Yevgeny Sudbin plays Chopin

Sudbin plays Chopin | BIS SACD1838
|$NZ 33 | 69 min

Critically acclaimed London-based pianist Yevgeny Sudbin here presents a recital of music from Fryderyk Chopin.

Sudbin opens this disc with the expansive Fantaisie in F minor – sometimes described as the composer’s ‘grandest work’ – continuing with a selection of pieces from three genres that are strongly associated with Chopin: Mazurkas, Nocturnes and the Ballades Nos 3 and 4.
Sudbin’s approach to Chopin’s music has been influenced by the composer’s own words regarding interpretation: ‘Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties.”

Follows a series of highly successful solo recital disks on the Swedish BIS label featuring Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Scarlatti, and concertos by Medtner, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven.

“Sudbin is at his most convincing in those larger musical canvases, whose sense of theatricality, emotional range and formal complexities he projects very vividly; the haunted, dark-hued account of the Fantasy is particularly impressive.” The Guardian, 24th November 2011 ***

“This glorious disc confirms Yevgeny Sudbin as one of the most searching and inspired of today’s pianists…The playing is so beautiful, so full of life and so rich in imagination that all one really wants to do is sit back and listen to it over and over again without necessarily analysing what it is that makes it feel so “right” and so stimulating…This is a disc not to be missed. It is a triumph.” The Telegraph, 26th November 2011 *****

“Sudbin gets my vote right at the start here by opening his Chopin recital with the Fantasy in F minor, one of the pinnacles of the composer’s art…Sudbin captures its improvisatory qualities and unexpected shifts of texture. It’s a satisfying start to this disc by a thoughtful pianist. But he loses my vote in some of the Nocturnes and Mazurkas…He redeems himself with powerful, poetic performances of the Third and Fourth Ballades” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ***

Tracks: Listen on BIS/Naxos website – full tracks hi fi
Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1

Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1

Mazurka No. 7 in F minor, Op. 7 No. 3

Mazurka No. 23 in D major, Op. 33 No. 2

Mazurka No. 25 in B minor, Op. 33 No. 4

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Mazurka No. 17 in B flat minor, Op. 24 No. 4

Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50 No. 3

Nocturne No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

À la minute (a paraphrase on Chopin’s Waltz in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1)


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