vol.4b - The most 'shocking' difference in Chopin's editions


Yuko visited National Library in Warsaw and saw/checked Chopin's pupil Adolf Gutmann's copy of Sonata in B-flat minor Op.35 - on 18th March 2005. This was the day after her performance of the B-flat minor Sonata at Warsaw National Philharmonic Hall, 17th March 2005.

Special thanks:
Mariola Małgorzata Nałęcz (the head of music collections section of National Library of Poland)

CLASSICA JAPAN TV 'Yuko Kawai talks about Chopin National Edition'
- Vol.4b "The most 'shocking' difference in Chopin's editions - Let's see the sources" (Excerpt)

Gutmann didn't write a repeat/repetition sign (just double barline) but First German Edition put it receiving/using Gutmann's copy. Why? Yuko checked it at National Library in Warsaw. Gutmann's copy - on the second page of the first movement - the theme is 'thicker' with the accord, there are more notes. One of the right hand's notes from the second page - the ink has run to the reverse side, to the first page - near the 5th bar. But one dot, not two. Then First German Edition put a repeat/repetition sign and published. Pianists all over the world started to play wrong(ly). What a history...

played/showed Chopin Sonata in B-flat minor Op.35, the 1st movement (fragment)

And from Yuko's CD: Chopinissimo I (Imagine)

Yuko expresses her greatest and deepest respect for the work by prof.Jan Ekier and prof.Paweł Kamiński.


This TV programme won prestigious JSBA (Japan Satellite Broadcasting Association) Original Programming Awards.

Special thanks: really special, great and hugely talented CLASSICA JAPAN team - Ishikawa-san, Miki-san, Takahashi-san, Haraguchi-san and others.