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 Post subject: Chopin - 2 Polonaises and 6 Mazurkas
PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 11:42 pm 
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Hello all,

Hope all is well with everyone. Been hard at work over this past year with the start of preparing the Chopin repertory I have selected, and just finished my first disc of it. The Polish dances are overall probably my favorites among his smaller-scale works - love the assertive rhythms. A listing of the pieces posted:

1. Polonaise in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 26, No. 1
2. Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1 ("Military")
3. Mazurka in E Major, Op. 6, No. 3
4. Mazurka in F Minor, Op. 7, No. 3
5. Mazurka in B Minor, Op. 30, No. 2
6. Mazurka in D-Flat Major, Op. 30, No. 3
7. Mazurka in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 30, No. 4
8. Mazurka in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 33, No. 1

All comments welcome. Thanks for listening.

Joe

Chopin - Polonaise in C-sharp minor, Op. 26, No. 1
Chopin - Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1
Chopin - Mazurka in E Major, Op. 6, No. 3
Chopin - Mazurka in F minor, Op. 7, No. 3
Chopin - Mazurka in B minor, Op. 30, No. 2
Chopin - Mazurka in D-flat Major, Op. 30, No. 3
Chopin - Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op. 30, No. 4
Chopin - Mazurka in G-sharp minor, Op. 33, No. 1

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin - 2 Polonaises and 6 Mazurkas
PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:19 pm 
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Joe,
Congratulations on this. I was able to listen to the mazurkas and will do the polonaises later.

The B-minor is fabulous. It sounds so Chopin-y and mazurka-y. This is definitely a recording that you want people to hear as much as possible.

They're all very good, and the only weakness in any is just Op6No3 is not as articulated as the other 5, but it may simply be that I'm listening through speakers. My bass speaker is very good, but it does sit on the floor, whereas the others are above my head.

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin - 2 Polonaises and 6 Mazurkas
PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:22 pm 
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ARGHH! I meant that the C-Sharp Minor is fabulous.(Opus 30 No 4).

(This does not mean that I did not like the B-Minor - I did - only that 30/4 deserves to especially praised.)

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin - 2 Polonaises and 6 Mazurkas
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:08 am 
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Thanks, Stu. Interesting that you picked Op. 30, No. 4, since that would be my own biased personal pick too, along with, fittingly, Op. 30, No. 2 (the B minor), your first pick :P

Thanks again for listening and for your compliments.

Joe

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin - 2 Polonaises and 6 Mazurkas
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:08 am 
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Hi Joe,

Your playing in the Chopin C Sharp Major Polonaise has very long lines
that carry out ideas to the very end. I like your interpretation. It is like speaking, the way your lines ebb and flow.
Beautiful job!

Thanks for sharing,
Kaila

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin - 2 Polonaises and 6 Mazurkas
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:34 pm 
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Thanks very much for listening, Kaila. I've often thought this to be one of Chopin's more lyrical and mysterious compositions, and it seems somewhat neglected compared with the Militaire or Heroique. Do you agree?

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin - 2 Polonaises and 6 Mazurkas
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:54 pm 
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Hello Monica/Chris/Riley,

No rush at all on this, but I just thought I'd ask about whether/when you're planning to upload these recordings (also the Fantasy) to the main site, in case you forgot about me :D

Thanks,

Joe

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I've been real busy lately, but I will try to get your recordings up by early next week.

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin - 2 Polonaises and 6 Mazurkas
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Thanks, Monica. Much appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin - 2 Polonaises and 6 Mazurkas
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Joe, I had a listen to your 2 Polonaises and really liked them both. I have heard the C-Sharp Minor Polonaise by the late John Robson, and I think he plays the piece with more rubato, which I think is more appropriate. It seemed to me you played it in strict time, which IMHO works well on Schumann's Carnaval, but not on Chopin. The Military Polonaise you play well, but I don't really like the piece compositionally :wink: I'll have a listen to the Mazurka's later, thanks for sharing these. And Happy 4th!

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin - 2 Polonaises and 6 Mazurkas
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:52 am 
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Hi Joe,

Your performance of the A major Poloanaise is interesting. There is a melodic quality
that is very effective. The character is really beautiful. Some of the rhythm has a bit of
liberty taken that I cannot completely process. It has a bit of a swing to it. A lot of it works,
but on ocassion, it seems perhaps a bit too much.

I love the harmonic consistency of the chords.

Thank you for sharing.

Kaila Rochelle

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