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 Post subject: Tchaikovsky - Six Pieces, Op. 19
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:38 pm 
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No, no complete set here, only one piece: no. 4, "Nocturne".

Feel free to comment! :)

Tchaikovsky - Six Pieces, Op. 19 - 4: Nocturne


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 11:33 pm 
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Ah yes Tchaikovsky perhaps the second best thing to come out of Russia. Well played. Emotional. I cannot comment on the technicalities because my ears are sheltered and I am unfamiliar with this piece.

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juufa72 wrote:
Ah yes Tchaikovsky perhaps the second best thing to come out of Russia.


Only if you start counting at zero. :-)

I don't know the piece either. Sounds competently played, but the music itself sounds a bit strange.


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Nice job. I too do not know this, but you did a good job bringing out the bits of LH melody voices.

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A good job even though I would prefer the runs to be a bit more smooth and calculated in Tchaikovskian style. He wrote music (IMO) in a calculating way where he wanted to address certain feelings and often, I feel it is a bit too sweet for my taste. I think you caught this atmosphere well and made a very good recording.

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I know this piece well though I have not played it for years. As I feel it, Tchaikovsky calls for a sonorous tone and firm rhythm. That all-Russian burnished tone is not really possible on a digital I think, or perhaps only on a real expensive one. I am not sure how 'deep in the keys' you can get on a digital. You sound a bit feeble in the beginning, but it got much better as you progressed.

The runs in the recapitulation are indeed a bit aleatory... yes it says 'un poco capriccioso' but that should only be a little, the runs must be firm and regular, with equal weight on each note. Apart from that, a competent performance.

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Thank you all for you replies.

I know this performance is not the very best I can achieve, and in fact, this was a little bit rushed as I won't get back to the digital for the next two or three weeks. So put it up if you consider it good enough.

The reprise of this piece bugged me all the time. On the one hand, I wanted to do the runs capriccioso and marcato (whatever this means, exactly), on the other one, I tried to make the reappearance of the first theme audible. This is the result.

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And I have to say that I don't always find Tchaikovsky convincing, either. Always very sweet and maybe "kitschy", but I want to give him a chance. :wink:


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Yes it is good enough, I'll put it up when I have time. I thought about recording the Theme and Variations from this opus but it will be a lot of work to get that halfway decent.

Indeed, not all piano works by Tchaikovsky are convincing. There are some that are rather too saccharine, and sometimes they can be uninspired. But some are great, like the Seasons, Dumka, Sonata, and the Op.72 set. Generally it is best to avoid being overly sentimental and maintain a steady pulse (which of course does not preclude rubato).

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techneut wrote:
Yes it is good enough, I'll put it up when I have time. I thought about recording the Theme and Variations from this opus but it will be a lot of work to get that halfway decent.

I've also taken this under consideration, but this is quite difficult and it would have been my very first variation work. So I dropped this and moved to the capriccioso (no. 5), which I like more than the nocturne most probably because of its distinct Russian feel.


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This one is up the site. Robert to so the sheet.

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Great. The dedication is A Mademoiselle Terminsky, if that matters.


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Chaotica wrote:
Great. The dedication is A Mademoiselle Terminsky, if that matters.

Yes, thanks. We like that sort of information, I have added it to the page. Should you feel inclined to provide some test about this set and perhaps an image, I would be grateful (we can always some help in this area).

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Sheets are up as well. Thanks juufa.

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