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Impromptu No 2 in F sharp major, Op 36
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'Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus' (CDA67371/2)
Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus
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'Chopin: Preludes & Impromptus' (CDH55383)
Chopin: Preludes & Impromptus
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'Chopin: The Complete Works' (CDS44351/66)
Chopin: The Complete Works
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'Grigory Ginzburg – His early recordings – 2' (APR5672)
Grigory Ginzburg – His early recordings – 2
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'Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus' (SACDA67371/2)
Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus
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Track 9 on CDA67371/2 CD2 [6'20] 2CDs
Track 29 on CDH55383 [6'21] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 9 on CDS44351/66 CD7 [6'21] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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Impromptu No 2 in F sharp major, Op 36
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The Impromptu in F sharp major, Op 36 was composed in Nohant during the summer of 1839. It is the most challenging of the four to interpret, both musically and technically. The left hand begins with a walking accompaniment – the melody in the right hand only appearing in the seventh bar. When it does, it seems calm and secure (with a slight tinge of regret passing into A sharp minor). Along with a chordal section, it certainly doesn’t prepare us for what is to come. A dramatic change to D major brings a military-like theme which becomes quite heroic. Then two bars of swift modulation bring us to the unlikely key of F major where the initial theme makes a reappearance, but this time accompanied by triplets. Half way through that, Chopin makes a step up to the tonic key and remains there until the end. But the surprises don’t stop: a sudden flurry of demisemiquavers in the right hand (marked leggiero) is unexpected, leaving the left hand to sing in counterpoint. The chordal passage from the opening brings this imaginative piece to a close.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

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Details for CDS44351/66 disc 7 track 9
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ISRC
GB-AJY-08-35709
Duration
6'21
Recording date
25 August 1993
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: Preludes & Impromptus (CDH55383)
    Disc 1 Track 29
    Release date: January 2010
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  2. Chopin: The Complete Works (CDS44351/66)
    Disc 7 Track 9
    Release date: November 2008
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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