Discussion in 'Submission Room' started by troglodyte, May 22, 2017.
Three short pieces by Shostakovich. Comments welcome!
If I am going to find fault with these, it would have to be on the basis I find them a bit "formal"; maybe more agility and plasticity would be welcome. They are clean and I don't find anything especially to complain about, but, for example, the composer's own recording is a fair bit more spirited (and, it is not unreasonable to say, a fair bit more untidy - 1 and 3 are somewhat technically fallible!) Nice to hear them again after many years - almost as lengthy a timespan as it took for me to respond
I am learning these at the moment and I really enjoyed your performance. You made them sound more like a dance than any of the recordings I've listened to on YouTube and the speed you chose for the last one has made me feel more confident that it can still sound good even when it's not 100 mph.. thank you
A belated thanks for your comments! Yes I took the tempo down a notch to attempt to gain more clarity, and to emphasize the ambiguous feeling about "dance" I think is central here.
You can tell they have been carefully studied. They have the right phrasing, and are well controlled (it's easy in this pieces to get lost).
I feel like the piano is not good enough for the performer though, I'd really like to hear you perform them on a better instrument as your skill deserves that!
As someone else noted, I also think they could benefit being played a bit faster. But if this would sacrifice the clarity, I completely agree on you choice of keeping them slower.
A very good job! Thanks for posting!
Thanks! The piano is a Steinway O - I suspect it is the recording equipment which is a bit too amateurish, maybe I need to upgrade.
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