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Polonaise-Fantasy in A flat major, Op 61
composer
1846

Recordings
'Chopin: Demidenko plays Chopin' (CDA66597)
Chopin: Demidenko plays Chopin
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'Chopin: Late Masterpieces' (CDA67764)
Chopin: Late Masterpieces
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'Chopin: The Complete Works' (CDS44351/66)
Chopin: The Complete Works
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'Chopin: The Great Polonaises' (CDH55382)
Chopin: The Great Polonaises
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'Alfred Cortot – The Late Recordings, Vol. 1 – 1947 Schumann, Chopin & Debussy' (APR5571)
Alfred Cortot – The Late Recordings, Vol. 1 – 1947 Schumann, Chopin & Debussy
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Details
Track 7 on CDH55382 [14'20] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 5 on CDS44351/66 CD7 [14'20] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 6 on CDA67764 [13'40] Please, someone, buy me …
Track 8 on CDA66597 [14'19] Archive Service
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Polonaise-Fantasy in A flat major, Op 61
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The Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat major Op 61 was Chopin’s last extended work, written in 1846, three years before his death. By both its title and structure, it is in a class of its own. It is an exploratory, original work which, judging from the manuscript, caused Chopin some difficulty before he arrived at a satisfactory version. Although the distinctive rhythm of the polonaise is present in the opening theme, elsewhere it is often absent altogether, the ‘fantasy’ part of the title implying a feeling of rhapsodic improvisation. Through thematic recall and his innate sense of form, pacing and proportion, Chopin manages to achieve a remarkably cohesive whole.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2010

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