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Chopin: Piano Sonatas No 2 & 3 / Cecile Ousset


Release Date: 06/01/2004 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 85511   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cécile Ousset
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 6 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The name Cécile Ousset may not be on the tip of pianophiles' tongues when it comes to recommending modern-day Chopin recordings. Yet her excellent 1986/87 recordings of the Second and Third sonatas (complete with exposition repeats), the four Scherzos, and the four Ballades are not only worth owning but also add up to an amazing bargain via EMI's two-for-one Gemini series. Her assertive, forward-moving pianism lacks nothing in the way of color, narrative flow, and scintillation. Perhaps you'll miss Argerich's high-octane momentum in the Third Sonata, but on the other hand you won't get the fussy, superfluous rubatos that marr Ashkenazy's mid-1970s recording. The Ballades and Scherzos are also world-class in every respect, although the Read more Fourth Scherzo is represented by lighter, suppler accounts from Richter and Ashkenazy, and the Fourth Ballade's opening pages yield more mystery in the hands of Arrau, Moravec, and Horowitz. In all, Ousset's solid artistry, together with EMI's superb sound and budget price, add up to a bargain for Chopin lovers.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
2.
Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Poland 
3.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
4.
Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
5.
Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
7.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
8.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
9.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
10.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 35 (original version): I. Grave - Doppio movimento
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 35 (original version): II. Scherzo
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 35 (original version): III. Marche funèbre (Lento)
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 35 (original version): IV. Finale (Presto)
4 Scherzos: No. 1 in B minor Op. 20
4 Scherzos: No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 31
4 Scherzos: No. 3 in C sharp minor Op. 39
4 Scherzos: No. 4 in E Op. 54
Sonata for Piano No. 3 in B minor Op. 58: I. Allegro maestoso
Sonata for Piano No. 3 in B minor Op. 58: II. Scherzo (molto vivace)
Sonata for Piano No. 3 in B minor Op. 58: III. Largo
Sonata for Piano No. 3 in B minor Op. 58: IV. Finale (presto, ma non tanto)
4 Ballades: No. 1 in G minor Op. 23
4 Ballades: No. 2 in F major Op. 38
4 Ballades: No. 3 in A flat major Op. 47
4 Ballades: No. 4 in F minor Op. 52

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