2015-06-20 20:40:50 UTC
This past couple of weeks I've really enjoyed a couple of Chopin recordings. One was the third sonata played by Samson François, the standard EMI one made in the studio. The sound is not so great, hard, but the performance is passionate and seems to me psychological - like it touches on strange almost psychedelic mental states. There's another live recording by François of the first three movements sonata, with much more truthful and beautiful sound, it's in that massive box released a few years ago. But, quite frankly, I thought it was relatively uninteresting poetically.
The other was Vlado Perlemuter's mazurkas. The music doesn't dance in a lively foot tapping way, on the contrary, but I liked it because of the way he separates the voices, sometimes producung unexpected dissonances.
Both these recordings are clearly not recommendable without reservations, either because of tempo or sound. Nevertheless I think they both get at something special in the music which makes them great fun to hear.
Anyway, I'm starting to get interested in Chopin again, and I'm in the mood to hear some more. And so I just wondered here if anyone has come across any interesting Chopin recordings recently.