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Strauss violin sonata
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lenasv.
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May 12, 2011 - 8:08 am
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Two days ago, I performed this sonata on a concert. I am curious, what you all think about the piece! Do you perceive it as difficult, to play or to listen to? Is it emotional music or more show off?

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May 12, 2011 - 8:52 am
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I have never played it, but it is undoubtably one of the greats. The first time I heard it I felt it was too busy, but like most Richard Strauss works, they grow on you and BIG time too. It's definitely emotional and I don't really see it as show off, though it sounds difficult.

How did it go for you?

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May 14, 2011 - 8:25 am
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Yeah, it is a terribly difficult piece. I personally, find it being very uncomfortable with a lot of very uncomfortable shifts needed...

The performance went quite well. The first movement unfortunately was very dirty from my side (I did lots of intonation mistakes, as I lose intonation and power in the bow when I get extra nervous) but probably the "feeling" was there. I am a bit embarrassed for all the errors I did. The second movement, first 6 bars I did mistakes in my phrasing, which made the most sensitive introduction too rough, which I find being the worst part. The third movement had also some dirty passages 🙂 Keeping intonation during stress, that is much, much more difficult that otherwise! 🙂 But overall, I think it went well 🙂 Its scary when one records concerts!!! We will try to rerecord it with better placement of the microphone again 🙂

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May 14, 2011 - 9:16 am
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Good idea to rerecord it. You obviously know how productive recording yourself is. Also good to analyze yourself when not under pressure.
Phrasing can be sensitive when you play for audiences. One can tend to concentrate on the wrong things, but you are one step ahead for thinking about it. Try turning your bow on the side more than you normally would and play even further from the bridge when making those sensitive introductions under pressure. Exaggerating dynamics is important to bring the point across in a bigger hall.

Happy to hear that it went well. Sounds like fun

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May 23, 2011 - 4:32 am
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Hello 🙂

Thats a great advice! I will definitely try it next time. We only got one recording more of the first movement. So I had three to chose between:

-one very clean, with nice tone but terribly boring.

-one very adrenalined from concert, with nice phrases, but some terribly obvious mistakes and false notes.

-one quite energized, but with a few ugly false bars from my side, one at the sensitive end, but otherwise quite good.

We picked the third version, and took the risk to upload it to our Facebook and Youtube pages...no violinists said a word about it...but they commented the paintings 😀     (baaaad sign)

 

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May 23, 2011 - 5:51 am
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Please share the link here. Use the insert embedded media icon above and paste the address straight off the address bar in your browser. Leave Flash as the Type and paste directly onto the File/URL space then press insert. It won't show up immediately but after a few minutes. If it doesn't work for you I'll help.

Don't take no comments as a bad sign.

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May 23, 2011 - 6:25 am
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I can send it as PM to anybody interested, but I am slightly uncomfortable with posting the links, since we sort of are hiding behind an alias on Youtube which we are afraid to reveal... 🙂 (we are slightly shy)

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Fiddlerman
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May 23, 2011 - 11:10 am
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leiasverker said:

okey, i take the risk...but I might remove it in a couple of days... 🙂

 First of all, I would like to say that I'm sorry that you consider it a risk. Do you think like this when you perform as well?

There are different ways of listening to a performance. Some people listen for the bad things, intonation faults, wrong notes, bad attacks, lack of phrasing and emotion and others listen for what is good in a performance.

I am impressed by your level of playing. You have a lot of potential and are constantly working to improve. I enjoyed listening to your performance. Many wonderful things happening.

Thanks for posting.

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May 24, 2011 - 5:48 am
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I have to admit I am not very good with performing. The last hour before a performance, I am always pale, life scared and wondering why I am exposing myself to the performance. It usually gets better on stage. Last time it was also difficult because of my throat problem (I still have to give my blood analysis that I have postponed until next week) and it defocused me from enjoying the performance. Somehow, I see performance as a heavy work, as an exam. The only thing I can do for it, is to prepare as well as possible and try to do my best when on stage...

I just realized that the topic and recoring got under the "Great performances" category, lol... 🙂

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