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Fantasy Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op 66
composer
1834; published posthumously, contrary to Chopin's wishes, by Julian Fontana in 1855

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'Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings' (APR6010)
Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings
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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: Reminiscences' (CKD248)
Chopin: Reminiscences
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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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'Grigory Ginzburg – His early recordings – 2' (APR5672)
Grigory Ginzburg – His early recordings – 2
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'Harold Bauer – The complete recordings' (APR7302)
Harold Bauer – The complete recordings
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'Moura Lympany – The HMV Recordings, 1947-1952' (APR6011)
Moura Lympany – The HMV Recordings, 1947-1952
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'The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 4 – Diémer, Eibenschütz, Hofmann & Backhaus' (APR5534)
The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 4 – Diémer, Eibenschütz, Hofmann & Backhaus
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'Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus' (SACDA67371/2)
Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus
SACDA67371/2  2CDs Super-Audio CD — Deleted  
Details
Track 11 on CDA67371/2 CD2 [5'22] 2CDs
Track 31 on CDH55383 [5'12] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 11 on CDS44351/66 CD7 [5'12] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 5 on CKD248 [5'01] Download only
Track 22 on APR5534 [3'55]
Track 15 on APR7302 CD1 [4'49] 3CDs
Track 10 on APR5672 [5'06]
Track 15 on APR6010 CD1 [4'27] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 21 on APR6010 CD1 [4'18] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 14 on APR7502 CD1 [4'43] 5CDs Download only
Track 1 on APR6011 CD1 [4'53] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 11 on SACDA67371/2 CD2 [5'22] 2CDs Super-Audio CD — Deleted

Fantasy Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op 66
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The Fantasy Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op 66 was published posthumously in 1855 by Chopin’s lifelong friend and fellow musician, Julian Fontana. It is not known why Chopin didn’t publish it himself, but has been suggested that he was a bit too conscious of its resemblance to Moscheles’s Impromptu Op 89. It certainly has become one of his most popular compositions. The outer sections are a moto perpetuo marked allegro agitato. Even in the midst of all those notes, however, there is a melody that sings out clearly. The middle section does indeed have one of those tunes that somebody always puts words to (in this case, ‘I’m always chasing rainbows’), but it is also beautiful in its simplicity. In fact, that is what Chopin sought in the end:

‘Simplicity is everything. After having exhausted all the difficulties, after having played immense quantities of notes and more notes, then simplicity emerges with all its charm, like art’s final seal. Whoever wants to obtain this immediately will never achieve it: you can’t begin with the end. One has to have studied a lot, even tremendously, to reach this goal; it is no easy matter.’

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

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Details for APR7302 disc 1 track 15
Artists
ISRC
GB-SAM-09-30215
Duration
4'49
Recording date
8 May 1925
Recording venue
Victor Recordings, United Kingdom
Recording producer
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Hyperion usage
  1. Harold Bauer – The complete recordings (APR7302)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: November 2008
    3CDs
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