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Chopin: 4 Balladen, Sonate No 2 / Andrei Gavrilov


Release Date: 10/30/1996 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 435622   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The first two movements of the B flat minor Sonata have a demonic urgency. In the Scherzo it's amazing to be given such accuracy and textural clarity at such speed. Both nevertheless bring their full lyrical assuagement, the songful second subject in the first movement without the disruptive over-slowing of tempo sometimes heard. The trio of the Scherzo, while tenderly played, is all the more affecting for its simplicity. In the Funeral March Gavrilov's consistently maintained pulse brings home the inexorability of death with a noble dignity, while the trio, totally unsentimentalized by rubato, is a truly ethereal, Elysian vision. The finale he takes at one of the fastest speeds on record (1'08''), creating, without recourse to pedal haze Read more and with only the slightest dynamic gradations within Chopin's requested sotto voce e legato, as haunting an impression of the eerie intangibility of eddying 'wind over graves' as you could ever hope to hear from human fingers.

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [6/1992]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hannover 
Length: 23 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hannover 
Length: 9 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hannover 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
4.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hannover 
Length: 7 Minutes 8 Secs. 
5.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Beethovensaal, Hannover 
Length: 10 Minutes 36 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35: 1. Grave - Doppio movimento
Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35: 2. Scherzo - Più lento - Tempo I
Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35: 3. Marche funèbre (Lento)
Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35: 4. Finale (Presto)
Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23
Ballade No.2 in F, Op.38
Ballade No.3 in A flat, Op.47
Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52

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