Thanks for listening and your feedback.
Interesting you picked up on the reverb of the 1st recording. No experimenting with the reverb, it's the same with both recordings, "medium hall." This is the default reverb that is set when I open my piano sampler. I probably should add the reverb later in adobe audition. What I have been doing is just using the program for cutting and saving, not adding reverb then.
I agree, the 1st seems to shapeless on a repeated listening. I think the main theme should be more "de...DA.dum..dum" instead of "de...da.dum..dum" There is some beautiful phrasing in the orchestra version http://youtu.be/R4cBYCWgQGQ?t=6m15s
I wish I could have seen this video before I played it
. I think then I would have tried to imitate a violin bowing across strings to really capture the right phrasing for the piece.
The 32th runs could be a bit more smooth. The half-hearted ritenuto at 1:15 seems inappropriate, seeming to suggest the piece is ending. A ritenuto should be reserved for the very last.
Yes, I must have run about 30 takes for the 2nd piece. By this take, My hands were really shot by doing this quick 32nd notes in succession over and over. I agree, listening back the ritenuto is inappropriate. I wish I could give the recording another shot, my digital is way far away in Michigan now..
Names and tags look correct - I assume these pieces have no Hoboken number ?
Yay, I got the tags correct! That's right, I could not find a Hoboken number. My edition is russian, from a company called Muzgiz. This makes one wonder if "12 Easy Pieces" by Hadyn is spurious, if it wasn't written by the great composer but by a loving fan who decided to arrange Hadyn's larger scales works to a set for piano (and say it was written by Hadyn it would be partly true..
). It's interesting, because apparently not every piece Haydn wrote had a Hoboken number, for example, his symphonies are listed by number and some in groups by location for example, his "London Symphonies" are Nos. 93 - 104.