Frédéric Chopin

Mazurka for piano No. 16 in A flat major, Op. 24/3, CT. 66

    Description by Robert Cummings

    The main theme to the Mazurka No. 16 bears a vague resemblance in its contour to that in the fourteenth. Even though both are from the same set, similarities between the two may well be coincidental, especially since this A flat major mazurka is of a generally positive mood, whereas No. 14 is reflective and sad.

    The main theme to No. 16 is full of pauses -- pauses which impart an elegance to its dance-like nature and seem to draw momentary attention to the last phrase, even to the last chord, which is always on the ascent. The whole is graceful and light, yet there are wistful overtones to the music, which give it that typical Chopinesque mixture of sweetness and sorrow. Still, this piece is more elegant, even aristocratic, than melancholy or regretful. The tempo marking is Moderato, con anima, and the emotional tenor throughout the piece is always subdued, whether in its brighter moments or in its more reflective ones. A typical performance of this mazurka lasts about three minutes.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Menuetto Classics
    2018 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 18041
    2016 Sheva Collection SH 148
    2016 Hyperion CDA 68137
    2013 Oehms Classics OC 894
    2013 Melodiya MYD 1002093
    2013 Linn / Linn Records BKD 248
    2012 APR (Appian) 7503
    2011 Red Bus Classical RCLAS 013
    2011 Dux Records 0791
    2011 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD000020
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon 002894778445
    2010 Decca
    2010 Hyperion 55391
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Classics and Jazz 001382602
    2009 Hungaroton 32469
    2009 Fryderyk Chopin Institute 001
    2009 Documents 222913
    2008 Ondine 903
    2008 Brilliant Classics 93217
    2008 Sony Classical Essential Classics 731846
    2005 Divine Art 2-4116
    2005 Linn Records 248
    2004 Gallo 1123
    2001 Rca Red Seal 63050
    2000 Rca Red Seal 902668990
    2000 Pearl 0077
    1998 Delta Distribution 31018
    1998 RCA Red Seal 902668442
    1995 APR (Appian) 7002
    1995 Madacy 5654
    1995 Connoisseur Society 4181
    1993 EMI Music Distribution 764697-2
    1990 RCA 5998
    IC Records
    Pickwick 1159
    Opus 111 9101
    As Disc 341
    Laserlight 14065
    Duet 10
    Enterprise 316
    RCA 5614
    Duet 86