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 Post subject: Schumann - Op. 66 - Bilder aus dem Osten
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:43 pm 
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Robert Schumann composed his set of 4-hand piano pieces Bilder aus dem Osten (Pictures from the East) in 1848, and subtitled them "6 Impromptus". There is nothing oriental about these pieces, I suppose Schumann was referring to the east of Germany where he lived and worked.

My good piano friend David Dekker played these with me today on march 19, 2014. It was another good day of recording. I hope to see him back soon for recording the Dvorak Legends.

Schumann - Op. 66 - Bilder aus dem Osten - 1: Lebhaft (3:35)
Schumann - Op. 66 - Bilder aus dem Osten - 2: Nicht schnell und sehr gesangvoll zu spielen (2:33)
Schumann - Op. 66 - Bilder aus dem Osten - 3: Im Volkston (2:15)
Schumann - Op. 66 - Bilder aus dem Osten - 4: Lebhaft (2:19)
Schumann - Op. 66 - Bilder aus dem Osten - 5: Lebhaft (4:04)
Schumann - Op. 66 - Bilder aus dem Osten - 6: Reuig andachtig (3:46)

The YouTube video: http://youtu.be/3GWrrS0jXY0

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 Post subject: Re: Schumann - Op. 66 - Bilder aus dem Osten
PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:51 am 
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Hi Chris,

These pieces for four hands were all new to me. Your renditions seemed well coordinated, articulated, and artfully played even on this, my first hearing. Congratulations to you and Mr. Dekker on this fine collaboration. I enjoyed listening.

David

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Haven't heard these before, I think you and your duet partner do them justice. At 1848, this is one of his later works, I think I hear a difference, though this is at least 2 years from his last work that music historians say showed he was losing his head! What a coincidence, I just played Schumann today. I'll post it soon. Again, nice work.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:40 am 
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Thanks, David and Riley. Given the constraints of a one-day recording I think we did well enough. My piano is not easy for somebody not used to it, who actually practices on a digital instrument.

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Got to listen to all of them, since this is Saturday morning!
Good job! Your last comment answered my only question, which was to confirm that these are 4-hand on one keyboard.
In addition to the playing, the recording quality was also good; did you make adjustments, or is there really no difference in recording 2-hand and 4-hand? Just wondering.

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StuKautsch wrote:
Good job! Your last comment answered my only question, which was to confirm that these are 4-hand on one keyboard.
Thanks ! The YT video would also confirm this :)

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In addition to the playing, the recording quality was also good; did you make adjustments, or is there really no difference in recording 2-hand and 4-hand? Just wondering.
I used the usual setup. Can't think why I should change anything just because there's two more hands.

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