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Beethoven, Sonata Op. 53 "Waldstein"

Discussion in 'Submission Room' started by Vladimir Oppenheim, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. Vladimir Oppenheim

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    Hi everyone,
    I would like to present my recording of Beethoven's sonata Op. 53.
    Thanks for listening,

    Vladimir Oppenheim
     

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    Hello Vladimir,
    Congratulations for climbing a so high mountain of the piano literature ! I know quite well this sonata (that I have recorded some years ago). Your first movement is somewhat slow, but nicely done, with a quite constant tempo and good dynamics and expression. Same for the second one. As for the third, here the tempo is really slower than usual and when the LH scales come, then you brake again, reaching a tempo about half of the one you adopted at the beginning. I know why (these scales are so difficult !) but it kills the normal flow of the music and the character of the piece.
    I would encourage you to re-practice this third movement, in order to reach a steady tempo closer to what is usual (Beethoven wrote Allegretto ma non troppo). If you like, I can upload the two first movements or wait for a new version of the third to deal with the whole sonata. Please tell me... Regards,
     
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    Hello Francois,
    I appreciate your positive comment & good advice. Thanks. I agree that a faster tempo in the 3rd movement is a valid option. Before choosing this version I've compared it with my others & despite that somewhat slower octaves, I came to a conclusion that it sounded better & more musical. Others were faster, more aggressive & louder. It was also recorded on a different instrument, which I don't have anymore, so I had to rerecord entire sonata... Let's keep this version, but please don't post it yet as I'd like to edit it a bit & reduce the noise.
    I remember watching Claudio Arrau playing this sonata; his approach to these parallel octaves was very original: he played it glissando... imagine moving 1st & 5th finger together glissando... and it was significantly slower as I remember.
    Thanks, I will resubmit it soon,
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    Vladimir
     
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    Hi Vladimir,
    Hence I was not talking about octaves, but about the section which starts at 0'55". Here your tempo is almost divided by 2 in order for your left hand to properly play the ascending C major scale. Sometimes it is allowed to slow down a little for technical reason, but here it is really too much (at least, it is my opinion). Maybe other members can give their one ?
     
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    Hi Francois,
    I listened to this section that starts at 0'55. Yes, the change in tempo is standing out. I agree, let's not rush with posting this version. I will record it again sometime. Thanks for paying attention!
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    Vladimir
     
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    Hi Francois,
    I will upload very soon my second recording of 3rd movement of "Waldtstein" sonata; something I owed you for a long time :) It seem to be a better version. I think that now all movements can be combined and posted . Thanks for your advice & help. Best,
    Vladimir
     
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    Hello Vladimir,
    Thanks ! I am looking forward to listening this new trial. Best regards,
     

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