It was said that nobody played the music of Frederic Chopin like the composer himself. Pages and pages have tried to describe the experience of sitting in the artist's presence hearing the music as if it was played the first time. It is poor reasoning to think that just because we have the un-altered notes on paper that today's pianists play the music the way it was meant to be heard. I find it fascinating to hear the shift in fashions and musical trends of older recordings. Most of us prefer the "Original Artist" when it comes to Pop music, why not Classical? Hearing these 19th century pianists is the closest thing we have to time travel.
On the Piano a trip back in search of Chopin's authentic sound. Who knows you might like the 19th century more than you think. The Piano, this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC and KTXI.
host Randy Anderson