I was learning this in high school but my teacher wouldn't let me make the slight changes that Cliburn made to it on his famous "My Favorite Chopin" album. Even though what he did made perfect sense, I was told "play what's written or don't play it at all." So I dropped it. As it turns out, Kissen has recorded this and makes most of the same changes. How is it ok for them to do this but not anyone else? That's rubbish if you ask me. Both play a B-flat Octave instead of E-flat in the left hand on beat one of bars 112 and 116. If you're familiar with the piece you understand the reasoning, see bars 279 and 283. You cannot tell me they're right but I'm wrong.
I'm curious as to how teachers would respond to this. It's one of a number of pieces I've been brushing up while thinking of performing again, but I don't want controversy.
Is it just me, or is the Fantasie not as technically demanding as many of Chopin's large scale works? (Musically is another story...) I just spent a bit of time fooling around with the music for fun, and it doesn't scare me nearly as much as, say, the Polonaise-Fantasie, or even the third Scherzo or first Ballade. Or maybe I was just reading too slowly and unmusically to appreciate the difficulties? Mind you, I still don't think I'm ready, technically or musically, to play it just yet, but maybe someday...
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