Frédéric Chopin

Prelude for piano No. 24 in D minor, Op. 28/24, CT. 189

    Description by Robert Cummings

    This is the concluding piece in Chopin's Op. 28 set of preludes -- and what a dramatic finale it is! Subtitled "The Storm," it seethes with tension and turbulence, brims with a sense the music is on the verge of breakdown or eruption, and exudes a feeling of profound sadness and frustration. Many have attempted to link personal events in the composer's life to his music, especially to overwrought pieces like this Prelude in D minor, but Chopin rarely needed a stimulus to express sadness or despair, or to convey a sense of longing or of passionate love. Ironically, this work likely came at a relatively happy time in the composer's life, when he had begun a nine-year affair with writer George Sand (Aurore Dupin Dudevant).

    Marked Allegro appassionato, the piece begins with a rumbling accompaniment in the bass, over which Chopin presents a dramatic theme in the middle register, at once expressing yearning and sadness, while churning and roiling feverishly. At times the music softens, but only to become more intense and agitated moments later. The mood grows to almost hysterical proportions before the music seemingly crash lands in the bass, a single note tolling like a death knell to bring the piece to a tragic and dramatic end.

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    2016 Sony Classical / Sony Music Distribution 88875032272
    2015 Doremi Records DHR 8036
    2013 Wigmore Hall Live WHLCD 0058
    2013 RCA Red Seal / Sony Classical 88725462392
    2012 EMI Classics 21233
    2012 Bridge BRIDGE 9374AB
    2011 RCA Red Seal 886919369120
    2011 Erato
    2011 Erato / Virgin Classics 5099908402
    2011 Amarylli Fridegotto
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    2010 RCA Red Seal / Sony Music Entertainment 88697625302
    2010 Classic Records 2029
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    2010 Acoustic Tracks 42292
    2010 Wigmore Hall Live 39
    2009 Supraphon SU4013
    2009 Decca / DG Deutsche Grammophon 001341102
    2008 Decca 4758637
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    2007 Vanguard Classics 6700
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    2006 Virgin Classics 338171
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    2003 Preiser Records 95001
    2003 Frémeaux & Associés 8030
    2001 Aura Classics 0100
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    2000 Dux Records 05100511
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    1999 Biddulph Recordings 27
    1998 ADN Productions 9801
    1997 Everest 9048
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    1993 Opal 9840
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    Capriccio Records 7041
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    Town Hall 47
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