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Scarlatti, Bach and.......

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  1. Anonymous

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    Scarlatti Sonatas K450
    Scarlatti Sonatas K517
    Scarlatti Sonatas K149
    Bach Prelude and Fugue C Maj. WTK I book
    Stahlbrand Polska n.1
    Stahlbrand Waltz n.1

    Enjoy them all.
    This is the first upload of my Scarlatti recordings (about 20 sonatas).
    In the opinion of the italian musicologist Pagano Scarlatti was a bit crazy.
    In my interpretations he seems very crazy :) :)
    The Bach's prelude is desperately slow: I have no idea about how it must be played.
    I hope you enjoy Robert's music also in these version. :)

    Sandro "Sarrasani" Bisotti
     
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    I think this is the first time in Piano Society history that the composer can critique someone else's interpretation of their composition! ...that is, unless some of you people can talk to dead guys. I wouldn't be surprised :wink:
     
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    This was really interesting and a lot different than I play them! Pretty suprising and I must get used to your romatic way of playing them. You know, I imagined that one could dance to them. I do not say it is wrong and am just happy that someone took the time to actually play them at all and I thank you Sandro a lot for that!

    But...I cannot help picking on a few things :p.

    In the Polka, you play a bass key wrong in bar 18, 26 etc. and everywhere as that repeats. It should be a G and not a D ;). But otherwise, notwise perfect.
    In the Waltz, I am not sure you make the descending diminuendo scale which appears first time in bar 26 right...or perhaps it is me who plays that different than I once wrote in the score.

    But thanks again for taking the time to first play and then record them. Shall I put them up on the site?
     
  6. Anonymous

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    Hi Robert!

    Why not?


    All best,
    Sandro.
     
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    Isn't it a polska as the sheet music indicates? :?
     
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    I like your take on the Stahlbrand Waltz, with the flair and freedom that goes with a Waltz. I'm less convinced about the Polka (the only polka I know that is in tripe meter :) ) where you push and pull the tempo about too much, and do the left-before-right trick rather too insistently. Way I see it, polkas are supposed to be rhythmic and snappy. Nice that you play some pieces of one of our member composers :D

    The Bach prelude is indeed a hard thing to decide what to do with. I opted for a fast and flowing approach, and you chose for an excruciatingly slow one. Not sure if either is right or wrong, but I did not have the patience to listen to more than 3 bars of your version.... this thing just gets plain boring at such a snail's pace. The fugue is well done with respect to bringing out the counterpoint.

    The Scarlatti's are fantastically played. IMO the best recordings you have submitted so far. Praise be, you mostly refrain from old-world romantic mannerisms and the result is very refreshing. Great stuff ! The only thing I did not like is your rushing of the tempo in the downward passages of the K.517.
     
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    I have now put up all the recordings but for my Polska. I hope you accept it as the reason is the wrong bass key and I really hope you have time to re-record it as the change should be pretty easy to correct. I also took the freedom to merge the Bach Prelude and Fugue.

    And once again, thanks a lot for taking the time to interpret my amateur attempts to compose :D.
     
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    Hi Chris!


     
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    Well sorry if that is your perception. I am only trying to be fair and objective.
     
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    But you are, IMHO, fair and objective. And mine was a compliment.
    The sense was : the correctness and the tastes of Chris (because I spoke of you, but
    it is valid for everyone who has good experience and cannot love all or hate all)
    make him able to be sometimes caressing (to make compliments) or stroking (to make criticism).
    That is, IMHO, the behaviour of intelligent and educated person.
    My irony was in the words "strokes and caresses" (an exaggeration of your always kind and sincere
    opinions) , not about you.
    In other words: I think that in the life is good when one knows a man who give both (motivated and intelligent, as in your case) "strokes and caresses" and not only one of them.
    Really sorry for the misunderstanding ,

    Sandro.
     
  14. Anonymous

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    >I thought the Scarlatti were absolutely beautiful!

    I too.


    OOPS. I told so about Scarlatti's sonatas.
    If you (as I suspect reading again now) was congratulating with my versions,
    thank you.
    Which are your favourite Scarlatti players? And your favourite Sonatas?

    all best,
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    Yes you are correct. Polka and Polska is a bit different in construction. Thanks for correcting :).
     
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    Haha! I'll think about that ;).

    Very well done with the Scarlatti sonatas (forgot to mention that!) and good with the Bach too but unusual slow as already mentioned.
     
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    I had never heard of the Polska as a dance or music form. Could you give more info ?
    The polka, as far as I know, is always in an even meter, like 2/4 or 4/4. But perhaps there are exceptions, which would also be interesting to know.
     
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    It is a local Swedish/Scandinavian folk dance which I believe not exist in other parts of the world. It is 3/4 instead of the Polka which is as you correctly says 2/4 (but can it be 4/4?) but comparing with the waltz, it is not as much focused on the first beat. It is danced mostly in the western parts of Sweden (where I live) and there are a couple of sentences of it at Wikipedia on the following link...but I do not agree on the text 100%.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polska_(dance)
     

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