Ivo Pogorelić plays Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 Movement 1

Ivo Pogorelić (Pogorelich) plays the 1st movement (Grave – Doppio movimento) of Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35. International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (Poland), 1980.

In 1980, Croatian pianist Ivo Pogorelić entered the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, and was eliminated in the third round. One of the adjudicators, Martha Argerich, proclaimed him a “genius” and resigned from the jury in protest.

Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35, popularly known as The Funeral March, was completed in 1839 at Nohant, near Châteauroux in France. Its nickname comes from the third movement, which had been composed as early as 1837.

The first movement features a stormy opening theme and a gently lyrical second theme.

The sonata comprises four movements:

  1. Grave – Doppio movimento
  2. Scherzo
  3. Marche funèbre: Lento
  4. Finale: Presto

Sources

  • Piano Sonata No. 2 (Chopin) on wiki