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Chopin

NEC student Delvan Lin performs the first of the two pieces that comprise Frédéric Chopin’s Two Nocturnes, Op. 62: No. 1 in B Major, Andante. This performance was given as part of the 2022 Marion Rubin Berman Piano Honors Concert, this year bearing the subtitle: Night.

Monday Music

Currentzis conducts Prokofiev | Live recording in the Stuttgart Liederhalle on September 10, 2021.
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major op.26
00:00:00 - Andante - Allegro
00:09:49 - Subject con variazioni. Andantino
00:19:50 - Allegro ma non troppo

00:30:16 - Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor op. Posth. (Encore Yulianna Avdeeva)

Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100
00:35:17 - Andante
00:48:53 - Allegro marcato
00:57:47 - Adagio
01:11:08 - Allegro giocoso

01:21:24 - Sergei Prokofiev: "Montagues and Capulets" from "Romeo and Juliet" Suite No. 2 (orchestral addition)

Yulianna Avdeeva, piano
SWR Symphony Orchestra
Teodor Currentzis, conductor

Mompou Variations On A Theme by Chopin

Daniil Trifonov plays Mompou Variations On A Theme by Chopin on the piano during his Yellow Lounge performance in Berlin.

The Variations on a Theme of Chopin is a work for solo piano by Federico Mompou. It is based on the Prelude in A major, Op. 28, No. 7, by Frédéric Chopin.

It started out as a piece for cello and piano, written in collaboration between Mompou and the cellist Gaspar Cassadó. Work on this version of the piece started in 1938, but was abandoned. Mompou then published four variations for solo piano, but with the incongruous title Three Variations.

  • Theme. Andantino (A major)
  • Variation 1. Tranquillo e molto amabile (A major)
  • Variation 2. Gracioso (A major)
  • Variation 3. Lento (D major, for the left hand)
  • Variation 4. Espressivo (F major)
  • Variation 5. Tempo di Mazurka (A major)
  • Variation 6. Recitativo (G minor)
  • Variation 7. Allegro leggiero (A major)
  • Variation 8. Andante dolce e espressivo (F major)
  • Variation 9. Valse (A major)
  • Variation 10. Évocation. Cantabile molto espressivo (F sharp minor; Mompou quotes his own Cancion y Danza No. 6; in the middle section, he quotes the central theme from Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66)
  • Variation 11. Lento dolce e legato (F sharp minor)
  • Variation 12. Galope y Epílogo (A major).

Nocturne on a golden piano

Pianist Stephen Hough performs Chopin's "Nocturne in E flat major" on Queen Victoria's piano as an encore at the BBC Proms 2019. Queen Victoria’s ‘Erard’ piano, loaned from the Royal Collection by Her Majesty the Queen, is heard for the first time outside Buckingham Palace at the BBC Proms. Stephen Hough and Alessandro Fisher join the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and conductor, Adám Fischer at the Royal Albert Hall. The Prom is a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Grand Piano, Tiny Desk

Jan. 12, 2018 | Tom Huizenga -- When we invited Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov to play a Tiny Desk concert, we rolled out the big guns. In place of the trusty upright, we wedged a 7-foot grand piano behind Bob Boilen's desk in preparation for the artist who The Times of London called "without question the most astounding pianist of our age."

That's a pretty lofty claim, but watch and judge for yourself. His performance here is extraordinary. Still in his 20s, Trifonov seems to have it all: jaw-dropping technique and interpretive skills beyond his age. He's also a composer — the night before his NPR visit, he played his own knuckle-twisting piano concerto at the Kennedy Center here in Washington, D.C.

But for his Tiny Desk show, Trifonov focused on Chopin, beginning with the mercurial "Fantaisie-Impromptu" in C-sharp minor, a work that mixes sweeping melody, turbulent passion and wistful repose. Hunching close over the keyboard with feline agility, Trifonov's slender fingers glide effortlessly. He coaxes the instrument to sing tenderly in the slow central section.

Trifonov follows with a pair of short tributes to Chopin by his peers. Robert Schumann's "Chopin" accentuates the lyrical side of Chopin, filtered through the German composer's forward-looking harmonies, while Edvard Grieg's "Hommage à Chopin" offers volatility, lovingly rendered.

The smartly programmed set is capped with more Chopin, but with a nod to Mozart: the finale from a set of variations based on an aria from Don Giovanni. It gives Trifonov a chance to display his lightness of touch, plus a few pianistic fireworks. Smiling, he treats the tricky filigreed runs and hand crossings as if it were a child's game. Look closely and you can see the piano shake.

(Daniil Trifonov appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH.)

 

Set List*

Chopin: "Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66"

Schumann: "Chopin. Agitato" (from Carnaval)

Grieg: "Hommage à Chopin, Op. 73, No. 5"

Chopin: "Variations on 'Là ci darem la mano' (from Mozart's Don Giovanni) - Coda. Alla Polacca"

*(Selections found on the album Chopin Evocations.)

 

MUSICIAN
Daniil Trifonov (piano)

CREDITS
Producers: Tom Huizenga, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Alyse Young; Assistant Editor: Alyse Young; Photo: Jenna Sterner/NPR

Chopin Evocations

Daniil Trifonov stands for virtuosity, musical poetry and evocative power. He is the world’s top young pianist today - and the music of Chopin is close to his heart.

His new album "Chopin Evocations" is one of the most exciting recordings of 2017: two-and-a-half hours of music uniting Chopin's two beautiful piano concertos with Chopin solo works and pieces by Mompou, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Barber paying homage to the genius Chopin who, in Trifonov's words, "revolutionized the expressive horizons of the piano."