Chopin: Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major, Op. 36

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Impromptu: Shai Wosner

Impromptu: Shai Wosner


Beethoven:

Fantasia in G minor, Op. 77

Chopin:

Impromptu No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 29

Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major, Op. 36

Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major, Op. 51

Dvorak:

Impromptu in D minor, B129

Gershwin:

Impromptu in two Keys

Ives, C:

Three Improvisation, Nos 1 & 3

Liszt:

Impromptu S191 1872

Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D935


Shai Wosner (piano)

After his wonderfully quirky and highly praised Haydn & Ligeti album, Shai Wosner returns to solo piano repertoire for his next project. As always with this artist, there is something very different on offer - Impromptus by Chopin, Dvorak, Liszt, Gershwin, and Schubert rub shoulders with Beethoven's Fantasy Op.77 - the nearest thing we have to a Beethoven 'improvisation'. The composer did indeed improvise this work at a private house performance, then went home and wrote it down from memory! Ives's Improvisations 1&3 round off an eclectic programme.

"There is a rush that comes with losing yourself in an improvisation - the liberating feeling you get when that thing you are making up on the spot seems to take on a life of its own while you are just tagging along (there is also the thrill in the risk that whole thing might fall flat at any moment). I have loved it ever since" Shai Wosner.

“Those familiar with Wosner’s two previous CDs…will find in these D935 Impromptus the same heartfelt lyricism and ultra-refined pianism…this abundance of finesse suits the Chopin Impromptus admirably, revealing something akin to epiphanic joy…[this release] demonstrates that, along with fresh perspectives, unusual juxtaposition, effected with intelligence and taste, may yield a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Don’t miss this satisfying listen” Gramophone Magazine, June 2017

“The Liszt becomes a meditation on a chord; the second Ives piece twinkles, glows, and glowers; the Chopin pieces are given ravishingly delicate colouring, the Gershwin emerges as a silkily-delivered joke; the little Dvorak pieces is bursting with ideas…Wosner’s magic touch creates a unity out of these disparate works…this CD is bewitching” BBC Music Magazine, July 2017 *****

“Everything is played with a combination of brilliance and focused personality, where rubato is distinctive but never overdone, and where you feel the pianist has truly entered the zone of each piece” Classical Ear, July 2017

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Onyx - ONYX4172

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Kempff plays Chopin

Kempff plays Chopin


Chopin:

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

Impromptus Nos. 1-4

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

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


Australian Eloquence Wilhelm Kempff Edition - ELQ4806642

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$12.00

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Maurizio Pollini - Chopin Recital

Maurizio Pollini - Chopin Recital


Chopin:

Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

Mazurkas (4), Op. 33

Waltz No. 2 in A flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 1

Waltz No. 3 in A minor 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 2

Waltz No. 4 in F major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 3

Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major, Op. 36

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


Chopin holds a pre-eminent place in Pollini's career; in 1960 he was awarded the first prize at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw and appeared in the same year at La Scala, Milan, playing Chopin's First Piano Concerto under Sergiu Celibidache. This was the start of his extraordinary musical career. Despite this huge success, Pollini ceased performing Chopin in order not to become stamped as a mere Chopin interpreter. But he returned to him many times later

Maurizio Pollini says that Chopin composed almost exclusively masterpieces and that he didn't tolerate music that had no thinking behind it. After the successful release of the complete Chopin Nocturnes in 2005 (Echo Award, Grammy, Victoires de la Musique Classique Award), the Italian maestro again turns his attention to Chopin: he has re-recorded the famous Sonata no. 2 in B flat minor, op. 35 (recorded in 1984 and released in 1986) and the Ballade no. 2 in F (recorded and released in 1999) and added the Mazurkas op. 33, Waltzes op. 34 and Impromptu no. 2 in F sharp major, op. 36. All of these works were composed in a relatively late phase of Chopin’s career (1834–1839) and display the great variety of his art

The message is simple: one of the greatest pianists of our times interprets Chopin, a composer that moves both classical music connoisseurs as well as a wider audience. As Pollini says: "I play Chopin more freely than I did in my youth, or at the time of the Chopin competition. I like my old recordings, but some of them strike me today as rather straight." Reason enough to make classical-music fans curious to hear how Pollini's Chopin sounds nowadays

Pollini’s Nocturnes sold + 91.000 units worldwide and achieved Gold status in Italy

“Pollini begins with one of the finest accounts of the Ballade No 2 that I have heard, the maelstrom that erupts after the pastoral first page sounding like a howl of despair.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2008

“…this recital… proves Pollini's stature as one of the greatest Chopin players of his time. His tone not only sings, but speaks with the eloquence of a great orator. The Sonata's glories included a chilling transformation of tone in the final moments of the Funeral March and a unison finale played with such fluidity that you can barely hear the individual notes slide into one another. This disc is coming to my desert island.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2009 *****

“He has recorded the two major works here, the second Ballade and the B flat minor Sonata before, but both of these are titanic performances, full of perfectly focused power and high-tensile lyricism...the sheer aristocratic authority of the playing sweeps all before it. On this kind of form, Pollini has few pianistic peers in the world today.” The Guardian, 17th October 2008 *****

DG - 4777626

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Chopin - The Complete Nocturnes and Impromptus

Chopin - The Complete Nocturnes and Impromptus


Chopin:

Nocturnes Nos. 1-21 (complete)

Impromptus Nos. 1-4


Hyperion - CDA67371/2

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$28.25

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Chopin: Nocturnes Nos. 1-21 (complete), etc.

Chopin:

Nocturnes Nos. 1-21 (complete)

Impromptus Nos. 1-4


Decca Duo - 4563362

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Chopin: Ballades and Impromptus

Chopin: Ballades and Impromptus


Chopin:

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Impromptus Nos. 1-4


Bella Davidovich (piano)

Presto CD

Philips - 4114272

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Chopin - Œuvres Pour Piano

Chopin - Œuvres Pour Piano


Chopin:

Impromptus Nos. 1-4

Fantasia in A major on Polish Airs, Op. 13

Mazurkas (3), Op. 59

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

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

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

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


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Harmonia Mundi - HMU907244

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Chopin: Complete Ballades & Impromptus

Chopin: Complete Ballades & Impromptus


Chopin:

Impromptus Nos. 1-4

Ballades Nos. 1-4


Musical Concepts - MC3102

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Chopin: 8 Polonaises & 4 Impromptus

Chopin: 8 Polonaises & 4 Impromptus


Chopin:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22

Impromptu No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 29

Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major, Op. 36

Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major, Op. 51

Impromptu No. 4 in C sharp minor, Op. 66 'Fantaisie-Impromptu'


RCA - G0100034920488

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Chopin: Berceuse, Barcarolle & Impromptus

Chopin: Berceuse, Barcarolle & Impromptus


Chopin:

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Impromptus Nos. 1-4

Albumblatt in E major

Largo in E flat major, BI 109

Marche Funebre, Op. 72 No. 2

Cantabile in B Flat Major (Andantino)


Alex Szilasi (piano)

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Hungaroton - HCD32473

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