Classic performances of Chopin works on YouTube

 
  • Classic performances of Chopin works on YouTube

    Youtube is a great place to listen to classical music, especially not extremely extended forms. This thread shall be devoted to some of them.

    For start our proposal is to listen to one of the most famous performers of Chopin ever: Artur Rubinstein. His Barcarolle, Op. 60 played in the Moscow Conservatory remains one of the best performances of the piece ever. He is shaping tension and energy with care, does not hurry during the culminations and stresses one of the most dramatic and chromatic endings written by Chopin.



    For more selections of Chopin's Youtube, please visit our webpage:
    Chopin in Youtube (Chopin Institute)

  • Maria João Pires - Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op. 9 No 1

    For a good start, we have got another proposal. Some people claim that if one did not listen to Maria João Pires performances of Chopin Nocturnes, does not know the pieces at all. Please observe, how Pires shapes the colour of the sound, stressing the smallest dynamic details of the piece. This Nocturne was the first one published by Chopin, but from the very first moment it strikes with complete abandoning of John Field's trials, lacking gallant or brillant style elements and focusing on building complex, but perfectly logically shaped form with changing mood in the middle section, two culminations, and dream-like colour of the piano sound. All these features are suggestively, but at the same time discretely shown by the performer.



    For more selections of Chopin's Youtube, please visit our webpage:
    Chopin in Youtube (Chopin Institute)

  • Rafał Blechacz - Polonasie in A-flat major, Op. 53

    It does not happen often that a performance recorded during competition is objectively very good. Stress, pressure, often shows the bad sides of live performances and when listening to the recording off the stage one is often disappointed. But not in this case. Rafał Blechacz is one of the most talented artists of the young generation and his performances given during the XV Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw are often cited as most accurate interpretations of Chopin music. One of the best examples is the ‘heroique’ Polonaise - extremely difficult to perform because of two reasons: technical difficulty, but at the same time musical challenge. It is quite often that pianists want to show their emotions into extend they do not control them. Their instrument is too loud, there is no balancing of sound and the listener is tired after 2-3 minutes. Blechacz not only controls sound perfectly, he also keeps the form of this complex piece, not allowing the slow section to ‘fly away’ off the form, keeping tempo to the very end, but at the same time showing the whole palette of moods of this music, that is essence of Polishness, as Chopin and his compatriots understand it.



    2:17 start playing

    For more selections of Chopin's Youtube, please visit our webpage:
    Chopin in Youtube (Chopin Institute)

Anonymous users may not post messages. Please log in or create an account to post in the forums.