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#1080724 - 12/06/04 08:08 AM Re: Chopin's Easier Works
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Registered: 04/12/04
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Originally posted by Varcon:
Rubato is acceptable as long as it isn't excessive and warping the rhythm and stability of the performance. Good taste should be your guide. Learn the piece with strict rhythmic impulses and then you have a standard from which you can depart but not too much. Listen to good performers to get an idea of acceptable boundaries. In listening to some of the person's playing you name, I would suggest you find other examples by better artists. [/b]
Thanks for your response. Which pianist(s) would you recommend?
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#1080725 - 12/06/04 08:29 AM Re: Chopin's Easier Works
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Ah--you ask something that would bring up some variance in opinion. There are several noted pianists famous for their Chopin interpretations--Ignaz Friedman, Artur Rubinstein, Ignace Paderewski, Benno Moiseiwich, Guiomar Novaes. I prefer Novaes, Friedman, and Paderewski tho they are less known now. Friedman's Chopin Mazurkas are pretty much the definitive recordings. Among the young, modern performers some have acquired some fame as Chopin interpreters. I would hesitate to recommend any of them tho as their playing seems rather bland musically. They can dash them off technically but little passion and feeling. Gilels and Richter would be good too. All in all, it's pretty much a matter of taste, background, training, exposure.

Ex., in playing some things for my class I chose one piece played by three different pianists and they did not know which person was performing (recordings, of course). They were to choose the one they liked the best for whatever reason. Of the three choices, Paderewski was always the favorite. I found that rather interesting as he is panned by many for a less than formidable technique. Dubal in his book defends him after listening to some of his recordings. I, too, think he was quite technically proficient when one hears his ability to trill, to create nuances, and to carry off difficult passages with apparent ease. It's an ongoing controversy. Anyway, there are plenty of better performances out there than the one you have! I'm sure others will suggest alternates. In the end, let your own ear be your guide. It should ultimately be your choice as to which pianist(s) you prefer for performing certain composers or styles.

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