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Impromptu No 1 in A flat major, Op 29

composer
1837

 
The Impromptu in A flat major, Op 29 (1837), marked allegro assai, quasi presto, begins with bubbly triplets that, though brilliant, must sing and have direction. The lyrical middle section in F minor has a broad melody which becomes increasingly ornamented. The end is a stroke of genius: a cadential sequence of chords is interrupted by the returning triplets, and then becomes more and more fragmented until it finally comes to rest.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

L’Impromptu en la bémol majeur, op.29 (1837), marqué allegro assai, quasi presto, s’ouvre sur de pétillants triolets qui, malgré leur éclat, doivent chanter et avoir une certaine direction. La section centrale lyrique, en fa mineur, nous offra une ample mélodie, de plus en plus ornée. Le tout s’achève sur un coup de génie: une séquence d’accords cadentielle est interrompue par le retour des triolets et ne cesse de se fragmenter jusqu’à finalement s’arrêter.

extrait des notes rédigées par Angela Hewitt © 2004
Français: Hypérion

Das Impromptu in As-Dur op. 29 (1837) ist mit Allegro assai, quasi Presto überschrieben und beginnt mit lebhaften Triolen, die zwar brillant sind, jedoch singen und eine gewisse Richtung haben müssen. Der lyrische Mittelteil in f-Moll hat eine breite Melodie, die immer mehr verziert wird. Der Schluss ist ein Geniestreich: eine kadenzartige Folge von Akkorden wird von den wiederkehrenden Triolen unterbrochen, so dass sie in zunehmend fragmentartiger Form erscheint und schließlich zur Ruhe kommt.

aus dem Begleittext von Angela Hewitt © 2004
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Recordings

Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 3 – 11 November 1947
APR5623Download only
Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 5 – Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 & appendices
APR5625Download only
Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus
Studio Master: CDA67371/22CDsStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Chopin: Preludes & Impromptus
CDH55383
Chopin: The Complete Works
CDS44351/6616CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Grigory Ginzburg – His early recordings – 2
APR5672Download only
Harold Bauer – The complete recordings
APR7302Download only
Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings
APR6010for the price of 1 — Download only
The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 2 – Alfred Grünfeld, Raoul Pugno & Natalia Janotha
APR5532Download only
Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus
This album is not yet available for downloadSACDA67371/22CDs Super-Audio CD — Deleted

Details

Track 8 on CDA67371/2 CD2 [4'19] 2CDs
Track 28 on CDH55383 [4'21]
Track 8 on CDS44351/66 CD7 [4'21] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 11 on APR5623 [3'14] Download only
Track 6 on APR5625 [3'12] Download only
Track 14 on APR7302 CD1 [3'22] Download only
Track 7 on APR5672 [4'23] Download only
Track 14 on APR6010 CD1 [3'54] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 20 on APR5532 [3'06] Download only
Track 8 on SACDA67371/2 CD2 [4'19] 2CDs Super-Audio CD — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for SACDA67371/2 disc 2 track 8

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-04-37208
Duration
4'19
Recording date
20 November 2003
Recording venue
Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany
Recording producer
Ludger Böckenhoff
Recording engineer
Ludger Böckenhoff
Hyperion usage
  1. Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus (CDA67371/2)
    Disc 2 Track 8
    Release date: November 2004
    2CDs
  2. Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus (SACDA67371/2)
    Disc 2 Track 8
    Release date: November 2004
    Deletion date: March 2009
    2CDs Super-Audio CD — Deleted
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