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 Post subject: Chopin's wings (not legs) and Stephen Hough's blog
PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:02 pm 
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Stephen Hough has now a blog at the Daily Telegraph:
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/stephen_hough/blog/

As he says in the opening article, for him it’s "an opportunity to freewheel on books, travel, religion, clothes, food (especially chocolate), gadgets, exhibitions I see, hotels in which I can't sleep, airports I get stuck in ... and, of course, music." As well as being an extraordinary pianist, he is also a brilliant writer and whatever the topic, reading him is always stimulating. So much food for thought, as they say. In particular, I want to draw your attention to a very worthy read about tempos in Chopin: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/stephen_hough/blog/2009/02/09/agile_wings_not_muscular_legs

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Wow - that's a very interesting blog. Thanks for putting this up, Alfonso. Looks like I've got some nice reading to do today.

And interesting about the tempo in Chopin's Etude 10/3. I never knew that about how the beginning is supposed to go much faster. Do you have a link to a recording of it like that?

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pianolady wrote:
Wow - that's a very interesting blog. Thanks for putting this up, Alfonso. Looks like I've got some nice reading to do today.

And interesting about the tempo in Chopin's Etude 10/3. I never knew that about how the beginning is supposed to go much faster. Do you have a link to a recording of it like that?


No, I know of no interpretations like that. Perahia, who plays Op. 10-6 at the so often disregarded faster tempo Chopin indicated, plays Op. 10-3 at the usual slow tempo. So, we'll need to wait for Hough's take on the Etudes. 8)

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