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Chopin: Piano Sonatas

Artur Pizarro

Chopin: Piano Sonatas

...Pianist magazine's 'Chopin album of 2007'
CKD 250 (Linn Records)
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1
Variations Brillantes, Op. 12

Variations Brillantes, Op. 12

Composer Frédéric Chopin
8:38 Play $3.40
2
Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35: I. Grave

Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35: I. Grave

Composer Frédéric Chopin
7:18 Play $3.40
3
Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35: II. Scherzo

Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35: II. Scherzo

Composer Frédéric Chopin
7:13 Play $3.40
4
Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35: III. Marche Funebre

Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35: III. Marche Funebre

Composer Frédéric Chopin
11:25 Play $5.10
5
Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35: IV. Presto

Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35: IV. Presto

Composer Frédéric Chopin
1:37 Play $1.70
6
Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Composer Frédéric Chopin
9:42 Play $3.40
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Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58: I. Allegro maestoso

Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58: I. Allegro maestoso

Composer Frédéric Chopin
13:49 Play $5.10
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Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58: II. Scherzo

Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58: II. Scherzo

Composer Frédéric Chopin
2:57 Play $1.70
9
Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58: III. Largo

Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58: III. Largo

Composer Frédéric Chopin
9:46 Play $3.40
10
Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58: IV. Presto non tanto

Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58: IV. Presto non tanto

Composer Frédéric Chopin
4:52 Play $1.70
Total Running Time 77 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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Artur Pizarro's second Chopin album, following on from his hugely successful Reminiscences album. Pianist magazine named it the 'Chopin Album of 2007'.

Download includes - cover art, booklet
Artur Pizarro

Artur Pizarro

After winning the Leeds Piano Competition in 1990, Artur Pizarro has released several oustandingly beautiful solo albums on Linn Records. Artur is renowned for his 'breath-takingly sensitive playing' (Glasgow Herald).
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Frederic Chopin

Frederic Chopin

Chopin was a Polish composer, virtuoso pianist, and one of the great masters of Romantic music.
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5 stars 'A brave decision but one with spectacular results.' Metro

5 stars 'Something special, clearly, was going on. And it continues in his latest Chopin collection, which includes the second and third sonatas.' The Herald

'Romantic music comes naturally to Pizarro; his delicate touch and sense of lyrical line in the second and third sonatas are as elegant and assured as these wonderful works demand.' The Observer

Internationally acclaimed pianist Artur Pizarro releases his second disc of Chopin piano music, which together with his celebrated discs of Beethoven piano sonatas, continues his successful partnership with Linn Records.

Pizarro's recording of two of Chopin's finest sonatas is a natural progression from his Beethoven recordings, as the musical modifications Chopin made to the Sonata form clearly built upon the formal boundaries that Beethoven had extended. Chopin introduced multiple changes of rhythm and tempi, often even within individual movements and, like Beethoven, rearranged the movements to include a scherzo as the second movement and a slow third movement. The French pianist Alfred Cortot saw the most important shift from Beethoven's to Chopin's sonatas as the shift from inspiration by the ideals of universality to the suffusion of the music by the composer's personal feelings and emotions.

The famous Funeral March earned the Sonata in B-flat minor the approved title of Sonata fùnebre, however more unkind titles were also attributed to it by Anton Rubinstein named it the "Death poem" and Robert Schumann referred to it as "four of Chopin's maddest children under the same roof". It has been suggested that this sonata was modelled on Beethoven's Sonata Op. 26 in A-flat major, also subtitled "Funeral march", which Chopin often played and taught.

Written five years after the Second Sonata the Sonata in B minor was written in times of tranquillity and relatively good health. The largest of all of Chopin's works for piano solo, it represents the apotheosis of his creativity.  

View the booklet in full here.

Artur Pizarro named BBC Radio 3 Artist of the Week
07 December 2012
Pianist's career is showcased
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Artur talks to the BBC
07 January 2010
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Pianist
the Chopin release of the year
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Good Sound
4 Stars
his style is overt and dashing
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Gramophone
'A welcome back to the studio'
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International Record Review
courageous and individual
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The Observer
elegant and assured
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The Sunday Times
3 Stars
torrential but sensitively voiced Chopin interpretations
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The Herald
5 Stars
A highly collectable disc
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
Pizarro unravels their expressive worlds
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
a rich and powerful piano sound
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The Metro
5 Stars
A brave decision but one with spectacular results
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