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Chopin: The Complete Etudes - Jocelyn Swigger

CBR21752

FIRST RELEASE

Playing time: 61'16"
Tracks: 27
Booklet pages: 4
© 2017 Con Brio Recordings
Sent to a reviewer on 20 July 2018

Listen: Chopin: Etude Op 25 No 7 in C sharp minor, 'Cello' (track 19, 1:47-2:44)

Jocelyn Swigger, piano (1841 Paris Erard, tuned to a historic temperament by Jonathan Bellman)
Anne Acker, piano technician

Frédéric Chopin:

Douze Etudes, Op 10 (1833)
1 No 1 in C
2 No 2 in A minor
3 No 3 in E
4 No 4 in C sharp minor
5 No 5 in G flat minor, 'Black Key'
6 No 6 in E flat minor
7 No 7 in C
8 No 8 in F
9 No 9 in F minor
10 No 10 in A flat
11 No 11 in E flat, 'Guitar'
12 No 12 in C minor, 'Revolutionary'

Douze Etudes, Op 25 (1837
13 No 1 in A flat, 'Aeolian Harp'
14 No 2 in F minor, 'The Bees'
15 No 3 in F, 'The Horseman'
16 No 4 in A minor, 'Paganini'
17 No 5 in E minor, 'Wrong Note'
18 No 6 in G sharp minor, 'Thirds'
19 No 7 in C sharp minor, 'Cello'
20 No 8 in D flat, 'Sixths'
21 No 9 in G flat, 'Butterfly'
22 No 10 in B minor, 'Octave'
23 No 11 in A minor, 'Winter Wind'
24 No 12 in C minor, 'Ocean'

Trois Nouvelle Etudes (1839)
25 No 1 in F minor
26 No 2 in A flat
27 No 3 in D flat

'What did it sound like when Chopin and his students played the Etudes? They might have played on a piano such as this, tuned like this: a sound world completely different from our modern one. Etudes are by definition pieces for teaching, and studying Chopin's has truly made me feel like one of his students. I hope this recording will be interesting for other performers,scholars, lovers, and students of Chopin.' - Jocelyn Swigger

Recorded at PianoGrands, Montrose, Pennsylvania, USA in 2017.


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