Frédéric Chopin

Mazurka for piano No. 44 in C major, Op. 67/3, CT. 94

    Description by Robert Cummings

    There is still some confusion about the dating of Chopin's posthumously published mazurkas. This C major mazurka and the first item in the set, the G major (No. 42) were written in 1835, while the second (No. 43) and fourth (No. 45) date to 1849 and 1846 respectively. Thus, one should not look for likenesses of mood in the group in order to link them to events in Chopin's personal life, as can sometimes be done with other sets of mazurkas.

    Marked Allegretto, this C major effort is a finely-crafted miniature of considerable appeal. It features a lively, danceable melody, and playful if short-lived middle section. The robust main theme appears three times in the course of the piece. It has an aristocratic air about its elegance, yet possesses a folk-like quality in its jauntiness and joy. It returns to close the piece in much the same guise as heard on its second appearance. This is one of the shorter Chopin mazurkas, lasting about a minute-and-a-quarter in a typical performance.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Continuo Classics 116
    2016 Brilliant Classics 95215BR
    2016 A Life of Music Records
    2016 Guild Historical GHCD 2421
    2015 AAO Music MCRP 2688212
    2014 United Audio / United Audio Entertainment TC 53382
    2013 Melodiya MYD 1002093
    2013 Delos DE 3443
    2012 Entertainment Group 1522
    2012 Piano 21 P 21043N
    2012 Melodiya MYD 1001626
    2012 Decca 4784006
    2011 Pro Piano PPR 224507
    2011 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD000020
    2010 Fryderyk Chopin Institute 12
    2010 Decca
    2010 Berlin Classics 0016662
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Classics and Jazz 001382602
    2009 Hungaroton 32469
    2008 Koch 7651
    2008 Mirare 075
    2008 Sony Classical Essential Classics 731846
    2007 Amado Classics 4000
    2006 Eroica Distribution 3273
    2005 Dux Records 504
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon 000460002
    2005 DG
    2005 Andante AN1190
    2004 United Audio Entertai 65072
    2004 Biddulph Recordings LHW044
    2003 Arabesque 6757
    2003 Forlane 126817
    2003 Naxos 8110690
    2002 Opus KURA 2009
    2001 Spring Hill Music 025
    2001 Cello Classics 1005
    2001 Rca Red Seal 63050
    2000 Rca Red Seal 902668990
    2000 Amadis 7108
    2000 Onyx Classix 1915
    2000 Dux Records 05100511
    1999 Naxos 554530
    1999 Opus 111 2006
    1999 Philips 462232
    1999 Philips 456784
    1998 Decca 4603222
    1998 RCA Red Seal 902668442
    1997 Eclipse Records 64354
    1997 Point 267118
    1997 BX 99332
    1996 Par Excellence/St. Clair 24262
    1993 EMI Music Distribution 764697-2
    1992 Pearl IF 2000
    IMP Classics 872
    Deutsche Grammophon 431585
    Channel Classics 16298
    Deutsche Grammophon 431579
    Forlane 16789
    Lydian 18108
    Onyx Classix 66142
    Amado Classics 04009
    Zephyr 14010
    Erato
    The Piano Library 262
    Selene 990651
    RCA 5614
    Decca 475 8091DB5