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Italian pianist Michelle Candotti shares her enduring love for Chopin and her excitement to perform his masterpieces at the magical setting of Łazienki Królewskie in Warsaw.
Italian pianist Michelle Candotti expresses her profound admiration for Fryderyk Chopin, the composer she fell in love with and continues to cherish. Ahead of her concert at Łazienki Królewskie in Warsaw, Candotti eagerly anticipates performing Chopin’s Mazurka Op. 59, Barcarolle Op. 60, Ballade No. 2 Op. 38, Waltz Op. 18, Sonata No. 2 Op. 35, and the iconic “Funeral March” from the Sonata.
Finding Solace in Chopin’s Music
Candotti describes Chopin as her haven and refuge, the composer who provided her with a sense of belonging. Devoting much of her life to playing his compositions, she reveals how Chopin’s music has become an integral part of her existence, permeating her days and occupying her thoughts at night.
During a brief getaway by the Adriatic Sea, Candotti immersed her hands in the water, seeking to understand the calmness required to execute the middle sequence of the Barcarolle. By observing the serene flow of water, she sought insight into conveying tranquility through her performance.
For Candotti, playing Chopin serves as a means of expressing her true self, free from pretense and seeking admiration. The act of playing Chopin’s compositions unveils one’s essence and identity. She also notes that Chopin’s music has a transformative effect on her mood, particularly the uplifting power of Concerto No. 1 Op. 11.