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Waltz in A flat major, Op 34 No 1

composer
1835; published in 1838; sometimes called Grande valse brillante

Artur Pizarro (piano)
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Recording details: June 2004
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: February 2005
Total duration: 5 minutes 53 seconds
 

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Reviews

'Pizarro's playing is distinctive, however: lean and muscular, rather than sentimentally refined. Occasionally, he veers towards a mood of dark, high Romanticism more associated with Liszt than Chopin, but his approach pays off in the brooding introspection of his performances of the nocturnes, while there's an earthiness in some of the valses and mazurkas that reflects on their origins in folk music' (The Guardian)» More

'Classical music purists and Chopin aficionados should not be put off by the Classic FM-type title of this disc of Chopin piano music, or by the repertoire chosen by Artur Pizarro, a very distinguished pianist (though I'm not convinced how widely that fact is realised). Pizarro's choice of pieces might resemble a selection of Chopin favourites and pops, but he brings to the most familiar music a spellbinding array of insights in this set of performances, which admirably display his intelligence and originality of thought, along with breathtakingly sensitive playing which allows Chopin's music to breathe. Listen to the heartstopping, hushed versions of the Nocturnes in B Major and C sharp minor, the achingly beautiful performance of the D flat Nocturne, and Pizarro's dry, light, super-articulate playing of that perennial barnstormer the 'Grande valse brillante', to see what I mean. Even alongside legendary recordings by such pianists as Rubinstein, this collection features some of the finest Chopin playing on record' (The Herald)

'The sound is certainly spectacular, with the distinctively rich bass and bright upper register of his favoured Blüthner grand beautifully caught by the Linn engineers. Pizarro's playing itself is interesting and makes you take notice … his Mazurkas are excellent, as is his passionate rendition of the famous Polonaise. Indeed, this could be, for me, the pick of the disc, with the pent-up tension and superbly even left hand octaves making for thrilling listening' (MusicWeb International)» More
With its opening fanfares the Waltz in A flat major Op 34 No 1 immediately recalls the ballroom, where its main theme, though harmonized in sixths, is clearly happy to be. One of the longest of Chopin’s waltzes, it develops a glitteringly scored episode from the fanfare before modulating to D flat major for a dreamy middle section, itself extensive enough to assume its own ternary form. The A flat material is recalled to be succeeded by a coda which seems to signal a conventionally brilliant exit but which actually proceeds to a subtly allusive ending.

from notes by Gerald Larner © 2009

Avec ses fanfares inaugurales, la Valse en la bémol majeur op. 34 no 1 rappelle d’emblée la salle de bal, où son thème principal est clairement content de se trouver, malgré son harmonisation en sixtes. Cette valse, la plus longue de Chopin, développe un épisode brillamment écrit à partir de la fanfare avant de moduler vers ré bémol majeur pour une langoureuse section centrale, elle-même assez étendue pour assumer sa propre forme ternaire. Le matériel en la bémol est rappelé, suivi d’une coda qui semble indiquer une sortie conventionnellement brillante mais qui se poursuit, en fait, jusqu’à une conclusion subtilement allusive.

extrait des notes rédigées par Gerald Larner © 2009
Français: Hypérion

Die Anfangsfanfaren des Walzers in As-Dur op. 34 Nr. 1 rufen sofort das Bild eines Ballsaals wach und auch das Hauptthema, obwohl es in Sexten ausgesetzt ist, fühlt sich hier sichtlich wohl. Es ist dies der längste Walzer Chopins und es wird eine glitzernde Episode der Fanfare durchgeführt, bevor eine Modulation nach Des-Dur und zu einem träumerischen Mittelteil hin stattfindet, der selbst lang genug ist, dass er in drei Teile gegliedert ist. Das As-Dur-Material wird noch einmal wachgerufen, worauf eine Coda folgt, die einen konventionellen, brillanten Schluss anzukündigen scheint, der sich dann aber als subtil und voller Anspielungen entpuppt.

aus dem Begleittext von Gerald Larner © 2009
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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