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Chopin: Complete Impromptus & Other Works

Chopin , Gustavo Romero Audio CD
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  • Performer: Gustavo Romero
  • Composer: Chopin
  • Audio CD (July 18, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Int'l Classics
  • ASIN: B000001SI8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Impromtu In Ab Major, Op. 29
2. Impromtu In F# Major, Op. 36
3. Impromtu In Gb Major, Op. 51
4. Fantasie Impromtu In C # Minor, Op. 66
5. Barcolle In F# Minor, Op.60
6. Scherzo In B Minor, No. 2
7. Polonaise In F Sharp Minor, Op. 44
8. Etude In E Major, Op. 10 No. 3
9. Etude In C Minor Op. 10 No. 12
10. Polonaise In A Flat Major, Op. 53 No. 6

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5.0 out of 5 stars Chopin played with uncommon poise and clarity of line August 13, 2003
Thank goodness our larger metro area has several thriving used CD stores, else I would never had stumbled into this guy and his playing. Gustavo Romero is apparently a graduate of the Juillard School in the U.S.A., and also a past winner of the Clara Haskil prize. Unlike many Chopinistes, he aims for more than just the whiz-bang, fire-fingered drama that Chopin undoubtedly wrote into most, if not all of his solo piano music. Like the great namesake whose competition jury awarded him first prize, Mr. Romero seems able to bring an uncommon sense of poise and clarity to his Chopin. Yet he does not neglect the obvious drama of the narration, nor flatten the contrasts built into the line, the textures, and the musical forms (typically ABA). On first hearing, compared to the Lisztian wannabees, his playing of Chopin might almost seem too quiet, too diffidant. Closer acquaintance ... and I have played this CD repeatedly, both just for myself, and also for other people ... reveals that Mr. Romero knows exactly what he is doing. Yes, the Impromptus are all nicely done. But, for me, the real jewels of this collection include the rarely played Barcarolle, and the two scherzos. Yes, I said: two scherzos. Only one is listed on the cover/booklet; but unless my ears deceive me, Mr. Romero is actually playing two. The Barcarolle is a difficult piece to bring off, not least because it demands every bit of touch and tonal color possible, while only allowing it's pianist to revel in the soundworlds that genius may discover in the quieter ranges of the keyboard's spectrum. Although it can rise to climactic swells, the rolling rhythms of the Barcarolle need to be consistently subtilized, and the harmony sublimated, lest this or that wave of sound overturn the (presumably Venetian) boat. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up close and personal-A great person & musician April 2, 2010
Gustavo Romero has been on our list of favorite pianists since his first concert as a young man. His virtuoso and musicianship was obvious to us from the very first concert we attended in San Diego. Almost every piece that he plays brings about "goose pimples" and a lust to hear more of his brilliant playing of piano music from a wide range of composers. We, being introduced to him by our neighbor in La Mesa, CA, never failed to miss his local concerts, many of which where graciously given with no recompense and numerous encores. If you have the chance to get this CD or any CD by this true piano artist, or attend one of his concerts, go for it because there is no finer piano artist. RGS
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rare Talent - Great Performance February 2, 2008
By K. M.
Gustavo Romero must surely be one of the great underrated Chopin performers of our time. The amazing prestidigitation is impressive in itself, but the ability to phrase and shape without impacting the virtuosity, is a rare gift. Each work is a precious jewel and should be treasured for itself. This is one of those recordings that when asked which piece is your favorite, the answer must surely be, "The one I am listening to at the moment."
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