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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: 7 minutes 41 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 3 in C sharp minor, Op 39
composer
1839, begun in Majorca, completed in Nohant; dedicated to Adolf Gutmann

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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Dissonance is again at the heart of the Third Scherzo, and even today the opening octaves can seem harshly novel and uncompromising. The principle theme was inspired by Adolf Gutmann, Chopin’s pupil who could – with a taste of karate – apparently punch a hole in a table. The contrasting chorale with its cascading reply may well echo a liturgical chant heard at the monastery in Valdemosa (where Chopin was a guest in 1842) and its final transformation and expansion in the coda is among Chopin’s most daring masterstrokes.

from notes by Bryce Morrison © 2004


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