Thank you to all those who donated in 2015!



DONATION STATUS
Needed before 2016-12-31
$ 2,500
So far donated
$ 595

Schumann - Op. 66 - Bilder aus dem Osten

Discussion in 'Submission Room' started by techneut, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Messages:
    9,930
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Last Name:
    Breemer
    First Name:
    Chris
    LOCATION:
    Netherlands
    Robert Schumann composed his set of 4-hand piano pieces Bilder aus dem Osten (Pictures from the East) in 1848, and subtitled them "6 Impromptus". There is nothing oriental about these pieces, I suppose Schumann was referring to the east of Germany where he lived and worked.

    My good piano friend David Dekker played these with me today on march 19, 2014. It was another good day of recording. I hope to see him back soon for recording the Dvorak Legends.

    Schumann - Op. 66 - Bilder aus dem Osten - 1: Lebhaft (3:35)
    Schumann - Op. 66 - Bilder aus dem Osten - 2: Nicht schnell und sehr gesangvoll zu spielen (2:33)
    Schumann - Op. 66 - Bilder aus dem Osten - 3: Im Volkston (2:15)
    Schumann - Op. 66 - Bilder aus dem Osten - 4: Lebhaft (2:19)
    Schumann - Op. 66 - Bilder aus dem Osten - 5: Lebhaft (4:04)
    Schumann - Op. 66 - Bilder aus dem Osten - 6: Reuig andachtig (3:46)

    The YouTube video: http://youtu.be/3GWrrS0jXY0
     
  2. Rachfan

    Rachfan Active Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2008
    Messages:
    2,066
    Likes Received:
    0
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Chief Operating Officer, retired
    Location:
    U.S.A.
    Last Name:
    April
    First Name:
    David
    LOCATION:
    U.S.A.
    Hi Chris,

    These pieces for four hands were all new to me. Your renditions seemed well coordinated, articulated, and artfully played even on this, my first hearing. Congratulations to you and Mr. Dekker on this fine collaboration. I enjoyed listening.

    David
     
  3. pianoman342

    pianoman342 New Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2008
    Messages:
    721
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Carbondale, IL
    Last Name:
    Tucker
    First Name:
    Riley
    LOCATION:
    Carbondale, IL
    Haven't heard these before, I think you and your duet partner do them justice. At 1848, this is one of his later works, I think I hear a difference, though this is at least 2 years from his last work that music historians say showed he was losing his head! What a coincidence, I just played Schumann today. I'll post it soon. Again, nice work.
     
  4. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Messages:
    9,930
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Last Name:
    Breemer
    First Name:
    Chris
    LOCATION:
    Netherlands
    Thanks, David and Riley. Given the constraints of a one-day recording I think we did well enough. My piano is not easy for somebody not used to it, who actually practices on a digital instrument.
     
  5. StuKautsch

    StuKautsch Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2008
    Messages:
    439
    Likes Received:
    0
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Software Developer
    Location:
    New Jersey, USA
    LOCATION:
    New Jersey, USA
    Got to listen to all of them, since this is Saturday morning!
    Good job! Your last comment answered my only question, which was to confirm that these are 4-hand on one keyboard.
    In addition to the playing, the recording quality was also good; did you make adjustments, or is there really no difference in recording 2-hand and 4-hand? Just wondering.
     
  6. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Messages:
    9,930
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Last Name:
    Breemer
    First Name:
    Chris
    LOCATION:
    Netherlands
    Thanks ! The YT video would also confirm this :)

    I used the usual setup. Can't think why I should change anything just because there's two more hands.
     

Share This Page