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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

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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Stephen Hough (piano)
Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Simon Barere (piano)
Simon Barere (piano)
Simon Barere (piano)
Jorge Bolet (piano)
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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