One must use discrimination when listening to Chopin. A lot of his music was used as an outlet for his emotional and physical sickness. Particular care should be taken with the Nocturnes.
Nothing downbeat about this one, though; the op 18 in E flat major.
Played here by Valentina Lisitsa, who has done more to popularise classical piano on the Internet than anyone. Her rightfully proud boast is that she plays to a stadium-full of people online every day.
Helene Grimaud – piano
Anna Leese – soprano 1
Sophie Bevan – soprano 2
Cora Burggraaf – mezzo-soprano
Nathan Vale – tenor 1
Joshua Ellicott – tenor 2
Jonathan Lemalu – bass-baritone
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Sir Roger Norrington
From the Last Night of the Proms concert, BBC Proms, 2008, the Royal Albert Hall, London
Helene Grimaud is one of those pianists who is a real character, as well as being an original interpreter of the repertoire.
Martha Argerich, piano; French National Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit, in 1990. Martha has been playing this concerto since she was 12, certainly a long-term relationship.
She has said that her performances do vary considerably: sometimes cooler, sometimes refreshed. Everything is cyclical, of course. I have chosen this performance of all Martha’s great on-line performances because it is complete in one video.
I. Allegramente – 0:39
II. Adagio Assai – 8:57
III. Presto – 17:52
Assagioli says that we must be careful of Jazz rhythms, as they contain influences of a primitive spirituality unsuited to the Westerner. Ravel included many examples of jazzy rythms here. Make up your own mind.
As an Encore, a healthy dose of J S Bach – who seems to have his own take on jazzy rhythms. Here is the Capriccio of the Partita No 2. in C minor, BWV826, played in 2001.