You're right, Robert. That article is unbelievable. I have never read about Chopin being so 'girl crazy' before. In a weird way, I'm kind of glad to read that though because I never liked reading that Chopin may be homosexual. That ruins my fantasies about him.
That article is a tendentious piece of crap if ever I saw one - unworthy of any scholarly writer (Dr. Wright ?). Very strange that a distinguished pianist like Peter Katin, who recorded a lot of Chopin, for example all the Waltzes, should have given his blessing. While there is plenty of fact, it is riddled with nonsense statements ("But Polish women were far more beautiful", "too much of it is salon music monotonously in three time", etc.....) aimed solely to put Chopin in a preconceived bad light. Of course he had his bad sides, like near everybody, but to blow them up is ridiculous - as if large parts of the population have not been rabid antisemites for centuries. And to start an article by saying he was not a great composer and very limited... as as if genius does not often go hand in hand with limitation. Pah. I feel better now
And yes, I have read some of the acerbic comments Chopin himself has said about others. Maybe he wasn't the perfect gentleman all the time, but I like to believe that everything he said was true.
Well yes, of course one believes what one wants yo believe
Chris, maybe I'll do one more Field piece.
Yes please, a page with one recording is so bare. There must be one of two more that are nice. I think I tried the first three once and got so bored that I ditched the book. The one you recorded is not one of these and actually quite nice.