Monday, March 12, 2012

Chopin / Nocturnes / Valery Afanassiev

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Many thanks. Like you, I have a massive number of classical CDs like, I think, many people who download. In fact, often I download because I'm too lazy to rip a CD and I wouldn't do it as well anyway (how do you scan?)
Thank you for this CD. Very excited about it because Japanese stuff is so hard to get.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and let's not forget you are uploading masterpieces that are part of the inheritance of the whole world, very few artists make anything out of their recordings and most of the performances are subsidised in some way by the taxpayers of various countries (I thank, in particular, German taxpayers).

Anonymous said...

Dear Fly, just downloaded this one, which I'd never heard. I'm now listening. Well, here is the reason why I keep trying to arquire a taste for Afanassiev. He surprises... I own quite a few CDs of Chopin's Nocturnes, among them two favorites (Arrau and Rubinstein) but I enjoy quite a few others as well. And I have to admit... that I find this one totally gripping. It has Afanassiev's often slow tempos (which I like in the Nocturnes) and total implication (and unfortunately not ideal sound, which is perhaps due to a not ideal piano-- but Rubinstein' mono recording is even worse sonically and yet...). This is a very worthwhile addition to my list of favourites.

Thanks, once again, for all your efforts, always appreciated.

Tamia

Fly said...

In my opinion Rubinstein is unbeatable :)

It was the first post of this blog :)

But I'm quite suspicious, because Rubinstein is my favorite pianist.

Fly said...

I love this man :)

http://themusicforpiano.blogspot.com/search/label/Arthur%20Rubinstein

and Leonard Cohen! :)

They are the two men of my life :)

Anonymous said...

Ah, but it's not cheating if you only listen to other men. I find Mr. Afanassiev's elongated yet rigorously deliberate style ideal for these simultaneously dreamy and yet intense works....thank you for a wondeful post.

Musique

Anonymous said...

Rats! I already have this Afanassiev recording too...but thanks for reminding me of Rubinstein. Listened again to his 1949 recording of the Nocturnes...remarkable!

Thanks again and look forward to what comes next...

ita diegues said...

Muito obrigado por compartilhar.