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Piano Literature, Volume 1 & 2 (CD)

By Jane Smisor Bastien

Piano (Bastien Supplementary Books) - Book A,1
Composed by Jane Smisor Bastien. Performance CD. Piano Literature. CD. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company (KJ.GP9CD).

Item Number: KJ.GP9CD

The entire contents of each book is featured on these corresponding CDs, featuring beautiful and sensitive performances by renowned pianist Diane Hidy. These recordings give valuable insight into correct and historically accurate performance practices, and help to enhance and reinforce phrasing, touch, dynamics, and balance. Volume 1 and 2 CD.

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  • 3

    Chicago, IL
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • June 10, 2011 Some excellent, some insensitive performances

    Pianist Diane Hidy plays book 2 sufficiently for this level of student. She has some beautiful phrasing and interpretation, though she uses light pedal in Classical pieces much more than I would. She plays the lyrical, contemporary pieces in book 1 with beautiful phrasing and expression. In contrast, she plays...

    the Baroque pieces in book 1 insensitively, with an almost-pounding sound and very little phrasing; her separated notes are somewhat inconsistent between her two hands. Compared to this CD, Suzuki Piano CD is much more expressive in all styles of music; however, since this CD goes with the series (and my students don't notice quite all of these details), I will use it with some of my students. I like to have my students practice with the CD, and unfortunately I will have to tell them to do something other than the CD for several spots per song. Tempi: Some pieces are a bit fast for a practice tempo, but fine for performance.

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  • 5

    Los Angeles
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  • July 22, 2007 Piano Literature CD

    Very helpful to my seven years old son in practicing his song.

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