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 Post subject: Beethoven Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor Op.27 No.2
PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:05 am 
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Hi everyone,

Here is a set of my most recent recordings, Beethoven Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor Op.27 No.2 - 3 Movements

Performance Videos:
- 1st Mvt
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3_dxZNv1ME

- 2nd Mvt
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVFIrKG4mjA

- 3rd Mvt
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dNOxdqBVbY

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Kaila

Beethoven - Sonata Op.27 No.2 - 1: Adagio sostenuto
Beethoven - Sonata Op.27 No.2 - 2: Allegretto
Beethoven - Sonata Op.27 No.2 - 3: Presto agitato

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 Post subject: Re: Beethoven Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor Op.27 No.2
PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:00 pm 
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Hi Kaila,
I enjoyed watching your videos. Great job, as usual! :)
Just wondering....how many takes did you do on the 3rd movement? I noticed a few teeny, tiny smudges, but they really don't diminish your performance. I'm thinking that the more attempts you do on a piece like this, the worse it would get basically just from fatigue.
Anyway, the links to the files are here. I will update the main site within the next day or so.

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 Post subject: Re: Beethoven Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor Op.27 No.2
PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:13 pm 
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Hi Kaila,
I've just listened your Presto: quite amazing ! I think your beethovenian inspiration is totally convincing. Old Ludwig should be happy if he has the chance to get YouTube. Nice piano too... Is it yours ?
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 Post subject: Re: Beethoven Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor Op.27 No.2
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Hi Monica,

I'm glad you enjoyed this performance. I did not practice at all that day at home and saved
everything for the studio. I agree with you that in most cases fatigue sets in, however on
that day I played better with each take. We did three complete takes for the third movement.

-Kaila

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Hi Francois,

Thank you for your kind comments. No, the piano does not belong to me. It belongs to the studio,
Systems 2 in Brooklyn. Recording there is always a great experience.

I do have some great news however. Recently I bought a C Bechstein upright piano, the "Elegance Model."
It is truly an amazing instrument. Now for the upcoming year I want to relearn some Debussy. The action on my new piano opens
up a color palette that is indescribable. I love it. I hope to make some videos on my new piano as well as at Systems 2.

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 Post subject: Re: Beethoven Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor Op.27 No.2
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Bechstein pianos are great, including uprights ! I wish you plenty of hours of pleasure and sound research with Debussy and others...

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 Post subject: Re: Beethoven Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor Op.27 No.2
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I especially liked the first mvmt and I'm glad I opted to listen to the MP3 so as to have no distractions. In the spectrum of interpretations of this piece I usually don't like the "calm" ones because the artists so rarely pull it off - it's so easy to fall to the temptation of emoting and letting the tempo increase.

But you display the discipline to see this to the end and I really enjoyed it. One of the convincing examples of this as "moonlight". (Which, I suppose, may have been the way Beethoven played it since the label was stuck on the piece pretty early in its lifetime.)

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 Post subject: Re: Beethoven Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor Op.27 No.2
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I watched the 3rd movement. Terrific drive and commitment, the bold and dramatic climax forcefully reminded me of the Emperor concerto. The couple of tiny slips did not at all distract. Great dynamic contrasts, but the softer passages do get a bit fluffy now and then. Maybe you are trying to play them too softly and drily, and therefore dropping notes. I noticed this most in in the beginning, especially in the LH. I think you could apply a bit more finger weight here, the contrast with your pulverizing sforzandi is still big enough. But it is a small gripe. Great Beethoven playing !

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 Post subject: Re: Beethoven Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor Op.27 No.2
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Hi Stu and Chris,

I am glad you liked the tempo Stu. I listened to Walter Geseiking on my
way to work for about a month. I think his idea of line and lyrcism is uncannily
beautiful. His calmness surpasses anything I have ever heard in the first movement.
His artistry is story like and perhaps listening influenced my play.

Chris, I need to work more on my eye/hand coordination. It is hard for me at times to lower
my eyes due to cervical spinal problems. Sometimes, I feel like my fingers are not coordinated
enough.

Thanks for your insights. It is very helpful to get your feedback.

Much appreciation,
Kaila

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 Post subject: Re: Beethoven Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor Op.27 No.2
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Another set of accomplished recordings from you, Kaila!
The first movement is lovely, has a dignified and graceful manner.
The second is good although a bit dry for my taste -- I think more legato would have helped, and there's nothing wrong with a little color pedal on the staccatos either. There is more opportunity for humor in the middle section but I know not everyone likes to take that route.
I'm torn about the third movement. On the one hand, there are so many moments that give me goose bumps, for example the sudden slide into quiet smoothness at 0:31. On the other hand, the broken chords in the RH and some of the scales are very uneven and do not line up well with the LH. You've obviously got a well-conceived and effective interpretation here. It just needs more slow practice on the broken chords and then it will be truly a pleasure to listen to.
Oh, one other thing I loved about the third movement: Every time you use forte, you use it purposefully and keep the surrounding material quiet so that the forte stands out, which is very effective. Far too many pianists just forte the heck out of this piece, which gets tiring to listen to.


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 Post subject: Re: Beethoven Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor Op.27 No.2
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I have always thought the first movement of this sonata to be uncharacteristic of its time and that it sounds far too avant garde for the age in which it was written and, as one critic said, it is odd that the name "Moonlight" should have stuck to a piece that sounds more like a dead march.

Our fellow Member Joe came up with a theory that the Adagio is normally played too slow and he recorded it to prove his point and this was viewed quite favourably by other members, of which I believe I was one, if my memory serves me right.

Could it be somewhere between Beethoven and us it was made famous by being played wrong, rather like the Minute Waltz that only justifies it name by being played to fast?

This is a piece I myself have played for maybe 20 years, but never really mastering, a task impossible on the honky-tonky I (fortunately) rent (last trial resulted in a finger being cut on the edge of the lid and another being jammed against the fingerboard - so, yes: playing bad pianos is unhealthy and dispiriting). Fortunately I have been able of late to use an upright at a nearby music school, which was pronounced by the director to be no great shakes, but which is the difference between stale tap water and Brunello di Montalcino from a good year and I am finally seeing this one almost in the bag, so it was instructive to see how you perform the other two movements and how you move your fingers, wrists and arms and to compare how (I wish to believe) i move mine. For example, the tremoli I have trained muyself to do with only a movement of the wrist, keeping both fingers absolutely still and it seems to me you move your thumb.

I would have played the middle movement a wee bit faster, but that is my preference, and I agree with Heather about the joke part, but maybe that is down to personal choice. The last movement is just as stortmy as it ought to be.

This is a sonata that leaves one exhausted after listening to it, as if a great deed had taken place and of which we were participants.

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musicrecovery wrote:
Chris, I need to work more on my eye/hand coordination. It is hard for me at times to lower
my eyes due to cervical spinal problems. Sometimes, I feel like my fingers are not coordinated
enough.

Sorry to hear that ! And yet your jumps (there are many risky ones in this finale) are very assured. I'd have expected more problems there, as you really need to look at your hands then, than in the opening bars which one could play with closed eyes. I still believe this would be a matter of a bit more finger weight. But I could be wrong. Anyway, still
a refreshing and convincing interpretation.

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Hi Richard,
That theory would be interesting to hear. I do not know which tempo is the more "historical" but I do know that it is much more difficult to play the first movement well when playing it slowly. Playing any slow-moving melody on the piano is more difficult slowly, and then with this piece you've got the added difficulty that many people get distracted by the triplets and make too much of those, either losing the melody entirely or having to thump loudly to get the melody. Here, Kaila has offered a performance in which the triplets are absolutely steady but very quiet, like a slow-moving quiet river, with a beautifully phrased melody on top. I think it very effective when played this way, and I acknowledge how difficult that is to accomplish.


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Hello, Heather,

I was trying to find Joe's recording on the site, but I do not know where he posted it. Hopefully he will come along and attach it for you. I had it on the piano, but, thanks to the computer medicine man, I no longer have it.

I tried playing at that speed and I rather liked the result, but then my honly-tonky has no sustaining power (just dowload one of my recordings and look at the sounwaves with an editing programme) and that might explain my preference. Maybe I need to try it at the music school.

I agree with you about the difficulty of slow movements and of this one in particular, when played slowly. I was always taught that it is easier to go through the Revolutionary Etude at 240 mph than to takle this adagio. After all, as long as one does not stop no one will notice a wrong note or a muddled passage, now, miss one of those triplets in the Beethoven!

So, let me agee with you about the way Kaila plays!

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richard66 wrote:
I was trying to find Joe's recording on the site, but I do not know where he posted it.
I can't remember that he did. Over time, attachments are either deleted or put on the site. I guess the first happened as there is no Mondschein by Joe on the site. I wasn't able to locate the specific post to see why.

richard66 wrote:
I had it on the piano, but, thanks to the computer medicine man, I no longer have it.
He cleans up the piano too ? Cool ! All for the same price ? :P

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