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Chopin: Ballades, nos. 1-4; Impromptus Nos. 1-3; Preludes, Op. 28 / Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy, piano

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  1. Chopin — Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Chopin — Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38 $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Chopin — Ballade No. 3 in A- Flat Major, Op. 47 $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Chopin — Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
  5. Chopin — Impromptu No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 29 $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Chopin — Impromptu No. 2 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 36 $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Chopin — Impromptu No. 3 in G-Flat Major, Op. 51 $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Chopin — Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 66 $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in C Major. Agitato $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: II. Prelude in A Minor. Lento $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: III. Prelude in G Major. Vivace $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: IV. Prelude in E Minor. Largo $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: V. Prelude in D Major. Allegro molto $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: VI. Prelude in B Minor. Lento assai $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: VII. Prelude in A Major. Andantino $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: VIII. Prelude in F-Sharp Minor. Molto agitato $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: IX. Prelude in E Major. Largo $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: X. Prelude in C-Sharp Minor. Allegro molto $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: XI. Prelude in B Major. Vivace $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: XII. Prelude in G-Sharp Minor. Presto $0.69 on iTunes
  21. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: XIII. Prelude in F-Sharp Major. Lento $0.69 on iTunes
  22. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: XIV. Prelude in E-Flat Minor. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  23. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: XV. Prelude in D-Flat Major "Raindrop". Sostenuto $0.69 on iTunes
  24. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: XVI. Prelude in B-Flat Minor. Presto con fuoco $0.69 on iTunes
  25. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: XVII. Prelude in A-Flat Major. Allegretto $0.69 on iTunes
  26. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: XVIII. Prelude in F Minor. Allegro molto $0.69 on iTunes
  27. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: XIX. Prelude in E-Flat Major. Vivace $0.69 on iTunes
  28. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: XX. Prelude in C Minor. Largo $0.69 on iTunes
  29. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: XXI. Prelude in B-Flat Major. Cantabile $0.69 on iTunes
  30. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: XXII. Prelude in G Minor. Molto agitato $0.69 on iTunes
  31. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: XXIII. Prelude in F Major. Moderato $0.69 on iTunes
  32. Chopin — Preludes, Op. 28: XXIV. Prelude in D Minor. Allegro appassionato $0.69 on iTunes

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 : Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52
>Chopin, Frédéric : Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29
>Chopin, Frédéric : Impromptu for Piano no 2 in F sharp major, B 129/Op. 36
>Chopin, Frédéric : Impromptu for Piano no 3 in G flat major, b 149/Op. 51
>Chopin, Frédéric : Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46
>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

When Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy's recording of the Preludes was first released in 2011, critics reached for the superlatives: 'In his recording of Chopin's 24 Preludes, Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy achieves a fusion of impassioned ardor and classical textual rigor... the best of Schmitt-Leonardy's Chopin adds up to a stimulating and compelling listening journey well worth traveling, even if you've heard these works hundreds of times.' (Jed Distler, Classics Today). Now the Preludes have been recoupled with new recordings of the Ballades and Impromptus, made in January 2015 and also made available within the latest version of Brilliant Classics' Chopin Edition (94660). With their more intricate structures and longer-form narratives, these works also respond to the sureness of touch and steady pulse that make Schmitt-Leonardy particularly acclaimed for his Brahms. He builds the Ballades patiently and with awareness of the extrovert spirit identified by one of Chopin's contemporaries as 'animated by the strangeness of the Romantic world, sung in a melancholy tone, in a serious style, simple and natural in its expressions.' This latest release from one of the finest German pianists of his generation is sure to receive wide critical attention, not only in his home country but internationally. Schmitt-Leonardy (b.1967) can boast among his teachers and mentors such luminaries of the piano world as Ciccolini, Ponti and Weissenberg. Critics such as Peter Cossé, Ingo Harden, Knut Franke, Jeremy Siepmann, Gregor Willmes, Ates Orga and others have praised his interpretations as 'astonishing, exquisite, electrifying, dazzling brilliant, as well as grippingly independent'. He is 'a virtuoso to the Russian manner born, but with a Classicist's sense of proportion, a multi-hued tonal palette which abjures only the ugly, and a propulsive rhythmic vocabulary which keeps you listening every note of the way.' This 2CD set contains the complete 4 Ballades, Impromptus and the Preludes Op. 28. The names of these genres were not invented by Chopin, but he gave them a wholly new, original and personal meaning and content. The Ballades are full bodied works in a free narrative form, building up the tension and drama from the contemplative lyrical beginnings to the highly passionate conclusions. The Impromptus are in free A-B-A form, and are a fusion of the Nocturne and Ballade style. The Preludes Op. 28 are the romantic answer to Bach's Preludes, each short piece a gem of refined and distilled emotions. Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy is one of the finest German pianists of his generation. The recording of the Preludes received a 9/9 on Classicstoday, Jed Distler wrote: "he achieves a fusion of impassioned ardor and classical textual rigor... the best of Schmitt-Leonardy's Chopin adds up to a stimulating and compelling listening journey well worth traveling, even if you've heard these works hundreds of times". "astonishing, exquisite, electrifying, dazzling brilliant, as well as grippingly independent" (Ates Orga).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, Germany (01/05/2015-01/06/2015); Verienshaus Fraulautern, Saarlouis, Germany (01/05/2015-01/06/2015); Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, Germany (09/2011); Verienshaus Fraulautern, Saarlouis, Germany (09/2011).



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>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
  • Performer: Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Piano)
  • Notes: Verienshaus Fraulautern, Saarlouis, Germany (01/05/2015-01/06/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38
  • Performer: Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Piano)
  • Notes: Verienshaus Fraulautern, Saarlouis, Germany (01/05/2015-01/06/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47
  • Performer: Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Piano)
  • Notes: Verienshaus Fraulautern, Saarlouis, Germany (01/05/2015-01/06/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52
  • Performer: Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Piano)
  • Notes: Verienshaus Fraulautern, Saarlouis, Germany (01/05/2015-01/06/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843

>Chopin, Frédéric : Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29
  • Performer: Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Piano)
  • Notes: Verienshaus Fraulautern, Saarlouis, Germany (01/05/2015-01/06/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Chopin, Frédéric : Impromptu for Piano no 2 in F sharp major, B 129/Op. 36
  • Performer: Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Piano)
  • Notes: Verienshaus Fraulautern, Saarlouis, Germany (01/05/2015-01/06/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Chopin, Frédéric : Impromptu for Piano no 3 in G flat major, b 149/Op. 51
  • Performer: Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Piano)
  • Notes: Verienshaus Fraulautern, Saarlouis, Germany (01/05/2015-01/06/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842

>Chopin, Frédéric : Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46
  • Performer: Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Piano)
  • Notes: Verienshaus Fraulautern, Saarlouis, Germany (01/05/2015-01/06/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834

>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
  • Performer: Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839