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Track(s) taken from CDS44351/66

Polonaise in B flat major, KKIVa/1

composer
1817; published 1847

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: 3 minutes 45 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)
Charmingly elegant creations of a seven-year-old, Polonaise No 11 in G minor and Polonaise No 12 in B flat major date from 1817, the former (Chopin’s earliest known piece) being published in Warsaw around the time of its composition, the latter in Cracow in January 1934 (in a facsimile of a copy written out by the composer’s father).

from notes by Ates Orga © 1992

La Polonaise no11 en sol mineur et la Polonaise no12 en si bémol majeur datent de 1817. Elégantes et charmantes créations d’un enfant de sept ans, la première fut publiée à Varsovie au moment de sa composition (c’est la première œuvre connue de Chopin), tandis que la seconde ne le fut qu’en janvier 1934, à Cracovie (sous la forme d’un fac-similé d’une copie faite par le père du compositeur).

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

Die Polonaisen Nr.11 in g-Moll und Nr.12 in B-Dur, reizvoll elegante Schöpfungen eines Siebenjhrigen, sind 1817 entstanden. Die g-Moll-Polonaise (Chopins ältestes bekanntes Werk) wurde in etwa zum Zeitpunkt ihrer Komposition in Warschau veröffentlicht, die in B-Dur im Januar 1934 in Krakau (als Faksimile einer vom Vater des Komponisten erstellten Kopie).

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

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