You may not have heard of Etsuko Hirose, but you will. This young woman won the International Martha Argerich Competition in Buenos Aires in 1997. Competition winners are many, but the signs are that she is maturing into a formidable musician.
This is a live recording from La roque d'Anthéron, 13 August 2009. Aside from the Preludes, she plays a couple of Polonaises, just to warm up.
The reason for posting this, though, is the preludes - a sustained feat of concentration and pianism. Even the things that don't come off are spellbinding.
The recording, from France Musique, is open air, and you will have to get used to the occasional sounds of children playing in the distance. But you do. Sound is 320 kbs, mp3.
Many thanks to Chris, the original uploader, with whose permission this is posted here.
Polonaise-fantaisie in A flat major, op 61
Polonaise in A flat major, op 53 "Héroïque"
24 Préludes, op 28
Encore : Etude in A Flat Op 25 No 1
Etsuko Hirose, Piano
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