Chopin - Piano Music | MSR Classics MS1626

Chopin - Piano Music

£15.15

Label: MSR Classics

Cat No: MS1626

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 1st July 2016

Contents

Works

Chopin, Frederic

Ballades (4)
» no.1 in G minor, op.23
» no.3 in A flat major, op.47
Barcarolle in F sharp major, op.60
Berceuse in D flat major, op.57
Mazurkas (51)
» (3) op.50
Nocturnes (21)
» no.5 in F sharp major, op.15 no.2
» no.8 in D flat major, op.27 no.2
» no.13 in C minor, op.48 no.1
» no.16 in E flat major, op.55 no.2
Scherzi (4)
» no.4 in E major, op.54

Artists

David Korevaar (piano)

Works

Chopin, Frederic

Ballades (4)
» no.1 in G minor, op.23
» no.3 in A flat major, op.47
Barcarolle in F sharp major, op.60
Berceuse in D flat major, op.57
Mazurkas (51)
» (3) op.50
Nocturnes (21)
» no.5 in F sharp major, op.15 no.2
» no.8 in D flat major, op.27 no.2
» no.13 in C minor, op.48 no.1
» no.16 in E flat major, op.55 no.2
Scherzi (4)
» no.4 in E major, op.54

Artists

David Korevaar (piano)

About

‘When I put together the program for this disc, I conceived it as a recital: a collection of works that fit together naturally and formed a dramatic arc, while giving a sense of Chopin’s stylistic evolution throughout his all-too-brief career. From the F-sharp Nocturne, Op.15, No.2, composed when he was 20, to the Barcarolle, Op.60, also in F-sharp major, composed 15 years later, Chopin’s personal voice is evident. But every work presented here is different, with its own formal and sonic space; the later pieces show an ever-increasing structural sophistication and harmonic daring, along with greater emotional range.

‘In assembling these particular works, I considered Chopin’s extraordinary sense of the color of different keys, and in particular his distinction between flat keys and sharp keys. I have chosen an order that shows a progression from the flat side to the sharp side, and emphasizes tonal connections from piece to piece. Thus, the first part of the program emphasizes flat keys: C minor, G minor, E-flat major, A-flat major, and D-flat major. The three Mazurkas of Op.50 act to mediate between these two sides, with the first one, in G major, including moments of C minor and E-flat major. The second is in A-flat major, and the third moves unequivocally to the sharp side, with its main key of C-sharp minor and subsidiary keys of A major and B major. After the Mazurkas, the program moves through F-sharp major, D-flat major, F-sharp major, and E major.’
- David Korevaar

Pianist David Korevaar, whose playing has been called a ‘musical epiphany’ by Gramophone, performs a wide range of repertoire, from the time of Bach to the present. He balances his active career as a soloist and chamber musician with teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is the Peter and Helen Weil Professor of Piano. Since his New York debut at Town Hall in 1985, Korevaar has performed throughout the United States, including concerts in Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Dallas, Houston, Cincinnati and San Diego, as well as on tours in Europe and Asia. He has been heard at major venues in New York, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Merkin Concert Hall, and frequently performs in his home state of Colorado. International performances have included appearances in Australia, Japan, Korea, Abu Dhabi and Europe. Korevaar gave his London debut at Wigmore Hall and his German recital debut at the Heidelberg Spring Festival. He also performed and taught in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan as a cultural envoy under the sponsorship of the United States Department of State. Also a highly active recording artist, Korevaar has made numerous critically acclaimed recordings that encompass solo and ensemble literature from Johann Sebastian Bach, Beethoven and Brahms to Ravel and Hindemith. An advocate for new music as well, he has recorded works by contemporary composers, including David Carlson and Lowell Liebermann.

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