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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 8:44 pm 
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Another submission in my slow progress to complete the cycle. I am pretty sure you will consider this on the slow side (depending on your references, I have two recordings of the Inventions, both much faster) but I think you miss out so much of the beauty in it when played in about 1:00. So I decided to go with a slow version. It actually comes out as a totally different piece and in my liking, to the better.

Bach - 2-part Invention in E minor

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Yes it works well in this slow tempo. Very poised and clear. I still don't know after many years of playing this, how to handle these long trills, and whether the upper note should be a flat or natural in the second one. You made your choice, for better or worse I don't know, and play them perfectly and with conviction (which is even harder on slow tempo, so kudos for that). A good recording that you can be proud of.

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Thank you very much. I thought you were going to come down hard on me for this one ;).

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robert wrote:
Thank you very much. I thought you were going to come down hard on me for this one ;).

Can't see why. I do prefer it much fleeter, but that does not mean I don't enjoy your tempo too. And whatever the preference, it is perfectly played.

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techneut wrote:
Can't see why. I do prefer it much fleeter, but that does not mean I don't enjoy your tempo too. And whatever the preference, it is perfectly played.

It is not, I made slip at 1:25 and happend to play D instead of D# in bar 17. Strange that I did not notice the wrong notes in bar 17 until I listened to it afterwards :?.

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robert wrote:
It is not, I made slip at 1:25 and happend to play D instead of D# in bar 17. Strange that I did not notice the wrong notes in bar 17 until I listened to it afterwards :?.

Good lord did you ! I've missed all that :evil: There goes my reputation...
It was rather late though when I listened to it - poor excuse I know.

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That was very nice, Robert. You played steady and sure. The tempo sounds fine.
Just to let you know about score editions: Mine has about a dozen more mordents, turns, etc. And the last note left hand ends an octave lower.

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That was very nice, Robert. You played steady and sure. The tempo sounds fine.
Just to let you know about score editions: Mine has about a dozen more mordents, turns, etc. And the last note left hand ends an octave lower.

Thanks. I have three different scores and all differs. I chosed the Czerny as I felt that there were just too much of them in the other editions (even in the Urtext). Not until now I notice that the Urtext ends an octave down! That must be a mistake by Czerny.

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I like your tempo. Don't find it too slow. And I very much like your clear pedal-less playing and phrasing. I agree, the long trills on slow pieces are sheer killers. You managed them well, especially the left hand trill - kudos for that especially!
However, still the long trills could sound a tiny bit calmer. I know, so easy said, so difficult to get. May a bit more evenly (and without affecting the other hands playing). It does not sound like a technical thing, more like not a completly relaxed hand. I can be wrong, and not that I could do it better, by the way...

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