Louis Lortie – Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 5 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

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Louis Lortie – Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 5 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:11:01 minutes | 1014 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Chandos

Louis Lortie’s Chopin series is achieving landmark status, as confirmed by the increasingly enthusiastic reviews of progressive volumes. This fifth one sumptuously highlights the Polish influences in Chopin’s music, offering gems from among the mazurkas and polonaises. Relatively brief in duration and simple in structure, the mazurkas reveal other aspect of Chopin’s music: quirky melodies, strangely chromatic harmonies, oddly accented rhythms, irregular phrase lengths, and wildly contrasting keyboard textures. They represent a fascinating part of Chopin’s output, for audiences and pianists alike. The vigour of the polonaises featured here, including the first two to be published, confirms Chopin as a radical, yet idiomatic transformer of the genre. The Allegro de concert, which Chopin was said to have kept for his projected return to ‘a free Warsaw’, is another link to his beloved country.

For all the virtuosity and vivacity demanded by the works, the overall feeling here is one of intimacy, the refinement and control of his playing allowing the music to breathe in ways one does not always hear in Chopin. Chandos’ recording, made at Potton Hall, is beautifully engineered, intimate and delicately focused providing a small recital room ambience at the centre of which is a superb Fazioli Model F 278. – International Piano – January 2018

Tracklist:
1-01. Louis Lortie – Five Mazurkas, Op. 7: No. 1 in B-Flat Major (02:30)
1-02. Louis Lortie – Five Mazurkas, Op. 7: No. 2 in A Minor (03:13)
1-03. Louis Lortie – Five Mazurkas, Op. 7: No. 3 in F Minor (02:17)
1-04. Louis Lortie – Five Mazurkas, Op. 7: No. 5 in C Major (00:46)
1-05. Louis Lortie – Five Mazurkas, Op. 7: No, 4 in A-Flat Major (01:32)
1-06. Louis Lortie – Deux polonaises, Op. 26: I. Allegro appasionato (08:54)
1-07. Louis Lortie – Four Mazurkas, Op. 33: No. 1 in G-Sharp Minor (02:00)
1-08. Louis Lortie – Four Mazurkas, Op. 33: No. 2 in D Major (02:31)
1-09. Louis Lortie – Four Mazurkas, Op. 33: No. 3 in C Major (01:47)
1-10. Louis Lortie – Four Mazurkas, Op. 33: No, 4 in B Minor (05:01)
1-11. Louis Lortie – Deux polonaises, Op. 26: II. Maestoso (08:29)
1-12. Louis Lortie – Three Mazurkas, Op. 59: No. 1 in A Minor (04:03)
1-13. Louis Lortie – Three Mazurkas, Op. 59: No. 2 in A-Flat Major (02:41)
1-14. Louis Lortie – Three Mazurkas, Op. 59: No. 3 in F-Sharp Minor (03:32)
1-15. Louis Lortie – Polonaise No. 5 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 44 (10:29)
1-16. Louis Lortie – Allegro de concert in A Major, Op. 46 (11:10)

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