THURSDAY, August 27, 2020 – 2:43 AM
(Update: there were only two recordings when I did this, and I added two more. Some of my students saw this post and listened, but many did not.)
A nice, gracious waltz…
This is Chopin’s famous Waltz in C# Major, Op. 64 No. 1. The nickname “Minute” was not from the composer, and no one in the world could possibly play it in a minute. I often teach this in my lessons. Now, which recording do you prefer? And why?
His playing is always musical. In my opinion this is the best performance available anywhere. It takes him about 2:30 to play it.
In comparison, this performance is mostly played as fast as possible and utterly destroys the music.
I’m putting it here to make a point. The exact same piece of music can sound utterly different when played by two people who have a very different approach. This is not a waltz. It’s a mindless race.
This is just awful. He has the sensitivity here of a total idiot.
This is so incredibly different from everyone else that when I heard it I just said: “Wow!” He changes some notes, and I’ve actually notated what he did. It’s very fast, but unlike others who make it a race his is light and playful.