I know... another subjective opinion thread. But at least it's not a Rachmaninoff Concerto one.
Whose interpretation of Chopin's Fourth Ballade is your favourite?
Mine is without doubt Samson Francois'.
His colouring and clarity of tone, elegant rubato and above all, the passion and fire of the piece's conclusion are all astounding and these elements combine to produce what is, in my opinion, the greatest Chopin Fourth.
How hard is it? I've heard some recordings, and I like it a lot. I expect this to be a long term project (a few months to do the whole sonata), but I want to know if I have the level of skill. I'll list what I've played:
Chopin Waltz Op. 42 Rach Mom-Mus Op. 16 No. 4 Beethoven "Pathétique" Mov. 1 and Mov. 2 Some pieces of Partita No. 3 in Am by Bach
I'm learning Chopin Scherzo No. 2 in Bb Minor, it's very fun to play. Do you think I can handle this Beethoven Sonata?
(As posted on Dec. 6, 2009) - This practice session was recorded in early November at the University of the Philippines, Abelardo Hall. The performer is my son, Lorenzo, 14, who was preparing for the finals of a national piano competition for his age group. Although the competition is through, we strongly feel that we can benefit a lot from the opinions of members of PianoStreet.com .
Any comments on the whole sonata or on a particular movement will be most welcome and appreciated. Thanks a lot in advance . . .
Edit (December 28, 2009) - we have finally the actual contest video where I feel Enzo plays the Sonata much better with confidence and emphasis. This was at the main theatre of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, November 10, 2009 on a Steinway Grand. With apologies for some audio distortions.
1st and 2nd movements - 3rd and 4th movements -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The posted audio below is that of the practice session at the University of the Philippines which was on a Kawai Grand Piano (9 feet). The video clips posted above (& in YouTube) were played about 2 weeks later.
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