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Impromptu No 2 in F sharp major, Op 36

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Angela Hewitt (piano)
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Recording details: November 2003
Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany
Produced by Ludger Böckenhoff
Engineered by Ludger Böckenhoff
Release date: November 2004
Total duration: 6 minutes 20 seconds
 
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Reviews

'In a catalogue boasting many distinguished Chopin Nocturne cycles, Angela Hewitt's commands attention' (BBC Music Magazine)

'One of the most elegant pianists around, the Canadian virtuoso Angela Hewitt interrupts her epic Bach and Couperin cycles for Hyperion to explore some of Chopin's most refined music, the complete Nocturnes and Impromptus. Hewitt's innate sophistication and delicacy of touch are perfectly suited to these exquisite pieces, 25 of them over two discs, by a master of the genre at the height of his fragile powers. Spanning almost his entire creative life, the Nocturnes amount to a remarkable graph of Chopin's emotional maturity, touchingly reflected in the affectionate care Hewitt brings to what sounds like a labour of love' (The Observer)

'Hewitt is not given to grand effects, whether an extreme rubato or rude dynamic change. Still, she can play grandly as well, as we hear on her powerful performance of the great Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor. This new recording of the nocturnes is what Marlon Brando would have called, if he had cared, a contender. It's richly recorded and beautifully played: it has art's final seal' (Fanfare, USA)

'Angela Hewitt is a sound buy … the delicacy of touch and manicured precision of the phrasing is a delight' (The Scotsman)
The Impromptu in F sharp major, Op 36 was composed in Nohant during the summer of 1839. It is the most challenging of the four to interpret, both musically and technically. The left hand begins with a walking accompaniment – the melody in the right hand only appearing in the seventh bar. When it does, it seems calm and secure (with a slight tinge of regret passing into A sharp minor). Along with a chordal section, it certainly doesn’t prepare us for what is to come. A dramatic change to D major brings a military-like theme which becomes quite heroic. Then two bars of swift modulation bring us to the unlikely key of F major where the initial theme makes a reappearance, but this time accompanied by triplets. Half way through that, Chopin makes a step up to the tonic key and remains there until the end. But the surprises don’t stop: a sudden flurry of demisemiquavers in the right hand (marked leggiero) is unexpected, leaving the left hand to sing in counterpoint. The chordal passage from the opening brings this imaginative piece to a close.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

L’Impromptu en fa dièse majeur, op.36 fut composé à Nohant, durant l’été de 1839. Des quatre, il est celui qui lance à l’interprète le plus grand défi musical et technique. La main gauche s’ouvre sur un accompagnement monotone, la mélodie à la main droite n’apparaissant qu’à la septième mesure. Tout semble alors calme et tranquille (avec une légère nuance de regret passant en la dièse mineur). Aux côtés d’une section en accords, cette mélodie ne nous prépare en rien à ce qui va suivre: un dramatique changement en ré majeur entraîne dans son sillage un thème martial, qui devient franchement héroïque. Puis deux mesures d’une rapide modulation nous conduisent à la tonalité inattendue de fa majeur, où le thème initial fait une réapparition, assorti de triolets, cette fois. À mi-chemin, Chopin avance vers la tonique, où il reste jusqu’à la fin. Mais les coups de théâtre ne s’arrêtent pas là. Une soudaine rafale de triples croches à la main droite (marquées leggiero) nous prend presque par surprise, laissant la main gauche chanter en contrepoint. Le passage en accords du début vient clore cette pièce imaginative.

extrait des notes rédigées par Angela Hewitt © 2004
Français: Hypérion

Das Impromptu in Fis-Dur op. 36 entstand in Nohant während des Sommers 1839. Für den Interpreten ist dies sowohl musikalisch als auch technisch das anspruchsvollste der vier Werke. Die linke Hand beginnt mit einer schreitenden Begleitung; die Melodie liegt in der rechten Hand und setzt erst im siebten Takt ein. Dies geschieht mit Ruhe und Sicherheit (wobei sich ein leichtes Bedauern in ais-Moll bemerkbar macht). Dies und eine Akkord-Passage bereiten den Hörer jedoch nicht auf das Folgende vor. Ein dramatischer Wechsel nach D-Dur führt ein militärisches Thema ein, das sich recht heroisch entwickelt. Dann führen zwei Takte rascher Modulation zum unerwarteten F-Dur, in dem das Anfangsthema nochmals auftritt, diesmal jedoch von Triolen begleitet. Mitten in dieser Passage geht Chopin einen Schritt nach oben zur Tonika und verweilt dort bis zum Ende. Die Überraschungen hören dort jedoch nicht auf. Ein plötzlicher Wirbel von Zweiunddreißigsteln (leggiero markiert) in der rechten Hand haben eine fast überwältigende Wirkung, während die linke Hand dazu im den Kontrapunkt singt. Die Akkord-Passage vom Anfang beendet dieses phantasievolle Stück.

aus dem Begleittext von Angela Hewitt © 2004
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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