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Chopin: Valses / Jean-Bernard Pommier


Release Date: 02/08/1994 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 92887   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pommier is an intelligent and sensitive interpreter; the waltzes are particularly vulnerable to mawkishness, but his rhythmic security allows the rubato here rightly to exist as an organic part of the fluctuating stress of the dance.

Chopin’s waltzes are both extremely well known and curiously neglected. This is partly because too many aspiring pianists have laid their hands on them at a tender age and bludgeoned them to death (mea culpa), but also because they are a seemingly contradictory phenomenon, a sustained engagement between Romanticism and popularism. The waltzes were composed throughout Chopin’s career, from his earliest days in Warsaw, and within the tight formal constraints of the genre – and these pieces
Read more never forget they are dances – there is considerable variety, the music at times as vigorous as a mazurka, at times as dreamily lyrical as a nocturne. Jean-Bernard Pommier is an intelligent and sensitive interpreter. The waltzes are particularly vulnerable to excessive rubato and consequent mawkishness, but Pommier’s rhythmic security allows the rubato here rightly to exist as an organic part of the fluctuating stress of the dance.

-- William Humphreys-Jones, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
2. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 1 in A flat major, B 94 "Valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 3 in F major, B 118 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Paris, France 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
5. Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France; Paris, France 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
7. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
8. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 3 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
9. Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 1 in A flat major, B 95 "L'adieu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
10. Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 2 in B minor, B 35 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
11. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70: no 1 in G flat major, B 92 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
12. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70: no 2 in F minor, B 138 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
13. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70: no 3 in D flat major, B 40 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
14. Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
15. Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
16. Waltz for Piano in E major, B 44 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
17. Waltz for Piano in A minor, B 150 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1843; Paris, France 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
18. Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 46 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with B 133. 
19. Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 133 "Sostenuto" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Paris, France 
Venue:  Abbey of Fontfroide 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with B 46. 

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