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Rachmaninov and Vladigerov

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  1. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    These are redos from recordings I made a loooongggg time ago. The Rach etude is one I played at my recent competition. I had it memorized so figured I would made a video. The Vladigerov is not memorized, and actually not many people know Vladigerov, so I video recorded it at the same time as the Rach. The Vladigerov video - there are some slips and a train-wreck page turn, and so I also made an audio-only recording for PS that has less errors. The Rach audio file is the same as the video.

    Videos:

    Rachmaninov - Etude-Tableaux in G-minor, Op. 33, no. 7
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9UpsW8 ... fVnX5BuRtg

    Vladigerov - "Autumn Elegy" from Three Piano Pieces, Op. 15, No. 2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cos4GYh ... fVnX5BuRtg


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    Rachmaninov - Etude-Tableaux in G-minor, Op. 33, no. 7

    Vladigerov - Autumn Elegy, Op. 15, no. 2
     
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    Hi Monica,

    Nicely played Rachmaninoff! You seem to have a sense for the dynamic rises and falls in this piece. An excellent choice of repertoire too. IMO this brooding, haunting, lyrical etude isn't played nearly often enough alongside some of the more virtuosic ones. Not that this is one is all easy to bring off, and you do a nice job with getting the effect of the eerie thirty-second squalls that emerge on page 3 (in my edition). Overall good tone, balance, and recorded sound too.

    Great work!

    Joe
     
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    Hi Monica,

    I enjoyed both of your pieces. I've always liked that Rachmaninoff etude. It's a very brooding, introspective, and reflective piece. You play it very well indeed. Vladigerov was a wonderful composer. There was always the paradox that he was accomplished and successful as a composer, yet was known only in parts of eastern Europe. I find his eclectic style to be very impressive, as he seems to combine late romantic with just a measured amount of modernism, but sometimes even including some very fleeting impressionistic moments too.

    Wonderful playing, Monica!

    David
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Thank you very much, Joe and David!!

    I noticed you both used this spelling of Rachmaninoff. Looks like I'm the only one spelling it Rachmaninov. Oh well...it's matches with Vladigerov.

    Thank you again!

    Sincerely,

    Monicanov.... :lol:
     
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    Hi Monica,

    I think that for posting recordings, it makes sense to have a convention that determines the matter of spelling the names of composers as there can be several variances among countries. It lends uniformity in the listings here.

    But now here is something to ponder (not that I'm advocating any change): When he had to sign anything, he wrote Rachmaninoff. :)

    David
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Hi David,

    Yes, I'm only using the Rachmaninov spelling because that's the convention on the main site. But that sure is interesting regarding what you said about Sergei himself signing Rachmaninoff! Wow!! I think I'm going to change the way I write it now....

    ~Monicanoff... :lol:
     
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    Hi Monicanoff ;)

    I had a listen to your redo of the Vladigerov piece, which I have a long ago recording from. I can definitely say this is a more polished version. I love the rhythm of the main theme, it really is innovative, how simple it is, but also how complex using just two notes! And your Rachmaninov, it was great. I agree with Joe, it could certainly be played more in piano concerts/recitals. The two handed ascending arpeggios look really tricky in your video, but you really made those smooth :) I also liked how your touch was kind of detached for your chords, it really gave it a creepy feeling to it, which fit the mood. Now I have a question for Vladigerov, if Rachmaninov signed his named Rachmaninoff, does that mean Vladigerov signed his name Vladigeroff?! :p

    Nice job on both of these!
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Hi Rileynoff, :)
    Thank you for the kind words!

    Good one about Vladigerov-roff!

    Arff, arff....somehow I'm thinking about doggies now.... :lol:
     
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    I can only add to the praise! Nice touch and tone control overall, relaxed and effective use of dynamics. I heard no train wreck and think the little slips are insignificant in a single-take video. I particularly liked the beginning of the Vladigerov. And you make the Rach sound easy when in fact it isn't.

    Interesting point about the name spelling. Perhaps I should begin to sign as Parroff?

    Joachim
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Thank you, Joachim!

    That's the spirit!! :D
     
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    I heard the Rach during the competition and liked it, so I listened to the Vladigerov and really like it a lot. I did not catch "mistakes", maybe because it's modern, or maybe there weren't more than a couple.
    As I said in the Debussy (and have a couple of other times lately), you're getting really good at catching the resonance on the piano. I know you're a student of pedaling (too many of us "just do it"), and it's paying off.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Thank you very much, Stu! :D
     

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