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Five WONDERFUL Stars!! Award-winning virtuoso classical pianist Ingrid Fliter (FLEEter) has recorded a marvelous group of well-known Romantic pieces by Polish classical genius Frédéric Chopin. When one is dealing with such familiar musical territory, the interpreter must be on their 'A-game' and Ms Fliter, who grew up in a home where Chopin was heard and played often, has great mastery of this maestro's musical world. The Argentina-born pianist won the silver medal in the prestigious 2000 Chopin International Piano Competition (to Yundi Li's gold) and the prestigious (and lucrative) Gilmore Artist Award, which is awarded every four years to a pianist of "truly exceptional quality". Based on this performance and video performances that I have seen, she is worthy of all of those accolades.

The 'best of the best' begins with the wide-ranging "Ballade No. 4" which is a performance of pure beauty allowing demonstration of both her sensitivity and pianistic firepower on one of Chopin's most wonderous compositions. "Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor" which is more nuanced than others I have heard (Arrau for example) especially in the beginning of the A section where her main theme flows out of the left hand figurations rather than springing immediately to the front: much more organic. The superior interpretation of the B section, which is the basis of the popular theme "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows", has more 'wonder' to it than is usually heard. Ms Fliter is giving her insights into the song based on her extraordinary technique, while retaining the intent of the composer and the Romantic spirit. The "Barcarolle" conjures up the boat-ride theme wonderfully and "Grande Valse Brillante" is just that and more. Likewise "Minute Waltz" and the Opus 59 Mazurkas are excellent with Fliter's subtle shadings conjuring up Chopin's remembrance of his beloved Poland from a foreign land. Ingrid Fliter demonstates a deep understanding of Chopin and gives an enjoyable, insightful, and crisp interpretation of each work. HIghly recommended. Five ROMANTIC Stars!!
(This review is based on an MP3 download)
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VINE VOICEon 4 January 2009
This is a super Chopin CD. We must hear more of Ms Fliter. The playing here is poised and with a certain aristocratic grandeur, but also with a sense of spontaneity and discovery. Most fresh and satisfying to listen to. The recorded piano sound is exemplary.
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on 21 October 2012
I have had the great good fortune to hear this stunning pianist live on two occasions in Glasgow with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. One of these concerts was this year when she was performing Chopin's Piano Concerto No.2 and what a scintillating performance it was. If anyone was born to play Chopin, it is this lady. Most of Ingrid Fliter's CD's so far have been by Chopin [for EMI 2008], and this one includes a mixture of his most famous pieces like the Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Three Mazurkas, Barcarolle In F Sharp, Grande Valse Brillante In E Flat, Three Waltzes and the Ballade No. 4 in F minor. All are played exquisitely in the true spirit of Chopin by a fine interpreter of his music. This CD is 'a must' for anyone's Chopin collection.
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on 6 February 2012
A well recorded and marvellously played selection of Chopin pieces. Fliter clearly understands the nuances of each piece and plays them with assurance and sensitivity.
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on 6 June 2010
Any Chopin recital that contains both the Sonata No 3 and the Barcarolle is already going to be popular with me, and to get the 4th Ballade as well is icing on the cake. Fliter has an admirable technique and is reasonably well recorded (there's a boominess that robs the more crowded sections of detail), but the problem is her tendency to linger over the lyrical sections of these works. The Sonata in particular is disfigured by this approach, with the second movement almost stuttering to a halt, and the third movement being drawn out to the point where you wonder if it's ever going to end. The Barcarolle was also spoiled for me by what appeared to be an uncertainty about how the piece should be approached. Nevertheless the Waltzes and Mazurkas go very well indeed. I also couldn't really believe that an artist of this calibre would allow herself to be photographed in the style of a ditsy ingenue, which, having seen her in concert, Ms Fliter certainly is not.
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on 23 August 2014
VERY GOOD FOR CASUAL LISTENING
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