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Classics - Malcolm Frager Plays Chopin


Release Date: 06/24/2003 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80280   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Malcolm Frager
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Frager's way of shaping individual phrases, his connecting of a series of phrases into a continuous section, his breathtaking technique, his superb tonal command, his overall handling of the instrument proclaim him a master artist. Listen to the measured pomp and swagger of the Polonaise, wondrously shaped without exaggeration; listen to the sweetly phrased, sensitive Andante spianato, notable for its feeling of spun-out continuity; listen to the unforced beauty of the Mazurkas; listen to the tumbling bustle and rush of the Tarentelle—what an artist. The disc concludes with a magnificent performance of the magnificent op. 58, with an irresistible combination of power, poetry, and elegance (a great example being the original way Frager Read more handles the middle section of the Scherzo). Here's a performance worthy of comparison with the great ones by Lipatti, Kapell, Pollini, Argerich, Gilels, Rubinstein, and Cliburn. When you add the beautiful sound of the Bosendorfer piano, you have a great release.

-- Howard Kornblum, FANFARE [7/1991]

Selections recorded August 3-4, 1978. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Malcolm Frager (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Venue:  Kulas Auditorium, Berea, Ohio 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2.
Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Malcolm Frager (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Kulas Auditorium, Berea, Ohio 
Length: 12 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Kulas Auditorium, Berea, Ohio (08/03/1978 - 08/04/1978) 
3.
Variations for Piano in B flat major on a theme from Hérold's "Ludovic", B 80/Op. 12 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Malcolm Frager (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
Venue:  Kulas Auditorium, Berea, Ohio 
Length: 7 Minutes 6 Secs. 
4.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 60/Op. 6 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Malcolm Frager (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Kulas Auditorium, Berea, Ohio 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
5.
Contredanse for Piano in G flat major, B 17 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Malcolm Frager (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1827; Poland 
Venue:  Kulas Auditorium, Berea, Ohio 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
6.
Tarantella for Piano in A flat major, B 139/Op. 43 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Malcolm Frager (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Venue:  Kulas Auditorium, Berea, Ohio 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Malcolm Frager (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
Venue:  Kulas Auditorium, Berea, Ohio 
Length: 24 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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