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Myung-Whun Chung: Beethoven: Bagatelle, 'Fur Elise'

Magazine article Gramophone

Myung-Whun Chung: Beethoven: Bagatelle, 'Fur Elise'

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Myung-Whun Chung

Beethoven Bagatelle, 'Fur Elise', Wo059 Chopin Nocturnes--No 8, Op 27 No 2; No 20, Op posth Debussy Suite bergamasque--Clair de lune Mozart Variations on 'Ah! vous dirai-je, maman', K265 Schubert Impromptus, D899--No 2; No 3 Schumann Arabeske, Op 18. Kinderszenen, Op 15-Traumerei Tchaikovsky The Seasons, Op 37b--October (Autumn Song)

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Myung-Whun Chung is better known these days as a conductor. But he began his career as a pianist, winning joint second prize at the 1974 International Tchaikovsky Competition and forming a trio with his sisters. Now aged 61, he doesn't consider himself a 'real' pianist any more but 'the idea that my grandchildren would be able to hear this music from my heart was very appealing' (his booklet-note).

The pieces he has chosen will be familiar to anyone who has studied the piano up to Grade 7 or 8. …

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