Frédéric Chopin

Etude for piano No. 2 in A minor, Op. 10/2, CT. 15

    Description by Blair Johnston

    The twenty-four Études of Frédéric Chopin (divided into two separate opuses, 10 and 25, but actually composed almost simultaneously) remain the most significant entries in that particular musical genre. Chopin refers, in a letter dating from the fall of 1829, to having written a study "in [his] own manner," and indeed, a great chasm stands between his achievements and the far drier études of his predecessors (one thinks of Moscheles, Czerny, and Hummel in particular). It was not Chopin's intent, as it was with many nineteenth-century pianist-composers, to create studies of mere technique and raw dexterity; here, instead, are works with an inexhaustible array of textures, moods, and colors to explore. These are works meant for the concert hall as well as for the practice room. The twelve Études published as Chopin's Opus 10 are an indispensable tool of the modern pianist's craft: they are a rite of passage that no serious pianist can ignore. The A minor Étude op.10, No.2 is also rather severe in tone. Chromatic passagework is executed by the third, fourth, and fifth fingers of the right hand, while the remaining thumb and forefinger are asked to join in the chordal accompaniment. Many have seen a resemblance to Ignaz Moscheles' Étude Op.70, No.3 in this difficult work; it is quite possible that Chopin's familiarity with the elder composer's manner spilled over into his own work. The harmonically "wandering" character of the A minor Étude, however, looks more forward (to some of his own later études, which incorporate similar means, but to a much more ethereal end) than backward.

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    2017 Eudora EUDSACD 1703
    2016 Deutsche Grammophon 4795404
    2015 Albany Music Distribution / Albany Records TROY 1601/02
    2015 Melodiya MELCD 1002349
    2015 Estonian Record Productions ERP 8014
    2013 Doremi Records DHR 79945
    2012 Entertainment Group 12505
    2012 Teldec 2564664684
    2012 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD 614
    2011 Centaur Records 3157
    2011 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD 612
    2011 Warner Classics
    2011 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099994983425
    2011 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD604605
    2010 Berlin Classics 0300020
    2010 Denon Records
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    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Denon Records
    2008 ABC Classics 4766929
    2008 Alphée / Zebralution
    2008 Berlin Classics 0184282
    2008 Corona Classic Collection 0001582CCC
    2008 JAV Recordings JAV163
    2008 Classic Archive 3085208
    2007 HDC 40300
    2007 Decca
    2007 Ionian Productions 3324
    2006 Brilliant 93006
    2006 Takt 1501/15
    2005 Warner Classics / Warner Music 62258
    2004 Testament 1335
    2003 Deutsche Grammophon 471 479-2GH
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    2002 Praga 356020-34
    2000 Atlantic 92939
    1999 Opus 111 2015
    1997 Eclipse Records 64354
    1997 Point 267114
    1996 Cedille Records 26
    1996 Praga 354001.15
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