Please wait...

Hyperion Records

Click cover art to view larger version
Track(s) taken from CKD248
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

'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

Waltz in A flat major, Op 34 No 1
composer
1835; published in 1838; sometimes called Grande valse brillante

Other recordings available for download
Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Stephen Hough (piano)
Stephen Hough (piano)
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (piano)
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (piano)
York Bowen (piano)
Raoul Pugno (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
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


Other albums featuring this work
'Paderewski – His earliest recordings' (APR6006)
Paderewski – His earliest recordings
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99 APR6006  2CDs for the price of 1 — Download only  
'Chopin: The Complete Waltzes' (CDA67849)
Chopin: The Complete Waltzes
'Chopin: The Complete Waltzes' (CDH55381)
Chopin: The Complete Waltzes
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55381  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Chopin: The Complete Works' (CDS44351/66)
Chopin: The Complete Works
MP3 £45.00FLAC £45.00ALAC £45.00Buy by post £50.00 CDS44351/66  16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'Stephen Hough in recital' (CDA67686)
Stephen Hough in recital
'The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 2 – Alfred Grünfeld, Raoul Pugno & Natalia Janotha' (APR5532)
The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 2 – Alfred Grünfeld, Raoul Pugno & Natalia Janotha
MP3 £6.99FLAC £6.99ALAC £6.99 APR5532  Download only  
'York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings' (APR6007)
York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99 APR6007  2CDs for the price of 1 — Download only  

Show: MP3 FLAC ALAC
   English   Français   Deutsch