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Charles Richard-Hamelin Chopin - Ballades & Impromptus makes PublicRadio90's 'Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic'

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Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic: Music exploration and discovery through the lens of classically-minded composers and musicians.  Explore beyond the horizon of classical music, Fridays on Public Radio 90, beginning just after 9:30am ET. 

This edition brings newer releases from New Amsterdam Records, including music from Nathan Schram & Attacca Quartet and JACK Quartet & So Percussion.  A combination of harp and electronics comes from Sarah Page and her release Dose Curves, and veteran television and session musicians Pat Irwin & J. Walter Hawkes bring us Wide Open Sky.  We've also got a new recording of Telemann sonatas, bossa nova meets classical from Toquinho, the husband and wife duo of Folias Music (from Grand Rapids, Michigan), and pristine recordings of ballades of Chopin by Charles Richard-Hamelin.

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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