This weekend, Marc-André Hamelin will perform Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat Major, Op. 61 — a piece in Chopin’s “last style”, which only includes this work and one other piece—the F minor Mazurka (Op. 68, No. 4), his last composition.
It is suggested that the formal ambiguities of the piece, particularly the unconventional and musically misleading transitions into and out of the lyrical inner section, are the most significant defining qualities of this “last style”.
At the conclusion of Mr. Hamelin’s Sunday concert, you will hear Chopin’s Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54. Chopin wrote this fourth and the last of his scherzos in 1842. Unlike the preceding three scherzi, the E Major is generally calmer in temperament, though it still possesses some exceptionally passionate and dramatic moments. This is the only one of Chopin's four scherzi primarily based on a major key.
To get a taste of Mr. Hamelin’s style of performing Chopin, watch this video of the famous “Minute Waltz,” which he plays with such ease yet so much power.