Vladimir Feltsman

Frédéric Chopin: Mazurki

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While pursuing his ambitious series of Franz Schubert's piano sonatas for Nimbus, Vladimir Feltsman has intermittently recorded the music of other composers, such as Bach, Brahms, Schumann, Scriabin, Silvestrov, and Prokofiev, thus keeping his versatility and virtuosity on full display. Here, Feltsman turns to Frédéric Chopin's mazurkas, offering a double-CD package of all 51 mazurkas that creates a compelling portrait of the composer, though often in his most introverted and melancholy moods. In his notes, Feltsman points out the enigmatic character and contradictions of Chopin's personality and explains that the mazurkas were essentially musical diaries for some of Chopin's most private expressions. Yet Feltsman brings sophistication and elegance to these performances, as well as a sense of direct communication, preventing them from slipping into sentimentality or secretiveness. As private as the mazurkas may have been to Chopin, Feltsman presents them with a rather more public approach, much as Chopin would have used when playing them in recital, no matter how guarded the act of composition must have been for him. Nimbus' recording is reasonably close to the piano and quite clean, allowing the music to sound transparent and natural without obvious studio enhancements.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Mazurkas Op. 6
1 02:30 Amazon
2 02:43 Amazon
3 01:56 Amazon
4 00:48 Amazon
Mazurkas Op. 7
5 01:58 Amazon
6 03:31 Amazon
7 03:07 Amazon
8 01:45 Amazon
9 00:41 Amazon
Mazurkas Op. 17
10 02:12 Amazon
11 01:50 Amazon
12 04:22 Amazon
13 05:02 Amazon
Mazurkas Op. 24
14 02:16 Amazon
15 02:16 Amazon
16 02:32 Amazon
17 05:01 Amazon
Mazurkas Op. 30
18 01:46 Amazon
19 01:27 Amazon
20 02:58 Amazon
21 04:39 Amazon
Mazurkas Op. 33
22 02:02 Amazon
23 02:10 Amazon
24 02:27 Amazon
25 06:02 Amazon
Mazurkas Op. 41
26 04:08 Amazon
27 02:36 Amazon
28 01:15 Amazon
29 02:09 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Mazurkas Op. 50
1 02:28 Amazon
2 02:50 Amazon
3 05:31 Amazon
Mazurkas Op. 56
4 05:57 Amazon
5 01:46 Amazon
6 07:45 Amazon
Mazurkas Op. 59
7 04:25 Amazon
8 02:59 Amazon
9 04:13 Amazon
Mazurkas Op. 63
10 02:11 Amazon
11 01:57 Amazon
12 01:54 Amazon
13 03:59 Amazon
14 05:58 Amazon
Mazurkas Op. 67
15 01:16 Amazon
16 01:34 Amazon
17 01:29 Amazon
18 03:23 Amazon
Mazurkas Op. 68
19 01:33 Amazon
20 02:40 Amazon
21 02:05 Amazon
22 02:35 Amazon
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