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

Recordings
'Chopin: Reminiscences' (CKD248)
Chopin: Reminiscences
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'Chopin: The Complete Works' (CDS44351/66)
Chopin: The Complete Works
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'Chopin: The Great Polonaises' (CDH55382)
Chopin: The Great Polonaises
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'Grigory Ginzburg – His early recordings – 2' (APR5672)
Grigory Ginzburg – His early recordings – 2
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'Paderewski – His final recordings' (APR5636)
Paderewski – His final recordings
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'Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings' (APR7501)
Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings
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'Walter Gieseking – The complete Homocord recordings and other rarities' (APR6013)
Walter Gieseking – The complete Homocord recordings and other rarities
APR6013  for the price of 1 — Download only  
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] Download only
Track 12 on APR5672 [6'41] Download only
Track 10 on APR6013 CD1 [5'41] for the price of 1 Download only
Extract: Abridged
Track 12 on APR7501 CD1 [4'32] Download only

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 APR6013 disc 1 track 10
Artists
ISRC
GB-SAM-13-01310
Duration
5'41
Recording date
12 March 1925
Recording venue
Homocord, Germany
Recording producer
Recording engineer
Hyperion usage
  1. Walter Gieseking The complete Homocord recordings and other rarities (APR6013)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: October 2013
    for the price of 1 Download only
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