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Tchaikovsky - The Seasons: February

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  1. John Robson

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    Thanks for the info, Alf. Every piece I've heard you play is almost perfection as far as I'm concerned. You know what made me begin to wonder? You executed the trill in Shostakovich, Op.34, No. 10 so perfectly while playing the melody with the same hand. I've tried it, and it's impossible for me to do. I congratulate you.
     
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    What's your sample? The Italian teenagers roaming Amsterdam? :lol:

    Brilliant move (especially because I didn't get it).
     
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    Believe me, John, my playing is far from being "perfect", even only from a technical standpoint. That trill is not perfect, it's just passable. And all of us have strong points as well as weak ones. For instance, I have a good finger indipendence (the Bach diet!), but I suck in jumps and arm movements in general. And by the way I'm currently struggle through that Shostakovich Prelude you left to me. Now I'm at 144 bpm (I work on it 15 minutes a day, not every day). Perseverance pays off even more than talent.
     
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    Alf wrote:
    Very interesting. I have listened to some of his recordings of WTCI. Is he still a current member of this site?



    Very interesting. I see, that we work quite similar, only that I don´t record with a digital piano. I´m not a friend of MIDI, because this sound is too artificial. I have tried piano-samples of Steinway and Bösendorfer of Native-instruments. They are quite good, but with my MIDI-keyboard (Fatar-Masterkeyboard, Studio 900) I can not make the dynamic differenciations, which I can do on my real grand-piano.
     
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    Hi Alfonso,

    Impressive! Sounded like flawless and brilliant playing to me. Doing this wonderful set, you've been studying "with Tchaikovsky" for awhile now, and I must assume you're getting a lot out of it beyond the pure enjoyment, yes?

    David
     
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    Thank you David and sorry, I didn't see your post. So, to answer your question, yes I'm getting a lot out of it. My first and only encounter with Tchaikovsky before, as a player, was his "Lied der Mignon" (for a liederabend). Honestly, I've always been suspicious of his music, but of course it was just me who had no idea about how to deal with it. Don't know now, but I'm learning and I feel a bit more secure. I've recently looked at some of the many other piano sets he composed and I think that The Seasons are certainly the most approachable, from a musical content standpoint - I mean they are easier to understand and to render compared to other sets like for instance Op.19 or 72.
     
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    The person wouldn't stand out in an italian crowd as far as I am concerned :lol:
     

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