Frédéric Chopin

Etude for piano No. 22 in B minor, Op. 25/10, CT. 35

    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.

    The Étude in B minor, Op.25, No.10, is a tiring exercise in legato octaves. The extreme agitation--one might almost say ordered chaos--of the piece is interrupted by a sublime (and to the performer, most welcome and physically relaxing) B major melody.

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    2016 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD 624
    2016 CD Accord ACD 219
    2015 Melodiya MELCD 1002349
    2015 Centaur Records CRC 3406
    2015 Sony Classical 88843054582
    2013 Doremi Records DHR 79945
    2012 Entertainment Group 12505
    2010 ICS 7000
    2010 Piano 21 21029
    2010 Graciella Kowalczyk
    2010 Capriccio Records 7039
    2010 Danacord 691696
    2010 Archipel 0510
    2009 Domo Classics 73095
    2008 Deutsche Grammophon 4776656
    2008 Ionian / Ionian Productions 2986
    2007 Universal Classics & Jazz
    2007 Deutsche Grammophon
    2006 Virgin 82120
    2006 Brilliant 93006
    2006 Takt 1501/15
    2006 Virgin Classics 338171
    2005 Biddulph Recordings 010
    2005 Erato
    2005 Virgin Classics
    2005 Andante AN1190
    2003 Delta Distribution 40040
    2003 Delta Distribution 16320
    2002 Naxos 110681
    2002 Ondine ODE10082
    2001 Danacord 303
    1999 Virgin / Warner Classics 7243561618
    1999 Philips 454987
    1998 Music Digital 31005
    1998 Philips 456 889-2PM2
    1998 Delta Distribution 31018
    1997 Albany Music Distribution 252
    1997 Fleurs de Lys 3080
    1997 Harmonia Mundi 807219
    1996 Virgin 561317-2
    Virgin 91501
    Laserlight 14063
    Laserlight 15961
    Capriccio Records 7044
    Enterprise 190
    The Piano Library 190
    Brilliant 93006/5
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    Pearl 9957
    London 433653
    Virgin Classics 094635706529
    Duet 86