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Scherzo No 4 in E major, Op 54
composer
1842/3

Recordings
'Chopin: Four Ballades & Four Scherzos' (CDA67456)
Chopin: Four Ballades & Four Scherzos
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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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'Jorge Bolet – His earliest recordings' (APR6009)
Jorge Bolet – His earliest recordings
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'Vladimir Horowitz – The complete solo European recordings' (APR6004)
Vladimir Horowitz – The complete solo European recordings
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Details
Track 8 on CDA67456 [11'15]
Track 4 on CDS44351/66 CD5 [12'31] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 5 on CDH55181 [10'57] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 8 on APR6004 CD1 [8'43] 2CDs for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 8 on APR6009 CD2 [10'53] 2CDs for the price of 1

Scherzo No 4 in E major, Op 54
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When Chopin is at his happiest, most outwardly serene, then, for the pianist, he is at his most treacherous. The Fourth Scherzo is the only one in a major key and its mercurial brilliance and whimsy are notoriously hard to control. Significantly, this Scherzo was Saint-Saëns’s favourite (it is, after all, the most urbane, Gallic and sparkling of the set) and both he and Pierné later used its potential to dazzling and mischievous effect in their G minor and C minor piano concertos. A later mix of duple and triple time evokes the A flat Waltz, opus 42, and a gentler, less animated syncopation characterizes the central più lento, a pensive and rhapsodic interlude after so much scintillating light and shade. The coda confirms the Scherzo’s overall high spirits and the final ‘flutter of silvery scale’ is a far cry from the grimly determined conclusion to the earlier Scherzos.

from notes by Bryce Morrison © 2004

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Details for CDS44351/66 disc 5 track 4
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-35504
Duration
12'31
Recording date
10 June 1992
Recording venue
Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York, USA
Recording producer
Adam Abeshouse
Recording engineer
Adam Abeshouse
Hyperion usage
  1. Chopin: The Complete Works (CDS44351/66)
    Disc 5 Track 4
    Release date: November 2008
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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