Romancing Chopin

Cambria Master Recordings (2015)

“Conductor Matthew Jaskiewicz conducts the Toronto Sinfonietta in Romancing Chopin, an ambitious album that brings together several exceptional soloists and a pair of Canadian composers in a tribute to Chopin’s continuing legacy. Ronald Royer, composer in residence with the ensemble, contributes three substantial works of his own as well as several arrangements of Chopin’s chamber works…quite a fascinating release.” - WholeNote Magazine, Daniel Foley – Feb 1-Mar.7, 2002

Recordings

Performers

Valerie Tryon-Piano, Nora Shulman-Flute, Kaye Royer-Clarinet, Conraad Bloemendal-Cello

Toronto Sinfonietta, Matthew Jaskiewicz-Conductor

Tracks

Tracks

1-5. Fryderyk Chopin: Five Mazurkas, 7, arr. for Chamber Orchestra by Alexander Rapaport (2:29, 4:39, 2:42, 1:33, 1:22)

6. Fryderyk Chopin: Largo from Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 65, arr. for Cello and String Orchestra by Ronald Royer (4:13)

7. Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne in Eb major, Op. 9, No. 2, arr. for Cello and String Orchestra by Ronald Royer (5:07)

8. Fryderyk Chopin: Variations on a Theme by Rossini, arr. for Flute and String Orchestra by Ronald Royer and Alex Eddington (6:04)

9. Ronald Royer – In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin (based on Nocturne in E minor, Op. 72, No. 1) for Clarinet, Cello and String Orchestra (7:41)

10. Ronald Royer – Fantaisie Impromptu (based on Impromptu in Gb major, Op. 51, No. 3) for Flute and String Orchestra (5:53)

11. Ronald Royer – Nocturne for Clarinet and String Orchestra (7:54)

12. Alexander Rapaport – Variations on a Theme of Chopin (based on Prelude in C minor, Op. 28, No. 20) for Piano and Chamber Orchestra (12:41)

13. Fryderyk Chopin – Grande Polonaise Brilliante in Eb major, Op. 22 for Piano and Orchestra (9:54)

Video Playlist
1/13 videos
1
Mazurka No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 7, No. 1 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
Mazurka No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 7, No. 1 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
2
Mazurka No. 6 in A Minor, Op. 7, No. 2 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
Mazurka No. 6 in A Minor, Op. 7, No. 2 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
3
Mazurka No. 7 in F Minor, Op. 7, No. 3 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
Mazurka No. 7 in F Minor, Op. 7, No. 3 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
4
Mazurka No. 8 in A-Flat Major, Op. 7, No. 4 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
Mazurka No. 8 in A-Flat Major, Op. 7, No. 4 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
5
Mazurka No. 9 in C Major, Op. 7, No. 5 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
Mazurka No. 9 in C Major, Op. 7, No. 5 (arr. A. Rapoport for chamber orchestra)
6
Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65: III. Largo (arr. R. Royer cello and string orchestra)
Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65: III. Largo (arr. R. Royer cello and string orchestra)
7
Nocturne in E-Flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2 (arr. R. Royer for cello and string orchestra)
Nocturne in E-Flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2 (arr. R. Royer for cello and string orchestra)
8
Variations on a Theme by Rossini (arr. R. Royer and A. Eddington for flute and string orchestra)
Variations on a Theme by Rossini (arr. R. Royer and A. Eddington for flute and string orchestra)
9
In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin
In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin
10
Fantaisie-Impromptu
Fantaisie-Impromptu
11
Nocturne
Nocturne
12
Variations on a Theme of Chopin
Variations on a Theme of Chopin
13
Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-Flat Major, Op. 22
Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-Flat Major, Op. 22

Ronald Royer – In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin, for Clarinet, Cello and String Orchestra (7:41)

Kaye Royer-Clarinet, Conraad Bloemendal-Cello, Matthew Jaskiewicz-Conductor

In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin is based upon and inspired by the Nocturne in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 1 for piano.  In Memoriam serves as a reflection on the life, work and death of Chopin at the age of thirty-nine.  After a short introduction, a meditative section features violin trills and a cadenza for clarinet followed by one for cello.  A more rhythmic and energetic section follows, which is meant to suggest his struggles in life and creativity.  After a climactic section for the string orchestra, a more peaceful section shines through representing the beauty, joy and genius of Chopin’s legacy.

Ronald Royer – Nocturne, for Clarinet and String Orchestra (7:54)

Kaye Royer-Clarinet, Matthew Jaskiewicz-Conductor

The Nocturne for clarinet and string orchestra is not based on an original Chopin composition, but is instead inspired by Chopin’s music aesthetic and works as a whole.  The introduction of the Nocturne, beginning on the note “E”, gradually thickens harmonically, using suspensions, while the clarinet introduces a motive that evolves into the first theme.  The second theme is started in the lower register of the clarinet and then developed.  At the end, a short clarinet cadenza brings back material from the first theme.

Chopin at 28, from Delacroix’s joint portrait of Chopin and Sand, 1838
One of two photographs of Chopin, from 1849