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....which is basically everyone, but everyone, in Pianist Corner, right? - judging from the number of threads in PW of/about Freddy and the number of posts with "Chopin" in it - even when the topic is about something/someone else smirk .

Here's Krystian Zimerman's concert performance in Tokyo of the 'main' 14 Waltzes from 1978:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKmkYRAlhZI

He recorded them for DG that year, then later suppressed the recording, so it never got released on CD, despite rave reviews from every quarter. Luckily, I bought the cassette tape of it at the time, as it will likely never get re-released again, just like his Mozart and Brahms sonatas recordings from the same period.

But at least here, we have a live recording, in decent sound. Just the first waltz should be enough to convince you of his special affinity with the music, with touches of naughty rubato that will draw a smile (or a snarl grin ) from any would-be dancer trying to keep up......


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One of the greatest pianists IMO.

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that's really great, the cassette analog to youtube digital is also very well done. Thank you for sharing.


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One of the great masters of our time. His Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms....all incredible.


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I don't know. I am not getting that extra special something from this set? Something about the "Youtube algorithm" that's pushing this video to the top of my recommended view as well.

Just yesterday I learned that Zimerman "took 76 takes before he managed to get a recording of the Liszt Sonata in B he was satisfied with"

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Originally Posted by newport
Just yesterday I learned that Zimerman "took 76 takes before he managed to get a recording of the Liszt Sonata in B he was satisfied with"
What's considered a "take"? I think, if true, that figure includes all the little sections he played more than once and does not mean he played the whole sonata 76 times.

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Just yesterday I learned that Zimerman "took 76 takes before he managed to get a recording of the Liszt Sonata in B he was satisfied with"
What's considered a "take"? I think, if true, that figure includes all the little sections he played more than once and does not mean he played the whole sonata 76 times.

Everyone has a different approach, and I know some people are dead set on full takes. I believe (and dont quote me on this) that Peter Takacs did the Beethoven sonatas where each take was the complete sonata in all of its movements. But the b minor sonata definitely seems like one you would break up. At least I would. Then again, full takes might explain the 76 times.


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