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Gould’s Favourite Piece but not his Favourite Piano

Neither of the two Gould recordings of J.S. Bach´s Goldberg Variations (1955 and 1981) were made on Gould´s favourite instrument. The Aria is played here on a Yamaha grand, shortly before Gould´s death in October 1982. Read more >>

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rovis77
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« on: November 05, 2017, 01:55:01 PM »

Hi, I am learning the Waldstein Sonata since 3 weeks and Im just curious about how it compares to Beethoven Concertos in technical difficulty. Thanks!!!
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2017, 09:41:37 PM »

I've never played with an orchestra but I can only assume that the main difficulty of a concerto is the connection with the other musicians. I don't think Beethoven would put any technical problems in his concertos that are significantly harder/different than the ones in his sonatas. So forget about the technical difficulty and focus on the real problem of a concerto.  Either way, I don't see the point of learning a concerto unless you have an orchestra that wants to play it with you.
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2017, 12:52:13 PM »

I've never played with an orchestra but I can only assume that the main difficulty of a concerto is the connection with the other musicians. I don't think Beethoven would put any technical problems in his concertos that are significantly harder/different than the ones in his sonatas. So forget about the technical difficulty and focus on the real problem of a concerto.  Either way, I don't see the point of learning a concerto unless you have an orchestra that wants to play it with you.
I've played w  conductor and ensemble as well as small group and as collaborative piano w soloist, yes,  the main and most important challenge and part of prep is after notes and basics down, is putting it together w conductor a d the bigger group
Concerto is more difficult,  orders of magnitude since the challenges are different and unique to it vs the solo sonata, two different animals being co.lares
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