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Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op. 28; Sonata No. 2 / Jean-Philippe Collard, piano

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March"
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Notes & Reviews:

On this remarkable disc, after a 33-year haitus, pianist Jean-Philippe Collard returns to the music of Chopin. Over the years, he has developed and refined the perfect balance of interpretative options. He sees this disc as both a break from the past and a renewal. A change of labels and repertory has enabled him to escape a certain routine, to put himself on the line. There are countless benchmark versions on this repertory, but the French pianist has not sought to measure himself against them. Collard's approach to the composer is honest and totally sincere. Recording Chopin represented a genuine challenge, which he has conquered in a style that is his alone.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Collard illuminates Chopin with formidable athleticism and nuance. Prelude 1 opens the program brilliantly, revealing Collard's compelling command of sonority. He performs an especially impassioned Prelude 4, employing liberties with the tempo while spinning a fluid melodic line. The same tasteful rubato appears in 6, with stunning balance and exquisite phrasing. He handles 8's texture well, drawing attention to the inner voices. The runs in Prelude 24 are pristine. La Dolce Volta's gorgeous packaging complements Collard's fine recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Paris (Paroisse protestante luthérienne Bon-Secours) (04/09/2013-04/11/2013).



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Works Details

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
  • Performer: Jean-Phillipe Collard (Piano)
  • Notes: Paris (Paroisse protestante luthérienne Bon-Secours) (04/09/2013-04/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March"
  • Performer: Jean-Phillipe Collard (Piano)
  • Notes: Paris (Paroisse protestante luthérienne Bon-Secours) (04/09/2013-04/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837