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#1 EllieD

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Posted 22 June 2022 - 09:24

Does anyone have any favourite Mazurkas to recommend?

 

I bought the complete Mazurkas so that I can hopfeully play Op.17-4 at Grade 8, and I do really like that one. I would like to try some of the others but there's just too many to choose from! I don't know these pieces at all, strangely - I have a few Chopin CD's but not the Mazurkas so it's all lovely and new to me!

 

Any suggestions? 


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#2 Nine and a Half Fingers

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Posted 22 June 2022 - 10:02

I've always found them rhythmically very challenging. I've played that A minor one as well as a few others but never to my own satisfaction. Op 7-2 I played a lot, Opp 7/1, 24/1, 76/2 and 68 Nos 2 & 3 I found the easiest (for me), the C# minor (63/3) was a favourite but tricky. The one in D major that I could never get up to a reasonable tempo (33/2) is my favourite (I think)


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#3 Largissimo

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Posted 22 June 2022 - 14:10

My Dad used to play them a lot. Some particularly memorable ones: Op 6 no 1, Op 7 no 1 and 2; op 24 no 1. There's such a wide range of moods and styles in the Mazurkas.


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Posted 23 June 2022 - 21:12

My favourite has always been Op 68 no 1.  I found an extract of it in a library book when I was a child, bought the complete Mazurkas and set about learning as many as I could manage.  That was about sixty years ago so my copy is pretty tattered by now!


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Posted 24 June 2022 - 08:46

Thank you everyone! That helps narrow it down a little! I'm looking forward to trying some!


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Posted 10 July 2022 - 16:50

Op 50 no 3 in C# minor  I heard Ingrid Fliter's recording on the radio the other day and it seemed perfect. I'm sure I'd have thought the same of other performances....


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