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 Post subject: Re: Bach-Brahms Chaconne for left hand alone
PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:19 am 
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Hi Luis,

I tried to download the recording and from what I hear it sounds great, however, when I opened your recording I heard the beginning, the first 13 seconds, after that the file ends abruptly :o It may be my internet, i don't know. But it looks like your performance is supposed to be just about 14 minutes. :x

I haven't heard this piece before (I haven't heard it all but I can usually remember a piece by its beginning :wink: ) Left hand alone pieces must be challenging as the composer has decided to focus exclusively on one hand, so it is like a one-line instrument, a clarinet or trumpet, but with the foot pedal as another device to control, in that way like a guitar, with the hand acting as the damper, you touch the strings to mute them and clear the diaphragm to allow them to ring free. Cool stuff :P

I look forward to the hearing the rest of your performance! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Bach-Brahms Chaconne for left hand alone
PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:32 am 
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hi, Riley!

It is a problem with your internet... or maybe just a corrupt download. I just downloaded it, and it's okay. =D
You can check the YouTube video also, which has the same audio.

In this case, this left hand transcription is fine because the original piece is for solo violin. There are other transcriptions of this piece for two hands, but with only one hand you somewhat imitate the way to play several notes at once with the violin, since you can't play so many notes with only one on the piano either. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bach-Brahms Chaconne for left hand alone
PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:25 am 
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Hi again, Luis. You may or may not know that this music is not really my cup of tea, but I listened to your recording anyway, since you listened to mine (although, you owe me around eight more minutes.... :lol: ). I think you played very nicely and if I didn't know any better, I would say that it's a two-handed piece, which is a compliment to your playing.
One thing...your piano is out of tune. Maybe you can call the tuner and then re-do this? I know it's a 'big' piece and the thought of re-recording is a daunting one, but you'd want something like this to be put forth in the best possible light, right?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:59 pm 
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The tuner is coming here next not black friday. :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:01 am 
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Wow, you have Black Friday there too? :shock: I thought that was just an American thing.
(I never participate; I hate crowds. It's much easier to shop online...)

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 Post subject: Re: Bach-Brahms Chaconne for left hand alone
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:30 pm 
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they have tried to do the Black Friday here in the past few years but here everything is for half double the price. no big deal.

A friend of mine is in Canada, and she told me it's the same there.

And it's funny: the black friday comes right after our black people conscience holiday. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Bach-Brahms Chaconne for left hand alone
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:00 pm 
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Excellent recording. It is quite impressive that you have so much control and precision with the left hand. I liked your dynamic contrasts a lot too.


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 Post subject: Re: Bach-Brahms Chaconne for left hand alone
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:05 pm 
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Thanks!

In fact, I must say, it's easier to play the left hand alone, because you can focus all your energy and attention into only one hand, which is not possible when you play for example a left hand etude with both hands, like Chopin's Op10/12.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:01 am 
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This one is on the site. Because it is part of a set of 5 studies I have simply put it in a new page Brahms - Studies.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:13 pm 
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Thanks, Chris!

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 Post subject: Re: Bach-Brahms Chaconne for left hand alone
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:48 pm 
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Played with a lot of control. Good performance and the piece is a worthy alternative to the Busoni. I imagine fatigue may be a little bit of a problem by the end.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:22 am 
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techneut wrote:
This one is on the site. Because it is part of a set of 5 studies I have simply put it in a new page Brahms - Studies.

Great call, Chris!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:42 am 
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Hi Luis,

I'm familiar with the two-hands Busoni version, but had never heard this Brahms transcription. I was very impressed by your playing, as the music sounds quite challenging for just one hand at times. A wonderful achievement, and my hat is off to you!

I agree with Monica that the tuning on your piano has slipped. Where the piano is new and also in the new environment of your home, it will take awhile before the piano stabilizes and settles.

David

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:28 pm 
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andrew wrote:
Played with a lot of control. Good performance and the piece is a worthy alternative to the Busoni. I imagine fatigue may be a little bit of a problem by the end.

Thanks for listening, Andrew!

Rachfan wrote:
I'm familiar with the two-hands Busoni version, but had never heard this Brahms transcription. I was very impressed by your playing, as the music sounds quite challenging for just one hand at times. A wonderful achievement, and my hat is off to you!

I agree with Monica that the tuning on your piano has slipped. Where the piano is new and also in the new environment of your home, it will take awhile before the piano stabilizes and settles.

Thanks for listening, David!
More than stabilizing in the room, there are also the four seasons in only one day, which is how the weather works here in São Paulo. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Bach-Brahms Chaconne for left hand alone
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 1:38 am 
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Luís,

It is amazing the way you build up the intensity in your playing, They rhythms are so crisp and the lines and runs are so even.
When you drop down to the piano dynamic and then go back to a mezzo forte and settle into piano it is spot on. You go back to very intense playing and the back and forth between motifs is really great. The piannisimo passages are effective and change the character of the piece completely. I am sorry I do not have the score.

I cannot imagine how difficult it is to play this with one hand. All the articulations are appropriate and within the bounds of tempo and dynamic shading.
It is interesting to listen to. The differentiation of passages is a great accomplishment.

This is definitely a performance that the listerener can learn from.

Bravo and Kudos to you!
Kaila Rochelle

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