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Beethoven - 12 German Dances WoO8

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  1. pianosa

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    Excellent again Werner. I guess the main challenge in playing a set of these is to maintain a high degree of commitment, and you do that admirably. Some of these seem a bit trivial and repetitive, but others are good. The ones I would listen to again are nrs. 5 and 12.

    Once more a worthy addition to the site. But I have to ask you to pay attention to the ID3 tagging rules (the file names are ok) as explained here

    viewtopic.php?f=12&t=5115

    Most important, the Name fields should start with "Beethoven - ".
    The Album, Genre, and Year fields should be consistently filled in.

    A good practice is to sometimes insert a space in a Name to force proper sorting. Right now iTunes will show this order

    1 10 11 12 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

    If you insert an extra space in front of the single digits, they will be shown in the correct order.
    In the file names, an extra zero before the single digits is nice as you get the files listed in order.

    The latter two things are not mandatory though.
     
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    Hi Werner,

    Nice to meet you :) , I don't think I've ever written to you before! Welcome to the society. I had a listen to your other Beethoven recordings a week or two ago but was too busy to respond. I like your playing here as much as there, which is a lot! You clearly have great technique and play these pieces to a high standard. I hear a lot of Haydn and Mozart in these pieces and no doubt these composers were similar. It's after Bach, but there's a whiff of the romantic idiom, if you have a good nose to smell it... Or rather, ear :)
     
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    I finally had a chance to listen to these (through speakers) in one sitting, and they work for a single sitting - very delightful. If anything, this is even better than your earlier work. The last two in particular should be commended; I think your touch in #11 is exactly what's required by the piece. (The resonance in the recording on this one was especially good, too.)

    BTW: the 7 seconds of silence at the end of #12 may be a little excessive. It's possible that the piano was still sounding and I lost it in the speakers, of course.
     
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    Firstly, thank you all for the kind feedback. I appreciate it.

    Chris, apologies for the inconsistency in my tagging. I will ensure that the next recordings will all be tagged correctly.

    Pianoman, nice to meet you too! I agree with you completely. The different style influences is what made me record these works in the first place.

    StuKautsch, I took a bit more time with second set and it paid off. Thank you again for the constructive feedback.
     
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    Aw, they're so cute. Not among Beethoven's greatest works, but very appealing when presented the way you do here. Thanks for sharing them with us!
     
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    PS My favorite is no. 12 because of the goofy super-Beethoven ending.
     
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    I had hoped you would correct and repost these. Ok I'll do it this time if you promise to be a good boy next time.
     
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    They are on the site.
     
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    Hello Werner,

    Thank you for posting a pleasant, intimate interpretation
    of these touching dances. You played with appropriate lyricism
    throughout with appropriate expression of character.

    The piano "spoke" throughout.

    One small suggestion; perhaps the tempo
    could have been a tad more even in the fifth dance.

    However, the performance was truly beautiful throughout with it's
    folkoric and yet classical charm.

    Thank you for sharing such a highly enjoyable performance.

    Kaila
     
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    Hello Werner,
    I haven't come to PS for a while, and having a glance on the recent submissions, I find a new pianist (to me). I enjoyed very much the listening of these dances; I am sure many pianists can find a motivation to practice them thanks to your interpretations. Cute pieces, perfectly played with rigor and taste. I am wondering about the conditions of the recordings: can you tell us about your piano ? Do you edit your records (I find them really flawless) ? Regards from France,
     

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