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This marvelous disc belongs in the collection of everyone who loves Chopin. The outstanding features of these performances are well known from various previous incarnations, most recently on VAI. The four Ballades each receive highly individual characterizations: contrast the rhythmically free opening of No. 1 with the songful simplicity of No. 4. Nor, despite the many subtleties of touch, does Moravec hold back at the climaxes. Yes, they are controlled (with particularly clear bass lines), but never inhibited. Among the Mazurkas, Op. 50 No. 3 in C-sharp minor (one of Chopin's most highly developed) stands out for its expertly managed transitions between sections, and all of them capture the irresistible
lilt of the dance. The program ends with a lovely account of the Barcarolle in F-sharp that boasts scintillatingly prismatic tonal coloration projected onto a buoyant rhythmic foundation. Excellent remastering preserves the superb qualities of the original master tapes. This is one of the great recordings.
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