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Variations sur un thème de Chopin
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based on Chopin's Prelude in A major, Op 28 No 7

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'Hommage à Chopin' (CDA67803)
Hommage à Chopin
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No 01: Theme: Andantino
Track 13 on CDA67803 [0'38] Please, someone, buy me …
No 02: Variation I: Tranquillo
Track 14 on CDA67803 [0'48] Please, someone, buy me …
No 03: Variation II: Gracioso
Track 15 on CDA67803 [0'47] Please, someone, buy me …
No 04: Variation III: Lento
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No 05: Variation IV: Espressivo
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No 06: Variation V: Tempo di Mazurka
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No 07: Variation VI: Recitativo
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No 08: Variation VII: Allegro leggiero
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No 09: Variation VIII: Andante dolce e espressivo
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No 10: Variation IX: Valse
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No 11: Variation X: Évocation
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No 12: Variation XI: Lento dolce e legato
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No 13: Variation XII: Galope y epílogo
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No 14: Lento
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Variations sur un thème de Chopin
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The theme of the twelve Variations sur un thème de Chopin by the Spanish/Catalan composer Federico Mompou (1893–1987) is the little A major Prelude Op 28 No 7. All but two of the variations, Nos 7 (Allegro leggiero) and 12 (Galope y epílogo), retain the character of the original, their lucid textures and conservative harmonies beguiling the ear. Free from cynicism and knowing comments, Mompou’s music offers us, in the words of Stephen Hough, the ‘magic of childhood … [his] eyes are wide open, sparkling like a child’s, and his smile has all the surprise and enthralment of Creation itself’. No better examples can be found than Variation 3 (for the left hand alone), Variation 4 (almost begging to have lyrics attached), the achingly touching Variation 8 (surely modeled on Chopin’s E minor Prelude) and Variation 10, which quotes the central section of the Fantasy Impromptu.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2010

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Details for CDA67803 track 13
Theme: Andantino
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-10-80313
Duration
0'38
Recording date
1 August 2009
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jeremy Hayes
Recording engineer
Ben Connellan
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  1. Hommage à Chopin (CDA67803)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: February 2010
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