‘It has long been my desire to record works by Chopin, and more especially the Mazurkas. Chopin wrote the Mazurkas throughout his life and I like to think of them as his short, poignant diary entries. These miniatures have a rich emotional palette; they are wonderfully inventive in melody, harmony, texture, character, and tempo, while at the same time sharing the same DNA: the dance rhythms of Chopin’s native Poland’. IVANA GAVRIC
Cat No: EDN1086
Barcode: 5060509790012 (CD)
LC Code: 50416
Format: CD & Hi Res Download
1. Mazurka in C sharp minor Op. 6, No. 2 – 2.44
2. Mazurka in B flat major Op. 7, No.1 – 2.31
3. Mazurka in F minor Op. 7, No.3 – 3.01
4. Prelude in A flat major KK IVb No.7 – 0.46
5-8. Mazurkas Op. 24 – 12.34
9. Prelude in C sharp minor Op. 45 – 4.27
10-13. Mazurkas Op. 30 – 10.13
14. Berceuse Op. 57 – 5.01
15-18. Mazurkas Op. 17 – 14.04
19. Nocturne in F sharp major Op.15, No.2 – 3.38
20-23. Mazurkas Op. 33 – 11.20
Produced by Ateş Orga
Executive Producer Dave Stapleton
‘I have focused on Chopin’s most personal and interesting works to me – his Mazurkas – while a Nocturne, Berceuse and two Preludes punctuate this exotic dance landscape and transport the listener to another sound and mood world.’ IVANA GAVRIC
Chopin, is the fourth and major new album from acclaimed British pianist Ivana Gavric due for release on Edition Classics on 21st April 2017. With three highly successful albums behind her, released on the Champs Hill Records, her new disc explores her Slavic roots and focuses with a clarity and intensity on that mightiest of all composers for piano, Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin.
Described as “playing of an altogether extraordinary calibre” by BBC Music Magazine on her debut disc ‘In the Mists’ in 2011, as well as having her third disc selected as Gramophone Editor’s Choice and noted for “an electrifying performance” by BBC Music Magazine, this new album has the potential to confirm her reputation as one of the most engaging and inventive pianists of her generation.
Chopin is a highly personal album for Ivana, as she explains: ‘I have always been fascinated by how composers create a sense of a national voice in their work. The most Polish of Chopin’s works, along with the Polonaises, the pervasive nostalgia of the Mazurkas speaks to me the most. My own heritage probably also explains my attraction to their Eastern European-inspired song. I have the fondest memories of dancing around my grandmother’s kitchen to tapes of polkas and mazurkas which she had brought back from a trip to Poland. Likewise of hearing my mother play many of the pieces featured on this album.
A player of elegance, virtuosity and deep musicality, Ivana’s new home with Edition Classics will allow her the opportunities to explore new repertoire that will captivate her loyal fans and new listeners alike. Ivana adds: “I’m very happy to join Edition Classics and be part of a large family of diverse artists. To find a home that grants me freedom to explore repertoire I’m passionate about, and allows me to present it to listeners around the world, is hugely inspiring”.
Focussing on the early Mazurkas – she stops in 1838 – for their charming more-rustic and less-stylistic qualities, as well as two infrequently met Preludes, the late Berceuse, and one of the early Nocturnes, Ivana adds: ‘I have decided not to present them in chronological order, but, rather, to mirror the contour of a recital – which hopefully will cast a spotlight on some of the lesser known numbers’.
Chopin looks set to reinforce her formidable reputation and to become one of the most vital albums from a British artist of her generation this year. With high profile concert activity, including two performances at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in 2017, Edition Classics is proud to collaborate with a truly unique talent, in a career that goes from strength to strength.
Recorded by Dave Rowell at Champs Hill, West Sussex in July 2016
Mixed and mastered by Dave Rowell in November 2016
Produced and edited by Ateş Orga
Steinway D Concert Grand 544101 Hamburg (1997)
Music concept by Ivana Gavric
CD liner notes concept by Ateş Orga
All photography by Dave Stapleton