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

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Van Cliburn plays Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, Prokofiev & Liszt

Van Cliburn plays Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, Prokofiev & Liszt


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Chopin:

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

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

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Liszt:

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 12 in C sharp minor

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82


Van Cliburn (piano)

1958 was a red-letter year not only in music competition history but in the entire history of performance. For it was then that 23-year-old Van Cliburn of Texas won the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, taking with him both the hearts of the Russian people and his jury (which included such luminaries as Shostakovich, Kabalevsky, Richter and Gilels). Thawing the political freeze between Russia and America, he went on to achieve a celebrity and charisma unknown since the days of Liszt and Paderewski. But Cliburn’s only London solo concert, given at the Royal Festival Hall one year later, was a no less remarkable event. There I joined a capacity audience (including a bevy of Hollywood stars) on a hot summer afternoon to witness playing of a wholly extraordinary communicative character and power. And, strolling down memory lane and listening once more to one of the most remarkable recitals ever given on the South Bank, one word comes to mind above all others and that is ‘eloquence’. It is surely a truism to say that today, as never before, the world is teeming with pianists whose mechanical skill is unmatched by a convincing musical voice or sound. Cliburn’s technique – something far transcending mere mechanics in its overwhelming range, colour and sonority – was immense and yet was always at the service of a generous spirit, anxious only to celebrate and share great music. Throughout this recital he ‘speaks’ with a voice and sonority uniquely his own. Expectation pulsed at fever pitch, yet Cliburn’s vast audience was taken by surprise when he launched into the National Anthem, milked and thundered for all its worth; a lavish and very Texan tribute to the British people (in today’s parlance, to ‘that special relationship’). But then came Mozart and the Sonata in C, K.330, gently and affectionately confided, alive with that unmistakable full and ‘golden’ Cliburn tone and a legato and cantabile ‘more Russian than the Russians’. Yet at the same time everything was delicately and imaginatively pointed with a special sense of Mozart’s poetic ambiguity, his subtle and melancholic undertow. From the booklet note by Bryce Morrison

“The three Chopin works are carefully phrased and clearly articulated with a full, even tone...while Prokofiev's Sixth Sonata (another Cliburn favourite) provides the outstanding performance of the recital...An unflashy, deftly executed Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 rounds off proceedings.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2010

“...beginning with a juicily harmonised and affirmatively delivered God, Save the Queen...he then launches into Mozart’s C major Sonata K330, in which his famed full tone is to the fore, before letting a more fiery, individual temperament exert itself in Beethoven, Chopin, Prokofiev and Liszt, vividly coloured and with a commanding presence.” The Telegraph, 29th January 2010 ****

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Chopin: 4 Impromptus, Scherzo in C sharp minor & other piano works

Chopin: 4 Impromptus, Scherzo in C sharp minor & other piano works


Chopin:

Impromptus Nos. 1-4

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

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

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

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

Mazurkas Op. 59 Nos. 1-3

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

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


Kevin Kenner (piano)

It is pianist’s first CD on a historic instrument (Pleyel, 1848). Kevin Kenner is the Laureate of the 2nd Price at the 12th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1990).

Recordings made on a Playel piano from 1848. Recorded in Witold Lutoslawski Polish Radio Concert Studio, Warsaw, 17-19 March 2008.

Frederick Chopin Institute - The Real Chopin - NIFCCD010

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Chopin - Piano Works

Chopin - Piano Works


Chopin:

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

Scherzi Nos. 1-4

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

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

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


Elisabeth Leonskja is considered to be one of the great artists of our time and regularly appears in all the musical centres of the world.

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Frédéric Chopin Edition Volume 5 - Scherzi, Fantaisie, Berceuse & Barcarolle

Frédéric Chopin Edition Volume 5 - Scherzi, Fantaisie, Berceuse & Barcarolle


Chopin:

Scherzi Nos. 1-4

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60


Profil’s Frédéric Chopin series has so far featured the Ballads and Impromptus (Vol. 1), Waltzes (Vol. 2), Polonaises (Vol. 3) and the Etudes (Vol. 4), and now the next in the series continues with a selection of more of his finest works.

His previous volumes have all been well received by the press and Eugene Mursky has proved that he is a first-rate pianist definitely worthy of his international competition success. He was awarded 1st Prize in the prestigious World Piano Competition, 1994, and also the Chopin Prize for the best Chopin interpretation.

“Mursky has shown himself to be an artist of potentially wonderful talent.” The Daily Telegraph

“…Mursky's dignity and understatement in the Barcarolle, Fantasie and Berceuse take him a long way on an always elusive journey. His Fantasie is clear-sighted and musicianly, the opening stealthy march and assuaging reply most sensitively nuanced and phrased, the central B major section a movingly simple oasis of calm.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2009

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Sophie Cashell - Debut

Sophie Cashell - Debut


Chopin:

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

Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. post.

Debussy:

L'isle joyeuse

Préludes - Book 1: No. 10, La cathédrale engloutie

Préludes - Book 1: No. 12, Minstrels

Liszt:

Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S171/R16

Liebesträume, S541 Nos. 1-3

Ballade No. 1 in D flat major S170 ('Le chant du croisé')

Martin, F:

Two Variations On Irish Airs For Piano

Album Version

Ravel:

Pavane pour une infante défunte


Sophie Cashell (piano)

Sophie Cashell, the winner of this year’s BBC talent show Classical Star, launches her recording career with ‘Debut’. This piano recital disc will be available through Universal Classics and Jazz (UCJ), the UK’s leading classical label.

The recital comprises some of Sophie’s favourite piano music, pieces that have been influential in her career so far. Sophie, currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music, won over the Classical Star judges (Charles Hazelwood, Jason Lai, Chi-Chi Nwanoku and Steve Abbott) with an impressive performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto no. 2.

The album was recorded in the Théâtre St Bonnet, Bourges, France, a theatre built just two years ago in an authentic 19th Century salon style similar to those where Chopin and Liszt would have played. The Gothic cathedral in Bourges provided Sophie with further inspiration, hence the choice of Debussy’s La Cathedrale Engloutie which appears on the disc.

“Chopin's Third Scherzo has Cashell setting out her stall: plenty of power, a likeable sound and an excellent refusal to rush and/or show off. Early days, yes. But clearly, a name to watch.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2008 ****

“Sophie Cashell, winner of the BBC's talent show Classical Star and still a student at the RAM, has turned in an impressive debut full of promise.
Not the least of its attractions are beautifully sculpted, poised performances of all three of Liszt's Liebesträume instead of just the evergreen No 3. The last – more in her fingers than the two lesser-known ones – is nicely done.
In addition we have both of Liszt's Ballades: No 1 is rarely performed but Cashell makes a convincing case for it with some compelling flights of bravura; and No 2, if somewhat too fragmentary in the early stages, is played with real fire in the belly. She will almost certainly get more out of the C sharp minor Scherzo and L'islejoyeuse in the future, though they are far from negligible achievements. Two further refreshingly different choices round off the recital – Philip Martin's Two Variations on Irish Airs and Nikolai Kapustin's Motive Force.
The lively, resonant piano sounds rich and natural, though the upper treble floats away in quieter exposed passages, disembodied from the middle and bass registers. Not a big deal. Sophie Cashell, on the other hand, probably is.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Miss Cashell, still a student at the RAM, has turned in an impressive debut full of promise. Not the least of its attractions are beautifully sculpted, poised performances of all three of Liszt's Liebesträume…” Gramophone Magazine, December 2008

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - December 2008

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Chopin - Piano Pieces

Chopin - Piano Pieces


Chopin:

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

Impromptus Nos. 1-4

Écossaises (3), Op. 72 No. 3

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


Momo Kodama (piano)

This is fascinating programme given by pianist Momo Kodama. Some of the compositions on this recording are of Chopin’s most popular pieces. Two of them, the Fantaisie Impromptu and 3 Ecossaises were first published and premiered in 1855, six years after the composers death.

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Chopin: Scherzi & Impromptus

Chopin: Scherzi & Impromptus


Chopin:

Scherzi Nos. 1-4

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


Yundi Li (piano)

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Chopin - Scherzos & Ballades

Chopin - Scherzos & Ballades


Chopin:

Scherzi Nos. 1-4

Ballades Nos. 1-4


Earl Wild (piano)

Remastered from the original 1990 release these performances show Earl Wild at the top of his form. "One of the last torch-bearers of the pianist-Titans Rachmaninoff, Hofmann, and Busoni, makes his mark here. It's an elegant inscription, of perfect dimension and clarity. The evenness of his mechanism is stunning. I think the keystone to this disc is the third Scherzo. The bell-like bass is stupendous."

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Steinway Legends - Martha Argerich

Steinway Legends - Martha Argerich


Bach, J S:

Toccata in C minor, BWV911

Brahms:

Rhapsodies (2), Op. 79

Chopin:

Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22

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

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

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

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

Liszt:

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 6 in D flat major

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Prokofiev:

Toccata in D minor, Op. 11

Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: 1 - Non allegro

Ravel:

Jeux d'eau

Schumann:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22


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Chopin - The Original Piano Roll Recordings

Chopin - The Original Piano Roll Recordings


Chopin:

Étude Op. 25 No. 12 in C minor

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

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

3rd movement

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

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

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

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

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

Mazurka No. 45 in A minor, Op. 67 No. 4

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Prelude Op. 28 No. 1 in C major

Largo, Prelude Op. 28 No. 4

Prelude Op. 28 No. 10 in C sharp minor

Prelude Op. 28 No. 21 in B flat major

Prelude Op. 28 No. 24 in D minor

Waltz No. 1 in E flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 18

Mazurka No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 50 No. 2

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

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

Étude Op. 10 No. 5 in G flat major 'Black Key'

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

Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major ‘Raindrop'

Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

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

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

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

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

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

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


Alfred Cortot, Ignace Jan Paderewski, Fanny Zeisler, Ignaz Friedman, Arthur Rubinstein, Vladimir de Pachmann, Leopold Godowsky, Guiomar Novaes, Ossip Gabrilowitsch, Eugène d'Albert

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