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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55181
Recording details: May 1990
Snape Maltings, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Ates Orga
Engineered by Ken Blair & Simon Kiln
Release date: October 1991
Total duration: 10 minutes 14 seconds

'These works require the utmost in panache and glitter, Demidenko's scintillating fingers provide that in spades' (Gramophone)

'Demidenko is one of the most outstanding modern Chopin players … As usual, Demidenko's superb technique is plainly at the service of the music, and he produces a breathtaking sense of mometum' (International Record Review)

'A pianist of outstanding imaginative vitality as well as technical brilliance' (The Good CD Guide)

'Awesomely gifted' (The Times)

'This very fine recital is in a class of its own' (CDReview)

Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor, Op 31
composer
1837

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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
For Schumann the Second Scherzo (1837) had all the high flown passion of Byron, and Chopin insisted that the opening sinister triplets could never be sufficiently tombé in performance: like a charnel house. Chopin’s volatile question and answer blossom, surprisingly, into one of his most expansive melodies and the A major trio, a marvel of economy, evolves into the most urgent and florid virtuosity. The subsequent ‘development’ is heaven-storming, indeed, and after a nearly exact repetition of the chief material (it is suitably and rhetorically embellished at key points) the fast and furious coda unites many seemingly disparate elements in a final whirl of glory.

from notes by Bryce Morrison © 2004


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