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Carey - Beethoven Sonata No. 4 in E flat Major, 1st mov. 7: Message Board

Carey's Comments

This recording of the Opus 7 was made during a recital I gave in 1973. It was my intent to relearn the sonata and make a new recording for the e-cital. While I made substantial progress in getting the Opus 7 back into my fingers, I ran out of time to record it this month - - - - primarily because the Opus 78 ended up taking more effort to learn than I originally anticipated !! And we all know that we can't "rush" these things !!!

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Carey 2010-12-20 14:38:10 Regarding the distinction of this being "the oldest recording submitted to" - its actually miraculous that the original reel-to-reel tape survived 14 moves in 5 different states over 37 years - and still was in good enough shape for me to download it digitally this year !! Andy Strong helped improve the digital sound quality as well !!
ChrisKeys 2010-12-19 19:35:02 Wow! As wr said below, amazing propulsion! This movement grabs you by the coat collar and zips you along for the ride. Great performance, carey! I've tried my hand at this sonata many times, but never gave it serious attention, especially the first movement (because it's so tough). Might have to revisit it now. And so should you. :-)
gerg 2010-12-19 18:51:09 This recording has the distinction, if I'm not mistaken, of the oldest recording submitted to

One can appreciate the effort it would take to get this back into the fingers.

I take it this was not recorded on A Zoom! :-D Actually, this is a fantastic recording, both the playing and sound quality - arguably among the better sound quality we've heard on ecital. :-D
Cinnamonbear 2010-12-18 05:08:04 Loved it the first time! Still do. Carey, this one never gets old!
jazzyprof 2010-12-17 18:42:08 Bravo! That was splendid!
Carey 2010-12-17 16:53:06 Thanks guys !!

Much of the energy and propulsion of this performance reflects the fear I was feeling at the time - but I've always tried to play this movement at a rapid pace (when the piano cooperates).

LisztAddict - Actually this was digitally enhanced a bit by Andy (after I posted the original recording on PW) - but he wisely didn't overdo the reverb.
LisztAddict 2010-12-17 12:10:19 This recording is original, not digitalized with extra reverb, am I correct? I like it. A truly fine performance!!!
wr 2010-12-17 05:16:15 Very nice! Love the sense of propulsion.
jeffreyjones 2010-12-16 16:42:55 Interested, too. :)
jeffreyjones 2010-12-16 16:42:43 Very energetic, bright playing. I would be interesting to hear how different it became nearly 40 years on..
liszt85 2010-12-16 16:35:10 Lovely playing!
fuzzy8balls 2010-12-16 15:58:22 BRAVO!