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Chopin: 10 Mazurkas, Prelude Op 45, Ballade Op 23, Scherzo Op 31 / Michelangeli

Chopin / Michelangeli
Release Date: 01/26/2009 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 4777563  
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

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Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. DG 413 449-2 [Chopin recital] Reissued on DG 4777563

Michelangeli’s recital disc is also heavy on mazurkas, offering ten of them along with a single prelude, the G minor Ballade, and the B flat minor Scherzo. The playing is striking, marked by extraordinary refinement of tone and articulation. In the scherzo, Michelangeli achieves a transcendent realization, full of anticipation, beautiful and intense at same time – one of the great accounts of the piece on record. Originally released in 1972, the recording has fairly low impact sonics, but a nice pickup with plenty of hall ambience. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection.
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. DG 413 449-2 [Chopin recital] Reissued on DG 4777563

Michelangeli’s recital disc is also heavy on mazurkas, offering ten of them along with a single prelude, the G minor Ballade, and the B flat minor Scherzo. The playing is striking, marked by extraordinary refinement of tone and articulation. In the scherzo, Michelangeli achieves a transcendent realization, full of anticipation, beautiful and intense at same time – one of the great accounts of the piece on record. Originally released in 1972, the recording has fairly low impact sonics, but a nice pickup with plenty of hall ambience. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Mazurka(s) for Piano by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
2.
Prelude for Piano in C sharp minor, B 141/Op. 45 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
3.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
4.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 

Sound Samples

Mazurka No.45 in G minor Op.67 No.2: Cantabile
Mazurka No.34 in C Op.56 No.2: Vivace
Mazurka No.47 in A minor Op.67 No.4: Moderato amimato
Mazurka No.49 In A Minor, Op.68 No.2: Lento
Mazurka No.48 in C Op.68 No.1: Vivace
Mazurka No.22 in G sharp minor Op.33 No.1: Mesto
Mazurka No.20 in D flat Op.30 No.3: Allegro non troppo - Risoluto
Mazurka No.19 in B minor, Op.30 No.2: Allegretto
Mazurka No.25 in B minor Op.33 No.4: Mesto
Mazurka No.51 in F minor Op.68 No.4: Andantino
Prélude No.25 in C sharp minor, Op.45: Sostenuto
Ballade No.1 In G Minor, Op.23: Largo - Moderato - Con fuoco
Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor, Op.31: Presto - Sostenuto

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