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#365186 - 05/30/06 10:54 PM Re: Hardest Chopin Etude? and other questions..
Peter MN Offline
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Registered: 05/22/06
Posts: 60
Loc: Apple Valley, MN
For me, the hardest ones were 10/2, 10/4, 25/11

Favorite recording is still Pollini's

Played them all

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#365187 - 06/01/06 09:03 PM Re: Hardest Chopin Etude? and other questions..
Kelvin Offline
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Registered: 05/27/06
Posts: 13
I've played. Op. 10 No. 12, Op. 25 No. 12, and am working on Op. 10 No. 04 and Op. 25 No. 11.

I believe Op. 10 No. 02 is the hardest

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#365188 - 06/01/06 09:59 PM Re: Hardest Chopin Etude? and other questions..
MMSGA Offline
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Registered: 10/21/04
Posts: 393
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Originally posted by blaude:


Has anyone here heard Agustin Anievas' Chopin Etudes? They might be my favorite complete set. Very imaginative, colorful playing, and spotless technique. [/b]
I had the pleasure of attending a Hong Kong recital of his in 1990, I think, where he played op10 in the first half, and op25 in the second.

Stunning...

He didn't break between op25 11 and 12, but just went straight into no 12... That was a really good effect. Never heard it before...

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#365189 - 06/02/06 10:19 AM Re: Hardest Chopin Etude? and other questions..
lol_nl Offline
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Registered: 02/21/06
Posts: 918
Loc: Ede, Netherlands
 Quote:
Originally posted by Peter MN:
Played them all [/b]
How long did you take to learn them all?
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Yiteng

"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is never enough for music."
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#365190 - 06/02/06 11:54 AM Re: Hardest Chopin Etude? and other questions..
pianoman68 Offline
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Registered: 05/30/06
Posts: 33
Loc: Germany
Which of the Chopin Ballades is the easiest and why?
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#365191 - 06/02/06 12:02 PM Re: Hardest Chopin Etude? and other questions..
Rick Offline
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Registered: 08/01/01
Posts: 559
Loc: Chicago
Blaude:

I can't believe you mentioned that album. I was perusing a Glen Ellyn Illinois store shortly before Christmas. It was an antique store, and they had some LP's. I noticed there were a lot of classical LP's, so I flipped thru them. I came across this Chopin Etudes album of which you speak. At least I think it's the same name. Recorded in 1967 or so? He's an American I think. Does that sound right? Anyway, I bought the album (for 50 cents!), and it did sound good - the ones I listened too anyway. But I didn't rip it yet, since I figured I had enough mp3's already of this stuff. Maybe I should. I never dreamed anyone else had ever heard of this guy.

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#365192 - 06/02/06 02:58 PM Re: Hardest Chopin Etude? and other questions..
Peter MN Offline
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Registered: 05/22/06
Posts: 60
Loc: Apple Valley, MN
Yiteng,

I have learned them parallel to other pieces in my conservatory and college years, say in a span of 6 years.

Peter

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#365193 - 06/02/06 03:59 PM Re: Hardest Chopin Etude? and other questions..
blaude Offline
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Registered: 05/20/06
Posts: 183
Loc: Houston, TX
 Quote:
Originally posted by Rick:
Blaude:

I can't believe you mentioned that album. I was perusing a Glen Ellyn Illinois store shortly before Christmas. It was an antique store, and they had some LP's. I noticed there were a lot of classical LP's, so I flipped thru them. I came across this Chopin Etudes album of which you speak. At least I think it's the same name. Recorded in 1967 or so? He's an American I think. Does that sound right? Anyway, I bought the album (for 50 cents!), and it did sound good - the ones I listened too anyway. But I didn't rip it yet, since I figured I had enough mp3's already of this stuff. Maybe I should. I never dreamed anyone else had ever heard of this guy. [/b]
I've talked to a few people who also swear by his Chopin etudes. The recording was first introduced to me by my old piano teacher in high school. I don't know much about Anievas, but I think he's more dedicated to teaching than performing (not sure where he teaches). He also has a recording of the Rach concertos out.

MMSGA: That concert must have been amazing! I've always wondered what it would be like to witness all of the Chopin etudes live in the same recital performed by one person, let alone Anievas!
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