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 Post subject: Re: Schumann - Dichterliebe - Hör' ich das Liedchen
PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:22 pm 
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ps - you'll have to give me credit for at least this, I was sure it wasn't a four letter name mic ending in A!

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 Post subject: Re: Schumann - Dichterliebe - Hör' ich das Liedchen
PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:53 pm 
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DPA indeed. Fantastic mics but may be too accurate for my room.


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 Post subject: Re: Schumann - Dichterliebe - Hör' ich das Liedchen
PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 5:03 am 
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Hi Didier,

Congratulations on performing your piano transcription of Schumann's song. I believe that you really did well to integrate the voice and piano parts and to play it so effectively. Very nice indeed!

I'm probably better at paraphrases than transcriptions to be honest. But awhile back I was looking through Rachmaninoff's songs (as many had before me) with transcriptions in mind. There were some where I could see possibilities for transcriptions, but also others where the piano accompaniment was so thick in texture and demanding of the accompanist, that any thought of a piano transcription would be well... unthinkable. It helped me to understand why some virtuosos like Earl Wild had skipped over those particular songs. The original score has to lend itself well to the effort, and you were fortunate to be able to make this Schumann song work so well as a transcription and to come alive in your fine playing.

David

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 Post subject: Re: Schumann - Dichterliebe - Hör' ich das Liedchen
PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:46 pm 
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Hi David,

thank you for your listening and your kind comment. My limits are much tighter than your ones and the ones from Earl Wild! :lol: So I can envisage this kind of transcription only for lieder having very simple piano accompaniment, which fortunately do not make them less beautiful as shown by this one and Der Leiermann, which I recorded also for Pianosociety. In both these cases I heard a performance from a singer that moved me and I realized by listening to the piano that I might be able to play the piano part and the melody together.

Didier


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 Post subject: Re: Schumann - Dichterliebe - Hör' ich das Liedchen
PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 12:49 am 
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Nicely done, Didier. With such a sparse texture, the playing had to be expressive indeed to make this work, and you pulled it off.

I love playing piano arrangements that use the absolute minimum of notes, like this one. The overall effect is such a welcome contrast from the way the piano is usually used. And it's a great exercise in getting the most out of each and every note!

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 Post subject: Re: Schumann - Dichterliebe - Hör' ich das Liedchen
PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 8:16 pm 
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Thank you Bruce for your post. It makes me happy! :D


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