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Notes and Editorial Reviews
EMI's Debut series recalls DG's long-defunct but similarly invaluable venture; a golden opening for young artists of exceptional talent. Nelson Goerner is Argentinian, 28 years old, a student of Maria Tipo, and devotes his most personal and inflammatory recital to Chopin's later masterpieces. A player of exalted poetic verve he invariably suggests a live rather than studio response.
How fearlessly he launches the B minor Sonata's imperious opening, never using Chopin's maestoso instruction as an excuse for undue rhetoric or inflation. Even the startling sense of hiatus contained in the first movement repeat (can this really be authentic?) makes sense given such voltage and intensity. His second movement Scherzo is as
colourful as it is volatile and in the Largo the playing is, again, gloriously free-spirited and keenly felt. His transition out of the Polonaise-Fantaisie's central PiO lento, back to Chopin's principal idea, shows a compelling sense of the composer's depth and introspection, and if his choice of the Fourth Scherzo is surprising, given such seriousness, he is once more brilliantly attuned to one of Chopin's most elusive and mercurial major-key lights of fancy. The C minor Nocturne pulses with a profound sense of elegy, its central octaves fired off like so many ceremonial cannons, and Goerner makes something very special out of the Fourth Ballade's coda, tempering Chopin's bravura with a fine sense of melodic intricacy.
-- Gramophone [8/1997]
Works on This Recording
Sonata in B minor, Op. 58: Allegro maestoso
Sonata in B minor, Op. 58: Scherzo (Molto vivace)
Sonata in B minor, Op. 58: Largo
Sonata in B minor, Op. 58: Finale (Presto, non tanto)
Polonaise-Fantasie in A flat Major, Op. 61: Allegro maestoso - poco piu lento - Tempo I
Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1: Lento - poco piu lento - doppio movimento
Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54: Presto
Barcarolle in F sharp minor, Op. 60: Allegretto
Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52: Andante con moto
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