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  • Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
  • Audio CD (2 Sept. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: BIS
  • ASIN: B00005NDW4
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Freddy Kempf plays Frédéric Chopin. Track Listing: 1. Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 2. Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38 3. Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47 4. Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 5. Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22: I. Andante spianato 6. Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22: II. Polonaise 7. Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, "Polonaise-fantaisie" 8. Fantasy-Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op. 66

As the great new hope in British pianism, Freddy Kempf is rapidly expanding his territory with this all-Chopin disc released shortly after he conquered the world with his Schumann and Beethoven. And not any old Chopin but his large-scale pieces, including the Ballades which even Martha Argerich admits to finding daunting. Moreover, he follows these with the Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise, originally composed for orchestral accompaniment, and the last piece Chopin wrote with the public concert scene in mind. The Fantaisie-impromptu, with which Kempf closes his disc, was in fact written soon after: in other words, Kempf has chosen to present Chopin the young virtuoso, rather than the more intimate, maturer genius. And this record is indeed a virtuoso display. In Ballade No.1, Kempf starts as he means to go on, with a big, firm tone and luxuriously leisured tempo: every note is allowed to sing out strongly. The same holds true of the succeeding works: the emotions are in bold close-up, and the playing unusually clean. There are moments when I could wish for more mystery, but the poetry is there, often conveyed--as in the later stages of the Polonaise--with filigree dexterity. And so is the passion: this is a quintessentially Romantic recording. --Michael Church

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