Ingrid Fliter

Chopin: Preludes

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Argentine-Italian pianist Ingrid Fliter is emerging as a Chopin specialist and appears to have signed on with the Linn label. It's a good place for her somewhat intellectual yet dramatic and idiosyncratic Chopin, which will probably have as many reactions as it has hearers. This is all to the good. Fliter's readings are serious and ambitious, and she seems almost to seek out and linger on the harmonic clashes built into Chopin's accompaniments. There is intense contrast among even pieces of similar tempo and mood; she treats each prelude as an individual work of art, losing any contact with the prelude form's improvisatory (or quasi-improvisatory) origins. Moreover, she seems to take pains to make the 24 preludes into a coherent set, with peaks and valleys of intensity as she goes along. At times the piano is quiet to the point of being retiring; at others the upper register is given a very strong ringing quality. This is, in a word, individualistic Chopin -- and Chopin was a great individualist. It's a release that will keep listeners thinking over several hearings, which might cause some to change their minds about it one way or the other. If the album had been recorded for a less audiophile-oriented label than Linn, it might not have been quite as compelling.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
24 Preludes, Op. 28
1 0:38 Amazon
2 2:21 Amazon
3 1:07 Amazon
4 2:02 Amazon
5 0:37 Amazon
6 2:32 Amazon
7 0:57 Amazon
8 1:51 Amazon
9 1:31 Amazon
10 0:35 Amazon
11 0:40 Amazon
12 1:19 Amazon
13 3:35 Amazon
14 0:31 Amazon
15 5:59 Amazon
16 1:10 Amazon
17 3:11 Amazon
18 1:05 Amazon
19 1:33 Amazon
20 1:47 Amazon
21 1:59 Amazon
22 0:46 Amazon
23 1:32 Amazon
24 2:35 Amazon
25 4:44
26 2:03
27 2:09 Amazon
28 6:12 Amazon
29 2:53 Amazon
30 6:55 Amazon
31 5:53 Amazon
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