(Mar 14, 2019)
One of the most famous pieces by Chopin…
The performance is unusual in that the middle section is usually played with more pedal. Horowitz starts it with almost no pedal, and in a couple other places uses half pedal.
The very steely sound comes from his piano, which was always adjusted by his technician to be extremely bright (by adjusting the felts on the hammers.)
I don’t teach this much. It’s very easy to play badly but insanely difficult to play musically. Most people play it in a very monotonous way, and in the hands of a poor student it can be excruciating.