Chopin: Piano Works



reference SOCD385
number of CDs 1
unit price 17.65 €
performer(s) » Yuki Kondo


Chopin’s music remains indissociable from an instrument that he always considered his mediator, from the Rondo Op. 1, written in Warsaw in 1825, up to the Mazurka Op. 68 no. 4 dashed off on paper in 1849 in Paris’s Place Vendôme, shortly before his death at the age of thirty-nine. All exegetes have tried to approach the mystery of music that, in the lovely phrase of Vladimir Jankélévitch, ‘expresses the inexpressible ad infinitum’[...] The clarity of line, the transparency of the most complex chords, and the combinations of timbres prepared the way for Debussy and Scriabin, and even Messiaen. It has been said that Liszt was thinking of the orchestra when writing for the piano; Chopin, on the other hand, thought only of the keyboard of which he perceived the full human depth to the point of making it his sole source of inspiration. ‘To speak about Chopin’s music would imply, in a way, playing it together – and little matter whether the keyboard be made of dreams or ivory.’ (André Boucourechliev).
Michel Le Naour

Track list

Frédéric Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Frédéric Chopin Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
Frédéric Chopin Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 47
Frédéric Chopin Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
Frédéric Chopin Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22: I.
Frédéric Chopin Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22: II.
Frédéric Chopin Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40 “Militaire”
Frédéric Chopin Polonaise in A-Flat Major, Op. 53 “Héroïque”