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Chopin: Late Piano Works, Vol. 1 / Jin Ju, piano

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59
>Chopin, Frédéric : Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62
>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55
>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise-fantasy for piano no 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

A moment we have long been waiting for has finally come: the incomparable Jin Ju is now releasing her first Chopin recital on MDG. It has been many, many years since one has heard Chopin so movingly rendered!

Jin Ju has selected a program featuring Chopin's late compositions - works from a time when the composer had long taken leave of any sort of superficial piano acrobatics. A deeply felt compositional style accompanied by the most personal feeling stamps this music, in which supernatural beauty and the deepest emotional tension meet in the narrowest space.

Or the Polonaise Fantasy op. 61: dissonant harmony marks the opening measures; modal chordal connections at most hint at folkloristic reminiscences of Chopin's native Poland; and a grand narrative spreads out and transports the listener to faraway worlds and related emotional states. The mazurkas with which Jin Ju opens her selection are also strong character studies whose origin in functional and entertaining music is no longer in evidence.

Jin Ju is able to develop quasi-multidimensional structures conveyed even on a first hearing. At her hands the "Manfred Bürki" Steinway grand piano of 1901 unfolds its incredible color palette - and it is a point of honor that this event has been captured by MDG technique in the SACD sound. The genuine 3D space of the 2+2+2 recording revives the spirit of Chopin's Parisian salons - music for soulful moments!

This is a dual layer hybrid SAC playable on all CD players in normal stereo.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
This is organized as a recital with pieces arranged as a program. It is also the Chinese pianist's third recording, and her first devoted to Chopin's music. Her first two have been reasonably well received. Her accumulation of awards and teaching appointments is certainly most impressive. At 13:38 it is the longest piece in this program. It is a story told with imagination, endless color, and rhythmic flexibility. Closing the remarkable recital is the composer's final and greatest Ballade. Jin once again takes us on a magnificent journey with plenty of side trips for reflection. The sound in typical MDG fashion is glorious and the notes most interesting.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/15/2013-01/17/2013).



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Works Details

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59
  • Performer: Jin Ju (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/15/2013-01/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60
  • Performer: Jin Ju (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/15/2013-01/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845-1845

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62
  • Performer: Jin Ju (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/15/2013-01/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54
  • Performer: Jin Ju (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/15/2013-01/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55
  • Performer: Jin Ju (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/15/2013-01/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1844

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Polonaise-fantasy for piano no 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156
  • Performer: Jin Ju (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/15/2013-01/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52
  • Performer: Jin Ju (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/15/2013-01/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843