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Préludes

Chopin's famous 24 Préludes Op.28, in each key in the circle of the 5:th, inspired by Bach's Preludes were at the time of publication something that many musicians proved sceptical to. "Préludes to what?" And still, these wonderful short miracles leave much to wonder about. Are they constructed to demonstrate a certain musical style, as with the Etudes focusing on a technical difficulty, or is the intention to use the preludes as a kind of a glossary of introductions to other works? Or maybe they should be performed in order, preceding only each other. Chopin left this great mystery to be figured out by ourselves. Or is it really possible that there is no pattern but just a set of wonderful small pieces, representing a certain mood or style? Chopin also wrote another longer Prélude, Op.45, and after his death, two more sketches were found published posthumously.

A in-depth analysis by José Rodríguez Alvira of the Préludes Nos.4 and 8 can be found here:

http://www.teoria.com/articles/chopin-prelude4/index.html
http://www.teoria.com/articulos/analysis/chopin8/index.htm



24 Préludes, Op.28 (1835-39)

Complete recording by Robert Ståhlbrand

Dedication: A son ami Camille Pleyel
1
Prelude in C major Op.28 No.10:34
2
Prelude in A minor Op.28 No.21:45
3
Prelude in G major Op.28 No.3 1:25
4
Prelude in E minor Op.28 No.4 1:39
5
Prelude in D major Op.28 No.50:42
6
Prelude in B minor Op.28 No.61:56
7
Prelude in A major Op.28 No.70:34
8
Prelude in F sharp minor Op.28 No.8 2:08
9
Prelude in E major Op.28 No.9
1:25
10
Prelude in C sharp minor Op.28 No.10
0:32
11
Prelude in B major Op.28 No.110:42
12
Prelude in G sharp minor Op.28 No.121:27
13
Prelude in F sharp major Op.28 No.13 2:50
14
Prelude in E flat minor Op.28 No.14
0:32
15
Prelude in D flat major Op.28 No.15 ("Raindrop")5:22
16
Prelude in B flat minor Op.28 No.161:20
17
Prelude in A flat major Op.28 No.17 3:30
18
Prelude in F minor Op.28 No.181:41
19
Prelude in E flat major Op.28 No.191:37
20
Prelude in C minor Op.28 No.20 1:32
21
Prelude in B flat major Op.28 No.21 2:27
22
Prelude in G minor Op.28 No.220:55
23
Prelude in F major Op.28 No.230:52
24
Prelude in D minor Op.28 No.24 2:36


24 Préludes, Op.28 (1835-39)
Complete recording by Joseph Renouf

Recorded in 2011
Dedication: A son ami Camille Pleyel
1Agitato0:35
2Lento2:27
3Vivace1:00
4Largo1:57
5Molto allegro0:34
6Lento assai1:53
7Andantino0:42
8Molto agitato1:53
9Largo1:11
10Molto allegro0:32
11Vivace0:36
12Presto1:09
13Lento2:56
14Allegro0:33
15Sostenuto4:51
16Presto con fuoco1:08
17Allegretto3:14
18Molto allegro0:59
19Vivace1:14
20Largo1:22
21Cantabile1:46
22Molto agitato0:42
23Moderato0:49
24Allegro appassionato2:22


24 Préludes Op.28

Dedication: A son ami Camille Pleyel
1
Prelude in C major Op.28 No.1
0:43
Bryce, D.
2
Prelude in A minor Op.28 No.2
2:01
Bryce, D.
3
Prelude in G major Op.28 No.3
1:20
Bryce, D.
3Prelude in G major Op.28 No.31:01Wyman, M.
4
Prelude in E minor Op.28 No.4
1:56
Bryce, D.
4
Prelude in E minor Op.28 No.4
2:11
Chetty, S.
4
Prelude in E minor Op.28 No.41:57
Grant, J.
4
Prelude in E minor Op.28 No.42:07
Assimakopoulos, P.
4
Prelude in E minor Op.28 No.4
2:08
Mansi, C.
4
Prelude in E minor Op.28 No.41:56
McCarthy, M.
4
Prelude in E minor Op.28 No.42:17
Micol, F.
4
Prelude in E minor Op.28 No.42:04
Pfaul, A.
4
Prelude in E minor Op.28 No.4
1:57
Robson, J.
4Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No.42:02Wyman, M
5
Prelude in D major Op.28 No.5
0:43
Bryce, D.
6
Prelude in B minor Op.28 No.6
1:52
Bryce, D.
6
Prelude in B minor Op.28 No.62:03
McCarthy, M.
6
Prelude in B minor Op.28 No.6
1:47
Robson, J.
7Prelude in A major Op.28 No.70:48Alianello, M.
7
Prelude in A major Op.28 No.7
0:46
Bryce, D.
7
Prelude in A major Op.28 No.7
0.47
Faulk, E.
7
Prelude in A major Op.28 no.70:52
Assimakopoulos, P.
7
Prelude in A major Op.28 No.70:46
Micol, F.
8
Prelude in F-sharp minor Op.28 No.8
2:19
Bryce, D.
9
Prelude in E major Op.28 No.9
1:06
Bryce, D.
9Prelude in E major Op.28 No.91:45Wyman, M.
10
Prelude in C sharp minor Op.28 No.10
0:36
Bryce, D.
10Prelude in C sharp minor Op.28 No.100:36Wyman, M
11
Prelude in B major Op.28 No.110:42
Alianello, M.
12Prelude in G sharp minor Op.28 No.121:12Wyman, M.
13
Prelude in F sharp major Op.28 No.133:29
Fournet, P.
13
Prelude in F sharp major Op.28 No.133:47
Alianello, M.
13
Prelude in F sharp major Op.28 No.132:56
Grant, J.
13
Prelude in F sharp major Op.28 No.133:13
Wyman, M.
14
Prelude in E flat minor Op.28 No. 140:30
Helling, E.
15
Prelude in D flat major Op.28 No.15 ("Raindrop")
5:54
Dolan, E.
15
Prelude in D flat major Op.28 No.15 ( "Raindrop")5:08
Kopp, S.
15
Prelude in D flat major Op.28 No.15 ( "Raindrop")4:57
Mar, J.
15
Prelude in D flat major Op.28 No.15 ( "Raindrop")6:25
McCarthy, M.
15
Prelude in D flat major Op.28 No.15 ("Raindrop")
5:04
Robson, J.
15
Prelude in D flat major Op.28 No.15 ( "Raindrop")4:43
Grant, J.
15
Prelude in D flat major Op.28 No.15 ( "Raindrop")
6:37
Hensley, M.
15
Prelude in D flat major Op.28 No.15 ("Raindrop")
4:54
Pfaul, A.
17
Prelude in A-flat major Op.28 no.17
3:37
Robson, J.
17
Prelude in A-flat major Op.28 No.172:59
Schmidt, O.
17Prelude in A-flat major Op.28 No.172:40Wyman, M.
18
Prelude in F minor Op.28 no.18
1:03
Alianello, M.
18
Prelude in F minor Op.28 no.180:55
Wyman, M.
20
Prelude in C minor Op.28 No.201:58
Assimakopoulos, P.
20
Prelude in C minor Op.28 No.20
1:56
Mansi, C.
20
Prelude in C minor Op.28 No.201:46
Micol, F.
20
Prelude in C minor Op.28 No.20
1:50
Robson, J.
20
Prelude in C minor Op.28 No.201:32
Schmidt, O.
20
Prelude in C minor Op.28 No.20
2:52
Syeles, A.
20
Prelude in C minor Op.28 No.201:30
Wyman, M.
21
Prelude in B flat major Op.28 No.212:02
Alianello, M.
21Prelude in B flat major Op.28 No.212:00Wyman, M.
22
Prelude in G minor Op.28 No.22
0:59
Robson, J.
22
Prelude in G minor Op.28 No.22
0:56
Chetty, S.


Prelude Op.45

Dedication: Mademoiselle la Princesse Elisabeth Czernicheff in 1841
25
Prelude Op.45 in C-sharp minor
5:24
Griner, D.
25Prelude Op.45 in C-sharp minor4:19Kautsch, S.