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Chopin: Piano Sonata 3, 12 Etudes op25, Trois Nouvelles Etudes

Nelson Freire , Frederic Chopin Audio CD

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Listen  1. Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58 - 1. Allegro maestoso 8:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58 - 2. Scherzo (Molto vivace) 2:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58 - 3. Largo 7:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58 - 4. Finale (Presto non tanto) 5:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No. 1 in A flat "Harp Study" 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No. 2 in F minor 1:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No. 3 in F 1:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No. 4 in A minor 1:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No. 5 in E minor 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No. 6 in G sharp minor 2:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No. 7 in C sharp minor 5:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No. 8 in D flat 1:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No. 9 in G flat, "Butterfly Wings"0:58£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No. 10 in B minor 3:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No. 11 in A minor "Winter Wind" 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No. 12 in C minor 2:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Chopin: 3 Etudes Op.posth. "Méthode des méthodes" - No.1 in F minor 2:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Chopin: 3 Etudes Op.posth. "Méthode des méthodes" - No.2 in A flat 1:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Chopin: 3 Etudes Op.posth. "Méthode des méthodes" - No. 3 in D flat 1:47£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Nelson Freire, the grizzled gent who here makes his Decca debut at the ripe old age of 58, may indeed be elusive, but the biographical facts speak for themselves. Born in the Brazilian city of Boa Esperanca, Freire had huge early success, winning both the Vianna da Motta Prize and the Dinu Lipatti Medal when he was 20. For many years Martha Argerich's favourite four-hand partner, he has always won plaudits for his Chopin, and this inspiring disc shows why. The majestic Third Sonata seems governed from the start by an improvisatory impulse, but there's nothing showy about the playing. His touch is light, tender and responsive to every slightest hint in the score. In the second movement he evinces rare delicacy and precision, and in the third a thrillingly warm legato: he absolutely refuses to indulge in histrionics, which allows the genuine drama of the final movement to surge out more strongly. The Etudes offer a string of surprises, each emerging in an entirely fresh guise. No.2 is more perfumed than usual, and No.3 more expansive; the giant left-hand leaps of No.4 are reeled off with nonchalant ease; the three "finales" are as astonishing as anyone could wish. Rounding things off with the three posthumous etudes, Freire also reminds us how velvety and muted his touch can be. There's an old-fashioned excellence about this pianism, which these days we need more of. --Michael Church

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DEC 470288 2; DECCA - Inghilterra; Classica da camera Piano

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5.0 out of 5 stars Freire's Return from obscurity - finally 27 Mar 2002
By Alex Serrano - Published on
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Nelson Freire is one of those pianists that you rarely see or find recordings of. Almost a legend, it was a welcome surprise however to find his name in the phillips collections of great pianists of the 20 th century. And after that collection, which seemingly had collected all his recordings, finally we get to hear him in a new recital and as the linear notes on the cd tell - Chopin must have been the obvious choice.
And it does not take long into the recording to know that you are in for a unique experience. The third sonata is played almost as if created on the spot - it may not be an architectural performance, but it is extremely convincing. And he brings out some inner voices in the largo movement which only draw enough attention to themselves so as not to deviate from the normal flow of the work. The final movement is played with great attention to lyric and for once does not sound as merely an etude as portrayed by so many modern pianists.
But best on this cd is his rendition of Chopin 12 etudes from op 25. Here, apart from a staggering technique, Freire gives each work enough character so as to dissociate themselves from an etude characterization. The 10th etude is played of course in octaves, but just as a means of expression rather than as the reason for the etude. All are played with shifting dynamics - each is portrayed in its ow unique light. It may well be the most original conception fo the etudes i have heard since Shura Cherkassky. And yet, all throughout the performance you can sense the profound respect Freire has for the music and the composer. These are not free-willed performances - they simply are different.
I guess all of those who know of Freire's playing wish he stepped further into the mainstream of virtuosos and so we could have more accessability to his brilliant playing - but for now, this recital should give us hours of inmense satisfaction and discovery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Freire's Fiery Performance 21 Aug 2002
By Dr. Christopher Coleman - Published on
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Nelson Freire is a formidable pianist with tremendous technique, but technique in abundance is a common quality these days. What makes Freire's recording stand out is his unique sense of line and touch, coupled with a real sensitivity to dynamic and tempo flexibility. His interpretation of this literature is superb. Listen, for example, to the beginning of the largo, the third movement of Frederic Chopin's Third Piano Sonata, in B minor. How convincing Freire makes the abrupt shift to the lovely lyric melody from the dramatic, almost angry opening chords. In the final movement of the sonata, Freire's technique and dynamic control stand him in equally good stead. He builds thunderous climaxes, but still manages to shape the whole convincingly. It was not with the Sonata that Chopin made his place in music history, but with the character piece--etudes, fantasies, impromptus and the like. Freire is equally at home in his interpretation of these pieces, with their relatively simplier structure, as in his achingly mournful beginning of the C# minor etude from Chopin's Opus 25. Not only is the entire CD beautifully performed, but beautifully recorded as well. The sound quality is stunningly crisp and captures Freire's articulations wonderfully well. Although there are hundreds of recordings of these pieces (so many that one is tempted to ask why another?), Freire's rendition is certainly worth owning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Performance 21 Sep 2004
By E. H. Walley - Published on
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This is truly glorious Chopin. Freire and Chopin are wonderful partners. Nobody realizes the piano's potential for beautiful sound like Freire does, and what opportunities there are in Chopin! Freire's range is enormous, from the utmost delicacy to unbearable passion. The performances are immaculatly clean and at the same time fresh and spontaneous. There's no hint in the sound of the enormous technical difficulties presented by the finale of the Sonata or the Etudes. What a treat! A word of caution - the performances of the last movement of the Sonata and the last three Etudes of Op. 25 are so intense it is probably not safe to listen to them while driving on the highway!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent option to explore his intimate universe! 21 July 2005
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on
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There are several ways to approach Chopin's world: the first quarter of the XX Century
the approach was exclusively hyper romantic. The romanticism as one of the lesser sons of the musical nationalism found in Chopin the symbol of an epic mind resistance. That's a very point to remark; the epic side of Chopin is in several of his works: The Twelfth Etude Op. 25, The First Scherzo, The Polonaise Op. 53.
In the other hand we have to the nostalgic mood, understood as reminiscent memories of his beloved Poland that find in the Mazurkas its best exponent.
We have a candlelight set of pieces, deeply intimate in character where the heart talks us: the Nocturnes, Impromptus, Sonatas, Barcarolle and some Etudes.
And finally we have the aristocratic sphere as the Waltzes, and works for piano and orchestra.
This brief introduction makes perhaps so difficult to play Chopin satisfactorily if you are not absolutely involved with the further spirit of every piece.
The presence of Debussy and Alexander Scriabin extended the kaleidoscopic conception: that's why the Russian school (Richter, Gilels, Bergman, Horowitz, Cherkasky) plays Chopin extremely flat and one-dimensional without ornaments and emphasis to delineate the slender arpeggios or the fortissimos.
The particular case of Artur Rubinstein is worth to mention it. He became in the best known interpreter of Chopin in the thirties, (following the left traces of Paderewski in the fist two decades of the Century) because he playing was extremely persuasive and in the other hand, being Poland the first invaded nation at the dawn of the WW2. Some of his musical sons were Malcuzinsky and Brailovsky.
Two legendary pianists: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (whose principal musical son was Ivan Moravec) and Alfred Cortot established perhaps the most interesting approach around Chopin, specially in this last artist and that was possibly due the strong musical collaboration with Pau Casals. Somehow he found the way to separate the different facets of Chopin, and the best proof that strengths this comment were his three best pupils: Samson Francois, Dinu Lipatti and Clara Haskill.Finally we have two categories: the group of colorist pianists, capable to create atmospheres, restrained in expression but a valid approach if you are provided of a virtuoso technique of first order: Freire belongs this school; but the list is enormous : Ashkenazy, Kapell, Simon, Zimmermann, Guiomar Novaes, Radu Lupu, Andras Schiff, Marta Argerich, Arrau, Emanuel Ax, Tamás Vasary, Malcom Frager and basically the British school; and the other group composed by the supreme conviction that Chopin's playing turns around an accurate mix of technique and objectiveness such Maurizio Pollini,and Ivo Porgorelich whose vision is to lead the facts to the feelings and not vice versa.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nelson Freire at the peak of his chopinesque art 3 July 2014
By P. Adrian - Published on
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I can hardly name a better, a more rewarding (and seductive in all senses) recorded version the set of Chopin Etudes op.25 have ever received from top pianists in the course of the last century. This one, delivered by the Brazilian keyboard wizard Nelson Freire, could well be regarded as a benchmark in the catalogue. There are no technical difficulties that Freire is unable to climb. And how demanding and awe-inspiring the printed notes in these scores seem to any pianist! The bravura is something Freire has long overcome. His artistry aims at the very essence of musical core of the works, at the minute nuances and sensitive empathy such a wonderful music claims for. The Third Sonata is accomplished in a grand style as well. Each detail receives a naturally polished shape while the grand line narrates a wonderful story. Freire shines throughout this Chopin recital!
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