Chopin: Mazurkas Nos. 1-51

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Chopin: Mazurkas Nos. 1-51

Chopin: Mazurkas Nos. 1-51


Nikita Magaloff (piano)

Chopin’s mazurkas are unique in that they occupied him throughout the course of his career as a composer. He wrote nearly sixty of them. The first was written when he was still a teenager, and the last was written in 1849, the year of his death. By the time he had completed the four mazurkas that comprise Op. 6 – the first set to be published during his lifetime – Chopin had already mastered the form; subsequent mazurkas merely confirmed his genius. Pianist Charles Rosen wrote, ‘Of all the short works of Chopin it is the mazurkas that capture the full range of his genius.’

Released to mark the centenary of the Georgian-born pianist Nikita Magaloff’s birth, these recordings were made over a period of seven months (May-November 1956) in Geneva’s Victoria Hall (a hallowed Decca recording venue). This is their first international CD release on Decca. Magaloff recorded the Mazurkas again for Philips several years later, but it is these early Decca recordings that are the most prized.

“The Chopin Mazurkas explore so many emotions, veering from one to another so rapidly ; their fully satisfactory performance is recognised as a feat most difficult of achievement by any pianist. Magaloff goes a great deal of the way towards bringing it off, and exhibits in the course of the fifty-one pieces very many happy turns of phrase, and also of pianistic effect […] Op. 6 No. 3, for example, being delightful in its vivacity and rhythmic point, while Op. 33 No. 1 has just the right sort of fragile charm […] Magaloff certainly implies the true measure of Op. 50 No. 3, brings a proper strength to Opp. 50 No. 1 and 56 No. 2, while in Opp. 56 No. 3 and 59 No. 1 he compels admiration” Gramophone Magazine

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4805378

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Joanna MacGregor plays The Complete Chopin Mazurkas

Joanna MacGregor plays The Complete Chopin Mazurkas


Chopin:

Mazurkas Nos. 1-51


Schumann called Chopin's mazurkas "canons buried in flowers", a synthesis of Polish folk culture, nostalgia, poetry and political defiance. Performed chronologically they portray a subtle and confessional diary of a transcendent, innovative composer.

A lifetime's study for any pianist, Joanna MacGregor peels back the layers of one of the greatest collections of piano literature. For Joanna, this has been a very personal journey: "I've loved Chopin's mazurkas since childhood; I can think of no other collection that reveals a composer so intimately. Soulful, witty, and often dramatic, they can be experienced in a multiplicity of ways: as a diary of Chopin's life; as his laboratory for compositional ideas; as a testimony to Polish culture, and his elegant improvisation."

Recorded in the Britten Theatre at Snape Maltings, Joanna will also perform them in their entirety at the Wigmore Hall on 12 May 2017.

"I've taken the simple decision to record and perform all fifty-seven in order of composition, and to follow the intense unfolding of a composer returning to the same place again and again: from Chopin's first mazurka to his last."

As a student, Joanna clearly recalls hearing Horowitz perform in London in 1982: "I slept outside the Royal Festival Hall to be sure of getting a ticket. Of all the pieces he played at his recital, the miraculous Op.17 No.4 is the most vivid memory. Chopin's porous, unresolved fluidity in these works has inspired so pianists; his mazurkas a witness to human vulnerability and longing."

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Sound Circus - SCCD21705

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Chopin: Complete Mazurkas

Chopin: Complete Mazurkas


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Chopin:

Mazurkas Nos. 1-51

Mazurka in C major (1833)


In Chopin's varied output, the mazurka is the most abundantly represented genre, in which Chopin permitted himself an astonishing range of expression. In this 2-CD set, Andrew Rangell brilliantly explores the repertoire that lived so close to Chopin's heart.

Steinway & Sons - STNS30071

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Chopin: Mazurkas Nos. 1-51

Chopin: Mazurkas Nos. 1-51


Yakov Flier (piano)

Recorded in 1977 and 197

Melodiya - MELCD1002093

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Chopin: Mazurkas Nos. 1-51

Chopin: Mazurkas Nos. 1-51


Russell Sherman (piano)

The insightful and elegant veteran pianist Russell Sherman brings his signature grace, imagination and poetry to a traversal of Chopin's Mazurkas. Combining elegance and virtuosity, pianist Russell Sherman returns to Avie with a traversal of Chopin's Mazurkas, a popular 19th-century genre among Polish composers but one that Chopin made his own. He wrote mazurkas throughout his lifetime, from his early days in his native Warsaw until 1849, the year of his death in Paris. He brought numerous innovations to the dance form, evolving its humble folk origins to more contemporary art music. The Boston-based Sherman, who has performed the world over on the most illustrious stages and with all of the major orchestras, brings his signature grace, imagination and poetry to Chopin's beloved oeuvre.

“it's hard to believe this is the playing of an octagenarian pianist...he shows an impish and limitless imagination. His playing will probably divide listeners - whimsical, quirky, full of Romantic-era effects such as uncoordinated hands and whirlwind rubatos which, nevertheless, don't descend into mannerism. The total effect is one of mesmerising improvisation.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2013 *****

Avie - AV2262

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Chopin: Mazurkas Nos. 1-51

Chopin: Mazurkas Nos. 1-51


Mirian Conti (piano)

The second release on the Steinway label showcases the romance of the piano in highly moving interpretations by one of today's most captivating artists.

Mirian Conti, a renowned champion of the music of Spain and the Americas, now brings her artistry to Chopin's poetic mazurkas, the Polish folk dances he elevated into a sophisticated art form and Schumann described as 'cannons hidden under flowers'.

Steinway & Sons - STNS30003

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Chopin: Complete Mazurkas

Chopin: Complete Mazurkas


Chopin:

Mazurkas Nos. 1-51

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49


Naxos Classical Archives - 980969-70

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Rubinstein Collection, Vol. 50: Chopin: 51 Mazurkas

Rubinstein Collection, Vol. 50: Chopin: 51 Mazurkas

Chopin: Mazurkas Nos. 1-51


Chopin:

Mazurkas Nos. 1-51


“Recording in the studio, rather than at a live concert, quite naturally leads to a safe and uniform approach, which doesn't really serve the inspired inventiveness of the music. In some ways these recordings suffer from this. If you compare Rubinstein's readings here with those he recorded on 78rpm discs in 1938-9, you immediately notice that an element of fantasy and caprice has given way to a more sober view of the music. The Mazurkas are so intricate in their variety of moods that the successful pianist has to be able to treat each one as an entity, contrasting the emotional content within the context of that particular piece. Rubinstein, with his serious approach, lends the music more weight than is usual and he wholly avoids trivialising it with over-snappy rhythms. With him many of the lesser-known Mazurkas come to life, such as the E flat minor, Op 6 No 4, with its insistent little motif that pervades the whole piece. His phrasing is free and flexible and he has utter appreciation of the delicacy of Chopin's ideas.
He doesn't, however, take an improvisatory approach. Rubinstein judges to perfection which details to bring out so as to give each piece a special character. He convinces one that he has made this music his own. When you hear Rubinstein tackle the C sharp minor Mazurka, Op 53 No 3, you at once know that he fully comprehends the depth of this, perhaps the greatest of them all. He ranges from the pathos of the opening to a persuasive tonal grandeur in the more assertive parts, and yet is able to relate the two. The recording has a number of blemishes: the piano is too closely recorded, the loud passages are hollow-toned, especially in the bass, and little sparkle to the sound.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

RCA - The Rubinstein Collection - 09026630502

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Chopin: Complete Mazurkas

Chopin: Complete Mazurkas


Chopin:

Mazurkas Nos. 1-51

Rondo a la Mazurka, Op. 5


Antonio Barbosa (piano)

Centaur - CRC2098-99

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Chopin - Complete Edition Vol.3

Chopin - Complete Edition Vol.3


Chopin:

Mazurkas Nos. 1-51


Jean-Marc Luisada & Lilya Zilberstein

DG - E4630542

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