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Ballade No. 4 Op. 52
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I prefer his interpretation... he doesn't rush anything like Rubinstein and Horowitz do. He brings out the left hand perfectly. You can hear the "thinking" and the "emotion" in the piece. And the way he starts the middle voice at 3:49 is sublime. The sweetness in the phrases from 4:50 to 5:00! :) His phrasing is perfect and his pianissimos are heavenly esp at 6:39 it's so warm. And from 9:03 goosebumps!!


Its like they say: Richter was always right. Not that he's the only one right, but his playing is always on point

Albert Weedstein The Thug Genius

I prefer rubinstein's rhythm and flow


Richter’s interpretation is really special, unique. One definite feature of his playing is that.. every notes is so clear and strong, they each bring certain emotion. I cannot say his interpretation of ballade 4 is the best.. but very interesting, makes me keep listening to his version and track the course of his mind throughout the play.


Condesa Carmen goosebumps it are!!!

Jim Hendricks

Totally agree (although I do like Rubinstein's interpretation as well).

Fulvio Jommelli

This piece is all Chopin: Sonata, Variation, Etudes, Fantaisie, Nocturne, Valse. All. This piece is the piano. Top masterpiece.

Fulvio Jommelli

@Egg MCMUFFIN 8:46 Magnificent

Jim Hendricks

I'm very impressed with the recording quality, especially from a live recording in the early '60's.


Sounds like we're right next to the hammers

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