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Frédéric Chopin

  • Sonata in B Flat minor, Op. 35
  • Berceuse, Op. 57
  • Ballade #4 in F minor, Op. 52
  • Mazurka in E Major, Op. 6/3
  • Mazurka in B Flat minor, Op. 24/4
  • Mazurka in D Flat Major, Op. 30/3
  • Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49
Ivan Moravec, piano
Vox VXP7908 64:02
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Ivan Moravec's rare recitals in London are memorable events and this new CD includes works enjoyed recently at Queen Elizabeth Hall. He has exactly the right way with the not-quite-3/4 rhythm of the Mazurkas, and has chosen several of my favourites, as are the Fantaisie and Berceuse.

There are always details to savour, or to question, in Moravec's phrasing but that adds to the feeling of liveliness. His recording of the Schumann & Brahms No 1 concertos on Dorian has been reviewed twice by Gramophone; with opposite preferences! I like them both - Dorian DOR90172.

Here Moravec's distinguished, aristocratic playing, well recorded for Vox, gives me no call to complain and I recommend it to those whose shelves are not already groaning under the weight of Chopin CDs! Competitive repertoire; this one should hold its place in the catalogue for many years.

Copyright © 2003, Peter Grahame Woolf