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Track(s) taken from CDA66597

Polonaise in G flat major, KkIVa/8

1829; published in 1870

Nikolai Demidenko (piano)
Recording details: February 1992
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Release date: July 1992
Total duration: 6 minutes 56 seconds

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Garrick Ohlsson (piano)


'You will be hard pressed to find playing of such super-fine precision and sensitivity. This is undoubtedly one of the most crystalline and exclusive Chopin recitals I have heard for some time. Such pianism forbids even whispered comparisons' (Gramophone)

'One of the finest pianists of our time' (CDReview)
Polonaise No 16 in G flat major dates from the first half of 1829, sometime before Chopin left Warsaw for Vienna. First engraved in 1870, it was a work known to Chopin’s sister Louise (who listed it in her manuscript catalogue of his compositions). Niecks, however, felt compelled to question its authenticity: ‘Nothing but the composer’s autograph [lost] would convince one of the genuineness of the piece.’ By comparison with Chopin’s earlier attempts at the form, its ideas seem relatively leisurely and less short-winded.

from notes by Ateş Orga © 1992

Polonaise no16 en sol bémol majeur date de la première moitié de 1829, quelque temps avant le départ de Chopin de Varsovie pour Vienne. Cette polonaise fut gravée pour la première fois en 1870; la sœur de Chopin, Louise, la connaissait (et l’inscrivit dans son catalogue manuscrit de ses compositions). Niecks se sent pourtant obligé de douter de son authenticité: «Nous ne pourrions être persuadés de l’authenticité de ce morceau que par l’autographe [perdu] du compositeur.» Si on le compare aux essais précédents du compositeur dans cette forme, ses thèmes semblent relativement pondérés et moins précis.

extrait des notes rédigées par Ateş Orga © 1992
Français: Alain Midoux

Die Polonaise Nr.16 in Ges-Dur entstammt der ersten Hälfte des Jahres 1829, einige Zeit vor Chopins Übersiedelung aus Warschau nach Wien. Das 1870 erstmals in Druck gegangene Werk war Chopins Schwester Louise bekannt (sie führte es in ihrem handschriftlichen Katalog seiner Werke auf). Niecks sah sich dennoch genötigt, seine Authentizität anzuzweifeln: „Nichts als die [verloren gegangene] Urschrift des Komponisten könnte einen von der Echtheit des Stücks überzeugen.“ Im Vergleich zu Chopins früheren Versuchen mit der Form wirken die Motive dieser Polonaise relativ gemächlich und weniger kurzatmig.

aus dem Begleittext von Ateş Orga © 1992
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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