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Concertos pour clavier - Released September 7, 2018 | Chandos

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Classique - Released May 25, 2010 | Chandos

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Piano solo - 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.
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Musique symphonique - Released January 3, 2012 | Chandos

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Classique - Released October 26, 2010 | Chandos

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Classique - Released March 1, 2011 | Chandos

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Musique concertante - Released April 2, 2013 | Chandos

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Classique - Released October 1, 2013 | Chandos

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Piano solo - Released October 6, 2017 | Chandos

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Classique - Released January 3, 2020 | Chandos

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Musique concertante - Released November 1, 2003 | Chandos

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Classique - Released April 28, 2015 | Chandos

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In the early volumes in his Chandos series of the piano works of Frédéric Chopin, Louis Lortie placed an emphasis on the organization of his programs, whether by alternating work types or playing off-key relationships, which gave a certain theoretical coherence to his programs. In this fourth volume, which consists of 19 waltzes and 5 nocturnes, there isn't really a clear pattern to the ordering of the pieces but simply an interplay of contrasting moods. Lortie's Chopin encompasses a wide range of expressions, from the melancholy and poignant to the flashy and exuberant, yet in the course of this album, he keeps the music's emotions in a constant ebb and flow, and no single character dominates for long. It's helpful that Lortie can play anything brilliantly and his technique is always well concealed under his artistry, so the waltzes are easy to appreciate for their elegance and charm, with scarcely a thought to how they are organized. Even so, the handful of nocturnes at the end serve as a reminder that they, and the nocturnes on the first three volumes, will not have their own volume, which is a pity, since it would be fascinating to see what kind of schematic Lortie would make of them.
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Classique - Released September 1, 1986 | Chandos

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Classique - Released April 1, 2014 | Chandos

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Musique concertante - Released January 1, 1998 | Chandos

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Classique - Released November 1, 1990 | Chandos

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Concertos pour clavier - Released September 1, 1989 | Chandos

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Classique - Released September 1, 2009 | ATMA Classique

This recording from Quebec's ATMA Classique label is a mixed bag in terms of both repertory and quality. The former aspect is a plus: the program of two Mendelssohn piano concertos plus the Symphony No. 5, Op. 107, "Reformation," is a natural mix that covers several phases of Mendelssohn's career and might easily show up on a live symphonic program, but CD marketers do not so often mix concertos and symphonies in this way. Montreal-born pianist Louis Lortie plays and conducts throughout, which Mendelssohn himself might have done, and the results are generally enjoyable. The high point is the opening Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25, written in 1830 when Mendelssohn was 21 and evincing a brilliant feel for the way Beethoven's idiom might be combined with the emerging tradition of the virtuoso showpiece. Lortie's Presto finale has all the verve, sparkle, and fun that the great champion of Mendelssohn's concertos, Rudolf Serkin, brought to these works. The weightier second concerto and the Symphony No. 5 are more dependent on the strings of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, which don't always deliver the goods in terms of intonation, and in the rather ponderous symphony, which is where the Romantic musical approach to religion really began, there is plenty of competition for this recording. There's an energy throughout that recommends this disc for Mendelssohn lovers, however, and the sound is clear and unfussy. A good choice except for those whose interest is specifically in the Symphony No. 5. Booklet notes are in French and English.
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Musique de chambre - Released March 1, 1993 | Chandos

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Classique - Released August 1, 2000 | Chandos

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