Cor de Groot plays Chopin beautifully. These recording are from two very distinct periods of his life, two periods that were separated by some years during which he had serious problems with his right hand. The Mazurkas were recorded when he was in his 70s by which time he had recovered full use of his hand. While I much prefer the Mazurkas played more like the stylized dances they are, the playing is nonetheless that of a master who had much to contribute to this literature. It is certainly of considerable historical interest and the de Groot dynamic and tonal range is ever present.
I much prefer the way de Groot plays Chopin in the earlier recordings and I find the Ballade and the Berceuse to be works of the highest art.
A few of the invidual works represented here are also to be found in the longer videos. The first video below is a collection of various works by Chopin assembled by someone whose YouTube moniker is PhilippeLoTheEternal and who is a wonderful source of valuable piano recordings. This provides an excellent opportunity to hear nearly half an hour of uninterrupted listening as de Groot plays Chopin.
Alas, the Mazurks have been removed by the unfeeling and overlicensed. I do not remove my above comment in the hope that they may one day be returned to us.
01 Etude Op 25 No 1 - 02 Mazurka Op 6 No 2 - 03 Etude Op 25 No 7 - 04 Waltz Op 70 No 1 05 Etude Op 10 No 5 - 06 Berceuse Op 57 - 07 Waltz Op 64 No 1 - 08 Nocturne Op 15 No 2 - 09 Waltz Op 64 No 2
Ballade 2 in F major, Op 38 recorded in 1951
Ballade 4 in F minor, Op 52
Berceuse in D♭ major, Op 57
Etude in A♭ major Op 25 ~1
Nocturne in F♯ major, Op 15 ~2
Waltz in D♭ major, Op 64 ~1 "Minute Waltz" recorded in 1951
24 Preludes Opus 28 Recorded in the early 1950s
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