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Track(s) taken from APR5672

Impromptu No 3 in G flat major, Op 51

two version exist; final version is recorded by Garrick Ohlsson

Grigory Ginzburg (piano)
Recording details: January 1949
Moscow, Russia
Release date: May 2010
Total duration: 6 minutes 9 seconds

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Angela Hewitt (piano)
Garrick Ohlsson (piano)


'Grigory Ginzburg (1904-61) was a 'quiet pianist' who none the less offers a 'masterclass in keyboard mastery'. This, finely put, offers a clue towards an expert, modest and musicianly rather than sensational player' (Gramophone)» More

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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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Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus
Studio Master: CDA67371/22CDsStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Chopin: Preludes & Impromptus
Chopin: The Complete Works
CDS44351/6616CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus
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