Thursday 24 November 2011
The Chopin Nocturnes.
Maybe the nocturnes sound light-weight to some ears. I find them profound, moving, surprising and complex. Each time I play one I hear something different. It took me a while to enjoy Rubinstein's rendition - for years I played only Barenboim's. I've downloaded (it has to be admitted) five different pianists tackling them. I'm sure they all have something distinctive to offer. Maurizio Pollini offers elegance; Arrau, strength etc etc. There is years' of pleasure involved in immersing oneself in the nocturnes.
In the mean time, here are some photos of BB9003. I look forward to this beauty pulling a string of dark green carriages slowly out of my station towards .........