Started by jwinter, August 02, 2012, 12:07:21 PM
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Quote from: hvbias on November 13, 2022, 02:17:23 PMMichel Block's late in life Mazurkas are like Wasowski, these are both only in small doses for me, those tempi can be a bit much in the Mazurkas. For me Block's best Chopin are his DG recordings from the early 60s. edit: I haven't heard the Block Chopin Institute CD, last I checked it wasn't on Qobuz.
Quote from: Mandryka on November 16, 2022, 09:11:06 AMBlock is responsible for the worst Chopin performance I've ever heard - the barcarolle. About 15 minutes of it I think.
Quote from: Mandryka on July 06, 2022, 11:17:36 PMBack to this for the first time in 7 years and what I said before is what I'd say now. Not for me in my current state of mind, but it may well be for someone else. It's a bit buttoned up - maybe a bit overthunk. The sound is state of the art studio processed piano.
Quote from: Mandryka on December 04, 2022, 11:47:50 PMBack to Fialkowska today, the second time this year, that makes three times in 8 years. And I think my two posts about it are accurate - it is deeply felt and nuanced and yet, at the same time, buttoned up. Deeply felt like Henry James and Jane Austen. I like it very much, it needs to be experienced.
Quote from: Mandryka on December 09, 2022, 08:33:52 AMAnia Dorfmann's Chopin Waltzes sound OK actually -- tender https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_mhWulDdje6igMahV-CUFgMbn0ip2Nn_h4
Quote from: AaronSF on December 09, 2022, 01:23:35 PMI've enjoyed Nikita Magaloff's mazurkas. They are very elegantly played...which I'm guessing may not be to everyone's taste. Worth a listen, though.
Quote from: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on December 11, 2022, 08:21:12 AMESL's Valses proffer a nice change. She presents her own unique and lyrical world, and she doesn't give a dxxx about what others think about it. There is something attractive in her performance.As for Simon, I don't know about his Preludes, but I like his sensitive, and somewhat oblique, Mazurkas. Maybe I'm biased by the novel, cool cover art.
Quote from: Mandryka on December 14, 2022, 10:03:43 AMESL is a bit of a challenge for me. It's as if there's not enough relief, not enough fizz and sparkle, the same approach all the time. But I've made a mental note and will come back to it. It made me think of Arrau's Waltzes, I have a positive memory of them.
Quote from: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on December 14, 2022, 11:20:11 AMMaybe just the tone of piano is not my thing.
Quote from: Que on December 17, 2022, 01:20:18 PMOut of curiosity, I checked: it is a Steinway.
Quote from: Mandryka on August 18, 2019, 03:30:33 AMWhat's distinctive about this one from Sergei Dorensky is that he has a symphonic style - lots of different timbres and big gestures - which he uses fairly liberally here to transform each mazurka into a something which sounds more like a Rachmaninov tableau than you might have been expecting. Good enough sound, modern piano with a good steely timbre, I wonder if it was a soviet instrument. Dorensky was, I believe, a well regarded teacher in the USSR. Does anyone know anything about him, his ideas and his pupils?
Quote from: Mandryka on December 18, 2022, 07:57:28 AMTotally agree about Dorensky, he's not for me.
Quote from: Mandryka on December 18, 2022, 07:12:28 AMI'm glad you're exploring it, Verena. Here's what I said about it more than three years ago. I'd be very interested to hear what the other mazurka connoisseurs make of what he does.
Quote from: Verena on December 18, 2022, 08:25:08 AMThe big gestures which you mention are sometimes too much of a good thing for me, too. I think I mostly listen for the timing and that's what I love about his interpretation. Having listened to some mazurkas again today, I guess my favorites remain Maryla Jonas, Reisenberg, Rubinstein (on some days) and Boshniakovich. But he comes quite close.
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