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Medtner: Alla Reminiscenza, Op. 38 No. 8

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  1. schmonz

    schmonz Amitai Schlair Piano Society Artist

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    Also recorded on the big Steinway this afternoon. Unfortunately I was unable to get a recording in which the bass doesn't swallow the treble at the climax. Also I missed a couple notes in the RH there. Also there's a key in the upper register which buzzes noticeably every time it's played. Hmph. This piece deserves better!
     
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    This is lovely as well, and shame indeed the treble is partly drowned by that powerful bass.
    The beginning sounded a bit tentative (perhaps intentionally so) but the final page was really impressive with these large inexorable steps in the bass. The tricky 3-to-8 rhythm sounded far more comfortable than in the first recording. Great class !
     
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    Yes, after some experimentation with tempo (based on your earlier suggestion) I decided I prefer a slow, halting opening. "As a reminiscence," after all. Then again, I seem to always err on the side of slow tempi.

    Anyway, too bad about the state of the Steinway. Properly voiced, with that bass, it'll be great -- in general, but also for Medtner in particular. I'll have to figure out who to ask about getting it looked after. Meanwhile I'd say this take isn't quite publishable.
     
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    Oh don't be daft... this is eminently publishable. You should not have any quibbles about having this on the site.
     
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    Heh, well, let's just say I felt badly including this track on the CD I just made for my parents. Not on a par with the others. But if you really think it should go up, fine, I'll just try to replace it with a better version in a few weeks. :)
     
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    Good news -- tomorrow night I should be able to get back into that space where I did Op. 26 No. 3 a couple weeks ago. Planning to come out of it with a replacement Alla Reminiscenza, at the very least. I've dropped a note to the campus piano technician asking him to give the instrument a tune sometime during the day tomorrow...
     
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    Gah! No luck. In a campus environment, recordable situations occur only when they feel like it. That means I should never get my hopes too high, while being ever ready in case the opportunity arises. Alternatively, it means I need a nearby friend with his/her own piano. :) Ah well. At least I got to start reading through Danza graziosa and Danza festiva. I can tell already they're going to be great fun.
     

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