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Sa Chen plays Chopin

Together with Lang Lang and Yundi Li, Sa Chen (born 1979) is considered as one of today’s most important Chinese pianists and a veritable international sensation. Here we can hear her in the second movement of Chopin´s first Piano Concerto in E minor Op. 11 with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lisbon conducted by Lawrence Foster. Read more >>

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remezetti
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« on: August 11, 2006, 09:57:09 PM »

Hello,
Here's my video from a competition I attended a month ago. Please criticize. Wink

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http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-20914549725014348&hl=en-CA
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piano sheet music of Prelude
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2006, 12:41:14 AM »

Wow, don't you love having these dour-looking people sitting there with scores in hand?!  Tongue  Anyway, I thought you did very well.

The recording and the piano were not the best, so your articulation was hard to appreciate.

I think you did well on the outer sections, and you need to work on the fluidity of the lyrical section in the middle.  More legato and phrasing of the RH melody, and a lot more smoothness is needed in the LH arpeggios.  Toward the end it seemed like you just wanted to get through it (nerves!), so you missed some expressiveness.  (Not to criticize you too much, as I myself would have been a nervous wreck.)

Keep up the good work, and have fun!
Teresa
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2006, 06:21:05 PM »

I enjoyed your performance. What did the judges have to say?
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2006, 08:34:52 PM »

  Nice piano playing, you made it look so easy.
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2006, 08:52:26 PM »

it sounded beautiful to me  Cheesy I wish i would be such a good pianist
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2006, 10:11:32 PM »

Well, thank you for you comments :$
 
What did the judges have to say?
I got 2nd place after a 16 or 17 year old girl. I'm 15. Smiley
  Nice piano playing, you made it look so easy.
Everybody, all my friends I mean, says I make it look so easy...I don't know how though, I guess it's just my style of playing.
it sounded beautiful to me  Cheesy I wish i would be such a good pianist
Oh I'm so flattered :$
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2006, 01:57:27 AM »

I'm sure you can do better than that, visibly you master the beginning but as you approach the end, you make serious flubs. I'd recommend you to carry on practicing the piece, from the middle part which you play too loud and then the last part, get rid of the wrong notes.
Sorry to be harsh, actually I'm not even at half the level to play such a piece, but I can see that YOU have the level and for that reason you have to make it "perfect".
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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2006, 02:48:57 PM »

I'm sure you can do better than that, visibly you master the beginning but as you approach the end, you make serious flubs. I'd recommend you to carry on practicing the piece, from the middle part which you play too loud and then the last part, get rid of the wrong notes.
Sorry to be harsh, actually I'm not even at half the level to play such a piece, but I can see that YOU have the level and for that reason you have to make it "perfect".
I totally agree with everything you said. =) I was too nervous at the end. After a mistake in the "chord part" just after the accelerando, I started speeding up =s so I played some wrong notes there. The middle part on the video is too loud but when I actually was playing it up there, it seemed fine. Now though I always keep that in mind. "Softer in the middle...softer in the middle..." =P
Thank you for your comments. =)
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