Feedback please - Bach Allemande
So I recorded the Allemande from Partita 2 this evening, for fun. I'd be interested in peoples' feedback:
My self-assessment of it is:
*I'm pleased with the voicing and expression - won't be to everyone's taste, and it could be finessed more, I think the tempo could be more controlled in parts, but it has some musicality
*Intonation is frustratingly close to being right - no howlers, some imperfections
*Tone is also frustratingly close to being good - but there are moments where it doesn't click
Nice job Chris. Nice articulation and phrasing. I really like the economy of movement in your left hand. I wonder if you might try to get a thicker or rounder sound by playing more in the middle section of the bow and perhaps use a slower bow speed to stay in that zone (so you don’t move as quickly to the tip). But that’s a stylistic choice (you could also experiment playing closer to the bridge too to get a fuller sound). Nice video too!
Can't see it because it asks for a FB login and I've suspended my account. Must we assume or require that the whole world be on FB?
Hello, Chris. Very musical performance. I particularly enjoyed your variation in dynamics, and your risk taking in exploring softer shading where the harmony suggests this (especially the last couple of lines). Your own assessment of expression, intonation and tone are accurate - it was a technically very able performance.
Not being a Fakebook member make it difficult for me to see your performance and it is disappointing not to be able to view this version of a Bach piece.
Thanks for the feedback!
ok, here we go, it's on Youtube:
Chris, that was really tastefully played, nice intonation, dynamics, overall style. Beautifully done.
I respectfully disagree with the suggestion to add hooked bowing. Baroque music very much makes use of the natural inequality of the down bow and the up bow. Evening out the music by adding hooks for my taste doesn't suit Bach. I'm sure lots of great performers have done it though - it is just my opinion.
I agree with George about the track of your bowing. I see that you have long arms and I wonder if you favor bowing so close to the fingerboard with all your playing. If so, you might try aiming the scroll of your violin a little more to the left.
Thanks Chris, certainly nice to listen to and very interesting for me as I am performing this piece coming Sunday!
thank you all for the feedback! Will take a day or two to reflect (life is busy at the moment) and reply in more detail.
Chris if you move your bow from one part of the house to another you can expect it to tighten or loosen itself based on a change in humidity. In youth orchestras the conductor always has to tell the string players to check their bow tension after the first segment of the rehearsal (say, half an hour).
Hi Chris, thanks for taking the time to post it on YouTube. That said, what I suggest is that you listen to the recording yourself, focusing on the sound, avoiding the video.
If you listen to the 2nd measure, you have two notes under a slur and then another two notes under a slur, which you seem to be playing (I know some editions might bow it differently), but the notes sound almost detached under the slur, as in they have a bit too much space in between them. I would focus on getting a legato between these slurred notes, which may be helped by you emphasizing the first note (on the beat) a little bit more.
Mr. Keating, Thanks for posting a YouTube link to your Bach video and enjoyed it!
Your bow is so thigh it hurts.