Immerse yourself in the profound beauty of Frédéric Chopin’s Etude Op. 25 No. 12 in C minor, affectionately known as the “Ocean Etude” or Chopin’s Etude No. 24. This composition represents the grand finale of his journey through the 10th and 25th opuses, and is acclaimed as one of his most significant piano masterpieces.
This special recording unfolds within the historic walls of Café Hawelka, a beloved gathering spot for artists in Vienna’s vibrant heart, and is infused with the spirit of the literary giant, Victor Hugo. A heartfelt thank you to guest artist Christian Horvath and the talented team at Stillmotion for their contributions to this project.
The allure of Chopin’s compositions has captivated me since my early days as a pianist. His unique ability to encapsulate raw emotion within the fabric of his music strikes a chord deep within my soul. Among his oeuvre, the “Ocean Etude” stands as a beacon that has guided me through some of life’s most tumultuous moments. A few years ago, I found myself engulfed in a maelstrom of personal challenges, each wave of difficulty threatening to submerge me beneath its weight. In search of solace, I turned to the music that had always been my sanctuary – the compositions of Chopin. The “Ocean Etude” soon became a symbol of my struggle. Its undulating arpeggios, the rhythmic dance between melody and harmony, the surging crescendos – all reflected the internal tempest I was striving to navigate.
As the hours of practice transformed into mastery, I discovered a sense of catharsis within the music. It felt as though the notes were guiding me through my own personal odyssey, helping me to chart a course through the rough seas towards a haven of tranquility. This performance is not merely a homage to Chopin’s brilliance, but also a window into my journey towards healing and self-discovery. It is my hope that the music and its underlying narrative will resonate with you, providing a sense of solace and a reminder of the resilience of the human spirit.
The choice of venue for this performance holds special significance as well. Café Hawelka, nestled in the heart of Vienna, has been a sanctuary for artists of all stripes for generations. The air within its hallowed halls is thick with the creative energy of the countless souls who have sought inspiration within its embrace. It was here, amidst the echoes of past artistic endeavors, that I found the perfect backdrop for this performance. The café’s rich history and the indelible mark of Victor Hugo served as a wellspring of inspiration as I endeavored to breathe life into this cherished composition. As the notes filled the room, I could feel the presence of the many artists who had come before me, their spirits mingling with the music in a dance as old as time.