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

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Eric Lu plays Chopin Preludes & Mazurkas

Eric Lu plays Chopin Preludes & Mazurkas


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

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

Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22

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


Eric Lu (piano)

In the annals of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, 2015 will go down not only as the year of the North Americans but of the young contestants. Coming in ahead of Canada’s Tony Yike Yang, whose fifth prize made him the youngest-ever laureate in the history of the competition, Eric Lu was placed fourth at the age of still only 17. The Boston-born pianist had already achieved success earlier in 2015 by winning first prize in the National Chopin Competition of the US in Miami, and he stood out early on in Warsaw, playing on a Yamaha with consistently warm results. Writing in the Chopin Courier, Dorota Szwarcman was quick to spot Lu when he played on the first Sunday afternoon: ‘The best, however, was Eric Lu… His maturity, especially in the Ballade in F minor, was a surprise, especially as he is only [17] years old.’ As required in the First Stage, Lu played a Nocturne and chose Op. 27 No. 2 in D flat. All the formal characteristics of this Chopin genre are distilledinto the two Op. 27 Nocturnes (1833–1836), in particular the floating melody of this D flat work—a jewel of Chopinesque craftsmanship. The musicologist Jim Sampson has (in The Music of Chopin) described his use of ornamental melody here as ‘exquisite, if sweet-toothed’, but goes on to analyse in detail how such a typical Chopin melody functions, even tracing some of its roots back to the ‘galant’ style and Mozart.

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Chopin: Préludes & Piano Sonata No.2

Chopin: Préludes & Piano Sonata No.2


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

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

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

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


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Cristian Budu plays Chopin & Beethoven

Cristian Budu plays Chopin & Beethoven


Beethoven:

Bagatelles (7), Op. 33

Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28


Cristian Budu (piano)

Young Brazilian of Romanian origin, Cristian Budu is an outstanding pianist of his generation. A passionate communicator owner of remarkable artistry, his colourful playing and sensitive pianism have achieved international recognition. At early age he was awarded first prizes in multiple national contests like the Nelson Freire Competition or the Preludio Competition at Cultura TV. In September 2013 he won the prestigious Clara Haskil Piano Competition in Switzerland. His debut Claves recording is the perfect showcase for his outstanding talents

“Budu is a stunningly original pianist with musical insight and maturity that could inspire envy in colleagues twice his age. He has the sort of hands that used to be called ‘velvet paws’, which are seemingly incapable of making an ugly sound at the instrument...Eloquent phrasing is ever front and centre, and no expressive potential is left unexplored.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

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Jorge Bolet at Carnegie Hall, New York City, February 25, 1974

Jorge Bolet at Carnegie Hall, New York City, February 25, 1974


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004

Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

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

Moszkowski:

La Jongleuse, Op. 52 No. 4

Rubinstein:

Etude in C major, Op. 23 No. 2

Schlözer:

Etude in A flat major, Op. 1 No. 2

Strauss, J, II:

Man lebt nur einmal!, Op. 167

Nachtfalter, Op. 157

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture


Jorge Bolet (piano)

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Chopin: Ballades, Impromptus, Preludes Op.28

Chopin: Ballades, Impromptus, Preludes Op.28


Chopin:

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Impromptus Nos. 1-4

Preludes (24), Op. 28


Wolfram Schmitt‐Leonardy (piano)

This 2CD set contains the complete 4 Ballades, Impromptus and the Preludes Op.28. The names of these genres were not invented by Chopin, but he gave them a wholly new, original and personal meaning and content.

The Ballades are full bodied works in a free narrative form, building up the tension and drama from the contemplative lyrical beginnings to the highly passionate conclusions. The Impromptus are in free A‐B‐A form, and are a fusion of the Nocturne and Ballade style. The Preludes Op.28 are the romantic answer to Bach’s Preludes, each short piece a gem of refined and distilled emotions.

Wolfram Schmitt‐Leonardy is one of the finest German pianists of his generation. The recording of the Preludes received a 9/9 on Classicstoday - Jed Distler wrote: “he achieves a fusion of impassioned ardoor and classical textual rigor… the best of Schmitt‐Leonardy’s Chopin adds up to a stimulating and compelling listening journey well worth traveling, even if you’ve heard these works hundreds of times”.

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Chopin: 24 Préludes, Barcarolle, Polonaise & Berceuse

Chopin: 24 Préludes, Barcarolle, Polonaise & Berceuse


Chopin:

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

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Preludes (24), Op. 28


After Debussy and Schumann, Nelson Goerner comes back to the composer who revealed him to the great audience of recorded music: Chopin. His first Chopin recordings won him high praise and countless distinctions (3 Diapasons d’Or!): ‘Everything he touches seems «right»’ wrote Gramophone in a recent issue. Nicknamed ‘the great poet of the piano’, he now attacks Chopin’s 24 Préludes, which he chose to record live, in a single go, in Poland where he is particularly appreciated and considered an essential pillar of the Chopin Institute.

As a complement, Nelson Goerner opts for the Barcarolle Op. 60, the Polonaise Op. 44 and the Berceuse op.57.

Nelson Goerner talks to Presto Classical's David Smith about Chopin here.

“[this is] a disc that can only solidify Goerner's reputation as one of the outstanding Chopin exponents of his generation…his interpretations are never less than original, deeply considered and filled with characteristic detail. That they also exhibit rare qualities of wisdom and discernment make him someone to return to, again and again.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

“This brilliantly executed sequence is centred on the 24 Préludes, but they are reached through a kind of gateway formed by three of Chopin’s most representative pieces… Nelson Goerner makes the prodigious, epigrammatic set as captivating as ever — or even more so, so deft is he, notably in those three magical numbers marked vivace: a spume of inspiration.” Sunday Times

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Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 35 & 24 Préludes, Op. 28

Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 35 & 24 Préludes, Op. 28


Chopin:

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

Preludes (24), Op. 28


Natalia Rehling (fortepiano)

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Chopin: Preludes (24), Op. 28

Chopin: Preludes (24), Op. 28


Maxence Pilchen (piano)

2014 laureate of the Safran Foundation, the young Franco-Belgian pianist Maxence Pilchen his first recording for Paraty featuring the Op. 28 Preludes by Chopin.

"After a terrible, protracted agony, Chopin has died. His compositions for the piano have inspired many followers. The most original grace, the unexpectedness of his melodic turn, the boldness of his harmonies, and the independence of the rhythmic accent are all combined in an entire system of ornamentation which he invented and which is immutable still...." Hector Berlioz had published in the Journal des Débats on 27 October 1849

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Chopin: Préludes

Chopin: Préludes


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

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

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60


Jean-François Antonioli (piano)

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Chopin: Magic of Sound

Chopin: Magic of Sound


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Étude Op. 10 No. 2 in A minor 'chromatique'

Étude Op. 10 No. 4 in C sharp minor

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

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

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


Ralf Taal (piano)

Estonian Record Productions - ERP8014

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