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Ballade No 3 in A flat major, Op 47
composer
1840/1

Recordings
'Chopin: Ballades & Sonata No 3' (CDH55182)
Chopin: Ballades & Sonata No 3
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'Chopin: Four Ballades & Four Scherzos' (CDA67456)
Chopin: Four Ballades & Four Scherzos
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'Chopin: The Complete Works' (CDS44351/66)
Chopin: The Complete Works
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'Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings' (APR7502)
Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings
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'The Stephen Hough Piano Collection' (HOUGH1)
The Stephen Hough Piano Collection
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'York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings' (APR6007)
York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99 APR6007  2CDs for the price of 1 — Download only  
Details
Track 5 on CDA67456 [7'03]
Track 1 on HOUGH1 [7'03] Super-budget price sampler
Track 4 on CDS44351/66 CD4 [8'27] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 3 on CDH55182 [7'59] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 1 on APR6007 CD2 [6'14] 2CDs for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 12 on APR7502 CD5 [7'35] 5CDs Download only

Ballade No 3 in A flat major, Op 47
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After such despondency the Third Ballade seems positively light-hearted. Based on two principal motives contained in the opening bars Chopin’s free-wheeling style once more thinly disguises a remarkable coherence, balance and symmetry. First played before an audience ‘full of golden ribbons, soft blue gauzes and strings of trembling pearls’ its musical charms could hardly fail to succeed. Others, perhaps less lavishly attired, will note that although Chopin’s contrapuntal skill in the working-out section is considerable he wears his learning lightly. With Chopin, art conceals art and the way he achieves such fine gradations and inwardness of feeling is discreetly veiled from view. Even a sudden central change to C sharp minor cannot cloud the music’s radiance for, via a series of daring modulations, the opening theme finally emerges triumphant, firmly established in the home-key and with a final cascade of ideas, previously employed, to suggest tumultuous applause.

from notes by Bryce Morrison © 2004

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Details for HOUGH1 track 1
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-03-45605
Duration
7'03
Recording date
24 May 2003
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Recording engineer
Hyperion usage
  1. Chopin: Four Ballades & Four Scherzos (CDA67456)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: February 2004
  2. The Stephen Hough Piano Collection (HOUGH1)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: May 2005
    Super-budget price sampler
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