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Chopin: Piano Sonata No 2, 4 Scherzos / Simon Trpceski


Release Date: 01/16/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 75586   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Simon Trpceski
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Towering virtuosity and refinement: this is superlative Chopin

From Simon Trpceski, a relatively new star in EMI’s firmament, Chopin’s music boils with a Heathcliff-like defiance. Here is no drawing-room dandy but a composer who truly rages against the dying of the light. Yet just as awe replaces critical scrutiny when faced with Trpceski’s formidable mastery, you remember how such towering virtuosity is complemented by an equally remarkable refinement. If few pianists have stormed the Second Sonata’s first movement more heroically, even fewer have played the Funeral March’s central Elysian Trio with such poise and concentration.

The Four Scherzi, too, offer a similar combination of superlatives, one where
Read more a thrusting youthful impetuosity is balanced by lyrical introspection (try Chopin’s central molto più lento reworking of the Polish carol “Sleep little Jesus”). Such unfaltering style and assurance are enough to make lesser pianists weep with envy and, more generally, there is an almost palpable sense of Chopin’s irony, when he called three of his most savage utterances “Scherzo” (literally meaning a joke). Even Perahia and Zimerman, who have yet to declare their hands in the Scherzi, would find this a hard act to follow. And although I would never want to be without Rubinstein’s legendary 1932 recordings of the Scherzi (blessedly available on Naxos, 6/01), Trpceski’s dizzying voltage and aplomb, superbly recorded, represent the finest modern alternative.

-- Bryce Morrison, GRAMOPHONE (4/2007)
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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:  Simon Trpceski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 25 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (07/28/2006 - 07/29/2006) 
2.
Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Simon Trpceski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Poland 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (07/28/2006 - 07/29/2006) 
3.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Simon Trpceski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (07/28/2006 - 07/29/2006) 
4.
Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Simon Trpceski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (07/28/2006 - 07/29/2006) 
5.
Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Simon Trpceski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (07/28/2006 - 07/29/2006) 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor 'Funeral March' Op. 35: I. Grave - Doppio movimento
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor 'Funeral March' Op. 35: II. Scherzo
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor 'Funeral March' Op. 35: III. Marche funèbre (Lento): Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor 'Funeral March' Op. 35: III. Marche funèbre (Lento)
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor 'Funeral March' Op. 35: IV. Finale (Presto)
Scherzos: No. 1 in B minor Op. 20 - Presto con fuoco
Scherzos: No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 31 - Presto
Scherzos: No. 3 in C sharp minor Op. 39 - Presto con fuoco
Scherzos: No. 4 in E Op. 54 - Presto
Mazurkas: No. 12 in A flat Op. 17 No. 4

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