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 Post subject: Chopin Mazurka Op. 59, No. 2
PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 2:10 pm 
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This one has been sitting on the back burner for a long time. Finally got around to working on it, again. However, it is harder than it looks, for me anyway, and took a lot of a recording takes to get something half-decent.
(if you listen to this tomorrow, and are nice enough to offer comments, please be kind - it's my birthday :) )

Chopin Mazurka Op. 59, No. 2

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Very nice ! I thought it a bit dry at the beginning (you could use a little more pedal perhaps) but the tuttis are really good and sonorous. And you do a far better job of that 4-voice descending chromatic passage than I did. This is indeed a Mazurka more difficult than it sounds (aren't they all really...) and as usual you hardly put a foot wrong. Makes me feel like I need to re-record mine :x

I think you could apply a bit more freedom of expression though.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 5:58 pm 
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Thank you.
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but the tuttis are really good and sonorous

Good thing you didn't make a typo and hit one key to the right of 'u'. :lol: (My eyes played a trick on me when I first read this)

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.....children! watch yourselves! there are adults viewing this forum as well! :lol: :wink:

I agree Mazurkas sound easier than they really are. That's the same thing I think about Bach and his WTC: "well that sounds easy...I can play that!....." but then when I look at the sheet music I have a change of mind.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 9:30 pm 
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Sorry, Juufa. It's just my warped sense of humor. I guess I really should behave myself and start thinking before I speak.

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I must admit I like gorgeous tuttis a lot. Especially in stereo :lol:

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First, happy birthday to you, Monica!

Sounds very good to me! You really take care to play precise and note correctly, and that's already a big achievement.
Expressionwise I could imagine a more dynamic or liberate playing both tone color wise and rhythm wise. The beginning is marked "dolce" in my score! And it would sound better to me with pedal usage. Beside this (what could be interpreted as personal taste), very good!

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This is a very good recording and perfect note wise and I even though I am used to here recordings with more dynamics and rubato, I did not miss much of it here. Oh, and happy birthday even though I am a day late.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:07 pm 
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Thanks Olaf and Robert (you are not a day late)
I think I played more dolce earlier in the session. As I did take after take, my wrists started hurting more and more and I concentrated on just getting correct notes. I will try harder next time, especially since I tell everybody else to play with more expression.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:08 am 
Happy belated b-day! This is great stuff. Hooray for Mazurkas!! I especially loved when the melody came in the tenor voice, you made it come out so clear.


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Thank you, Jeff Man, for the b-day greeting. It's nice when friends (and especially new friends) take an extra second or two to do that.
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I especially loved when the melody came in the tenor voice

That's my favorite part of the piece.

Do you have any mazurkas on the horizon? It's nice to hear others style with these.

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This one is up the site !
We should by now be called Mazurka Society :wink:

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Thank you.

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We should by now be called Mazurka Society

That would be fun. You would still definitely be King since you have played so many of them.

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pianolady wrote:
That would be fun. You would still definitely be King since you have played so many of them.

Oh Mazurka Queen.... what a sweet thing to say. Will you marry me ? :lol:

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 6:36 pm 
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As long as you don't stop playing mazurkas and force me to listen to 'you-know-who' all day long.

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