Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Frédéric Chopin - Piano Trio; Cello Sonata; Polonaises brillante (Emanuel Ax; Yo-Yo Ma)


Composer: Frédéric Chopin
  1. Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 8: I. Allegro con fuoco
  2. Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 8: II. Scherzo. Con moto, ma non troppo
  3. Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 8: III. Adiago sostenuto
  4. Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 8: IV. Finale. Allegretto
  5. Polonaise brillante in C major for cello & piano, Op. 3
  6. Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65: I. Allegro moderato
  7. Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65: II. Scherzo. Allegro con brio
  8. Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65: III. Largo
  9. Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65: IV. Finale. Allegro
  10. Polonaise brillante in C major for piano, Op. 3

Emanuel Ax, piano (1-9)
Pamela Frank, violin (1-4)
Yo-Yo Ma, cello (1-9)
Ewa Osinska, piano (10)

Date: 1992
Label: Sony Classical

More info & reviews:
http://www.amazon.com/Chopin-Polonaise-brillante-Cello-Sonata/dp/B0000028U6


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Frédéric Chopin (22 February or 1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for the solo piano. He gained and has maintained renown worldwide as one of the leading musicians of his era, whose "poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation". Chopin's music, his status as one of music's earliest superstars, his association (if only indirect) with political insurrection, his love life and his early death have made him a leading symbol of the Romantic era in the public consciousness. His works remain popular, and he has been the subject of numerous films and biographies of varying degrees of historical accuracy.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric_Chopin

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Emanuel Ax (born 8 June 1949 in Lviv, Ukraine) is a Grammy-winning Soviet-born naturalized American classical pianist; both of his parents were Nazi concentration camp survivors. In 1961, his family moved to New York City and Ax started studying at the Juilliard School. under Mieczysław Munz. Ax is a particular supporter of contemporary composers. He performs diverse modern works as well as more traditional compositions. Ax has been the main duo recital partner of cellist Yo-Yo Ma since August 3, 1973 when the pair performed its first public recital at the Marlboro Music School and Festival.

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Yo-Yo Ma (born October 7, 1955 in Paris) is a French-born Chinese American cellist. Ma was a child prodigy. He graduated from the Juilliard School and Harvard University and has enjoyed a prolific career as both a soloist performing with orchestras around the world and a recording artist. He has recorded more than 90 albums and received 18 Grammy Awards. In addition to recordings of the standard classical repertoire, he has recorded a wide variety of folk music. Ma's primary performance instrument is a Montagnana cello crafted in 1733 valued at US$2.5 million. Another of Ma's cellos, the Davidov Stradivarius, was previously owned by Jacqueline du Pré.

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  3. The Largo is such a beautiful piece.

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