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Chopin: Piano Sonata No 2 & 3 / Andsnes


Release Date: 03/29/2005 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 62476   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded in 1992, when the pianist was 21 or 22, these performances are full of what jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon once described to me as impetuous youth. That’s not a bad thing, except that the Finale of the Sonata in B flat sounds not exactly rushed, but shapeless, or at least less carefully phrased than Pollini’s equally brisk, but somehow imperturbable, performance. I suppose that’s a minor fault, given the enormous and authoritative zest Andsnes brings to these sonatas. He plays with a big sound, and he tends to be explosive, yet he does not neglect Chopin’s lyricism either. It just doesn’t seem to last. Andsnes has had a brilliant career since 1992, and it would be interesting to hear him play these pieces again. They have been Read more reissued before, incidentally, on a double disc that included the First Sonata and some extras. I don’t know why those shorter works weren’t included in this single disc reissue. It’s an attractive package nonetheless, Chopin by a young virtuoso bursting with vitality.

Michael Ullman, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 35: I. Grave - Doppio movimento
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 35: II. Scherzo
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 35: III. Marche funèbre (Lento)
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 35: IV. Finale (Presto)
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op.58: I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op.58: II. Scherzo: Molto vivace
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op.58: III. Largo
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op.58: IV. Finale: Presto non tanto

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