What we listen to…

28 Jan

… is Murray Perahia playing Chopin’s first concerto, with Zubin Mehta conducting the New York Philharmonic. For the fortunate who are still to discover it, here’s a good version with Martha Argerich.

Perahia’s phrasing is wonderfully sensitive and delicate, almost shy, dominating the technicalities in such a way that the listener is spared with Chopin’s interpretation worst pitfalls: frivolous showing off and plain sentimental cheesiness.

Take the beginning of the third movement. Neither hysterical nor subdued, it is rather a vivid echo of childhood’s playfulness, in which time, like for good whisky, took out the fire living the warmth, just enough to make it perfectly pleasant. So, one should ask, what would be the perfect pair of shoes to match such a mood? A mature and tender reflection of childhood?

I’ll go with those deliciously summery wedges by Louboutin:

Something obscurely coming from childhood

And then I’ll match them with something obviously romantic, flowery, but not too much. Like this dress from Alberta Ferretti’s SS11 collection:

AF says: "Fantasy is so important". Chopin says: "yep".

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