Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Chopin - Ballade No. 3, Op. 47 (1841)
This ballade is dedicated to Pauline de Noailles. The inspiration for this Ballade is usually claimed to be Adam Mickiewicz’s poem Undine, but sometimes reported to be Mickiewicz’s Świtezianka; There are structural similarities with the “Raindrop Prelude” which was inspired by the weather in Majorca during Chopin’s disastrous vacation with George Sand. These include a repetitive A-flat which modulates into a repetitive G-sharp during the C-sharp minor section.
Performed by Van Cliburn
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Chopin - Nocturne Op. 15 No. 1
Performed by Daniel Barenboim
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.
The Official Bulletin declared that the Poles should be as proud of me as the Germans are of Mozart; obvious nonsense.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Rest place of Chopin’s heart in Warsaw, Poland
Chopin - Nocturne No. 21 Op. posth
Performed by Claudio Arrau
Chopin’s rubato possessed an unshakeable emotional logic. It always justified itself by a strengthening or weakening melodic line, by exaggeration or affectation.
Karol Mikuli, Chopin’s pupil
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Chopin - Impromptu Op. 29 No. 1 in A-flat major
Friday, June 10, 2011
Chopin - Prelude Op. 28 No. 16
Played by Martha Argerich
Chopin - Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. posth. 66
Played by Vladimir Horowitz