Recorded on 08/17/2011, uploaded on 02/23/2012
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Frederic Chopin’s beloved Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52, was written from 1842-1843 in Paris and Nonant. As one of his most dramatic and poetic works, it contains a lifetime of subtleties in terms of its emotional scope. One of its most distinguishing features is the use of counterpoint, and it is this interweaving of melodies and countermelodies that adds so much to the richness of this piece. The narrative of the composition unfolds in a purely organic manner, gradually revealing the many intricacies of the work as it builds to one of the most powerful and tempestuous climaxes that Chopin ever wrote. Winston Choi
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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