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Frédéric Chopin: Ballades

The Ballade or Ballad was originally a sung poem, recounting a myth or an historical event. The form, with its connotations of simple folkloric authenticity, became popular in literature with the rise of Romanticism; Chopin is usually credited with originating the genre for the piano.
The first three Ballades are said to have been inspired by poems by Adam Mickiewicz, a Polish poet living in exile in Paris like Chopin himself, although Chopin never confirmed the precise sources or programs for these works.

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TitleASTKey Published Type Level
Ballade 1 Op. 23G Minor 1835 Piece 8+
Ballade 2 Op. 38F Major 1839 Piece 8+
Ballade 3 Op. 47A-flat Major 1841 Piece 8+
Ballade 4 Op. 52F Minor 1842 Piece 8+

Posts in the piano forum about Ballades by Chopin:

xx some questions about Chopin ballades:)
July 04, 2011, 05:24:03 AM by ihavetoleave

which poem was Op.52 based on?
I didn't get a main idea,maybe it tells something about the passed days?
So what did it want to express?

xx Seeking recordings: Frankl plays Chopin ballades and polonaises
December 14, 2010, 06:02:06 PM by josh h


Can anyone suggest a place where I can purchase or acquire CD or mp3 (or other PC-based formats) recordings of Peter Frankl playing Chopin's ballades and polonaises?

I purchased these recordings about 20 years ago on cassette tapes.  Needless to say, I don't have a tape deck anymore (and even if I did, I listened to the tapes so often that they're damaged by now).

I rarely hear anyone talk about Frankl's performances of these works, but to me they are the best I've ever heard.  The piano he's playing has a beautiful warm tone with no tinniness.  His playing is brisk and contains the needed technique to execute these pieces, but is not rushed.  Perhaps most importantly, he plays the pieces "straight" - without over-exaggerated changes in tempo or dynamics - and lets the music in these masterpieces speak for itself.

I've searched iTunes and Amazon.  I've looked in record stores.  I've done google searches.  All with no results.

Any guidance or suggestions welcome.  Thoughts on these recordings are also welcome.


xx VIDEO: The four Chopin Ballades played by Miena Sanada
November 22, 2010, 03:24:22 AM by latrobe


Miena Sanada is a masterclass student of Adolfo Barabino and has done her first recital of the four ballades and Scherzi on an 1895 Bechstein in Unequal Temperament at Emerson College in Sussex UK. Unfortunately the piano was not as well behaved as it had been in the summer . . .


Here's the second ballade:

The third:

and the fourth:

Best wishes

David P

xx Chopin Ballades
March 10, 2010, 03:00:19 PM by sjeon

My favorite pieces of all the times- Chopin Ballades.
It is, in my opinion, chopin's best pieces.
Wich is your favorite one? Roll Eyes

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