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 Post subject: Re: Poulenc - Improv. 15 and Novelette No. 3
PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:03 pm 
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Sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing :D


Thank you very much, Leena. And welcome to Piano Society! :)

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Hi Monica,
these both are very good performances! Very subtle and expressive playing of these lovely two pieces. I have enjoyed them very much and didn´t find anything to nitpick. :( :wink: (The pedaling is a matter of taste IMO. For me it´s o.k.)

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Hi Andreas,
Thank you for listening and commenting! :)

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I have seen right know, that you have posted that already in septembre, so I must have overseen it. :oops: So, I am glad still to have noticed these real good recordings! :D

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These are very lovely performances and such elegant pieces. When I was giving piano lessons, I think my more advanced students would of loved these pieces, to bad I discover them a bit late. Thanks for sharing!


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Thank you, Guy. Yes, this music would be nice for more advanced students who need to get away from the 'everyday' classics and step into something a little lighter and contemporary.

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The improvisation is a lovely piece of music and your playing is wonderful. I liked the novelette too but the improvisation is gorgeous.

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Very lovely pieces and nicely played. Its interesting how light the feeling of the Improvisation is throughout, yet it has such a dark cloudy ending. Ah, such is life sometimes.

Your playing is quite true to the score too.


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robert wrote:
The improvisation is a lovely piece of music and your playing is wonderful. I liked the novelette too but the improvisation is gorgeous.

Thank you, Robert. The Improvisation is indeed nice, but I still like the Novelette better. There's just something about it that just grabs me!

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Very lovely pieces and nicely played. Its interesting how light the feeling of the Improvisation is throughout, yet it has such a dark cloudy ending. Ah, such is life sometimes.

Your playing is quite true to the score too.


I was a little afraid to read this, Greg, but good - I'm glad we are not arguing! :) Thank you for the nice words. And yes, life can be dark and cloudy. Good thing there is plenty of dark and cloudy music to play. It's more interesting....

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I'm glad to have discovered these little gems. Thank you for sharing.

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I'm glad to have discovered these little gems. Thank you for sharing.

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There are 15 Improvisations. I've only learned/recorded five of them so far, but they are nice too. One of these days I'd like to learn some more.

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Wonderful recording! Great expression and use of subtle nuances.


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Wonderful recording! Great expression and use of subtle nuances.


Thank you, Samuel!
It's been a while since we've heard from you. What are you up to these days? Hope you're still practicing your piano.... :)

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Hi Monica, these pieces are wonderful in scope and breadth. I didn't know that Poulenc wrote an improvisation dedicated to Edith Piaf. She was a sensational spark in the chanson Française. You strive to capture her essence well here. However, one can always go to extremes as that fits her personality. Towards the end, I wished Poulenc doubled the melody more emphatically in octaves. Piaf was no dainty Parisian - her musical life was enigmatic with an emotional ferocity that made her stand out above the rest; her contours are roughened with a serrated edge - when rubbed the wrong way, watch out!; and a no apologies attitude for her origins. Again this is all a part of her unique charm. This was all expressed in her song Non, je ne regrette rien (No, I don't regret a thing). She was also very generous to upstart singers too, like my fellow Armenian, Charles Aznavour. Have you seen the film, La Vie En Rose? I think you would like it. It's an amazing biographical movie that captures Piaf's being. I love the movie, along with your playing here...

The Novelette was charming too, but felt more inspired by the Improvisation, as you can tell.

Your recorded sound gets better every time... You've found a nice sweet spot for your mics or you've changed them. I can hear that the piano has developed its own character with time - it's tone and timbre sound different than recordings made a few years ago.
OK, off to watch the Super Bowl - GO PATRIOTS!

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Have you seen the film, La Vie En Rose? I think you would like it. It's an amazing biographical movie that captures Piaf's being.
A fantastic film with an award-winning performance by Marion Cotillard who starred as Piaf. Highly recommended.

Edited for spelling: thank you Chris!

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Thank you, George. I do like the Improvisation No. 15, but to me the Novelette is deeper and just so delicious and romantic and seductive and I wish I could rub it onto my whole body and
wear it! 8) :lol:

I'm very glad you think my sound is okay. No, I have not changed anything - I decided to stop fooling around with the settings and placement all the time and just stick to what I had developed. Maybe my piano tone is changing too; I never thought of that before, but I guess that would happen over time.

No, I did not know about that movie. But since you and Eddy both say it's good, I will definitely put it on my 'to watch' list. Thank you for the recommendation! :)

Edit: btw - I'm watching the game too, but really only the commercials and the half-time show. Madonna was pretty good!

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Hi Monica,

Thanks for sharing and posting the Poulenc Improvisation No. 15.

I do not know the piece, but it sounded as though you played the melody line with a lot of conviction
and in a nice continuous line and flow.

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musical-md wrote:
A fantastic film with an award-winning performance by Marion Cotillard who stared as Piaf.

Nobody could stare like Piaf :lol:

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Hi Monica,

Thanks for sharing and posting the Poulenc Improvisation No. 15.

I do not know the piece, but it sounded as though you played the melody line with a lot of conviction
and in a nice continuous line and flow.

-Kaila


Thank you, Kaila. And Happy New Year to you! :)

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techneut wrote:
musical-md wrote:
A fantastic film with an award-winning performance by Marion Cotillard who stared as Piaf.

Nobody could stare like Piaf :lol:

:evil:
Why don't we have the emoticon with the tongue sticking out?

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musical-md wrote:
techneut wrote:
musical-md wrote:
A fantastic film with an award-winning performance by Marion Cotillard who stared as Piaf.

Nobody could stare like Piaf :lol:

:evil:
Why don't we have the emoticon with the tongue sticking out?



You mean like this?

:P

Or this?
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Or this?
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Or this?
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:lol:

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pianolady wrote:
musical-md wrote:
techneut wrote:
musical-md wrote:
A fantastic film with an award-winning performance by Marion Cotillard who stared as Piaf.

Nobody could stare like Piaf :lol:

:evil:
Why don't we have the emoticon with the tongue sticking out?



You mean like this?

:P

Or this?
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Or this?
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Or this?
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:lol:

I cannot see your mysmiley imports and can only imagine. But I'm looking for the one that kids do to eachother when they don't like somebody.

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I don't understand, Eddy. Why can you not see the smilies? I can see them. Is it like that on all posts here in the forum, or just this one?

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Just this one, and just the linked ones, not the ones we have and use all the time.

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But I'm looking for the one that kids do to eachother when they don't like somebody.

Now, why would you want to use that one Eddy ? Is there somebody here you don't like ? :P

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musical-md wrote:
But I'm looking for the one that kids do to eachother when they don't like somebody.

Now, why would you want to use that one Eddy ? Is there somebody here you don't like ? :P
Not at all, I just feel childish! Na, na, ni, na, na.

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Thank you, George. I do like the Improvisation No. 15, but to me the Novelette is deeper and just so delicious and romantic and seductive and I wish I could rub it onto my whole body and
wear it! 8) :lol:
Should I have the Novelette score monogrammed on a silk bathrobe for you by Valentines Day? :idea: :wink: Monica, I had to listen again, and there's no doubt that you have two sensational winners here!
Perhaps this can be stated of any music that inspires one at the deepest level: If you feel that the music just vividly transported you to another place, then you have not only captured the soul of the music, but have indeed shown the listener a clear picture of how this place looks through the power of one's performance. On most days, we are faced peering down a blank keyboard for answers, but on those rare and special moments when the portal is open for a short time, seize the unique opportunity to be transported to that special place... You must have pressed the "Record" button during one of these moments here... This is also my view toward improvisation.

And the sound is not "okay." It's excellent for living room acoustics! Don't change a thing as you've found the sweet spot.

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to me the Novelette is deeper and just so delicious and romantic and seductive and I wish I could rub it onto my whole body and wear it!
:shock: :shock: :shock:

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Should I have the Novelette score monogrammed on a silk bathrobe for you by Valentines Day? :idea: :wink:

Yes, please... 8)


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Monica, I had to listen again, and there's no doubt that you have two sensational winners here!
Perhaps this can be stated of any music that inspires one at the deepest level: If you feel that the music just vividly transported you to another place, then you have not only captured the soul of the music, but have indeed shown the listener a clear picture of how this place looks through the power of one's performance. On most days, we are faced peering down a blank keyboard for answers, but on those rare and special moments when the portal is open for a short time, seize the unique opportunity to be transported to that special place... You must have pressed the "Record" button during one of these moments here... This is also my view toward improvisation.

And the sound is not "okay." It's excellent for living room acoustics! Don't change a thing as you've found the sweet spot.

George

Thank you, George. It's great when we can lose ourselves in music, isn't it? I'm practicing Granados' Goyescas No. 2 again, which I still love dearly, except I love it so much that I get 'lost' in the music all the time. I get to the end but can hardly remember what I played. That's probably not a good thing; I need to stay more focused and work on my technique.

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pianolady wrote:
to me the Novelette is deeper and just so delicious and romantic and seductive and I wish I could rub it onto my whole body and wear it!
:shock: :shock: :shock:

What's wrong, Eddy? :lol:

Actually, it seems I'm not the only one who has these kinds of thoughts. In part of a book I'm reading now....

One of the best sources of income for professional musicians was teaching, especially of aristocracy’s daughters. These were fertile grounds—in more ways than one. Private music lessons were not only lucrative; they also offered certain opportunities against which the only defense was parental vigilance. In a satriric report that reveals the pervasiveness of concerns about this danger, a 1754 article in the Connoisseur announced the invention of a “female thermometer” for measuring “the exact temperature of a lady’s passions.” The device, created by Mr. Ayscough of Ludgate Hill, consisted of a glass tube filled with a mixture of distilled extracts of lady’s love, maidenhair, and “wax of virgin bees.” It could supposedly detect the full range of feminine response, from “inviolable modesty” to “abandoned impudence,” and was remarkable accurate, claimed the author, when used at the theater and the opera.

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pianolady wrote:
Thank you, George. I do like the Improvisation No. 15, but to me the Novelette is deeper and just so delicious and romantic and seductive and I wish I could rub it onto my whole body and
wear it! 8) :lol:

I'm very glad you think my sound is okay. No, I have not changed anything - I decided to stop fooling around with the settings and placement all the time and just stick to what I had developed. Maybe my piano tone is changing too; I never thought of that before, but I guess that would happen over time.

No, I did not know about that movie. But since you and Eddy both say it's good, I will definitely put it on my 'to watch' list. Thank you for the recommendation! :)

Edit: btw - I'm watching the game too, but really only the commercials and the half-time show. Madonna was pretty good!



yes i too find the novelette beautiful and seductive a lot of french music is i also love melancolie by poulenc


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I downloaded these a few weeks ago and loved them. Usually when I save an MP3 to my computer I post a reply to thank the pianist, but hesitated this time because I noticed that the pieces had been uploaded several months ago and I don't know if everyone else minds that this thread never dies.
Also, since I'm totally new to Poulenc's solo pieces, I have nothing intelligent to say except "thank you" to Monica and also to express my surprise at how different this material is from Ravel - only a generation's difference - and even Satie. Hopefully, I'll have time to explore it a little more.

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Thank you, Stu. I'm glad to have passed along some music that someone else likes. You should take a look at this set of improvisations; there is a lot of variety among them.

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The quality of recordings on this forum is astounding. I'll be hanging out here more often. Poulenc always make me so sad, which is really the greatest emotion that music can evoke, in my opinion.


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The quality of recordings on this forum is astounding.


I'm so glad to read that! Thank you!! We admins work diligently in selecting new recordings and accepting new members who we feel will enhance our vast collection and also provide some intellectual as well as some social interaction on the forum.

And I agree about Poulenc... :)

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Hi, Monica!

I only listened to the Improvisation. I didn't know it... but it is really great playing! You have a deep understanding of it, and you seem very comfortable at playing it. Great!

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Hi, Monica!

I only listened to the Improvisation. I didn't know it... but it is really great playing! You have a deep understanding of it, and you seem very comfortable at playing it. Great!

Thank you, Luis! :)

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Nice playing Monica,

I found the improvisation very convincing. A real pleasure. It has been some time after i heard your last recording and I could hear a firm progression compared to earlier recordings. More subtle and more polyfonic. Congratulations!

The novelettes needs is to static though. I believe there must be more flow in this piece for it to realy come alive and catch the imagination with is lyric qualities. But i think you will achieve that in due time.

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Thank you, Peter. Yes, I still love him and have already decided to re-do the Novelette. I'm still playing it now and really I don't think it will change that much, but I want to eliminate some breaks in the music from when I was video-recording. I need to go straight through without cuts. Thanks for listening. :)

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