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Topic: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)  (Read 2856 times)

Offline ajlongspiano

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Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
on: February 09, 2016, 07:52:26 PM
So one of my big musical projects right now is to learn the fiendishly difficult Goldberg Variations by Bach. This is my rendition of the wonderful Variation 1. You may love my playing, and you may just hate it! I do not blame you for the former because my Bach playing is very " romantic. " My whole goal is to show how much color, spontaneity, and freedom is involved in Bach's music which is so often played in a dry and pedantic manner. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #1 on: February 09, 2016, 08:00:13 PM
AH??? Now you're tackling Bach's Goldberg?! You are one crazy (in a good way) dude. Can't listen to it right now because I have class but I'll get back to it later.

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #2 on: February 09, 2016, 08:05:45 PM
Haha thanks James. I'm glad you like my craziness!

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #3 on: February 09, 2016, 08:27:28 PM
Fantastic! Really enjoyed listening.

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #4 on: February 09, 2016, 08:32:27 PM
Thank you, feddera!

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #5 on: February 09, 2016, 08:38:34 PM
That was beautiful, very clean, spritely. Not overly romantic in the least.

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #6 on: February 09, 2016, 08:40:31 PM
Thank you! I'm glad you didn't think my inflections were over the top.

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #7 on: February 09, 2016, 09:10:03 PM
The only one I believe to have played this better than you is Gould.
Bravo
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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #8 on: February 09, 2016, 09:13:46 PM
Thank you! That's an amazing compliment :)

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #9 on: February 10, 2016, 12:24:42 AM
"hello Clarice"



ok you are all too young to get that and it's not even the same variation...  Great job AJ nice to know you are still here.

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #10 on: February 10, 2016, 12:46:11 AM
"hello Clarice"



ok you are all too young to get that and it's not even the same variation...  Great job AJ nice to know you are still here.

" I ate his liver, with some fava beans and a nice chianti! " ;)

Good to see you too, DC. I'm glad to be back :)

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #11 on: February 10, 2016, 12:48:35 AM
So Sargent Pembry, when will the aria be posted?
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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #12 on: February 10, 2016, 12:52:34 AM
Soon!

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #13 on: February 10, 2016, 01:53:51 AM
As always man, nicely done *thumbs up*

Kinda reminds me of Tatiana's interpretation, not in the sense that you're copying her but in the sense that you both give Bach a breath of fresh air!

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #14 on: February 10, 2016, 02:02:02 AM
Thanks James! Just listened to hers. Amazing!!!!

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #15 on: February 10, 2016, 02:11:03 AM
Quite possibly the best playing I've heard from you. Well done! I love hearing you play new composers; listening to your Medtner next. When will you play some Beethoven? 8)

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #16 on: February 10, 2016, 02:37:47 AM
Thanks chopinlover! How goes that Bach Partita? :)

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #17 on: February 10, 2016, 02:39:11 AM
I liked the ornamentation and was wondering if you planned and rehearsed it before recording. I know that ideally performers during the Baroque era were expected to spontaneously ornament the music, but in my experience, doing so in faster pieces that are so dependent on a reliable fingering for consistent execution is very difficult and can be disruptive.

Are you familiar with the Kirkpatrick edition of the Goldberg? If not I think you’ll find it a fascinating addition to your library. His rearrangements of some of the more difficult variations are quite helpful (no notes get left out), so unless you absolutely refuse to “compromise” by “taking the easy way out,” give them a try. Of course some pianists have managed to perform the entire sequence on one keyboard------have you seen Gould’s DVD of his second “take” on the piece? For myself, I play some as written and others as “facilitated.” As a result, I have them well ingrained in my hands and I’m perhaps too lazy to relearn (or attempt to relearn) the “impossible” ones.

In any case, it’s nice to know that you have more on your mind than Chopin (not that one couldn’t explore his works for a lifetime). Good luck with tackling the rest of this formidable music.

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #18 on: February 10, 2016, 02:40:23 AM
Thanks chopinlover! How goes that Bach Partita? :)
Quite well; doing the Sarabande, and hopefully will finish the rest by the summer!

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #19 on: February 10, 2016, 03:27:18 AM
" I ate his liver, with some fava beans and a nice chianti! " ;)

Good to see you too, DC. I'm glad to be back :)

YEAH!!!  you got it :)   cool. 

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #20 on: February 10, 2016, 03:46:11 AM
Thanks philolog! Most of those were pre-planned but sometimes I enjoy to spontaneously throw in a mordant or something. I am not familiar with that edition but I'll look into it. Currently I use Henle.

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #21 on: February 10, 2016, 04:36:28 PM
It's unnecessary as I've already told AJ my opinion over skype (excellent) but I just want it to be know that "excellent" is my opinion of this Bach haha.
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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #22 on: February 10, 2016, 04:37:39 PM
Thank you Josh! I always appreciate your support :)

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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #23 on: February 15, 2016, 06:47:54 AM
I await more of this. What you've shared is wonderfully spontaneous and stylistically appropriate. I love the ornamentation and note there's a lot of room to be creative, expressive, improvisational in these variations, especially if you've got something to say in the repeats.   
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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #24 on: February 15, 2016, 03:21:10 PM
oh my goodness. how did I miss this
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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #25 on: February 15, 2016, 05:53:50 PM
BRAVO ! ! !
WOW!! ... you've got that Bachish touch!! ;D
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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #26 on: February 15, 2016, 06:00:01 PM
Is it on an electric piano? The extra reverb makes a very nice touch.
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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #27 on: May 20, 2016, 05:28:12 AM
If you add 29 more variations and a couple plays of the aria on a CD, I'll be one of the first to buy it.  Great!!



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Re: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (AjLongsPiano)
Reply #28 on: May 20, 2016, 04:21:17 PM
I had been disinclined to listen to this. Sacrilegiously, Bach really isn't my cup of tea  ;D

But actually, it's very good. I don't think it's overly romantic (I would go further, and probably risk heading into cartoon territory!) It sounds like a good balance between what might be termed "classical" playing and giving the music nuance. (Actually I think good Bach playing really should have a fair amount of nuance, it's just a matter of careful judgement - I really dislike Bach played as if by woodpeckers at a typewriter.) Good clarity of ornamentation as well.
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