Frédéric Chopin

Etude for piano No. 1 in C major, Op. 10/1, CT. 14

    Description by Blair Johnston

    The twenty-four Etudes of Frédéric Chopin (divided into two separate opus numbers, 10 and 25, but actually composed almost simultaneously) remain the most significant entries in that particular musical genre. In a letter written in the fall of 1829, Chopin remarked that he had composed an etude "in [his] own manner." Indeed, a great chasm stands between his achievements and the far drier etudes of such predecessors as Moscheles, Czerny, and Hummel. Unlike many nineteenth-century pianist-composers, Chopin did not wish to create studies of only technique and raw dexterity. Here, instead, are works which provide the pianist with an inexhaustible array of textures, moods, and colors to explore. Concert pieces as well as technical studies, the twelve Etudes published as Chopin's Opus 10 are an indispensable tool of the modern pianist's craft; furthermore, they are a rite of passage that no serious pianist can ignore. The blistering arpeggiations of the Etude Op.10, No.1 in C major lay down the foundation of nineteenth-century virtuoso pianism. The work consists, quite simply, of a series of daunting right-hand maneuvers, supported by the plain melody, in octaves, of the left hand. While the technical demands and harmonic syntax may go a good deal further than most musicians of the day would have found comfortable, the texture is essentially classical in nature (if not execution).

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD 625
    2016 A Life of Music Records
    2016 Berlin Classics 0300693 BC
    2016 Sony Classical 88985304202
    2015 Doremi Records DHR 8036
    2015 Sony Classical 88843014702
    2013 Doremi Records DHR 79945
    2012 Teldec 2564664684
    2012 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD 614
    2012 APR (Appian) 7503
    2011 Centaur Records 3157
    2011 TGG Direct 60262
    2011 Red Bus Classical RCLAS 012
    2011 Amarylli Fridegotto
    2010 Harmonia Mundi HMX290 8375
    2010 Capriccio Records 7039
    2010 Archipel 0510
    2010 Eroica Classical Recordings 3323
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon / DG Deutsche Grammophon 4778122
    2008 Telos TLS070
    2008 Telarc Distribution 80711
    2008 Telarc Distribution 60711
    2008 Classic Archive 3085208
    2008 Sony Classical Essential Classics 731846
    2007 Jupiter 107
    2007 Decca
    2006 Urania 4238
    2006 Melba Recordings 301086
    2006 Aca Digital 20089
    2006 Doremi Records 78649
    2006 Takt 1501/15
    2005 Warner Classics / Warner Music 62258
    2005 Kleos Classics 5117
    2005 EMI Classics
    2004 Arbiter ARBITER141
    2003 Sony Classical 80019
    2002 Delta Distribution 14582
    2002 Dynamic 413
    2002 Praga 356020-34
    2001 Pearl 0102
    2000 Laserlight 32100
    2000 Delta Distribution 14536
    2000 Laserlight 40003
    2000 Capriccio Records 49186
    2000 Cypres 9609
    1999 Delta Distribution 15818
    1999 BBC Music BBCL4021-2
    1999 Philips 456 985-2PM2
    1999 Philips 454987
    1999 Biddulph Recordings 40
    1999 Pearl 9339
    1998 DG Deutsche Grammophon 457667
    1997 Vox 8840
    1997 Parnassus Records 96001/2
    1996 Music Digital 11969
    1996 Praga 354001.15
    1995 Praga 254060
    1995 Philips 438620
    1994 VAI Audio 1065
    1994 Madacy 5663
    1994 Philips 442464
    1994 RCA 61534
    1994 Testament 1045
    DG Deutsche Grammophon 459064
    Bose 14
    London 443947/1
    DG Deutsche Grammophon 431588
    Notes 11031
    Historical Performers 13
    DG Deutsche Grammophon 431579
    EXT 3015
    EXL 4302
    Laserlight 14626
    Absolute 863214
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    Capriccio Records 7040
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    McGraw Hill 700808
    Selene 950225
    Madacy 8094
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    DG Deutsche Grammophon 476820
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    Adam Aleksander
    Philips Classics 454168
    Classic CD 118
    Grammofono 2000 78513
    The Piano Library 229