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Chopin Mazurka Op. 59, No. 2

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  1. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    This one has been sitting on the back burner for a long time. Finally got around to working on it, again. However, it is harder than it looks, for me anyway, and took a lot of a recording takes to get something half-decent.
    (if you listen to this tomorrow, and are nice enough to offer comments, please be kind - it's my birthday :) )

    Chopin Mazurka Op. 59, No. 2
     
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    Very nice ! I thought it a bit dry at the beginning (you could use a little more pedal perhaps) but the tuttis are really good and sonorous. And you do a far better job of that 4-voice descending chromatic passage than I did. This is indeed a Mazurka more difficult than it sounds (aren't they all really...) and as usual you hardly put a foot wrong. Makes me feel like I need to re-record mine :x

    I think you could apply a bit more freedom of expression though.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Thank you.
    Good thing you didn't make a typo and hit one key to the right of 'u'. :lol: (My eyes played a trick on me when I first read this)
     
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    .....children! watch yourselves! there are adults viewing this forum as well! :lol: :wink:

    I agree Mazurkas sound easier than they really are. That's the same thing I think about Bach and his WTC: "well that sounds easy...I can play that!....." but then when I look at the sheet music I have a change of mind.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Sorry, Juufa. It's just my warped sense of humor. I guess I really should behave myself and start thinking before I speak.
     
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    I must admit I like gorgeous tuttis a lot. Especially in stereo :lol:
     
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    First, happy birthday to you, Monica!

    Sounds very good to me! You really take care to play precise and note correctly, and that's already a big achievement.
    Expressionwise I could imagine a more dynamic or liberate playing both tone color wise and rhythm wise. The beginning is marked "dolce" in my score! And it would sound better to me with pedal usage. Beside this (what could be interpreted as personal taste), very good!
     
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    This is a very good recording and perfect note wise and I even though I am used to here recordings with more dynamics and rubato, I did not miss much of it here. Oh, and happy birthday even though I am a day late.
     
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    Thanks Olaf and Robert (you are not a day late)
    I think I played more dolce earlier in the session. As I did take after take, my wrists started hurting more and more and I concentrated on just getting correct notes. I will try harder next time, especially since I tell everybody else to play with more expression.
     
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    Happy belated b-day! This is great stuff. Hooray for Mazurkas!! I especially loved when the melody came in the tenor voice, you made it come out so clear.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Thank you, Jeff Man, for the b-day greeting. It's nice when friends (and especially new friends) take an extra second or two to do that.
    That's my favorite part of the piece.

    Do you have any mazurkas on the horizon? It's nice to hear others style with these.
     
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    This one is up the site !
    We should by now be called Mazurka Society :wink:
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Thank you.

    That would be fun. You would still definitely be King since you have played so many of them.
     
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    Oh Mazurka Queen.... what a sweet thing to say. Will you marry me ? :lol:
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    As long as you don't stop playing mazurkas and force me to listen to 'you-know-who' all day long.
     
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    Right .... Deal's off then !
    I guess we can still be friends :wink:
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Okay.
    (And aren't you happy I haven't poisoned your other threads? I can be good.)
     
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    With all these Mazurkas now, I'm looking at doing a set. Possibly the Op. 33. However, my schedule (not to sound like a professional musician, because I am still a student) won't allow me to work them in till next school year, and then probably not till next January. I got to do some Chopin already as I have only ever played the e-minor posth. waltz. I'm thinking though of doing some etudes.

    Time will tell!

    Jeff.
     

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