Frédéric Chopin

Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 67, CT. 92-95

    Description by Kristen Grimshaw

    Chopin drew upon both the classical traditions of Poland and its folk songs and dances to create the 57 mazurkas for piano, which stand as some of his most personal and intimate compositions. In composing the dance form, Chopin actually drew upon three traditional dances: the Mazur, the Kujawiak, and the Oberek. Each is in triple meter and often has the third or second beats accented. Some of his mazurkas draw directly from one of these dances, but most are a combination of the three, along with more classical influences. Thus Chopin was able to create a genre both personal and unique, adding much to the piano repertoire. The mazurkas of Op. 67, published posthumously, seem to represent the compositional style of the earlier collections, with the four-piece format, the shorter pieces, and the more good-natured tone. The first mazurka is amusing and flamboyant, with many flourishes and a dance-like character. The cheerful dialogue between the melody's two ranges is innovative and playful. The second piece of the set, marked Cantabile, is a brief but pleasant reflection. The contentment is found in the rhythmic and melodic stability; there are no surprises, but there are no disappointments. The third piece in the collection, again very brief, seems to have shed the pathos of the Op. 63 mazurkas, with its agreeable melody and character. The final mazurka, the first in the minor key, adds some heart to the collection. It displays the flourishes and rhythm of the dances, but with effortless melodic subtlety and warmth of tone.

    Parts/Movements

    1. No. 42 in G major
    2. No. 43 in G minor
    3. No. 44 in C major
    4. No. 45 in A minor

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Steinway & Sons STNS 30071
    2014 LP Classics 1021A/B
    2014 ATMA Classique ACD 22682
    2013 Broken Audio BRAU 0942
    2013 Warner Classics
    2012 Avie AVR 2262
    2011 RCA Red Seal 886919369120
    2011 Newton Classics 8802076
    2011 Newton Classics 8802038
    2011 Steinway & Sons 30003
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099945533
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon / DG Deutsche Grammophon 002894778445
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099996711
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099945535
    2010 Decca 4782282
    2010 Hyperion 55392
    2009 Sony BMG / Sony Classical 88697577072
    2009 Dux Records 650
    2008 Bridge 9276
    2008 EMI Classics 5754432
    2008 Brilliant Classics 93217
    2008 Hyperion 44351
    2007 Centaur Records 2098/2099
    2007 Doremi Records 7883
    2004 EMI Classics 85767
    2003 Harmonia Mundi 2907352/53
    2003 Aura Classics 0251
    2003 Dorian 93258
    2002 Classica d'Oro 3030
    2001 Rca Red Seal 63027
    2001 Rca Red Seal 63006
    2000 Harmonia Mundi 907247/48
    2000 Arkadia 78590
    1999 DG Deutsche Grammophon 463 047-2GCE17
    1999 DG Deutsche Grammophon 463 054-2
    1999 Naxos 501501
    1999 RCA Red Seal 63000
    1997 Sony Music Distribution 63237
    1997 London 443738
    1996 London 448086
    1996 Decca / London 448 086-2DF2
    1995 London
    1994 Philips 442 574-2PM2
    1993 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 0777764933
    1993 Naxos 8505015
    1991 Naxos 550359
    1991 RCA Victor GD60822
    Finnadar 91071
    DUX 649
    EMI Music Distribution 74457
    EMI Music Distribution 74457
    The Piano Library 242
    Arabesque 6730
    London 417584
    Monopoly 2041
    RCA Victor 60822
    Connoisseur Society 4182