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Got A Minute? / Fredrik Ullén


Release Date: 10/17/2000 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1083   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aleksander MichalowskiRaphael JoseffyMoritz MoszkowskiMax Reger,   ... 
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Piano transcription buffs will have a field day with no less than 11 Minute Waltz arrangements from the heyday of romantic pianist/composers, plus 10 more similarly gussied-up Chopin compositions. Moritz Moskowski, Rafael Joseffy, Moritz Rosenthal, and Isadore Philipp each serve up the famous D-flat Waltz's running melody in thirds, but with varied embellishments elsewhere. Aleksander Michalowski adds a bravura introduction, while another Philipp study assigns the waltz to the left hand. Leopold Godowsky's lovely, lily-gilding harmonization points the way toward Sorabji's two surreal, hallucinatory pastiches. Reger's recasting builds the waltz from the bass register up, alongside four other studies that
Read more elaborate upon the Op. 42 and Op. 64 No. 2 Waltzes, A-flat Impromptu, and double-thirds etude (here played in sixths). Joseffy subjects the "Black-Key" Etude to thankless, double-note treatment, just as Brahms sets the Op. 25 No. 2 etude's flowing right hand melody as sixths. By contrast, Alfred Cortot's solo setting of the Largo from Chopin's Cello Sonata is simplicity itself. For droll, lightweight "Chopin meets Jazz", check out Louis Gruenberg's two Jazz Masks and Joe Furst's Showpan Boogie. The sleeper among the Minute Waltz contenders, however, is Giuseppi Ferrata's ingenuous transcription, with its deft register displacements, booming left-hand octave sequences, and subtle dramatic build. Fredrik Ullén must have practiced all these finger-twisters to the bone. He makes them sound utterly easy, and plays with, rather than playing at, the music. Who said Romantic pianism is a lost art? Not here it ain't. Lastly, Ullén plays Chopin's pure, unadulterated Minute Waltz as is, with no frills or add-ons. I write these words just hours after listening to this disc several times. My ears are still smiling.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Paraphrase on Chopin's Waltz in D flat major by Aleksander Michalowski
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Concert Study on Chopin's Waltz in D major flat by Raphael Joseffy
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
Concert Study no 2 on Chopin's Etude in G flat major by Raphael Joseffy
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
4.
Waltz in D flat major by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
Spezialstudien (5) for Piano by Max Reger
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1899; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 19 Minutes 41 Secs. 
6.
Pastiches (3) for Piano: no 1, Chopin's Valse by Kaikhosru Sorabji
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
7.
Transcription of Waltzes by Chopin by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
8.
Studies (5) for Piano, Anh. 1a/1: no 1, Etude after Chopin by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1869; Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
9.
Concert Study for Piano left hand after Chopin by Isidore Philipp
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
10.
Concert Study for Piano no 1 after Chopin by Isidore Philipp
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
11.
Adagio for Piano by Alfred Cortot
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
12.
Study on a Waltz by Chopin by Moritz Rosenthal
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
13.
Study for Piano no 2 on Chopin's Waltz Op. 64 no 1 by Giuseppe Ferrata
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
14.
Jazz-masks, Op. 30a by Louis Gruenberg
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1931; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 12 Minutes 24 Secs. 
15.
Showpan Boogie by Joe Furst
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
16.
Pasticcio capriccioso after Chopin by Kaikhosru Sorabji
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
17.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Paraphrase on the Waltz in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 by Chopin
Concert Study No. 1 on Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1, "Minute Waltz" by Chopin: Concert Study on the Waltz in D flat major by Chopin
Concert Study No. 2 on Etude No. 5 in G flat major, Op. 10, No. 5 by Chopin: Second Concert Study after Chopin (Etude, Op. 10 No. 5)
Chopin - Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1, "Minute Waltz": Waltz, Op. 64 No. 1 (Chopin)
5 Special Studies for Piano (arrangements of works by Chopin): I. Waltz in D flat major (Op. 64 No. 1)
5 Special Studies for Piano (arrangements of works by Chopin): II. Waltz in A flat major (Op. 42)
5 Special Studies for Piano (arrangements of works by Chopin): III. Impromptu in A flat major (Op. 29)
5 Special Studies for Piano (arrangements of works by Chopin): IV. Etude in G sharp minor (Op. 25 No. 6)
5 Special Studies for Piano (arrangements of works by Chopin): V. Waltz in C sharp minor (Op. 64 No. 2)
Pasticcio capriccioso: Pastiche on the Minute Waltz of Chopin
Chopin - Waltz in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1: Waltz in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 (Chopin)
5 Studies for the Piano, Anh. Ia/1: Studies for Pianoforte: No. 1. Study after Frederic Chopin Op. 25, no. 2
Concert Study No. 1. for the Left Hand after Chopin's Op. 64 No. 1: Concert Study for the left hand after Chopin (Op. 64 No. 1)
Concert Study No. 1. for the Left Hand after Chopin's Op. 64 No. 1: First Concert Study after a Waltz by F. Chopin (Op. 64 No. 1)
Largo from the Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 65 by Chopin
Study on the Waltz, Op. 64 No. 1 by Chopin
2 Studies of Chopin's Valse, Op. 64, No.1: Second Study on Chopin´s Waltz, Op. 64 No. 1
Jazz Masks, Op. 30a: I. Chopin, Nocturne, Op. 9 No. 2
Jazz Masks, Op. 30a: II. Chopin, Waltz, Op. 64 No. 2
Showpan Boogie
Pasticcio capriccioso: sopra l´op. 64, no. 1 del Chopin
Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1, "Minute": Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1, "Minuet"

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