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Albéniz - El Albaicín (from Iberia)

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  1. neural

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    Hello all,

    Well, after three or four months of sporadic work I've managed to produce a vaguely acceptable recording of El Albaicín. I've fallen in love with this music and I hope this rendition isn't my last word on the subject - it's far from perfect but with the limited time I'll have to practise over the next few months it will have to do for now. At least perhaps I can benefit from your expert comments.

    The recording, I'm afraid, breaks all the rules in the book... it was made on a Technics digital piano which is now about fifteen years old, and spliced amateurishly together from four takes. I would have wished it otherwise! Maybe next time I have a real piano at my disposal I can do a better job.
     

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    Dear Jonathan,
    The rendition is beautiful ! Both pianistically and musically... Your understanding of Albeniz style is very convincing. The various sound structures are very well organised, so that the main theme is always clearly articulated, event when Albeniz writes plenty of surrounding notes in the high range of the tessiture. I'm pretty sure Alicia de la Rocha would applaud ! The only negative aspect lies in the sound of the digital piano, which is very dry and lacks treble (to my taste at least). Since I was processing some of my recordings this afternoon, I have put yours in my mixer (adding some treble + echo). I wonder wether you hear a certain improvement, or you prefer to stick to your original mix.
    Anyway, this is a magnificent version which deserves to be uploaded, I think.
    Regards from the continent :)-S)
     

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    Dear François,
    You are too kind - I suspect Ms de Larrocha would have gently suggested I get a few more of the notes right and hit both notes of an octave simultaneously :)
    Your edit is a definite improvement. In fact I had already had a go at it myself in Audacity, but I have little experience of such things and only dared add the most gentle reverb. I'd be happy for your version to be uploaded.

    Je vous salue comme citoyen de l'Europe... :p
     
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    Hi neural,

    I know there are some things you want to improve in your recording, especially in the matters of the digital piano and mixing your out-takes. This piece is lengthy and difficult to play. You are attentive to the many rhythms and different colors. Your overall rendition is very good, and will be more convincing with the improvements you're working on. My hat is off to you. Looking forward to your revised version!

    David
     
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    Thanks for the encouraging words David! Can I upload the file to my profile myself, or would an admin do it? (I fear an updated version is not an immediate prospect...)
    J.
     
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    Jonathan,
    I will manage to upload your file in the coming days (right now, I don't have my computer with me). Regards,
    François
     
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    Done this morning ! By the way, I did not ask to become an administrator, but we are currently only two to act as such, which is too bad... All the best,
     
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    Hi Jonathan,

    I listened twice to your recording of Albeniz and am happy that you chose
    to post your performance given the limited circumstances.

    Having worked myself in past years on the De Falla Fantasia Baetica on
    both acoustic and midi pianos your rendition made me aware of how close
    certain patterns of both pieces are, i.e. the staccato sections.

    I understand the concepts you are trying to convey and believe that your rendition
    goes way beyond "vaguely acceptable". You give a good reference for tempo, pace,
    dynamics, mood and articulation.You have a gift for playing this type of
    music, and certainly understand the gypsy, flamenco, middle eastern, sephardic
    elements and personality of the music. Mystery and drama, texture and
    modes are all communicated as well.

    I truly look forward to hearing more interpretations on a variety of
    instruments. Do not worry too much about being note perfect.

    Thank you,
    Kaila
     
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    Dear Kaila,
    Gosh, that is very nice to hear, thank you. I don't want to be note-perfect just for the sake of it, but I would like to master the technical side of the piece enough that I can reliably make it sing in the way I feel it should. Thanks for your encouragement!
    Jonathan.
     
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    Hi Jonathan,
    a very interesting version of this (so difficult!) piece. I particularly like the clarity of the lines and the parsimonious use of the pedal (that, incidently, contributes to the clarity of the lines). Look forward hearing the same on an acoustic piano!
    Lot of thanks for this, Jonathan!
    Bertrand
     

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