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That performance by Kate Liu is indeed mesmerizing. Thanks for sharing. I also enjoy Eric Lu's performance: https://youtu.be/BXAMreHXUBA. He's the recent winner of this year's Leed;s Competition.
This Ballade to me is the complete symbiosis or distillation of all that Chopin is, note for note.. The Ballade No. 4, along with the Barcarolle, the Polonaise Fantasie, the Nocturne Opus 62. No 1, are Chopin at the height of his powers.
Interesting thread. I have quite a few recording of this masterpiece. My favorite has been a mesmerizing one by Richter which he plays as if in a dream. I surely miss him. That said there are quite a number of fine performances out there and I really enjoyed Kate Liu mentioned above. I put this one down to see reactions from this group: https://youtu.be/SGnUHpsvfQY. This is right after playing the previous three. Certainly outstanding technique but too rushed. Not a recording I would find myself going back to often, unlike Richter, Zimmerman, Cortot and now Liu. It certainly is exciting though and works well in a concert setting.
It is this comment that truly separates many of the lesser performances from the better ones as I have found that when one is not "rushing" the playing then everything sounds to be more in control and the music itself benefits, too.