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Offline williampiano

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #150 on: April 10, 2012, 06:22:41 AM »
Right now I'm listening to King Porter Stomp by Jelly Roll Morton.

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #151 on: April 12, 2012, 06:22:49 PM »
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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #152 on: April 12, 2012, 06:55:33 PM »
Ah gawd, so beautiful.  I am now a fan of Jessye Norman.  Also, I am putting this aria onto my list!  Boom!  I'ma gonna own you, aria!



*Sits in the opera. Feels the special atmosphere. Yes it's so typical for Wagner*

(I have never attended a live Lohengrin yet, but some other Wagner operas, recently "Die Meistersinger")
 
He certainly always knows what he does. I mean Wagner.

But here I wish that the aria (Of course you will own it, no doubt at all!) goes just on and on!! It's so perfect! Why does he spoil his most sublime, inspired and heavenly music and incredible instrumentation with "dramatic" interruptions ("Hinweg, hinweg!")? Sometimes I don't get it and then I almost get angry at him.

 

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #153 on: April 13, 2012, 03:07:18 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #154 on: April 13, 2012, 06:59:08 AM »
Ah gawd, so beautiful.  I am now a fan of Jessye Norman.  Also, I am putting this aria onto my list!  Boom!  I'ma gonna own you, aria!


Along with Leontyne Price Jessye Norman is one of my favorites ever! Not that I am a big fan of Wagner, but the way her voice floats in Liebestod is quite unbelievable:



IMO, her Strauss "Four Last Songs" with Kurt Mazur is second to none.

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #155 on: April 13, 2012, 07:34:46 AM »
I'm not a particular fan of jessye Norman.  There's something about her upper register that grates on me.  IMO the renée fleming recording of the vier letzte lieder is the tops.

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #156 on: April 13, 2012, 08:18:11 AM »
I'm not a particular fan of jessye Norman.  There's something about her upper register that grates on me.  IMO the renée fleming recording of the vier letzte lieder is the tops.

Matter of taste--not going to argue.

For comparison just put this one from 3:18'



And this one from 2:58'



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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #157 on: April 13, 2012, 12:20:18 PM »
You're right, de gustibus non est disputandum!  I have that recording of Jessye Norman - I think I have every recording of the 4 letzte lieder - it is beautiful.  It is a recording.  I have renée fleming's recording, too.  As all recordings, that's touched up as well.  Longer breaths, etc. The 2:58 you're talking about is very difficult LIVE.  In a recording studio, it's a cinch.  Fleming pulls it off beautifully as well on the recording.   I've never seen this live one before..  I heard a beautiful one with Abbado.  At any rate, I hear the words in Fleming's rendition.  That is, I get the sense.  Jessye Norman has a unique color.  It's beautiful but slightly "bleeting" at times.  Especially in the upper register.  And when she's up there, I feel like she's half of a half step flat.  But like you said, you can't argue about tastes.  
Maybe we can agree on Schwarzkopf's  recording?  I actually became acquainted with these songs with the Betty Blackhead recording.  Could never go back there now!   ;D

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #158 on: April 13, 2012, 02:19:49 PM »
Another incredibly beautiful performance.



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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #159 on: April 13, 2012, 10:57:53 PM »
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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #160 on: April 14, 2012, 02:43:45 AM »

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #161 on: April 15, 2012, 02:03:56 AM »
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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #162 on: April 15, 2012, 06:23:30 AM »
 Wow, where did that come from.  It looks like one of those Sunday afternoon "playhouse presents" we used to watch in the 60's.  What a singer.  She was definitely one of the major sopranos of the 20th century.  It's interesting to see how she opens up that huge mouth even in the soft upper register notes.  What a technique.
You don't HAVE to sing that d-flat.  I don't think it's even written in the score.  It's probably one of Ricci's cadenzas.  I think she studied with him when she was in Rome as a student.  In fact, I don't really care for it, though she pulled it off like a candy wrapper.

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #163 on: April 15, 2012, 06:42:18 AM »
Williampiano, thanks for that. Morton is extraordinarily difficult to play well. There are no excuses now Dapogny has transcribed all of Morton in the Smithsonian Institute edition. It sounds as if it should be easy, but Morton's  highly individual command of the keyboard and precise rhythmic inflection seem built for him and no one else. I tried very hard with a number of the solos and so far I just haven't "got it". Beautiful piano music though, and all improvised too.
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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #164 on: April 15, 2012, 06:48:02 PM »
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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #165 on: April 15, 2012, 08:16:36 PM »

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #166 on: April 20, 2012, 12:13:30 PM »

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #167 on: April 20, 2012, 04:15:59 PM »
Benjamin Hopkins playing Beethoven's 3rd concerto without accompaniment for the PSO competition:



He is asking for our votes, too!

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i love the PTNA channel as the videos are superbly shot and all performances are great but i am realizing more and more that this is the best stuff to watch only when i want to feel woefully inadequate...

OH MY GAWD!!
did you hear that it was the sound of my ego being crushed....

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #169 on: April 20, 2012, 07:25:15 PM »
My rule no.1 is: Ignore anything mentioning child prodigies.  ;D

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Oboe Concerto - III Finale (Scherzo):



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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #170 on: April 20, 2012, 07:28:44 PM »


Splendid composer.

Check out the Concertino, which is almost currently in my repetoire.

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... no.1 is: Ignore anything mentioning child prodigies.  ;D...

Best regards, Dr

good advice, i was really wanting to finish this fanstic performance of the rachmaninoff op. 3 no 1, but i'm afraid if it watch anymore i will have to sell my piano and burn my scores while i cry over the ashes...


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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #172 on: April 20, 2012, 07:47:39 PM »
Splendid composer.

Check out the Concertino, which is almost currently in my repetoire.

Thal

 wow did not know such a work existed, off to try and find a recording...

also, are you aware of this little concerto? reminds me a bit of kabalevsky no 3 only not quite as giddy, still neato nontheless. can't find any info on a score publisher, probably only available in asia or something...

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this surpised me, big time, was not expecting this at all from something so modern (2009)
The Shining One, pour piano et orchestre (2009)

A brief piano concerto by contemporary French composer Guillaume Connesson (born 1970), dedicated to Jean-Yves Thibaudet. The work is based on the classic 1919 science fiction-fantasy novel "The Moon Pool" by Abraham Merritt. In the novel, the Shining One (a.k.a. the Dweller) was a being created by a highly advanced subterranean race, capable of both great good and great evil. Over the course of the story, the Shining One turns increasingly towards evil, rising to the surface of the Earth and terrorizing humans. The prominent roles that dualism and ritualism play in the book are indicative of the profound influence that Helena Blavatsky's Theosophical writings had on Abraham Merritt.

Piano: Eric Le Sage
Conductor: Stéphane Denève
Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Guillaume Connesson - The Shining One: Piano Concerto (2009)

for those interested in performing, you can't buy a score but it is available for hire:
http://www.billaudot.com/en/composer.php?p=Guillaume&n=Connesson

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #174 on: April 21, 2012, 09:24:04 PM »
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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #175 on: April 22, 2012, 08:02:24 AM »
Guitar Concerto in A, Ferdinando Carulli.

2nd movement now with 3rd to come, and then Brendal is next.  

You sound like you were having fun.  I like Brendel a lot.  His late Schubert sonatas, ohh. . . indispensable for me.  I have a CD of him playing late Beethoven.  I heard his Pathetique a few weeks ago, and that was something to hear.  I've never heard his Appassionata before that I can recall.  How was that?
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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #176 on: April 22, 2012, 12:05:12 PM »
then how come, here, he's known as Alfred Brendull?!  I couldn't believe that the first time I saw it. He's always been one of my mentors.

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #177 on: April 22, 2012, 04:24:02 PM »
i keep telling myself, no more, since while watching, these little kids make me want to quit piano, i mean what's the use!?!

...sigh* but the music is too beautiful, i am a glutton for punishment. it's over now- so i'll go practice (which is what these videos make me want to do when they end once the 'i should quit'moment passes while the're playing).


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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #178 on: April 22, 2012, 05:01:30 PM »
I know.  It's disgusting.   And guess how many of these freaks populate the world.
No, seriously.  this kid is gifted.  I mean, it's like emill.  He has that "something" that sets him apart from the "normal" wunderkind.

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #179 on: April 22, 2012, 05:32:09 PM »
I know.  It's disgusting.   And guess how many of these freaks populate the world.
No, seriously.  this kid is gifted.  I mean, it's like emill.  He has that "something" that sets him apart from the "normal" wunderkind.
you're totally spot on. i watch a LOT of the PTNA videos all over the place they are great little musicians, but i got the feeling from this one that there was more than instruction on how to, and masterful imitation going on here, it looks like it's coming from somewhere deep inside him, there's some body movement and facial ('micro expressions') that i don't think can be 'taught' you have it or you dont. he has it and enough to 'spare'. when i first saw it iwasn't expecting that it blew me away and i had to hit an immediate 'replay'



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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #180 on: April 22, 2012, 05:38:06 PM »
Scriabins 5th sonata played by Richter.
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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #181 on: April 22, 2012, 07:11:43 PM »
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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #182 on: April 22, 2012, 07:27:43 PM »
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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #183 on: April 23, 2012, 01:40:24 PM »
I know.  It's disgusting.   And guess how many of these freaks populate the world.
No, seriously.  this kid is gifted.  I mean, it's like emill.  He has that "something" that sets him apart from the "normal" wunderkind.

Birba do you mean like Enzo? Emill is the dad, not the kid.  :P

Well I don't really feel all that bad about kids like that who are so good at playing piano (or whatever), I mean it's cool that kids can be so good at whatever they do, so they can show grownups that kids are not just some stupid beings who can't do anything.  ::)
It bothers me only if someone thinks I'm not that serious about piano just cause I didn't start learning at 6 or 7!  ::) And I don't feel like hurrying now and skipping grades and trying to learn more or anything like that! And I really love playing my kiddie pieces!  :P  8)

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Re: What are you listening to right now?-szpilman concertino (1940)
«Reply #184 on: April 28, 2012, 11:55:36 AM »
love what szpilman does did here, no wonder folks refer to him as a sort of 'polish' gershwin, all the more incredible considering this was composed in the warsaw ghetto,

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #185 on: May 02, 2012, 09:46:54 PM »
sweety molly that was incredible! i think thal said these piano concertos are on hire only with permission from the family and the royal college of music and still in manuscript form, too bad i realy would have loved to read along to this.....


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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #186 on: May 07, 2012, 02:52:42 AM »

A Scarlatti piece I just discovered the other day. It's quite beautiful, especially on the pipe organ.

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #187 on: May 07, 2012, 06:17:55 AM »
I liked that Scarlatti very much!  It's the first time I ever heard scarlatti on an organ.  With the different sonority and slower tempo it's a whole new music!

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #188 on: May 07, 2012, 06:27:57 AM »
I liked that Scarlatti very much!  It's the first time I ever heard scarlatti on an organ.  With the different sonority and slower tempo it's a whole new music!

It is beautiful on the organ.  I'm inclined to think way to many people play Scarlatti way too fast generally; I think this tenmpo works pretty much as well on a piano too.

I'm currently listening to the late Beethoven String Quartets played by the Emerson. Sublime.  8)
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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #189 on: May 07, 2012, 11:19:01 AM »
I am listening to the wonderful recordings on youtube of the old blues singers. What powerfully disturbing music and images. What a cosseted and easy musical journey I have had. How on earth these players and singers managed to create such beautiful music out of it all amazes me.





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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #190 on: May 07, 2012, 11:57:55 AM »
... What a cosseted and easy musical journey I have had. How on earth these players and singers managed to create such beautiful music out of it all amazes me. ...



you might be interested to read this, amazing what beauty can emerge through the resilience of the human spirit amongst the most horrible of circumstances

http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/arts/MUSVICTI.htm


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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #191 on: May 07, 2012, 04:55:26 PM »
Arrau playing Beethoven's "Pastoral" Sonata Op. 28. Arrau may be the unconventional choice when it comes to Beethoven Piano Sonatas, but his interpretations of many are probably my favorite  ;D
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- Bach: P&F in F Minor (WTC 2)
- Chopin: Etude, Op. 25, No. 5
- Beethoven: Sonata, Op. 31, No. 3
- Scriabin: Two Poems, Op. 32
- Debussy: Prelude Bk II No. 3

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #193 on: May 07, 2012, 07:31:27 PM »
Arrau playing Beethoven's "Pastoral" Sonata Op. 28. Arrau may be the unconventional choice when it comes to Beethoven Piano Sonatas, but his interpretations of many are probably my favorite  ;D
What are you saying?  Arrau was a GREAT Beethoven interpreter.

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #194 on: May 07, 2012, 07:34:54 PM »
What are you saying?  Arrau was a GREAT Beethoven interpreter.

Yes, he sure is. I didn't mean 'unconventional' as in weirdly different or not normal, but simply different from what most people recommend. At least around where I am. Sorry if I used the wrong word D:
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- Chopin: Etude, Op. 25, No. 5
- Beethoven: Sonata, Op. 31, No. 3
- Scriabin: Two Poems, Op. 32
- Debussy: Prelude Bk II No. 3

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #195 on: May 08, 2012, 03:27:16 PM »
Kate Nash's Navy Taxi.

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #196 on: May 08, 2012, 04:01:29 PM »
her videos are more and more polished lately, but this one really shines, she outdid herself, i loved the children, their faces, their reactions to 'hearing a violin' for the first time.

makes me wish we could lug a grand piano around like string players o other people in the workd could experinece the sound of our instrument for the first time too...

even if it's not your type of sound, the sentiment and what she did here is lovely. i particularly loved the drums and authentic chorus in the background vocals

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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #197 on: May 09, 2012, 07:23:03 AM »
I am listening to this wonderful player on youtube. I had never heard of him before. Such rhythmic drive and invention !





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Re: What are you listening to right now?
«Reply #198 on: May 09, 2012, 08:54:55 AM »
Chopin's Ballade no. 1 in G Minor, played by Rubinstein, from the official recordings selections here on PS (pretty awesome that they are here, all in one place :)).  I am going to start learning this  :).  Then, I'll listen to the other recordings from the same collection.  Then maybe others, too  :D

That's perhaps my favorite recording of that Ballade! Well, Rubinstein is my favorite Chopin interpreter so it makes sense. I'm listening to an Astor Piazolla Concerto at the moment and loving it!

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Re: What are you listening to right now? 'atypical mozart'
«Reply #199 on: May 09, 2012, 10:47:17 AM »
i've always loved this intro. it makes me think about what else mozart had floating around in his head that he perhaps never felt he could get away with given the times (i.e. ahead of the 'tastes' of peers and audience), i think mozart had it inhim to push into more brazen tonality but he maybe knew folks weren't ready for it. at least he let us have this little 'preview' i tend to think...