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Posted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 1:45 am    Post subject: Mazurkas

Who has the best complete set of Chopin Mazurkas? Horowitz is the best player ever for mazurkas, but he never made a completye set. That aside, Rubinstein's is the best, right?
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Posted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 1:47 am    Post subject:

My piano teacher directed me to this article a few days ago; you may find it interesting.

http://homepages.kdsi.net/~sherman/wasowski.html

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Posted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 1:51 am    Post subject:

Thanks
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Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Mazurkas

Nocturneguy wrote:
Who has the best complete set of Chopin Mazurkas? Horowitz is the best player ever for mazurkas, but he never made a completye set. That aside, Rubinstein's is the best, right?


Horowitz´s good, Rubinstein´s good, one of my favourite sets must be from DG (I think) with Jean-Marc Luisada...

https://chopinmusic.net/fryderyk/mazurka.mp3
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Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 4:05 pm    Post subject:

One of my favourites is Rubinstein's early recording (EMI i believe) - not the later ones from the Chopin collection (for RCA).
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Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:59 pm    Post subject:

Helling wrote:
One of my favourites is Rubinstein's early recording (EMI i believe) - not the later ones from the Chopin collection (for RCA).


Yes, his first is preferred=)
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Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 6:43 pm    Post subject:

I think Friedmans recording is the best.
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Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:43 pm    Post subject:

For a complete set, I would recommend the earlier Rubinstein. For individual mazurkas, Kapell, Friedman, Horowitz, and ABM.

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Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:03 pm    Post subject:

The Attwood interpretations are quite good as well.
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Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:18 pm    Post subject:

You're far too kind.

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Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:55 pm    Post subject:

Oh yes forgot about those. Very good actually, Koji. I have always had trouble with mazurkas and get bored of my own interpretations, but you seem to have the "polish soul" in you.
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Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:51 pm    Post subject:

I already have a russian stage name, perhaps I should cultivate a polish one as well...

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Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:38 pm    Post subject:

Hehe yeah that would probably win over the sceptics who think that only polish people can play Chopin well (like that wonderful "fan" letter we got to pianosociety, calling all our Chopin recordings fake because they did not have the soul of Poland).
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Posted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 1:27 am    Post subject:

Helling wrote:
Hehe yeah that would probably win over the sceptics who think that only polish people can play Chopin well (like that wonderful "fan" letter we got to pianosociety, calling all our Chopin recordings fake because they did not have the soul of Poland).




I can understand their concern, but never should it be brought to that extreme...
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Posted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 2:09 am    Post subject:

Well I guess I understand it to some extent, since Polish people see it as "their" culture. However, I would never claim that anyone except scandinavians can play Grieg well (though maybe I should start, hehe).

Seriously, i do think knowledge of Polish folk music can help somewhat in interpreting mazurkas, but that is something anyone can pick up regardless of where they happen to be born.
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