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Impromptu No 3 in G flat major, Op 51

two version exist; final version is recorded by Garrick Ohlsson

Chopin’s favourite of these four pieces was the Impromptu in G flat major, Op 51 (1842). It begins rather like the first of the set with triplets in both hands, but is harmonically more adventurous. The ascending scale which appears initially in bar 9 makes our spirits soar. The middle section, however, is what makes this piece very special. The left hand must sing like a cello and capture something of the darkness of the key (E flat minor) while the right hand accentuates the restlessness beneath the surface.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

L’Impromptu en sol bémol majeur, op.51 (1842), le préféré de Chopin, s’ouvre plutôt à la manière du premier des quatre Impromptus, avec des triolets aux deux mains, mais est harmoniquement plus osé. La gamme ascendante qui apparaît initialement à la mesure 9 nous remonte le moral. Mais c’est la section centrale qui fait toute la spécificité de cette pièce: la main gauche doit y chanter comme un violoncelle et ravir un peu des ténèbres de la tonalité (mi bémol mineur), tandis que la droite accentue la nervosité sous-jacente.

extrait des notes rédigées par Angela Hewitt © 2004
Français: Hypérion

Von diesen vier Werken bevorzugte Chopin das Impromptu in Ges-Dur op. 51 (1842). Ebenso wie das erste Stück in dem Zyklus beginnt es mit Triolen in beiden Händen, ist harmonisch gesehen jedoch anspruchsvoller. Die aufsteigende Tonleiter, die zunächst in Takt 9 erscheint, wirkt belebend. Doch ist der Mittelteil besonders eindrucksvoll. Die linke Hand muss singen wie ein Cello und das Dunkle der Tonart (es-Moll) einfangen, während die rechte Hand die unterschwellige Ruhelosigkeit betont.

aus dem Begleittext von Angela Hewitt © 2004
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel


Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus
Studio Master: CDA67371/22CDsStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Chopin: Preludes & Impromptus
Chopin: The Complete Works
CDS44351/6616CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus
This album is not yet available for downloadSACDA67371/22CDs Super-Audio CD — Deleted


Track 10 on CDA67371/2 CD2 [5'48] 2CDs
Track 30 on CDH55383 [5'54]
Track 10 on CDS44351/66 CD7 [5'54] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 10 on SACDA67371/2 CD2 [5'48] 2CDs Super-Audio CD — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDH55383 track 30

Recording date
25 August 1993
Recording venue
Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York, USA
Recording producer
Adam Abeshouse
Recording engineer
Adam Abeshouse
Hyperion usage
  1. Chopin: Preludes & Impromptus (CDH55383)
    Disc 1 Track 30
    Release date: January 2010
  2. Chopin: The Complete Works (CDS44351/66)
    Disc 7 Track 10
    Release date: November 2008
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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