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Chopin: Etudes / Jan Lisiecki


Release Date: 10/08/2013 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001904702   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jan Lisiecki
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The incredible Jan Lisiecki performs both cycles of Chopin’s virtuosic Etudes. This is the second Deutsche Grammophon release from the young Canadian pianist, and his first-ever studio recital album. Chopin’s Etudes are among the most challenging and evocative pieces of all the works in the piano repertoire.

“...An artist of astonishing maturity and depth...the Chopin Etudes were positively hair-raising...it all seemed so easy; the pianist hardly looked at his hands or the keyboard, all the while negotiating this difficult program with an accuracy that nudged up against the impossible...” -- The Seattle Times
The incredible Jan Lisiecki performs both cycles of Chopin’s virtuosic Etudes. This is the second Deutsche Grammophon release from the young Canadian pianist, and his first-ever studio recital album. Chopin’s Etudes are among the most challenging and evocative pieces of all the works in the piano repertoire.

“...An artist of astonishing maturity and depth...the Chopin Etudes were positively hair-raising...it all seemed so easy; the pianist hardly looked at his hands or the keyboard, all the while negotiating this difficult program with an accuracy that nudged up against the impossible...” -- The Seattle Times
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Works on This Recording

1.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jan Lisiecki (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
2.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10 by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1833; Poland 

Sound Samples

12 Etudes, Op.10: No.1 In C
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.2 In A Minor
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.3 In E
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.4 In C Sharp Minor
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.5 In G Flat
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.6 In E Flat Minor
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.7 In C
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.8 In F
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.9 In F Minor
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.10 In A Flat
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.11 In E Flat
12 Etudes, Op.10: No.12 In C Minor
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.1 In A Flat
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.2 In F Minor
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.3 In F
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.4 In A Minor
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.5 In E Minor
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.6 In G Sharp Minor
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.7 In C Sharp Minor
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.8 In D Flat
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.9 In G Flat
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.10 In B Minor
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.11 In A Minor
12 Etudes, Op.25: No.12 In C Minor

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Admirable, even if restrained January 31, 2014 By Peter T. (Bethesda, MD) See All My Reviews "I am in broad agreement with what Daniel Summaria of CA says about these performances . -In many important respects these performances are quite admirable. However, dry accustics and such a degree of restrain deprive the music of (harmonic ) bloom, and getting it on a wing, as to say, is a rather infrequent situation. - Very promissing." Report Abuse
 Perfection just shy of glib October 15, 2013 By daniel summaria (Vallejo, CA) See All My Reviews "I just now finished listening 18yo Jan Lisiecki's new recording of the Chopin Etudes for the third time -- twice in the car, and now with the score in front of me. This recording truly overflows with charm, delicacy, gentleness, sweetness, sensitivity, tenderness and grace. His invariably musical touch and intimate conception of this music works surprisingly best in the more dramatic and too familiar pieces, where it provides fresh satisfactions and some nice surprises -- Op 10, #1, 12, and Op 25, #10, 11, 12 -- particularly when following along with the written music. There is much to admire in his readings of Op 10, #6, 7, 11 and Op 25, #2, 4, 7, which seem clear, precise and masterful, and are, by themselves, worth the price of admission. Ironically his restrained approach seems to me to work less well where I began to expect that it would work best -- Opus 10, #3, 4, 5 and Op 25, #1, 6, 8, and 9; here Lisiecki's readings seem almost glib, and more so the third time round. (Op 25 #1 was a particular disappointment, but then, it's a special favorite: i had always hoped for a Cliburn recording, especially after reading his account of coming early to a lesson and hearing his teacher Rosina Lhevinne practicing it, thinking she was all alone: if Cliburn was impressed, it's a safe bet we all would have been!) However, listening to this performance at home, and hearing it from start to finish as a single entity, the strength of Lisiecki's reading of the complete etudes is clearly that the whole becomes greater than the sum of its individual parts, and any hint of glibness fades, and almost vanishes: this is how his maturity and intelligence as a musician shine through. If I were younger, I would be ashamed to confess that my reservations about this recording stem primarily from a response to this young musician's staggering technique -- because, more than anything, he makes playing this monumentally difficult music sound easy!--(I never once felt like I were sitting on the edge of my seat with excitement)--not beautiful, but easy. If he were within reach, I would probably feel the need to strangle him. Which would be a damn shame, because the more age appropriate response would be to sit back and hope he is around for a long while and just keeps getting better, as impossible as that is to imagine!" Report Abuse
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