Jonathan Plowright

Hommage à Chopin

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The formative influence of Frédéric Chopin on the music of other composers is often noted, usually in connection with the solo keyboard pieces of Sergey Rachmaninov and Alexander Scriabin, perhaps the two figures who benefitted most from studying Chopin's style and methods. But they were late Romantics who appeared at the end of a long line of musicians who fell under Chopin's spell, and the list contains many other familiar names, including Edvard Grieg, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Mily Balakirev, Ferruccio Busoni, and Leopold Godowsky. Modern composers also turned to Chopin for inspiration, such as Arthur Honegger, Lennox Berkeley, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Federico Mompou, though with them the Romantic style takes on an arch quality with the addition of dissonances and irregular rhythms, yet the spirit of the original source still shines through. This collection of short tributes and pastiches, played by Jonathan Plowright, was recorded in 2009, but its release in 2010 coincided with the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth. Considering that it appeared among numerous Chopin releases and reissues for the occasion, there was a risk that it could have been missed in the onslaught. But Plowright's idiomatic and expressive playing and the creativity of these hommages make this a worthwhile disc to hear at least once, if only to become aware of the various ways Chopin's legacy continued after his death. Hyperion's sound quality is exceptional.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 05:07 Amazon
2 05:37 Amazon
3 01:47 Amazon
4 11:00 Amazon
5 06:01 Amazon
Op. 72
6 03:04 Amazon
7 02:04 Amazon
Three Mazurkas, Op. 32/1
8 02:01 Amazon
9 01:50 Amazon
10 02:03 Amazon
Hommage à Chopin
11 02:54 Amazon
12 04:16 Amazon
Variations sur un thème de Chopin
13 00:41 Amazon
14 00:47 Amazon
15 00:46 Amazon
16 01:20 Amazon
17 01:30 Amazon
18 01:09 Amazon
19 01:33 Amazon
20 00:46 Amazon
21 02:37 Amazon
22 01:55 Amazon
23 02:38 Amazon
24 02:09 Amazon
25 01:54 Amazon
26 01:38 Amazon
27 02:04 Amazon
28 03:54 Amazon
29 04:18 Amazon
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