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Klara Min Plays Chopin Mazurkas

Chopin / Klara Min
Release Date: 03/26/2013 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3443   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Klara Min
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Chopin’s Mazurkas lend themselves to a wide array of interpretations. You have the athleticism of Ignaz Friedman, Arthur Rubinstein (his first two cycles), and Antonio Barbosa-Lima. Then there’s Garrick Ohlsson with his supple whimsy and Adam Harasiewicz’s intense, darkly singing versions. At the other extreme lie subjectively stretched-out, detail-oriented interpretations by Russell Sherman, Jean-Marc Luisada, and the present collection of 17 Mazurkas from Klara Min.

She’s obviously pondered every note, every phrase, every rest, every dynamic gradation, and every nuance. Yet for all of Min’s microscopically projected inner voices, heart-stopping tenutos, outsized dynamics, and arguably exaggerated observation of dotted
Read more rhythms of rests, somehow she never sounds overindulgent or vague. More often than not, Min’s liberties command interest in how they point up Chopin’s amazing harmonic ideas and increasingly involved contrapuntal textures.

For example, the pianist makes the most out of the C major Op. 24 No. 2 outer section’s melodic embellishments, milks the aching chromaticism of Chopin’s final piece, Op. 68 No. 4, for all it’s worth, and imbues the Op. 50 No. 3’s imitative writing with a seemingly three-dimensional textural differentiation. Sometimes she overdoes the hyper-detailing when the music requires nothing more than eloquence and simplicity, as in the C major Op. 67 No. 3 Mazurka. However, in the A minor Op. 68 No. 2, Min exercises restraint without sacrificing incisiveness. As with Luisada, a little of Min’s studied approach goes a long way, and is best sampled one or two selections at a time. Yet Min’s superbly controlled technique and formidable coloristic resources allow her to fully realize her conceptions, aided by Delos’ vibrant, lifelike sonics.

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

1.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24: no 4 in B flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Klara Min (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
2.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 105/Op. 30: no 3 in D flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Klara Min (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
3.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 105/Op. 30: no 4 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Klara Min (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
4.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63: no 2 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Klara Min (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
5.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63: no 3 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Klara Min (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
6.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 4 in A minor, B 163 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Klara Min (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
7.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 145/Op. 50: no 3 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Klara Min (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
8.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24: no 1 in G minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Klara Min (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
9.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24: no 2 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Klara Min (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
10.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 153/Op. 56: no 2 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Klara Min (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
11.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59: no 1 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Klara Min (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Paris, France 
12.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59: no 2 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Klara Min (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Paris, France 
13.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59: no 3 in F sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Klara Min (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Paris, France 
14.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 3 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Klara Min (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
15.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 2 in G minor, B 167 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Klara Min (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Paris, France 
16.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68: no 2 in A minor, B 18 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Klara Min (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
17.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68: no 4 in F minor, B 168 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Klara Min (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Paris, France 

Sound Samples

Mazurka No. 17 in B flat minor, Op. 24, No. 4
Mazurka No. 20 in D flat major, Op. 30, No. 3
Mazurka No. 21 in C sharp minor, Op. 30, No. 4
Mazurka No. 40 in F minor, Op. 63, No. 2
Mazurka No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63, No. 3
Mazurka No. 45 in A minor, Op. 67, No. 4
Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50, No. 3
Mazurka No. 14 in G minor, Op. 24, No. 1
Mazurka No. 15 in C major, Op. 24, No. 2
Mazurka No. 34 in C major, Op. 56, No. 2
Mazurka No. 36 in A minor, Op. 59, No. 1
Mazurka No. 37 in A flat major, Op. 59, No. 2
Mazurka No. 38 in F sharp minor, Op. 59, No. 3
Mazurka No. 44 in C major, Op. 67, No. 3
Mazurka No. 43 in G minor, Op. 67, No. 2
Mazurka No. 47 in A minor, Op. 68, No. 2
Mazurka No. 49 in F minor, Op. 68, No. 4

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