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Chopin: Etudes / Boris Berezovsky


Release Date: 02/19/2002 
Label:  Apex   Catalog #: 89083   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Berezovsky allows himself just that little extra time to make the music sing, with unfailing concern for expressive detail. I marvel that a player of superfine delicacy in the pianissimo range could also summon such formidable might.

Has there ever been a piano competition anywhere in the world without a Russian among its six finalists? Boris Berezovsky, the latest to cross my path on disc, came fourth at Leeds in 1987 and first at Moscow in 1990 and is still only just 23. It goes without saying that he has an exceptional technique. But more importantly, he struck me as an uncommonly sensitive and poetic musician never tempted to use Chopin's Etudes as mere vehicles for virtuoso display. To try to place him a little
Read more more specifically I got out Gavrilov's much praised 1988 recording of the Op. 10 and Op. 25 sets for comparison, and immediately noticed how often in more brilliant contexts Berezovsky allows himself just that little extra time to make the music sing, with unfailing concern for expressive detail. As yet he cannot match Gavrilov's intensity, whether in con fuoco outbursts like Op. 10 No. 4 in C sharp minor and the so-called ''Revolutionary'' ending the same set, or in the brooding melancholy of Op. 10 No. 6 in E flat minor and Op. 25 No. 7 in C sharp minor (significantly both taken rather faster than Gavrilov). But anyone who thought Gavrilov (like his legendary predecessor, Anton Rubinstein) just a little too inflammable at times of heightened fervour, then Berezovsky's fancifully imaginative grace would be rather more to their liking. That said, however, don't for a moment think that Berezovsky lacks power. I marvelled that a player of superfine delicacy in the pianissimo range could also summon such formidable might for the tumultuous Op. 10 No. 1 in C major and Op. 25 Nos. 10, 11 and 12 in B minor, A minor and C minor.

The recording, slightly less clear-cut, more soft-grained and closer than Gavrilov's, reproduces his exceptionally wide dynamic range very faithfully—even if some of the smorzando endings do so nearly dissolve into silence as to be only just audible. All in all a strongly competitive issue, the more so since alone of his formidable rivals Berezovsky finds space for the Trois nouvelles etudes too.

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [4/1992, reviewing the original release of this recording, Teldec 73129]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1833; Poland 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 29 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 31 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3.
Nouvelles Etudes (3) for Piano, B 130 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 

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