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With Zimerman there is total surrender to the impulse of the moment. Each piece comes up with all the immediacy of a brand new discovery. His is musical story-telling at its most arrestingly dramatic, reproduced with a richness and warmth of sonority to match the playing.
In the G minor Ballade I greatly admired the way he sustains a feeling of self-evolving growth. The intensity of his involvement is apparent (even in his breathing) right from the start, but as in all four he holds so very much in reserve for impassioned outbursts to come.
As for the Fantasie, I've rarely heard this music given stronger undertones of patriotic protest, pride, and even prayer. The introduction is surely too slow, and here
Zimerman reacts too literally to the score's every dot and rest. But though slightly affected in effect, its ominous spirit accords with his disturbed conception of the work as a whole.
-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone Read less
Works on This Recording
Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23
Ballade No.3 in A flat, Op.47
Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52
Barcarolle in F sharp, Op.60
Fantaisie in F minor, Op.49
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