Chopin- Ballade in G minor, op. 23 - played on an 1848 Pleyel piano





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Published on Apr 29, 2013

Chopin's first ballade, op. 23 is a favorite among classical enthusiasts and casual listeners alike. It is one of the composer's best-known pieces, and indeed one of the best-known pieces in all of classical music. The ballade is featured heavily in the Roman Polanski film, "The Pianist". The piece is written in a relatively free form, and contrasts sections of extreme virtuosity with tender and delicate sections. Some consider it overplayed and overrated, but I am of the opinion that its popularity is for a reason.

This particular recording was made by Nelson Goerner on an 1848 Pleyel piano. It comes from a box set entitled "The Real Chopin". Compiled by a Polish record label in 2010 to commemorate the great composer's bicentennial, the box set includes recordings (often multiple recordings of the same piece) of his entire works done on authentic period instruments. The recording quality is tremendous, and the playing is spectacular as well. Hearing Chopin played this way really casts his music in a different light. My personal opinion is that recordings on modern instruments are equally as legitimate, but it's incredible to hear the music the way Chopin himself would have in his day.

This recording may be purchased on amazon.com here: http://tinyurl.com/d5olktv

Thanks for listening. Hope you enjoy!


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