Topic: Several problematic slurs in Nielsen quintet 3rd movement solo
I'm working on the Nielsen quintet for an upcoming performance. In the famous Variation VII solo I'm having difficulty with a few slurs. The ones I'll mention right now are:
- the upward slur from B below middle C to the G above it;
- the upward slur from A below middle C to the G above it;
- the downward slur from A above middle C down to the Db above middle C.
The first two hesitate to speak. I can make them come out, but they're sluggish. They slow me down. In comparison, the next slur, from the G below middle C up the octave, pops almost instantaneously.
The last one, the A down to the Db, often refuses to slur downward. I've tried using both the short and long Db fingerings. I can't get the slur to be reliable enough.
Any recommendations, whether involving fingerings or something else?