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Maria Joao Pires plays Chopin

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, Op. 58
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59
>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise-fantasy for piano no 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 64
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 43 in G minor, Op. 67/2, CT. 93
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 45 in A minor, Op. 67/4, CT. 95
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 49 in F minor, Op. 68/4, CT. 99
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Notes & Reviews:

"Pires has put together an ingenious program, ranging from Chopin's masterful B minor Piano Sonata to the soulful G minor Cello Sonata, and including the final sets of nocturnes, mazurkas and waltzes, as well as the magnificent Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat major. Throughout, Pires' playing is exemplary. Her technique is impeccable -- nary a note goes awry even in the B minor Sonata's Molto vivace Scherzo -- but this is the least of her successes. More important is her balance of the composer's lyrical melodies with his chromatic harmonies, so that the expressivity of the melody is supported and enhanced, but never overshadowed by the intensity of the harmonies. Most important is Pires' uncanny ability to use phrasing and rubato without compromising the underlying rhythmic pulse of the music." -All Music Guide

The Guardian
Best of all is the B minor Sonata with which she begins her stroll. It's a bold, big-boned performance that rather dismisses the scherzo, but presents the slow movement in epic terms. The other large-scale works - a carefully paced Polonaise-Fantasie, and a finely communicative account with Pavel Gomziakov of the cello work - are successful. Too

The Times
The transience of life and beauty; how keenly we feel this as the first chord of the B major Op 62 Nocturne subsides into its echo. But that's just one of many magical moments in this CD release - for once presented by DG with the dignity that the music-making deserves.

Gramophone Magazine
... there are moments of rapturous beauty in every piece.

BBC Music Magazine
Pires's musical qualities are well known; clarity and resilience of line, luminous singing tone, a near-ideal balance between aristocratic poise and emotional absorption, and a rare poetic eloquence. In the Third Sonata her notably personal rubato adds to, rather than detracts from, the music's sense of flow. In the... Cello Sonata Op. 65, Pires partners the Russian cellist Pavel Gomziakov... This is a broad and reflective reading, with a lovely tone from both cello and piano, helped by DG's terrific sound, and a sense of dialogue and shared understanding that is very rewarding.



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>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, Op. 58
  • Performer: Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62
  • Performer: Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59
  • Performer: Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise-fantasy for piano no 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156
  • Performer: Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63
  • Performer: Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 64
  • Performer: Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1846-1847

>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 43 in G minor, Op. 67/2, CT. 93
  • Performer: Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1849

>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 45 in A minor, Op. 67/4, CT. 95
  • Performer: Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65
  • Performers: Pavel Gomziakov (Cello); Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845-1846

>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 49 in F minor, Op. 68/4, CT. 99
  • Performer: Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1846