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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
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67456  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Chopin: Reminiscences' (CKD248)
Chopin: Reminiscences
CKD248  Download only  
'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)  
'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
Buy by post £10.50 APR6009  2CDs for the price of 1  
'Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings' (APR7501)
Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings
Buy by post £22.00 APR7501  5CDs  
'York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings' (APR6007)
York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings
Buy by post £10.50 APR6007  2CDs for the price of 1  
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 APR7501 disc 1 track 13
Extract: Abridged
Artists
ISRC
GB-SAM-11-50113
Duration
6'17
Recording date
25 February 1924
Recording venue
Columbia Records America, USA
Recording producer
Recording engineer
Hyperion usage
  1. Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings (APR7501)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: February 2011
    5CDs
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