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Among the Finest!,
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This review is from: Chopin - Ballades, Etudes & Waltzes (Audio CD)
This recording demonstrates some of the finest piano playing I have ever heard. Although a young man when these works were recorded, Anievas achieves a level of maturity unusual among most pianists in the prime of life. In my opinion, the ETUDES are the most successful because they are the most distinguished.
With Anievas, there is no playing everything as fast as possible 'just because he can do it'. The music comes first. Anyone looking for the dashing pace of Brautigam in his Beethoven Concertos or Hough in his Tchaikovsky set may not warm to these two discs but here, the energy diversifies more widely, sprinkling beauty along the way rather than merely racing to the finishing post. There is also much attention to detail here that does not occur in many other recordings. As this review needs to be brief, I will cite just one example:
The study in G-flat (Black Key Study) where Chopin asks for staccato in one hand only on the opening chords. Anievas plays exactly that, while most pianists do one of two things; either (a) play staccato in both hands, or (b) play so fast that the effect of the articulation the composer wrote is lost.
I also have Lugansky playing the ETUDES and ARRAU for the BALLADES, but I would not be without this issue with respect to the Etudes.