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Track(s) taken from APR6002
Recording details: October 1935
HMV, United Kingdom
Release date: February 2005
Total duration: 6 minutes 55 seconds

Scherzo No 3 in C sharp minor, Op 39
composer
1839, begun in Majorca, completed in Nohant; dedicated to Adolf Gutmann

Scherzo No 3 in C sharp minor Op 39  [6'55]  recorded 10 October 1935

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Stephen Hough (piano)
Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Nikolai Demidenko (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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