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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
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
APR6009  2CDs for the price of 1 — Download only  
'Vladimir Horowitz – The complete solo European recordings' (APR6004)
Vladimir Horowitz – The complete solo European recordings
APR6004  2CDs for the price of 1 — Download only  
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 — Download only

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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