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chopin fantasy f minor
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i've always know about this piece due to it's popularity but have never really given it a decent listen. is there a general consensus as to the best performance of this? if that was a stupid question, could you just link me to you favorite rendition?

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Find it on youtube and listen to several--I like Novaes.

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Arrau for me.


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Zimerman gives a powerful and sometimes amazing rendition!! grin

Gotta love the body language at the end of the piece....

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Olga Kern's CD of it is simply out of this world. If you can find it, give it a listen - it is worthy of any music collection.


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I second Arrau.

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nocturne152 #1898302 05/16/12 08:44 PM
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There'll be a new best version when I play it at the amateur Chopin competition this September. ha

(just kidding, just kidding!)

IMO the best version was by Horowitz. I hadn't known he recorded it, and it's not commercially available. It was put on youtube a couple of years ago, then for some reason mysteriously taken off. cry

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Originally Posted by Mark_C

IMO the best version was by Horowitz. I didn't know he recorded it, and it's not commercially available. It was put on youtube a couple of years ago, then for some reason mysteriously taken off. cry


It's on volume 48 of Philips "Great Pianists of the 20th century" series (Horowitz II)

Here's a LINK to a commercially available CD. Or, in other words, you're wrong! laugh

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...in other words, you're wrong! laugh

And I couldn't be gladder!!!

I'm ordering it pronto.

(THANK YOU!!)

BTW, how did you know about it?


P.S. ....and not only that, but as luck would have it smile someone just put it back on youtube a few days ago:


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Originally Posted by Mark_C

BTW, how did you know about it?


I have it.

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Originally Posted by Damon
I have it.

But knowing you, I woulda thought you'd be oblivious to whatever Chopin is on there! ha

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Originally Posted by Damon
I have it.

But knowing you, I woulda thought you'd be oblivious to whatever Chopin is on there! ha


Ha, Horowitz is the only reason I like Chopin.

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nocturne152 #1898323 05/16/12 09:34 PM
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....I would also honestly say that this other recording, by one of our own members, is in the running for very best:

by "Vica"

He's a member who modestly understated how good he is -- by a lot.

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My favorite version is Rubinstein,at least that is the version where I became familiar with this piece.



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Originally Posted by Mark_C
....I would also honestly say that this other recording, by one of our own members, is in the running for very best:

by "Vica"

He's a member who modestly understated how good he is -- by a lot.


Do we know who "Vica" is, because he's really good!



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Yes -- as can be seen from the other thread. He's someone that a couple of us know. We just didn't know that we did. smile

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"Vica" hasn't posted here since 9 June, 2010. I listened to the Fantasy and it is, indeed, superbly played.

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Julius Katchen has a sensitive and beautiful performance of this piece - my personal favorite.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJxkSYcf6wM


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Nice collection here! smile
I agree with Pianogrl that the Rubinstein is wonderful.

Another favorite of mine is Cliburn, from the album titled (what else!) "My Favorite Chopin."



It's sort of the opposite of Horowitz's wild interpretation: elegant, flowing, and controlled throughout. I love them both.

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