Ya gotta love the devilish Breemeresque irony
Or hate it
I must say I find it a bit pathetic as well as obscene to see such hyperbolic encomiums printed besides one's own name, even if it is on Youtube, the world's "all about me" destination.
Ayup, that puts me off right away. There's no reason why a pianist should hide his light under a bushel but this is just plain silly.
Be that as it may, having listened to the mazurka and the nocturne, I find there to be nothing praiseworthy here, even setting aside the subpar sound quality. The outer sections of the nocturne seem blurred in pedal and pretentiously phrased and milked. I couldn't help but laugh at the sudden and unnatural emergence of the triplets from this haze, reminiscent to me of an unpleasant tickling, one in all the wrong places. The sixths in the tempestuous middle section, in addition to being unclear, are pounded, and are followed by a rather gross near-stopping where Chopin has only indicated poco rit. in the return to subtheme A. Certainly I hear little of the Polish master's heavenly legato or ethereal side in any of this. This pianist would do well to listen to A. Bertazzi's performance of this on the site, which much better captures, for this listener, what the piece is about.
Frankly, I think the mazurka is a ridiculous mockery. I need go no further than to say there's no tempo, and without tempo, one cannot dance. Pretty sound and stylized posturing does not a mazurka make.
I found these performances rather weird and mannered, too. It's clear that many people like this style of playing but I hate the music being so distorted and pulled apart - "just listen to what I can do with Chopin