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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: 15 minutes 58 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)

Variations on 'Là ci darem la mano' from Mozart's Don Giovanni in B flat major, Op 2
composer
late 1827-early 1828; published in Vienna in 1830; first performed, by Chopin, in Vienna on 12 August 1829

Other recordings available for download
Garrick Ohlsson (piano), Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Là ci darem variations, Op 2 (1827) are a Mozart hommage of particularly imposing gesture, written originally for piano and orchestra and first played in such form at the Kärntnertortheater, Vienna, on 11 August 1829, with the composer himself as soloist, this work has for its basis a well-known tune from Don Giovanni – the first act duet between Zerlina and the Don: ‘There we’ll take hands and you will whisper “Yes”. See, it’s close by; let’s leave this place, my darling.’ Combining grace with strength, poetic declamation with virtuoso bravura, the pageant of its imagination, the vibrancy of its creative flame, is remarkable. Writing in the Leipzig Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung (7 December 1831), the young Schumann was to hail it fancifully and famously: ‘Off with your hats, gentlemen – a genius!’

from notes by Ates Orga © 1991


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'Chopin: The Complete Works' (CDS44351/66)
Chopin: The Complete Works
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