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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).

Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo

The Capriccio on the departure of a beloved brother (Italian: Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo), BWV 992, is an early work by Johann Sebastian Bach, possibly modeled on the Biblical Sonatas of Johann Kuhnau. The story that Bach performed it at age nineteen when his brother Johann Jacob left to become an oboist in the army of Charles XII in Sweden is questionable. But the chosen tonality of B-flat major seems to be a deliberate reference to the family's name ("B" in German is B-flat in English).

  1. Arioso: Adagio – 'Friends Gather & Try to Dissuade Him from departing'
  2. (Andante) – 'They Picture the Dangers Which May Befall Him'
  3. Adagiosissimo (or Adagissimo) – 'The Friends' Lament'
  4. (Andante con moto) – 'Since He Cannot Be Dissuaded, They Say Farewell'
  5. Allegro pocco – 'Aria of the Postilion' (Aria di postiglione)
  6. 'Fugue in Imitation of the Postilion's Horn' (Fuga all'imitazione della cornetta di postiglione)

Allegro con Brio

Jan Lisiecki – Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3: I. Allegro con brio

Jan Lisiecki – Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3: II. Largo

Jan Lisiecki – Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3: III. Rondo. Allegro

Deutsche Grammophon is delighted to release Jan Liesiecki´s interpretation of ´Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos´. The album follows Lisiecki’s acclaimed Mendelssohn concerto recording earlier this year and marks his sixth recording for the Yellow Label. The recording marks a milestone at the break of the Beethoven year 2020 and once again demonstrates that Lisiecki has long secured himself a place among the upper echelon of classical musicians.

Rondo

After the celebrated 2018 Mozart album of Chopin-Award winner Seong-Jin Cho, the South Korean pianist returns to Europe with recitals in Autumn. Especially for this occasion and in addition to his latest album, he recorded the Rondo in A minor, K.511. With frequent oscillation between minor and major it is one of Mozart's most important individual pieces.

Mais logo, na Gulbenkian

Após uma longa ausência dos palcos portugueses, e numa altura em que deixou de fazer digressões e se retirou do frenesim exigido pelo circuito das maiores salas mundiais, Maria João Pires abre uma exceção e regressa à Gulbenkian Música na companhia da soprano arménia Talar Dekrmanjian. É o primeiro de três recitais que Maria João Pires protagonizará ao longo da temporada e que nos devolve ao contacto com o brilhantismo interpretativo da celebrada pianista portuguesa.

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.