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Chopin: 51 Mazurkas / Nikita Magaloff, piano

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine
The Chopin Mazurkas explore so many emotions, veering from one to another so rapidly ; their fully satisfactory performance is recognised as a feat most difficult of achievement by any pianist. Magaloff goes a great deal of the way towards bringing it off, and exhibits in the course of the fifty-one pieces very many happy turns of phrase, and also of pianistic effect [... ] Op. 6 No. 3, for example, being delightful in its vivacity and rhythmic point, while Op. 33 No. 1 has just the right sort of fragile charm [... ] Magaloff certainly implies the true measure of Op. 50 No. 3, brings a proper strength to Opp. 50 No. 1 and 56 No. 2, while in Opp. 56 No. 3 and 59 No. 1 he compels admiration.

Fanfare Magazine, November/December 2012
In the Chopin mazurkas, Magaloff impresses with his lightness of touch, well-proportioned rubatos, judicious use of the sustain pedal, and appreciation for the ever-shifting rhythmic lilt that characterizes these works. . . I believe that this early version has the edge for its generally fleeter tempos, added spontaneity, and freshness. The recordings were taped in monaural sound, but the quality is still very impressive. Highly recommended.


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