Comparing Takes on Chopin's 'Revolutionary' Etude

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Chopin statue at Lazienki Park in Warsaw, Poland. The Chopin statue at Lazienki Park in Warsaw, Poland. (Rafal Olechowski/Shutterstock)

Host David Dubal continues his series exploring Polish master Frederic Chopin’s mazurkas and etudes. He wrote 60 mazurkas, took the form from a Polish folk dance, and expanded it into musical poetry. His etudes, 24 in total, represent the high watermark of technical innovation on the piano at that period of time.

On this week's program, Vladimir Horowitz plays his rendition of Chopin's Etude No. 4, as well as a few comparative performances. Plus, it's William Kapell versus Maryla Jonas in playing the great Mazurka in C sharp minor, and hear three back to back versions of the Revolutionary Etude.

Program playlist (all by Frédéric Chopin):

Mazurka, Op. 41, No. 2 in E Minor
Maryla Jonas, piano
Pearl

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

Etude Op. 25 No. 2 in F minor
Grigory Ginzburg, piano
Arlecchino

Etude Op. 25 No. 2 in F minor
Emil Gilels, piano
Philips

Etude Op. 10 No. 10 in A-flat Major
Guiomar Novaes, piano
Self-Released

Etude Op. 10 No. 12 in C minor 'Revolutionary'
Halina Czerny-Stefanska, piano
Philips

Etude Op. 10 No. 12 in C minor 'Revolutionary'
Shura Cherkassky, piano
Philips

Etude Op. 10 No. 12 in C minor 'Revolutionary'
Ignaz Friedman, piano
Philips

Mazurka Op. 33 No. 2 in D
Ignace Paderewski, piano
Philips

Mazurka Op. 33 No. 2 in D
Moriz Rosenthal, piano
Pearl

Etude Op. 25 No. 4 in A minor
Boris Berezovsky, piano
Teldec

Mazurka Op. 68, No.4 in F minor
John Browning, piano
MSR

Mazurka Op. 68, No.4 in F minor
John Browning
MSR

Etude Op.25 No. 3 in F Major
Juana Zayas, piano
Philips

Mazurka Op. 63 No. 2 in F Minor
Vladimir Horowitz, piano
Philips

Mazurka Op. 50 No. 3 in C sharp Minor
Dinu Lipatti, piano
EMI

Mazurka Op. 50 No. 3 in C sharp Minor
William Kapell, piano
RCA

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

Comments [1]

Pianist 03561 from New Hampshire

David Dubal is amazing. No matter how many times one thinks one has heard these works, Mr. Dubal finds new insights, spellbinding stories and does so with exquisite taste. His commentary and choice of musical selections is a rare treat. He goes beyond the beaten path and explores and enlightens his audiences. David Dubal is truly unique.

Jul. 16 2015 09:51 PM

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