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MOURA LYMPANY PLAYS CHOPIN



Here, Moura Lympany plays Chopin.  What follows is a selection of Études, Nocturnes, Préludes, Waltzes and other works by Frédéric François Chopin.  She makes such lovely music of the Études, all the melodic lines in these pieces floating above a shimmering texture, that one must remind oneself there are great technical difficulties to overcome.  The Nocturnes are alive with song, rhythmically unequivocal, and not at all sentimental.  Under her guidance, these are not charming salon pieces but poetic utterances of great and beautiful importance.  In her performances of the Préludes, each tells its own dramatic story, none is incidental.  And the Waltzes dance, even the lyrical Opus 34~2.

It's a shame I have no Mazurkas to share with you.  I also regret that I have not found any of Chopin's large scale works, Ballades, Scherzi, the Barcarolle, or the Fantasy in F minor.  It would be wonderful to see how she handled these from a structural standpoint.



Études


in C minor, Op 10~4
recorded in 1963



in C minor, Op 10~4
in G
major, Op 10~5
recorded in 1995



in A major, Op 25~1
in F
minor, Op 25~2
recorded in 1995




Fantaisie-Impromptu in C minor, Op posth (Op 66)

recorded in 1952




Nocturnes

recorded in 1961


[preceded by Horowitz]
04:282 in E major, Op 9~2



8 in D major, Op 27~2



9 in B major, Op 32~1



12 in G major, Op 37~2



13 in C minor, Op 48~1 [rec. 1960]



17 in B major, Op 62~1




Polonaise in A major, Op 40~1  "Military"




Préludes, Op 28

recorded in 1963


3 Vivace in G major
17 Allegretto in A major
18 Molto allegro in F minor
19 Vivace in E major



4 Largo in E minor



10 Molto allegro in C minor




Waltzes

recorded in 1959


2 in A major, Op 34~1



3 in A minor, Op 34~2
4 in F major, Op 34~3



10 in B minor, Op 69~2
11 in G major, Op 70~1



13 in D major, Op 70~3
14 in E minor, Op posth










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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