Dimitry Ablogin at Żelazowa Wola, Poland, the birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin, Sunday afternoon, 8th May 2022 at 3.00 pm
|The Dworek at Żelazowa Wola, the birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin, 1st March 1810|
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The first performance at 12.00 was on an Erard period instrument of 1838 and that at 3.00 pm on a modern Steinway.
For me this recital at Chopin's birthplace was one of those rare performances of distinction where I had nothing left to say. There was little, if anything, to criticize in this coherent and cohesive deep vision of the music of Chopin.
Prelude C sharp minor op. 45
Nocturne E major op. 62 No. 2
Highly expressive of a varied, emotional, inner landscape. So many dreamlike visions were displayed here.
Waltz A-flat major op. 64 No. 3
A rare pianist who understands the nature of the Chopin waltz, a rarely performed work that encapsulates all the refined grace of the salon in the most civilized and aristocratic manner. I believe Ablogin has taken dancing lessons socially which is a great rhythmical assistance for a classical pianist - Garrick Ohlsson also recommends dance lessons for pianists to fully understand the rhythm of the Chopin mazurka.
A performance of non-declamatory internal waltz energy
Mazurka C sharp minor op. 50 No. 3
Ablogin utilized a beautiful LH counterpoint expressively with idiomatic rhythm. His eloquent phrasing and rubato were most affecting and never became crude in any way. A declaration of passionate regrets.
Impromptu G flat major op. 51
The works of Chopin in this genre are so difficult to master. I felt this was deeply experienced with poetic, sensitive phrasing and rubato yet retaining wisps of gentle carelessness and a lighthearted mood.
Berceuse D flat major op. 57
A performance of extraordinary innocence - a resonant yet restrained tone of 'pearls' and refined touch. Delicacy, grace, charm and elegance. Finely pointed counterpoint, nuance and polyphony. Tone and touch carry the musical emotion within them. I noticed that Ablogin altered his tone and touch to suite the genre of the Chopin work in question.
Mazurka C minor op. 56 No. 3
Subtle grasp of the inherent polyphony. There were moments that impressed me with their harmonic adventurousness and contrapuntal artistry, such as the sequence that leads to the finale. The famous writer, historian of literature, musicographer and publisher Ferdynand Hoesick heard in it ‘rather the music of memories than of reality’.
Ballade in F minor op.52
Mozart Rondo A minor K. 511 as an encore
Bearing in mind Chopin's adoration of opera and Mozart, this was a prefect encore in every way to close this deeply satisfying recital at the birthplace of one of the greatest composers of all time.
A recital increasingly relevant in emotional scope at this time, music to console us during our own fraught period living through a brutal, mendacious and senseless war in Ukraine. Yes, a music of true spiritual regeneration unfortunately so lamentably accompanied by the anguished displacement of personal exile and mindless destruction.