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Secret Garden

François-Frédéric Guy

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With this double album, François-Frédéric Guy opens the gate to his secret garden. This is his first discographic foray into the world of Chopin - a composer whose music soundtracked this French pianist’s childhood, and was played daily on the family piano by his father (who was incidentally a good amateur pianist). A particular favourite of his was Fantaisie-impromptu in C# minor, which Guy has selected to close this programme.


Although he was introduced to Chopin’s music at a very young age, the French pianist had never dared to record the pieces within this programme. A few months of lockdown eventually encouraged him to bring this project to fruition. Such a programme needed to be played on the perfect instrument: one that would perfectly capture Chopin’s legato and long lyrical phrases. François-Frédéric Guy set his sights on a beautiful Pleyel – Chopin’s favourite piano. Built in 1905, this instrument seems to be the culmination of the Parisian manufacturer’s latest research.


This programme lasts almost two hours and alternates Nocturnes, Études, Ballades and Waltzes with the incredible Fantaisie in F minor (which showcases Chopin’s full range of artistic skill and creativity), Sonata No.3 in B minor, the Polonaise-Fantaisie (whose contradictory title has long fascinated François-Frédéric Guy) and Fantaisie-impromptu. The latter was supposedly disliked by the original composer, but it serves as a moving finale here. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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1
Nocturne in B-Flat Minor, Op. 9 No. 1
00:05:34

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

2
Nocturne in E-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2
00:04:04

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

3
Étude in C Major, Op. 10 No. 1
00:01:54

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

4
Étude in C Minor, Op. 10 No. 12 "Revolutionary"
00:02:40

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

5
Ballade in G Minor, Op. 23
00:09:08

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

6
Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 1
00:05:14

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

7
Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
00:06:54

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

8
Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48 No. 1
00:06:32

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

9
Fantasie in F Minor, Op. 49
00:12:34

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

DISC 2

Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 (Frédéric Chopin)

1
I. Allegro maestoso
00:09:22

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

2
II. Scherzo. Molto vivace
00:02:46

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

3
III. Largo
00:08:49

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

4
IV. Finale. Presto non tanto
00:05:27

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

5
Polonaise-Fantaisie, Op. 61
00:12:14

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

6
Nocturne in E Major, Op. 62 No. 2
00:05:42

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

7
Waltz in F Minor, Op. posth. 70 No. 2
00:01:49

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

8
Waltz in D-Flat Major, Op. posth. 70 No. 3
00:02:47

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

9
Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, Op. posth.
00:03:50

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

10
Fantaisie-impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. posth. 66
00:05:04

Frederic Chopin, Composer - François-Frédéric Guy, Piano, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

Album review

With this double album, François-Frédéric Guy opens the gate to his secret garden. This is his first discographic foray into the world of Chopin - a composer whose music soundtracked this French pianist’s childhood, and was played daily on the family piano by his father (who was incidentally a good amateur pianist). A particular favourite of his was Fantaisie-impromptu in C# minor, which Guy has selected to close this programme.


Although he was introduced to Chopin’s music at a very young age, the French pianist had never dared to record the pieces within this programme. A few months of lockdown eventually encouraged him to bring this project to fruition. Such a programme needed to be played on the perfect instrument: one that would perfectly capture Chopin’s legato and long lyrical phrases. François-Frédéric Guy set his sights on a beautiful Pleyel – Chopin’s favourite piano. Built in 1905, this instrument seems to be the culmination of the Parisian manufacturer’s latest research.


This programme lasts almost two hours and alternates Nocturnes, Études, Ballades and Waltzes with the incredible Fantaisie in F minor (which showcases Chopin’s full range of artistic skill and creativity), Sonata No.3 in B minor, the Polonaise-Fantaisie (whose contradictory title has long fascinated François-Frédéric Guy) and Fantaisie-impromptu. The latter was supposedly disliked by the original composer, but it serves as a moving finale here. © François Hudry/Qobuz

Details of the original recording : <p>Recorded 6-11 March 2021 at Grande salle de l'Arsenal/Cité Musicale, Metz (France)</p>

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