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Chopin chez Pleyel / Alain Planes

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Op. 22
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 13 in F sharp major, Op. 28/13, CT. 178
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 11 in B major, Op. 28/11, CT. 176
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 4 in E minor, Op. 28/4, CT. 169
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 9 in E major, Op. 28/9, CT. 174
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 13 in A flat major, Op. 25/1, CT. 26
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 14 in F minor, Op. 25/2, CT. 27
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 24 in C minor, Op. 25/12, CT. 37
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 25 in C sharp minor, Op. 45, CT. 190
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for Piano in A minor, B 140 "A Emile Gaillard"
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 41/2, CT. 77
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 28 in B major, Op. 41/3, CT. 78
>Chopin, Frédéric : Impromptu for Piano no 3 in G flat major, b 149/Op. 51
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse"
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Notes & Reviews:

This album is a virtual journey into Chopin's musical world. On February 21, 1842, the Polish composer gave one of his very rare concerts. He did not enjoy appearing in public, for his music was above all an intimate art. On 'Chopin chez Pleyel', Alain Planes has recreated the program of this concert as closely as possible and recorded it on a Pleyel piano of 1836 that the composer might very well have played. The questions he throws up in the process are fascinating. How did Chopin play? Apart from his famous rubato, what was the role of ornamentation and indeed improvisation? This fascinating album offers very plausible and musically satisfying answers to some of these questions.

This album is a virtual journey into Chopin's musical world. On Feb. 21, 1842, the Polish composer gave one of his very rare concerts. He did not enjoy appearing in public, fo rhis music was above all an intimate art. Alain Planes has recreated the program of this concert as closely as possible and recorded it on a Pleyel piano of 1836 that the composer might very well have played.

"In a year where the Chopin bicentenary has inspired some stunning releases, this beautifully played recital stands out as going a bit further. Based on a concert given by Chopin in 1842, and played on an exquisitely toned 1836 Pleyel piano, Alain Planès draws upon annotations and variants on pupils' scores and other evidence of the composer's playing style. This is no dry exercise, for Planès lifts the music off the page, combining intimacy with a vivid and fresh voice." -BBC Music Awards nominee, 2011

Sunday Times
Alain Planès...is obviously at home with the instrument, and plays finely. He also makes a gallant attempt at recapturing Chopin's famously fluid style of playing. The A flat ballade is particularly pleasing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Paris, IRCAM, Salle Modulable (03/2009).



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Works Details

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Op. 22 :: Andante spianato in G major
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1835

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 13 in F sharp major, Op. 28/13, CT. 178
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 11 in B major, Op. 28/11, CT. 176
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 4 in E minor, Op. 28/4, CT. 169
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 9 in E major, Op. 28/9, CT. 174
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Etude for piano no 13 in A flat major, Op. 25/1, CT. 26
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835-1837

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Etude for piano no 14 in F minor, Op. 25/2, CT. 27
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835-1837

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Etude for piano no 24 in C minor, Op. 25/12, CT. 37
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835-1837

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 25 in C sharp minor, Op. 45, CT. 190
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1841.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Mazurka for Piano in A minor, B 140 "A Emile Gaillard"
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Mazurka for piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 41/2, CT. 77
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Mazurka for piano no 28 in B major, Op. 41/3, CT. 78
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Impromptu for Piano no 3 in G flat major, b 149/Op. 51
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse"
  • Performer: Alain Planès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840