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Frederic Chopin - Reminiscences / Artur Pizarro


Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 248   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Pizarro
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This CD grew on me. At first listen, there was a quality of self-indulgence that put me off. As it turns out, the second piece on the recital, the Waltz, op. 69/1, proves to be the only work in which Pizarro succumbs to any sort of extreme manipulation of rhythm and tempo, and in this case, it even works. This wispy, ethereal little dance is marked Lento and con espressione by the composer, after all. Pizarro transforms the music into a sweet reverie, taking chances with rubato rhythm that could lead a less sensitive musician into a gooey mess.

It is just such a poetic sensibility that lights up all of the playing on this recital. Pizarro does not dazzle; he is never overtly virtuosic, although he is a completely competent
Read more technician. The ear is drawn, instead, to the linear contours of the musical structure and to Chopin’s ever-bold harmonic vision. The dreamy quality that Pizarro finds in the waltz that I first found off-putting works magic in the glorious nocturnes. A critical element of Pizzaro’s playing, given the relaxed nature of his phrasing, is that he never loses the pulse of the music. There is a combination of inner repose and linear energy in his playing that borders on the magical. For some listeners, his playing of the chunkiest pieces here, the polonaise and the scherzo, might lack the heft and energy of some famous recordings of yore (Rubinstein, Ashkenazy, Horowitz), but Pizzaro’s versions fit nicely into the dramatic aura that this series of pieces creates. The recital has a very satisfying sense of wholeness about it.

Some technical comments are in order here. Linn, the producer of this CD, is the same outfit that produces some of the most refined and expensive stereo equipment in the world. Like most high-end British audio manufacturers, Linn-designs strive for real world sound, with a balanced frequency range and natural perspectives (no microphone inside the piano here). The rich and lovely sound is not meant to wow the listener, but rather to present a semblance of the way a piano sounds, in this case, in a medium sized room. Pizarro plays a Bluthner piano, which has a more delicate and woody sound than one is used to hearing from Steinway and Bösendorfer.

Peter Burwasser, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 1 in A flat major, B 95 "L'adieu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 35 Secs. 
5.
Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
6.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 22 Secs. 
7.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
8.
Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs. 
9.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24: no 3 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
10.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68: no 3 in F major, B 34 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
11.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24: no 4 in B flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
12.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 77/Op. 17: no 1 in B flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Paris, France 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
13.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 59 Secs. 
14.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 1 in A flat major, B 94 "Valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
15.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 46 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Waltz No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 18, "Grande valse brillante"
Waltz No. 9 in A-Flat Major, Op. 69, No. 1, "L'adieu"
Waltz No. 2 in A-Flat Major, Op. 34, No. 1, "Valse brillante"
Waltz No. 17 in E-Flat Major, Op. posth.
Fantasy-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 66
Nocturne No. 17 in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1
Nocturne No. 20 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. posth.
Nocturne No. 8 in D-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2
Polonaise No. 6 in A-Flat Major, Op. 53, "Heroic"
Mazurka No. 16 in A-Flat Major, Op. 24, No. 3
Mazurka No. 48 in F Major, Op. 68, No. 3
Mazurka No. 17 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 24, No. 4
Mazurka No. 10 in B-Flat Major, Op. 17, No. 1
Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31

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