Wow. I can't begin to imagine what mood you must be in to play this so well. Perhaps commiserations are in order. I feel bad just by listening. I almost thought it a joke until I looked it up on imslp.
Great expression and really great sound from the piano - did you use some particular post-processing or is this the way it actually sounds?
(I'm no expert on German but I think "Trauer" means grief or mourning rather than funeral.)
Sorry for making you feel bad, Joachim.
I do so enjoy scary music, though!
Regarding my sound: I had some ‘technical difficulties’ in making this recording. There is this one line of music that is so hard to play. The score shows an accelerando leading up to it, but if my tempo rushes too much, then I can’t get through that spot. So I used a metronome while recording – wearing earplugs. At some point in the hard section, the metronome fell on the floor which made a clatter and it also yanked the earplugs out of my ears. The click, click, click sound coming out of the earplugs, which were now on the floor, could actually be heard on the recording. This piece is physically demanding, and the weakness and pain in my wrists prevented me from making a bunch of re-recordings. Therefore, I had to use the recording with the noises and then experimented with some of the noise-reduction features on my editing program. I think that changed my ‘normal’ sound somewhat. I also boosted the bass a little and added reverb.
Trauer – I think it has several meanings, like grief, death, tragedy, funeral, all those nice things…
Sooooo Romantic... having a nightmare after recording a sinister piece
Well, what is one supposed to have? I actually screamed in bed...which I guess could be romantic.
But what a bleary, hollow, and, dare I say, utterly tedious piece ! It may well be that Liszt is visionary here and maybe he is foreshadowing Schnittke in all his obsessive bleakness, but to me he sounds like and old man who's lost it and is droning on about impending doom and gloom. Not particularly scary. But it's a matter of taste of course.
there is a part in the middle that reminds me of scary, dancing scarecrows. The other sections are just plain grim and morbid. I wanted to play something for Halloween.
For a truly scary Halloween piece try this Prelude by Lera Auerbach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PftgK0E_Ic
Ah what magnificent Grand Guignol horror. I hope to play this one day but haven't really started on it yet...
Wow, what a great piece! I love it!! It’s similar to Liszt. Auerbach was probably inspired by Liszt but took it to whole new level!
It's not my favorite Liszt piece either but I do have some appreciation for the slower-moving, bleaker side of Liszt, as in Via Crucis. You play it very well and what a spooky treat
Thank you, Heather! Trick or Treat!!