Frédéric Chopin

Etude for piano No. 11 in E flat major, Op. 10/11, CT. 24

    Description by Blair Johnston

    The twenty-four Études of Frédéric Chopin (divided into two separate opuses, 10 and 25, but actually composed almost simultaneously) remain the most significant entries in that particular musical genre. Chopin refers, in a letter dating from the fall of 1829, to having written a study "in [his] own manner," and indeed, a great chasm stands between his achievements and the far drier études of his predecessors (one thinks of Moscheles, Czerny, and Hummel in particular). It was not Chopin's intent, as it was with many nineteenth-century pianist-composers, to create studies of mere technique and raw dexterity; here, instead, are works with an inexhaustible array of textures, moods, and colors to explore. These are works meant for the concert hall as well as for the practice room. The twelve Études published as Chopin's Opus 10 are an indispensable tool of the modern pianist's craft: they are a rite of passage that no serious pianist can ignore.

    The performer's two hands must join forces to execute the continuous harp-like (or perhaps guitar-like) arpeggiations that run throughout the Étude in E flat major, Op.10, No.11. A plaintive melody rests atop this buoyant, allegretto foundation. Gentle chromatic fluctuations bring this almost other-worldly incarnation to a close.

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 18041
    2017 Eudora EUDSACD 1703
    2016 Sony Classical 88875119792
    2013 Doremi Records DHR 79945
    2012 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD 615
    2012 APR (Appian) APR 6010
    2010 Naxos 857809092
    2010 DA Records / Zebralution
    2008 Crescendo Records / Zebralution
    2008 Alphée / Zebralution
    2008 Brilliant Classics 93217
    2008 Classic Archive 3085208
    2007 St. Clair 59582
    2007 Decca
    2007 Ionian Productions 3324
    2006 Takt 1501/15
    2004 Praga 54056
    2003 APR (Appian) 5576
    2003 Nosag Records 069
    2002 Praga 356020-34
    1999 Philips 454987
    1998 Decca 4603222
    1998 Philips 456 889-2PM2
    1996 Praga 354001.15
    1995 Philips 438620
    1995 VAI Audio 1028
    1995 APR (Appian) 5531
    1994 Philips 442464
    1994 RCA 61534
    London 443947/1
    EXT 3015
    EXL 4302
    Enterprise 190
    The Piano Library 190
    Selene 980339