I think I was most inspired by this lovely rendition by Alicia de Larrocha: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU2kPTgJGeM
(can I embed this video using the code feature?)
She does a little octave doubling in bass, but otherwise plays it in a pretty straight forward manner.
I was busy with lessons and kids yesterday, so didn't get a lot of time to hop in and participate yesterday.
I want to answer your posts, so here goes, all in one reply ~
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.
Thank you so much! I am glad you like 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
Well . . . it *was* Valentine's Day, ha-ha!
Seriously, I agree with you here. Plus, there just isn't that much to work with in this little piece. I think it is expressive, but like you said, in an understated sort of way. I didn't want to overdo the rubato, either. Already felt like I was pushing it a little, but it always seems like more inside my head than what comes out of the piano. I must work harder at listening while I play!:)
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.
Thanks for your comments, Richard! I love it when my kids make up duets along with me, usually right around the octave I need to play next, so it ends up being rather comical. Wow, the guitar performance is quite different from mine! Somehow I think that style works better on the guitar than piano. It's nice, but I think it would feel too plodding on this big instrument. If only I could do the vibrato . . .
Thank you for sharing the guitar recording. I do like it, and it's good to have for comparison. So much of the Spanish piano repertoire seems to be influenced by the guitar repertoire.
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
Thank you, Eddy! You know, I think I must have old-audio ears. I listened to a lot of vinyl up until graduate school, and still have a bunch of LPs.
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.
David ~ Thanks for listening. I am inclined to agree with you on this. Maybe I could find some middle-ground with the reverb. I am still new to using the editing software, so surely I can make an adjustment, but maybe on a future piece. I still think my mic placement has something to do with the dryness of sound. Hmmm.
Felipe ~ This is my first foray into the music of Albeniz. Really enjoying it! Thanks for your comments.
Monica ~ I'd like to keep the first version for the site. Thanks for your time and comments! I appreciate it.
Hope you are enjoying your new job! That would be a huge change for me. I'm used to the 3:30-8:00pm routine, LOL.
edit: just cleaning up some formatting