Friday, January 15, 2010

Paderewski plays Chopin (1927)

I know this blog is followed mainly by guitarists, but I mentioned the great Ignacy Paderewski (1860-1941) to a few students this week and thought I would share a recording of this amazing artist here. Although he wasn't the most technically "polished" pianist (especially compared to todays standards), I always find his playing to be fresh, full of life, and rich with poetic imagination. Listening to him and others while following the score is a fantastic way to learn about interpretation.

Here he plays Chopin's famous Nocturne in F# Major Op.15 No.2 (recorded in 1927).

Here is a link to the score - notice how incredibly imaginative he is with the phrasing and rubato.


william said...

I had a thought about this while reflecting on my lesson the other day... that the written notation shows how music fits together than how it sounds.

william said...

sorry, "the written notation shows how music fits together more than how it sounds."

jstanley01 said...

Are you going to be in Austin for the GFA event in June?