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Chopin - 2 Polonaises and 6 Mazurkas

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  1. jlr43

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    Hello all,

    Hope all is well with everyone. Been hard at work over this past year with the start of preparing the Chopin repertory I have selected, and just finished my first disc of it. The Polish dances are overall probably my favorites among his smaller-scale works - love the assertive rhythms. A listing of the pieces posted:

    1. Polonaise in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 26, No. 1
    2. Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1 ("Military")
    3. Mazurka in E Major, Op. 6, No. 3
    4. Mazurka in F Minor, Op. 7, No. 3
    5. Mazurka in B Minor, Op. 30, No. 2
    6. Mazurka in D-Flat Major, Op. 30, No. 3
    7. Mazurka in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 30, No. 4
    8. Mazurka in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 33, No. 1

    All comments welcome. Thanks for listening.

    Joe

    Chopin - Polonaise in C-sharp minor, Op. 26, No. 1
    Chopin - Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1
    Chopin - Mazurka in E Major, Op. 6, No. 3
    Chopin - Mazurka in F minor, Op. 7, No. 3
    Chopin - Mazurka in B minor, Op. 30, No. 2
    Chopin - Mazurka in D-flat Major, Op. 30, No. 3
    Chopin - Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op. 30, No. 4
    Chopin - Mazurka in G-sharp minor, Op. 33, No. 1
     
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    Joe,
    Congratulations on this. I was able to listen to the mazurkas and will do the polonaises later.

    The B-minor is fabulous. It sounds so Chopin-y and mazurka-y. This is definitely a recording that you want people to hear as much as possible.

    They're all very good, and the only weakness in any is just Op6No3 is not as articulated as the other 5, but it may simply be that I'm listening through speakers. My bass speaker is very good, but it does sit on the floor, whereas the others are above my head.
     
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    ARGHH! I meant that the C-Sharp Minor is fabulous.(Opus 30 No 4).

    (This does not mean that I did not like the B-Minor - I did - only that 30/4 deserves to especially praised.)
     
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    Thanks, Stu. Interesting that you picked Op. 30, No. 4, since that would be my own biased personal pick too, along with, fittingly, Op. 30, No. 2 (the B minor), your first pick :p

    Thanks again for listening and for your compliments.

    Joe
     
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    Hi Joe,

    Your playing in the Chopin C Sharp Major Polonaise has very long lines
    that carry out ideas to the very end. I like your interpretation. It is like speaking, the way your lines ebb and flow.
    Beautiful job!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Kaila
     
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    Thanks very much for listening, Kaila. I've often thought this to be one of Chopin's more lyrical and mysterious compositions, and it seems somewhat neglected compared with the Militaire or Heroique. Do you agree?
     
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    Hello Monica/Chris/Riley,

    No rush at all on this, but I just thought I'd ask about whether/when you're planning to upload these recordings (also the Fantasy) to the main site, in case you forgot about me :D

    Thanks,

    Joe
     
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    I've been real busy lately, but I will try to get your recordings up by early next week.
     
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    Thanks, Monica. Much appreciated.
     
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    Joe, I had a listen to your 2 Polonaises and really liked them both. I have heard the C-Sharp Minor Polonaise by the late John Robson, and I think he plays the piece with more rubato, which I think is more appropriate. It seemed to me you played it in strict time, which IMHO works well on Schumann's Carnaval, but not on Chopin. The Military Polonaise you play well, but I don't really like the piece compositionally :wink: I'll have a listen to the Mazurka's later, thanks for sharing these. And Happy 4th!
     
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    Hi Joe,

    Your performance of the A major Poloanaise is interesting. There is a melodic quality
    that is very effective. The character is really beautiful. Some of the rhythm has a bit of
    liberty taken that I cannot completely process. It has a bit of a swing to it. A lot of it works,
    but on ocassion, it seems perhaps a bit too much.

    I love the harmonic consistency of the chords.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Kaila Rochelle
     

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