During my holidays I spent three weeks in Holland and I have visited Chris on 14th of july. We have made a recording session. The product were 6 more Slavonic Dances: op. 46, no. 5 to 8 and op. 72, no. 1 and 8. We really have fallen in love with these pieces, because they all are so original and there are so much sweet and lovely melodies in them!
Of course, we have prepared our parts, but we only had one day to play piano together, so it was not so much time for six dances. For me the pieces were completely new and I seriously started to practise them just one week before I went to Chris, because before I had many other things to do for my job.
Nevertheless the end-effects are quite enjoyable from my view. After Chris has made the first audio-editing, I have done some few little cuts to delete a slip or wrong note, by the way. I have let in some few little flimsinesses to make sounding our recording a bit more "lifely" respective "humanly". (That´s what we are, human beings, isn´t it?
) As long as I take the correct passages I cut in from our own takes, I have not a bad consciousness concerning the cuts, because we show, that we are able to play these passages correctly. With the few cuts I´m just fighting a little bit against the lack of time we had to practise together.
It was last year, when Chris and me started to record Slavonic Dances by Dvorak together, we have recorded op. 46, no. 4 and op. 72, no. 2 and 4 then. So only the first three dances would miss to complete the first serie. (We also have recorded Mozarts sonata in f-major for piano four hands last year.)
Besides from recording Chris and me enjoyed three meetings of windsurfing this year. (I have to say, I´m not angry, that we did more windsurfing during these holidays than playing piano, though it´s a real pleasure to play with Chris together.
) You will get some impressions of our windsurfing while watching and listening to the video-recording of op. 72, no. 8 on my YouTube-page. I have put in there some hot scenes.
I have enjoyed this collaboration with Chris a lot (both, concerning music and sport). I think, we harmonize very well together at the piano.
We have video-taped three of the six pieces. I will give here the links to the three videos and below there are the mp3-files of all six Slavonic Dances. The audio-tracks of the videos are signed with "video" in the file-name, btw.
So, phew, after hours of video-editing I proudly present you Chris Breemer and Andreas Pfaul in: "Dvorak, Slavonic Dances"! Regie: CB&AP, Netherlands 2010, language: language of the whole world, camera: AP, audio-editing: CB&AP, video-editing: AP:)
Here are the links to the videos:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPZ6srLuXqk
(Dvorak, Slavonic Dance, op. 46, no. 5)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HeSxTGVtTo
(Dvorak, Slavonic Dance, op. 72, no. 1)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZn521eJVNA
(Dvorak, Slavonic Dance, op. 72, no. 8 )
Here are the links to the files on PS:Dvorak - Slavonic Dances Op.46 - 5: Allegro vivace (3:26)Dvorak - Slavonic Dances Op.46 - 6: Allegretto scherzando (5:02)Dvorak - Slavonic Dances Op.46 - 7: Allegro assai (3:07)Dvorak - Slavonic Dances Op.46 - 8: Presto (4:21)Dvorak - Slavonic Dances Op.72 - 1: Molto vivace (4:41)Dvorak - Slavonic Dances Op.72 - 8: Lento grazioso, quasi tempo di valse (5:42)