Chopin – Retrospection

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Tracklist

1.
Sonata in B Flat Major, Opus 35 - Grave - Doppio Movimento
04:00
2.
Sonata in B Flat Major, Opus 35 - Scherzo
03:40
3.
Sonata in B Flat Major, Opus 35 - Marche Funèbre
00:00
4.
Sonata in B Flat Major, Opus 35 - Presto
00:00
5.
2 Nocturnes, Opus 32 - Andant Sostenuto
03:06
6.
2 Nocturnes, Opus 32 - Lento
02:50
7.
Valse in C Sharp Minor , Opus 64 No. 2
00:00
8.
Valse in D Flat Major, Opus 64 No. 1
00:00
9.
Valse in G Flat Major, Opus 70 No. 1
01:11
10.
Ballade in G Minor, Opus 23 Largo - Moderato
05:24
11.
Grande Polonaise Brilliante Précédée d'un Andante Spianato in E Flat Major, Opus 22 Tranquillo - All
00:00
12.
Valse in A Flat Major, Opus 69 No. 1
02:09
13.
Grande Valse Brilliante in E Flat Major, Opus 18
00:00
14.
Valse in E Minor, Opus Posth
00:00

Description

At first glance, it would appear that Chopin’s musical powers were concentrated exclusively on the piano; but when one devotes attention to the deepest levels of the music composed by this poet and virtuoso of the piano, then one realizes that his works can also be categorized as orchestral, chamber music-inspired, or as songs with accompaniment. His highly personal and daring harmonies, underlined by great rhythmic diversity, already point the way to impressionism, and show how far Chopin was in advance of his own times. For me it was a special challenge to record a Chopin retrospective right after the Mozart retrospective. There is hardly any other pair of composers who are at the same time so similar and so different. Both composed rapidly and effortlessly in the course of their short lives, and their music is direct and transparent. But Mozart was creative in every aspect of music, while Chopin was someone for whom the piano was ‘all in one’….With every compositional form I endeavor to preserve Chopin’s improvisatory spontaneity. This cd includes works from different creative periods in the composer’s life, but all the compositions have something in common: patriotism, numerous elements from folk music, and in his later works, longing for his native Poland.

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Producer

Jared Sacks

Recording engineer

jared Sacks

Editing

Jared Sacks

Recording location

Muziekcentrum Frits Philips Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Recording date

March 2000

Analog to digital converter

Prism 24 bit / Genex Recorder

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps

Mixing console

Rens Heijnis Custom made

Mastering engineer

Jared Sacks

Mastering equiment

Sadie Audio system

Digital to analog converter

Sony

Press reviews

Gramophone

Spontaneous, characterful performances from this gifted young musician, faithful to the spirit and the letter of the score. Lazic exhibits a playfulness that lightens the mood delightfully, and in the Ballade he combines imaginative fantasy with wholelhearted expressiveness to produce a compelling, dramatic performance (…)

Luister

(…) een bevlogen en zeer persoonlijke interpreet (…) (…) Alle waardering voor de eerlijke en heldere klank van Lazic’s vleugel (…)

Luister

(…) boeiende momenten in de Marche funèbre met prachtige ingehouden dramatiek (…) (…) extreme contrasten tussen een bezeten agitato in een hoog opgevoerd tempo en een verfijnde bijna ascetische lyriek.(…)

Pianowereld

(…) Zo virtuoos hoor je het nooit (…) (…) Channel heeft met Dejan wel een raspaardje binnengehaald. Hij draaft er vandoor op deze cd. Zijn sprongkracht is emorm en is zijn onbeteugelde zelf. Laat hem maar even doordraven, met zoveel talent mag dat wel.

Fono Forum

Gewaltig geht Dejan Lazic zur Sacke, kleckert nicht, wo er klotzen kann. (…)

International Records Review

(…) lovely individual touches (…) (…) fabulous articulation (…)

Magazine

(…) an admirable new solo Chopin recital Bilboard

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