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Tchaikovsky - The Seasons: March

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  1. alf

    alf Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    March: Song of the Lark

    The field shimmering with flowers,
    the stars swirling in the heavens,
    the song of the lark
    fills the blue abyss.

    (Apollon Maykov)


    Here the fields are still bare brown and the only bird singing, at dawn, is the blackbird. (Should I switch to Messiaen?!)

    Tchaikovsky - The Seasons: March - Song of the lark
     
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    juufa72 New Member Piano Society Artist

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    Too bad Kirkegaard wasn't a composer, then your pouting would fit well with his ideology :wink: :roll:


    To my amateur ears this recording sounded swell.
     
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    Hi Alfonso,

    Your rendition of March is lovely. It captures the remaining melancholy of winter, but with the hope of the not too distant spring. Well done! You're truly setting a standard as to how these pieces should be played.

    But no... you cannot switch to Messiaen, not yet! "April" is the very next piece, which is the most important of all these works by Tchaikovsky. If you wonder how that could be, the answer lies here:

    http://pianosociety.com/members/rachfan.4198

    David :)
     
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    Nice and melancholy. I can almost hear the last of the snow melting away. Everything is still brown where I live too. But I hear the robins in the mornings, now. That's a good sign.

    This is up.
     
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    Thanks David, then my Snowdrop will be "David gewidmet"!

    And thanks to you too, Monica.

    Juufa, your remark about Kierkegaard and the pouting is strikingly odd but very clever.
     
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    Then Gewidmet it is! :lol:
     
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    *sigh* so pretty .... and on such an icky day here in louisiana. Your mirrored motifs were simply flawless! Bravo.
     
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    alf Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    Thanks Nathan.
     
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    Hi Alfonso,
    this one is as masterly played as your other recordings of this serie! David is right, you are setting a high-quality-standard for this serie here.
    I like your phrasings, dynamics and agogics, which always are evident of a natural and good taste. Your interpretations have a very musical and soulful breath. All main-melodies come out very well and the ppp at the end is a truely master-work IMO. (It´s really amazing, that one can do such good dynamic differentiations on an e-piano. May be we should sell all our old-fashioned grands an accoustic pianos and buy an e-piano. :wink: :lol: )
     
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    Seniore Alfonzo, very poetic indeed! Early spring sounds unmistakable. You have chosen a nostalgic flavor to the "sound" for the recording which compliments the piece, even on an electronic piano. I also happen to like dark, lush, syrupy and phat sounding recordings to a piece such as this. It is perhaps a matter of taste or personal choice as to what type of "sound" may be befitting for this kind of piece, but I have found that adagio movements of early Romantic composers, like Beethoven or Schubert, can also sound very effective through this kind of deep and rich presentation. It blends the sound together; it's the glue that makes the music sound cohesive, organic, and natural to the listener.

    This is reminiscent of rare vintage recording equipment, which is ironically, in more demand today then yesteryear. If you happen to like the dark, phat, lush, and syrupy texture to the sound, and if you are ever in a studio setting, record the same piece on a rare vintage tube microphone, such as a Neumann M49 or Telefunken. I would assume these marks would be more plentiful in Europe than here in the U.S.A. Good luck recording!

    April is around the corner!
     
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    alf Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    Thank you, Andreas, playing a digital piano may have some tiny advantages, but for sure too many drawbacks, not the least of which is that I'll have to re-learn from scratch to play a grand when I buy one. And by the way, watch out, because I could take you seriously and do swap my toy piano for your GS! :p
     
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    alf Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    Thank you George, I avidly read what you and others here write about recording gears and techniques. I've never been especially interested in this topic, but heard the excellent sonic results that a few of the PS pianists have achieved so far, I am starting to believe that if one is serious about piano playing sooner or later a decent recording equipment must be added to the pipeline. But in my case, since I still play a digital piano, there's not even a pipeline! :roll:

    Yes, I know, he often takes part in AR. :lol: (Hi, David!)
     
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    Alf wrote:
    Do you plan to buy a true grand-piano? I think, if I consider the high quality of your playing and your grand pianistic capabilities, you would deserve a good (or better a very good) grand-piano.
    (May be I would do a swap with you, if you buy a Steinway D or so... :p )
     
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    Alf wrote:
    [​IMG] Funny!
     
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    I currently live in a small apartment and a grand, even a baby grand, is not an option. But I constantly have my eye on sites like this one and when the right moment comes I'll be ready. 8)

    And, this will make you proud, I have a fondness for German pianos (provided that Faziolis are too expensive for my not deep pockets, and second-hand ones are still pricey and very rare to find, since the owners seldom want to part with them).
     
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    what does AR stand for?

    Alf, buy the 1842 Pleyel :wink:
     
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    Oh, look at all those beautiful pianos! I'll take the Fazioli. And Alfonso, since you like German pianos, I wonder if you can tell me what the difference is between a German Steinway and an American Steinway just by looking at them? (same size/color/style)
     
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    Audition Room :!:

    That is more a grand for collectors or HIP pianists than an instrument for everyday's study.
     
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    alf Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    I had to google a bit and found this and this. At the first linked page you'll find an interesting video featuring Emanuel Ax's insightful take on the topic (more on sound than appearance, though).
     
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    Yes – it’s the shape of the arms that I was driving at. But I didn’t know about the color of the inside rim being different, as well. That’s interesting. Also, I’ve been doing a lot of reading on pianos lately, and learned about the two actions which Steinway uses in both pianos. I do wish I could test out both kinds for myself. Trills in particular would be my way of testing the actions. As far as the sound between the two, I’d also love to hear the difference in the way the hammers are made in a side-by-side test.

    But I do understand exactly what Ax said about pianos sounding different based on the individual piano, not where they were made. Every piano has a ‘personality’. I learned this when I was purchasing my Yamaha and had a choice of ten pianos. Yamaha is known for having great quality-control and precision-making in their factory, thereby producing identical pianos. Except that as I went down the row and played each piano, I could hear that they each sounded different from one another, and I chose the one that best suited my ear.
     

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