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Classical - Released April 26, 2019 | Hey!blau Records

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Classical - Released March 20, 2020 | RUBICON

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In her seminal release for Rubicon Classics, Sonya Bach turns to Chopin’s masterworks. Over 170 years since the composer’s death, Chopin’s Etudes remain cemented in history as feats of technical ingenuity and melodic invention, which makes them core repertoire for any major pianist. Romantic in their nature and yet forward looking with bold harmonies and cross-rhythms paving the way for Impressionism, the Etude is synonymous with Chopin. Sonya Bach’s nimble fingered precision and expressive touch makes this fresh interpretation of old classics a delight for any listener. © Rubicon Classics
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Classical - Released October 23, 2020 | Paraty

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The life and career of Frederic Chopin, whom Claude Debussy described as a “man of generous ideas,” have elicited many writings, and have been the source of many legends, excessive tales, and caricatures. Chopin’s genius, expressed in many different manners, reveals the complex personality of a secretive musician who kept to himself but was also driven by an all-encompassing passion. “Externally I am joyful,” Chopin would confide, “but internally I am consumed. (...) The pleasure of living, and immediately thereafter a desire for death”. In articles dedicated to Chopin in La France Musicale starting in February 1851, less than two years after the composer’s death, Liszt would speak to that effect: “Even tempered and jovial, he seldom let on to the secret convulsions that racked him”. Aside from exceptional virtuosity, Chopin’s music – which does not stem from any literary source – evokes in turn feelings of passion or enthusiasm, emotion or melancholy, perhaps owing to his estrangement from his native Poland, which he left in 1830 never to return. In the words of his friend Henri Heine, “his real homeland was the enchanted kingdom of fantasy”. Chopin dedicated the quasi-totality of his efforts to the piano, an instrument to which he gave a new voice, because he did not wish to dissipate his inspiration in the “hubbub” of the orchestra. He preferred concentrating on the delicate tonality of the keyboard instrument, with which he thoroughly identified. According to George Sand, “his creation was spontaneous, miraculous. He found it without looking for it, with no planning. It would come to his piano suddenly, complete and sublime. (...) He never needed expansive means to express his genius”. Pianist George Mathias, a former student of Chopin’s, would say that his piano only ever existed under his fingers. It is no surprise that composer Charles Koelchin considered Chopin to be one the most authentic creators of modern music. Aimo Pagin performs here the 19 Waltzes of the composer. © Paraty
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Classical - Released February 22, 2019 | Gutman Records

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Classical - Released June 5, 2020 | Mirare

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Chopin was an absolute master of “small forms” (preludes, ballads, nocturnes, mazurkas, impromptus, études, polonaises), which often overshadowed his larger works such as the three piano sonatas and the sonata for cello and piano which are brilliant but are often criticised for being disparate pieces strung together. Yet, upon closer examination, many musicologists have found that these works are carefully structured and as accomplished as the classical models established by Haydn and Beethoven.In this recital for Mirare, the Russian-Lithuanian pianist Lukas Geniušas has once again set his sights on Chopin after his interpretation of Chopin’s twenty-four Etudes (for Dux Records) in 2013 was highly praised. Two years later, the release of his monographic album dedicated to the Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor and the Concerto in E minor by the Chopin Institute in Warsaw (Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopin), was once again a success.Having studied at the Moscow Frederic Chopin College of Music Performing, the brilliant young Lukas Geniušas now remains loyal to his favourite composer. He leads up to Sonata No. 3 by playing a mix of eleven Mazurkas, like walking down an impressive avenue of lime trees leading to a stately home. His great technique and remarkable sensitivity allow him to pick up on even the most subtle and delicate details of Chopin’s music. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Solo Piano - Released August 31, 2018 | La Dolce Volta

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