Because politics sucks. In fact, hearing about all the campaigning and party "debates" has made me sick enough with the subject (this is saying something, as I'm in a constant state of irritation regarding it) that I've decided to post something as a departure from dicing of governmental hooliganism, populist doltage and vitriol, as is my usual posting. Other than guns, that is.
In keeping with my interest in music that is nominally considered "Classical" (this stuff is actually from the Romantic period), I've been comparing some different interpretations of Chopin's Preludes
, specifically Op.28, No.15 in D flat-major, usually referred to as Raindrop,
on the YouTube.
I think this is simply butchering
the piece. No soul, and he's playing it as though he's trying to keep up with a god-damned metronome that's been set too high. Bereft of even the slightest bit of emotion, and the piece is simply filled
with sadness. Precise, but flat.This is much better
, though still a bit mechanical in some spots, but technically, quite clean.This one is outstanding
, with lots of retard in certain phrases and much better control of the pace. He steers the mood around with his subtle changes in pace and keystroke weight.
Then I found this
. Left me on the floor, and I'd never even heard of Valentina Igoshina before. I'm going to track down more of her stuff. This was just brilliant, and I can't imagine her other stuff to be anything but great.
Heavy, emotional stuff. I love Chopin.
Update: She speaks
! The first 40 seconds or so she gives a hint at how she gets into the music. I couldn't have put it any differently when listening to the way she conveys the music through her playing.
Labels: Culture, Romantic piano