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Frederic Chopin - Piano Concerto no 2; Sonata no 2 et al. / Khatia Buniatishvili, piano

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March"
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 13 in A minor, Op. 17/4, CT. 63
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
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Notes & Reviews:

At the age of 24, pianist Khatia Buniatishvili has already achieved an exceptional maturity of interpretation and a distinctive artistic approach that make her playing unmistakable. Buniatishvili's award for Best Chopin Interpretation in the Rubinstein Piano Competition suggested the repertoirefor her new album, Chopin. Encompassing five works by Frédéric Chopin, this new recording superbly showcases the breadth of her skills and marks Khatia's recording debut as soloist with orchestra with the legendary Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Paavo Järvi. Included are Sonata No. 2, Op. 35, one of the most consummate works of the post-Beethoven period; the lavish Ballade No. 4, Op. 54, and the technically demanding Piano Concerto No. 2.

The Times, September 2012
Speeds are flexible; the phrasing is fresh, the poetic touch constant...High technical finesse and strong structural control are other attributes...Even when Buniatishvili is at her most focused, her febrile approach to Chopin's art may rub some listeners the wrong way.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
The most completely successful item on her enjoyable new Chopin disc is the stormy B flat minor Sonata...The young Georgian musician shows a remarkable command of her instrument and a volatility that may remind some of Martha Argerich. Yet Buntiahsvili's is not an entirely coherent view of the first moment's structure. She grasps the more straightforward trajectories of the remaining movements, delivering a gripping performance.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
The driving allegro in I of the sonata is enthralling, dark, intense, and full of boundless energy. Possessing all of those qualities it is also theatrical, rollicking, and something I never tire of listening to. Central lyrical episode is among the best I've heard. It's just as heartfelt as Rubinstein's on Naxos (Nov/Dec 2011). IV is as fast, clean, and powerful as anyone could hope for. Both are objectively very good. The music there glows white-hot as it accelerates through what must be one of the best performances of this work on record. She puts her stamp on II as well, taking us on an expansive and fantastically varied journey among lyrical and even darkly suspenseful textures. Incredible artistry and talent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Dahlem, Berlin (03/12/2012-03/15/2012); Salle Pleyel, Paris (03/12/2012-03/15/2012); Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Dahlem, Berlin (09/13/2011/09/15/2011); Salle Pleyel, Paris (09/13/2011/09/15/2011).



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Works Details

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for piano no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Conductor: Paavo Jarvi
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Dahlem, Berlin (03/12/2012-03/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846-1847

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March"
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Dahlem, Berlin (03/12/2012-03/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 22 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Dahlem, Berlin (03/12/2012-03/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Notes: Salle Pleyel, Paris (09/13/2011/09/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Mazurka for piano no 13 in A minor, Op. 17/4, CT. 63
  • Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Dahlem, Berlin (03/12/2012-03/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832-1833

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Period Time: Modern