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  • Performer: Vladimir Feltsman (piano)
  • Orchestra: None
  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
  • Audio CD (9 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nimbus Alliance
  • ASIN: B007PDRQ3Y
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 488,158 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Waltzes: No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18 5:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Waltzes: No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34, No. 1 5:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Waltzes: No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34, No. 2 5:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Waltzes: No. 4 in F major, Op. 34, No. 3 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Waltzes: No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Waltzes: No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Waltzes: No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Waltzes: No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64, No. 3 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Waltzes: No. 9 in A flat major, Op. 69, No. 1 (posth.) 4:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Waltzes: No. 10 in B minor, Op. 69, No. 2 (posth.) 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Waltzes: No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70, No. 1 (posth.) 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Waltzes: No. 12 in F minor, Op. 70, No. 2 (posth.) 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Waltzes: No. 13 in D flat major, Op. 70, No. 3 (posth.) 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Waltzes: No. 14 in E minor, Op. posth 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Impromptus: No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 29 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Impromptus: No. 2 in F sharp major, Op. 36 5:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Impromptus: No. 3 in G flat major, Op. 51 6:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Impromptus: Fantasie Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op. 66 5:16£0.99  Buy MP3 

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A new issue this month comes from Nimbus Alliance and features Vladimir Feltsman playing Chopin s complete Waltzes and Impromptus. Let me say from the outset that this is quite remarkable Chopin playing from an artist that has received far too little attention. I had, of course, heard much about Feltsman before but had not heard him play, so I was keen to hear this new CD. These are wonderful performances of the waltzes. Just take the A minor Op.34 No.2 where Feltsman brings an extraordinary poetry to the music followed by the F major Op.34 No.3 where there is quicksilver playing interspersed by a rhythmic quality that brings to mind that description of Chopin s playing mentioned above...his right hand would just hint at the anticipation of a phrase or reluctance to begin it. Elsewhere there is a feeling of freedom and spontaneity such as the C sharp minor Op.64. No.2, which is simply entrancing and played with such fluency. In the Impromptus there is again that feeling of anticipation in the beautiful phrasing of his playing. Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major op.36 in particular, has a captivating quality with playing of such limpid fluency and poetic feeling. The recording in the Fisher Performing Arts Centre at Bard College, New York has an intimate sound well suited to the performances. The notes by Vladimir Feltsman himself are extremely perceptive and informative. By now you will have gathered that this is a special Chopin disc which I thoroughly recommend to all. Feltsman has already recorded two other Chopin discs for Nimbus that include the complete Nocturnes and the four Ballades. Can we hope that they will continue with a complete Chopin cycle? --theclassicalreviewer.blogspot

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 April 2012
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From the contrapuntal rigours of Bach, to the coruscating soul-searching of Rachmaninov, to the perfumed velleities of Chopin, Vladimir Feltsman seems to be sovereign over every idiom he plays and records. Of modern pianists vying for the meaningless title of World No.1, Feltsman must be up there with the likes of Sokolov, Volodos, Kissin, Pollini, Zimerman, Perahia, and, so not to be sexist, Pires and Argerich. Of course every piano maven from here to Carnegie Hall will want to dispute, correct and modify that fairly random and doubtless incomplete roll of honour, but I hope that I may at least be allowed to observe that Feltsman is now surely in his mature prime, having a string of critically lauded recordings for Nimbus to his credit and performing to acclaim worldwide.

Coming to this recital having already very positively reviewed his "Tribute to Rachmaninov" and Bach English Suites for Nimbus, I was predisposed to like what I heard and was immediately struck by the ease and naturalness of his treatment of the celebrated E-flat major waltz which opens this recording. My enjoyment of the playing, already intrinsically great owing to the quality of Feltsman's pianism, was greatly enhanced by reading the highly intelligent, informative and stimulating essay provided in the booklet by the pianist himself.

As with previous Nimbus issues, the sound is simply lovely: bright yet warm, as utterly beguiling as Feltsman's playing. His command of rubato and rallentando is subtle and deeply satisfying, never "applied" but always cognisant of the need for a degree of Schwung to recall the origins of the music in dance. This elasticity, grounded in the dominant figure of one long and two short notes, is key to our enjoyment of these most cheerful of Chopin's generally melancholy output.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack L. Honigman on 7 May 2012
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A CD containing all of Chopin's waltzes and impromptus will, almost by definition, be a popular choice among afficionados of both piano music in general and Chopin in particular. The light, smooth delivery that Feltsman assumes makes for the easiest possible listening. All the waltzes are distinguished by their clear, rhythmic interpretation. Maybe, the character of individual key changes are more marked in Rubinstein's recordings but it is always a matter of opinion as to whose delivery one prefers. The Impromptus allow greater freedom for interpretation by the pianist and, for example, the No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 36 has a singing tone which is most pleasing.
In any event, everyone who listens to this recording will be well pleased with this choice.
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*** 1/2 Exciting playing that can be too blunt and loud 24 Sept. 2012
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When Vladimir Feltsman emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1987, after languishing eight years in artistic banishment for daring t apply for an exit visa, he found himself giving his first American recital in Regan's White House. He became an instant poster child, and his Carnegie Hall recital, which soon followed, received breathless attention and a Sony recording. then he crashed - or so it seemed. His pianism was rather coarse, his interpretative insights dubious. Once the PR spotlight was off him, he had some retrenching to do. Now sixty, he teaches at the Mannes School in New York, concertizes at a high level, and records for the small English label, Nimbus.

My attention was attracted to this CD of Chopin's Waltzes and Impromptus by a rave review in the Gramophone form their senior piano guru, Bryce Morrison. He described a mature artist whose insights are treasurable. I'm not so sure. Feltsman still strikes me as a heavy-thumbed pianist whose boldness comes with coarseness. I like Big Chopin of the kind that the young Kissin dazzled us with, and Feltsman is of that school - he knocks all the porcelain dolls off the shelf. But most of his playing is very loud and blunt. There's velocity and excitement, but those virtues aren't tempered by sensitivity and insight. The best thing I can say is that Feltsman has a definite personality; you won't mistake these performances for some generic competition winner anxious to rocket to the top. However, the degree of mature artistry I was anticipating isn't there. If someone wants to depart from the beaten path in recordings of the complete Waltzes - meaning Rubinstein and Lipatti - I'd try Dmitri Aleexeev, whose style remains Russian without chewing the wallpaper.
Feltsman at his best 23 Oct. 2013
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Feltsman, as always, crystal clear, tasteful and original Chopin interpretations throughout. Simply
one of our generation's best pianists. For all serious piano lovers.
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