Frédéric Chopin

Waltz for piano No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64/3, CT. 214

    Description by Blair Johnston

    The Trois Valses, Op.64 (published in 1847) were the last set of such works to be published during Frédéric Chopin's lifetime, and were among the very last works sketched by his prodigious pen before his disease rendered further work impossible. Each of the three is among the shortest of his entries in the waltz form (making them entirely unsuitable for effective use in the ballroom--a use that, at this stage in his life, would have been unthinkable to the composer); they are, rather than actual dances, dance-poems that reflect the weakened composer's attitudes from three very different points of view. It is as if Chopin's latter-day musical personality were put through a prism, with the light of the resulting, rather distinct persona cast upon three separate sheets of music-paper. Chopin's final waltz, the Valse in A-flat major, Op.64, No.3, is a piece of delicately-poised, Moderato- tempo beauty. It offers neither the whirling glee of Op.64, No.1 nor the melancholy of Op.64, No.2, but rather a musical item in which the more pure expression of perfect structural and harmonic balance is paramount. The central section (in C major) is a dialogue between two melodic voices.

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    2018 Menuetto Classics
    2018 Naxos 8504054
    2017 IBA [Idil Biret Archives] 8501503
    2017 Classic FM / Decca CFMFW 123
    2017 Gramola 99146
    2017 Decca 4832500
    2016 Erato 555255
    2016 Fryderyk Chopin Institute / Nardowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina NIFCCD 617
    2015 K-Tel 136155
    2015 Chandos CHAN 10852
    2014 Deutsche Grammophon
    2014 Naxos 8572709
    2013 Decca
    2013 Doremi Records DHR 79945
    2013 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD 207
    2013 Naxos 970191
    2013 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099901924
    2012 ATMA Classique ACD 22666
    2012 MDG / Zebralution
    2012 Nimbus / Nimbus Alliance NI 6184
    2012 Music & Arts 1261
    2012 Profil / Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 12015
    2011 Newton Classics 8802076
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    2011 Entertainment Group 1095
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    2011 Cembal d'amour 156
    2011 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD000020
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    2010 Decca
    2010 Hyperion 55381
    2010 Harmonia Mundi 2901927
    2010 Fryderyk Chopin Institute 5
    2010 EMI Classics 659302B
    2010 Teldec
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    2010 Opus KURA 7056
    2010 Marco Polo 8225226
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    2005 EMI Music Distribution 58025
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    2002 Centaur Records 2791
    2002 Ivory Records IVCD72010
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    2000 Camerata Records 28CM586
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    2000 Live Classics 302
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