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Chopin: 24 Preludes / Ballades Nos 2 & 4 Import

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Audio CD, Import, March 29, 1999
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  • Audio CD (March 29, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Eloquence Australia
  • ASIN: B00006IM0X
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,789 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No.1 In C Major
2. No.2 In A Minor
3. No.3 In G Major
4. No.4 In E Minor
5. No.5 In D Major
6. No.6 In B Minor
7. No.7 In A Major
8. No.8 In F Sharp Minor
9. No.9 In E Major
10. No.10 In C Sharp Minor
11. No.11 In B Major
12. No.12 In G Sharp Minor
13. No.13 In F Sharp Minor
14. No.14 In E Flat Minor
15. No.15 In D Flat Major
16. No.16 In B Falt Minor
17. No.17 In A Flat Major
18. No.18 In F Minor
19. No.19 In E Flat Major
20. No.20 In C Minor
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dean, London on August 10, 2009
I have owned this set for over 10 years, and it continues to offer much listening pleasure. Bolet is justly famous for his Chopin recordings, which are characterised by a strong sense of mystery, an affinity for the emotional complexities of the music, and consistent beauty of tone, supported by the exemplary Decca recording technology. He captures the mood of the Preludes perfectly, and his performances of these pieces can be recommended without hesitation as classics of the genre. On the Ballades, he is less fiery than some of his peers, and I do not think his interpretations are as strong or compelling as those of, for example, Perahia, Zimerman or Pollini, which remain in my view the reference standard for these works. However, his somewhat autumnal interpretations of Ballades No. 2 and 4 are entirely valid, given the provenance of these works, and there remains much to enjoy in his playing. The Fantasie is superbly performed and again can be recommended unreservedly.
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Pontus T. on October 8, 2008
Going through the Chopin Preludes, this disc (Decca Eclipse a number of years ago) certainly needs some attention as I just discovered it has been ecstatically reviewed by Jed Distler at ClassicsToday: 'Jorge Bolet's aristocratic refinement and cultivated, deep-in-the-keys sonority resonate with gentle yet indisputable authority', and 'there's no denying Bolet's seasoned mastery, from which any hotshot piano competition winner can learn'.

As in Bolet's exceedingly 'senior' Liszt series (also cheeringly praised by Mr Distler), he constantly produces some kind of a retired pianist's view of authentic playing, seemingly believing a pleasing tone production solely is the name of the game. However, Chopin Preludes without clear articulation (sample the G major), contrasted dynamics (try the B-flat minor) or scorching excitement (e.g. the D minor) are not really worth preserving. The fillers only further proves the point, being so singularly lackluster that you wonder why Bolet just simply didn't retire on the spot upon hearing the result.

All the same, this one-star disc gets a bonus star due to the throughout unfailing beauty of tone, something that is so essential in Chopin playing and so often eluding younger-generation pianists. For sparkling Preludes, Argerich (Chopin: 26 Preludes; Polonaises, etc.) remains unsurpassed, whereas Ohlsson (Garrick Ohlsson: The Complete Chopin Piano Works Vol. 2 - Preludes) wins on celestial beauty and Pogorelich (Chopin: Préludes, Op.28) on unique individuality.
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