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Ivan Moravec Plays Chopin

Chopin / Moravec
Release Date: 01/29/2002 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 3583   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This marvelous disc belongs in the collection of everyone who loves Chopin. The outstanding features of these performances are well known from various previous incarnations, most recently on VAI. The four Ballades each receive highly individual characterizations: contrast the rhythmically free opening of No. 1 with the songful simplicity of No. 4. Nor, despite the many subtleties of touch, does Moravec hold back at the climaxes. Yes, they are controlled (with particularly clear bass lines), but never inhibited. Among the Mazurkas, Op. 50 No. 3 in C-sharp minor (one of Chopin's most highly developed) stands out for its expertly managed transitions between sections, and all of them capture the
Read more irresistible lilt of the dance. The program ends with a lovely account of the Barcarolle in F-sharp that boasts scintillatingly prismatic tonal coloration projected onto a buoyant rhythmic foundation. Excellent remastering preserves the superb qualities of the original master tapes. This is one of the great recordings.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Mozart Hall of the Konzerthaus, Vienna, 
2.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Mozart Hall of the Konzerthaus, Vienna, 
3.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Mozart Hall of the Konzerthaus, Vienna, 
4.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Mozart Hall of the Konzerthaus, Vienna, 
5.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 145/Op. 50: no 3 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Mozart Hall of the Konzerthaus, Vienna, 
6.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63: no 3 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Mozart Hall of the Konzerthaus, Vienna, 
7.
Mazurkas (5) for Piano, B 61/Op. 7: no 2 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Mozart Hall of the Konzerthaus, Vienna, 
8.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24: no 2 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Mozart Hall of the Konzerthaus, Vienna, 
9.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 77/Op. 17: no 4 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Mozart Hall of the Konzerthaus, Vienna, 
10.
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Venue:  Mozart Hall of the Konzerthaus, Vienna, 

Sound Samples

Ballad No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Ballad No. 2 in F major, Op. 38
Ballad No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47
Ballad No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 50/3
Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 63/3
Mazurka in A minor, Op. 7/2
Mazurka in C major, Op. 24/2
Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17/4
Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

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