I wasn't, but after reading your post I had a quick listen (the album is available on my streaming service). I thought it was annoying.
I don't have a problem with it really. If someone wants to add bells and whistles to somebody else's tune it's up to them - it's not as though I have to listen to it.ii. What do you think to interpreting pieces that may verge on improvising? (Although he doesn't appear to have gone for a complete jazz-style complete improv).
This seems to be Kurt Schneeweiss' trademark practice, which wouldn't be a problem if he would make sure that it's clearly spelled out on the CD covers that he has taken liberties, sometimes GREAT liberties, with the work of composers whose music he claims to be playing. However, he doesn't do that.Smudger5150 wrote: ↑Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:48 pmHi there.
Hope I'm not contravening any rules by wanting to ask about a CD that I've been listening too - I'm sure you moderators will let me know if I am....
I've been listening to a CD by a German guitarist called Kurt-Schneeweiß and I was a bit frustrated with the 1st few listens in that he plays unusual versions of some of the pieces that are well known, especially Asturias, where he seems to be improvising around the piece, or, he has come up with an alternative way of playing it.
I listened to it a few years ago a couple of times and have resumed listen to it recently (revisiting all my CG CDs) and I have found a lot of nice pieces on the CD but these are ones that I'm not familiar with.
I think the sound quality on some tracks isn't great which doesn't help but a lot of the recordings seem ok. Maybe most, if not all, is recorded live.
Also, a quick look at some of the reviews of his other CDs suggest that his approach to playing well-known pieces by playing an interpretation of a piece rather than playing it note-for-note seems to be polarising opinion. A 1 star review sitting next to a 4 or 5 star review etc.
So i wondered 2 things:-
i. Is anyone familiar with his work and what do you think?
ii. What do you think to interpreting pieces that may verge on improvising? (Although he doesn't appear to have gone for a complete jazz-style complete improv).
I seen other threads about players from the previous centuries ad-libbing in their performances but I'm not aware of it being done much outside of jazz, and to a lesser extent, rock and blues (jams etc).