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  1. musicusblau

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    Hi Monica,
    I have enjoyed your two performances a lot! It´s good when Americans play jazzy pieces, there comes the right feeling. (I have played the "Rhapsody in Blue", btw, and I have also tried here to do my best concerning the swing.)
    Your contemplative version of "The man I love" is very good, very interesting. Continue so!
     
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    richard66 Richard Willmer Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    From water to wine! Nothing in common with the 1st version and so much better! Congratulations! I do like it now and sound just as it should.
     
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    Yes I agree I think it also sounds better. I think the time feeling is much better.

    I think it sounded really nice, and it was good to hear some Gershwin like this on the site.

     
  4. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    I'm glad BOTH pieces are okay now. I wouldn't have tried for better re-recordings had it not been for all your thoughts and comments. Sort of like PS intervention! :D

    Thank you, ALL! :)
     
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    Yes it sounds more convincing and confident this time.
     
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    richard66 Richard Willmer Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Well, it seemed to me here there was no combing for errors ("you know, the middle note of the left-hand chord on beat two of bar 3 was rather f. maybe you could have played mf" sort of thing), as I so often see, but quite simply suggestions for a better performance.
     
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    I feel that such level of error-combing should be reserved for when you know and play a piece yourself. Had I known these pieces like my back pocket, and checked with score, I might have done some nitpicking. Also of course in Bach, every single note probably counts a bit more than in Gershwin.
     
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    richard66 Richard Willmer Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    I often wonder if knowing a piece that well is conductive to good criticism of a piece or it is best to listen with fresh ears. I find myself not being able to listen to pieces that I know backwards because I keep noticing dropped notes, a smudge here and there or noticing the absence of pauses (and I am speaking of Horowitz, for example, or Alicia de Larocha).
     
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    Depends on what you call "good criticism". Knowing a piece backwards enables one to do the real nitpicking like Andreas ans I do with each other's Bach recordings. Whether you consider that good or bad critique depends on your level of perfectionism. I well agree it isn't all there is to it, but at least it's objective (provided the victim can hear it, too ;-) )
     
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    I read most of the posts in this topic and you put in quite some efforts in the music and re-recordings and they came out very well!
    Jazzy music and I guess it was "the thing" by the time he composed this music. Not really "my thing" but nice music. Out on twitter it goes ;).
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thanks, Robert. :)
     
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    Good to see you take on the Gershwin songs, Monica. Very nice job.
    I could say that they would benefit from a more rhythmical sense especially in their most rhythmical parts like part B of the "Man I love", for example. Rhythmical is not only about following a straight tempo but also showing that you 'have' it by accenting certain sensitive spots of a bar related to the context. Difficult to explain, more difficult to implement but it's what makes the difference.
    I loved "The Man I love" (can I say that?). Nicely played voicings there.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thank you for listening, Pantelis. :)
     

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