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Solo Piano - Released October 6, 2017 | Alpha

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‘Sophisticated colourist and cerebral virtuoso though he is, Nelson Goerner nevertheless brings out the moments of weakness, the hesitations, the lightning passions in the labyrinth of Chopin’, wrote Diapason on the release of the Preludes in 2015 (Diapason d’Or, Choc de Classica). ‘Serenity’, ‘balance’, ‘clarity’, ‘phrasing’ are the key words that recur in reviews of the discs and concerts of the Argentine pianist, whose fifth solo release on Alpha this is. His latest venture is a complete recording of the Nocturnes, a highpoint of Chopinesque poetry. These twenty-one miniatures accompanied Chopin over a good part of his life, for he composed them between 1827 and 1848. They are tributes to Italian bel canto, expressing reveries but also complexity of feeling and a profundity that far transcends their apparent simplicity. Nelson Goerner’s feeling for melody and tempo works wonders in these pieces, which he recorded in the ideal surroundings of the Salle de Musique of La Chaux de Fonds (Switzerland). © Alpha
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Solo Piano - Released May 17, 2019 | Evidence

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In his first recording, Pianist Jean-Paul Gasparian had shown a healthy technique that is essential to play the music of Russian giants. But his strong play is also sensible. In his second disc that is now dedicated to Chopin, the young performer confirms these qualities. Especially in the four Ballads, true bravura pieces in which Jean-Paul Gasparian never fails. And if he shows rigor, he also gives himself the lyricism and beauty of these pages, from Nocturnes to Waltzes and Polonaises. His elegant expression and full sound make this new album a second essential milestone in the discography of the young pianist and more generally in that of Chopin. © Little Tribeca
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Solo Piano - Released September 1, 2017 | Warner Classics

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Fazil Say, who made his debut on this label with a very, very well-received work on Mozart’s Complete Piano Sonatas, is now turning his attention to Chopin, but a more confidential side of Chopin, much less virtuoso, the Chopin Nocturnes, the almost complete work of which he recorded in the Mozarteum Salzburg in March 2016. An “almost complete work” because the Nocturne in C-Sharp minor Op. 71/1 is missing, most likely due to CD running time restrictions as the total exceeded the limit by just a handful of seconds… Regardless the interpretation is dazzling and almost symphonic, taking these Nocturnes out of the hyper-romantic state of torpor they are so frequently plunged in by musicians. In addition to Chopin’s music, a few of Say’s short-lived grunts can also be heard who, much like Gould (albeit to a lesser extent), sometimes enjoys humming in the background. © SM/Qobuz
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Solo Piano - Released September 20, 2019 | Groupe Analekta, Inc

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Solo Piano - Released September 27, 2019 | Aparté

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Bruno Rigutto performed a new recording, matured over time, of Chopin's Nocturnes, 40 years after his first complete recording of these pieces. His long-time attendance and his poetic approach to this corpus make this new album an exciting object. This second complete recording is enriched with the sheen that only time and long-lasting imagination can give to the performance. For the French pianist, playing Chopin's music has a mysterious aura. The performer's sensitivity has to resonate with the composer's affects. The alchemy is complete, the interpreter drawing from within himself the atmospheres to create subtle nuances and phrasings. Finally, the album is the mirror of the inner life of Chopin since it follows the chronological order of composition of the Nocturnes. So this is the soundtrack to Chopin’s life that we are following as we listen. The listener discovers or rediscovers Bruno Rigutto under the nocturnal rays of romanticism, which are infused with the works of one of the most endearing composers and pianists. © Aparté
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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released December 18, 2019 | Warner Classics

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Pianist Yundi, formerly Yundi Li, might have several reasons for trying something new with Chopin. It was with Chopin that he became the youngest and the first Chinese winner of the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, at age 18 in 2000, and he has played Chopin countless times since then. Cynics might recall that a Yundi Chopin concerto performance crashed and burned several years ago owing to miscommunications between pianist and conductor. Whatever the case, Yundi here conducts the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra from the keyboard. This isn't a common approach with Chopin, and the world is hardly clamoring for a new recording of the youthful composer's two piano concertos, but Yundi makes it all work, even brilliantly. By conducting from the keyboard, he is able to solve the conundrum of how to incorporate the spontaneous rubato essential to Chopin's style into the piano-and-orchestra format. Of course, this can be done with a separate conductor, but Yundi takes liberties with the tempo even in the purely orchestral passages, and the results bring a strong sense of drama to these works, which too often have a by-the-numbers approach. Yundi's entrances (listen to the first movement of the Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21) really pop, and the slow movements build up to passages that give an idea of the impact Chopin must have made when he first appeared on the scene in Paris. Fétis wrote of the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, that "there is fantasy in these passages, and everywhere there is originality," and with Yundi, more than in the great majority of other performances, the listener understands why Fétis chose those words. © TiVo
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Solo Piano - Released September 7, 2018 | Sony Classical

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The four ballades of Chopin, more than the somewhat inaccurately named piano sonatas, are the composer's most complex works, both structurally and emotionally, and performances of them differ in substantial ways. They may emphasize sheer virtuosity, leading with Motorik rhythms in the big tunes toward blazing passages like the coda of the Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52. The Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes takes a different direction. He says that he has avoided playing the Ballades until he felt ready, and indeed his work here differs from his rather cool, clean way with Chopin in the past. "This is very personal music," he told Joshua Barone. "It’s not so often that you hear such a confessional quality: Give space for that when you listen to it." It's good advice: Andsnes' Ballades are ongoing monologues, with meter deemphasized and the virtuoso passages coming as explosions of passion that, as often as not, don't lead anywhere. This is arch-Romantic pianism of the best kind, even if it's rather low-key, and it's enhanced by the structure of the program: nocturnes serve as entr'actes between the four ballades. Sample one of these (perhaps the Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1) to hear Andsnes' ability to put you in a state of suspended linear time here. Sony's sound from the studios of Radio Bremen is beautifully suited to Andsnes' reflective, intimate aims. The omission of the Ballade No. 4 from the booklet track list in the CD copy is a notable editorial flaw, but this is highly recommended. © TiVo
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Keyboard Concertos - Released April 12, 2019 | Aparté

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Chopin’s Piano Concertos are works of a twenty-year old composer and ambitious soloist. Powerful and challenging, their romantic dimension also carries sensitive effusions. This duality is highlighted here by an interpretation on period instruments in a chamber version. Choices that are as many clues to recognize the musicians from the Cambini-Paris Quartet and their accomplices: Pianist David Lively and Double bassist Thomas de Pierrefeu. Direct heir to Chopin’s piano teaching legacy, David Lively chose a vintage Érard piano to record both Concertos. Accompanied by a string quintet, he revives the tradition of the genre: before being performed in big concert halls, composers and pianists like Chopin played their latest scores in music lovers’ salons. The broad ambitus covered by the strings and the richness of the sound of the pianoforte respect the symphonic dimension of those two pieces. A musical quest for fidelity and authenticity to music and musicians, and a gift for the listeners! © Aparté
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Classical - Released September 11, 2015 | Mercury (Universal France)

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Solo Piano - Released August 3, 2018 | Aevea Classics

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Classical - Released September 23, 2013 | La Dolce Volta

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Classical - Released June 3, 2013 | Lyrinx

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Solo Piano - Released October 6, 2017 | Chandos

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Solo Piano - Released March 6, 2012 | Chandos

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Much as he did with his first volume of the piano music of Frédéric Chopin, Louis Lortie has arranged the second volume by alternating pieces in specific forms and linking them by tonal relationships, thus creating a unifying effect. The pairs of pieces in G minor, F major, and F minor, with a triptych of pieces in the related keys of E flat major, C minor and A flat major, followed by another group in D flat major and F sharp major, are logical and more pleasing to the ear than a random arrangement. Furthermore, by pairing the Nocturnes with the Ballades, Lortie follows the same procedure he used with the Nocturnes and Scherzos in the previous volume; this method of organization will likely hold true for future installments, wherever practical. By treating the Nocturnes somewhat like preludes, and giving the Ballades strongly contrasting characters, Lortie maintains a high degree of interest throughout the album and avoids aural fatigue, a risk of planning a program in the abstract. In the end, what counts more than his tonal framework are the varieties of moods, which Lortie offers in a wide range. In his hands, Chopin's music is by turns calm and flashy, brooding and brilliant, somber and sentimental, though never too much of a feeling at any given time. This remarkable expressive range is essential to the success of this package and the series. Recorded in 2011, Chandos' sound is clear and crisply defined, and the digital recording gives the piano credible presence. © TiVo
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Classical - Released December 13, 2005 | Naxos

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Solo Piano - Released June 2, 2017 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released May 25, 2010 | Chandos

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Solo Piano - Released October 12, 2018 | Andante Spianato

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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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