Notes & Reviews:
BBC Music Magazine, February 2015
Full-blooded playing offering both muscularity and lyrical repose in the Chopin Polonaises. Pictures is equally impressive, though the occasional fortissimo passage sounds a bit brittle.
Astonishing dynamic range of the performances ... bold rhythmic demarcation of thematic sections and delineation of figures, and generally pyromaniacal heroics ... if you like your vodka straight and your Chopin flambé, this disc is your man.
Berman has a warm, romantic heart and can produce big, full tone without any hard edge. Moreover he appreciates that these pieces are not just dances but patriotic tone-poems embodying what the late Arthur Hedley once described as pride in the past. Distinguished new recording ... the pianism is breathtaking ... DG's recording accords with Berman's acuity and refined shadings.