Preludes to Chopin | Prima Facie PFCD084

Preludes to Chopin


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Label: Prima Facie

Cat No: PFCD084

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 5th October 2018



Following his widely admired Back to Bach and Ronald Stevenson recordings, Kenneth Hamilton gives us Preludes to Chopin, the latest release in Prima Facie’s Heritage series.

The recording features the great Chopin Sonatas and the Barcarolle, along with two rarities: Busoni’s dramatic reworking of the “Heroic” Polonaise, and a hauntingly nostalgic version of the Chopin/Liszt My Joys, played according to Liszt student Bernhard Stavenhagen’s “personal memories of Liszt”. The CD is accompanied by Hamilton’s own detailed notes on the pieces and their performance.

Kenneth Hamilton comments: “The inspiration for this recording is identical to the motivation for my book After the Golden Age: Romantic Pianism and Modern Performance: an abiding fascination with the styles of the “golden age” of piano-playing from Chopin to Paderewski, and how these approaches might enrich our performances today. I’ve used Chopin’s thought-provoking Preludes as they were originally intended - as exquisite prefaces to longer pieces - and adopted a wide range of Romantic performance techniques. My aim was not a direct imitation of historical recordings, but to open myself up to the wider panorama of interpretative possibilities within this wonderful music.”

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