The incredible Jan Lisiecki performs both cycles of Chopin’s virtuosic Études. This is the second Deutsche Grammophon release from the young Canadian pianist, and his first-ever studio recital album. Chopin’s Études are among the most challenging and evocative pieces of all the works in the piano repertoire. Jan Lisiecki has just finished recording the Études in the famous Koerner Hall of the Music Conservatory in Toronto. The Royal Conservatory has been involved in the training of many notable artists such as the pianists Glenn Gould and Oscar Peterson.
L. Timofeyeva is a laureate of International competitions in Montreal and M. Long in Paris. Only a very mature musician can play F. Chopin’s Etudes, especially in a circle. Here L. Timofeyeva has brought out Chopin’s harmonious outlook and the wealth of light colors. Even rueful, tragic works have found their place in the gamut of feelings. Gentle lyricism – this is the main feature of L. Timofeyeva readings. Soft, winsome sound, heartfelt emotion, love of romantic, expressive melody – these features of the pianist’s gift have determined the interpretations of these works.
Revered pianist Mari Kodama shows off her pianistic technique on this program of exciting piano concertos from heavyweight composers, Loewe and Chopin. The polished instrumentalist delivers renowned interpretations of Chopin’s Piano Concerto in F Minor and Loewe’s Piano Concert in A. With superb sonic clarity, this album rejuvenates these familiar works.
In his Deutsche Grammophon orchestral debut, Warsaw Chopin Competition winner Rafal Blechacz performs his compatriot's two concertos in the Concertgebouw, his favourite hall, partnered by a legendary Polish conductor and Amsterdam's incomparable orchestra. Reviewing the concert, Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland) called Blechacz "the perfect musician to perform the young Chopin's works", while Trouw (NL) wrote: "Semkow and Blechacz fit wonderfully well together. This is symbiotic music-making as you seldom encounter it. Everything is in the service of the music."