Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Chopin Nocturnes Complete - Brigitte Engerer

How was it possible for the world to have ignored Brigitte Engerer? Born in 1952 and passed in 2012 and what a legacy! Listen to these flawless performances of the most beloved works of Chopin. She plays them exactly as we'd all wish to play them, makes it all sound easy and elegant and graceful and magical and wonderful. The piano she used was in spectacular prep to get some of the subtle effects she elicits, especially in the many famous pianissimo moments. Enjoy!

Chopin Mazurkas Complete

 Chris Breemer has done us the estimable favour of placing his performances of the complete cycle of Mazurkas by Frédéric Chopin. A great thank-you goes out to him. We'd heartily encourage more accomplished pianists to do the same with other series in the great classical piano literature so that more of us could get their sense of the sweep of the music through each composer's particular progress through their creative journeys. The Mazurkas are among Chopin's most idiomatic compositions, some of them contain the most strikingly modern of his style elements. Emjoy!