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Track(s) taken from APR5672
Recording details: January 1949
Moscow, Russia
Release date: May 2010
Total duration: 5 minutes 6 seconds

Fantasy Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op 66
composer
1834; published posthumously, contrary to Chopin's wishes, by Julian Fontana in 1855

Fantasy Impromptu in C sharp minor Op 66  [5'06]  recorded circa 1949

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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Fantasy Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op 66 was published posthumously in 1855 by Chopin’s lifelong friend and fellow musician, Julian Fontana. It is not known why Chopin didn’t publish it himself, but has been suggested that he was a bit too conscious of its resemblance to Moscheles’s Impromptu Op 89. It certainly has become one of his most popular compositions. The outer sections are a moto perpetuo marked allegro agitato. Even in the midst of all those notes, however, there is a melody that sings out clearly. The middle section does indeed have one of those tunes that somebody always puts words to (in this case, ‘I’m always chasing rainbows’), but it is also beautiful in its simplicity. In fact, that is what Chopin sought in the end:

‘Simplicity is everything. After having exhausted all the difficulties, after having played immense quantities of notes and more notes, then simplicity emerges with all its charm, like art’s final seal. Whoever wants to obtain this immediately will never achieve it: you can’t begin with the end. One has to have studied a lot, even tremendously, to reach this goal; it is no easy matter.’

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004


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