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Schumann - Nachtstück Op.23 No.1

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  1. alf

    alf Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    Hi everybody,

    I haven't been posting here for quite an amount of time... Schumann composed the Nachtstücke (Night Pieces) in 1839, a set of four pieces the first of which originally bore the title Trauerzug (Funeral Cortege). People interested in the score will find it in the attachment.

    Schumann - Nachtstuck Op.23 No.1
     
  2. Anonymous

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    Chapeau!
    Great sound control, and risky but winning bet to play with no or few pedal.
    The mood of this piece take great advantage from this your choice, so radical but,
    I repeat, here winning.
    All best,
    Sandro
     
  3. alf

    alf Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    Thank you Sandro. Schumann did provide a vague Pedal sign at the very beginning of the piece, so the march theme is probably conceived not too dry and a bit softened, as nocturnal things must be. Nevertheless I cannot help but use very little pedal.
     
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    A delightful piece

    ... and a delightful interpretation.

    The Audition Room is so busy that I almost missed this recording! I'm posting this not only to thank you for it but to bump the post up in the order a little so that others will not miss it.
     
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    What a lovely piece, and a performance to match! Schumann's pieces often seem to pose quite the interpretive puzzle, but you figured this one out beautifully. A delight to listen to!
     
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    Hi Alfonso. In case you don't see this from another topic, welcome back!

    This sounded great to me. And I like the staccato, because it makes me think of someone tiptoeing around in the night. I'll put this up later tonight.
     
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    nathanscoleman New Member Piano Society Artist

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    Hiya Alf!!!! been missing you. great job on this ... I'm with Mon, it made me think of my 3 yr old sneaking down the hall at night.
     
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    Lovely as always, Alf. ;) Welcome back!
     
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    Did this attachment disappear?
     
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    alf Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    Yes. :lol:

    Monica, Chris, please can you put a link to the score at the bottom of the Nachtstücke page?
     
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    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    It did, for a while, as I was putting it up the site. The recording and sheets are now up, see

    http://pianosociety.com/cms/index.php?section=1895

    Welcome back indeed, Alf. This is played with your customary finesse and attention to detail. You take this problematic piece at face value rather thatn try to make something out of it that it isn't. Not Schumann's most endearing cycle, but worth a hearing. Will you record the other movements too ?

    Still a shame that you have play a digital. It sounds so woolly in the soft passages, and rather flat in the loud ones.
     
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    alf Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    Thanks all!

    Yes, Sarah, Schumann's music is usually cryptic and sometimes asks too much of a piano (a sort of retaliation for the failure as a pianist, I imagine). It's not the case with this piece, that is all in all quite approachable. No.2 is much worse... :roll:
     
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    alf Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    For sure, and yet I have a penchant for it. Needless to say that it is one of the few I can dare to play. Most of Schumann's music is beyond my technical skills.

    CS, here I come. Sometimes I think that CS secretly means Chris's Spell. 8)

    Meanwhile I'm building up the repertoire I'll refine on my future Blüthner. :roll:
     
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    ... ahh, tis a potent drug! :D
     
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    alf Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    Re: A delightful piece

    Cool, my post happened in the middle of the Doxy flood, didn't think that it could have gone unnoticed, I am not a marketing man, definitely. By the way, I invite all of you to listen to Bach/Hess Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Doxy, which in my opinion stands among the most beautiful performances of this well known piece.
     
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    What a convincing performance of the tricky and picky Schumann!
    I didn't know the cycle but it sounds like really Schumann :D But I was actually expecting the atmosphere like the piece "In der Nacht" from op.12 :wink: This piece reminds me rather of the Davidbündlertänzer!
    I'm looking forward to hearing the other pieces of the set from you and also find it really a pity that such a good artist like you play on a digital!!!
     
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    Oh, thanks for suggesting this. I hadn't listened to his rendition of this piece before, and I agree with you - it is absolutely rapturous.
     
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    Good to be back? You played this piece quite well. I found it to be boring (the composition). Nevertheless thanks for sharing.
     
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    I'll put that down as Yes, then :lol:
     
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    Ok, but I'll take my time. :p
     

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