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Chopin: Études, Six Polish Songs, etc / Luiza Borac

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Polish Songs (6) for Piano (Chopin), S 480
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Award winning pianist Luiza Borac returns to Avie Records with a recording of Chopin's groundbreaking Etudes and Six Polish Songs (transcribed Liszt). These virtuoso works were showcases for Chopin's friendly rival Franz Liszt, who went on to transcribe six of Chopin's Polish Songs. For Borac, this recital has musical as well as personal significance as it pays tribute to her longtime supporter and producer, John Barnes. This was Barnes' last studio recording, and the CD booklet features tributes from numerous colleagues including Glyndebourne General Director David Pickard and conductor Vladimir Jurowski.

The Times
The Romanian pianist is not just a wow playing her countryman Enescu - she understands Chopin equally well. The op 10 and 25 Etudes are dispatched with subtlety of touch and phrasing. Liszt's transcriptions of Chopin songs serve as a charming introduction. As before, Borac is supported by a recording of caressing depth - a worthy tribute to the audio wizardry of the late John Barnes.

Gramophone Magazine
It is... rare to encounter on disc all six of Liszt's Chopin song transcriptions in sequence. It is even rarer to hear them played quite as well as this, easily the best versions of those currently available, not merely because of the intimacy and easeful rubato Luiza Borac brings to the music but for the lovely recorded sound.

BBC Music Magazine
In these transcriptions Borac plays with lyrical beauty and unaffected poetry, projecting a sensitively-voiced singing line.



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Polish Songs (6) for Piano (Chopin), S 480
  • Performer: Luiza Borac (Piano)
  • Notes: St. Dunstan's Church, Mayfield, England (04/07/2008-04/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10
  • Performer: Luiza Borac (Piano)
  • Notes: St. Dunstan's Church, Mayfield, England (04/07/2008-04/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25
  • Performer: Luiza Borac (Piano)
  • Notes: St. Dunstan's Church, Mayfield, England (04/07/2008-04/10/2008)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835-1837