In the week of 5th January 2009 a new recording of Chopin's Piano Sonatas Nos 2 and 3 from Marc-André Hamelin.
Recent discs from Marc-André Hamelin have concentrated on music which is obscure, under-recorded or virtually unplayable. However in this latest recording he turns his attention to two mainstays of the Romantic repertoire: Chopin ’s Piano Sonatas Nos 2 and 3. The results are simply staggering: playing of matchless brilliance and consummate artistry, stunningly recorded.
The disc is completed by some of Chopin’s greatest single-movement works: two contrasting two Nocturnes alongside a Berceuse and a Barcarolle. One of the most authoritative and enjoyable Chopin discs to have appeared in recent years — and a great CD of the Week to begin 2009 with.
5 January 2009