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 Post subject: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:45 am 
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Hi Everybody,
Here is a sweet little two-pager "Songs without Words" piece I recorded a couple nights ago. Not sure if anyone knows it....a friend of mine suggested it to me, and I'm very glad he did! I recognized the beginning, but not sure if I've heard the whole piece before. Anyway, it's a very nice piece...I hope I did it justice.

Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words, Op. 85, no. 4

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:48 pm 
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Beautifully played, Monica, and No, I don't know it.
Does this piece have a title? I thought they generally did.

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:06 pm 
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Hi Monica,

The first thing that strikes me about your performance is the rich tone and communicative, well shaped melodic line.
The balance is very fine between the hands.

Thank you for posting such a well thougth out interpretation,
- Kaila

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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Very charming! Nice sound and very good phrasing.

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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Very nice. Expressive and you sound very much at one with the music.


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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:17 am 
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Thank you, Stu, Kaila, Joachim, and Andrew! :) :) :) :)
I think this one came off all right because someone I love suggested I play it, and then I imagined him sitting next to me at the piano when I recorded it. I do love romance!

@Stu - you're right...I forgot the name. Sorry, my head is in the clouds these days. Op. 85, no. 4 is "Andante sostenuto in D major".

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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Hi Monica,

I've played this "song" myself. It's often titled "Elegy", but Mendelssohn named only three or four of his pieces in his Songs without Words. His publisher decided on titles for all the other pieces mostly for promoting sheet music sales. You played the melodic line very well with much expression, and spent the crescendos wisely along the way too. I believe that you very effectively put the piece across to the listener. A very fine recording.

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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Thank you very much, David! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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I would also like to thank David. The "Elegy" title is what I wanted to know some weeks back.
I'm not surprised that these titles came from the publisher - the same thing happened to Chopin and even Beethoven - but I'm so accustomed to seeing nice little titles on Mendelssohn's works that I wanted one to associate with this one, too. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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You are funny, Stu! But see? those publishers knew what they were doing....haha

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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Absolutely beautiful. Your balance between melody and accompaniment is fantastic, and not a mean feat when the R.H. has to play some of those accompaniment notes along with the melody. You made it sound as if only one hand had to deal with the accompaniment while only one had to deal with the melody. I have played this piece before (even used it as part of a prelude in church), and strangely had it out from the other day when I found it lying around while I was trying to organize my music.

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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Absolutely beautiful. Your balance between melody and accompaniment is fantastic, and not a mean feat when the R.H. has to play some of those accompaniment notes along with the melody. You made it sound as if only one hand had to deal with the accompaniment while only one had to deal with the melody. I have played this piece before (even used it as part of a prelude in church), and strangely had it out from the other day when I found it lying around while I was trying to organize my music. And, YES, you did it great justice.

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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I was trying to edit to add the "And YES..." bit and seemed to have posted twice. Oh well.

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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LOL...Scott..you're cracking me up. But thank you very much!! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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Glad to be your "Good Humour Man" for the day.

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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That is very beautiful indeed. Can't think of anything to improve.
It almost makes me want to play some of these again... but I've sold the book.

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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Chris, They are available on IMSLP.

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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techneut wrote:
That is very beautiful indeed. Can't think of anything to improve.
It almost makes me want to play some of these again... but I've sold the book.

Thank you! But you don't like Mendelssohn....

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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RSPIll wrote:
Chris, They are available on IMSLP.

Haha I know that. But that's different than having a book which you just take out on a whim or at random.

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Thank you! But you don't like Mendelssohn....

It's not that I don't like Mendelssohn. But a fair share of his work leaves me cold, and some of it actively irritates me. There are
many many exceptions though. The symphonies, Overtures, Midsummer Night's Dream, Variations Serieuses,
and several Songs without Words like this one which are really deep.

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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Chris,

I'm sort of with you on Mendelssohn. I run both hot and cold. I have tried many of his "Songs Without Words" and this is one of the few that spoke to me (if you'll pardon the expression). I do like "Fingal's Cave" and a few other things, but so much that he wrote I am waiting for it to begin when it is over.

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This is gorgeous. I love the sound of your piano and you give the music a lot of expressive depth.


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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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MarkieUK wrote:
This is gorgeous. I love the sound of your piano and you give the music a lot of expressive depth.

Thank you very much! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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Monica, this is a wonderulf rendition of this piece!
and you play it with such liberty, flexibility and spontaneity that I would guess you haven't had piano lessons for a while... (piano teachers may block are spontaneity)

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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Hi Luis,
I'm so glad to see you! Now, will you please, please, please take over my admin job here?
Anyway, thank you! :D That is the first time anyone has ever said they liked my playing because I'm not taking lessons! You just made my day!! :)

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pianolady wrote:
Hi Luis,
I'm so glad to see you! Now, will you please, please, please take over my admin job here?

sorry, I didn't get it =)


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That is the first time anyone has ever said they liked my playing because I'm not taking lessons! You just made my day!! :)

it's really not the first time. Some years ago I already told you this in some recording of yours (I think it was a Chopin Impromptu, not quite sure...)

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn op. 85, no. 4
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luissarro wrote:
pianolady wrote:
That is the first time anyone has ever said they liked my playing because I'm not taking lessons! You just made my day!! :)

it's really not the first time. Some years ago I already told you this in some recording of yours (I think it was a Chopin Impromptu, not quite sure...)


Ok, sorry...my memory is not that great. Thank you anyway, again.... :)

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