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Chopin, Frédéric - Piano Music, Vol. 4



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The Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor was actually the second of the two to be composed and was written, like its companion, in Warsaw, before Chopin left Poland. The concerto was tried out in private and then given its first public performance on 11th October 1830, at the composer's last Warsaw concert. On 2nd November he left home for good. Chopin dedicated the work to his friend Tytus Woyciechowski, and while it expresses something of his love for his closest companion, it summarises in its slow movement his feelings for the young singer Konstancja Gladkowska. He described the Adagio as "like dreaming in beautiful spring-time - by moonlight". The concerto relies heavily on the solo instrument, and Chopin himself played it on occasions without the assistance of an orchestra. The orchestral exposition has been considered by some to be too long, while others have found fault with the orchestration, and editors have sometimes seen fit to make change, to remedy these supposed faults. The idiom of the solo part remains entirely characteristic of the composer, with a slow movement "reviving in one's soul beautiful memories", as Chopin put it, and a final rondo providing a structure into which the composer's genius fits rather less easily. The Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor was, like No. 1, initially tried out in a private performance at home. Two weeks later it was repeated in public, in a programme that included the Fantasy on Polish Airs, before an audience of some 800 and performed again five days later, together with the Krakowiak, using a louder piano, to overcome objections of inaudibility. Reminiscent in style of the work of Spohr or Hummel, leading composers of the time, the F minor Concerto follows its dramatic first theme with a second, gentler subject, announced by the woodwind, before the entry of the soloist with the first striking theme. The romantic second movement has a brief orchestral introduction before the entry of the piano, in the mood of a Nocturne. The last movement may appear to bear all the marks of a Mazurka, its music characterised by novel orchestral effects, as the violins accompany one episode with the wood of the bow and a horn-call heralds the movement's final section, during the course of which the second horn descends to the depths, while the piano brings the work to a climax.
Fakta
Artikelnummer 8554540
Streckkod 0636943454022
Utgivningsdatum 1999-08-25
Kategori Piano
Skivbolag Naxos / Essentials
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Utövare
Kompositörer Chopin, Frédéric
Disk: 1
Allegro Maestoso
1 Allegro Maestoso
2 Romanza: Larghetto
3 Rondo: Vivace
4 Maestoso
5 Larghetto
6 Allegretto Vivace
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