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Keyboard Concertos - Released February 21, 2020 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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The unconventional character that is Benjamin Grosvenor delivers us a very personal version of these two essential works of the piano repertoire. The first Brit to have signed an exclusive contract with Decca Classics in sixty years, he first made his name in 2004 when he won the Keyboard section of BBC Young Musician of the Year, thus throwing the doors open to an international career. Produced alongside the talented young conductor from Hong Kong Elim Chan, the musical director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, this new album dedicated to Chopin revisits the young British prodigy’s first musical loves. It was following a very successful concert with Elim Chan that they decided to record the Piano concertos by Chopin together. In this fifth album (for Decca), it’s Grosvenor’s virtuosity and ability to make the instrument sing that allow him to fully express his favourite music. “Chopin was the first composer to whom I felt a strong connection to as a child. I have always been drawn to his music, and his piano concertos are among some of the finest in the repertoire”, he says. Other than his already legendary sound and the expert way he strikes a balance between the different acoustic levels, his vision underlines the dreamy romanticism that delicately envelops the two concertos by the then-20-year-old Polish composer. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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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 November 3, 2015 | Alpha

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Solo Piano - Released March 24, 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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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, 1984 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Solo Piano - Released February 1, 2013 | Sony Classical

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In August-September 1965 (February 1967 for Op.55 No.2) Rubinstein, then 79 years old, recorded for RCA these 19 Nocturnes here reissued — following Chopin's wishes, Rubinstein never performed or recorded the two unpublished nocturnes that fill out many recorded sets. Between effusion and restraint near-ideally balanced, and in a true, fair and alert tone, Arthur Rubinstein stands apart, in addition to his incomparable rubato, by a spontaneity and youth of heart with which he animates these pieces; bathed in light and colors, they are no longer melancholic only. (Qobuz)"The set of Nocturnes Rubinstein recorded in 1965 is unmatched: a miraculous balance of singing line, tonal luster, poetic nuance, romantic fancy and classical form." (Washington Post)"A strong, eloquent version, played without pathos" (France Musique)
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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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Classical - Released September 28, 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Chamber Music - Released September 20, 2019 | Groupe Analekta, Inc

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Classical - 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 4, 2010 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released April 24, 2020 | Naxos

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Chopin turned the Scherzo into a new form of piano composition: an independent virtuoso work which he laced with drama, Polish folk song, tranquillity and nuance. With their rhythmic lilt and filigree ornamentation the Impromptus are infused with Romantic freedom, while the Allegro de concert, Op. 46 was originally conceived as a movement for a projected piano concerto but was instead revised for solo piano. © Naxos
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Classical - Released January 1, 2002 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released September 4, 2012 | ATMA Classique

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Classical - Released June 12, 2020 | TACET Musikproduktion

It would be in vain to seek out power and faultless skill in this 22nd volume presenting the art of pianist Eugenie Koroliov published by the label Tacet. Entirely dedicated to Chopin in what is a highly personal program, this album is presented solely from an angle of modest confession, or, to put it more simply, under the aegis of solitary poeticism and poignant melancholy. The nocturnes, waltzes, études and mazurkas certainly speak for themselves in their diversity but with an art that is majestic, moderated and of profound inner character. Chopin’s numerous Parisian students often share their ideas on how one can interpret his works (read more on the subject in the fascinating works of Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger). They often highlight how each musical phrase sounds under their fingers and the brightness that each note delivers, like a syllable, a word, a phrase, a thought. One can never fail to admire such a sensitive, blissful interpretation. Both simplistic and noble. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Solo Piano - Released January 25, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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