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

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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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Great Pianists - Moiseiwitsch 13

Great Pianists - Moiseiwitsch 13

Chopin Recordings Volume 3 (1939-1952)


Chopin:

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

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

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

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

Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20

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

Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

arr. Rachmaninov. Appendix


Producer and Audio restoration engineer: Ward Marston

“Supple pianism and poetic sensibility characterise Moiseiwitsch's Chopin” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 ****

“Benno Moiseiwitsch always ranked among the world's most delectable pianists. And here...he shows himself as gloriously free, mischievous and mercurial. He can be curt, skittish or rhapsodic, seemingly at will...these performances are rarely less than personal and beguiling.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2010

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Louis Lortie plays Chopin Volume 1

Louis Lortie plays Chopin Volume 1


Chopin:

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

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

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

Scherzi Nos. 1-4

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

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


Louis Lortie (piano)

‘In the era of the great romantic pianists, it used to be the fashion at piano recitals to offer an improvisation in the same key as that of the piece that was scheduled to follow, in order to get the audience ‘in the mood’. To compensate for this lost art, I have thought of always playing one of the nocturnes before a major piano composition by Chopin. It makes these nocturnes appear more like an improvisation, to serve as counterweight to the very dense content of the Ballades, Scherzos, and Sonatas. This practice transfers smoothly the logic of a piano recital to a CD and makes more sense by allowing the listener to enjoy the contents in one stretch’ writes Louis Lortie on his concept for the album.

The immensely respected French-Canadian virtuoso Louis Lortie celebrates the Chopin anniversary with an album of Nocturnes and Scherzos for solo piano. These works stretch the pianist’s technique in every possible way. This Canadian pianist has long had an association with Chandos, and is recognised as one of the finest interpreters of Chopin. He first recorded Chopin’s Études for Chandos more than 20 years ago; it was named as one of the ‘50 great performances by superlative pianists’ by BBC Music Magazine. Since then he’s enjoyed an exceptionally rich performing and recording career. He won First Prize in the Busoni Competition in 1984. He was also a prize-winner at the Leeds Competition. He’s been named an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.

A recent performance at Carnegie Hall elicited the following review, ‘Those who bought a ticket to hear Louis Lortie play on Saturday night must have been extremely glad they did so. The pianist from Montreal gave a recital at Carnegie Hall that was filled with beauty, brains, and virtuosity.’

“Lortie's musicianship is imaginative but never eccentric, with a technique that is always at the service of the music.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2010 ****

“richly coloured and deftly articulated...Along the way there are some lovely individual touches like the way Lortie varies the dynamic in the exposition repeat of the First Scherzo...This is Chopin playing of a superior order.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2010

“It's all tremendously fluent, the technical hurdles easily cleared...Lortie gets the final peroration of the B flat minor Scherzo exactly right – a tremendous performance – and is pretty persuasive throughout the sonata, too” The Guardian, 1st July 2010 ***

“Lortie’s recital-like organisation of the repertoire is particularly appealing...Nothing is overstated dramatically here, which is not to say that the individual character of the pieces is not identified and communicated with taste and a clear expressive intent.” The Telegraph, 1st June 2010 ***

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