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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

Krystian Zimerman. Deutsche Grammophon 423 090-2 [with Barcarolle and F minor Fantasy]

Krystian Zimerman’s accounts of the Ballades offer Chopin playing of a very high order. Nothing is thrown away, and the pianist brings energy and elegance to the music, along with an excellent sense of color and flow. Sometimes the touches – a non-legato articulation or a rubato – will seem applied rather than spontaneous or inevitable, but the interpretations are ultimately persuasive. The recording, made in 1987, is solid and captures a good ambiance, though the piano tone gets a little hard in the heavy going. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection.
Krystian Zimerman. Deutsche Grammophon 423 090-2 [with Barcarolle and F minor Fantasy]

Krystian Zimerman’s accounts of the Ballades offer Chopin playing of a very high order. Nothing is thrown away, and the pianist brings energy and elegance to the music, along with an excellent sense of color and flow. Sometimes the touches – a non-legato articulation or a rubato – will seem applied rather than spontaneous or inevitable, but the interpretations are ultimately persuasive. The recording, made in 1987, is solid and captures a good ambiance, though the piano tone gets a little hard in the heavy going. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. 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 

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