Fray, David

Chopin

CD
3 Feb 2017

Barcode: 0190295896478

Composer: Frédéric Chopin

Chopin’s music had been absent from Fray’s active repertoire for some 15 years before he recorded this recital, which comprises seven of the composer’s nocturnes, three mazurkas, a polonaise, a waltz and an impromptu. When Fray talks about Chopin – who died in Paris in 1849 aged just 39, having exercised a transformative influence on the piano repertoire – it becomes clear that he sees the composer’s work in archetypally Romantic terms: “For me, Chopin’s music is very fragile, vaporous, perfumed … somewhat intangible. It is so fluid and evanescent – you need to feel that it could just disappear at any moment. What makes it so touching is this ephemeral quality – the mazurkas are like something that you write in the sand … You know that it will be washed away, but the memory will remain. His music palpitates with a sense of the unexpected, the inspiration of the moment. If you tried to engrave it into marble, it would die.”

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Chopin: Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2  - David Fray 
02 Chopin: Nocturne No. 13 in C Minor, Op. 48 No. 1  - David Fray 
03 Chopin: Nocturne No. 16 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 No. 2  - David Fray 
04 Chopin: Mazurka No. 41 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 63 No. 3  - David Fray 
05 Chopin: Nocturne No. 18 in E Major, Op. 62 No. 2  - David Fray 
06 Chopin: Mazurka No. 11 in E Minor, Op. 17 No. 2  - David Fray 
07 Chopin: Polonaise No. 7 in A-Flat Major, Op. 61, "Polonaise-fantaisie"  - David Fray 
08 Chopin: Nocturne No. 15 in F Minor, Op. 55 No. 1  - David Fray 
09 Chopin: Nocturne No. 14 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 48 No. 2  - David Fray 
10 Chopin: Impromptu No. 3 in G-Flat Major, Op. 51  - David Fray 
11 Chopin: Nocturne No. 10 in A-Flat Major, Op. 32 No. 2  - David Fray 
12 Chopin: Waltz No. 9 in A-Flat Major, Op. 69 No. 1, "The Farewell Waltz "  - David Fray 
13 Chopin: Mazurka No. 40 in F Minor, Op. 63 No. 2  - David Fray 


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