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 Post subject: CPE Bach Prussian Sonata 1
PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:38 pm 
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Please find enclosed a new, slightly improved version of CPE Bach's Prussian Sonata 1, which could replace my previous recording on this website.

ps would an admin please change the date of the sonata on the web page to 1743 and not 1734? Thanks :)


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 Post subject: Re: CPE Bach Prussian Sonata 1
PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:37 pm 
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Hi Mark,

Long time no see. What have you been up to all those years ? Except for learning Nielsen's Mignon :mrgreen:

I'm not sure I want to put these up to be honest. I much prefer your original versions, even if they are on the slow side.
They were recorded on an acoustic, as far as I can hear, or at least they sound like they were, and the playing is polished
and affectionate. These new ones sound awfully tinny and digital, and I can't say that the playing, while livelier, is a
whole lot better. I heard several flaws and fumbles that were not apparent in the early versions. Not an improvement, IMO, sorry. I hope
others here will agree with me (here http://pianosociety.com/cms/index.php?section=1429 are the existing versions).

Cheers

Chris

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 Post subject: Re: CPE Bach Prussian Sonata 1
PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:36 am 
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I listened to the first and third movements. Though I haven't heard the original recordings, I'd have to basically agree with Chris's evaluation here. The sound and instrument setting on this particular digital recording verge on unpleasant, almost a machine-simulated hybrid of the piano and harpsichord. Besides that, there are quite a few uneven trills, rushings, and passages that don't sound adequately and precisely worked out to me. Nobody minds a few unevennesses, or at least I don't, but I'm finding it difficult to discern a clear rhythmic pulse. It seems that you can do it, but need to focus more on basic polish.

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 Post subject: Re: CPE Bach Prussian Sonata 1
PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:05 pm 
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Are we agreed that these are no improvement on the existing versions ?

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 Post subject: Re: CPE Bach Prussian Sonata 1
PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:02 pm 
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Agreed and comments noted. I'm going to do another recording in due course :)


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