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Chopin: 4 Scherzi / Ivo Pogorelich


Release Date: 04/13/1999 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 439947   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 42 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Chopin's scherzi are among his larger, more outward projecting works. Like so many musical terms, the word scherzo changed meaning over time. Italian for joke, it originally designated a lighthearted piece in 2/4 time, then later came to mean the kind of fast movement that took the place of the minuet in multi-movement forms such as the symphony and the sonata. For Chopin, however, the scherzo would be no joke but a serious, large form full of dramatic conflicts, painful emotion and despair; three of the four are in minor keys.
No stranger to dramatic conflicts, Ivo Pogorelich burst on the scene when Martha Argerich, accusing Soviet judges of a fix, angrily quit the jury of the 1980 Chopin competition over their inability to select him
Read more as a finalist. His famous failure overshadowed the rest of the competition that year and his playing has left a wake of sharply divided critics ever since. He is a master of extremes: underlining emphatically, becoming meditatively still in slow passages, taking incredible tempos in fast sections, addressing technical challenges like a man wielding a flamethrower marching through a field of matchsticks. This is extreme Chopin, thought-provoking and at times breathtaking. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Poland 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 32 Secs. 
3.
Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4.
Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 58 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Scherzo No.1 in B minor, Op.20
Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor, Op.31
Scherzo No.3 in C sharp minor, Op.39
Scherzo No.4 in E, Op.54

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