The new uploads are good though I have to say I don't care much for your rendition of the Etude. It seems to be lacking poetry and refinement. Maybe it was your choice to put it down in a sturdy and unsentimental manner. If so I won't dispute it. I'll add these on the site later. Is Scarbo forthcoming as well ?
You know, I must have had this discussion many many times, especially with my current teacher. What you refer to as poetry, I kind of get the feeling it's mostly about timing and tempo. I don't think the poetry in this lies in the tempi at all - I don't think it's the proper style and frankly it's quite cheap. And it would make no sense because of the snakelike figure in the middle which should never be held back. I think the poetry lies mostly in the dynamics, which, I might add, I think I accomplish pretty well. It's prettier if you don't do so much with it, but just let it flow. Besides, the character of this piece is pretty cold, so I would like it to be cold.
But mostly with the style, I think that is a major misunderstanding about most of Chopin's music, and definitely Rachmaninov's music. Because the deepness of his music is on the inside, not in the flashy outside. That also makes this music alot more powerfull in performance than on recording. Had it been Liszt, it would be different, but Liszt would never write such a piece.
Although, sometimes my sound gets a bit hard - it's unwanted, but I will excuse myself by saying that the piece is quite hard to get nice. ...
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
I should be studying for my Accounting midterm, but just had to add a comment to this after listening to the Chopin Etude myself. I got sidetracked when I was there was a new version of Ravel's "Le Gibet" on the site to which I had to listen
I think that you're totally wrong in your assessment, techneut.
Although I don't know this particular song from Chopin, I found the piece deeply moving and passionate due to excellent fluency in subtlety of dynamics and phrasing, and profound alteration of touch. There are some awesome flows through that performance, Lars!
The fact that it's "unsentimental" is it's strength, not a weakness!!! I especially like when you state the phrase and then subtle back off to refrain, throughout a building legato crescendo. I'm also hearing some nice opening up of brighter tones toward the end of the piece, especially after the Major figures in the bridge and the chromatic modulation. The refrain and restatement passage is played perfectly pensive and restrained (Wagner would say "zoegend" or somesuch), which makes the resolution at the end actually quite refreshing. I'll have to look up the music for this Opus. Nice work!
Sorry I don't even have the manuscript so I can't give measure numbers, and if I start researching anything, I'll have to research for my due term paper instead as per my own policy.
One other comment however,
Lars you mention branching out into a "different repertoire" from the Ravel (re:Scarbo)...
That's why it's so important to try to get it recorded as soon as possible! After recording the Scriabin Mazurkas which I posted here at Piano Society, I began exploring a lot of Sibelius, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff (and even a wee bit 'o John Field
). Now, when I listen to my recordings of the Scriabin pieces I want to re-record all of them, but currently 1) don't have access to my equipment and 2) am busy 24-7 with homework from my studies. I sure wish that I had finished off the rest of the set of Mazurkas back then (I actually learned the entire Opus and have all the other songs on the cutting room floor with one mistake here on this version, one mistake there on that version - all unacceptable to post. LOL). Especially since now if I start to re-record that Opus I'll just want to replace the whole set, ... that is, once I start recording again...
My graduation is getting closer and closer with each passing semester, so I should be much more active then, here in the fora. I could also be looking forward to helping out the site as well, since my B.S. is in Information Assurance (basically computer security, data administration, IS Mgmt) Well, I can no longer justify sidetrack distractions away from my studies and have to get back to my term paper.
Hope all is well with everyone!
Love is the law, love under will.
P.S. PianoLady, I still haven't forgotten the critique of the Scriabin song you recorded, and will definitely write it up for you; ...although you might have already forgotten...