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William Kapell Edition Vol 1 - Chopin: Mazurkas


Release Date: 02/08/2000 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 68990   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The successful performance of Chopin Mazurkas teases out both the song and the dance of these Polish, folk-inspired compositions. Too often, one aspect is favored to the exclusion of the other. Worse yet, performances that stress one approach to playing the Mazurkas minimize the differences between and among these pieces. For example, by always stressing the second beat as the "key" to playing the Mazurkas ignores both that Chopin used the word "mazurka" as an umbrella term for related but slightly different song-dances and that the stress does not always occur on the second beat.
What is refreshing about William Kapell's renditions of Chopin's Mazurkas is his willingness to realize the individuality of each composition. While Kapell has
Read more a faithful regard for the printed score, he seems to recognize that Chopin relied on the performer's knowledge of a performance tradition and left much un-notated. Kapell's tempo choices are always sensible, allowing him to both "sing" and "dance" these pieces. Kapell is especially good at making the larger, ballade-like Mazurkas cohere (as in Op. 50, No. 3, and Op. 56, No. 3). By taking this individualistic approach to each Mazurka, Kappel is thus able to locate the elements of other genres that inhabit these remarkable compositions. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 60/Op. 6: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1952 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2. Mazurkas (5) for Piano, B 61/Op. 7: no 2 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1952 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3. Mazurkas (5) for Piano, B 61/Op. 7: no 5 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1951 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 0 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 77/Op. 17: no 2 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1951 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
5. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 77/Op. 17: no 3 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1952 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
6. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 77/Op. 17: no 4 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1951 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
7. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24: no 1 in G minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1951 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
8. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24: no 3 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/24/1952 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
9. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 105/Op. 30: no 3 in D flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/27/1951 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
10. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 1 in G sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/24/1952 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
11. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 3 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1951 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
12. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 4 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/20/1952 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
13. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 41: no 2 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/20/1952 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
14. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 145/Op. 50: no 2 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/27/1951 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
15. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 145/Op. 50: no 3 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1952 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
16. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 153/Op. 56: no 3 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/27/1951 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
17. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59: no 1 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1952 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
18. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59: no 2 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1952 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
19. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63: no 2 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/20/1952 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
20. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63: no 3 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1952 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
21. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 2 in G minor, B 167 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/23/1952 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
22. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 3 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/20/1952 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
23. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 4 in A minor, B 163 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/23/1951 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
24. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68: no 2 in A minor, B 18 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
Date of Recording: 02/20/1952 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
25. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68: no 3 in F major, B 34 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
Date of Recording: 02/20/1952 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
26. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68: no 4 in F minor, B 168 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/20/1952 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
27. Mazurka for Piano in A minor, B 134 "Notre temps" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/20/1952 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
28. Mazurka for Piano in B flat major, B 73 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832 
Date of Recording: 12/27/1951 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
29. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 41: no 1 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/20/1952 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Mazurka, Op. 6, No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor
Mazurka, Op. 7, No. 2 in A Minor
Mazurka, Op.7, No. 5 in C
Mazurka, Op.17, No. 2 in E Minor
Mazurka, Op.17, No. 3 in A-Flat
Mazurka, Op.17, No. 4 in A Minor
Mazurka, Op.24, No. 1 in G Minor
Mazurka, Op.24, No. 3 in A-Flat
Mazurka, Op.30, No. 3 in D-Flat
Mazurka, Op.33, No. 1 in G-Sharp Minor
Mazurka, Op.33, No. 3 in C
Mazurka, Op.33, No 4 in B Minor
Mazurka, Op.41, No. 1 in C-Sharp Minor
Mazurka, Op.41, No. 2 in E Minor
Mazurka, Op.50, No. 2 in A-Flat
Mazurka, Op.50, No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor
Mazurka, Op.56, No. 3 in C Minor
Mazurka, Op.59, No. 1 in A Minor
Mazurka, Op.59, No. 2 in A-Flat
Mazurka, Op.63, No. 2 in F Minor
Mazurka, Op.63, No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor
Mazurka, Op.67, No. 2 in G Minor
Mazurka, Op.67, No. 3 in C
Mazurka, Op.67, No. 4 in A Minor
Mazurka, Op.68, No. 2 in A Minor
Mazurka, Op.68, No.3 in F
Mazurka, Op.68, No. 4 in F Minor
Mazurka, Op. posth. in A Minor "Notre temps"
Mazurka, Op. posth in B-Flat

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