I know this blog is followed mainly by guitarists, but I mentioned the great Ignacy Paderewski (1860-1941) to a few students this week and thought I would share a recording of this amazing artist here. Although he wasn't the most technically "polished" pianist (especially compared to todays standards), I always find his playing to be fresh, full of life, and rich with poetic imagination. Listening to him and others while following the score is a fantastic way to learn about interpretation.
Here he plays Chopin's famous Nocturne in F# Major Op.15 No.2 (recorded in 1927).
Here is a link to the score - notice how incredibly imaginative he is with the phrasing and rubato.