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Piano Recital in B-flat

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  1. wmgan

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    Hi,

    I just discovered this forum, and I figured I'd start by posting a recording of my recital at Bard College (where I go to school) last semester. I advertised it as a "Piano Recital in B-flat".

    Here's the last piece on the program, and probably the strongest -- the original 1913 version (with minor exceptions) of Rachmaninoff's second sonata in B-flat minor.

    More tracks will follow.

    ~Ming.

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    Here's Prokofiev's seventh sonata. It was my second newest piece on the program — I only learned it about two months before the recital, which explains why it was so shaky.
     
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    Mozart's Sonata in B-flat major, K. 333.

    All tempi are wayyyyyyyy faster than I intended. Blame it on my nerves! This was my first full-length solo recital.
     
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    And finally, the first piece on my program — Bach's Partita No. 1 in B-flat major. Due to my unfortunate habit of procrastinating, I learned this only a couple weeks before my recital, so thank god I didn't have any serious memory slips.
     
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    As an encore, I sang the song "Smile" by Charlie Chaplin (also in the key of B-flat, keeping with the theme of my recital!). Unfortunately, I forgot to tell the guy who recorded my recital that I might be doing an encore, so he turned off the recording equipment after the Rachmaninoff and wasn't record the song in its entirety. At least he got the instrumental solo in it.

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    :shock: Your Rachmaninov sonata is nice. Like Howard Shelley nice. :shock:
     
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    Thank you! I've got to listen to Shelley's recording again — haven't heard it in a long time.
     
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    where are you studying now?..I quickly listen to you k333 and bach giue....prokv..Your touch is very good. Are you playing on a light action grand? Could you tell me more?

    Just listening to your play with out score..UI can say Very fine played and articulated....Well done.
     
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    I'm studying with Melvin Chen at the Bard College Conservatory of Music in New York state. This recital was in Olin Hall, which has one of the nicest pianos at Bard (with the possible exception of the Fisher Center) . . . it's a Steinway model D with a moderate (I guess) action. (Unfortunately, I can count the number of nice pianos at Bard on one hand . . . most of our pianos are Yamaha baby grands.)

    On October 24 (a week from Tuesday), I'll be giving a lunchtime recital in Bard Hall at noon. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a great piano (you guessed it . . . it's a Yamaha baby grand), but it seemed like the best venue for a small and informal lunchtime concert. I'll be playing the Bach—Busoni Chaconne and the Liszt Sonata in B minor. Feel free to drop by if you happen to be in the area.
     
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    When I arrive to work, I will download and listen to everyone of your recordings and it will be very interesting! Welcome to Piano Society!
     
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    So far, I have listened to the Prokofiev Sonata which was an impressive performance! Shaky, well it sounds like you sometimes doubt how to play as you were not sure of your idea of interpretation but generally, I think it went really well. For only 2 months of preparation (have you not ever played anything from it before?), you should be happy with it.
     
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    I listened to the Rachmaninov Sonata, the rest will have to wait as I can not download mp3's at work.

    Mightily impressive, technically very accomplished, very much a young man's Rachmaninov. Could do with a bit more restraint in places - sometimes you just tear through the notes rather than make them sound and sing. Good to hear the original version of this Sonata, it's intrigueing if not necessarily better than the final cut. I very much like your thundering ending, which seems to be in the best Russian tradition. The applause was well-earned.

    You are a great pianist with lots of potential, and I am looking forward to hearing your other recordings. I have to say, recording the Prokofiev 7 after only two months of learning is sheer divine madness :shock: If it's as shaky as you and Robert say, perhaps you should have resisted the temptation.

    More comments later. In the meantime, welcome to Piano Society !
     
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    Have now listened to your 2:nd Rach sonata and this was most impressive! You handle it extremely well including all technical difficulties and involved, the endurance that is needed to power this Sonata all the way through and the extreme dynamics changes. Congratulations!
     
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    Have now listened to the Mozart as well (you make my day at work ;)). Yes you came out a bit too fast. Especially for the first movement and you ran into problems a couple of times because of that but kept everything together pretty nice anyway. Noting terrible and you got a very good technique for the wonderful ornaments of Mozart. A good performance as well but at this moment, I compare you with the Rach Sonata :D.
     
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    And finally the Bach Partita no.1. Did you learn it just a couple of weeks before the recital or did you learn it with the beginning of a couple of weeks before the performance? In the later case, that sound incredible to me.

    Very good and you keep the "melody line" consistant through all the moments. There are perhaps a couple of weak moments but generally, a splendid performance!
     
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    Well, at some point during the spring semester, I decided to do a recital at the end of the semester — I knew I wanted the Rachmaninoff sonata to be on the program, as I'd been playing it on and off for a couple years but never performed it.

    (I actually started by learning the revised version but quickly decided that I could never play that version, which is in my opinion very inferior to the original. My teacher discouraged me from playing a combined version, and though that wouldn't have stopped me if I really wanted to do that, I knew I be too strongly influenced by Horowitz's recordings to do something that was truly my own, so I decided to stick with the original version. In the end, as you can hear in my recording, I did borrow two measures of the revised version in the first movement, and cut several measures in two sections of the third movement.)

    Other pieces I was working on (the four Chopin ballades, Schumann's Symphonic Etudes) would probably not have worked together with the Rachmaninoff (yes, my repertoire is very Romantically biased — which I really need to fix). I had learned the Mozart B-flat major sonata the previous semester, and I thought "hey, why don't I do an all B-flat recital!", and Melvin (my teacher) thought it was a good idea. I immediately thought of Bach's B-flat partita (though I procrastinated learning that piece till less than a month before the recital), and Melvin suggested Prokofiev's seventh sonata, which I started learning soon (it might have been more than two months, I don't remember exactly).
     
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    Very nice to have you here and I hope that you also wish to be added as a pianist on the main site. At any point, just tell me or Chris and we put you up along with your recordings on the site.
     
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    Just listened to the rest of the recital.

    The Mozart is very good but sounds a bit breathless and impatient. Could be
    more a matter of interpretation than of speed. Some of the ritenuti are bit
    too exaggerated for my taste. There are some slips but nothing distracting.
    Your dynamics are excellent, passagework and ornaments could be cleaner.
    Take this a bit more relaxed and it will be great.

    But there's something I do not understand. This is a live performance, right ?
    But apart from the polite applause at the end, I could detect no sound of
    the audience at all. Not even one single rustle or cough ... Can any audience
    be THAT quiet for about half an hour ? Were they muzzled ? It baffles me.

    Prokofiev then. A bit cautious perhaps, compared to the likes of Argerich,
    but certainly not shaky. I found the 1st mvt quite convincing in its cool
    understatement. The Andante is a bit too impatient and matter-of-fact -
    where's the "caloroso" ? I wish you'd taken the finale a bit slower, and
    invested more in power than speed. I have seen this movement described as
    depicting Russian tanks rolling towards the battle-front. If there are any
    here, they seem to get rather tangled up in the end... Very impressive how
    you can keep up the tempo right up to the end, and there is a point in doing
    so. But you'd be forgiven for taking a little broader tempo for these
    horrifically difficult final pages, in order to keep things on track better.

    The Bach Partita - learned and memorized in only a couple of weeks ? That
    is insane ! It may look simple on paper but it is actually one of the
    hardest Bach works to bring off, in my experience. Very well done thoughout.
    You play considerably more ornamentation than is written in the Urtext, but
    it's all very tastefully done and cleanly executed, no quibbles about it.
    The Courante and (especially) the Menuets are too fast and relentless, which
    is not helped by the detached playing. Your ritenuti at the end of movements
    are too pronounced and start way too early (that could be a matter of taste
    but I was told off by my teacher for doing the same). The Gigue is perfect
    I think.

    Again, so sign of the audience until the applause at the end. How do they
    do it ?
     
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    I would be honored if you would add me and my recordings to your site! Let me know what information you need.

    I'll also upload some of my older recordings here soon.
     
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    woww your rachmaninoff is so impressive!

    I love your beginning! its better than the version of horowitz and sultanov
     

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