Chopin: Les États D'ame

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Chopin: Les États D'ame

Awards:

BBC Music Magazine

Instrumental Choice - March 2017

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Rubicon

Catalogue No:

RCD1001

Discs:

1

Release date:

20th Jan 2017

Barcode:

5065002149008

Length:

64 minutes

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Chopin: Les États D'ame


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

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


Julien Brocal (piano)

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Julien Brocal was born in Arles, France in 1987 and began piano lessons at the age of 5, and by 7 was performing on stage. In 2013 he was tutored by Maria João Pires at Cité de la Musique in Paris, and later she invited him to develop his projects and studies at the Queen Elisabeth Musical Chapel, and participate in the creation of the Partitura Project. Since then they have performed together at many of the worlds leading festivals and venues. This disc is Julien’s debut recording.

Chopin composed both his Preludes, Op.28 and Second Piano Sonata, Op.35 in the years 1838–39, which also saw the start of his relationship with the writer George Sand and their infamous winter sojourn in Majorca. A time where the mood changed from happiness to great tension in their relationship, his health worsened, doctors attended him: "One told me I was going to die, the next that I was dying, and the last that I was already dead"; and the weather changed from warm sun to cold, relentless rain. Many changing moods are reflected in the Preludes.

Frederic Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op. 28

I. Agitato in C Major

II. Lento in A Minor

III. Vivace, G Major

IV. Largo in E Minor

V. Allegro molto in D Major

VI. Lento assai in B Minor

VII. Andantino in A Major

VIII. Molto agitato in F-Sharp Minor

IX. Largo in E Major

X. Allegro molto in C-Sharp Minor

XI. Vivace in B Major

XII. Presto in G Sharp-Minor

XIII. Lento in F-Sharp Major

XIV. Allegro in E-Flat Minor

XV. Sostenuto in D-Flat Major

XVI. Presto con fuoco in B-Flat Minor

XVII. Allegretto in A-Flat Minor

XVIII. Molto allegro in F Minor

XIX. Vivace in E-Flat Major

XX. Largo in C Minor

XXI. Cantabile in B-Flat Major

XXII. Molto agitato in G Minor

XXIII. Moderato in F Major

XXIV. Allegro appassionato in D Minor

Frederic Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35

I. Grave. Doppio movimento

II. Scherzo

III. Marche funèbre

IV. Finale. Presto

BBC Music Magazine

March 2017

*****

“Even in a very crowded field there are new things to say. Even more to the point is the fact that this young French pianist says them with complete naturalness, for there is nothing contrived or attention-seeking about his approach to such well-known repertoire”

The Guardian

12th January 2017

****

“His playing is quietly riveting, drawing the attention without grand gestures, and so focused that the melodies in ostensibly busy little pieces like No 3 and No 8 hold their stillness while the decorative gossamer accompaniment spirals around them.”

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