Chopin's Immortal Mazurkas and Etudes

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

'Chopin, by Wodzinska' by Maria Wodzińska. 'Chopin, by Wodzinska' by Maria Wodzińska. (Wikimedia Commons)

On this week’s Reflections from the Keyboard, host David Dubal wraps up his four-part series on the mazurkas and etudes composed by Frédéric Chopin.

Featured on this episode are several of Chopin’s finest compositions. Pianist William Kapell plays the C minor Mazurka, Vladimir Horowitz plays the G flat Etude, and Maryla Jonas gives a tender performance of the composer’s very last work, written on his deathbed, the Mazurka Op. 68 No. 4.

Program playlist (all by Frédéric Chopin):

Etude, Op. 10, No. 4
Shura Cherkassky, piano
Ivory Classics

Etude Op. 10 No. 4 in C sharp minor
Vladimir Horowitz, piano
EMI

Mazurka in E minor, Op. 41 No. 2
William Kapell, piano
RCA

Mazurka No. 27 in E minor Op. 41 No. 2
Vladimir Horowitz, piano
EMI

Etude Op. 10 No. 8 in F
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
Firma Melodiya

Mazurka in A flat Major
Mirian Conti, piano
Steinway & Sons

Mazurka in D Major
Mirian Conti, piano
Steinway & Sons

Etude Op. 10 No. 7 in C
Gyorgy Cziffra, piano
Phillips

Mazurka in C minor, Op. 56 No. 3
William Kapell, piano
RCA

Etude in G flat Major, Op. 10, No. 5, Black Key
Mischa Levitzki, piano
Naxos Historical

Etude Op. 10 No. 5 in G flat Major
Vladimir Horowitz, piano
EMI

Etude Op. 25 No. 2 in F minor
Wilhelm Backhaus, piano
Pearl

Etude Op. 25 No. 2 in F minor
Gyorgy Cziffra, piano
Phillips

Etude Op. 25 No. 2 in F minor
Alfred Cortot, piano
Phillips

Mazurka No. 7 in F minor Op. 7 No. 3
Vladimir Horowitz, piano
EMI

Etude Op. 25 No. 5 in E minor
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
Firma Melodiya

Mazurka Op. 68 No. 4
Maryla Jonas, piano
Pearl

Etudes Op. 25 No. 10 in B minor
Gyorgy Cziffra, piano
Phillips

Etude Op. 10, No.11
Ronald Smith, piano
Nimbus

Comments [1]

Valerie Bartolo from South Floorida

I hope you will rebroadcast David Dubal's glorious series "Reflections from the Piano" and, the earlier series "The Romantic Piano." Missed much of those two because I just started streaming WQXR. We lost Classical South Florida to banal pop music. Listen to WQXR all day. Brings me back to a near lifetime of living in New York. Thank goodness you WQXR and overall wonderful programming.

Aug. 06 2015 10:32 AM

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