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.’

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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

“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 ****

“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

“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

“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

“…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 ****

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DG - 94795941

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Charles Richard-Hamelin plays Beethoven, Enescu and Chopin

Charles Richard-Hamelin plays Beethoven, Enescu and Chopin


Beethoven:

Rondo in C major, Op. 51 No. 1

Rondo in G major, Op. 51 No. 2

Chopin:

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

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

Rondo in E flat major, Op. 16

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

Enescu:

Suite for Piano No. 2 in D major, Op. 10


Charles Richard-Hamelin (piano)

Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, winner of the silver medal and the Krystian Zimerman prize at the 2015 Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw.

Charles Richard-Hamelin continues to climb the upper echelons of the piano world with the release of an excellent new album recorded live in Quebec City. Though written within a span of just over 100 years, the works recorded here nevertheless represent three centuries of music: Beethoven’s Two Rondos, Op. 51 are steeped in Classicism; the works by Chopin are in the Romantic tradition; and Enescu’s Piano Suite No. 2, Op. 11, with its unique harmonic language and impressionistic style, pointed toward one of the roads modernity would take in the early 20th century. Impressive!

“The highlight for me was Enescu’s Second Suite…the opening Toccata is suffused with the sounds of bells and Richard-Hamelin is alive to its sense of joy. In the Sarabande he becomes utterly inward, relishing its more urgent inner section, spiced with whole-tone harmonies. Everywhere, he displays a strong sense of narrative, making him a compelling storyteller” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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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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Chopin & Brahms: Ballades

Chopin & Brahms: Ballades


Brahms:

Ballades (4), Op. 10

Chopin:

Ballades Nos. 1-4


“State-of-the-art Chopin from Tiberghien: lucid, beautifully poetic and excelling in the art of conveying heroic aspiration without bombast. His way with the mellow dreaminess of Brahms's Ballades impresses also.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2013 *****

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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 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 *****

“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 ***

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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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