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21 Nocturnes (Piano)
Chopin, Andrzej Wasowski
21 Nocturnes (Piano)
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #2

There is no single right way to play Chopin's music but there are certainly wrong ways. Here is one of them. Chopin once demonstrated proper rubato (flexible rhythm) to a student by breathing gently on a candle. "This is ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Chopin, Andrzej Wasowski
Title: 21 Nocturnes (Piano)
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Concord Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1997
Re-Release Date: 1/14/1997
Genre: Classical
Styles: Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 013431204428

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There is no single right way to play Chopin's music but there are certainly wrong ways. Here is one of them. Chopin once demonstrated proper rubato (flexible rhythm) to a student by breathing gently on a candle. "This is my rubato," he said. Then he blew the candle out. "This is yours." The late Andrzej Wasowski was a candlesnuffer; no matter how sensitively he may play some passages, his performances lack basic rhythm resulting in some of the worst Chopin playing I have ever heard. Moravec (Nonesuch) and Rubinstein (RCA) have given us far superior versions of this music. --Leslie Gerber

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Do not trust Leslie Gerber!
Piotr Jaworski | Warsaw, Poland | 12/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One good reason to have Wasowski's CD is to challenge strange (if not ridiculous!) review of Leslie Gerber. I've followed this path, and ordered it. And...? This is definitely one of the three best renditions of Chopin 'Nocturnes' available! Leslie Gerber probably was listening to completely other recording. Wasowski's interpretation is poetic, sometimes melancholic and mesmerizing, technically clear and perfect. Simply very inspired performance. "Candlesnuffer"??? Oh, my God. I'd rather say that Wasowski precisely realizes in practice Chopin's advice from the anecdote. Wasowski feels the very roots of Chopin music, knows it's background and context. Shares most of emotions ... another Pole on exile... Anyway, ignore Leslie Gerber's warning, this disc is a real MUST! Additionally to Rubinstein, and - of course - Moravec. This is my Big Three. Enjoy."
Wasowski brings a whole new dimension to Chopin
S.F. | Nashville, TN USA | 07/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Mr. Wasowski gives the most emotional performance of the Chopin Nocturnes I've ever heard. He plays them with a sensitivity, flexibility (in the best sense of the word) and depth that brings these pieces to a new level of beauty. I highly recommend these to Chopin lovers, this recording adds another dimension to these wonderful and timeless pieces. As a matter of fact I would almost go as far to say that until you've heard this recording you haven't heard the emotional potential of these pieces."
Devastated by the beauty of the music
Chaconnesque | Singapore, Singapore Singapore | 05/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the kind of Chopin that I've wished for all this while. I certainly enjoy Rubinstein, Moravec (just nice, but I would love a bit more rubato), Arrau, Ashkenazy (rather heavy-handed at times) etc. but this is special...it speaks to my heart more than the rest. Must buy, especially if you collect Chopin. This is my 6th set and favourite. What a ridiculous review by Amazon.com. Hats off to the late Wasowski!"