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Polonaise in G flat major, KkIVa/8

composer
1829; published in 1870

 
Polonaise No 16 in G flat major dates from the first half of 1829, sometime before Chopin left Warsaw for Vienna. First engraved in 1870, it was a work known to Chopin’s sister Louise (who listed it in her manuscript catalogue of his compositions). Niecks, however, felt compelled to question its authenticity: ‘Nothing but the composer’s autograph [lost] would convince one of the genuineness of the piece.’ By comparison with Chopin’s earlier attempts at the form, its ideas seem relatively leisurely and less short-winded.

from notes by Ates Orga © 1992

Polonaise no16 en sol bémol majeur date de la première moitié de 1829, quelque temps avant le départ de Chopin de Varsovie pour Vienne. Cette polonaise fut gravée pour la première fois en 1870; la sœur de Chopin, Louise, la connaissait (et l’inscrivit dans son catalogue manuscrit de ses compositions). Niecks se sent pourtant obligé de douter de son authenticité: «Nous ne pourrions être persuadés de l’authenticité de ce morceau que par l’autographe [perdu] du compositeur.» Si on le compare aux essais précédents du compositeur dans cette forme, ses thèmes semblent relativement pondérés et moins précis.

extrait des notes rédigées par Ates Orga © 1992
Français: Alain Midoux

Die Polonaise Nr.16 in Ges-Dur entstammt der ersten Hälfte des Jahres 1829, einige Zeit vor Chopins Übersiedelung aus Warschau nach Wien. Das 1870 erstmals in Druck gegangene Werk war Chopins Schwester Louise bekannt (sie führte es in ihrem handschriftlichen Katalog seiner Werke auf). Niecks sah sich dennoch genötigt, seine Authentizität anzuzweifeln: „Nichts als die [verloren gegangene] Urschrift des Komponisten könnte einen von der Echtheit des Stücks überzeugen.“ Im Vergleich zu Chopins früheren Versuchen mit der Form wirken die Motive dieser Polonaise relativ gemächlich und weniger kurzatmig.

aus dem Begleittext von Ates Orga © 1992
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

Recordings

Chopin: Demidenko plays Chopin
CDA66597Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted
Chopin: The Complete Works
CDS44351/6616CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Details

Track 6 on CDS44351/66 CD6 [7'10] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 9 on CDA66597 [6'56] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDH55183 track 9

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-92-59709
Duration
6'56
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 9
    Release date: July 1992
    Deletion date: March 2005
    Archive Service
  2. Chopin: Demidenko plays Chopin (CDH55183)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: June 2005
    Deletion date: July 2013
    Superseded by CDA66597
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