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May 30, 2019

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

‘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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