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PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:04 pm 
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Here is the next set of pieces in my ambitious Brahms project of this year. Differently from Brahms' other late opuses, this time I've decided to record all the 4 pieces, since they build up a wonderful progression, though offering a noticeable heterogeneity of compositional styles. If you want learn more about this set, the wikipedia page is very informative: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Pieces_for_Piano,_Op._119_(Brahms)

Comments are very welcome as always.

Brahms - Klavierstuecke Op.119, No.1: Intermezzo in B minor(3:40)
Brahms - Klavierstuecke Op.119, No.2: Intermezzo in E minor(5:53)
Brahms - Klavierstuecke Op.119, No.3: Intermezzo in C major(2:13)
Brahms - Klavierstuecke Op.119, No.4: Rhapsodie in E flat major(5:32)

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Perfect as always. It strikes me how the opening of the first sounds just like a harp.
These are up. Thanks for doing the ID3 tags right. Even so, my id3tags program didn't want to read them, I wonder why :-/

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Perfect as always. It strikes me how the opening of the first sounds just like a harp.
These are up. Thanks for doing the ID3 tags right. Even so, my id3tags program didn't want to read them, I wonder why :-/


Thank you, Chris.
I noticed that in the table you've just made on the main site the timings of the four pieces are scrambled (while in the opening message above they are correct).

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Hi Alfonso,

I very much enjoyed listening to your full set of Brahms' Op. 119. The only piece I've played in 119 is the Rhapsody. You play it very well indeed, and it's not an easy one to play! Oftentimes Brahms thought orchestrally rather than pianistically as was the case here. Nevertheless you overcome all the challenges and achieve its intended heroic sound. This was actually the last piece Brahms ever composed for solo piano. I also enjoyed the three intermezzi just as much. You have a fine sense for the music of Brahms, melding his ardent lyricism with the cooler elements of classicism. There is much to admire in your performances.

Congratulations on your complete set of Op. 119 and thanks for sharing it with us here. Excellent playing!

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alf wrote:
I noticed that in the table you've just made on the main site the timings of the four pieces are scrambled (while in the opening message above they are correct).

Ok, fixed that.

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Hi Alfonso,

I very much enjoyed listening to your full set of Brahms' Op. 119. The only piece I've played in 119 is the Rhapsody. You play it very well indeed, and it's not an easy one to play! Oftentimes Brahms thought orchestrally rather than pianistically as was the case here. Nevertheless you overcome all the challenges and achieve its intended heroic sound. This was actually the last piece Brahms ever composed for solo piano. I also enjoyed the three intermezzi just as much. You have a fine sense for the music of Brahms, melding his ardent lyricism with the cooler elements of classicism. There is much to admire in your performances.


Thank you very much for the praise, David. Yes, there are pitfalls in that Rhapsody and I had to work them out. All the four pieces require to face up to different musical/technical problems. In the Rhapsody for example the treacherous jumps in the last page, combined with the unconfortable left hand arpeggios, but even the A flat major section is no joke. About the last piece Brahms composed for solo piano, we don't know for sure. A few of the late pieces were composed or derived from music composed earlier than 1892-3. According to some scholars the Rhapsody could be one of them, as well as the middle section of the Capriccio 116/3. In fact it's very likely that Brahms gathered and revisited previously unused or just sketched material.

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Sorry for this delayed response to your recordings, Alfonso. I've listened to them the day before yesterday, but was distracted by the digital sound too much to concentrate myself to your interpretation of this set (Strange, since I play on a digital, too :shock: ). And yesterday South Korea came to the last 16 :!: Today I listened to them again, this time with the score. And I must say it was pure enjoyment! I didn't know the set before, but your interpretation is so clear that I could completely emerge in this wonderful music. Everything in your playing seems perfect - perfect timing, perfect voicing, perfect intergration between the sections...
I'm just curious if your score has arpeggios in bar 48-50 on the RH chords. Mine doesn't. Anyway even that was appealing to me.

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hyenal wrote:
Sorry for this delayed response to your recordings, Alfonso. I've listened to them the day before yesterday, but was distracted by the digital sound too much to concentrate myself to your interpretation of this set (Strange, since I play on a digital, too :shock: ).


Sometimes I too get really put off by how my recordings sound. But after checking them over, before the submission to AR, I very seldom happen to listen to them again.

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And yesterday South Korea came to the last 16 :!:


Congratulations. Soccer leaves me quite cold. Yesterday I went hiking and then I had dinner in a pizzeria. You know, in the afternoon Italy had played a decisive match, but nobody in there would talk about the match. :lol: Anyway, it seems that azzurro and bleu are not the coolest colors in 2010 World Cup...

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Today I listened to them again, this time with the score. And I must say it was pure enjoyment! I didn't know the set before, but your interpretation is so clear that I could completely emerge in this wonderful music. Everything in your playing seems perfect - perfect timing, perfect voicing, perfect intergration between the sections...
I'm just curious if your score has arpeggios in bar 48-50 on the RH chords. Mine doesn't. Anyway even that was appealing to me.


Thank you, HJ. As an afterthought, the second Intermezzo is the least successful of the four, in particular the outer sections, I'm not totally happy with the phrasing. I found it difficult to bring out well (but I dedicated comparatively less time to it than to the other ones).

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All four movements are wonderful recordings as we are used by you, Alfonso! I have to admit, I have only played the two rhapsodies by Brahms (and his 55 exercises were part of my daily studies in former times), but I never have played these beautiful Intermezzi until now, I even could find the score in my shelf, and imslp didn´t work today somehow.
So, there is nothing else for me but to lean back and to listen to your little masterworks and I have to say: It was a pure joy!
You play them with a congenial romantic feeling and a perfekt balance and with wonderful nuances and details, so that it would be possible to make a whole list again of all that enjoyable elaborations and detailed musical interpretations.
Bravo (also to the last one, which seems to be quite virtouso)! I´m sure, that I will listen to your recordings many a time.

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Quite a lot of quality work here, Alf. Perfect for my Saturday morning.
Amazing music by Brahms, excellently played. You have the sense of it in every corner, in every detail. The B minor intermezzo has to be my favourite, I guess. Bravo for this masterful performance.


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hyenal wrote:
Sorry for this delayed response to your recordings, Alfonso. I've listened to them the day before yesterday, but was distracted by the digital sound too much to concentrate myself to your interpretation of this set (Strange, since I play on a digital, too :shock: ).

Yes, both of you need real pianos. :cry:

I must admit that I haven't ever heard much by Brahms that I actually liked. The only thing I can even call to mind is a song that I accompanied for a female vocalist once, and I can't even recall the name of it.

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Thank you Pantelis, now I've switched to Op.118 (1 & 2, then 3 & 5)

Terez, I like when you chime in, if even only to complain about my digital piano. :lol: :P

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I'm just curious if your score has arpeggios in bar 48-50 on the RH chords. Mine doesn't. Anyway even that was appealing to me.


Forgot to answer to this. I made them up, that passage tastes so tenderly waltzish (in a very melancholic Brahmsian way, of course).

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Terez, I like when you chime in, if even only to complain about my digital piano. :lol: :P

I am starting to sound a bit like a broken record aren't I? I even complained about Brahms again. At least I didn't say anything about your perfect-as-usual playing this time. :wink: I figured Chris had handled that already.

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alf wrote:
Terez, I like when you chime in, if even only to complain about my digital piano. :lol: :P

I am starting to sound a bit like a broken record aren't I?


Yes, you are.


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I even complained about Brahms again.


Not a problem, but since it's Brahms you probably should be a bit more knowledgeable about his music before evaluating it.


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At least I didn't say anything about your perfect-as-usual playing this time. :wink: I figured Chris had handled that already.


Yes, you didn't and I'm grateful to you for that! There is no such thing as perfection as a perfect cliche.
If you want to comment on my submissions, please talk about the music, talk about the shortcomings and imbalances in the performance, as the more attentive and dedicated members often do. Talk even about the weather or the breaking news, if relevant, but please, leave that poor, so abused little word alone. :lol:

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Not a problem, but since it's Brahms you probably should be a bit more knowledgeable about his music before evaluating it.

Now, don't be a snob. I didn't analyze it; I just said that I haven't heard much Brahms that I like. :wink:

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If you want to comment on my submissions, please talk about the music, talk about the shortcomings and imbalances in the performance, as the more attentive and dedicated members often do.

:cry:

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At least I didn't say anything about your perfect-as-usual playing this time. :wink: I figured Chris had handled that already.


Yes, you didn't and I'm grateful to you for that! There is no such thing as perfection as a perfect cliche.
If you want to comment on my submissions, please talk about the music, talk about the shortcomings and imbalances in the performance, as the more attentive and dedicated members often do. Talk even about the weather or the breaking news, if relevant, but please, leave that poor, so abused little word alone. :lol:

Oh, I'm sorry for having used that word :? But I never did that to anyone on this forum, just to be nice and friendly. It seemed just so to me, even though I try to be attentive. Maybe because I'm not so familiar with your pieces in many cases - so, I expect I could criticize your playing of opus 118. Actually as the Terez' expression "perfect-as-usual" shows, your submissions gives one that impression most of the time. If you want to hear us talking about the shortcomings etc. in your playing, you should submit something easily criticizable with many flawes :wink:

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Terez wrote:
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If you want to comment on my submissions, please talk about the music, talk about the shortcomings and imbalances in the performance, as the more attentive and dedicated members often do.

:cry:


Good, now you've a topic to talk about. Go on.

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hyenal wrote:
I'm just curious if your score has arpeggios in bar 48-50 on the RH chords. Mine doesn't. Anyway even that was appealing to me.


Forgot to answer to this. I made them up, that passage tastes so tenderly waltzish (in a very melancholic Brahmsian way, of course).

A good choice. They sound very effectively on your playing. On the other way I'm always insecure, when I'm allowed to add something to the "Urtext", when not (apart from Bach-playing). What kind of criterion do you have?

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At least I didn't say anything about your perfect-as-usual playing this time. :wink: I figured Chris had handled that already.


Yes, you didn't and I'm grateful to you for that! There is no such thing as perfection as a perfect cliche.
If you want to comment on my submissions, please talk about the music, talk about the shortcomings and imbalances in the performance, as the more attentive and dedicated members often do. Talk even about the weather or the breaking news, if relevant, but please, leave that poor, so abused little word alone. :lol:


Oh, I'm sorry for having used that word :?


Don't worry HJ, of course it's not a matter of choosing one word over another, it's what you put around a word that counts.

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If you want to hear us talking about the shortcomings etc. in your playing, you should submit something easily criticizable with many flawes :wink:


This raises an interesting argument about the reasons we submit recordings to PS. Some people use PS as a showcase, others take advantage from Audition Room to receive insightful comments on their playing. Some simply hang around and hope to exchange views on their interpretations and the music they play. Personally I see no point in reading for the umpteenth time that I play on a digital piano... I know already. :lol:

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I'm just curious if your score has arpeggios in bar 48-50 on the RH chords. Mine doesn't. Anyway even that was appealing to me.


Forgot to answer to this. I made them up, that passage tastes so tenderly waltzish (in a very melancholic Brahmsian way, of course).

A good choice. They sound very effectively on your playing. On the other way I'm always insecure, when I'm allowed to add something to the "Urtext", when not (apart from Bach-playing). What kind of criterion do you have?


We add something to the "Urtext" all the time! We have to. Secondly, Urtext (or, more rightly, a good critical edition) should be like a compass, or a map, that is, a reliable reference system. Then you choose where to go...

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alf wrote:
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Alfie wrote:
If you want to comment on my submissions, please talk about the music, talk about the shortcomings and imbalances in the performance, as the more attentive and dedicated members often do.

:cry:


Good, now you've a topic to talk about. Go on.

I seem to remember finding a shortcoming or two with your Chopin 15/1 nocturne. Perhaps soon you can find shortcomings in my 55/1 nocturne. :wink: I am enjoying relearning it. And my Bach too of course. I can already predict some of your criticisms.

Of course, I tend to comment more on pieces I am familiar with, but I do like chiming in on your threads. I probably wouldn't have commented on this one if Hye-Jin hadn't given me the opportunity to complain about her digital piano, which I'm not sure I've done before. :lol:

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Good, now you've a topic to talk about. Go on.

I seem to remember finding a shortcoming or two with your Chopin 15/1 nocturne.


And I'm glad you did. Offer valuable criticism and you'll fall again into the "most attentive and dedicated members" category.

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Perhaps soon you can find shortcomings in my 55/1 nocturne. :wink:


Dunno, I'm not so familiar with it... :P

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Of course, I tend to comment more on pieces I am familiar with, but I do like chiming in on your threads. I probably wouldn't have commented on this one if Hye-Jin hadn't given me the opportunity to complain about her digital piano, which I'm not sure I've done before. :lol:


Would you believe me if I said that there's much less to complain about a well played digital piano, as in HJ's case, than about many dull performances on a fine grand?

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Offer valuable criticism and you'll fall again into the "most attentive and dedicated members" category.

I don't believe I have ever been in that category, or ever will be.

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Dunno, I'm not so familiar with it... :P

It's okay; you can post just to say you don't like it much and I won't be offended. :wink:

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Would you believe me if I said that there's much less to complain about a well played digital piano, as in HJ's case, than about many dull performances on a fine grand?

You already know my opinion here.

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Dunno, I'm not so familiar with it... :P

It's okay; you can post just to say you don't like it much and I won't be offended. :wink:


I'm not familiar with many of the pieces I usually comment on (take Catoire, for instance). I'm caught by an interpretation of a piece, not by the piece per se.
And if you play an instrument, you as a listener don't need to know intimately what has been played to express an opinion on the performance, I believe.

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Offer valuable criticism and you'll fall again into the "most attentive and dedicated members" category.

I don't believe I have ever been in that category, or ever will be.


Terez...
do you rename Alfonso's quote references to "Alfie"?

that's funny! :lol:

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Alfie (after Terez) wrote:
Would you believe me if I said that there's much less to complain about a well played digital piano, as in HJ's case, than about many dull performances on a fine grand?

Haha, I find it cool that my complaint resulted in a compliment for my "well played digital piano" 8) 8)

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I'm sorry Alfie; I wont comment on your recordings any more unless I know the piece (because regardless of your expectations, I can't think of anything to say about a performance unless I know the piece, unless there is something that stands out to me, which of course there almost never is in your recordings).

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I'm sorry Alfie; I wont comment on your recordings any more unless I know the piece (because regardless of your expectations, I can't think of anything to say about a performance unless I know the piece, unless there is something that stands out to me, which of course there almost never is in your recordings).


Then I'll better learn a lot of Chopin next! :mrgreen:

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Hello Alfonzo, I finally had a chance to listen to all the pieces. What a wonderful project you set out to accomplish for the year. These performances are all highly musically polished and very well played. This nice suite is a testament to your balancing intelligence and emotional impact within your music. Bravo!

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 Post subject: Re: Brahms - 4 Klavierstücke Op.119
PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:04 pm 
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alf wrote:
Terez wrote:
I'm sorry Alfie; I wont comment on your recordings any more unless I know the piece (because regardless of your expectations, I can't think of anything to say about a performance unless I know the piece, unless there is something that stands out to me, which of course there almost never is in your recordings).


Then I'll better learn a lot of Chopin next! :mrgreen:

And Bach! Yes, I know I'm not so familiar with Bach's keyboard works as I am with Chopin's music, but I am working on it, and he's the one composer that really inspires me to become familiar with all of his music, so....one day soon, I will know it all. :D I have been listening less lately, and practicing more, but I go through occasional periods where I listen a lot. Also, from earlier:

Alfie wrote:
This raises an interesting argument about the reasons we submit recordings to PS. Some people use PS as a showcase, others take advantage from Audition Room to receive insightful comments on their playing. Some simply hang around and hope to exchange views on their interpretations and the music they play.

I think I will be a mixture of all these things. But two motivations stick out to me:

1. I work best when I have goals to work toward. This is why I didn't progress much at all in the ten years between college stints. But juries are only once a semester, and recitals once a year, and once I'm done with my performance degree, I will probably be going to grad school for theory, and won't have many performance requirements.

2. I love the idea of making music available to people for free, and I want to do my best to interpret my favorite composers in such a way that will help others to love their music as much as I do.

I find the criticism less useful for me because I know most of my problems already. That is not to say that I know all of them, or that I find criticism to be completely useless; I do have a tendency to respond better to technical advice than advice on interpretation (which generally puts my back up), but I can handle even the latter so long as it is delivered in a technical context (like Chris's criticism often is, for example).

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