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Chopin: Sonata in B Minor & 24 Preludes / Nick Van Bloss, piano

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, Op. 58
>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
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Notes & Reviews:

The last of Chopin's three sonatas for piano was finished in 1844. The piano writing is at once perfect for the instrument and taxing for the pianist, because everything is so clear that even the smallest misjudgment of dynamics makes itself heard. Chopin's Preludes have come to be regarded as one of the monuments of the early Romantic movement in music. He worked on the Preludes between 1836 and 1839, but it's possible some of them were in his mind before that. The idea of a set of 24 pieces in all keys obviously stems from Bach's "48," but Chopin went about the task in his own unique way.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2014
His tone, while more varied by degrees than in kind, is beautifully moderated, unmarred by the stridency that Chopin abhorred. His phrasing is admirably clear...but the Achilles' heel here is a want of rhythmic and tonal variety.

MusicWeb International, 28th October 2013
He reveals himself as the complete Chopin interpreter by meeting all the multifarious pianistic challenges embodied in these extraordinarily diverse 'miniatures'...Van Bloss proves himself as much a master of controlled rage as gentle lyricism... it takes its place among the most recommendable.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK (07/25/2012/09/10/2012).



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>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, Op. 58
  • Performer: Nick Van Bloss (Piano)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
  • Performer: Nick Van Bloss (Piano)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839