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Scherzo No 1 in B minor, Op 20
composer
begun in Vienna circa 1831; completed in Paris in 1835

Recordings
'Chopin: Four Ballades & Four Scherzos' (CDA67456)
Chopin: Four Ballades & Four Scherzos
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67456  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Chopin: The Complete Works' (CDS44351/66)
Chopin: The Complete Works
Buy by post £50.00 CDS44351/66  16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'Chopin: The Four Scherzi' (CDH55181)
Chopin: The Four Scherzi
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55181  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Jorge Bolet – His earliest recordings' (APR6009)
Jorge Bolet – His earliest recordings
Buy by post £10.50 APR6009  2CDs for the price of 1  
Details
Track 2 on CDA67456 [9'15]
Track 1 on CDS44351/66 CD5 [11'24] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 2 on CDH55181 [10'31] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 5 on APR6009 CD2 [9'21] 2CDs for the price of 1

Scherzo No 1 in B minor, Op 20
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In the First Scherzo (1832) a clarion call to attention launches the principal theme which sears upwards like a zig-zag flame, its key and gaunt texture insisted on throughout. The dissonance and syncopation are startlingly modern, and so is the second subject’s terse yet haunting declamation. The central B major reworking of the polish carol ‘Sleep, little Jesus’ is a no less spare yet conciliatory lullaby, its gently rocking motion and tranquillity finally clouded by ill-feeling as the storm returns, its fury confirmed in a pulverizing coda full of harsh surprises, and not just for Chopin’s contemporaries. This Scherzo was the favourite of Anton Rubinstein, most leonine of pianists, and was often known as ‘The Infernal Banquet’.

from notes by Bryce Morrison © 2004

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Details for APR6009 disc 2 track 5
Artists
ISRC
GB-SAM-11-00919
Duration
9'21
Recording date
1953
Recording venue
Remington, USA
Recording producer
Recording engineer
Hyperion usage
  1. Jorge Bolet – His earliest recordings (APR6009)
    Disc 2 Track 5
    Release date: November 2011
    2CDs for the price of 1
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