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Sorcerer88 - Kapustin Concert Etude Pastorale 40/6: Message Board

Sorcerer88's Comments

Nikolai Kapustin combines the jazz idiom (harmonies, rythms, etc) with classical music forms such as Etudes or Sonatas as in this piece which might sound like a jazz improvisation. It's both musically and technically challenging with the diversity of rythms and different technical problems like bringing out the simple, but addictive melody against the accompaniment, often in the same hand.

This recording was a battle against time, as i didn't have much time to practice the piece on a grand piano when i was used to playing it on a digital one (a whole different world). And except for some slight mistakes and uneven phrases i'm very happy with it, though musically it can still be improved.

Welcome to the world of Nikolai Kapustin! :)

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heidiv 2010-08-22 13:38:04 I know the challenges of Kapustin all too well. I purchased a score for the Toccatina, tried it for about a month, then chickened out. You're a better man than me. Haha! I thought you played it remarkably well, considering you had time constraints and were recording on a different instrument than you are accustomed. Nicely done!
Inlanding 2010-08-21 23:10:21 Something about it at times reminded me of a Gershwin prelude. It must be difficult to play, like the rest of his compositions, a very modern amalgamation of styles, such good music and even better playing!
wr 2010-08-21 01:37:47 A fun piece, and I think you presented it quite well.
Sorcerer88 2010-08-20 21:39:46 Yes, it's addictive, sometimes i play it through several times in a row. Thanks for the comments :) Kapustin still lives and composes by the way, and has many other exciting showpieces like this one.
Carey 2010-08-20 20:30:35 This is as fun to listen to as I would guess it is fun to play !! Nice job with a challenging work !!
Rachfan 2010-08-20 20:19:54 Forgot to sign my previous message below. I'm a klutz tonight ha-ha!

anonymous 2010-08-20 20:13:48 Hi Sorcerer,

This is an engaging and energetic piece by Kapustin, and you play it with verve and flair. Great!

gerg 2010-08-20 12:07:37 We love a twinkling Kapustin piece!

I don't know whether to think Bach or Tete Montoliu!