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Beatrice Rana|Chopin: 12 Études, Op. 25 & 4 Scherzi

Chopin: 12 Études, Op. 25 & 4 Scherzi

Beatrice Rana

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Beatrice Rana is back with a Chopin album to enchant listeners like never before. A musical prodigy recognised at an young age, the Italian pianist took to the stage early on, interpreting the great composers. However, entering Chopin's world was to take until she was 16: “My relationship with Chopin began relatively late – my teacher, Benedetto Lupo, did not want to introduce me to the composer early in my studies. At the time I was disappointed and frustrated, but now I can understand his reasoning. I began playing the Preludes at 16, and tackling them before then would not have been right for me. Chopin is reserved, visionary and mysterious – certainly not an easy composer for performers to deal with, requiring a huge amount of preparation and thorough research. There are Romantic elements to his work, but it is never sweet or sugary – it has powerful musical substance, even ferocious in places.”


 


Following her first recordings of Chopin's Préludes in 2012 (on ATMA Classique), Chopin's 12 Etudes Op. 25 and four Scherzi now follow - almost ten years later - on her trusted label Warner Classics. It is an album that is particularly distinguishable as Rana has a unique understanding of the Polish-French composer, and a profound engagement with his compositional style. Rana knows how to interpret Chopin in the context of his epoch, being careful not to reduce him to romantic clichés. In his 12 Etudes she develops - despite their respective autonomy - a common thread that runs through her recordings. Both the harmonic and vocal lightness of the first part and the emotional severity of the latter are reproduced here not in contrast but as a cohesive musical unit. The four Scherzi that follow on from this probably form the crowning conclusion of this disc. Rana's virtuosity and technical skills are on full display here, with her fingers gliding over the keys at lightning speed and at the same time, with enormous precision, as for example in the extremely rapid Scherzo No. 1, Op. 20. Rana claims that Chopin made the piano sing. On this album, we can say the same about her. © Lena Germann/Qobuz

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12 Études, Op. 25: No. 1 in A-Flat Major, "Aeolian Harp"
00:02:41

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Beatrice Rana, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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12 Études, Op. 25: No. 2 in F Minor
00:01:31

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Beatrice Rana, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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12 Études, Op. 25: No. 3 in F Major
00:02:03

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Beatrice Rana, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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12 Études, Op. 25: No. 4 in A Minor
00:01:41

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Beatrice Rana, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

5
12 Études, Op. 25: No. 5 in E Minor
00:03:50

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Beatrice Rana, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

6
12 Études, Op. 25: No. 6 in G-Sharp Minor
00:02:16

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Beatrice Rana, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

7
12 Études, Op. 25: No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor
00:05:38

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Beatrice Rana, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

8
12 Études, Op. 25: No. 8 in D-Flat Major
00:01:09

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Beatrice Rana, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

9
12 Études, Op. 25: No. 9 in G-Flat Major, "Butterfly"
00:01:02

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Beatrice Rana, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

10
12 Études, Op. 25: No. 10 in B Minor
00:03:59

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Beatrice Rana, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

11
12 Études, Op. 25: No. 11 in A Minor, "Winter Wind"
00:03:55

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Beatrice Rana, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

12
12 Études, Op. 25: No. 12 in C Minor
00:02:45

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Beatrice Rana, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

13
Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20
00:11:01

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Beatrice Rana, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

14
Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31
00:11:59

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Beatrice Rana, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

15
Scherzo No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 39
00:07:55

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Beatrice Rana, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

16
Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
00:12:03

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Beatrice Rana, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Beatrice Rana is back with a Chopin album to enchant listeners like never before. A musical prodigy recognised at an young age, the Italian pianist took to the stage early on, interpreting the great composers. However, entering Chopin's world was to take until she was 16: “My relationship with Chopin began relatively late – my teacher, Benedetto Lupo, did not want to introduce me to the composer early in my studies. At the time I was disappointed and frustrated, but now I can understand his reasoning. I began playing the Preludes at 16, and tackling them before then would not have been right for me. Chopin is reserved, visionary and mysterious – certainly not an easy composer for performers to deal with, requiring a huge amount of preparation and thorough research. There are Romantic elements to his work, but it is never sweet or sugary – it has powerful musical substance, even ferocious in places.”


 


Following her first recordings of Chopin's Préludes in 2012 (on ATMA Classique), Chopin's 12 Etudes Op. 25 and four Scherzi now follow - almost ten years later - on her trusted label Warner Classics. It is an album that is particularly distinguishable as Rana has a unique understanding of the Polish-French composer, and a profound engagement with his compositional style. Rana knows how to interpret Chopin in the context of his epoch, being careful not to reduce him to romantic clichés. In his 12 Etudes she develops - despite their respective autonomy - a common thread that runs through her recordings. Both the harmonic and vocal lightness of the first part and the emotional severity of the latter are reproduced here not in contrast but as a cohesive musical unit. The four Scherzi that follow on from this probably form the crowning conclusion of this disc. Rana's virtuosity and technical skills are on full display here, with her fingers gliding over the keys at lightning speed and at the same time, with enormous precision, as for example in the extremely rapid Scherzo No. 1, Op. 20. Rana claims that Chopin made the piano sing. On this album, we can say the same about her. © Lena Germann/Qobuz

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