I seem to be in a mood for Chopin today. And I hope you are too, because these two pieces are simply amazing.
And really fast. The number of notes per second must be crazy. Here they are; something a little energetic to remind the world that yay! the weekend is almost here.
Etude No. 5 in G-flat Major – Frédéric Chopin
Op.10 No.5 (“Black Key Etude”) – performed by Ingolf Wunder
This is the best recording, IMHO, on YouTube that I could find at short notice.
Etude No. 8 in F Major – Frédéric Chopin
Op.10 No.8 – performed by Freddy Kempf
Again, best recording on YouTube, and while I haven’t heard many, also the best recording I know in general. Enough of this “Zimerman > Kempf” nonsense. Enough of this “Oh, he plays it too slow.” This is already pretty darn fast, and if you go much faster, you can’t put any emotion or creative texture in it. That’s my issue with Zimerman anyway.
Hey, I’m allowed to rant too sometimes, right? Seriously though, after I take over the world (in a quiet and respectful but absolute fashion), I am certain what will finally drive me insane and lead me to resign will be these nettlesome YouTube commenters. Geez Louise.
LET’S ALL BE POLITE AND SAY WHAT WE DID LIKE ABOUT MR. KEMPF’S PERFORMANCE THAT
LIKELY MOST DEFINITELY TOOK HIM A GREAT DEAL OF TIME TO PERFECT AND IF YOU START SINGING KUMBAYA SARCASTICALLY OR BLATANTLY PRETEND YOUR OPINION IS FACT LET ME REMIND YOU THAT THIS IS AN ART YES MUSIC IS AN ART THAT WE EACH HAVE OUR OWN CREATIVE VOICE IN BECAUSE THE WORLD IS NOT AN EPISODE OF “AMERICA’S GOT TALENT”.
THANK YOU NETTLESOME COMMENTERS. YOU HAVE ME WORKED UP TO THE POINT THAT I REFUSE TO DISABLE CAPS LOCK. BUT, I SUPPOSE I FORGIVE YOU. AND TO ALL MY READERS, I WISH YOU A CAPITAL EVENING.
Don’t tell me you didn’t see that coming.