme - Haunting and beautiful. A fine performance.

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1 - Chopin, what can I say. A delight for the ears.

27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle) - Beautiful. You performance is very emotional, loved it.

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag - Wow, that was FUN. I want to hear more! laugh

40. Serge88 - What'd I say - I'd say that you played it very well laugh It was fun to listen.

53. notbach - To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1) - Just beautiful. Yeah, playing through mistakes can be hard, I myself I'm practicing to do exactly that too.

61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings - Wonderful. Very calm. Loved it.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 11:35 AM

Originally Posted By: Tiago84
Wow, thanks for all the kind words and positive feedback, I wasn't expecting it.
It was a battle against the red dot but in the end I think I kicked his ass.
A special thanks to CarlosCC who made me participate.

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Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 12:17 PM

Now for a batch of comments for the first time recital submitters. Congratulations on your first AB forum recital! I hope y’all found it to be a good experience and will keep coming back. smile

09. Diana - Raymond - Theme from Overture You’ve only been playing five months? wow You had excellent timing and articulation. I enjoyed this perky little piece.

13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home I always enjoy these Band in a Box pieces. Makes me feel like I’m sitting in a cocktail lounge, sipping a nice tall Sam Adams and listening to great jazz. You sound like you belong there.

19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme A beautiful piece. You do a good job of conveying the emotion of the movie.

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1 You make this sound effortless. This may be one of my favorite Chopin pieces.

23. MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649 You only have four months on piano self-teaching?! That’s amazing! I thought you did a terrific job; my only complaint is that it was too short.

25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor Bach is my most-feared composer (all those nonstop notes!), but you pulled this off impeccably. I was particularly impressed by that trill that seemed to go on forever. thumb

27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle) I can see why you liked this one so much; the melody is so plaintive and catchy. Well done!

35. Newman - Desperado – already commented in my first post.

37. Jake S - Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman Now that’s a Herculean effort! A 13-minute piece and memorized to boot! You have a delicate touch that shines through well.

45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List I love to listen to different interpretations of the same piece. Yours is more dramatic than Greener’s, and it’s just as effective, just in a different way.

50. Falmc - Sweet Sereny I’m impressed that you composed this. It’s a beautiful piece, well-played.

51. Clemente - Andalucia– already commented on.

52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight I didn’t recognize the title of this piece, but when I heard you play it, it was immediately familiar. (I know it by the name “Rakuyou”). Gorgeous melody. I play it with a lot more pedal than you do, but then again, I play everything with a lot more pedal. whome

57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4) I’ve loved this piece ever since I watched the TED talk by Benjamin Zander where he plays it. You did a wonderful job on the piece, particularly your dynamics toward the end.

58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1 I like the minimalism of this piece and the delicacy of the melody which captures well the sense of sunlight sparkling on water.

59. yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes for Piano This has been a good recital for original compositions! While I liked the joyfulness of your first theme, the second theme is the one that really made my jaw drop. I’m looking forward to hearing more of your work.

More later...
Posted by: LadyChen

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 12:37 PM

1. wouter79 -- La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12)

Thanks so much for sharing this! i love Baroque music, however i have to admit I don't usually venture outside of J.S. Bach, so it was good for me to hear something else. I liked your choice of articulations and dynamics -- very appropriate to the era.

2. dannylux / Mel -- Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3

My goodness, what a gorgeous piece. Gotta love those Russians smile. I really enjoyed all those lush, jazzy harmonies. Your sense of rubato is lovely -- nice work here!

3. BenPiano -- Scriabin Prelude Op. 17 No 6

Wow, it's really something what our ABF members are accomplishing in 2-3 years. I enjoyed this prelude -- all those dissonances and resolutions -- fun! I encourage you to pursue your love for jazz, I think you will really enjoy it!

4. Jazzwee -- Invitation

I liked your melodic approach to the solo section very much, it was tasteful and sensitively played. I'm not a big fan of the higher/louder/faster approach to jazz -- I'd rather hear something musical and style-appropriate -- and you nailed it smile.

5. Inlanding - Glen -- Schumann Warum? Op 12 No 3

Oooo Schumann, my favorite smile. This is beautiful and you capture the mood perfectly -- thanks for sharing this! I love Schumann but find it difficult to make my fingers bring out the lines how i hear them in my head -- all those inner notes! You do a great job of this. Bravo! I hope you pursue your desire to take lessons -- if this is what you are doing on your own, I'd love to see what you can accomplish with a great teacher!
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 02:27 PM

55 RedKat
piece: Chopin, Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
noise: yes a little white noise
bass: not so much deep bass
depth of field: quite deep.
piano sound: good

musical:
overall impression, like: great playing! Good speed, nice sound, clear phrasing. A lot of pushing and pulling, and a very nice flow. I don't hear the bad notes, and imho a good flow is much more important than a few wrong notes. Small point: please wait till the last note died before turning off the recorder.
Phrasing: good. I noticed that you play the beats often softer (instead of louder) than the rest of the measure. Interesting, but it works.
rubato, speed changes: yes plenty rubato. Fits well within the flow.
Dynamics: good
articulation: mostly pedal, suits the piece.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 02:32 PM


58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1 Welcome to the recital! Two original compositions in a row - what a treat! You've done an excellent job of capturing the sense of reflected light on water. Such a beautiful melody throughout! Nice tempo variations made for a very interesting piece. The video was perfect for your music. Well done! thumb

57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4) Congrats on your first recital, too! Five months?!! Wonderful work on the Chopin. I like the tempo you've chosen and you have some really nice dynamics. You kept the haunting melody singing throughout. Bravo!


56. Grouchomarx - Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan (no Friska) I was looking forward to hearing your entry. Not even close to a "beginner" piece. smile And you have pleased my ears to no end! Holy cow, your runs are outstandingly awesome! The changes in mood are done with aplomb - the delicate next to the grand booming sections flowed perfectly. Excellent! (*the fuzzy sound of your recording distracted somewhat from your wonderful performance.)

55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2 I agree on this being one of the most beautiful waltzes. I was swaying along with your playing. (And it's a waltz melody that sticks in my head for hours). You kept this moving just beautifully. I didn't notice any wrong notes, probably because of your confident playing. I also love the sound of your recording. It's as if you're playing in a small concert hall. I thought your performance was sensational!
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 02:35 PM

I will take a hint from Monica and review first the new performers. Welcome to the ABF recitals! Hope you participate again.

09. Diana - Raymond - Theme from Overture You have mastered the art of playing legato in one hand in staccato in the other! Loved the slow down and pause too, before the return of the theme at the end.

19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme You captured the feeling of it - very nuanced.

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1 You play very well for having been back at the piano for only two years. I love the Nocturnes - I hope to play one this fall with my teacher.

23. MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649 You're doing wonderful without a teacher. Time to move on to a new piece!

25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor Oh, the invention with the long trills! You are so brave to play this one. The ornaments and trills sound great! Yes, you could back off with the hand that's playing the short eight notes, but when recording you have to exaggerate the dynamics for them to come through.

27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle) That's a great job for only 8 months! Nice finger control and dynamics. The middle section with the big chords was well done.

35. Newman - Desperado Singing and playing! What a pleasant surprise. Excellent job.

37. Jake S - Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman Great job for only 7 months of experience. I would never tackle this piece, even after years of playing. Too exposed. But you were convincing - small errors here and there, but they will only get better. You captured the feel of the different variations well.

45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List A very touching rendition. Loved your buildup to a climax and then your gradual descent to the end.

50. Falmc - Sweet Sereny Very touching - nice use of percussion and strings - a little and not too much.

51. Clemente - Andalucia Loved the video with the split screen - except there were some buffering problems. Your playing was great. Of course if you put the music up there, then I have to comment - you didn't really speed up the middle section. Now I never would have known about it or missed it if you hadn't included the music!

52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight It's great fun when we find a piece of music that speaks to us and we have to learn it - I know from experience. You did a great job with this!

57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4) You made me wait for that last chord sequence didn't you? I was starting to wonder if it had gotten cut off! Great job, very smooth and professional.

58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1 The music fits the title and the video very well - great job.

59. yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes for Piano Very moody - very new age sounding - hope that's a compliment! Excellent playing.

Sam
Posted by: JimF

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 02:36 PM

What a great bunch of submissions for this recital. Many pieces I had never heard before and many favorites. I listened to them all last night and want to thank each and every one of you for a very enjoyable experience.

ABF has so many talented players....and getting better all the time. Triple thumbs-up for all participants! thumb thumb thumb


Jim
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 03:20 PM

61. PianoStudent88 -
piece:Aram Khachaturian: Ivan Sings
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
noise: yes quite some white noise; breathing; pedaling noise; shuffling like someone is walking around; clicking, cracking (chair?). blurry noise around attacks (mp3 artefact?)
bass: no bass notes in the piece
depth of field: ok
piano sound: ok

musical:
overall impression, like: yes nice playing. The singing comes out pretty good.
Phrasing: clear
rubato, speed changes: The piece starts around 60bpm and accelerates continuously towards 80bpm. Checking the score I see that Khachaturian requests 80 for the entire piece. It may be an idea to check the metronome right before you start the recording session.
Dynamics: Difference in p and mf could be brought more.
articulation: pedal throughout as Khachaturian requests
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 03:40 PM

09. Diana - Raymond - Theme from Overture Welcome, welcome!! For only five months learning piano, I think you played charmingly. Good tempo, nice even playing, and you let the melody shine through. Very nice work! You put a smile on my face.

10. Recaredo (Ricardo) - Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement. I think you've done an admirable and lovely job on this movement. Your ornaments are really nice and your dynamics are appropriate. It's always good to challenge yourself. Very enjoyable and I, for one, am glad you dove into Beethoven!

11. Jazztpt - Lament "Sublime" is the word that came to me as I was listening. And I'm blown away by the beauty of your composition, your playing, the lush chords and the perfect care in which your took your performance. Your music went right to my core. *sigh* I loved it!

12. (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss Your music always tells a story for me. A moving melody that takes the listener on a reminiscent voyage. Beautiful!
Posted by: Norrec

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 03:45 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. I wanted to respond to two in particular,

Originally Posted By: Monica K.
52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight I didn’t recognize the title of this piece, but when I heard you play it, it was immediately familiar. (I know it by the name “Rakuyou”). Gorgeous melody. I play it with a lot more pedal than you do, but then again, I play everything with a lot more pedal. whome


It's funny you should mention more pedal, becaue when I was having trouble getting it to sound good while recording I turned to the pedal as a 'crutch'. I found I didn't have to be very fluid because if it took longer to get to the next key it didn't change the sound much. I recorded a version like this but it felt like I was cheating, so I kept at it till I could get a decent normal recording. I did find one spot that the pedal was unavoidable, where my left hand had to go from G in the middle C octave down to the last D on the keyboard(my keyboard only had 76 keys). The pedal made a huge difference here and I can't see anyway to keep the piece sounding 'right' without it.

Originally Posted By: PianoStudent88
52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight. An intriguing little piece. Welcome to the recital, and congratulations on stepping beyond Alfred's 1, and on recording! For your next step with this piece, you might want to experiment with the balance of the hands: make the LH softer and let the RH sing out more.


I agree on the balance of the hands, though I think it comes across worse in the recording then in person. That was the first thing I noticed when I listened to the MP3 instead of the keyboard, but decided to leave it as was(time was running out). I've also listened to your recording of Ivan Sings multiple times now. A few more listens and it'll be getting added to the "to learn" list. This list is getting very long now.

I suspect I won't do a write up of all of the entries because my feedback would be the same for all of them, "Sounds good, I have to raise the bar for the next recital."
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 04:12 PM

54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata) I haven't heard this for so long - thank you for choosing this piece! You have the perfect touch for Bach - light and exact. This was a delightful listen of a beautiful melody and performed with assurance.

53. notbach - To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1) You've put such a pleasing feeling into this piece. I've always liked this one and your interpretation is no exception. Beautifully done, especially on short notice! Lovely!

52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming SunlightCongrats on your first ABF recital! Very pleasant listening! It's charmingly played. Since I'm not familiar with the original - maybe a little pedal to make everything flow more evenly? Other than that, splendid work. Keep it up!

51. Clemente - Andalucia Oh, I love this melody! Nice job with the left hand throughout - pretty tricky, but you kept that important rhythm flowing nicely. Excellent on the hight register second section. Your piano sounds wonderful! All around, pretty impressive.
Posted by: LadyChen

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 04:33 PM

6. Mr Super Hunky -- There is love (The wedding song)

I enjoyed your noodling! Great job and I commend you for learning a song by ear.

7. SwissMS -- Chopin Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2

Beautifully and sensitively played! I thought you did a great job with the pedaling too -- sometimes waltz patterns can be difficult to pedal.

8. CarlosCC -- Ambers

Very pretty melody -- thanks for sharing!

9. Diana -- Raymond - Theme from Overture

Wow, 5 months experience, really? You're doing great! Your precision and attention to detail is admirable. I wish my students could do that after 5 months smile.

10. Recaredo (Ricardo) -- Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement

Nice job! I don't think it sounds too hard for you at all. Something that will help in the beginning section (and when the same theme returns later on) would be to bring out the notes on the main beat and make the other notes softer. For example, in the RH in the first bar there is a dotted quarter, quarter, eighth, quarter, eighth. Try making the eighth notes softer than the quarters and see if you like how that sounds.
Posted by: Clemente

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 04:52 PM

Well, after a day and a half of reading, watching, listening and writing... all extremely enjoyable, this is what I think...

01. wouter79 - La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12)
This sounds like a fun piece to play. Excellent dynamics and interpretation. You did make it sound like a “poule.”

02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3
I can see why, as you said, you have submitted four of his compositions. This is a beautiful melody. You play this composer’s music very well.

03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6
Scriabin is not an easy composer; which is the reason a shy away from his music. You handle him well. I liked what you said… “It is Scriabin, so it doesn’t really matter.” laugh

04. Jazzwee - Invitation
You never disappoint with you your jazz pieces. This is yet another interpretation of yours that I totally enjoyed. It is obvious that the people at the church enjoyed it as well.

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3
Wonderful melody fron Schumann. You did capture it and your abilities are just fine. Your Dad is proud, I am sure.

06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song)
This is a beautiful, soft piece. You played it very well, so your “noodle method” does work!

07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2
This is a great performance this beautiful (not easy at all) piece. Thoroughly enjoyed your performance. Just like you, I started taking lessons again in 2011. smile

08. CarlosCC - Ambers
I love this type of music. It relaxes me…great for a rainy day listening, at least for me. smile This type of music is not easy because you need to get the “mood” (for a lack of a better word) across to the listener. You accomplished just that.

09. Diana - Raymond - Theme from Overture
For having taken lessons for only five months, you have done an excellent job!

10. Recaredo (Ricardo) - Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement.
You have got talent! I think that creating this sound after one year and six months of playing is awesome!

11. Jazztpt - Lament
Even if you had not said that that the tune was inspired by the loss of someone close to you, that emotion came through in your playing. I enjoyed very much listening to your music. Loved the title, by the way.

12. (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss
What a lovely melody you composed. Lovely performance as well!

13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home
WOW! Professional quality stuff. Loved you arrangement of the arrangement. cool It does not feel like a first attempt at anything. You simply nailed it.

14. Amaruk - Sur le fil
Yes, you did the piece justice with your performance. Wonderful melody, and it does sound challenging at times.

15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1
You are right… Bach is so clever… and difficult, I have to add!! I know about those trills as well; they kill me every time. Very enjoyable performance!

16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor
This piece brings back memories of Smirnova. This was the first piece that I tackled with her after coming back to taking lessons again. I loved listening to you play it… and you are right, it is difficult… especially since most of the thing is supposed to be played legato without pedal. Yikes!!!

17. ladypayne - A New Change
You wrote a beautiful melody and I enjoyed listening to your performance. I also enjoyed the Alaska story. smile

18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
Great performance, and I am sure that Mrs. Calabash would agree. thumb

19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme
I liked your performance of this theme, and I also enjoyed the information you offered about the film. Good stuff!

20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree
Loved your idea of “a puzzle fitting together.” You played this very well.

21. timmyab - Moment musical Nr.2
I have always liked all of the 6 Moment Musicaux of Schubert. You did a great job playing No.2!

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1
This is one of my favorite Chopin Nocturnes. I agree about the life experience part… in comes in handy while playing this sort of music. You played it very well, and I know that the piece is quite difficult.

23. MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649
Four months of self-teaching. Well, you did progress just fine for being self-taught for only four months!

24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale
This is the type of music that I like for down time, or when I want to relaxand enjoy my surroundings. You just accomplished that with your playing. I smiled when you said that it looked easy on paper, but… LOL! That always happens to me. blush

25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor
Another Bach very well played. Excellent!

26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
I have always admired people who could play difficult by ear…and not just the melodies, but intricate harmonies and accompaniments. I enjoyed your playing very much.

27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle)
None of the Tchaikovsky “Seasons” is easy. Therefore, “June” is not an exception. Your interpretation of this challenging piece is awesome for only 8 months experience.

28. joangolfing - The Poet Speaks
Beautiful performance of this lovely Schumann piece.

29. Mar_red - Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby
I do like your rendition of this piece. It is a beautiful tune and you played it very well.

30. cscl - Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1
Beautifully played! Good luck in you new home/city!

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag
LOVE… LOVE ragtime music! You have inspired me to revisit this genre. Excellent playing! BTW, I am glad that no one died in the library. LOL!

32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...")
“then in the solitude of the cemetery with snow beginning to fall…” What an image that was. It helps in listening to your performance and experiencing the mood. Loved the story and the lyrics. Excellent!!

33. knotty - Petite Fleur
You have a very, very professional sound. Somehow the melody sounded familiar. I like the “Latin Jazz flavor,” or as you put it, “bossa.” I like Sydney Bechet’s music very much. I came across his stuff while I was in college.

34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4)
You played this very well!! Excellent execution of the base chords; which is what moves this piece forward… it is all in the chords of the left hand. My wife is learning this piece at the moment. I will ask her to listen to your performance.

35. Newman - Desperado
I liked your playing and your singing. Very well done!

36. Copper - Ave Maria
I played Burgmuller when I started in the 70’s, but I never came across this beautiful piece of his. I enjoyed listening to you play it.

37. Jake S - Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman
Playing the 12 variations separately and then merging them is quite all right. I know that for me it would be a monumental undertaking to record thirteen minutes of continuous playing without making mistakes; with the red dot capturing my every move. Yikes! eek You did an awesome job with these (not so easy) variations.

38. Augustina - Touched
Nice, soft, calm interpretation. I enjoyed your playing. I did not notice anything wrong with the tempo or the rhythm.

39. Sand Tiger - Ashokan Farewell
Wow! You have been playing for 5 months and you transcribed this piece. Hats off to you. You did very well!!

40. Serge88 - What'd I say
Playing it half the tempo of Ray Charles gives it a distinct flavor, which I liked. I liked the drum track as well. Excellent performance!

41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes
Loved your playing, your singing and your photos on the video. Wishing your Mom good luck with the results of that procedure.

42. CMohr - Imagination
Lovely tune. Lovely interpretation. Happy Birthday to your Mom on her 90th birthday. My Mom is 92. smile

43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846
Very good! When I learned this piece, for some reason, I found it horrible to memorize… and it is not easy either. You played it very well.

44. Ken. - Light Blue
Challenging Thelonious Monk. I tried ‘Round Midnight and dropped it because I found it too difficult. blush I enjoyed your playing very much.

45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List
Played with emotion! Excellent performance!!

46. MaryBee - Sonata in C minor, K.457, Mvt.1
It was a pleasure listening to you play this Mozart piece. Laughed at your comment about the “drunken uncle singing.” laugh

47. DadAgains_Daughter - Invention in F Major
Really good!! If this is now, just imagine how and what she will be playing in a few years time!

48. DadAgain - Prelude and Fugue XX - A minor
Well played Bach!! This stuff is never easy. Just like in your case, trills are also my Nemesis. I enjoyed your performance.

49. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits
I have only heard this piece orchestrated. You did an excellent job with this piece!

50. Falmc - Sweet Sereny
You composed a very beautiful melody. I am sure that it sounded just as beautiful in its original form for the guitar.

52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight
How nice and soft… I enjoyed listening!

53. notbach - To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1)
Beautiful piece of music. You played it very well.

54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata)
My wife has many Bach favorites, this is one of the top ones. Very enjoyable performance.

55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2
One can never go wrong with Chopin, and this is a favorite. Excellently played!! I agree with what you say about the length and the red dot pressure. eek

56. Grouchomarx - Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan (no Friska)
A very nice interpretation of this famous Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody. I enjoyed it very much.

57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4)
Five months!!! Simply beautiful playing!! In five more months you will be playing his Ballade No.1! This is another one my wife needs to listen to.

58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1
Your composition and your playing are both beautiful. I admire the talent for creating original compositions. This is excellent.

59. yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes for Piano
Another original talent to be admired. You said, “played by ear.” I do not know if it means that you never put pencil to paper and wrote this down. If that is what you meant, you should think about writing your music down. cool

60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness
I liked your rendition of this old standard without the Otis Redding finale, as you said. As always, you singing and your playing are very enjoyable.

61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings
I am not familiar with this work by Khachaturian. I did like the way this sounds, and that reflects on the way that you played it; which is excellent. Now I am curious about the rest of the pieces in the set. I will look it up.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to all the performances and reading the information accompanying each of the entries. I missed out on that the last two times. Hopefully, life will not get in the way of this much fun again... just hoping... Thank you to all the performers. WELL DONE!!

Clemente
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 05:04 PM

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag

The title cracks me up! laugh
The performance is spot on. thumb
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 06:43 PM

Inlanding, SwissMS, Tiago84, Clemente, and Strings & Wood - thanks! If people tap their feet or laugh I feel like I've done half my job laugh I debuted this in real life for the Alzheimer's unit on Sunday and they liked it, too smile

Thanks again.

Cathy
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 06:47 PM

13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home Oh yeah! This is what it's all about! cool I loved every second. I love how you varied your approach while staying within the same context - very tasty improv, and some really nice fat chords thrown in. (I'm a huge Hazeltine fan, too.) Just fantastic! Encore!

14. Amaruk - Sur le fil Beautifully performed! Really great cross hand work making those high notes give off the faint echo. I love the somewhat wistful/mysterious mood of your playing in this piece.

15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1 For a work in progress, it's coming along spectacularly! The transition to the presto: (loved the presto!) - I bet Bach didn't play it the same way every time smile. Good control. My favorite part is the fugue. You really played this smoothely and let each voice sing - just wonderful! (No video? I was waiting to follow along. laugh )

16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor A favorite mazurka of mine, but there are so many favorites.....I think you definitely put your personal stamp on this one. Super interpretation. You made it danceable and dramatic at the same time. Loved it!
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 06:48 PM

I was sorry to miss out on this one, but work coupled with my son's Little League Summer schedule has been somewhat overwhelming recently. I'm starting a vacation now, and my son's Little League team lost last night in the semifinals, so I should have some time to listen and comment.

01 wouter79 - La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12), Rameau
A beautiful performance at a nice lively tempo, wouter. Nice clean recording and playing.

02 dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3, Bortkiewicz
Lush, romantic, beautiful. A moving performance.

03 BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6, Scriabin
An interesting piece. With its dissonant harmonies I imagine learning it is challenging. You play it well.

04 Jazzwee - Invitation, Bronislau Kaper
The piano is a bit overwhelmed by the bass and drums in this recording, but it sounds good. I am reminded of a jazz ensemble performance at the college I attended (many years ago). The performers answered questions afterward. A trumpet instructor asked Dick Hyman if he thought the piano was too loud in the mix. Hyman's reply was classic. "I guess that depends on whether you're a piano player or not."

05 Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3, Schumann
I really enjoyed the way you bring out the different voices in this piece. Nice.

06 Mr Super Hunky - There Is Love, Paul Stookey
This is a truly beautiful song. I like your version. It's lush without becoming overwrought.

07 SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2, Chopin
Beautiful! This is one of those pieces that, well played, can bring a tear to my eye. You did.

08 CarlosCC - Ambers, Helen Jane Long
I am not familiar with Long's work, but this is nice. Weell played with feeling and a deft touch.

09 Diana - Raymond - Theme from Overture, Ambroise Thomas
I didn't think I'd heard this one, but it does sound familiar. Nice timing throughout, Diana.

10 Recaredo (Ricardo) - Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement, Beethoven
Learning new music is never a mistake, Ricardo. That you put your heart into this shows in the dynamics.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 06:53 PM

#56. groucho- Hey, mighty fine playing. Especially with only a few years under your belt.

#55. redKat- I never tire of listening to this waltz. I agree, just a beautiful piece. You do a real nice job with it. Great feel and nice rubato.

#54- Lyricmudra- Wow...You play this so well. I'd love to hear it again when you feel you are finished. Seems pretty perfect already.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 07:01 PM


50. Falmc - Sweet Sereny Lucky friend to have a song written for her! What a perfectly lovely melody. Your "accompanists" were just right, too. But it's too short - I wanted it to go on. I enjoyed this very much - a beautiful song you've written!

49. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits I know this, but didn't know the title. Great job getting this recorded and sight reading to boot! You definitely put the right feeling into the piece. Lovely melody and very nice playing.


48. DadAgain - Prelude and Fugue XX - A minor Oh yes it is musical! This P & F sounds so "Bach-y tricky". You did a fine job keeping it moving. I think the voices stood out individually, too. Impressive.

47. DadAgains_Daughter - Invention in F Major Amazingly fabulous! You're going to give Dad a run for his money. laugh It sounded just perfect. Brava!
Posted by: Clemente

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 07:10 PM

Originally Posted By: SwissMS
51. Clemente - Andalucia I am not that familiar with Lecuono. The Spanish flair came through well. I like the varying dynamics and tempo. Nicely played.


Thank you very much SwissMs. Lecuona was a great composer who wrote beautiful music and I am trying to learn as much of his music as I am able to learn, or rather, handle at my level.

Originally Posted By: PianoStudent88
51. Clemente - Andalucia. Oooh, dramatic and fascinating from the very first chord! Thanks for sharing this piece.


You are very welcome, and thank you so much for your comments. Andalucía is one of Lecuona's better known pieces.

Originally Posted By: Monica K
51. Clemente - Andalucia Oh, this one really took me back. "Andalucia" was my signature solo piece back in my long forgotten accordion days. I had no idea there was a piano solo version of it. The piano version sounds even tougher than the accordion version, and that was tough enough. I'm impressed.


Monica, thank you so very much for commenting. I am so glad that you are familiar with this piece. I did not think that anybody would be! smile Andalucía was originally written for piano solo. You will find transcriptions for every possible instrument solo, bands, orchestration, you name it, it is out there. I would have loved to listen to it being played on the accordion. You are right, it is challenging on some spots, but I am sure that the accordion transcription was just as challenging... as all of his music is. If you would like to compare the accordion version to the original piano solo version, take a look at my video of it. I included the score right alongside my playing.


Originally Posted By: Sam S
51. Clemente - Andalucia Loved the video with the split screen - except there were some buffering problems. Your playing was great. Of course if you put the music up there, then I have to comment - you didn't really speed up the middle section. Now I never would have known about it or missed it if you hadn't included the music!


Sam, thank you for taking the time to view the video and for commenting. I do not know what I did while exporting the movie. Usually, when I do this with enough time, I tick the radio button to make it compatible with Web streaming. I do not know if I did that this time because I was rushing. I recorded in the early afternoon the day before the deadline (It said that I had 20 hours to upload my entry). Then I uploaded the film to my computer, separated the audio from the video, sent the audio to Piano World and started working on the video. I had included a link to the video to my web site, and the video was not there yet. So, I quickly finished working with the video (scanning the score, adding it to the video, etc), and uploaded it to my web site without taking precautions for easy downloads, etc. I am sure that the fault for the buffering is on my side. Sorry about that. blush

You are absolutely right, I did not play the second section "molto vivace." I once heard a pianist do this, and I made fun of him... and now I did it, but I am not a professional; and he was! LOL!! I am glad that I included the score because that gives the viewer a chance to see what was played correctly and what was not. In the coming weeks, I plan to correct this and bring it as much close to perfection as I am able. My teacher is coming back from Russia at the beginning of September and my piano lessons pick up again on 9/6. Once that happens, I will have to concentrate on the stuff that she left behind as homework when she left at the beginning of July. It includes some Brahms and more Lecuona, and although I will keep playing this piece until I totally own it, my true focus will be on the other pieces.

Originally Posted By: CMohr
51. Clemente - Andalucia Oh, I love this melody! Nice job with the left hand throughout - pretty tricky, but you kept that important rhythm flowing nicely. Excellent on the hight register second section. Your piano sounds wonderful! All around, pretty impressive.


Thank you, CMohr. I am glad that you love the melody. It is catchy. smile Yes, it does get pretty tricky at times, but it is doable. Back in December I was saying to myself that this was beyond me. In January I was saying that I would never be able to put the two hands together and make it sound right because of all that polyrhythm stuff, and now it is at least at a pleasant-sounding level. If you like the melody enough to learn the piece, send me a PM...then go to my web site and get the fingering! laugh

Clemente
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 07:18 PM

02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3
I don’t know what I was expecting when I saw the title of your submission but I sure wasn’t prepared for such a wonderful, lush, romantic and well played recording. This is an outstanding effort.

03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6
Another well crafted and nicely executed selection and performance. You obviously put quite a bit of effort into your submissions and it shows.

04. Jazzwee - Invitation
I like the “live” recording – I felt like I was among the appreciative audience. Next time why not see if someone could take a video as well – I’d love to see you jamming with your band.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 07:32 PM

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3
I’m in awe of your pianistic versatility. As with your original works and your fine interpretation of piano standards your skills and love of music show in the way you can make this somber piece sing.

06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song)
I always enjoy listening to your instrumental piano stylings of popular tunes. I’m a huge Peter, Paul and Mary fan (my mom and dad allowed me to take the bus into downtown D.C. to see them in the very early sixties – I still remember it clearly). You captured the spirit of this very nicely – your “noodling” is quite impressive.

07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2
A stately and graceful performance of this classic. Your piano has a ringing quality in the higher registers that is very pleasant.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 07:43 PM

08. CarlosCC - Ambers
The fact that you could deliver such an emotional performance of a piece that you are not totally in love with says a lot about you as a performer. Well done.

09. Diana - Raymond - Theme from Overture
I like the crispness of your attack. A confident performance for someone playing only 5 months. Very nice.

10. Recaredo (Ricardo) - Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement.
I’m glad you decided to give this a shot. Your performance is quite polished and moving. You should be proud of achieving such a fine result for a “stretch” piece.
Posted by: DadAgain

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 07:49 PM

Originally Posted By: CMohr

47. DadAgains_Daughter - Invention in F Major ..You're going to give Dad a run for his money. ...


"Going to"? No need for the use of future tense here! At the moment I can read better than her, my interpretation on romantic works is better and there are things that I've worked in the past I can play that she cant get anywhere near - but on the stuff she works on, once she's at 'performance' level I cant beat her technical ability!

Defeated by an 8 yr old.... make me sad and proud all at the same time! :-p
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 08:39 PM

#48. DadAgain- I'm going through the pieces at random and felt in the mood for some Bach... You gave me what I was looking for. There is just something so rich and satisfying about Bach. The different voices in this are so complicated but so cool. Nicely done.
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 09:11 PM

57 Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4) - Chopin - Tiago84
What a great piece to be working on in your first year, Tiago. I'm just realizing now about the two entries of this piece on this recital. See what I wrote for Andy about what this piece does to me. Two is better than one, when it comes to this entry, for me. I just love this composition. A fine example of less is more. Fabulous job, great selection, I really liked it.

31 Dill Pickle Rag - Johnson, Charles L. - jotur - Cathy Turner
What a fun piece, Cathy. Really catchy sound that is bound to put a smile on the face of anyone entering the room I'd say. I like it. I like it a lot. Thinking of venturing into the Rag realm myself now. Thanks very much.

60. Try A Little Tenderness - BillM
This singing business Bill, adds a really great dimension. The feeling you put in to your pieces really comes through, in a great way. Great singing, great accompaniment, great job. Very inspiring ... I'd love to also give a try, but a bit nervous about. Good for you though. I always look forward to seeing you take the stage in the Bar ...
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 09:22 PM

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3
Well done Glen. The piano sounds really nice. Is this your S&S?
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 09:35 PM

42. CMohr - Imagination
There is no doubt we like the same melodies. You have picked another good one.

24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale
A very delicate softness to this performance.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 09:58 PM

Big thank yous to SwissMS, Pianostudent88, Clemente and Strings&Wood for listening and commenting on my tune. I sincerely appreciate it! (*Hey Carl, we missed you again this time!)
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 10:22 PM

11. Jazztpt - Lament
You have created a somewhat dark and meditative mood with this piece. This is one of the more expressive performances of the recital.

12. (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss
How coincidental that you follow Jazztpt with another poignant and melancholy original composition. Nice.

13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home
This really got my feet tapping. This is a Professional level performance and recording.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 10:42 PM

14. Amaruk - Sur le fil
Well played. I like the red lighting in your video. You do a very good job of maintaining the tempo.

15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1
I’ve enjoyed observing the evolution of your playing over the last couple of years. You strike me as someone who is really working on developing their craft and your efforts are obviously paying dividends. I love the crispness of the faster passages (is that presto??). A very enjoyable listen.

16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor
You seem to have given this a little jazz/bluesy flair that I was not expecting. Very cool. Kind of miss your signature artsy video.
Posted by: DadAgain

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 11:08 PM

Tough to know where to start - so thought I'd start by listening to all the Chopin since its all stuff I'm familiar with:

In general the standard was high! - Dont any of you guys ever play wrong notes? Obviously a lot of careful practice and preparation around here! Make me feel kinda ashamed at my always untidy efforts.

SwissMS - Nocturne Eflat Op9#2
Beautifully played. Its such a simple sound this nocturne - but that simplicity really bites you in the bum if you stuff up. - You DIDNT stuff up and the result was fantastic. If pressed for a criticism I'd say there was some uneveness in the RH runs that 'd prefer to be more equal (I probably play them more equal but with fistfulls of bum notes - so on balance your approach is better!). I love the brave slow start to the final cadenza-ish trill - really 'hold your breath and wait for it' stuff!

22 Lady Chen - Nocturne Emin Op72#1
I love this nocturne and often have a stab at it myself. Your last page was fantastic (much tidier than I ever manage)with a real dark mood to it that I liked right up until the lightness of the final coda. If I had to offer any criticism I'd say that some of your right hand melody on the first page was a little harsh - but its really tough to project a nice tone without it coming across that way (I'm not saying I can do any better by the way!)

34 Andy Platt - Prelude Emin Op28#4
Initially your left hand chords were a little unsteady. I've heard plenty of people talk about Chopin rubato suggesting that your LH should be fairly metronomic, with the RH doing all the variation for expression. Obviously thats overstating the case a little, but I think its something for all of us to bear in mind when getting indulgent with Chopin's work. Your dynamic build through the piece was great and there was plenty of control at the ending. Very beautiful.

55 RedKat - Waltz Bmin
I think this may be my favourite Chopin waltz and you did a great job. Your tone is crisp and clear. I'm not convinced about all your rubato in the first section (and its reprisal), but perhaps its just *different* to how I'd do it? (I cant put my finger on what I'd do different - sorry!). Fantastic performance!


57 Tiago84 - Prelude Emin Op28#4
Great recording, really nice sound. Lovely playing of a beautiful piece. The holding back before the final 3 chords was just a little long but really draws the tension out! Absolutely stella effort for a few months of playing! Congratulations - keep going!!!!




(N.B. Any criticism are not meant negatively - I enjoyed everything immensely, but I know I like to hear suggestions of how I can improve, so I've tried to give some of that type of feedback to others - no matter how trivial the issues mentioned are. Well done everyone - you've killed my work productivity today!)
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/16/12 11:10 PM

17. ladypayne - A New Change Absolutely beautiful! You have matured on the piano by leaps and bounds. I love the oboe-it gives your piece that plaintiff quality and moves into an exciting expectation to the middle section. Fabulous composition. Love the slide shoe and the recording is wonderful, too! Good luck in Alaska.

18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue I always look forward to your submissions. This was an extra-special treat. So cool, I love it! It does have a movie/musical feel to it, but is made grander with your able fingers. I love how the theme has so many different moody variations, and you've given each a flavor all their own. I was dazzled!

19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme Welcome to the recital! Every time I hear this I get goosebumps....even now as I listen to your performance. Really well done. You've captured the heartbreak and glimmer of hope very well in your interpretation by keeping the haunting melody a little sparse - very fitting.

20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree Perfect choice in pairing the two pieces. They really flow together well. Rigaudon is played with the perfect touch and feeling. The Entree is assuredly played - your confidence is shining through. Nice duo you've presented. A completely pleasant listen!
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 12:00 AM

11 jazztpt - Lament
This piece is dark and lush sounding. Nice performance.

12 (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss
This is also a dark moody piece. I'm not sure the title fits the mood of the piece. I think of a goodnight kiss as something a bit more positive. Nice music, though.

13 kenjazz - A House is Not a Home, Bacharach/David
You handle the speed well, kenjazz. If you aren't playing out somewhere, you should be. Nice!

14 Amaruk - Sur le Fil, Yann Tiersen
You have certainly done it justice, Amaruk. This is simply beautiful!

15 Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1, Bach
Those devilish ornaments that Bach used to torture pianists got you in a few places, but this is coming along nicely. You must have worked on the fast part in the prelude a lot. It sounds quite nice. I think the fugue is in better shape overall than the prelude. It's quite nicely done.
Posted by: jazzwee

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 12:29 AM

Thanks to all your wonderful comments! Here's a few from me.

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3 Always looking forward to your fantastic piano touch and tone and it always never fails to give me goose pimples. So wonderful! Are you able to play now? Must be so impatient to get back.

08. CarlosCC - Ambers You are sounding so good now Carlos. You've come a long way from your dedication. Really good tone and evenness. Wonderful balance between the hands. Melody is brought out nicely. Great job. This is a nice piece too.

11. Jazztpt - Lament I swoon at the sound of those lush chords and complex harmony. Then combine that with your glorious piano touch and we're in heaven. Beautiful work.

13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home - I thought I was listening to a live trio (with better recording than mine!). You're really building a nice touch and feel already. It's really hard to sound remotely good so early in jazz and you are doing great so quickly. Excellent work.

18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue Once again I am awed by the amount of music you know. I know that at every recital you will surprise me with some new tune. So well played and unlike your usual style of going with accompaniment. Nice change because it highlights your long developed piano skills. Lovely work.

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1 Excellent piano skills! Obviously no beginner and wonderful playing. Everything is so smoothly played and great balance between the hands and fingers. Fantastic tone. Bravo!

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag Wow. So well performed! Great tone on the piano and excellent rhythm. You have come so far from when I first came to ABF. Perfect!

33. knotty - Petite Fleur Of course I've heard this before and it's on Reverbnation. I just want to say that the recording is awesome. I've so far not found a good live environment where I'm able to take a nice recording. It's always noisy or too much carpeting or too boomy. Is this at your house? Great sounding comping work and soloing. Triplet 16ths now! Moving up in the chops world. I liked how you kept it simple. Excellent musicians all around.

34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4) Nice balance between the hands Andy! Now this tune requires more advanced technique than is obvious and you are doing extremely well for 2 years of lessons. And you even can sense the tension in the LH. Well we all have it still so it does take awhile. I would develop a more consistent rhythm in the LH. Just because it's rubato doesn't mean the time wavers. The time stretch has to feel consistent. So think about that. Great work. Love it!


35. Newman - Desperado - You're playing wonderfully and accompanying yourself with such perfect rhythm. Doing great work and welcome to the recital. Excellent singing.

42. CMohr - Imagination Always looking forward to your playing especially your beautiful two handed voicings. You don't even realize how far you've gotten all these years. Beautiful work. You've begun to specialize in this kind of solo piano playing.

51. Clemente - Andalucia Nice legato playing and good piano tone Clemente. You're doing very well for so little instruction so far. Let's try to bring you to the next level. You ought to slow it down, particularly that left hand rhythm (maybe at least to 25%) and allow those muscles to develop. This is a difficult rhythm to be doing. And then bring down the touch a notch. You will find some magic weight that's a little less that will bring out the tone even more. Nice balance between the hands. Great work!

58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1 First of all welcome to the recital and thanks for your comments. Glad to have you here. Beautiful playing. I didn't realize it was an original composition. That makes it doubly special. Wonderful piano tone that's not so obvious given the iphone recording. Fantastic work.

60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness Beautiful haunting tune. You played it wonderfully. Just loved the little tinkling you do on the keys. So smooth. And of course, great vocals as always.
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 01:32 AM

02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3 - Wow- splendid! I hope to play this sort of stuff in another 3 or so years (give or take 10 years). You played this beautifully!

03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6 - Dude, get a teacher!

04. Jazzwee - Invitation - Nice improv - the audience (including us) surely appreciated it! Your band sounds great!

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3 - You know, I think I'm a Schumann fan now after hearing this. I was never particularly impressed with pieces he wrote that were at my level, but time after time, I hear gems like this for more advanced players that are just exquisite and really inspire me to get to this level some day. There are so many layers to this, and you played them all perfectly enough to inspire a noob like me to learn one day. I hope you get well enough to play this again!

06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song) - Another beautiful submission for the recital - you're really an inspiration for those not taking formal piano lessons to just keep noodling around on the piano and figure it out. Not many can do it like you do - but we can all aspire to be almost as awesome. wink

15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1 - hehe, I'm working on a Bach invention right now - it's hard to appreciate his genius unless one has tried to decipher it! This sounds seriously difficult - I'm glad your playing it and not me! wink Very well done, and thanks again for maintaining the recital index! smile

16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor - Wonderfully played - your ease with the piece makes it sound much less "monumentally difficult" than it is. I'm glad you submitted this!

24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale - I thought you played this wonderfully despite your reservations. Had I learned this, it would have been playing in my head as I traveled on several vacations over the past month - every new hill revealing its own fairy tale.
Posted by: Bobpickle

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 02:01 AM

Sorry if this is a bit cluttered, but its copied over from a Word doc for the most part

1.wouter79 – What catchy counterpoint. Overall, I really enjoyed the playing. Thanks for introducing me to some more Rameau – I’ll need to invest time into listening to more now.
2.dannylux – Those ARE some beautiful melodies, and you made them sing quite serenely. Thanks for sharing
3.benpiano – What calming playing – nice!
4.Jazzwee – I wish I could’ve made out your playing a little clearer, but what I could hear was great. I aspire to play jazz and improvise as comfortably as yourself one day.
5.Inlanding – Nice playing (that apparently runs in the family!). If you’re even sort of contemplating it, you really should look into lessons – if nothing else, it’s helped me personally stay more accountable with my learning and thus progress quicker (along with learning various things I wouldn’t have otherwise!)
6.Mr Super Hunky – What rich, delicate sounds you bring to life. If you ever do play at wedding venues, I’m sure your playing would make for the absolute perfect experience.
7.Swissms – Excellent tone and sense of rhythm – I’m envious.
8.CarlosCC – Beautiful, expressive playing.
9.Diana – What a wonderful little tune. Simple, of course, but as far as doing the most with the least goes, you really brought it to life. I look forward to hearing you play more in the future.
10.Recaredo – I also got a little ahead of myself choosing to learn the piece that I did. It may not have been the most EFFICIENT use of time, but when you can sit down and play that piece that just a short time ago you felt was impossible, but yet so breathtaking, it all feels worth it. Great job with what you have thus far, but don’t think the pedestal that is mastery over a Beethoven sonata doesn’t require a lot of time and effort to stand comfortably on!
11.Jazztpt – I think you did a good job articulating your feelings of loss in the composition. Very nice work
12.(Was)TrueBeginner – Nice composition
13.kenjazz – Quite the performance, sir. Loved to see just how much you put into the presentation. I enjoyed the rendition and will have to look up Hazeltine’s performance
14.Amaruk – Ah, I keep forgetting to learn some Yann Tiersen. A re-arranged Comptine d’un Autre (I think that was the title) was one of the many reasons I decided to pick up the instrument. The various compositions have such quaint, warm melodies. You did a good job bringing this one out.
15.Sam S – The E minor P+F is probably my favorite – especially the fugue! I agree that it’s arguably the most unique of Bach’s WTC having the only 2-voice fugue. Great job with it so far. If you aren’t already familiar with it, http://www2.nau.edu/tas3/wtc/i10.html#movie is a great resource for analysis and recordings not only on this particular fugue, but all the fugues of Bach’s WTC – check it out, it’s quite wonderful and, as interested in the WTC as you’ve come across in my short time here, likely of some value to you. I particularly like the analysis page (http://www2.nau.edu/tas3/wtc/) for picking out fugues to listen to.
16.Peyton – Such exquisitely clear note articulation – you exhibit a very professional touch here. Whether this piece could be considered "monumental" or not, I don't know - whatever the case, however, your playing very much IS monumental here.
17.ladypayne – I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that I’m such a big fan of your own work after how blown away I was at your composition from the last recital – I really feel you could score professionally (assuming you don’t already). This one has such a trance-like feeling about it and fits incredibly well with the video you made for it. Thanks for sharing and keep them coming! Most importantly, enjoy your new home in Alaska and best of luck settling in.
18.Riddler – Your playing conveyed what felt like unrequited feelings finally being able to be expressed through the medium that is piano – be it the playing, your description, or some combination of the two that made me think that, I certainly can’t say. Regardless, I absolutely your playing as well as that piece. I’m personally striving to branch out as much as musically possible in hopes that if and when I come to teach one day as I aspire to, I won’t be forced to turn a student away that enjoys something I can’t enjoy myself out of ignorance, or, far worse, instill a several-decade-long hatred of playing music.
19.Greener – I agree with your description of the piece. You did a good job expressing that “romantic heartbreak” feel.
20.Casinitaly – I like your approach to recording – maybe I’ll try employing it next time (I say that now until I screw up mid-take, haha). You did well with both pieces, especially the first, considering your self-restrictions.
21.timmyab – A very musical moment …musical. I especially enjoyed that forte (?) section and then it coming back to its original level.
22.Lady Chen – You portrayed the pieces haunting, yet beautiful qualities superbly. Absolutely loved your technique.
23.MrPozor – I’d have to see the score to really notice if you missed anything, but I thought you’re playing was really good, not even noticing that you’re self-taught of 4 months time. As far as just generic feedback on playing any piece, objectively identify problem areas and proactively set time aside to focus just on those areas as slowly as necessary several, several times over until you can play them as smoothly and unconsciously as all the rest. Be sure to check out the Adult Beginners Forum (which you’re on), the Pianist Corner, as well as possibly some of the others for advice and tips of all kinds.
24.Monica K. – As soon as your warm playing started, before I looked who it was, I thought the player had absolute mastery over their piece… and I continued to think as such throughout the music’s entirety. Though a simple piece technically, I think musically this is by far one of the standout performances up to this point.
25.Cookie74 – I’m not sure about the dynamics (as mentioned) having never played the piece, but thought you did a good job with it.
26.Mile Hi Steve – At first, I thought your description said 6 years public performance and thought that matched well with the excellent playing, but 6 months seems far too short to exhibit that sort of control over a performance. Quite a stand-out performance. Unfortunately I just noticed I had to follow you ahhhh! ha
27.bobpickle – Hah, your articulations are too exaggeratedly pronounced and rhythm inconsistent. It’s a good thing we’re smoothing that out, eh
28.joangolfing – A nice rendition of a Schumann work I hadn’t heard prior. Congratulations on the new grand – I’m jealous.
29.Mar_red – Quite the description! I can honestly say I listened intently through to the end and did enjoy it.
30.cscl – A nice rendition of a bagatelle I had not heard. I wish you the best with your new home for you and your piano.
31.jotur – A fun little song – I agree that it might be a bit more enjoyable faster paced, but still enjoyed it nonetheless.
32.Trapperjohn – I liked the cantabile playing and agree with you on the beauty of the piece.
33.knotty – I enjoyed your soloing.
34.Andy Platt – Excellent rendition of the prelude. My teacher presented me with this piece discussing freedom from notated rhythm while still retaining control and you did an exquisite job of this here. Thanks for sharing.
35.Newman – Great accompanying/cover! Impressive that you learned it by ear.
36.Copper – Good job, Copper.
37.Jake S – Very controlled and articulate playing for 7 months – nice dedication; was a very pleasant listen.
38.Augustina – Surprisingly good recording for a cell phone. Good cover.
39.Sand Tiger – Very nice little piece and good playing. Happy learning!
40.Serge88 – Nice cover – congratulations on learning it and I’m glad you had fun.
41.Starr Keys – Beautiful cover and excellent job arranging to best support your singing.
42.Cmohr – I love that you learned and played this at the request of your 90-year-old mother.
43.Clavboy – No matter how many covers of this prelude I hear, it still sounds pleasant – I find it unique in that respect. For what it’s worth, I think you played it well – it was a smooth, enjoyable interpretation and the first beat didn’t really stick out more than it should.
44.Ken. – As little a fan as I am of much dissonant music, I enjoyed your playing.
45.DaveinDenton – Such exquisitely delicate playing. You did a truly excellent job evoking the emotions of the piece.
46.MaryBee – Very Mozartian in its exactness. Excellent, controlled playing. I can see how you could fall in love with it like you did – I ought to look up the second movement.
47.Dadagain Daughter – Good playing. I can see what you meant when you said your daughter had a strong affinity for these works.
48.Dadagain – You certainly didn’t want to let your daughter out-do you, huh? wink A very musical and playful rendition here – quite enjoyable.
49.Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White (is that really your username? lol) - Sweet little cover.
50.Falmc – Very pleasant little piece – the ending could have a bit more of an “ending” feel to it, though. When in doubt, throwing in a IVI perfect cadence will finish a piece off.
51.Clemente – Excitable playing in a fun, upbeat piece.
52.Norrec – Haha that did remind me of the show. The playing was nice. If you aren’t already familiar with the tune from the show, check out the theme “Brothers” (Germanseabass on youtube has an excellent rendition) that you might also like – sheets were also made on his website.
53.notbach – I’ve never heard a performance of this piece prior either so yours will be the “standard” now smile . It was nice, especially considering the time put into it.
54.lyricmudra – It may be a work in progress, but it sounded good nevertheless!
55.Redkat – Though I feel the tempo could’ve been a bit more secure in places (like I critiqued mine! Haha), I do think you conveyed the feeling of the piece quite nice. I’m glad you had fun with challenging yourself – for such a work, it’s rewarding.
56.Grouchomarx – I really liked it, but wish I could’ve enjoyed the whole thing (cadenza and all wink )!
57.Tiago84 – Textbook playing – but almost too much so! Feel free to exercise a bit more freedom with the tempo. That being said, though, very enjoyable and accomplished playing. Congratulations on the first recital!
58.AndyMc – Nice playing/composition. Welcome to the forums.
59.yohyrral – Larry Hoy spelt backwards? No wonder your username is so weird, haha. As far as your playing goes, it was very nice! I enjoyed being introduced to such nice new melodies.
60.BillM – Very serene playing, Bill. Your playing complemented your voice spectacularly. Calming and quite pleasant
61.PianoStudent88 – I don’t know about Ivan, but you certainly sing in your playing smile . Very nice

Special [much sought-after] Pickle Award recipients:
Favorite performance: Monica K
Favorite composition: ladypayne – A New Change
Favorite piece: Bach – Prelude and Fugue in E minor WTC bk. 1 BWV 855 (Sam S)
Favorite new piece [I hadn’t heard prior]: Theme from Schindler’s List (Greener & DaveinDenton; melodies from different parts of the same movie, I hear, but both still gorgeous)

Thanks to everyone for the opportunity to play like this and be heard.
Posted by: DadAgain

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 04:06 AM

Comment by Dadagains Daughter:

25 Cookie74 - Bach Invention #4
Definately a good performance. You are right the recording really flattens out the dynamics. I had the same problem when I recorded it last year:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7-mlXar864
(I play it a bit slower than you too)
Posted by: Bobpickle

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 04:08 AM

As far as for #62 (Mister Sam Rose), maybe if you visited the forums more and didn't wait until 10 minutes to the supposed cutoff to try and submit your piece *waves finger*! Just kidding, just kidding (sort of wink )

I watched your performance on youtube (actually on the 14th when u uploaded it - I'm subscribed to your channel) and liked it.
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 04:33 AM

This is my last batch of reviews. To everyone- great job. A big thank you laugh to Monica and everyone that helped make this recital possible. It is a wonderful gift you are giving to the rest of us and it is greatly appreciated.


01. wouter79 - La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12) Crystal clear playing! It is a very busy piece, but you managed to balance it well with steady rhythm. The image of cackling, clucking hens scurrying about makes this piece very fun. You gave it a great feel. This is an outstanding job for only 2 ½ years at the keyboard.

02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3 This a very soothing, floating piece. Your interpretation was very nice. I like the relaxed feeling that you gave it.

03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6 I am not familiar with Scriabin, but you played this beautifully. I like the clarity of the melody and the gentle touch that you gave it.

04. Jazzwee - Invitation A live performance! That is a treat. Your playing is very free and competently. You make it sound so easy to improvise! Wonderful performance.

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3 You gave this piece a sensitive touch that accents the questioning nature of it. Very delicately played to great affect. Fantastic.

06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song) I love your beautiful, full arrangement of this song that maintains its light character. Very nice!

08. CarlosCC - Ambers You really have the touch for this genre of music. This is absolutely beautiful. With the openness of this piece it could get lost, but you hold it together and give it substance were well.

09. Diana - Raymond - Theme from Overture Great job! Nice steady rhythm and good clarity. Your doing fantastically for five months experience!
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 04:39 AM

16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor - Peyton, it's very good, and not easy at all! I think it's the first time I heard this Mazurka and you gave it a "special" touch with your brilliant playing. Very good!

17. ladypayne - A New Change - Ladypayne, I like your piece a lot. Your compositions are getting better and better. I loved the story beyond this piece. Thanks for sharing this!

18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue - Riddler, such ability is amazing. I can see you're very comfortable with this piece. You make what you want with it. Incredible!!!

19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme - Jeff, that's it, I'm going to put this piece on the top of my "to-do list". I think you play it with the right mood. I loved this melody since the first time I heard it. Beautiful.

20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree - Cheryl, this is a very concentrated and clean interpretation. I like your image of a "puzzle" because that's exactly what seems to me too. Congratulations!
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 06:24 AM

21. timmyab - Moment musical Nr.2 - wow, it sounds professional to me. Very, very good work in a hard piece. I loved the changes along the piece that you played extremely well and, IMO, the tempo and beats are just right. Congratulations.

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1 - I share your feelings about Chopin. As you, I think Chopin demands, among an extraordinary technic, some life experience of the performer. It's a brilliant interpretation. Congratulations.

23. MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649 - MrPozor, I'm also a self-learning guy, so I can imagine the dedication and the effort you put on this. Only 4 months of experience? You are in the right way! Congratulations!

24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale - Monica, this time was your turn to play Einaudi smile . It's seems we switched our "roles". Anyway, I was reading this piece and I was not too far of selecting it for this season. Your rendition is an excelent guide and this is one more for my (long) to-do list. great job!

25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor - Cookie74, I always admire those who play Bach, because it seems to me so complicated and tricky... Congratulations on this piece. Although I am not an expert on Bach I think your opening on ABF recitals was great!
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 06:28 AM

Random Reviews...


26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms


Really nice performance of a good arrangement of this classic hymn - enjoyed listening Steve - would like to hear more of these gems from you in the future...
Posted by: kenjazz

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 07:45 AM

Thank you jotur,Inlanding(Glen),AndyMc,Andy Platt,jazztpt,SwissMS,CarlosCC, Monika K, Clemente,Cmohr,Bill M, TX-Dennis,Jazzwee, Bobpickle for all of your wonderful comments. I can honestly say that I’ve gotten more positive feedback in the last couple of days than in all of my playing time combined.

I’ve cut-and-pasted your comments into a word document for inspiration.

Now on to more listening…



Originally Posted By: CMohr
13. kenjazz - ... (I'm a huge Hazeltine fan, too.) ...


Now I know I've found a home!
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 08:02 AM

Another batch of 5:

26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms - Just knowing that you worked to offer this piece to a church is enough to give congratulations. Good job!

27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle) - I read twice your bios because it's amazing how you can play this at the end of 8 months... It's unbelievable.

28. joangolfing - The Poet Speaks - Your new yamaha has a great sound, the piece is a true poem, and you join it all together with a sublim rendition. Good job!

29. Mar_red - Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby - It's really, really beautiful. Your interpretation is very solid, and affecting. It did not let me indifferent. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations.

30. cscl - Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1 - Very clear interpretation of this Beethoven piece. All the phrases are in the right place and you keeped a constant balance along the entire (far from easy) piece. Good job!
Posted by: kenjazz

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 08:06 AM

42. CMohr - Imagination The only version of this song that I’m familiar with is by Stan Getz done as a real straight 4 number. Its kind of schmaltzy done that way. I love your lonely bar ambiance approach to this. I have some background noise from a lonely bar in Hamburg that would sound perrrfect mixed in with this.
50. Falmc - Sweet Sereny I commented on this one in the piano bar. This is such a memorable melody, and I’m sure it had its intended effect on your girlfriend. Oh, those heart stealing musicians….
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 08:23 AM

Thank yous:

Thanks SwissMs, PianoStudent, Clemente, and Bobpickle
I’m glad you enjoyed the photos and thank you for the kind words on behalf of my mom. She is a fighter, as you probably got from the first photo. I also appreciate the kind words about my singing. I know I have work to do there, but like Recardeo with his beloved Beethoven, I so wanted to sing this for her.

Comments:

Not usually one to follow the crowd, I think I will this time and make the rest of my reviews “random” selections. Not out of any desire to ignore or exclude anyone, but because after all the playing and obsessively trying to master video editing in two days, typing the first ten reviews has my arm in need of some down time. Since I’ve already typed them that way, though, here are my responses to the first 10 contributions in non-random order:

1. Wooter79 – Once again I’m amazed by your discipline and dedication to improve your skills. I’m sure it will pay off dividends in helping you play the kind of music you want to play. Your speed and control are impressive for the short time you’ve been playing.

2. Dannylux -- You play music I never hear anywhere else. It makes me think of ladies in long white dresses with parasols strolling near the sea. I think you must have lived an earlier life in the 19th century, you convey the sensibility so well, even though this one was written in 1940.

3. Ben The Romantics have the floor. This also sounds like an impressionist painting, very expressively colored. I always get excited when I seen this composer’s name on the roster, which isn’t really true of any other classical composer, except the ones Dannyux lists, most of whom I never heard of. Great job!

4. Jazzwee – This also makes me think of the impressionists even though the style is very different. Maybe it’s closer to Expressionism since that was the rage when Kurt Weill was writing his music and this sounded like a fragmented version of his “Speak Low,” which is one of my forever favorites. It made me want to see our favorite combo, partly because I was frustrated by the sound quality – but enticed by the performance. If you were in my neck of the woods I definitely visit your club.

5. Inlanding – Did someone spike the national water supply with LSD so everyone’s seeing the world through the 19th Century (except Wouter's whose feet are planted firmly in the 18th)? Even you have departed from your beloved jazz vernacular to play a classical piece (of which you are eminently qualified to do BTW). You really can do it all, can’t you? You’re one of the most versatile pianists around here. Your playing this gave me an image of a Degas painting. Graceful young ballerinas—all of whom I’m sure would be honored to dance to your lovely accompaniment.

6. Mr. Super Hunky – I don’t recall ever hearing this on the piano but your style is perfectly suited to render it that way. Great arrangement (or noodling, depending on what stage your noodling is in, mine isn’t good enough yet for this kind of performance). My widowed sister recently jumped back into the dating pool, and I’m saving this to sing at the wedding I somehow know is in her future. Great job!

7. SwissMs Do you live near the Alps from where you are In Switzerland? Because your playing so sublime, I’m wondering if your piano is near a window with a view of them that is a constant source of inspiration for you. I saw them in my mind’s eye with this one. Wunderbar! (or whatever it is they say in Switzerland).

8. CarlosCC You are such a natural! Your playing seems to spring effortless from your heart as if you’d been playing all your life instead of the mere 2-1/2 years you have. I could listen to you all day.

9. Diana I can tell you have a lot of talent even from this brief piece. Perhaps what I said about Carlos will turn out to be true of you as well. Keep it up!

10. Recaredo I don’t know enough about classical technique to know what’s wrong with yours. I thought this was a darn impressive performance for someone playing only as long as you have. Personally I think Beethoven inspires you more than pedagogy and playing him and listening as you play is ultimately better for your technique than technics. Plenty of people learn to play technically well without much feeling or understanding of what makes the music live and breathe. Yours breathes.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 08:27 AM

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag - Cathy, your piece put a smile on my face. I love ragtime, so everytime I listen a rag piece like this, i feel happy smile . Thanks! Good job!

32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...") - TrapperJohn, I was waiting for your piece. As usual, you give such useful information about it. Almost so good as your interpretations smile . I like it a lot!

33. knotty - Petite Fleur - knotty, at the beginning I tried to mentaly isolate the piano part of this song but... I couldn't. The whole solo instruments are good and attractive, and the result is great! The piano solo is realy nice!

34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4) - Chopin is always beautiful. I love it, and you did a delicate and serious job on this piece, very nice to hear. Very good!

35. Newman - Desperado - My friend, for me is 100% 'pianoished'. I paid to hear more like this. My sincere congratulations!
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 08:44 AM

17. ladypayne - A New Change
This is an outstanding piece of work! The pictures and your original composition are stunning. What will you be doing in Alaska?

18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
This is much different from your usual style. If Mrs. Calabash isn’t proud of you she has no sense and should be banned from giving lessons for life. You get a wonderful, full sound from your piano. This is an outstanding performance. Wow!

19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme
Your piano produces a melancholy tone that perfectly complements your touching and expressive performance. I really enjoyed listening to you play.
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 09:06 AM

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag Wow, what a great beat. I disagree with your thoughts on the tempo - I think this is perfect rag time. Lovely playing Cathy!

32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...") This is a beautiful performance of this song (yes, I could hear the words in my head). Tender in parts, surging forwards where necessary.

33. knotty - Petite Fleur Love it, love it! As usual I wish there could be MORE piano wink. It's got a great vibe, your playing just fills in exactly the spots that need it. The rhythm in your chords is spot on. Wonderful!

34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4) I think I said it all in the comments ... I don't think there's a single chord that's completely together. OK, one or two, and it's not that bad. And I really like the ending though my teacher would ask where the top note went wink

35. Newman - Desperado It sounds like there's rain in the background which really adds to the atmosphere. I love this song and I love your performance - your voice really suits it. When I sing it it gets really rough on the higher notes! I liked the arrangement you made - and the playing really worked nicely.

36. Copper - Ave Maria A very beautiful and touching performance. The melodic line was so carefully phrased and the overall piece was shaped very nicely.

37. Jake S - Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman For seven months this is outstanding. The main theme was played delightfully. You might want to take the faster variations a teeny bit slower so they don't come out rushed. There was great interplay between the bass notes and the melody which is very tricky to bring off. Great job! Oh, and to memorize a piece of this length is a feat in itself!

38. Augustina - Touched I think the tempo worked very well, and where it changed, it was very natural. It was lovingly phrased too. I was touched! wink

39. Sand Tiger - Ashokan Farewell I love this tune from the epic series on the Civil War. You did a great job with it (particularly for a beginner); yes, working on the "bigger" pieces consumes a chunk of our time. Forget about 14 weeks ... nothing wink. As you develop you'll play it with a little more freedom and that will complete it.

40. Serge88 - What'd I say Awesome! I bought a Ray Charles songbook this year but haven't played much yet. I'll definitely have to look this one up. I thought your tempo was great - yes, slower than the original but it works well since it's a blues song anyway. And you kept a great bass line (perhaps bring it out slightly more in places?). Some of the riffs were awesome.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 10:28 AM

20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree
I make a point to read your entries in the AOTW thread – you have such a positive outlook on learning the piano and your enthusiasm is contagious. I enjoyed listening to you play.

21. timmyab - Moment musical Nr.2
A lyrical and very musical performance. It sounds like you are caressing the notes. Very nice.

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1
A very competent rendering of this sometimes dark and brooding piece. Excellent dynamics and contrast between the dark and light sections.
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 10:32 AM

Here's another batch of comments:

01. wouter79 - La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12) I think you captured the spirit of it. It does sound rushed in places, especially the areas with a lot of notes (are those ornaments?), particularly in the left had at the ends of phrases. A slower tempo might help...

02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3 You are definitely the ABF Bortkiewicz expert. This pieces sound like so much fun to play, and your love of the music really comes through in your performance. I'm amazed you can learn them as fast as you do...

03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6 I have to confess that I do not get Scriabin - it just seems to wander and never arrive anywhere to me. It's not your playing! Sounds like you have good control of it.

04. Jazzwee - Invitation Wow. Real live jazz improvisation! Sounds great!

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3 OK, you faked me out - the video link goes to some nice jazz... Wasn't Warum a song? I'm a little fuzzy on the history - I know Liszt made a transcription. Anyway, it sounds great - it's great that you can continue your father's tradition.

06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song) As usual, Mr. S-H, you've done a great job capturing this piece.

07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2 Sounds great! the trills and odd polyrhythms came out very well. I just love this piece.

08. CarlosCC - Ambers It does sound very New Age. I think you captured the mood of it - very nice control.

10. Recaredo (Ricardo) - Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement. You are brave to tackle this! You did a very good job with it. I hope to try some Beethoven sometime this winter, but it will probably be opus 10#1.

11. Jazztpt - Lament Nice control - I liked the buildup and release at about 1:20-1:30. At times it doesn't sound like jazz, and at times it does - very interesting. I can see it being played in a dim smoke-filled bar (do they even have those anymore?) with blue lights on the pianist.

12. (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss I really liked it! Very moody and dreamy.

13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home I'm totally clueless about how you produce something like this - sounds like a real band!

14. Amaruk - Sur le fil Never seen the movie and I'm not familiar with the music, but you did a great job. Very smooth and confident.

16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor I love this piece - I hope to try it someday. I know what you mean about going back to old pieces and trying to play them well, it can be so frustrating. But I love your rendition.

17. ladypayne - A New Change I loved the whole thing! Video, music, instruments - all of it. What an adventure!

18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue How dare she call Richard Rogers undignified! Just think what a great pianist you might have become if she had let you play what you loved... Just kidding - wonderful performance.

20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree Every time the recital comes around I am delighted by your progress. I think I heard some pedal in there too! Keep up the good work!

21. timmyab - Moment musical Nr.2 Yes, this piece is difficult to play correctly, but you did a great job. The middle section always reminds of one of the Mendelssohn Venetian boat songs for some reason. Of course, Schubert came first! I really enjoyed it.

24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale Excellent job, as always, Monica. Your string of hits continues!

26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms Interesting arrangement - loved it.

28. joangolfing - The Poet Speaks New piano! Sounds great! Your playing too - ha ha!

29. Mar_red - Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby Your own arrangement? Sounds great!

30. cscl - Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1 Very elegant and sensitively played. Loved it!

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag So full of energy! My toes are tapping...

32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...") Trapp, thanks for keeping us up-to-date on these show tunes. I would know nothing about this if you didn't explain it so well. I really enjoyed it.

33. knotty - Petite Fleur I've heard this in movies but never knew what it was. Is that your band playing? Thanks...

34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4) Excellent!

36. Copper - Ave Maria Very nicely done. Loved that counter melody in the left hand.

38. Augustina - Touched Smooth touch and wonderful dynamics!

39. Sand Tiger - Ashokan Farewell I love this piece - great job!

More later!

Sam
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 11:11 AM

I'm on a roll this morning - hope to listen to them all before I leave for vacation.

41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes Liberal changes to the piano piece work very nicely. You should have kept quiet - nobody would ever know. Another piece that really suits your voice even if you have to stretch a teeny bit. Although I didn't know the song, you made it feel so familiar - great!

42. CMohr - Imagination Nice story how you came to learn this piece. It is played with a great deal of tenderness and feeling. A very nice arrangement too. Beautiful.

43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846 This is one of my favorite of Bach's preludes. I think you undersold your performance; there is a natural phrasing to each arpeggio and I think you got it pretty nicely. Perhaps taper it slightly at the end of each phrase and it would be perfect. There is a nice dynamic progression to the piece. I think the legato was fine. Listen to Glenn Gould's performances and there is none (more Baroque); I prefer there to be some.

44. Ken. - Light Blue I think you could have got away with the slower tempo anyway. It was nice to hear it twice because it's kind of short otherwise. You have a nice sense of the rhythm; perhaps a teeny bit more dynamic range?

45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List A very beautiful performance of this piece. I really liked the tempo changes and the balance between the theme and the accompaniment. Beautifully shaped throughout - building from such a delicate opening.

46. MaryBee - Sonata in C minor, K.457, Mvt.1 Definitely no drunken uncle. This is one of my favorite movements of Mozart's sonatas and I think you got it very nicely. Some of the runs can be tricky to perform in a natural way which works for Mozart, but you managed very nicely. And I loved the little trills and turns - expertly done.

47. DadAgains_Daughter - Invention in F Major This invention rocks along at a great pace! It's very nicely played too, with both voices clear but together. Excellent!

48. DadAgain - Prelude and Fugue XX - A minor The prelude was delightfully played - great tempo, with nice ornaments and careful phrasing. I hear the same problems you mention in the fugue but it was still very enjoyable, with great counterplay between the hands.

49. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits Very nice; I don't usually enjoy the synth strings but this did add a nice atmosphere to the piece. There is a great, gentle dance (well, swaying) rhythm going through the piece and I enjoyed how the melody worked over it.

50. Falmc - Sweet Sereny Your girlfriend is lucky to have this piece written for her. Ooops, just realized I was matching the wrong piece up in my comments. I actually just let your playing wash over me - it was very gentle and enjoyable.
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 12:07 PM

16 Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor, Chopin
I do not believe I have heard this one before. It certainly doesn't sound all that easy. A nice enjoyable performance.

17 ladypayne - A New Change
Wow! This is excellent. Wonderful composition and a great listen. Here's wishing you the best as you embark upon your new life in Alaska.

18 Riddler (ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue, Richard Rodgers
Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash . . . wherever you are. My first recital pieces were a kiddie piece called Chief Red Feather by John W. Schaum (I still have the sheets) and a very simple version of The Marine's Hymn, so I guess my teacher did not share the same reservations. I was six and we played on a Baldwin grand at a local piano store. What fun that was. Oh . . . I digress a bit, don't I. Nice job, Ed. I enjoyed listening, and I'm sure "Mrs. Calabash," if she heard it somewhere, enjoyed it too.

19 Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme, John Williams
Schindler's List is one of the best motion pictures ever made, and the score is amazing. Nice job, Jeff.

20 CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon, Handel & Entree, L. Mozart
Nice job, Cheryl. I know what you mean about the puzzle like quality of these pieces. Your performance is quite enjoyable.
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 12:31 PM

21 timmyab - Moment musical Nr.2, Schubert
This sounds wonderful, timmyab. Your dynamics are wonderful here, and any timing errors were minimal and not objectionable at all. A beautiful performance.

22 Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1, Chopin
An astonishingly lovely performance, Lady Chen. This piece is lush and moving, and your love of it shines through in your performance.

23 MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649, Henry Purcell
Nice!

24 Monica K. - Fairy Tale, Ludovico Einaudi
This piece is new to me, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I would swear your performance is perfect.

25 Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor, Bach
Congratulations, Cookie, on your first recording. It's well done. A nice performance of a tricky piece.

26 Mile Hi Steve - Leaning On The Everlasting Arms, Showalter
I remember singing the hymn quietly while watching the movie. I think I annoyed my wife a good deal by doing that. Nice job, Steve. This is great.
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 12:31 PM

My last ten I mean eleven. What a fantastic recital again!!!

51. Clemente - Andalucia This actually sounds like a very hard piece but you make it sound easy! The left hand runs throughout are very nicely done - clear without dominating. The rhythmic changes are performed with great control and I loved the playing in the higher octaves.

52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight This was beautifully played, you kept it moving forward and kept the interest up. Nice job.

53. notbach - To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1) A beautiful piece (did you know his wife rescued this from the trash can and luckily saved it for posterity). I thought you did a nice job with it. Some of the chords could be a little lighter and the tempo is a little slower than often performed (however, I still think it works well at this tempo). There was some lovely touches - the last few measures were so wistful. Great job.

54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata) I loved this performance - I have looked at this piece but concluded it needed a lot of work (as you found out). But I think you got it very nicely - it was a very balanced piece, beautifully shaped.

55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2 Ah, something I've previously submitted. I think you did a fantastic job, nice changes of tempo and dynamics as needed. The chromatic runs were very nicely done. You kept the waltz feeling in the accompaniment. I think a slight change of mood in the trio perhaps? I'm glad you tackled the "hard" version of this though - it's fuller than the other version in my opinion!

56. Grouchomarx - Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan (no Friska) I'm not sure I'm competent to comment on a piece like this wink. Just joy, pure joy. It's lovingly crafted, beautifully timed and played so masterfully. I loved the rhythmic shifts into the Hungarian dance feel. How many hands do you have?! wink

57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4) Hmm, there's another performance on this recital of this, isn't there?! wink How can you possibly play like this after five months?! Your chords are beautiful, together (unlike mine). I think you could let the melody "breathe" a little more in spots, but mostly it's fabulous. I'm totally jealous!!

58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1 Very nice composition, played with great touch and delicacy. I liked the rhythmic interplay between the hands. Great job!

59. yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes for Piano These are some nice compositions. They move along like a mighty river, meandering sometimes, full and rich at others. I just let the sounds wash over me. Very nicely done.

60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness You had me worried, I was almost at the end and thinking, "No Bill?!" As befitting the title, this is a very tender performance. I love the way your voice works with the harmonic shifts, just a subtle shading. Fantastic.

61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings Last but not least! This is a wonderful way to round off the recital. You bring a very steady, but "urgent" performance to this piece which suits it very well. I think you have a very natural way of playing it and that works fabulously well.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 01:58 PM

CarlosCC, jazzpt, Tiago84, LadyChen, Clemente, Tx-Dennis, BillM, jazzwee, BenPiano, Bobpickle, SwissMS, Starr Keys, SamS - thank you, all, for your very encouraging comments. I do hope to be able to be able practice again in the upcoming months, as playing is reserved for very short time periods. For me, taking lessons again will be a huge bonus. - Glen

More wonderful music!!

33. knotty - Petite Fleur This is some very fine playing, Knotty! The sax player has a refined style - really spot-on. The coronet player's got some chops. Your comp playing is so very clean and rhythmic. Your solo is simply fantastic. Too bad you are far away - I know folks planning a wedding and they need a combo like yours - you guys can play everything.

34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4) I very much like the tempo and rubato throughout, Andy. It's clear you are listening to the music as you express it. I think Chopin did all he needed to do with this Prelude - the rest is up to the interpreter - you capture the moments and imagination of the listener. Sure looks simple to play, but very difficult to get the mood expressed - you do that so well. Bravo!

35. Newman - Desperado You've come a long way, Newman. Your voice is perfect for this and the accompaniment is just as it should be! I used to listen to this song over and over when it first came out. You brought back some fine memories for me. Thank you for you music.

36. Copper - Ave Maria I am such a fan of Burgmuller and you played this beautifully.

37. Jake S - Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman This is such a difficult and interesting set of variations. Mozart was a child genius and he had his father's help to capture all the variations. It is amazing you played them all.

38. Augustina - Touched This is a very pretty piece. Nice and slow and contemplative. Your playing has improved greatly and this tune exemplifies it so very well.

39. Sand Tiger - Ashokan Farewell I am very impressed at your abilities after five months of ever playing the piano. Ashokan Farewell is a beautiful piece of music and you play it beautifully.

40. Serge88 - What'd I say Sounds to me like you were having such great enjoyment playing this Ray Charles standard. I sure enjoyed it. Great job!
Posted by: jazztpt

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 02:01 PM

Thanks to:SwissMS, CarlosCC, CMohr,Clemente,BillM,TX-Dennis,Jazzwee,Bobpickle & Sam S for listening and commenting on my piece,


16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor
Lovely music Peyton, very sensitively played as usual I really enjoyed it, great control of the dynamics.

17. ladypayne - A New Change
What can I say, fantastic composition, playing and arrangement. You seem to have jumped to a whole new level. Wonderful pictures of your journey too. Congratulations.

18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
Now there's a title for you, fun story about Mrs Calabash too. Love the way it keeps changing feel, very dramatic piece and with that ending.........and very well played.

19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme
One of my favourites here, I have the sheet but can't play it anywhere near this, very nicely done.

20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree
You have obviousley put lots of work into these pieces , they are definitely under your fingers, very well done. The odd flub,who remembers them.

21. timmyab - Moment musical Nr.2
Very musical and accomplished playing, enjoyed it very much.

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1 (to do)
Marvelous, brooding and full of expression with great control of the dynamics.


23. MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649
4 months self teaching , fantastic.


24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale
I think you get a lovely light touch on this, dreamy.

25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor
Very impressive, powerful playing.

26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
What a lovely piece,very restful and beautifully played.


27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle)
8 Months, didn't quiet believe that because I listened first then read.
Nice to hear some Tchaikovsky, lovely harmonies and melody and beautifully played.

28. joangolfing - The Poet Speaks
Accomplished performance, nicely paced with good control over the dynamics.

29. Mar_red - Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby
I liked it , I remember the film and the music, it definietly has a feeling of impending doom.

30. cscl - Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1
I hope your piano arrived safely. A very nice performance.

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag
Undoubtably jolly happy music and you play it with real joy. You've just inspired me to have ago at some ragtime.

32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...") I used to play this one and have a sing along, very tenderly played and dramatic at the end.

33. knotty - Petite Fleur
You know this sounds just like a Blue Note recording, like the band is right there in front of you, rarely do you hear such a life like sound. The octave unison head sounds
great and the solos are stylistically perfect. The piano solo switching between block and single lines is just right for the song. Great stuff.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 02:35 PM


46. MaryBee - Sonata in C minor, K.457, Mvt.1 This sounds wicked difficult-(well, it is Mozart smile ). You've made a really outstanding recording! Everything came through clear and concise, very Mozartian. I think your ornaments are wonderful, too. Six + minutes of Mozart joy - wonderful! Looking forward to the second movement.

45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List Ah, the other half of the battle of the Schindlers. laugh This is another goosebumper for me. Pretty enthralling interpretation. I love the big crescendo in the middle. You, also, have captured the feeling behind the story. A little fuller arrangement than Greener's, but equally as compelling.

44. Ken. - Light Blue I think we're all happy you decided to submit - the recital would be lacking if not for your Monk tune. I love that last chord! I think the whole feel of this tune came out a little better in the second take. Very cool!

43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846 Welcome, welcome to the recital! Wow, this is very well played. Nice legato and very good even flow to the whole piece. Great work! thumb
Posted by: Cookie74

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 02:35 PM

Originally Posted By: DadAgain
Comment by Dadagains Daughter:

25 Cookie74 - Bach Invention #4
Definately a good performance. You are right the recording really flattens out the dynamics. I had the same problem when I recorded it last year:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7-mlXar864
(I play it a bit slower than you too)


To DadAgain's Daughter:

Thank you so much. Since I recorded the piece, I've changed some settings on the Zoom H1 and gotten better results. You did an awesome job with it. Put me to shame. Keep practicing!!
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 02:50 PM

Excellent recital this time, with so many good performances. The video production skills are getting better too.

Thanks to everyone that commented so far on my Bach P&F. I've got another one in the works for some future recital (I know you can't wait!).

40. Serge88 - What'd I say I feel the beat - nice syncopation!

41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes That is so wonderful - the video, the playing, the singing! I love the way you began and ended with the photos on the piano and then showed a slideshow of them, ending with the photos on the piano again. Very well done!

42. CMohr - Imagination Love that old upright - and your playing!

43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846 Of course we have all played this. Great job! Much better than I remember playing it. My thoughts on the pedaling - don't do it. I used to "finger" pedal it - hold the notes of each chord down as they are struck, then release them all when you start the next chord - try it and see if you like it.

44. Ken. - Light Blue That's certainly a unique piece. Love that last chord.

46. MaryBee - Sonata in C minor, K.457, Mvt.1 Mote-zart is hard! You did a great job with it - my tempo would be all over the place as I had to slow down for the faster notes in the left hand. I really have grown to hate those Alberti patterns in the bass. Loved it!

47. DadAgains_Daughter - Invention in F Major Gee, this brings back memories! All piano students have to play this at some point in their lives. You'll always remember it when you hear it, I can say from experience. Excellent job! Loved the ending!

48. DadAgain - Prelude and Fugue XX - A minor Very nice! I know how hard these are. Loved the mood of the prelude. You got off to a shaky tempo in the fugue but recovered nicely!

49. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits Excellent sight-reading! I'm so jealous...

53. notbach - To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1) I love this piece. You played it very well with feeling.

54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata) These transcriptions are not easy! You did a great job with it - wonderful touch and feel throughout.

55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2 Beautiful! So well played...

56. Grouchomarx - Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan (no Friska) Very impressive!

60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness Bill, I missed you last recital - glad to see you back! One of these days, I swear, I will try to play and sing like you!

61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings Very nicely done - this is not as easy at you make it sound!

That's all folks!

Sam
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 02:51 PM

05. Inlanding - Glen
piece: Robert Schumann : Warum Op 12 No 3
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
noise: none
bass: ok
depth of field: little
piano sound: very nice

musical:
overall impression, like: Nice sound, nice touch, and there is a good flow to it.
However, I have a hard time following your interpretation. I have listened many (Lost the count.. 10?) times to the piece and checked the score to determine what's the problem. I'm still not sure about it, so please enlighten me if you feel I completely miss the point.
Let me put it bold to get it clear: IMHO Schumann is deliberately composing stuff that is bound to give interpretation problems.
For example, he repeats the phrase between 1:13 and 1:27 three times, and then another three times in the overall repeat. You play the repeats roughly the same but I think Schumann expects a different interpretation in the repeats. But it's not clear to me what he is expecting.
Another example, His rythms, with the long dragging syncopated repeats and hanging melodies, are inviting to be played with tempo changes like you do. However if you do that the melody and phrasing gets obscured. Should one play the melody louder to compensate?
Third example. You play it slow and heavy, like a drama. And at first sight rightfully so, since it says "langsam und zart". But this is a Phantasie piece. Would it be possible to play it lighter? Maybe, getting a bit more speed and a bit less pedal? There seems pretty much space for freedom of pedaling?
Phrasing: plain simple and clear once you know the melody. But the rythm and rubato makes it very hard to follow.
rubato, speed changes: yes, both a lot of rubato and speed changes, independent in left and right hand. Too much IMHO.
Dynamics: plenty of dynamics. But interestingly the sound stays very similar regardless if you play loud or soft, giving it also a pretty even texture.
articulation: mostly pedal
Posted by: ClavBoy

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 03:15 PM

Originally Posted By: Sam S

43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846 Of course we have all played this. Great job! Much better than I remember playing it. My thoughts on the pedaling - don't do it. I used to "finger" pedal it - hold the notes of each chord down as they are struck, then release them all when you start the next chord - try it and see if you like it.


That's exactly the way I played it, I didn't use the pedal.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 03:28 PM

46. MaryBee
piece: - Sonata in C minor, K.457, Mvt.1
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
noise: little
bass: fair
depth of field: small
piano sound: bit nasal

musical:
overall impression, like: nice playing, convincing interpretation! The only part that did not really work for me is close at the end, from 5:50 where I hear some soft echos in the treble against a strong bass.
Phrasing: clear.
rubato, speed changes:mostly steady, a few appropriate ritardandos. A little stuggle with the LH around 2:39. Few tempo fluctuations at the end (last half minute).
Dynamics: good
articulation: good use of staccato and legato.
Posted by: sinophilia

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 03:29 PM

Oh my, so many kind words, thank you so much everybody! I 'm afraid you will have to bear with me at the next recital too laugh

There is no way I can judge the skills of other participants so I will just mention the pieces that struck me as particularly beautiful in the first half of the recital - will listen to the second half tomorrow.

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3
Loved it - I didn't know Schumann could feel so modern.

07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2
Wonderful piece and I loved your interpretation!

08. CarlosCC - Ambers
Enchanting melody, thank you for sharing!

14. Amaruk - Sur le fil
Beautiful, atmospheric, thank you for introducing me to Tiersen.

17. ladypayne - A New Change
Wow this is so powerful! I really enjoyed this one. Best of luck with your new change.

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1
Just superb. You sounded like a professional concert pianist to me.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 03:42 PM

21. timmyab - Moment musical Nr.2 Your playing is so clean and exact in feeling. Despite your comments on all the little stuff - the whole piece comes across at a very professional level. I can imagine you solo on stage playing a big concert grand - it's the feeling that comes to me whenever I hear your recordings. Glorious!

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1 First of all, perfectly sensational playing! I agree with you that there's so much Chopin that benefits from a person's life experience - the music speaks to us on a different level. All this is very evident in your alluring interpretation. Wonderful dynamics, too. Your performance sent chills through me.

23. MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649 Congrats on your first ABF recital! Playing this so well with nice tempo is just great, especially for only 4 months self teaching! Imagine where you will be and what you will be able to play in another 4 months. thumb

24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale Oh, this is a captivating piece! Played with charm and delicacy befitting a fairy tale. I think the balance between hands sounded perfect - so all your hard work on keeping those arpeggios soft paid off big time. One of my favorites from you. Softly spellbinding.
Posted by: kenjazz

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 03:52 PM


31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag Ragtime and stride piano – I don’t know how one does this! I tried once and that was plenty. You really kept it going and it sounded great.

29. Mar_red - Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby Wow. You exhibited wonderful technique and dexterity on this song. The pacing was completely locked in throughout. Bravo.

26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms I love those big lush major chords (6?,maj7? Maj9? 69?) in this arrangement. There is something very uplifting about the sound. Nice job!

24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale This piece was beautiful. If you were making mistakes they certainly went by the uninformed listener. I like how the ending doesn’t resolve to the tonic like your ear expects it to.

11. Jazztpt - Lament Thanks for the lead sheet on Lament. I already have a killer arrangement done on this. It will be a completely unexpected direction but I hope in keeping with the sentiment of the piece. I'm not sure I'll have time to record all of it before I go on vacation but it is burning a hole in my britches.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 04:10 PM

Andy, thanks for your feedback. Good to hear feedback on the musical ideas, phrasing and progress, it sometimes is hard to hear the progress yourself when you're working for months on a piece.

Quote:
>Perhaps a teeny slower tempo so that some of the faster runs wouldn't end up too rushed?


Yeah, I recorded more accurate slower versions, but the faster one spoke so much more to me.

CMohr
Quote:
Your playing of this piece is definitely evocative of hens.
good to hear! I searched chicken sounds on the web but you most get nonsense. Also good to hear that the dynamics work for others too.

AndyMc Yes I had some troubles picking the right tempo and I could not play it at the picked tempo either, so I'm glad that the current tempo works.

CarlosCC and jazztpt, thanks for the positive feedback on my progress!


LadyChen good to hear that you like the articulations and dynamics.
Posted by: kenjazz

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 04:30 PM

60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness All the kudos in the world for singing. I think it takes a lot more bravery than just playing. This was a really nice version of the song. I would love to hear you cut back on the reverb/pedal and be more right up front with both the vocal and the piano. Check out the kind of mix that Jamie Cullum does on “I Think, I Love”. It is so much more intimate for just these types of songs that you do. You’ve got the perfect piano stylings to pull it off too. Great job!
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 04:48 PM

Clemente, Bobpickle thanks for the nice comments!

TX-Dennis Good to hear that the tempo was ok even though below my intended target and that the recording is good

SwissMSGlad that you like it and thanks for the compliments

Starr Keys Thanks for the very positive feedback on the progress. As I mentioned already, it's hard to hear yourself making progress as it goes so slow

Sam S
Thanks for the compliments!
Quote:

It does sound rushed in places, especially the areas with a lot of notes (are those ornaments?), particularly in the left had at the ends of phrases. A slower tempo might help...


Yes, I picked this tempo because IMHO the added energy and feel outweighted the reduced precision.
Many of what sounds as ornaments actually are fully written out. Many of these are 32ths and faster (typically, triplets pushing 3 of them in a time of 2). With quarternote=120 that gives me a staggering 960notes per minute on these figures, and 1440notes per minute on the triplets.
Yes near the end of phrases there are a few places where the LH has a bit longer or wider run where I can't do the whole run with one hand placement. I did not fully succeed getting the change smooth at this speed.
Posted by: Clemente

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 05:09 PM

Originally Posted By: Jazzwee
51. Clemente - Andalucia Nice legato playing and good piano tone Clemente. You're doing very well for so little instruction so far. Let's try to bring you to the next level. You ought to slow it down, particularly that left hand rhythm (maybe at least to 25%) and allow those muscles to develop. This is a difficult rhythm to be doing. And then bring down the touch a notch. You will find some magic weight that's a little less that will bring out the tone even more. Nice balance between the hands. Great work!


Thank you so much, jazzwee. You are kind with your words. I am having a bit of an issue with the legato when it comes to the octaves marked to be played legato. My teacher told me that to accomplish this sense of legato when playing those octaves I have to keep my hand close to the keyboard, close to the keys... Sometimes I do it, and sometimes I forget. I guess that when the fingers (and hands) truly learn this piece, it will happen naturally without me thinking about it...I hope... blush
Slow down, YES, absolutely. I actually played at that speed to be able to send it to the forum. My teacher told me that the goal speed was to be at least 120 in the metronome. At that speed, though, it does not sound right. It should be in the 130s...after learned, of course! I did tape myself playing with the metronome going and set at 120, then moved it 136 and did it again... much better as far as the sound goes, but I hit the proverbial speed wall on several sections. So, yes, you are right. I need to slow it down and build up once the muscles get used to the speed. I feel that I am having more trouble with the right hand than with the left. I need to slow them both down for practicing purposes.

Originally Posted By: Bobpickle
51.Clemente – Excitable playing in a fun, upbeat piece.


Bobpickle, thank you. I am glad that you liked the piece. smile

Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
51. Clemente - Andalucia This actually sounds like a very hard piece but you make it sound easy! The left hand runs throughout are very nicely done - clear without dominating. The rhythmic changes are performed with great control and I loved the playing in the higher octaves.


Thank you, Andy. I tell you, the piece has its moments of challenges, but the most challenging part of the entire piece is the middle section. This is because of all the octaves. Lecuona and octaves are synonymous. This man loved octaves...octaves everywhere!! Then he wants them played at a tremendous speed. Insane, I tell you! eek

Thank you guys!
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 05:15 PM


41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes Oh, such a touching and heartfelt performance! I loved the movie, but didn't remember the song - so, thank you for this. I'm positive your mom will love it. The slide show was awesome, but even more so accompanied by your sweet vocal. And just super piano work that fit so well with the whole package. Your arrangement was perfect behind your voice - all the right nuances in all the right places, (yes, a couple tricky vocal stretches) which made for a true performance. What a wonderful gift for your whole family! (I'm honored to follow you in this recital).

40. Serge88 - What'd I say Great song! Another one I was looking forward to hearing. Wow, love the nice steady beat and your riffs were awesome. You really got me gently tappin' and swayin'. The drum track was the perfect level. It didn't overwhelm your smooth groove. Cool one!

39. Sand Tiger - Ashokan FarewellYou've done a really nice job with this lovely tune. Excellent, in fact, for 5 months! A little lighter on the left hand would make this melody sing out more clearly. Good work!

38. Augustina - Touched You have such a nice, smooth singing quality in your playing of this beautiful melody. I like that you savored the piece as you played.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 06:05 PM

Back to random comments...

03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6 This is more melodic than what I typically think of with Scriabin, moody and (dare I say it) almost new age-ish. ;-) Nice job!

04. Jazzwee - Invitation Ohmigosh. Improvising on the spot? In a live performance? That you’re also recording for posterity? I would’ve fallen in a dead faint; you were outstanding. Even with the live recording limitations, the energy of the ensemble shines through.

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3 This is the first time I’ve heard this piece. I think it’s prettier even than Schumann’s better known “Traumerei.” I love how you bring out those deep bass notes as a counterpoint to the melody line. smile

12. (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss I really enjoy your compositions. This one sounded sadder and more plaintive than some of your others, and there were some interesting chord progressions and transitions to minor keys in there.

15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1 Oh, this one sounded wicked hard, but then again, all of Bach sounds wicked hard to me. Good job on the “surprise presto” (sounds like the name of a recipe! grin ); I think the sudden speed-up worked well.

16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor What a lovely, lilting piece. It doesn’t sound like you found it hard. Excellent dynamics.

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag I think this is the best of your recital pieces yet. Sounds like it was as much fun to play as it was to listen to. Make sure you put this one on your demo CD!

39. Sand Tiger - Ashokan Farewell You’ve only been playing five months? Impressive! Also impressive is that you were able to transcribe the YouTube videos to get your sheet music. If I tried to do that, it would take me a gazillion years.
Posted by: jazzwee

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 06:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Clemente
Originally Posted By: Jazzwee
51. Clemente - Andalucia Nice legato playing and good piano tone Clemente. You're doing very well for so little instruction so far. Let's try to bring you to the next level. You ought to slow it down, particularly that left hand rhythm (maybe at least to 25%) and allow those muscles to develop. This is a difficult rhythm to be doing. And then bring down the touch a notch. You will find some magic weight that's a little less that will bring out the tone even more. Nice balance between the hands. Great work!


Thank you so much, jazzwee. You are kind with your words. I am having a bit of an issue with the legato when it comes to the octaves marked to be played legato. My teacher told me that to accomplish this sense of legato when playing those octaves I have to keep my hand close to the keyboard, close to the keys... Sometimes I do it, and sometimes I forget. I guess that when the fingers (and hands) truly learn this piece, it will happen naturally without me thinking about it...I hope... blush
Slow down, YES, absolutely. I actually played at that speed to be able to send it to the forum. My teacher told me that the goal speed was to be at least 120 in the metronome. At that speed, though, it does not sound right. It should be in the 130s...after learned, of course! I did tape myself playing with the metronome going and set at 120, then moved it 136 and did it again... much better as far as the sound goes, but I hit the proverbial speed wall on several sections. So, yes, you are right. I need to slow it down and build up once the muscles get used to the speed. I feel that I am having more trouble with the right hand than with the left. I need to slow them both down for practicing purposes.


Thank you guys!


Clemente, this is the issue of what you hear vs. what others can hear. When I listen to recordings from 3 years ago, I thought I was so hot. LOL. It sucked because my time was off.

So what I hear as the issue is the LH (evenness of that figure). When you start hearing your faults (there's always some), then you get better. I keep looking (listening) for those faults everyday. I succeed when I hear them and shortly after that it gets better.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 06:25 PM

46. MaryBee- I always look forward to your recital piece. Boy, you have your hands full with this one. Like you say, so full of such a passion and drama. I can really hear how much fun you are having playing it. I love how you slow and get so quite and then... bang back into it. Well done.

32. John- I love how absorbed you get in what you play. I always get a bit of an education along with an enjoyable listen. John... I've listened to you for a number of years now (well before you were trapping) and I have to say, you are just getting better and better. You play this with a remarkable amount of feeling and touch. I think this is your best yet. Excellent!!

#24. Monica- Dreamy. Sweet. Beautifully played.
Posted by: Cookie74

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 06:48 PM

I really enjoyed listening to everyone, everyone did such a great job, and thanks everyone for the comments on my piece. I still am working on some things in it, but moving on soon. After hearing all these recording, it looks like I have to step up my game quite a bit. Anyway, here are my short comments (not criticisms, since I am not qualified to criticize) on everyone’s pieces:

1. Wouter79—I loved this piece. I’d never heard it before. 2.5 years experience? Wow. You kept good rhythm and dynamics throughout the whole piece. Awesome.
2. Mel—Beautiful and beautifully played. I’ve enjoyed all the pieces that you’ve played and posted on the forums. This one has some great and interesting harmonies. Nice job as always.
3. BenPiano—I love Scriabin, one of my favorites. I liked how you didn’t rush this one, and kept it at a nice p to mp, with the occasional mf thrown in there. Great job.
4. Jazzwee—improvising is something I’ve never quite got the hang of, so hats off to you. Cool performance, and some interesting riffs you put together.
5. Glen—Dynamics are perfect on this piece. I love the way you bring out the bass notes when they need to be heard. You made me want to learn this piece.
6. Mr. SuperHunky—nice work to pick that song out by ear. Sounds great on piano, you did it justice.
7. SwissMS—you did really well with rubato in this piece, which is a big part of playing the Chopin Nocturnes. I really enjoyed listening to this one.
8. CarlosCC—pretty song, and you played it very well. Good choice to speed it up a bit. This is one that you can play for people and they will really enjoy it and think it’s beautiful.
9. Diana—good steady rhythm. You are doing very well keeping the bass softer while the right hand plays the melody. That’s one of the hardest things to learn when starting out.
10. Recaredo—Well, Beethoven is my absolute favorite, and I love this whole Sonata. It wasn’t a mistake to learn it, you played it great, and I bet you had fun doing it. I particularly liked the ending when the octaves come in.
11. Jazztpt—very touching. I wish I could write something like that. You captured a lot of emotion, and the title goes perfectly with the song. I particularly like that two note descending whole-step motive (don’t know if I explained that right, but it sounds like a whole step) throughout the piece.
12. (Was)True Beginner—I’m really impressed with the original compositions. Nice chord progression. This was a sad goodnight kiss, with some tenderness in there as well.
13. KenJazz—I like the drums. It says a lot about your ability that you can keep it interesting for that long. I admire you guys that can improvise like that. I wish I could.
14. Amaruk—haunting. Well played. You made those tricky parts in the middle sound effortless. I can tell you like this piece a lot.
15. Sam S—I’m actually learning the fugue part, and it is going slowly—the fingering is crazy. I’ll learn the prelude after I’m done, because it is harder than the fugue (or is it?). I liked the surprise method on transitioning into the faster tempo. Good work.
16. Peyton—I call this the Jazz Mazurka because it sounds like a jazz composition in some parts, and certainly sounds improvised. This was one of my favorites of the recital.
17. ladypayne—another good composition with an interesting chord progression. I liked the oboe in the middle.
18. Ed—Mrs. Calabash must be rolling over in her grave. This music is certainly undignified. Well, lucky for us, this recital is not limited to only dignified music. Loved the piece, and you played it fantastically. Again, I’m amazed at how good the arrangements are in this recital.
19. Greener—I’m impressed that you can learn this just from watching youtube videos. Great job. Nice dynamics and tempo.
20. Cheryl—Nicely done, especially on the Entrée. I liked the Handel too—it’s hard to keep going when you make a mistake, and I thought you recovered nicely. I think I recorded mine about 20 times before I got one that was decent enough.
21. timmyab—I liked this one a lot. This is one you just put on repeat and listen to over and over. I guess most of Schubert is like that.
22. Lady Chen—excellent performance. This is another one I would like to be able to play someday.
23. Mr. Pozor—awesome job. Only 4 months with piano? You are progressing nicely. Keep up the good work.
24. Monica K.—I love the sound of your piano. You played this very well, keeping a nice steady tempo. I could fall asleep to this (in a good way).
26. Mile Hi Steve—very impressive to pick this out by ear. Good playing too. I can see this being played in a church service.
27. Bobpickle—to be able to play a 5 minute song after 8 months of piano is impressive in itself, and to play it this well is doubly so. I loved this one. Great dynamics, great tempo. Everything was good.
28. joangolfing—I liked your piece. I hope you are having fun playing it on your new piano. Congrats. It sounds good.
29. Mar_red— great playing from just a lead sheet. You put some nice nuances in there.
30. cscl—Beethoven’s bagatelles may be lesser pieces as compared to his sonatas, but they sure aren’t simple to play. You did an excellent job, even through the difficult passages.
31. jotur—delightful. When I first came back to piano I started with ragtime. It is so fun to play, and I think you conveyed that in your playing.
32. Trapper John—I love this song. The best from Phantom, IMO. Great job on it, too.
33. knotty—I love these ensemble pieces. I love hearing how the piano basically does most of the harmony the whole song, keeping everything together, and then has to come to the front and solo as well. That’s why pianists are the best. You represented us well.
34. Andy Platt—well played. You really brought out the melancholy in this piece. A touching finish as well.
35. Newman—nice voice, and a good rendition. I’m not the best at singing and playing at the same time, so my hat’s off to you.
36. Copper—this piece relaxed me. I like the tempo you chose. I’ve heard this played too fast before. Great job.
37. Jake S—I don’t understand how you can play this after only 7 months of piano. Do you mean 7 months on this piece? I’m not sure I can even play this now, after more than 8 years of piano. Kudos to you, this is a great accomplishment to play this whole thing.
38. Augustina—beautiful piece, and nice job with it. Makes me feel nostalgic for some reason.
39. Sand Tiger—that’s cool that you were able to pick this out just watching youtube videos. Sounds like you had fun with this piece. Thanks for sharing.
40. Serge88—you kept a sweet groove on this one. Keep it up and you will get faster at it. It sounds good now, though, even at the slower tempo. Would be fun to accompany someone singing this, or sing it yourself.
41. Starr Keys—you have a beautiful voice, thanks for sharing it. Your piano playing isn’t too shabby either. This reminded me of 40’s/50’s style jazz.
42. Cmohr—nice little piece. Very well done.
43. ClavBoy—you were right to play this without pedal, and I thought your articulation was good. I didn’t hear any mistakes. Good dynamics. What’s not to like?
44. Ken—I’m not really familiar with Thelonius Monk, I have to admit, but this made me want to hear more. Such interesting chord progressions. Good job on the piano, too.
45. Daveindenton—well, you did a fabulous job with this. I don’t know why you would hesitate to turn this in. I think I might put this on my ipod and listen to it.
46. MaryBee—for some reason, Mozart is very hard for me. The music doesn’t sound overly complicated, but to pull it off, you have to have a delicate touch and impeccable timing. I thought you did a nice job with this one. Crisp performance, which is what is needed with Mozart.
47. Dadagain’s Daughter—you are coming along quite nicely from your Invention No. 4 I saw. This recording is much more mature—and basically mistake free. I look forward to seeing your progress in the future.
48. Dadagain—it sounded like you “get” Bach quite well. I liked the fugue, and I thought it sounded musical. This seemed like a particularly difficult one, and you pulled it off nicely.
49. Mike White—nice little piece. Well done.
50. Falmc—another good original composition from the forum. We’ve got some talented individuals in here.
51. Clemente—I love the Andalucia Suite. I played Malaguena (poorly) a while ago. This one has some seriously difficult rhythms, but you tackled them all very well. Way to go. Hats off to you.
52. Norrec—this is a good start to your piano career after Alfred’s. Keep up the good work. I look forward to hearing your progress.
53. notbach—beautiful piece. You have a nice delicate touch.
54. lyricmudra—wow, this is one of the most beautiful pieces ever written. I heard this played by someone at the Van Cliburn competition, and it blew me away. You certainly did it justice. Great touch and articulation.
55. RedKat—I agree with you that this is one of the most beautiful of Chopin’s waltzes. Nice rubato, very well played. I didn’t hear the mistakes you were talking about in your description.
56. Grouchomarx—this is an excellent recording for someone who has only played piano for 3 to 4 years. You should be proud. It sounds like you love to play it, too. I would like to hear the “Friska” section too.
57. Tiago84—this piece is on my to-do list (like so many others). I think it’s one of Chopin’s most beautiful pieces, and that’s saying a lot. Good job on it. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to your recording.
58. AndyMc—very interesting melody. I can see this as a soundtrack to a movie or something.
59. Larry Hoy—with the exception of Lament, this is the composition I liked the most from this Recital (no offense meant to the other compositions). Very well done.
60. BillM—Beautiful. I admire all you guys that sang in this recital. Everyone did such a good job. This piece sounded especially difficult to play while singing, but you pulled it off well.
61. PianoStudent88—nice finish to the recital. Khatchaturian can be a bit tricky, but you did a good job.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 07:41 PM

23. MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649
I’m amazed at how well you play after only 4 months of self-teaching – a very confident if brief performance. I look forward to hearing more from you.

24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale
You have chosen another “dreamy” and lyrical piece which fits your style nicely. You are the ABF Master of New Age Piano – beautifully done!

25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor
Love the high energy – this almost knocked me out of my chair. Your piano has an almost harpsichord-like tone quality.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 07:52 PM

26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
One of my favorites of the recital. I love the reverential treatment you gave this great hymn – Your Clavinova sounds fantastic. The recording has the same high quality as the performance.

27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle)
An excellent performance. I love the way you didn't rush your way through this and allowed the beauty of the music to express itself.

28. joangolfing - The Poet Speaks
Your new piano has a nice, full tone – a very enjoyable performance.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 08:07 PM

29. Mar_red - Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby
I’ve seen Rosemary’s Baby many times but must admit I don’t remember this piece – too bad as it is quite lovely. Portions of this sound quite tricky but you pull it off perfectly. Very nicely done. Cool ending – I’m sure that is improvised.

30. cscl - Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1
A gentle and romantic interpretation of this beautiful piece. You play quite expressively. I hope your beautiful piano found its way safely to Boston.

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag
A real toe-tapper. You seem to have more bottom end on this recording than what I’ve heard from you in the past. I like the way you aren’t afraid to give the bass line a good whack! A really fun listen.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 08:17 PM

25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor Welcome back! Wow, awesome performance! Nice recording, too. Excellent speed on this invention and so very well articulated. Just as is should be played.

26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms Oh, this is rapturous! What a beautiful arrangement. The last few bars totally gave me the chills! You're going to have the congregation shedding a few tears with this. So beautifully played. Rather breathtaking.

27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle) One of my favorites of the "months". You play this so sensitively with the perfect touch, dynamics and phrasing. Really? Only 8 months? Very impressive. I loved it.

28. joangolfing - The Poet Speaks How exciting to have recorded on your new piano! ( I'm jealous. smile ) Sounds beautiful. I think you played this perfectly - with the right interpretation, actually as if someone were speaking or reciting. So enjoyable!
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 08:35 PM

27 Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle), Tchaikowsky
This is really pretty, Bobpickle. Good dynamics throughout. I am astonished that you can play this with only 8 months experience. Bravo! There isn't much to criticize here.

28 joangolfing - The Poet Speaks, Schumann
Very pretty, joangolfing. I knew I was looking forward to hearing hte difference between this and your old piano. I am not disappointed.

29 Mar_Red - Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby, Krzyszfof Komeda
The movie was so long ago that I do not recall the music, but this is quite pretty. It doesn't sound so easy to play, either. Nice job, Mar_Red.

30 cscl - Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1, Beethoven
A very nice job, cscl. I do hope your piano arrives in its new home soon. It must be difficult waiting for its arrival.

31 jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag, Charles L. Johnson
Nice, Cathy! I must admit to being perplexed, though, by the statement "No one died in the library." I guess that must be good news . . .

32 TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, Webber, Hart, & Stilgoe
I'm afraid I have to admit my cultural backwardness when I say that I have never seen Phantom nor heard this song. It is very pretty. Thanks for an entertaining performance, John.

33 knotty - Petite Fleur, Sidney Bechet
A delightful little flower this is, knotty. Despite its length, I found myself wanting more.
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/17/12 09:56 PM

34 Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4),Chopin
Very enjoyable performance, Andy.

35 Newman - Desperado, Don Henley & Glenn Frey
Nice job, Newman. This is one of my favorite songs. Your voice fits it well.

36 Copper - Ave Maria, Burgmuller
I don't hear Burgmuller's Ave often. Beautiful job, Copper.
Posted by: jazztpt

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/18/12 04:27 AM

Originally Posted By: kenjazz


11. Jazztpt - Lament Thanks for the lead sheet on Lament. I already have a killer arrangement done on this. It will be a completely unexpected direction but I hope in keeping with the sentiment of the piece. I'm not sure I'll have time to record all of it before I go on vacation but it is burning a hole in my britches.



Boy Ken , you work fast , I am very much looking forward to hearing your version.
If anyone else is interested the lead sheet can be found in my Piano recordings folder on Box.
Posted by: kenjazz

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/18/12 07:11 AM

Originally Posted By: jazztpt
Originally Posted By: kenjazz


11. Jazztpt - Lament Thanks for the lead sheet on Lament. I already have a killer arrangement done on this. It will be a completely unexpected direction but I hope in keeping with the sentiment of the piece. I'm not sure I'll have time to record all of it before I go on vacation but it is burning a hole in my britches.



Boy Ken , you work fast , I am very much looking forward to hearing your version.
If anyone else is interested the lead sheet can be found in my Piano recordings folder on Box.


I posted a first cut of this in the August Piano Bar for anyone that wants to hear this interpretation. Hint: It is not really a piano number. It really is a brilliant composition and a wonderful accomplishment jazztpt!
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/18/12 07:48 AM

32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...")
We saw the Phantom when it came to the Kennedy Center years ago but I can’t say I remember this song. It is a beauty, as is your performance. Sweet ending.

33. knotty - Petite Fleur
A very tight, refined performance.

34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4)
There is great beauty in the simplicity of this piece and your performance brings it out quite nicely.

35. Newman - Desperado
I mentioned when you did this one in the Piano Bar that your voice is perfect for this one. Very nice.
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/18/12 08:15 AM

Thanks to everyone who commented on my recital piece. Your encouragement keeps me working hard to improve! StarrKeys in answer to your question regarding the Alps being my inspiration - Yes! I live on a lake surrounded by mountains. It is hard to be down when I look out the window!
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/18/12 10:38 AM

Thank yous

Thanks Clemente, BobPickle, Andy Platt, Sam S, CMohr, Cookie74. You were all extremely kind to gloss over the bumps in my singing and convey so carefully to me how you liked the video despite them. I did learn a lot about what I have to work on vocally from trying to make this work, so that, even if it was a "good song for my voice", I can give a more consistently good performance of the song with it. My teacher seems confident she can "whip me into shape" with time and that it's not too late. Unfortunately, she's been on vacation for the last three weeks while I was working on my recording. I can't wait for her to get back next month!

Thanks also for the kind remarks on my playing and photos. I spent a lot of time narrowing it down to which of the latter I wanted to use from our collection and exchanging emails with my sisters to obtain others.

Performance Comments:

Seems I'm not quite ready to be random yet. Here's another small batch still in consecutive order:

11 Jazzpt - I listened to this before I read your description, and I thought to myself, this sounds like a modern jazz equivalent of Moonlight Sonata. I also thought of some of those marvelous jazz bio pics . Well, one we've already covered is the Fabulous Baker Boys, and maybe another is the one on Chet Baker is. You know, the ones where the artists were hitting rock bottom and/or there was a lot rain. Very sad, perhaps not funereal as Moonlight Sonata, but the way an addict feels facing the bottom of the bottle. I'm sorry anyone, least of you had to go through that, but what a gift to be able to espress yourself so eloquently and cathartically while producing something so beautiful. Definitely another example of why I think your musics deserves to be shared with a much larger audience than us, although I'm glad we get to share it.

12. (Was)TrueBeginner -- Very hypnotic melody. The soothing repetitions lull you in only to shake you awake by the surprising dissonances. I've read somewhere that in order to learn to play by ear or improvise a known song, you need to be able to recreate the experience of the composer as he composed it. Listening to you, it occurred to me that this is probably the way the great composers learned to play the piano, not with technics designed to focus on particular skills, but by creating music that was an unfolding process of applying repetitious patterns and motifs and got them listening and exploring harmony. Like you, they developed their trademark style and composition skills in the process. You've come a long way with both.

13. Kenjazz that was really terrific! I swear it made me run to my "Text for voice class text" and look up the words to the song, since I remembered it was in there. I'd love to sing it when I get a little more skilled. Wonderful version, yours, though. Didn't miss a vocalist at all.

14. Amaruk I always look forward to your contributions. You choose the most haunting music and always more than "do it justice." This piece was just beautiful in your hands. I like the drama here, as in so many of your performances, where you start out very simple and then get into tricky rhythmic patterns and more complex harmonies. I'm curious, in addition to the challenges in the piece as written, did you also transcribe it to another key?--I think you said you might. I'm just wondering if you thought it helped you learn it better/quicker that way! I love that you don't play from sheet music and can be so expressive and in the flow.

Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/18/12 11:11 AM

Augustina
piece: Joe Bongiorno, Touched
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
noise: much whitish noise
bass: little
depth of field: little
piano sound: fair

musical:
overall impression, like: Lot of improvement over the previous version, congratulations! Way much better job on the rythm. Main thing to work on now IMHO is to get it flow better.
Phrasing: Much better phrasing than your previous version. Much less breakdowns on the harder parts. But as you say, tempo and phrasing need more work.
rubato, speed changes: Timing also has improved a lot
Dynamics: The volume control got much much better. In the original recording I thought that it was not even possible on this keyboard to make soft and loud sounds, while now it clearly shows. You have a very nice volume control, keeping even some extra room for the climax near the end.
articulation: chords block much better now, they sound as chords instead of arpeggio's now. much better use of pedal.


Posted by: Amaruk

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/18/12 11:42 AM

So many great pieces we have here again!!

Thanks for the kind words regarding my piece!

Random reviews...

60 BillM


Bill, your playing and your voice never let us down! This song is new to be but you really make it shine. The words " ... it's all so easy.." fit great. Yes, it sure looks easy when we see you play it. It is amazing that you improvise the accompaniment here as it sounds so good. Great work and thanks for sharing! .
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/18/12 11:42 AM

More random reviews...

32 TrapperJohn "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...")
Wow, one of my favorite pieces of all times!!! I absolutely love your performance here John. This song is so emotional and you bring every inch of that out. You handle the dynamics great and it was a true pleasure listening to you play it. Thanks for sharing!!
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/18/12 11:58 AM

One more random review...

05 Inlanding - Glen Warum? - Schumann
Great playing Glen! I like how softly you play this. I never heard this piece before but it sounds like a lot of fun to play. Your dad's piano sounds great and for you to play this very piece on his piano is great!! Thanks for sharing this peformance and the story around it!!
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/18/12 12:00 PM

Thank you so very much, Clemente, Tx-Dennis, BillM, Strings&Wood, Jazzwee, BenPiano, BobPickle, SwissMs, StarrKeys, SamS, Wouter, sinophilia, Monica K, Cookie74 and Amaruk. I want to address each comment individually, but it would take too much discussion-room bandwidth (for the hands, too). I am humbled and thankful for such thoughtful comments. I am so glad you enjoyed listening. It is further motivation for me to begin practicing again sometime soon.

Here is another batch of fine music! Thank you for it


01. wouter79 - La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12) This is an absolutely incredible piece of music! It is almost as though it is written for a pianist with a very broad and solid technical base and musical vocabulary to go with it. I'd really like to hear you play this again in the next year or so, provided you want to keep playing it and it does not injure you. I'd be interested to hear it with a slower tempo, so you can better emphasize the myriad of different types of figures - fantastic dexterity is needed. You've got to have really athletic hands for this and a good capacity to concentrate. I am amazed you play this at this early stage of having played the piano (2.5 years). You bring great music to it, Wouter. Very well done, indeed.

02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3 That is very beautiful music. Mel, your playing is so very expressive, relaxed and natural. You must have been having so much fun being able to play like this! I sure had fun listening - that was great! What a joy to listen to you play it.

03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6 Ben what modern sounding melodies and harmonies you play so well. You are taking the listener on a seemingly timeless journey. Great job. I am very impressed with your playing. Scriabin is an incredible composer and you played this piece like you own it.

04. Jazzwee - Invitation That was fantastic, Jazzwee. I think that might be one of the best solos I've heard you play. You were clearly connecting with the music and engaging the other musicians. The band is really tight that night. That was really great, Jazzwee - so very rich and entertaining.

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3 I like how you brought out an intended question and answer. It's good your teacher had you write out what you thought the music is saying to better internalize it. You might have played it a bit dreamier than it is supposed to be…but then again, it is a fantasy piece written by a very complex romantic composer. Over time, add a greater sense of dynamics and follow a stricter tempo to see how that sounds to your mind's ear.

06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song) I thoroughly enjoyed listening to you play this song. You express some really heartfelt music through your hands. I hope you retain this one so when guests come to visit you, they'll be mesmerized by a fantastically played melody. You have a fantastic ear to spontaneously create those harmonies.

07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2 Fantastic Chopin! You give this music its own voice, your personal touch. The variations in the melody you bring out so well are matched by your sensitivity to the dynamics. You bring out the music.

08. CarlosCC - Ambers Never heard of Helen Jane Long until you played this beautiful melody. I agree with your opinion of the score, but it does not take away at all from your fine musical talent, bringing the best from the melodies you play. This is beautiful. Thank you!

09. Diana - Raymond - Theme from Overture Welcome to your first e-cital! Your playing is most excellent - great time and dynamics. Incredible you've been playing five months. I really enjoyed your music and look forward to hearing more from you.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/18/12 02:51 PM


37. Jake S - Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman Welcome! The whole piece put a big smile on my face. You definitely took possession of the playfulness of the variations with your fine touch. The right hand & left hand were very well balanced. Phenomenal that you have these memorized! Splendid work for only playing for 7 months.


36. Copper - Ave Maria This is lovely! I don't believe I've heard this before now. So softly played with just the right feeling and dynamics, and clear harmonies. Really well done - maybe my favorite of yours. A keeper, for sure!

35. Newman - Desperado Oh man, you have the perfect tone to your voice for this song. (And many more songs, too!) Very good accompaniment that let your cool voice shine above. I see a big future for your singing! This brought back so many memories of singing this with friends. Outstanding! One of my favorites from this recital.

34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4) I so enjoy hearing various interpretations of this prelude. There's so much open for interpretation. You've made this your own by playing it so interest-piquing (is that a word?). I very much like your approach throughout. One point particularly - the way you began was pretty tantalizing - like slipping smoothly into water. I'll up your "mesmerizing" with "captivating"!
Posted by: Riddler

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/18/12 03:52 PM

Another highly successful recital. Thanks yet once again to Monica, Super, Mahlzeit, Sam, for organizing this all.

A few comments on pieces picked more or less randomly:

04. Jazzwee - Invitation
Yeah, I love that song, but it's so hard to play and improvise on - all those melodic leaps, complex chords, key center changes etc. But you have it down pat, sounding very at ease and at home with it. Band sounds good too.

07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2
Ah, wonderful, I love that melody and after listening I can't stop whistling it. Wonderful touch, very expressive. Love the sound of that N2, too. Well done!

10. Recaredo (Ricardo) - Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement.
Wow, your efforts have paid off nicely, Ricardo. It seems as if this piece makes special demands on hand independence, which is always the most difficult thing for me, but you coped very well. Nice work!

11. Jazztpt - Lament
Very creative, very moving. The unexpected upward jumps in the melody seem to induce a mysterious atmosphere that draws the listener in and invites contemplation, and that feeling persists throughout. Very interesting, soulful music!

13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home
Ken, you sound like a pro! I like those voicings, and your improv. It's a real challenge to trade with a drummer, even when you know exactly what he is going to play, but you handled it superbly. Very well done, indeed!

15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1
Wow, Sam, that was awesome! You must have two right hands, and two brains, to play the melodies, and another brain to keep the first two in sync. Really challenging to keep all that going and make it come out so musical. Well done!

17. ladypayne - A New Change
That was quite beautiful composition, and superbly played and recorded. You have certainly come a very very long way in your musical journey! Speaking of journeys, I loved the photos and videos of your journey to Alaska. I drove from Fairbanks to Denver in December (can you believe it? 50 below!) of 1968, in a Volkswagen, with my wife and two babies. Brought a shovel and had to clear snow drifts in some godforsaken place. Worst of all, it was the year of the Hong Kong flu, and I got it bad in some other godforsaken place. Anyway, I think the way you combine your music and photos is quite excellent!

19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme
Jeff, such a moving piece of music, played with real feeling. I'm amazed that you learned that from Youtube! And what a beautiful story about John Williams and Spielberg - very poignant.

More to come.

Ed
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/18/12 04:08 PM

29. Mar_red - Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby You've done a superb job on your arrangement - sounds pretty darned refined to me! You certainly got the spirit of the story into this lullaby. Love all those "tinkly" runs. Great ending!

30. cscl - Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1 I love the bagatelles. And I love the way you've approached this, with your personal touch. Very good dynamics and articulation - perfect for Beethoven. Such a nice clean performance!

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag Oh yeah! Smiles, toe-tappin', and swayin'! I had to listen standing up - couldn't sit still. (That's how you get 'em on the dance floor laugh ).Perfect arrangement - I absolutely loved it! The most fun entry in the recital! (Good luck with your pro recording session!)

32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...") I've seen the stage production and the movie. I agree that this song is the most poignant. Wow, you've done it great justice, TJ! I love how you added great dramatic flair with the soft delicate verses against the angst-ridden ones. It was resplendent!

33. knotty - Petite Fleur First of all, great recording! All the players evenly balanced. You all mesh so impressively. Knotty, your comping was perfect and your solo was simply spectacular. And, the cornet player was awesome - very sexy solo he has here. An outstanding finish to my recital listening!
Posted by: AndyMc

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/18/12 04:42 PM

Below are my final comments, think I got everyone. Loved all the different styles and unique voices. Special thanks to the following for their reviews of my entry: Cookie74, Andy Platt, Clemente, jazzwee, Bobpickle, Monica K, CMohr, Sam S, SwissMS, PianoStudent88.

#6 Mr Super Hunky: Beautiful indeed, I'm in awe of your "noodle method," I could never do that
#7 SwissMS: One of my favorite pieces -- very nice interpretation
#8 CarlosCC: Well, with your Schroeder avatar I was hoping to hear Vince Guaraldi:) Just kidding of course. Enjoyed your performance.
#9 Diana: A clear, confident performance, keep it up
#10 Recaredo (Ricardo): I know the feeling of wanting to tackle pieces I consider outside my level. Excellent job with Beethoven
#18 Riddler (Ed): Terrific job with those runs in the beginning. A "dignified" performance indeed smile
#19 Like that anecdote about Spielberg. An expressive performance.
#20 CASINITALY (Cheryl): I like your description of the music like a puzzle. Your performance fits together nicely.
#21 timmyab: Great, sounds professional
#22 Lady Chen: Your passion for this piece is evident, just gorgeous
#23 MrPozor: Tres bien!
#24 Monica K: Your voice & musicality shine through
#25 Cookie74: fantastic fingerwork
#26 Mile Hi Steve: Nice arrangement, hope that offeratory plate filled up:)
#27 Bobpickle: Just love the way you handle that opening theme, beautiful
#28 joangolfing: Congrats on breaking in your new piano with a very fine performance
#29Mar_red: Brooding, the emotion comes through well, I enjoyed it
#30 cscl: A warm, rich tone you coax out of the piano
#31 jotur/Cathy Turner: joyful playing, love it
#32 TrapperJohn: My favorite scene from the movie, great job with it
#33 knotty: Love the ensemble, sounds awesome
#34 Andy Platt: Played with restrained/refined emotion fitting of Chopin IMO, love this prelude
#35 Newman: A classic! Very good.
#36 Copper: A nice soft touch
#37 Jake S: Amazing to memorize a piece this length. Bravo
#38 Augustina: I find slow pieces challenging as well, this is very expressive
#39 Sand Tiger: Folksy, very nice
#40Serge88: Fun, I like the addition of the drum track
#41 Starr Keys: A vulnerable performance & video
#42 CMohr: Your own arrangement, wow -- very cool, sounded great
#43 ClavBoy: Crystal clear
#44 Ken: Makes me wish I played jazz
#45 daveindenton: I'm a John Williams fan as well, nice job with this.
#46 MaryBee: Loved it, you make Mozart sound effortless
#47 DadAgains_Daughter: my goodness, excellent technique
#48 DadAgain: Fine work, like father like daughter
#49 Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White: Impressive, I could never sightread a piece for a recording like that
#50 Falmc: a heartfelt tribute
#51 Clemente: You bring out the full flavor the piece
#52Norrec (Tim): Nice job on your first recording, here's to many more
#53 notback: pensive & sweet
#54lyricmudra: Hadn't heard this one before, you look at complete ease at the keyboard in your video, well done.
#55 RedKat: Agree with you on your assessment of this waltz, enjoyed your warm interpretation.
#56 Grouchomarx: Very good, I admire you for tackling Liszt.
#57 Tiago84: Wow, gorgeous. At 5 months in I was playing Old Macdonald not Chopin.
#59 yohyrral: fluid & uplifting composition
#60 BillM: True to its name, tender & soulful
# 61 PianoStudent88: love that brief section in the upper register towards the end, good job
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/18/12 05:01 PM

CMohr
piece: Jimmy Van Heusen (music), Johnny Burke : Imagination
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok
noise: little white noise and a soft chirp through it,
bass: not so much
depth of field: shallow
piano sound: little nasal

musical:
overall impression, like: I'm really not into this kind of music so I googled a few performances. I understand that the voice is missing (your mother was going to sing it?). Nice idea! And wonderful that your mother joined you with some singing! I think you got the right speed, mood and chords.
But to me it seems somehow it does not get into the groove, maybe the hesitations and red dot syndrome are playing up here as you said. But I think the singing is a very important part to the piece, it kind of glues the piece together and now we miss it. Hearing the singing might also help you get into the groove and just play ahead.
Phrasing: I think the phrasing comes most from the voice that is lacking. Without the singing it's pretty hard to follow.
rubato, speed changes: yes, some, I guess ok
Dynamics: ok
articulation: most pedal
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/18/12 06:00 PM

Originally Posted By: AndyMc
A vulnerable performance and video


Thanks.


Posted by: Inlanding

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/18/12 08:55 PM

41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes This is quite a song. I am so very impressed with how you are able to play and accompany yourself. Your voice is beautiful and it gets better every time you play a new piece of music. Your lessons are really paying off - you are getting the focus you can use to apply to more songs of your choosing. The multimedia presentation was fantastic, too - you personalized it, which goes along with why you chose the piece in the first place - for your parents and family. A stellar (Starr) performance.

42. CMohr - Imagination I like this standard a great deal, and even more the way you chose to express it through your own arrangement and improvisations. The fact you chose it for your Mom gives it even more meaning. The leaps and bounds in improvement in your playing, expression, and confidence have been huge over this past year and it's all coming together very nicely. I always look forward to your music. Next time your Mom comes for a visit, you should accompany her - she'll love it!

43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846 You show such fine finger control and only after 9 months of playing! This is spectacular. The next iterations of this fine Prelude could include a bit more dynamics - no easy task on an electric piano. Great work, ClavBoy. I really look forward to hearing more from you.

44. Ken. - Light Blue Ken, you picked this Monk music that is so difficult to pull off, something which you do so easily! This is such a rare bird, not often heard. From Monk easy piano solos…what's easy about it? Your playing is spot-on.

45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List Congratulations on your first e-cital. I very much like your interpretation. There is so many ways to bring the emotion this piece evokes and I really like the direction you chose. Very, very nice, daveindenton.

46. MaryBee - Sonata in C minor, K.457, Mvt.1 Pure Mozart you bring to the e-cital! I always enjoy your playing. There are so many tricks, turns, and trills. You bring out the seriousness and playfulness that Mozart seems to intend so very well. It's like a finely honed journey. I really look forward to the second movement next time!

47. DadAgains_Daughter - Invention in F Major Wow! This is so well played. The articulations are very well outlined and your sense of time is perfect. I am very impressed by anyone that plays Bach, and even more impressed by your playing.

48. DadAgain - Prelude and Fugue XX - A minor Fantastic, DadAgain! You have a fine sense of the keyboard and show some great dexterity with this one. The prelude was wonderful. That fugue has some well-defined voices and you bring out the music in them, despite what you say in your description. This is a fine bit of work, indeed.

49. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits Very short and sweet. Very impressive sight-reading, there Mike. Gluck wrote some beautiful melodies. Thank you for sharing your sight-reading talents.

50. Falmc - Sweet Sereny I so very much enjoyed this piece and your piano transcription of your original guitar work. A fine bit of musicianship, for sure. Your girlfriend must really enjoy this piece. Quite a tribute to her, and to you!

51. Clemente - Andalucia Lecouna wrote some wonderful pieces and you chose one. This was so very enjoyable - incredible energy your bring to it. What a fine bit of playing, Clemente. There are little technical improvements to be made, especially with the octaves, and you will get them over time. It takes time and consistency to mature a piece like this, especially. You were connecting with the music and expressing it, that's what matters most to me, especially for this e-cital.

52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight Congratulations on making a very fine and successful recording, Tim! Amazing how well you are playing after one year. You are really on to something and I look forward to more of your music.

53. notbach - To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1) As always, I am a sucker for simple harmonies played well and yours is one of them. This melody paints wonderful pictures - you see to that. Great work, and even moreso that fact you got it together in such fine style with very short notice. Beautiful.

54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata) This is the second time I've ever heard this and your interpretation is wonderful. There's so much going on and it must be a real challenge to get the dynamics the way you want them. I enjoyed it start-to-finish!

55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2 When I was taking lessons, my piano teacher said I needed to add this to my repertoire. I have yet to do so, as it is very difficult to get right. You bring so much passion to this Waltz. It is the music you are expressing so very well, very confident and steady. Great playing, RedKat!

56. Grouchomarx - Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan (no Friska) Wow! Very nicely done, Groucho. Only 3-4 years? Simply amazing the talent you have! Such dexterity and musical expression. It'll be even more amazing to hear this again once you start playing it again. I look forward to Rach 32-12.

57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4) There are so many way to slice this pie…Chopin saw to that, even if it was not intended. Your playing is so very heartfelt, certainly one of his intentions. Five months of playing the piano? You are an amazing player. This is great.

58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1 Andy, this was terrific. The added echo effect really gives your intended melody line a kick. I very much enjoyed your original composition. I looked at the video and it is perfectly in line with the music you play. Great talent. Congratulations and thank you for joining in the e-cital fun.

59. yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes for Piano An original composition thoroughly enjoyable. I am sure your newly acquired piano gets very little rest. The way you play so freely is a joy to hear. Thank you for your music.

60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness This was so wonderful, Bill! You have great control of your voice and your accompaniments are perfect. The solo was so well done. I am always amazed at how you are able to play and sing at the same time. The title is something about which we can all aspire.

61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings This is the first Khachaturian I recall hearing in one of these e-citals. You are clearly listening to the melody as you play it and it is very well expressed. Your teacher must be having fun working with such a talent, and a motivated one at that! Thank you for this.
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 07:52 AM

42 Starr Keys: It Goes Like It Goes - David Shire

Great work as always Starr Keys! This piece is new to me. I really enjoyed your performance. To sing those high tones so well can't be easy and you do it with such ease… while playing the piano!!! Great work on the video too. It flows great! The music and your performance fit the slides very well. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 08:03 AM

31 jotur/Cathy Turner: Dill Pickle Rag - Charles L. Johnson
This is a great performance Cathy!! I felt like I was watching an old silent movie the whole time I listened to it. I like how you maintain a steady rhythm as it seems tricky in places. Your performance would be perfect for an old slap stick movie!! The great 'Modern Times' from 1936 would be excellent as you use a DP. smile Thanks for sharing!!
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 08:24 AM

36. Copper - Ave Maria
How beautiful and serene – I was left wanting more. Love the counterpoint.

37. Jake S - Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman
What a fun project this must have been to take on! It is astounding that you have this level of control after only 7 months. Well done.

38. Augustina - Touched
A very pretty tune well played. I’m partial to slow, romantic pieces and this is quite lovely.

39. Sand Tiger - Ashokan Farewell
I’ve watched the Ken Burns Civil War series a number of times and like this tune very much. I enjoyed listening to your performance. Quite an accomplishment after playing only 5 months.

40. Serge88 - What'd I say
I actually like the slower more soulful and bluesy tempo of your rendition of this fun tune. You have a good feel for this one.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 08:36 AM

41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes
One of my favorites of the recital! This one pushes all of my buttons – a great old song with a very strong melody, a fine vocal performance, and an interesting and touching photo montage. Loved it.

42. CMohr - Imagination
I don’t think I’ve ever heard this one before which is surprising since I’m a huge fan of music from this era (40s on 4 is one of my favorite XM stations). A lovely and touching performance. I can see why your mom was moved to sing along. Sweet.

43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846
A very strong and confident performance. Once again I’m amazed that you can take something like this piece on after playing less than a year. Very well articulated.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 10:21 AM

notbach
piece: Edward MacDowell: To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1)
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R : ok
noise: very little
bass: ok
depth of field: shallow
piano sound: excellent

musical:
overall impression, like: Nicely played. Good flow, steady pace, smooth sound. Good job for a quick prepare and playing through mistakes.
But are you sure it's not the cultivated, non-stinging rose that we hear here ;-) I think it's possible to do more with this.
I agree that the roses themselves are pinkish and inviting a smooth performance. But the stems have dense, sharp, sickle-shaped hooks aka thorns. Also they have pinnate leaves (opposite to each other). Their thorns are designed to cling to other vegetation (and not mainly to protect them). After flowering, their buds are eaten by birds (and by humans, eg in syrup and jam)
Just for some suggestions, I think I can hear the thorns around 1:01. The rose hips are probably at the end? Also the hips generally seem to be darker color than the flowers, so I'm expecting a bit darker sound there.
Phrasing: clear
rubato, speed changes: no, very stable speed.
Dynamics: fine
articulation: most pedal
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 01:37 PM

37 Jake S - Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman, Mozart
A sizable undertaking, Jake. This is an amazing performance for seven months at the piano. I am impressed.

38 Augustina - Touched, Joe Bongiorno
A pretty piece well played. I don;t know the song, so I didn't notice the rhythms you said were off.

39 Sand Tiger - Ashokan Farewell, Jay Unger
I play this, and it's not easy. Great job. Considering you have been playing a very short time it's down right amazing.

40 Serge88 - What'd I Say, Ray Charles
Fun performance, Serge.

41 Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes, David Shire
I have not heard this song before nor seen the movie. Nice job, Starr Keys. I enjoyed your singing. Your vocal seems to fit the piece nicely. Puts me a bit in mind of Streisand.

42 CMohr - Imagination, Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Burke
Nice job. I like what you did with this song, CMohr. In places the left hand chords sound a bit like a jazz guitarist strumming. That enhances the mood, I think. Bravo.

43 ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846, Bach
Nice job overall. I would like to hear a bit gentler touch in some parts and a more pronounced ritardando at the end, but this is really nice for some one with a very limited experience.

44 Ken. - Light Blue, Thelonious Monk
Nice, Ken. You captured the essence of the piece perfectly.

45 daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List, John Williams
Better than fair enough, Dave. This is a very moving performance.

46 MaryBee - Sonata in C minor, K.457, Mvt.1, Mozart
It certainly doesn't sound like a drunken uncle now, MaryBee. Great job. Great job.
Posted by: Recaredo

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 02:32 PM

Hi everybody!

I’ve been away on vacation, and I haven’t been able to listen to the recital until now, so I’m going to spend this Sunday evening listening to some recordings.


But first of all, I wanted to thank Cathy, Andy Platt, Glen, SwissMS, Carlos, Jazztpt, CMohr, Lady Chen, Clemente, Dennis, Bill, Bobpickle, Starr Keys, Sam, Cookie, Riddler, and AndyMc, for your helpful comments and lovely words on my performance. They all are extremely appreciated.
Posted by: Riddler

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 03:06 PM


More comments.

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1
What a beautiful piece. Chopin never ceases to amaze me with his inventiveness! I loved it. Played so expressively, and with such articulation. Well done!

25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor
What a workout! Great trills, very impressive at those speeds.

27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle)
Superb rendition! I could have sworn I was listening to an absolute pro! Flawless and expressive, excellent recording too.

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag
What a fun tune! Never heard it before, but it certainly has a ragtime feel and rhythm to it. Played with real vigor and joyfulness!

32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...")
Love that song! I must admit I never really liked the story (saw it onstage many years ago), but the songs are great, and this is one of my favs. So well played - you just continue to improve, TJ.

33. knotty - Petite Fleur
Wow, Knots, that was very enjoyable. Your two-fisted chord playing was remarkable. Also, you guys seem to respond to each other's improv very well at times, and very quickly, which is so important.

34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4)
Andy, that was wonderful. What beautiful chords, melodies. Wish I could play it. Well done.

43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846 (to do)
Loved that! I must confess, whenever I listen to this piece, in my mind I hear the Ave Maria melody on top of it. But that does not detract from the experience of listening. Wonderful performance.

44. Ken. - Light Blue
I've always liked this song. It was on a 33 RPM LP I listened to many times, and I probably even heard him play it live a few times, but you don't hear it played often nowadays, so I am glad to see you keeping it alive. Well done. Those Monk endings always surprise, don't they? smile

More later.

Ed
Posted by: Jake S

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 04:13 PM

Congratulations to everyone that has submitted. Some really enjoyable music. I hope you all found (as I did) that the process of recording/preparing really gave you a new perspective on your music since it is so differnt hearing yourself whilst playing and listening to the recording afterwards.

A special thanks to everyone that has commented on me, it is quite daunting to post yourself on the internet and you guys are sooo supportive as a community. Hats off to all the people that have managed to comment on everyone's playing which is a feat in itself.

I'm afraid I only have time to comment on a few contributions but here we go:


07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2
I love this piece, and delicacy of your playing captures mood of the piece very well. Some of the rubato where you pull the tempo back is delightful.


11. Jazztpt - Lament
Very atmospheric, I love your writing. You deserve major kudos for being able to write a piece like this. The laid back feel combined with the textures of the slow chords is fantastic.


15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1
I have heard that Bach's Prelude and Fugues are something to aim for, and really tough to play. I really like your transition into the presto, which seems very smooth and controlled.


24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale
You picked a corker here. I had never heard of Einaudi before this, but I'm certainly going to seek him out now. Your playing is very composed, almost understated which works perfectly with the sparse scoring and makes the piece sound effortless.


25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor
I like your separation of the two voices, both seeming to come to the fore as and when required by the music. The interplay between the two voices is good, helping us to understand what Bach meant when he wrote the piece


27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle)
Very confident performance, you seem to play this effortlessly, with good poise. Considering you only have 8 months experience, I think this is very good, I would not have guessed you started this year.


34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4)
Such a lovely piece well played. Your melody is haunting and you are not afraid to pull the tempo to fit your vision of the piece.


42. CMohr - Imagination
You seem a little down on your performance, but for me this was really nicely played. I think you show sensitivity in your touch. Also, well done on the arrangement, I thought this was very professional sounding.


51. Clemente - Andalucia
I really liked that you had some fun with this piece. The fast bass notes almost sound like they are cheekily tipping their hat whilst the melody soars over the top. I hope the new teacher is working out well.
Posted by: Recaredo

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 07:06 PM

61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings
The main melody of this piece is played expressively, and its variations follow the same way; where the rhythm is really solid. Congratulations on this lovely performance, PianoStudent!


60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness
I can’t really say whether your piano accompanies your voice or vice versa, since both sing this song with convincing expression. Your performance asks the listener to pay attention to every note, whether it be played by the piano or sung by your voice. Fantastic rendition on this beautiful song, Bill!


59. yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes for Piano
The nice themes of this composition are developed throughout inspired variations and your playing is fantastic at the same time, Larry. It has been a pleasure to listen to your work. I see you played it by ear, so congratulations on your great talent!


58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1
In this composition the beautiful image of river lights is lovely reflected in music. This is not easy, since we are speaking not only of images but of sensations. Thanks for sharing your clever work, Andy.


57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4)
Wow Tiago, I see you have been playing piano for only five months, and you are already able to play this prelude with refined dynamics. Very good job, Tiago, you are very talented, keep working on the piano!


56. Grouchomarx - Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan (no Friska)
You are making impressive progresses in very little time, Grouchomarx. Obviously this is not an easy piece, but you manage to play it very convincingly. The ornaments, the different dynamics this piece asks for, all shows not only a great job, but a real talent. I enjoyed your recording so much that I would have liked to listen to the whole rhapsody under your rendition. Congrats Grouchomarx.


55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2
What a fantastic rendition on Chopin’s music, RedKat. Every phrase is gorgeously exhibited through an accurate technique. I especially loved the changes in tempo that your performance shows so brilliantly. I’ve really enjoyed your recording, Redkat.


54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata)
Although you say this is a piece in progress, I listened to an enjoyable performance, where the different voices are well balanced and all seems to be under control with clear ideas, lyricmudra.


53. notbach - To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1)
I understand you’re happy with your playing; you did a cool job on this song, notbach.


52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight
You made a great job with your first recording, Tim. Despite this is maybe a simple song, it needs to be played musically, and you manage to transmit sensations throughout your playing. Keep on working on the piano, Tim; I’m looking forward to listening to your next recording wink.

Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 07:43 PM

4-Jazzwee- Wow. I wish I lived near by...I would love to be able to hear you play live. Remarkable playing.

5-Glen, I've been playing some of Shumann's shorter works but haven't even listened to this one much less attempted to play it. Absolutely wonderful playing. I love your approach. Just a perfect touch and the way you work the bass melody in... I don't even know how to describe how excellent it sounds. I had to listen a couple of times.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 08:21 PM

44. Ken. - Light Blue
What an interesting piece. One of the things I like about these recitals is that it exposes one to music one wouldn’t ordinarily hear. I liked the second version better, by the way.

45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List
Sensitively played. I like the way you strum the chords – good dynamics.

46. MaryBee - Sonata in C minor, K.457, Mvt.1
Well done. You have obviously put quite a bit of effort into this piece over the last year and it shows.

47. DadAgains_Daughter - Invention in F Major
Very well done. You do an excellent job maintaining the tempo and show good hand independence.

48. DadAgain - Prelude and Fugue XX - A minor
A fine effort – I think you are getting hang of Bach quite well.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 08:31 PM

49. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits
I have heard this before but with, I think, a different name. Nice job of sight reading.

50. Falmc - Sweet Sereny
A very professional sounding recording. A lovely tune.

51. Clemente - Andalucia
You have some fast fingers. This is going to be quite a show piece with a little more tender loving care – you are almost there.

52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight
What a lovely piece! I think this is more than “good enough”. You have a good, light touch.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 08:39 PM

53. notbach - To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1)
I am not familiar with this piece either, but enjoyed your performance of this lovely tune.

54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata)
This is a very polished performance. Beautifully done! Your piano has a full, rich tone.

55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2
You are right – this is a jewel and you play it beautifully. Very enjoyable listen.
Posted by: jazzwee

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 08:40 PM

I want to thank those who gave me such lovely comments. I really appreciate it.

Here's more comments from me.

01. wouter79 - La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12) - You've really been aggressive with your development and amazed that you tackle all these difficult pieces. Congratulations! Now since I'm concerned for everyone's development, I'm going to get picky with you to make sure you hear what I hear. There's lots of unnevenness here that requires really S-L-O-W practice. Maybe 10% speed. You need to be able to hear for yourself when there's any rhythmic problems. This is the danger of rushing to really complex pieces because the muscles may not have developed yet to handle the technique required. But the ears have to grow first. Let me say though that your tone has really improved from the last recital. Much better tone and balance. Again great development for your limited time on the instrument.

03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6 Really liking your choice of music Ben. This is wonderful and you're bringing out those complex harmonies nicely between your hands. You're doing great. Such serious progress!

07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2 Very nice. Lovely tone and you brought out that melody so wonderfully. Sounding really good. Now the next step is to refine the sound of the chords further. Just a technique thing that takes so much time. You're really getting there.

15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1 Lovely performance! Great job. No I don't think it's easy. So I appreciate your accomplishments.

16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor - As always that beautiful tone is just amazing. I was going to learn this and listened to Horowitz. Don't worry, I didn't compare. LOL. You played it so well. So much fun to listen to!

20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree - Darn, I missed you playing on the acoustic because on that I can really hear your tone as you really dig deep into the keys. Here your lovely playing is obscured by the limitations of the device. Also you play less legato here than before so don't forget to focus on that more. Still you have progressed so well in all this time and I'm very happy to hear changes at every recital. Great work.

24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale - Tone is just so exquisite! Touch is really developing. Maybe because of all that free time from retirement? This is just so smoothly played. Maybe the best I've heard from you ever. Great job!

25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor - Great technique! I'm jealous! That kind of legato is perfect for jazz. I need more practice, Looks like you have a couple of years headstart so I'll be challenged to catch up to this tone. smile

27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle) Am I reading this right?!!! Eight Months!???? Eight years maybe. This is a staggering sound. Your tone is unbelievable for this time. I'm floored. I'm curious to know your practice regimen. Fantastic performance.

41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes Starr Keys I love hearing you sing! This is just so wonderful to listen to. Your accompaniment to yourself is perfect. I still remember your wonderful singing from last recital and I was hoping you'd sing again. I wasn't disappointed! Really good arrangement BTW.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 09:27 PM

Originally Posted By: Jake S
24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale
You picked a corker here. I had never heard of Einaudi before this, but I'm certainly going to seek him out now.


Hang around here long enough and you will hear much more of Enaudi (some would say too much! laugh ). He is my favorite composer for piano, and believe it or not, I'd rank "Fairy Tale" as pretty far down on my rank order list of favorite pieces. Get thee to YouTube and listen to "Divenire," "In un' altra vita," "I giorni," "Le Onde," "Ancora," "Berlin Song," "I due fiumi," "Primavera," "Ascolta," "Dietro Casa," to name just a very few.

The good news is that almost all of his sheet music for solo piano is easily available, and it ranges in difficulty from downright easy to wicked hard, so there's something for everybody. smile

I'm glad I submitted "Fairy Tale," though, because I believe it was the only Einaudi piece in the recital this time. eek We can't have a recital without him!
Posted by: LadyChen

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 09:27 PM

11. Jazztpt. This is stunning and heartwrenching at the same time. I can totally hear this on a flugelhorn (an instrument that makes me weep when played well). Thank you so much for sharing this with us -- it's so obvious when an artist's heart and soul goes into something.

12. (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss. Thank you for sharing this beautiful composition with us -- what a haunting melody you have created.

13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home. Very cool -- this makes me want to experiment with Band in a Box. Thanks for the inspiration!

14. Amaruk - Sur le fil. Very beautiful -- Amélie is one of my favorite movies. Thanks for sharing this lovely piece. And good job on all those hand crossings!

15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1. Wow, this is not easy stuff. Nice job here. I like the surprise presto -- good choice. And great job keeping a nice steady tempo with the fugue -- fugues are never easy, 2 voices, 5 voices, they're always tricky smile.
Posted by: LadyChen

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 09:39 PM

16. Peyton - Mazurka. This doesn't sound easy to me! Good job on this -- I don't know if ANY Chopin is easy. Have you ever played any jazz? Some of your RH runs had a nice jazzy quality to them - I enjoyed it.

17. ladypayne. I really enjoyed this. I've heard some of your music in the piano bar, and I really admire your ability to put all these elements together into a beautiful piece of art. This composition reminded me a bit of the soundtrack from The Piano.

18. Riddler (Ed). Haha i enjoyed your story about the piano teacher banning your undignified music! Hats off to you for learning something you've always wanted to learn, and you did a great job of it! No thanks to Mrs Calabash!

19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme. I'm amazed at what people can learn from YouTube. Did you have a score at all for this? In any case, lovely job, I enjoyed your expression and sensitivity.

20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree. Nice job on two classic piano pieces! I especially enjoyed the Leopold Mozart. I'll have to try eating pastries and cafe au lait before my next recording...
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/19/12 11:15 PM

47 DadAgains_Daughter - Invention in F Major, BAch
Beautiful job, DAs Daughter. Beautiful.

48 DadAgain - Prelude and Fugue XX - A minor, Bach
Nice job, DAdAgain. Trills are difficult for me as well.

49 Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits, Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck
Nice job sightreading.

50 Falmc - Sweet Sereny, Carlos Mendoza Falmc
Very beautiful piece, Carlos.

51 Clemente - Andalucia, Ernesto Lecuona
Wow, what an impressive piece, Clemente. Once you work on bringing out the melody by quieting those left hand arpeggios a bit this will be even more gorgeous.

52 Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight, Michiru Oshima
I know what you mean, Tim. I always think my pieces sound good until I listen to the recording. Then I notice every shortcoming - and usually there are plenty. This is not bad at all. Keep learning.

53 notbach - To A Wild Rose, Edward MacDowell
You are not far at all from "standard" interpretation. I have played this off and on since childhood, so I have a fair bit of experience with it. I play at a slightly faster tempo, but I hear nothing much wrong here.

54 lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata), Bach
Your analysis of your playing is pretty good, although the wrong notes are few. You have good control of the trills - that is a trouble spot for me. This is a beautiful piece. I haven't played it since I was a teenager, and that was a long time ago. I need to find the sheets and relearn this myself.

55 RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2, Chopin
Despite your assertions to the contrary I don't really hear much wrong with this performance, RedKat. This is an enjoyable performance.

56 Grouchomarx - Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan (no Friska), Liszt
An impressive performance of a piece I found devilishly difficult when I tried to learn it many years ago. I never got it anywhere near this level before giving it up as beyond me. Today with my slow and slightly arthritic fingers it is WAY out of reach. This is beautiful!

57 Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4), Chopin
This is a very satisfying performance, Tiago.

58 AndyMc - Riverlights #1
Interesting composition, Andy. Nicely played. iPhone recording is certainly better than one from my LG phone.

59 yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes For Piano, Lawrence Hoy
This is quite beautiful, Larry. Well done.

60 BillM - Try A Little Tenderness, Campbell, Connelly and Woods
I like the way you take this at a nice slow tempo. I used to play it quite a bit faster. It really works at this tempo. Nice job singing and accompanying yourself (as usual).

61 PianoStudent88 = Ivan Sings, Khachaturian
You show great timing and touch on this, PianoStudent88. A very admirable performance.
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/20/12 02:24 AM

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag - Nice rag, sounded great! I tried my hands at ragtime and it ended in a firey disaster - I'm glad you're picking up the slack! Please keep inspiring me to be the best 29 year old piano player around town! wink

32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...") - Very well done, TJ, and thanks again for exposing me to music that I haven't come across yet!

34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4) - Well done with this, I think, because I'm seriously depressed after listening to this. Like after I learned that Olympic gold medals aren't gold but thinly plated silver.
But the real gold is revealed when one hears a piece like this. wink
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/20/12 04:18 AM

Originally Posted By: Monica K.
Originally Posted By: Jake S
24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale
You picked a corker here. I had never heard of Einaudi before this, but I'm certainly going to seek him out now.

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I'm glad I submitted "Fairy Tale," though, because I believe it was the only Einaudi piece in the recital this time. eek We can't have a recital without him!

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Count with me for the next recital!
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/20/12 06:43 AM

More 5 comments:

36. Copper - Ave Maria - Nice piece and good phrasing on this Ave Maria. Good job.

37. Jake S - Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman - Such variations are really pretty. Mozart is great and you did a nice job!

38. Augustina - Touched - This piece was new form me. I like Joe Bongiorno's style. Good job!

39. Sand Tiger - Ashokan Farewell - It's cool to know that you could transcribe this from youtube videos. Another composer new to me: Jay Unger. For someone with your experience it's a really nice job !

40. Serge88 - What'd I say - Serge, it sounds professional! What a great work. Congratulations!
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/20/12 07:44 AM

ladypayne
piece: ladypayne: A New Change
technical:
clipping: no
balance L/R: ok. L channel seems slightly louder but it does not disturb me.
noise: yes some (Interesting that you have a DP yet record analog). Pink noise, some hum, a barking dog in the distance,
bass: not so much
depth of field: confusing: shallow yet quite some echo on the piano sound.
piano sound: DP

musical:
overall impression, like: nice impression of your move to Alaska. Flows nicely. I'm missing a bit of development in the piece, there are new instruments coming in but they play the same melody. Nice photos from the mountains. I hope you bring your piano with you?
Phrasing: clear
rubato, speed changes: not so much
Dynamics: yes a good amount, might also be due to the additional instruments
articulation: most pedal
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/20/12 09:20 AM

"Batches of 5" is nice smile

41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes - Wow, everything is conected with harmony: the video, the singing and the piano. What a great moment. Thanks!

42. CMohr - Imagination - August 9th? This is my birthday too! Happy birthday to your mom and I'm sure she loves to hear this nice and gentle piece. Your arrangement is really nice. Congratulations.

43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846 - ClavBoy, any reason for not using the pedal? I think you're already ready with this piece to start pedaling. Apart of that I think you did a nice job;

44. Ken. - Light Blue - I'm not a specialist, but this is a tricky blues piece but you did a nice job. It's really nice to read the story of a piece. btw: I like more the second take just because it sounds more "clean".

45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List - Dave, this is really beautiful. As I said to Jeff Green I loved this melody since the first time I heard it. Plus, I think this piece shows perfectly the skill and the feelings of the interpreter. I think each one plays your way, and the piece is still beautiful.
I promisse I'll learn to play it! I'm curious to see how I'll face it smile
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/20/12 10:13 AM

More 5 comments:

46. MaryBee - Sonata in C minor, K.457, Mvt.1 - Mozart... Motezart... Mot-zart... I've heard of this guy smile
Now serious, this piece brings out the best of your experience and dedication. I think I'll never be able to play such piece with so many technical details and change of rythms. Keep working because this is very, very good!

47. DadAgains_Daughter - Invention in F Major - Hello DadAgains_Daughter. It's always nice to listen your pieces! Keep working because you're in the right way. congratulations.

48. DadAgain - Prelude and Fugue XX - A minor - Hello DadAgains_Daughter Dad, I just realized why your daughter plays Bach so well. It's easy when such good examples are near. I'm not a Bach fan, but this is great!

49. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits - I was intrigued by the name of this piece but I resisted to go look it up on google... For a backup piece I think it's nicely played. Thanks for sharing!

50. Falmc - Sweet Sereny - Falmc, Sereny can only be proud of your work. But what a nice music! Cheerful, fresh, well cadenced and with various instruments. Very good.
Posted by: Recaredo

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/20/12 01:10 PM

51. Clemente - Andalucía
This piece requires a huge technique, but your interpretation really catches the Andalusian soul of this dance. Great job Clemente, you are really good at playing this music! I’m sure you’d play excellent renditions on the rest of the pieces from this suite.


50. Falmc - Sweet Sereny
Nice song with a beautiful melody. You composed a very emotive work, which is excellently played in your recording. Thanks for sharing it, Falmc.


49. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits
I see you played this piece sight reading. This is really impressive, since this little dance doesn’t seem easy to play. Congrats Mike on your ability.


48. DadAgain - Prelude and Fugue XX - A minor
The prelude is fantastically played, with solid rhythm and clear voices, the ornaments are accurate as well. The fugue is indeed extremely difficult to play, but the different voices are well balanced. I find your rendition is excellent, DadAgain.


47. DadAgains_Daughter - Invention in F Major
Great Bach Nicola!. You played an amazing rendition on this beautiful Invention, with big confidence. Keep working on the piano, you are making evident progresses. I’m looking forward to listening to your next performance.


46. MaryBee - Sonata in C minor, K.457, Mvt.1
I’m glad your teacher wanted you to learn this movement, I love it, and I’ve listened to a marvellous performance with your recording. The melodies and variations are always exposed openly, while the ornaments sound spontaneously. But at the same time your rendition doesn’t abandon the dark character of this movement. Excellent job, Mary!


45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List
Indeed this is a moving song, and your performance is also touching, I especially like how the dynamic is developed in your rendition. You really did a fair job with this song, Daveindenton.


44. Ken. - Light Blue
You always bring to us lesser known music, Ken, but the best thing is your performances are fantastic. I really enjoyed those dissonant sounds in this music. Congrats on your job and thanks for sharing it.


43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846
I don’t see this piece is difficult for you, since is played quite natural. I think you made the correct choice avoiding the pedal, in this way this prelude sounds much clearer. Well done, ClavBoy.


42. CMohr - Imagination
Marvellous arrangement and playing! The expression is so constant and firm in every bar, that your interpretation really offers a moving version of this music. Great victory over the blue dot, CMhor wink.


41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes
Your video is absolutely fantastic, Starr Keys, but your playing and singing are even better. I love how you modulate your voice in every section, while your piano accompanies with huge expression. I really enjoyed your work, Starr Keys.
Posted by: jazztpt

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/20/12 02:18 PM

34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4)
I enjoyed this Andy , in fact it inspired me to find the music and I have just played (well tried to anyway) my first piece by Chopin, so thanks for that.

35. Newman - Desperado
Great mood you create here Newman and perfect vocal once again on this very well played arrangement.

36. Copper - Ave Maria
Very nice and sweetly played version of Ava Maria.

37. Jake S - Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman
That is a lot of music to remember, very well done and remarkable after only 7 months.

38. Augustina - Touched
I think this is some of the best playing I have heard from you Augustina, lovely sensitive playing of this very pretty piece, excellent.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/20/12 02:25 PM

I'm pretty blown away by all the wonderful comments I've received!
Big thank-yous to Bobpickle, Sam S., Cookie74 for listening and commenting on my tune.
Wouter, thank you, as always for your detailed comments. I so very much appreciate the time and thought you put into them.
Andy Platt and AndyMc, such nice comments from you both!

Jazzwee, You always seem to notice things that (maybe) others don't (including myself) about my playing, and I'm so very appreciative of your uplifting comments!
KenJazz, Your comments on my tune lifted my spirits. I'd love to hear the Hamburg Bar background. smile.
Inlanding , As with Jazzwee, it's so good to read what others hear in my playing. I look up to many of you here who are so talented and inspirational to me. I get a lot from you.
BillM, thanks for the nice comments - you are another player I admire.
TX-Dennis, You saying my chords sounded like a jazz guitarist made my day.(Missed you this time around, too!)
JakeS, very astute of you to notice i wasn't completely happy with my recoding. I always feel like I could have done so many things better...well, I am my own worst critic. smile Thanks for the nice comments!
CarlosCC, Happy belated Aug. 9 birthday to you, too! I'm so happy you liked my arrangement!
Recaredo , thank you for your lovely words!

I want to again than everyone involved in putting on the ABF recitals which have helped me immensely. Also, to all of you who comment, thank you for taking the time and writing such kind words. heart They give me inspiration and confidence as I move forward. I feel very lucky to be included in this wonderful group of pianists. I love listening to each one of you!
Posted by: ClavBoy

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/20/12 03:35 PM

Hi,
thanks to all of you commenting on my performance of the Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846 so far.
As I'm learning without teacher (I had 4-5 lessons but had to cancel due to job and other issues) it's important to hear whether I'm on the right way or not.

When I decided to learn playing the piano around a year ago, it was this piece I started with only to realize that it is much too difficult for an absolute beginner. Then I practised with the easier stuff but always came back to the Prelude to learn a bit more of the piece. I can still not play it consistently without wrong notes but its getting better. I play it at least once on every practice session to improve it.
For the pedaling: I haven't played with pedal yet but I like it with the "natural" legato and it can be played like that with no need for a pedal. I think the instruments Bach had, even had no pedals.
For the speed: There are so many versions of the Prelude and I have a book with a table of tempi pianists used and there is every speed from very slow to incredibly fast. I like the medium speed I played it.

Again: thanks for all your comments. My piece for the next recital will be much shorter and easier!



Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/20/12 03:37 PM

More random comments...

#3. Ben. A very beautiful piece and very sensitively played.

#6. Mr SuperHunky, so do you just listen to the song over and over until you have figured out the chords and melody? Pretty friggin good. The "noodle method" huh? Next thing you know you will be advertising it on the forum; "SuperHunks Noodle Method online instructional video".
Posted by: kenjazz

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/20/12 04:45 PM

Originally Posted By: CMohr

KenJazz, Your comments on my tune lifted my spirits. I'd love to hear the Hamburg Bar background. smile.


You can download it from my box account, but it is an M4A file, so box can't preview it yet. You don't say what you use for mixing, but if it is something like Audacity, you can just import this as a new track and copy and paste the snippet to extend the length of your new track as many times as you need to cover the length of your song. Then put the track volume very low and voila you are playing in front of a bar crowd in Hamburg! I would love to hear a re-post of how cool this sounds!

https://www.box.com/s/5bee7a868dd3da25d65e
Posted by: Clemente

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/20/12 05:28 PM

Originally Posted By: Cookie74
51. Clemente—I love the Andalucia Suite. I played Malaguena (poorly) a while ago. This one has some seriously difficult rhythms, but you tackled them all very well. Way to go. Hats off to you.

Thank you so much Cookie74!! Wow! You played Malagueña! Then you can play this one with your eyes closed. I am two pieces away from Malagueña. eek

Originally Posted By: AndyMc
#51 Clemente: You bring out the full flavor the piece

Andy, thank you very much.

Originally Posted By: Inlanding
51. Clemente - Andalucia Lecouna wrote some wonderful pieces and you chose one. This was so very enjoyable - incredible energy your bring to it. What a fine bit of playing, Clemente. There are little technical improvements to be made, especially with the octaves, and you will get them over time. It takes time and consistency to mature a piece like this, especially. You were connecting with the music and expressing it, that's what matters most to me, especially for this e-cital.

Inlanding, first, thank you for your kind words. Since the recital, I have been practicing and taking under consideration everything that has been said. I have been working on those improvements. Those octaves are mean! laugh

Originally Posted By: Jake S
51. Clemente - Andalucia
I really liked that you had some fun with this piece. The fast bass notes almost sound like they are cheekily tipping their hat whilst the melody soars over the top. I hope the new teacher is working out well.

Thank you Jake! I am having lots of fun tackling this piece, and I am looking forward to the ones that are coming down the pike. smile Yes, thank you, the teacher is perfect for me. I cannot wait until September for the piano lessons to start up again.

Originally Posted By: BillM
51. Clemente - Andalucia
You have some fast fingers. This is going to be quite a show piece with a little more tender loving care – you are almost there.

BillM, thank you! You are right, this is going to be one of my "have it at my fingertips" pieces. It will be some time before I totally own it, though. I will happen one day. smile

Originally Posted By: TX-Dennis
51 Clemente - Andalucia, Ernesto Lecuona
Wow, what an impressive piece, Clemente. Once you work on bringing out the melody by quieting those left hand arpeggios a bit this will be even more gorgeous.

Thank you Dennis, and thank you for the advise! I tell you, I have been paying attention to all the comments. It is truly very helpful to know what the "audience" is actually hearing. blush

Originally Posted By: Recaredo
51. Clemente - Andalucía
This piece requires a huge technique, but your interpretation really catches the Andalusian soul of this dance. Great job Clemente, you are really good at playing this music! I’m sure you’d play excellent renditions on the rest of the pieces from this suite.

Thank you so very much Recaredo. Coming from someone from southern Spain, your comment means a great deal. I love Spain's music, all types. When I lived in Madrid, there was a mesón right around the corner of our pensión. I used to go to sleep every night listening to these rhythms. I was 14 years old then, and I lived there for only one year...many, many moons ago, but it stuck. I do not play the other selections from the suite yet. There is another Lecuona piece that I am learning at the moment, then there is another one. After that one is finished, then I will tackle Gitanerías, Malagueña and Córdoba...in that order. Again, thank you!

Clemente
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/20/12 07:49 PM

Originally Posted By: kenjazz
Originally Posted By: CMohr

KenJazz, Your comments on my tune lifted my spirits. I'd love to hear the Hamburg Bar background. smile.


You can download it from my box account, but it is an M4A file, so box can't preview it yet.... put the track volume very low and voila you are playing in front of a bar crowd in Hamburg! I would love to hear a re-post of how cool this sounds!

https://www.box.com/s/5bee7a868dd3da25d65e


Wow, thanks Ken! I'll play around with this today and post it somewhere...
Posted by: Riddler

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/20/12 08:07 PM

A few more comments.

45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List
Beautiful, Dave. I've never seen the movie, but I did go to an Itzhak Perlman concert where he played it very movingly. Good work!

54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata)
This is a more elaborate piano arrangement than I've heard before, very nice. Well done.

57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4)
Loved it, beautiful. This is one of my favs, and you played it so well! Nice work.

60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness
Excellent singing and playing too, very laid back and mellow. Great work on this as always.

Ed
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/20/12 08:42 PM

Thank you everyone for your encouraging comments on my rendition of Schindler's list. No specifics here, but everyone has been very very kind.

Sorry to have not been so active on this thread in the last week or so. I became involved in the Moonlight Sonata Study group (now Bach Prelude No 2 in C-major) just around the time the recital was opening. It has been all consuming. For anyone wanting a new perspective on chord formations/structures/notation, I strongly recommend these study groups. They are really very good.

OK, I have a lot of catching up to do and still looking forward to hearing a lot more performances. Everything I have taken a listen to, to date has been very inspiring. This is really a terrific venue for bringing out the best performances in everyone. I know some times the recording doesn't pick it up, just the way we might like smile. It is so cool though, that there is no intimidation here and everyone -- 6 months in to 30 years -- is taking the stage.

For me, it is a great feeling to actually have an audience now, of real people, instead of 4 walls. This has been my first recital, but looking forward to many more now.

Posted by: Mile Hi Steve

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/21/12 02:05 AM

Awesome recital everyone! I'm so glad we have this every few months. Thanks to everyone that submitted, listened, commented, and all those magicians behind the scenes. One of these years I'm going to go back and listen to all the recitals from yesteryear. I'm going to put some of these on my Android to enjoy in the future. Here are my comments...

06. Mr Super Hunky -There is love (The wedding song)
Very nice! Extraordinary noodling smile

07. SwissMS -Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2
Great job!

08. CarlosCC -Ambers
Love it, thanks. I like the bass response on this. Perhaps this winter while the snow is falling I'll find a wood burning fireplace and enjoy this tune.

11. Jazztpt -Lament
Nice, I could certainly feel the emotion in this piece.

14. Amaruk -Sur le fil
I enjoyed this piece, good quality sound.

16. Peyton -Mazurka #4 in A Minor
I hope one day to play Chopin this good.

17. ladypayne -A New Change
Wow what an adventure! I enjoyed the video as well.

22. Lady Chen -Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1
Wonderful!

24. Monica K. -Fairy Tale
One of my favorites of this recital. Very intimately played.

33. knotty -Petite Fleur
Wow that's some mighty chill piano groove you got there! Love the whole live acoustic band.

45. daveindenton -Theme from Schindler's List
You did this piece great justice. Very nice.

47. DadAgains_Daughter -Invention in F Major
Ooh I like this. Great job. I might add this to my wearily long list of pieces to learn.

50. Falmc -Sweet Sereny
Lovely! Piano part sounds particularly good. I wish I had a girlgriend that liked piano and that I could write music for smile

54. lyricmudra -Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata)
Lovely, I particularly like how this piece changes to minor and then includes nice variations on the main theme. Ahh, good ole Bach. I bet this piece is fun to play. I can certainly picture sheep safely grazing. I might use this for bedtime music, thanks for playing this for us.

55. RedKat -Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2
Wow, very well played! Nice sounding piano too. One of these days I've got to learn a Chopin piece.

57. Tiago84 -Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4)
Very nice and delicately played. I love the ending of this piece.

60. BillM -Try A Little Tenderness
I like the piano track, and great sounding Roland you got there.

Cheers everyone,
Steve
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/21/12 06:40 AM

51. Clemente - Andalucia - Lecuona is new for me but I know he was a Cuban composer. This piece seems hard but you did a great job. Good rhythm. Congratulations.

52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight - Tim, congratulations on your first non-Alfred piece. I wonder if you could use more pedal on this nice piece. Apart of that, I enjoy it. Nice work!

53. notbach - To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1) - This is really nice. Glad to know that you are dealing with errors, which is a difficult, but a good approach. Congratulations.

54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata) - Very nice and it not sound easy for me... Let me say that every Bach's piece seems difficult to me, even with different arrangements. You did a great job, I think this a very good rendition.

55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2 - Chopin is great! I love it. And you did a huge performance on this. Congratulations.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/21/12 07:06 AM

My last batch!
Congratulations for all the participants of this recital. There is no other place in the world, where we can listen more than 2 hours of great music played by friends.
A special thanks for those who work every 3 months for this moment.


56. Grouchomarx - Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan (no Friska) - I like Liszt, and I wonder when/why that "old" video was recorded, because this is a great interpretation. Congratulations.

57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4) - Tiago, thanks for doing this recital. As I told you personally, I think your piece is great and you played it with sentiment (you're not a robot smile ) Congratulations for your 1st participation.

58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1 - AndyMc, I hope you can participate in more and more recitals. Your rendition is great and I always love to hear original compositions. This one is fantastic!

59. yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes for Piano - Larry, what a nice composition. You play it with a constant flow and harmony. I like it very much. Congratulations.

60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness - Very good, Bill. I'm always waiting for your participation, because you give a professional touch to this recital. I think this is the best of your rich collection of interpretations. Great sound, great voice, great playing. Thank you!

61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings - This piece is new for me and it's really introspective... you did a great job and now I'm waitting for the other seven pieces smile Congratulations.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/21/12 09:34 AM

51. Clemente- what an interesting piece. It almost sounds like it could be in a musical with lyrics. The score must be scary to look at... smile Great playing.

36. Copper- I've never heard this one. Very pretty. I love how the left hand comes in. Very sweet playing.
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/21/12 01:37 PM

1. wouter79

Did you say 2.5 years experience? Amazing, I would have guessed 10.

I am not well versed in classical material at this level to provide perhaps the feedback you are looking for. An observation though is perhaps to do with finger dexterity. Some of the more complex areas get a little muddy. Sure this is something you are already aware of and is just a matter of a little more rehearsal. But hey, if you have come this far already, should only be another week or so. Tremendous performance

2. dannylux / Mel

This is a very pretty piece. Lovely chord progression and open chord sound. I really like this. I was not familiar with this, but it is on my list now. The trouble is, I have so many on my list now (and still growing.) So, no shortage of new material, thanks to Piano World. Well done, Danny.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/21/12 02:30 PM

A few more random comments:

07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2 I am envious of how you can get those trills and ornamentations to fall so delicately and smoothly off your fingers. A pleasure to listen to.

11. Jazztpt - Lament I don’t think I could pick out a flugelhorn to save my life, but I like this piece as a piano solo. Such bittersweet jazz piano, perfect for somber reflection while nursing a Sam Adams or two.

14. Amaruk - Sur le fil I’ve always loved this Tiersen piece, but it’s such a challenge (can you say “crossing hands over”??, not to mention the super busy part starting around 2:25). You tackled those challenges well.

20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree This sounds so calm and happy, nothing at all like I would sound if I were limiting myself to only two takes! laugh

33. knotty - Petite Fleur This sounded so polished and smooth! You’re ready for a wedding gig. smile

34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4) After hearing you and Tiago84 play this piece, I may be tempted away from new age. You capture the sadness of this nocturne well.
Posted by: jazztpt

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/21/12 03:07 PM

Some more thank yous:
Cookie74, Starrkeys,Riddler,Jake5,LadyChen,Monica K,Mile hi Steve.
Thank you for taking the time to listen and to comment.

39. Sand Tiger - Ashokan Farewell
Thinking of music from the American civil war this is what I would imagine, very evocative. I had problems with the red dot, my advise would be to keep recording and posting as much as possible and one day it will be gone.

40. Serge88 - What'd I say
Excellent feel and time, bang on, well done.

41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes
Wonderful rendition of what sounds like a very difficult song to sing let alone accompany yourself to. The performance sounds completely natural as if its the first time you have sung it and to me that overrides any small technical imperfections, that is what music is about IMO, expressing emotion. Add to that the perfect video montage and you have a wonderful package which was a delight and a pleasure to watch.

42. CMohr - Imagination
Don't know this tune though the title sounds familiar, didn't really notice any great hesitations just the lovely harmonies and sensitive playing, what a great present.

43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846
I am not qulified to comment on the interpretation but it sounds very assured, well done.

44. Ken. - Light Blue
Extreemly challenging music to play, Monk was definitley a one off in his piano style. Take 2 sounds the better one to me, well done.

45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List
Yes you did a very good job, one of my favourites.

46. MaryBee - Sonata in C minor, K.457, Mvt.1
I though this was delightful,congratulations.


Monica K - You may have seen a Flugelhorn before , here's probably the greatest Flugel player of all time Clark Terry - Stardust smile
Posted by: kenjazz

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/21/12 04:59 PM

Lady Chen, Riddler, Starr Keys, Cookie74, Sam S - Thank you so much for the kind and helpful comments.

Here is my next batch...

44. Ken. - Light Blue First I must say that “easy Monk” must be an oxymoron. I haven’t seen any easy one, or an arrangement that could be justified as simplified enough to be easy. So kudos to you right off the bat. I can see from this and your previous recital choices that you are drawn to the dissonant side of Monk. Have you tried exploring the lyrical side of Monk with a ballad like Ruby, My Dear or even Round Midnight? It would be interesting to hear your approach to the other side of your favorite composer. I really enjoyed hearing your rendition of Light Blue, which I never heard before.

41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes Beautiful job Starr keys! You could feel the authentic emotion come through in your playing and singing. This is what music is all about, particularly for those of us looking to leave a piece of our inner nature to our loved ones. You’ve set a great example.

03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6 Very Nice! I see what you mean about the key not being relevant. You seemed to have thrown down the challenge to figure it out, but I gave up trying. 

08. CarlosCC - Ambers You captured the essence of the New Age piano vibe just right. I didn’t miss the additional instrumentation that you were worried about at all. It sounded good to me!

14. Amaruk - Sur le fil Nice performance and recording quality! I was watching the hand-over-hand action and expecting at least one flub as they descended, but you nailed them all. Lots of practice, I’m sure. Nicely done.

17. ladypayne - A New Change What an adventure – and set to an original score to boot! That was really inspiring on several levels. I hope your fingers don’t freeze and you’ll be able to keep producing this kind of material . I thought the composition matched the theme nicely, good job.

27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle) Something smells fishy. Could anyone be this accomplished after 8 months of playing? The only thing that makes sense if you preceded your 8 months with 10 years of deep listening so that you intuitively know how everything is supposed to sound. At any rate, anyone can tell that this was a tremendous performance, Bob!

51. Clemente - Andalucia I really like the Spanish flavor of this piece. It is quite dramatic and sounds very difficult to play. I’ve always associated Spanish music with acoustic nylon guitar, but you could make me a convert!

58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1 This is a beautiful piece Andy. I’m struck by how many people were able to do remarkable originals for the recital. How long did it take you to compose and refine, it seems rather intricate?

39. Sand Tiger - Ashokan Farewell You picked a great piece to spend most of your first five months on. You can tell it has been time well spent. It sounded really good. Keep up the great work.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/21/12 07:17 PM

56. Grouchomarx - Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan (no Friska)
You have accomplished quite a bit in 3-4 year. Very impressive.

57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4)
You have a nice light touch and do a good job of restraining the left hand. Overall, a very nice job.

58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1
A lovely, introspective tune suitably named. I like the tone of your piano.

59. yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes for Piano
I am impressed by the quality of the original compositions in this recital. This is a fine piece of work – you are a very talented composer. What a cool sounding piano.

61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings
An interesting piece nicely played.
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/21/12 07:55 PM

07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2
What a lovely performance! I grew up with this piece as my mum, a Chopin addict…., used to play this and other pieces all the time. I never dared yet to take on Chopin's music as I know how hard his music can be. Well done and keep up the great work now that you are back at it!!
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/21/12 08:01 PM

08 CarlossCC - Ambers-Long, Helen Jane
I know how it feels to need a break from a composer... Einaudi is tempting and I might try his music one day too. I never heard Ambers before but it sounded great and I like how light it sounds. Your fingers seem to have a great control of the dynamics of your P85. Great work and thanks for sharing. Will it be Einaudi next time??
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/21/12 08:07 PM

11 Jazztpt Lament - Original
Oh, I am very sad to hear about your loss…. I think you captured your mode at the time very well in this piece. Great performance and I admire you and all others here that submit original pieces!! If you ever record it with your flugelhorn, please post it here too as I am sure we all want to listen to that too. Thanks for sharing!!
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/21/12 08:13 PM

13 Kenjazz A House is Not a Home - Bacharach
Oh, yeah. Jazz time!! Another great performance. I loved it!! Great work on the arrangement as it sounds really great!! Your mix of an AP recording and Band in a Box is simply brilliant. It sounds like you had your buddies over for a jam session in your living room!! Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/21/12 08:21 PM

15 Sam S Prelude and Fugue X WTC1 - Bach

First off Sam, thanks again for your efforts of creating and maintaining the index. It is such a great resource for us all!!

This piece is a work in progress???? The only thing I can say is that this was brilliant! It sounds anything but simple... I can imagine how this would sound played on a huge church organ… I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing!!
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/21/12 09:19 PM

Thanks to all who have commented on my piece, and if we get more ragtime in the recital I'll be happy! The remark about the library was just because I've heard people who play Clue speak in clipped little phrases when they decide whodunit, and my first two "lunch" comments reminded me of that.

And, yes, learning to whack the bass has been one of my projects. This didn't make it onto the demo - I tried it on Sunday after having been up till 4:00 AM listening to my brother's band for 6 hours, and I could hardly stand to hear the noise from the piano. So there's 30 secs- 1 minute each of Sentimental Journey, It Had to Be You, and Sail Along Silvery Moon. There's at least two places I want to take it early next week, and we'll see how it goes.

I'll be a little slow this week on reviews while I catch up with work, but here's some more.

24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale Very delicate, and boy was the quiet just what I needed after a hectic day. Your touch was great.

26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms You sure play all the old hymns from my childhood smile . Very nice.

30. cscl - Bagatelle Very nice - clear and bell-like. I like the deep bass movement.

32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were... Your playing gets more sophisticated every time. How do you find time to practice when you play so much golf? laugh I like the care you take with your pieces.

33. knotty - Petite Fleur A real pro. I'd love to hear you guys live.

34. Andy Platt - Prelude Well done. Nice dynamics and great ending.

I'll get to more as I can, and go back and pick up some I've missed, but as usual it's a great recital.

Cathy
Posted by: PianoStudent88

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/21/12 10:03 PM

I want to thank everyone who has commented so kindly on my playing. I plan to learn all of Ivan's Adventures next, and hopefully include them in a future recital.

wouter79 mentioned tempo problems, which is embarassing, because I was completely unaware of them. Incidentally, my score doesn't have a MM marking, it just says "Andantino." The tempo problem tells me two things: (1) I have a hard time keeping a slow tempo and (2) I should take some metronome checks during my practicing. I do think I prefer the 80 bpm at the end; now I have to find out how to like that speed at the beginning, which I currently prefer to be slow and thoughtful. Hmmm, maybe I can make an argument for an artistic choice of deliberate acceleration smile .

wouter79 also mentioned lots of noise on the recording, which is odd since I was using almost exactly the same setup as my other two ABF recordings. One difference was the pedal noise -- my other recordings haven't had pedal. I'll have to see if I'm causing it by pedaling more violently than necessary, or if it's an inevitable byproduct of my piano's particular pedal.

So thank you, wouter79, for your detailed commentaries that point out places for me to improve.
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/21/12 10:18 PM

Originally Posted By: Monica K.
I don’t think I could pick out a flugelhorn to save my life . . .


It's a big funny looking trumpet like brass instrument. The flugelhorn is a bit mellower in tone than the typical cornet which in turn is mellower than a trumpet. All three are similar in appearance with the trumpet being the smallest vertically and the flugelhorn being the largest vertically. Not that you are really worried about it, but as an ex trumpet/cornet player it matters to me for some reason. grin
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/22/12 03:58 AM

Originally Posted By: Amaruk
08 CarlossCC - Ambers-Long, Helen Jane
(...)Will it be Einaudi next time??

thumb You can be sure!
Thanks for your comment.
Posted by: Newman

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/22/12 04:47 AM

I didn't realise the recital was so HUGE!. I've only just started to listen and feel like I'm way behind.
Thank you very much to those who've listened to and commented on my contribution. I appreciate your kind words.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/22/12 06:43 AM

Some more thank-yous and some questions:

Cookie74, thanks!

Inlanding, thanks for the detailed comments!

I do have an earlier, slower recording. I can post it if you'd like to hear it.

jazzwee

Thanks for compliments and the detailed comments on the unevenness and tone. I'm glad to hear that the tone is improving (I'm not sure that I hear it yet, but I suppose that will come too smile )
For the unevenness, yes I guess my ear needs some more development first. When you say practice at 10% speed, do you mean 12BPM??? That would be 1 beat every 5 seconds, and I think I would fall asleep at that kind of speed (rather than hearing rhythmic problems). I'd love if you can give me some more precise pointers to the kind of unevenness and where it happens.

Greener,
Also thanks for your nice comments!
Quote:
Some of the more complex areas get a little muddy


I suppose what you hear is that the sync between L and R hand is not 100%. Yes I'm aware, and yes it's mostly a matter of more working on it (I guess it will take a little more than a week though).
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/22/12 06:45 AM

Time to thank-yous and comments-on-comments:
Thank you Tiago84, LadyChen, TX-Dennis, Bobpickle, Sinophilia, AndyMc for your kind words and for listening my piece.

Jotur - Now, and after so many kind comments, I'm conviced I took the right decision. Thanks!

Andy Platt - Helen Jane long is a tipical New Age composer so it's natural that has similarities with Einaudi. The ironic for me is that I don't consider Einaudi a New Age composer. I think he is a mix between Classical and New Age, so I call him "New Classic". Thanks!

CMohr - I agree. The piece has a nice bass "design". I tried to speed up a litle bit to address the lack of an orchestra. Thanks!

Monica K. - The arrangement is fine if played with more speed. You can make the test. I hope to listen *your* version. Thanks.

jazztpt - I'm not disappointed with the final result, I just had to speed up the original arrangement to make the piece less... boring. Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you like it.

Clemente - Now you understand why I also like this type of music. Piano started has a hobby to balance my stressed life -now is a passion!- so, naturally, I looked for more relaxant and calm music. Enya (one or two pieces), Einaudi (lots of pieces and counting!) and now HJLong are in my line, and I agree I grabbed the mood of it perhaps because I'm a calm guy too. Thanks!

BillM - Regardless of not being totally in love with a piece, I try always to play it fully engaged. Thanks!

jazzwee - Agree. Listening old recordings made for ABF I can realize I'm progressing well. Lots of dedication and passion also helps. Thanks for your comment.

SwissMS - Speeding up a little bit the piece was exactly to do not transform it in a boring thing and to not losing the piece as a whole. Thanks.

Starr Keys - As you know your comments are always very kind and lovely. Thanks again.

Sam S - I think it's the most "new age" piece I ever played. Thanks for your comment.

Cookie74 - Agree. The decision to speed up the piece gave it more "life". Thanks!

Inlanding - I heard HJLong in the last recital (thanks Monica!) and I was curious about it. Thank you very much for your words. I try to be fully engaged while I play a piece.

Mile Hi Steve - Good image: winter, snow and a burning fireplace. I think it's perfect! Thanks for your comment.

kenjazz - As I told above, I think this is the most "new age" piece I ever worked. Thanks.

Amaruk - Yes! I think I can make an Einaudi next time. I did a short break not because I'm tired of Einaudi, but because I though it was nice to play a "light" piece in terms of technical dificulty but also in terms of involvement. I get a little "transformed" when I get involved with the pieces of Einaudi... Thanks for your comment.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/22/12 07:45 AM

Originally Posted By: jotur


32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were... ...How do you find time to practice when you play so much golf? laugh

Cathy


It's not easy, but in a word: multitasking! I brilliantly found a way to practice while I'm playing - I take a portable along and work on pieces between shots - of course this might explain why I drive the golf cart into so many ponds, sand traps, trees and other carts laugh

And, no - I don't take song requests from other golfers, including a frequent one for a strange, hostile sounding song called "Hey! Watch Where You're Driving You Crazy SOB"...

Trap
Posted by: Ken.

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/22/12 04:20 PM

09. Diana - Raymond - Theme from Overture
Very well played. Perfect even tempo. You sound great for just 5 months!

33. knotty - Petite Fleur
I liked that piece. The ensemble playing on the head sounded great. Who is the tenor player? I really liked his playing and wouldn't mind checking out some more. I agree it sounded good as a tango, makes a nice change.

35. Newman - Desperado
Listening to this I thought you sounded very professional, then when I clicked on your link I found out that you were. Excellent.
Posted by: Recaredo

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/22/12 04:33 PM

40. Serge88 - What'd I say
I like the tempo you chose, since your playing makes a convincing performance, with catchy beat. The drum truck is lovely. Very enjoyable recording, Serge!


39. Sand Tiger - Ashokan Farewell
Sand, you have a musical ear! I’m impressed you’re able to transcribe the music score. Your playing is very good as well. You have made amazing progresses in only five months.


38. Augustina - Touched
Your smooth playing catches easily the nostalgic character of this piece, so you really manage to touch the sensitivity of you listener, as usual. Very emotive performance, Augustina, I loved it.


37. Jake S - Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman
Wow, only seven months playing the piano and you have already this level, it’s really impressive. You also did a great job memorising the twelve variations. Congrats Jake on your first participation in this recital, it has been an amazing start.


36. Copper - Ave Maria
I didn’t know Friedrich Burgmuller, but this “Ave Maria” is really beautiful. Thanks Cooper for introducing me in this composer with your fine playing. I loved your recording.


35. Newman - Desperado
I’ve listened to several of your contributions in the piano bar’s threads, and I think this song that I enjoyed the most. Very good job at modulating your voice for this music, the result is emotive, and your playing has consistent rhythm. Definitely, your recording is a great version of this lovely song, Newman.


34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4)
Andy, you play this prelude with accurate chords, and the dynamic is lovely developed, but the most important thing is your performance brings out the huge emotion of this piece, since you pay great attention to every detail. Fantastic rendition, Andy!


33. knotty - Petite Fleur
What a great ensemble! Every musician is really talented! I loved the rhythm of this version, and each instrument offers beautiful renditions from the main melody. Amazing job, guys!


32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...")
Trap, you really make your piano sings this song without words. Beautiful performance, you did a great job as usual.


31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag
Your performance is full of fine technique, Cathy, but the real achievement of your rendition is you really manage to pass on your fun to your listeners in every section. Thanks for sharing your work Cathy, I loved it.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/22/12 05:23 PM

Another group:


02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3 “Lush” is a perfect word to describe this piece. Very nice!

10. Recaredo (Ricardo) - Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement. I’m a firm believer in tackling aspiration pieces, even if they’re a bit too advanced. Worst case scenario is that you have to drop it. Best case scenario is that you prove yourself on a piece that you love. To me it sounds like the latter is what happened in this case.

18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue This piece is way too light-hearted for its name! grin You did a terrific job on all those runs/flourishes.

26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms Oh, I liked how this piece ended, transitioning from the more traditional hymn arrangement to a more dreamy, chord-filled finale.

30. cscl - Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1 I like the lilting tone you give this piece, and your piano sounds great.

42. CMohr - Imagination What a beautiful gift for your mother for her 90th birthday. I didn’t hear any of those hesitations or mistakes you spoke of, but I did hear a lot of love. heart

44. Ken. - Light Blue Oh, those chords at the beginning of the piece sounded hard to pull off at tempo! I enjoyed this one.

49. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits You sight-read this?! I would’ve believed that you had been practicing it for weeks, given how smooth and even your performance was. (I think I heard one bobble, maybe?) Very impressive.

53. notbach - To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1) You started this from scratch at the two weeks’ notice announcement? Again, impressive job! I’ve always loved the melody on this piece.

54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata) Bach ain’t easy, that’s for sure. You did a great job on this piece, and I also was impressed by the quality of your video. You synced the audio with the video track perfectly, which is something that always gave me conniptions.

61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings I like this melody; it starts off a little sad and plaintive and then progresses into something almost eerie, like it would be good background music for a horror film. Good job!
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/22/12 07:43 PM

jazztpt, thank you for the really nice comments on my tune! Much appreciated coming from another jazz player whom I admire.
Monica, thank you, too for such sweet comments! My mom did really like it, so mission accomplished.
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/22/12 11:21 PM

Thank yous:

Thank you Inlanding, Amaruk, CarlosCC, TXDennis, Jazzwee, Recaredo, Jazzpt, and KenJazz - I can't tell you what it means to have such talented and accomplished players I admire express such enthusiasm and appreciation for my performance! My mom was finally able to listen and watch it today and I read her some of your reviews along with the ones on Youtube, and she repeated some of your words as I read them. I could tell she was as thrilled by what you said as I was. She kind of reminded me of the character in "Its a Wonderful Life", realizing that she really had had a wonderful life, which is not a bad attitude to take into surgery (this Friday).


Performance Comments

15. SamS Wow almost 5 minutes of Bach without a major hitch! As a child, I was so intimidated by even having to play a few bars of Bach. You made me pull out the wine. I just think your accomplishment is awesome after such a long hiatus. But I really missed your youtube scoring on this one. I would have really loved to see all that contrary motion in writing!


16. Peyton I think this performance could single-handedly bring back the earlier traditions of improvising to the classics I've heard were common and engaged in by the masters themselves. I don't recall ever hearing you play jazz before. But what a beautiful melody, a little worn by familiarity (I know I'm being sacreligious), given fresh beauty and life. I love your cutting edge style. More please.

17. Lady Payne -- I did the same thing when I came to California (well for the second lag of the trip, I had a passenger the first half). It's great that you're into composing so steadily now, and have a wonderful new life to inspire you. I feel the excitement and forward movement in your music. Next stop Hollywood?!

18. Riddler (Ed) -- I don't ever think there's been a piece I desired to play as much as this one--just play, not sing, which would be impossible since there are no words smile I can see why your fifties teacher might have had problems with it. It must be the sexiest thing that Richard Rogers ever wrote--oh maybe part of the dream sequence in Carousel or part of the dream ballet sequence in Oklahoma, but then he had Oscar Hammerstein to make sure he took the high road. Anyway I saw the ballet in the movie (Gene Kelly and Vera Ellen?) but I don't remember part of what you played from there. What a millstone moment for us to witness, your realization of your childhood dream. I hope I can play it half as well someday.

19. Greener/Jeff Green -- Music to break the heart, and you play it that way!

20. CasinItaly Whether in classical or modern music, baseline melodies are challenging. Nice counterpoint! You had me humming the melody afterwards, which rarely happens when I listen to this period music. And how cool to be studying this stuff in Europe where you can just take a walk and probably see cultural artifacts from the time when the music was written.

21. timmyyab So calming, majestic, and Beautiful, unit it turns dark, turbulent, majestic and beautiful. You convey very well the mood of an era when passions were much larger and grander than ours. Listening to you, I get why so many people want to focus exclusively on playing this type of music.

22. Lady Chen And if I didn't get it from timmyyab, I definitely would have from you. You must have been a child prodigy. Thank you for this beautiful mature performance. Everytime I see your name I expect the highest standard of excellence and the expression of great beauty. This is an example of how you deliver it.

23. MrPozor Another example of how far self-teaching can extend to motivating quick advancement. Terrific playing for such a short time!

24. PianoMonica Well, you have accomplished the seemingly impossible, gotten me to like what I used to consider monotonous (lots of repetition) New Age music. I love the way you brought out the subtle variations with the beautiful tone of your piano and its dynamics, these juxtaposed with the silences made me imagine a slide show of nature shots with lots of blackout in between where the silences were. Another PianoMonica masterpiece!

25. Cookie74 Wow! Cookie, you may not believe this, but this is the only invention I ever played as an adult. After teaching myself to play a lot of simple 3 or 4 chord songs in an attempt to learn to play by ear, I suddenly longed to do something classical and more technically challenging, so I memorized two or three measures a day until I had it and could play the whole thing through--a little slower than this--but of course I didn't have your technique. With the inspiration of your letter perfect performance, I might revisit it again soon. Thanks, and a big Welcome to the Recital space. Hope to see your name at many more.

26. MileHi Steve I don't remember how the song was played in True Grit, but I don't think I've ever heard a more beautiful rendition of this popular hymn. Your style is so lush and expressive as they say on American Idol, you could [play] the phone book! Thank you so much for sharing this.

27. BobPickle Every once in a while a new young musician comes to this site who seems like he sprung fully musically accomplished from the head of Zeus. You seem such a one. Amazing playing for such a short while. Please stay!

28. Joangolfing Very Nice playing! I love the drama of those big chords contrasted with the light flourishes of single notes. You are very accomplished.
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/23/12 01:10 AM

38. Augustina - Touched - Thanks for posting this Augustina - this made me smile, and made my day. smile

42. CMohr - Imagination - A wonderfully played piece. Good thinking listening to your mother!

60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness - Once again, great piano chops with this - I'm in awe!
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/23/12 01:38 PM

Monica K. I was listening to the several of the recital tracks again this morning and your piece really stood out. Funny thing is I kept picking up single tones throughout the piece that reminded me of the theme music to the Titanic movie. This is a very beautiful piece you performed which shares a lot of "tones" (for lack of a better description) with the tune I mentioned. Very nice.
Posted by: LadyChen

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/23/12 03:30 PM

Yikes, I'm falling behind! I just realized I have about 40 more performances to listen to! I'm hoping to get through them all this weekend.

I'm fairly new around here, and I just wanted to share that I'm really blown away by the community you've built here. It's such a nurturing environment, and I'm so impressed with what all these adult 'beginners' are accomplishing and the diversity of music presented in this recital. It's wonderful!

Thank you to Inlanding, Greener, SwissMS, Andy, Tiago, Monica, Sam S, Clemente, DadAgain, jazzwee, BobPickle, Carlos, BillM, TX-Dennis, jazztpt, sinophilia, Cookie74, AndyMc, Riddler, StarrKeys and anyone who I've missed (sorry) for your kind and encouraging words.

A couple of you mentioned that I'm not really a beginner, and I guess not, but I feel like I fall in a grey area between ABF and Pianist Corner (and from listening to all these performances, I suspect many of you are in the same boat). ABF has been so warm and welcoming and I look forward to getting to know you all better smile.
Posted by: Recaredo

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/23/12 04:30 PM

Thanks so much for your comment Monica!



30. cscl - Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1
This bagatelle is played with smooth touch, and the whole performance is really exquisite. Thanks for sharing your recording, cscl, this is one of my favourite bagatelles by Beethoven.


29. Mar_red - Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby
This is a beautiful arrangement, Mar, and is played with great sensibility. Your performance manages to make an evocative atmosphere. Very good job!


28. joangolfing - The Poet Speaks
In your performance all seems to be under control, and this is not easy when we are speaking of Schumann, with those tempo changes. Btw, the sound quality of your recording is very good.


27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle)
Wow, fantastic playing for only eight months of experience! Your performance got me impressed, since shows a fine technique, and is played very musically. Excellent Bobpickle!


26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
I didn’t know this hymn, but I’ve like it very much. Thanks for letting me know this music with your beautiful arrangement, Mile.


25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor
Marvellous playing on this Invention! Rhythm, voices and ornaments are all so accurate, but I especially enjoyed the powerful character of this rendition, full of energy. I loved your performance, Cookie.


24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale
I bet this performance has to be one of the best renditions of this piece ever played, since I cannot imagine how it can be improved. Every phrase is played so smoothly and expressively that the whole performance creates charming sensations for the listener. Excellent job on Einaudi’s music Monica, as usual!


23. MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649
Very good interpretation on this beautiful minuet! The rhythm is solid and the voices are clearly exhibited. I really liked your performance, and surely for this reason I would have liked to listen to the repetitions.


22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1
Absolutely awesome! Every section has got lovely phrasing with excellent dynamics. The touch is firm and sensitive at the same time. Clearly, you have a huge knowledge of this piece and a big technique. It has been a pleasure to listen to your performance, Lady Chen.


21. timmyab - Moment musical Nr.2 (to do)
Your rendition does justice to this master work, timmyab. This piece is extremely complex to play, but you solve every difficulty convincingly. Good job, Timmyab.
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/23/12 06:07 PM

36. Copper - Ave Maria I can hear this as a prelude to services or as the ending of "a moment of silence" part of a church service. Very reverently played.

38. Augustina - Touched Well done, accomplished and assured. That new keyboard suits you!

39. Sand Tiger - Ashokan Farewell The band I'm in plays this, and I play it for my assited living gigs, so I was looking forward to it. Well done! And I admire you for transcribing it - a lot of work, and it paid off.

40. Serge88 - What'd I say I loved it! One of my favorites of this recital. A great beat, and your style was perfect for it.

41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like it goes Nice accompaniment, quite an accomplishment. It's not an easy thing to do.

42. CMohr - Imagination Your stylings are always great, and your expressiveness on this is just right.

46. MaryBee - Sonata Wonderful! Mozart would be delighted. I love your twiddly ornaments (a technical term) and your phrasing.

47. Dad Again's Daughter - Invention This was great. I love the way both hands are clear and precise.

48. Dad Again - Prelude and Fugue Well done! I love Bach, and you did this justice.

54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze Very pretty, and the recording sounded church-like. You played it very well.

I have a couple more batches to go, but I'm off to play piano - the first time I've had a chance to do so in about a week. So I'll finish up sometime tomorrow.

Thanks for all the behind the scenes work to the administrators, programmers, hosters, thinker-uppers, et al, who have made the ABF recital series the best-selling series on the internet.

Cathy
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/24/12 12:11 PM

More random notes....

#8. Carlos- I like it Carlos. It does kind of have a Einaudi feel to it so you didn't stray too far. Not having heard the arrangement you mention I'm not at all disappointed by this arrangement. You play it with some great feeling and touch. It's very melancholic....

#10. Ricardo- You certainly made no "mistake" learning this. I think you have some excellent left hand work going there. Nice job. Keep going!! smile

#11. Jazztpt- I don't remember hearing this on the piano bar. Just a beautiful tune. Sad and thoughtful. I'm really glad you recorded this and shared it.
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/24/12 01:06 PM

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne Beautifully played. As for not being a beginner, I suppose sort of not, but my sense is that all of us here are beginners at something smile

27. Bobpickle - June apples, bananas, grapes, pickles - fruit FTW! This was very nice, very musical with great accents and phrasing.

60. BillM - Try a Little Tenderness I was visiting my musician brother this weekend and introduced your music as "one of my favorite players" - he liked it too. I always love your accompaniments, and your vocal stylings just get better and better.

61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings Very nice, very clear and precise.

37. Jake S - Ah Vous Dirai What a fun project and accomplishment! I'd never un-confuse the variations, myself, but you did quite well.

45. daveindenton - Schindler's List I thought it was pro. Very nicely interpreted.

49. Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits I actually listened to this earlier but I think I forgot to post my comments. I like the confidence with which you play, and I'm working on that in my own playing - trying not to be a wimp, if you will. This was well done.

57. Tiago84 - Prelude Oh, this was lovely. Wonderful interpretation.

58. AndyMc - Riverlights What a beautiful way to wrap up this recital for me. Great playing.

Thanks again to the admins et al, and all the participants, who make the ABF recitals such a wonderful event.

Let's do it again in 3 months -

Cathy
Posted by: Clemente

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/24/12 01:13 PM

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
51. Clemente - Andalucia - Lecuona is new for me but I know he was a Cuban composer. This piece seems hard but you did a great job. Good rhythm. Congratulations.

Thank you, CarlosCC. Yes, Lecuona was a Cuban composer. Cuba had some excellent composers (Ignacio Cervantes comes to mind). But, IMHO, Lecuona was the best. The piece is a bit challenging in some sections, but anybody, with practice, can play it. Do not forget that I am still not playing it as it should be played. More practice is needed. blush

Originally Posted By: Peyton
51. Clemente- what an interesting piece. It almost sounds like it could be in a musical with lyrics. The score must be scary to look at... smile Great playing.

Peyton, thank you. Now that you mentioned lyrics, there is an English arrangement of this piece with lyrics to it. The English title is "The Breeze and I"... Sounds like an awkward tittle, but that is what it was named. smirk There is also a "reduction" of this piece called "Lecuona Made Easy"... In this case it sounds like a song without the pianistic edge to it.

Originally Posted By: kenjazz
51. Clemente - Andalucia I really like the Spanish flavor of this piece. It is quite dramatic and sounds very difficult to play. I’ve always associated Spanish music with acoustic nylon guitar, but you could make me a convert!

Thank you, kenjazz. You are correct. As a matter of fact, most (classical) Spanish music originally written for the piano, try to imitate the sound of the acoustic (or Flamenco, if you will) guitar. Just listen to Albéniz or Granados (specially the Spanish Dances). Louis Moreau Gottschalk wrote a piece for piano called "The Banjo" in which he makes the piano sound like a banjo, really. smile

I thank you guys, again.

Clemente
Posted by: RedKat

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/24/12 03:50 PM

Finally, found time to get to the computer to thank all people who spent their time to comment on the performances. SwissMS, PianoStudent88, wouter79, CMohr, Clemente, Peyton, DadAgain, Bobpicle, Andy Platt, Sam S, Cookie74, AndyMc, Inlanding, BillM, TX-Dennis, Mile Hi Steve, CarlosCC , thank you very much for all you kind comments! They are really stimulating and inspiring!

Originally Posted By: SwissMS

55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2 I love this waltz too! I played it in a previous recital.

Yes, I remember your performance and I liked it very much. Totally different approach, but it created a mood of innocence, naivety, hesitation… beautiful!

Originally Posted By: wouter79
55 RedKat
Small point: please wait till the last note died before turning off the recorder.

I know smile . My neighbor has put on his grass mower right at the end of the last note mad . I had to cut it off. It happened to be my best version and I didn’t have time to re-record it.

Originally Posted By: CMohr

[b] 55. I didn't notice any wrong notes, probably because of your confident playing. I also love the sound of your recording. It's as if you're playing in a small concert hall.

There were in the LH but not much noticeable smile . The trick with the recording is that I place mike 1.5 – 2 meters in front of my upright (actually, it is behind my back).

Originally Posted By: Clemente

55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2
I agree with what you say about the length and the red dot pressure.

How do you cope with it? As a child, I performed a lot playing violin in front of the audience. No problem that time. Now, being a big and strong adult I can hardly deal with that small red dot smile.

Originally Posted By: DadAgain

I'm not convinced about all your rubato in the first section (and its reprisal), but perhaps its just *different* to how I'd do it? (I cant put my finger on what I'd do different - sorry!).


I expected this critic about my rubato. But this is how I feel and cannot do much about it grin .
Originally Posted By: Bobpicle

55.Redkat – Though I feel the tempo could’ve been a bit more secure in places (like I critiqued mine! Haha),

Agree, but I wanted to keep that waltz spinning tempo and I was afraid of losing it, if played slower.

Originally Posted By: Andy Platt

You kept the waltz feeling in the accompaniment. I think a slight change of mood in the trio perhaps? I'm glad you tackled the "hard" version of this though - it's fuller than the other version in my opinion!

Andy, what do you mean by “the trio”? Is there another version of this piece?

Originally Posted By: Cookie74

55. I didn’t hear the mistakes you were talking about in your description.

This is good that they are difficult to spot smile . Actually, there are a couple of them in the LH.

Originally Posted By: TX-Dennis

[b] 55 RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2, Chopin
Despite your assertions to the contrary I don't really hear much wrong with this performance, RedKat. This is an enjoyable performance.

Well… I might be too self-critical. I am a bit perfectionist smile.



Posted by: Ken.

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/24/12 04:29 PM

Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
perhaps a teeny bit more dynamic range?

Good point. I've noticed that myself, but I think in Jazz, apart from big band, there generally isn't as much dynamic range as say in Classical.

Originally Posted By: PianoStudent88
What would it sound like if you added a bit of swing to the downward runs?

I need to listen to Monk's version again. I think he may have played the whole piece with more swing. Thanks for pointing that out.

Originally Posted By: kenjazz
Have you tried exploring the lyrical side of Monk with a ballad like Ruby, My Dear or even Round Midnight?

I'm just going through the book in chronological order (all the tunes sound good smile ). Now that you mention it, only the first tune which I played a few recitals ago "Ask Me Now" is on the lyrical side. I've actually just started transcribing Bill Evan's version of "Round Midnight" but it's going to be a long process which I doubt will ever be ready for public consumption.

I just checked online and the tunes you mention are in the Intermediate version of the book so that will have to come later smile

Thanks to everyone else as well for you kind comments.
Posted by: Recaredo

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/24/12 06:05 PM

Thanks Peyton for your kind comment!



20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree
Wow, Cheryl! It’s impressive to see how your technique is maturing lately; that smooth touch is the result of an excellent job. I loved your confident playing on both pieces, they are played very musically. My compliments on your performances, Cheryl!


19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme
This is a really touching version of this beautiful song, Jeff. You play it with big enthusiasm, and you performance transmits the melancholy of this music easily. Lovely performance, Jeff!


18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
I hadn’t listened to this piece before, and I loved it, especially I enjoyed its rich variations. And what can I say about your performance, Ed? It’s absolutely awesome, enormous, every section is developed so fantastically, that the whole performance really impresses. Thanks for sharing your work, Ed.


17. ladypayne - A New Change
I don’t know if I’m wrong, but while I listened to your song, I thought you were describing your sensations about your trip and your new life through your composition, sensations full of hope and expectation. I really enjoyed your song, Ladypayne.


16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor
I loved the personal character you give to this Mazurka. It’s necessary to be an excellent musician to play a master work with an own mark, and you managed to do it. Fantastic job, Peyton.


15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1
For sure every Prelude and Fugue from the WTC is extremely difficult to play. Despite you say this is a work in progress, the different voices sound clearly and musically in both prelude and fugue. I hope we can listen to your “definitive” recording soon, Sam.


14. Amaruk - Sur le fil
I still remember how much I loved the sweetness of Amélie when I saw the film. Your performance has reminded me perfectly that warm character. Very nice playing Amaruk.


13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home
Very good production, kenjazz, the whole recording sounds really pro. Your playing on the piano matches the rest of sounds perfectly.


12. (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss
You composed a nice song again TrueBeginner, I especially liked how the left hand defines this sad melody.


11. Jazztpt - Lament
Wonderful music, Jazztpt. Your composition creates a serene atmosphere that offers deep emotions, it’s really touching. Thanks for sharing so personal work, Jazztpt, I loved it.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/24/12 09:30 PM

BenPiano, thank you for your really nice comment! I always listen to my mother. smile

Jotur
, thanks for the uplifting comments, too!
Posted by: jazztpt

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/25/12 09:58 AM

My fourth recital and of the ones I have participated in I think the best yet.

A few more thank yous, Amaruk, Peyton & Racaredo many thanks for your wonderful positive comments.
Amaruk, unfortunately I don't play horns anymore but who knows maybe one day..............


47. DadAgains_Daughter - Invention in F Major
Note perfect and clean with nice dynamics and only eight years old, simply wonderful.

48. DadAgain - Prelude and Fugue XX - A minor
Very nicely played, so nice that you can share your music with your daughter, she has a wonderful example to follow.

49. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits
I don't think I have heard any Gluck for 30 odd years, I enjoyed it, well played.

50. Falmc - Sweet Sereny
Beautiful song and a lovely arrangement perfectly played. A loving tribute to your girlfriend, touching and heartfelt.

51. Clemente - Andalucia (to do)
You really get the feel of piece and play with great abandon and joy , loved it. I think I have commented before but cool website.

52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight
Well done on your first recording, sweet little piece, nice.

53. notbach - To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1)
You played this very nicely, no need to worry how others play it.

54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata)
What beautiful playing and touch, lovely.

55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2
Professional interpretation and playing of a lovely Chopin piece.

56. Grouchomarx - Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan (no Friska)
Very flowing performance of what must be a very difficult piece.
Is your DP connected directly to your PC? The 305 sounds a bit muddy much like my 101, I have tried a 305 and the sound is much more alive in the flesh as it were, unlike my 101 which usually sounds a dead and flat to me. Considering an upgrade but really confused about which way to go.


57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4)
Nice to hear another version of this, Andy's version inspired me to seek out the music, I have never played Chopin before. This was very well controlled and after only 5 months wonderful.


58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1
Lovely composition which fits the title and the video perfectly, restfull. Thanks for posting the score, what did you use to create it?

59. yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes for Piano
Another amazing original, wonderfully flowing music with lots of nice changes in mood.


60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness
Another winner Bill, liked the little blues touches.

61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings
A sweet little piece, I enjoyed it.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/25/12 11:59 AM

Hi Everyone, I am just back from 5 weeks away from home and can not wait to start listening.
I've been going nuts wanting to get on and get started, but that has just added flavour to the anticipation!

I'd like to thank everyone for their very kind comments and feedback.


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Inlanding Cheryl - this is such an improvement over previous interpretations. Rigaudon is very well played. I can tell you are listening to the music as you play it, which helps you connect your expression to playing the notes. Entree is very solid and you are playing according to the notations. I always look forward to your music, Cheryl. Each e-cital you bring an improved sense of the music and your technique has improved greatly.


Thank you so much Glen. I really did feel I crossed over some sort of hurdle with these pieces and it is very rewarding to hear that it showed! Your encouragement this past year has really meant a lot to me.

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Andy Platt - Very confident pieces, delightfully played. I particularly enjoyed the articulation and the variation between the pieces.

Andy, I've enjoyed so much of your music, I'm really chuffed you enjoyed mine!

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Jotur My favorite piano era. I love the defined, confident, stately ending of the first one, and the second was a delight.
A delight!! Well, who could ask for anything more! Thanks Cathy!

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SwissMS Both pieces sound like two voice inventions. You did a good job of bringing out each voice. They are like puzzles. Very nice job! Bach here you come!

Thank you very much! These were a challenge, and I am indeed looking forward to getting into some Bach very soon!!

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Clemente Loved your idea of “a puzzle fitting together.” You played this very well.

Thank you so much!

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Cmohr Perfect choice in pairing the two pieces. They really flow together well. Rigaudon is played with the perfect touch and feeling. The Entree is assuredly played - your confidence is shining through. Nice duo you've presented. A completely pleasant listen!
I am so glad you enjoyed my playing! Thank you!

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Bobpickle I like your approach to recording – maybe I’ll try employing it next time (I say that now until I screw up mid-take, haha). You did well with both pieces, especially the first, considering your self-restrictions.
Thanks very much Bob. I really find that if I let myself record over and over, I just get more frustrated and make more mistakes. I also feel that allowing only a couple of takes really does reflect where I am at this point in time.

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CarlosCC Cheryl, this is a very concentrated and clean interpretation. I like your image of a "puzzle" because that's exactly what seems to me too. Congratulations!
Thanks very much Carlos. You are right about the concentration. My brain had to struggle a bit with some of these measures!!


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BillM I make a point to read your entries in the AOTW thread – you have such a positive outlook on learning the piano and your enthusiasm is contagious. I enjoyed listening to you play.
Thank you so much Bill, I do try to stay positive... it doesn't always work, but I try. I am so glad you enjoyed my playing --- I have so often enjoyed yours!!

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SamS Every time the recital comes around I am delighted by your progress. I think I heard some pedal in there too! Keep up the good work!
Thank you so much Sam... I love the fact that you've been listening to me for a while now and can hear the progress.

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Andy MC I like your description of the music like a puzzle. Your performance fits together nicely.

Thanks very much Andy!

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Jazzwee Darn, I missed you playing on the acoustic because on that I can really hear your tone as you really dig deep into the keys. Here your lovely playing is obscured by the limitations of the device. Also you play less legato here than before so don't forget to focus on that more. Still you have progressed so well in all this time and I'm very happy to hear changes at every recital. Great work.

Thanks very much Jazzwee, I've really appreciated your comments through the previous recitals, and thanks for the advice. I'll try to do the next one on the acoustic.... it just gets tricky with the churchbells being only 100meters from the house and surprisingly unpredictable. The hour and the half hour ok... you can work with that...but then they ring at the oddest times, for no apparent reason..........

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Lady Chen Nice job on two classic piano pieces! I especially enjoyed the Leopold Mozart. I'll have to try eating pastries and cafe au lait before my next recording...
Yes, I'm sure the pastries helped. smile Thank you very much, I'm so glad you enjoyed the music!

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StarrKeys Whether in classical or modern music, baseline melodies are challenging. Nice counterpoint! You had me humming the melody afterwards, which rarely happens when I listen to this period music. And how cool to be studying this stuff in Europe where you can just take a walk and probably see cultural artifacts from the time when the music was written.
Thank you so much StarrKeys! My husband walks around humming these pieces too smile You're right, I do have a rather charming environment for my musical education.

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Recaredo Wow, Cheryl! It’s impressive to see how your technique is maturing lately; that smooth touch is the result of an excellent job. I loved your confident playing on both pieces, they are played very musically. My compliments on your performances, Cheryl!
Thank you so much Recaredo! I know we struggle with similar things, and it is so much fun to share in each other's progress.


I really look forward to getting into the listening.... tomorrow when I am less jet lagged!

ciao for now!
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/25/12 05:14 PM

Thank you Jotur for your kind remarks about my accompaniment.

Here are some random performance comments:

29. Mar_red You are one of my top five favorite players at this site. I love love your style. This one reminds me of some of the 60's arrangements on films scored by Henry Mancini, like Charade and Two for the Road. I haven't seen the Roman Polanksy film for years and, hearing the song now, I realize I never really appreciated how beautiful the music was and how much it had to do with the tone and impact of the film. Thanks you for reintroducing me to it making me appreciate it properly. You were born to do this. I can't wait to hear what you come up with next.

32. Trapper John You have a beautiful expressive touch. You could almost be Mar_red at an earlier stage of his musical development before he learned to play by ear [well, if someone told me you were, anyway, I wouldn't question it]. Great job on a popular Broadway favorite!

35. Desperado So this is the product of one year piano study when someone's playing is totally emotional, chord-based and song-driven. If there ever was evidence that it really doesn't have to take 10,000 hours to learn to play the piano, this is it! Perfect vocal and accompaniment! Your voice reminds me of Rod Stewart and Tom Waits (though without the broken and quite so wiskey soaked voice), which is perfect for this song. Thank you for this!

38. Augustina Oh to be this accomplished at 26! What beautiful playing! I have always been impressed by the sensitivity and emotion in your playing, but I was restrained in my praise because I know from my own experience and seeing others do it, it is too easy to cover up rhythmic issues with expressive phrasing that glosses over these problems. But there was none of that here and I can say without reserve, that was great! You've come a long way baby!

39. CMohr This was also one of my father's top 3 favorites of all times, and he knew them all. He must have played it on an average of twice a week for most of his life. I got so sick of hearing it, I never thought I'd enjoy listening to it again. But I was wrong. Listening to you is always a pleasure and this was a very different arrangement than any I've ever heard before. You have become quite the jazz/cocktail stylist. I know you feel very indebted to your teacher for encouraging you to find your own original style while giving you the perfect container to do so. I envy you finding such a teacher and blooming so brilliant under his care. Congratulation on a fantastic arrangement and branching out into improvisation!

40. Serge You really have arrived! Everything you've done this year sounds smooth as velvet, but this is the most sophisticated piece yet. You sound ready to launch a career that could reach the heights of a David Benoit or the likes. Very cool stuff!
Posted by: Recaredo

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/25/12 05:42 PM

09. Diana - Raymond - Theme from Overture
Great start, Diana! You play this little piece with solid rhythm, and your piano sound is really clear. Excellent job on both hands!


08. CarlosCC - Ambers
Carlos, you have mastered Long’s music at the first attempt, so of course you made the right decision. Your interpretation is so good, that the piece seems to be composed for piano solo. Lovely playing, as usual!


07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2
I remember in AOTW thread you told that you were making great progresses about avoiding hand tension. Your performance is the perfect sample of this job. The whole nocturne is played smoothly, with sensitive touch. Fantastic rendition, Swiss!


06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song)
I always get impressed by your excellent ear, Mr Super Hunky; clearly your “noodle method” is reserved for very talented pianists like you are. You made a sophisticated version of this song, with many nice details and fine ornaments, with a marvellous playing, as usual.


05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3
It has been a pleasure to listen to your performance, Glen. Schumann is one of my favourite composers, but I didn’t know this piece. Your performance is splendid from any point of view, in addition it shows Schumann’s language naturally, without any strain. I do hope you’re back at the piano very soon, Glen.


04. Jazzwee - Invitation
I think I haven’t listened to your band before, Jazzwee, and this recording has been a pleasant surprise. You all are so talented. About your playing on the piano, that complex harmony is solved fantastically by your great technique, as usual. It was great to listen to a live recording; thanks for sharing it, Jazzwee.


03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6
Excellent rendition on Scriabin’s music, Ben! Your smooth touch does a great job with this prelude, and all those dissonances sound really natural under your playing. Loved it!


02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3
Very relax performance on this warm piece of music. I especially liked the rubato of your playing, which gives a charming character to your rendition.


01. wouter79 - La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12)
Interesting piece by Rameau, which I didn’t know, as usual. I liked all those sharp sections. I’m curious to listen to the original version for harpsichord.



This has been another fantastic ABF recital, and I wanted to thank both organizers and participants for making possible this event. Taking part in this recital is a unique experience for a piano learner like me. So a big thanks to everyone.

My best wishes to you all.

Posted by: LadyChen

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/25/12 06:12 PM

Some more comments:

21. timmyab - Moment musical Nr.2 - very nice. I thought your dynamics were beautifully nuanced. I liked your tempo for the B section, it didn't sound slow to me at all. Overall, a very sensitive and musical performance.

23. MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649 - I really liked this. I clicked on the audio link before reading the title/composer, and my first impression was that it sounded like an Italian madrigal. I was off by about a hundred years lol. But Purcell is a favorite of mine, even though this doesn't have his usual 'English' sound IMO. Anyways, a fine performance -- you should be very proud of what you have accomplished in 4 months!

24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale - I keep hearing about this Einaudi guy in ABF, but this is the first piece I've actually listened to. Beautiful job! I share your frustration on those pp notes that don't sound. Something you can try is playing with your fingers very close to the keys (or at least, this helps on an acoustic piano, not sure about your digital, but it's worth a try).

25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor - All you guys who play Bach have a special place in my heart. You just can't hide anything with Bach -- it's all out there for everyone to hear. You have a nice firm touch and strong tone. Great job!

26. Mile Hi Steve - Showalter - Is this your own arrangement? It's beautiful and you play it really well. I'm a church musician, so I just love all these contemporary hymn arrangements. oh, and your lunch sounded fabulous! smile

27. Bobpickle June - (Barcarolle) - My goodness, this is beautiful. Truly, you've been only playing for 8 months? Your phrasing and rubato is gorgeous, and you have a nice balance between hands. Great job with the syncopated section as well.

28. joangolfing - The Poet Speaks - Nice job! It brought back fond memories listening to this -- I played the complete Kinderszenen a long long time ago. It used to drive me crazy trying to play those few last chords at ppp and have all the notes sound completely together! It sounds like you managed nicely smile.

29. Mar_red - Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby - Thanks for sharing this beautiful arrangement. It's nice to hear something by a Polish composer other than that really famous guy wink.

30. cscl - Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1 - Talk about pressure -- trying to record this before they roll your piano away! And nevermind the stress of moving. A beautiful and precise performance, thanks for sharing.
Posted by: LadyChen

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/25/12 06:31 PM

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag - wow, this is awesome! I hate playing those leaping bass lines in ragtime (well, all dance music, really) -- you do such a nice job of this.

32. TrapperJohn - Wishing you were somehow here again - Thanks for sharing this tender performance. This song has such a beautiful soaring melody -- I can tell you really love it.

33. knotty - Petite Fleur - Loved this -- that's a heck of a group you play with. I enjoyed your solo and you do a great job behind the other soloists too.

34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E minor - Beautiful. This is one of those pieces that looks really simple on paper but once you start playing it, it's a killer. Especially that left hand -- what do you do with all those chords and make them sound nice and like they are going somewhere? You do a nice job of this -- I thought it was a very musical performance. I'd be interested in hearing it with just a little bit less rubato (still use rubato, but maybe not to such an extent). Really nice work on this.

35. Newman - Desperado - Is this you singing? This is great! I love your raspy sound smile. Piano is great too -- just the right amount to support the vocal line.
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/25/12 11:42 PM

Today was the first day I got to sit and really start listening to the recital. What a great set so far! Here are my comments on the first part:

01. wouter79 - La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12) You really did well in the evoking the "chicken" feeling. Funny, but it sounds more modern than 1726.

02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3 How sentimental! Yet you have a bit of lightness about the right hand that keeps it from becoming mushy. Very nice.

03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6 There is a pensive feel that you bring to this. Nice playing on a piece that isn't really straightforward.

04. Jazzwee - Invitation Nice playing! I like the live aspect of it, even though it is a bit difficult to hear the piano.

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3 Glen, I didn't realize that you didn't take lessons. You have a true feel for this instrument, and it is so evident in how you play this piece. I can only imagine where lessons would take you. Go for it!

06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song) So pretty! You do a great job with this method of playing. Your accompaniment just flows.

07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2 Beautifully played! So clear and delicate. I have wanted to learn this for some time now, and you inspired me to push it up higher on my list.

08. CarlosCC - Ambers I don't think the lack of accompaniment hurts the piece at all -- you just need to appreciate that delicacy that attracted you at first. Despite not loving it any more, you play it with feeling that you comes across to the listener.

09. Diana - Raymond - Theme from Overture Very nice! I like the slight pauses you add. Great progress after 5 months!

10. Recaredo (Ricardo) - Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement. I'm not familiar with this piece, but you seem to play it quite well. Sometimes it's fun to stretch and try something beyond our abilities, especially when it's something that inspires us. You're doing great!

11. Jazztpt - Lament This sounds so perfectly suited for the piano, I can't imagine it played on a horn. I hear wistful remembrances in this piece. Heartfelt playing, for sure.

12. (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss I love watching your little piano-guy avatar playing while I listen to your music. It really seems like he's playing the song! Nice, full sound for this romantic piece.

13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home I liked this, Ken! (That's a bit of a surprise to me, because I don't think of myself as a jazz fan.) The drums sound good in this arrangement. I like that little glissando that you had in there. Sounds like you had fun with this.
Posted by: Augustina

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/26/12 01:46 AM

I have been really busy the last month. So I haven't had any time to listen to the recital yet. I"m hoping tomorrow!:) Here is the first 2 pieces I listened to!

Also thank you everyone for such nice comments on my piece!:):):):):):)

1. Wouter79- La Poule- Fantastic!:)

2. Dannylux- Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova op.59 No. 3- Such a pretty piece, You played it so smoothly. I love it!:)
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/26/12 08:18 AM

7- SwissMS- Always such a nice choice for a Chopin nocturne. You have a nice grasp of the "feeling" for it. Good playing. I hope you keep working it.

12.-wastruebeginner- Once again you have come up with a beautiful melody. A very moving poignant piece.

22. LadyChen- This nocturne always gives me chills. You do a masterful job!
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/26/12 02:08 PM

Some more random comments

31. Jotur - I always feel honored by your participation and was really looking forward to hearing your contribution. I wasn't disappointed. Quite an accomplishment to play these rags at such a lively pace. And how many people are specializing in performing this kind of music nowadays? Your band must create a very special atmosphere and if your audience is anything like me, they must have a blast. Thanks for sharing.

44. Ken I'm listening more carefully to Monk than I ever have thanks to you. I never fully appreciated his influence on jazz before. But listening to your color voicing, runs and playful rhythms, I'm starting to hear it. Like Jotur's, here is another ecital specialization you don't see everyday. Thanks for"keep[ing] the music playing!"


47. DadAgain's Daughter Wow! You have to be making your Dad incredibly proud. It's not that often we get to see someone so accomplished playing Bach on video here, let alone someone your age! Your brain must be be creating new synapses at the speed of light. Great work!

48. Mike White - I think you're amazing! Another person whose name I always look for on the roster. This piece sounds plenty hard to me--and definitely worth memorizing. The wonder is that you play it so well without having to. I'm wondering how much your ability to play by ear is responsible for that. It's hymnal quality reminds me of the fact that I've heard several church pianists say they'd played from the sheet for years and felt that they should learn to play be ear in order to do their job better. I don't know if you play in church but you seem to have taken the opposite path but it's still led you to Rome (no pun intended). I wish my husband was here to give me the Latin translation for "blessed journey".

49. Falmc Another David Benoit in the making! You play this with so much skill and feeling. I'm sure you could get a full time job teaching piano based on this video alone. The fact that you also composed it yourself makes you a triple threat as the successor to the Benoit legend. [I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for the help you gave me in making my video presentation possible. I literally couldn't have done it without you. :)]
Posted by: daveindenton

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/26/12 03:49 PM

I somehow still haven’t found time to write out reviews for all the pieces, but I didn’t want to wait any longer to thank everyone for their comments: Greener, SwissMS, PianoStudent88, kenjazz, Monica K., Sam S, Clemente, Bobpickle, Andy Platt, CMohr, Cookie74, AndyMc, Inlanding, TX-Dennis, BillM, CarlosCC, Recaredo, Riddler, Mile Hi Steve, jazztpt, jotur. Thank you for listening and for your kind words. I really appreciate it.

I will do one while I’m here since the song is stuck in my head right now:
26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms This has been one of my favorite hymns since I was a kid. There’s a version on YouTube that I was thinking about learning, but I like yours even better. Great arrangement and great playing.
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/26/12 05:43 PM

Next set:

14. Amaruk - Sur le fil Nicely played. I like your phrasing and changes in tempo.

15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1 I'm admiring your trills -- usually something I have to struggle with. I'm in the midst of learning a three-part invention (and it's one of the "easy" ones), so I know what you mean about the difficulty of Bach's music. It sounds like you're playing more confidently with the fugue. You did great with this.

16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor What an interesting piece! I don't believe I've heard this one by Chopin before, so thanks for bringing it to this recital. I enjoyed your performance of it.

17. ladypayne - A New Change Loved it! As I listened, I imagined speeding down a highway far from home, on to something unknown but exciting. Good luck in your new home!

18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue This is great! Laughing at your reminiscence of "Mrs. Calabash". But think about it, could you really have played it this way back when you were taking lessons from her? Maybe now was the perfect time.

19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme You evoke a dark mood here. I can almost hear the tears.

20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree Your performance of the Rigaudon is delightful! But then I am partial to Handel's music. The Entree is sweet too; you play it so gracefully. I love that Music for Millions series. The books are packed full of great music.

21. timmyab - Moment musical Nr.2 This was enjoyable to listen to. You handle all the mood changes (and tricky rhythms) so adeptly.
Posted by: AndyMc

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/26/12 08:37 PM

A second round of thanks, this time to: Inlanding, Recardo, TX-Dennis, CarlosCC, Kenjazz, BillM, jotur and jazzpt; your comments are an encouragement. Hope I got everyone, and thanks for helping my first e-cital to be a great experience.

Also, wanted to respond to a few questions, thanks for your interest:

Originally Posted By: kenjazz

58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1 This is a beautiful piece Andy. I’m struck by how many people were able to do remarkable originals for the recital. How long did it take you to compose and refine, it seems rather intricate?

Thanks, it took a week to write this, 1-2 hours a night. Usually takes me a little longer but this one just seemed to come more easily.

Originally Posted By: jazztpt

58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1
Lovely composition which fits the title and the video perfectly, restfull. Thanks for posting the score, what did you use to create it?

Thanks for taking time to watch the video. I used Finale (2007 version) to create the sheet music. Saving up for an upgrade!
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/27/12 04:32 AM

More thank-yous and comments-on-comments:

Peyton - I think the arrangement is the same of the original music. I only added some speed. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks!

Recaredo - ¡Hola, Long's music is near from what I'm used to play, although I think Einaudi's music is much richer (and hard to play!). Muchas Gracias! smile

MaryBee - You're right. It was the delicacy of the melody that attracted me at first. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/27/12 05:49 AM

Finally! I've been able to sit and enjoy a good round of performances.

As always I'm just thrilled to hear what everyone has to offer - from the new arrivals to the "old" regulars, each piece is a little gem of personal endeavour to be savoured.

Here is my first batch of feedback!

01. wouter79 - La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12) Another brilliant launch to the recital! This piece is new to me and I have to say I just love it. I think your clucking hens were very cheerful. This is a very richly toned piece, delightful contrasts, I loved how the notes trickled and flowed over each other. Well done Wouter!

02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3 Another piece that I have never heard before. Rich, flowing, romantic, poetic. I felt I could melt into this piece. There are nuances of melancholy, somehow it conjures up a seaside scene: at times stormy, at times with the sun breaking through the clouds. I was enchanted with your performance.

03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6 Interesting piece. Romantic period, but hints of jazz tones to my mind! Great articulation and fluidity Ben, well done!

04. Jazzwee - Invitation Very nifty. I am so impressed with what you can do with your improvisations, I think this piece would be wonderful to dance to. Delightful!

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3 Glen this piece is entirely charming, and your performance of it has truly captured the richness of tones and textures within the piece. Though the piece might be questioning in and of itself, there is no question about your abilities to bring it to life. I think it is a bittersweet piece, and the fact that this was one of your father’s favourites which you now play on his piano adds to that sensation. Beautifully played Glen. I hope that it won’t be long til you are able to get back to the keyboard regularly!!!!!!

06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song) Another captivating Mr. Super-Hunky noodling production. Most enjoyable, I could picture sun shining down on a radiant couple as they say their vows.

07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2 One of the Chopin pieces I know by name! What a treat. You play it with a charmingly delicate touch, confidently and smoothly. Beautiful attention to the little details in the dynamics and charming trills. Complimenti !!!

08. CarlosCC - Ambers Interesting to hear you play something that is not Einaudi in the recital! After hearing about your work on this piece in AOTW, I have been very curious to hear this piece. I am sorry to hear that you felt disappointed with it. I think you did a lovely job bringing it to life. You brought out depth and feeling, there were clearly different voices having a conversation in this work. Well done Carlos, bravo!

09. Diana - Raymond - Theme from Overture Benvenuto al saggio virtuale!
Stai suonando da solo cinque mese? Un brano breve ma carino, molto piacevole! Complimenti!

10. Recaredo (Ricardo) - Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement. Recaredo, I don’t think this piece was above your level…. Maybe you needed to dedicate some effort to it, but you have done a lovely job. I really understand your desire to play a specific composer (I long to get Chopin under my hands!!!) I am so very impressed with what you have accomplished with this piece. I hope you feel very proud of your work, you did a marvelous job on this piece and it was a true pleasure to listen to your performance.

11. Jazztpt - Lament Thank you for sharing the background to this piece. What a lovely memorial to the person you lost. The emotion within this piece comes forth clearly and the lamentation is heart piercing.

12. (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss More original work! I see a ballet in this piece, elegant dancers with robes and ribbons flowing as they glide and gracefully twirl like falling leaves stirred by gentle winds. There is a mournful quality to this piece which makes me think that the goodnight kiss is more than a simple goodnight, more of a good-bye. Lovely composition.

13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home What a lively sparkling piece! My toes are tapping as I listen. Most enjoyable!

14. Amaruk - Sur le fil I first heard Tierson works here in the ABF recitals, and this one is another delightful addition to my Tierson experiences. I can see why you enjoy playing it, it is charming. The beginning does seem simple compared to what follows, I think you did very well in bringing out the fullness of the tones and voices in this work. Beautifully played!

15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1 A work in progress? I will be thrilled to hear it when you feel it is a work completed. It does sound very challenging, yet I think you did an excellent job of maintaining the flow and playing with impressive articulation and clarity. I thoroughly enjoyed this performance! Complimenti !!

16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor Chopin sounds easy sometimes, and yet… and yet…. What a challenge! I enjoyed the expression you put into your performance – I’m not familiar with this particular piece, but was fascinated by the modulations in tempo and mood. Gorgeous dynamics. Thank you for such an elegant introduction to this piece!

17. ladypayne - A New Change What an adventure you are starting! This music is so appropriate to the majesty of the territory you were driving through. This piece is joyful and full of positive energy – surging with life and excitement. Complimenti indeed, and my very best wishes for your time in Alaska!

18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth AvenueEd, I think I enjoyed your background story almost as much as your performance. The title of the piece seems overly gory compared to the cheerfulness it starts with! I can just see the chorus girls shimmering and glittering! What a great, energetic FUN piece. Mrs. Calabash…wherever you are, I hope you listened!

19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme One of my favourite serious films, I love this music. You’ve played it with the heartbreaking poignancy it needs. This music touches the heart and soul of those who hear it. You played it beautifully. Thank you.

20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree Note to self: Rigaudon….relax, you know the piece, there’s no reason for such hesitations! You did pretty well, but can improve. Entrée was nicely done, you have permission to feel a bit pleased about it.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/27/12 09:13 AM

Round 2!


21. timmyab - Moment musical Nr.2 Another new piece I’ve been introduced to today! Most enjoyable, the contrast between the sections is quite interesting and I can see why you said they were a challenge. I think you’ve pulled this off very nicely. Very enjoyable.

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1 More Chopin, wonderful. This seems rather sad, doesn’t it? Here is another piece I imagine with ballet dancers. I love the drama and the underlying power. You’ve played it decisively and with clear strength and delicacy as needed. Lovely playing, I really enjoyed this.

23. MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649 I love Purcell! This is a very handsome piece and nicely played indeed. Great job, you are off to a good start Mr. Pozor!

24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale Well, we are our own harshest critics, aren’t we? For those unfamiliar with this piece (such as myself) this is a delightfully flowing piece evocative of woodland glens and the magic of a fairy tale’s happy ever after complete with golden sunsets and rosy dawns. A charming enchanted piece, sweetly played. Complimenti!

25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor Welcome to the recital! I loved this piece! Did you have fun playing it? It sounds like you did. You put a lot of energy into it and it thrums delightfully.

26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms I am going to have to re-watch the 2010 True Grit. I like the fullness of sound you’ve created with your arrangement. You play with confidence – musically and emotionally. A rich and satisfying piece indeed.

27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle) And again I am introduced to a new piece. This is an elegant piece with crisp delicacy in the treble and full rich support in the bass, which you have played fluidly and with wonderful energy. I’m extremely impressed at your skill after 8 months of playing. My hat is off to you sir! Complimenti

28. joangolfing - The Poet SpeaksCongratulations on your new grand. I bet, notwithstanding the thrill of getting a grand, it was still tough to give up your 105 year upright! What a great selection to play on the new piano. It really gives you the opportunity to make the most of the range of its power and the delicate tones too. A most enjoyable performance.

29. Mar_red - Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby I didn’t see the film, and am unfamiliar with the music, but it was captivating – you can feel a story unfolding as the music progresses. Beautiful!

30. cscl - Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1 Has your piano arrived? Are you settled in your new home? I enjoyed your performance very much. You have lovely phrasing and fluidity, this is a charming performance of a delightful piece.

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag Cathy, I always love your pieces – you have so much energy and enthusiasm. This is great fun, I am tapping my toes and nodding my head in time to the music. What a treat! Isn't it exciting to feel the improvement? Complimenti carissima! Brava!
Posted by: Augustina

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/27/12 09:15 AM

32: TrapperJohn- I've been wanting to listen to this one:) I love the music to Phantom of the Opera! This is probably my favorite piece I've heard you play:) Such a pretty song, and very enjoyable to listen to first thing in the morning:)

17. LadyPayne- You are definatly getting good at coming up with your own arrangments. I only wished I could have made the drive up there with you. I miss playing our duets!:)
Posted by: Recaredo

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/27/12 02:05 PM

Thanks so much Mary and Cheryl for your kind words!
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/28/12 12:18 AM

Part three...

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1 This is so beautiful! Very rich sounding. Loved this performance.

23. MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649 Sounds like you're doing great with 4 months behind you. Whatever you're doing, keep it up!

24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale Very touching. You have such a feeling for Einaudi's music. You made this one sound easy, whether is was or not.

25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor After playing a few inventions I've come to appreciate both this type of music, and how difficult they are to play! You've done a very nice job with this one. Welcome to the ABF recital!

26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms Very nice playing, and I like your arrangement.

27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle) Seriously? Only 8 months experience?! The changes in expression and the phrasing you bring to this piece sound very mature. I'm impressed!

28. joangolfing - The Poet Speaks Oh, I like your interpretation of this piece! Sounds like you're making good use of that new grand.

29. Mar_red - Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby I had heard of this movie, but didn't know what it was about, so I looked it up. Wow, that's disturbing! The music, however, isn't. Although it hints at something unsettling, you play it beautifully.

30. cscl - Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1 Nice performance. Your piano sounds great. Did it make it to the new home yet?

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag Fun, fun, fun! This brings a smile to my face. Love your music, Cathy!
Posted by: Newman

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/28/12 05:41 AM

Thanks for the kind comments on my piece.

Yes, LadyChen, it's me singing and playing.

And thanks, Starr Keys, I only wish I did have Rod Stewart's voice.

And FWIW, if the 10,000 hours theory were true I ought to be a guitar virtuoso ... but I'm not. As for 10,000 on the piano .... why should it take 10,000 hours to play a little music? I simply try to play as often and as much as I can. In my first year I estimate I clocked around 500 hours (probably more). I've slowed a little the last 2-3 months.
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/28/12 05:42 AM

Some more random and uncannily unrandom comments:

51. Clemente - This is another piece I heard a lot from my Dad's piano. Coincidently, I picked up commenting with you, because tonight was his birthday (before midnight tonight). Though no longer here in the flesh, I felt him with me in spirit today. For instance, I felt his lively expressive spirit in your playing of this piece (even though you played it with a much more persistently challenging left hand than he ever did). I played your recording twice in his honor and thoroughly enjoyed it. BTW, as I've stated in other posts, I know what's its like to go through 4 bad teachers in a row (or 4 who were not right for me at any rate). I hope your 5th is the lucky charm for you. For me, it was four strikes your out smile

52. Norrec - Very interesting piece. You did a nice job with it.

54. Lyricmudra I'm glad you didn't wait until it was no longer a work in progress, because you played it so beautifully that if you had waited, your playing probably would have throughly discouraged me about my own. Very nice work!

57. Tiago84 - Just before the last three chord's, my computer timed out and the screen went black. I had my eyes closed and I felt as if I was hanging over the precipice of my mortality waiting for the final cadence to sound. That's how much I felt what you'd played up to then, on the eve of my deceased father's birthday when the warm California air has suddenly turned chilly. You really made me feel it to the bone.

58. AndyMc - I really seem to be choosing at random pieces that match my mood and thoughts. This beautiful composition made me feel the ephemeral quality of life and the image beautifully reinforced it. Your playing was terrific too. Thanks for gracing us with your gifts.

60. BillM - My but you do have a way with a lyric. You are my favorite kind of singer, the kind that seems to be thinking about what the words mean and feeling them at the same time. The accompaniment was perfect. You have a distinctive style both vocally and on the piano. I like them both a lot.

Well, this wraps it up for me. It's been a great recital. Thanks everyone who worked so hard to make it that way.

Posted by: alsoTom

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/28/12 07:42 AM

I have recently begun to learn the piano and to learn to listen to music like this. So I want to take the time to appreciate the players, from a very amateur perspective.

1. Wouter. I love this piece. Do pianists keep 'wishlists'? If so this is on it, and not just because we keep a flock of chooks in our backyard and I love the idea of having a song to play to them.

2. dannylux / Mel. This won me over. That little run of notes toward the start was so beautiful. I didn't think I was going to like this. It isn't my style of music, but I loved so many individual parts of it.

3. Ben You have led me on a lovely google search about Scriabin. Very interesting. I enjoyed your piece, particularly the ending. Thankyou for having a video as it was nice watching you play.

5. Inlanding Thankyou, this was very lovely to listen to. Thankyou for your explanation of the piece, and your story about the piano. They both added depth and mading listening more enjoyable. I looked forward to the ending.

6. MSH I enjoyed this very much. Did you write the music down?

7. Swiss The Nocturnes where the first classical music that I found myself enjoying. I have to admit about half way through I had to duck off and do a few things around the house, they music just followed me. I loved it.

8. Carlos I enjoyed this. I liked the low notes, it sounded so rich. I liked how delicate it seemed.

9. Diana I am a beginner too, I really enjoyed hearing something so good from someone so new. It gives me hope!

10. Ricardo. As I said above, I am a beginner and I really enjoy hearing what can be achieved in such little time. It was very nice to listen to.

... I think I will save the rest for tomorrow night.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/28/12 10:22 AM

Another batch!
I am so impressed with the performances in this recital!
I'm especially enjoying the contributions from first time participants!

What a treat!


32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...") TJ, you always give a wonderful performance of your pieces, and provide great background notes. This time is no exception. I have always enjoyed listening to you, but in this piece you really have caught the poignancy, the bittersweet notion of success and great loss more that I've ever felt in your previous work. Heart moving. I just loved it.

33. knotty - Petite Fleur This is a great piece of music, lots of fun with the various instruments. I would have loved more piano, but the solo was certainly great. I got a great kick out of the trumpet work. Talk about musically gifted!

34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4) Andy, I really enjoyed this. You really captured a thoughtful, slightly melancholy voice in this performance. Hauntingly sweet, good “drama”. I enjoyed it very much.

35. Newman - Desperado Playing and singing? I’m so impressed, I wish I could do that. Well done indeed. Love your voice, I look forward to hearing more from you in the future!

36. Copper - Ave Maria I have this in my Burgmuller book, but have never played it. You’ve inspired me to give it a try. You’ve played it with a sweet smoothness and lightness that resonates with joyful prayer. Lovely playing.

37. Jake S - Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman Impressive! I think this is a delightful collection and you’ve done a great job conveying the playfulness within, I was smiling to myself as I listened. I suspect you were smiling as you played! Congrats on the memory work! That’s no mean feat! Absolutely delightful!

38. Augustina - Touched Nice work! I am not familiar with the piece but enjoyed being introduced to it! Your performance was very enjoyable, this is really lovely music and you conveyed a lot of emotion as you played. I was also very impressed with the quality of the recording from your cell phone!

39. Sand Tiger - Ashokan Farewell I can see why this might take up a fair amount of your piano time! It is quite a challenge for a beginner AND you worked out the score from youtube? I’m impressed. Well done, well done indeed.

40. Serge88 - What'd I say You can’t go wrong with a choice of Ray Charles. Very nicely played, it is obvious that you were enjoying yourself! I enjoyed your performance very much indeed. Lovely swing, I’m in the groove with you as I listen!
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/28/12 10:33 AM

Casinitaly and alsoTom, thanks for listening my piece. I'm glad you liked it.
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/28/12 10:52 AM

Thanks to those of you posting comments, and for the comments on my piece. I love it that the recital keeps attracting ABFers, and I love reading the comments - sometimes I learn something about a piece I hadn't heard myself, and the different perspectives are really interesting.

Cathy
Posted by: Clemente

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/28/12 04:17 PM

Originally Posted By: RedKat

Originally Posted By: Clemente

55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2
I agree with what you say about the length and the red dot pressure.

How do you cope with it? As a child, I performed a lot playing violin in front of the audience. No problem that time. Now, being a big and strong adult I can hardly deal with that small red dot smile.


I have not learned to cope with it. You know what my biggest fear is while recording? Well, it is that I get to almost the very end without any mistakes, and then hitting a wrong note at the end of the piece. Ugh!!! It happened twice this past recital. One of the time was that low D just before he last chords. mad The fear does not happen when I play live, though. The sound goes from A to B, and once B is reached, it is over. A recording, on the other hand, stays. eek It might just be that you are like me when it comes to playing in public... it does not matter. BUT, when you are conscious that it is going to stay... things change a bit. smile Also children (not all) tend to be more nonchalant about the whole thing. We adults (for certain things) worry too much about whether something will be approved or not. The red dot brings all that to the front of the line. smile I thoroughly enjoyed your performance.

Clemente
Posted by: Clemente

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/28/12 04:23 PM

Originally Posted By: jazztpt

51. Clemente - Andalucia (to do)
You really get the feel of piece and play with great abandon and joy , loved it. I think I have commented before but cool website.

Thank you very much for the encouragement, jazztpt. Also thank you for visiting my website. I am glad that you enjoyed it. smile

Clemente
Posted by: Clemente

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/28/12 05:02 PM

Originally Posted By: Starr Keys

51. Clemente - This is another piece I heard a lot from my Dad's piano. Coincidently, I picked up commenting with you, because tonight was his birthday (before midnight tonight). Though no longer here in the flesh, I felt him with me in spirit today. For instance, I felt his lively expressive spirit in your playing of this piece (even though you played it with a much more persistently challenging left hand than he ever did). I played your recording twice in his honor and thoroughly enjoyed it. BTW, as I've stated in other posts, I know what's its like to go through 4 bad teachers in a row (or 4 who were not right for me at any rate). I hope your 5th is the lucky charm for you. For me, it was four strikes your out smile

Starr Keys, thank you so much; not only for commenting on my recording, but also for sharing with me about your Dad, and what the piece meant to him and to you. I was moved by your comment. It was worthwhile, then, to confront the red dot. I am truly thankful that it brought you back pleasant memories. I hope that I did justice to your Dad's rendition of Andalucía.
As for my new teacher, what can I say... I adore Tatiana. She is a totally awesome teacher. I have been around enough to be able to say that ...aside from the fact that I have been a high school teacher for the past 30 years. smile She is, indeed, the lucky charm for me. Again, Starr Keys, thank you!!

Clemente
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/28/12 08:04 PM

18.- Ed- Wow, talk about drama.... what a dramatic piece. When I hear you play this I think of all the times I've gone to school musicals and the music teacher played so masterfully and apparently with such ease. You really own this.

35. Newman- It's probably the name but you do remind me a bit of Randy Newman... Very nice playing and singing.

40- Serge88- VERY COOL. smile
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/28/12 09:12 PM

Thank you so much, Peyton, Recaredo, MaryBee, casinitaly, and alsoTom for listening and acknowledging my Schumann submission.

And to all who took the time to listen and comment, it's just not physically possible (the wrists can't take it right now) to thank each one of you individually. However, I am very grateful to have been able to share and listen again to your music on this e-cital, and especially to the first time participants!

Like Cathy, I've enjoyed reading all the comments on everyone's music. I've learned so much.

Glen
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/28/12 11:12 PM

Listening to some more...

32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...") TJ, your playing was inspired with this piece. Great performance.

33. knotty - Petite Fleur Very smooth. Great for some laid-back listening! You guys sound so professional. (And that cornet is something else!)

34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4) This was one of the first pieces my teacher assigned me, and at the time I had never heard of Chopin before. Unbelievably, when I first played through it, I thought it was "boring". Of course you know better (and I do now too). You keep just the right balance between left and right hands, and give it the drama it begs for. That last chord just melts.

35. Newman - Desperado Great performance! Your voice is perfect for this song.

36. Copper - Ave Maria Sweetly played -- very nice! I like how you start out simply, then build to a fuller sound as it goes on.

37. Jake S - Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman I enjoyed this so much! I love the theme and variation style, and it doesn't bother me a bit that you recorded them separately.
Posted by: Recaredo

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/29/12 04:27 AM

Tom, thanks for your kind comment. I encourage you to practice piano every day, you’ll be surprised by your progresses.

Glen, I hope you have a speedy recovery.
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/29/12 09:22 AM

Originally Posted By: RedKat
Finally, found time to get to the computer to thank all people who spent their time to comment on the performances.
Originally Posted By: Andy Platt

You kept the waltz feeling in the accompaniment. I think a slight change of mood in the trio perhaps? I'm glad you tackled the "hard" version of this though - it's fuller than the other version in my opinion!

Andy, what do you mean by “the trio”? Is there another version of this piece?


In my edition it's marked as Trio but I'm not sure why! Anyway, it's the section where it modulates into B major.

Yes, there are a couple of different versions of this piece. It was published posthumously so we won't know which is correct. The version we played was the one published by his friend Fontana. The Alfred edition (which is the other version) has a footnote describing the Fontana edition as being harder but not necessarily more authentic.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/29/12 11:26 AM

Many thanks to all who listened to/commented on my Recital piece - you were kind and generous!

As a way of "giving back" to you here's the scene from the "Phantom" movie that I described in some detail in the info section of my submission. The actress portraying "Christine" here is Emmy Rossum:






Trap
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/30/12 03:36 AM

And the last batch!

What a wonderful recital!


41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes Singing and playing, a skill I have yet to master. You have a lovely voice. I bet your mom was thrilled to get this. Nicely done indeed.

42. CMohr - Imagination Another recording for a Mom! Again I have no doubt that she thoroughly enjoyed it, I know I did!

43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846 Bach is not easy, but I think you did more than just a decent job on this. I did not think that the arpeggios were unbalanced. Maybe there is room for improvement, but isn’t that always how we feel? Even professionals often feel they can do better! I found your playing very enjoyable, fluid and relaxing.

44. Ken. - Light Blue I see “Ken”, I think “Monk”. It is always an education. Thanks for the background notes. By now I’m pretty sure that Monk will never be among my favourites, but I do appreciate your ongoing efforts to introduce his unusual pieces. This one was much less “off the wall” than some of the others I’ve heard you present, and rather easier to cope with!

45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List This piece is one I love to listen to. You’ve been playing 2yrs 6 months? I would be pleased if I could do as well as you have.


46. MaryBee - Sonata in C minor, K.457, Mvt.1 Oh MaryBee, that was fun! I can really hear how you’ve been gaining in skills over this past year – what wonderful work you’ve been doing! There is a lot going on in this piece, and it is a long one too. You’ve developed a lot of stamina to maintain the energy and precision throughout . You’ve done a great job on the dynamics, from the great thumping chords to the delicate trills. Just loved it! Complimenti cara mia!

47. DadAgains_Daughter - Invention in F Major What fun to have you participating in our e-cital again! This piece was most enjoyable, delightful! You play with wonderful energy and precision, it is a real pleasure to hear your performance!

48. DadAgain - Prelude and Fugue XX - A minor Well, Bach is a challenge, isn’t he? I don’t think I’ve ever heard this piece before. To my ear your “stuff ups” were not terribly obvious, I think we tend to hear our own mistakes a lot more than others do. My feeling is that you did a more than respectable job on a difficult piece, and I really enjoyed listening to you play.

49. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits Interesting piece, the title had me expecting something quite different, when I saw it was Gluck I readjusted my thoughts. I think you transmitted the spirituality of the piece very nicely.

50. Falmc - Sweet SerenyI really love hearing original compositions ! This is no exception. You’ve captured a poetic voice: this piece is a joyful expression of feeling – Sereny must be delighted with it. I really enjoyed it.

51. Clemente - Andalucia What an interesting piece, it must have been hard to sustain that left hand work! I love the energy that flows so consistently throughout. Gorgeous rich sound, what a treat!

52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight When we are recording there is often the desire to get the recording “perfect”, even though that is not obtainable. I found the way you learned this piece very interesting. That sort of work is beyond me. This is a lovely delicate piece, well done!!

53. notbach - To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1) I love this piece. It is sweet, flowing, there is a lovely poignancy to it which you have captured very nicely.

54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata) A work in progress you say? Well, your progress so far is very pleasant to listen to.

55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2 Ah, the desire to play Chopin, and this waltz in particular! I think we can all understand that! The little glitches are not a distraction, you have clearly worked well in studying this piece. From my limited experience with Chopin I think that there are always nuances to work on, no matter how long or how well you play the piece. This was truly a pleasure to listen to. Complimenti!

56. Grouchomarx - Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan (no Friska) A treat to hear, great energy, depth and richness!

57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4) Chopin again! Wonderful! As I said to RedKat, I think there is always something you can find to do better or differently when dealing with Mr. Chopin, the challenges never cease. I enjoyed your performance.

58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1 Original work! I love it. Welcome to the recital! Your music really does call to mind lights dancing on water. Shimmering reflections, fluidity. Lovely music!

59. yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes for Piano And another original! I love the talent here! The first theme has an Oriental feel to it, most interesting. You have woven a very pretty musical tapestry with this collection.

60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness I always look forward to your submissions Bill, I love hearing you sing and play, and you really know how to pick pieces that suit your voice and that of your piano. You really did play with tenderness here. I think the tempo you chose was perfect. This was a great pleasure indeed. Thank you, and complimenti!

61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings Thanks for introducing me to yet another new piece of music. I see what you mean about the 20thC edge – very interesting indeed. Nicely played! A lovely conclusion to our August recital!


As always, I'm so very very impressed with the talent, the skills, the dedication, the determination, the enthusiasm,and the tremendous support for each other from all the participants.

My sincere thanks to Monica K for her work in pulling it all together, to Sam S who creates our index, to Copper for updating the Order of the Red Dot, Mr. Super-Hunky for suggesting the whole thing way back when and to everyone who works behind the scenes to make this recital the jewel in the PianoWorld crown that it is!
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/30/12 05:09 AM

Originally Posted By: alsoTom


1. Wouter. I love this piece. Do pianists keep 'wishlists'? If so this is on it, and not just because we keep a flock of chooks in our backyard and I love the idea of having a song to play to them.


I do have such a wishlist and most pieces I play are on it, including this one smile
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/30/12 08:06 PM

TrapperJohn,

Thanks for the link to the clip from the movie Phantom of the Opera!!!

Speaking about clips, I put together a playlist with all our youtube videos for this recital:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1D8C5C5BB3D22E40

Enjoy!
Posted by: kenjazz

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 08/31/12 05:54 PM

I'm getting close now...

01. wouter79 - La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12) I love how you kept the staccato action locked in even with the tremendously difficult note clusters on the right hand!

02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3 Beautiful sound and execution. The flow was flawless across all of the trills, peaks and valleys of the piece.

07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2 Beautiful. This is one of the few classical pieces that I’m actually familiar with. You definitely captured the tinge of melancholy that he was after.

09. Diana - Raymond - Theme from Overture Well done Diana. Keep up the good work!

10. Recaredo (Ricardo) - Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement. Ricardo, this did not sound like it was above your level to me. Well played!

12. (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss I’m always so impressed to hear an instrumental original. There is always a story behind it somewhere. You haven’t shared the story (unless I missed it) smile . Nicely played!

15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1 Listening to you play this and reading your explanation reminds me of the shock that I got learning about Bach’s brilliance and finely tuned sense of the infinite from reading Goedel,Escher,Bach by Douglas Hofstadter. Great job.

16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor I know I must be dreaming, but this has a very jazz feel to it, especially at the beginning and end. Is it the way that you are interpreting it, or the way it is written? Either way, I love it!

20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree Ah, Church bells in Italy with some classical music. I would have voted for that over my dog and kids yelling smile It sounded nice – keep up the good work!

21. timmyab - Moment musical Nr.2 Timmy, the untrained ear can’t detect those mistakes that you speak of. The timing all sounded just right to me.

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1 Another beautiful Nocturne. Truly evocative of the evening. Wonderful sound and well played.

23. MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649 Pretty good for four months with no lessons! Keep at it. The good thing about taking a lesson or two is that it will embarrass you into not accepting a roadblock, because you have to show up the next week and show some progress smile

28. joangolfing - The Poet Speaks Yamaha GC1 - That is a jazz piano!! Just kidding (no I’m not), no really just kidding. It sounds great for Schumann, especially the way you play it. I hope you enjoy it, I enjoyed listening to you play it.

30. cscl - Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1 Welcome to the Boston suburbs! As people are apt to say out here - even applied to classical music – your performance was “wicked awesome”!

32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...") That is lot of key changes for a vocal song. They aren’t really modulations, but just myriad keys changes throughout the song. It makes for a naturally interesting instrumental arrangement without needing a lot of tricks, and you did a great job with it. Well done.

34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4) Nice job Andy, the chords sounded together to me.

35. Newman - Desperado One of the great pop melodies of all time. If I could sing (like you), I would probably never leave the piano. They would have to feed me intravenously… It sounded great.

36. Copper - Ave Maria I’m not familiar with this version of Ave Maria, but it is certainly sweet and touching.

37. Jake S - Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman Fake out! What a playful quality to this number. How could you resist from throwing a blues lick in the middle of one of the variations and insisting that Mozart had written it that way! I think that mischievous devil would have done it today! Love it…

38. Augustina - Touched You nailed the New Age feel on Joe’s composition. Excellent flow.


40. Serge88 - What'd I say Oh yeah- got the blues riffs kickin’ in. Blues piano is not easy if you really want to do it up. I have some great online blues piano tutorials and you get nauseous just trying to look at all of the notes that the piano player is using. Not for the faint of heart at all. You’ve made a great start, I hope we hear more cool stuff.

43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846 It sounds precisely played to me. It also sounds quite accomplished for ¾ of year playing.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 09/02/12 06:48 PM

StarrKeys - thank you so much for your always erudite comments on my tune! Such lovely words to read after being away for a week!

CAS - Thank you, too! My mom did love it.
Posted by: Augustina

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 09/02/12 10:22 PM

Greener- Shindlers List- I love this piece. I played it for the piano bar a few months ago. You did a fantastic job playing it!:)
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 09/03/12 05:13 PM

Listened to the last of the recital today...

38. Augustina - Touched This is so sensitively and beautifully played.

39. Sand Tiger - Ashokan Farewell You've come a long way in just a few months! Your hard work is very evident.

40. Serge88 - What'd I say This was fun to listen to -- catchy rhythm!

41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes That was beautiful. You sing it with such feeling, and reading your performance notes, now I see why. I'm sure your mother loved it!

42. CMohr - Imagination Happy Birthday to your mom! This tune sounds full of memories and nostalgia. Lovely.

43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846 You've done very well with this. Keeping dynamics even on arpeggios is very difficult! I don't think it would be bad to try playing it with the pedal. You might like the effect.

44. Ken. - Light Blue This is an interesting piece. The chord combinations are cool. Very nice.

45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List What expressive playing! Your performance is touching.

47. DadAgains_Daughter - Invention in F Major Your fingers are flying in this delightful performance. Thank you for participating!

48. DadAgain - Prelude and Fugue XX - A minor Oh wow, that fugue sounds tough! You handled this all so well. Nice work.

49. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits Pretty piece -- nice job with the sight-reading.

50. Falmc - Sweet Sereny Your girlfriend must be thrilled to have such a beautiful song written for her. It sounds very nice. How did you like the guitar version?

51. Clemente - Andalucia That was great! Whatever is going on in the left hand sounds difficult, yet very cool! I really enjoyed this performance!

52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight Moving from Alfred's Level 1 to this was quite a step up, wasn't it? You played this very well.

53. notbach - To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1) How pretty! Although it's a simple tune, you play it with such expression.

54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata) I love this piece, this arrangement, and your playing of it! You play it so musically, bringing out its sweetness, highlighting each voice at appropriate places, and giving a simply beautiful performance.

55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2 This is a lovely Chopin waltz. What a thrill to hear it played so well. Wonderful!

56. Grouchomarx - Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan (no Friska) A very serious-sounding piece, which I have to admit I have never heard before, despite its renown. You bring out the different moods throughout so well. Impressive -- especially those runs about halfway through.

57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4) I really like the dynamics you use in this piece. It all sounds so natural. Very well done!

58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1 Welcome to the recital Andy. I like your composition and playing! There is a certain peacefulness about this piece that I appreciate.

59. yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes for Piano What an interesting composition, and so much forward-moving energy! Your piano sounds great; there is so much depth to that sound.

60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness Great combination of of piano and voice. Your accompaniment sounds pretty sophisticated here.

61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings It's odd to say about a piece like this, but you really make it sing. Musical playing, indeed!
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 09/03/12 10:17 PM

It's funny to think that up until a few years ago, I never had the slightest desire to play music for anyone besides myself. Then I discovered these recitals, started participating, and now I am hooked. I look forward to each recital more than the one before. Not only do I enjoy listening to so many different styles of music and types of performances, and hearing the music that inspires you, but I also enjoy sharing the music that I love with others. I love putting in the work that it takes to prepare for a performance. I like sharing what I'm learning with you. I have fun deciding on the piece I'm going to submit for the next one. I even feel good about facing and conquering the dreaded "red dot". So thank you to everyone who makes these recitals possible: Monica, for compiling all the performances, Sam for maintaining that wonderful recital index, Copper for keeping track of everyone's medals, and to all the ABF members who participate, either by playing or listening.

Special thanks to those who commented on my performance: SwissMS, PianoStudent88, Clemente, Bobpickle, Andy Platt, CMohr, AndyMc, Sam S, wouter79, Peyton, Cookie74, Inlanding, TX-Dennis, BillM, CarlosCC, Recaredo, jazztpt, jotur, and casinitaly. I understand the extra effort it takes to do this, so I want you to know I appreciate it. How nice it feels to know that people enjoyed what I had to share!

See you all at the next recital!
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 09/04/12 12:39 PM

Thank you CasinItaly and MaryBee for listening to my piece and your lovely comments. Yes, Mom loved it and seems to be doing okay. We are waiting for the doctor's results.

Clemente and Cmohr Thanks also for your heartfelt responses. Yes, Clemente, you did do justice to it, and your student's are lucky to have you (my husband is also a teacher, btw). I think if some of my HS teachers had a outlet for joyful emotional self-expression, we all would have been better off. Cmohr, I know we're coming from similar place at this recital, and it doesn't take any erudition to appreciate what speaks to the heart.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 09/04/12 03:00 PM

Thank you Marybee for nice comments and for listening!
Posted by: Falmc

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 09/06/12 12:34 PM

Thanks to everyone who comented my Sweet Sereny piece im really feel so good when somebody give me that kind of feedback of my pieces.

@Starr: Keys Thank you so much for that kind of words but i think im not too skilled piano player, some pieces seem to be too difficult for me. i just like to play in tempo all the time.

@MaryBee: yes my girlfriend was wow!, the guitar version it is pretty nice but it has few chords and i never recorded it.



Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 09/06/12 03:20 PM

Thanks Recaredo, Marybee, Augustina, casinitaly, alsoTom and kennjazz

Recaredo, it's quite hard to find a decent performance of this piece on harpsichord but I think this one is pretty good


MaryBee, yes it sounds more modern probably due to me not using harpsichord and because of my good mics laugh

And yes also thanks to Monica, Sam and Copper for arranging this event!
Posted by: Recaredo

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 09/07/12 04:37 AM

Thanks for your comment, Kenjazz!



Wouter, you’re right, that version on harpsichord is excellent. Thank you for posting it.
Posted by: Augustina

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 09/08/12 09:58 PM

I have really enjoyed listening to the recital. I'll listen to more tomorrow at work. I don't have time to comment on everyone's pieces. Hopefully tomorrow. I have enjoyed every single piece:) Also thank you for such wonderful comments on my piece!:)
Posted by: AndyMc

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 09/24/12 02:08 PM

I wanted to thank everyone one more time who took the time to listen to my recital entry, Riverlights #1, and also to share Riverlights #2, which I just completed: http://tinyurl.com/d2nouub

Thanks!
Posted by: bluekeys

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 10/05/12 01:49 PM

Oh my, it's been so long since I've been on this forum, I barely remember how to post. Hope I did this right.

Anyway, I just listened to part of this recital while cleaning the house today, and I'd forgotten how good you all are. I just want to give a general thumbs up and thanks to all the performers for a very enjoyable performance!!
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 10/05/12 02:52 PM

Originally Posted By: bluekeys
Oh my, it's been so long since I've been on this forum. . .


(Speaking with arms akimbo and foot tapping): Yes, it has.

Nice to see you here smile

Cathy
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 10/05/12 04:17 PM

Nice to know you're back!
Posted by: mom3gram

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 10/05/12 04:46 PM

Hi, Bluekeys! Good to see you. How have you been? Still playing, I hope.
Posted by: bluekeys

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 10/06/12 08:01 AM

Nice to see a few people remember me! Yes I still play, but not as intensely as I did. Too many other things going on now. My memorized rep is down to just a handful of pieces, but I'm getting a lot better at improvising. I only play about half an hour most days, and a lot of that is just doodling. Kind of cool though. I'm getting to the point where I can hear, or think, a melody and play it in in several keys. Sight reading ability is pretty much gone. I still have the Walter and the Yamaha, but I haven't tuned either one in about 6 months.

Hope you're all doing well!
Posted by: EdwardianPiano

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 10/12/12 12:46 AM

wouter79- very impressed at your playing after 2 and a half years practise!
Posted by: MusicaMusique

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 10/15/12 05:49 AM

24 Monica K.

It is like telling a story, when I listen to this piece, I can see some pictures in the air.
Posted by: lyricmudra

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 10/21/12 07:44 PM


I suppose ‘better late than never’! :-)) I finally had a chance to review the recital performances and it was such a delight listening to all. I would certainly like to thank those who have given me feedback. Your words were most generous and supportive. They are: Jazztpt, Starr Keys, jotur, Monica K., Bobpickle, Andy Platt, Sam S, Cookie74, Clemente, and Peyton. I hope I did not miss anyone!

Here are my own thoughts on everyone’s work:

01. wouter79 - La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12) (to do)

A very well-executed complex piece! You have captured the essence of Rameau and the character of the hen (la poule) so well.  You will probably be able to speed it up more in the long run.

02. dannylux / Mel - Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3 (to do)

Such a beautiful 20th century classical piece. You’ve been able to bring out the fullness of the melody in your playing. The piano sparkles.

03. BenPiano - Prelude Op. 17 No 6 (to do)

I love almost every Scriabin prelude. Each one creates a deep and sophisticated narrative and your phrasing and playing successfully delivers the story that this particular prelude offers.

04. Jazzwee - Invitation (to do)

I wished I could play jazz when I listened to your performance. It would have been so nice if the microphone was a lot nearer to the piano.

05. Inlanding - Glen - Warum? Op 12 No 3 (to do)

You played this with much delicacy at certain parts, particularly as it ended, rendering the notion of questioning that the piece speaks of. I love the dynamics.

06. Mr Super Hunky - There is love (The wedding song) (to do)

This is like listening to the radio and from a selection of beautiful pieces. I wish I could ‘noodle’ like you do so well. 

07. SwissMS - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2 (to do)

So tenderly and expertly played!

08. CarlosCC - Ambers (to do)

Your phrasing and dynamics tell me that you fully comprehend the soul of this piece. You played this so seamlessly! You slowed down and paused at just the right places.

09. Diana - Raymond - Theme from Overture (to do)

A delightful piece! Your playing tells me that you are now ready to tackle more advanced pieces.

10. Recaredo (Ricardo) - Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement.(to do)

I think it is always good to challenge yourself with a piece that you feel is a tad above your current level of playing. I think you did very well with the piece.

11. Jazztpt - Lament (to do)
Such a moving composition. It evoked a lot of poignant images for me. My favorite part starts at 4:00 till the end. I suggest that you make a video with still photos and use this as background music. As I was listening to it, I wished I was listening to this live, on an acoustic grand and in a dim hallway.

12. (Was)TrueBeginner - Goodnight Kiss (to do)

This was played so sensitively. I know there is a temptation for many people to rush that left hand accompaniment but you did not do so. You created a mood by being patient.

13. kenjazz - A House Is Not A Home (to do)

I am such a Bacharach fan that I’ve memorized lyrics to many of his songs including this one! This is the first time I’ve heard a jazzed up version of it. So professional and sophisticated! I could listen to this again and again.

14. Amaruk - Sur le fil (to do)

There is much clarity and sensitivity in the way you played this piece. I can tell from your other videos on YouTube that you cover Tiersen so well.

15. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue X WTC1 (to do)

This a long and complicated piece! You did a very good job with it. I preferred the sudden tempo change that you took. I simply cannot imagine how to gradually speed up to that section.

16. Peyton - Mazurka #4 in A Minor (to do)

This is my favorite Chopin mazurka and you played it so well! You had so much control and clarity in playing the ornamentation. The dynamics captured the spirit of a mazurka.

17. ladypayne - A New Change (to do)

Your composition and video transported me to such a wonderful place! I am glad that you brought in those instruments to join the piano but still ended with the piano. I hope you enjoy your new life in Alaska!

18. Riddler (Ed) - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue (to do)

This does evoke a lot of images of dancing! A lot of high leg kicking.  And what an ending! Very well played!

19. Greener / Jeff Green - Schindler's List - Theme (to do)

Very well done! There is a lot of accompaniment in this piece but the melody emerges prominently in your playing.

20. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Rigaudon & Entree (to do)

So delightfully played! Despite your mention of a flub, you actually play with a lot of clarity and precision.

21. timmyab - Moment musical Nr.2 (to do)

Such a perfectly played piece! This is one of my favorite Schubert pieces and I’ve heard this many times. You actually had the tempo really quite right! Very professional!

22. Lady Chen - Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1 (to do)

Beautifully phrased and expertly played!! Love the way you played the ornamentations.

23. MrPozor - Minuet in A minor - Z649 (to do)

You have progressed quite well on this piece, actually. Very confidently played!

24. Monica K. - Fairy Tale (to do)

I am unfamiliar with Einaudi’s works but this is such a wonderful introduction for me. It is a very quiet and almost whispering piece and you conveyed that sentiment so well in your playing!

25. Cookie74 - Invention No. 4 in D minor (to do)

This is a very crisp rendition of Bach! Very well played!

26. Mile Hi Steve - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms (to do)

Very expressive rendition of this hymn! I very much liked your arrangement of the ending.

27. Bobpickle - June (Barcarolle) (to do)

Another expertly played piece! I love the dynamics and phrasing. Very professional.

28. joangolfing - The Poet Speaks (to do)

You played this so patiently, which is exactly what the great pianist Cortot wanted when I saw him on a video giving a tutorial on this piece. Congratulations!

29. Mar_red - Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby (to do)

I love the embellishments you made on this lullaby. You also allowed the beautiful melody to emerge so prominently from the backdrop of shimmering notes! Very professional!

30. cscl - Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1 (to do)

Your Estonia sounds so beautiful and your playing of this bagatelle gives much credit to the piece and the piano! So polished.

31. jotur/Cathy Turner - Dill Pickle Rag (to do)

You played this rag so delightfully! I actually liked your tempo here even though you said you would have wanted it to be faster. It allows the melody to surface above the accompaniment so well.

32. TrapperJohn - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...") (to do)

I didn’t realize that this piece from Phantom of the Opera would sound so beautiful as a piano solo. Thank you for introducing this to us! You played it very well.

33. knotty - Petite Fleur (to do)

Wow! I wish I was listening to this live! Such a captivating rendition. I do like it as a tango.

34. Andy Platt - Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4) (to do)

Very sensitive and expressive playing of this prelude! I know what you mean about feeling tension on the left hand with all those chords (though I don’t think it shows at all when I listen to your recording). My current recital piece has exactly the same task for the left hand – lots of successive chords. I realized that actually forgetting about the left hand and paying more attention to the voices in the right hand helped a lot. The left hand seemed to just follow naturally.

35. Newman - Desperado (to do)

I heard this piece for the first time from the Carpenters eons ago and loved it so much that I’ve memorized the lyrics myself. LOL. I am so glad you’ve resurrected this song for us. I love your take on it – so poignantly raw. You play the piano and sing so expressively.

36. Copper - Ave Maria (to do)

Beautifully and sensitively played!

37. Jake S - Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman (to do)

You’ve taken quite a challenging and long piece but have played it so well. There is a lot of clarity in your playing.

38. Augustina - Touched (to do)

I think you did very well with this slow piece and I don’t think you were off at all with the rhythm. This piece requires a certain amount of rubato to convey its sentiment and you did just that!

39. Sand Tiger - Ashokan Farewell (to do)

This is a wonderful transcription of Ashokan Farewell!

40. Serge88 - What'd I say (to do)

I actually like your tempo better Ray Charles’. The drum track enhanced your beautiful playing.

41. Starr Keys - It Goes Like It Goes (to do)

What a perfect video and audio package this is! The lyrics, the sentiment, the photos, and your voice have made this such a poignant recital piece. I can actually imagine this as a Broadway performance on stage!

42. CMohr - Imagination (to do)

What a beautiful melody to play to your mother. You arrangement and your playing were very expressive and tender.


43. ClavBoy - Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846 (to do)
You did a very good job with this piece! The hardest part, I imagine, is creating a certain sense of evenness in tempo which you really did very well. I think that when you get passed that hurdle of evenness in tempo you will feel freer to explore your touch. I don’t think that the first note of each arpeggio was louder than the rest. I actually thought that it was the top (highest) note of each arpeggio that just needed to be toned down a tad. Excellent job! Sounded like you were playing a harpsichord!

44. Ken. - Light Blue (to do)

Such a challenging and difficult tempo!! You certainly did a very good job with it.

45. daveindenton - Theme from Schindler's List (to do)

I am glad you turned this in for your recital piece. I love the phrasing and dynamics and did the piece much justice. The passion and tenderness were evoked very well by your playing.

46. MaryBee - Sonata in C minor, K.457, Mvt.1 (to do)

Though Mozart sounds so delightful, his works are difficult. You were able to play this with a lot of delicacy (especially the ornamentations!) and conviction.

47. DadAgains_Daughter - Invention in F Major (to do)

An advanced piece for such a young age! You played this with such evenness and ease.

48. DadAgain - Prelude and Fugue XX - A minor (to do)

This is a very challenging and long piece! You played it very well!

49. Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White - Dance of the Blessed Spirits (to do)

I love Gluck’s pieces and you did a great rendition of this beautiful piece!

50. Falmc - Sweet Sereny (to do)

Such a professional-sounding recording of your piece! You also played it very well. You gave a beautiful gift to your girlfriend.

51. Clemente - Andalucia (to do)

Wow! This sounds like a very difficult piece and you played it so well! You’ve brought out the Spanish character of the piece.

52. Norrec (Tim) - Beaming Sunlight (to do)

Very well paced and very good dynamics! My only suggestion is to play the accompaniment a little softer than the melody, though I think this may have been a function of where you placed the microphone. I suspect it was placed nearer your left (accompaniment) than right hand (melody).

53. notbach - To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1) (to do)

I have heard a professional pianist play this piece a while ago and your rendition certainly matches his! Wonderful touch on the piano.

55. RedKat - Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2 (to do)

You phrasing and dynamics here are so sophisticated and very much like that of a professional!

56. Grouchomarx - Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan (no Friska) (to do)

Wow! Those runs and trills! This is so expertly played. There is a contemporary approach to your playing, too, which I like very much.

57. Tiago84 - Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4) (to do)

Excellent use of tempo in this piece! You slowed down, speeded up, and paused at just the right moments. I love the way you paused and suspended at the end.

58. AndyMc - Riverlights #1 (to do)

Your composition really evokes the shimmering of light on the river! A perfect blend of sound and vision.

59. yohyrral (= Larry Hoy) - Three Themes for Piano (to do)

I love the warm sound of your vintage piano! Your sophisticated and expert playing brings out its beautiful sound.

60. BillM - Try A Little Tenderness (to do)

The song is about tenderness and you conveyed that very well in your rendition! The reverb enhances the piano sound.

61. PianoStudent88 - Ivan Sings (to do)

There is certainly a contemporary feel to this composition. One can almost put lyrics to it and your playing highlights the melody very well.
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 10/21/12 10:00 PM

Thanks, lyricmudra, for listening and for your comments. I hope you didn't miss my comments on your piece, a few pages back. I really enjoyed your wonderful performance of Sheep May Safely Graze.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 10/22/12 03:10 AM

Thanks Lyricmudra - it is always lovely to get more feedback on a performance! My comment on your piece is on page 9 of this thread, same as MaryBee's!
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 10/22/12 04:49 PM

Thanks so much, Lyricmudra, for the nice feedback. I think it shows real character that you took the time to comment on everyone this late in the game. Most people would have said "well, I've got all those comments to make on the next recital coming up soon, the heck with this one," and let it slide. Hats off to you! smile
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 10/22/12 04:55 PM

Lyricmudra, thanks for your comment on my Hele Jane Long piece. Yes, I was a sort of engaged with this piece. Thanks.

And here is my comment on your sumbission (just in case you misssed it):
54. lyricmudra - Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata) Very nice and it not sound easy for me... Let me say that every Bach's piece seems difficult to me, even with different arrangements. You did a great job, I think this a very good rendition.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 10/24/12 04:23 AM

Thanks EdwardianPiano and lyricmudra for the comments!
Posted by: lyricmudra

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 10/30/12 06:57 PM

Marybee, casintaly,and CarlosCC: Thanks so much for your kind words and comments! Sorry I missed them the first time. I've been quite mindless the past couple of weeks with the hectic work at the university, and have failed to visit the forum for that long as well. :-(

wouter79: Most welcome!

Starr Keys: I actually listened to a few of the performances and typed/saved some comments as soon as the recital started but got pulled away from it for weeks and weeks after. It would have been a shame not to have shared them even if late ... :-)

Gosh, the next recital is coming soon, isn't it??
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 10/31/12 01:24 PM

>Gosh, the next recital is coming soon, isn't it??

Yes in a few hours!
Posted by: FarmGirl

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 02:09 AM

K I dot best to comment using my iPhone.

MaryBee - liked a lot. T'was a very nice and interpretation of the famous piece. About doing a shorter and simpler piece to study, I think it's an excellent idea. It sounds like you are enjoying the freedom - its completely your piece now.

Mr. S/H - you are incredible. How can you create a piece like this. I have a high expectation for you. You never betrayed my expectation.

Bessel the happy farmer - liked it a lot. You nailed it.

Sheryl (casinitaly) - I happen to know the first piece. You GOT SO MUCH BETTER! I liked the dynamics. If you make the cadence more natural (Tie-ra instead of tie-RA or Tie-Ra) hope you get what I mean.

K this is it for tonite. Gotta sleep
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #27 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 02:12 AM

Originally Posted By: FarmGirl


Sheryl (casinitaly) - I happen to know the first piece. You GOT SO MUCH BETTER! I liked the dynamics. If you make the cadence more natural (Tie-ra instead of tie-RA or Tie-Ra) hope you get what I mean.

K this is it for tonite. Gotta sleep


Thanks Farmgirl I'm very excited about my baby steps and it is so much fun to have others notice my improvements! I'm actually working on refining this piece this month, with my new teacher and so now, I do know exactly what you mean!