Introduction

Welcome!

by Seong-Jin Cho

| November 10, 2016

Welcome to my video blog on my new Chopin album! I've made a series of video webisodes about this, my first studio recording with Deutsche Grammophon - Chopin's 1st piano concerto and the four Ballades.

I started earlier in the year in London, at Abbey Roady, where I recorded the concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda. I then continued in Hamburg where I recorded the Ballades. It's lovely music and I'm really looking forward to telling you what I think about it.

Webisode #1

Webisode #1 - 12 Quickfire Questions

by Seong-Jin Cho

| November 10, 2016

As a little humourous introduction to this video blog, here are 12 questions I answered in quick succession about myself. They give a little bit of an idea about who I am.

In the coming episodes I will start then talking about the recording and the music.

Webisode #2

Webisode #2 - About the Chopin Piano Concerto, Part 1

by Seong-Jin Cho

| November 22, 2016

The opening of this piano concerto is very dramatic... On this video, you can learn more about the first movement of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 and watch me play selected excerpts from it!

Webisode #3

Webisode #3 - About the Chopin Piano Concerto, Part 2

by Seong-Jin Cho

| November 23, 2016

I find the melody of the second theme in the first movement very pure and romantic... Take a glimpse into Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 and listen to me playing some musical examples!

Webisode #4

Webisode #4 - About the Chopin Piano Concerto, 3rd mvt.

by Seong-Jin Cho

| November 24, 2016

The third movement of this piano concerto has characteristics of Polish folk dance, contrasting with the romantic feeling in the two previous movements. Watch the video to hear some examples!

Webisode #5

Webisode #5: About Chopin's Ballade No.1

by Seong-Jin Cho

| January 04, 2017

Chopin's Ballade No.1 is the most famous among all four. It starts very dramatically, especially for the time when it was composed. Only by listening to the first notes, one could think it was composed in C minor, but it is actually in G minor. Watch the video and learn more about this piece!

Webisode #6

Webisode #6: About Chopin's Ballade No. 2

by Seong-Jin Cho

| January 05, 2017

The second of Chopin's Ballades, just like the first one, is very different from the piano concerto and one could say it even has some violence in it. However, it starts with a very pure and innocent melody. Watch the video to find out more insights about this masterpiece!

Webisode #7

Webisode #7: About Chopin's Ballade No. 3

by Seong-Jin Cho

| January 17, 2017

The third of all four ballades is the most charming one. It has a mysterious beginning, as if someone was whispering or opening the door. The dancing character is also very present. Enjoy!