Frédéric Chopin

Etude for piano No. 16 in A minor, Op. 25/4, CT. 29

    Description by Blair Johnston

    Ten of the twelve études published as Frédéric Chopin's Opus 25 were actually composed at the same time as the Twelve Études, Op.10; only the first and last pieces of the Opus 25 collection (published in 1837) were put together at a later date. Opinion on the relative merit of the two sets has varied throughout the last two centuries (some, such as the Hungarian pianist and composer Stephen Heller, a contemporary of Chopin's, see the Opus 25 Etudes as clearly superior to the Opus 10 group, while Robert Schumann is known to have preferred the earlier publication), both collections occupy vital positions within the pianist's repertoire, and, when viewed collectively, we can find examples of almost every facet of pianistic technique and expression. Like the Opus 10 etudes, those of Opus 25 are very much intended for serious concert performance, and not solely for the virtuosic display of technique.

    Syncopation is the main preoccupation of the Étude in A minor, Op.25, No.4. A staccato figuration in the left hand is played against continuous syncopated chords in the right. The work creates an atmosphere of great anxiety (and, as Huneker put it, of "confusion, as, alas! it so often does in incompetent hands").

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD 045
    2015 Nord-Norsk Plateselskap / VNP VNP 200055
    2013 Doremi Records DHR 79945
    2012 Entertainment Group 12505
    2012 EMI Classics 21233
    2012 Entertainment Group 1157
    2011 Warner Classics
    2011 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099994983425
    2010 ICS 7000
    2006 Virgin 82120
    2006 Brilliant 93006
    2006 Takt 1501/15
    2005 Erato
    2005 Virgin Classics
    2005 Andante AN1190
    2004 Ivory Records 73005
    2002 Ondine ODE10082
    2001 Naxos NA421912
    1999 Virgin / Warner Classics 7243561618
    1996 Virgin 561317-2
    1995 VAI Audio 1028
    Deutsche Grammophon 431588
    Deutsche Grammophon 431579
    Virgin 91501
    Brilliant 93006/5
    Naxos 8 558001/4