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May 30, 2019

‘The Pearl of the Mind’ is an artist’s literary and empirical dive into the ocean of the human mind, in the form of a dialogue. We take the whirling route familiar from natural phenomena, and, avoiding the dangerous whirlpool and guided by our very own Golden Thread and Ocean Compass, we dive towards a gleaming treasure and a pearl.


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July 6, 2020

Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849): Étude Op. 25 No. 5 in E Minor

Jasmin Fors, piano

The “Chopin@Home” recording series continues:

Chopin’s “Étude Op. 25, No. 5 in E Minor” begins with what seems like an amiable tomfoolery on what is allowed and what is not, with undertones that never lose their elegance or brilliance. A dissonant theme builds into a texture of rich, vivid and delicate variations.

After the first theme, the listener is invited to enter a new world of sincere beauty: the midpassage, which flows on, striving for – before eventually taking wing – towards a musical and emotional freedom.

The return to the initial dissonant theme – with the agile alternating intervals turned into a series of triads – recreates the atmosphere, which is now more melancholic and resigned.

The fantastically creative climax for the musical tension built up through the entire étude includes a series of crotchets or quarter notes, accompanied by three fortes, stepping up along the keyboard without the constraints of time signatures, in a frantic search for an eventual freedom!


–JF

English translation by Päivi Tikkanen