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Chopin Compact Edition - Mazurkas, Ballade, Walzer / Zimerman


Release Date: 05/08/2009 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 431589   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With Zimerman there is total surrender to the impulse of the moment. Each piece comes up with all the immediacy of a brand new discovery. His is musical story-telling at its most arrestingly dramatic, reproduced with a richness and warmth of sonority to match the playing.

In the G minor Ballade I greatly admired the way he sustains a feeling of self-evolving growth. The intensity of his involvement is apparent (even in his breathing) right from the start, but as in all four he holds so very much in reserve for impassioned outbursts to come.

As for the Fantasie, I've rarely heard this music given stronger undertones of patriotic protest, pride, and even prayer. The introduction is surely too slow, and here
Read more Zimerman reacts too literally to the score's every dot and rest. But though slightly affected in effect, its ominous spirit accords with his disturbed conception of the work as a whole.

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [10/1988, reviewing DG 423 090]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Rudolf-Oetker-Halle, Bielefeld, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2.
Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Rudolf-Oetker-Halle, Bielefeld, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 1 in A flat major, B 94 "Valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
4.
Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 13 Minutes 34 Secs. 
5.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24: no 1 in G minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
6.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24: no 2 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
7.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24: no 4 in B flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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