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Track(s) taken from APR5571
Recording details: October 1947
Abbey Road Studios, London, United Kingdom
Release date: June 2002
Total duration: 9 minutes 32 seconds

Polonaise-Fantasy in A flat major, Op 61
composer
1846

Polonaise-Fantasy in A flat major Op 61  [9'32]  recorded 15 October 1947

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Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Stephen Hough (piano)
Nikolai Demidenko (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat major Op 61 was Chopin’s last extended work, written in 1846, three years before his death. By both its title and structure, it is in a class of its own. It is an exploratory, original work which, judging from the manuscript, caused Chopin some difficulty before he arrived at a satisfactory version. Although the distinctive rhythm of the polonaise is present in the opening theme, elsewhere it is often absent altogether, the ‘fantasy’ part of the title implying a feeling of rhapsodic improvisation. Through thematic recall and his innate sense of form, pacing and proportion, Chopin manages to achieve a remarkably cohesive whole.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2010


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