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Chopin: Fantasie, Polonaise-fantasie, Etc / Fou Ts'ong


Release Date: 05/03/1994 
Label:  Sony Classical Essential Classics Catalog #: 53515   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Fou Ts'ong
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fou Ts'ong's excellently recorded Chopin series continues with four late works, and with some of the best playing that I have heard from him. Outstanding pianistic craft is displayed almost everywhere, as in the double trills of the Barcarolle and treble trills of the Polonaise-Fantaisie... In some quiet passages of the Barcarolle, as in the Berceuse's exquisite traceries, Fou Ts'ong approaches Debussy's ideal of a piano without hammers, his tone suggesting the utmost sensitivity. And in the Barcarolle, though every detail is exactly shaped, it is the grand sweep of the music as a whole that dominates.

Without underestimating the problems of the other pieces, it can safely be said that the Polonaise-Fantaisie is the most
Read more difficult work here to interpret. Fou Ts'ong does many excellent things, especially in the poco pià lento section; and note the dream-like reverie in which the music restarts after the return of the introductory gestures. But he does not achieve quite the flow, the sense of conviction, that mark his other...performances. Just the same, this issue still should have the attention of all Chopin collectors.

-- Gramophone [7/1979, reviewing the Berceuse, Barcarolle, and the Polonaise-Fantaisie]
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Works on This Recording

1. Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Fou Ts'ong (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
2. Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Fou Ts'ong (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
3. Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Fou Ts'ong (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
4. Polonaise-fantaisie for Piano in A flat major, B 159/Op. 61 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Fou Ts'ong (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Poland 
5. Funeral March for Piano in C minor, B 10/Op. 72 no 2 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Fou Ts'ong (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
6. Nouvelles Etudes (3) for Piano, B 130 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Fou Ts'ong (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
7. Contredanse for Piano in G flat major, B 17 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Fou Ts'ong (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1827; Poland 
8. Cantabile for Piano in B flat major, B 84 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Fou Ts'ong (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Paris, France 
9. Album Leaf for Piano in E major, B 151 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Fou Ts'ong (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
10. Largo for Piano in E flat major, B 109 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Fou Ts'ong (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1837; Paris, France 
11. Fugue for Piano in A minor, B 144 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Fou Ts'ong (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1842; Paris, France 
12. Variations for Piano in A major, B 37 "Souvenir de Paganini" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Fou Ts'ong (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 

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