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Topic: New Keyboard - Chopin Waltz

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    Senior Member Eugene's Avatar
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    New Keyboard - Chopin Waltz

    I'm breaking in a new keyboard - well actually it's my old Yamaha instrument which has had the complete keyboard section replaced. This is (not surprisingly) more even in touch and gives better control and response with the Authorized Steinway.
    So I have recorded a favourite piece of mine - Chopin's Waltz in A flat op. 69 - to try it out.
    I have used Classic view, with all default settings to reproduce the acoustic of the Troy Hall. Hope you enjoy.....

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    Re: New Keyboard - Chopin Waltz


    Very nice performance. You might consider playing the "A"
    section a bit faster. My teacher always used to criticize my
    Chopin Waltzes by saying, "No, no, no, you don't slow down the LEFT
    HAND so much, just use the RIGHT for your rubato. I always
    thought that would make the piece too straight up without any
    feeling, but when you work at it, and listen to some of masters
    who play Chopin, you kind of get the idea my teacher was right,
    I mean correct..........lol. Sometimes, you have to back off a
    little on the L.H., but most students aren't aware of the way they
    are slowing the beat with too much rubato in the L.H.

    You certainly produced a very nice tone with the piano. And, to
    think, as you mentioned, with all the default settings. Really great,


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    Re: New Keyboard - Chopin Waltz

    Great performance and Jack is right about the rubato. But this is one better "life" performance of one of my farvorite waltzes of Chopin. It begins and ends with a question mark.


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    Senior Member Eugene's Avatar
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    Re: New Keyboard - Chopin Waltz

    Jack - I have played this waltz at a faster tempo, but of late have come to prefer a slower pace. For me this is nearer to the composer's direction Lento - con espressione (Henle Urtext edition).
    Regarding rubato, have you heard Cortot's performance of this work? Regarded by many as the Chopin interpreter of the last century, his use of rubato applies to both hands. He is not alone in this.
    I appreciate your suggestions and positive comments on this - thanks for listening.
    Raymond - thanks for your feedback - glad you enjoyed the rendition.

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    Re: New Keyboard - Chopin Waltz

    Very good interpretation of this Chopin waltz, Lad. I greatly admire your keyboard abilities.

    The piano sounds wonderful!

    Best regards,

    Larry G. Alexander

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    Re: New Keyboard - Chopin Waltz

    Your perfomance is very good, a little slow in tempo for my taste but has the exact feeling, the sentimental mood is totally chopinian, intimate and elegant. Your rubato is very well managed too. Congratulations!.

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    Senior Member June-Bug-Dan's Avatar
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    Re: New Keyboard - Chopin Waltz

    This was a very nice performanceI enjoyed this very much and with the Auth. Steinway it sounds great.
    Maybe a tad slow but otherwise a very good performance.

    Trumpet, cornet, flugel player. Composer and student.

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    Re: New Keyboard - Chopin Waltz

    Very nicely done, Eugene! I particularly
    took note of how well the parts requiring
    delicacy were handled.

    Though I, too, think I would take this a little
    quicker... and perhaps with more liberty.

    Much enjoyed!

    All the best,

    David Sosnowski

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