Thursday, May 4, 2017

Frédéric Chopin - Préludes; Scherzo No. 1; Barcarolle (Ivan Moravec)


Composer: Frédéric Chopin
  • (01-24) 24 Préludes, Op. 28
  • (25) Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20
  • (26) Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60
  • (27) Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 25 No. 7

Ivan Moravec, piano
Date: 1965 (1-24), 1969
Label: VAI Audio

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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.


Ivan Moravec (9 November 1930 – 27 July 2015) was a Czech concert pianist whose performing and recording career spanned nearly half a century. Moravec studied with Erna Grünfeld, Ilona Štěpánová-Kurzová and attend master classes in Arezzo with Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. Moravec had a reputation for attention to the condition of the pianos he played. Moravec's recordings for the Connoisseur Society were notable for their audiophile quality, and he also recorded for several other labels, including Vox, Nonesuch, Dorian, Hänssler, and Supraphon.


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