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Track(s) taken from APR6009
Recording details: January 1953
Remington, USA
Release date: November 2011
Total duration: 10 minutes 13 seconds

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

Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor Op 31  [10'13]  recorded 1953

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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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