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Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C major, Op 3

composer
Polonaise: 1829; Introduction: 1830; dedicated to Joseph Merk
arranger

 
Chopin’s Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C major (originally for cello and piano) belongs to 1829-30, the last autumn and winter spent in his native Poland before his departure for Paris. It was written for one of his admirers, Prince Antoni Radziwill, a keen cellist and a composer himself, to play with his pianist daughter. In October Chopin had enjoyed a stay at their summer palace near Poznán where the polonaise was composed, the slow introduction being added a few months later. The main Alla Polacca (allegro con spirito), ‘a brilliant drawing room piece suitable for the ladies’, as Chopin described it to a friend, has a stirring cantabile F major second subject for the clarinet that foreshadows things to come.

from notes by Derek Watson © 2015

Recordings

Chopin: Cello Sonata; Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata
Studio Master: CDA68227Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Chopin & Saint-Saëns: Cello Sonatas
Studio Master: SIGCD252Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Chopin: Chamber Music
CDH55384Archive Service; also available on CDS44351/66
Chopin: The Complete Works
CDS44351/6616CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
The shepherd on the rock
Studio Master: SIGCD429Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 5 on CDH55384 [9'27] Archive Service; also available on CDS44351/66
Track 5 on CDS44351/66 CD15 [9'27] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 9 on SIGCD252 [9'20] Download only
Track 1 on SIGCD429 [9'12] Download only
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Alla Polacca

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