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Track(s) taken from CDS44351/66

Variations in E major on 'Non più mesta' from Rossini's La Cenerentola, KKAnh.Ia/5

circa 1824

Elizabeth Mann (flute), Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Recording details: April 1999
Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York, USA
Produced by Adam Abeshouse
Engineered by Adam Abeshouse
Release date: November 2008
Total duration: 7 minutes 21 seconds

Cover artwork: Frédéric Chopin in concert at the Hotel Lambert, Paris (1840) by Antar Teofil Kwiatowski (1809-1891)
Bibliothèque Polonaise, Paris / Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'Hyperion's big deal … Ohlsson is a powerful and committed player, and is afforded very good sound by the engineers … this is almost certainly how these pieces were played in Chopin's time' (The Mail on Sunday)

'This is an oustanding achievement, which any genuine Chopin lover and student of Romantic music should own … a landmark in the recording of Chopin's music … Garrick Ohlsson and Hyperion deserve the greatest success in bringing this important undertaking to such a consistently impressive conclusion' (International Record Review)

'An attractively priced box set … Ohlsson is in a class of his own' (Pianist)

'The collaborative works receive particularly rewarding performances … Ohlsson arguably offers more consistent artistry than Biret, Ashkenazy, Magaloff, and Harasiewicz' (Classics Today)

'Garrick Ohlsson’s complete survey of everything Chopin wrote for piano (including chamber music, songs, and for piano and orchestra) will delight the completist and the Chopin connoisseur. Ohlsson (who won the Chopin International Piano Competition in 1970) gives us accounts of this wondrous repertoire in weighty and commanding style, aristocratic and impulsive (but not lacking light and shade or contemplative contrasts) and, at times, very sensitive and searching. These vivid recordings were made in the second half of the 1990s and have previously appeared on the Arabesque label. They now sit very well in Hyperion’s catalogue' (Classical Source)
It was in about 1824 that Chopin wrote a set of variations (assuming he really was the composer; some sources cite it as a spurious work): the Variations in E major on ‘Non più mesta’ from Rossini’s La Cenerentola for flute and piano. Chopin never wrote for the flute again (if he did at all), and perhaps we can see why.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2008

Ce fut aussi vers 1824 que Chopin rédigea le corpus de variations (à supposer qu’il en fût réellement l’auteur, certaines sources tenant cette série pour apocryphe): les Variations en mi majeur sur «Non più mesta» de La Cenerentola de Rossini pour flûte et piano. Chopin ne récrivit jamais pour la flûte (si tant est qu’il l’ait bien fait) et l’on comprend peut-être ici pourquoi.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Nicholas © 2008
Français: Hypérion

Ungefähr um 1824 schrieb Chopin ein Variationenwerk (vorausgesetzt, er ist wirklich der Komponist; einige Quellen bezeichnen es als unecht): Die Variationen E-Dur über „Non più mesta“ aus Rossinis La Cenerentola für Flöte und Klavier. Chopin schrieb nie mehr für Flöte (wenn er es überhaupt jemals tat), und vielleicht sehen wir auch, warum.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Nicholas © 2008
Deutsch: Ludwig Madlener

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