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Chopin: 24 Preludes, Sonata No 2 / Jean-Philippe Collard

Jean-philippe Collard
Release Date: 12/10/2013 
Label:  La Dolce Volta   Catalog #: 9   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jean-Philippe Collard returns to Chopin after 33 years of silence. It has taken him decades to feel comfortable with the composer. Today he is confident in his approach to this repertory and has no qualms about his interpretative options. Chopin's music gives him two very powerful impressions. First of all, it interprets the sensation of being in love, an aspect he finds fascinating. Moreover, his language speeds up the process of communication between artist and audience.

He sees this disc as a break, a renewal. All his previous records were released on EMI. Today he has changed labels, repertory, sound engineer ... These developments enable him to escape a certain routine, to put himself on the line.

There
Read more are countless benchmark versions in this repertory, but the French pianist has not sought to measure himself against them, and his approach to the composer is honest and totally sincere. Chopin represents a genuine challenge, for which Jean-Philippe Collard has identified a style that is his alone.

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The sixty-five-year-old pianist is in top form for his first Chopin recording in decades. He tears into the Twenty-Four Preludes with a sense of abandon, dramatic sweep and poetic detail that grips you from start to finish. In contrast to Collard’s sometimes dry-sounding EMI discs, the sonic genie bursts out of the bottle here, so to speak, liberating Collard’s juicy sonority; sample the Second Sonata’s first movement dynamic surges, the visceral impact of the Scherzo’s big chords, and the eerie nuances in the “wind over the grave” two-handed unison finale.

– Jed Distler, Listen Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 

Sound Samples

Preludes No. 1 in C Major, Op. 28: Agitato
Preludes No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 28: Lento
Preludes No. 3 in G Major, Op. 28: Vivace
Preludes No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 28: Largo
Preludes No. 5 in D Major, Op. 28: Allegro molto
Preludes No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 28: Lento assai
Preludes No. 7 in A Major, Op. 28: Andantino
Preludes No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 28: Molto agitato
Preludes No. 9 in E Major, Op. 28: Largo
Preludes No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 28: Allegro molto
Preludes No. 11 in B Major, Op. 28: Vivace
Preludes No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 28: Presto
Preludes No. 13 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 28: Lento
Preludes, Op. 28 No. 14 in E-Flat Minor: Allegretto
Preludes No. 15 in D-Flat Major, Op. 28: Sostenuto
Preludes No. 16 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 28: Presto con fuoco
Preludes No. 17 in A-Flat Major, Op. 28: Allegretto
Preludes No. 18 in F Minor, Op. 28: Allegro molto
Preludes No. 19 in E-Flat Major, Op. 28: Cantabile
Preludes No. 20 in C Minor, Op. 28: Largo
Preludes No. 21 in B-Flat Major, Op. 28: Cantabile
Preludes No. 22 in G Minor, Op. 28: Molto agitato
Preludes No. 23 in F Major, Op. 28: Moderato
Preludes No. 24 in D Minor, Op. 28: Allegro appassionato
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 35 - "Funeral March": I. Grave - Doppio movimento
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 35 - "Funeral March": II. Scherzo
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 35 - "Funeral March": III. Marche funèbre (Lento)
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 35 - "Funeral March": IV. Finale (Presto)

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