Producer: Pat Feuchtenberger
Engineer: William Rich
Recorded 2016 in Bluefield, Virginia
Piano Technician: Andy Lyford
Dedicated to my son, Gary Feuchtenberger,
1958 - 2015
- Frederic Chopin
- 1. Nocturne in B Flat Minor, Op 9, No. 1 6:05 Sample
- 2. Nocturne in F Major, Op 15, No. 1 5:24 Sample
- 3. Nocturne in E Major, Op 62, No. 1 5:48 Sample
- 4. Impromptu in A Flat Major, Op 29, No. 1 6:28 Sample
- 5. Revolutionary Etude C Minor, Op 10, No. 12 3:18 Sample
- 6. Acolian Harp Etude A Flat Major, Op 25, No. 1 3:14 Sample
- 7. Scherzo in B Flat Minor, Op 31, No. 2 12:55 Sample
- 8. Mazurka in C Major, Op 67, No. 3 1:42 Sample
- 9. Mazurka in A Flat Major, Op 59, No. 2 3:57 Sample
- 10. Mazurka in F Minor, Op 63, No. 2 2:04 Sample
- 11. Ballade A Flat Major, Op 47, No. 3 8:16 Sample
Many pianists consider Chopin their favorite the composer. Many music lovers enjoy the music of Chopin while not relating so much to other classical music.
Since there is much information about the pieces on this recording, I wish to share with you a story which has come down to us which is not so generally known. The Ballade in A-Flat, the third of four which he wrote, has an unusual background.
As was customary for Chopin, a dinner with friends and attendance at the opera or some other entertainment was a regular occurrence, and one evening, after hearing the legendary story of "The Little Mermaid," Chopin sat down at the piano and improvised most of the third Ballade.
If you listen to the wonderful phrasing, the playful motion of dolphins come to mind, which most of us have seen on a visit to the ocean. Transfer that vision to the Mermaid and her lover, and you will immediately find yourself imagining the world of this wonderful tale. The music conveys the conflict the lovers face, and the Ballade builds to the end, which, as with the original story, leaves us to question whether or not the Mermaid stays on earth, or returns to the sea.
Chopin's music does not generally tell stories or paint a picture. It is pure art. Even in this cold, unfeeling age, where it is not fashionable to be moved, Chopin endures. He was a genius of universal appeal and his music conquers the most diverse audience. I know when I play Chopin, people will listen and love it.