Acclaimed Chopin Project pianist Svetlana Smolina will play Chopin’s Twenty-four Preludes, Op. 28 as part of her performance tomorrow at 4:30PM (Friday, March 5th) at the Winter Garden main stage in New York’s World Financial Center. Ms Smolina is among the virtuosi performing in the 200 hour Wall Street marathon celebrating the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth.

Svetlana Smolina

Chopin once wrote, “When one does a thing, it appears good, otherwise one would not write it. Only later comes reflection, and one discards or accepts the thing. Time is the best censor, and patience a most excellent teacher.”Upon further reflection, Chopin must have realized that this Waltz was an all-time keeper, a favorite of piano virtuosos and amateurs alike since Chopin’s own time. It was a notable favorite of Artur Rubinstein. In fact, the Chopin.Net site has a nice anecdote about Rubinstein:

When people asked him how he could continue to play the same waltz for over 75 years, he replied, “Because it’s not the same, and I don’t play it the same way.”

  • Eliot

    When did he write the Waltz in C# minor Op 64 No 2?

    Thank you.

  • bkr

    The Waltz was composed between 1846 and 1847. Op. 64 is a set of three waltzes, the first of which is the well-known “Minute” waltz, and the third of which is far less frequently performed, but said to be one of Chopin’s favorite pieces to play.

  • Pete

    I like this music so much.
    It’s best among the three waltzes.

  • nour

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