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Berceuse in D flat major, Op 57
composer
1843; originally entitled Variantes; published in 1845; dedicated to Mme Elise Gavard

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'Moriz Rosenthal – The complete recordings' (APR7503)
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'Chopin: Late Masterpieces' (CDA67764)
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Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos 2 & 3
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'Chopin: Preludes, Fantaisie & Berceuse' (CDA66324)
Chopin: Preludes, Fantaisie & Berceuse
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'Chopin: The Complete Works' (CDS44351/66)
Chopin: The Complete Works
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'Alfred Cortot – The Late Recordings, Vol. 3 – Chopin & Mendelssohn' (APR5573)
Alfred Cortot – The Late Recordings, Vol. 3 – Chopin & Mendelssohn
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'Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings' (APR7502)
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'The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 2 – Alfred Grünfeld, Raoul Pugno & Natalia Janotha' (APR5532)
The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 2 – Alfred Grünfeld, Raoul Pugno & Natalia Janotha
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Details
Track 14 on CDS44351/66 CD9 [5'57] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 1 on CDA30006 [4'27] Hyperion 30th Anniversary series
Track 1 on CDA67706 [4'27]
Track 13 on CDA67764 [4'10]
Track 27 on CDA66324 [4'44] Archive Service
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Berceuse in D flat major, Op 57
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A few months before he completed the B minor Sonata, Chopin put the finishing touches to his Berceuse Op 57. The original title was Variantes, and this describes its final form rather well: a set of sixteen short variations on an ostinato ground (there is a sketch of the work that lays this structure out rather graphically, even numbering the ‘variantes’). Another interesting detail here is that Chopin originally intended to plunge straight into the melody, and only added the two-bar genre-defining introduction at a late stage, quite possibly at the moment he changed the title from Variantes to Berceuse. In some ways the work functions rather like a set of baroque ‘divisions’, but this scarcely does justice to the highly original treatment of the ornamental line. The key point is that the curve of complexity (ever more rapid filigree) remains divorced not just from the underlying harmonic progression (a simple repeating cycle) but also from the dynamic shape (a stable level, remaining in low dynamics throughout). What is original here is that the shape of the music—its sense of departure and return—is created almost entirely through texture and sonority. It is not hard to see why Debussy was so interested in the music of Chopin.

from notes by Jim Samson © 2009

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Details for APR5532 track 21
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ISRC
GB-SAM-97-53221
Duration
3'27
Recording date
November 1903
Recording venue
Paris, France
Recording producer
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