Well, here is my rendition of El Puerto. This piece gave me some trouble, but it's sort of weird because the more I play it, the worse it gets.
Actually, I think it's probably just fatigued - after playing it about a hundred times, I get tired and all those grace notes get jammed/stuck and the jumps and fingers get all mixed up. If you want a laugh, the recording is a video. The audio file here is the same audio as the video. And yes I know I made some slips and such, but this was the best take after many attempts.
Hola Senora Monica,
Good to see that you dare to get into the great Albeniz pieces, after a number of small appetizers !
Congratulations for this very nice and spanish rendition of El Puerto. Since I have long practiced this piece - I even won a student competition with it, which gave me the opportunity to play it in front of 5,000 people - I'll do a little nitpicking, as an old and grouchy teacher (while I'm not a teacher, at least...).
I am referring to the Salabert edition, starting on page 1 (there are no measures numbers).
- First of all, I think your tempo could be more constant, apart from some particular parts: on p.4 ('très langoureux') but one line after, it is indicated "au Mt", which means "au mouvement = back to the first tempo". Same on the top of the next page. Finally, at the bottom of p. 7, it is indicated "meno Tempo", but you're doing well at this passage and the ritenuto, which is continuing until the end;
- then comes the dynamics. Albeniz is terrible in writing from 5p to 5f. Here we are lucky since he ranges 'only' from pppp to fff. You are doing more from p to f... However, I know this is very difficult to control the notes, the tempo AND the dynamics in a so wide range, and moreover your recording system may compress the music, especially the microphone. Likewise, on page 7, end of the 4th line, it is indicated 'perdendosi'. We expect to go to silent...
- a small reading error, I think, but since the note is repeated, it may be worthwile emphasizing: on page 8, second line, right hand: it's a fifth, not a fourth (D flat instead of E flat). On page 6, third line, last note at the RH: Alicia de La Rocha plays a D, while an E is written in the edition, and I think she's right. This is not a reading error, but rather an error from the publisher !
Finally I know what is to repeat trying to record such a difficult music... Some years ago I tried to mount 'El Albaicin', and the recording I ended up making is terrible (it was worse and worse at each take). The difficulty with this music is that you cannot rest in the depth of the keyboard. You have to fly smoothly on it, but with firm fingers (because of the appogiaturas and other ornaments) and the danger is to get tense, especially with modern pianos whom mechanics is heavier than early XXth Pleyel on which I imagine Albeniz used to play.
Anyway, this version is nice to hear, and I'm looking forward to listening your rendition of the rest of the suite