Beethoven: (Moonlight Sonata 1st Movement) Op. 27, No. 2 Adagio Sostenuto
An all-time favorite of so many people... including my father. I recorded this in a music room while at college as a Father's day gift for my dad. This is one of his favorite works. Please note that this recording only includes the famous 1st movement.
1 Dec 2007
Bach: Invention No. 8 in F Major
This was the first Bach piece that I ever memorized. I shouldn't admit this, but it actually took me a couple of weeks to commit to memory (sad, but true). The encouraging thing is that memorization definitely comes easier the more you do it :)
1 Dec 2007
Bach: Partita No. 1 in B flat Major - Praeludium
All of Bach's partitas are wonderful. I actually studied the entire 1st partita (of which this recording is only a portion), but never committed the entire work to memory. One of these days I'll pick it back up again and finish recording the entire piece.
1 Dec 2007
Debussy: (Moonlight) Clair de Lune
It's finally here! I've had a request for the popular "Clair de lune" more times than any other work. I finally committed to recording this a couple of weeks ago and here it is! I hope that my interpretation and recording will not be a disappointment to those who have patiently waited. Clair de Lune, translated as "moonlight" is one of Debussy's most popular pieces. It is a beatiful work that has much room for interpretation. In fact, the debates about how this work should be played can become quite heated. Although it was composed in 1882, it was not published until 1926. Apparently, this piece has had a resurgence of popularity due to the release of the movie Twilight - as it appears as a bonus track on the movie's soundtrack. I've never seen the movie, but if you have, and you liked it, then maybe this recording will mean even more to you. This recording was completed in my home on my Steinway A III piano. I hope that you enjoy it!
30 Dec 2010
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Beethoven: (Fur Elise or For Elise) Bagatelle in A Minor - WoO 59
This is perhaps the best known classical piano piece of all time - and, ironically, one of the least popular among many pianists due to its over-popularity. This work was written as a "Bagatelle" which is simply a "trifle" or a short and simple piece. The history behind the work is quite controversial because the title translates to "For Elise" and "Elise" was not a name of any known acquaintance of Beethoven's. This has led many to speculate that he had a secret lover, or that "Elise" was a secret name for another woman, or that "Elise" had other hidden meanings. The speculation can, and most certainly will, go on forever. One of the better theories is that the actual title was "For Therese" but that the individual who discovered the work misread the title. This theory makes more sense because there was a student of Beethoven's named "Therese" who he had proposed to at one point. This recording was completed at my home on my studio upright piano. I hope you enjoy my recording of Beethoven's famous (or infamous - depending on your view) "Fur Elise"!
21 Oct 2008
Mozart: Sonata in C Major K. 300h (330) - Andante cantabile
This is the Andante section of Mozart's Sonata in C Major. Although the Sonata begins and concludes in C Major, this particular excerpt from the piece is in F Major. It was composed in the summer of 1778. I am dedicating this recording to my dear mother. Mozart is her favorite composer and I have grown to adore this andante section of the sonata. Visit www.signmypiano.com to learn how you can sign your name to my piano and be a part of my music!
10 May 2008
Liszt: (Evening Harmonies) Transcendental Etude No. 11
This recording is a live performance given at a solo recital in January of 2003. The recording was made on a nine-foot concert grand piano in a small recital hall. This Etude was the first of Liszt's transcendental Etudes that I studied. I fell in love with the harmonies and chord progressions that Liszt uses in this piece. It also happened to be the piece that I was working on when I first met my wife. For that fact, this work is among our favorites.
1 Dec 2007
Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
This piece was originally part of a larger work but was transcribed to piano and given the title "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." It is often played for weddings and other significant events. This recording was made on a studio upright piano.
1 Dec 2007
Clementi: Sonatina Op. 36 No. 4
Here is the next recording in the set of 6 sonatinas by Muzio Clementi - Op. 36 No. 4. Just two more to go! I hope that you enjoy the recording.
20 Sep 2012
Chopin: (Cantabile) Cantabile in B-flat major, B.84
A beautiful, short piece by Chopin... his "Cantabile" in B-flat is a well-known work that provides a few subtle challenges wrapped in simple melody and carried by enchanting harmonies. I hope that you enjoy my recording of this work - recorded at home on my 1941 Steinway AIII.
6 Jun 2012
Chopin: (Raindrop Prelude) Prelude in D-flat Major Op. 28 No. 15
This piece was the first classical work that I fell in love with. In fact, this was the gateway that led to my love for the piano and my endeavor to study and practice. I heard it as "background" music for a popular Japanese film (I believe it was titles "Dreams") back in high school. Upon hearing the music, I went home and rummaged through my mother's sheet music collection until I found a copy of this piece. I played it over and over until I had committed it to memory. Although this was not the "tipping point" for me and the piano, it was definitely a key point in my love for classical music.
1 Dec 2007
Chopin: Prelude in E Minor Op. 28 No. 4
1 Dec 2007
Bach: Partita No. 1 in B flat: Menuet 2
This is the second of two menuets found in Bach's Partita No. 1 in B-flat major (Opus 1). I've always enjoyed this brief section of the work and it includes some tricky finger work despite the deceitfully simple harmonies. Bach certainly had a way of emphasizing the subtle harmonies to invigorate the soul! Bach himself wrote the following on the title page of the first volume of the Clavierubung (which consists of the 6 partitas): Keyboard Training, consisting of Preludes, Allemandes, Courantes, Sarabandes, Gigues, Menuets and other Galanteries, dedicated to Music Lovers for the Pleasure of their Minds
9 Jun 2009
Chopin: Waltz in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
This is one of Chopin's most famous Waltzes. It was composed sometime between 1846 and 1847. The piece is marked with the term "tempo guisto" - which means "strict time." When I recorded this piece I interpreted that to mean that any rubato should be limited to within a brief scope, probably that of a single bar. While this may be the case, I have since learned that it was more likely intended to indicate that the Waltz should not be played in the Viennese tradition which rushes slightly into the second beat. My studies of this piece are notably rushed and I debated whether or not to release this - obviously I ended up deciding to put it out. Perhaps in the future I will re-record this after having devoted a more appropriate amount of time to learning the piece. For now, however, this will have to do! I hope that you enjoy my recording of Chopin's Waltz in C-sharp Minor!
19 Jan 2009
MacDowell: (To a Wild Rose) Woodland Sketches Op. 51, No. 1
This is a very well-known melody by the American composer, Edward MacDowell. He has wonderful music, including this piece, and I encourage pianists everywhere to get to know his music. I hope to record several more of his works over the coming months and years. This piece is often played as prelude or postlude in churches or for weddings. It has a beautiful melody and is accompanied by an equally beautiful harmonic progression. As my first recording of an American composer, I hope that you enjoy it!
4 Aug 2012
Schubert: Impromptu Op. 90 (D. 899) No. 2 in E-flat
This impromptu is one of four in the set (Opus 90). This is the second of the four impromptus. I have previously recorded Impromptu No. 4 and plan to record the remaining two impromptus in the future. This particular impromptu is quite a popular work by Schubert. It is very common among the piano repertory and frequently played in solo recitals, especially among younger pianists. This impromptu is different from the majority of music from the same period because the piece ends in the tonic minor of the major key it begins in (E-flat). This recording was made in my home on my studio upright.
16 Jun 2008
Franck: Poco Allegretto
Here is a short piece by Cesar Franck that I came across in one of my sheet music sets. I love the melody and the way that Franck uses hanging tones to harmonize. This recording is dedicated to a young listener, Sayuri, from Brazil. I hope that she will enjoy listening to this recording!
18 Sep 2011
Schumann: Fantasy in C Major Op. 17 III Lento Sostenuto
This is a recording of the third movement/section of Schumann's masterpiece, Fantasy in C. This movement is one of my all-time favorite works in the piano literature. Edited by his wife, Clara, this work was originally dedicated to Franz Liszt, although later editions did not include the dedication. I view this as a highly passionate and energetic work, despite the deceptively (in some ways) slower-paced tempo throughout this movement. The listener will find a great number of ways to interpret and digest the music presented in this recording, just as I have found so many ways of interpreting it as the performer. I hope that you enjoy my recording of Schumann's Fantasy in C, Opus 17.
18 Nov 2010
Beethoven: (Pathetique - Patetica 2nd Movement) Sonata Op. 13 No. 8: II Adagio cantabile
This recording is the 2nd movement of Beethoven's popular Sonata Pathetique Op. 13 No. 8. The second movement is Adagio cantabile. "Cantabile" indicates that this movement should be played like a song, or something that has a distinct melody that one could sing along with. This piece was composed in 1798 and published the following year. You can read further commentary on this piece, including a dedicatory note by visiting this page of my piano blog. This selection was recorded at my home on my studio upright piano.
22 Jun 2008
Mozart: Sonata in F Major K. 300k (332) - I Allegro
This is the first movement of Mozart's Sonata K 300k. It was composed during the summer of 1778. Stay tuned for the remaining two movements, as they will be released over the next several weeks. I hope you enjoy my recording of Mozart's F Major Sonata.
23 Jul 2009