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 Post subject: Debussy - Mazurka - Nocturne
PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 4:28 pm 
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Two more early Debussy pieces recorded today. The Mazurka we did not have yet.

Debussy - Mazurka (3:25)
Debussy - Nocturne (6:47)

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - Mazurka - Nocturne
PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 5:56 pm 
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I've never heard this nocturne before. It's nice - I really like some of the parts although I'm not sure how they all fit together. Probably I'd need to listen a couple times. Your dynamics came out well here and your piano sounds good on the upper-ranges. Maybe a couple of those runs could be a tad smoother, but that's all I can think of, so otherwise it's nicely-played!

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pianolady wrote:
I've never heard this nocturne before. It's nice - I really like some of the parts although I'm not sure how they all fit together. Probably I'd need to listen a couple times. Your dynamics came out well here and your piano sounds good on the upper-ranges. Maybe a couple of those runs could be a tad smoother, but that's all I can think of, so otherwise it's nicely-played!

Thanks for that. Nicely-played, is all what one could wish for :)
Yes shame about these arpeggios. They're real slick and dynamically right, and I was very pleased with them until listening back I noticed the inaudible notes. I guess I'll need to redo them, or maybe the entire recording. Even little imperfections are starting to nag now.

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techneut wrote:
Even little imperfections are starting to nag now.
Just pretend that you are back in time a few years, and then you'd be happy with this recording. :P

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - Mazurka - Nocturne
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Hi Chris,

I enjoyed listening to these two early Debussy works. The mazurka is not heard often, so it was good that you could play it here. It has much charm and the French take on a Polish dance form is interesting. The nocturne is a beautiful piece, and very well played. As for a missing note in a run, it wasn't really distracting. These pieces are in his late romantic mode as were pieces like the "Images oublies", the gorgeous "D'un cahier d'esquisses", and "L'Isle joyeuse". Had Debussy not transitioned into impressionism and had stayed with late romantic style, I think he might have been nearly as successful pursuing that other path. But I'm glad that history unfolded the way it did, as impressionism changed the landscape of the music world. He was a great composer.

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pianolady wrote:
Just pretend that you are back in time a few years, and then you'd be happy with this recording. :P

Yes, true. It seems though that the ability to be happy with a recording does not increase as one progresses.

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Rachfan wrote:
I enjoyed listening to these two early Debussy works. The mazurka is not heard often, so it was good that you could play it here. It has much charm and the French take on a Polish dance form is interesting. The nocturne is a beautiful piece, and very well played. As for a missing note in a run, it wasn't really distracting. These pieces are in his late romantic mode as were pieces like the "Images oublies", the gorgeous "D'un cahier d'esquisses", and "L'Isle joyeuse". Had Debussy not transitioned into impressionism and had stayed with late romantic style, I think he might have been nearly as successful pursuing that other path. But I'm glad that history unfolded the way it did, as impressionism changed the landscape of the music world. He was a great composer.

Thanks, David. There's something about his early pieces that I do not find in his later ones (though I love most of those, too). The influence of Grieg and Tchaikovsky is very clear.

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techneut wrote:
pianolady wrote:
Just pretend that you are back in time a few years, and then you'd be happy with this recording. :P

Yes, true. It seems though that the ability to be happy with a recording does not increase as one progresses.


Like a double-edged sword.

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