Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Chopin Piano Works - Iddo Bar-Shaï

Folle Journée de Nantes 2010
recorded in recitals on 30th and 31st of January 2010

Iddo Bar-Shaï has just released a recital of Chopin Mazurkas on Mirare which has drawn very significant praise. The redoubtable Tom Deacon, in fact, made one of his occasional forays into praise on RMCR. Actually, what I like about Tom is that he is constantly on the listen out for young players who stand out from the crowd. And I think you will agree, this is one.


As you might expect, too, Iddo Bar-Shaï's contribution to the Chopin festivities was dominated by Mazurkas, though we also got a splendid second sonata.



Deux Mazurkas en la mineur KK II b/4
Deux Mazurkas en la mineur KK II b/5
Nocturne en fa dièse mineur opus 48 n°2
Sonate n°2 en si bémol mineur opus 35 "Funèbre" I
Sonate n°2 en si bémol mineur opus 35 "Funèbre" II
Sonate n°2 en si bémol mineur opus 35 "Funèbre" III
Sonate n°2 en si bémol mineur opus 35 "Funèbre" IV
Nocturnes opus 55 No 1
Nocturnes opus 55 No 2
Polonaise-Fantaisie en la bémol majeur opus 61
Trois Mazurkas opus 63 No 1
Trois Mazurkas opus 63 No 2
Trois Mazurkas opus 63 No 3
Mazurkas opus 67 n°4
Quatre Mazurkas opus 30 No 1
Mazurkas opus 67 n°2
Quatre Mazurkas opus 30 No 2
Quatre Mazurkas opus 30 No 3
Quatre Mazurkas opus 30 No 4
Quatre Mazurkas opus 33 No 1
Quatre Mazurkas opus 33 No 2
Quatre Mazurkas opus 33 No 3
Quatre Mazurkas opus 33 No 4
Polonaise en la majeur opus 40 n°1
Mazurka en si bémol majeur KK II b/1
Quatre Mazurkas opus 17 No 1
Quatre Mazurkas opus 17 No 2
Quatre Mazurkas opus 17 No 3
Quatre Mazurkas opus 17 No 4
Mazurka en ré majeur KK IV b/2 (2ème version de KK IV a/7)
Grande Valse brillante en mi bémol majeur opus 18
Mazurkas opus 67 n°3
Mazurkas opus 67 n°1
Mazurka en ut majeur KK IV b/3

France Musique, Internet 128kbs, good sound, though there are occasional shifts in perspective as we move from one recital to another.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Chopin Piano Works - Anne Queffélec

Anne Queffélec's playing is fascinating. Her early recordings bubbled with wit and personality. More recently, though, her playing has acquired an added zen-like sense of simple clarity. She herself said, in an interview, « Il y a une dimension sacrée dans la pratique approfondie de l’art » It certainly comes across. Listen, for example, to the sheer grace with which she lets the A flat ballade unfold. Magical!








Ballade n°3 en la bémol majeur opus 47
Ballade n°4 en fa mineur opus 52
Nocturne en sol mineur opus 37 n°1
Scherzo n°4 en mi majeur opus 54
Trois Mazurkas opus 50 No 1
Trois Mazurkas opus 50 No 2
Trois Mazurkas opus 50 No 3
Valse en fa mineur opus 70 n°2
Valse en mi bémol majeur "Sostenuto"
Berceuse en ré bémol majeur opus 57
Barcarolle en fa dièse majeur opus 60
Nocturne en sol mineur opus 15 n°3
Cantabile en si bémol majeur
Largo en mi bémol majeur
Valse en la bémol majeur opus 69 n°1

Edited and tagged from two of France Musique's all-night Chopin broadcasts
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