Danny Tan wrote:
>I have had serious arguments with my girlfriend about Chopin Piano
>Concerto No. 1. She is completely obsessed with the second movement
>which she said is "so beautiful". To me, it seems just a long string of
>beautiful notes but do not "connect" emotionally. I just played her the
>2nd movements of Rach Piano 2, Beethoven Piano 5, Grieg's Piano Concerto,
>and "challenged" her that these are more worth listening. It resulted in
>a disastrous quarrel that I surrender...
*Relationships* don't go very well when you "challenge" your partner and
indicate that her musical taste is inferior to yours; those behaviors are
a recipe for disaster. There are so many important aspects of life that
can result in partner quarrels - no point in arguing over musical tastes.
>Perhaps some Chopin die hards in the List can enlighten me how to listen
>to this concerto and like it. Please don't tell me to just give up if I
>just don't like it. It will just not do.
I think Danny has decided to go down the wrong road. It's likely that his
girlfriend simply wants him to respect her preferences and not criticize
them - treat her as the equal that she is. But, for what it's worth, give
the Ax/Sony recording a try. It is quite different from the modern
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