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Ballades & Scherzi
Artist: Chopin / Shirinyan
Format: CD


Rel. Date: 06/23/2023
UPC: 5060189562480

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Renowned Armenian-born pianist Marianna Shirinyan performs some of Chopin's most fascinating and fiendish pieces: the four Ballades and four Scherzos. Chopin coined the term 'ballade', harking back to medieval minstrels singing poetic ballads. His four Ballades are quite different in character, but share a sense of Romantic story-telling in their dramatic contrasts and virtuoso display. The first three of Chopin's four Scherzos are fiery and dissonant; all four are exceptionally challenging. The Scherzo No. 1 is sometimes dubbed 'The Infernal Banquet' owing to it's devilish character, which is juxtaposed with a central lullaby based on the Polish carol 'Sleep, little Jesus'. Schumann regarded Chopin's Scherzo No. 2 as Byronic in the grandeur of it's passion, and the Scherzo No. 3 is also remarkably daring, with an almost Wagnerian chorale. Chopin's Scherzo No. 4 is the only one in a major key, yet it's relatively serene nature, with fluid, whimsical twists and turns, also makes it one of the most demanding to play.