Imogen Cooper’s Chopin | Chandos CHAN10902

Imogen Cooper’s Chopin

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN10902

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 27th May 2016

Contents

Works

Chopin, Frederic

Ballades (4)
» no.1 in G minor, op.23
» no.4 in F minor, op.52
Berceuse in D flat major, op.57
Fantasy in F minor, op.49
Nocturnes (21)
» no.8 in D flat major, op.27 no.2
» no.16 in E flat major, op.55 no.2
» no.17 in B major, op.62 no.1
» no.18 in E major, op.62 no.2
Polonaise no.7 in A flat major, op.61 'Polonaise-Fantasie'

Artists

Imogen Cooper (piano)

Works

Chopin, Frederic

Ballades (4)
» no.1 in G minor, op.23
» no.4 in F minor, op.52
Berceuse in D flat major, op.57
Fantasy in F minor, op.49
Nocturnes (21)
» no.8 in D flat major, op.27 no.2
» no.16 in E flat major, op.55 no.2
» no.17 in B major, op.62 no.1
» no.18 in E major, op.62 no.2
Polonaise no.7 in A flat major, op.61 'Polonaise-Fantasie'

Artists

Imogen Cooper (piano)

About

Having explored the music of Schumann in three previous much-lauded recordings, Imogen Cooper now turns to the music of Chopin. Combining some of his greatest works, this album is a recital in itself.

The experience and emotional wisdom that complement her prodigious virtuosity has brought her to re-explore this often-played repertoire. As she explains: ‘Chopin is surely one of the most intriguing composers we know. Fabulous writing for the piano, a complex and rich harmonic world, melody, garlands of sensuous and quicksilver sound, passion – and of course the perfect vehicle for showing off pianism. For all these reasons, but above all for the last, we go through a crash course in our student years, his huge body of work keeping us constant company and teaching us the ropes as we take our first steps in becoming a pianist. The challenge comes in adult years when, as in all repertoire, we need to rethink, and to find solutions that probably eluded us earlier.’

Reviews

Imogen Cooper has never recorded Chopin before. It has taken decades for her to commit this perennial favourite of so many pianists to a CD, but the wait has been worth it. ... Cooper’s sense of authority becomes vast in the Polonaise-Fantasie and Ballades, yet is always tempered with tenderness in the tone quality and wisdom in structural understanding. The Nocturnes are pure-hearted and subtly-coloured; and to conclude, the Berceuse is five minutes of hushed, filigree meditation.  Jessica Duchen
BBC Music Magazine September 2016

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