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Chopin: Waltzes

Vittorio Forte

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1.1
Waltz in A-Flat Major, Op. 34 No. 1, B. 94
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
5:07
1.2
Waltz in A Minor, Op. 34 No. 2, B. 64
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
5:58
1.3
Waltz in F Major, Op. 34 No. 3, B. 118
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
2:24
1.4
Grande valse brillante, Op. 18, B. 62
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
5:48
1.5
Waltz in A-Flat Major, Op. 69 No. 1, B. 95 "Adieu"
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
4:34
1.6
Waltz in B Minor, Op. 69 No. 2, B. 35
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
4:30
1.7
Waltz in G-Flat Major, Op. 70 No. 1, B. 92
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
2:12
1.8
Waltz in F Minor, Op. 70 No. 2, B. 138
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
3:18
1.9
Waltz in D-Flat Major, Op. 70 No. 3, B. 40
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
3:12
1.10
Waltz No. 16 in A-Flat Major, B. 21
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
1:35
1.11
Waltz No. 17 in E-Flat Major, B. 46
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
3:00
1.12
Waltz No. 5 in A-Flat Major, Op. 42, B. 131
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
4:07
1.13
Waltz No. 15 in E Major, B. 44
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
2:31
1.14
Waltz No. 19 in A Minor, B. 150
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
2:29
1.15
Waltz No. 14 in E Minor, B. 56
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
3:07
1.16
Waltz in A-Flat Major, Op. 69 No. 1, B. 95 "Adieu" (Original Version)
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
3:26
1.17
Waltz in B Minor, Op. 69 No. 2, B. 35 (Original Version)
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
4:33
1.18
Waltz in G-Flat Major, Op. 70 No. 1, B. 92 (Original Version)
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
1:58
Waltzes, Op. 64, B. 164  
1.19
No. 1 in D-Flat Major "Minute Waltz"
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
2:02
1.20
No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
3:47
1.21
No. 3 in A-Flat Major
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
3:12
1.22
Cantabile in B-Flat Major, B. 84
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
1:11
1.23
Waltz No. 18 in E-Flat Major, B. 133
Frédéric Chopin; Vittorio Forte
1:43
Total Playing Time    75:44
The Waltzes are perhaps Chopin's lighter works, even though they remain distant from the world of dance-music written for the ball room. Just as his mazurkas, Chopin’s waltzes were not conceived for dancing. Chopin’s first waltz dates to 1824, when he was fourteen; the last he wrote was the last piece for solo piano he published, in 1847.

Although Chopin seems to have written many waltzes, in reality only eight were published during his lifetime (Opp. 18, 34, 42, 64); several others were lost, and some are still - sadly - in private hands.

In this album the listener will find the alternative versions of the Waltzes Op. 69 and Op. 70 No. 2. The piece marked “Sostenuto,” in 3/4, can also be considered a waltz, despite its less complex development, and was included.

Italian pianist Vittorio Forte is a well-known name in France, where he has an active performance activity. His pianism is characterized by elegance, excellent control, and a marked virtuosic character.

The recording, fully natural, took place using two pairs of Brüel & Kjær microphones.
88.2 kHz / 24-bit PCM – OnClassical Studio Masters

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