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And, here is a performance of the 4th Ballade with a rather laid back and relaxed audience enjoying the playing (back in 2013) of an amateur pianist:


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Here is another interesting and new recording of the 4th Ballade:


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I sometimes feel that if I listen to my favorite works (Chopin Ballades are definitely on my top list) way too often, they kind of wear out. It gets too dissecting into the sacred and loses some of its magic. It's a subjective feeling of course, a masterpiece is a masterpiece in itself, regardless of how much you dig into it. But yet... Does anyone else feel the same way?

Just wanted to mention why, as much as I am obsessed with the ballades, I haven't opened any of your links. Not because I don't think it's worth it but because I want to keep it in the "eden's garden" territory rather than to bring it into the supermarket's shelf smile But it's not a critique, I just wonder if I'm alone in this.

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You’re not alone. I enjoy dissecting music I love, especially when I am learning to play it, but there is a limit. Hearing the same music 40+ times by great, mediocre and subpar performers as has been posted in this thread can quickly turn a favorite piece into a shunned piece. I’m afraid this Ballade has lost its shine for me after this thread.; I hope I can restore my feeling for it; I know I will need to refrain from listening to it for a very long time so that it can possibly move out of the mundane category. Be glad you ignored the recordings.


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And, another new performance recorded at an upright piano:


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Pianist Sehun Kim is performing the 4th Ballade:


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Wibi Soerjadi performs the 4th Ballade in a very deliberate and slower tempo:


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New recording (May 8, 2021) by Sergio Tiempo:


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@CybergGene: the more one analyses one's favourite music, the more one tends to lose the magic of it, at conservatory I had to dissect the 4th symphony by Brahms and the 'Verklärte Nacht' (transfigured night) by Schoenberg, it created a distance between me and those wonderful masterpieces, it took more than a decade to reconcile me and the music, who is it who said: 'one doesn't learn the magic of sound by cutting open the throat of the nightingale'?


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Earl Wild is performing all four (4) Ballades -- dating from 1990:


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My forum membership as "pv88" goes back to August, 2010, and the account was permanently banned on April 11th of 2016 at the very end of the "Physis Piano" thread, above. Since 2016 have taken the eight (8) other accounts in order to continue reporting all of my digital and acoustic piano purchase history.

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And, here is a very nice performance by Nikolay Khozyainov:


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