Chopin wrote over 50 mazurkas, a popular Polish dance in 3/4 time, a bit like the waltz. Generally these are more gentle (although there are exceptions) compared to the more assertive Polonaise, of which he wrote some great examples.
This Mazurka in a minor is not so well known, but I think it deserves more "air time". For those interested this is no. 45 (opus 67/no. 4) written in 1846.
I have used the new Aria player in Cubase Studio 4, with Authorized Steinway in Classic mode, plus a touch of reverb.
This is a straight-through "live" performance, so I hope you enjoy.
Excellent performance, Lad! I could "see" you at the Steinway. This realism would not have been possible if it were just a sequencer presentation. You put much feeling into it. Chopin would have been proud of you.
You must be the best piano player on the Emerald Isle.
Thanks for your kind words, Larry. There are some pretty good piano players over here, not sure how I'd measure up!
Yes I agree - a live performance catches nuances and timing effects difficult to realise in a sequenced version.
Thanks for listening.
It is simply lovely and beautifully played, with admirable expression.
I became familiar with the Mazurka's in my record-collecting teen years and have actually found this particular piece quite memorable for its melody and poignancy.
When a piece requires so much sensitivity of expression, you made the correct decision to record a live take. The piano sound extremely rich and real and you have added the right amount of "room" to the track.
Well done, thank you for sharing!
Best regards, sd cisco
Thanks Randy, Raymond and SD Cisco for listening and giving such encouraging comments.
I find Chopin is universally appreciated, thanks to the perfection he achieved in the vast majority of his output, and he is of course one of the inspired creators of melody, ranking with the greatest. His understanding of the capabilities of the piano was second to none.
Pianists everywhere are grateful to him for the enrichment he provided to the piano repertoire.