Chopin: Scherzi, Etudes, Mazurkas / Moravec

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Catalog: SU4059
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Ivan Moravec - Piano

Fryderyk Chopin - Scherzos (in B minor, Op. 20; in B flat minor, Op. 31; in C sharp minor, Op. 39; in E major, Op. 54); Etudes, Op. 25 (No. 1 in A flat major; No. 7 in C sharp minor); Mazurkas (in E minor, Op. 41 No. 1; in F minor, Op. 68 No. 4; in C major, Op. 7 No. 5; in C major, Op. 56 No. 2)

There are treasures tangible and glittering, and there are gems concealed, only revealing themselves to the serene and seeking. The world-famous Czech pianist Ivan Moravec is among the latter – and the same can be said of his recordings. He doesn’t need to set out to shock and purposefully set himself apart. The seeming matter-of-factness with which Moravec performs Chopin led a Gramophone (II/1992) reviewer to speculate that this is perhaps how the composer’s piano improvisation might have sounded. Each tone in its dynamism, each fine accent is well considered and has its place amid the whole. Moravec masterfully balances free agogics with a sense for the overall structure. Chopin’s genius stands out most expressively in tiny compositions – and it is in these that Ivan Moravec’s mastery is the most distinct; it is not by chance that he has the reputation of being one of the greatest living interpreters of Chopin’s works.

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