Chopin - 24 Preludes, Barcarolle, Polonaise, Berceuse | Alpha ALPHA224

Chopin - 24 Preludes, Barcarolle, Polonaise, Berceuse


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA224

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 13th November 2015



After Debussy and Schumann, Nelson Goerner comes back to the composer who revealed him to the great audience of recorded music: Chopin. His first Chopin recordings won him high praise and countless distinctions (3 Diapasons d’Or!): ‘Everything he touches seems 'right'’ wrote Gramophone in a recent issue.

Nicknamed ‘the great poet of the piano’, he now attacks Chopin’s 24 Préludes, which he chose to record live, in a single go, in Poland where he is particularly appreciated and considered an essential pillar of the Chopin Institute.

As a complement, Nelson Goerner opts for the Barcarolle Op.60, the Polonaise Op.44 and the Berceuse op.57.


Without over-inflating their importance, Goerner lets these pieces flower each in their own way, with the shading finely-judged and the structure pellucid; his virtuosity (eg in No. 16) is dazzling, and so are the little flashes of originality with which he illuminates what would otherwise seem routine and familiar. Michael Church
BBC Music Magazine March 2016
This brilliantly executed sequence is centred on the 24 Préludes, but they are reached through a kind of gateway formed by three of Chopin’s most representative pieces… Nelson Goerner makes the prodigious, epigrammatic set as captivating as ever — or even more so, so deft is he, notably in those three magical numbers marked vivace: a spume of inspiration. Paul Driver
The Sunday Times 31 January 2016

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