Frédéric Chopin

Waltz for piano in A minor, KK IVb/11, CT. 224 (B. 150)

    Description by Robert Cummings

    The is some question about the date of this waltz, but it most likely came from 1843, though some have suggested it may have been written as late as 1848. Chopin was particularly remiss in not obtaining publication for over half his waltzes during his lifetime, this one included. He may have written it as a present for Mme. Charlotte de Rothschild or her daughter. In any event, the manuscript of the work ended up in the possession of the Rothschild family, who eventually donated it to the Paris Conservatoire.

    The main theme in this A minor waltz is rather simple, as is a related second idea, and both are domineering throughout the piece, allowing virtually no other significant thematic elaboration during the nearly two-minute duration. It is an oddly obsessive piece, hinting at both sadness and joy, at intimacy and detachment, all the while seeming a prisoner within a fantasy sound world. The music is beguiling, to be sure, but also unsettling in its repetitions and unyielding dark mood. In the end, one might assess that this piece is simple to listen to, but difficult to fully grasp.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Classic FM CFMD 41
    2015 Brilliant Classics 95208
    2015 Chandos CHAN 10852
    2015 Teo Barry Vincent RN 498728
    2014 Genuin GEN 14302
    2013 Decca
    2013 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD 207
    2012 EMI Classics 21233
    2012 Analekta ANLCD 96046
    2011 Classics & Jazz / Universal / Universal Classics & Jazz
    2011 Newton Classics 8802076
    2011 Dal Segno DSPRCD060
    2011 EMI Classics 5099909879225
    2011 Hyperion CDA 67849
    2011 Cembal d'amour 156
    2011 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD000020
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099968582
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon / DG Deutsche Grammophon 002894778445
    2010 Ligia 103188
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099996711
    2010 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4778095
    2010 DG Deutsche Grammophon 477 8095
    2010 Decca 4782282
    2010 Decca
    2010 Hyperion 55381
    2010 Harmonia Mundi 2901927
    2010 Fryderyk Chopin Institute 19
    2010 Decca
    2010 Teldec
    2010 Naxos 857809092
    2010 Aparte 3
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon / DG Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Classics and Jazz 001382602
    2009 EMI Classics
    2009 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099969835
    2009 EMI Classics 13251
    2009 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4803174
    2008 Brilliant Classics 93217
    2008 Hyperion 44351
    2007 Hungaroton 32468
    2007 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler 4066
    2007 Simply / Union Square Music 47
    2007 Decca
    2006 Brilliant 99802
    2006 Harmonia Mundi 901927
    2006 EMI Music Distribution 50874
    2006 Analekta AN29783
    2005 CFP 568969/70
    2005 Transart Live 123
    2005 EMI Classics
    2004 EMI Music Distribution 585012
    2003 Forlane 126817
    2002 CBC Records 1045
    2001 Angel Records 74283
    2001 Musicor 23158
    2001 EMI Music Distribution 74291
    2000 Camerata Records 28CM586
    2000 Arion 68460
    2000 Amadis 7063
    1999 DG Deutsche Grammophon 463 047-2GCE17
    1999 Marquis Classics 81235
    1999 DG Deutsche Grammophon 463 069-2
    1999 Naxos 501501
    1999 Naxos 554539
    1999 Decca 460991
    1999 Cembal d'amour 108
    1999 Intersound 3856
    1997 London 443738
    1996 Vox / Vox Box 5167
    1996 Arabesque 6669
    1996 Olympia (Classical/Jazz) 289
    1995 Classical Heritage 1214
    1995 London
    1995 Seraphim UK 568528
    1994 Erato 92887
    1994 Teldec 95499
    1992 Naxos 550365
    1992 Teldec 9031-75857-2
    1990 London 414600
    Vox 9034
    Denon Records 8080
    Philips 468391
    Analekta 7704
    Forlane 16550
    Philips 426069
    Lontano
    Agora Musica 024
    Ades 20330
    Forlane 16813
    Philips 412890
    Brilliant 99802/7
    Decca 417045
    EMI Classics 74975
    Philips Classics 426828
    Teldec
    Pineapple Music
    Grace Note Inventions
    Erato
    Band A Part 208
    Decca 4758046