Frédéric Chopin

Mazurka for piano No. 42 in G major, Op. 67/1, CT. 92

    Description by Robert Cummings

    This mazurka was published posthumously in Berlin in 1855. Its higher numbering would suggest it was written in the late 1840s, but it dates from 1835, like the third mazurka from the set (No. 44, in C major). To make matters a bit confusing, the other two works in the Op. 67 set (Nos. 43, in G minor, and 45 in A minor) were composed in 1849 and 1846 respectively. It was the publisher who lumped them together and fashioned an order heedless to chronology.

    The G major mazurka under examination here is a joyous piece whose graceful manner is often counterbalanced by a robustness when the playing veers downward from the upper register of the keyboard. The main theme is playful in its bliss, and Chopin's writing, as usual, is brilliant and colorful. This mazurka is really a glittering confection, bubbly and effervescent, but a little short on depth. The piece was written for a Polish friend of the composer, Anna Mlokosiewicz, but apparently never given to, or performed before, her. This mazurka, which lasts just over a minute in a typical performance, is attractive and reveals the composer in purely high spirits, not a common mood for him in his works.

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Glossa GCD 922517
    2016 Continuo Classics 116
    2016 Brilliant Classics 95215BR
    2016 Erato 0190295974961
    2013 Melodiya MYD 1002093
    2012 Piano 21 P 21043N
    2012 APR (Appian) 7503
    2011 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD000020
    2010 EMI Classics / EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 5099945851
    2010 Fryderyk Chopin Institute 12
    2010 Decca
    2009 Hungaroton 32469
    2009 Documents 222913
    2008 Brilliant Classics 93217
    2008 Mirare 075
    2007 Wigmore Hall 14
    2005 Dux Records 504
    2004 Arbiter ARBITER141
    2003 Forlane 126817
    2003 Virgin 545572
    2003 Virgin 545574
    2001 Rca Red Seal 63050
    1999 Naxos 554530
    1999 Deutsche Grammophon 463066
    1999 Opus 111 2006
    1999 Biddulph Recordings 40
    1999 Pearl 9339
    1995 APR (Appian) 7002
    1995 Gallo 658
    1993 EMI Music Distribution 764697-2
    1993 Pearl 9963
    1992 Pearl GEMMCDS9972
    Forlane 16789
    Zephyr 14010
    Caren Goodin Evarts
    Enterprise 316
    RCA 5614
    Dante 056