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Track(s) taken from CDS44351/66

Impromptu No 3 in G flat major, Op 51

composer
two version exist; final version is recorded by Garrick Ohlsson

Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Recording details: August 1993
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: 5 minutes 54 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
 
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Other recordings available for download

Angela Hewitt (piano)
Grigory Ginzburg (piano)

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)
Chopin’s favourite of these four pieces was the Impromptu in G flat major, Op 51 (1842). It begins rather like the first of the set with triplets in both hands, but is harmonically more adventurous. The ascending scale which appears initially in bar 9 makes our spirits soar. The middle section, however, is what makes this piece very special. The left hand must sing like a cello and capture something of the darkness of the key (E flat minor) while the right hand accentuates the restlessness beneath the surface.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

L’Impromptu en sol bémol majeur, op.51 (1842), le préféré de Chopin, s’ouvre plutôt à la manière du premier des quatre Impromptus, avec des triolets aux deux mains, mais est harmoniquement plus osé. La gamme ascendante qui apparaît initialement à la mesure 9 nous remonte le moral. Mais c’est la section centrale qui fait toute la spécificité de cette pièce: la main gauche doit y chanter comme un violoncelle et ravir un peu des ténèbres de la tonalité (mi bémol mineur), tandis que la droite accentue la nervosité sous-jacente.

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

Von diesen vier Werken bevorzugte Chopin das Impromptu in Ges-Dur op. 51 (1842). Ebenso wie das erste Stück in dem Zyklus beginnt es mit Triolen in beiden Händen, ist harmonisch gesehen jedoch anspruchsvoller. Die aufsteigende Tonleiter, die zunächst in Takt 9 erscheint, wirkt belebend. Doch ist der Mittelteil besonders eindrucksvoll. Die linke Hand muss singen wie ein Cello und das Dunkle der Tonart (es-Moll) einfangen, während die rechte Hand die unterschwellige Ruhelosigkeit betont.

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

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