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Chopin Souvenirs / Warren Mailley-smith

Chopin / Mailley-smith,Warren
Release Date: 09/10/2013 
Label:  Sleeveless   Catalog #: 1002   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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CHOPIN Impromptu in c#, Op. 66/4, “Fantaisie.” Nocturnes: in Db, Op. 27/2; in Eb, Op. 9/2; in c#, Op. posth. Etudes: in Gb, Op. 10/5, “Black Key”; in Ab, Op. 25/1, “Aeolian Harp”; in F, Op. 10/8, “Sunshine”; in c, Read more class="ARIAL12"> Op. 10/12, “Revolutionary.” Preludes: in e, Op. 28/4; in Db, Op. 28/15, “Raindrop.” Waltzes: in Db, Op. 64/1, “Minute Waltz”; in c#, Op. 64/2. Souvenir de Paganini, B 37. Ballad No. 1 in g, Op. 23 Warren Mailley-Smith (pn) SLEVELESS 1002 (55: 05)

Prize-winning British pianist Warren Mailley-Smith is another young artist whose career is off to a running start. Solo debuts in London (Wigmore Hall) and New York (Carnegie Hall) were met with critical acclaim, and in 2011, he soloed with the Royal Philharmonic in Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto. With the release of this Chopin recital, recorded in 2009 at Champs Hill, Mailley-Smith, according to his bio, has six albums under his belt, ranging in repertoire from Mozart and Beethoven to Liszt.


For his Chopin program, Mailley-Smith has chosen a number of the composer’s most popular items—the “Black Key” and “Revolutionary” etudes, the “Raindrop” Prelude, and the nearly two-minute, “Minute Waltz.” Interestingly, he has also chosen pieces from among all but two of Chopin’s major work types or categories. Missing are any selections from the mazurkas and the polonaises. Perhaps the pianist will give us some of those in a future recording.


As I believe I’ve noted once or twice before, Chopin is not one of my favorite composers. Much of his music makes me feel depressed, and not in a good way, his famous E-Minor Prelude, op. 28/4, being a prime example. So, any pianist who can overcome my ambivalence towards Chopin and gain my rapt attention for nearly an hour-long program of his works deserves special notice. Mailley-Smith is such a pianist.


For one thing, by mixing pieces of different types and alternating slow and fast numbers, Mailley-Smith’s recital provides the listener with variety and balance. It also provides the pianist with myriad opportunities to display both his technical prowess and his poetical sensibilities. In neither area does he disappoint. His “Revolutionary” Etude and G-Minor Ballad, for example, are quite electrifying, while his “Raindrop” Prelude and Db-Major Nocturne are truly heartfelt and touching.


The immaculate acoustics of the Champs Hill hall pick up Mailley-Smith’s Steinway with unusual purity and transparency, making this an all-around very desirable and strongly recommended release.

FANFARE: Jerry Dubins
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Works on This Recording

1. Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/2009 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/2009 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 5 in G flat major "Black Keys" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/2009 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
4. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/2009 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
5. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 1 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/2009 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
6. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 4 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/2009 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
7. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 8 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/2009 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
8. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 15 in D flat major "Raindrop" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/2009 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
9. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/2009 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
10. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/2009 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
11. Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 06/2009 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
12. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 12 in C minor, B 67 "Revolutionary" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/2009 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
13. Variations for Piano in A major, B 37 "Souvenir de Paganini" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
Date of Recording: 08/2008 
Venue:  Potton Hall 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
14. Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
Date of Recording: 06/2009 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 12 Secs. 

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