Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2

Naxos: 8111369

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Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8111369
(8.111369)

Discs:

1

Release date:

31st May 2011

Barcode:

0747313336920

Length:

75 minutes

Medium:

CD
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Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2


Chopin:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'

Recorded in RCA Studio No. 2, New York City on 11th, 18th and 29th March 1946

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Recorded in RCA Studio No. 2, New York City on 10th 11th and 20th June, 1946

Trois Nouvelles Études

Recorded in Manhattan Center, New York on 21st April 1958

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Recorded in Manhattan Center, New York on 21st April 1958

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Recorded in France in 1957


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This fourth instalment in the Naxos series of Rubinstein’s middle period Chopin recordings (after the two Piano Concertos on 8111296, the Polonaises on 8111346 and the Waltzes and Impromptus on 8111365) presents recordings from the two extreme ends of the period. The Sonata and Preludes were recorded in 1946 and first issued on 78 rpm discs, while the remaining selections were recorded on tape in 1957 and 1958. When the recording of the Preludes, Rubinstein’s only committal of the work to disc, was issued in the UK in 1955, Gramophone declared: ‘As a whole, this masterly performance is the best we have had so far of Chopin’s great work’.

Reissue Producer & Audio Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn

Fryderyk Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March"

I. Grave - Doppio movimento

II. Scherzo

III. Marche funebre: Lento

IV. Finale: Presto

Fryderyk Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28

Prelude No. 1 in C major

Prelude No. 2 in A minor

Prelude No. 3 in G major

Prelude No. 4 in E minor

Prelude No. 5 in D major

Prelude No. 6 in B minor

Prelude No. 7 in A major

Prelude No. 8 in F sharp minor

Prelude No. 9 in E major

Prelude No. 10 in C sharp minor

Prelude No. 11 in B major

Prelude No. 12 in G sharp minor

Prelude No. 13 in F sharp major

Prelude No. 14 in E flat minor

Prelude No. 15 in D flat major, "Raindrop"

Prelude No. 16 in B flat minor

Prelude No. 17 in A flat major

Prelude No. 18 in F minor

Prelude No. 19 in E flat major

Prelude No. 20 in C minor

Prelude No. 21 in B flat major

Prelude No. 22 in G minor

Prelude No. 23 in F major

Prelude No. 24 in D minor

Fryderyk Chopin: 3 Nouvelles etudes, Op. posth.

Etude No. 1 in F minor

Etude No. 2 in A flat major

Etude No. 3 in D flat major

Fryderyk Chopin: Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Fryderyk Chopin: Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Barcarolle, Op. 60

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2011

“Here, in recordings dating from 1946-58, superbly remastered, is Rubinstein in all his early glory. Made long before the occasional sobriety that afflicted him later in life, all these performances have a swagger and brio...no living pianist would or could play or record with such abandon and personal commitment. This disc, the eighth in Naxos's bargain series of Rubinstein's Chopin, is beyond price.”

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