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Liadov Mazurka Op 57, No. 3

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  1. pianoman342

    pianoman342 Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    I have been practicing this piece and made a recording today. Really like this piece, even though it's small. Regarding the audio quality, sorry but I've done the horrible mistake of dropping my $100 recorder, it is now broken and needs to be replaced. So this is through my camera phone. This is a new sampler, though, so I hope you like it (you're hearing what is called the Eighty Eight Ensemble) it has a nice buzz sound when you release the keys, which is very much like what it sounds like when the felt part of the hammers on a real grand piano parts with the strings.

    Chris, I have listened to your recording and I think I'm missing some notes around the poco piu mosso part. One thing I will criticize about your recording is I think you underplay the ritardando at bar 16. I think that should linger just a bit more. I realize I probably play the poco piu mosso too slow, but it just doesn't seem that a piece this small should be rushed... Then again, it cannot drag either, especially the eighth note melody in the main theme. There shouldn't be too much rubato which is what I have heard on some renditions on YouTube.

    Anyways, here's my take, I hope you can enjoy:

    https://youtu.be/N2K3AiLJDzk
     
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    You're doing a good job here Riley ! The piece may be short but it's by no means trivial, and a step up from things you have recorded so far, both technically and musically. It is a wonderful little piece of of music indeed, and the performance is solid and musical. The only criticism is that it sounds a bit "new", you're still
    somewhat feeling for the notes. Stick with this one, and it will be good. Perfecting even a short and relatively easy piece does wonders for you.

    Yes you are right about the rit. at bar 16. I hardly observe it in my recording, allowing no more than my customary holding back at the end of a phrase or section.
    That could have been different. On the plus side, I'm playing this with considerably more freedom than I would have done when I first joined PS. Some people on YT indeed make a big meal of this one, pulling each bar apart with overblown rubato. Not my style either.
     
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    That was very nice, Riley! I don't know this one, but the tempo sounds fine and I think you have a good feel for the piece.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback Chris and Monica. I think I could learn this better yet. I'll have to find the time to listen to both of your latest recordings. I definitely agree, mastering an easy piece is no small feat, though it might seem so to a very talented pianist. I do like to try harder material though. I mean to learn Evocation by Albeniz later this summer. Not an easy undertaking i realize, but as the bible says, where there is hope, there is courage!
     
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    Wow, Evocacion, that is ambitious. It might be the 'easiest' of Iberia but still a very complicated and intense piece. The signature with 7 flats doesn't help. It is a grand goal to set yourself but if you really set your mind to it, anything is possible.
     

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