Monday, July 9, 2012

Side by side

Last night, after pondering my playing experience in the afternoon, I decided to record the Bach on my own piano, playing from memory. It was about midnight. I kind of zipped through it a couple of times, and done.

When I got home from work this evening, I listened to my "live" effort from the afternoon, and though you can hear the tension (a few missed notes, a bit of rushing here and there, some uncontrolled sound), it does have that vitality of being played in front of other humans.

So for anyone who has the interest or patience, or both, here are both versions.

WTC II, Prelude and Fugue in D minor, "live"

(If you listen carefully, you will hear it start to rain outside at the beginning of the fugue.)

WTC II, Prelude and Fugue in D minor, "studio"


Anonymous said...

I've been meaning all week to let you know how much I enjoyed your live performance-it does have plenty of verve and rhythmic vitality. Shaking foot notwithstanding, your musicianship shines through brightly. Seems to me the decision to use the score was a good one. I live in perpetual fear of running amok during a performance sans score (still have nightmares about 10 measures or so of Poulenc I "improvised" in the grip of the stark terror that goes with a flubbed beginning - at a memorial concert at my workplace, no less :(
I'm beginning a Schubert sonata, and was overjoyed to discover a gorgeous Youtube rendition by Richter in 1977--with the score on the music rack. If it worked for Sviatoslav, it just might work for us amateurs :)

ec said...

Not sure why the previous comment appeared as "Anonymous"-it's Carol in California :)