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The Young Chopin

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Variations on Là ci darem la Mano from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Op 2, clearly emphasizes Chopin’s considerable admiration for Mozart. During Chopin’s visit to Vienna in 1829 he aimed to get the Variations and his first Piano Sonata published. The Variations were the main work in the concert performed at the Kärntnerthor Theatre to a tumultuous reception. The Introduction to the Variations allows the soloist an impressive display of colorful, decorative notes while playing with fragments of the well known theme. The following five Variations lead to the final with Chopin’s transformation of Mozart’s duet in a magnificent conclusion.

Fantasia on Polish Airs, Op 13, was composed in 1828 and first published in Paris in 1834. The orchestra provides a grand opening to the Fantasia ahead of the piano that without doubt carries the musical expressions of Chopin. The air Juz Miesiac Zaszedi is introduced by the soloist and repeated by the orchestra, with elaborate piano adornment. The second theme, chosen by Karol Kurpinski the principal conductor at the Warsaw Opera, is thoroughly Polish in form and inspiration. In the final Kujawiak, the piano introduces a theme typical of the Kujawy region north west of Warsaw.

Krakowiack, Grand Rondeau de Concert, Op.14, opens in the most harmonious and melodic Andantino and enters the Rondo thorough a sudden sparkling passage.  Through the rhythm of the Krakowiack, the orchestra introduces the dance of Krakov in an extended passage where the first F major theme alternates with the second theme in D minor and Poland momentarily slips into the background. Chopin also provided a piano solo version of Krakowiack.

Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op. 22. Chopin composed the Andante Spianato in 1834, already having completed the Grande Polonaise in 1831 during his unhappy stay in Vienna. Both works were published together in Paris in 1836. Chopin performed the complete work in Paris on the 26 April, 1835. The introductory Andante Spianato for piano solo, in its poetic harmony, is Chopin at his best. Chopin’s life-long love of Polish dance forms where used in his Polonaises of sometimes heroic dimensions. Here the orchestra opens the Grande Polonaise, briefly pausing and the soloist comes in with Chopin’s own version of the native Polish dance.


Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)

1. Variations on Là ci darem la Mano
from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Op. 2

Introduction: Largo
Tema: Allegretto
Variation I: Brilliante
Variation II: Veloce, ma accuratamente
Variation III: Sempre sustenuto
Variation IV: Con bravura Variation
V: Adagio - alla polacca                              20:05

2. Fantasia on Polish Airs, Op.13
Introduction: Largo non troppo
Air: “Juz miesiac zaszedi” Andantino
Thème de Charles Kurpinski: Allegretto
Kujawiak: Vivace                                        15:27

3. Krakowiak, Grand Rondo de Concert, Op.14
Introduction: Andantino quasi allegretto
Rondo: Allegro non troppo                         14:54

4. Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op.22
Andante spianato: Tranquillo
Polonaise: Allegro molto                            14:30


Total playing time 65:15
Natasha Paremski, Piano
Winner at several prestigious Piano competitions

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitry Yablonsky, Conductor

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