Chopin: Prelude Op. 28 No. 17 in A flat major

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Nick Van Bloss plays Chopin

Nick Van Bloss plays Chopin


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

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


Nick Van Bloss (piano)

The last of Chopin’s three sonatas for piano was finished in 1844. The piano writing is at once perfect for the instrument and taxing for the pianist because everything is so clear that even the smallest fluff or misjudgement of dynamics makes itself heard.

Chopin’s Preludes have come to be regarded as one of the monuments of the early Romantic movement in music, he worked on the Preludes between 1836 and 1839 but it’s possible some of them were in his mind before that. The idea of a set of 24 pieces in all keys obviously stems from Bach’s ‘48’, but Chopin has gone about the task in his own way.

Nick Van Bloss’s early musical training began as a chorister at Westminster Abbey and was followed by studies at the Royal College of Music with Yonty Solomon. In 1994, aged 26, Nick van Bloss played a televised recital in Poland at the Chopin Festival. This proved to be his last public appearance before he retired from playing completely for 15 years. In April 2009, van Bloss made a 'comeback' concert at London's Cadogan Hall, playing a concerto by Bach and Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra. The concert, uniformly reviewed as a 'Triumph' by London's critics, attracted massive media interest from all over the globe. Since then, Nick van Bloss has performed in the United States, Japan, Sweden, Austria, with the English Chamber Orchestra, and conducted concertos from the keyboard. His recording schedule, as part of a long-term relationship with Nimbus Records, will include Beethoven’s ‘Diabelli Variations’ and selected Sonatas, a CD of Sonatas by Mozart, and a recording of several Piano Concertos by Mozart with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, directed by van Bloss from the piano. A feature film about his life is currently in development.

“His tone, while more varied by degrees than in kind, is beautifully moderated, unmarred by the stridency that Chopin abhorred. His phrasing is admirably clear...but the Achilles' heel here is a want of rhythmic and tonal variety.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ***

“He reveals himself as the complete Chopin interpreter by meeting all the multifarious pianistic challenges embodied in these extraordinarily diverse ‘miniatures’...Van Bloss proves himself as much a master of controlled rage as gentle lyricism... it takes its place among the most recommendable.” MusicWeb International, 28th October 2013

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Chopin: Piano Works

Chopin: Piano Works


Chopin:

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

Polonaise No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44

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

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

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

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

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

Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 in E minor

Prelude Op. 28 No. 6 in B minor

Prelude Op. 28 No. 7 in A major

Prelude Op. 28 No. 10 in C sharp minor

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

Prelude Op. 28 No. 17 in A flat major


Teresa Kaban (piano)

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Great Romantics

Great Romantics


Brahms:

Capriccio in F sharp minor, Op. 76 No. 1

Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op. 117 No. 2

Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119 No. 1

Chopin:

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

Prelude Op. 28 No. 17 in A flat major

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

Étude Op. 10 No. 12 in C minor ‘Revolutionary'

Liszt:

Widmung S566 after Schumann (Liebeslied)

Valse-Impromptu, S.213

Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera

Schubert:

Impromptu in E flat major, D899 No. 2

Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3

Impromptu in A flat major, D899 No. 4

Schumann:

Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: Stücklein

Intermezzo from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26


Jerzy Romaniuk (piano)

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Chopin: Preludes (24), Op. 28

Chopin: Preludes (24), Op. 28


Grigory Sokolov: a living legend of the piano whose public performances and recordings are as rare as the man is secretive. He stepped away from the limelight years ago, refusing to be idolised by a society avid for imagery. Under the winged fingers of the giant you hear the vibrancy of an inner song, wordless but not illegible. June 7 1990: concert and recording of Chopin’s Preludes by Grigory Sokolov, still relatively unknown in France.

The record receives high praise from the critics.

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Chopin through Text and Sound (2CD)

Chopin through Text and Sound (2CD)


Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11: Allegro maestoso

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11: Romance

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Étude Op. 10 No. 3 in E major 'Tristesse'

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

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

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

Mazurka No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 6 No. 2

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


Amongst all the composers whom Horszowski played, his Chopin stood out. Able to project a tone that filled space, the piano and music became transformed. Decades of global searching have brought to light these once lost performances, released here for the first time. Also discovered was a Chopin biography that Horszowski notated and translations of each passage are provided in the accompanying booklet.

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Chopin: Waltzes, Preludes, Sonatas 1928-1931 (2CD)

Chopin: Waltzes, Preludes, Sonatas 1928-1931 (2CD)

Recorded 1928 and 1931 by Columbia


Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 10

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Études (12), Op. 25

Trois Nouvelles Études

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

Waltzes Nos. 1-14


Robert Lortat (piano)

Contains all the known recordings made by the legendary French pianist Robert Lortat (1885-1938).

Lortat studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Louis Diémer (1843-1919} who is considered the father of the modern French piano school and who was the teacher of Alfred Cortot and Robert Casadesus. Diémer G&T recording of Chopin's Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2 made in 1904 is one of the earliest ever recording of Chopin.

Lortat, who won several top prizes and distinctions, toured France, Germany, England and North America playing recitals consisting of all-Chopin programs presented as "complete" in cycles of six recitals.

He was conscripted to the French army during the First World War and was a casualty of a poison gas attack causing chronic ill-health thereafter. His concerts activity was curtailed, but he continued mainly as a teacher.

His Chopin recordings (which are highly sought after by record collectors), being among the earliest such projects ever made, reveal a consummate, distinctive musical personality with authoritative style and fluent, well-controlled technique.

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Chopin & Dutilleux: Complete Preludes Vol.1

Chopin & Dutilleux: Complete Preludes Vol.1


Chopin:

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

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

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Dutilleux:

Préludes (3)


Alexandra Dariescu (piano)

Alexandra Dariescu presents the first disc in a 'Trilogy of Preludes' containing the complete works of this genre by Chopin and Dutilleux.

Frederic Chopin composed his 24 preludes, op.28, one in each of the 12 major and 12 minor keys, between 1835 and 1839, commissioned by the pianist, publisher, impresario and piano manufacturer Camille Pleyel.

Henri Dutilleux’s 3 Preludes were not designed as a set but composed at intervals between 1973 and 1994. Each Prelude is dedicated to a great Pianist: Artur Rubinstein (D’ombre et de silence), Claude Helffer (Sur um meme accord) and Eugene Istomin (Le jeu des contraries).

Alexandra finds the form of the Prelude as relevant today as in Chopin's time and was drawn to Dutilleux's use of polyphony and harmony in his fascinating contribution to an established genre.

Alexandra Dariescu is one of the most talented pianists of her generation and was featured as BBC Music Magazine’s Rising Star in June 2011. She has won the Guildhall Wigmore Prize and the Romanian Ambassador‘s prize for her outstanding contribution to promoting Romania’s image in the UK, and is currently a YCAT artist.

“There's much superb playing to enjoy: she is particularly good at creating atmosphere through her sound, which is cushioned, refined and beautifully balanced...the richness of Chopin's fleeting visions possibly needs to be complemented at the appropriate moments by something darker” BBC Music Magazine, September 2013 ***

“Dariescu is a deeply impressive exponent of both composers’ work, bringing to every piece the lucidity and sensitivity it commands” Sunday Times, 9th June 2013

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Chopin Compact Edition 1991: 24 Préludes Op. 28 and other piano works

Chopin Compact Edition 1991: 24 Préludes Op. 28 and other piano works


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

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

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

Mazurkas Op. 59 Nos. 1-3

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


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Paris Tsenikoglou plays Debussy & Chopin

Paris Tsenikoglou plays Debussy & Chopin


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Debussy:

Images pour piano - Books 1 & 2


Paris Tsenikoglou (piano)

Greek pianist Paris Tsenikoglou won first prize at the Athens International Piano Competition in 2001 at the young age of 12 years old, having given his first public recital at the age of 11 performing Bach’s Goldberg variations amongst other works.

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The Best of Fryderyk Chopin, Vol. 3

The Best of Fryderyk Chopin, Vol. 3


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28


Edward Wolanin (piano)

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