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bignaf wrote:guessing: Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise
GreatCarouser wrote:bignaf wrote:guessing: Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise
"I have begun the polonaise with orchestra [op. 22] but this is only the start and there is no beginning" - from a letter to T. Woyciechowski
So wrote the master in 1830....four years later he was to write that beginning..the Andante spianato although the pieces both stand on their own. I believe so much of what we think of as 'great' in Chopin is contained in the 8 or 9 minutes it takes to play the Grande Polonaise Brilliante (op 22) it surprises me that it isn't more prevalent in the repertoire of concert pianists. I particularly enjoy two versions: Rubinstein's last recorded version (1964) that is included in Vol 48 of the RCA series called 'The Rubinstein Collection'. Rubinstein recorded the Polonaise three times in this collection but the last version is the best in my opinion. He is also using a magnificent Hamburg Steinway on this recording and it is a wonderous instrument in his hands. I like to play his version and then follow it with Horowitz's 1945 recording which is reproduced on RCA's 'Horowitz plays Chopin Vol 1'. Both recordings also include splendid renditions of [i] Polonaise-Fantaisie (op 61) in Ab.
Its amazing especially for one who might assume that playing Classical music from a rigid format (scored) could produce such variances in tempo and interpretation. The Rubinstein is almost relaxed and sedate compared with the Horowitz which is brilliant and rhythmic and comic in comparison yet both capture much of what I believe the composer intended....perhaps that is also a measure of Chopin's greatness....
*ig, would you say that Chopin was the greatest composer of piano works?
Catmando wrote: GC/*ig, would you say that Chopin was the greatest composer of piano works?
bignaf wrote:...I agree. Rubinstein's last is the best recording ever of this. his one with orchestra isn't nearly as good. the CD also has a great recoding of the Barcarolle I believe.
bignaf wrote:I have them on the RCA Chopin collection also, but I don't find the numbers. anyway, I have the Polonaise CD and the Andante Spianato&Grande Polonaise is not on it. it's on the Misc. CD which includes the impormptus, the fantasie impromptu, and the Barcarole etc. maybe they released to forms of the Chopin Collection.
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