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Topic: J.S. Bach: Italian Concerto, BWV 971  (Read 395 times)

Offline swilliams002

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J.S. Bach: Italian Concerto, BWV 971
on: August 23, 2022, 01:17:33 PM

I'm curious to hear criticisms of my performance of this piece, though perhaps I'm not ready for them, since I'm actually quite proud of this. With the exception of the fabulously batched second movement (I'm a terrible memorizer), what are the strengths are weaknesses of my interpretation? Is the third movement too fast?
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Offline lelle

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Re: J.S. Bach: Italian Concerto, BWV 971
Reply #1 on: August 26, 2022, 04:59:16 PM
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I think you play very well and that you can be proud of this recording! Strengths imo are you have nice tone and do some nice thing with colors, sensitive phrasing. I think you have found a good character for the three movements.

I think the hardest thing with this type of Bach piece is to keep it interesting throughout when the music just kinda keeps going without letting up. Maybe it's also just me who is extremely easily bored. Different pianists approach this differently, some play everything quite samey, while others vary color and phrasing more to shake things up. I tend to prefer the latter. I think there might be even more you could do in terms of coloring and shaping the material, but don't get me wrong, I think this is very musical and excellently done already.

In the first movement I occasionally had a feeling that something, perhaps concert nerves, affected the pulse ever so slightly, so that it felt just slightly unsteady (lacking in precision) sometimes. I'm not talking about intentional rubato which I think is fine.

I think the tempo is fine in the third movement! My pulse comment applies to this movement as well, maybe to a lesser degree.


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