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

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Chopin: The Four Ballades

Chopin: The Four Ballades


Chopin:

Ballades Nos. 1-4

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

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49


Bryce Morrison: Today it is difficult to appreciate the impact Chopin’s music had on his first listeners. His mix of Slavonic passion and Gallic precision (his father was of French ancestry) created a world of such imaginative daring that it left his audiences bewitched, bothered and bewildered. Enigmatic to the last Chopin held aloof from such comments and left the more fancifully inclined to draw their own subjective conclusions. Like Faure after him, Chopin disdained his published tempting tell-tale additions. More pragmatically, Piano Sonata No.2 is Chopin’s darkest, large-scale masterpiece, ranking among the composer’s supreme creations. Remarkably you are left with a work of an astonishing, if wholly novel coherence. The shock of the new continues with the Four Ballades. Finally, the F minor Fantaisie.

I should add that Chopin’s stature is sometimes questioned by those who claim he composed no operas, symphonies or oratorios. But the answer by this ‘dreamer in strange places’ is that he wrote all of these, but for the piano. As he himself put it, ‘the piano is my solid ground, on that I stand the strongest.’

“The Sonata is finely played, its unusual structure (closer to that of Prokofiev’s Fourth Concerto than any 19th-century exemplar) used to good advantage in a nicely paced performance. The Ballades dominate proceedings, however, and are the most involving music and interpretations on the disc…a disc I will revisit.” International Piano, June 2017 ****

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Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 and Ballades

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 and Ballades


Chopin:

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

London Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda

Ballades Nos. 1-4


Winner of the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition 2015, one of the most prestigious titles in all of classical music, Seong-Jin Cho presents his first ever studio recording on DG.

Combining Chopin’s immensely popular 1st Piano Concerto with the almost equally popular 4 Ballades, this coupling displays his brilliant fingerwork and mastery of characterization.

Cho recorded the work at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra and its new Principal Guest Conductor, Gianandrea Noseda. His interpretations of the composer’s Ballades were set down at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Harburg, Germany.

“Cho is impressive” – Gramophone

“Unequivocally brilliant” – The Telegraph

“Nothing is done just for show; it’s all about the music” – The Guardian

“Everything is poetic, introspective, graceful” – Financial Times

“…his playing is unfailingly cultivated and his sound beautifully focused and poised.[Concerto in E minor]…Cho commands the work, and he leads the dance in the finale” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 ****

“In the four magnificent Ballades Cho's playing has all the poetic imagination, freshness of new discovery and tender warmth you could wish for, allied to a bomb-proof technique that totally eschews any suggestion of flashy display – the genius of Chopin's inspiration always comes first.” Classical Ear, 1st February 2017

“it is not so much [Cho’s] effortless clarity and articulation or lightly pedalled fioritura that capture the attention as much as his ability to let the music breathe. Every time the first movement’s ineffably lovely second subject returns, it becomes more poignant in Cho’s hands…[a] memorable interpretation” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

“what a performance it is: utterly commanding and highly impressive. From his very first entry he shows off the range of his formidable technique...With Noseda's help, the LSO offers some of the most sensitive orchestral accompaniment that I can recall hearing. They're alive to every nuance of Cho's playing, and match his rubato perfectly.” Presto Classical, 25th November 2016

“The tenderest passages in the concerto have a touching reticence, and there are times in the Ballades when he almost seems to be enjoying hanging back and confounding our expectations of exactly where this music’s passionate eruptions happen.” The Guardian, 22nd December 2016 ****

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Chopin: Ballades

Chopin: Ballades


Chopin:

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Mazurkas (4), Op. 17


Yundi (piano)

Yundi follows his 2015 album of ‘The Complete Chopin Preludes’ with a new recording of Chopin’s ‘Ballades’. Yundi’s Chopin credentials need little introduction: as the youngest-ever winner of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 2000, he has since returned to sit on the competition jury last year. Among the most enduring of Chopin’s compositions are his four ballades. A pioneer of the form, the dramatic and dance-like qualities of his style went on to influence composers such as Liszt and Brahms. Other pieces include Chopin’s exquisite Berceuse Op.57, and the four mazurkas op.17. This is Yundi’s first recorded interpretation of these works.

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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'


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Sviatoslav Richter in Recital

Sviatoslav Richter in Recital


Beethoven:

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

Chopin:

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

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1 (selection)

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 32 in G minor, Hob.XVI:44

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84


Richter’s genius was identifiable over a wide variety of styles and this Regis disc attempts to convey his artistic diversity. The programme features Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and Prokofiev taken form a series of recitals in Carnegie Hall and Wembley Town Hall in the early 1960s. Super-budget price.

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Yevgeny Sudbin Plays Chopin

Yevgeny Sudbin Plays Chopin


Chopin:

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

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

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

Mazurka No. 7 in F minor, Op. 7 No. 3

Mazurka No. 23 in D major, Op. 33 No. 2

Mazurka No. 25 in B minor, Op. 33 No. 4

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

Mazurka No. 17 in B flat minor, Op. 24 No. 4

Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50 No. 3

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

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Sudbin:

À la minute (a paraphrase on Chopin’s Waltz in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1)


Critically acclaimed pianist Yevgeny Sudbin here presents a recital of music from Fryderyk Chopin.

Sudbin opens this disc with the expansive Fantaisie in F minor – sometimes described as the composer's 'grandest work' – continuing with a selection of pieces from three genres that are strongly associated with Chopin: Mazurkas, Nocturnes and the Ballades Nos 3 and 4.

Sudbin’s approach to Chopin’s music has been influenced by the composer’s own words regarding interpretation: 'Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties.'

In his own paraphrase of the composer’s Minute Waltz, entitled À la minute, Sudbin displays all of his skills that led Piano Magazine to describe him as 'a fearless technician with an all-encompassing command of his instrument; a musical dramatist of exceptional acumen and sophistication; a poet who moves seamlessly between unbridled rhetoric and extreme intimacy; a stylist who catches the particular spirit of everything he plays'.

“Sudbin gets my vote right at the start here by opening his Chopin recital with the Fantasy in F minor, one of the pinnacles of the composer's art...Sudbin captures its improvisatory qualities and unexpected shifts of texture. It's a satisfying start to this disc by a thoughtful pianist. But he loses my vote in some of the Nocturnes and Mazurkas...He redeems himself with powerful, poetic performances of the Third and Fourth Ballades” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ***

“Sudbin is at his most convincing in those larger musical canvases, whose sense of theatricality, emotional range and formal complexities he projects very vividly; the haunted, dark-hued account of the Fantasy is particularly impressive. But the smaller pieces respond less well to Sudbin's treatment: it's not heavy-handed, but places extra expressive weight on pieces that need a much more refined and delicately coloured approach” The Guardian, 24th November 2011 ***

“This glorious disc confirms Yevgeny Sudbin as one of the most searching and inspired of today’s pianists...The playing is so beautiful, so full of life and so rich in imagination that all one really wants to do is sit back and listen to it over and over again without necessarily analysing what it is that makes it feel so “right” and so stimulating...This is a disc not to be missed. It is a triumph.” The Telegraph, 26th November 2011 *****

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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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Anika Vavić plays Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin & Prokofiev

Anika Vavić plays Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin & Prokofiev


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3

Chopin:

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

Prokofiev:

War and Peace, Op. 91: Waltz

Schumann:

Kreisleriana, Op. 16


Anika Vavić (piano)

Anika Vavić has performed in the some of the world’s most established concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the Wigmore Hall and the Concertgebouw. She has worked with conductors such as Valery Gergiev and Paavo Järvi. Her other great passion is literature and she has written a novel.

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Friedrich Gulda plays Chopin

Friedrich Gulda plays Chopin


 

Epitaph for a Love

Based on recordings of Gulda improvsations, compiled by Paul Gulda

Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Live, [11] from Graz, 10 May 1955; [13] from Zürich, 4 April 1955

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

(Orchestrated by Mily Balakirev). Decca Recording, Feb 1954

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Live Trieste, 14 March 1955

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

Live Buenos Aires, 5 July 1960

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Live Buenos Aires, 5 July 1960

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

Live Buenos Aires, 19 May 1956

Waltz No. 14 in E minor, Op. post., KKIVa:15, B 56

Live Reggio Emilia, 7 March 1955

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

Live Munich, Klaviersommer 13 July 1986


Gulda's hottest Chopin phase was the mid-1950s, when he regularly played the complete Preludes and complete Ballades in concert. Captured here are recordings from a variety of sources, all released for the first time, with the exception of the Piano Concerto recording, made for Decca (with whom he also recorded the Preludes and Ballades)

Performances are sometimes fiercely virtuosic, sometimes dreamily spun-out. The Ballades in particular are carried off with great panache.

First ever releases of 24 Preludes, 4 Ballades and single pieces.

Special compiled improvisation, in which Gulda (among other things) muses over his (broken) relationship with Chopin.

All newly mastered / remastered by Paul Gulda, who writes the liner notes.

“There's a freedom to Gulda's approach which brings the music vividly to life, in a manner which would doubtless be frowned upon today – but then, he was the original "terrorist pianist" with a taste for free jazz, who played with Chick Corea.” The Independent, 26th February 2010 ****

“Forever the nonconformist, Gulda may sometimes be wilful and irascible but he is never less than mesmeric and fascinating. Time and again he casts a novel and intense light on even the more familiar phrase, making you hang on every note...the sheer mastery and strength are like an elemental force of nature.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

“These recordings…are a fitting tribute to his idiosyncratic artistry: immediate, vibrant, original and at times utterly volcanic…he shapes the melodic architecture of the more songful preludes with such good sense that you wonder why doesn't everybody do likewise.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 *****

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Chopin chez Pleyel

Chopin chez Pleyel


Chopin:

Andante spianato

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

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

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

Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 in E minor

Prelude Op. 28 No. 9 in E major

Prelude Op. 28 No. 11 in B major

Prelude Op. 28 No. 13 in F sharp major

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

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

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

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

Mazurka No. 51 in A minor 'Émile Gaillard'

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

Mazurka No. 28 in B major, Op. 41 No. 3

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

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


Alain Planès (piano Pleyel 1837coll. Anthony Sidey)

A journey into Chopin's world . . . On 21 February 1842, the Polish composer gave one of his very rare concerts: he did not enjoy appearing in public, for his music was above all a chamber art. Alain Planès has striven to recreate the programme of this concert as closely as possible and recorded it on a Pleyel piano of 1836 that the composer might have played.The questions he throws up in the process are fascinating: how did Chopin play? Apart from his famous rubato, what was the role of ornamentation, and indeed improvisation?

“The revelations stem from the admirable restraint of Planès's playing...The Nocturnes... combine elegance with profundity, while the selection from the Op 25 Etudes is exquisitely done.” The Guardian, 7th January 2010 ****

“…Planès himself works poetic magic, with wonderfully paced phrasing and a style of rubato replete with beautifully judged elasticity and grace; and he has explored Chopin's approach to improvised ornamentation to tasteful effect. There's not a meaningless note in the whole disc.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2010 *****

“Alain Planès...is obviously at home with the instrument, and plays finely. He also makes a gallant attempt at recapturing Chopin’s famously fluid style of playing. The A flat ballade is particularly pleasing.” Sunday Times, 28th February 2010 ****

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011

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