4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2012
Whilst I was a little underwhelmed when I heard some of this pianists Schubert sonatas recorded by Teldec/ Warner in the 1990's (a majority were very good indeed), her playing on these two cd's is wonderful. She is a subtle and visionary interpreter of these beautiful works. I liked Barenboim's DG recordings but these are even better. It has all been said so eloquently by the other reviewers of these discs so do not hesitate to buy this set before it disappears into download land. The originally Teldec recordings are a model of clarity and naturalness. I can see why the great Richter thought so highly of Leonskaja!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2012
Elisabeth Leonskaja's reissued Chopin Nocturnes are - from first to last - unhurriedly beautiful in the grand romantic late 19th century style, more reminiscent of Rubinstein and Freire than Pires and Pollini, incorporating rather deliberate and expansive rubato that will not be to everyone's taste.
For example, the f-sharp minor Nocturne, Op. 15, No. 2, almost loses its "Chopinesque" way entirely and only just avoids morphing into something altogether Debussian! But this is an extreme example - and a very personal quibble - and should in no way dissuade you from adding this most remarkable (and inexpensive!) account of Chopin's Nocturnes to your collection.
I would not, however, recommend this recording to a first time Chopin Nocturne listener; the first recording I heard was Ashkenazy's on Decca from the early 1990s and although rather straight-forward and "by the book," they remain exceedingly accessible and hauntingly beautiful despite Decca's overly spacious acoustic.
A very strong 4½ stars for a fiendishly talented and intelligent pianist... that I completely missed in the early 90s! I have since heard a selection of her Schubert piano sonatas and I say, without reservations, that they are on an artistic and aesthetic par with Uchida and Brendel... that is to say, mightily impressive! Elisabeth Leonskaja - whose "old school" phrasing, pedalling and rubato remind me irresistibly of no less a pianistic giant than Sviatoslav Richter - needs to be completely rediscovered!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2011
As somebody who once aspired to record all the Chopin Nocturnes myself, I found this recording very satisfying. The playing is expressive, keeps you listening, and soothes you at the same time. I recommend it highly.
on 15 July 2015
This is just the music that I was looking for. It is perfect solo piano music to relax to, or as a background to reading, or to doing jobs around the house. I don't know a lot about classical music, but I have the impression that this music benefits from Elisabeth Leonskaja's perfect timing and technique, whilst her feminine touch, in my opinion, transfers a beneficial emotional quality to it.