The Bard of the Piano

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Frederic Chopin. Frederic Chopin. (titusjon/flickr)

On this week’s Reflections from the Keyboard, host David Dubal continues his focus on Frédéric Chopin’s etudes and mazurkas with a sampling of some of the great performances of the past.

Chopin, known as the Bard of the Piano, wrote his etudes upon his arrival at his new home of Paris, only composing them during his 20s. His mazurkas, however, were written throughout his entire career, reminiscent of the dances of his homeland.

Featured on this episode is the Mazurka in C sharp Minor from Op. 41 played by Ignaz Friedman and a comparative performance of the “Black Key” Etude.

Program playlist (all by Frédéric Chopin):

Etude in E flat minor Op.10, No.6
Vladamir Horowitz, piano
Phillips

Mazurka in C sharp minor Op. 41, No.1
Ignaz Friedman, piano
Phillips

Nouvelle Etude No. 1 in F Minor
David Dubal, piano
ArkivMusic

Nouvelle Etude No. 1 in F Minor
Alfred Cortot, piano
Pearl

Etude in A-flat Op. 25, No. 1
Thomas Manshardt, piano
MAPL

Etude in A-flat Op. 25, No. 1
Gyorgy Cziffra, piano
Phillips

Etude in E major Op.10, No. 3
Tamas Vasary, piano
Polygram Records

Mazurka in A flat Op. 17, No.3
Nikita Magaloff, piano
Phillips

Etude in G flat Op.10, No.5 "black key"
Oscar Levant, piano
Pearl

Etude in G flat Op.10, No.5  "black key"
Ignaz Friedman, piano
Phillips

Etude in D Flat Op. 25. No. 8
Jeanne-Marie Darre, piano
VAI Audio

Etude in G sharp major Op. 25, No.6
Josef and Rosina Lhevinne, piano
Phillips

Etude in G sharp minor Op. 25, No.6
Gyorgy Cziffra, piano
Phillips

Etude in G sharp minor Op. 25, No.6
Ignaz Friedman, piano
Phillips

Mazurka in C sharp minor Op.63, No. 3
Evgeny Kissin, piano
Melodiya

Mazurka in A minor Op.67, No. 4
Ignaz Friedman, piano
Phillips

Mazurka op.67, No. 3
Ignaz Friedman, piano
Phillips

Etude in C minor Op. 25, No.12
Murray Perahia, piano
Sony Classical

Comments [3]

Joseph Ciolino from NYC

Wonderful programs, as usual, but I would like to make a special appeal to hear more of Maryla Jonas' "Mazurkas," which, I think, are mystical renditions.

Thank you.

Sep. 11 2015 04:17 AM
Arthur Klass from Brooklyn

listening to Dubal's program is like sitting in on a Master Class

Jul. 23 2015 08:57 PM

What gives? There's one listing for "Etude in G sharp major Op. 25, No. 6" and two listings for "Etude in G sharp minor Op. 25, No. 6."

Dueling etudes?

DD~~

Jul. 23 2015 01:24 AM

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