There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. This is truly phenomenal Rachmaninov-playing, and fantastic recorded sound too, characteristic of this company's world-beating standards in the studio.
Every issue is a winner. Zlata Chochieva undoubtedly on this evidence is a spectacular talent. Every note she records hereafter will be snapped up by pianophiles and conaisseurs, because she seems to possess the rare capacity to unlock beauties in familiar works that eluded everyone else. That wonderful volume, the encyclopedia of piano literature which came out around , authored by Irwin Freundlich and James Friskin, wrote them off in a few dismissive words as "possessing little musical worth", as if they were a prime example of the great composer's waning powers after his Opus 32, defying the evidence of his sustained stream of masterpieces written in his years of exile in America.
I have collected 25 different versions of Opus 39 and 22 of Opus And I can assure you, if you've never explored these miniatures and think they can be ignored next to the Preludes, you will discover a treasury of piano composition, a stellar compendium of supreme, virtuosic conceptions that will catapult you on to a new level of appreciation not just of Rachmaninov himself, reward enough, but of the grandeur and potential of the concert grand piano.
Each and every one of the 17 pieces contains a wealth of pianistic glory and musical satisfaction, and in this latest recording, Miss Chochieva takes all the credit. Her achievement left me staggered, jaw-droppingly amazed that someone of her youthful gifts could show such total mastery of the music's Everest-like demands.
She is absolute genius. I remember the first record vinyl ever released of the second set, Opus 39, as a complete block. It was around and the BBC, who occasionally released broadcast performances on LP of rarer music, chose to offer this marvellous material for a limited period. The pianist was Valerie Tryon. But the performances here by Ms. Chochieva are light-years away from those early, competent but no more efforts by a British pianist who was highly regarded in her day and much in the public eye.
Z lata reveals the Etudes-Tableaux, now almost a century old, as surely one of the piano's supreme masterworks of the 20th century, proof of the composer's uniquely wonderful, sublimely magisterial command of the instrument which so many of us have found an indispensable, infinitely precious companion along the road of life. As for Freundlich and Friskin, those poor benighted musicologists have been shown up as ignorant idiots, typical, alas, of much philistine, shallow criticism of the mighty Russian that passed for knowledgeable criticism in the s and 60s.
Pierre Boulez, God rest his soul, was one of the worst culprits. Stravinsky, however, knew better. So piano-lovers out there - buy this incredible sample of contemporary concert-pianism, and look out for anything that this poetic tigress, technician extraordinaire and artist of formidable abilities, Zlata Chochieva, chooses to record. I need hardly add that her other Rachmaninov triumph, featuring the First Sonata magnificent masterpiece! I expected good things from Maurizio Pollini, but his recording on Deutsche Grammophon provided more passion, more colour, more drama, than my wildest dreams.
Murray Perahia piano. His virtuosity is totally self-effacing so that the listener's engagement with Chopin's world is complete. Zlata Chochieva piano. No details are overlooked yet without drawing undue attention Wilhelm Backhaus piano.
View full details Read reviews Listen to samples Watch videos. Chopin - Liszt. Mariam Batsashvili piano. These features combine or conspire to make her a naturally sympathetic performer of these studies by Chopin. Chopin never gave a detailed description of these etudes but he did leave clues to guide the modern performer. He was opposed to exercises primarily written to increase finger strength stamina or agility by means of repetitive exercises. He felt that this did not teach the player how to play the music that lay beneath the note.
As will now be deduced, there seems to be a natural empathy between those considerations and the characteristics by which this pianist is becoming known. That empathy apparent on paper readily transfers to the actual playing of these etudes.
The evenness of tone and legato playing is everywhere to be heard. The etudes nature of the music is maintained through a control of tempo so that expressive means through significant use of rubato is eschewed in favour of control of touch and therefore of variations of tone and texture. These are features found throughout this disc and are ultimately very rewarding for the listener.
It provides a refreshingly clear insight into the music behind the notes unencumbered by extraneous considerations. The supplied notes by David Moncur, a frequent writer for Piano Classics, are typically both very informative and highly readable. They give plenty of detail as regards the music, its background and its construction and conclude with good biographical information about the performer.
The recording venue in the Netherlands is a popular venue for Piano Classics and the recording team are now delivering a reliably good quality product with good tonal reproduction set within believable acoustics and sound-stage.
Such familiarity of the recording venue has obvious and sonically clear advantages and reflects favourite locations regularly and historically chosen by rival companies for their recording projects. This recording is a further example of their quality giving a believable piano sound set within a believable acoustic and sound-stage.
Zlata Chochieva provides an excellent and fresh traversal of these familiar etudes which should give considerable rewards for collectors. Elegant charming witty well-crafted performances. Marvellous playing from Zlata. See all reviews. Amir Katz.
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