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Music Video of the Month

The Derb, in his September Diary, quotes James Huneker's famous remark concerning Chopin's "Winter Wind" Etude, Op. 25 No. 11: "Small-souled men, no matter how agile their fingers, should not attempt it." He follows up, at The Corner, by linking to a perfectly competent performance by some Asian babe.

What he doesn't know is that Sviatoslav Richter owned this piece:

That said, I do like Yeol Eum Son's (i.e., the Asian babe's) moving gesture at the very end of her video (explained by Derbyshire), and her highest rated comment:

"Was Chopin even HUMAN?!"

Comments (6)

Yes! Richter is the man!!! Thanks for posting this.

Clips like that remind me why I don't call myself a pianist.

"Was Chopin even HUMAN?!"

Superhuman. Seriously, goosebumps.

That's some impressive prestidigitation, there...

After watching both performances, I'm wondering if the pianists are human too.

Thanks for the link. Wonderful.
The great artists did write some music not meant for ordinary mortals.

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