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    Chopin: Mazurka in a minor

    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.


    http://www.box.net/shared/41ufomrfvu

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    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.

    Thank you for the fine work.

    Best Regards,
    Larry G. Alexander
    www.alexandermusic.com

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    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.

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    Re: Chopin: Mazurka in a minor

    Eugene;
    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

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    Just great!! Nice piece, don't you think so?

    Great for ending a very busy day, thank you.

    Raymond

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    Superb, Eugene - Excellent performance of such a wonderful little piece. Such tasteful choices in your recording also, with the intimate reverb. Thank you!

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    Re: Chopin: Mazurka in a minor

    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.

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    it is a pleasure to hear a piece of music that I have not heard before,,
    and that's alot of music I still have not heard...

    Thanks for posting this Eugene!
    Dan

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    Very nicely done, Eugene!

    Much enjoyed this; and you're right, it's too infrequently heard.

    My best,



    David
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    I'm a big fan of Chopin and know this well. I think this is a great performance. I really enjoyed it and am continuing to let it play over and over in a loop...
    Trent P. McDonald

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