Chopin - Ballades, Impromptus, Preludes Op.28
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95210
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 4th December 2015
Impromptu no.1 in A flat major, op.29
Impromptu no.2 in F sharp major, op.36
Impromptu no.3 in G flat major, op.51
Impromptu no.4 in C sharp minor, op.66 'Fantaisie-Impromptu'
Preludes (24), op.28
ArtistsWolfram Schmitt‐Leonardy (piano)
This 2CD set contains the complete 4 Ballades, Impromptus and the Preludes Op.28. The names of these genres were not invented by Chopin, but he gave them a wholly new, original and personal meaning and content.
The Ballades are full bodied works in a free narrative form, building up the tension and drama from the contemplative lyrical beginnings to the highly passionate conclusions. The Impromptus are in free A‐B‐A form, and are a fusion of the Nocturne and Ballade style. The Preludes Op.28 are the romantic answer to Bach’s Preludes, each short piece a gem of refined and distilled emotions.
Wolfram Schmitt‐Leonardy is one of the finest German pianists of his generation. The recording of the Preludes received a 9/9 on Classicstoday - Jed Distler wrote: “he achieves a fusion of impassioned ardoor and classical textual rigor… the best of Schmitt‐Leonardy’s Chopin adds up to a stimulating and compelling listening journey well worth traveling, even if you’ve heard these works hundreds of times”.
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