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Chopin: 24 Preludes/ Sonata No. 3

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Nikolai Demidenko

piano

Venue:

Fazioli Concert Hall, Sacile, Italy



Producer:

Ken Blair


Nikolai Demidenko


Paul Moseley

(Executive)

Engineer:

Ken Blair



Record Label
Onyx

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 78:26
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FREDERIC CHOPIN

(1810-1849)
   
 

24 Preludes, Op. 28

43:36  
1 No. 1 in C major - ut majeur - C-dur 0:44
  Agitato  
2 No. 2 in A minor - la mineur - a-moll 2:32
  Lento  
3 No. 3 in G major - sol majeur - G-dur 0:56
  Vivace  
4 No. 4 in E minor - mi mineur - e-moll 2:16
  Largo  
5 No. 5 in D major - re majeur - D-dur 0:36
  Molto allegro  
6 No. 6 in B minor - si mineur - h-moll 2:11
  Lento assai  
7 No. 7 in A major - la majeur - A-dur 0:47
  Andantino  
8 No. 8 in F sharp minor - fa diese mineur - fis moll 2:03
  Molto agitato  
9 No. 9 in E major - mi major - E-dur 1:44
  Largo  
10 No. 10 in C sharp minor - ut diese mineur - cis-moll 0:34
  Molto allegro  
11 No. 11 in B major - si majeur - H-dur 0:56
  Presto  
12 No. 12 in G sharp minor - sol diese mineur - gis-moll 1:18
  Presto  
13 No. 13 in F sharp major - fa diese majeur - Fis-dur 3:30
  Lento  
14 No. 14 in E flat minor - mi bemol mineur - es-moll 0:40
  Allegro  
15 No. 15 in D flat major - re bemol majeur - Des-dur 6:06
  Sostenuto  
16 No. 16 in B flat minor - si bemol mineur - b-moll 1:11
  Presto con fuoco  
17 No. 17 in A flat major - la bemol majeur - As-dur 3:29
  Allegretto  
18 No. 18 in F minor - fa mineur - f-moll 1:16
  Molto allegro  
19 No. 19 in E flat major - mi bemol majeur - Es-dur 1:47
  Vivace  
20 No. 20 in C minor - ut mineur - c-moll 2:02
  Largo  
21 No. 21 in B flat major - si bemol majeur - B-dur 2:08
  Cantabile  
22 No. 22 in G minor - sol mineur - g-moll 0:53
  Molto agitato  
23 No. 23 in F major - fa major - F-dur 0:59
  Moderato  
24 No. 24 in D minor - re mineur - d-moll 3:01
  Allegro appassionato  
 

Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

34:41  
  si mineur - h-moll  
25 I Allegro maestoso 14:52
26 II Scherzo: Molto vivace 2:59
27 III Largo 11:00
28 IV Finale: Presto ma non tanto 5:56
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"Nikolai Demidenko has always been something of a radical, and his recording of the Chopin Preludes is likely to polarise opinion. He’s by no means the first pianist to pull away from the well-worn idea of Chopin as the archetypal Romantic dreamer. But there’s austerity here, an emotional directness and a willingness to explore the music’s percussive, rhythmic potential rather than its lyricism, all of which make Chopin sound startlingly new. We’re persistently reminded that his model for the Preludes was Bach, rather than any of his contemporaries, and that, heard in its entirety, the sequence owes its impact as much to its structural logic as as to its expressive power. Demidenko’s performance of the Third Sonata, however, is fractionally less successful. The Largo is comparably severe and uncompromising. The rest of it, if anything, is marginally too relaxed. Placed second, it also feels anticlimactic: it works better if you reprogramme it so that the Preludes come last."   ****

Tim Ashley

The Guardian - 14 November 2008

"Chopin the poet of brief, highly charged statements and Chopin the master of heterodox large-scale composition are equally well served by this splendid disc. Some of Demidenko’s tempos are unusually slow. In other hands, they might lose momentum, but such is his muscular rhythmic strength and his sense of the singing line in both right and left hand that, with him, they never do. Demidenko’s command of touch, colour, texture, dynamics (tender as well as forceful) realise admirably the astonishing variety of the Préludes: the strange, groping darkness of the A minor, the E minor’s bell-like tolling, the relentless rhythm beneath the B flat minor’s cascade of notes, the F major’s crystalline brilliance, the hammer-blow Ds that bring the work to its implacable conclusion."

David Cairns

The Sunday Times - 1 February 2008



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