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 Post subject: Re: Suk - About Mother, Op.28
PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:48 pm 
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The piano is only a medium really.


Just a medium? How sad! :( :lol:

Though I agree. I think the countless transcriptions from piano to orchestra of pieces by various composers through the ages prove that anything that can be played on a piano an orchestra can make "bigger and better" both in texture and in creating extra lines, 'read,' counterpoint. Though that isn't to say there aren't a lot of orchestral adaptations of originally piano music that just seem pointless...

I had a listen to Albeniz's Iberia for Orchestra and I honestly think it was a lesser version of the original. I'll admit, the percussion section always throws in some nice gimmicks, and theres something to be said for the awesome sonority of the trombone, but even so. There is something nice in instrumental music about only having one texture, and IMO therein lies the true beauty of solo piano music :P

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 Post subject: Re: Suk - About Mother, Op.28
PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:25 pm 
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I re-recorded no.4 without the clipping and the wrong notes. This is probably a better version though the middle section seems not sufficiently lyrical. It's pretty awkwardly written with all the LH chords.

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 Post subject: Re: Suk - About Mother, Op.28
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:34 am 
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Very beautiful collection, with very effective melodies and harmony changes throughout, and very well-played as well. The appearance of the secondary melody midway through No.3, up to its conclusion was very moving. The heartbeat from No.4 seems carried over to No. 5 in a calmer, more serene way; it ends in an almost other-worldly glow. Definitely one to listen again from time to time. Thanks a lot for the recording.


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 Post subject: Re: Suk - About Mother, Op.28
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:51 am 
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Thanks for that Jon, you have a keen an sensitive ear. I'm glad these are being appreciated, I had some doubts about that. I find this set very moving.

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