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heidiv - Chopin Polonaise 26/1: Message Board

heidiv's Comments

A very un-polonaisey Polonaise! Although there are hints of typical Polonaise rhythm, the bulk of the piece (the middle section) is like a daydream. I've always been perplexed by the quiet ending too. Perhaps it's supposed to be like the month of March -- comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Recorded with Zoom H4n on my Steinway L, which desperately needs a tuning :)

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hawgdriver 2010-10-25 14:32:45 Heidi, this sounds really great. I'm at the point in my exposure to Chopin where I am just falling in love with this piece--it's new but not brand new. Lovely job, thank you!
heidiv 2010-10-21 18:50:48 Thanks so much for all of your nice comments. I'm blushing! I must confess that I played this piece about 12 years ago, so it wasn't worked up from scratch for this event. I always find it easier to resurrect old pieces than to learn new. Good advice about the ending LA. I'll try stretching some of those final notes and see if I can make more sense out of the ending. I'm privileged to be in such fine company. :)
Peyton 2010-10-21 16:42:26 Just a fantastic interpretation. I was working away in my office as you played and I just got lost in the music...
Andy Platt 2010-10-20 20:22:15 This is one of my favorite Chopin pieces and you have truly done it justice. I've always felt that the ending has a remarkable quality that, while a little unresolved, gives it the feeling of eternity and you brought that off beautifully.
timmyab 2010-10-20 09:01:56 Very impressive both technically and interpretively.I like the comment about the middle being like a daydream.
ab-ster 2010-10-19 20:55:38 Very nice work heidiv. You and LisztAddict are pros! =) I love the precision, dynamics and elegance of your playing. Nice piano =)
LisztAddict 2010-10-19 07:58:24 I think the ending is fine. Maybe you could take just a tiny little more time on a few notes just before the end. Excellent performance!
Elene 2010-10-19 04:29:39 The first of the "mature" polonaises. It has such an interesting juxtaposition of angry darkness and gentle elegance. I think that middle section still sounds like a polonaise-- think of continuing to strut forward in 3/4, showing oneself off proudly to all those in the ballroom.
This piece is indeed a major accomplishment. I enjoyed your performance.
CMohr 2010-10-18 15:25:56 I wasn't familiar with this polonise, and absolutely loved it! One can hear the feeling you've put into this - one I will listen to many times.
gerg 2010-10-18 12:20:55 Absolutely sublime playing, full of the strong but reserved feeling that has become your trademark, and so well-suited for Chopin.

Heidi teaches, and does indeed have serious skill.
Inlanding 2010-10-18 11:14:02 Wow, Heidi! You did so very well with this not as often heard Polonaise. Your thoughtful interpretation is paired quite nicely with your wonderful skills. Very impressive. I very much enjoy listening to this repeatedly, Heidi. Thank you for your music.
Strings&Wood 2010-10-18 10:07:32 Well done, a major accomplishment. I enjoyed your performance greatly!
Mistaya 2010-10-17 23:19:35 Thank you for the introduction to this piece - I hadn't heard it before either - and you have some serious skills - thank you for sharing them. Beautiful.
AnotherSchmoe 2010-10-17 13:31:54 Lovely! You are right, it is very much a dreamy piece. I hadn't heard this one before and greatly enjoyed hearing you play it. You are braver than I, that's for sure. I don't know that I could ever record this lengthy a piece without tearing all of my hair out in the process, I have a hard enough time holding a short piece together without it all falling apart under my hands. =D

Grand work and thanks for sharing!
liszt85 2010-10-17 12:09:29 Nice playing! Enjoyed it thoroughly.