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

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Louis Lortie plays Chopin Volume 3

Louis Lortie plays Chopin Volume 3


Chopin:

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

Nocturne No. 3 in B major, Op. 9 No. 3

Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1

Impromptus Nos. 1-4

Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2

Nocturne No. 14 in F sharp minor, Op. 48 No. 2

Nocturne No. 10 in A flat major, Op. 32 No. 2


Louis Lortie (piano)

Louis Lortie here gives us the third volume in his ongoing Chopin project. Throughout the series his guiding principle has been to emulate the recital practice of the great romantic pianists, who might play a short improvisation before a major work in order to set the audience in the right frame of mind.

On this disc Lortie plays the four Impromptus and the Piano Sonata in B minor, introducing each with a Chopin Nocturne (typically of an improvisatory character) in the same or a related key.

Of all the Impromptus, the first and most famous was actually withdrawn from the public during Chopin’s lifetime. Published posthumously as Fantaisie-Impromptu, it set the mould for the unpretentious pieces that followed, all striving more toward casual entertainment than high artistic expression. The third and last of Chopin’s Piano Sonatas, Op. 58 in B minor was composed in 1845. While its four-movement design reflects a traditional approach, the appearance of imitative counterpoint, chromatic harmonies, and heightened rhythmic tension mark it as an inspired masterwork of Chopin’s late creative period.

Lortie’s previous two volumes have received extremely high praise, the magazine Pianist claiming of Vol. 2 that ‘his selected nocturnes are probably not bettered by any living pianist’.

“Lortie's Chopin playing has a wonderful, penetrating directness about it; there's not a trace of dreamy indulgence in any of the nocturnes, though all their decorative tracery shines out with a sharp-cut brilliance, and the impromptus dance and divert without a trace of self-consciousness” The Guardian, 25th April 2014 ****

“Textures are chaste, lean, and translucent. Pedalling is employed as a colour device, not as an aid to legato. Harmonic structure is unambiguous, delineating the overall architecture with unparalled clarity...Rhetoric throughout is personal, human, real, and the Sonata's 25-plus minutes will have passed almost before you can believe they have begun.” International Record Review, May 2014

“The first prerequisite of great Chopin playing is arguably beauty of tone, as well as refinement and variety...Lortie is a model Chopinist: eloquent but never sentimental, elegant without ever sounding effete, dramatic but never exaggerated, harmonically luminous, structurally immaculate - and surprising.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 *****

BBC Music Magazine

Instrumental Choice - July 2014

Chandos Louis Lortie plays Chopin - CHAN10813

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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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Grigory Ginzburg - His Early Recordings Volume 2

Grigory Ginzburg - His Early Recordings Volume 2

The Goldenweiser School


 

Concert Arabesques on ‘The Blue Danube’

Strauss–Schulz-Evler, recorded in Moscow in 1950 (from 78 LP: 00506/7)

Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410

Strauss–Grünfeld, recorded in Moscow c1948 (from 78 LP: 00318/9)

Busoni:

Toccata and Fugue in D minor (after Bach BWV 565)

recorded in Moscow c1953 (from LP: D 4634/5)

Chopin:

Impromptus Nos. 1-4

recorded in Moscow c1948/9 (78 LP: 004700/1)

Polonaise No. 9 in B flat major, Op. 71 No. 2

recorded in Moscow c1950 (from 78 LP: 001282/3)

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

recorded in Moscow in 1950 (78: 019006/7)

Schumann:

Paganini Études Op. 3: No. 2 in E major

recorded in Moscow c1948 (78: 27348/9)

Paganini Études Op. 3: No. 4 in B flat major

recorded in Moscow c1948 (78: 27348/9)

Abegg Variations, Op. 1

recorded in Moscow in 1952 (from LP: D 4634/5)

Weber:

Rondo Brillante in E flat major (La Gaité), J.252 (Op. 62)

recorded in Moscow in 1951 (78: 20523/4)


Grigory Ginzburg (piano)

Grigory Ginzburg (1904-1961) was perhaps the most astounding virtuoso to emerge in Soviet Russia and it is a tragedy that he was never allowed to travel to the west after the mid 1930’s. He focussed his repertoire very much on the 19th century Romantic period and, above all, in Liszt, and his prolific recordings include many of Liszt’s virtuosic opera paraphrases that had fallen into neglect. This CD is the second of two devoted to his earliest 78rpm recordings mainly dating from around 1950. These discs are extremely rare and many of the performances included will be unknown to even the most ardent collectors. Of particular interest to pianophiles will be his supremely elegant Strauss transcriptions and the Schumann arrangements of Paganini Caprices.

“Ginzburg was among the greatest of all Soviet virtuosos. His multi-faceted pianism is everywhere evident here” BBC Music Magazine, July 2010 ***

“...you are made aware of a pianist who wore his character or originality lightly rather than heavily, a pianist of thoughts and dreams rather than superannuated virtuosity. He weaves his way with imperturbable ease through every decadent intricacy.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2010

APR - The Russian Piano Tradition - APR5672

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Wilhelm Kempff

Wilhelm Kempff


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Brahms:

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118

Chopin:

Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Impromptus Nos. 1-4

Schubert:

Fantasie in C major for violin and piano, D934

Hedi Gigler (violin)

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17


The Broadcasting House in Cologne was also the venue for a series of recordings that the great Wilhelm Kempff made in 1956 and 1960.

Familiar works are supplemented by a piece that he never recorded in the studio and that is released here for the first time: Schubert's Fantasia D934, captivatingly played by Kempff and Hedi Gigler.With this programme Kempff meets the listener on familiar ground, bringing to his performances his typically high interpretative standards. Pianofiles rejoice!

Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or - C721072i

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Rubinstein plays Chopin

Rubinstein plays Chopin


Chopin:

Impromptus Nos. 1-4

Scherzi Nos. 1-4

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Waltzes Nos. 1-19


RCA Tandem - The Rubinstein Collection - 82876873722

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Chopin - Preludes

Chopin - Preludes


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Prelude Op. posth. in A flat major (No. 26)

Impromptus Nos. 1-4

Prelude Op. 45 in C sharp minor (No. 25)


Recorded: Concertgebouw, April 1973 (Preludes);La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, August 1980 (Impromptus)

Philips - Originals - 4757768

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Chopin: Preludes & Impromptus

Chopin: Preludes & Impromptus


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Impromptus Nos. 1-4

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Prelude Op. 45 in C sharp minor (No. 25)


EMI Great Recordings of the Century - 3615412

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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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Benno Moisewitsch: The Complete Acoustic Recordings

Benno Moisewitsch: The Complete Acoustic Recordings


Brahms:

Capriccio in B minor, Op. 76 No. 2

Chasins:

Flirtation in a Chinese Garden, Op. 5

Rush Hour in Hong Kong, Op. 6

Chopin:

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Prelude Op. 28 No. 20 in C minor

Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 'Minute Waltz'

Waltz No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70 No. 1

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

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

Nocturne No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72 No. 1

Mazurka in A minor, Op..posth.

Daquin:

Le Coucou

Debussy:

Estampe No. 3 - Jardins sous la pluie

Claire de lune (song)

Préludes - Book 1: No. 12, Minstrels

Delibes:

Six airs de danse dans le style ancien: Passepied

Henselt:

Si oiseau j`etais; Etude Op. 2 No. 6

Hummel, J:

Rondo for piano in E flat major, Op. 11

Leschetitzky:

Arabesque en forme d’Etude, Op. 45 No. 1

Liszt:

Polish Songs S480 No. 5 'Mein Freuden' (Moja pieszczotka, My Joys)' (after Chopin)

Ständchen - Horch, horch! die Lerch (No. 9 from Zwölf Lieder von Franz Schubert, S558)

Frühlingsnacht (after Schumann, Op. 39 No. 12), S568

Isolde's Liebestod (after Wagner), S447

Mendelssohn:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Song without Words, Op. 53 No. 4 in F major

Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 3 in A major 'Hunting Song'

Mussorgsky:

Sorochintsy Fair: Gopak

Palmgren:

Bird Song

The Sea

West Finnish Dance, Op. 31 No. 5

Rococo, Op. 47 No. 5

Rameau:

Gavotte and Variations in A minor

Ravel:

Jeux d'eau

Rubinstein:

Two Pieces, Op. 30: No. 1. Barcarolle

Scarlatti, D:

Pastorale and Capriccio

Schumann:

Traumes Wirren (Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 No. 7)

Scriabin:

Nocturne for the left hand

Weber:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, J. 98, Op. 11: Rondo - moto perpetuo


Benno Moisewitsch (piano)

Pearl - GEMS0142

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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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