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Paperno Plays Chopin

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Paperno Plays Chopin

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    • Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20 (8:29)

    • FREDERIC CHOPIN (1810-1849)

      Broadcast "concerts" for Chicago's Fine Arts radio station WFMT

      Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20 (8:29)

    • Impromptu No. 2 in F-sharp major, Op. 38 (5:03)

    • Impromptu No. 2 in F-sharp major, Op. 38 (5:03)

    • Ballade No. 4 in F-minor, Op. 52 (10:29)

    • Ballade No. 4 in F-minor, Op. 52 (10:29)

    • Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1 (5:13)

    • Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1 (5:13)

    • Fantasy in F-minor, Op. 49 (12:58)

    • Fantasy in F-minor, Op. 49 (12:58)

    • Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 45 (4:29)

    • From the 1955 Fifth International Chopin Competition in Warsaw
      Stage Two

      Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 45 (4:29)

    • Etude in A minor, Op. 10, No. 2 (1:13)

    • Etude in A minor, Op. 10, No. 2 (1:13)

    • Etude in F major, Op. 10, No. 8 (2:06)

    • Etude in F major, Op. 10, No. 8 (2:06)

    • Concerto in F minor, Op. 21, 2nd mvt (8:12)

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      Concerto in F minor, Op. 21, 2nd mvt (8:12)

    • Mazurka in F-sharp minor, Op. 59, No. 3 (2:54)

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      Mazurka in F-sharp minor, Op. 59, No. 3 (2:54)

    • Mazurka in A-flat major, Op. 41, No. 4 (1:43)

    • Mazurka in A-flat major, Op. 41, No. 4 (1:43)

    • Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54 (9:06)

    • Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54 (9:06)

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Pianist Dmitry Paperno is delighted when an observer notes similarities between the disciplined power and passion of his playing and the music of Chopin. "It's my approach to music in general and Chopin in particular," he says.

A major pianist in Russia in the 1960s and 70s, Paperno has been a lifelong exponent of -- but not a specialist in -- Chopin's music. This CD presents performances from the 1955 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw and his later years in Chicago. The CD, Paperno's fourth recording for Cedille, documents three decades in the evolution of his artistry -- all through the works of one composer in recordings of performances never released commercially.

A striking feature of the program is the contrast between the considerably faster playing that prevailed in 1955 and the slower (though hardly slow) tempos heard in Paperno's concerts recorded between 1977 and 1989 by radio station WFMT.

According to Karp's Dictionary of Music, "Chopin epitomized the Romantic concept of intimate art. He exhibited a remarkable control over dynamic nuances. Although his music contains many heroic moments, the heroism is an inner personal quality and not a pose to obtain the adulation of the crowd."

Paperno's pianism has been described in similar terms. Stereo Review's Richard Freed, in reviewing Paperno's first disc on Cedille, was struck by Paperno's "affectionate conviction" in what he plays and the "touch of poetry" in his playing. "That quality makes itself felt throughout the entire program, in fact, in the least aggressive way: You feel the pianist is really finding it in the music rather than imposing it from the outside," Freed wrote. CD Review noted, "Paperno avoids the twin traps of overinterpretation and repression of honest expression."

The international Chopin Competition still ranks among the world's most distinguished piano competitions. The Soviet entrants in 1955 felt incredible pressure to make a strong showing: winning an international honor was essential to securing state support as a concert artist. It was a defining moment for the young artists. Paperno's prize-winning performance at the event launched his concert career.

The CD booklet includes Paperno's firsthand, behind-the-scenes account of the 1955 competition, which are excerpts from his book: Notes of a Moscow Pianist (Amadeus Press) published in 1998.

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Program Notes

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Total Time: 73:48

Recorded:
Tracks 1 & 2: DePaul University Concert Hall, May 15, 1980
Track 3: WFMT Studio One, January 17, 1989
Track 4: Mandel Hall at the University of Chicago, July 22, 1977
Track 5: WFMT Studio One, November 22, 1983
Tracks 6 - 12: Material under license from The Fryderyk Chopin Society, Warsaw, Poland

Producer: James Ginsburg
Cover: Photo by Erik S. Lieber
Design: Cheryl A Boncuore
Notes: Dmitry Paperno

© 1996 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago

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