Chopin & Scriabin: Piano Music
Format: COMPACT DISC
The group of compositions included in this recording reveal some of the most important aspects characterizing the music of Polish composer Frederic Chopin. The 19th century saw the birth of the so-called national school which aimed to draw upon popular music as a way of bringing new life to the classical form inherited from the preceding centuries. This desire to reassess the popular tradition and culture of the artist’s nation went hand in hand with legitimate aspirations of liberation from the centralized powers in order to create independent states. Few composers have been more identified with this historical process than Chopin. The fate of his country was always at the center of his thoughts and the musical form of the land from which he drew his inspiration were more to him than simple artistic value. A work by Alexander Scriabin rounds out this release, and its inclusion is appropriate as he revered Chopin almost hysterically, and Chopin’s influence is clearly heard.