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Chopin: 4 Ballades, Piano Sonata No. 2 / Emanuel Ax


Release Date: 10/06/2009 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 60480  
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Emanuel Ax
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

[A] reminder of the awe-inspiring calibre of Emanuel Ax's Chopin... His technique in the daunting demands of the Ballades...is so masterly that you almost forget its comprehensive range or the way even the highest hurdle is taken with yards to spare. Again, when you hear him at 8'20" as he starts the long and intricate climb towards the Fourth Ballade's heavenstorming climax you may well wonder when you have heard this passage more subtly or grandly inflected...

Time and again you are made aware of how Ax, with his sumptuous tone and rhetorical grandeur, can contain even Chopin's most audacious gestures within an overall sweep and impetus as inevitable as a force of nature. Generous and big-handed, Ax's Chopin is noble,
Read more grandly aristocratic and, above all, heartfelt.

-- Bryce Morrison, Gramophone [4/2006, reviewing RCA 72554]
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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:  Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
Date of Recording: 07/1985 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1985 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1985 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1985 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1985 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 24 Minutes 45 Secs. 

Sound Samples

No. 1, Op. 23 in G minor
No. 2, Op. 38 in F Major
No. 3, Op. 47 in A Flat
No. 4, Op. 52 in F Minor
Grave: Doppio movimento
Scherzo
Marche funèbre
Presto

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