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Chopin

Khatia Buniatishvili Audio CD
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Born on 21 June 1987 in Tbilisi, Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and her elder sister Gvantsa were introduced to the piano at an early age by their mother, an enthusiastic music lover. Playing four handed remains one of the sisters’ favourite activities.

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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • ASIN: B0085MK2BM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,972 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Warsaw - Paris, a short film conceived by and featuring Khatia Buniatishvili
2. Waltz in C-sharp minor, op. 64/2 - Tempo giusto
3. Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, op. 35 "Funeral March"; Grave - Doppio movimento
4. Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, op. 35 "Funeral March"; Scherzo
5. Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, op. 35 "Funeral March"; Marche funèbre: Lento
6. Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, op. 35 "Funeral March"; Finale: Presto
7. Ballade No.4 in F minor, op.52 - Andante con moto
8. Piano Concerto No. 2 for in F minor, op. 21; Maestoso
9. Piano Concerto No. 2 for in F minor, op. 21; Larghetto
10. Piano Concerto No. 2 for in F minor, op. 21; Allegro vivace
11. Mazurka in A minor, op.17/4 - Lento ma non troppo

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At the age of 24, pianist Khatia Buniatisvili has already achieved an exceptional maturity of interpretation and a distinctive artistic approach that make her playing unmistakable. Buniatishvili's award for Best Chopin Interpretation in the Rubinstein Piano Competition suggested the repertoire for her new album, Chopin. Encompassing five works by Fr‚d‚ric Chopin, this new recording superbly showcases the breadth of her skills and marks Khatia's recording debut as soloist with orchestra with the legendary Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Paavo J„rvi. Included are Sonata No. 2, Op. 35, one of the most consummate works of the post-Beethoven period; the lavish Ballade No. 4 Op. 54, and the technically demanding Piano Concerto No. 2.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An exquisite Chopin pianist comes on the scene October 19, 2012
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Now that Sony places seemingly no attention on the U.S. market, it would be hard for music lovers to know much about pianist Khatia Buniatishvili. a child prodigy who was touring Europe by the age of ten, and who rejected the violin despite having perfect pitch, she is quoted in her Wikipedia article as calling the piano "a sumbol of musical solitude" (one suspects that something was lost in translation). She is now 25 and has made her way into the festivals run by Martha Argerich and Gidon Kremer - all of which raises high expectations for this new Chopin recital.

They begin to be filled form the first piece, modest as it is. Buniatishvili plays the Waltz in C-sharp minor with lovely musical instincts and crystal-clear touch. On a sliding scale, her lightness and deftness are closer to dinu Lipatti than, say Evgeny Kissin or Argerich herself. then it's on to the major solo work on the program, the "Funeral March" Sonata. It is approached almost as tenderly as the waltz, with lyrical flow dominating even in louder, more forceful passages - they are done with vigorous animation but not a hint of banging. The Trio of the Scherzo brings a famous melody, and I've never heard it played more naturally and with such poise. I found myself becoming a fan of Buniatishvili's before ten minutes was out. The transitions between episodes are silken and seamless.

The Funeral March itself remains a challenge; its over familiarity dares a young pianist to say something new or personal. Buniatishvili is a bit cautious, preferring to move ahead with steady declamations of the theme. But where she scores is in her ability to balance the theme with the lugubrious cadences in the left hand. Everything merges and sounds of a piece.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful technician October 31, 2013
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She's a wonderful technician, but her interpretations are sometimes a little pushed to be different. Like some other young pianists (Lang Lang) she takes some performance liberties to seem original, but to repeat, she has very impressive technique and isn't as maddeningly looney as Lang Lang.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mike in San Francisco September 20, 2012
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Beautiful interpretations. Khatia Buniatishvili's technique is absolutely breathtaking, whether she is playing bravura chords or feather light passages such as the final movement of the Sonata. The scale passages in the final movement of the second piano concerto are absolutely incredible. A very enjoyable CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another player in a hurry September 18, 2012
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Seems a trend that lady pianists who record want to play piano concerti and sonatas at a breakneck speed. Not a big fan of that. First it was HJ Lim and her speedy recordings of the complete Beethoven Sonatas and now a fast-lane recording of the Chopin Piano Concerto No 2 here and a fast paced Sonata No 2 which sounds like she is running from the funeral. Since I thought I might have had too much coffee and was actually hearing it faster than it was recorded I checked out another lady pianist who has recorded the Chopin 2 and some Beethoven Sonatas, Mari Kodama, and I now realize it is not the caffeine. I think I like my Chopin and Beethoven a bit on the relaxed side. Nap time. You post your own thoughts on this and see if you agree or not.

I must add that I think that her Ballad No. 4 is one of the most thoughful and beautiful records of it I have ever heard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Khatia Buniatishvili March 28, 2013
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I attended her performance at Meany Hall on UW campus, and she was fantastic. Ms Buniatishvili was very impressive and I believe she has a great future in store..
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