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Embarrasing Admission Perfect Music Piano Tchaikovsky

Embarrasing Admission!

Besides the ‘inner prods’ to listen to Classical – which I ignored (*see ABOUT ME on the right); there were a few periods of false starts. One is when I was living in California in the late 70’s where I joined a Classical cassette club that lasted about 6 months – and the other time was way back in those innocent ‘hippie’ days – (during which I participated fully! Woodstock – yes I was there … but by accident!, Haight Ashbury, Greenwich Village, Psychedelic Utopianism etc.) In 1967 … or 68? – maybe 69! (*to quote the axiom: “If you remember the 60’s – you weren’t there”) So true!

Anyway …  I was living near the Ohio State University campus in Columbus Ohio and the other day recalled an incident where I’d planned days ahead to get “high” on LSD … and go to the campus music listening room. And listen to this! I did … about 5 times! There’s no escaping the fact that this is one of the most powerful, beautiful and dynamic pieces of music ever written. BUT – I used to turn it off after the super climax, (a bit over 2 minutes into this First Movement) and play those first couple of minutes again. NOW I realise that the entire first movement is wonderful and worth listening to! ..  And it belongs in the Perfect Music section where it now lives.

(*pianist is Yevgeny Sudbin)

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor

Perfect Music Tchaikovsky

Perfect Music #4 – I don’t care if it is a cliche!

I’m going to put it in the “Exclusive” Perfect Music section. Any piece that can give you goosebumps after you’ve heard it about a zillion times deserves it! Honestly – when he hits the climax it never fails to bring up a primal rush.

Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker / Pas de Deux


Chopin Perfect Music

Perfect Music #3

Number three in the series. Perfect Music means … well – perfect music. (see on the right [Categories] for the full series. Click on Number 1 for the story about “Perfect Music”)

Chopin Piano Concerto number one: Second movement Romance Larghetto. First watch this superb pianists Yundi Li work his magic. Inferior sound compared to the blue arrow recording – but to see and feel the emotion is worth a drop in fidelity!

Chopin – Piano Concertos no. 1 – 2. Romanze. Larghetto