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Chopin: 24 Preludes
Chopin: 24 Preludes
Price: £16.23

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relentlessly searching... Pollini's best recording!, 19 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Chopin: 24 Preludes (Audio CD)
I'm puzzled that no one seemed bothered to review this recording... but it's undoubtedly, a classic, both in Pollini's personal recording history and among other recordings of the preludes. Yeah, the preludes are the sort of thing that necessarily gets a different treatment with each different artist... but despite the subjectivity I cannot help but agree that this IS the standard! It's a recording that I constantly go back to in order to get a sense of the "overarching idea" of each piece... As it seems to me Pollini more than anyone else succeeds in bringing out the underlining structure of the music. Yes, Pollini is often criticised for being a bit too "cold", but there's no evidence here whatsoever. Listen to Nos. 9, 18 & 24 and it's amazing how much passion and tension is built up under seamless control, and the unrelenting rigour here only brings out more the power and heroism of Chopin.

If you don't care much for Pollini as a Chopin interpreter than think twice after hearing this!

Benjamin Grosvenor plays Chopin, Liszt & Ravel
Benjamin Grosvenor plays Chopin, Liszt & Ravel
Price: £10.28

5.0 out of 5 stars Just Wow!, 19 Jun. 2014
The maturity displayed in this recording is amazing. I've never heard such flawless sound production in Chopin since Argerich! And I certainly have listened to a large pile of Chopin discs. Fluidity, precision, structure, warmth, everything's here. Looking forward to more recordings from this amazing pianist!

Art of Fugue & 6 French Suites
Art of Fugue & 6 French Suites

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spontaneity, sensibility and refinement, 8 Nov. 2012
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This is the first time I get to hear Joanna Macgregor and I'm truly impressed. Her style is sometimes reminiscent of Argerich (who, unfortunately didn't record any of the French suites) as it strikes as completely unaffected by "the correct way of playing bach". Just compare her take on the allemande from the French suite in C minor with Hewitt, Schiff etc. and it's clear how sensitive and effortless her phrasing is. If you're looking for a refreshing version of the French suites this set is highly recommended.

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