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Chopin - Michelangelized!,
This review is from: Chopin: 10 Mazurkas; Prélude Op.45; Ballade Op.23; Scherzo Op.31 (Audio CD)
Chopin anniversary year and it seems to be taken for granted in the media that everyone loves the great Polish composer through and through. Well, any Chopin sceptics, disinclined to his long albums of pretty salon miniatures and elegant politesse, are well advised to acquire this serious-minded and penetrating selection from the iceman himself, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
Not cold perfection, in fact the piano tone is warm, intimate and resonant, like you were sitting next to him. A bit like Richter but more ready to yield, to unbend. Nothing wistful or lightminded, but neither is the playing po-faced or overdone. I especially liked op.68/2 and op.30/2, as well as the irrevocable drama of the Ballade No.1.
A very good for those who want to hear another Chopin from the one provided by such stalwarts as Rubinstein or Argerich.