Chopin: Prelude Op. 28 No. 2 in A minor

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Ophelie Gaillard & Edna Stern play Chopin

Ophelie Gaillard & Edna Stern play Chopin

arranged for cello & piano by Edna Stern and Ophélie Gaillard


Chopin:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65

Prelude Op. 28 No. 2 in A minor

Nocturne No. 12 in G major, Op. 37 No. 2

Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 in E minor

Nocturne No. 11 in G minor, Op. 37 No. 1

Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C, Op. 3

Nocturne No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72 No. 1

Waltz No. 19 in A minor, Op. post., KKIVb:11, B 150


Ophélie Gaillard (cello) & Edna Stern (Pleyel piano 1843)

Edna Stern has been teaching at the Royal College of Music in London since September 2009. Her playing has prompted Diapason to say “Her piano playing bears the mark of three great pianists who formed her and of whom she managed to create an improbable synthesis : The panache of Martha Argerich, the musicality of Leon Fleisher and the impeccable finish of Krystian Zimerman.”

Forthcoming releases from Ophélie Gaillard will include Dreams: a collaboration with producer Craig Leon, whose album for Joshua Bell of transcriptions for violin and orchestra was unanimously acclaimed.

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Sheila Arnold plays Chopin

Sheila Arnold plays Chopin


Chopin:

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Preludes (24), Op. 28


Sheila Arnold (piano)

Sheila Arnold’s performances show Chopin’s works in a new light; through the thrilling grasps of the perfomer, born in India and now a German pianist, who grapples intensively with historical instruments on all levels, producing a different sound and a complete new dimension on the pieces. She performs on an Érard Fortepiano (Paris 1839).

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Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28

Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

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


Leticia Gomez-Tagle (piano)

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Friedrich Gulda plays Chopin

Friedrich Gulda plays Chopin


 

Epitaph for a Love

Based on recordings of Gulda improvsations, compiled by Paul Gulda

Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Live, [11] from Graz, 10 May 1955; [13] from Zürich, 4 April 1955

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

(Orchestrated by Mily Balakirev). Decca Recording, Feb 1954

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Live Trieste, 14 March 1955

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

Live Buenos Aires, 5 July 1960

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Live Buenos Aires, 5 July 1960

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

Live Buenos Aires, 19 May 1956

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

Live Reggio Emilia, 7 March 1955

Nocturne No. 17 in B major, Op. 62 No. 1

Live Munich, Klaviersommer 13 July 1986


Gulda's hottest Chopin phase was the mid-1950s, when he regularly played the complete Preludes and complete Ballades in concert. Captured here are recordings from a variety of sources, all released for the first time, with the exception of the Piano Concerto recording, made for Decca (with whom he also recorded the Preludes and Ballades)

Performances are sometimes fiercely virtuosic, sometimes dreamily spun-out. The Ballades in particular are carried off with great panache.

First ever releases of 24 Preludes, 4 Ballades and single pieces.

Special compiled improvisation, in which Gulda (among other things) muses over his (broken) relationship with Chopin.

All newly mastered / remastered by Paul Gulda, who writes the liner notes.

“There's a freedom to Gulda's approach which brings the music vividly to life, in a manner which would doubtless be frowned upon today – but then, he was the original "terrorist pianist" with a taste for free jazz, who played with Chick Corea.” The Independent, 26th February 2010 ****

“Forever the nonconformist, Gulda may sometimes be wilful and irascible but he is never less than mesmeric and fascinating. Time and again he casts a novel and intense light on even the more familiar phrase, making you hang on every note...the sheer mastery and strength are like an elemental force of nature.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

“These recordings…are a fitting tribute to his idiosyncratic artistry: immediate, vibrant, original and at times utterly volcanic…he shapes the melodic architecture of the more songful preludes with such good sense that you wonder why doesn't everybody do likewise.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 *****

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Chopin - Preludes, Sonata No. 2 & Etudes

Chopin - Preludes, Sonata No. 2 & Etudes

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Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

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

Études (12), Op. 25


Legendary Russian pianist, Grigory Sokolov, considered one of the greatest pianists alive today, performs a recital of music by Frédéric Chopin. 2010 is the year of Chopin, celebrating the bicentennial of the composer’s birth. At the age of sixteen, Grigory Sokolov was awarded first prize at the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1966 and has since gained an almost mythical status throughout the world.

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Victor Merzhanov - The Goldenweiser School

Victor Merzhanov - The Goldenweiser School


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

recorded Moscow c.1955 (LP: D 04996/7)

Liszt:

Grandes Études de Paganini (6), S. 141

recorded Moscow 1951 & 1955 (LP: D 2683/4)

Scriabin:

Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53

recorded Moscow c.1956 (from LP: D 5512/3)


Victor Merzhanov (piano)

This title continues the Goldenweiser School, the last of the three great teaching traditions to be covered in this comprehensive survey of the many great pianists who worked in Russia in the Soviet era. The bulk of the issues in THE RUSSIAN PIANO TRADITION will be divided into 'schools' which represent the three main teachers of this period - Neuhaus, Goldenweiser and Igumnov, - and their pupils.

One of the youngest pianists to be featured in this series, Victor Merzhanov is more a grand-pupil of Goldenweiser than a pupil, as his major professor was Samuil Feinberg. It seems certain though, that while studying with one of Goldenweiser's most illustrious pupils he would also have had contact with the great man. Merzhanov graduated from the Moscow conservatory in 1942 and, after war service, shared first prize in the 1945 All-Union piano competition with Sviatoslav Richter. He began teaching at the Moscow Conservatoire in 1947 and, at the age of 90, continues to teach and serve on competition juries today.

Merzhanov quickly became renowned as a Rachmaninov interpreter and his recording of the Third Concerto is one of the greatest, he also made the first recording of Prokofiev's Sixth Sonata. He was most prolific in the recording studio in the 1950's and his performances are characterised by peerless technique (witness the Liszt 'Paganini' Studies included here) and a generous, but never self-serving, emotional involvement with the music. Once again the quality of the playing revealed here shows that our view of who are the 'greats' of Soviet pianism has been very much dictated by those performers who had careers in the west. As this series of CDs has shown, Gilels and Richter were not isolated peaks; the likes of Oborin, Zak, and here, Merzhanov, were certainly their musical equals.

“Viktor Merzhanov finds in Liszt's Paganini Etudes a jaunty, playful vein...his Scriabin is incandescent.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 ****

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Chopin - 24 Preludes

Chopin - 24 Preludes

and other works for solo piano


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22

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

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


Kevin Kenner (piano)

At the age of 17, American pianist Kevin Kenner participated in the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and was awarded the 10th prize and a special prize from the jury for his promising talent. Ten years later he returned to Warsaw to win top prize, the People’s Prize and the Polonaise Prize. This release emphasizes the sublime talents of Kevin Kenner in a delightful programme of Chopin works.

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Chopin - Piano Works

Chopin - Piano Works


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Impromptus Nos. 1-4

Ballades Nos. 1-4

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

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

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

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


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Great Pianists - Moiseiwitsch 12

Great Pianists - Moiseiwitsch 12

Chopin Recordings Volume 2 (1938-1952)


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Recorded 29th-30th December 1948, and 20th September 1949

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Recorded 23rd September 1938 and 17th March 1939

Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

Recorded 22nd August 1947

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

Recorded 23rd September 1938 and 17th March 1939

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Recorded 22nd August 1947

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

Recorded 11th January 1952


This second volume of Moiseiwitsch’s Chopin recordings focuses on the complete Préludes, Op. 28, which the great pianist had attempted to record, unsuccessfully, with the acoustic process, and the Four Ballades. The recording of the complete Préludes is one of the most satisfactory on disc, as Moiseiwitsch captures perfectly the mood of each of these miniature masterpieces. The slower preludes in particular show Moiseiwitsch’s understanding of musical phrasing linked to harmonic progressions. The recording of the Ballade No. 4, his only 78rpm recording of the work, derives from a test pressing. All tracks were recorded in Studio 3, Abbey Road, London

“Taken from 78s, the restored sound captures Moiseiwitsch's wonderful light and shade, alchemical pedalling, searching poetry, and vast technique. The 24 Preludes are exceptional.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2008 *****

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Edition Géza Anda Vol.3: Schumann & Chopin

Edition Géza Anda Vol.3: Schumann & Chopin


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Études (12), Op. 25

Schumann:

Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Études symphoniques, Op. 13

Carnaval, Op. 9

Romance in F sharp major, Op. 28 No. 2


Géza Anda (piano)

The third volume of the Géza-Anda-Edition by audite with recordings from the archives of the WDR, hitherto unpublished on CD, is dedicated to Anda’s performances of works by Schumann and Chopin which were already celebrated in the 1950s. This compilation features several core pieces of Anda’s repertoire.

These recordings are a perfect example of Anda’s pianism and musicianship: structural intelligence and sound shaping are combined with an extraordinary sense of drama, proportion and inner stability, making these interpretations a historical and artistic document, even five decades after their production.

“Anda offers unfailing insights.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2008 ****

“… who but Anda could capture Schumann's schizophrenic mood-swings, his play of light and shade, so vividly or acutely?” Gramophone Magazine, August 2008

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