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Front cover photograph courtesy of Malcolm Binns.
Track(s) taken from APR6007
Recording details: January 1926
London, United Kingdom
Release date: November 2008
Total duration: 4 minutes 0 seconds

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

Waltz in A flat major Op 34 No 1  [4'00]  recorded 1926

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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


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