"...the playing here is extremely beautiful; Lortie’s ravishing tone and delicate touch are heard at their splendid best in the op.9/2 Nocturne an the Berceuse. ...Lortie is a profoundly thoughtful and refelctive artist, incapable of anything superficial or shallow ...I still find these to be superior accounts of these works, and have difficulty calling to mind any other living piasnist I would rather hear in them; one simply cannot take pianism of this order for granted..."
James A. Altena - Fanfare - September/October 2012
“...He ... [Lortie] plays with a firm rhythmic sense of forward momentum. His selected nocturnes are probably not bettered by any living pianist, and his ballades are interpreted with a dramatic touch that Alfred Hitchcock would have approved of. A rounded, full piano sound underlines this brilliant Chandos production ...” *****
Marius Dawn – Pianist magazine – August/September 2012
***** - Exceptional
Luca Segalla - Musica magazine - July/August 2012
"... The sound, though a bit reverberant, is detailed and full. The verdict here then is that Lortie gives us a somewhat different take on Chopin, but one that is deeply considered, sensitively rendered and generally self-effacing from a virtuosic point of view."
Robert Cummings - Classical.Net - 14 June 2012
"...These are thoughtful, engaging, and gorgeous performances that would be a worthy addition to any lover of Chopin’s music.
David A. McConnell - musicweb-international.com - 21 June 2012
Music ***½ (Good) Sound ****(Very Good)
Frank Siebert - Fono Forum magazine - July 2012
Performance **** Recording ****
“Louis Lorte’s second volume in his Chopin cycle for Chandos presents an understated view of the composer, yet one that is fully cultivated and always convincing ... a highly satisfying recital.”
John Allison – BBC Music magazine – July 2012
"For the second volume of his Chopin cycle, Louis Lortie prefaces major pieces such as the Four Ballades with Nocturnes, contrasting a sense of improvisation with weightier, more concentrated works. And throughout his recital you will hear playing of the most patrician poise, fluidity and tonal finesse. Even Chopin’s most violent nerve-storms, while fully acknowledged, are seen within alucid and contained perspective. There is drama and passion but never violence or neurosis..."
Bryce Morrison - Gramophone magazine - May 2012
"...I don’t know when I’ve heard this piece [Nocturne op 15 No 3] played so simply and directly, nor when I have heard it realised in a manner so thoroughly consistent with everything Chopin put on the page - and nothing more, since any addition would only blemish that rich sufficiency ... "
Patrick Rucker - International Record Review - March 2012
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