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Bach: prelude and fugue c-major, WTC II, BWV 870, my start!

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  1. musicusblau

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    I´m starting to do a complete recording of Well Tempered Clavier, book II. May be I will go in chromatic order, I don´t know yet. There are some pairs I have played during my time of studies. The first pair was completely new for me, I have to admit. (Of course, I know them all by listening, I mean new concerning to play it myself here.)

    The prelude contains in the middle expression of suffering for me, because of its chromatic inflections, which are quite often in there. It starts quite blitheful and maestoso, but then there are some chromatic inflections, at the end it is a dissolution again and the pure c-major comes again in its lucent purity. That´s why I do interprete this piece quite lyrical. Bach purists, to which I don´t count myself, btw, may say, it´s too romantic probably. :wink:

    This is quite another character as the fugue has for me. This is a pure blitheful and lucent piece, a typical piece of good mood for Bachs style. This I do play blithefully and quite fast.

    So, enjoy, if you like, comments are appreciated as always.

    Here are the video-links:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIVqIYNWDtY (prelude c-major, WTCII)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzjDAlTMI04 (fugue c-major, WTCII)

    The audio-track is exactly the track of the videos.

    Bach - BWV 870 - Das Wolhtemperierte Clavier II - Prelude and Fugue No.1 in C major ( 5:05 )
     
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    Re: Bach: prelude and fugue c-major, WTC II, BWV 870, my sta

    Hi Andreas,

    I see I am the first to comment on your first set from the second book! A good job as usual, I especially like mentioning your beautiful legato in the Prelude. I'd prefer a more fidgety fugue to contrast the placid prelude, but of course your reading is perfectly fine (and not necessarily "romantic"). Look out for the first B in the Prelude, it's natural, not flat. Happy journey on the second book!
     
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    Hello Andreas!

    Thanks for posting this very nice recording!

    The beginning of the Prelude sounds really majestic, although I thought at first the tempo would be a little too slow - I perfectly got used to it after seven or eight bars.
    The Fugue is nice and playful und sometimes humorous - I like it very much the way you play it!

    I wish you good luck for WTC II!

    Greetings

    Jan
     
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    Good job as always, even though the rubati and tempo fluctuations are a bit too much for my taste.
    Apart from the B-flat in the Prelude I have no nitpickings there. In the fugue I noticed that in bars 25 and 53 you play a first note in the RH which is not there (these bars start with a 8th rest). The trill in bar 7 is a bit weak, and I did not hear the fugue subject in the tenor in bars 21-24. But hey, I need something to moan about, that's all.
     
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    Excellent recording quality, but better yet playing. I think this is one of your recordings I enjoyed the most! Great job!

    I do not have the knowledge to comment on any technical aspects such as tempo, dynamics, but overall your interpretation seems very good.

    Marcelo
     
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    This is up.
     
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    Hi Andreas,

    You're a wonderful interpreter of Bach. You play this P & F very beautifully. Listening to your playing of this composer is always a treat. Bravo!

    P.S. In the closeup of the keyboard at the beginning, I noticed that the B in the highest treble has some obvious dip in the key. I suspect that the height of the hammer might not be level with the other hammers. Next time your tuner is there, he could adjust this in about a minute. Not that we use that note but once in a "blue moon"; nonetheless, it's good to have it waiting in optimal readiness. The Grotrian sounded great as usual.

    David
     
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    Re: Bach: prelude and fugue c-major, WTC II, BWV 870, my sta

    Alfonso wrote:
    Thank you for your appreciated comment, Alfonso. :D And I´m very glad you like my version. Yes, to do still a more fidgety fugue would be possible. (I think, I would have to practice a bit more, if I would like to do it, but for me it wasn´t necessary, because I wanted to put the emphasis to do a good and artful voicing. (Of course, a higher tempo and a good voicing do not exclude each other.)

    Thank you so much, my friend. You are right. :oops:

    Thank you. It will become very interesting and captivating.
     
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    Jan wrote:
    Thank you very much for your kind and encouraging comment, Jan. How was your examination? (If you have interest, please watch the new composition of my former pupil, Patrik Pietschmann, who studies also Schulmusik (but he is only in the second semester actually): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqpN5i58zdo)
     
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    Techneut wrote:
    Thanks for that, Chris, the rubati are a matter of taste as always.

    Whew, that are good points, Chris, it´s bar 51, not 53, in which I do play an additional c (I always do solve the melodic line to the tonica). But it´s wrong, of course, I did it intuitively somehow. And indeed, I didn´t realize completely the subject in the tenor in bar 21-24! :!: :oops: All these points are a true reason for me to re-record this piece. I will do it befor I go on with c-minor. Thank you once more, Chris, your advices are really valuable. When I re-record I also will delete the wrong b-flat at the beginning of the prelude.

    And thank you for having put this up. :D
     
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    mgasilva wrote:
    Thank you for your interest and your kind comment, Marcello. :D
     
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    Thank you so much, my dear friend. Coming from you it means a lot to me and it´s very encouraging. :D

    Oh, I know this problem, but thank you for the advice. I have adjusted it myself like this, because I had again this terrible clanging, which always is caused by the bolt, which holds the keys down. If it´s loose, the key is in right position, but there is always a clanging, because it´s too loose in this case. If I draw it closer, the clanging is over, but the key stands out a bit. Well, the devil is in the details, not in the great ideas, isn´t it? :roll: :lol:

    Thank you, that makes me very happy!
     
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    Re: Bach: prelude and fugue c-major, WTC II, BWV 870, my sta

    This is very nice Andreas. As usual your playing is very clear, expressive, and natural sounding. Nice to see you start another project.

    Your tempo changes always seemed in good taste to me anyway. I didn't think they were excessive.

     
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    s_winitsky wrote:
    Thank you for your interest and appreciation, Stan.

    I´m glad, that you and also Alfonso see it like this. :D
     
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    Hi Andreas!

    I now passed 8 out of 10 exams, and until now, I'm very happy about the results I got...
    It must be very interesting for you to watch the musical activities of your former pupils... the epic choir project is quite impressive. It's an unusual combination of instruments and styles, which leads to a film-like effect to my ears. Can you tell which Bach-piece I have to think of hearing those quaver-lines?

    Maybe we're getting a little off-topic now... Best wishes for your further-Bach recordings!
     
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    jan wrote:
    That´s fine. It´s very good, if our schools get as capable musicians as you as procreation.

    Yes, it´s very interesting and impressive, indeed. Patrik and me, we are still friends, and he asked me for my camera to make this video, and I have borrowed him my camcorder. Patrik wants to become a film-composer and he still has composed some impressive film-music. (I think, the younger generation like you and him must been laughing seeing us oldies here discuss, if a piece of Einaudi should be accepted on this site or not. :lol: )

    Well, that kind of ascending quaver-sequences are in a lot of Bach- or baroque-pieces, though I can´t tell you a certain piece now. :oops: It´s the text of the "Pater noster", which he has set into music, also this gives the whole piece a baroque respective sacral "touch".

    Thank you. I wish you the same. Will be interesting to listen to your next two-part-inventions. You have a very good feeling for Bachs music! :!:
     
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    Hello Andreas, I admire your intention to record the second volume of Bach's Well -Tempered -Clavier. It's agreat project after having fulfilled the first volume so brilliantly.
    I especially enjoyed the fugue. The tempo you chose is fast, and that is often a risk in a complicated fugue. But you keep it through without stumbling. Well done! -
     
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    francoisstreff wrote:
    Thank, dear Franz, for your kind and encouraging comment! :D
     

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