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Bach: Prelude and Fugue D-major, BWV 850!

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  1. musicusblau

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    I love this majestic fugue in the graceful style of a French Ouverture and this prelude of high waves. They refresh always my heart. :wink:

    This re-recording replaces my old version, please. Thank you very much in advance.[​IMG]

    For those, who are interested, here I´m playing this piece by heart:
    Prelude:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJqPUUuN ... annel_page
    Fugue:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7pb03gm ... annel_page

    The mp3-file is the audio-track of the two videos.

    I´m very interested in your comments. (I have changed my interpretation quite much compared with my old version.)

    And here for the "special interest", my new EQ-settings (please, tell me your opinion on my new high-frequency-settings in the area of 8000 and 16000 Hz, Pantelis):



    Bach - Prelude & Fugue No. 5 in D major, BWV 850
     
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    Fantastic music, especially the fugue. Your playing is masterful, Andreas, as always. Your redoing these pairs pays off.

    The sound is fine, with a lot of clarity and tonal focus. I think you have made a great progress with this so your persistence, again pays off.
     
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    wiser_guy wrote:
    Thank you for your encouraging words, Pantelis. :D

    I have got the inspiration from you, my friend, so,I thank you from heart!
    I´m quite satisfied with the sound-quality now, because it seems to mirror the true and natural sound of my grand-piano nearly perfectly. May be I´ll reduce the high frequencies a very little bit next time, because my impression is, that the sound-processing on youtube is not ideal for these settings. (It becomes a little bit fluttering, isn´t it?)

    I´ll listen to your recording this evening, Pantelis, now I have to work (have my long day today :( :wink: ). I´m very curious and I´m looking forward to your Bach. :D
     
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    Sounded great to me, Andreas. I've replaced the file.
     
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    A strong and lucid account of this great pair. I am not sure I agree with all your dynamics and homegrown embellishments but that is a matter of taste. I particularly like your sharp rhythms in the fugue. I am starting to feel ever more that I should be redoing all of my WTC recordings as well :(
     
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    Pianolady wrote:
    Thank you very much, Monica, but have you really replaced it? It´s because I don´t see the usual link (without the download-counter). And I have to say sorry, because in the file-name I have written "prelude and fugue in d-minor" by mistake, but it´s d-major. :oops:
     
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    Techneut wrote:
    Thank you for your encouraging comment, Chris. :D I play the double-dotted rhythm, because the fugue is in the style of a French Ouverture and most pianists do so.

    Besides the arpeggios I play exact the embellishments, which are in my Henle-edition. So, in this case I have not added any own embellishment of myself. In other cases I have done this still here and there. But in every case you are right, that embellishments in Bachs music are a matter of taste, of course.

    I have to say, that the redoing of these pairs brings very much to me. I try to play all preludes and fugues by heart now, which gives me more freedom. And I think, my interpretations become much better, may be it´s because I feel more free by knowing, that I still have a recording of that piece and so there is less pressure on me.
     
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    bravo, Herr Andreas
     
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    I listened to this new version this morning (watched on YT) and, dear Andreas, it's outstanding. One of your best interpretation in WTC I, I'm looking forward to listening to the next replacements.
     
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    I'm so sorry Andreas. I had something important going on today, and I guess my mind was not fully engaged in the task at hand. It's all fixed now.
     
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    Hi Andreas,

    Your performance of this prelude and fugue is very aristocratic and impeccable. Excellent!

    Your Grotrian was also in fine voice that day and sounded in perfect tune. It has a wonderful rich sound, doesn't it?

    I couldn't help but noticed in the video that the "key dip" of the highest B in the treble is out of adjustment--that is, it's sitting too low relative to the rest of the scale. Thus, when you impart energy to it, it will not accelerate the hammer as much as it should. It could perhaps be due to the underlying felt key punching between the key bottom and the front rail of the keybed, or the let-off mechanism. Next time your tuner is there, it would take but a minute or two to adjust it for you. Just a thought.

    David
     
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    Juufa72 wrote:
    Thank you, Mr. Julius! :D :lol:
     
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    Alf wrote:
    Thank you, my friend! I´m very happy about your encouraging comment. [​IMG] (Here you see the development of the smiley in the history of computer, btw. :lol: )
     
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    Pianolady wrote:
    Don´t worry, be happy! Te daa te daa... [​IMG](Do you know this famous song? Every Bach-player should know it! :lol: )
    [​IMG] and [​IMG]
     
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    Rachfan wrote:
    Thank you, David, your opinion means much to me. :D

    Thank you once more. Yes, I have tuned my grand shortly before the recording-session, like I do usually in last time.

    Thanks for the helpful advice, David. I have noticed this before, but my tuner wasn´t here a longer time, because I have tuned always myself in the last time. When I shall call him again, I shall tell him, that he should adjust the key (it´s b´´´´, I think).
     
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    Wow, Andreas - you are very good with these new smileys! But you may not be so nice to me after you've seen the money-donkey I got for you! :lol:
     
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    Oh and btw - yes, I know that song well. Something I sing to myself often. (and now it's stuck in my head)

    p.s. your money-donkey is in your other thread.
     
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    Pianolady wrote:
    Hä, hä, know I have reached my aim, hä hä![​IMG]
    (You have written, that I should not be so nice with you. :wink: )

    Clever as I am, I have found this out, before you wrote this.[​IMG]
     
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    Hi Andreas,

    I envy you tuning your own piano! And you do a great job with it too. You not only save a great deal of money doing that (especially those of us who record!), but can also do it when you wish to rather than waiting on someone else's schedule. I've tuned my parent's piano for several years and a friend's several times in the past, but I've never tuned my Baldwin. I have all the tools needed to do it, but just don't trust my ears as much as I used to. I do keep a tuning lever handy though to take the "curse" off a couple of notes or so between tunings, but that's about it. I do quite a bit of the easier regulation though--cleaning the soundboard, leveling hammers, tightening the action, adjusting a singing damper, adjusting an escapement let-off, adjusting the damper pedal release point, putting teflon powder on the flange knuckles, etc. Anything really technical I leave for the tuner/technician though.

    David
     
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    Hi David,
    so you do a lot of technical things, which I don´t do. I just tune and for all the other things I call the tuner. :lol: No seriously, if I call the tuner, he also tunes my grand-piano and does the other mechanical adjustments. Between I tune myself and I do this with a tuning-advice of Korg. It has a needle in the middle and you always can see, if the tone is right tuned or not. The problem is only the higher and lower tones, because the needle doesn´t work correctly in a certain frequency-area. I have explained my Korg-advice (with a picture of it) and my tuning-method to Pantelis in one of my more recent Bach-topics, but I don´t know any more, in which exactly. So, you could look for it, if you have interest.
     

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