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Chronological Chopin: Ballades, Preludes, Scherzi and Other Works / Burkard Schliessmann [3 CDs]

Audio Samples

  1. Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20
  2. Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 1 in C Major $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 2 in A Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 3 in G Major $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 4 in E Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 5 in D Major $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 6 in B Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 7 in A Major $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 9 in E Major $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 11 in B Major $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 13 in F-Sharp Major $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 14 in E-Flat Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 15 in D-Flat Major "Raindrop" $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 16 in B-Flat Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 17 in A-Flat Major $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 18 in F Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 19 in E-Flat Major $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 20 in C Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 21 in B-Flat Major $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 22 in G Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 23 in F Major $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Preludes, Op. 28: No. 24 in D Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31
  28. Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38 $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Scherzo No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 39 $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 45 $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 47 $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Fantasie in F Minor, Op. 49
  33. Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
  34. Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
  35. Berceuse in D-Flat Major, Op. 57 $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Barcarolle in F-Sharp Major, Op. 60 $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Polonaise-fantasie in A-Flat Major, Op. 61

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38
>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 25 in C sharp minor, Op. 45, CT. 190
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47
>Chopin, Frédéric : Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52
>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54
>Chopin, Frédéric : Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57
>Chopin, Frédéric : Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60
>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise-fantasy for piano no 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156
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Notes & Reviews:

German pianist Burkard Schliessmann is a performer with a passion and vision, to seek out and interpret the forms, colours and textures, indeed the soul and expression: the poetic impact, of works we believe have already been fully explored. His previous recordings have received worldwide acclaim "Schliessmann is too good a pianist for anyone to pass on this" - American Record Guide; "without equal" - Fanfare. This triple SACD set with state of the art sound and luxury packaging chronicles the works of Chopin in order, showing the composer's development and is thus informative for scholars as well as being a superb recital. Chopin is the composer above all who has inspired Schliessmann and his interpretative style.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
This is large amount of Chopin, uniquely arranged chronologically. For those of us who usually listen in sequence to all four Ballades or Scherzos, this approach gives a fresh perspective on familiar works. Chopin has been integral to Schliessmann's recorded repertoire for quite some time. He recorded all four Ballades, the Fantasy, Barcarolle, and Polonaise- Fantasy in 2002 (Bayer 100348, Nov/Dec 2003). In 2009 he made new recordings of the three previous works and added the Berceuse, Prelude, Op. 45 and Waltz Op. 64:2. In 2010 he made new recordings of Ballades 3 and 4. All of these were released on MSR 1361 (Nov/Dec 2010). Now, for his first release on Divine Art, the recordings are mostly new, done in 2012, 2013, and 2015. Three works from 2009, originally on MSR, are included here (Fantasy, Berceuse, Prelude, Op. 45).

So "Chronological Chopin" has far more strengths than weaknesses. I would go out of my way to hear Schliessmann play any group of these in concert. His approach to all of the music is worthy of study and repays careful listening. The piano sound is spectacular and the booklet notes informative and comprehensive.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex-Studios, Berlin (04/08/2015-04/10/2015); Teldex-Studios, Berlin (04/24/2013-04/25/2013); Teldex-Studios, Berlin (06/22/2009-06/24/2009); Teldex-Studios, Berlin (08/15/2012-08/16/2012).



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Works Details

>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20
  • Performer: Burkard Schliessmann (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex-Studios, Berlin (08/15/2012-08/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1835

>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
  • Performer: Burkard Schliessmann (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex-Studios, Berlin (04/24/2013-04/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
  • Performer: Burkard Schliessmann (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex-Studios, Berlin (04/08/2015-04/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31
  • Performer: Burkard Schliessmann (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex-Studios, Berlin (04/24/2013-04/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38
  • Performer: Burkard Schliessmann (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex-Studios, Berlin (04/08/2015-04/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39
  • Performer: Burkard Schliessmann (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex-Studios, Berlin (04/08/2015-04/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 25 in C sharp minor, Op. 45, CT. 190
  • Performer: Burkard Schliessmann (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex-Studios, Berlin (06/22/2009-06/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47
  • Performer: Burkard Schliessmann (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex-Studios, Berlin (04/24/2013-04/25/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Chopin, Frédéric : Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49
  • Performer: Burkard Schliessmann (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex-Studios, Berlin (06/22/2009-06/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52
  • Performer: Burkard Schliessmann (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex-Studios, Berlin (08/15/2012-08/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843

>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54
  • Performer: Burkard Schliessmann (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex-Studios, Berlin (08/15/2012-08/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843

>Chopin, Frédéric : Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57
  • Performer: Burkard Schliessmann (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex-Studios, Berlin (06/22/2009-06/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844

>Chopin, Frédéric : Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60
  • Performer: Burkard Schliessmann (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex-Studios, Berlin (08/15/2012-08/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845-1845

>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise-fantasy for piano no 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156
  • Performer: Burkard Schliessmann (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex-Studios, Berlin (08/15/2012-08/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846