Two versions. 1, recorded dry close mics and 2, starting at 3:35 with a EMT plate reverb to give it the sound of a concert hall performance. Recorded on a Steinway Grand Piano.
Frederic Chopin’s Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2 is a masterpiece in its category – a gem of poetry, expressed in a concise, essential way. This Waltz takes the form of a dance with trio. The unforgettable opening theme is imbued with harmoniousness, sweetness and melancholy. The lyrical tone of the piece is marked by a unique kind of intimacy.
Where Chopin excels is in his creation of what Schumann described as ‘waltzes for souls much more than waltzes for bodies’. There is no better example than one of his very last works, the Waltz in C sharp minor Op 64 No 2. If it is still a waltz for the body it is for a soulful and solitary one that moves with a pathetic little skip between the sighing parallel sixths of its main theme and then twists away in a nostalgic pirouette. The melodiously expressive middle section—approached by a run of quavers that has the function of a recurring refrain—is harmonized in D flat major but is scarcely less poignant than the C sharp minor episodes on either side of it.