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Track(s) taken from CDS44351/66

Mazurka in B major, Op 41 No 2

composer
1840; published by Breitkopf & Härtel as Op 41 No 3; dedicated to Stefan Witwicki

Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Recording details: January 1998
Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York, USA
Produced by Adam Abeshouse
Engineered by Adam Abeshouse
Release date: November 2008
Total duration: 1 minutes 9 seconds

Cover artwork: Frédéric Chopin in concert at the Hotel Lambert, Paris (1840) by Antar Teofil Kwiatowski (1809-1891)
Bibliothèque Polonaise, Paris / Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 

Reviews

'Hyperion's big deal … Ohlsson is a powerful and committed player, and is afforded very good sound by the engineers … this is almost certainly how these pieces were played in Chopin's time' (The Mail on Sunday)

'This is an oustanding achievement, which any genuine Chopin lover and student of Romantic music should own … a landmark in the recording of Chopin's music … Garrick Ohlsson and Hyperion deserve the greatest success in bringing this important undertaking to such a consistently impressive conclusion' (International Record Review)

'An attractively priced box set … Ohlsson is in a class of his own' (Pianist)

'The collaborative works receive particularly rewarding performances … Ohlsson arguably offers more consistent artistry than Biret, Ashkenazy, Magaloff, and Harasiewicz' (ClassicsToday.com)

'Garrick Ohlsson’s complete survey of everything Chopin wrote for piano (including chamber music, songs, and for piano and orchestra) will delight the completist and the Chopin connoisseur. Ohlsson (who won the Chopin International Piano Competition in 1970) gives us accounts of this wondrous repertoire in weighty and commanding style, aristocratic and impulsive (but not lacking light and shade or contemplative contrasts) and, at times, very sensitive and searching. These vivid recordings were made in the second half of the 1990s and have previously appeared on the Arabesque label. They now sit very well in Hyperion’s catalogue' (ClassicalSource.com)
About the B major Mazurka, Op 41 No 2 (1840), Chopin is supposed to have told Wilhelm von Lenz that the piece opens with a chorus of guitars, and that it is difficult to render because the groups of dancers represented in it change directions every few bars.

from notes by Jeffrey Kallberg © 2016

À propos de la Mazurka en si majeur, op. 41 nº 2 (1840), Chopin aurait dit à Wilhelm von Lenz que le morceau commençait par un chœur de guitares, ce qui était difficile à rendre car les groupes de danseurs représentés dans cette musique changeaient de direction toutes les deux ou trois mesures.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeffrey Kallberg © 2016
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Über die H-Dur-Mazurka, op. 41 Nr. 2 (1840), sagte Chopin offenbar Wilhelm von Lenz gegenüber, dass das Stück mit einem Gitarrenchor beginne, und dass es schwierig sei, es wiederzugeben, da die darin dargestellten Tänzer-Gruppen alle paar Takte die Richtung wechselten.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeffrey Kallberg © 2016
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Other albums featuring this work

Chopin: The Complete Mazurkas, Vol. 1
CDH55391
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