In between listening to Bach, Prokoviev and Rachmaninov, I like a bit of demotic nonsense, and it doesn't get more demotically nonsensical than the band Muse.
So, I got my hands on their latest disc and at the end of the fourth track (not at all pretentiously titled "The United States of Eurasia (+ Collateral Damage)") the guitarist (Matt Bellamy) switches to piano and starts playing Chopin's Nocturne In E flat Major, Op.9 No.2. Ah, I thought, I know this; I can even play it (or I used to be able to, before I forgot how).
And then I got very, very annoyed. Not at the excessive rubato, nor even particularly at the unnecessary, spurious repeated notes, but at the replacement of a short phrase written by Chopin (sublime, obviously) with one written by Bellamy (wooden and lame, I'm afraid).
I have a version of this piece played by, of all people, Angela Hewitt. She has taken some liberties with the ornaments - at least as written in my version. But Bellamy's not taking liberties with the ornaments, he's taking liberties with the melody. And that Just Won't Do.
Anyone any thoughts on this?