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Tchaikovsky - The Seasons: August

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    alf Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    Very good alfalfa. All you have left is the Harvest and the Hunt.
     
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    This is very good Alf.

    It makes me feel better that you need to actually work on these :) Do you have any tips/ tricks for practicing, finding the right finger/wrist movements for these tricky passages?


     
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    Very accomplished, especially at this cracking speed. It is up on the site.
    I was relieved to hear two or three minute slips to prove you are not infallible after all.
     
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    alf Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    Are there 13 months in your calendar? :lol: I've just harvested, now go hunting.
     
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    I enjoyed it very much, Alfonso, as always. You have a good and concise staccato. So all the work at these passages was worthwhile. I don´t know why, but sometimes I think, your e-piano sounds better than my accoustic grand-piano :? , but the reason must be in the always perfect tuning of these electronic instruments, on the other side they sound more artificial, though your one has always this exceedingly agreeable soft sound. (Don´t fear, I will not do a swapping :lol: :wink: and except in the case of your instrument I hate e-pianos! For example I totally dislike the sound of the Clavinova we have at school. Fortunately we also have two good accoustic uprights and one grand-piano there.)
     
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    Oh well, of course I made mistakes even before, only I stopped editing the tiniest ones out. One of the most poignant critique I ever received here was about lack of spontaneity, and it was you to make it. Actually, there ARE some spots not completely worked out, technique-wise, but I hope they are not too embarassing.
     
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    I saw, that you were responding while I was writing above, did you see my reply?
     
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    Thank you, Andreas. I see that sometimes an exceedingly good ear for tuning like yours can bring more bad than good (the same may happen for different reasons to genuine absolute pitchers)! :lol:

    About the staccato, I suspect that it is partially due to the dry sound of my digital piano.
     
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    Yes that sounds like something I may have said. Of course I blame my mistakes on spontaneity (and lazyness, to be quite honest). Was that remark of any use or did it just give you a bad feeling ? In the latter case I apologize.

    Far from it. Unless you want to be a runner-up for Michelangeli.
     
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    alf Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    Hi Stan and thank you. Yes, I need to work on the Seasons, what did you think?! :lol:

    I spent about 15 hours on August (I know because I keep a piano diary). I took a pause last week because of the heatwave. When temperatures rise the keyboard gets sticky and playing becomes difficult. Not sure about what you want to know. Are you going to learn this piece? Or are you asking in general?
     
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    alf Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    You don't need to. I like praises but I also need to read different opinions and views about my playing. So far, I think Terez is more or less the only one to do so. It's a pity that she comments on a very limited repertoire - I cannot play just Bach and Chopin to get criticized! :lol:
     
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    Many people feel they can only comment about a piece they know intimately. Of course that is required to do the real fine nitpicking but I wish more people would comment on things they don't know - except for saying they've never heard it before :roll:
     
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    :x Sorry, I counted what was uploaded on the site and this one was not on there at the time.
     
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    Nope, I had not uploaded it yet by then. You are 2 fast 4 me :lol:
     
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    Hi Alfonso,

    I think you play "Harvest" beautifully. In all of these Tchaikovsky pieces, you prepare each one with thoughtfulness, diligence, and care, and "Harvest" is no exception. Your fine articulation and expressiveness put this piece across to the listener quite effectively. A wonderful performance!

    For decades Tchaikovsky's solo piano went largely unnoticed. Even this great composer of ballets and symphonies was too self-effacing when it came to his piano works. (Mendelssohn shared that same trait.) More recently these works have stirred much more interest, and your fine performances at Piano Society help to make them better known and to properly credit their worth within the piano literature.

    David
     
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    Thank you David. I only partially agree with you. Some of Tchaikovsky's piano works has always been in vogue, at least among Soviet schooled pianists. The Seasons are a sort of cult there and, if you think that they are certainly not virtuosic pieces, a surprisingly high number of legendary piano teachers and concert pianists have or had them in their repertoire and eventually recorded soon or later (Igoumnov and Merzhanov for instance, which are both on YT).
     
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    Oh I was just asking in general :) I sometimes wonder what successful artists do to solve technical problems that require more then a couple of days practice. It seems everyone does something different.

    Your seasons recordings certainly sound great. They are not just technically accurate, but expressive, full of energy and life. They are really a pleasure to listen to.

     
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    Well, I believe there are a few general truths about effective piano practice and many more "personal" truths, that is, truths valid just on a personal basis. I believe that effective piano practice can be summarized in three main principles: stay focused, be creative, endure. Creativity is especially important (and hard to pursue) because you have to learn how to keep YOUR OWN mind actively busy and interested during the often long hours of practice, while your own mind knows every kind of trick imaginable to sneak a rest instead.
     
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    Alfonso, I tried many times to listen to this recording from the beginning, but it doesn't work on my computer :?
    I cannot hear anything during the first half of the recording, while I have no problem to hear other things (for example the same piece recorded by Chris).
    Is there anybody who can explain this?? :?:

    BTW I'm planning to see and try on some digitals in a piano store in Sindelfingen on the coming Monday or Tuesday. Could you as a digital user give me some tips about what I should pay attention to? I'm not sure whether I can have the second or the third visit there and the store is opened only three hours and a half on a day. So how I can use the limited time most effectively?
     

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