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Shaping Chopin – Waltzes, Nocturnes, Mazurkas


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Grande Valse Brillante in E-Flat Major, Op.18
Nocturne No. 1 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27
Nocturne No. 2 in D-Flat Major, Op. 27
Three Waltzes, Op. 34 - No. 1 in A-Flat Major - Vivace
Three Waltzes, Op. 34 - No. 2 in A Minor - Lento
Three Waltzes, Op. 34 - No. 3 in F Major - Vivace
Waltz in A-Flat Major Op. 42
Three Mazurkas, Op. 50 - No. 1 in G Major - Vivace
Three Mazurkas, Op. 50 - No. 2 in A-Flat Major - Allegretto
Three Mazurkas, Op. 50 - No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor - Moderato
Three Waltzes, Op. 64 - No. 1 in D-Flat Major - Molto vivace
Three Waltzes, Op. 64 - No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor - Tempo giusto
Three Waltzes, Op. 64 - No. 3 in A-Flat Minor - Moderato
Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 66


“The year 2020 was a strange, lonely year for many of us, due to the spreading corona virus. (…) Music was something that gave this comfort, taking our minds away and transporting us to different worlds. I, for instance, found myself diving into the music of Chopin. His music had an important place in my life from early childhood and I worked extensively on various pieces with my parents, who were my teachers at that time in Kiev. While we were separated for a long time, I felt closer to them through his music. Practising certain waltzes or nocturnes seemed to transport me in time and space and reflected the current mood with their dreaminess and melancholy.

When the opportunity to record a new album spontaneously arose, I immediately thought about the music of Chopin. I made a selection of various Waltzes, Nocturnes and Mazurkas, and added the Fantaisie Impromptu, as they cover a wide spectrum of emotions, moods and colours.It’s incredible how Chopin can express himself so intensively and so deeply in a piece which lasts just a few minutes. He always manages to create a captivating atmosphere and a unique dreamworld. While performing Chopin’s miniatures it feels like diving into a living painting, artistically shaping its unique story, colours and characters with music. (…)”

– Anna Fedorova (from ‘Shaping Chopin’ booklet introduction)

• The cover art was created by Marcelle Schoenmaker during a live concert.
• This marks Anna Fedorova’s 6th appearance on Channel Classics Records.
• Anna Fedorova is Artist in Residence at the Haarlem Philharmonie (NL) and presents ‘Shaping Chopin’ in a Solo Recital on September 3, 2021.

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Jared Sacks

Recording & Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks


Van den Hul 3T


Horus / Merging Technologies (DSD 256)

Pure DSD

This album was recorded, mixed and balanced in Stereo & Multichannel DSD 256. No post-production has been done. ‘Shaping Chopin' stayed within the DSD domain throughout. This is a Pure DSD release.

Press reviews

Musicweb International

(…) Another spot that made me sit up and take notice is the very opening of the C-sharp minor Mazurka. The combination of the Channel Classics engineering and Fedorova’s patrician touch makes that single G-sharp which opens the piece one of the most beguiling single notes I’ve ever heard on a piano recording!

Nederlands Dagblad

(…) Fedorova maakt het waar. Ze speelt subtiel, fluisterzacht, maar ook uitbundig waar de muziek dat vraagt. Voor wie al veel van Chopin heeft gehoord: gun jezelf de charme van de herkenning.

Gramophone HiFi

Anna Fedorova’s ‘Shaping Chopin’ recital combines fine playing with an excellent recording by Channel Classics founder Jared Sacks.


The three Op 50 Mazurkas better absorb Fedorova’s willowy and rhapsodic tendencies, and I actually like the novelty of her ‘Minute’ Waltz’s exaggeratedly extended opening trill.

Qobuz Review

(…) amazing technical skills (…) dancing lightness (…) extremely strong and sensitive dynamics (…) incredibly lively and energetic (…)  Listeners are certainly getting their money’s worth!

Opus Klassiek

(…) Opnieuw treft de goed gedoseerde spanningsopbouw (zelfs in deze miniaturen!), de kleurenrijkdom die zij aan haar instrument weet te ontlokken, de natuurlijke fraseringen, de overtuigende agogiek en ritmiek, de sterke onderliggende puls en de dynamische proportionaliteit. (…) Bij Fedorova is het de componist die voortdurend aan het ‘woord’ is, niet de pianiste, in een overrompelend-betoverende sfeer. (…) Voor de luisteraar telt haar spel, in de overtuiging dat het de kleuren, lijnen en vormen van Fedorova’s muzikale verhaal die ook hem of haar zullen betoveren. Het kan niet anders, denk ik. Jared Sacks heeft de vleugelklank feilloos vastgelegd.


(…) De bevlogen tederheid van haar spel vult iedere ruimte waarin het klinkt met een warmbloedige gloed. (…) De nocturnes, walsen en mazurka’s klinken onweerstaanbaar liefdevol. Fedorova’s spel legt een denkbeeldige arm om je schouder. Wie wil dat nu niet.

Nederlands Dagblad

(…) ‘Wonderlijk mooi hoe Chopin zichzelf in stukken van slechts enkele minuten zo intens kon uitdrukken; de sfeer van een unieke droom kon scheppen, en miniaturen die het gevoel geven dat je een schilderij in stapt’, schrijft ze in haar booklet. Fedorova maakt het waar. Ze speelt subtiel, fluisterzacht, maar ook uitbundig waar de muziek dat vraagt.

Audiophile Audition 4 out of 5

(…) Fedorova projects a light, suave rendition, sparkling in its facile grace, personal rubato, and stylistic security (Grande Valse brillante) (…) The righthand coda in sixths loftily moves us into the realm of timeless beauty, concluding Chopin’s most voluptuous nocturne. (Nocturne in D-flat Major) (…) Fedorova’s trills and staccato notes seem to bubble forth in musical champagne. (Three Waltzes, Op. 34)

NativeDSD / HR Audio

(…) She equals men in technique, bravura, and yes, power, but adding what they often don’t or manage to a lesser degree: Lyrical poetry. (…) Reading Fedorova’s personal notes is a pleasant and most revealing exercise. (…) a carefully varied programme (…) a tastefully designed combination of ‘miniatures’ rendering her recital more attractive than the usual complete set of any of them. (…) The Pure DSD engineering by Channel Classics obliges and my ears concur: The concert grand sounds like a concert grand. What else do we need to make a dream come true?

MusicWeb International

(…) I was happy when she signed a contract with Channel Classics a few years ago, especially since that company’s audiophile attainments assure its artists of a superior presentation of their playing. (…)


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