Chopin: Preludes (24), Op. 28

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Emmanuel Despax - Frédéric Chopin

Emmanuel Despax - Frédéric Chopin


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60


Emmanuel Despax (piano)

“Chopin the composer has always fascinated me – multifaceted, complex, a man of paradoxes. His music has huge scope yet at the same time is incredibly intimate and poetic. He sometimes has a reputation for being merely a writer of sentimental salon music; I wanted to correct this through this recording, and demonstrate how timeless and relevant, indeed modern his message is...” Emmanuel Despax

Pianist Emmanuel Despax performs Chopin’s timeless collection of 24 Preludes, Op. 28, alongside the Berceuse in Op. 57 and Barcarolle Op. 60. Working from the latest editions as well as original facsimiles of Chopin’s scores, Despax’s brings his own passion for the works into performances that seek to remain as truthful to the composers’s intentions as possible on a modern instrument.

“an attractive lightness of touch out of which Chopin’s playful Preludes flow with ease and grace in this intimate recording” BBC Music Magazine, July 2017 ****

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Chopin: Les États D'ame

Chopin: Les États D'ame


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'


Julien Brocal (piano)

Julien Brocal was born in Arles, France in 1987 and began piano lessons at the age of 5, and by 7 was performing on stage. In 2013 he was tutored by Maria João Pires at Cité de la Musique in Paris, and later she invited him to develop his projects and studies at the Queen Elisabeth Musical Chapel, and participate in the creation of the Partitura Project. Since then they have performed together at many of the worlds leading festivals and venues. This disc is Julien’s debut recording.

Chopin composed both his Preludes, Op.28 and Second Piano Sonata, Op.35 in the years 1838–39, which also saw the start of his relationship with the writer George Sand and their infamous winter sojourn in Majorca. A time where the mood changed from happiness to great tension in their relationship, his health worsened, doctors attended him: "One told me I was going to die, the next that I was dying, and the last that I was already dead"; and the weather changed from warm sun to cold, relentless rain. Many changing moods are reflected in the Preludes.

“His playing is quietly riveting, drawing the attention without grand gestures, and so focused that the melodies in ostensibly busy little pieces like No 3 and No 8 hold their stillness while the decorative gossamer accompaniment spirals around them.” The Guardian, 12th January 2017 ****

“Even in a very crowded field there are new things to say. Even more to the point is the fact that this young French pianist says them with complete naturalness, for there is nothing contrived or attention-seeking about his approach to such well-known repertoire” BBC Music Magazine, March 2017 *****

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Instrumental Choice - March 2017

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Chopin: 24 Preludes & Barcarolle

Chopin: 24 Preludes & Barcarolle


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Variations brilliantes in B flat major on 'Je Vends des Scapulaires', Op. 12


Dong Hyek Lim (piano)

Dong Hyek Lim, whose international career now extends to some 15 years, is a pianist whose understanding of the repertoire has been honed through studies in his native Korea, in Russia and in the USA. Originally a protégé of Martha Argerich, he returns to Warner Classics with a programme devoted to the music of Chopin.

His new recital of works by Chopin, centred on the set of 24 Preludes, continues a relationship with the label that goes back to 2002. Lim, then just 18 years old, was introduced to the world with a CD in the ‘Martha Argerich Presents’ series. Gramophone noted his arrival “in a blaze of pianistic glory”, while in France, the album was awarded the prestigious Diapason d’Or. It was followed in 2008 with an album of Bach’s Goldberg Variations coupled with the Bach-Busoni Chaconne. The French magazine Le Monde de la Musique awarded it a ‘Choc’, while Gramophone wrote that: “There’s no question that he’s a very impressive pianist … [who gives] the sense of profound pleasure in the music … And he’s not afraid to experiment with what he can do in this music … An artist to watch.”

Dong Hyek Lim was born in Seoul in 1984 and began his musical training at the National Korean Conservatory. At the age of 10 he moved to Russia as the youngest-ever student to attend the Moscow Conservatory, where his teacher was Lev Naumov (a pupil of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus). Lim later moved to Germany to study at Hannover’s Hochschule für Musik with Arie Vardi. In 2001, aged just 15, he became the youngest-ever winner of the Premier Grand Prix at the Concours Long-Thibaud-Crespin. He was also a prizewinner at the Concorso Busoni (2000), the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (2001), Queen Elisabeth Competition (2003), International Chopin Competition (2005), and the International Tchaikovsky Competition (2007). Since then, Lim has continued to study – notably with Emmanuel Ax at the Juilliard School in New York – and he himself recognises that he has reached new levels of maturity.

Dong Hyek Lim has performed at many of the world’s great concert halls, including Lincoln Center in New York, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Small and Great Halls of the Moscow State Conservatory, the Łazienki Palace in Warsaw, the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, and, in Japan, Suntory Hall and the Osaka Philharmonic Hall. He has made festival appearances at Verbier, the Chopin Festival, the Ruhr Piano Festival, La Roque d'Anthéron, Montpellier Radio France, the Jacobins Festival (Toulouse) and at Martha Argerich’s festivals in Lugano and Beppu (Japan).

His collaborators amongst orchestras and conductors have included: the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov; the NHK Symphony Orchestra and Charles Dutoit; the Orchestre National de France and Kurt Masur; the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and both Myung-Whun Chung and Lawrence Foster; the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek; the Orchestre National de Belgique and Alexander Dmitriev, and the Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Antoni Wit.

“His approach might best be described as close reading: Chopin’s markings are observed to the letter, including impeccable phrasing that lives and breathes. Unrushed tempi and sparse pedalling reveal a wealth of detail...Lim’s Preludes alone are worth the purchase price.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

“Each of the Preludes is vividly characterised, with Lim running the gamut between dark turbulence and pastoral tranquility with absolute assurance. He doesn't waste energy trying to find novel approaches - he just lets the music speak, exercising restraint where other young pianists take showy liberties; I've seldom hear the Raindrop Prelude rendered with such persuasive grace” BBC Music Magazine, February 2016 *****

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Chopin Competition Winner 2015: Seong-Jin Cho

Chopin Competition Winner 2015: Seong-Jin Cho


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

South Korea's Seong-Jin Cho, aged 21, was announced winner of the prestigious 17th international Frederic Chopin piano competition in the Polish capital, Warsaw on the evening of 20th October 2015.

The competition, held every five years, is one of the few in which pianists play pieces by a single composer. 84 pianists aged 16 to 30, from 45 countries, qualified for the 2015 four-stage series of final recitals held over a three-week period in October.

The competition opened on 1 October with a gala concert featuring Martha Argerich and finished with the Grand Finale recitals by the top 10 pianists on 18-20 October. The Chopin Competition is renowned for discovering the world’s most talented pianists. Past winners include Maurizio Pollini, Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimmerman, Yundi Li and Rafał Blechacz.

This all-Chopin disc was made from live performances from the competition's finals.

“There's no sense of him rolling up his sleeves for the hard-work part of the programme – Preludes and Sonata seem to be approached on an equal footing, and Cho is clearly no more daunted by the latter's scale than he was by the former's virtuosity...Seong-Jin Cho has certainly made his mark – this is as fine a début as any young artist could wish for. If there's any justice, we should be hearing a lot more from him in the coming years!” David Smith, Presto Classical, 13th November 2015

“His performance of the 24 Preludes Op 28 is ravishing. The wonderfully crisp, unfussy articulation one quickly takes for granted, but the restraint and subtle discrimination of Cho’s playing, combined with his silvery, never fulsome sound, is constantly beguiling.” The Guardian, 17th December 2015 ****

“he really is phenomenal: this music seems to flow out of him with such relaxed and elegant perfection” BBC Music Magazine, March 2016 ****

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Yundi: The Complete Chopin Preludes

Yundi: The Complete Chopin Preludes


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Prelude Op. 45 in C sharp minor (No. 25)

Prelude Op. posth. in A flat major (No. 26)


Yundi (piano)

THE COMPLETE PRELUDES is one of Chopin's most loved and commercial sets of compositions, and Yundi’s first Chopin recording in 5 years.

Yundi's last set of Chopin (The Complete Nocturnes on EMI in 2010) still dominates his streaming charts with his top ten most streamed tracks on Spotify all stemming from this set – getting these replaced with the Preludes is a target of the marketing campaign.

The release ties in with the 15th anniversary of Yundi's legendary victory at the International Warsaw Chopin Competition in 2000. At 18 he was the youngest and first ever Chinese winner and it was the first time in 15 years that a ‘First Prize’ had been awarded.

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Grigory Sokolov: The Salzburg Recital 2008

Grigory Sokolov: The Salzburg Recital 2008


Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

arr. Sokolov. Encore

Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Mazurka No. 47 in A minor, Op. 68 No. 2

encore

Mazurka No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3

encore

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in F, K280

Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K332

Rameau:

Les Sauvages

encore

Scriabin:

Poèmes, Op. 69 Nos. 1 & 2

encore


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

This is Grigory Sokolov’s “debut” recital on Deutsche Grammophon, an outstanding live recording from the Salzburg Festival 2008 of central repertoire: W.A. Mozart, F. Chopin & 6 encores.

At last - after 20 years - the maestro has agreed to allow his recordings to be released on CD - now as an exclusive DG artist. Regarded as one of the world’s leading pianists, and adored by his public in sold-out concerts, Grigory Sokolov is the real thing – an artist dedicated to his art, and nothing else.

“From the beginning of Mozart’s F major sonata, K. 280, the first of two included, the Sokolov spell is cast. The graceful, crisp articulation; the little hesitations, so carefully wrought: here is poetic and intimate playing of the highest order.” The Times, 16th January 2015 *****

“listening to Sokolov, you know unequivocally that you are in the presence of someone extraordinary, someone possessing special insights and a thoroughly individual way of articulating, clarifying and communing with music so that his interpretations seem to find its very heart.” The Telegraph, 24th January 2015 *****

“Some of the playing is breathtaking in its clarity, articulation and colour...The Mozart playing may seem old-fashioned, but it overflows with vitality, each movement conceived as a single, sweeping entity, while each of the Chopin Preludes manages to conjure up a complete expressive world in a miniature frame...It’s all to treasure.” The Guardian, 29th January 2015 *****

“For me, the Mozart sonatas exemplify the essence of Sokolov's playing: he can do things with a melody that are just amazing. The way he phrases Mozart's slow movements is a joy to hear: thoughtful and individual without being fussy, he makes those melodies sing in a way that is incomparable...This gift for lyricism is equally present in the Chopin...I simply cannot wait to hear more from this stunning artist.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 19th January 2015

“he plays [the Mozart] with restraint, albeit micromanaging the music so that no phrase sounds the same twice...[in the Chopin] Sokolov ranges from introspective musing to his native Russian virtuosity.” Financial Times, 31st January 2015 ***

“It's an overused word, but he is inimitable. His Chopin Preludes, for example, have no time for the notion of a freely Romantic melodic line being kept in check by a Classical accompaniment...The Mozart is treasurable too, though - of course - you have to take it on its own terms.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2015

“Best of all are the six encores: exquisite Scriabin, wistful Chopin and a valedictory Bach chorale.” Classical Music, May 2015 ****

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19th January 2015

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Finalist - Instrumental

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Editor's Choice - February 2015

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Trifonov Live

Trifonov Live

The Carnegie Recital and Trifonov Plays Chopin


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Rondo a la Mazurka, Op. 5

Waltz No. 1 in E flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 18

Étude Op. 10 No. 8 in F major

Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22

Mazurkas (3), Op. 56

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Medtner:

Fairy Tale in E Flat major Op. 26 No. 2

Scriabin:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 'Sonata Fantasy'


“His technique is so impeccable that with him, the rest is expression of identity in its purest form. That identity emerges in all the things he's not able to put into words: tenderness, depth, but sometimes also dark abysses.” (Deutsche Welle)

“Trifonov's performance was a marvel, a mixture of exuberance and fabulous subtlety.” (The Guardian)

“Virtuosity is one thing, youthful exuberance another. Many aspiring talents survive on just one of these qualities. A lucky few have both. No one combines them with musical maturity the way Daniil Trifonov does. The technical brilliance is always at the service of his powerful imagination. The exuberance is controlled by his natural musicianship. What makes him such a phenomenon is

the ecstatic quality he brings to his performances – an all-consuming intensity-of-belonging on the public platform that translates into something thrilling, absorbing, inspiring.” (Financial Times)

“What mattered, and made this such a dazzling event, was the total conviction, the wash of fresh light that the soloist shone on a familiar work. The pointilist precision that turned runs into taut little storylines and chords into multi-hued meditations; the unexpected accent that reconfigured a phrase into something witty or piercing; the ache and yearning of his lyrical lines, made more powerful by his never milking them ... All these details and more were molded into something by turns gripping, lush, wistful, wanton; and, in sum, rhapsodic in the broadest sense of the term.” (San Francisco Classical Voice)

“his trademarks include an extraordinary, inspired intensity mingled with a veritable flood of insight and imagination...[in the Carnegie Hall recital] Trifonov's levels of energy and inspiration would probably be enough to fuel at last two usual pianists...Every piece has a defined sound-world; nothing is repetitive; each feels lit from within, as if improvised on the spot. This is a treat and a half.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2014 ****/*****

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Chopin: Preludes

Chopin: Preludes


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4

Mazurka No. 11 in E minor, Op. 17 No. 2

Mazurka No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3

Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50 No. 3

Mazurka No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 6 No. 1

Nocturne No. 3 in B major, Op. 9 No. 3

Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2


Award-winning pianist Ingrid Fliter performs Chopin’s Op.28, a poetic collection of great emotional power and unrivalled artistic quality which demands high virtuosity.

After the overwhelming success of her Linn debut Fliter has proven herself an outstanding Chopin interpreter; ‘Chopin: Piano Concertos’ was named ‘Disc of the Week’ by BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’, ‘Album of the Week’ by Classic FM, a ‘Choice’ recording by Gramophone and received many five star reviews.

In recognition of Fliter’s outstanding performance in this repertoire ‘Chopin: Preludes’ will also be released on 180g vinyl in November.

Chopin’s preludes achieve something close to perfection of form within the framework of the miniature, and each prelude has its own melodic, harmonic and rhythmic profile.

Fellow pianist and composer Franz Liszt perhaps summed up the appeal of Op.28 best: ‘…they are poetic preludes, analogous to those of a great contemporary poet, who cradles the soul in golden dreams…’

Completing the programme are two Nocturnes and five Mazurkas, both genres that Chopin defined.

Ingrid Fliter first sprang to international attention when she was awarded the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award, one of only a handful of pianists to have received this honour.

Since winning the silver medal at the 2000 Frederic Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Ingrid has built a reputation as a first-rate Chopin interpreter; The Daily Telegraph describes her as ‘one of the most instinctive and eloquent Chopin interpreters playing today.’

Ingrid Fliter was also selected as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist from 2007-2009, working with several of the BBC orchestras under the auspices of this programme.

Ingrid Fliter works with orchestras such as Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

“Fliter sets her stall out from the opening bars of the first, C major, prelude, where her generous pedalling gives the music real warmth and breadth that stays just on the right side of overindulgent. But in one or two later numbers she does stray over that line...Against that is a torrential account of the B flat minor prelude, as exciting as any I’ve ever heard.” The Guardian, 16th October 2014 ***

“The Argentinian pianist...brings a powerful and individual voice to the Preludes. The first feature that stands out is her tone quality: forthright, with warm and singing legato. She puts an individual spin on tempos and character...The Mazurkas are excellently judged with supple and superb voicing.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2014 ****

“The 24 Preludes of Op. 28 roll by with the sensitivity that is always Fliter’s hallmark, though it’s left to the fill-up Mazurkas and Nocturnes for this gifted and level-headed pianist to seduce the listener fully with Chopin’s magic spell.” The Times, 31st October 2014 ***

“Fliter understands these pieces from the inside. You can hear from her playing not only that she adores the music but also that she appreciates the characteristics, the sentiments, the ideas that Chopin was distilling in these jewel-like creations.” The Telegraph, 4th November 2014 *****

“Fliter seems to be able to achieve individuality seemingly effortlessly, with cherishable and memorable results...She is a virtuoso of the first order but she holds this in reserve, so when she does unleash her full technical armoury, it's extraordinarily potent...The recording captures well Fliter's innate beauty of sound, encompassing the dynamic range with ease. A gem of a disc.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2014

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Disc of the Month - November 2014

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Daniil Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital

Daniil Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Medtner:

Fairy Tale in E Flat major Op. 26 No. 2

Scriabin:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 'Sonata Fantasy'


Opinions differ on whether he is the heir of Horowitz, Richter or Kissin but in that line of giants, critical opinion is unanimous: Daniil Trifonov is THE great Russian pianist for the 21st Century.

In the past thirty years, the honour of a live Carnegie Hall recital recording has been bestowed by DG upon only two other pianists: Mikhail Pletnev and Lang Lang. Daniil Trifonov now joins this elite company for his very first recording on the Yellow Label.

Recorded in February this year, this richly contrasted and spectacularly virtuosic programme includes much-loved classics by Chopin and Liszt and is the perfect album to introduce the world to DG’s newest piano star . Born 22 years ago in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, Trifonov is already the winner of the Grand Prix, First prize and a Gold Medal in the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2011.) Beyond his phenomenal technique, he is a distinctly Russian artist: an intense, soulful musician in the great Russian tradition whose presentation and repertoire set him apart from all other young piano stars of today.

“what's impressive here is not just the magnificent and reactive pianism on show but also his maturity. His Chopin Preludes possess a stunning elan...Perhaps it's no coincidence that Trifonov is also a composer; he has a composerly grasp of the structure of all the works here.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

“the torrents of octaves in ...the Liszt are astonishing in their brilliance, boldness and bravura. Rather, the key thing here is that Trifonov can harness his digital strength, stamina and skill to a highly developed sense of the music’s expressive substance...a captivating recital brimful of character.” The Telegraph, 21st November 2013 *****

“Portions of the Liszt B minor Sonata surge and roar like a hydroelectric power station. Filigree lines in Scriabin’s Sonata Fantasy in G sharp minor decoratively glint in the moonlight. In between the gorgeous spurts we need more glue to help camouflage the music’s episodic structures.” The Times, 4th October 2013 ****

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Chopin: Nocturnes & Preludes

Chopin: Nocturnes & Preludes


Chopin:

Nocturnes Nos. 1-19

Preludes (24), Op. 28


“The sum effect of these performances is exciting, deeply personal and often moving. I doubt that anyone who knows and loves Chopin’s music will find Francois’s approach less than absorbing.” Gramophone Magazine

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