Started by jwinter, August 02, 2012, 12:07:21 PM
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Quote from: Sammy on August 02, 2012, 12:20:44 PMOne of my favorites that you're missing comes from Jean-Marc Luisada. Originally on DG, his set is now available on Newton Classics. The man's playing is quite unique, concentrating more on detail than flow.[asin]B004AB2FB2[/asin]
Quote from: jwinter on August 02, 2012, 12:07:21 PMSo, what are your favorite recordings of Chopin's mazurkas? Either the whole shebang or selections. Rubinstein's last set has always been my favorite. On the shelf I have Rubinstein x 3, Ashkenazy, Francois, Harasiewicz, and Ohlsson for complete sets, plus healthy selections from Richter, Perlemuter, and a few others (working from memory here). What favorite recordings of yours am I missing?
Quote from: George on August 02, 2012, 03:36:53 PMIn fact, I am now enjoying Rubinstein's first complete set of Mazurkas, recorded in 1938-39. Transfers by Ward Marston.
Why do you like the last Rubinstein set the most? Do you enjoy old recordings? The answers to these questions will help me give you a better answer tomorrow.
Quote"At the time when DG asked me to record all the mazurkas I hadn't actually played more than a few of them. And the recording had to be done in only a few months. So I learned them very quickly, and while there was certainly something spontaneous about the playing, for me something was definitely missing. Since then, though, the mazurkas, as I say, have been a part of my life. I've played them many times, often as a complete cycle, in a single two-and-a-half hour concert."
Quote from: jwinter on August 02, 2012, 04:26:15 PMQuote from: Mandryka on Today at 04:57:04 PMWhy do you like the last Rubinstein set the most? Do you enjoy old recordings? The answers to these questions will help me give you a better answer tomorrow. Old recordings are fine -- I love the Cortot Chopin that I've heard, and greatly enjoy Rubinstein's 1930's mazurkas & nocturnes.It's hard to describe why I like Rubinstein's mazurkas so much. I like them for their lyrical quality, for how they project a deep sense of Romanticism without becoming mushy or sentimental. I love the way he makes the melodies flow so naturally, nothing sounds contrived or forced, like the notes are just falling off his fingers. His tone is beautiful, soft or vigorous as necessary but never harsh, and it's beautifully recorded. And this is largely in my own head, I know, but I can't help but hear a certain nostalgic, autumnal quality in the 1960s recording, as if these are works he's thought about for a very long time, and he knows that this may be his last chance to capture his reading for posterity, so he wants to do it just right, nothing eccentric, just Chopin as he feels it should be played.Does that make sense? But I'm not looking for something just like Rubinstein, as I know I won't find it. Rather, something contrasting, interesting, unusual -- I'm really pretty open...
I don't know Luisada's DG recording too well, but after sampling it from Spotify, I'd recommend the RCA recording...
Quote from: Todd on August 02, 2012, 12:34:50 PM
Quote from: Mandryka on August 03, 2012, 06:45:14 AMUnfortunately that Morvec CD with the Debussy doesn't have the best of his mazurkas, I would say. For that you need to go to the CD with the Chopin Scherzos, and the live CD from Brussels, released a couple of years ago.Do try that collection of mazurkas from Pollini that I found on youtube, from London in 2008. i've been enjoying it all day.
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