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The Chopin Collection / Byron Janis

Janis,Byron
Release Date: 04/03/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 02898   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Byron Janis is one of the greatest American pianists of all time. While his rich discography covers repertoire from Beethoven to Mozart, he has always had a special affinity for Chopin. Janis is famous for his sensitive and deeply profound interpretations of the composer’s works. In 1967, Janis discovered two previously unknown Chopin waltzes – which he reflected as “a defining moment of my life; I felt like I was being led to them.”

The Chopin Collection featuring some of Byron Janis’ finest Chopin recordings. Along with the two waltzes that Byron discovered, the release includes the masterful recording of Impromptu for Piano No. 1 in A flat major, the masterful Mazurka No. 4 in B flat minor, the sophisticated Nocturne no. 2
Read more in E flat major, and the Waltz in A Flat major, which he composed as a deeply nostalgic farewell to his former fiancée.

At age four, Byron Janis was recognized as a musical prodigy. He studied with Vladimir Horowitz and made his Carnegie Hall debut as a concert pianist at twenty. He was the first American artist sent to the Soviet Union as part of a cultural exchange during the Cold War. He went on to become an international superstar in the classical music world, despite a childhood injury left him unable to bend his pinky finger. Even a severe case of arthritis could not stop his career. Today, as a spokesman for the Arthritis Foundation, he conducts “mind over matter” workshops for children with juvenile arthritis.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24: no 1 in G minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 153/Op. 56: no 2 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63: no 2 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32: no 2 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 4 in A minor, B 163 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
8.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 2 in E major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
9.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24: no 4 in B flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
10.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 105/Op. 30: no 4 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
11.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 1 in C sharp minor, B 91 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
12.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
13.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 1 in A flat major, B 95 "L'adieu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
14.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 11 Secs. 
15.
Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
16.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 7 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
17.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70: no 1 in G flat major, B 92 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
18.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 

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