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 Post subject: Albeniz: Tango from España (Op. 165 No. 2)
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:13 am 
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Good Morning (or middle of the night as it may be)!

I finally recorded the Tango again, correcting the reading error I made two weeks ago. Not sure, but I believe I placed the H2 in a slightly different spot (off by inches) from where it was for the Prelude. I think the sound quality matches fairly closely, though.

This is about the 9th take from tonight. I had to wait until the children were asleep before recording. Amazingly, they never wake up and complain! LOL! I guess having constant music in the house since they were infants has them pretty well-acclimated to it all. ;)

Comments and constructive criticism are of course welcome. Thank you so much for listening! :) I'll be recording the Malagueña from this same suite next. Fun! :D

~Adrienne

Albeniz - España Op. 165, no. 2 "Tango"

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 Post subject: Re: Albeniz: Tango from España (Op. 165 No. 2)
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A really nice rendition of this famous and charming Tango ! I can't really think of anything to nitpick on. Unlike Iberia, this is not music that calls for grand gestures and fiery drama, and I like your unfussy, almost understated approach. Keep up the good work and we may have another complete recording of this fun set.

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 Post subject: Re: Albeniz: Tango from España (Op. 165 No. 2)
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My daughter would come up and sing along or play a counter-melody but never complain! I liked your recording, which is the fist I have heard on the piano (I know it from a guitar transcription and from my own playing of it - I have just been practising it.), though I find it a bit dry, understated, as Chris says. Maybe it needs more emotion would add to it.

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 Post subject: Re: Albeniz: Tango from España (Op. 165 No. 2)
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That sounded very nice, Adrienne. As far as being a bit dry; I think all it needs is a little reverb.

btw - my kids sleep through my practicing/playing piano too....

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 Post subject: Re: Albeniz: Tango from España (Op. 165 No. 2)
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richard66 wrote:
though I find it a bit dry, understated, as Chris says. Maybe it needs more emotion would add to it.


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As far as being a bit dry; I think all it needs is a little reverb.


Yes I think a touch of reverb would do it. We should not fall into the trap of infusing even the slightest of Spanish pieces with tons of hot passion. I don't think these were intended that way. They are elegant salon pieces, no Goyescas. I think this modest approach works fine here, in fact it seems very similar to how I play it (not as if that is anything to go by :lol: ).

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 Post subject: Re: Albeniz: Tango from España (Op. 165 No. 2)
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Okay, Richard.... :lol: haha again...

Anyway, it's got nothing to do with how Adrienne 'played' the piece. I agree it is really quite right and fitting. I'm talking about the 'sound', which I think a little reverb would enhance the recording.

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 Post subject: Re: Albeniz: Tango from España (Op. 165 No. 2)
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Adreinne,
Very nicely played. You made me think of it as "Un Recuerdo." Having grown up on vinyl, I think the sound is fine too, but I must not be as much of an audiophile as others here :).

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 Post subject: Re: Albeniz: Tango from España (Op. 165 No. 2)
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I actually have a version (same recording) with some reverb as well. Here is that version. I just think it sounds a bit manufactured. What do you think? There is more hiss, too. :/

http://pianolex.tripod.com/mp3/20110213Tango_gverbON.mp3

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 Post subject: Re: Albeniz: Tango from España (Op. 165 No. 2)
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Hi Adrienne,

I just listened to your "Tango" and thought it was charming. Very well played! I compared the two recordings you submitted, and thought that the original one (without the reverb) has the a more authentic and pleasant sound. The one with the reverb seems a bit too vibrant. I'd stick with the first recording.

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I agree with David. Somehow the reverb'ed version sounds less pleasant, I can't say precisely why.

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I like the reverb. It does add a slightly different sound to the piano, but at the same time softens the ends of the notes - makes things less harsh. Not that there is anything harsh here, just sort of puts a soft-ish envelope around the entire package. That probably doesn't make sense - I think I march to a different drummer or something. Oh well, sorry Adrienne, ultimately the decision is yours as to which recording you want to put up.

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 Post subject: Re: Albeniz: Tango from España (Op. 165 No. 2)
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If I might say something, I am with Monica: I like the second version. It adds just what I missed in the first version.

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thanks for submiting this piece, Adrienne!

I can't say much because I don't know Albeniz' output well (only one or two pieces from Suite Española).
this one is nice!

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 Post subject: Re: Albeniz: Tango from España (Op. 165 No. 2)
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Chris, by emotion I did not mean flamenco dancers and girls with castanets shouting "ole, ole, ole! "I was about to upload a guitar version as an illustration but then, to my chargin, it is im WMA format and I cannot convert to Mp3. It is 2,5Mb. Is that too much and should I leave the matter drop?

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richard66 wrote:
Chris, by emotion I did not mean flamenco dancers and girls with castanets shouting "ole, ole, ole! "

That silly tourist stuff has little to do with emotion/passion.

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I was about to upload a guitar version as an illustration but then, to my chargin, it is im WMA format and I cannot convert to Mp3. It is 2,5Mb. Is that too much and should I leave the matter drop?

No 2.5 Mb is not too much. MP3 is about 1Mb per minute. I guess you can simply rename it to .mp3 before uploading. Or drop it :D

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