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Postby Anonymous » Sat Apr 21, 2007 7:25 pm

Hi everyone!

This seems like a nice site. Here is my recording of a Chopin mazurka. If you like it, I can send some other things.


Chopin - Op.24 no.4, Mazurka in B-flat minor

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Postby pianolady » Sat Apr 21, 2007 10:52 pm

Hi Hannah,
You played this with nice dynamics, technique and I could hear your passion for the great music. However, it was a bit too slow. I have taken plenty of liberties with tempo, myself, so please don't take this in a bad way - it's just my humble opinion. Your style was pleasing to listen to, but it just sort of dragged in places.
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Postby robert » Sun Apr 22, 2007 2:33 am

Welcome to the site Hannah!

A bit unusual slow but I think it is very well played and always interesting with a pianist who does something different. Rip a composition off as everyone else did the past 150 years does very little new for music so I welcome new kind of interpretations. It seems carefully interpretated and I am pretty sure you have tried different ways of playing until you decided what to do with it.

I can put this up along with your biography from your home site if you like (I found your site and a lot other recordings there as well)?

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Postby techneut » Sun Apr 22, 2007 3:37 am

Yes it is slow, especially the start when I thought like 'Oh dear'... But it perked up after that and was not really too slow, except as pianolady noted in some places where it gets a bit stilted and sounds a bit like a Satie Gymnopedie.
But, I hasten to add, it is very persuasive and extremely well executed on all accounts. Welcome to PS, the Home of the Mazurka :D
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Postby juufa72 » Sun Apr 22, 2007 8:51 am

I too agree with everyone else. With the exception of the tempo you play very nicely. Can't wait until I hear more.

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Postby John Robson » Sun Apr 22, 2007 8:54 am

I found your interpretation quite refreshing. Yes, it was a bit slower than it is usually played, but it was very thoughtfully and sensitively performed. I liked it.

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Re: Chopin

Postby rsmullyan » Sun Apr 22, 2007 9:45 am

I loved it just the way it was! Sensitive and beautifully wistful.
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Postby Anonymous » Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:14 am

Thank you all for your kind comments. You are right that it is slower than usual. Maybe I should submit something else that you don't have for my first piece. I have a Beethoven Op. 14, no. 2. Or the first movement of the Brahms sonata in C. Should I submit one of those?

Yes, Robert, it would be fine to take the bio from my home page. Is it OK to include a link?

Are you interested in chamber music?


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Postby Sandro Bisotti » Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:17 am

>This seems like a nice site.

It is.

I like this kind of approach and playing style. I find this is "your" tempo for this Mazurka,
that in fact sounds very natural and it's a pleasure to hear it. Noble and elegant phrasing,
and also very good sound and dynamic details. Congratulations.

All best,


Postby Anonymous » Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:16 am

So here is the first movement of the Brahms sonata.

Brahms - Piano Sonata no.1, I. Allegro

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Postby Kschyschtoff » Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:46 am

About the Chopin:
Ideal tempo! Great playing, true Polish spirit ;)
About the Brahms:
Ideal tempo again. I enjoyed that a lot.

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Postby Chaotica » Sun Apr 22, 2007 2:47 pm

The mazurka is indeed a bit slow. That makes it a bit too long. Besides that, it is very well and sensitively played.

I haven't listened to the Brahms yet (did you record the other movements as well?), only to the Beethoven. And I think it's simply a great interpretation of a great sonata! I'm now feeling much better than before. Thank you! :)

Okay, let's say something constructive: I find your tempo a tiny bit too fast in the first movement and a tiny bit too slow in the second one (matter of taste). And some of the accents in the second movement are quite exaggerated and even a bit shocking. But that's the only negative thing that comes to my mind. Except that I for my part still have to put a lot of work into this sonata. :wink:

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Postby rsmullyan » Sun Apr 22, 2007 4:07 pm

Hannah wrote:And here is the Op. 14, no. 2:

I also thought the first movement is too fast. Otherwise it is incredibly beautiful! You are really fantastic! I did not think the second movement was too slow.


Postby Anonymous » Sun Apr 22, 2007 9:13 pm

Thanks everyone for your comments. :) These recordings are all from different points in my life; the Mazurka (my dad's suggestion) is from about 12 years ago (I think? Sometime in high school; it all blends together now!); the Beethoven from 2002 and the Brahms from this year. The Chopin and Beethoven are live performances, but Brahms I recorded "on purpose". I do plan to record the rest of the movements when I learn them; it's still a work in progress! Again, thanks for all the comments--now that I'm out of school it's especially nice to get feedback about my playing.

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Postby robert » Wed Apr 25, 2007 2:44 am

Sorry for being a bit slow but I have now put up your, biography along with all of the submitted recordings. Very musical and thoughtful interpretations is my conclusion and I enjoyed every second of listening to them!

Regarding chamber music. As long as it contains a piano it is no problem and even very welcomed. However, if it contains only other instruments, I must give this a thought as it does not really fit the concept or the name if the site today.

Also, when making future submissions, it would be great if you started new topics for each submission (all movements of a sonata should be kept in one topic while two different composers should be split off) as it otherwise gets a little problematic to keep track of things.

I wrote some information regarding Brahms Piano Sonatas in that page as below:
"Brahms sonatas constitues his most early published works (but for the very early which he deliberately destroyed later on) and are only three in numbers (Op.1 in C major, Op.2 in F-sharp minor and Op.5 in F minor). The last was composed when he was only 20 years old and sent to Schumann for commentary. Brahms wanted to explore his composition technique and believed that most things where already done in the piano sonata genre and therefore, he they are few in numbers. Nevertheless, they bare an obvious trademark of Brahms and are very well composed and musically wonderful."

Again, welcome to Piano Society!

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