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Shostakovich: Op. 34, Nos. 11, 12, and 16

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  1. John Robson

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    You're getting better with these all the time John ! Very good, I did not hear anything out of order. Cleanly and crisply played. The dynamic contrasts could be a bit more pronounced in places, like in the last line of no.16. The sixteents in the no.12 are not always optimally clear.
    Apart from that, classy job again. Back on old form, I'd say. I'll put these up tomorrow.
     
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    That is not a music that I use to listen to. It is demanding both for the performer and the listener. Shostakovich may be the greatest composer in the 20th century. Thank you for this introduction to his piano music and congratulations for your performance beyond any criticism that I could do valuably.
     
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    Thanks for listening. I'm enjoying these preludes. There are only four or five more from Op. 34 that aren't on the site yet. I don't believe I can learn to play No. 5 and maybe No. 9 fast enough. Any takers?
     
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    These sound well played to me, John. I've been practicing a lot of Chopin and Granados today so it was nice to hear something different. Thanks also for your kind words about my Barcarolle.
     
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    These are up, John. So you'll do 14 and 15 but not 5 and 9 ? Would be a shame to have two gaps. I wouldn't worry too much about the ridiculous mm markings of 5 and 9. They'll probably sound much beter at half that speed. I think he was being facetious here.
     
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    We'll see what happens. I've tried to play through them all, but the others aren't ready yet (and maybe never will be). I'm still trying to understand what "No. 23 is all about." I can't seem to identify with it. I'll keep trying.
     
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    I disagree 100%. At half the speed they would be boring, not facetious.
     
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    Well played all three, John. I like better No.16's mood. You fumbled a bit in the repeated G's towards the end.
     
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    I know you would.
    Of course half speed was a hyperbole. 70-80% would probably be ok.
     
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    Mine too was a hyperbole, I actually disagree only 5-10%. :p
     
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    I assume that to be a typo. You probably agree only 5-10% 8)
     
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    Hi John,

    As usual, I enjoyed listening to your playing. You seem to have an affinity to Shostakovich's piano literature, as you play it so well. You bring to it a fine technical proficiency and a very expressive musical sense. In short, outstanding!

    David
     

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