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Chopin Edition Vol 2: Waltzes / Eugéne Mursky


Release Date: 04/24/2007 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 4066   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviewing Eugene Mursky's Chopin Ballades, I took issue with the pianist's compulsively detailed, overly worked out interpretations. Happily, Mursky approaches the composer's Waltzes in a simpler, more direct, and stylistically sympathetic manner, with no resultant loss of character or individuality. Play the Op. 70 pieces and hear for yourself, especially concerning Mursky's crisp articulation of the G-flat waltz's ornaments. His conservative, well-integrated tempos in the posthumous E minor waltz restore the eloquence that many drag-racing hotshots overlook. The two Op. 69 waltzes also emerge fresh and newly minted: some pianists like to taper and round off the B minor's phrases, in contrast to the intensity Mursky engenders by slightly Read more pushing the basic pulse ahead at key moments.

In the C-sharp minor waltz's piu mosso section, Mursky hints at the same "inner voice" that Rosenthal, Cortot, Rachmaninov, and other old timers brought out with their respective right thumbs. As an encore, Mursky includes the apparent world-premiere recording of an alternate version of the A-flat Op. 34 No. 1 waltz that dispenses with the familiar coda. While occasional contrivances of accentuation, phrasing, and voice leading occur, they don't stand in the way between the music and the listener. In all, Mursky may not match Tharaud or Rubinstein for charm and élan, yet this is his most compelling CD release to date, with no small help from the Bavarian Radio production team's warm, intimate sonics.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
2.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 1 in A flat major, B 94 "Valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
3.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
4.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 3 in F major, B 118 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Paris, France 
5.
Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France; Paris, France 
6.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
7.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
8.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 3 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
9.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 1 in A flat major, B 95 "L'adieu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
10.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 2 in B minor, B 35 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
11.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70: no 1 in G flat major, B 92 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
12.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70: no 2 in F minor, B 138 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
13.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70: no 3 in D flat major, B 40 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
14.
Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
15.
Waltz for Piano in E major, B 44 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
16.
Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
17.
Waltz for Piano in A minor, B 150 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1843; Paris, France 
18.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 46 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
19.
Waltz for Piano in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
20.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 133 "Sostenuto" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Paris, France 

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