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 Post subject: Hannah
PostPosted: 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.

--Hannah

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


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 10:52 pm 
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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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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 2:33 am 
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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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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 3:37 am 
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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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I too agree with everyone else. With the exception of the tempo you play very nicely. Can't wait until I hear more.




techneut wrote:
the Home of the Mazurka :D


....isn't there more Bach? :D

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 8:54 am 
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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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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 9:45 am 
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I loved it just the way it was! Sensitive and beautifully wistful.


Last edited by rsmullyan on Sun Apr 22, 2007 3:56 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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PostPosted: 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?

--Hannah


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 Post subject: Re: Hannah
PostPosted: 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,
Sandro


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PostPosted: 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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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:46 am 
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Hey,
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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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 12:19 pm 
And here is the Op. 14, no. 2:

Beethoven - Op.14 no.2, Piano Sonata in G major, I. Allegro
Beethoven - Op.14 no.2, Piano Sonata in G major, II. Andante
Beethoven - Op.14 no.2, Piano Sonata in G major, III. Scherzo, Allegro assai


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 2:47 pm 
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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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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.
Love,
Raymond


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PostPosted: 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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