Primakov Plays Chopin.


Primakov’s Piano.

  • Vassily Primakov plays Chopin.

I enjoy recordings of Chopin’s piano music if the recording provides diversity. As such, my preference is a selection of a few Waltzes, a few Mazurkas, a Sonata, etc.

Occasionally I come across CD’s of all of Chopin’s Mazurkas, and I simply prefer diversity. Such is the case with this recording where the listener gets to listen to three sonatas, four Ballades, and four Scherzos. I like that.

Vassily Primakov was born and trained in Russia. Subsequently he attended the Julliard School in New York.

We get to hear Chopin’s heart and soul in this recording. I heard no hint of flashy, unwritten tempo changes; but rather an exploratory approach, which yields numerous unexpected intimacies.

Here is Vassily Primakov playing the Ballade No. 1 by Fryderyk Chopin:



And next, listen carefully to Mr. Primakov as he plays the Brahms Intermezzi Op. 117. I used one of these when I was a Radio broadcaster, to introduce my weekly classical music program:


Here is the Brahms Intermezzo No. 1 in E-Flat Major:



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Tags: Chopin, Vassily Primakov, Brahms, Intermezzo, Sonata, Ballades, Scherzo