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Chopin: Piano Works / Rudolf Buchbinder


Release Date: 07/13/2004 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 85807   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Given his solid reputation in the realm of the central-German/Austrian classics, collectors may be surprised to learn that Rudolf Buchbinder recorded a Chopin recital for EMI in 1986. Indeed he did, and a lot of it is very good. The delicately pinpointed articulation of turns, ornaments, and runs that distinguish Buchbinder's Mozart and Haydn enliven Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu--and make a cogent case for his intimately-spun Nocturne interpretations. Among the three Waltzes, I find Buchbinder's highly stylized "Minute Waltz" breathtakingly articulated, perfectly poised, and fresh as a daisy. Buchbinder may not tap into the Third Ballade's lyrical reserves, yet there's plenty of lilt and dynamic contrast for the performance to hold Read more its own against more idiomatic renditions (Rubinstein, Moravec, and Perahia, for example). Unfortunately, Buchbinder's tight-fisted phrasing, prosaic octave work, and total absence of rhythmic swagger render the great F-sharp minor Polonaise dead on arrival, while awkward tempo adjustments get in the Second Scherzo's way (the pianist's speeding up of the D-flat theme's downward runs, for instance). Still, it's interesting to encounter this forthright pianist in atypical fare, and who knew that his Op. 64 No. 1 ranked among the four or five best Minute Waltz recordings of all time?

--Jed Distler, GRAMOPHONE
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Works on This Recording

1. Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
2. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
3. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
4. Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 2 in B minor, B 35 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
5. Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
6. Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
7. Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
8. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
9. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
10. Polonaise for Piano in F sharp minor, B 135/Op. 44 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
11. Ecossaises (3) for Piano, B 12/Op. 72 no 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Poland 

Customer Reviews

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 Refreshing April 19, 2013 By Gary Mitchell (Independence, KS) See All My Reviews "I am caught by surprise. Rudolf Buchbinder plays Chopin with a fresh approach. He is a passionate, yet skillful, musician. The selections from Chopin's huge list of works should please anyone with their variety. I'm glad to make the acquaintance of Buchbinder's work." Report Abuse
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