Chopin: Cello Waltzes Vol 1 / Wispelwey, Lazic

Release Date: 1/9/2001
Catalog Number: 16298
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Chopin's musical ideas are perfectly embedded in his pianistic idiom yet also can sound well on other instruments--if you've got the right players and effective arrangements. Time and again, cellist Pieter Wispelwey's eloquent poise underscores the bel canto sensibility behind Chopin's lyrical inspirations, from the reflective minor-key Op. 28 Preludes (Nos. 2, 4, & 6) and A minor Mazurka to the Op. 25 No. 7 Etude's elaborate arabesques. At the same time, Wispelwey tosses off the difficult runs in the Op. 18, Op. 34 No. 1, and Op. 42 Waltzes more easily than most pianists do in the originals. He transforms the G major Prelude's taxing left-hand piano part into a hushed, spooky etude and offers nimble, streamlined renditions of two Chopin compositions originally written for cello: the early, rather glittery Polonaise Brilliante, and the Scherzo from the Cello Sonata (the most underrated of Chopin's later masterpieces). Dejan Lazic's crisp and assertive accompaniments couldn't be more perfectly gauged. One question: why is this disc entitled Cello Waltzes Volume 1 when only four out of the 18 selections are actually waltzes? At any rate, let's hope Volume 2 will prove every bit as irresistible and fun to listen to as this one. [12/30/2001]

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
1. Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano), Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Poland
2. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 2 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano), Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1836-1839 ; Paris, France
3. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 4 in A minor, B 163 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano), Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846 ; Paris, France
4. Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Dejan Lazic (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: France ; Paris, France
5. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 6 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Dejan Lazic (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1836-1839 ; Paris, France
6. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 3 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Dejan Lazic (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Paris, France
7. Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Dejan Lazic (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1829-1830 ; Poland
8. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 4 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Dejan Lazic (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1836-1839 ; Paris, France
9. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68: no 2 in A minor, B 18 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Dejan Lazic (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827 ; Poland
10. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65: 2nd movement, Scherzo by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Dejan Lazic (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845-1846 ; Paris, France
11. Mazurka for Piano in A minor, B 140 "A Emile Gaillard" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Dejan Lazic (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840 ; Paris, France
12. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Dejan Lazic (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Poland
13. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 7 in A major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Dejan Lazic (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1836-1839 ; Paris, France
14. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 7 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Dejan Lazic (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1836 ; Paris, France
15. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 3 in G major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello), Dejan Lazic (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1836-1839 ; Paris, France
16. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 2 in G minor, B 167 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano), Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Paris, France
17. Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano), Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830 ; Poland
18. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 1 in A flat major, B 94 "Valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Dejan Lazic (Piano), Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Paris, France
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