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Chopin: Preludes / Cyprien Katsaris


Release Date: 06/01/1993 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 53355   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Welcome to the Chopin Preludes danger zone, folks. Your host: Cyprien Katsaris, who invites you to take a walk on the wild side. If you think Horowitz had a monopoly on octave thunderbolts, you haven't heard Katsaris level an entire city with the F minor and G minor preludes. The pianist also leaves his individual imprint on lyrical selections such as the preludes in B minor, A major, F-sharp major, D-flat major, and B-flat major--listen to the latter's unusually intensified left-hand lines, for example. The seldom-heard Bolero delivers equitable portions of earthy swagger and affetuoso teasing. By contrast, Katsaris escorts the Op. 45 C-sharp minor prelude through a relatively direct and easier-to-navigate interpretive route. Even the Read more short miscellaneous works that make up the disc's remainder benefit from this pianist's sharp attention to detail and character. In sum, collectors who embrace the Op. 28 Preludes' potential for compelling subjectivity will find Katsaris a kindred spirit to Argerich and Sokolov. It's nice to see this well-recorded, underappreciated 1992 release back in the catalog, courtesy of Arkivmusic.com's on-demand reissue program.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
2.
Prelude for Piano in C sharp minor, B 141/Op. 45 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
3.
Prelude for Piano in A flat major, B 86 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Paris, France 
4.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 2, Spring, B 116 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
5.
Allegretto and Mazur for Piano by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
6.
Bourées (2) for Piano, B 160b by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
7.
Ecossaises (3) for Piano, B 12/Op. 72 no 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Poland 
Notes: Manuscript version 
8.
Bolero for Piano in C major/A major, B 81/Op. 19 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
9.
Contredanse for Piano in G flat major, B 17 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1827; Poland 
10.
Galop Marquis for Piano in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
11.
Album Leaf for Piano in E major, B 151 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
12.
Cantabile for Piano in B flat major, B 84 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Paris, France 
13.
Largo for Piano in E flat major, B 109 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1837; Paris, France 
14.
Fugue for Piano in A minor, B 144 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1842; Paris, France 
15.
Allegretto for Piano in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 

Featured Sound Samples

Preludes, op 28: No 16 in B flat minor
Preludes, op 28: No 22 in G minor

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