Nelson Freire

Encores

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This release, issued to mark the 75th birthday of the great pianist Nelson Freire in 2019, is hardly a typical album of encores. A good deal of it is devoted to a single composer, Edvard Grieg. Other composers are represented by multiple works, and there are substantial pieces like the Rachmaninov Prelude in B minor, Op. 32, No. 10, that would not fill the role of encore well. You might take the word "encore" in another way, though: to mean things reprised. Many of these pieces are ones Freire knows well, has played many times, and has explored at a truly breathtaking level of detail. The Grieg Lyric Pieces are not virtuoso works, and indeed are often played by amateurs, but you haven't heard them played like Freire plays them, with each one a little study in phrasing and register. You could sample almost anywhere here, but try the first of the Shostakovich Fantastic Dances, Op. 5, which has an entrancing subtlety from the very first notes. Freire, a famed virtuoso, mostly avoids showpieces here, but, as if to say he hasn't lost the ability, he does drop some in. The album is, then, an encore to Freire's remarkable career, which isn't over yet.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:04 Amazon
2 00:46 Amazon
3 01:32 Amazon
4 02:32 Amazon
Aspirations, Op. 39
5 03:26 Amazon
Miscellanea, Op. 16
6 03:59 Amazon
7 02:33 Amazon
8 01:07 Amazon
9 01:38 Amazon
10 01:20 Amazon
11 02:15 Amazon
12 01:37 Amazon
13 01:37 Amazon
14 02:46 Amazon
15 01:14 Amazon
16 03:30 Amazon
17 05:10 Amazon
18 02:41 Amazon
19 02:22 Amazon
20 03:21 Amazon
21 02:43 Amazon
22 05:12 Amazon
23 02:28 Amazon
Three Fantastic Dances, Op. 5
24 01:02 Amazon
25 01:26 Amazon
26 00:56 Amazon
Goyescas
27 04:49 Amazon
28 01:59 Amazon
29 02:52 Amazon
30 04:43 Amazon
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