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Waltz in C sharp minor, Op 64 No 2

composer
published in 1847

 
Where Chopin excels is in his creation of what Schumann described as ‘waltzes for souls much more than waltzes for bodies’. There is no better example than one of his very last works, the Waltz in C sharp minor Op 64 No 2. If it is still a waltz for the body it is for a soulful and solitary one that moves with a pathetic little skip between the sighing parallel sixths of its main theme and then twists away in a nostalgic pirouette. The melodiously expressive middle section—approached by a run of quavers that has the function of a recurring refrain—is harmonized in D flat major but is scarcely less poignant than the C sharp minor episodes on either side of it.

from notes by Gerald Larner © 2009

Chopin excelle il crée ce que Schumann appella «des valses pour les âmes plus encore que pour les corps»—l’une de ses toute dernières œuvres, la Valse en ut dièse mineur op. 64 no 2 en est le meilleur exemple. C’est une valse pour le corps, mais pour un corps attendrissant et solitaire qui avance avec un pathétique petit bond entre les sixtes parallèles soupirantes de son thème principal avant de s’en retourner dans une pirouette nostalgique. La section centrale mélodieusement expressive—abordée par une série de croches faisant office de refrain—est harmonisée en ré bémol majeur mais est à peine moins poignante que les épisodes en ut dièse mineur qui la flanquent.

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

Zwar ist Webers Aufforderung zum Tanz gehaltvoller als die Walzer von Chopin, doch tut sich Chopin insofern hervor, als dass er Walzer für die Seele anstatt den Körper (wie Schumann es ausdrückte) komponierte. Am besten kann man das anhand eines seiner letzten Werke, dem Walzer in cis-Moll op. 64 Nr. 2, nachvollziehen. Wenn dies immer noch ein Walzer für den Körper ist, dann für einen seelenvollen und einsamen, der sich mit kleinen theatralischen Sprüngen zwischen den seufzenden Sextparallelen des Hauptthemas bewegt und sich dann mit einer nostalgischen Pirouette abwendet. Der ausdrucksvolle und melodiöse Mittelteil—auf den mit einer Achtelpassage zugesteuert wird, die später wie ein Refrain wiederkehrt—steht in Des-Dur, ist aber kaum weniger ergreifend als die cis-Moll-Episoden, von denen es eingerahmt wird.

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

Recordings

Moriz Rosenthal – The complete recordings
APR7503Download only
The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 1 – Vladimir de Pachmann, Aleksander Michalowski & Landon Ronald
APR5531Download only
Michael Zadora – The complete recordings
APR6008for the price of 1 — Download only
Chopin: The Complete Waltzes
CDA67849
Chopin: The Complete Waltzes
CDH55381
Chopin: The Complete Works
CDS44351/6616CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Alfred Cortot – The Late Recordings, Vol. 4 – Schumann, Schubert, Chopin & Liszt
APR5574Download only
Paderewski – His earliest recordings
APR6006for the price of 1 — Download only
Paderewski – His final recordings
APR5636Download only
Stephen Hough in recital
CDA67686

Details

Track 7 on CDH55381 [4'02]
Track 7 on CDS44351/66 CD10 [4'02] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 5 on CDA67686 [3'27]
Track 7 on CDA67849 [3'19]
Track 3 on APR6006 CD1 [3'01] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 3 on APR6008 CD1 [3'12] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 2 on APR6008 CD2 [3'24] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 9 on APR5636 [2'50] Download only
Track 2 on APR7503 CD1 [3'59] Download only
Track 4 on APR7503 CD2 [3'52] Download only
Track 9 on APR7503 CD2 [3'41] Download only
Track 8 on APR7503 CD4 [3'46] Download only
Track 34 on APR5574 [3'00] Download only
Track 3 on APR5531 [3'15] Download only
Track 19 on APR5531 [3'07] Download only
Track 24 on APR5531 [2'56] Download only

Track-specific metadata for APR7503 disc 1 track 2

Artists
ISRC
GB-SAM-10-50102
Duration
3'59
Recording date
circa April 1928
Recording venue
New York, USA
Recording producer
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  1. Moriz Rosenthal – The complete recordings (APR7503)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: December 2011
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