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Concertos - Released March 7, 2012 | ARTALINNA

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Classical - Released October 19, 2012 | Sony Classical

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The Chopin Album is Lang Lang's first recording for Sony devoted entirely to the solo piano music of the Romantic master, focused on the Études, Op. 25, with three of the most popular Nocturnes and a handful of other pieces included for good measure. While Lang Lang's phenomenal popularity guarantees this CD's success, and his ability to play the technically demanding Études will impress his fans, devotees of Chopin's music may be skeptical of the pianist's interpretations, which at their best are flashy and extroverted. While it's not necessary to play Chopin close to the vest, with the expressive reticence of a wallflower, Lang Lang is no introvert, and it shows in the pieces where sensitivity and poetic refinement are desirable. He plays with his customary bravado in the loudest Études, the Grande Valse Brillante, the Grande Polonaise, and even in the inaccurately nicknamed "Minute" Waltz, but his expression at softer levels seems affectless, uninvolved, and rather uninteresting. While connoisseurs may balk at this fairly showy album, it is sure to appeal to a wide audience, perhaps most especially because of the inclusion of Lang Lang's duet with Danish singer Oh Land, "Tristesse," which is based on Chopin's Étude in E major, Op. 10/3, and taken from the soundtrack for the film The Flying Machine. Sony's sound is generally good, though Lang Lang's dynamic range is wide enough to make setting the volume a little tricky. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 1986 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Keyboard Concertos - Released January 1, 2012 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released September 14, 2012 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released September 4, 2012 | ATMA Classique

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Classical - Released July 15, 2013 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released February 11, 2010 | Aparté

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Classical - Released October 28, 2008 | PentaTone

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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 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 May 25, 2010 | Chandos

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Classical - Released June 25, 2012 | Zig Zag Territoires

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Classical - Released May 2, 2013 | Mirare

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Classical - Released September 5, 2006 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released April 3, 2012 | ATMA Classique

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This Chopin recital might be called offbeat and curiously evocative of an older time. Polish-Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska was a student of Artur Rubinstein; while she doesn't sound like him, she sounds like a scion of old traditions in which Chopin was quite freely played. Her Chopin readings are poetic, almost impressionistic, and rhythmically irregular enough to catch your attention despite the mild emotional temperature of the whole. The sequence of three mazurkas toward the end offers performances characteristic of her approach as she molds the basic mazurka rhythm into any number of shapes. She never loses the beat entirely, however, and the individual pieces often have quite subtle flavors. The Polonaise in C sharp minor, Op. 26/1, and the two waltzes with the designation "Grande valse brillante" have an almost nostalgic feel in place of the usual stirring virtuosity. Each piece seems to map out a new terrain within an overall intimate sphere, and the intimate but clear sound engineering, produced in a small Quebec concert hall rather than in the overblown church spaces the ATMA label often favors, is ideally suited to Fialkowska's aims. This is a Chopin lover's disc that will deliver something new even to those who have heard these pieces many times. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 21, 2010 | Mirare

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Concertos - Released October 28, 2008 | Chandos

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