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Yevgeny Sudbin plays Chopin

Composer Fryderyk Chopin
Yevgeny Sudbin
Performer Yevgeny Sudbin
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1838 SACD
EAN 7318599918389
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Sep 2011
Total time 69'49

Music Web International: Recording of the Month February 2012

Yevgeny Sudbin records Chopin (~ 7,5 min.)

Chopin’s music presents us with a strange paradox' writes Yevgeny Sudbin in his liner notes to this recording. In Sudbin’s own experience, the music’s direct emotional appeal makes it instantly accessible to most listeners, but &&&to the interpreter ‘it becomes a tough balancing act: on the one side, naïvety and blandness threaten, while, on the other side, a laboured and contrived approach could potentially damage the music'. Sudbin's own approach has been influenced by Chopin's own words regarding interpretation: 'Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties.' But, as he recounts, he is also fascinated by historic recordings by legends such as Ignaz Friedman and Benno Moiseiwitch – performances which have made an impact on him on account of the highly personal playing: 'the beguiling rhythmic swings, freedom in phrasing, articulation that tickles you all over…' Sudbin opens his own Chopin recital with the expansive Fantaisie in F minor – sometimes described as the composer's 'grandest work' – continuing with a selection of pieces from three genres that are strongly associated with Chopin: Mazurkas, Nocturnes and the Ballades Nos 3 and 4. Following the 2005 release of his second disc, Piano Magazine described Yevgeny Sudbin in lyrical terms as 'a fearless technician with an all-encompassing command of his instrument; a musical dramatist of exceptional acumen and sophistication; a poet who moves seamlessly between unbridled rhetoric and extreme intimacy; a stylist who catches the particular spirit of everything he plays' – all qualities which would seem to be conducive to a memorable Chopin recital, and which Sudbin certainly brings to the fore in the encore À la minute, his own paraphrase on the composer's 'Minute Waltz'.
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  Fryderyk Chopin
01 Fantaisie in F minor, Op.49 11'49
  Fryderyk Chopin
02 Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.1 4'40
  Fryderyk Chopin
  Nocturne in C minor, Op.48 No.1 10'39
03 Nocturne in C minor, Op.48 No.1 5'50
04 Mazurka in F minor, Op.7 No.3 2'16
05 Mazurka in D major, Op.33 No.2 2'33
  Fryderyk Chopin
06 Mazurka in B minor, Op.33 No.4 4'58
  Fryderyk Chopin
07 Ballade No.3 in A flat major, Op.47 7'06
  Fryderyk Chopin
08 Mazurka in B flat minor, Op.24 No.4 4'26
  Fryderyk Chopin
09 Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op.50 No.3 4'44
  Fryderyk Chopin
10 Nocturne in E flat major, Op.55 No.2 4'12
  Fryderyk Chopin
11 Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52 10'47
  Yevgeny Sudbin
12 À la minute - A paraphrase on the Waltz in D flat major, Op.64 No.1, by Chopin 4'05
  Album total 69'49
ComposerChopin, Fryderyk
Sudbin, Yevgeny
PianoSudbin, Yevgeny

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