Favorite Recordings of Chopin's Ballade No. 1

Jun 29, 2016

I will be playing Ballade No. 1 for a competition this fall. I have already heard several recordings, but I was wondering of anyone else had some good ones.


Thanks! I've already heard Zecchi's recording. I want to listen to it again in more detail. Do you know of any good late 20th–early 21st century recordings? Although it is invaluable to be familiar with earlier recordings, more modern interpretations would probably be more accepted in a competition. I already have recordings by Zecchi, Rubinstein, Horowitz, Zimerman, Grosvenor, Kempf, Li, and Grimaud (I would be curious to know you're opinion of Grimaud).

Thanks again. I'm excited to listen to these recordings.
Thanks! The link you gave for Harasiewicz is the same as the link for Anda. Was that intentional?

Have you heard Li’s recording of Ballade No. 1? If not, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kcpu3JkJdU. Here’s a partial video of him playing (I’ve always wondered why his technique looks so bad, yet sounds so good): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aYgrsvPvis.

Do you have a good recording of Grosvenor? A while back I downloaded a YouTube recording of Grosvenor Ballade No. 1 and was not impressed.

And what about Rubinstein?

Thanks again! I really appreciate your time on this.
The greatest for me is Tzvi Erez! Precise, accurate, dynamically and tempo-wise perfectly under control and the most FANTASTIC coda ever.
Hofmann live in 1937 can't be beaten for color , attacks and imagination in Ballade 1 & 4 . Just heard Zecchi in Berceuse he respects the music and his musicality touch you immediately . Jst heard Novaes who I adored as a child now less so .Kempf's Chopin Berceuse amazed me in delicacy as did powerhouse Ashkenazy .There are just too many fabulous minds and musicians for me to compare.Andrewskewsky 's Chopin is unforgettable as is Moisewitsch (I adore him even more than Horowitz but H's is the most exciting pianist ever recorded in my book and who has as many piano color and dynamics as H oro ? My teacher studied with Bolet and said those who really know know Bolet had a better technique and musical mind than Horo . Dont matter does it .Tscherkassky is fascinating in the sonatas dont remember his Ballade .
I most like Horowitz's performance at Carnegie Hall which you can find on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18620H_z8Uk. His technique is inimitable and he achieves more in this piece than any other virtuoso I've ever listened to. Here's mine - you'll hear much of Horowitz in my interpretation. https://musescore.com/user/116681/scores/2483891.

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