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Chopin: The Complete Waltzes / Stephen Hough, piano

Audio Samples

>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse"
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 64
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in E major, B 44
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 21
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in A minor, B 150
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano in E flat major, KK IVb/10, CT. 223
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano in E flat major (spurious), KK IVa/14 (B. 46)
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano in F sharp minor ("Valse melancolique"), KK Ib/7
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse"
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 64
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in E major, B 44
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 21
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in A minor, B 150
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano in E flat major, KK IVb/10, CT. 223
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano in E flat major (spurious), KK IVa/14 (B. 46)
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano in F sharp minor ("Valse melancolique"), KK Ib/7
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Stephen Hough has a unique affinity for the music of Chopin, whose music has always been a central part of his repertoire. His earlier Chopin recordings for Hyperion garnered huge critical acclaim. Hough's name has become synonymous with pianistic elegance, flawless technique and immense musicianship and he has become globally renowned for his engaging and refined Chopin interpretations. In his Waltzes, Chopin brought a new level of sophistication to this popular dance form. The disc is rounded off with the famous E flat major Nocturne, which gives a more lyrical expression to the meter of the waltz. These illuminating and compelling performances are not to be missed.

"Hough's playing has such authority and panache, its balance between virtuosity and vividly communicated expression so finely judged, that every perfectly scaled moment is as intensely realised as every other. Few other pianists around today play Chopin with as much understanding and poised mastery as this." -The Guardian

"You don't just hear Hough's fingers; you hear his soul...The Minute Waltz contains one of the best melting moments of all; I could feel my knees giving way. His voicing of polyphony and variety of tone are equally special, with hues cleanly balanced, from diamantine sparkle to moonlit hush...One of the set's joys is the spectacle of Chopin constantly varying the genre's ingredients" -The Times

"Hough brings an astonishing range of touch to them. All those sophisticated inner parts and harmonic shifts are brought out with the greatest insouciance and style. Impishly, he ends this disc with a nocturne, Op 9 No 2, as if to show that it is actually a waltz in disguise." -The Daily Telegraph

Gramophone Magazine
One sense how sensitive he is to Chopin's variety, in a corpus of music not generally recognised as being so various...He can charm and beguile, and be bold in his contrasts, but he gets on with it, and it is the music he gives us, with true sentiments, and not merely a take on received ideas. And what a lovely sound he makes - on a Yamaha, excellently recorded in a concert-hall acoustic.

Classic FM Magazine
There is a absolute 'rightness' to his playing. His technical fluency and the lightness with which he moves over the keyboard is a constant source of joy...This is an album to be savoured for years to come.

International Record Review
Hough persuaded me that there really is something new and interesting to be heard in all 19 waltzes...Always, he captures the popular nature of the waltz idiom, while at the same time projecting the artistic elements that lie beneath the surface of the music, that make each waltz uniquely Chopin.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/17/2010-10/20/2010).



Reviews

Track Listing
1. Waltz in E flat major Op 18
2. Waltz in A flat major Op 34 No 1
3. Waltz in A minor Op 34 No 2
4. Waltz in F major Op 34 No 3
5. Waltz in A flat major Op 42
6. Waltz in D flat major 'Minute' Op 64 No 1
7. Waltz in C sharp minor Op 64 No 2
8. Waltz in A flat major Op 64 No 3
9. Waltz in D flat major Op 70 No 3
10. Waltz in B minor Op 69 No 2
11. Waltz in E major KKIVa/12
12. Waltz in A flat major KKIVa/13
13. Waltz in E minor KKIVa/15
14. Waltz in G major Op 70 No 1
15. Waltz in A flat major Op 69 No 1
16. Waltz in F minor Op 70 No 2
17. Waltz in A minor KKIVb/11
18. Sostenuto in E flat major 'Waltz' KKIVb/10
19. Waltz in E flat major KKIVa/14
20. Waltz in F sharp minor 'Valse melancolique' KKIb/7
21. Nocture in E flat major Op 9 No 2
Submitted on 09/21/11 by HB 
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Works Details

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/17/2010-10/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831-1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/17/2010-10/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1835-1838

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse"
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/17/2010-10/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 64
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/17/2010-10/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1846-1847

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/17/2010-10/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1829-1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/17/2010-10/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1829-1835

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for Piano in E major, B 44
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/17/2010-10/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1829

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 21
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/17/2010-10/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1830

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/17/2010-10/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1830

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/17/2010-10/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1829-1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/17/2010-10/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1829-1835

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/17/2010-10/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1829-1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for Piano in A minor, B 150
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/17/2010-10/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1847

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for piano in E flat major, KK IVb/10, CT. 223
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/17/2010-10/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for piano in E flat major (spurious), KK IVa/14 (B. 46)
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/17/2010-10/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1827

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for piano in F sharp minor ("Valse mélancolique"), KK Ib/7
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/17/2010-10/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (10/17/2010-10/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832