Notes and Editorial Reviews
Legendary Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire celebrates his 75th birthday with a new album!
A delightful collection of personal piano favorites
• 30 tracks ranging from Purcell to Rachmaninov; Scarlatti to Shostakovich and 12 of Grieg’s Lyric Pieces
• Includes such treasures as the Sgambati Mélodie de Gluck, the Paderewski Nocturne and Albeniz’s Navarra
In his selection of Grieg’s Lyric Pieces, Freire, like Gilels before him, explores a whole world of intimate feeling and a melancholy at the heart of Grieg’s indelibly northern nature (‘At your feet’ is a musing on unrequited love if ever there was one). What quiet, unforced beauty he finds in two Rachmaninov Preludes (Op 32 Nos 10 and 12) while Mompou’s ‘Jeunes filles au jardin’ from Scènes d’enfants could hardly step more lightly or sing more seductively.
– International Piano