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Chopin: 24 Preludes / Alain Lefevre, piano

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
>Soler, Antonio : Keyboard Sonata in D minor (Andantino cantabile), R. 24
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Acclaimed as a "hero" (Los Angeles Times), a "spectacular pianist" (Fanfare), a "smashing performer" (Washington Post), an "artistic winner" (Music Week, London), a "genial talent" (TheGazette), and as "the 10 most agile fingers to have emerged from Quebec... " (Toronto Star), Canadian pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre has a sparkling international career, touring repeatedly world-wide, performing to prestigious venues, in recital and with international orchestras and leading conductors.

Chopin's Op. 28 preludes have been compared to Johann Sebastian Bach's preludes in The Well-Tempered Clavier. However, each of Bach's preludes leads to a fugue in the same key, and Bach's pieces are arranged, in each of the work's two volumes, in ascending chromatic order (with major preceding parallel minor), while Chopin's are arranged in a circle of fifths (with major preceding relative minor). Chopin is known to have studied Bach's music, although he is not known to have performed it in public.

Harold C. Schonberg, in The Great Pianists, writes: "It also is hard to escape the notion that Chopin was very familiar with Hummel's now-forgotten Op. 67, composed in 1815 - a set of twenty-four preludes in all major and minor keys, starting with C major." As Schonberg says: "the openings of the Hummel A minor and Chopin E minor concertos are too close to be coincidental. "The dedicatee of Chopin's set, Joseph Christoph Kessler, also used the circle of fifths in his 24 Études, Op. 20, which were dedicated to Hummel.

Soler's most celebrated works are his keyboard sonatas, which are comparable to those composed by Domenico Scarlatti (with whom he may have studied). However, Soler's works are more varied in form than those of Scarlatti, with some pieces in three or four movements; Scarlatti's pieces are in one or two movements.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
Lefevre's Preludes are contemplative and sober. I do enjoy his highly sensitive Preludes 6 and 7 and his sparkling Prelude 11. Prelude 2 has plenty of gravity. Prelude 24 shows fine dramatic sense. He shapes fine dramatic contrasts, Prelude 17 sounds too careful.


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Works Details

>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
  • Performer: Lefèvre (Piano)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Soler, Antonio : Keyboard Sonata in D minor (Andantino cantabile), R. 24
  • Performer: Lefèvre (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical