Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Chopin's Nocturnes Vladimir Ashkenazy
Yes, we're back to the series I was working on before my trip to Florence and Rome. This series is the 100 greatest albums of all time. These being of course each the single greatest album ever and not a ranked list. Today, excitingly, marks the greatest album ever made, and also our first classical album, Chopin's Nocturnes by Vladimir Ashkenazy.
This one is beyond me.
These nocturnes are too good for words. This music is too much for words.
I am riding in the snow, in the woods at night 150 years ago in a horse drawn sleigh. I pull my jacket close around me. Chopin wrote snow and ice and night every bit as well as god. And he just needed a piano for it, god needed a Universe.
I'll never get there trying to explain Chopin and these essential renditions. If we let a picture be worth a thousand words, but then a nocturne is worth a thousand pictures.
I would have to write a million words. I could write all night with this music falling all around me and I won't have said the first note.
Nocturne No 1 in B flat minor.