Works of Frédéric François Chopin

Kim Scholes, violoncello

David Breitman, piano

Recorded June 1990 at the Center for the Performing Arts, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Recording Engineer: Ralph Dopmeyer
Design: The Philidor Company, Boston
Cover photograph: Lee Melen, Northlight Photographic Studio, Ithaca, New York.
Total playing time: 59:08


  • Polonaise Brillante, Opus 3 (1829)
  • Grand Duo Concertante (1832) sur des thèmes de "Robert le Diable"
  • Sonata for cello and piano, Opus 65 (1846)
  • Étude, opus 10, No. 9 (1830) transcribed for violoncello and piano by Mr. Scholes
  • Valse Brillante, opus 34, No. 2 (1831) transcribed for violoncello and piano by Mr. Scholes

About the Performers

Kim Scholes, First Prize Winner of the 1985 Concert Artists Guild New York Competition, and recipient of the U.S. Trust Artist Career Award, is equally adept as a solo 'cellist and as a chamber musician.

Mr. Scholes's debut recitals received unanimous critical acclaim in The New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. He has toured the Soviet Union as a performer and teacher, has concertized and taught in Taiwan and Spain, and gave the American premiere of the Karen Khachaturyan Sonata with the composer at the piano in Boston. He has performed regularly with Boston Musica Viva, New England Camerata, the Chicago Ensemble and numerous assorted chamber ensembles, as well as on public radio stations across the United States. A former faculty member of the Hartt School of Music, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Longy School of Music, Mr. Scholes is Assistant Professor at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University and is on the faculty of the Colorado College Summer Music Conservatory. He was awarded the "Excellence in Teaching" prize in the Piatigorsky Artist Award Competition in 1987.

Mr. Scholes's violoncello is a Montagnana, made in 1732.

David Breitman is equally at home with the modern piano and with its historical ancestors. He travels widely with his five-octave fortepiano, performing classical-era concertos, chamber music and solo works. His long-standing collaboration with baritone Sanford Sylvan is as notable for period-instrument performances of Schubert Lieder as for recitals of contemporary American music (on contemporary American pianos, of course!). Mr. Breitman has also appeared at the Aston Magna festival, with the New England Camerata, and as soloist with the New England Bach Festival.

A native of Montreal, Mr. Breitman performs frequently in Canada. He has been featured twice on CBC Radio's Arts National program; given recitals and lecture-recitals throughout Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia; and held masterclasses as a Visiting Artist at the Banff Centre.

His interest in historical pianos led him to Cornell University, where he did doctoral work in performance practice with Malcolm Bilson. He is currently teaching at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.

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