Monday, January 19, 2009

Chopin's Waltz in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2

Another famous Waltz by Frederic Chopin... This one is in C-Sharp Minor and is Opus 64, Number 2. Typical of Chopin, he has some tricky fingering with the left hand in several places that I didn't spend enough time mastering - hopefully it won't be too noticeable! I almost abandoned this one, but I've told a few of my listeners that I would be putting out another Chopin recording this week and so here it is!

This Waltz is labeled as "tempo giusto" which translates in English to "strict time". When I picked up this piece I interpreted that to mean that I should limit any rubato to within the scope of a single bar.... but I have since learned that I was probably wrong :(. It was more than likely intended as a warning to avoid the Viennese-style of Waltzes, which is to rush into the second beat slightly. So this piece markedly lacks the freedom with tempo that I probably should have employed.

I hope that you enjoy my recording of Chopin's famous Waltz in C-Sharp Minor. You can use the media player below to listen to this recording online or you may download the MP3 or WMA versions to your computer or other media device by clicking here. I also encourage you to subscribe to my free iTunes Podcast so that you can easily download all of my recordings and stay up to date when new ones are released.