DONATION STATUS
Needed before 2016-12-31
$ 2,500
So far donated
$ 860

Shostakovitch

Discussion in 'Submission Room' started by John Robson, May 10, 2007.

  1. John Robson

    John Robson New Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2007
    Messages:
    829
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Miami, Florida, USA
    Last Name:
    Robson
    First Name:
    John
  2. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Messages:
    8,716
    Likes Received:
    1
    Last Name:
    Hart
    First Name:
    Monica
    Wow, a lot of different kind of music here today.

    I remember this spunky piece from your other thread. It sure didn't take you long to learn the whole thing.
    Although I don't really knowing this one, your style/technique seemed right on. And the sound quality is pretty good.
     
  3. MindenBlues

    MindenBlues New Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2006
    Messages:
    692
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Germany
    Home Page:
    Last Name:
    Schmidt
    First Name:
    Olaf
    Yep, the recording quality is better than in your Schumann take - almost no clipping anymore.

    And your playing style (pretty strong and engaged, that's for sure no wimpy keytouch) fits really good with that polka.
    Can't say something useful regarding composition - it is too strange to me. But your playing sounds confident to me, so good work!
     
  4. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Messages:
    9,930
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Last Name:
    Breemer
    First Name:
    Chris
    Well done John. Piano's a bit clangy in the treble but that can't always be avoided. Much better played than your earlier take. It could perhaps do with a little more deadpan abandon (if such a thing exists :lol: ) and a bit spikier accents, but still it's pretty strongly played. And amazing how fast you nail down new pieces with great quality !

    I'll put this up unless Robert beats me to it :wink:
     
  5. Nicole

    Nicole New Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Messages:
    167
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    Piano Teacher
    Location:
    Canada
    Home Page:
    Last Name:
    Muller
    First Name:
    Nichole
    What a great choice of piece to learn and record! Thanks for sharing it, John.

    Shostakovich is so nifty, hey. Can't put my finger on what exactly it is about his rhythms and harmonies that make the dissonances so loveable and spellbinding, as opposed to irritating like those of some other composers. Really neat stuff!

    Nicole Muller
     
  6. johnmar78

    johnmar78 New Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2006
    Messages:
    647
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    Food chemist / pianist
    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
    Home Page:
    Last Name:
    Mar
    First Name:
    John
    hey john mate, its sounds refreshing and unusuall, the top treble parts sounds like chop sticks chopping :lol: da da da da da...This tune makes me laugh. I am sure you would laugh too after reading my email :lol:

    This tunes reminds me of cat chasing a rat in the cartoon series.....

    Good work. More discord please.
     
  7. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Messages:
    9,930
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Last Name:
    Breemer
    First Name:
    Chris
    Yeup, I second that. It is great having all the classical and romantic stuff, but we must have more contemporary things too. Works like this that gently stretch the limits of tonality and harmony are a great way to get used to more modern idioms.

    John R., this is up the site now. Please check for possible errors. If you have a text and/or image for the new page, that would be nice.
     
  8. robert

    robert New Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2006
    Messages:
    1,842
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Sweden
    Home Page:
    Last Name:
    Stahlbrand
    First Name:
    Robert
    Shostakovich is among my absolute favorite composer and I am happy that you decided to record this good old mood polka. Your playing is absolutely fantastic this time and the sound quality is also very good. I like your harsh and detached treatment of the piano which fits Shosta very well. Almost Gould alike if I should make a comparison. Bravo!
     

Share This Page