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 Post subject: Re: Mompou - Variations on a theme by Chopin
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:21 pm 
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Hi Monica,

I had some more time to listen to these pieces. I really like your playing here. I can tell you have practiced these a lot. I agree the last one sounds challenging, particularly at the tempo you are playing it at. I agree the recitative sounds like Scriabin, or even Godowsky. This is a big set and from hearing it, the hard work has paid off, congratulations :) As I look at the other posts, I only wish I was the first to say it :wink: :P

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 Post subject: Re: Mompou - Variations on a theme by Chopin
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:32 pm 
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techneut wrote:
Hehe Luis, you don't seem sure what your name is.
Ah well, as long as you are sure of your gender :D

hehe

I've changed my name to Luís Sarro, and now this is sure! I think it's much better. I've changed my YT channel also... I haven't changed my website because I'm lazy. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Mompou - Variations on a theme by Chopin
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:44 pm 
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Hi Monica,

Listening to these Mompou variations was a real treat. (Yes, I listened to the mazurka too! :)) My favorite was the second Lento in F#m near the end. The composing is most colorful and imaginative, as is your performance. You put it across to the listener most effectively. This is one of your finest offerings ever. Congratulations on this very significant recording!

David

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 Post subject: Re: Mompou - Variations on a theme by Chopin
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:56 pm 
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luissarro wrote:
techneut wrote:
Hehe Luis, you don't seem sure what your name is.
Ah well, as long as you are sure of your gender :D

hehe

I've changed my name to Luís Sarro, and now this is sure! I think it's much better. I've changed my YT channel also... I haven't changed my website because I'm lazy. :roll:


What do you bet the name he was given at the font is Luis Felipe Sarro?

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 Post subject: Re: Mompou - Variations on a theme by Chopin
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:17 am 
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Thank you for listening, Luis, Riley, and David. And for the kind words too! :)

I was just thinking that if only Granados did a similar thing with a Chopin piece. Then I really would be super-excited! But actually, although I LOVE Granados and his music, I think nobody could top Mompou's variations because his harmonies are so unique.

It just occurred to me that I can take one of the pieces in this set and place it in two separate pages on the main site. The theme is of course Chopin's original prelude so I get to put my recording under Mompou and Chopin.
It's a 2 for 1 special! 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Mompou - Variations on a theme by Chopin
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:43 am 
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Yes, wonderful collection and wonderful job recording them.
The piece that impressed me the most - performance-wise - was the fourth. It's a beautiful piece of music, and the variation is not obvious. Instead of beating the theme out of there somehow, you just did your artistic job, which is to play the beautiful music. Let Mompou worry about the listener's recognition of the theme.
Nice pedaling of the original; I can never get it clear and bright at the same time. Perhaps there's some half-pedaling involved?

BTW, since you're a moderator - I noticed that the fourth variation is recorded by another artist under the "Miscellaneous" category. Perhaps that should be moved now?

Are there any more Mompou pieces left?

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 Post subject: Re: Mompou - Variations on a theme by Chopin
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:12 pm 
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Thank you, Stu. It's funny you mention the theme - Chopin's original prelude. I found that harder than most of the variations because of the nuances and pedaling, etc. I recorded it ten times trying to get just the right 'everything' and still could probably improve it.

Any Mompou left? I've got the complete Musica Callada on my piano, a set of ???? can't remember the name now, plus two and a half books of his never-before-published music so I have enough to keep me going for awhile.... :)

p.s. I will take care of that other recording by another member - thanks for spotting that.

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 Post subject: Re: Mompou - Variations on a theme by Chopin
PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:10 pm 
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Congratulations on this great job and thanks for this 24 minutes-long treat, Monica!
I knew just two pieces (valse-evolution) from the Chopin Valses album of the french pianist Alexandre Tharaud (where he put those pieces after all the Chopin valses) before and the CS is really wonderful!!
My favorites were Var. 11 and 12. Really fantastic!

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 Post subject: Re: Mompou - Variations on a theme by Chopin
PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:23 am 
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Thank you for listening, Hye-Jin, and it's good to see you again. Still working hard on your studies?

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 Post subject: Re: Mompou - Variations on a theme by Chopin
PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:58 am 
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pianolady wrote:
Thank you for listening, Hye-Jin, and it's good to see you again. Still working hard on your studies?

Yes, it is very hard to combine being a mom with my studies well :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Mompou - Variations on a theme by Chopin
PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:05 pm 
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hyenal wrote:
pianolady wrote:
Thank you for listening, Hye-Jin, and it's good to see you again. Still working hard on your studies?

Yes, it is very hard to combine being a mom with my studies well :cry:


I can believe that! :wink: :)

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