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Grand Duo in E major on themes from Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable, KKIIb/1
1831; composed in collaboration with Auguste Franchomme
1831; in collaboration with Chopin

'Chopin: Chamber Music' (CDH55384)
Chopin: Chamber Music
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'Chopin: The Complete Works' (CDS44351/66)
Chopin: The Complete Works
Buy by post £50.00 CDS44351/66  16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
Track 6 on CDH55384 [14'19] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 6 on CDS44351/66 CD15 [14'19] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Grand Duo in E major on themes from Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable, KKIIb/1
Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable had a sensational premiere in Paris on 21 November 1831. Set in thirteenth-century Sicily, the libretto, ‘in which the grotesque is carried to the point of absurdity’ (Kobbé), was saved by Meyerbeer’s brilliant score, and the work made a fortune for the Paris Opéra. Its themes attracted dozens of composers including Thalberg, Kalkbrenner, Herz and Liszt. Chopin was commissioned by his publisher Schlesinger to write this potpourri, a brilliant display piece of the kind that was so popular in the Parisian salons of the time. After the piano’s Largo introduction, among the themes used are the Romanza and the chorus ‘Non pietà’ from Act 1, and ‘Le mie cure ancor dei cielo’ (Act 5). Composed in 1831, it is one of only four Chopin works published in his lifetime without an opus number and the only one to be composed in collaboration, in this case with his friend the cellist August Franchomme.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2010

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Details for CDS44351/66 disc 15 track 6
Recording date
28 July 2000
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: Chamber Music (CDH55384)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: January 2010
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  2. Chopin: The Complete Works (CDS44351/66)
    Disc 15 Track 6
    Release date: November 2008
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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