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Tchaikovsky - The Seasons: December

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  1. Casper89

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    I think I'll have to rerecord it, because there are still some sloppy places and you can hear my dog making disturbing noises in the background :D, I'll throw him out of the room next time when I record. What do you think of this recording?

    Tchaikovsky - The Seasons Op.37 - 12: December
     
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    I heard neither the dog nor sloppy places. There are one or two missing notes and some rhythmic inconsistencies but overall this is pretty good. No real slips, bravo !

    Having said that, more can be made of this piece. Apart from the recurring molto rit. (which is a bit overdone to my ears) you are rather too prosaic here. Try to think more in phrases, and at the end of a phrase slow down just a tiny little bit and take a breath before the next. The waltz rhythm could be a bit more pronounced by giving a little lift to the second beat.

    The other thing you can still improve is the dynamics. A lot of the dynamic contrasts seem to disappear in a recording, and you have to compensate that by consciously 'exaggerating' the dynamics, so to speak.

    But we can put this on the site already if you want, it's a perfectly enjoyable recording.
     
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    Thanks for your comment, techneut, I think it will be better if I make a cleaner recording to be put on the site the next days, I just needed some hints for realizing in which direction I could improve my playing.
     
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    You could also try and create a little more drama, fervour, and passion. Tchaikovsky is one of the most emotional composers and his music falls flat if the passion does not shine through. Not that this happens here, but you know what I mean. Don't be afraid to make a grand gesture.
     
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    I agree that this was a perfectly enjoyable recording and see little need for rerecording unless you really wish to do so. I liked it a lot.
     
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    Ok, I did a second recording of the piece, I think it's better than the first one, but just put the one on the site you prefer.
     
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    IMHO this is not an improvement on the first version. Perhaps on the purely technical side, but it sounds more cautious now and a bit boring. A defining moment for me is the forte section halfway the trio, which I think is a great and passionate climax. That came of well (if not enough) in the first version but now it sounds like just more of the same, and these dry staccato chords sound a bit silly.
    So if I were to choose, I'd take the first one. But of course it is you who should decide.
     
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    I have compared them once again and have to admit that you're right, techneut....please put the first version on the site, I'll focus on some bach inventions, chopin and tchaikovskys November now.
     
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    Ok, will do.
    Right, the Troika then ! Better make that sparkle. I want to feel all crisp and wintry and tingly when I hear that. Not an easy item to bring off successfully. But you can do it.
     
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    I'm very busy with these fast staccato notes, they're tricky :D
     
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    Ok, this one is up the site. Welcome ! Feel free to provide mode bio text and a photo.
     

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