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Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March"
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, Op. 58
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Notes & Reviews:

Frederic Chopin's Piano Sonatas No.2 ("Funeral March") and No.3 are the product of the composer's maturity and are rich with boundless invention. Here they receive incandescent performances by the 2001 Cliburn Competition gold medalist Olga Kern. The Washington Post writes, "Kern's musicality radiates off the stage and saturates the hall, and it is joyously alive, immediately communicative, fragrantly sensual, and almost visual in its intensity. What ever it is - call it star quality - music likes Kern the way the camera liked Garbo."

Sunday Times
[Kern] is the real thing, an artist of formidable accomplishments...Her performance of No 3 is superb - especially in the wonderful slow movement.

Gramophone Magazine
Few manage to shape the overall structure and each movement therein quite as convincingly as Kern. This is particularly true of the first movements of both sonatas...The last movement of No. 2...is wonderfully fleet and feathery, while in the B minor's finale...Kern makes the most of the left hand's delicious, but often muddied, contribution.



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>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March"
  • Performer: Olga Kern (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, Op. 58
  • Performer: Olga Kern (Piano)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844