Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 - Nelson Freire

Classic FM Drive Featured Album, 5 January 2015.

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The pianist Nelson Freire turned 70 in October 2014 and his birthday celebrations are ongoing with the third of three new albums on the Decca label. 

This stunning recording of Chopin’s second Piano Concerto was made in Cologne with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln under the acclaimed, young conductor Lionel Bringuier. 

The album also features other favourite Chopin solo works including the Ballade No. 4 in F minor, the Berceuse in D flat major, the Polonaise in A flat major, Three Mazurkas and the Impromptu in G flat major. Through them all, Freire approaches the music with elegance and his innate sense of melody.

The recording cements Nelson Freire's reputation as not only one of the finest Chopin interpreters but one of the greatest pianists working today.