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 Post subject: Chopin Mazurkas - a follow-up with more
PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:51 pm 
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To everyone who had the chance to see my other mazurka posting - and many thanks for the replies - I have decided to post an earlier recording of some earlier mazurkas. Here are Op. 6, No's 1 & 2. I can't wait to hear your thoughts and feelings about the performance. Thanks and I hope you enjoy!

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 5:23 pm 
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Like Olaf said on the other post, everybody sure does interpret the mazurkas differently, and I did enjoy your style on both of these. I have a question about your 6/1 - Don't know whether it is written a certain way in your score, or if you are just doing it in a unique way, but it involves measure 4, 12, and those same places later on. I think I hear an extra grace note or some kind of 'flicking' note and I'm not even sure which hand does it. I've never heard that before, but I do like it.
Also, what kind of piano is this? It sounds digital to me, but I'm usually wrong. The recording is so clear.

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Hi there - if you're referring to the downbeats of mm. 4, 12, etc. it is actually a tied triplet from the measure before, but since I usually push the tempo a bit there it comes across slightly fast/clipped/grace-note sounding. It's probably something I should consider slowing down a bit so that there's less discrepancy about what's happening - thanks for pointing that out, pianolady!

It really is remarkable how many contrasting interpretations of these works exist. I guess they really do bring out the inner-most imagination of the pianist which is why it's a shame they aren't played more often! I am actually playing a Steinway grand here (7') with a large mic close by, but since there's no added reverb it sounds a lot clearer and digital than normal.

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Very nice and tasteful performances of these two Mazurkas. Perhaps a bit understated, IMO more could be done with the dynamics. They do not sound as well prepared as the Nocturne and the Rach prelude but still very good. I am not sure I like your mannered little jumps on the seconds beats of the Op.6 No.1. But then, Mazurkas are very personal and we all have our own idea about them.
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These two are up.

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