November 28, 2015

A Polish musical joke

Does one have to be a Pole or just plain fucking nuts to sit through a full-length piano recital (see below) with nothing but Chopin's nocturnes on the program? This being Warsaw, and with Chopin being the only Polish-born composer of universally acknowledged genius, I can understand the collective lunacy of the audience as a masochistic expression of patriotism.  But I can think of no excuse for the (sadistic? delusional? dim-witted?) pianist Maria Joao Pires who has maintained a decades-long career with tidy, small-scale performances of the same two-three dozen pieces, all written before 1850 and learned by her in early childhood.  If there ever will be a poster announcing the death of classical music, I think this poster may well have Ms Pires' face on it.

21.00 Special piano recital
Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall
Maria João Pires Maria João Pires (piano) - Portuguese pianist - soloist and excellent chamber musician, appeared all over the globe with all the major orchestras. more »

news Julien Brocal (piano) - French pianist more »


Fryderyk Chopin

  • Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9 No. 1 Op. 9 No. 1
  • Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2
  • Nocturne in B major, Op. 9 No. 3
  • Nocturne in F major, Op. 15 No. 1 Op. 15 No. 1
  • Nocturne in F sharp major, Op. 15 No. 2
  • Nocturne in G minor, Op. 15 No. 3 Op. 15 No. 3
  • Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1 Op. 27 No. 1
  • Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2
  • Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1
  • Nocturne in F sharp minor, Op. 48 No. 2
  • Nocturne in B major, Op. 62 No. 1 Op. 62 No. 1
  • Nocturne in E major, Op. 62 No. 2 Op. 62 No. 2

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