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Chopin: Scherzi, Etudes, Mazurkas / Ivan Moravec

Chopin / Moravec
Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 4059   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are treasures tangible and glittering, and there are gems concealed, only revealing themselves to the serene and seeking. The world-famous Czech pianist Ivan Moravec is among the latter – and the same can be said of his recordings. He doesn’t need to set out to shock and purposefully set himself apart. The seeming matter-of-factness with which Moravec performs Chopin led a Gramophone (II/1992) reviewer to speculate that this is perhaps how the composer’s piano improvisation might have sounded. Each tone in its dynamism, each fine accent is well considered and has its place amid the whole. Moravec masterfully balances free agogics with a sense for the overall structure. Chopin’s genius stands out most expressively in tiny compositions Read more – and it is in these that Ivan Moravec’s mastery is the most distinct; it is not by chance that he has the reputation of being one of the greatest living interpreters of Chopin’s works. Bearing witness to this are enthusiastic reviews of the first release of the presented recording (1991, Dorian). Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Poland 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY 
Length: 10 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY 
Length: 10 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3.
Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY 
Length: 7 Minutes 20 Secs. 
4.
Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY 
Length: 11 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 7 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
6.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 1 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68: no 4 in F minor, B 168 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
8.
Mazurkas (5) for Piano, B 61/Op. 7: no 5 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY 
Length: 0 Minutes 45 Secs. 
9.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 153/Op. 56: no 2 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
10.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 41: no 1 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 

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