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

'Hommage à Chopin' (CDA67803)
Hommage à Chopin
No 01: Theme: Andantino
No 02: Variation I: Tranquillo
No 03: Variation II: Gracioso
No 04: Variation III: Lento
No 05: Variation IV: Espressivo
No 06: Variation V: Tempo di Mazurka
No 07: Variation VI: Recitativo
No 08: Variation VII: Allegro leggiero
No 09: Variation VIII: Andante dolce e espressivo
No 10: Variation IX: Valse
No 11: Variation X: Évocation
No 12: Variation XI: Lento dolce e legato
No 13: Variation XII: Galope y epílogo
No 14: Lento

Variations sur un thème de Chopin
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 19
Variation VI: Recitativo
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 19
    Release date: February 2010
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