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Waltz in C-Sharp Minor Op. 64 No. 2
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Austin Evans

her interpretations are unforgettable


Holy god. Her interpretation is so sensual...the way she ritards some of the phrasing and really let’s it linger


Taste in music is purely subjective, and to each valid argument, there will be a counter argument:

I strongly believe Khatia is an outstanding musician: she's technically gifted and has a unique sensibility when it comes to "feeling" or "understanding" the piece (whatever that may mean). I find her interpretations, however, rather modern and in line with the modern society's liberal canons of passion and emotionality, which prevail, in general, within today's music world. This reason evidently accounts for some of her popularity, since she clearly makes classical music easier to digest and to appreciate. Without any intention of sounding disreputable towards her, this is similar to adding sugar or salt to make some awkward eccentric dish prepared by some extravagant Michelin chef, less intricate to appreciate (say, Molecular Kitchen). Her style breaks respected academic conventions around the "correct" way to play Chopin, in its long-established sense, and clashes with traditionalists (as we can see it often in comment sections). Legacy institutions like the Chopin Institute try to guard Chopin's original, classic style throughout the years, as part of Polish heritage, so that it remains unaffected by temporary vogues (similar to forbidding the renovation or modernisation of old European buildings, no matter how inefficient, outdated or hideous they might be considered).

Having said that, I find it fascinating to see how the style changes among players that have been closer to the academic traditions around Chopin's style, towards those who have not: iconic pianists that have participated in the Chopin Piano competition like Kissin, Ohlsson, Zimerman, and even the newest generation with Seon-Jin Cho or even Tiffany Poon - who, in turn, within the Chopin sphere, has been criticised for playing Chopin with "too much emotion" - all approach this piece with much more delicacy, sobriety and composure; a slower tempo, and phrases that breath more and develop steadily. These, precisely, are considered to be the characteristics of Chopin himself - and his style, for that matter: a small, shy, and delicate man, that - despite allegedly being rather emotional, passionate, and a virtuoso for his time - never intended to either sound overly-sensitive or pompous (like Tchaikovsky and later romantics), fiery (like Rachmaninoff or later Beethoven), exhibitionistic and obsessed with virtuosity (like Liszt), nor in any sense grandiose.

I guess every pianist has a soul and style which might be more in harmony with certain composers of the past. Kissin might be better suited for Rachmaninoff, and Zimerman for Chopin, but one could argue that in the world of music there are no rules, and thus, one can chose to play classical pieces through a personal interpretation of the composer in his age, or a less traditional approach like Khatia Buniatishvili or say, Valentina Lisitsa, both of which have no shame in making an utter appropriation of the piece and interpreting it the way that best feels for them. In either case, great playing, and majestic piece.



Plutot Crever

That night she played the entire Chopin repertoire under 60 minutes.


Sure... "the ENTIRE Chopin repertoire"

Plutot Crever

@Leah Hope She made a brand of herself playing that fast. Maybe its an acquired taste ? Its definitely not mine. But she got legions of admirers so its just my opinion.

Leah Hope


Onder Ozenc

An angel playing piano..

Giorgi Shalamberidze

Khatia is the best <3

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