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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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Details for CDH55183 track 8
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-92-59708
Duration
14'19
Recording date
22 February 1992
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ates Orga
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Chopin: Demidenko plays Chopin (CDA66597)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: July 1992
    Deletion date: March 2005
    Archive Service
  2. Chopin: Demidenko plays Chopin (CDH55183)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: June 2005
    Deletion date: July 2013
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Superseded by CDA66597
Licensing
1.Audio tour Ansel Adams: Detroit Institute of Art, Michigan, USA
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