Vladimir Feltsman

Frédéric Chopin: Mazurki

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Frédéric Chopin: Mazurki Review

by Blair Sanderson

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

Track Listing - Disc 2

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