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Chopin: The Complete Waltzes CD

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  • Composer: Frédéric Chopin
  • Audio CD (1 Aug. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0053SQRHO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,361 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Waltz in E flat major OP 18 [5'10]
  2. Waltz in A flat major OP 34 NO 1 [5'14]
  3. Waltz in A minor OP 34 NO 2 [5'19]
  4. Waltz in F major OP 34 NO 3 [2'13]
  5. Waltz in A flat major OP 42 [3'49]
  6. Waltz in D flat major Minute OP 64 NO 1 [1'37]
  7. Waltz in C sharp minor OP 64 NO 2 [3'19]
  8. Waltz in A flat major OP 64 NO 3 [3'07]
  9. Waltz in D flat major OP 70 NO 3 [2'33]
  10. Waltz in B minor OP 69 NO 2 [2'41]
  11. Waltz in E major KKIVA/12 [2'03]
  12. Waltz in A flat major KKIVA/13 [1'19]
  13. Waltz in E minor KKIVA/15 [2'42]
  14. Waltz in G flat major OP 70 NO 1 [2'06]
  15. Waltz in A flat major OP 69 NO 1 [3'00]
  16. Waltz in F minor OP 70 NO 2 [1'45]
  17. Waltz in A minor KKIVB/11 [1'32]
  18. Sostenuto in E flat major Waltz KKIVB/10 [1'22]
  19. Waltz in E flat major KKIVA/14 [2'18]
  20. Waltz in F sharp minor Valse mélancolique KKIB/7 [2'28]
  21. Nocturne in E flat major OP 9 NO 2 [3'52]

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Stephen Hough has a unique affinity for the music of Chopin, whose music has always been a central part of his repertoire. His earlier Chopin recordings for Hyperion garnered huge critical acclaim. Houghs name has become synonymous with pianistic elegance, flawless technique and immense musicianship and he has become globally renowned for his engaging and refined Chopin interpretations. In his published Waltzes Chopin brought a new level of sophistication to this popular dance form. His unpublished Waltzes are generally less complex but display considerable wit and charm, qualities ideally suited to Houghs pianism. The disc is rounded off with the famous E flat major Nocturne, which gives a more lyrical expression to the metre of the waltz. These illuminating and compelling performances are not to be missed.

Review

There's no prescribed order for playing the 20 Chopin waltzes that Stephen Hough includes in this delightful, effortlessly stylish collection, and Hough opts to present the eight pieces Chopin sanctioned for publication in his lifetime first, in chronological order, from the E flat major Op 18 to the Waltz in A flat Op 64 No 3, before moving on to the posthumously published ones. As a sequence it works well, allowing Hough to set off his marvellously coloured account of the introspective A minor Waltz Op 34 No 2 with the much more extrovert examples in A flat and F from the same set on either side, for instance. But in fact I suspect that whatever the order chosen, the result would have been equally convincing, for Hough's playing has such authority and panache, its balance between virtuosity and vividly communicated expression so finely judged, that every perfectly scaled moment is as intensely realised as every other. Few other pianists around today play Chopin with as much understanding and poised mastery as this. --Guardian,28/07/11

Chopin's waltzes are salon pieces, but always more than salon pieces, and Hough brings an astonishing range of touch to them. All those sophisticated inner parts and harmonic shifts are brought out with the greatest insouciance and style. Impishly, he ends this disc with a nocturne, Op 9 No 2, as if to show that it is actually a waltz in disguise.***** --Daily Telegraph,11/08/11

Hough shows all the required elegence,wit and virtuosity.First class recorded sound,too. Performance ***** Recording ***** BBC MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Sept'11

Stephen Hough brings out all the wit and wierdnes,elation and poignancy of all the works on this disc.This is an album to be savoured for years to come.The disc is produced by Andrew Keener,so it almost goes without saying that it is demonstration quality. ***** DISC OF THE MONTH --Classic fm Magazine,Oct'11

Hough shows all the required elegence,wit and virtuosity.First class recorded sound,too. Performance ***** Recording ***** BBC MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Sept'11

Hough charms and beguiles in this considered reading of Chopin's waltzes. --Gramophone,Oct'11

Hough shows all the required elegence,wit and virtuosity.First class recorded sound,too. Performance ***** Recording ***** BBC MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Sept'11

Hough charms and beguiles in this considered reading of Chopin's waltzes. --Gramophone,Oct'11

Hough shows all the required elegence,wit and virtuosity.First class recorded sound,too. Performance ***** Recording ***** BBC MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Sept'11


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