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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.
It's not easy to come up with recommendations, since Chopin is one of the most recorded composers, but here are a few interpretations that I find exceptional:
* Ashkenazy's first recording of the Etudes (either on Melodya or Saga), wonderfully poetic playing;
* Ballades by Krystian Zimerman;
* Nocturnes by Claudio Arrau, not everybody's cup of tea because of his slow tempi, but what a glorious sound and cantabile!
* Preludes by Daniil Trifonov, heard them live as well and haven't often heard them played like this;
* 1st Concerto by Argerich/Abbado, very energetic playing
* recital on BBC Legends by Shura Cherkassky, he could be quirky, but he loved music and never produced a harsh tone on the piano!
* Scherzi by Sviatoslav Richter; barnstorming and poetic..
* 2nd Concerto by Ashkenazy/Zinman; one of his early, beautiful recordings from the mid 60's, also because of the coupling (Bach concerto BWV 1052)
* Etudes by Pollini, he may be a "cold water fish" (as Earl Wild called him), but again, I haven't heard these played better than by him..
* Etudes, 2nd/3rd sonatas/nocturnes by Nelson Freire, very natural playing
And unfortunately, there are several performances that haven't been recorded and should have... I will never forget how Radu Lupu played the 3rd sonata (the slow movement was hypnotic, but he started banging in the last movement) and I think it's unforgivable that nobody managed to convince Zimerman to record the 2nd and 3rd sonatas..............