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CHAN 9597
Piano Works

Chopin: Preludes

The Classical Shop
release date: January 1998

Originally recorded in 1997

Artists:

Louis Lortie

piano

Venue:

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge



Producer:

Ralph Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Richard Smoker

(assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 70:18
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24 Preludes

37:20  
1 No. 1 - Agitato 0:42
2 No. 2 - Lento 2:29
3 No. 3 - Vivace 0:55
4 No. 4 - Largo 2:07
5 No. 5 - Allegro molto 0:33
6 No. 6 - Lento assai 2:03
7 No. 7 - Andantino 0:35
8 No. 8 - Molto agitato 1:41
9 No. 9 - Largo 1:36
10 No. 10 - Allegro molto 0:28
11 No. 11 - Vivace 0:36
12 No. 12 - Presto 1:15
13 No. 13 - Lento 2:59
14 No. 14 - Allegro 0:29
15 No. 15 - Sostenuto 4:52
16 No. 16 - Presto con fuoco 1:09
17 No. 17 - Allegretto 2:54
18 No. 18 - Allegro molto 1:00
19 No. 19 - Vivace 1:11
20 No. 20 - Largo 1:56
21 No. 21 - Cantabile 1:34
22 No. 22 - Molto agitato 0:45
23 No. 23 - Moderato 0:55
24 No. 24 - Allegro appassionato 2:33
   
25 

Prelude, Op.45

5:06
  in C sharp minor - cis Moll - ut diese mineur  
 

Andante spinato et Grande polonaise brillante, Op.22

14:11  
  in G major - C-Dur - sol majeur  
26 Andante spianato: Tranquillo - 4:46
27 Allegro molto 9:25
   
28 

Polonaise-fantasie, Op.61

13:44
  in A flat major - As dur - la bemol majeur  
  70:47      
   
 Louis Lortie piano
   
   
   
  5 January 1997  


The First Prelude’s agitated questioning is enlivened by cunning fluctuations of rhythm and accent and is contrasted with the Second’s sluggish and tortuous pregression. Chopin moves in the G major No 3 to a world of rippling sunlight before returning us in the next to a gloomier clime. No 7 is a wistful, sixteen-bar Mazurka, while No 8 is the first of several large-scale Preludes. Here the theme’s dark-hued passion ebbs and flows beneath figuration of a Rachmaninovian swirl and glitter No 15 is the celebrated ’Raindrop’ Prelude, whilst six explosive chords preface the brilliant fury of No 16. The twenty-fourth Prelude is suitably bold and ambitious and ends the set in a mood of eloquent defiance.

Few more distinguished pendants to such music would be possible than the isolated C sharp minor Prelude, opus 45, which is as recondite and subtle as late Brahms.

The Grande polonaise brillante was composed in 1830, although the Andante Spianato was not added until 1834. Very much in Chopin’s early virtuosic style, contemporary critics declaimed it for lacking substance. Meanwhile, the Polonaise-fantaisie is a far cry from such early fancy ad exuberance, demonstrating daring progressions and the greates imaginative subtlety.

"The special quality of Lortie’s Chopin is its dedicated musicianship ... There is also a complete correspondence between the live event and the studio recording, something this spontaneous pianist believes in strongly ... Chandos as usual, supply the piano sound to match the artistic inspiration."

Bill Newman - Hi-Fi News & Record Review - June 1998


"... pianist Louis Lortie is a poet of the instrument. He gives a memorable performance of the 24 Preludes ..."

The Sunday Telegraph - 8 March 1998


"... this is a distinguished release ... Outstanding playing ..."  ****

Jeremy Siepmann - Classic CD - March 1998


"In a live recital, Louis Lortie’s playing of Chopin has that unfathomable poetic quality, which is a hallmark of exceptional artistry. Luckily, his sponteneity is not masked in the studio ..."

Geoffrey Norris - The Daily Telegraph - 7 February 1998


"Lorties big, masterful sound dominates his richly rewarding reading of 24 Preludes ..." ****

The Scotsman - 23 January 1998


                                  - Recommended -
                                      Chopin Week

 Ivan Hewett - The Daily Telegraph - 26 February 2010





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J Evans

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L Symonds