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Life According To Chopin: Chopin's Greatest Piano Solos

Chopin / Biegel,Jeffrey
Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Gpr Records   Catalog #: 10014   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



CHOPIN Waltzes: in D?, “Minute”; in c?. Barcarolle. Nocturnes: in D?, op. 27/2; in c?, op. posth. Mazurkas: in a, op. 17/4; in A?, op. posth. Ballade in g. Andante Spianato. Grande Poloniase Brillante in D?. Fantaisie-Impromptu, op. 66 Read more class="BULLET12"> • Jeffrey Biegel (pn) GPR 10014 (70:48)


This disc comes endorsed by Neil Sedaka, and it’s sponsored by Steinway. Perhaps those facts will influence some readers to find a disc entitled Life According to Chopin: Chopin’s Greatest Piano Solos. It is meant to be a kind of greatest hits collection, and as such comes up against such discs as the one by Van Cliburn. It begins with an arch account of the Minute Waltz : Biegel interposes coy pauses at the high points of the phrases in what I prefer to hear more innocently played. He seems at his best in the more sober pieces, such as the sublime Nocturne, op. 27/2, and the Marzurka in A Minor, which he plays with such restraint that one is almost surprised when the dance rhythm imposes itself. The precision and clarity of his Fantaisie-Impromptu is impressive. Of course there are many recordings of these works, but the general quality of the playing and of the sound make this collection appealing.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios 
Length: 9 Minutes 34 Secs. 
4.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
5.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 77/Op. 17: no 4 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Paris, France 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
6.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios 
Length: 9 Minutes 45 Secs. 
7.
Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios 
Length: 14 Minutes 11 Secs. 
8.
Mazurka for Piano in A flat major, B 85 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Paris, France 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
9.
Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
10.
Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
11.
Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios 
Length: 8 Minutes 10 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Waltz No. 6 in D-Flat Major, Op. 64, No. 1, "Minute"
Waltz No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
Barcarolle in F-Sharp Major, Op. 60
Nocturne No. 8 in D-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
Mazurka No. 13 in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4
Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Andante spianato and Grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22: Andante spianato
Andante spianato and Grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22: Grande Polonaise Brillante
Mazurka No. 62 in A-Flat Major, Op. posth.
Fantasy-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 66
Nocturne No. 20 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. posth.
Scherzo No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 39

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