Rognvald wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:05 pm
If you choose to play "Pathetique," as a performance piece, you must understand that the phrasing needs to sing and breathe . . . it cannot be rushed. It should not be played like a nonstop car race but a reflective, tone poem emphasizing the melody to a lush backdrop of the harmonic complement. Otherwise, it loses its "tragic" and romantic quality. I think any classical guitarist who attempts this piece must listen to the great pianists who have mastered this classic: Freddy Kempf, Vladimir Horowitz, and Wilhelm Kempff before any real understanding is possible. So, a 4 minute 15-second performance of a piece that has a natural tempo of 5 minutes 30 seconds falls short of a credible interpretation of this classic. Try slowing down, let the phrases breathe and the melody sing . . . you'll come much closer to what Beethoven wanted to say. Playing again . . . Rognvald
Agree 100%. I have the same feeling. Slow it down, portray the emotion that the piece expresses. When i hear this played well, it brings tears to my eyes, your performance feels more like an exercise. Watch how Matthew McAllister plays this to really get an idea on how it should be played, how emotive it is and beautiful.
Saying that, thanks very much for posting, and sorry for being critical (hell, i can barely get past the harmonics), the fundamentals are there, but it could and should be so much better.