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Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2; Ballade No. 4; Berceuse; Polonaise Héroique / Nelson Freire, piano

Notes & Reviews:

In the third of three new landmark albums on the Decca label, Nelson Freire marks his 70th birthday year with a stunning recording of Chopin's lyrical and brilliant Piano Concerto No. 2 The recording was made in Cologne with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln and Lionel Bringuier, one of the most talked-about of the younger generation of conductors. The release also features some favorite Chopin solo works including a Ballade, Berceuse, Polonaise and three Mazurkas.

The Observer, 18th January 2015
A Chopin collection that culminates in a beautifully controlled account of the limpid second piano concerto, with the Gnrzenich players bringing grace and intelligence to the notoriously staid orchestral writing. As substantial hors d'oeuvres, Freire gives us a plateful of Chopin favourites.

Financial Times, 24th January 2015
The recording is at its best wherever Nelson Freire is ravishing the ear with showers of notes that glisten with precision.

BBC Music Magazine, March 2015
Freire's sheer love of music, and of this music, is positively incandescent...This is playing of exceptional virility, entirely untainted by machismo posturing or narcissistic display. Chopin stands fully revealed as a giant.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2015
Those who warm to his proverbial fluency will take a particular shine to his gracefully inflected way with the Third Impromptu's elegant serpentine tracery. Elsewhere, in the Fourth Ballade, even the most tension-filled pages emerge as civilised discourse and will delight those who like their Chopin plain and simple.


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