Thanks for listening, Chris and Monica.
I sense that ornaments don't come easily on your instrument. What make was it again ?
It's a Steinway Concert B (7 foot, next size down from the 9-foot D). The piano is nice and even now that the action has been redone (three years ago), but the new action is quite heavy. We talked to the technician about possibly lightening it, but he said that could hurt the repeating mechanism (funny, since that can be difficult anyway because of the heaviness
). I like therefore that the ornaments generally sound even (and I've worked fairly hard on trills in the past), but sometimes a note or two doesn't sound quite come out the way I like. It may be a problem too just with the modern piano in general, there being so many ornaments in these earlier Haydn sonatas (later on, he uses many fewer trills and the ones he does employ tend to be more pianistic).
I noted two strange rhythmic glitches in the first mvt at 1:22 and 3:00 but I don't have the score here so maybe it is what Haydn intended.
You're right. I rush the last beat of the left hand against the right hand cadential trills. I've noted that too as a bad habit of mine in the past with Mozart and Haydn. I'll keep that more in mind for future.
I like how every note is spot-on and you remain so steady. Do you record with a metronmoe?
Thanks, Monica. I never record with a metronome and don't generally practice with one, although I do find the metronome very useful for reining in certain passages. Sometimes when I initially record something, my tendency is to rush, and so in relistening and rethinking, I'll use the metronome to check the passage or movement in question. I find this particularly useful with Bach, etudes, and classic-period music, where IMO the overall rhythmic focus is on an exact pulse.
I agree about the camera angle. Sort of strange. Also, why do you make videos on a digital anyway? They would be much more impressive on an acoustic grand. You look a little sad in this setup.
I'm a newbie (started this year) at video recording, so I'm not sure how to record an acoustic and get good sound (my Sony digital camera has IMO great picture but poor sound). The basic good thing about recording the digial is that it's easy
I just record directly into the computer on Audacity and then I sync up the video and audio on my video editing program. Regarding the camera itself, it's on a tripod perched on my desk, which is next to my computer and of course has a lot of other crap on it
. Anyway, any advice either of you has about angle or getting good audio sound with an acoustic setup or anything video-related would of course be much appreciated.