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Familiar but never hackneyed - classy performances of great tunes,
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This review is from: Chopin: The Complete Waltzes (Audio CD)
Chopins's waltzes are perennial favourites with their delightful and playful patterns of melody and rhythm. Many are very popular pieces that are often heard in ones and twos at recitals and concerts, and some are familiar from their use as TV and radio themes and in advertising. However, they are not often heard as a collection, so this CD is welcome for that reason. The pianist (an Argentine who moved to Europe in the 1990s) is already a renowned Chopin specialist, having won the silver medal at the Frederic Chopin Competition at Warsaw in 2000, and she has previously issued several CDs devoted to the composer.
These performances are classy and very good - the sound is clean and clear, there is expression and rhythm and the lilting slower pieces in particular are a delight. My only (slight) criticism is that sometimes I wish for a bit more 'bite' in the faster works.
OK, so some of the waltzes are very familiar, perhaps too familiar, but they are never hackneyed - tunes such as these stand repeated listening. Who can ever tire of the Minute Waltz? This CD is an excellent buy, not only for those wanting the complete collection of Chopin waltzes for its own sake, but also for anyone who wants a selection of wonderful tunes to brighten their day. Recommended.