WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Chopin Edition Vol 9 - Piano Sonatas / Eugene Mursky

Chopin / Mursky
Release Date: 01/29/2013 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 4074   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Born in 1975 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in the former USSR Eugéne Mursky has been confidently making a name for himself on the international stage. Mursky was commissioned by Hänssler to record the complete piano works of Chopin in commemoration of the composer’s 200th birthday in 2010. He is now up to volume 9 in the series. The cool and vividly clear sound quality shows Mursky to his best advantage.
 
Chopin was an eighteen year old student in 1828 when he completed his first sonata. Despite its early opus number the sonata wasn’t published until two years after his death. Mursky is at one with the demands of the wild and unruly opening and captures the mood with light and graceful playing in the
Read more Menuetto. In the Larghetto we hear a tear stained affection but there’s exhilaration in the headstrong Finale.
 
Written largely in 1839 in Nohant, France the Piano Sonata No. 2 is a repertoire staple. Justly famous, the Marche funèbre was actually composed a couple of years earlier in 1837. There’s palpable conviction and dazzling playing from Mursky in the opening movement. The virtuosity required for the Scherzo feels effortless and the affectionate central section is most satisfyingly rendered. Mursky is authoritative with his moving and marvellously phrased Marche funèbre and deftly exhilarating in the very brief Finale; Presto.
 
The Piano Sonata No. 3 was written in 1844 after Chopin had settled in Paris. Although one of the greatest sonatas this score tends to lie in the shadow of the B flat minor Sonata. Chopin’s writing certainly makes significant demands. In the lengthy opening Allegro maestoso Mursky communicates intimacy through lightness of touch and fluid phrasing. A bold yet impressively controlled Scherzo is followed by an effortless Largo of consummate delicacy. In the Finale: Presto ma non tanto playing of unerring conviction creates a stunning effect.
 
There are relatively few recordings of the First Piano Sonata in the catalogue compared to the numerous accounts of the Second and Third. I greatly admire the latter two from Arthur Rubinstein on RCA Red Seal 09026-63046-2 and Maurizio Pollini on Deutsche Grammophon 415 346-2. Rubinstein made his recordings in 1961 at the Manhattan Centre, New York City. Pollini recorded the scores in 1984 at the Herkulessaal, Munich a favourite venue of his for making studio recordings. His assured playing is distinguished by masterful musicianship. 

I loved every minute of this outstanding release with Mursky providing accounts that can stand comparison with the finest. Clearly born to play Chopin he is in quite remarkable form.
 
-- Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in C minor, B 23/Op. 4 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Evgene Mursky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Poland 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58: I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58: II. Scherzo: Molto vivace
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58: III. Largo
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58: IV. Finale: Presto, non tanto
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March": I. Grave - Doppio movimento
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March": II. Scherzo
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March": III. Marche funebre: Lento
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March": IV. Finale: Presto
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Op. 4: I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Op. 4: II. Menuetto
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Op. 4: III. Larghetto
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Op. 4: IV. Finale

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In