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Track(s) taken from CDS44351/66

Polonaise in A flat major, KKIVa/2

composer
published in 1902

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 7 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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Nikolai Demidenko (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)
Written in April 1821 and dedicated to Chopin’s music master Wojciech Zywny, Polonaise No 13 in A flat major was first printed in 1902. Delicate, ornamental, an aspiring trialogue between harmony, phrase and melody, not all its concern is with the common coinage of its place or period. The independently imagined D flat subdominant aside in bars 17 to 20, for instance, clearly looks to another time and environment. Paderewski’s editorial tempo (Animato) seems brisk, his dynamics fussy, for the simple grace of what Chopin offers us.

from notes by Ates Orga © 1992

Composée en avril 1821 et dédiée à Wojciech Zywny, professeur de musique de Chopin, la Polonaise no13 en la bémol majeur fut publiée pour la première fois en 1902. C’est une pièce délicate, ornementale, un trialogue ambitieux entre harmonie, phrase et mélodie, dont l’expression dépasse l’invention habituelle à sa période et à son origine.

extrait des notes rédigées par Ates Orga © 1992
Français: Alain Midoux

Die Polonaise Nr.13 in As-Dur, im April 1821 geschrieben und Chopins Musiklehrer Wojciech Zywny gewidmet, erschien 1902 erstmals in einer Druckausgabe. Zart und schmuck, ein ehrgeiziges Dreiergespräch zwischen Harmonie, Phrase und Melodie, ist dieses Werk keineswegs ausschlielich an den Ort und die Zeit seiner Entstehung gefesselt.

aus dem Begleittext von Ates Orga © 1992
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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