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 Post subject: Re: Liadoff, four Preludes, Opp. 33/1, 36/3, 39/2 and 46/4
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:25 am 
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I'm not such a fan of Berezovsky (can't precisely say why not) but I have to hand it to him, he plays these most beautifully. Shame about the leather jacket... He only needs a dangling cigarette to look like a Russian mafia capo or a dodgy business tycoon. There's always something about this guy's presentation that makes him look slightly unsavory.


There lives in exile in London one Berezovsky who is unsavoury: wanted by the authorities and what not. It must be a common surname, though, as the first Russian composer to write a symphony was also called Berezovsky and I remember enrolling a student at the school where I work who is one Berezovskaya.

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 Post subject: Re: Liadoff, four Preludes, Opp. 33/1, 36/3, 39/2 and 46/4
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techneut wrote:
I'm not such a fan of Berezovsky (can't precisely say why not) but I have to hand it to him, he plays these most beautifully. Shame about the leather jacket... He only needs a dangling cigarette to look like a Russian mafia capo or a dodgy business tycoon. There's always something about this guy's presentation that makes him look slightly unsavory.


There lives in exile in London one Berezovsky who is unsavoury: wanted by the authorities and what not.


Yes, and he's also Boris. He's an oligarch; whether being an enemy of Putin makes him unsavoury or not is another matter.


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 Post subject: Re: Liadoff, four Preludes, Opp. 33/1, 36/3, 39/2 and 46/4
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:02 pm 
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I may have said this before, but just in case I didn't: you have my greatest respect for being a student, a mom, as well as a splendid pianist ! As well as living in a foreign country and being in command of at least two European languages. So much talent in one person is quite rare.

Oh, thank you Chris so much for this, which encourages me a lot in this personally hard time, even though I think this was too OT :lol: :lol:
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Prelude Op.57 No.1
Prelude Op.10 No.1

Thank you, Chris!!! Good to have you here, as always! I'm very excited now having the scores (thank the IMSLP, too, which has so much of his works).
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I'm not such a fan of Berezovsky (can't precisely say why not) but I have to hand it to him, he plays these most beautifully. Shame about the leather jacket... He only needs a dangling cigarette to look like a Russian mafia capo or a dodgy business tycoon. There's always something about this guy's presentation that makes him look slightly unsavory.

Is he wearing a leather jacket there? I though it's a silk jacket... :lol:
I know and admit that he is not that great for the most cases, but personally I remember his best cases, which let me stay as his fan :D

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 Post subject: Re: Liadoff, four Preludes, Opp. 33/1, 36/3, 39/2 and 46/4
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I'm not such a fan of Berezovsky (can't precisely say why not) but I have to hand it to him, he plays these most beautifully. Shame about the leather jacket... He only needs a dangling cigarette to look like a Russian mafia capo or a dodgy business tycoon. There's always something about this guy's presentation that makes him look slightly unsavory.


There lives in exile in London one Berezovsky who is unsavoury: wanted by the authorities and what not.


Yes, and he's also Boris. He's an oligarch; whether being an enemy of Putin makes him unsavoury or not is another matter.

As I had googled him (the pianist) for the first time, I was surprised how he looks differently on some photos :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Liadoff, four Preludes, Opp. 33/1, 36/3, 39/2 and 46/4
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Hi Hye-Jin,
I'm so glad you enjoyed those Liadoff pieces I posted. At first I didn't know quite what to expect from this composer, had never heard the preludes before, but was quickly drawn into them. These pieces are true jewels. I usually make it a point not to listen to other pianists' recordings of pieces I prepare, as I don't want to be influenced. That is, I want to put my own stamp on a piece. I really enjoyed doing these recordings. I was about to move onto to another composer, but was persuaded to do more Liadoff, so I have four more of these preludes in the works now. But I'm not giving out any hints on which ones. :lol:

I'm dying of curiosity, David! :wink:
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Well, he was playing and I was keenly interested to see how he would handle the difficult cadenza at the coda. He didn't play it at all!!! He finished the preceding measure, skipped the whole cadenza, and played the final chords in the closing measure. It was like it had been excised. I must say, my jaw dropped open! I thought to myself I certainly couldn't match Volodos' execution of it, but at least I PLAYED the cadenza.

:lol: :lol: :lol: I already knew that he often overcomes his memory-black with improvisation and gives sometimes the impressions that he haven't finished the work he is playing on the concert yet... But in front of the score... :lol: :lol: BTW I'm curious about the piece and have to go to your page, David.
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Best of luck, Hye-Jin in your doctoral program. I'm sure you'll do very well in it. I'm hoping you can still post a recording for us now and then.

Thank you for your kind wish, David! I hope, too, that I can post new things on AR. I actually wanted to record a Brahms chamber music, but that Brahms-project was stopped by some reasons and from that shock I was mislead ( :lol: ) to a very difficult piece, so I don't know when it will be possible for me to record something. Maybe after finishing the dissertation??

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I liked Berezovsky's Liadoff pieces, although as for the two that he played that I had posted here, I actually prefer my own interpretations. But that is subjective, of course.

Yes, your renditions have your own colour. I have respect for that.
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He did an excellent job in particular with the Barcarolle I thought.

Didn't he? That was the performance which led me to learn and record that piece. But you know, he played many wrong notes which I couldn't notice at all. He changed some harmonies etc. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Liadoff, four Preludes, Opp. 33/1, 36/3, 39/2 and 46/4
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Hi Hye-Jin,

Hmmm... dying of curiosity. But still no hints. :lol: :lol:

You need not search too far for the Rachmaninoff revised "Melodie". It's still right here on the front page of Audition Room. It's a gorgeous piece, so I hope you'll enjoy it.

Yes, a doctoral project is all consuming as I know from experience. Plus that Brahms project. If you have no time to record but can spend a little time here to comment now and then, everyone would welcome that, I'm sure! That Brahms project sounds really tough. Sometimes he writes orchestrally rather than pianistically for the piano, resulting in some really awkward and difficult passage work. His music always has a very mature sound though.

Thanks again for your kind comments on my Liadoff pieces.

David

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Oh, thank you Chris so much for this, which encourages me a lot in this personally hard time, even though I think this was too OT :lol: :lol:

Not ! Anyway, you started it :D

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Thank you, Chris!!! Good to have you here, as always!

Hehe, not sure about that. But I do know a little bit about Liadov.

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Is he wearing a leather jacket there? I though it's a silk jacket... :lol:

Oh could well be. In that case, he reminds me of a Chinese shady guy :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Liadoff, four Preludes, Opp. 33/1, 36/3, 39/2 and 46/4
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Hi,

I think that the trend toward informality for artists in recital, such as the ubiquitous black pants and black shirt for men, runs counter to long-standing tradition. Being a performing artist is a noble endeavor, and for that reason the artist should not only strive for peak performance, but should look the part as well. Many will say I'm old school. Maybe so, but that's the way I see it.

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 Post subject: Re: Liadoff, four Preludes, Opp. 33/1, 36/3, 39/2 and 46/4
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You are right, David, though I do believe you can be smart without looking like an undertaker (mortician).

Do you remember Nigel Kennedy? :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Liadoff, four Preludes, Opp. 33/1, 36/3, 39/2 and 46/4
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Hi Richard,

I don't recall Nigel Kennedy, but I certainly remember Nigel Bruce as the bumbling Dr. Watson playing opposite Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. Probably makes the same point though. :lol: OK, OK, yes, the violinist who plays classical and other genres. He is rather versatile.

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 Post subject: Re: Liadoff, four Preludes, Opp. 33/1, 36/3, 39/2 and 46/4
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Very well played, David! Although a few Preludes seem less complete than the Preludes of his other Russian counterparts. Have you also played the Preludes of Kabalevsky or Scriabin as well?... I wish I had the time to finish them as a complete set. You played played this suite of Preludes with sensitivity and understanding...

Any maritime voyages this summer?... I am sailing to Nantucket next week from Hyannis with two other friends, barring any storm(s) this time. :P

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 Post subject: Re: Liadoff, four Preludes, Opp. 33/1, 36/3, 39/2 and 46/4
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Hi George,

Thanks for listening to these Liadoff pieces and the nice compliment. Actually he wrote 30 preludes, some in sets and others as standalones. So it's not an insubstantial output by any measure, as there are plenty to choose from there. I currently have four more of these in the works.

I've never touched Kabalevsky's stuff. I have played through some of Scriabin's preludes, but never invested time in preparing them for recordings. I did record his Poeme Op. 32 No. 2. It's funny because some people love his Chopinesque early period works, while others much prefer his mystical music from the late period. I actually like the middle period best! So in the future I'll probably be recording some of that music. I've got ducks lined up next to my piano, so I'm never at a loss of the next recording project!

Have a great time out on Nantucket. Last time I was there was around 1970. We departed from Woods Hole on the Nobska, a vernerable old steamer ferry built at Bath Iron Works in 1925. On the voyage we passed the Nantucket Light Ship, also built by BIW. I put my car on the ferry, so we got around to see all the sights between ferry runs. The town there is really neat.

My wife and I will be on a couple of ferry trips this season, the one out to Swans Island first. Then later on we'll go out to Monhegan Island. We might make it out to North Haven Island as well. It has a charming harbor.

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 Post subject: Re: Liadoff, four Preludes, Opp. 33/1, 36/3, 39/2 and 46/4
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"Bath built is best built!" Bath Ironworks is one of the best in the whole country. I love Cape Cod history! The Nobska was before my time, but I've heard about The Friends of Nobska who tried to raise funds to restore the ferry ship after 1975. I know that it lied in dry dock at the Charlestown Navy Yard for 10 years becuase they finally needed the slip for the USS Constitution and USS Cassin Young. Despite efforts, the Steamship Authority scrapped the Nobska about 5 years ago -- Ode to Nobska! :( However, the Steamship Authority installed the Nobska whistle on the Eagle, BUT they replaced the horn with air power, which doesn't sound anything like the steam powered version. I don't know what they did with the steam engine. I think the Nobska was the last surviving American steamship... You rode it in just the nick of time!

Oh, well, it's going to rain tomorrow morning for my sailing trip. Let's hope the waves aren't too high in Nantucket Sound!

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 Post subject: Re: Liadoff, four Preludes, Opp. 33/1, 36/3, 39/2 and 46/4
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Hi George,

The Nobska was an elegant ferry. They don't make them like that anymore! Too bad the preservation group couldn't save it. And yes, Bath Iron Works rules. It fiercely competes with the Ingalls Shipyard in Mississippi for navy business. Hopefully it can survive into the future. Another great ferry I took with my wife was the MV Bluenose, built in 1955 and operated by the Canadian National Railroad from Bar Harbor, ME to Yarmouth, NS. We put the car aboard and toured most of Nova Scotia in 1969. The crossing took about 6 or 7 hours as I recall, and it was great! The ferry had a crew of 91. The Bluenose was replaced in 2006 by The Cat, docked in Portland, a huge high-speed catamaran ferry. It lost its Canadian subsidy about three years ago and went bust. Now there's no ferry service. :( I say bring back the Bluenose!!

Bon Voyage on your sail to Nantucket. We'll try to keep the waves no more than 2 feet for you. Have a good time!

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 Post subject: Re: Liadoff, four Preludes, Opp. 33/1, 36/3, 39/2 and 46/4
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Dear David,
that´s a marvellous performance your great experience and expression can be felt thoroughly! I have listened to all four pieces with great pleasure and interest. I also could follow with score except of op. 33 I couldn´t find it. You play all very exactly and musically, so that is a performance of an excellent standard (as we are used by you).
Continue, please, to record such nice gems for us!

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