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Nine Variations on a Chopin Prelude, BV213a

1922; published in Book 8 of the Klavierübung, second edition, 1925; dedicated to Gino Tagliapietra; shortened version of the 1884 Variations and Fugue in free form on Chopin's C minor Prelude, Op 22 BV213; after the Prelude in C minor, Op 28 No 20

Jonathan Plowright (piano)
Recording details: August 2009
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Hayes
Engineered by Ben Connellan
Release date: February 2010
Total duration: 10 minutes 49 seconds

Cover artwork: Adaptation of the cover illustration for Franz Bendel's Hommage à Chopin, Trautwein, Berlin (1867).

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Marc-André Hamelin (piano)


'A fascinating collection, brilliantly dispatched by Plowright' (The Mail on Sunday)

'All of these multifaceted offerings (jewels as well as gemstones) show Jonathan Plowright as beguiling in intimacy … as he is magisterial in virtuosity. Such quality will leave lesser pianists bemused, as as on Plowright's earlier superb Hyperion recordings he has been immaculately recorded' (Gramophone)

'Mompou's 11th variation is the sublimest track on the disc. It is in places like these that Plowright shows his real qualities as a virtuoso, especially his clarity of texture and instinct for phrasing. Warmly recommended' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Jonathan Plowright provides a fascinating conspectus of how Chopin’s example has sparked ideas in others … this disc is a delight' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Fascinating, seldom-trodden paths of the vast 19th- and 20th-century piano literature that rarely find their way onto disc … Plowright's dazzling playing can't be faulted' (The Sunday Times)

'Jonathan Plowright has assembled a towering monument to the Chopin style' (Audiophile Audition, USA)
The Nine Variations on a Chopin Prelude resulted from a substantial revision of a large set of Variations and a Fugue on the celebrated Prelude in C minor (Op 28 No 20), which Busoni wrote in 1884 at the age of eighteen. In 1922 he added an introductory fugato and reduced the number of variations from eighteen to ten for inclusion in the first edition of the Klavierübung (1922), and then reduced it further to nine (by dropping the ‘Fantasia’) for the second edition (1925). Its final pages consist of a ‘Scherzo finale’ in tarantella style with an ‘Hommage à Chopin’ in waltz rhythm as its middle section.

from notes by Marc-André Roberge © 2013

Les Neuf variations sur un Prélude de Chopin sont le résultat d’une révision substantielle d’un vaste groupe de variations et fugue sur le célèbre Prélude en do mineur (op. 28, nº 20) écrit en 1884, à l’âge de 18 ans. En 1922 Busoni a ajouté un fugato comme introduction et réduit le nombre de variations de 18 à 10 pour la publier dans la première édition de sa Klavierübung (1922), puis en réduisant le nombre à 9 (en laissant tomber la «Fantasia») pour la seconde édition (1925). Ses dernières pages consistent en un «Scherzo finale» en style de tarentelle avec un «Hommage à Chopin» en rythme de valse dans sa section centrale.

extrait des notes rédigées par Marc-André Roberge © 2013

Die Neun Variationen über ein Präludium von Chopin waren das Ergebnis einer erheblichen Revision eines großen Zyklus’ von Variationen und Fuge über das gefeierte Prélude in c-Moll (op. 28 Nr. 20), den Busoni 1884 im Alter von 18 Jahren geschrieben hatte. 1922 fügte er ein einleitendes Fugato hinzu und reduzierte die Anzahl der Variationen von 18 auf 10, um sie dann in die erste Ausgabe der Klavierübung (1922) mit aufzunehmen; für die zweite Ausgabe von 1925 wurde noch eine weitere gestrichen (die „Fantasia“), und in dieser Version liegt sie auch hier vor. Die letzten Seiten bestehen aus einem „Scherzo finale“ im Tarantella-Stil, dessen Mittelteil als „Hommage à Chopin“ im Walzerrhythmus angelegt ist.

aus dem Begleittext von Marc-André Roberge © 2013
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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