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Chopin: 4 Balladen, Etc / Krystian Zimerman


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 423090   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 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 Read less

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 
Notes:  1831-35 
2.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
3.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
4.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
5.
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
6.
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 

Sound Samples

Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23
Ballade No.2 in F, Op.38
Ballade No.3 in A flat, Op.47
Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52
Barcarolle in F sharp, Op.60
Fantaisie in F minor, Op.49

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