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Katsaris Plays Chopin

Chopin / Katsaris
Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Piano 21   Catalog #: 43   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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CHOPIN Preludes: op. 28/4, 6, 7, 15, 20. Souvenir de Paganini ( Carnival of Venice ). Polonaise, op. 26/1. Fantasy-Impromptu. Wiosna, op. 74/2. Contredanse. Mazurkas: op. 7/1; op. 67. Waltz, op. 74/2. 3 Ecossaises. Read more Cello Sonata: Largo. Études: op. 10/3, 12. Nocturnes: op. 9/2, 20; op. 15/3. Piano Concerto No. 2: Larghetto Cyprien Katsaris (pn) PIANO 21 43 (78:48)


This is exactly the kind of recording that should be listened to—by force, if necessary—by all those publicity folks at labels big and small, from Decca and DG on down, who have somehow formed the opinion that Hot Young Pianist X is the next great genius of the keyboard. As fine as some of these players are, very few have the kind of seasoned authority one hears in this recital from Cyprien Katsaris. This is not merely good playing, not even great playing. It is playing so wholly wrapped up in the spirit of the composer that the performer disappears, and you find yourself listening to Chopin and not to “Katsaris,” superb though he is.


Not a single note or phrase of this recital passes through the mind without making an impression of some sort. Moreover, despite having a big technique—especially obvious in such items as the Fantasy-Impromptu and the Carnival of Venice —Katsaris never, ever makes it sound as if he’s showing it off. He’s not trying to dazzle you with B.S. He’s playing music, and he happens to have the right technique and style for it. That Carnival of Venice is a perfect example. Probably listed in the program under its Souvenir de Paganini title, as soon as he begins playing the audience recognizes the melody—and laughs. Katsaris keeps on playing it, but teases the melody a little with little flourishes and touches of rubato, knowing that he has his audience in the palm of his hand. It’s playing that makes you smile, and how often have you had that experience when listening to classical music?


These 26 selections were recorded in both studio and live settings over a 32-year period, the Fantasy-Impromptu coming from a 1978 studio recording and the etudes, mazurka, nocturnes, and Chopin’s own piano-only transcription of the Larghetto from the Second Piano Concerto coming from both concerts and studio sessions from 2010. There is remarkable continuity of style and vision in all of them, even though—to my ears—the early Fantasy-Impromptu lacks just a bit of personal identification with the material compared to the later performances.


But really, folks, this is what great playing is all about. These are Chopin recordings to stand the test of time, along with those of Cortot, Rubinstein, Cherkassky, Hobson, Lipatti, and Barbosa. The young lions today—a few names, like Alice Sara Ott and Daria Gloukhova excepted—have technique to burn but no real personal stamp on their material. The highest compliment I can pay to this disc is that all the selections, even the studio recordings, have the feel of a live concert about them. You feel as if you’re in the hall, listening to Katsaris and being enraptured by the music, not sitting at home listening to a dead piece of plastic on your CD player.


Cyprien, if you see this review, know that you have issued a masterpiece. Words fail me in trying to describe just how great this disc is.


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 15 in D flat major "Raindrop" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/23/2010 
Venue:  Live  Citizens Cultural Hall, Chigasaki, Japan 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 20 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/12/2003 
Venue:  Live  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 6 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/12/2003 
Venue:  Live  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 7 in A major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/12/2003 
Venue:  Live  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 0 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 4 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/12/2003 
Venue:  Live  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
6.
Variations for Piano in A major, B 37 "Souvenir de Paganini" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/20/1999 
Venue:  Live  Festival International d'Echternach 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
7.
Polonaises (2) for Piano, B 90/Op. 26: no 1 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/20/1999 
Venue:  Live  Festival International d'Echternach 
Length: 7 Minutes 31 Secs. 
8.
Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Venue:  Paris 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
9.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74: no 2, Spring, B 116 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 
Date of Recording: 12/12/2003 
Venue:  Live  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
10.
Contredanse for Piano in G flat major, B 17 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1827; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/12/2003 
Venue:  Live  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
11.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1989 
Venue:  Live  Tsuda Hall, Tokyo 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
12.
Ecossaises (3) for Piano, B 12/Op. 72 no 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Poland 
Date of Recording: 09/07/1991 
Venue:  Live  Kultur & Kongresszentrum Liederhalle, He 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
13.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65: 3rd movement, Largo by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/06/2010 
Venue:  Live  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
14.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 12 in C minor, B 67 "Revolutionary" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/2010 
Venue:  Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Heidelberg/Sa 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
15.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 3 in E major, B 74 "Tristesse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/2010 
Venue:  Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Heidelberg/Sa 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
16.
Mazurkas (5) for Piano, B 61/Op. 7: no 1 in B flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/2010 
Venue:  Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Heidelberg/Sa 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
17.
Allegretto for Piano in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 02/08/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hamarikyu Asahi Hall 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
18.
Mazurka for Piano by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 02/08/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hamarikyu Asahi Hall 
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
19.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 1 in G major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/08/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hamarikyu Asahi Hall 
Length: 1 Minutes 1 Secs. 
20.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 2 in G minor, B 167 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/08/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hamarikyu Asahi Hall 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
21.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 3 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/08/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hamarikyu Asahi Hall 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
22.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 4 in A minor, B 163 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/08/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hamarikyu Asahi Hall 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
23.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 3 in G minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/08/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hamarikyu Asahi Hall 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
24.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 02/23/2007 
Venue:  Live  Stadthalle Göttingen 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
25.
Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830 
Date of Recording: 11/04/2010 
Venue:  Live  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
26.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21: 2nd movement, Larghetto by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 11/04/2010 
Venue:  Live  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 9 Minutes 8 Secs. 

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