Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49

Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49 (1841)

This large-scaled composition is considered one of Chopin’s masterpieces. The Fantasy opens with a solemn and mysterious march-like introduction leading to a passionate drama with a central chorale, Lento sostenuto, of unusual serenity. Niecks felt “Chopin’s genius had now reached the most perfect stage of its development and was radiating with all the intensity of which its nature was capable.”

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  • GIMPEL: Genesis
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  • PERAHIA: CBS (CD)
  • RUBINSTEIN: RCA (CD)