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CHOPIN, F.: Fantasy, Op. 49 / Ballades Nos. 3 and 4 / Mazurkas / Nocturnes (Sudbin)

CHOPIN, F.: Fantasy, Op. 49 / Ballades Nos. 3 and 4 / Mazurkas / Nocturnes (Sudbin)

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release date: November 2011

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Yevgeny Sudbin


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Total Time - 67:26
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CHOPIN, F.: Fantasy, Op. 49 / Ballades Nos. 3 and 4 / Mazurkas / Nocturnes (Sudbin)

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Fantasy 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




A la minute

 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist

‘Chopin’s music presents us with a strange paradox’ writes Yevgeny Sudbin in his liner notes to this recording. In Sudbin’s own experience, the music’s direct emotional appeal makes it instantly accessible to most listeners, but to the interpreter ‘it becomes a tough balancing act: on the one side, naïvety and blandness threaten, while, on the other side, a laboured and contrived approach could potentially damage the music’. Sudbin’s own approach has been influenced by Chopin’s own words regarding interpretation: ’Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties.’ But, as he recounts, he is also fascinated by historic recordings by legends such as Ignaz Friedman and Benno Moiseiwitch – performances which have made an impact on him on account of the highly personal playing: ’the beguiling rhythmic swings, freedom in phrasing, articulation that tickles you all over…’ Sudbin opens his own Chopin recital 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. Following the 2005 release of his second disc, Piano Magazine described Yevgeny Sudbin in lyrical terms as ’a fearless technician with an all-encompassing command of his instrument; a musical dramatist of exceptional acumen and sophistication; a poet who moves seamlessly between unbridled rhetoric and extreme intimacy; a stylist who catches the particular spirit of everything he plays’ – all qualities which would seem to be conducive to a memorable Chopin recital, and which Sudbin certainly brings to the fore in the encore À la minute, his own paraphrase on the composer’s ’Minute Waltz’.

                     *****    Exceptional

Riccardo Risaliti - Musica magazine - May 2012

             Interpretation: ****     Sound: *****      Repertoire: ******

Rafael Sala - Piano News magazine - March/April 2012

"... This new release, the latest in about a dozen fine recordings by this young Russian pianist, not only underscores the fact that he is one of the best from this generation of piansts, but also demonstrates a strong propensity to composition... The clincher on this CD has to be Sudbin’s own composition titles A La Minute, a paraphrase on Chopin’s Waltz in D flat major, here given its world premiere recording ... Sudbin manages to flwlessly blend and combine Chopin’s original with clever harmonic twists and jazzy syncopations. The magic touch  is when he adds a whiff of Ravel’s La Valse to the mix without anything sounding fabricated or out of place. May I suggest that Mr Sudbin pursue writing as an offshoot to his pianistic career. The BIS hybrid SACD recording once again captures the piano’s sound with the right balance of dynamics and warmth, distance and presence, to create a natural perspective and tangible sound that make the lound speakers vanish."

Jean-Yves Duperron - Classical Music - November 2011

"Sudbin’s pianism is assured and constantly exciting – Chopin with muscle." ****

Anthony Clarke - Limeight Magazine - 16 January 2012

"...Among many outstanding Chopin recitals in the past two years celebrating the composer’s bicentenary, this one is among the very best, meticulously prepared  yet spontaneous and freshly minted. Another feather in the Sudbin cap."  *****

Jeremy Nicholas - Classic FM magazine - January 2012

"...This is Chopin playing of the first rank, never exaggerated or overwrought but speaking with a natural eloquence that marks our the finest of Chopin interpreters..."

Nicholas Salwey - International Record Review - December 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." *****

Geoffrey Norris - The Telegraph - 25 November 2011

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