Hi friends, I'm uploading my recording after a whole year... Today I played two pieces in a meeting, to which I'm invited to play every year, and just like the last year I made a recording during "the rehearsal at home". One piece was this Wagner-Liszt and the other was the C major P&F from Op.87 of Schostakowitsch.
Since I became a mom, I don't have an access to a decent accoustic piano any more. So I made some recordings on my digital since then. The pieces that I've recorded on the digital so far sounded not that awful, and I believed my recorder can record anything exactly like what I hear during my playing on a digital. This Wagner-Liszt piece sounds to me not that awful, either, when I hear myself playing through the headphone - well... except the climax section with repeated fff notes.
But all my belief was broken, as I listened to my recording from today. The bass sounds really awful and the ff-fff sections sound too flat - very different from what I heard during playing myself. I could have done something wrong, but cannot find what. Or it could be just this piece.
If you reject this recording because of this poor sound quality, I would accept it very willingly. If you do the same thing because of some deficiency on my playing, I would accept it, too, since I practiced this piece just less than three months, and now I think this piece is more complicated than I thought. I realised it requires more work than I already did. And we already have a very beautiful live recording of this piece by Andrew on the site, who recently released the studio recording of it on a commercial CD.
What I want most of all on this occasion is to share my thought about this piece and affection toward it through this recording, which have been grown up from learning it myself. I was not that interested in Wagner before, but studying this piece I discovered his genious to myself.
Let me say what was the most difficult to me. This transcription by Liszt is an adaptation of the orchestral score without considering the vocal part (Isolde's aria). The orchestral part is often played in a concert without the singer. It sounds very beautiful by itself, most of all due to all the coloring with various instruments playing those attractive harmonies. But on the single piano you must repeat many phrase just switching the keys and the possibility of varying the tone colors on the piano is very limited. It is nearly frustrating, when you compare the thin effect of your effort with the luxurious effect from an orchestra.
Besides I could not understand what Wagner wanted to say through this piece, as I look at just the Liszt's transcription or just the orchestra section.
After some painful time I finally realized (I know it is a basic knowledge about Wagner, but was for me personally a revelation
) that Wagner's orchestration is completely connected to the text which Wagner himself wrote. I paid attention to the text, word by word, listened a lot to Waltraud Meier's interpretations (she is the most beautiful and competent Isolde of our time who is fully able to unite the text with the music in a very organic way, I think). So I could understand the music. But concerning the pianistic points there certainly are many things to be improved, I suppose.
Any comments/criticism are very welcome, and I apologize for the poor sound again
(Or is there any suggestion to improve the sound quality? I'm very ignorant of the editing programs - I opened my one today and saw through all the menus, but I can hardly understand anything except the cut-paste fuction.)