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Saturday, May 7, 2016 Permalink

The Reworked Connection


Chopin’s first piano concerto also exists in an arrangement the composer made himself—replacing the orchestra with a string quartet.

And he’s not the only composer who’s taken one of his orchestral works and downsized it for solo, quartet, or chamber ensemble—or ‘upsized” a keyboard piece into a large-scale work for full orchestra.

And while the transformation itself certainly draws our attention—it also tells us something important about how music is made—from the ground up.

In this hour, we’ll explore how Chopin, Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, and others re-worked some of their most familiar pieces.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Chopin: Piano Concertos for Piano & String Quartet Gianluca Luisi; Ensemble Concertant Frankfurt MDG 903 1632-6 760623163260 
Beethoven: Complete Symphonies (for Symphony No. 7) Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt Teldec 2292-46452-2 022924645228
Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 for 9-part Harmony Octophoros Accent ACC 48434D 675754715120
Chopin, Frederic - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Martha Argerich, Montreal Symphony, Charles Dutoit EMI Classics 5567982  724355679826
Complete Music for Piano Vol.7 (for Holberg Suite, piano version) Eva Knardahl BIS BIS-CD-110 7318590001103
Grieg & Sibelius: [for Holberg Suite, orchestral version) Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner Philips 412 727-2 028941272720
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Concertgebouw Orchestra, Kiril Kondrashin Philips 4757 570 028947575702
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Antar, for Piano 4 Hands Caroline Clemmow; Anthony Goldstone Divine Art DDA 25118 0809730511820 
Smetana: Má Vlast (for The Moldau, orchestral version) Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Istvan Kertesz  Decca 443 015-2 028944301526
Smetana - Ma Vlast (My Country) for Four Hands Petr Jirijkowsky; Daniel Wiesner Matous MK 0021-2 131 8594003442124
Ravel - Complete Works For Solo Piano (L'oeuvre Pour Piano Seul) [for Une barque sur l’ocean, piano version] Jean-Yves Thibaudet Decca 433 515-2 0028942586024
Ravel: The Complete Edition [for Une barque sur l’ocean, orchestral version] Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit Decca 289 478 3725 028947837251
American Anthem [for Barber String Quartet]  Ying Quartet Dorian Sono Luminus  DSL-92166  053479216625

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