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    Little-known Beethoven

    This attractive Rondo in Bb for piano by Beethoven doesn't deserve total oblivion. It's an early work, without opus no., and one which, as far as I know, has never been recorded commercially. It's full of high spirits, a bit like the rondo finale of the 2nd Piano Concerto (also in Bb), and owes more to the influence of Hayd rather than Mozart, but of course Beethoven's personality is very much in evidence throughout. I have used GPO Steinway, and Garritan reverb (Concert Hall). Hope you enjoy - a nice piece for summer listening!

    http://indigo.ie/~edolan/Demo13.mp3

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    You certainly are a fine pianist, Lad!

    Nice job on this Beethoven piece. I must confess that I had never heard this work before. I enjoyed your interpretation and rendering. Thanks for posting it.

    My best,

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    Re: Little-known Beethoven

    Quote Originally Posted by Larry G. Alexander
    You certainly are a fine pianist, Lad!

    Nice job on this Beethoven piece. I must confess that I had never heard this work before. I enjoyed your interpretation and rendering. Thanks for posting it.
    Thanks for feedback Larry. Actually this was input note by note into notation software (Personal Composer) some years ago, which took quite a while, but it would have taken me a fair bit longer to learn to play it!
    Anyway glad you enjoyed same.

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    Very nice job on this, Eugene. There are quite a few
    piano libraries out there, but as a pianist myself, the
    GPO Steinway remains a favorite -- and you've put it
    to fine service in this very well done rendering.

    I hate to admit it...lol... but I'm unfamiliar with this
    piece, myself; unremarkable, true, but worthwhile;
    and I think it's time well spent to use the technology
    at hand to render pieces like this -- which may other-
    wise be rarely or never heard.

    My best,

    David
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    Re: Little-known Beethoven

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    I hate to admit it...lol... but I'm unfamiliar with this
    piece, myself; unremarkable, true, but worthwhile;
    and I think it's time well spent to use the technology
    at hand to render pieces like this -- which may other-
    wise be rarely or never heard.

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    Thanks David for your comments. I came across the score some time ago, and bought it as a curiosity. I imagine very few have come across the piece - it's certainly off the beaten track. It is obviously a youthful composition, and its interesting to see what Ludwig Van B. was doing at the time. I have got to like it a lot, and enjoy its high spirits.
    Yes I think GPO Steinway works well here - I had a lot of fun rendering it!

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    Re: Little-known Beethoven

    Eugene,
    This is wonderful!! It is a treat to hear something by Beethoven never heard before. I agree it is influenced more by Haydn. Great rendering and interpretation.
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    Eugene,

    What a lovely work, rarely heard as such, and well rendered by yourself. The GPO piano is a great instruement and a fitting choice.

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    Re: Little-known Beethoven

    Thanks Bill and GaryBric - your comments are welcome and appreciated.
    I think it's a good idea to give a neglected or unknown piece an airing, and the forum is an ideal place to do it.

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    Eugene:

    Very well done. Your "human feel" is very aparent in this realization and the reverb does so much for the GPO piano. One of the best recordings I have heard of solo piano.

    A worthwhile project and I enjoyed listening immensely.

    Jack
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    Re: Little-known Beethoven

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhap2
    Eugene:

    Very well done. Your "human feel" is very aparent in this realization and the reverb does so much for the GPO piano. One of the best recordings I have heard of solo piano.

    A worthwhile project and I enjoyed listening immensely.

    Jack
    Many thanks for your feedback Jack. I was very pleased with GPO piano rendering, and I'm glad the "human" shaping came off - it's so easy to make a piece like this sound mechanical, which would ruin the impact. Glad you enjoyed it!
    Eugene

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