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Paderewski - Op. 14, No. 2 "Sarabande"

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  1. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    This is part of the opus 14 set and follows the more popular Menuet. I just sort of stumbled onto this and glad I did. It’s only three pages but I think it is very beautiful. This is one of those pieces that should be played at night and only by candlelight.

    Paderewski - "Sarabande"
     
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    Pad.

    The Minuet is the only one of his compositions I've ever played. This is a pretty and relaxing piece to listen to, and you play it very well, of course. Thanks.
     
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    I like your style on this one, Monica. Relaxed and unforced. You make a clever use of dynamics by not revealing everything you have yet giving convincing hints of the potential in certain places. This keeps me alert all the way... and it's very artistic on your part. You have my vote.
     
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    Hi Monica,

    First time I've ever heard this piece. And very beautifully played too. Thanks for sharing it.

    David
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thanks, you guys. Like everything I play, I have have to work very hard, so I'm glad this one came off ok.
     
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    That sounds wonderful to me, beautiful played!

    Never heard this one, have just downloaded the score (from IMSLP).

    Thank you too for pointing to this composition!
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thank you, Olaf. It's fun to come across these hidden gems, isn't it? I was just browsing through the other Paderewski scores on imslp and it looks like there may be some other nice pieces. Time to buy more ink... :wink:
     
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    You know it seems with imslp a whole world of music has opened up to us. I don't think I would find these scores otherwise.

    This was played very nicely Monica. I didn't know of Paderewski compositions before. Somehow I thought he was just a virtuoso pianist. Sounded kind of baroque or renaissance? Almost like he was trying to follow the old rules of counterpoint? (Not that I know much about the subject)

     
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    Delightful.

    This is really one of the most delightful new discoveries I've encountered on PS.
    Nice job, pianolady. The playing was wonderful - very stately as a Sarabande should be and also introspective.
    If you're ever in a position to put the mic on the other side you should re-record it to see how it sounds over there, too.
    Was there reverb? Thanks for not putting it in to the point of being noticed. It helped keep the "classical" feel to the piece.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thanks, Stan. I think it sounds baroque or renaissance too. But it is not too fussy - that's why I like it so much.

    I know...I love that! And I'm even more excited because I'm printing off several Godowsky pieces I just found there that I did not have. Can't wait to get to my piano, but my son is still sleeping. I have very little patience, but I'll try to give him twenty more minutes.

    Thanks, Stu. But you can call me Monica :) .

    I'm a little confused about the mic issue. I have it on the left side of the piano, around one foot higher than the strings and about a foot away from the piano. At one time I had the recorder on the other side (right) but because there is a wall right there, the recorder was too close to the strings and I got a tinny sound.

    I did add a little reverb to the recording - the 'bathroom' setting. :lol:
     
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    Nice, Monica. Powerful reprise and delicate coda, you captured the mood very well. You made me visualize lighted candles and red velvets. :wink:

    By Paderewski I especially love the Nocturne Op.16 No.4. Try it and you will fall in love... :p
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thanks for the tip - I think I saw that one on imslp. I’ve been falling in love with lots of things lately, so I’ll definitely print it out. Thanks for listening.
     
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    Really beautiful, Monica. I heartilly agree with all the nice things said above.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thank you, Raymond. :)
     
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    Quite a touching little piece, much better than that famous minuet of his. Very affectionately played.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thank you. I still like the Menuet but not as much as I used to. Although I recently heard Rachmaninoff play it and he did some different things with it that sounded quite nice.
     

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