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Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor, Op 31
composer
1837

Recordings
'Chopin: Four Ballades & Four Scherzos' (CDA67456)
Chopin: Four Ballades & Four Scherzos
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'Chopin: Reminiscences' (CKD248)
Chopin: Reminiscences
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'Chopin: The Complete Works' (CDS44351/66)
Chopin: The Complete Works
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'Chopin: The Four Scherzi' (CDH55181)
Chopin: The Four Scherzi
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'Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings' (APR6010)
Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings
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'Jorge Bolet – His earliest recordings' (APR6009)
Jorge Bolet – His earliest recordings
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'Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings' (APR7501)
Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings
'York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings' (APR6007)
York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings
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Details
Track 4 on CDA67456 [9'42]
Track 2 on CDS44351/66 CD5 [12'21] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 3 on CDH55181 [10'14] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 15 on CKD248 [9'59] Download only
Track 2 on APR6007 CD2 [7'37] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 6 on APR6009 CD2 [10'13] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 8 on APR6010 CD2 [6'57] 2CDs for the price of 1
Extract: Abridged

Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor, Op 31
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For Schumann the Second Scherzo (1837) had all the high flown passion of Byron, and Chopin insisted that the opening sinister triplets could never be sufficiently tombé in performance: like a charnel house. Chopin’s volatile question and answer blossom, surprisingly, into one of his most expansive melodies and the A major trio, a marvel of economy, evolves into the most urgent and florid virtuosity. The subsequent ‘development’ is heaven-storming, indeed, and after a nearly exact repetition of the chief material (it is suitably and rhetorically embellished at key points) the fast and furious coda unites many seemingly disparate elements in a final whirl of glory.

from notes by Bryce Morrison © 2004

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Details for CDH55181 track 3
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-90-51403
Duration
10'14
Recording date
30 May 1990
Recording venue
Snape Maltings, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ates Orga
Recording engineer
Ken Blair & Simon Kiln
Hyperion usage
  1. Chopin: The Four Scherzi (CDA66514)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: October 1991
    Deletion date: May 2004
    Superseded by CDH55181
  2. Chopin: The Four Scherzi (CDH55181)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: February 2005
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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