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A Musical Journey: Switzerland / Fryderyk Chopin [DVD]

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
>Chopin, Frédéric : Variations Brillantes in B-flat Major, Op. 12

Notes & Reviews:

The Places
The Museo Vela is at Ligornetto in the Swiss-Italian canton of Ticino. The galleries have remarkable collections of the works of the Vela family, Lorenzo, Vincenzo and his son Spartaco. The principal part of the collection includes the works in gesso of Vincenzo (1820-1891), figures later reworked in stone. The Museo Vela houses the largest such exhibition in the world.

The Music
Music for the visit is by Chopin, with his piano Preludes, written principally during the winter of 1838-39 that he spent in Mallorca with his mistress, the writer George Sand. The stay there brought many difficulties, not least the early signs of the illness that was to bring about Chopin's death ten years later. Other music included is Chopin's Variations brillantes, written in 1833, based on a melody from an opera by Hérold and Halévy.

MusicWeb International
The program is divided into two unequal chapters. The first, and much shorter chapter, takes us through the grounds of the Museum lingering over dappled-sunlit streams and trees, the gate opening invitingly to summon us in; all to Chopin's Variations Brilliantes). It has suitably rippling arpeggios plus a theme from Halévy's opera, Ludovic. The much longer Chapter II is devoted to the exhibits inside the museum. The 24 Preludes plus that famous one in C sharp minor are chosen adroitly to fit the moods of the sculptures; melancholy for a death scene and lighter more sprightly material as appropriate.

MusicWeb International
Irina Zaritzkaya plays with a nice balance of virtuosity and feel for the different moods. The recordings are well balanced and tonally full.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 58 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1


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Works Details

>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 :: Excerpt(s)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Chopin, Frédéric : Variations Brillantes in B-flat Major, Op. 12
  • Period Time: Romantic