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Front cover photograph courtesy of Malcolm Binns.
Track(s) taken from APR6010
Recording details: December 1932
Columbia Records England, United Kingdom
Release date: September 2012
Total duration: 6 minutes 57 seconds

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

Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor Op 31  [6'57]  recorded 5 December 1932

Other recordings available for download
Stephen Hough (piano)
Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Nikolai Demidenko (piano)
Artur Pizarro (piano)
York Bowen (piano)
Jorge Bolet (piano)
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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