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Waltz in A flat major, Op 34 No 1

composer
1835; published in 1838; sometimes called Grande valse brillante

 
With its opening fanfares the Waltz in A flat major Op 34 No 1 immediately recalls the ballroom, where its main theme, though harmonized in sixths, is clearly happy to be. One of the longest of Chopin’s waltzes, it develops a glitteringly scored episode from the fanfare before modulating to D flat major for a dreamy middle section, itself extensive enough to assume its own ternary form. The A flat material is recalled to be succeeded by a coda which seems to signal a conventionally brilliant exit but which actually proceeds to a subtly allusive ending.

from notes by Gerald Larner © 2009

Avec ses fanfares inaugurales, la Valse en la bémol majeur op. 34 no 1 rappelle d’emblée la salle de bal, où son thème principal est clairement content de se trouver, malgré son harmonisation en sixtes. Cette valse, la plus longue de Chopin, développe un épisode brillamment écrit à partir de la fanfare avant de moduler vers ré bémol majeur pour une langoureuse section centrale, elle-même assez étendue pour assumer sa propre forme ternaire. Le matériel en la bémol est rappelé, suivi d’une coda qui semble indiquer une sortie conventionnellement brillante mais qui se poursuit, en fait, jusqu’à une conclusion subtilement allusive.

extrait des notes rédigées par Gerald Larner © 2009
Français: Hypérion

Die Anfangsfanfaren des Walzers in As-Dur op. 34 Nr. 1 rufen sofort das Bild eines Ballsaals wach und auch das Hauptthema, obwohl es in Sexten ausgesetzt ist, fühlt sich hier sichtlich wohl. Es ist dies der längste Walzer Chopins und es wird eine glitzernde Episode der Fanfare durchgeführt, bevor eine Modulation nach Des-Dur und zu einem träumerischen Mittelteil hin stattfindet, der selbst lang genug ist, dass er in drei Teile gegliedert ist. Das As-Dur-Material wird noch einmal wachgerufen, worauf eine Coda folgt, die einen konventionellen, brillanten Schluss anzukündigen scheint, der sich dann aber als subtil und voller Anspielungen entpuppt.

aus dem Begleittext von Gerald Larner © 2009
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Recordings

Paderewski – His earliest recordings
APR6006for the price of 1 — Download only
Chopin: Reminiscences
Studio Master: CKD248Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Chopin: The Complete Waltzes
CDA67849
Chopin: The Complete Waltzes
CDH55381
Chopin: The Complete Works
CDS44351/6616CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Stephen Hough in recital
CDA67686
The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 2 – Alfred Grünfeld, Raoul Pugno & Natalia Janotha
APR5532Download only
York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings
APR6007for the price of 1 — Download only

Details

Track 2 on CDH55381 [5'54]
Track 2 on CDS44351/66 CD10 [5'54] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 6 on CDA67686 [5'41]
Track 2 on CDA67849 [5'14]
Track 3 on CKD248 [5'53] Download only
Track 1 on APR6006 CD1 [3'55] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 11 on APR6006 CD2 [4'49] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 3 on APR6007 CD2 [4'00] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 14 on APR5532 [2'40] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDS44351/66 disc 10 track 2

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-36002
Duration
5'54
Recording date
1 November 1995
Recording venue
Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York, USA
Recording producer
Adam Abeshouse
Recording engineer
Adam Abeshouse
Hyperion usage
  1. Chopin: The Complete Waltzes (CDH55381)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: January 2010
  2. Chopin: The Complete Works (CDS44351/66)
    Disc 10 Track 2
    Release date: November 2008
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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