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CHOPIN: Piano Favourites, Vol. 2

Composer(s):Chopin, Fryderyk
Artist(s) Biret, Idil, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.555799
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


One of the supremely gifted writers for piano, Chopin used the instrument to convey subtle tone-colours and a degree of emotional intensity hitherto unknown. Much of his later work was for solo piano, composed in forms that he adapted and developed, such as the Nocturne, the Waltz, the Polish Mazurka and the Polonaise. While beautifully expressive melodies are to be found in abundance on this second volume of Piano Favourites (Volume 1 is available on 8.553170), works such as the Grande Valse, Barcarolle, Scherzo No. 2 and the Fantasie in F minor demonstrate that Chopin also possessed a unique and often complex sense of form and colour.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Idil Biret’s impetuosity and brilliance both combine to make the E minor Waltz which opens this recital arresting in its bravura, but she plays with both character and poetry in the Barcarolle and the two Ballades, while the Berceuse has a touching simplicity worthy of a young pupil of Wilhelm Kempff (‘Uncle Kempff’ as she called him). Indeed, overall this admirably planned recital demonstrates what a natural feeling Biret has for Chopin. Her complete survey is greatly prized in France and the mixture here of Etudes, Preludes and Mazurkas shows her control of colour and rubato in different ways, while the dashing account of the Scherzo in B flat demonstrates both her easy virtuosity and her willingness to



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