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Chopin, Brahms, Fauré: Ballades / Jean-François Antonioli, piano

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52
>Brahms, Johannes : Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10
>Fauré, Gabriel : Ballade Op. 19 F-sharp major
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

By transferring the epic ballad onto the piano, Frédéric Chopin invented a new genre - and turned the virtuoso pianist into a narrator. BALLADES brings together the most prominent works of this genre on a single recording: the four large-scale ballades by Frédéric Chopin and Johannes Brahms, alongside the ballade by Gabriel Fauré, recorded at one of the world's most beautiful concert halls, the Victoria Hall in Geneva. One should go beyond elegant parlance, and afford a view onto the grand drama: Swiss pianist and conductor Jean-François Antonioli is known for his obsession with detail which leaves nothing to chance. For Antonioli, this obsession is not an end in itself: he builds large-scale narratives from the most minute of nuances, and thereby presents even the most familiar work in a new light. His recordings have been awarded numerous prizes. Regarding his own encounter with the ballades by Chopin, Brahms, and Fauré, Jean-François Antonoli comments: 'something that had already caught my attention in concerts became a certainty in the recording process: the connection between these different works is a feature that once used to be the golden rule for painters and architects - a maximum of unity, with the highest possible degree of diversity'.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Brahms and Chopin's ballades are well represented in the catalog. I was not expecting these to be fully competitive with the best. Antonioli has both the technique and the temperament. Antonioli's playing will have the greatest appeal to people who value the romantic tradition and are not turned off by heart-onsleeve emotion. Especially appealing is the warmth of sound from Victoria Hall in Geneva, Switzerland. FaurT's ever lovely ballade is difficult to resist when presented with such beauty and grace as we have here.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Victoria Hall in Geneva, Switzerland.



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Works Details

>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
  • Performer: Jean-François Antonioli (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38
  • Performer: Jean-François Antonioli (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
  • Performer: Jean-François Antonioli (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830

>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52
  • Performer: Jean-François Antonioli (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843

>Brahms, Johannes : Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10
  • Performer: Jean-François Antonioli (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Fauré, Gabriel : Ballade Op. 19 F-sharp major :: Andant ecantabile - Allegro moderato - Andante - Allegro - Andante - A
  • Performer: Jean-François Antonioli (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 04/1881