Frédéric Chopin

Mazurka for piano No. 43 in G minor, Op. 67/2, CT. 93

    Description by Rovi Staff

    Chopin drew upon both the classical traditions of Poland and its folk songs and dances to create the 57 mazurkas for piano, which stand as some of his most personal and intimate compositions. In composing the dance form, Chopin actually drew upon three traditional dances: the mazur, the kujawiak, and the oberek. Each is in triple meter and often has the third or second beats accented. Some of his mazurkas draw directly from one of these dances, but most are a combination of the three, along with more classical influences. Thus Chopin was able to create a genre both personal and unique, adding much to the piano repertoire. The Mazurkas of Op. 67, published posthumously, seem to represent a return to the compositional style of the earlier collections, with the four-movement format, the shorter pieces, and the more good-natured tone. The first mazurka is amusing and flamboyant, with many flourishes and a dance-like character. The cheerful dialogue between the melody's two ranges is innovative and playful. The second piece of the set, marked cantabile, is a brief but pleasant reflection. The contentment is found in the rhythmic and melodic stability; there are no surprises, but there are no disappointments. The third piece in the collection, again very brief, seems to have shed the pathos of the Op. 63 Mazurkas, with its agreeable melody and character. The final mazurka, the first in the minor key, adds some heart to the collection. It displays the flourishes and rhythm of the dances, but with effortless melodic subtlety and warmth of tone.

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 MSR Classics MS 1629
    2016 Brilliant Classics 95215BR
    2016 Continuo Classics 116
    2016 Erato 0190295974961
    2016 Deutsche Grammophon 4796277
    2016 A Life of Music Records
    2016 Deutsche Grammophon 4795404
    2015 Dux Records DUX 1148
    2015 Ars Produktion / Ars Produktion ARS 38173
    2014 Deutsche Grammophon
    2013 Melodiya MYD 1002093
    2013 Delos DE 3443
    2012 The Entertainment Group 1150A
    2012 The Entertainment Group 1147
    2012 Piano 21 P 21043N
    2012 Decca 4784006
    2011 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD000020
    2010 EMI Classics / EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 5099945851
    2010 Fryderyk Chopin Institute 12
    2010 Decca
    2010 Berlin Classics 0016662
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon 477 7483
    2009 Hungaroton 32469
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon 4777563
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon
    2008 Mirare 075
    2008 Sony Classical Essential Classics 731846
    2007 Aura Music 223042
    2005 Dux Records 504
    2005 Andante AN1190
    2003 Forlane 126817
    2003 Virgin 545572
    2003 Deutsche Grammophon 000001602
    2002 Fleur de Son 57956
    2002 Aura Classics 2002
    2001 Rca Red Seal 63050
    2000 Aura Classics 0227
    2000 Rca Red Seal 902668990
    2000 Aura Classics 2000
    2000 Pearl 0077
    1999 Philips 456904
    1999 Aura Classics 0211
    1999 Naxos 554530
    1999 Agora Musica 232
    1999 Philips 454987
    1998 Decca 4603222
    1998 RCA Red Seal 902668442
    1996 Concord 42036
    1993 EMI Music Distribution 764697-2
    1992 Pearl IF 2000
    1988 EMI Music Distribution 47467
    1984 Deutsche Grammophon 4134492
    Dante 060
    Aura Music 211
    Channel Classics 16298
    Forlane 16814
    Carriere Classics 17
    Pickwick 1159
    Patria Productions Inc. KIE 2000
    Deutsche Grammophon 476820
    Brioso Recordings 125
    RCA 5614
    Marston 53011