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Author Topic: Bach - Goldberg Variations I, IV, IX, X  (Read 4050 times)
steveie986
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« on: April 30, 2006, 08:20:05 PM »

This is my first attempt at recording.

I'm a mostly self-taught pianist. I've had five years of fairly basic piano lessons and I've played by myself for five years.

I love listening to Glenn Gould so I try to sound like him. Please tell me if my attempt at imitating Gould's staccato fails terribly.

More recordings of the Goldberg to come in the future, I hope.

* Variation 1 Take 2.mp3 (1035.1 KB - downloaded 244 times.)
* Variation 4 Take 6.mp3 (785.3 KB - downloaded 137 times.)
* Variation 9 take 1.mp3 (1102.45 KB - downloaded 109 times.)
* Variation 10 Take 3.mp3 (1164.08 KB - downloaded 136 times.)
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2006, 07:01:30 AM »

 Grin You are very good. I hate Bach, not because of his music but because I can't play it.

Don't try copying anyone. You will always fail.
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2006, 05:36:57 PM »

Beautifull! you play Bach so well! Love the Goldbergs to.... give us more! Wink
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2006, 07:01:36 PM »

Thanks for the kind words. There are a few notable hiccups in these recordings. Also they were done on an average Yamaha upright (recorded with the built-in microphone on my iBook). I'll continue learning the Goldberg and I hope to re-record some on the nice Steinway grand in my university's Music Department.

Recording your own playing is so rewarding and exhilarating. Once I have recorded all the Goldbergs, I feel I can die happy. I'm 4/32 of the way there! (Kind of morbid, no?)
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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2006, 01:24:49 AM »

I love Goldberg Variations. Nice attempt! I think you played it good and understood good for being a Self-taught pianist.
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2006, 06:45:49 AM »

Here's I, IV, and IX on a much better piano (Steinway grand) performed by moi.

* Variation 1.mp3 (1109.39 KB - downloaded 139 times.)
* Variation 4.mp3 (860.81 KB - downloaded 104 times.)
* Variation 9.mp3 (1101.66 KB - downloaded 101 times.)
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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2006, 08:08:34 PM »

i really like your playing, its nice and simple and clean. you are very precise
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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2006, 10:15:32 PM »

Interesting! You play really well, and you love for this music shines through! I couldn't hear any obvious "wrongs" at first listening, and you Gould-influence is noticeable.

I do have of tips though on how you can make a much better recording, using very cheap microphones and preamps! If you really want to make nice recordings of your playing, you'll be amazed at what you can do on a budget level!
Regards, Danilo
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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2006, 12:00:19 AM »

Your encouragement means a lot. I haven't had a teacher (except for Glenn Gould and, more recently, Rosalyn Tureck  Cheesy) for almost five years so I can only critique myself by obsessively listening to my own recordings. This kind of music is what I think about in my spare time and what I'm passionate about.

I'd love some advice on how to get better recording equipment. I don't know very much about recording technology, etc.

I know at least the notes of about ten variations and I'll record more when they are ready musically.
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