Manly Chopin, or, something from Georgian I actually LIKE

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Manly Chopin, or, something from Georgian I actually LIKE

Postby uncle janko » Mon May 19, 2008 1:51 am

Too much Chopin playing sounds wussy, effete, and hot-house: sort of castrated Mendelssohn. Some of it is simply what Genrikh Neuhaus called "mortuary". Some of it sounds like vulgar proto-Liszt (the Zsa Zsa of the 19th century). How many forget that Chopin was in direct paedagogical lineage from Bach--who was never forgotten in civilised Poland as he was among the barbarian Niemcy!

What is wanted: tough Chopin. Gutsy, solid, non-flashy, non-simpering.

Here it is: Etudes Opp 10 & 25 on Live Classics LCL382--all this label's recordings are indeed live and un-messed-with, by the formidable Elisso Wirssaladze. Miss Wirssaladze looks like Christiane Amanpour (quite similar in appearance) after a trip to Roseanne Roseannadanna's hair-stylist. You might think she played like her father was a Gulag commandant and her first lessons were by a zek, only because that is so.

And, no, the OTHER Georgia (of course).

Get this recording.
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Postby John Bear » Mon May 19, 2008 3:34 am

And you can listen to them all, absolutely free, full length -- not 30-second excerpts -- online, at the wonderful Classical Archives site. You all know about this great site? More than 40,000 full-length classical recordings, including the all the Virsaladze stuff, and totally free, as long as you only listen to five a day. And if five isn't enough, then for seven cents a day* you get 100 downloads a day or 1,000 a month. ... ladze.html

* actually $25/year
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Postby Malcolm Jenner » Mon May 19, 2008 1:31 pm

For the next few days you can listen to the whole of Chopin's works as broadcast over the last weekend on BBC Radio 3. Go to ... asts.shtml and choose from Saturday or Sunday and then individual programmes.
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