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Chopin: The Complete Preludes / Vanessa Perez

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 25 in C sharp minor, Op. 45, CT. 190
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 26 in A flat major ("Presto con leggierezza"), KK IVb/7, CT. 191 (B. 86)
>Chopin, Frédéric : Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60
>Chopin, Frédéric : Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49
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Notes & Reviews:

Venezuelan-american pianist Vanessa Perez will make her Telarc International debut when the label releases her all-Chopin collection, including the 24 Preludes Op. 28. Perez is a product of the same energized musical culture in Venezuela that produced such international starts as conductor Gustavo Dudamel and pianist Gabriela Montero. Praised for a bold, passionate performing style allied to musicianship of keen sensitivity, Perez has been championed by the most iconic of performers.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Perez, who plays jazz as well as classical, has a natural feeling for rhythm; she rarely pauses to make a point, but when she does she never sounds mannered. There is a keen sense of cumulative build-up and an awareness of the work's overall architecture.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2012
The surging way she plays the opening Prelude suggests pleasure in the sheer physicality of performance; the defiant dourness of the second suggests a personal vision...I suspect Perez is at heart a rationalist, not a Romantic.

Gramophone, August 2012
By the time we reach the F sharp minor Prelude (No. 13), we are listening to playing of real depth and poetry. If the 'Raindrop' Prelude will be too drawn out for some tastes, no such reservation can be applied to her scintillating execution of the treacherous B flat minor...All in all, a serious contender.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, New York.



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Works Details

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
  • Performer: Vanessa Perez (Piano)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 25 in C sharp minor, Op. 45, CT. 190
  • Performer: Vanessa Perez (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1841.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 26 in A flat major ("Presto con leggierezza"), KK IVb/7, CT. 191 (B. 86)
  • Performer: Vanessa Perez (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60
  • Performer: Vanessa Perez (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845-1845

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49
  • Performer: Vanessa Perez (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841