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Alain Lefevre

Chopin - 24 Preludes


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Alain Lefèvre - Chopin: 24 Preludes
Alain Lefevre - Lanaudiere Classical Music Festival, Joliette Quebec
Alain Lefevre Hydra 2013
1 Op. 28: No. 1 in C Major. Agitato
2 Op. 28: No. 2 in A Minor. Lento
3 Op. 28: No. 3 in G Major. Vivace
4 Op. 28: No. 4 in E Minor. Largo
5 Op. 28: No. 5 in D Major. Allegro molto
6 Op. 28: No. 6 in B Minor. Lento assai
7 Op. 28: No. 7 in A Major. Andantino
8 Op. 28: No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor. Molto Agitato
9 Op. 28: No. 9 in E Major. Largo
10 Op. 28: No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor. Allegro Molto
11 Op. 28: No. 11 in B Major. Vivace
12 Op. 28: No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor. Presto
13 Op. 28: No. 13 in F-Sharp Major. Lento
14 Op. 28: No. 14 in E-Flat Minor. Allegro
15 Op. 28: No. 15 in D-Flat Major. Sostenuto
16 Op. 28: No. 16 in B-Flat Minor. Presto Con Fuoco
17 Op. 28: No. 17 in A-Flat Major. Allegretto
18 Op. 28: No. 18 in F Minor. Allegro Molto
19 Op. 28: No. 19 in E-Flat Major. Vivace
20 Op. 28: No. 20 in C Minor. Largo
21 Op. 28: No. 21 in B-Flat Major. Cantabile
22 Op. 28: No. 22 in G Minor. Molto Agitato
23 Op. 28: No. 23 in F Major. Moderato
24 Op. 28: No. 24 in D Minor. Allegro Appassionato
25 Sonata No. 24 in D Minor - Andantino Cantabile
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Like many young keyboard players today, Chopin was exposed to Bach's set of preludes and fugues in each major and minor key, the Well-Tempered Clavier. We can only assume that this is what sparked Chopin's imagination and led to the 24 Preludes. But unlike Bach's sprawling work, each Chopin prelude is a study in economy and brevity. Though miniatures, performing the 24 Preludes is no small task. In his latest recording, Montreal-based pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre tackles the works with a wide range of expression, from the melodic simplicity of the fourth prelude to the tenderness of the "Raindrop" prelude. Rounding out the recording is Padre Antonio Soler's Sonata in D minor No. 24. Lefèvre makes a compelling case for the nearly forgotten 18th-century Spanish composer, who wrote a huge number of keyboard sonatas.

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