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Topic: Piano concerto no 2 difficulty (Chopin)  (Read 2196 times)

Offline paxxx17

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Piano concerto no 2 difficulty (Chopin)
on: August 07, 2019, 11:55:15 AM
Hey all, I've graduated music high school 5 years ago but I've continued practicing for my own satisfaction and I participate in amateur concerts here and there

Since I got fed up with Beethoven's sonatas (all I've been practicing last two years), I was thinking of going back to Chopin, tackling his f minor concerto. Obviously, without an orchestra, I just want to do it for myself. Now, at the first sight, first movement and especially third seem ridiculously difficult to me (all these runs through both hands, while maintaining crystal clarity).

How difficult is it compared to some of Chopin's solo piano compositions? Obviously, don't consider the difficulties that arise while playing with an orchestra, since I won't be doing that.
I'd say my current technical limits are Polonaise-Fantaisie Op. 61 and 1st movement of Hammerklavier sonata. I could pull these two pieces off on a level I found satisfactory (on the other hand, I'm not satisfied with my 4th movement of Hammerklavier, but I'd say that its difficulties are far different than this concerto's)

Should I invest time in learning this concerto, based on my abilities? I don't just want to play it on some messy meh level, I want it to actually sound good. Cheers!

Offline latrobe

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Re: Piano concerto no 2 difficulty (Chopin)
Reply #1 on: December 02, 2019, 04:12:12 PM
For a good model of playing the concerto get the disc by Adolfo Barabino playing with the London Symphony Orchestra - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barabino-Symphony-Orchestra-Reynolds-CLAUDIO/dp/B012SX7WZC

Here's a recording made on an original 1859 instrument with the orchestra recorded on another instrument on another track

And here at the Nice International Piano Competition
Sohyun Park playing very beautifully. If you go back to the previous competitor who complained that he didn't get first prize you'll hear how not to play it, with arpeggiated passages sounding rhythmically like a machine gun.

The piano here was a Fazioli tuned to High Definition temperament, an unequal tuning.

Best wishes

David P
David Pinnegar BSc ARCS
Promoting keyboard heritage https://www.organmatters.co.uk and performers in Unequal Temperament https://www.hammerwood.mistral.co.uk/concerts.htm

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