Frédéric Chopin and Krystian Zimerman

June 15, 2018 at 8:04 pm (Music)

Many of us who studied the piano in our youth played certain compositions by Frédéric Chopin. I remember in particular learning the nocturnes and some of the waltzes. I was never very proficient, but I fell in love with the music. That love has stayed with me throughout my life.

Recently I found this YouTube video of Krystian Zimerman playing  Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Opus 23. This performance must have taken place quite a few years ago as Zimerman is now in his early sixties. The room in which he’s playing is lovely yet bare. I can’t tell if this was a public performance or not.

In fact, the only thing I can tell for sure is that it is beyond beautiful. Everything that makes Chopin’s piano music great – the drama, the melody, the poignancy – is here. It is almost as if Zimerman is channeling Chopin; he is so utterly lost in the music. The composer comes alive in the fiery, passionate playing of this young virtuoso. (And doesn’t he so look the part?)

 

Chopin was a native of Poland, as is Krystian Zimerman .

Frédéric Chopin 1810-1849

 

 

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