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Polonaise-Fantasy in A flat major, Op 61

composer
1846

 
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

Par son titre comme par sa structure, la Polonaise-Fantaisie en la bémol majeur op. 61 est unique. Il s’agit d’une œuvre exploratoire, originale, qui, nous révèle le manuscrit, donna bien du fil à retordre à Chopin. Le rythme distinctif de la polonaise ne ressort guère que dans le thème inaugural, la «fantaisie» sous-entendant comme une improvisation rhapsodique. Grâce au rappel thématique et à son sens subconscient de la forme, du tempo et de la proportion, Chopin réussit un ensemble remarquablement cohérent.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Nicholas © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Die Polonaise-Fantaisie in As-Dur op. 61 ist, sowohl was ihren Titel als auch was ihren Aufbau betrifft, ein Werk sui generis. Es ist ein originelles Werk, in dem Chopin experimentiert, und das ihm, wie man dem Manuskript entnehmen kann, einige Schwierigkeiten bereitet hat, bevor er zu einer befriedigenden Lösung kam. Obwohl bereits beim ersten Thema der charakteristische Polonaisen-Rhythmus auftaucht, fehlt er an anderer Stelle oft völlig, wobei der zweite Teil des Titels „Fantaisie“ wohl das Gefühl rhapsodischer Improvisation andeuten soll. Durch Wiederholung von Themen und seinen instinktiven Sinn für Form, Tempo und Proportion gelingt es Chopin, eine Einheit von bemerkenswerter Geschlossenheit zu schaffen.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Nicholas © 2010
Deutsch: Ludwig Madlener

Recordings

Chopin: Demidenko plays Chopin
CDA66597Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted
Chopin: Late Masterpieces
CDA67764
Chopin: The Complete Works
CDS44351/6616CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Chopin: The Great Polonaises
CDH55382
Alfred Cortot – The Late Recordings, Vol. 1 – 1947 Schumann, Chopin & Debussy
APR5571Download only

Details

Track 7 on CDH55382 [14'20]
Track 5 on CDS44351/66 CD7 [14'20] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 6 on CDA67764 [13'40]
Track 8 on CDA66597 [14'19] Archive Service
Track 21 on APR5571 [9'32] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA67764 track 6

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-10-76406
Duration
13'40
Recording date
6 May 2009
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Chopin: Late Masterpieces (CDA67764)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: April 2010
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