Chopin: Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

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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 & Mazurkas Op. 33

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 & Mazurkas Op. 33


Chopin:

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

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Jacek Kaspszyk

Mazurkas (4), Op. 33

Étude Op. 10 No. 1 in C major

Étude Op. 10 No. 10 in A flat major

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

Waltz No. 4 in F major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 3


When does an eventual competition winner emerge as the leading contender from a pack of around 80 contestants? Seong-Jin Cho arrived at the 17th International Fryderyk Piano Competition with something of a prizewinning streak, since he had already enjoyed success at both the Rubinstein and Tchaikovsky Competitions in 2014 and 2011 respectively. Although his was not the first name on everyone’s lips during the long and tense wait for the final results, few were surprised when the announcement was made and he became South Korea’s first gold medalist in the history of the competition. His playing throughout each stage had been unfailingly cultivated, his sound always beautifully focused and poised.

These qualities had indeed singled him out for attention right from the beginning of the competition. Reporting on one of the First Stage sessions for the Chopin Courier, Andrzej Sulek noted that ‘Seong-Jin Cho brought a clear jump in quality relative to those before him: he revealed himself to be a refined, intelligent pianist’. He also made a comparison with one of the greatest of all Warsaw winners when he singled out a short piece for special comment: ‘The Etude in C major from Op. 10 was worthy of the model created by Pollini’. By the start of the Third Stage, Sulek was still able to claim that ‘the best impression was made by Cho. This is a monolithic personality, a proper pianist, in perfect control of the instrument, almost flawlessly precise’.

This recording traces the pianist through all stages of the competition.

He captured unequivocally the brilliance of the Concerto in E minor, Op. 11, a work that dazzles with the youthful spirit of a composer who completed it in August 1830, just three months before his departure from Warsaw. From the moment of piano’s entry with fortissimo octaves, attention is focused on the soloist, and Cho proved that he deserved that limelight.

Frederick Chopin Institute - NIFCCD625

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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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Stephen Kovacevich - Chopin: Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Stephen Kovacevich - Chopin: Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49


Chopin:

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49


Stephen Kovacevich's international reputation as a pianist has been built both on his concert appearances, renowned for their thoughtfulness and creative intensity, and on the highly acclaimed recordings he has made throughout his career. He is considered as one of the most searching interpreters of the core classical repertoire and he has won great admiration for his recordings of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Chopin. In this masterclass he works with a student on Chopin's F Minor Fantasy

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Masterclass Media Foundation - MMF2033

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Jeunesses Musicales du Canada

Jeunesses Musicales du Canada

60 Years - Looking to the Future


Bach, J S:

Violin Sonata in G major, BWV1021

James Ehnes (violin), Luc Beauséjour (piano), Benoit Loiselle (cello)

Brahms:

Two songs for contralto with viola obbligato, Op. 91

Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto), Michael MacMahon (piano), Nicolò Eugelmi (viola)

Chopin:

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

André Laplante (piano)

Duparc:

Chanson triste

Jean-François Lapointe (baritone), Louise-Andre Baril (piano)

Dvorak:

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Marianne Fiset (soprano)

Orchestre de la Francophonie, Jean-Pjilippe Tremblay

Piazzólla:

Cuarto Estaciones Porteñas

Gryphon Trio

Rachmaninov:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36

Nareh Arghamanyan (piano)

Salzedo:

Scintillation, Op. 31

Valérie Milot (harp)

Schubert:

Sonata (Sonatina) for violin & piano in D major, D384 (Op. posth. 137 No. 1)

Angèle Dubeau (violin), Anton Kuerti (piano)

Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Orchestre de la Francophonie, Jean-Pjilippe Tremblay

Verdi:

Elle ne m'aime pas! (from Don Carlos)

Joseph Rouleau (bass)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (from Rigoletto)

Louis Quilico (baritone)

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Vivaldi:

Concerto for 2 Flutes, Strings and Continuo in C, R533

Ensemble Caprice


This anniversary collection by Jeunesses Musicales marks 60 years of service to the young: 60 years of excellence. The compilation presents some of the best recordings made at ANALEKTA by artists who toured under the aegis of JMC or have been associated with the Montreal International Musical Competition, founded in 2002. Discover some of the great performers of the Canadian music scene.

Analekta - AN299278

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Nikolai Lugansky plays Chopin

Nikolai Lugansky plays Chopin


Chopin:

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

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

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

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

Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54

Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15 No. 1

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


Nikolai Lugansky signs to ONYX, and returns to the studio after a gap of several years.

Lugansky has recorded 23 CDs. His solo recordings on Warner Classics - Chopin Etudes, Rachmaninov Preludes & Moments musicaux and Chopin Preludes – were each awarded a Diapason d'Or. His PentaTone Classics SACD of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, with the Russian National Orchestra under Kent Nagano, was cited as “Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone. His Warner Prokofiev CD was one of the “CDs of the Year (2004)“ featured in The Telegraph. Lugansky’s Warner recordings of the complete piano concertos of Rachmaninov, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo, received Choc du Monde de la Musique, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the 2005 ECHO Klassik Award. His last recording (Chopin's and Rachmaninov's cello sonatas) with the cellist Alexander Kniazev won the 2007 Echo Klassik Award.

His all-Chopin recital will be one of the most important CDs to be released in 2010 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

“Characteristically, Lugansky imbues this Chopin recital with concentrated thought. Not for him any gratuitous pyrotechnics...the consistently absorbing feature of his performances is the way they dig so deeply and lucidly into the substance beneath the surface.” The Telegraph, 23rd April 2010 ****

“If you view Chopin primarily as a revolutionary firebrand rather than an introverted dreamer, then this recital is definitely for you...[Lugansky's] performance of the sonata is terrific, with monumental drama in the outer movements, a nerve-ridden scherzo, and a largo that remains notably insistent and driven” The Guardian, 13th May 2010 ****

“This is not for those who thrill to outrageous or self-conscious novelty but more for listeners left to marvel at the miracle that is Chopin. There is a moving transparency and reserve about Lugansky's way with the Third Sonata...His refined brilliance, too, makes something special of the Fantaisie-impromptu” Gramophone Magazine, September 2010

“Lugansky's focus in this Chopin prgramme is unrelentingly inward, the surface as polished and immaculate as a Steinway's lid. His tone quality is always singing, pure and richly cushioned” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 **

Onyx - ONYX4049

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Chopin: Four Ballades

Chopin: Four Ballades


Chopin:

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Ballades Nos. 1-4


“[the performances] are touched by distinction throughout and have spontaneity as well as tremendous concentration, bringing a remarkable combination of poetry and romantic feeling.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

Building a Library

First Choice - November 2013

DG - E4230902

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Chopin: Preludes (24), Op. 28, etc.

Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49


Jorge Bolet (piano)

“Bolet's aristocratic refinement and cultivated, deep-in-the-keys sonority resonate with gentle yet indisputable authority” Classics Today

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Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 & Mazurkas Op.50

Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 & Mazurkas Op.50


includes

Chopin:

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

Mazurkas (3), Op. 50

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49


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

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Frederick Chopin Institute - NIFCCD631

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Scheduled for release on 26 May 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Chopin: Ballades, Barcarolle and Fantasie - Vinyl Edition

Chopin: Ballades, Barcarolle and Fantasie - Vinyl Edition


Chopin:

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49


“Krystian Zimerman captures the poetry, fantasy and fire of these works with exquisite tone and unfailing sensitivity.” BBC Music Magazine

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DG - 4797214

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$23.75

Scheduled for release on 28 April 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

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