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Charles Richard-Hamelin

Chopin - Ballades & Impromptus

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1 Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 9:53  
2 Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38 7:57  
3 Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47 7:57  
4 Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52 12:09  
5 Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat Major, Op. 29 4:15  
6 Impromptu No. 2 in F-sharp Major, Op. 36 6:01  
7 Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat Major, Op. 51 5:51  
8 Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. posth. 66 5:43  
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Chopin: Ballades & Impromptus, Charles Richard-Hamelin's fifth album on the Analekta label, is simply stunning. This complete edition of Frédéric Chopin's ballades and impromptus makes it possible to appreciate the exceptional playing of the pianist, as well as two important sides of the composer's work and that is the narrative impetus of his ballades and his talent as an improviser on the four impromptus.

Frédéric Chopin's ballades are the first instrumental works to bear this name, originally used to designate refined vocal pieces. Very free in form, all four present a similar psychological journey, in which tension will increase to a fiery coda. Written between 1831 and 1842, they testify to the evolution of Chopin's piano writing.

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