PAUL BADURA-SKODA PLAYS CHOPIN

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Pianist, scholar and pedagogue Paul Badura-Skoda may best be known to the music loving public at large as an exponent of the Viennese classics. In fact, Badura-Skoda’s lengthy career covers far more musical ground than he is usually given credit for, from his awesome teenage prowess as an accordion virtuoso to the flamenco-inspired flair he brought to Frank Martin’s Fantasie, a work written especially for Badura-Skoda. In January 2005, we heard Badura-Skoda in an intimate, semi-private recital in New York, where the 77-year-old pianist covered a wide repertoire range with consummate authority and still-impressive technical command, notably in a shimmering, intense performance of Ravel’s Ondine from Gaspard de la nuit. A selection of Chopin short pieces proved no less idiomatic, and served to remind us this composer also has preoccupied Badura-Skoda for a long time. Chopin also figures in the pianist’s uncommonly large and wide-ranging discography of more than 200 releases, including the present 1971-5 studio recordings, all but one piece being released now for the first time.

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Paul Badura-Skoda plays Chopin: Sonata in B minor, Op. 58; Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op. 63, No. 3; Mazurka in A minor, Op. 68, No. 2; Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op. 30, No. 4; Etude in A-flat major, Op. 25, No. 1; Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49; Polonaise-Fantasy, Op. 61 All recorded in Vienna on Bösendorfer Grand pianos, between 1971 and 1975.With the exception of the Sonata previously unissued. Total time: 59:49. (ADD). UPC# 0-17685-12482-2.

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