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Chopin: The Complete Works, Vol. 9 - Cannons Among Flowers

Chopin / Hobson
Release Date: 07/10/2012 
Label:  Zephyr   Catalog #: 143   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ian Hobson
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



CHOPIN Ballade No. 2. Nocturnes: op. 32; op. 37. Mazurkas: op. 33; op. 41. Fugue in a. Andantino. Largo. Impromptu No. 1. Fantasy-Impromptu. Scherzo No. 2 Ian Hobson (pn) ZEPHYR 143 (71:16)


Ian Hobson’s ongoing Chopin series continues with a nicely varied program in which two major works, the Second Ballade and the Second Read more Scherzo, bookend smaller offerings (with the Impromptu and the Fantasy-Impromptu themselves creating a twin set of pillars encompassing a sequence of four tiny, lesser-known works). As a listening experience per se , it works very well, helped of course by Hobson’s innate musicality and fine attunement to the Chopin idiom.


Hobson seems intent on finding the unending variety of mood inherent in Chopin’s works. So it is that the F-Major Ballade holds drama, whispered octaves, and even a suggestion of dance. He also locates the clear influence of Bellini (mentioned on Ates Orga’s notes) in the first nocturne of the op. 32 set. At the other end of the recital, his carefully considered reading of the Second Scherzo contains wonderfully resonant chordal sequences, while maintaining fire within its belly.


One must not forget Chopin’s devotion to the music of J. S. Bach, so it is salutary to have Chopin’s A-Minor Fugue here of 1841/2, in a performance of great purity; on the other side of the coin, the G-Minor Andantino is actually an arrangement of a song by Witwicki ( Spring , op. 74/2). It is both a tribute to Witwicki as well as a statement of utter simplicity. By far the most memorable of the stand-alone miniatures is the Largo, with its dark central section. It only lasts 1:36, but it is remarkable.


Hobson’s sparkling touch positively illuminates the Fantasy-Impromptu, but it is in the first nocturne of the op. 37 set that he really excels, turning it into a miniature tone poem. He presents the mazurkas as sequences of exquisite jewels (which of course they are), each with its essence carefully honored. The recording quality is more than acceptable.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Venue:  Studio S1 of Polish Radio 
Length: 7 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Venue:  Studio S1 of Polish Radio 
Length: 9 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
Venue:  Studio S1 of Polish Radio 
Length: 9 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Venue:  Studio S1 of Polish Radio 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
5.
Fugue for Piano in A minor, B 144 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1842; Paris, France 
Venue:  Studio S1 of Polish Radio 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
6.
Canon for Piano in F minor, KK IVc no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1839 
Venue:  Studio S1 of Polish Radio 
Length: 0 Minutes 41 Secs. 
7.
Andantino for Piano in G minor, B 117 "Wiosna" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Paris, France 
Venue:  Studio S1 of Polish Radio 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
8.
Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Venue:  Studio S1 of Polish Radio 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
9.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 41 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1840; Paris, France 
Venue:  Studio S1 of Polish Radio 
Length: 8 Minutes 12 Secs. 
10.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1849; Paris, France 
Venue:  Studio S1 of Polish Radio 
Length: 10 Minutes 52 Secs. 
11.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Venue:  Studio S1 of Polish Radio 
Length: 9 Minutes 30 Secs. 
12.
Variations for Piano no 6 in E major on a March by Bellini, B 113 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Venue:  Studio S1 of Polish Radio 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
Nocturne No. 9 in B Major, Op. 32, No. 1
Nocturne No. 10 in A-Flat Major, Op. 32, No. 2
Mazurka No. 22 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 33, No. 1
Mazurka No. 23 in D Major, Op. 33, No. 2
Mazurka No. 24 in C Major, Op. 33, No. 3
Mazurka No. 25 in B Minor, Op. 33, No. 4
Impromptu No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 29
Largo in E-Flat Major
Fugue in A Minor
Canon in F Minor
Andantino in G Minor, Op. 74 (arr. of Wiosna, No. 2)
Fantasy-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 66
Mazurka No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 41, No. 1
Mazurka No. 28 in B Major, Op. 41, No. 2
Mazurka No. 29 in A-Flat Major, Op. 41, No. 3
Mazurka No. 26 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 41, No. 4
Nocturne No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 37, No. 1
Nocturne No. 12 in G Major, Op. 37, No. 2
Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31

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