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Your favourite rendition of Chopin's Ballade No.4 Op.52 (Read 2849 times)

Offline theodopolis

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Your favourite rendition of Chopin's Ballade No.4 Op.52
« on: November 09, 2005, 03:02:30 PM »
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.
Does anyone else here think the opening of Liszt's 'Orage' (AdP - Suisse No.5) sounds like the Gymnopedie from Hell?

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Re: Your favourite rendition of Chopin's Ballade No.4 Op.52
«Reply #1 on: November 09, 2005, 03:24:27 PM »
Zimerman
Waste of time -- do not read signatures.

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Re: Your favourite rendition of Chopin's Ballade No.4 Op.52
«Reply #2 on: November 09, 2005, 04:38:59 PM »
Rubinstein
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Re: Your favourite rendition of Chopin's Ballade No.4 Op.52
«Reply #3 on: November 09, 2005, 05:31:49 PM »
Zimmerman
Made a Liszt. Need new Handel's for Soler panel & Alkan foil. Will Faure Stein on the way to pick up Mendels' sohn. Josquin get Wolfgangs Schu with Clara. Gone Chopin, I'll be Bach

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Re: Your favourite rendition of Chopin's Ballade No.4 Op.52
«Reply #4 on: November 09, 2005, 09:14:47 PM »
CÚcile Ousset

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Re: Your favourite rendition of Chopin's Ballade No.4 Op.52
«Reply #5 on: November 09, 2005, 10:11:46 PM »
Krystian Zimerman a tie with Murray Perahia

Offline phil13

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Re: Your favourite rendition of Chopin's Ballade No.4 Op.52
«Reply #6 on: November 11, 2005, 04:42:18 AM »
Tamas Vasary and Horowitz.

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Re: Your favourite rendition of Chopin's Ballade No.4 Op.52
«Reply #7 on: November 11, 2005, 02:10:00 PM »
People might call me mad but...

Cziffra
Whisky and Messiaen

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Re: Your favourite rendition of Chopin's Ballade No.4 Op.52
«Reply #8 on: November 11, 2005, 03:22:57 PM »
People might call me mad but...

Cziffra
yeah me too.I quite like cziffra recording even its a little bit too fast for my taste (for this ballade)
and of course Krystian Zimerman!
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Re: Your favourite rendition of Chopin's Ballade No.4 Op.52
«Reply #9 on: November 11, 2005, 10:22:39 PM »
-Richter

-Brunhoff (student of Cortot) unknown fantastic pianist




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Re: Your favourite rendition of Chopin's Ballade No.4 Op.52
«Reply #10 on: November 15, 2005, 04:08:46 AM »
People might call me mad but...

Cziffra

Certainly not... Cziffra's is among my favourite, his speed is similar to Francois' and he approaches Chopin from a completely different angle than he does Liszt, though you see some shades of both in the more exuberant works. (See the LH octaves of the Heroic Polonaise on the EMI DVD)

The ironic thing is that two of my favourite Fourths are completely disparate in speed: Francois clocks it at 9:21, Arrau takes his time at 12:31.

I'd be very interested to hear Brunhoff, Cortot and his pupils really come into their own when it comes to Chopin.
Does anyone else here think the opening of Liszt's 'Orage' (AdP - Suisse No.5) sounds like the Gymnopedie from Hell?

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Re: Your favourite rendition of Chopin's Ballade No.4 Op.52
«Reply #11 on: November 15, 2005, 05:23:38 AM »
Entremont followed by Rubinstein

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Re: Your favourite rendition of Chopin's Ballade No.4 Op.52
«Reply #12 on: November 15, 2005, 01:02:09 PM »
richter
hofmann
cziffra
wu xiaoxi from this year's chopin competition

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Re: Your favourite rendition of Chopin's Ballade No.4 Op.52
«Reply #13 on: November 15, 2005, 01:37:49 PM »
Alfred Cortot...post your email and I'll send it to you.

palika