Charles Richard-Hamelin – Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op. 28 – Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22 (2021) [FLAC 24 bit, 192 kHz]

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op. 28 - Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22 (2021) [FLAC 24 bit, 192 kHz] Download

Artist: Charles Richard-Hamelin
Album: Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op. 28 – Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2021
Audio Format:: FLAC (tracks) 24 bit, 192 kHz
Duration: 56:22
Total Tracks: 26
Total Size: 1,85 GB

Tracklist:

01. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 1 in C Major – Agitato (00:44)
02. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 2 in A Minor – Lento (02:33)
03. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 3 in G Major – Vivace (00:58)
04. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 4 in E Minor – Largo (02:27)
05. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 5 in D Major – Allegro molto (00:37)
06. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 6 in B Minor – Lento assai (02:18)
07. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 7 in A Major – Andantino (01:03)
08. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor – Molto agitato (02:02)
09. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 9 in E Major – Largo (01:46)
10. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor – Allegro molto (00:33)
11. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 11 in B Major – Vivace (00:39)
12. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor – Presto (01:16)
13. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 13 in F-Sharp Major – Lento (03:29)
14. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 14 in E-Flat Minor – Allegro (00:34)
15. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 15 in D-Flat Major – Sostenuto (05:54)
16. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 16 in B-Flat Minor – Presto con fuoco (01:08)
17. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 17 in A-Flat Major – Allegretto (03:05)
18. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 18 in F Minor – Allegro molto (01:04)
19. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 19 in E-Flat Major – Vivace (01:26)
20. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 20 in C Minor – Largo (01:52)
21. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 21 in B-Flat Major – Cantabile (01:58)
22. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 22 in G Minor – Molto agitato (00:51)
23. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 23 in F Major – Moderato (01:08)
24. Charles Richard-Hamelin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28, No. 24 in D Minor – Allegro appassionato (02:53)
25. Charles Richard-Hamelin – Andante spianato et Grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22: I. Andante spianato (04:41)
26. Charles Richard-Hamelin – Andante spianato et Grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22: II. Grande polonaise brillante (09:13)

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This new album by Charles Richard-Hamelin presents two important works from Frederic Chopin’s repertoire, 24 Préludes, Op. 28 and Andante spianato & Grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22, and confirms that he is one of the world’s elite pianists. Writing about Richard-Hamelin, BBC Music Magazine characterized his playing as “fluent, multifaceted and tonally seductive… a technician of exceptional elegance and sophistication”. Qualities that are made evident on this brilliant new album. Charles Richard-Hamelin is well known on the international music scene as a “highly sensitive” pianist (Gramophone), driven by “a great depth of feeling without the slightest pretense” (Le Devoir).Charles Richard-Hamelin continues his exploration of Frédéric Chopin’s oeuvre with this recording of the Preludes, op. 28, and the “Andante spianato et Grande polonaise brillante, op. 22”. Chopin sketched out the Grande polonaise brillante in 1830 in Warsaw, shortly before leaving his native land for good; the Andante spianato would come several years later, in 1834. Contemplative and even-keeled (spianato meaning “level”), the Andante contrasts strikingly with the ensuing Grande polonaise brillante – probably the last example of the brilliant style typical of Chopin’s early works. Chopin premiered the diptych on April 26, 1835 at the Paris Conservatoire, accompanied by an orchestra led by the founder of the Société des concerts du conservatoire, François Antoine Habeneck. The orchestra plays a secondary role, so the work is generally performed for solo piano – as it is on this recording – with the pianist performing the orchestral parts.

Likely begun in 1837, the Preludes were completed during Chopin’s stay in Majorca with George Sand in the winter of 1838 – 1839. The couple and Sand’s children took up residence in Palma in November and were initially enchanted, as noted by Chopin in a letter to Julian Fontana: “It is sunny all day. At night, one hears guitars and singing for hours on end… I feel better.” The spell was short-lived, however. Mistrust from the locals, the delayed delivery of the Pleyel pianino he had ordered, and the severe climate soon took its toll on both their enthusiasm and Chopin’s health. When doctors diagnosed tuberculosis in mid-December, Chopin, Sand, and the children were evicted from their villa and took refuge in the Valldemossa Charterhouse. “The cell,” wrote Chopin to Fontana, “is shaped like a great coffi n; an enormous dusty vault, a small bay window overlooking orange, palm, and cypress trees… silence… one can shout… still silence.”

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