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An excellent lyrical view of this repertoire from this Argentinian pianist,
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This review is from: Various: Goerner Verbier (Nelson Goerner: Piano Solo Recital: Beethoven; Chopin) [DVD]   (DVD)
Nelson Goerner's debut performance at the 2009 Verbier Festival is featured here. He was lucky enough to be spotted by Martha Argerich some years ago and she arranged for the young Argentinian pianist to receive a grant for further study in Argentina and Europe. Since then he has become an increasingly familiar figure on the international concert circuit.
Goerner professes to a particular affinity to the music of Beethoven and Chopin and on this disc plays a well-known sonata by each of these composers. His style could loosely be described as of an essentially lyrical character. He has plenty of technique at his fingertips but chooses to lyrically expand to climaxes rather than choosing to achieve them in a more percussive manner. There is none of the dramatic explosions of energy that one might hear with Kissin for example.
These characteristics are readily identified in these performances. The late Beethoven Les Adieux sonata (no. 26) is given a relatively gentle reading. The speeds are generally well up to tempo but Goerner also likes to linger expressively too. This leads this performance towards the early Romantic period of the Schubert variety for example. The type of crisp articulation that one hears with Kempff is not on offer here and nor is the heavier Romanticism of a Barenboim either. In these respects he is nearer Perahia with an even greater emphasis on a singing melody line.
These characteristics are also clearly to be heard in the Chopin 3rd Sonata which is played in a particularly melodic manner. The over-riding impression here is one of unbroken song. Once more, climaxes are expanded rather than being essentially dramatic outbursts. In my opinion his style is more naturally suitable to Chopin on the basis of this one example. There are also a couple of well-played Etudes included.
The recording is very clear visually and thankfully it is in DD 5.1 and DTS 5.1 as well as the usual stereo only standard Verbier presentation. At last the festival recordings seem to entering the real world of modern recording techniques. The sound is, in consequence, completely satisfying very truthful.
I have enjoyed this disc very much and Goerner has something to say about this music without being in any way excessive or outlandish. I would expect it to give plenty of satisfaction to most purchasers but perhaps best appreciated as an alternative view of very standard repertoire. On that basis I am inclined to personally rate it as 4 stars as an alternative interpretation or as an `only' buy. In terms of recent recordings, Hamelin is a stronger competitor for the Chopin but Goerner has the field to himself for recent single discs of the Beethoven at present.