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What Chopin should a Chopin beginner begin with?

 
 
dlowan
 
Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2009 02:59 pm
I have never listened to much Chopin, but I heard an Etude (No 2???) and was quite transfixed, so I would like to remedy this.

Of course, this is a matter of taste and suchlike idiosyncracies, but could any Chopin lovers here tell me what they think of as his loveliest works?
 
djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2009 03:10 pm
hopefully somebody will get bach to you with a chopin liszt





i'm sorry i couldn't resist


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Letty
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2009 03:11 pm
@dlowan,
Deb, I love all of Chopin's stuff. One of my favorites is Fantasy Impromptu. The middle part is what "I'm always chasing Rainbows" comes from.

Here's the nocturne that I have never heard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3fgrNheimY&feature=related

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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2009 03:11 pm
@dlowan,
Here are two I like, I'll try to find the rest of my favorites later.

Yundi Li plays Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2



Rachmaninoff plays Chopin Nocturne Op. 15 No. 2

Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2009 03:11 pm
Don't be making false apologies, Dj, i know you Ravel in tripe like that . . .
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2009 03:16 pm
Thanks folks.

Letty, any other "must hears"?
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2009 03:17 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Victor Borge and Leonid Hambro Plays The Minute Waltz


This is a good Chopin, probably the first I'd select if introducing Chopin.

Funeral March (you'll recognize from cartoons, not a great one but a famous one)
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2009 04:07 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Quote:
Rachmaninoff plays Chopin Nocturne Op. 15 No. 2


Love this...will listen to others after work.
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Thomas
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2009 05:11 pm
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:
What Chopin should a Chopin beginner begin with?

What do you mean by "begin"? Listening or playing?
dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2009 07:08 pm
@Thomas,
Listening!!!!
Gargamel
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2009 08:54 pm
I, Gargamel, take Chopin's "Raindrop Prelude"--Opus 28 Number 15--for my lawful, wedded wife.

Thomas
 
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Reply Mon 12 Jan, 2009 10:45 pm
@dlowan,
My personal favorite, by a long shot, is Michelangeli's interpretation of ten Mazurkas, and a few other pieces. You can get an impression by searching YouTube for "Michelangeli Chopin", but CD, although not cheap, is well worth buying.
dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 13 Jan, 2009 04:28 am
@Thomas,
Just ordered it.


This means it better be good!!!
Shapeless
 
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Reply Tue 13 Jan, 2009 01:26 pm
One of the best places to start is the Nocturnes, and especially Artur Rubinstein's RCA recordings of them. These recordings have been the gold standard for the nocturnes from the day they were released.
dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jan, 2009 06:44 am
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:

Just ordered it.


This means it better be good!!!


Arrived today.

Haven't got down to listening, but I will be.

You know, I COULD have got it cheaply via Amazon's "second-hand" sellers....who often have brand new stuff very cheap. They're reliable in my experience with their goods descriptions, too.

Noticed too late, and Amazon wouldn't let me undo the order.

Oh well.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jan, 2009 06:45 am
@Shapeless,
Thank you Shapeless.I'm sorry...I seem to have missed your post until tonight.

What about the Etudes?

Do you think some parts of that collection really stand out?
dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jan, 2009 06:55 am
@Gargamel,
That is lovely, Kool Aid...thank you!
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Thomas
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jan, 2009 07:02 am
@dlowan,
Tonight? You posted in the middle of the morning, futuregirl!

I don't think Rubinstein recorded the etudes. My favorite recordings of the etudes are from the dark ages before stereo, before LPs, and even before studios recorded music to magnetic tape. If you don't mind the sound this produces, I recommend the recordings of Alfred Cortot and Wilhelm Backhaus.

If you need things like stereo, freedom from hiss and crackle and so forth, your best choice is Pollini in my opinion.
dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jan, 2009 07:09 am
@Robert Gentel,
They are both lovely...
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jan, 2009 07:19 am
@Thomas,
Just bought another.


Forget who.


Cheap and a good start I think....but thank you.

It's 11.50 pm Tuesday where the real people are.
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