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« Reply #850 on: October 30, 2015, 04:37:45 PM »

visitor do you like this guy? ^that was hideous btw


szymanowski is incredible, but i like middle and late more than very early, sort of how like Scriabin very early is too tame for my taste but the middle period transition gets really good, same w Karol. ie this is way more interesting than the super tonal early preludes (though those are pretty, i dont' think it's Karol at his best, thus that Sonata excerpt you posted though pretty, isn't very captivating/attention getting)
this is though


As for above, i only said i was listening to it, i didn't say that it was great , i don't think it's awful but i didn't like it either, i believe recording quality made a difference and the balnce was off, I also think the piano should have been visible to the string players so all could make eye contact and coordinate and fine adjust as needed in performance, i do however love the composer music most of the time, i was just exploring this and it happened to what i was listening to, but certainly would not have said i liked it  Smiley
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« Reply #851 on: October 30, 2015, 05:37:46 PM »



Wow! That was cool! I'm in the middle of exploring Szymanowski right now, that's near the top of the list (so far) for me. Smiley
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« Reply #852 on: October 30, 2015, 05:40:24 PM »

Oh yes I also meant to ask you what you think of this guy Edward Elgar. He has some very interesting ideas...

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« Reply #853 on: October 30, 2015, 08:54:00 PM »

Oh yes I also meant to ask you what you think of this guy Edward Elgar. He has some very interesting ideas...

< oh yes just close your eyes and listen the video is STUPID!
That music was moving.

But, Elgar is a very famous composer. He has composed one of the unofficial anthems of the UK, one of the most famous cello concerti, the Graduation Song, as well as a popular violin piece known as Salut d'amour, in addition to "Nimrod", one of the most famous tunes in England (according to a list by the BBC or something).

Elgar is a very known name.
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« Reply #854 on: October 30, 2015, 09:28:45 PM »

Elgar is a very known name.

So? I thought visitor would like him.
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« Reply #855 on: November 01, 2015, 12:47:29 AM »



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« Reply #856 on: November 01, 2015, 10:01:16 PM »

So? I thought visitor would like him.
yep. Sir elgar is groovylicious.
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« Reply #857 on: November 01, 2015, 10:05:03 PM »



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« Reply #858 on: November 03, 2015, 04:52:13 PM »

No I'm not joking. These, especially the first one, are really nice! And yes, I played this game a few times, a very, very long time ago (back when I still had time for tomfoolery like that LOL). Then a few days ago I looked for the soundtrack, and I FOUND IT!





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« Reply #859 on: November 03, 2015, 04:57:25 PM »

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« Reply #860 on: November 03, 2015, 05:17:38 PM »

i agree, though to me it's just middle of the road, a meh so-so piece. i love *heart late liszt (from period where he gets w the clergy and mellows out, from 'Les jeux d'eaux ŕ la Villa d'Este and onward)
like this jewel of a piece. sign me up. more please


I love that one! Is this one the right time period / style?

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« Reply #861 on: November 04, 2015, 02:13:53 AM »

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« Reply #862 on: November 05, 2015, 11:02:01 AM »

I love that one! Is this one the right time period / style?


Its a bit early a d stylistically dates it self, jusy not quite as daring and fwd thinking.  The best stuff comes to us as he deals with death if loved lones, failed love, his own mortality, etc.   That piece is from the set around yur time the shift starts to transition but it is still reflective of his past and the aesthetic norm of the time...pretty conventional in other words.

Ie see how different it us from this. Which is really revolutionary for the time uf you analyze the harmonic progressions. You hear his despair and struggle in this work
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« Reply #863 on: November 05, 2015, 11:15:34 AM »

A little tame and doesnt really represent his genius but still pretty, its a bit unfortunate that the rarly etudes get more attention it seems than middle period ones. Op33 gets some play but for broad audience popularity it seems ealy ones are easier for non Szymanowski fans to appreciate




Fast fwd and we see and hear his sound bloom into wonderful new colors. The early ones are attractive and foreshadow what is to come but they are too bound w romantic and Chopin ibspired conventions of 19th century treatment of tonality. Lovely but bit as progressive (similar to what we see with Scriabin and Liszt transitions from early to middle and late periods)
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« Reply #864 on: November 05, 2015, 07:33:37 PM »


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« Reply #865 on: November 05, 2015, 07:47:07 PM »

wow, i've read through bits of this when deciding onmy current two etudes from the op 8 set, but didn't know someone had recorded this. awesome piece and don't know of another recording of this. stayed hidden until i set out to specifically look for it
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« Reply #866 on: November 05, 2015, 09:04:27 PM »





This is so beautiful.
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« Reply #867 on: November 06, 2015, 11:09:22 AM »


This is so beautiful.
Am so glad im  ot the only that thinks so. Lysenkp os so rad
 Take a little tchaikovsky some chopin, a hint of mikuli, sprinkle some bortkiewicz and a dash of liszt.  Thats all the flavors i get in listening to his output. Btw his c sharp minor nocturne will sweep you off your feet
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« Reply #868 on: November 06, 2015, 04:42:40 PM »

Am so glad im  ot the only that thinks so. Lysenkp os so rad
 Take a little tchaikovsky some chopin, a hint of mikuli, sprinkle some bortkiewicz and a dash of liszt.  Thats all the flavors i get in listening to his output. Btw his c sharp minor nocturne will sweep you off your feet
some might link this, i love it
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« Reply #869 on: November 07, 2015, 03:11:38 AM »

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« Reply #870 on: November 09, 2015, 06:33:01 PM »

glad more Akimenko is being programmed and recorded/uploaded. Love this.

"...Fyodor Yakimenko was Ukrainian - also known as "Akimenko". Studied with Balakirev then at St. Petersburg Conservatory with Liadov, Vitols and Rimsky, graduating in 1914. Later taught Stravinsky composition, and was based in France from 1923 - Paris, then Nice....". some listings may put as "Theodore".  Cool


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« Reply #871 on: November 10, 2015, 02:16:35 AM »



This Concerto is SO BORING...

Its probably one of the greatest American piano concerti, but that's not saying much Roll Eyes
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« Reply #872 on: November 10, 2015, 04:54:16 AM »


This thing is so damn beautiful, I just can't stop listening to it..
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« Reply #873 on: November 11, 2015, 12:12:34 AM »


This thing is so damn beautiful, I just can't stop listening to it..

Me neither. It reminds me of some of Grieg's "Lyric Pieces".
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« Reply #874 on: November 11, 2015, 11:46:57 AM »


This thing is so damn beautiful, I just can't stop listening to it..
+ 1 the mazurkas are dope. The only std chopin solo works i really enjoy listening to and playing.

Listening to these things again btw her videos rock folks should click i to her channel to listen to the rest of these and other stuff she has up
Her website is slick too
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« Reply #875 on: November 15, 2015, 03:55:19 AM »



I love the instrumentation.
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« Reply #876 on: November 15, 2015, 07:06:21 AM »

Visitor will be proud of me  Wink
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« Reply #877 on: November 15, 2015, 09:16:07 PM »

Visitor will be proud of me  Wink

HA. Here's evidence that your hate of Grieg and Schumann is based on peer pressure. It's kind of needless to say this, but you're TOO gullible.
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« Reply #878 on: November 16, 2015, 01:03:58 AM »

No, my dislike of them both (and after hearing a different recording of the Grieg today I must say I like it a bit more, but Bobby still is low) comes from me listening to them and falling asleep.
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« Reply #879 on: November 16, 2015, 04:12:26 PM »

szymanowski is incredible, but i like middle and late more than very early, sort of how like Scriabin very early is too tame for my taste but the middle period transition gets really good, same w Karol. ie this is way more interesting than the super tonal early preludes (though those are pretty, i dont' think it's Karol at his best, thus that Sonata excerpt you posted though pretty, isn't very captivating/attention getting)
this is though


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Fine as the pianist is, Szymanowski's first piano sonata strikes me as impossible to rescue from itself; indeed, it's one the the few real disappointments in an output otherwise studded with many truly great things (not least his other two piano sonatas). One of the great composers of the first half of the last century, without a doubt, but this early sonata is a real let-down as, to a much lesser extent, is also his sonata for violin and piano from around the same time, even when the finest possible case is made for it by Alina Ibragimova.

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« Reply #880 on: November 18, 2015, 04:09:53 PM »

wish i could have also had a keytar in my band days
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« Reply #881 on: November 18, 2015, 06:27:30 PM »

*ps bonus - dear P3, as 'promised'
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Hey! I didn't see this! I liked it! I just found it a little boring. It's funny how we find different things boring. As you said, most Chopin pieces "Just don't hold your interest".

< The melodic theme which starts at 0:22 certainly "holds my interest" Smiley
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« Reply #882 on: November 20, 2015, 05:01:50 PM »

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« Reply #883 on: November 22, 2015, 05:52:28 PM »



Wow that video is beautiful
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« Reply #884 on: November 22, 2015, 07:06:07 PM »

Wow I like this a lot. Subtle audio effects on that piano it seems:


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« Reply #885 on: November 23, 2015, 05:26:15 PM »

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« Reply #886 on: November 23, 2015, 05:37:55 PM »

Listen to this guy. Sheesh. @5:17 HOW!?!??! After 5 minutes of pure exhaustion/torture, (and yes he played all 12 of them in a row), but how do you muster up the energy to play those? I mean, jumps, thirds, octaves, etc... for 5 minutes, then THIS?!

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« Reply #887 on: November 23, 2015, 11:56:09 PM »

I'd suggest that the passage at 5.17 is one of the easier "virtuoso" parts. In principle it's 5-1 substitution on the way up and 1-5 on the way down (iirc). The jumps preceding are a lot harder.
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« Reply #888 on: November 30, 2015, 06:34:37 AM »

Listen to this guy. Sheesh. @5:17 HOW!?!??! After 5 minutes of pure exhaustion/torture, (and yes he played all 12 of them in a row), but how do you muster up the energy to play those? I mean, jumps, thirds, octaves, etc... for 5 minutes, then THIS?!



I thought he omitted #6 (or #7, I can't remember) due to time constraints... Doesn't take away from his performance though.
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« Reply #889 on: November 30, 2015, 02:26:19 PM »

I thought he omitted #6 (or #7, I can't remember) due to time constraints... Doesn't take away from his performance though.

Nope. I have the CD they made of his live performance.
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« Reply #891 on: December 03, 2015, 12:08:41 AM »



A bit too realistic for me.... Yet I can still hear the good stuff in their performance.  And in the audience.
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« Reply #892 on: December 03, 2015, 12:37:16 AM »

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« Reply #893 on: December 03, 2015, 12:40:16 AM »

Bob, you are at 12,999 posts. Will you please quote me in your 13,000th post?!

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« Reply #894 on: December 03, 2015, 02:54:35 PM »

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« Reply #896 on: December 10, 2015, 07:50:03 PM »



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« Reply #897 on: December 15, 2015, 10:10:39 PM »

Ludovici Einaudi, always!
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« Reply #898 on: December 16, 2015, 04:05:55 PM »

Ludovici Einaudi, always!

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« Reply #899 on: December 17, 2015, 12:15:32 AM »

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Oh, well, his music is beautiful.

(more beautiful than Szymanowski or Medtner, anyways)
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