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 Post subject: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words - 5 pieces
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:36 am 
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Hi everyone,

Here is a set of my most recent recordings, selections from Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words.

Performance Videos:
- Op.38 No.3 "The Poet's Harp"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6apnKe77ZAI

- Op.53 No.2 "The Fleecy Clouds"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXaOtZ_QsXw

- Op.102 No.3 "Tarantella"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-QJbN2GzIc

- Op.102 No.4 "The Sighing Wind"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zktT_S7vM4

- Op.102 No.5 "The Joyous Peasant"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGCbthDqq5c


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Kaila

Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words, Op. 38, no. 3 "The Poet's Harp"
Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words, Op. 53, no. 2 "The Fleecy Clouds"
Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words, Op. 102 no. 3 "Tarantella"
Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words, Op. 102 no. 4 "The Sighing Wind"
Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words, Op. 102 no. 5 "The Joyous Peasant"

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words - 5 pieces
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:12 pm 
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Hi Kaila,

These are wonderful recordings! I watched the videos and didn't detect a single error! Great playing!!
I will put them up over the weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words - 5 pieces
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:17 pm 
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Kaila,
Wonderful job! I'm not a big Mendelssohn fan, but I enjoyed every minute of this. I watched the videos, so I'll just assume that the MP3s are conversions of those.

My favorite was The Sighing Wind, and I loved your approach - just make the piano sing and let the composer write the music.
Your touch and technique in the Tarantella were great. Just to be really picky, there were a couple of measures at 1:18-1:20 in which the accented note buried the other notes in the triplets, but this is the kind of thing that happens in performance.
I noticed that the camera work included pans, which meant that you had a camera person. Does this limit the number of takes that you can do? If so, you must know these pieces inside-out.

Most of this material called for steady tempo, something you did without it ever feeling stunted in any way.
Congratulations.

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words - 5 pieces
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:25 am 
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Hi Kaila,

I really enjoyed your videos. As usual, your playing was very expressive indeed. Also your control of touch, so important in Mendelssohn, was masterful. It looked like you thoroughly enjoy performing these works too.

I recorded 13 of these Songs without Words, but apart from the "Tarantella", there was no overlap between your choices and mine. I believe that this proves yet again that when it comes to this wonderful volume of Mendelssohn's character pieces, there is something there for every pianist.

Congrats on your marvelous playing!

David

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words - 5 pieces
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Ok, these are up, Kaila. Please check the links.

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words - 5 pieces
PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:34 am 
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Hi Monica,

Thank you for listening, commenting on the recordings and performance, and posting the audio files.
The links are all good.

Much appreciated,
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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words - 5 pieces
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Rachfan wrote:
"...I recorded 13 of these Songs without Words, but apart from the "Tarantella", there was no overlap between your choices and mine. I believe that this proves yet again that when it comes to this wonderful volume of Mendelssohn's character pieces, there is something there for every pianist. ..."
David

Hi David,

I agree with you about the richness and variety of the Songs Without Words. The appeal is for many different types of pianistic
interests.

David, I tried to find your recording of the "Tarantella" at the Piano Society and had trouble doing this. Is it there?

Kaila

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words - 5 pieces
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StuKautsch wrote:
Kaila,
Wonderful job! I'm not a big Mendelssohn fan, but I enjoyed every minute of this. I watched the videos, so I'll just assume that the MP3s are conversions of those.

My favorite was The Sighing Wind, and I loved your approach - just make the piano sing and let the composer write the music.
Your touch and technique in the Tarantella were great. Just to be really picky, there were a couple of measures at 1:18-1:20 in which the accented note buried the other notes in the triplets, but this is the kind of thing that happens in performance.
I noticed that the camera work included pans, which meant that you had a camera person. Does this limit the number of takes that you can do? If so, you must know these pieces inside-out.

Most of this material called for steady tempo, something you did without it ever feeling stunted in any way.
Congratulations.

Hi Stu,

Thank you for your kind words. "The Sighing Wind" is one of my favorites along with "The Fleecy Cloud" and the "Poet's Harp."

When playing the Mendelssohn pieces, I tried to imagine paintings that were neo classical or very romantic in the treatment of
nature. It helped me interpret the pieces.

The presence of a videographer has no influence on how I approach my performance. There are no performance edits in any of these recordings.
At the beginning of "The Poet's Harp" we did include a video edit of a frontal long view from a second camera simply for aesthetic reasons.

Thank you again for listening.

Kaila

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words - 5 pieces
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Kaila,

I had a listen to your recordings. I like them a lot, just by listening I get the sense that you have thought a great deal about how to play these pieces. Your phrasing throughout the 5 selections is very much to my liking. My favorite is your performance of "Fleecing Clouds". I am not much familiar with the composer Mendelssohn, despite having done a recording of one of his Children's Pieces Op. 72, which I was first introduced by listening to Monica's recordings of the set, also I've seen some videos of Andreas playing them on YT, but just his "Spinning Song". And Luis playing the 3 Fantasies. By the way, the "Spinning Song," reminds me a lot of the "Tarantella." I give you a lot of credit for your high speed of this piece! I think a lot of ppl underestimate how hard it is to play fast!

Again, nice work! I count myself lucky to add these to my PS Mendelssohn folder :) !

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words - 5 pieces
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Hi Kaila,

My recording can be heard here maybe fortunately or unfortunately. It dates from 1991, or 22 years ago. I didn't bring it to the same degree of polish as your rendition. Link:

http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.ph ... 395.0.html

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words - 5 pieces
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Hello Riley,

I love The Fleecy Cloud and think of the magnificent clouds in so many paintings when I play them.
Sometimes when I practiced, I would look at the clouds from my apartment window by the piano.
It was a very nice experience.

Thanks you for your comments,
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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words - 5 pieces
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Rachfan wrote:

Hi David,

I enjoyed listening to your Tarantella. I think it is good to share developing interpretations of pieces. Thanks.

Perhaps you should consider rerecording the Tarantella, I'm sure you could record a beautiful, polished performance.
Relearning pieces can be interesting, challenging and fulfilling.

Kaila

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words - 5 pieces
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Hi Kaila,

Glad you enjoyed that "historical" recording of mine. :lol: Lately I've been relearning/rerecording some of the Rachmaninoff preludes. As for this Tarantella, actually I think I might have had better aptitude for it back then. I don't know that I'd have that same agility these days. Maybe.

David

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words - 5 pieces
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Expertly played all. I preferred to watch the videos instead of just listening. You have done a great job both musically and aesthetically.
I don't have any criticism on details. It would be a pity to isolate things. You obviously know the music really well and your playing is at a professional level to support it.


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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words - 5 pieces
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Hi Pantelis,

Thank you for listening and for your comments and praise.

Much appreciated,
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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words - 5 pieces
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First time listening to these pieces, and they were a joy to listen to, especially The Fleecy Cloud, which I tried several times but never really got around to learning it properly. I think for that piece, the bass notes seemed a bit too monotonously powerful at 1:45-1:51, but you did the one after that beautifully.

Thanks for uploading.


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