Chopin: Polonaises

Naxos: 8111346

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Chopin: Polonaises

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8111346
(8.111346)

Discs:

1

Release date:

1st March 2010

Barcode:

0747313334629

Length:

72 minutes

Medium:

CD
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Chopin: Polonaises

All tracks were recorded at RCA Studios, Hollywood, USA


Chopin:

Polonaise No. 1 in C sharp minor, Op. 26 No. 1

Recorded 21 May 1951

Polonaise No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 26 No. 2

Recorded 21 May 1951

Polonaise No. 3 in A major, Op. 40 No. 1 'Military'

Recorded 28 September 1950

Polonaise No. 4 in C minor, Op. 40, No. 2

Recorded 27 September 1950

Polonaise No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44

Recorded 23 May 1951

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Recorded 28 September 1950

Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61 'Polonaise-fantaisie'

Recorded 13 December 1950

Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22

Recorded 14 December 1950 (track 8) and 25 May 1951 (track 9)


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Arthur Rubinstein recorded the first seven Polonaises of Chopin three times. The fine performances heard here, from the middle period of his recording career, still stand as among the best, for Rubinstein was one of only a handful of pianists able to imbue these Polish works with such rhythm, nobility and vigour.

“These impressive pieces are played with authority and a fine sense of their inner meaning and have been faithfully reproduced.” The New Records, May 1952

Rubinstein’s first, 1935/6 recording of the Polonaises is available on Naxos 8110661.

Reissue Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn

Fryderyk Chopin: Polonaise No. 1 in C sharp minor, Op. 26, No. 1

Polonaise No. 1 in C sharp minor, Op. 26, No. 1

Fryderyk Chopin: Polonaise No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 26, No. 2

Polonaise No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 26, No. 2

Fryderyk Chopin: Polonaise No. 3 in A major, Op. 40, No. 1, "Military"

Polonaise No. 3 in A major, Op. 40, No. 1, "Military"

Fryderyk Chopin: Polonaise No. 4 in C minor, Op. 40, No. 2

Polonaise No. 4 in C minor, Op. 40, No. 2

Fryderyk Chopin: Polonaise No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44

Polonaise No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44

Fryderyk Chopin: Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53, "Heroic"

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53, "Heroic"

Fryderyk Chopin: Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, "Polonaise-fantaisie"

Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, "Polonaise-fantaisie"

Fryderyk Chopin: Andante spianato and Grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22

Andante spianato

Grande Polonaise Brillante

BBC Music Magazine

April 2010

*****

“a parade of rhythmic oomph, colour, ferocity, élan, defiance and nobility”

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