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Hommage a Chopin / Jonathan Plowright

Chopin / Plowright
Release Date: 02/09/2010 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67803  
Composer:  Mily BalakirevFranz BendelEdvard GriegFerruccio Busoni,   ... 
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The combination of top-flight artist, superb recording quality and truly imaginative, attractive programming seems quintessentially Hyperion. Yet another winner."
- MusicWeb International, October 2010

"On this magnificent and richly enterprising disc you can hear Chopin's idiom refracted, as it were, through the prism of several richly diverse personalities...All of these multifaceted offerings...show Jonathan Plowright as beguiling in his intimacy as he is magisterial in virtuosity."
- Gramophone Magazine, April 2010

"Most of these pieces are light, even frothy morceaux, and Plowright does not overstate the musical case for them beyond their obvious
Read more delights of refinement and dexterity. But he balances them with two superb sets of variations on Chopin themes: Busoni's late Ten Variations on the C minor Prelude and Frederico Mompou's substantial work on another Prelude, Op. 28 No. 7. Mompou's 11th variation is the sublimest track on the disc. In places like these that Plowright shows his real qualities as a virtuoso, especially his clarity of texture and instinct for phrasing."
- BBC Music Magazine, March 2010

"Franz Bendel’s homage is a stately piece that might have been composed by the master himself, whereas Tchaikovsky’s, though written quickly “for want of money,” is a delightfully upbeat mazurka. The longer works, all of which are played beautifully by Jonathan Plowright, include the three mazurkas by Lennox Berkeley; Villa-Lobos’s wonderful, and wonderfully virtuosic, tribute; and the Mompou, which the composer also recorded, as did Jordi Maso for Naxos. The pianist could have made other choices, including Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme by Chopin. But this mixture of genuinely obscure and slightly less obscure pieces is particularly pleasing, as well as nicely recorded and exquisitely played."
- Michael Ullman, Fanfare 9/2010

"This is an imaginative way of marking Chopin’s bicentenary without adding to the already amply stocked CD catalogue of his own works. Jonathan Plowright provides a fascinating conspectus of how Chopin’s example has sparked ideas in others...This disc is a delight."
- The Telegraph, February 2010 *****
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Works on This Recording

1. Impromptu for Piano by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 
Notes: Based on Chopin’s Preludes, e♭ and B. 
2. Hommage à Chopin, Op. 111 no 1 by Franz Bendel
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
3. Stimmungen, Op. 73: no 5, Studie "Hommage à Chopin" by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
4. Variations (10) on Chopin's Prelude in c, Op. 22/K 213a by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Berlin, Germany 
5. Notturno, Op. 48 no 1 "La réminiscence de Chopin" by Eduard Nápravník
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
6. Morceaux (18) for Piano, Op. 72: no 15, Un poco di Chopin by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
7. Souvenir de Chopin by Arthur Honegger
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; France 
8. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, Op. 32 no 1 by Lennox Berkeley
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; England 
9. Hommage à Chopin by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; Brazil 
10. Variations on a theme by Chopin by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1957; Spain 
11. Lanterne magique, Op. 66: no 2, Hommage à Chopin by Benjamin Godard
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
12. Walzermasken: no 7, Profil "Chopin" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 

Featured Sound Samples

Morceaux for Piano, op 72 (Tchaikovsky): No 15: Un poco di Chopin

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