Chopin’s Mazurkas and Etudes

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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Frederic Chopin Frederic Chopin (paukrus/flickr)

On this week’s Reflections from the Keyboard, host David Dubal begins a four-part series exploring Polish master Frederic Chopin’s mazurkas and etudes. From childhood, mazurkas, a Polish folk dance, was a daily part of Chopin's life. And in his etudes, he gave a new meaning to all aspects of the technical process on the keys.

In this hour, Dubal shares Byron Janis performing the Etude in F Major, Nikita Magaloff with the A minor Mazurka, and Murray Perahia playing the Etude Op. 10 No. 1.

Program playlist (all by Chopin):

Etude Op. 10 No. 1
Andre Watts, piano

Etude Op. 10 No. 1
Murray Perahia, piano

Mazurka Op. 59 No. 2
Martha Argerich, piano

Etude Op. 10 No. 8
Byron Janis, piano

Etude Op. 10 No. 8
Alfred Cortot, piano

Mazurka Op. 30 No. 3
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, piano

Etude Op. 10 No. 2
Murray Perahia, piano

Etude Op. 10 No. 2
Backhaus, piano

Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4
Nikita Magaloff, piano

Etude Op. 25 No. 11
Lhevinne, piano

Etude Op. 25 No. 11
Gyorgy Cziffra, piano

Mazurka Op. 67 No. 2
Kiepura, piano

Mazurka Op. 67 No. 2
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, piano

Etude Op. 25 No. 7
Andre Watts, piano

Etude Op. 25 No. 9
David Bar-Illan, piano

Comments [3]

Cecilia from New York

David Dubal is the master of the "mot juste" and captures the heart and soul of the music in a brilliant tapestry. The show transcends time as he transports the audience to another plateau of divine music.

Jul. 09 2015 09:02 PM
Oscar Walter Ruiz from Livingston, NJ

I had enjoyed Mr. Dubal's explorations and explanations 25 years ago. I would dare put him on the same plane as Karl Haas, also broadcasting and teaching on the same radio station some 15 years before that. Mr. Dubal's passion for the music equals Mr. Hass' passion. And mine.
For me, not having any musical training at all, both programs (on the radio, of course) enormously broadened my musical horizons and for that I am eternally thankful to both. To be able to enjoy Mr. Dubal's explanations and demonstrations, with recordings of different artists interpreting the same piece, is priceless.
Thank you for these delightful broadcasts of Mr. Dubal, particularly these of Chopin.

Jul. 09 2015 08:59 PM
Brian from Denver, CO

Is this series available as a podcast for download? I bet there are a lot of people outside your listening area (and time zone) who would enjoy this.


Jul. 09 2015 10:30 AM

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