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Chopin: The 3 Piano Sonatas / Cyprien Katsaris

Release Date: 10/06/1992 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 48483   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Chopin only composed three piano sonatas, perhaps feeling that there was little more to be said so soon after Beethoven or that this quintessentially Classical form was unsuited to his passionate Romanticism. After one youthful attempt (Op. 4), he abandoned the form for ten years, yet when he did return he was to compose some of his most involved and intense music, and certainly his longest pieces for solo piano.

This new recording from the French-born pianist Cyprien Katsaris happily includes the first and least famous sonata, based round experiments in counterpoint, with a restless energy and harmonic boldness that anticipate the mature Chopin. Katsaris gives assured accounts of the two later sonatas, with a generally
Read more judicious use of rubato, and he manages to convey Chopin’s intense lyricism without undue sentimentality; indeed, Katsaris’s readings are particularly alert to the wit of the music, especially in the scherzos and fleeting finales. Moreover, the contrasts between and within the movements are well-judged, as in the alternating grandeur and intimacy of the famous Funeral March from the B flat Sonata. The sound quality is clear and close, although there is perhaps too little resonance, and if Katsaris doesn’t quite possess the tenderness or epic flair of Rubinstein or Ashkenazy, having the three sonatas together on one disc makes this a worthwhile purchase.

-- William Humphreys-Jones, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano no 1 in C minor, B 23/Op. 4 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Poland 
Date of Recording: 11/1991 
Venue:  Siemensvilla, Berlin 
Length: 19 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
Venue:  Siemensvilla, Berlin 
Length: 25 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded March 15-17 and April 30, 1991. 
Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
Venue:  Siemensvilla, Berlin 
Length: 31 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded December 9, 1990 and March 15-17, 1991. 

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