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Yes, I absolutely love Chopin. His works really do demand superior technique. Although not ALL Chopin pieces are fast, a lot are. Some of my favorite Chopin works include Fantasie Impromptu, Heroic Polonaise, and The Butterfly Study. What an amazing composer.
 

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Chopin is impressive. His mood pieces has this melancholic sweet, his dance music has this (polish) energy and the concerts have a great flow. He was a really heartful composer and interpret.
 

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The Butterfly Study
Hmmm... One of my personal fav.
I like his harp etude also, and not forgetting his Berceuse. I think his berceuse is the best( having listened to soooo many)...His is the only one that I felt really resembles a lullaby. :)
But I disliked his revolutionary etude. :angry: I think it's the most horrible thing he'd ever composed. Well, maybe it's been over-performed, and so many horrible versions of it at the same time. :angry:
By the way, speaking about polish energy and his mazurka...
Mazurka is a national polish dance. It orginated from the word, Mazovia, which is a small town in Poland.
 

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Originally posted by DW@Jul 28 2004, 03:51 PM
Hmmm... One of my personal fav.

But I disliked his revolutionary etude. :angry: I think it's the most horrible thing he'd ever composed. Well, maybe it's been over-performed, and so many horrible versions of it at the same time. :angry:

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:eek: Really? Perhaps you are right...LOL. :lol: Just like the song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" is overplayed it makes me song ANGRY!!! I hate the Wizard of Oz!!! ARGHGHGHGHGGHH!!! It's always overplayed! May it burn!!!! :angry: LOL. It also depends on what version you listen to of Etude Revolutionary probably, I agree. :p
 

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I'm familiar with Chopin, but I really had to search my CD's to find any! After listening to the teeny-weeny bit I have... it's not my type of music! Maybe I just don't have the good stuff :unsure:
 

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I like a few Chopin pieces, like the early Nocturne in G minor. But it's not really my kind of music either. I think I like it best when Drew Tretick plays Chopin's piano pieces on the violin! :lol:
 

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It also depends on what version you listen to of Etude Revolutionary probably, I agree.
I think Ashkenazy is the best choice for Chopin. I liked his interpretations.
Do any of u know this pianist Slyvia Capova?
She has an amazing recording of Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu.Very unlike other 'mediocre' recordings. U should listen to her bass notes and 'counter-melody'. So transient, sonorous and so clear! :rolleyes:
But it's sad, no on seems to know her. :angry:
 

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I think Chopin is one of the very great composers. His Nocturnes is the corps of music that most I love. The variety and richness of so many inspired melodies seems to me a miracle. Etudes, Preludes and Waltzes are deservedly eternal while piano music exist. Only I can't appreciate equally his Polonaises and Mazurkas, due perhaps to his folk character, but that's a limitation of mine.
 

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I used to hate Mazurkas. It didn't make much sense to a teen like me back then. Only then when I know that they were dances with an implied 2nd beat, then I start to understand and appreciate them more.
But it's definately still not my fav when it comes to Chopin's 'set' collection. I think I'll prefer his Ballades, esp. the one in F minor. I love it! :D
 

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I just watched "The Pianast" which had a lot of pieces by Chopin. It was a real good movie...but I felt it had no real plot too it...but it was still good :D
 

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I LOVE CHOPIN! :D i dont think he gets enough credit. but i dont know any other composer that sounds exactly like him. you think you know the chord progression and where its going, and then he throws in some beautiful dissonance. and then resolution again. AH i love it.
And the revolutionary etude... ive heard it sound gorgeous and ive heard it sound just plain horrible. i agree that it really depends on who is playing it. ive tried. it can get ugly and bangy if its not treated well.
 

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i really don't know! i should pay more attention to the performer's names on the front of all the cd's i get from the library :) . lol i usually just look at the back to see the track listing. do you recommend anyone in particular?
 

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Ashkenazy

:) Ashkenazy's iterpretations will surely make you take notice,as I own a few of his albums on decca(LONDON)(polonaises,chopin favorites,).A good Chopin favorites is a good place to start.Ashkenazy is a great Chopin player in most respects, but in my ear Vladimir Horwitz has always been the chopin master.You may want to try his Chopin favorites on cbs masterworks.The recording is crisp and clear,and of course horowitz puts it all into perspective.He will send gooosebumps down your spine.(
DW said:
I think Ashkenazy is the best choice for Chopin. I liked his interpretations.
Do any of u know this pianist Slyvia Capova?
She has an amazing recording of Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu.Very unlike other 'mediocre' recordings. U should listen to her bass notes and 'counter-melody'. So transient, sonorous and so clear! :rolleyes:
But it's sad, no on seems to know her. :angry:
 

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I'm just in this moment listening to the Berceuse in an old recording (from 1947) by Lev Oborin (Ashkenazy's teacher). It's a quite interesting CD called "The Golden Twelve" (Vol.1) featuring the first four winners of the International Chopin Piano Competition. Oborin won in 1927. There's also Alexsandre Ununsky, who won in 1932, Yakov Zak (1937) and Bella Davidovich (1949). It's interesting to listen to these old intrepretations, so I can definately recommend this CD if it can be found anywhere but Poland.
 
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