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Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor, Op 31

composer
1837

 
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

Pour Schumann, le Second Scherzo (1837) possédait toute la passion torride et fleurie de Byron. Chopin soulignait qu’on ne pouvait jamais suffisamment exécuter les sinistres triolets du début, en «tombé», tel un cietière. La question-réponse volatile de Chopin s’épanouit, étonnamment, en une de ses mélodies les plus expansives tandis que le trio en la majeur, une merveille d’économie de moyens, évolue vers une des virtuosités les plus ornées et pressantes. Le «développement» qui suit frappe aux portes du paradis. Après la reprise quasiment exacte du matériau thématique principal (embelli de la manière rhétorique qui convient aux moments clés), la coda rapide et furieuse rassemble ces éléments d’apparence hétérogènes en un tourbillon final de gloire.

extrait des notes rédigées par Bryce Morrison © 2004
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Für Schumann hatte das Zweite Scherzo (1837) die hochtrabende Leidenschaft eines Byron, und Chopin beharrte darauf, dass die finsteren Triolen am Anfang nie ausreichend Tombé aufgeführt werden könnten – dem Eindruck einer Leichenhalle nicht unähnlich. Chopins impulsive Frage und Antwort blühen auf und entwickeln sich – überraschenderweise – in eine seiner ausgedehntesten Melodien, und aus dem Trio in A-Dur, ein Meisterwerk der Sparsamkeit, entsteht eine ungeheuer drängende und blühende Virtuosität. Die darauffolgende „Durchführung“ ist sehr stürmisch und nach einer fast wörtlichen Wiederholung des Hauptmaterials (die Schlüsselstellen werden rhetorisch ausgeschmückt) vereint die schnelle und furiose Coda in einem letzten glanzvollen Wirbelwind viele scheinbar unvereinbare Elemente miteinander.

aus dem Begleittext von Bryce Morrison © 2004
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Recordings

Chopin: Four Ballades & Four Scherzos
Studio Master: CDA67456Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Chopin: Reminiscences
Studio Master: CKD248Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Chopin: The Complete Works
CDS44351/6616CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Chopin: The Four Scherzi
CDH55181Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings
APR6010for the price of 1 — Download only
James Rhodes 5
Studio Master: SIGCD371Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Jorge Bolet – His earliest recordings
APR6009for the price of 1 — Download only
Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings
APR7501Download only
York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings
APR6007for the price of 1 — Download only

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 12 on SIGCD371 [9'35] Download only
Track 2 on APR6007 CD2 [7'37] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 6 on APR6009 CD2 [10'13] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 8 on APR6010 CD2 [6'57] for the price of 1 — Download only
Extract: Abridged
Track 13 on APR7501 CD1 [6'17] Download only

Track-specific metadata 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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