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Postby John Robson » Thu May 10, 2007 12:14 pm

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Postby pianolady » Thu May 10, 2007 12:52 pm

Wow, a lot of different kind of music here today.

I remember this spunky piece from your other thread. It sure didn't take you long to learn the whole thing.
Although I don't really knowing this one, your style/technique seemed right on. And the sound quality is pretty good.
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Postby MindenBlues » Thu May 10, 2007 2:22 pm

Yep, the recording quality is better than in your Schumann take - almost no clipping anymore.

And your playing style (pretty strong and engaged, that's for sure no wimpy keytouch) fits really good with that polka.
Can't say something useful regarding composition - it is too strange to me. But your playing sounds confident to me, so good work!

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Postby techneut » Thu May 10, 2007 5:41 pm

Well done John. Piano's a bit clangy in the treble but that can't always be avoided. Much better played than your earlier take. It could perhaps do with a little more deadpan abandon (if such a thing exists :lol: ) and a bit spikier accents, but still it's pretty strongly played. And amazing how fast you nail down new pieces with great quality !

I'll put this up unless Robert beats me to it :wink:
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Postby Nicole » Fri May 11, 2007 2:35 am

What a great choice of piece to learn and record! Thanks for sharing it, John.

Shostakovich is so nifty, hey. Can't put my finger on what exactly it is about his rhythms and harmonies that make the dissonances so loveable and spellbinding, as opposed to irritating like those of some other composers. Really neat stuff!

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Postby johnmar78 » Fri May 11, 2007 2:59 am

hey john mate, its sounds refreshing and unusuall, the top treble parts sounds like chop sticks chopping :lol: da da da da da...This tune makes me laugh. I am sure you would laugh too after reading my email :lol:

This tunes reminds me of cat chasing a rat in the cartoon series.....

Good work. More discord please.

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Postby techneut » Fri May 11, 2007 7:57 am

johnmar78 wrote:More discord please.

Yeup, I second that. It is great having all the classical and romantic stuff, but we must have more contemporary things too. Works like this that gently stretch the limits of tonality and harmony are a great way to get used to more modern idioms.

John R., this is up the site now. Please check for possible errors. If you have a text and/or image for the new page, that would be nice.
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Postby robert » Sun May 13, 2007 6:11 am

Shostakovich is among my absolute favorite composer and I am happy that you decided to record this good old mood polka. Your playing is absolutely fantastic this time and the sound quality is also very good. I like your harsh and detached treatment of the piano which fits Shosta very well. Almost Gould alike if I should make a comparison. Bravo!

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