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Polonaise in A flat major, Op 53
composer
1842; nick-named 'Heroic'

Recordings
'Chopin: Reminiscences' (CKD248)
Chopin: Reminiscences
MP3 £8.00FLAC £10.00ALAC £10.00 CKD248  Download only  
'Chopin: The Complete Works' (CDS44351/66)
Chopin: The Complete Works
MP3 £45.00FLAC £45.00ALAC £45.00Buy by post £50.00 CDS44351/66  16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'Chopin: The Great Polonaises' (CDH55382)
Chopin: The Great Polonaises
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55382  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Grigory Ginzburg – His early recordings – 2' (APR5672)
Grigory Ginzburg – His early recordings – 2
'Paderewski – His final recordings' (APR5636)
Paderewski – His final recordings
'Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings' (APR7501)
Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings
'Walter Gieseking – The complete Homocord recordings and other rarities' (APR6013)
Walter Gieseking – The complete Homocord recordings and other rarities
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £10.50 APR6013  2CDs for the price of 1  
Details
Track 6 on CDH55382 [7'00] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 4 on CDS44351/66 CD7 [7'00] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 10 on CKD248 [7'26] Download only
Track 11 on APR5636 [7'22]
Track 12 on APR5672 [6'41]
Track 10 on APR6013 CD1 [5'41] 2CDs for the price of 1
Extract: Abridged

Polonaise in A flat major, Op 53
‘Héroique’, the Polonaise in A flat Major, Op 53, took form at the same time (1842-43) as the fourth ballad and the fourth scherzo. Already the contemporary accounts of its performance invoked images of patriotism, nationalism and the call to arms. Chopin seemed to be unhappy when the piece was played fast and did not increase volume much in the octaves (Gutman/Niecks). According to Liszt, the composer often played the episode in F minor (bars 138-151) ‘like the muffled rumbling of a distant cannon’. In this polonaise, Chopin no longer used the form of the early Warsaw ones and instead reinterpreted it as an evocation of past splendour and a symbol of Poland, a true agent of cultural nationalism. Indeed, works like this one became a model for composers who referred to their own native folk music and thus launched the so-called ‘national schools’.

from notes by Robert Andres 2005

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Details for APR5636 track 11
Artists
ISRC
GB-SAM-09-63611
Duration
7'22
Recording date
30 January 1937
Recording venue
HMV, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Recording engineer
Hyperion usage
  1. Paderewski His final recordings (APR5636)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: September 2009
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