Chopin: Early Works
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This release presents works of Chopin written in his Vienna period, and here they are played on exactly such an instrument, as is still preserved in the Italian Palazzo Contucci in Montepulciano.
The young Chopin, a child prodigy if ever there was one, soon found his surroundings in his native Warsaw too narrow, and visited the cultural capital Vienna during the years 1829-1831. Here he met the local piano manufacturer Conrad Graf and was seduced by his instruments, with their light action and delicate, pliant sound.
His triumphal concerts in Vienna were played on Graf’s pianos, and the young Fryderick was presented one as a gift by Graf himself.
– The extensive booklet supplies historical background, pictures, illustrations and photos.
– Costantino Mastroprimiano has already recorded extensively for Brilliant Classics: the complete keyboard music of Clementi highly praised by international critics.
Picture : Sunset Vienna
Constantino Mastroprimiano fortepiano
00:00:00 Polonaise in A flat Major (dedicated to Zywny) (1821)
00:04:05 Rondo in C Minor op. 1 (1825)
00:13:22 Mazurka in G Major, (1825-26)
00:14:29 Mazurka in B flat Major, (1825-26)
00:16:00 Polonaise in B flat Minor (1826)
00:22:22 Rondo à la Mazur in F Major op. 5 (1826)
00:32:51 3 Polonaises op. 71 (1827-29) in d Minor
00:39:19 3 Polonaises op. 71 (1827-29) in F Minor
00:49:26 3 Polonaises op. 71 (1827-29) in B flat Major
00:56:26 Polonaise in G flat Major (1829)
01:04:44 Variations in A Major “Souvenir de Paganini” (1829)
01:08:38 “Casta DIVa” from V. Bellini’s “Norma” (transcription for P. viardot)