I had a listen to all of your recordings here. Wonderful playing, these sound great. It somewhat boggles my mind that you were able to learn these so quickly after playing the Scherzo last week!
I checked the tags, all looks well. One thing is, for future recordings, put at least 2 seconds of silence at the beginning and end of your recordings. Chris and Monica will chime in if they have any other nits to pick.
Enjoyed listening to these,
Thanks for your kind message ! Hence, I recorded the Bach suite during the same week-end as the Chopin (plus another piece that I will release in the coming weeks). But I don't want to monopolize the PS stage, nor to give to many pieces at once... Regarding the silence after each piece, it is something I usually check quite thoroughly. Here, I made them short purposely, because it is a suite, so that the pieces follow each other quite closely. Therefore, I put blank sections of about 3-4 seconds, except after the Sarabande. This one being slow and meditative, it is my feeling that the listener needs more rest before to get into the final Gigue.
Wow Francois, you are being very productive lately ! I would assume that you have had this suite in your repertoire for a long time. A marvellous performance on which I can find little to criticise. There's the odd less-than-optimal ornament or trill, and the odd little slip or missing note in
the vigorous outer movements, and I'd wish to hear the LH better in some passages in the Prelude but that is all pretty unimportant. Great
playing, very imaginative embellishments in the repeats of the Sarabande ! Are you using una corda for all the repeats ? The Menuets sound
rather like French baroque, I wonder how that can be ? There are some fumbles in the Menuet II. Again, not very important.
I am still slaving over the 2nd English Suite (have been for years, it feels like) and I can only hope it will be half as good as this.
I do agree with Riley about the abrupt begin and end of the mp3's. Indeed there should be some seconds of silence before and after. Just imagine they are played in sequence and there's no silence in between !
Thanks Chris, I know that no flaw can escape from your sniper rifle, but I appreciate your positive assessment, from a feared keeper of Bach's temple ! I'm sure you can do a great job in the 2nd suite, with about no fluff... Yes I use the una corda in some repeats, while I would prefer to have enough technique to play pp with the same degree of control as when I play mf (but I need 50 more years of practice to reach this point...
, and also a piano with lighter mechanism). Finally you seem to be surprised by some similarity between Bach and Couperin. But listen e.g. the Allemande of "l'Art de toucher le clavecin": it sounds very much like a small Bach's invention. I have read somewhere that the two composers had a correspondence together, but the letters were unfortunately lost...