Nikita Magaloff
Chopin: Prélude, Op. 28 No. 13 in F sharp major (3:41)

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Composer: Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)

Work: Waltz in B minor (1829)

Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Chopin composed the so-called Nocturne in C-sharp minor in 1830, and dedicated it to his older sister, Ludwika Chopin: “For my sister Ludwika to practice before she takes on my second Concerto.” He did not give it a name and did not call it a nocturne. Ludwika, however, referred to it as “Lento, of a nocturne character” when she compiled a list of her brother’s unpublished compositions much later.

The piece was not published until 1875, twenty-six years after the composer’s death, together with three mazurkas, under the title Lento con gran espressione, from its tempo. It is sometimes also known as Reminiscence. I could not find out when it got officially counted under the nocturnes as number 20.

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Frédéric Chopin - Narzeczony (The bridegroom), Op.74 No.15, Wiatr zaszumial miedzy krzewy (The wind howls in the forest)

Composed 1831. Urszula Kryger (Mezzosoprano), Charles Spencer (Piano).

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Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G minor, op.23

Composed 1835/36.

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Polonaise in A-flat major (Polonaise héroïque)  F. Chopin

*Martha Argerich

The Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 for solo piano, was written by Frédéric Chopin in 1842. This composition is one of Chopin’s most admired compositions and has long been a favorite of the classical piano repertoire. The piece, which is very difficult, requires exceptional piano skills and great virtuosity to be interpreted at a high degree of proficiency.

The name “Polonaise héroïque” goes back to George Sand, Chopin’s longtime lover and companion. In a letter she wrote:

L’inspiration! La force! La vigueur! Il est indéniable qu’un tel esprit doit être présent dans la Révolution française. Désormais cette polonaise devrait être un symbole, un symbole héroïque!

Chopin was always reluctant to bestow descriptive names on his music, but the name stuck.

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Chopin, 12 Etudes op. 25 : no. 4 in A minor

Claudio Arrau, piano


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Frédéric Chopin: Waltz in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1.
Ingrid Fliter, piano.

This waltz for solo piano, popularly known as the Minute Waltz or Valse du petit chien, was written in 1847. It is dedicated to the Countess Delfina Potocka.

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Chopin, Waltz in E flat, Op. 18 “Grande Valse brillante”

Ingrid Haebler (Piano)

The Grande valse brillante in E-flat major, Op. 18, was composed by Frédéric Chopin in 1833 and published in 1834. This was his first published waltz composition for solo piano. However, prior to 1834 he had written at least sixteen waltzes that were either destroyed or eventually published posthumously.

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