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CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 2 / Ballade No. 4 / Polonaise-fantaisie (Horowitz) (1947-1957)

Composer(s)Chopin, Fryderyk
Artist(s) Horowitz, Vladimir, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.111282
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available

Although Horowitz’s concept of Chopin, characterised by extremes of dynamics and tempi, divided the critics over the years, as one of them wrote in 1958 of a disc containing the Barcarolle heard here,‘If your choice in Chopin interpretation runs to largescale, grandiose treatments, magnificent panoramas of sound, delicacy and yet tremendous virility, obtain this record by all means. The overall effect is breathtaking.’ The tempo Horowitz chooses for the first movement of this 1950 recording of Piano Sonata No. 2 may seem surprisingly slow, yet the relationship between the first and second subject is far more logical than many performances where the second subject is often played much slower than the first. The 1949 recording of the Ballade No. has never been reissued but is presented here for its rarity and in conjunction with the artist’s approved 1952 remake of the same work.


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Work/Track Title Time
CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 2 / Ballade No. 4 / Polonaise-fantaisie (Horowitz) (1947-1957) 1:16:31   
  Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March"          
      I. Grave - Doppio movimento 7:51       
      II. Scherzo 6:52       
      III. Marche funebre: Lento 6:55       
      IV. Finale: Presto 1:26       
  Barcarolle in F-Sharp Major, Op. 60 8:45       
  Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52 10:14       
  Polonaise No. 7 in A-Flat Major, Op. 61, "Polonaise-fantasie" 11:27       
  Etude No. 3 in E Major, Op. 10, No. 3 4:05       
  Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20 8:35       
  Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52 (withdrawn 1949 recording) 10:21       
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