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Track(s) taken from CDA67803

Hommage à Chopin

for the UNESCO concert in Paris on 3 October 1949 celebrating the Chopin centenary where it was performed by Arnaldo Estrella

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: 7 minutes 3 seconds

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


'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)
Villa-Lobos’s Hommage à Chopin is in two movements, both musical forms associated with Chopin: ‘Nocturne’ and ‘Ballade’. While using recognizable Chopinesque figurations and accompaniment, he goes beyond mere pastiche to create a dark, brooding undercurrent with his own idiomatic harmonies. The atmospheric ‘Nocturne’ has a timeless quality; the ‘Ballade’ is stormy and confrontational with strong references to Chopin’s First Ballade. The premiere performance in Paris was given by Arnaldo Estrella.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2010

Dans son Hommage à Chopin en deux mouvements Heitor Villa-Lobos reprend deux formes musicales associées à Chopin: «Nocturne» et «Ballade». Tout en utilisant des figurations et un accompagnement que l’on reconnaît pour chopinesques, Villa-Lobos va au-delà du simple pastiche et crée, avec ses propres harmonies idiomatiques, un courant sous-jacent sombre, menaçant. Chargé d’atmospère, le «Nocturne» a une qualité intemporelle tandis que la «Ballade», impétueuse, affronte de fortes références à la Ballade no 1 de Chopin. La création fut assurée, à Paris, par Arnaldo Estrella.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Nicholas © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Villa-Lobos’ Hommage à Chopin ist zweisätzig, wobei beide Sätze etwas mit Chopin zu tun haben: „Nocturne“ und „Ballade“. Er verwendet zwar erkennbar Chopin’sche Wendungen und Begleitfiguren, geht aber über ein reines Pastiche hinaus und schafft einen düsteren Unterton mit seinen eigenen typischen Harmonien. Das stimmungsvolle „Nocturne“ wirkt zeitlos. Die „Ballade“ ist stürmisch und herausfordernd mit deutlichen Anklängen an Chopins erste Ballade. Die Erstaufführung fand in Paris durch Arnaldo Estrella statt.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Nicholas © 2010
Deutsch: Ludwig Madlener

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