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 Post subject: Stravinsky: Petruska for piano 4 hands, G. Concas
PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:21 pm 
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Dear PianoSociety:
...and: Stravinsky / Petruska for piano 4 hands, Graziella Concas & Dario Strazzeri.
Ciao, Roberto Carnevale

Stravinsky - Petrouchka (31:21)


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 Post subject: Re: Stravinsky: Petruska for piano 4 hands, G. Concas
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:49 pm 
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Thanks for that Roberto. This is an important addition to the site, recommended listening (I do love Petrouchka a lot).
Excellent performance too, nothing to be wished for except maybe for a more opulent and less close sound.

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 Post subject: Re: Stravinsky: Petruska for piano 4 hands, G. Concas
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 6:04 pm 
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I love this piece too. Great performance. I listened twice. The dynamics are quite good but I think the audio recording has been over-compressed for classical music.


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 Post subject: Re: Stravinsky: Petruska for piano 4 hands, G. Concas
PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:35 pm 
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This is one of my very favorite orchestra works. Overall I thought the technique was very strong, the 4 hands mostly in sync throughout and the overall impression was very musical.

That said, some constructive criticism (I hope):

I thought the performance lacked some of the majesty I would expect from the early march sections. They are well played and big but big is not majesty.

I also thought the dynamic contrast was limited but as others have said perhaps some degree of artificial compression is limiting that range.

I would like to see a bit more space between different sections; the tempos were appropriate but a little time to catch one's breath can be very effective in setting up later sections. In some areas I thought the tempos were a bit overly rigid (not to the point of robotic but...) but overall very effective.

Notwithstanding these minor points I thought the performance was very good. Nice job.

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