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

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Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 & other works

Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 & other works


Chopin:

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

Mazurkas (3), Op. 50

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

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

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

Prelude Op. 28 No. 9 in E major

Prelude Op. 28 No. 10 in C sharp minor

Prelude Op. 28 No. 11 in B major

Prelude Op. 28 No. 12 in G sharp minor

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

Étude Op. 25 No. 4 in A minor

Étude Op. 10 No. 7 in C major


Angela Hewitt numbers among the most distinguished pianists of our time. She specializes in the music of J. S. Bach, but few remember that already in 1980 at the Chopin Competition, she revealed her uncommon talent and, though she did not win a prize, she certainly did figure among the most interesting artistic personalities. Unfortunately, almost ‘[n]o one at the time, among the jury, the critics or the audience, stood up for this brilliant pianist. […] One thing, however, is certain: her competition performances of Chopin’s works, despite the technical glitches, are impressive for their maturity and their individual stamp. The 22-year-old Angela Hewitt has a perfect grasp of the sense of Chopin’s rubato, creates subtle phrasing and employs a refined, rounded sound, although perhaps of limited amplitude (one would like to say “womanly”).’*

Her competition recordings are being brought back by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute in its Blue Series, which reminds listeners of the most interesting performances of the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition.

*From Marcin Gmys’ text in the CD booklet

“What joy to rediscover such energy on a disc, even more when she combines it with such courageous risk-taking!” Diapason, May 2017 *****

“Many qualities of the mature pianist are readily recognisable in the 22-year-old contestant, among them careful attention to Chopin’s polyphony, with often surprising though natural voice-leading; a deftly calibrated sound palette; and a strong point of view in virtually every work. Hewitt devotees will find this release irresistible…and, no doubt, all lovers of Chopin will find interesting, even provocative interpretative insights” Gramophone Magazine, June 2017

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Frederick Chopin Institute - NIFCCD631

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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: Les États D'ame

Chopin: Les États D'ame


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

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


Julien Brocal (piano)

Julien Brocal was born in Arles, France in 1987 and began piano lessons at the age of 5, and by 7 was performing on stage. In 2013 he was tutored by Maria João Pires at Cité de la Musique in Paris, and later she invited him to develop his projects and studies at the Queen Elisabeth Musical Chapel, and participate in the creation of the Partitura Project. Since then they have performed together at many of the worlds leading festivals and venues. This disc is Julien’s debut recording.

Chopin composed both his Preludes, Op.28 and Second Piano Sonata, Op.35 in the years 1838–39, which also saw the start of his relationship with the writer George Sand and their infamous winter sojourn in Majorca. A time where the mood changed from happiness to great tension in their relationship, his health worsened, doctors attended him: "One told me I was going to die, the next that I was dying, and the last that I was already dead"; and the weather changed from warm sun to cold, relentless rain. Many changing moods are reflected in the Preludes.

“His playing is quietly riveting, drawing the attention without grand gestures, and so focused that the melodies in ostensibly busy little pieces like No 3 and No 8 hold their stillness while the decorative gossamer accompaniment spirals around them.” The Guardian, 12th January 2017 ****

“Even in a very crowded field there are new things to say. Even more to the point is the fact that this young French pianist says them with complete naturalness, for there is nothing contrived or attention-seeking about his approach to such well-known repertoire” BBC Music Magazine, March 2017 *****

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Chopin: Complete Piano Sonatas

Chopin: Complete Piano Sonatas


Chopin:

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


Joseph Moog (piano)

Winner of the Gramophone Magazine’s Young Artist of the Year award in 2015, the year he was nominated for a Grammy for the Moszkowski & Grieg concertos album, Joseph Moog is recognised as one of the truly outstanding young virtuoso pianists of our time. The same magazine, reviewing Moog’s Rachmaninov 3rd concerto called it "one of the most formidable" performances in the catalogue – praise indeed!

For his new release Joseph has turned to Chopin – the complete piano sonatas. The first sonata is a rarely heard work. It shows the young composer as yet untouched by the influences of Beethoven, Hummel, Field, Kalkbrenner and the other great composer pianists of the period. It owes more to Mozart and the late classical period. By the time of the 2nd sonata, Chopin had fully absorbed the early romanticism of Hummel and Field, and developed a strong distinctive voice. The slow movement, a funeral march is one of the most famous pieces of music ever composed. The 3rd sonata is a masterpiece, one of the greatest works for piano of the 19th century, and represents the total mastery Chopin had achieved by the end of his tragically short life.

“The young German virtuoso…brings crisp brilliance to its outer movements and plays the unusual 5/4 Larghetto with freedom. In naturally recorded sound, he shows how radiant textures in the Minuetto and Trio surely anticipate the Minuet of Szymanowski’s First Sonata…Moog makes one sit up and listen afresh to the opening of the Sonata in B flat minor…[and] conveys a sense of restraint while revelling in its beauty” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 *****

“There’s a lot to be impressed by, and the young pianist’s fans will be interested to hear him in the repertoire” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

“The First Sonata [is] well played…[the second receives] a compelling performance…[the third is] an excellent performance of a masterpiece. The recording is clear and bright and very well captured…I am looking forward to Mr. Moog’s next recording with anticipation” MusicWeb International, 10th May 2017

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Chopin Competition Winner 2015: Seong-Jin Cho

Chopin Competition Winner 2015: Seong-Jin Cho


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

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

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

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


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

South Korea's Seong-Jin Cho, aged 21, was announced winner of the prestigious 17th international Frederic Chopin piano competition in the Polish capital, Warsaw on the evening of 20th October 2015.

The competition, held every five years, is one of the few in which pianists play pieces by a single composer. 84 pianists aged 16 to 30, from 45 countries, qualified for the 2015 four-stage series of final recitals held over a three-week period in October.

The competition opened on 1 October with a gala concert featuring Martha Argerich and finished with the Grand Finale recitals by the top 10 pianists on 18-20 October. The Chopin Competition is renowned for discovering the world’s most talented pianists. Past winners include Maurizio Pollini, Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimmerman, Yundi Li and Rafał Blechacz.

This all-Chopin disc was made from live performances from the competition's finals.

“There's no sense of him rolling up his sleeves for the hard-work part of the programme – Preludes and Sonata seem to be approached on an equal footing, and Cho is clearly no more daunted by the latter's scale than he was by the former's virtuosity...Seong-Jin Cho has certainly made his mark – this is as fine a début as any young artist could wish for. If there's any justice, we should be hearing a lot more from him in the coming years!” David Smith, Presto Classical, 13th November 2015

“His performance of the 24 Preludes Op 28 is ravishing. The wonderfully crisp, unfussy articulation one quickly takes for granted, but the restraint and subtle discrimination of Cho’s playing, combined with his silvery, never fulsome sound, is constantly beguiling.” The Guardian, 17th December 2015 ****

“he really is phenomenal: this music seems to flow out of him with such relaxed and elegant perfection” BBC Music Magazine, March 2016 ****

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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'


Australian Eloquence Wilhelm Kempff Edition - ELQ4806642

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Chopin: The 3 Piano Sonatas

Chopin: The 3 Piano Sonatas


Chopin:

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


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Chopin: Ballades, Nocturnes & Sonate

Chopin: Ballades, Nocturnes & Sonate


Chopin:

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Nocturne No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9 No. 1

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

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Nocturne in C minor Op. post


Knut Jacques (piano)

“Very highly recommended” International Record Review

Paraty - PARATY112110

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Khatia Buniatishvili plays Chopin

Khatia Buniatishvili plays Chopin


Chopin:

Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2

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

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Orchestre de Paris, Paavo Järvi

Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4


A Liszt recital on Sony Classical last year was Khatia Buniatishvili’s critically acclaimed debut as a recording artist. After the great recognition of this first album, she is now following this up with an album that encompasses five works by Frédéric Chopin. This album marks her debut concerto recording with orchestra.

Khatia Buniatishvili has been described by The Independent as “the young Georgian firebrand”. At the age of only 24 years, this Tblisi-born pianist has already achieved an exceptional maturity of interpretation and a distinctive artistic approach that make her playing unmistakable.

In the current season she is the “rising star” in Vienna at the Musikverein and Konzerthaus, is giving recitals in Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam and Paris, as well as at the Wigmore Hall, is a guest at the festivals in Schwetzingen, Lucerne and Verbier and is making her first appearances with the Munich Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony.

“the most completely successful item on her enjoyable new Chopin disc is the stormy B flat minor Sonata...The young Georgian musician shows a remarkable command of her instrument and a volatility that may remind some of Martha Argerich. Yet Buntiahsvili's is not an entirely coherent view of the first moment's structure. She grasps the more straightforward trajectories of the remaining movements, delivering a gripping performance.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2012 ****

“Speeds are flexible; the phrasing is fresh, the poetic touch constant...High technical finesse and strong structural control are other attributes...Even when Buniatishvili is at her most focused, her febrile approach to Chopin’s art may rub some listeners the wrong way.” The Times, 14th September 2012 ***

Sony - 88691971292

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Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3

Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3


Chopin:

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

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

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

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

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

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


“Hyperion’s new release adds up to a hugely satisfying Chopin recital” BBC Music Magazine

“This is Chopin playing of a superior kind” Classic FM Magazine

“Though Hamelin has made many fabulous discs, particularly in repertoire of superhuman virtuosity, this is one of his very finest achievements to date” Gramophone Magazine

Hyperion 30th Anniversary - CDA30006

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