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Bach - Organ Chorale Wachet auf (video)

Discussion in 'Submission Room' started by Biggemski, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Biggemski

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    Is that you playing ? I'm a bit confused by the YT nickname.
    If so you are doing quite well. Since when do you play the organ ? I see some of my own faults here, sitting far from the keyboards, legs apart, using free hand or foot for support whenever possible, frequent looking at the feet. And the occasional miss in the pedal part - all very recognizable. It seems to me you do have lessons, as you nicely play the rests (not always easy for a pianist) and handle the three independent voices well. Ornaments are good, too.
    I wish you'd chosen a less windy register for the pedal, but perhaps there was little choice, it's probably a small organ with only the most basic pedal registers. There's a funny rattling noise as if something is vibrating against the organ.
    Despite the critique, good work. These modest chorales are not at all easy.
     
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    Thanks for comment, Chris. I love Bach's chorales. I started to play organ last year, when I enrolled conservatory. This recording is half year old, what I do not like in it is too long bassline tones. It was quite challenging to play this instrument as I was used only to play school organs, but quite fun:)
     
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    Oh I love them too. I do believe Bach's gave hist best in his organ chorales. That they are based on century-old hymns makes them all the more poignant.
    For only a year of playing, you are doing fine here. Yes maybe the bass notes could be a bit more succinct, but at least you are not keeping them down too long.
     
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    Biggemski,

    I enjoyed your performance (except for the rattling to which Chris alluded). You played with clarity and brought out the character of the three voices well. And yes, as Chris said, you do play the rests well. I think that that is one of the things that I have learned to truly apply to my piano playing from my little bit of organ studies. Your registration seemed fine to me. I truly understand the difficulty of pedal registrations on small organs. Wish that I had pedal ranks with the quality that you have here. (@Chris: it is all in perception 8) )

    I want a back rest to the organ bench in my church. :lol: As Chris mentionend, I noticed the use of everything possible to stabalize yourself. I do that too. I also have yet to find a comfortable position at the organ. Lately, I have the problem that my left hip starts hurting after a few minutes. I compensate by playing mostly piano at church.

    Thanx for sharing this.

    Scott
     
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    Thank you for posting this! I played this piece on the piano in a transctription by W. Kempff, and at that time listened to the original organ version many times. And I prefer the original to any transcription for piano :)
    I must add it's nearly a mistery to me how the organists can use their feet so independently during playing with hands!!!
     

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