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

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Jorge Bolet: His earliest recordings

Jorge Bolet: His earliest recordings


Albéniz:

Prelude (Asturias) from Cantos de Espana

Boston Records LP B300 Recorded 1952

Recuerdos de Viaje, Op. 71: No. 6 - Rumores de la caleta

Boston Records LP B300 Recorded 1952

Córdoba (from Chants d’Espagne Op. 232)

Boston Records LP B300 Recorded 1952

Beethoven:

Andante Favori in F, Wo057

Boston Records LP B301 Recorded 1952

Chopin:

Scherzi Nos. 1-4

Remington LP 199-191 Recorded 1953

Falla:

Cuatro piezas españolas: Andaluza

Boston Records LP B300 Recorded 1952

Cubana

Boston Records LP B300 Recorded 1952

Granados:

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 5 'Andaluza'

Boston Records LP B300 Recorded 1952

Lecuona:

....Y la negra bailaba!

Boston Records LP B300 Recorded 1952

Danza de los Ñáñigos

Boston Records LP B300 Recorded 1952

Liszt:

Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 7)

Boston Records LP B301 Recorded 1952

Mendelssohn:

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

Boston Records LP B301 Recorded 1952

Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14

Boston Records LP B301 Recorded 1952

Moszkowski:

En Automne, Op. 36 No. 4

Boston Records LP B301 Recorded 1952

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

Remington LP 199-182 Recorded 1953

Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra, Thor Johnson

Saint-Saëns:

Etude en forme de valse Op. 52 No. 6

Boston Records LP B301 Recorded 1952


Jorge Bolet (piano)

From the mid 1970’s until his death, Cuban born Jorge Bolet emerged as one of the world’s truly great pianists and one of the last representatives, along with the likes of Cherkassky, Horowitz and Earl Wild, of the great Romantic tradition of pianism. His pedigree was marvellous - a student of Godowsky-disciple David Saperton at the Curtis Institute, there he was also able to play for Godowsky himself and Josef Hofmann. He won the Naumburg competition in 1937 and looked set for a great career, but the war interrupted the flow of things and he struggled through the 1950s & 60s, mainly playing in the USA and not quite making the international ‘big-time’. His big break came with an RCA contract and the release on LP of a stunning live Carnegie Hall concert in 1974. Shortly after, he was signed to Decca and went on to make many award winning discs. But what of the early years? There’s not much, but here, for the first time on CD, we have the four LPs he made in the 1950s. His very first disc was of Latin-American repertoire that he was never to record again. Here also is the first ever recording of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto in a performance that is still up there with the best.

These almost unknown discs are sure to fascinate, and fill an important gap in the mystery of Bolet’s early career.

“This invaluable reissue of discs dating from 1952-53 is a reminder of Jorge Bolet's early stature. The first-ever recording of Prokofiev's malignant, ferociously demanding Second Concerto is of so much more than documentary interest...nothing can dim one's sense of Bolet's massive and unswerving authority, a quality at once lyrical and magisterial...A true aristocrat of the keyboard, his warmth and humanity strike you at every turn.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2011

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Chopin: Scherzi, Etudes, Mazurkas

Chopin: Scherzi, Etudes, Mazurkas


Chopin:

Scherzi Nos. 1-4

Étude Op. 25 No. 7 in C sharp minor

Étude Op. 25 No. 1 in A flat major 'Aeolian Harp'

Mazurka No. 27 in E minor, Op. 41 No. 2

Mazurka No. 49 in F minor, Op. 68 No. 4

Mazurka No. 9 in C major, Op. 7 No. 5

Mazurka No. 34 in C major, Op. 56 No. 2


Ivan Moravec (piano)

There are treasures tangible and glittering, and there are gems concealed, only revealing themselves to the serene and seeking. The world-famous Czech pianist Ivan Moravec is among the latter – and the same can be said of his recordings.

He doesn’t need to set out to shock and purposefully set himself apart. The seeming matter-of-factness with which Moravec performs Chopin led a Gramophone (II/1992) reviewer to speculate that this is perhaps how the composer’s piano improvisation might have sounded. Each tone in its dynamism, each fine accent is well considered and has its place amid the whole. Moravec masterfully balances free agogics with a sense for the overall structure.

Chopin’s genius stands out most expressively in tiny compositions – and it is in these that Ivan Moravec’s mastery is the most distinct; it is not by chance that he has the reputation of being one of the greatest living interpreters of Chopin’s works. Bearing witness to this are enthusiastic reviews of the first release of the presented recording (1991, Dorian). Now Supraphon – to the delight of all Chopin lovers and Ivan Moravec fans – is bringing this remarkable album back to life.

“Individual without being idiosyncractic, Moravec's Chopin is all-embracing, capturing in equal measure the elegance, the brilliance and the profound psychological complexity of a tormented genius.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2011 *****

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François Dumont: 16th International Chopin Piano Competition

François Dumont: 16th International Chopin Piano Competition


Chopin:

Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1

Étude Op. 10 No. 10 in A flat major

Étude Op. 25 No. 11 in A minor 'Winter Wind'

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

Waltz No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Mazurkas Op. 50 Nos. 1-3

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

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

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

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

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

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

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

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Antoni Wit


François Dumont (piano)

François Dumont is the winner of the 5th prize at the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw [2010] and the 4th prize at the International Piano Competition in Hamamatsu [2009]. He is a graduate of the Paris Conservatoire.

The pianist’s interpretations are classical and romantic yet, in a way typical of the French tradition of Chopin's music performance, he tries to be close to the composer's ideas. This is another portrait of one of the most interesting pianists at the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition.

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Yulianna Avdeeva: 16th International Chopin Piano Competition

Yulianna Avdeeva: 16th International Chopin Piano Competition


Chopin:

Nocturne No. 17 in B major, Op. 62 No. 1

Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54

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

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Mazurkas (4), Op. 30

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

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

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

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

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

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

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Antoni Wit


Yulianna Avdeeva (piano)

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Chopin: Nocturnes & Scherzos

Chopin: Nocturnes & Scherzos


Chopin:

Nocturne No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9 No. 1

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

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

Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15 No. 1

Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15 No. 2

Nocturne No. 6 in G minor, Op. 15 No. 3

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

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

Nocturne No. 9 in B major, Op. 32 No. 1

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

Nocturne No. 11 in G minor, Op. 37 No. 1

Nocturne No. 12 in G major, Op. 37 No. 2

Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1

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

Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55 No. 1

Nocturne No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2

Nocturne No. 17 in B major, Op. 62 No. 1

Nocturne No. 18 in E major, Op. 62 No. 2

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

Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20

Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31

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

Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54


recorded at RCA Studios, Hollywood, 29 June 1949 - 26 September 1950

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Chopin: Works for Piano

Chopin: Works for Piano


Chopin:

Scherzi Nos. 1-4

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

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57


Dubravka Tomsic (piano)

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Chopin: Ballades and Scherzi

Chopin: Ballades and Scherzi


Chopin:

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Scherzi Nos. 1-4


These works, written between 1830 and 1842 contain musical meaning in all their passages of pianistic virtuosity and this raises them far beyond the level of brilliant musical trickery. This the first time that Bernd Glemser has performed solo works by Chopin on CD. His recording of Bach Piano Transcriptions (OC 706) was reviewed “beautifully played, intelligent, sensitive and wonderful arrangements….”.

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Chopin: Sonata in B Minor & Scherzi

Chopin: Sonata in B Minor & Scherzi


Chopin:

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

Scherzi Nos. 1-4


Ivo Kahánek (piano)

His previous solo album (Janácek, Martinu, Kabelác; Supraphon SU39452) earned the young pianist Ivo Kahánek, one of the most remarkable talents of his generation, numerous enthusiastic responses on the part of the critics (“A great recital!” – Classics Today – rating 10/10; “He is a very special talent” – Fanfare).

With his new album, he has embraced the very core of the Romantic piano repertoire and in so doing pays tribute to Fryderyk Chopin. In addition to the paramount Sonata in B minor, Chopin’s most extensive work for solo piano, Kahánek performs Four Scherzi, composed throughout Chopin’s creative life.

Kahánek’s infectious musicality brings out the compositions’ poeticism, romantic upswing and virtuosity to the full – one often has the feeling that this is “merely” improvisation, a music originating from the sheer magic of the moment. The pianist’s credo is seeking his own path, yet consistently within the intentions of the composer’s score (according to Jan Ekier’s new edition).

Chopin pieces recorded on innumerable occasions ... yet somehow different, novel, inspired.

“all his performances have a natural grace and impetus. Nothing is over-stretched, exaggerated or rhetorical...He is hauntingly reflective in the Fourth Scherzo's central piu lento” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011

“Kahánek exploits Chopin's rhetoric to the full, never even shying away from acerbic cynicism. For me, it is the care that Kahánek devotes to the transitions in these pieces that makes them so unique. Offhand, I can't think of anyone who manages these passages between the fleet outer sections and their contrasting trios more skilfully, nor imbues them with greater affection.” International Record Review, March 2011

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Chopin: Piano Concerto & Scherzos

Chopin: Piano Concerto & Scherzos


Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Innsbruck Symphony Orchestra, Robert Wagner

Scherzi Nos. 1-4


Felicja Blumental (piano)

This CD displays both Ms Blumental’s phrasing and technique as well as her affinity for the music of her homeland. Her stirring and illuminating interpretation of the 2nd movement in Chopin’s Concerto is beautifully balanced by the four lively Scherzi.

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Adam Harasiewicz plays Chopin

Adam Harasiewicz plays Chopin


Chopin:

Scherzi Nos. 1-4

Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Op. 4

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

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

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60


Adam Harasiewicz (piano)

The Polish pianist Adam Harasiewicz was born in 1932, and had a meteoric rise to fame when he captured first prize at the Fifth Chopin International Competition in Warsaw. Although his name may be unfamiliar to many today, other names at that competition in 1955 included Fou Ts’ong and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Harasiewicz has been mentioned by aficionados in the same breath as Argerich, Rubinstein, Zimmerman and Cortot as one of the leading interpreters of Chopin. He was equally at home with the music of Szymanowski and Brahms, but it was always Chopin that he focused on and his small discography chiefly consists of this composer’s music.

Harasiewicz signed to a major record label in the late 1950s and ’60s and among the notable recordings he made during this period were the complete sonatas, scherzos and ballades included on these two CDs.

He remained active on the concert scene into the 1970s, though he didn’t record again and sadly his reputation faded. These recordings confirm his talent as a Chopin interpreter, with a brilliant, crisp and powerful tone.

‘The Fantasia is even better; here the pianist has complete grasp of the material and the result is magnificent.’ Gramophone, September 1960

‘Adam Harasiewicz is a splendid player of Chopin. Whether because of his Polish blood or of a natural sensibility, he seems to have a special affinity with the quieter and more lyrical moments of the music, especially in their rhythmic shaping. Yet turn the page and there is no lack of sparkle in the more brilliant passages or address in the more thundering.’ Gramophone, August 1964

“Harasiewicz focuses on structural and harmonic lucidity but without sacrificing dramatic intensity” BBC Music Magazine, November 2010 ****

“here is an entirely serious Chopin, musicianly, formidably commanding, without frills or distractions...Yet beneath the poised and aristocratic surface you sense the truest poetic and musical commitment...Harasiewicz mastery of the more demanding pages of the Ballades will arouse the envy of even the most superbly equipped pianist.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011

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